iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited Reports 2019 First-Quarter Unaudited Financial Results
-- Robust Start and Significant Progress in Enterprise Solutions --
HONG KONG, May 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited (“iClick”) (NASDAQ: ICLK), an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider in China, today announced unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
“During the first quarter, we reported record-high gross profit and substantial growth in adjusted EBITDA on a solid revenue increase,” said Sammy Hsieh, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of iClick. “As we celebrate our 10th anniversary year, we continue to make progress toward achieving our long-term goal of transforming iClick into a CRM and Marketing Cloud Platform that provides a fully-integrated solution to help our clients address their sales and marketing challenges in China.
“We also recently announced two milestone agreements that further advance the development of our CRM and Marketing Cloud platform,” Hsieh said. “In the Enterprise Solutions business, we signed a strategic partnership agreement with BTG WELINK, the online retail services arm of Beijing Tourism Group, one of the top ten tourism service groups in China, and Tencent, to unleash the potential of smart retail by establishing a new customer relationship management system.
“In the Marketing Solutions business, we recently announced to form a joint venture with VGI Global Media in Thailand that will add more diversity to iClick’s geographic reach in a high-growth region. We believe both agreements will help contribute to our future growth and profitability,” Hsieh said.
First Quarter 2019 Results:
Revenue for the first quarter of 2019 grew to US$39.2 million, up 11% from US$35.2 million for the same period last year, attributable to contributions from existing marketing solutions and the Company’s new enterprise solutions, partially offset by depreciation of the Renminbi against the US dollar by 7% compared with the first quarter of 2018. On a currency-neutral basis, the revenue increased 19% at US$41.8 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period last year.
Revenue from marketing solutions grew to US$37.8 million for the first quarter of 2019, up 7% from US$35.2 million for the first quarter of 2018, primarily as the result of growing market demand from marketers. On a currency-neutral basis, the revenue increased 15% at US$40.4 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period last year.
Revenue from Enterprise solutions was US$1.5 million for the first quarter of 2019.
Gross profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 increased 53% to US$12.4 million, compared with US$8.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, mainly due to improvements in gross profit margin from the Company’s marketing solutions, and contribution from higher margin enterprise solutions.
Total operating expenses were US$14.6 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared with US$9.9 million for the first quarter of 2018, primarily attributable to the expenses incurred for new business development, increase in marketing activities and higher incentives for sales personnel.
Operating loss was US$2.2 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared with an operating loss of US$1.7 million for the prior-year period, as a result of higher expenses incurred for new business development.
Net loss totalled US$2.5 million for the 2019 first quarter, compared with US$112,000 for the 2018 first quarter, as a result of the decrease of exchange gain of US$1.9 million compared with the first quarter of 2018, and the fair value losses on convertible notes of US$1.0 million in the first quarter of 2019.
Net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders per basic and diluted ADS was US$0.0379, compared with a net loss per basic and diluted ADS of US$0.0021 for the first quarter of 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2019 improved to US$538,000, compared with US$409,000 for the first quarter of 2018, resulting from the increase in gross profit. For a reconciliation of the Company’s adjusted EBITDA to net loss, its most comparable GAAP measure, please refer to “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results.”
Adjusted net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, fair value losses on convertible notes, and other gains, for the 2019 first quarter reduced to US$1.2 million, compared with US$1.4 million for the 2018 first quarter. For a reconciliation of the Company’s adjusted net loss to net loss, its most comparable GAAP measure, please refer to “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results.”
Gross billing2 grew to US$96.3 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, up from US$91.9 million last year. It is primarily as a result of increasing demand, partially offset by depreciation of the Renminbi against the US dollar by 7% compared with a year ago. The gross billing increased 12% on a currency-neutral basis at US$102.5 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared with a year ago.
As of March 31, 2019, the Company had cash and equivalents of US$44.7 million, compared with $39.8 million as of December 31, 2018.
