Third consecutive quarter of positive cash flow provided by operating activities
Paid subscribers increased 31% in Q3 to 394,000, generating gross revenue of $2.0 million since the January 2019 launch of the paid subscription offering
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / June 11, 2020 / Zedge, Inc. (NYSE American:ZDGE), a worldwide mobile publishing and content platform provider, today announced results for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2020, the three months ended April 30, 2020.
Third Quarter FY 2020 Operational and Financial Highlights
(Results are for the third quarter of FY 2020 and are compared to third quarter of FY 2019 except where otherwise noted.)
- Revenue increased 8.7% to $2.1 million from $1.9 million;
- MAU (Monthly Active Users) for the last 30 days of the quarter were 28.8 million, a decrease of 15.4% from the prior year period; Compared to the year ago quarter, MAU declined 28.7% in well-developed markets and by 7.6% in emerging markets; On a sequential quarterly basis, MAU decreased 16% with MAU in developed markets and emerging markets declining by 20.2% and 14%, respectively;
- Paid subscribers increased 31% sequentially to 394,000;
- Average revenue per MAU derived from apps (ARPMAU) increased 32.8% to $0.0220, up from $0.0166;
- Cash flow provided by operating activities was $658,000 - an improvement of $723,000 compared to the same period last year and of $85,000 when compared to last quarter; and
- Net loss per share of $0.03 compared to a loss of $0.12 in the year-ago quarter and net income of $0.01 in the prior quarter.
Monthly User Metrics
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Paid Subscribers ('000)
MAU (last 30 days of the quarter)
Developed Markets MAU
Emerging Markets MAU
Average Revenue per MAU
Total Installs (million)
"I want to commend the Zedge team for successfully banding together and doing almost everything possible to successfully navigate the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and delivering another quarter of positive cashflow from operating activities," said Elliot Gibber, Interim CEO. "At the outset of the crisis we experienced a precipitous fall in revenue and MAU and reacted by instituting a hiring freeze, negotiating for vendor concessions, and severely reducing discretionary spend. These efforts effectively aligned revenues with expenses, albeit with the recognition that certain product initiatives would be delayed by one to two quarters. Hand in hand we are dedicating more resources to accelerate revenue bearing projects as we continue to focus on being cash flow positive."
"Despite COVID related challenges, paid subscriptions continued to advance nicely in Q3," said Jonathan Reich, CFO and COO of Zedge. "Our focus on this segment has helped us grow from zero paying subscribers in January of 2019 to more than 400,000 today. Furthermore, our new marketing platform, which we developed internally, not only has resulted in lowering cost but also has helped us expand the universe of prospects that are likely to sign up for a paid subscription. In addition, we are consistently seeing annual subscribers' renewal rates in excess of 40% which speaks to the loyalty that paid subscribers have to Zedge."
"As you can imagine, our app is a must have for many when they purchase a phone because of their desire to personalize it," added Mr. Reich. "The short-term drop in handset sales amidst the quarantine has certainly impacted this portion of our business, but our expectation is that, as markets reopen, we will benefit from pent-up demand resulting in an uptick in MAU and revenue."
"Turning to Shortz, prior to the onset of the pandemic, we were either outpacing or steadily closing in on the key performance indicators we set for the beta, including conversion, average revenue per subscriber and churn," added Mr. Reich. "However, as the crisis took root, both average revenue per subscriber and churn suffered. In addition, our planned May introduction of our ‘Shortcastz', high-quality audio renditions of the stories, has been delayed as due to business closures we were unable to secure voiceover talent and time in a recording studio. We don't expect to be in a position to accurately assess the viability of this new product until late fall."
Financial Results by Quarter (USD in thousands, other than Loss per Share and ARPMAU)
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Direct Cost of Revenue
Depreciation & Amortization
Income (Loss) from Operations
Net Gain/(Loss) from FX & Other
Provision for income taxes
Net Income (Loss)
Income (Loss) Per Share
Total Current Assets Less Total Current Liabilities
Total Installs (Million)
Revenue was $2.1 million, an increase of 8.7% compared to $1.9 million reported in the prior-fiscal year third quarter. The growth was due to an almost six-fold increase in paid subscribers, partially offset by the discontinuation, effective June 1, 2019, of $179,000 in revenue associated with managing ad operations for a third-party mobile app publisher. On a sequential basis, revenue decreased 21.4% compared to the second fiscal quarter due to the impact of the economic slowdown on advertising budgets and lower new handsets sales.
Selling, General and Administration (SG&A) expense decreased 31.5% to $1.6 million, down from $2.3 million in the year-ago quarter and 17.2% from $1.9 million in the prior quarter, primarily attributable to reductions in net compensation costs and discretionary expenses offset by higher marketing costs associated with the approximate 26% fee Zedge pays to Google for paid subscribers and content acquisition expense associated with ‘Shortz'. The US dollar surged to historical highs against the Norwegian Kroner this quarter which also contributed, in part to the overall decline in SG&A, as the majority of the Company's employees are based in Norway.
