AcuityAds Holdings Inc. (TSX:AT) (NASDAQ:ATY) (“AcuityAds” or “Company”), a Journey Advertising technology company that empowers marketers to make smarter decisions about communicating with online consumers, today announced its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter 2022 Highlights

  • Total revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2022, was $28.3 million, up 18.6% sequentially. On a year over year basis, revenues decreased by 6.6% which was largely anticipated as we continue to build and transition our sales team from our legacy DSP product to our Journey Advertising product, illumin. As previously communicated, we believe our new sales personnel will become more productive in the second half of FY2022. However, the Company remains mindful of potential macro-economic headwinds and is monitoring the situation accordingly.
  • illumin second quarter revenue rose 96.1% year over year to $10.2 million or 36% of total revenue.
  • illumin self-serve revenue increased 94% sequentially to $1.0 million, while illumin self-serve clients grew 24% sequentially.
  • Second quarter 2022 gross margin was 51.9%, compared to 52.2% in 2021.
  • Net revenue or gross profit (revenue less media costs) for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was $14.7 million, compared to $15.8 million for the same period in 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $1.5 million for the second quarter of 2022, compared to $5.4 million in the prior year.
  • Q2 2022 net income was $0.9 million, compared to $3.4 million in Q2 2021, primarily due to our previously communicated strategic investments in both R&D and sales.
  • During the second quarter of 2022, the Company repurchased 2,269,480 of its common shares at an average price of $3.15 per share for total consideration of $7,140,296. As of August 5, 2022, the Company has repurchased 3,525,620 of its common shares for total consideration of $11,143,292. 
  • At June 30, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $92.5 million, compared to $102.2 million as of December 31, 2021, reflecting share repurchases during the quarter.

“During the second quarter, revenue from illumin, our Journey Advertising platform, grew 96% year-over-year, reaching $10.2 million or 36% of total revenue,” said Tal Hayek, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AcuityAds. “While total company revenue was lower than the prior year due to salesforce transition issues, we continue to see growing adoption of illumin-particularly in self-serve usage. Our strategic initiatives to grow illumin self-serve revenues have already begun to pay off as these revenues grew 94% sequentially, even as illumin self-serve clients grew 24%. This sequential growth supports our belief that illumin’s tremendous ease of use naturally lends itself to self-serve operation and we expect to see continued growth.”

Mr. Hayek continued, “Looking ahead, we believe we will realize further benefits from our strategic investments in R&D, Sales and Marketing. These initiatives will also prepare our organization for its next growth phase. Based on customer demand and our current expectations, we anticipate resuming solid year-over-year revenue growth in the third and fourth quarter of 2022, despite the challenging macro-environment. We remain confident that we are taking the right actions to generate long-term shareholder value, highlighted by our share repurchase activity in the quarter.”

Elliot Muchnik, AcuityAds’ Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We continued to see strong demand for illumin in the quarter, which drove over 30% of sequential illumin revenue growth. The Company repurchased 2.3 million of our common shares for $7.1 million via the normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) we initiated in the quarter. The Company is permitted to purchase up to 5.5 million of the Company’s common shares over the course of the year. This share buy-back underscores our confidence in our balance sheet as well as our fundamental belief in the Company’s long-term prospects. In addition, our healthy balance sheet and considerable liquidity allows us to continue to explore M&A opportunities that fit our corporate strategy.”

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods ended:

  Three months ended   Six months ended  
  June 30,   June 30,   June 30,   June 30,  
    2022     2021     2022     2021  
Net income (loss) for the period $ 910,782   $ 3,361,572   $ (3,579,611 ) $ 4,725,453  
Adjustments:        
Finance costs   125,249     258,974     271,104     533,854  
Foreign exchange gain   (3,183,361 )   (1,303,044 )   (1,392,259 )   (734,561 )
Depreciation and amortization   1,198,379     1,261,634     2,402,378     2,644,660  
Income taxes   101,176     201,357     53,635     231,600  
Share-based compensation   2,074,988     1,624,119     3,553,985     2,488,511  
Severance expenses   268,782     34,209     282,431     90,758  
Other expenses   -     -     79,132     -  
Total adjustments   585,213     2,077,249     5,250,406     5,254,822  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,495,995   $ 5,438,821   $ 1,670,795   $ 9,980,275  

Conference Call Details:

Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022Time: 8:30AM Eastern TimeTo register for the conference call webcast and presentation, please visithttps://illumin.com/investors/earnings-call/

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Please connect at 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure time for any software download that may be needed to hear the webcast.

A recording of the conference call webcast will be available after the call by visiting the Company’s website at https://illumin.com/investors/.

Non-IFRS Measures

This press release makes reference to certain non-IFRS measures. These measures are not recognized measures under IFRS, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement those IFRS measures by providing further understanding of our results of operations from management's perspective. Accordingly, these measures should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of our financial information reported under IFRS. We use non-IFRS measures including “revenue less media costs”, “revenue less media costs margin”, “Adjusted EBITDA” and “Adjusted Net Income (Loss)” (as well as other measures discussed elsewhere in this press release).

