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 ChannelAdvisor Reports First Quarter 2019 Results; Adjusted EBITDA Significantly Exceeds Guidance
   Thursday, May 09, 2019 6:45:00 AM ET

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 09, 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 quarter ended March 31, 2019.

"First quarter revenues were within our previous guidance range, although variable revenue was somewhat impacted by a more pronounced deceleration in Amazon and eBay GMV growth than we previously anticipated, consistent with their recently reported results for the first quarter," said David Spitz, Chief Executive Officer of ChannelAdvisor. "Despite this, we posted strong Adjusted EBITDA that was substantially better than the high-end of our guidance range, highlighting our solid expense discipline in the quarter. Given the GMV trends we saw in the first quarter, and incorporating the impact of slower sales in the first quarter attributable to a territory change we implemented, we are moderating our full-year revenue outlook. However, we are simultaneously raising our full-year Adjusted EBITDA guidance, demonstrating our commitment to driving margin growth while we continue investing in key strategic priorities."

First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

  • Revenue:  Total revenue was $31.6 million for the first quarter 2019, an increase of 0.4% from the year-ago period. Fixed subscription fees were $25.5 million, or 80.6% of total revenue, an increase of 6.2% from the year-ago period. Variable subscription fees were $6.1 million, or 19.4% of total revenue, a decrease of 18.1% from the year-ago period.

  • Gross Profit:  GAAP gross profit was $24.0 million, representing a 76.2% gross margin for the first quarter 2019, compared with $24.1 million and 76.6%, respectively, for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP gross profit was $24.4 million, representing a 77.4% non-GAAP gross margin for the first quarter 2019, compared with $24.3 million and 77.3%, respectively, for the year-ago period.

  • Net Loss:  GAAP net loss was $(2.3) million for the first quarter 2019, compared with $(3.2) million for the year-ago period. GAAP net loss per share was $(0.08) based on 27.5 million weighted average shares outstanding for the first quarter 2019, compared with $(0.12) and 26.7 million shares then outstanding for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP net income was $1.1 million for the first quarter 2019, or $0.04 per share, compared with non-GAAP net loss of $(0.4) million, or $(0.02) per share, 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 $2.6 million for the first quarter 2019, compared with $1.0 million for the year-ago period.

  • Cash:  Cash and cash equivalents totaled $48.4 million as of March 31, 2019, compared with $47.2 million as of December 31, 2018. Cash generated from operations was $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared with $2.0 million for the year-ago period.

Recent Operating Highlights

  • Winning with Brands: Continued to expand the customer base and accelerate revenue growth for brands, a key customer segment. Added 50 net new brand customers for the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2019. Brands accounted for 20.0% of the Company’s customer base as of March 31, 2019, compared to 17.7% as of March 31, 2018 and brands revenue growth accelerated to 31.0% on a trailing twelve-month basis as of March 31, 2019, compared to 22.2% for the year-ago period.

  • Launched New Platform User Interface: In April, launched a new user interface aimed at improving the ease of use of the marketplaces platform, serving to support further targeted improvements in customer retention and indirect sales channel efforts.

  • Expanded Supported Marketplaces:  Increased the number of marketplace integrations to 133 as of the end of first quarter 2019 from 107 as of the end of the first quarter 2018, including Target+, and partnered with Instagram to support its new marketplace.

  • Average Revenue per Customer (ARPC):  ARPC, calculated on a trailing twelve-month basis, was $46,530 for the twelve months ended March 31, 2019, an increase of 5.9% from the year-ago period.

  • Customer Count:  Total customer count was 2,774 at the end of the first quarter 2019, compared with 2,855 customers at the end of the first quarter 2018.

Financial Outlook

Based on the information available as of today, ChannelAdvisor is issuing guidance for its second quarter 2019 and updating guidance for the full year 2019 from amounts previously provided on February 13, 2019.

(in millions)Q2 2019 Full Year 2019 (updated)
Revenue$31.5 - $32.0 $131.0 - $134.0
Adjusted EBITDA$1.5 - $2.0 $15.0 - $17.0
Stock-based Compensation Expense$2.5 - $2.9 $11.5 - $12.5
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding27.9 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 First Quarter 2019 Financial Results Conference Call
When:Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time:8:00 a.m. ET
Live Call:(855) 638-4821, Passcode 8883256, Toll free
 (704) 288-0612, Passcode 8883256, Toll
Webcast:  (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.

