• ChannelAdvisor Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Revenue; Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Adjusted EBITDA Exceed Guidance

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 13 Feb 2019 06:30:21   America/New_York

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChannelAdvisor Corporation (NYSE: ECOM), a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable brands and retailers to increase global sales, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

    "We continued to advance the business in 2018, finishing the year with solid fourth quarter financial performance coming in above the mid-point of revenue guidance and significantly exceeding our Adjusted EBITDA expectations," said David Spitz, Chief Executive Officer of ChannelAdvisor. "We processed a record $10 billion in GMV in 2018, a special milestone for us, and grew our customer base quarter over quarter by a net 18 customers, the best quarterly sequential improvement in nearly two years. We also posted strong revenue growth and performance in our European and Australian regions, continued to see improvements in customer and revenue retention, and increased revenues from strategic partnerships. Going into 2019, we continue to focus on our strategic priorities of improving efficiency in our core business, winning more brands, and increasing our indirect sales contribution."

    Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

    • Revenue:  Total revenue was $34.8 million for the fourth quarter 2018, an increase of 2.0% from the year-ago period and the highest quarterly revenue in the history of the company. Fixed subscription fees were $25.7 million, or 73.8% of total revenue, an increase of 2.9% from the year-ago period. Variable subscription fees were $9.1 million, or 26.2% of total revenue, a decrease of 0.4% from the year-ago period.

    • Gross Profit:  GAAP gross profit was $27.2 million, representing a 78.2% gross margin for the fourth quarter 2018, compared with $27.2 million and 79.6%, respectively, for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP gross profit was $27.5 million, representing a 79.1% non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter 2018, compared with $27.2 million and 79.9%, respectively, for the year-ago period.

    • Net Income (Loss):  GAAP net income was $0.6 million for the fourth quarter 2018, compared with a GAAP net loss of $(0.5) million for the year-ago period. GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.02 based on 28.7 million weighted average shares outstanding for the fourth quarter 2018, compared with a GAAP diluted net loss per share of $(0.02) and 26.6 million shares outstanding for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP net income was $3.8 million for the fourth quarter 2018, compared with $2.4 million for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.13 based on 28.7 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with $0.08 and 28.0 million shares outstanding, respectively, for the year-ago period. For a description of these and other non-GAAP measures included in this press release, including their potential limitations, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

    • Adjusted EBITDA:  Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $5.4 million for the fourth quarter 2018, compared with $3.9 million for the year-ago period.

    • Cash:  Cash and cash equivalents totaled $47.2 million as of December 31, 2018, compared with $53.4 million as of December 31, 2017. Cash generated from operations was $1.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, compared with cash used in operations of $(3.0) million for the year-ago period.

    Full Year 2018 Financial Results

    • Revenue:  Total revenue was $131.2 million for 2018, an increase of 7.1% from the prior year. Fixed subscription fees were $100.1 million, or 76.3% of total revenue, an increase of 7.0% from the prior year. Variable subscription fees were $31.1 million, or 23.7% of total revenue, an increase of 7.2% from the prior year.

    • Gross Profit:  GAAP gross profit was $101.7 million, representing a 77.5% gross margin for 2018, compared with $93.4 million and 76.3%, respectively, for the prior year. Non-GAAP gross profit was $102.6 million, representing a 78.2% non-GAAP gross margin for 2018, compared with $94.4 million and 77.0%, respectively, for the prior year.

    • Net Loss:  GAAP net loss was $(7.6) million for 2018, compared with $(16.6) million for the prior year. GAAP net loss per share was $(0.28) based on 27.1 million weighted average shares outstanding for 2018, compared with $(0.63) and 26.4 million shares outstanding, respectively, for the prior year. Non-GAAP net income was $3.6 million for 2018, compared with non-GAAP net loss of $(2.1) million for the prior year. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.13 based on 28.6 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with a non-GAAP net loss per share of $(0.08) based on 26.4 million shares then outstanding for the prior year.

    • Adjusted EBITDA:  Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $9.8 million for 2018, compared with $4.6 million for the prior year.

    Operating Highlights

    • Average Revenue per Customer (ARPC):  ARPC was $46,286 for 2018, an increase of 8.4% from the prior year.

    • Customer Count:  Total customer count was 2,833 at the end of 2018, compared with 2,815 as of September 30, 2018 and 2,840 customers at the end of 2017. In the fourth quarter 2018, ChannelAdvisor added notable new customers including Guess, FootJoy, and Avery Products and expanded its relationship with Whirlpool.

    • Gross Merchandise Value (GMV):  ChannelAdvisor's platform processed record annual GMV of over $10 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.4% from 2017.