Based on the information available as of the date of this press release, iClick provided the following outlook for the second quarter of 2019 and the following outlook for the 2019 full year:
Second Quarter 2019:
Full Year 2019:
The above outlook is based on current market conditions and reflects the Company’s preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions, expected foreign exchange fluctuation, and customer demand, which are all subject to change. Please also refer to the factors set out under the section titled “Safe Harbor Statement.”
The Company will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on May 29, 2019 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time on May 29, 2019). A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on iClick’s investor relations website at http://ir.i-click.com.
Dial-in details for the conference call are as follows:
A replay of the conference call will be accessible by phone two hours after the conclusion of the live call at the following numbers until June 6, 2019:
About iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited
iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited (NASDAQ:ICLK) is an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider that connects worldwide marketers with audiences in China. Built on cutting-edge technologies, our proprietary platform possesses omni-channel marketing capabilities and fulfills various marketing objectives in a data-driven and automated manner, helping both international and domestic marketers reach their target audiences in China. Headquartered in Hong Kong, iClick was established in 2009 and is currently operating in nine locations worldwide including Asia and Europe.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company uses adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net loss, and diluted adjusted net loss per ADS, each a non-GAAP financial measure, in evaluating the Company’s operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes.
The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net loss, and diluted adjusted net loss per ADS help identify underlying trends in the Company’s business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of the expenses and gains that the Company includes in net loss. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss provide useful information about the Company’s operating results, enhance the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company’s management in its financial and operational decision-making.
Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net loss, and diluted adjusted net loss per ADS should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to net loss or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance. Investors are encouraged to review the historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net loss, and diluted adjusted net loss per ADS presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to the Company’s data. The Company encourages investors and others to review the Company’s financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.
For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP results” set forth at the end of this press release.
Additionally, currency-neutral revenue and gross billing are calculated using actual exchange rates in use during the comparative prior year period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends excluding the impact of translation arising from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. These non-GAAP financial measures were presented with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures together for facilitating a more comprehensive understanding of operating performance between periods.
Statement Regarding Preliminary Unaudited Financial Information
The unaudited financial information set out in this press release is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company’s year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. Such statements are based upon management’s current expectations and current market and operating conditions, and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the Company's fluctuations in growth; its success in implementing its mobile and new retail strategies; including extending its solutions beyond its core online marketing business; its success in structuring a CRM & Marketing Cloud platform; relative percentage of its gross billing recognized as revenue under the gross and net models; its ability to retain existing clients or attract new ones; its ability to retain content distribution channels and negotiate favourable contractual terms; market competition, including from independent online marketing technology platforms as well as large and well-established internet companies; market acceptance of online marketing technology solutions and enterprise solutions; effectiveness of its algorithms and data engines; its ability to collect and use data from various sources; ability to integrate and realize synergies from acquisitions, investments or strategic partnership; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; and general economic conditions in China and other jurisdictions where the Company operates; and the regulatory landscape in China and other jurisdictions where the Company operates. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F and other filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.
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ICLICK INTERACTIVE ASIA GROUP LIMITED
Adjusted EBITDA represents net loss before (i) depreciation and amortization, (ii) interest expense, (iii) interest income, (iv) income tax (benefit)/expense, (v) share-based compensation, (vi) fair value losses on convertible notes, (vii) other gains, net, and (viii) net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests.
The table below sets forth a reconciliation of the Company’s adjusted EBITDA to net loss for the periods indicated:
Adjusted net loss represents net loss before (i) share-based compensation, (ii) fair value losses on convertible notes, (iii) other gains, net, and (iv) net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests. There is no material tax effects on these non-GAAP adjustments.
The table below sets forth a reconciliation of the Company’s adjusted net loss to net loss for the periods indicated:
The basic and diluted adjusted net loss per ADS for the periods indicated are calculated as follows:
1 For more details on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” set forth at the end of this press release.