NEW YORK - May 4, 2016 - Criteo S.A. (NASDAQ: CRTO), the performance marketing technology company, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.
“We are making advertising accountable to performance metrics through innovation and technology,” said Eric Eichmann, CEO. “2016 is off to a strong start and our pipeline of exciting new products will continue to fuel high growth.”
"We delivered fast growth and increased profitability," said Benoit Fouilland, Chief Financial Officer. "This combination remains a unique feature of our business model."
Revenue ex-TAC grew 37%, or 41% at constant currency, to $162 million (Q1 2015: $118 million). This increase was primarily driven by the continued roll-out of our technology innovations across all devices including mobile, the addition of the second largest quarterly number of new clients and the continued expansion of our publisher relationships.
Revenue ex-TAC margin as a percentage of revenue was 40.5%, in line with prior quarters.
1 Growth at constant currency excludes the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and is computed by applying the 2015 average exchange rates for the relevant period to 2016 figures.
Adjusted EBITDA and Operating Expenses
Adjusted EBITDA grew 54%, or 56% at constant currency, to $49 million (Q1 2015: $32 million). This increase in Adjusted EBITDA is primarily the result of the strong Revenue ex-TAC performance in the quarter. We incurred slightly lower than anticipated expenses, primarily related to hosting, data and various other operating expenses. Approximately a third of such lower expenses represent savings.
Adjusted EBITDA margin as a percentage of revenue improved 140 basis points to 12.2% (Q1 2015: 10.8%).
Operating expenses increased 32% to $116 million (Q1 2015: $88 million). Operating expenses, excluding the impact of share-based compensation expense, pension costs, depreciation and amortization and acquisition-related deferred price consideration, which we refer to as Non-GAAP Operating Expenses, increased 30% to $104 million. This increase is primarily related to the year-over-year growth in headcount in Research and Development (48%), Sales and Operations (23%) and General and Administrative (35%), as we continued to scale the entire organization.
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses as a percentage of revenue decreased by over 120 basis points to 25.8% (Q1 2015: 27.0%).
Net Income and Adjusted Net Income
Net income increased 36% to $19 million (Q1 2015: $14 million). Net income available to shareholders of Criteo S.A. was $17 million, or $0.26 per share on a diluted basis (Q1 2015: $13 million, or $0.20 per share on a diluted basis).
Adjusted Net income, or net income adjusted to eliminate the impact of share-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, acquisition-related deferred price consideration and the tax impact of these adjustments, increased 35% to $28 million, or $0.43 per share on a diluted basis (Q1 2015: $21 million, or $0.32 per share on a diluted basis).
Cash Flow and Cash Position
Cash flow from operating activities was $19 million (Q1 2015: $41 million).
Total cash and cash equivalents were $386 million as of March 31, 2016 (December 31, 2015: $354 million).
The following forward-looking statements reflect Criteo’s expectations as of May 4, 2016.
Second Quarter 2016 Guidance:
Fiscal Year 2016 Guidance:
The above guidance for the second quarter 2016 assumes the following exchange rates for the main currencies impacting our business: a U.S. dollar-euro rate of 0.885, a U.S. dollar-Japanese Yen of 110, a U.S. dollar-British pound rate of 0.70 and a U.S. dollar-Brazilian real rate of 3.56.
The above guidance assumes no acquisitions are completed during the second quarter ending June 30, 2016 and the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and its attachments include the following financial measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"): Revenue ex-TAC, Revenue ex-TAC by Region, Revenue ex-TAC margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income per diluted share, Free Cash Flow, and Non-GAAP Operating Expenses. These measures are not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP").
Revenue ex-TAC is our revenue excluding Traffic Acquisition Costs (“TAC”) generated over the applicable measurement period and Revenue ex-TAC by Region reflects our Revenue ex-TAC by our core geographies. Revenue ex-TAC and Revenue ex-TAC by Region are key measures used by our management and board of directors to evaluate our operating performance, generate future operating plans and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. In particular, we believe that the elimination of TAC from revenue can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our core business and across our core geographies. Accordingly, we believe that Revenue ex-TAC and Revenue ex-TAC by Region provide useful information to investors and the market generally in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors.
Adjusted EBITDA is our consolidated earnings before financial income (expense), income taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted to eliminate the impact of share-based compensation expense, pension service costs and acquisition-related deferred price consideration. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by our management and board of directors to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short‑ and long-term operational plans. In particular, we believe that by eliminating share-based compensation expense, service costs (pension) and acquisition-related deferred price consideration, Adjusted EBITDA can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our core business. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors and the market generally in understanding and evaluating our results of operations in the same manner as our management and board of directors.
Adjusted Net Income is our net income adjusted to eliminate the impact of share-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, acquisition-related deferred price consideration, and the tax impact of these adjustments. Adjusted Net Income is a key measure used by our management and board of directors to evaluate operating performance, generate future operating plans and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. In particular, we believe that by eliminating share-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and acquisition-related deferred price consideration and the tax impact of these adjustments, Adjusted Net Income can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our core business. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted Net Income provides useful information to investors and the market generally in understanding and evaluating our results of operations in the same manner as our management and board of directors.
Free Cash Flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less acquisition of intangible assets, property, plant and equipment and net of proceeds from disposal. Free Cash Flow is a key measure used by our management and board of directors to evaluate the Company's ability to generate cash. Accordingly, we believe that Free Cash Flow permits a more complete and comprehensive analysis of our available cash flows.
Please refer to the supplemental financial tables provided in the appendix of this press release for a reconciliation of Revenue ex-TAC to Revenue, Revenue ex-TAC by Region to Revenue by Region, Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income, Adjusted Net Income to Net Income and Free Cash Flow to cash flow from operating activities, in each case, the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure. Our use of non-GAAP financial measures has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider such non-GAAP measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our financial results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations are: (1) other companies, including companies in our industry which have similar business arrangements, may address the impact of TAC differently; and (2) other companies may report Revenue ex-TAC, Revenue ex-TAC by Region, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Free Cash Flow or similarly titled measures but calculate them differently or over different regions, which reduces their usefulness as comparative measures. Because of these and other limitations, you should consider these measures alongside our U.S. GAAP financial results, including revenue and net income.
With respect to our expectations under “Business Outlook” above, reconciliation of Revenue ex-TAC and Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the closest corresponding U.S. GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability, complexity and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from these non-GAAP measures; in particular, the measures and effects of stock-based compensation expense specific to equity compensation awards that are directly impacted by unpredictable fluctuations in our share price. We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future U.S. GAAP financial results.
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including projected financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2016 and the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, our expectations regarding our market opportunity and future growth prospects and other statements that are not historical facts and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: recent growth rates not being indicative of future growth, uncertainty regarding legislative, regulatory or self-regulatory developments regarding data privacy matters, uncertainty regarding our ability to access a consistent supply of internet display advertising inventory and expand access to such inventory, the investments in new business opportunities and the timing of these investments, the impact of competition, our ability to manage growth, potential fluctuations in operating results, our ability to grow our base of clients, uncertainty regarding international growth and expansion, and the financial impact of maximizing Revenue ex-TAC, as well as risks related to future opportunities and plans, including the uncertainty of expected future financial performance and results and those risks detailed from time-to-time under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s SEC filings and reports, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 29, 2016, as well as future filings and reports by the Company. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events, changes in expectations or otherwise.
Conference Call Information
Criteo’s earnings conference call will take place today, May 4, 2016, at 8:00 AM ET, 2:00 PM CET. The conference call will be webcast live on the Company’s website http://ir.criteo.com and will be available for replay.
Conference call details:
Please ask to be joined into the “Criteo S.A.” call.