Comscore Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results
Television Revenue Rebounds During Pandemic
Continued Momentum with TV, Digital and Agency Clients
RESTON, Va., November 9, 2020 - Comscore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Third Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights
- Revenue of $88.0 million compared to $94.3 million in the third quarter of 2019
- Net loss of $11.1 million, or $(0.16) per share compared to a net loss of $10.6 million, or $(0.16) per share in the third quarter of 2019
- Adjusted EBITDA of $7.3 million compared to $6.4 million in the third quarter of 2019
Recent Key Renewals, Partnerships and New Business Developments
- Awarded three new patents: device co-location identification, household device identification, household viewership aggregation
- Local TV – Graham Media Group, Morgan Murphy and Weigel Broadcasting
- Syndicated Digital – News Break, Nextdoor, The Orchard, Truex, and World Surf League
- Activation – Launched advanced streaming behavior segments in Tru Optik Data Marketplace
- Agency – Canvas Worldwide and exclusive agreement with Pinnacle (a major agency representing WeatherTech and others)
- OnDemand – STX Entertainment and Open Road Films
- Connected TV – Partnered with Samba to expand TV footprint and deliver international CTV measurement – signed first major client in EU
- Movies – Secured renewals with over a dozen customers and launched next-generation movie theater management system, signed by Marcus Theatres, fourth largest U.S. theater operator with over 1,100 screens
- Gaming – Twitch expansion for eSports and Gaming
“I am pleased with the progress Comscore made during the third quarter, despite market conditions that remained challenging. Our TV product grew revenue high single digit percentage year-over-year in the quarter, Addressable continued to expand, and we continued to generate higher levels of adjusted EBITDA compared to the prior year,” said Bill Livek, CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of Comscore. “Thus far in 2020, we have recognized more than a $22 million positive swing in adjusted EBITDA due to financial discipline, and we remain well-positioned when the impact of the pandemic eases.”
“As we look to 2021, Comscore is poised to win the future of media measurement with a host of new products centered around a new impressions-based currency with enhanced advertising capabilities. These and other solutions position Comscore to drive long-term value for our media industry partners and shareholders,” Livek concluded.
Third Quarter Summary Results
Revenue in the third quarter of 2020 was $88.0 million, compared to $94.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Ratings and Planning revenue was $62.7 million in the third quarter of 2020, compared to $65.3 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease was driven by lower revenue from syndicated digital partially offset by higher TV revenue. National TV revenue rose compared to the third quarter of last year due in part to the Company's new partnership with LiveRamp. Local TV revenue was flat compared to the prior year; however, Local TV added and renewed a number of clients in the quarter.
Analytics and Optimization revenue was $17.4 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $18.3 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease was due in part to lower Custom, Lift and Survey revenue compared to the prior year, partially offset by higher Activation revenue which also rebounded sequentially from the second quarter of 2020 when it was impacted by lower ad spending from the pandemic.
Movies Reporting and Analytics revenue was $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $10.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Revenue continues to be impacted by ongoing theater closures. We expect theater closures to continue affecting Movies revenue until theaters reopen at scale.
Expenses from cost of revenues, sales and marketing, research and development and general and administrative were $85.2 million compared to $95.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease relates to a significant reduction in compensation expense due to lower headcount, as well as lower facility costs, professional fees and other general operating expenses. A portion of this reduction relates to temporary actions the Company implemented to reduce costs given the current economic uncertainty.
Net loss for the third quarter of 2020 was $11.1 million, or $(0.16) per share, compared to a net loss of $10.6 million, or $(0.16) per share reported in the year-ago quarter.
For the third quarter of 2020, non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $7.3 million, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $6.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA excludes stock-based compensation expense; impairment charges; investigation, litigation and legacy audit-related expense; restructuring expense; change in fair value of financing derivatives, warrants liability and equity securities investment; and other items as presented in the accompanying tables.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of September 30, 2020, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $51.8 million, including $19.6 million in restricted cash. Total debt principal as of September 30, 2020, including $204.0 million of senior secured convertible notes, was $223.2 million.
Conference Call Information for today, Monday, November 9th 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 the call, dial +1 844-229-7593 (domestic) or +1 314-888-4258 (international) and reference conference ID # 1886568. 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 # 1886568. The replay will also be available via webcast at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations.
Comscore 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 TV audiences and advertising at scale, Comscore is the industry's emerging, third-party source for reliable and comprehensive cross-platform measurement.
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, forecasts, plans and opinions regarding continued momentum with TV, digital and agency clients; the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Company's business, customers and the broader media industry; the impact of movie theater closures; new and enhanced products; adjusted EBITDA achievement; creation of long-term shareholder and partner value; cost reductions; and growth opportunities, market positioning and strategy. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially from expectations, including, but not limited to, the scope and duration of the Covid-19 pandemic and related government mandates, changes in consumer behavior, customer payment collections, contract execution and renewals, external market conditions, and 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, and expressly disclaims, any duty or 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 adjusted EBITDA, 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.
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.
Robert Winters or Jackie Marcus
Alpha IR Group