    • Strategic Partnerships:  In 2018, ChannelAdvisor significantly expanded its reach and addressable market through new strategic partnerships, entering agreements to support 30 new marketplaces, expand its referral network to include five leading, global logistics providers across the globe, and embed ChannelAdvisor's capabilities in the platforms of two partners.

    • Platform Enhancements:  Continued progress on the development of a new user interface for ChannelAdvisor's core Marketplaces platform, which is expected to launch in April 2019, designed to substantially improve the ease of use and time to value for customers.

    Financial Outlook

    Based on information available as of today, ChannelAdvisor is issuing guidance for its first quarter and full year 2019:

    (in millions, except percentages)Q1 2019 Full Year 2019
    Revenue$31.5 - $32.0 $136.0 - $139.0
      Y/Y Growth0% - 2% 4% - 6%
    Adjusted EBITDA$0.6 - $1.0 $13.0 - $15.0
      As a Percentage of Revenue (at the midpoints)3% 10%
    Stock-based Compensation Expense$3.0 - $3.4 $11.5 - $12.5
    Weighted Average Shares Outstanding27.5 28.0

    Refer to the "Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Reconciliation" table included with the financial tables at the end of this release for the reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP financial measure.

    Conference Call Information

     What:ChannelAdvisor Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results Conference Call
     When:Wednesday, February 13, 2019
     Time:8:00 a.m. ET
     Live Call:(855) 638-4821, Passcode 6448476, Toll free
      (704) 288-0612, Passcode 6448476, Toll
     Webcast:http://ir.channeladvisor.com (live and replay)

    Key Financial and Operating Metrics

    Average revenue per customer is revenue for a particular period divided by the average monthly number of customers during the period, which is calculated by taking the sum of the number of customers at the end of each month in the period and dividing by the number of months in the period.

    Number of customers includes all customers who subscribe to at least one of our solutions.

    Refer to the "Supplemental Financial Information" presentation available at http://ir.channeladvisor.com for supplemental operating metrics and financials.

    Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    This press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP net income (loss) and adjusted EBITDA. Non-GAAP net income (loss) excludes non-cash stock-based compensation expense, non-recurring severance and related costs due to our reorganization of our China operations in 2018, and a one-time charge for voluntary disclosure agreements ("VDAs") related to sales taxes in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA excludes each of these items, as well as depreciation, amortization, income tax expense, and net interest expense.

    ChannelAdvisor believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors relating to ChannelAdvisor’s financial condition and results of operations. The company’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses, and for budgeting and planning purposes. The company believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing the company’s financial measures with other software companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors, and that it allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making.

    Management of the company does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the company’s financial statements. In order to compensate for these limitations, management presents non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP results. Non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results and guidance prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are included with the financial tables at the end of this release. ChannelAdvisor urges investors to review the reconciliation and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the company’s business. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly named non-GAAP measures differently than we do, which limits their usefulness in comparing our financial results with theirs.

    Refer to the "Supplemental Financial Information" presentation available at http://ir.channeladvisor.com for GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation schedules for the presented periods.

    About ChannelAdvisor

    ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM) is a leading e-commerce cloud platform whose mission is to connect and optimize the world’s commerce. For nearly two decades, ChannelAdvisor has helped brands and retailers worldwide improve their online performance by expanding sales channels, connecting with consumers around the world, optimizing their operations for peak performance and providing actionable analytics to improve competitiveness. Thousands of customers depend on ChannelAdvisor to securely power their sales and optimize fulfillment on channels such as Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Walmart, and hundreds more. For more information, visit www.channeladvisor.com.

    Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook and guidance and expectations regarding our growth and that of the e-commerce industry. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release and are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections, as well as the current beliefs and assumptions of management. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond ChannelAdvisor’s control. ChannelAdvisor’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, risks detailed in ChannelAdvisor’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, as well as other documents that may be filed by the company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These documents are available on the ‘SEC Filings’ section of the Investor Relations page of our website at http://ir.channeladvisor.com. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: our reliance for a significant portion of our revenue on sales by our customers on the Amazon and eBay marketplaces and through advertisements on Google; our ability to respond to rapid changes in channel technologies or requirements; our ability to compete successfully against current and future competitors, which could include the channels themselves; our reliance in part on a pricing model under which a portion of the subscription fees we receive from customers is variable, based upon the amount of transaction volume that those customers process through our platform; our reliance on non-redundant data centers and cloud computing providers to deliver our SaaS solutions; the potential that the e-commerce market does not grow, or grows more slowly than we expect, particularly on the channels that our solutions support; challenges and risks associated with our increasing international operations; and security or privacy breaches. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent ChannelAdvisor’s views as of the date of this press release. ChannelAdvisor undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, these forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing ChannelAdvisor’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

