Snap Inc. Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
3 months ago
Daily Active Users increased 2% sequentially to 190 million
First quarter revenue increased 39% to $320 million
Year over year revenue growth accelerated to 39%, from 36% in the prior quarter
Snap Inc. (SNAP) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Operating cash flow improved by $166 million to $(66) million in Q1 2019, compared to the prior year.
Free Cash Flow improved by $190 million to $(78) million in Q1 2019, compared to the prior year.
Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards totaled 1,544 million at March 31, 2019, compared with 1,457 million one year ago.
Revenue increased 39% to $320 million in Q1 2019, compared to the prior year.
Operating loss improved $76 million to $(316) million in Q1 2019, compared to the prior year.
Net loss improved $75 million to $(310) million in Q1 2019, compared to the prior year.
Adjusted EBITDA loss improved $94 million to $(123) million in Q1 2019, compared to the prior year.
“In the first quarter we delivered strong results across our business with growth in daily active users and revenue,” said Evan Spiegel, CEO. “Our new Android application is available to everyone, with promising early results. This month we announced several new products that we believe will drive further engagement and monetization. As we look towards the future, we see many opportunities to increase our investments, and will continue to manage our business for long-term growth.”
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Cash used in operating activities
Free Cash Flow
Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards
Diluted net loss per share attributable to common shareholders
Non-GAAP diluted net loss per share
Q1 2019 Summary & Key Highlights
We started the year increasing Daily Active Users and enhancing engagement across key metrics:
DAUs were 190 million in Q1 2019, compared to 186 million in Q4 2018 and 191 million in Q1 2018.
As of March, Snapchat reaches 90% of all 13-24 year-olds and 75% of all 13-34 year-olds in the U.S.
We fully rolled out the new build of our Android application:
As of the end of Q1, our new Android application is available to everyone.
The new app is 25% smaller, opens 20% faster on average, and is modularized for more efficient ongoing innovation.
On lower-performing devices, this resulted in a 6% increase in the number of users sending Snaps within the first week of upgrading to the new Android build.
On April 4th, we hosted the first ever Snap Partner Summit to celebrate our partners and to come together in person to share some of the latest innovations we brought to our platform. These include:
Games – We unveiled Snap Games – an all-new live, multi-player gaming experience featuring our original game Bitmoji Party and select third-party games.
Augmented Reality – We introduced a number of augmented reality (AR) innovations, including Landmarkers, AR Bar, and Scan.
Snap Kit – We added new features to Snap Kit, enabling our app partners to utilize the best features in Snapchat, including App Stories, Creative Kit Web, and Snap Audience Network.
Discover – We announced a new slate of ten Snap Original Shows, our premium, mobile shows created exclusively for Snapchat’s audience, which will begin airing in May 2019, and renewed three of our most popular Snap Original Shows, including “The Dead Girls Detective Agency,” “Endless Summer,” and “Deep Creek.”
We’ve enhanced Discover’s high quality, made-for-mobile video offering across the Snapchat platform:
In Q1 2019, nearly half of our daily Discover viewers watched Discover every day of the week.
We now offer more than 450 premium content channels worldwide.
In the past six months, we’ve more than doubled the number of localized media partners outside of the U.S.
In Q1 2019 alone, we launched over 50 new Shows and Publisher Stories in international markets.
In March, our partners increased their total mobile monthly audience in the U.S. by an average of more than 30% just by publishing to Discover, as measured by ComScore.
We have made major strides in building our platform capabilities to drive improved outcomes for advertisers:
We made several updates to our self-serve tool, Ads Manager, including enhancing advanced features such as target cost bidding, new bulk uploading capabilities, bulk editing and cloning, and the expansion of location categories to the UK, Canada, and France.
We continue to invest in brand-focused buying tools; our Reach & Frequency product now allows for one-day buys (the previous minimum was three) and has been expanded to the UK, Canada, and France.
Toyota ran a sophisticated campaign across our various video and AR products to promote the Corolla Hatchback among Millennials. Snapchatters engaged with the ads, watching more than 90% of their Commercials on average, and playing with their Lenses for more than 10 seconds each on average.