The term “revenue less media costs margin” refers to the amount that “revenue less media costs” represents as a percentage of total revenue for a given period, while the term “revenue less media costs” refers to the net amount of revenue after deducting direct media costs. Revenue less media costs is used for internal management purposes as an indicator of the performance of the Company’s solution in balancing the goals of delivering excellent results to advertisers while meeting the Company’s margin objectives and, accordingly the Company believes it is useful supplemental information.

“Adjusted EBITDA” refers to net income (loss) after adjusting for finance costs, impairment loss, fair value gain, income taxes, foreign exchange gain (loss), depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation, acquisition and related integration costs, severance expenses and adjustments to the carrying value of investment tax credits receivable. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful supplemental information as it provides an indication of the results generated by the Company’s main business activities before taking into consideration how those activities are financed and taxed and also prior to taking into consideration depreciation of property and equipment and certain other items listed above. It is a key measure used by the Company’s management and board of directors to understand and evaluate the Company’s operating performance, to prepare annual budgets and to help develop operating plans.

“Adjusted Net Income (Loss)” refers to net income (loss) after adjusting for non-cash items such as impairment loss, fair value gain, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation and foreign exchange gain/loss. The Company believes that Adjusted Net Income (Loss) is useful supplemental information as it provides an indication of the results generated by the Company’s main business activities on a cash basis. It is another key measure used by the Company’s management and board of directors to understand and evaluate the Company’s operating performance, to prepare annual budgets and to help develop operating plans.

These non-IFRS measures are used to provide investors with supplemental measures of our operating performance and thus highlight trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS measures. We believe that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-IFRS measures in the evaluation of issuers, and that these non-IFRS measures in particular are relevant to their analysis of the Company.

About AcuityAds:

AcuityAds is a leading advertising technology company that empowers marketers to make smarter decisions about targeting and communicating with online consumers. Its Journey Advertising platform, illumin™, offers media planning, buying and real-time intelligence from a single platform. With proprietary Artificial Intelligence, illumin™ brings unique programmatic capabilities to connect the consumer journey and help marketers understand a consumer’s true value to their brand. The Company brings an integrated ecosystem of privacy-protected data, inventory, brand safety and fraud prevention partners, offering trusted solutions with proven, above benchmark outcomes for the most demanding marketers.

AcuityAds is headquartered in Toronto with offices throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Latin America. For more information, visit illumin.com.

Disclaimer in regards to Forward-looking statements

Certain statements included herein constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements may relate to the Company’s future financial outlook, financial position, anticipated events, results, success of its work from home policies, the Company’s strategy with respect to the illumin platform, or the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business and operations. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management at this time, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Also, given the evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to predict how significant the adverse impact of the pandemic will be on the global and domestic economy, the business, operations and financial position of the Company’s clients and the business, operations and financial position of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Many factors could cause the Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements or future events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Information Form dated March 10, 20221 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 (the "AIF") and the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2022 dated May [x], 2022 (the “MD&A”). A copy of the AIF, MD&A and the Company's other publicly filed documents can be accessed under the Company's profile on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") at www.sedar.com. In addition, the effects of COVID-19, including the duration, spread and severity of the pandemic, create additional risks and uncertainties for the Company. In particular, the impact of the virus and government authorities’ and public health officials’ responses thereto may affect: the Company’s actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities; domestic and global credit and capital markets and its ability to access capital on favourable terms, or at all; and the health and safety of its employees. The Company cautions that the list of risk factors and uncertainties described in the AIF and the MD&A are not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect its results. Readers are urged to consider the risks, uncertainties and assumptions carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such information.

Except as required by law, AcuityAds does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement to reflect, in particular, new information or future events.

For further information, please contact:

Daniel GordonInvestor Relations ManagerAcuityAds Holdings Inc.416-218-9888investors@acuityads.com Babak PedramInvestor Relations – CanadaVirtus Advisory Group Inc.416-644-5081bpedram@virtusadvisory.com David HanoverInvestor Relations – U.S.KCSA Strategic Communications212-896-1220dhanover@kcsa.com

        

AcuityAds Holdings Inc.Consolidated Balance SheetsAs at December 31, 2020        
         
(expressed in Canadian dollars)        
         
    June 30,2022$   December 31,2021$
         
Assets        
         
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   92,484,650   102,208,807
Accounts receivable   25,911,648   30,972,608
Prepaid expenses and other   4,006,169   3,278,624
         
    122,402,467   136,460,039
Non-current assets        
Deferred tax asset (note 16)   81,803   81,803
Property and equipment (note 3)   5,662,542   5,369,619
Intangible assets (note 4)   4,005,329   3,044,278
Goodwill   4,869,841   4,869,841
         
    137,021,982   149,825,580
         
Liabilities        
         
Current liabilities        
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   20,332,386   24,853,497
Income tax payable   25,375   910,165
Borrowings (note 15)   5,223,356   2,946,150
Lease obligations (note 5)   1,963,968   2,058,161
         
