Recapitalization Transaction Adds Key Strategic Partners and Strengthens Balance Sheet
First Quarterly Year-Over-Year Revenue Increase Since 2018Expanded Partnership for Addressable Advertising
RESTON, Va., May 6, 2021 – Comscore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights
Recent Key Renewals, Partnerships and New Business Developments
"Completing our investment this quarter with Charter, Qurate and Cerberus was a critical strategic step for Comscore. This transaction gave us access to expanded rights with our data sets and created additional momentum behind our efforts to shift the media and advertising industry to census-based measurement at a time that the industry needs Comscore more than ever. Combined with the financial flexibility and liquidity created by the transaction, we are now positioned to reestablish revenue growth across our business," said Bill Livek, CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of Comscore. "This quarter we saw improvement in many areas of our business, and with movie theaters beginning to reopen, we expect to see a healthy rebound over the coming quarters in that vertical. We signed new contracts and partnerships with industry leaders and are seeing customer excitement and momentum in many of our products. As a result, we remain confident in our ability to grow revenue as the year progresses."
First Quarter Summary ResultsRevenue in the first quarter of 2021 was $90.3 million, up from $89.5 million in the year-ago quarter, with growth from increases in TV, cross-platform services, custom marketing solutions and Activation offset by lower movie and syndicated digital revenue. This marks the first quarterly year-over-year revenue increase since the fourth quarter of 2018.
Ratings and Planning revenue was $65.8 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared to $63.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was the result of higher TV revenue and services related to our international cross platform offering, offset by syndicated digital and Validated Campaign Essentials products. TV continued to experience higher revenue compared to the prior year from new partnerships and increased agency use, and from delivering TV data as part of an expanded relationship with an enterprise customer. We also recorded $2.4 million in revenue in the current period for certain cross platform services delivered in Europe related to the renewal of a multi-year agreement. Syndicated digital revenue was lower compared to the first quarter of 2020 primarily from reductions in our international business, while Validated Campaign Essentials experienced lower volumes in the current quarter compared to the prior year.
Analytics and Optimization revenue was $17.7 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared to $15.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase related to higher deliveries of custom solutions and Activation, which experienced double-digit year-over-year growth as we continued to bring new solutions to market.
Movies Reporting and Analytics revenue was $6.8 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared to $10.5 million in the year-ago quarter, as revenue continued to be impacted by theater closures. While we expect theater closures to continue affecting Movies revenue in 2021, revenue should improve through the year as major theater chains reopen across the U.S. and abroad.
Expenses from cost of revenues, sales and marketing, research and development, and general and administrative were $95.4 million compared to $90.7 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase relates primarily to higher data costs and stock-based compensation expense, as well as the fulfillment cost of the multi-year European contract renewal discussed above. These increases were offset by lower facility costs, professional fees and other general operating expenses.
Net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was $36.4 million compared to a net loss of $13.2 million reported in the year-ago quarter. Included in net loss for the first quarter of 2021 was a $15.3 million non-cash charge we took upon closing of the transaction composed of (i) $9.6 million related to the extinguishment of debt and associated derivatives and the issuance of 3.15 million conversion shares to affiliates of Starboard Value LP, and (ii) $5.7 million related to a change in fair value from the antidilution adjustment to our Series A warrant exercise price. Included in net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was a $4.7 million non-cash impairment charge on certain property leases. Loss per share attributable to common shares was $(0.49), compared to a loss per share attributable to common shares of $(0.19) in the year-ago quarter.
For the first quarter of 2021, non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $5.6 million, compared to $6.4 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the prior-year quarter relates primarily to higher data costs associated with our new commercial agreements. Adjusted EBITDA excludes stock-based compensation expense, impairment charges, change in fair value of financing derivatives and warrants liability, debt extinguishment costs, and other items as presented in the accompanying tables.
Balance Sheet and LiquidityAs of March 31, 2021, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $33.9 million, including $4.8 million in restricted cash. Total debt principal as of March 31, 2021 was $3.8 million. On May 5, 2021, we entered into a $25.0 million revolving credit facility to provide additional liquidity and financial flexibility.
2021 OutlookBased on current trends and expectations, we continue to believe full-year 2021 revenue will increase between 3% and 5% over 2020, driven by growth in TV revenue, increased Activation, improvement in Movies and stabilization in syndicated digital. We also continue to expect an adjusted EBITDA margin of 6% to 8% for the full year 2021.
We do not provide GAAP net income (loss) on a forward-looking basis because we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty our future stock-based compensation expense, fair value adjustments for financing derivatives and warrants, variable interest expense, litigation and restructuring expense, and any unusual gains or losses without unreasonable effort. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could be material to results computed in accordance with GAAP. For this reason, we are unable without unreasonable effort to provide a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA margin to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, GAAP net income (loss), on a forward-looking basis.
Conference Call Information for Today, Thursday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. ETManagement will provide commentary on the company's results in a conference call on Thursday, May 6, at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access this call, dial +1 844-229-7593 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 314-888-4258 (international) and reference Conference ID # 6477866. Participants are advised to dial in at least 15 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 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 404-537-3406 (international) with Conference ID #6477866. The replay will also be available via webcast at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations.
About ComscoreComscore 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 StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal and state securities laws, including, without limitation, our expectations, forecasts, plans and opinions regarding expected revenue growth and adjusted EBITDA margin for 2021, the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our business, new contracts and partnerships, evolving industry trends, product development and innovation, and the impact of our strategic investment transaction and revolving credit facility on our business and liquidity. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially from expectations, including, but not limited to, changes in our business and customer, partner and vendor relationships; external market conditions; evolving privacy and regulatory standards; the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and related government mandates; and our ability to achieve our expected strategic, and financial and operational plans. For additional discussion of risk factors, please refer to our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings that we make 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).
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresTo provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, we are disclosing herein adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP net income (loss), 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 measure, net income (loss). These reconciliations should be carefully evaluated.
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