The following forward-looking statements reflect our expectations for the second quarter of 2019 as of April 23, 2019, and are subject to substantial uncertainty. This guidance assumes, among other things, that no business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded in the quarter. Our results are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date, but may be materially affected by many factors, as discussed below in “Forward-Looking Statements.”
Q2 2019 Outlook
Revenue is expected to be between $335 million and $360 million, or grow between 28% and 37% compared to Q2 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $(150) million and $(125) million, compared to $(169) million in Q2 2018.
Conference Call Information
Snap Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. Eastern today. The live audio webcast along with supplemental information will be accessible at investor.snap.com. A recording of the webcast will also be available following the conference call.
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Free Cash Flow is defined as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, reduced by purchases of property and equipment.
Common shares outstanding plus shares underlying stock-based awards includes common shares outstanding, restricted stock units, restricted stock awards, and outstanding stock options.
Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss), excluding interest income; interest expense; other income (expense) net; income tax benefit (expense); depreciation and amortization; stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expense; and certain other non-cash or non-recurring items impacting net income (loss) from time to time.
A Daily Active User (DAU) is defined as a registered Snapchat user who opens the Snapchat application at least once during a defined 24-hour period. We calculate average DAUs for a particular quarter by adding the number of DAUs on each day of that quarter and dividing that sum by the number of days in that quarter.
Average revenue per user (ARPU) is defined as quarterly revenue divided by the average DAUs.
A Monthly Active User (MAU) is defined as a registered Snapchat user who opens the Snapchat application at least once during the 30-day period ending on the calendar month-end. We calculate average Monthly Active Users for a particular quarter by calculating the average of the MAUs as of each calendar month-end in that quarter.
Addressable reach is defined as the approximate number of Snapchat users that an ad could reach over a 28-day period in a given locality. When we calculate the percentage of a demographic group that can be reached, we do so by dividing addressable reach by relevant census figures. Addressable reach and age data are subject to limitations. For more information, see Snap’s SEC filings and businesshelp.snapchat.com.
Note: For adjustments and additional information regarding the non-GAAP financial measures and other items discussed, please see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” and “Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics.”
About Snap Inc.
Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. We contribute to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. For more information, visit snap.com.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, as described below, to understand and evaluate our core operating performance. These non-GAAP financial measures, which may be different than similarly titled measures used by other companies, are presented to enhance investors’ overall understanding of our financial performance and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.
We use the non-GAAP financial measure of Free Cash Flow, which is defined as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, reduced by purchases of property and equipment. We believe Free Cash Flow is an important liquidity measure of the cash that is available, after capital expenditures, for operational expenses and investment in our business and is a key financial indicator used by management. Additionally, we believe that Free Cash Flow is an important measure since we use third-party infrastructure partners to host our services and therefore we do not incur significant capital expenditures to support revenue generating activities. Free Cash Flow is useful to investors as a liquidity measure because it measures our ability to generate or use cash. Once our business needs and obligations are met, cash can be used to maintain a strong balance sheet and invest in future growth.
We use the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as net income (loss); excluding interest income; interest expense; other income (expense), net; income tax benefit (expense); depreciation and amortization; stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expense; and certain other non-cash or non-recurring items impacting net income (loss) from time to time. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA helps identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the expenses that we exclude in Adjusted EBITDA.
We use the non-GAAP financial measure of non-GAAP net loss, which is defined as net income (loss); excluding amortization of intangible assets; stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax expense; certain other non-cash or non-recurring items impacting net income (loss) from time to time; and related income tax adjustments. Non-GAAP net loss and weighted average diluted shares are then used to calculate non-GAAP diluted net loss per share. Similar to Adjusted EBITDA, we believe these measures help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the expenses we exclude in the measure.
We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about our financial performance, enhance the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by our management for financial and operational decision-making. We are presenting these non-GAAP measures to assist investors in seeing our financial performance through the eyes of management, and because we believe that these measures provide an additional tool for investors to use in comparing our core financial performance over multiple periods with other companies in our industry.
For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, please see “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
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