    27,545,085   30,767,973
Non-current liabilities        
Borrowings (note 15)   253,748   3,852,891
Lease obligations (note 5)   2,805,512   2,148,708
         
    30,604,345   36,769,572
         
Shareholders’ Equity (note 7)   106,417,637   113,056,008
         
    137,021,982   149,825,580
         
AcuityAds Holdings Inc.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)(Unaudited)
 
(Expressed in Canadian dollars)
 
  Three months ended June 30, 2022$ Three months ended June 30, 2021$ Six months ended June 30,2022$ Six months ended June 30, 2021$
         
Revenue        
Managed services 18,148,130   23,620,786   33,912,859   45,877,003  
Self-service 10,112,215   6,664,436   18,168,374   11,862,811  
         
  28,260,345   30,285,222   52,081,233   57,739,814  
         
Media costs 13,597,200   14,476,192   25,498,630   27,566,692  
         
Gross profit 14,663,145   15,809,030   26,582,603   30,173,122  
         
Operating expenses        
Sales and marketing (note 17) 5,453,295   5,167,203   10,841,727   9,721,227  
Technology (note 11 and 17) 4,222,675   3,342,054   7,521,005   7,135,424  
General and administrative (note 17) 3,759,962   1,895,161   6,910,639   3,426,954  
Share-based compensation (note 7) 2,074,988   1,624,119   3,553,985   2,488,511  
Depreciation and amortization 1,198,379   1,261,634   2,402,378   2,644,660  
         
  16,709,299   13,290,171   31,229,734   25,416,776  
         
Income (loss) from operations (2,046,154 ) 2,518,859   (4,647,131 ) 4,756,346  
         
Finance costs (note 8) 125,249   258,974   271,104   533,854  
Foreign exchange gain (3,183,361 ) (1,303,044 ) (1,392,259 ) (734,561 )
         
  (3,058,112 ) (1,044,070 ) (1,121,155 ) (200,707 )
         
Net income (loss) before income taxes 1,011,958   3,562,929   (3,525,976 ) 4,957,053  
         
Income taxes (note 16) 101,176   201,357   53,635   231,600  
         
Net income (loss) for the period 910,782   3,361,572   (3,579,611 ) 4,725,453  
         
Basic net income (loss) per share (note 9) 0.02   0.06   (0.06 ) 0.08  
                 
                 
AcuityAds Holdings Inc.Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive IncomeFor the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020                
                 
 (Expressed in Canadian dollars)                
                 
Diluted net income (loss) per share                                                        (note 9) 0.02   0.06   (0.06 ) 0.08  
         
Exchange loss on translating foreign operations 244   248,433   234,335   1,002,764  
         
Comprehensive income (loss) for the period 910,538   3,113,139   (3,813,946 ) 3,722,689  
AcuityAds Holdings Inc.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Unaudited)For the six-month periods ended June 30, 2022, and 2021
 
(Expressed in Canadian dollars)
 
    2022$     2021$  
         
Cash provided by (used in)        
         
Operating activities        
Income (loss) for the period   (3,579,611 )   4,725,453  
         
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows        
Depreciation and amortization   2,402,378     2,644,660  
Finance costs (note 8)   271,104     533,854  
Share-based compensation (note 7(c))   3,553,985     2,488,511  
Foreign exchange gain   (1,392,259 )   (734,561 )
Change in non-cash operating working capital        
Accounts receivable   5,060,960     829,380  
Prepaid expenses and other   (727,573 )   (549,210 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (4,469,629 )   (1,008,800 )
Income tax payable   (884,790 )   -  
Interest paid – net   (203,621 )   (466,497 )
         
    30,944     8,462,790  
         
Investing activities        
Additions to property and equipment (note 3)   (1,922,440 )   (129,570 )
Additions to intangible assets (note 4)   (1,733,912 )   -  
         
    (3,656,352 )   (129,570 )
         
Financing activities        
Repayment of term loans principal (note 15)   (1,227,584 )   (1,213,020 )
Additions to international loans (note 15)   1,074,905     159,168  
Repayment of international loans (note 15)   (1,204,845 )   (994,941 )
Additions to leases   1,780,790     57,020  
Repayment of leases   (1,134,566 )   (1,661,907 )
Net proceeds from equity financing (note 7)   -     64,293,097  
Repurchase of shares for cancellation (note 7 (f))   (7,140,297 )   -  
Proceeds from the exercise of warrants   -     61,723  
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options   293,217     992,141  
         
    (7,558,380 )   61,693,281  
         
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (11,183,788 )   70,026,501  
         
Foreign exchange impact on cash   1,459,631     734,561  
         
Cash and cash equivalents – Beginning of period   102,208,807     22,638,300  
         
Cash and cash equivalents – End of period   92,484,650     93,399,362  
         
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash transactions        
Additions to property and equipment under leases   1,780,790     71,556  
         

 

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