Comscore Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results
Revenue of $92.8 million, up 0.3% from Q3 2021
Net loss of $52.4 million versus net income of $2.0 million in Q3 2021
Adjusted EBITDA of $11.7 million, up 4.0% from Q3 2021
Updating 2022 revenue guidance and maintaining adjusted EBITDA margin guidance
RESTON, Va., November 8, 2022 – 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, 2022.
Q3 2022 Financial Highlights
- Revenue for the third quarter was $92.8 million compared to $92.5 million in Q3 2021
- Cross Platform Solutions revenue grew 14.0% year over year to $40.4 million, driven by local and national TV measurement and a continued rebound in Movies
- Digital Ad Solutions revenue declined 8.2% to $52.4 million due to slower ad spend, which impacted Activation and other digital products
- Net loss of $52.4 million compared to net income of $2.0 million in Q3 2021, resulting primarily from a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $46.3 million and restructuring costs of $5.8 million in Q3 2022
- Adjusted EBITDA of $11.7 million compared to $11.3 million in Q3 2021
Recent Business Developments
- Launched Comscore TV Pulse, which provides content measurement data within 48 hours nationally and to all 210 local markets
- Entered into two new currency partnerships – one with Dentsu that enables the agency network to shift local TV buying to a Comscore-based currency, supporting transactions on advanced audiences in all 210 markets, and the other with Fox Television Stations, which allows the local TV broadcaster to leverage a Comscore-based currency to support transactions on advanced audiences across its entire owned and operated footprint
- Expanded a multiyear contract with Scripps, which now includes using Comscore as currency for all Scripps local stations, adding 16 new markets to our existing relationship
- Partnered with FreeWheel to launch advanced Connected TV ("CTV") contextual targeting capabilities on Beeswax, FreeWheel's demand-side platform, which provides media buyers with access to Comscore's privacy-forward Predictive Audiences and CTV brand protection offering for premium video
- Released a new user interface for Comscore Campaign Ratings, which is now the only cross-platform campaign measurement product in the market that can provide deduplicated reach for display and video across desktop, mobile, linear, and CTV in a single report
- Extended Charter's endorsement of Comscore as its preferred local measurement provider to seven years (from five) with an option to extend for the full 10-year contract term
"Since stepping into the CEO role in July, I’ve been laser focused on improving speed, execution and profitability. In the third quarter, we rounded out our executive team with leadership positions that I believe are critical to the success of Comscore. We committed to delivering faster data to our customers, and in September we rolled out our Comscore TV Pulse data with a delivery speed of 48 hours. We also announced a restructuring plan as a first step in becoming more cost efficient and better aligning our operating structure and resources to our strategic priorities. We continue to see momentum in our local and national television businesses, and even though the current economic environment is challenging for our industry, we are excited about what's ahead for Comscore," said Jon Carpenter, CEO of Comscore.
Third Quarter Summary Results
Revenue in the third quarter was $92.8 million, up 0.3% from $92.5 million in Q3 2021, driven by double-digit growth in Cross Platform Solutions revenue from local and national TV measurement and the continued rebound in our Movies business. We saw a decline in Digital Ad Solutions revenue from Q3 2021 primarily as a result of slower ad spend, which impacted Activation and other digital products.
Our core operating expenses, which include cost of revenues, sales and marketing, research and development and general and administrative expenses, were $90.4 million, flat to $90.3 million in Q3 2021. We also incurred restructuring costs of $5.8 million in connection with the restructuring plan announced in September 2022.
Due in part to a decline in our stock price and market capitalization, we performed an interim review of our goodwill at quarter-end, resulting in a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $46.3 million as of September 30, 2022. This charge does not directly impact the Company's liquidity, cash flows, or future operations.
Primarily due to the goodwill impairment charge and restructuring costs, net loss for the quarter was $52.4 million, compared to net income of $2.0 million in Q3 2021. After accounting for dividends on our convertible preferred stock, loss per share attributable to common shares was $(0.60), compared to a loss per share of $(0.02) in Q3 2021.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $11.7 million, compared to $11.3 million in Q3 2021, resulting in adjusted EBITDA margins of 12.6% and 12.2%, 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, impairment of goodwill, restructuring costs, and other items as presented in the accompanying tables.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of September 30, 2022, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $25.5 million. Total debt principal, including $16.0 million in outstanding borrowings under our senior secured revolving credit agreement, was $20.0 million.
Based on current trends and expectations, we are lowering our 2022 revenue growth estimate to low single digits and are reaffirming that our adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to exceed 9% for the year.
We do not provide GAAP net (loss) income on a forward-looking basis because we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty our future stock-based compensation expense, fair value adjustments, 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 (loss) income, on a forward-looking basis.
Conference Call Information for Today, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Management will host a conference call to discuss the results on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The live audio webcast along with supplemental information will be accessible at ir.comscore.com/events-presentations. Participants can obtain dial-in information by registering for the call at the same web address and are advised to register in advance of the call to avoid delays. Following the conference call, a replay will 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, OTT 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 economic and industry trends, currency opportunities, product development and innovation, and restructuring plans and cost-reduction initiatives. 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, including changes or declines in ad spending; 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, including the restructuring plan we announced in September 2022. 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) income, 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.
Q3 2022 Earnings Report.pdf