Loss from operations was $127,000 in the third quarter, compared to a loss of $1.1 million in the year-ago period and operating income of $79,000 in the prior quarter, after accounting for depreciation and amortization of $348,000 in the current quarter, $391,000 in the year-ago quarter and $363,000 last quarter;
Net loss in the third quarter was $(325,000), or $(0.03) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(1.2 million), or $(0.12) per basic and diluted share in the prior year period. The decrease was due to lower SG&A expenses and higher revenue. Sequentially, the current net loss compares to net income of $100,000, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
Zedge generated $658,000 in cash flow provided by operating activities, an improvement of $723,000 compared to the same period last year and of $85,000 when compared to last quarter. The Company ended the quarter with $4.6 million in cash and $3.1 million in working capital.
Earnings Announcement and Supplemental Information
Zedge's earnings release will be filed on Form 8-K and posted on the Zedge investor relations website (http://investor.zedge.net) at approximately 4:10 p.m. Eastern on June 11, 2020.
Zedge's management will host an earnings conference call beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Management's presentation of the results, outlook and strategy will be followed by Q&A with investors.
To participate in the call, please dial Toll Free: 844-602-0380 or International: 862-298-0970 at least five minutes before the 4:30 p.m. Eastern start and ask for the Zedge earnings conference call.
The call will also be webcast through the following link and will be live through Friday, September 11, 2020:
Following the call and continuing through Thursday, June 25, 2020 a call replay will be available by dialing Toll Free: 877-481-4010 or International: 919-882-2331 and entering the replay access code: 34710
Forward Looking Statements
All statements above that are not purely about historical facts, including, but not limited to, those in which we use the words "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "target" and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While these forward-looking statements represent our current judgment of what may happen in the future, actual results may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by these statements due to numerous important factors. Our filings with the SEC provide detailed information on such statements and risks, and should be consulted along with this release. To the extent permitted under applicable law, we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
Zedge offers a state-of-the-art digital publishing platform that powers our consumer-facing app availing users with a host of digital content - wallpapers, video wallpapers, ringtones, and stickers. We are evolving by developing new apps run on top of our publishing platform and generally focus on the entertainment vertical. Our creators are amateur and professional artists as well as new and major brands who can easily launch a virtual storefront in Zedge where they can market and sell their content to our user base. Our app has been downloaded more than 436 million times, has approximately 29 million monthly active users and has consistently been ranked as one of the most popular free apps in Google Play in the US.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except par value data)
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Cash and cash equivalents
Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $0 at April 30, 2020 and July 31, 2019
Other current assets
Total current assets
Property and equipment, net
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Trade accounts payable
Insurance premium loan payable
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
Total current liabilities
Commitments and contingencies
Preferred stock, $.01 par value; authorized shares-2,400; no shares issued
Class A common stock, $.01 par value; authorized shares-2,600; 525 shares issued and outstanding at April 30, 2020 and July 31, 2019
Class B common stock, $.01 par value; authorized shares-40,000; 11,715 shares issued, and 11,675 shares outstanding at April 30, 2020 and 9,876 shares issued and 9,854 outstanding at July 31, 2019
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
Treasury stock, 40 shares at April 30, 2020 and 22 shares at July 31, 2019, at cost
Total stockholders' equity
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(in thousands, except par value data)
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Costs and expenses:
Direct cost of revenues (exclusive of amortization of capitalized software and technology development costs included below)
Selling, general and administrative
Depreciation and amortization
Loss from operations
Interest and other income
Net loss resulting from foreign exchange transactions
Loss before income taxes
Provision for income taxes
Other comprehensive loss:
Changes in foreign currency translation adjustment
Total other comprehensive loss
Total comprehensive loss
Loss per share attributable to Zedge, Inc. common stockholders:
Basic and diluted
Weighted-average number of shares used in calculation of loss per share:
Basic and diluted
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
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Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization
Loss on disposal of furniture and fixtures
Change in assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts receivable
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Trade accounts payable and accrued expenses and other current liabilities
Due to IDT Corporation
Net cash provided by operating activities
Capitalized software and technology development costs and purchase of equipment
Investment in privately-held company
Net cash used in investing activities
Proceeds from sales of Class B Common Stock
Payment of issuance costs
Proceeds from PPP loan payable
Repayment of insurance premium loan payable
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
Purchase of treasury stock in connection with restricted stock vesting
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
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Cash payments made for interest expenses
Cash payments made for income taxes
SOURCE: Zedge, Inc.