Comscore Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results
RESTON, VA, August 9, 2018 - Comscore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2018, ended June 30, 2018.
Revenue in the second quarter of 2018 was $101.4 million, up from $99.4 million reported in the same period of 2017. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2018 was $56.0 million, or $(1.02) per share as compared to $38.6 million, or $(0.67) per share reported in the same period for 2017.
Revenue from the digital audience product offering in the second quarter of 2018 was $49.9 million, down 8% from the same period of 2017. TV and cross-platform revenue increased 16% year-over-year to $29.5 million. In the second quarter of 2018, the company recorded $1.9 million in revenue related to a change in accounting estimate for certain contracts in its TV and cross-platform offering and increased its cost of sales by the same amount. Excluding this impact, revenue growth from TV and cross-platform would have been 9% compared to the same period of 2017. Advertising product revenue increased 12% year-over-year to $11.7 million as a result of emerging products, and movies revenue increased 13% year-over-year to $10.4 million.
On a non-GAAP basis, net loss for the second quarter of 2018 was $17.5 million, excluding $23.0 million in stock-based compensation expense related to the issuance of equity awards to employees, directors and consultants; a charge of $5.3 million for a legal settlement associated with the conclusion of certain litigation; a restructuring charge of $3.8 million; and other items as presented in the accompanying tables. Non-GAAP net loss in the second quarter of 2018 compares to a non-GAAP net loss of $19.4 million reported in the same period for 2017.
For the second quarter of 2018, Comscore generated adjusted EBITDA of $1.3 million, excluding the above-mentioned items as presented in the accompanying tables. This compares to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.7 million reported in the same period one year ago.
“In the second quarter, we continued to push forward on our mission to build momentum in the market through a focused vision, accelerated product development, and a demonstrably streamlined and simplified operating model, which was reflected in our ability to post positive adjusted EBITDA for the second straight quarter,” said Bryan Wiener, CEO of Comscore. “Our turnaround is moving with velocity, and we are rallying around a renewed strategic plan that continues to establish Comscore as currency and the new standard for cross-platform measurement.”
Conference Call information for today, Thursday, August 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 +1 844-229-7593 (domestic) or +1 314-888-4258 (international) and reference conference ID #2839798. Participants are advised to dial in at least 10 minutes prior to the call to register. Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations. Following the conference call, a replay will be available by dialing +1 855-859-2056 (domestic) or +1 404-537-3406 (international) with passcode #2839798. The replay will also be available via webcast at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations.
Comscore (Nasdaq: SCOR) is a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms. With a data footprint that combines digital, linear TV, over-the-top and theatrical viewership intelligence with advanced audience insights, Comscore allows media buyers and sellers to quantify their multiscreen behavior and make business decisions with confidence. A proven leader in measuring digital and set-top box audiences and advertising at scale, Comscore is the industry's emerging, third-party source for reliable and comprehensive cross-platform measurement.
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