    Investor Contact:
    Traci Mangini
    ChannelAdvisor Corporation
    traci.mangini@channeladvisor.com
    919-228-4886

    Media Contact:
    Tamara Gibbs
    ChannelAdvisor Corporation
    tamara.gibbs@channeladvisor.com
    919-249-9798


    ChannelAdvisor Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Consolidated Balance Sheets
    (in thousands, except share and per share data)

     December 31,
     2018 2017
    Assets(unaudited)  
    Current assets:   
    Cash and cash equivalents$47,185  $53,422 
    Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $652 and $609 as of December 31, 2018 and
    2017, respectively
    23,436  27,452 
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets9,248  16,462 
         Total current assets79,869  97,336 
    Property and equipment, net12,007  10,877 
    Goodwill23,486  23,486 
    Intangible assets, net1,894  2,503 
    Deferred contract costs, net of current portion11,336   
    Long-term deferred tax assets, net4,162  5,550 
    Other assets1,515  759 
    Total assets$134,269  $140,511 
    Liabilities and stockholders' equity   
    Current liabilities:   
    Accounts payable$1,598  $7,243 
    Accrued expenses9,358  12,611 
    Deferred revenue24,205  27,143 
    Other current liabilities3,569  4,477 
         Total current liabilities38,730  51,474 
    Long-term capital leases, net of current portion1,404  641 
    Lease incentive obligation2,154  3,328 
    Other long-term liabilities2,343  3,157 
    Total liabilities44,631  58,600 
    Commitments and contingencies   
    Stockholders' equity:   
    Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and
    outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
       
    Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 27,347,115 and
    26,601,626 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017,
    respectively
    27  27 
    Additional paid-in capital271,550  262,805 
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss(1,707) (789)
    Accumulated deficit(180,232) (180,132)
         Total stockholders' equity89,638  81,911 
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$134,269  $140,511 


    ChannelAdvisor Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Consolidated Statements of Operations
    (in thousands, except share and per share data)

     Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
    2018 2017 2018 2017
     (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)  
    Revenue$34,789  $34,105  $131,218  $122,535 
    Cost of revenue (1) (2)7,567  6,953  29,501  29,102 
    Gross profit27,222  27,152  101,717  93,433 
    Operating expenses (1) (2):       
    Sales and marketing14,295  15,350  60,080  60,343 
    Research and development5,370  5,990  22,359  21,868 
    General and administrative6,937  6,248  26,784  27,800 
         Total operating expenses26,602  27,588  109,223  110,011 
    Income (loss) from operations620  (436) (7,506) (16,578)
    Other income (expense):       
    Interest income (expense), net159  73  510  222 
    Other income (expense), net7  (23) 9  83 
         Total other income (expense)166  50  519  305 
    Income (loss) before income taxes786  (386) (6,987) (16,273)
    Income tax expense179  75  614  284 
    Net income (loss)$607  $(461) $(7,601) $(16,557)
    Net income (loss) per share:       
    Basic$0.02  $(0.02) $(0.28) $(0.63)
    Diluted$0.02  $(0.02) $(0.28) $(0.63)
    Weighted average common shares outstanding:       
    Basic27,330,983  26,583,657  27,138,274  26,366,748 
    Diluted28,731,489  26,583,657  27,138,274  26,366,748 
            
    (1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:       
    Cost of revenue$304  $87  $911  $951 
    Sales and marketing661  978  3,144  3,827 
    Research and development567  601  2,152  2,260 
    General and administrative1,043  1,149  4,391  4,909 
     $2,575  $2,815  $10,598  $11,947 
            
    (2) Includes depreciation and amortization as follows:       
    Cost of revenue$939  $920  $3,610  $4,019 
    Sales and marketing226  227  884  998 
    Research and development91  100  371  424 
    General and administrative329  290  1,229  1,137 
     $1,585  $1,537  $6,094  $6,578 


    ChannelAdvisor Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
    (in thousands)

     Year Ended December 31,
     2018 2017
     (unaudited)  
    Cash flows from operating activities   
    Net loss$(7,601) $(16,557)
    Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash and cash equivalents provided by (used in)
    operating activities:
       
    Depreciation and amortization6,094  6,578 
    Bad debt expense991  727 
    Non-cash stock-based compensation expense10,598  11,947 
    Deferred income taxes493  130 
    Other items, net(851) (869)
    Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisition:   
         Accounts receivable2,634  (8,261)
         Prepaid expenses and other assets10,303  (5,514)
         Deferred contract costs(6,730)  
         Accounts payable and accrued expenses(10,936) 5,242 
         Deferred revenue(3,765) 3,581 
    Net cash and cash equivalents provided by (used in) operating activities1,230  (2,996)
        
