Comscore Reports First Quarter 2022 Results
Revenue of $94.0 Million, up 4% from Q1 2021
Net Loss of $9.3 Million versus $36.4 Million in Q1 2021
Adjusted EBITDA of $6.8 Million, up 22% from Q1 2021
RESTON, Va., May 10, 2022 – 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, 2022.
Q1 2022 Financial Highlights
- Revenue for the first quarter was $94.0 million compared to $90.3 million in Q1 2021
- TV measurement grew double digits year over year on new business wins and renewals with long-standing partners
- Activation up 20% year over year as our privacy-forward solutions are beginning to scale
- Net loss of $9.3 million compared to a net loss of $36.4 million in Q1 2021
- Adjusted EBITDA of $6.8 million compared to $5.6 million in Q1 2021
Recent Business Developments
Cross Platform Solutions
- MRC audit for Local and National Television measurement is underway
- New National TV business wins with Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global
- Warner Bros. Discovery considers Comscore as an alternative currency provider with multiple national agencies
- NBCU certifies Comscore for Local currency measurement, NBCU's only certified Local provider
- Comcast Cable's ad sales division Effectv announces Comscore as a currency for its local markets
- Sinclair becomes first TV group to subscribe to a multiyear contract with Comscore's Consumer Intelligence (CCI) for local markets
- Expanded relationship with WideOrbit to include Comscore as a new currency for its local markets, with automated TV buying and selling across 1700 stations in all 210 markets
Digital Ad Solutions
- Renewed partnership with IRI to add custom CPG segments to Comscore's growing Activation suite of privacy-forward product offerings
- Tremor International partners with Comscore's cookie-free Predictive Audiences to pre-bid audience targeting across desktop, mobile and connected TV (CTV)
- New business with Redfin and WebMD
- CCR engagement with NBCU and Warner Bros. Discovery
"This was another solid quarter of year-over-year growth for Comscore. I am proud of the progress we are making across all our lines of business. As the measurement landscape evolves, Comscore remains focused on delivering superior products that drive the best outcomes for our clients. Throughout the quarter we continued to sign new clients and renewed long-standing currency relationships with industry-leading companies. There continues to be a tremendous opportunity for Comscore as it positions itself as the leading cross-platform currency, which we expect will continue to drive revenue growth throughout 2022," said Bill Livek, CEO and Executive Vice Chairman of Comscore.
First Quarter Summary Results
Revenue in the first quarter was $94.0 million, up 4% from $90.3 million in Q1 2021, with growth from increases in TV, Movies, Custom Solutions, and Activation partially offset by lower revenue from services related to our international digital measurement offering. Expenses from cost of revenues, sales and marketing, research and development and general and administrative were $97.7 million, up 2.5% from $95.4 million in Q1 2021.
Net loss for the quarter was $9.3 million, compared to net loss of $36.4 million in Q1 2021. Included in net loss for Q1 2021 was a $15.3 million non-cash charge related to the recapitalization transaction that closed in March 2021. After accounting for dividends on our convertible preferred stock, loss per share attributable to common shares was $(0.14), compared to a loss per share of $(0.49) in Q1 2021.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $6.8 million, compared to $5.6 million in Q1 2021, resulting in adjusted EBITDA margins of 7% and 6%, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin exclude stock-based compensation, change in fair value of contingent consideration, financing derivatives and warrants liability, debt extinguishment costs, amortization of cloud-computing implementation costs, and other items as presented in the accompanying tables.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of March 31, 2022, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $30.1 million. Total debt principal, including $16.0 million in outstanding borrowings under our senior secured revolving credit agreement, was $20.5 million.
Based on current trends and expectations, we continue to believe that revenue will increase mid to high single digits over 2021 and expect the adjusted EBITDA margin to be consistent with 2021.
Conference Call Information for Today, Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Management will provide commentary on the company's results in a conference call on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 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 # 9990618. 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 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 404-537-3406 (international) with Conference ID #9990618. 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, our expectations, forecasts, plans and opinions regarding expected revenue growth and adjusted EBITDA margin for future periods, the impact of new customer contracts and partnerships on our business and revenue prospects, evolving industry trends, Comscore's currency opportunities, and product development and innovation. 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 and competition; 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, 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).
Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date such statements are made. We do not intend or undertake, and expressly disclaim, 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 adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin, 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 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 loss. These reconciliations should be carefully evaluated.
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.
Q1 2022 Earnings Report.pdf