Press Release

comScore Returns to Revenue Growth for the First Quarter 2018

RESTON, VA, May 9, 2018 – comScore, Inc. (OTC: SCOR), a leading cross-platform measurement company that measures audiences, brands and consumer behavior everywhere, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2018, ended March 31, 2018.

Revenue advanced 5% year-over-year for the first quarter of 2018 to $105.9 million from $100.9 million reported in the same period for 2017. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was $51.5 million, or $(0.93) per share as compared to $40.8 million, or $(0.71) per share reported in the same period for 2017.

Revenue from the digital audience product offering in the first quarter of 2018 was $57.8 million, consistent with the same period of 2017. TV and Cross-Platform revenue increased 15% year-over-year to $25.3 million. Advertising product revenue increased 6%year-over-year to $12.2 million and movies revenue increased 13% year-over-year to $10.6 million.  All revenue figures reflect the implementation of new revenue standard ASC 606.

On a non-GAAP basis, net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was $13.8 million, or $(0.25) per share, excluding investigation and audit-related expenses, stock-based compensation expense and certain other items as presented in the accompanying tables. This compares to a non-GAAP net loss of $17.7 million, or $(0.31) per share, reported in the same period for 2017.

For the first quarter of 2018, comScore generated adjusted EBITDA of $3.6 million, excluding investigation and audit-related expenses, stock-based compensation and certain other items as presented in the accompanying tables. This compares to adjusted EBITDA loss of $(1.9) million reported in the same period one year ago.

“I am excited to lead comScore at this pivotal moment in the advertising industry,” commented Bryan Wiener, CEO-elect. “With an unmatched data footprint, universal brand recognition and loyal customers across major brands and media companies, we’re positioned to lead the marketplace as the independent cross-platform measurement solution that will empower our partners to make business decisions with complete confidence.”

Wiener added, “To meet this aim, we plan to accelerate product innovation, increase operational excellence and simplify our cost structure. Our revenue results in the first quarter demonstrate relative stability in our digital business and encouraging growth in our TV and cross-platform business and other investment areas.”

“As CEO, my priority will be to drive meaningful change within the company by reenergizing our teams around a clearly defined strategy that will allow us to reach our full potential as the market leader in cross-platform measurement. I look forward to communicating more details of this strategy on our next earnings call in August,” continued Wiener.

Conference Call information for today Wednesday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Management will provide commentary on the company’s results in a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access this call, dial 800-263-0877 (domestic) or +1 323-794-2094 (international) and reference conference ID 5244430. Participants are advised to dial in at least 10 minutes prior to the call to register. Additionally, a webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations.

About comScore
comScore is a leading cross-platform measurement company that measures audiences, brands and consumer behavior everywhere. Built on precision and innovation, our data footprint combines proprietary digital, TV and movie intelligence with vast demographic details to quantify consumers' multiscreen behavior at massive scale. This approach helps media companies monetize their complete audiences and allows marketers to reach these audiences more effectively. With more than 3,200 clients and global footprint in 70 countries, comScore is delivering the future of measurement. Shares of comScore stock are currently traded on the OTC Market (OTC: SCOR). 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal and state securities laws, including, without limitation, comScore's expectations and opinions regarding business and market opportunities, product development and innovation, competitive advantages, financial stability and growth, operational improvements, changes to cost structure, strategic plans, and plans to hold future earnings calls. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially from expectations, including, but not limited to, comScore's ability to achieve its expected strategic, financial and operational plans. For additional discussion of risk factors, please refer to comScore's respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings that comScore makes from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which are available on the SEC's website (www.sec.gov).

Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements are made. comScore does not intend or undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or new information after the date of this press release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, we are disclosing herein non-GAAP net income (loss) and net income (loss) per share and adjusted EBITDA, each of which are non-GAAP financial measures used by our management to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results, as they permit our investors to view our core business performance using the same metrics that management uses to evaluate our performance. Nevertheless, our use of these non-GAAP financial measures has limitations as an analytical tool, and investors should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Instead, you should consider these measures alongside GAAP-based financial performance measures, net income (loss), various cash flow metrics, and our other GAAP financial results.

Set forth below are reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These reconciliations should be carefully evaluated.
Q1 2018 Earnings Report.pdf

Erica J. Abrams
comScore, Inc.
415.297.5864
erica@ericajabrams.com

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