    Cash flows from investing activities   
    Purchases of property and equipment(2,045) (2,790)
    Payment of software development costs(894) (293)
    Acquisition, net of cash acquired  (2,177)
    Net cash and cash equivalents used in investing activities(2,939) (5,260)
        
    Cash flows from financing activities   
    Repayment of capital leases(2,241) (2,840)
    Proceeds from exercise of stock options1,106  1,428 
    Payment of statutory tax withholding related to net-share settlement of restricted stock units(2,959) (2,727)
    Net cash and cash equivalents used in financing activities(4,094) (4,139)
        
    Effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(434) 397 
    Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(6,237) (11,998)
        
    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year53,422  65,420 
    Cash and cash equivalents, end of year$47,185  $53,422 


    Reconciliation of GAAP Gross Profit and GAAP Gross Margin
    to Non-GAAP Gross Profit and Non-GAAP Gross Margin
    (unaudited; in thousands)
     Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Revenue$34,789  $34,105  $131,218  $122,535 
            
    Gross profit (GAAP)$27,222  $27,152  $101,717  $93,433 
    Plus: Stock-based compensation expense304  87  911  951 
    Gross profit (Non-GAAP)$27,526  $27,239  $102,628  $94,384 
    Gross margin (GAAP)78.2% 79.6% 77.5% 76.3%
    Gross margin (Non-GAAP)79.1% 79.9% 78.2% 77.0%


    Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Expenses to Non-GAAP Operating Expenses
    (unaudited; in thousands)
     Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Operating expenses (GAAP)$26,602  $27,588  $109,223  $110,011 
    Less: Stock-based compensation expense2,271  2,728  9,687  10,996 
    Less: Non-recurring severance and related costs587    587   
    Less: One-time charge for VDAs related to sales taxes      2,539 
    Operating expenses (Non-GAAP)$23,744  $24,860  $98,949  $96,476 


    Reconciliation of GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations and GAAP Operating Margin  to Non-GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations and Non-GAAP Operating Margin
    (unaudited; in thousands)
     Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Revenue$34,789  $34,105  $131,218  $122,535 
            
    Income (loss) from operations (GAAP)$620  $(436) $(7,506) $(16,578)
    Plus: Stock-based compensation expense2,575  2,815  10,598  11,947 
    Plus: Non-recurring severance and related costs587    587   
    Plus: One-time charge for VDAs related to sales taxes      2,539 
    Income (loss) from operations (Non-GAAP)$3,782  $2,379  $3,679  $(2,092)
    Operating margin (GAAP)1.8% (1.3)% (5.7)% (13.5)%
    Operating margin (Non-GAAP)10.9% 7.0% 2.8% (1.7)%


    Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)
    (unaudited; in thousands)
     Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Net income (loss) (GAAP)$607  $(461) $(7,601) $(16,557)
    Plus: Stock-based compensation expense2,575  2,815  10,598  11,947 
    Plus: Non-recurring severance and related costs587    587   
    Plus: One-time charge for VDAs related to sales taxes      2,539 
    Net income (loss) (Non-GAAP)$3,769  $2,354  $3,584  $(2,071)


    Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
    (unaudited; in thousands)
     Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Net income (loss)$607  $(461) $(7,601) $(16,557)
    Adjustments:       
    Interest (income) expense, net(159) (73) (510) (222)
    Income tax expense179  75  614  284 
    Depreciation and amortization expense1,585  1,537  6,094  6,578 
    Total adjustments1,605  1,539  6,198  6,640 
    EBITDA2,212  1,078  (1,403) (9,917)
    Stock-based compensation expense2,575  2,815  10,598  11,947 
    Non-recurring severance and related costs587    587   
    One-time charge for VDAs related to sales taxes      2,539 
    Adjusted EBITDA$5,374  $3,893  $9,782  $4,569 


    Free Cash Flow Reconciliation
    (unaudited; in thousands)
     Year Ended December 31,
     2018 2017
    Cash provided by (used in) operating activities$1,230  $(2,996)
    Less: Purchases of property and equipment(2,045) (2,790)
    Free cash flow$(815) $(5,786)


    Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Reconciliation
    (unaudited; in millions)
     First Quarter 2019 Full Year 2019
     Low High Low High
    Net loss (estimate)$(4.5) $(3.4) $(6.0) $(2.5)
    Adjustments (estimates):       
    Interest (income) expense, net(0.1) (0.2) (0.6) (0.8)
    Income tax expense0.2  0.1  0.8  0.7 
    Depreciation and amortization expense1.6  1.5  6.3  6.1 
    Total adjustments1.7  1.4  6.5  6.0 
    EBITDA(2.8) (2.0) 0.5  3.5 
    Stock-based compensation expense (estimate)3.4  3.0  12.5  11.5 
    Adjusted EBITDA guidance$0.6  $1.0  $13.0  $15.0 

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