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. Adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation, amortization, income tax expense, net interest expense and stock-based compensation 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.

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 .

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 for the second quarter and full year 2019 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 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, 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 . 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  

Media Contact:
Tamara Gibbs
ChannelAdvisor Corporation  

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

 March 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$48,416  $47,185 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $715 and $652 as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively22,097  23,436 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets8,986  9,248 
Total current assets79,499  79,869 
Operating lease right of use assets14,102   
Property and equipment, net11,253  12,007 
Goodwill23,486  23,486 
Intangible assets, net1,742  1,894 
Deferred contract costs, net of current portion 11,586  11,336 
Long-term deferred tax assets, net4,007  4,162 
Other assets958  1,515 
Total assets$146,633  $134,269 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$1,110  $1,598 
Accrued expenses10,203  9,358 
Deferred revenue23,493  24,205 
Other current liabilities6,677  3,569 
Total current liabilities41,483  38,730 
Long-term operating leases, net of current portion13,105   
Long-term finance leases, net of current portion1,404  1,404 
Lease incentive obligation  2,154 
Other long-term liabilities1,196  2,343 
Total liabilities57,188  44,631 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders' equity:   
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018   
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 27,850,988 and 27,347,115 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively28  27 
Additional paid-in capital273,607  271,550 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(1,629) (1,707)
Accumulated deficit(182,561) (180,232)
Total stockholders' equity89,445  89,638 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$146,633  $134,269 

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

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Revenue$31,574  $31,445 
Cost of revenue (1) (2)7,529  7,353 
Gross profit24,045  24,092 
Operating expenses (1) (2):   
Sales and marketing14,313  14,890 
Research and development5,333  5,902 
General and administrative6,699  6,451 
Total operating expenses26,345  27,243 
Loss from operations(2,300) (3,151)
Other income (expense):   
Interest income (expense), net183  125 
Other income (expense), net(20) (19)
Total other income (expense)163  106 
Loss before income taxes(2,137) (3,045)
Income tax expense192  112 
Net loss$(2,329) $(3,157)
Net loss per share:   
Basic and diluted$(0.08) $(0.12)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:   
Basic and diluted27,493,049  26,739,331 
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:   
Cost of revenue$385  $217 
Sales and marketing1,036  752 
Research and development730  649 
General and administrative1,247  1,115 
 $3,398  $2,733 
(2) Includes depreciation and amortization as follows:   
Cost of revenue$923  $877 
Sales and marketing206  220 
Research and development90  98 
General and administrative327  285 
 $1,546  $1,480 

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

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Cash flows from operating activities   
Net loss$(2,329) $(3,157)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash and cash equivalents provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization1,546  1,480 
Bad debt expense242  189 
Stock-based compensation expense3,398  2,733 
Deferred income taxes189  105 
Other items, net60  (219)
Changes in assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable1,231  6,587 
Prepaid expenses and other assets1,525  1,195 
Deferred contract costs(511) (1,942)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses(3,092) (3,660)
Deferred revenue(839) (1,339)
Cash and cash equivalents provided by operating activities1,420  1,972 
Cash flows from investing activities   
Purchases of property and equipment(172) (338)
Payment of internal-use software development costs(511) (124)
Cash and cash equivalents used in investing activities(683) (462)
Cash flows from financing activities   
Repayment of finance leases(446) (330)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options937  159 
Payment of statutory tax withholding related to net-share settlement of restricted stock units  (14)
Cash and cash equivalents provided by (used in) financing activities491  (185)
Effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents3  2 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents1,231  1,327 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period47,185  53,422 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$48,416  $54,749 

Reconciliation of GAAP Gross Profit and GAAP Gross Margin
to Non-GAAP Gross Profit and Non-GAAP Gross Margin
(unaudited; dollars in thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Revenue$31,574  $31,445 
Gross profit (GAAP)$24,045  $24,092 
Plus: Stock-based compensation expense included within cost of revenue385  217 
Gross profit (Non-GAAP)$24,430  $24,309 
Gross margin (GAAP)76.2% 76.6%
Gross margin (Non-GAAP)77.4% 77.3%

Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Expenses to Non-GAAP Operating Expenses
(unaudited; in thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Operating expenses (GAAP)$26,345  $27,243 
Less: Stock-based compensation expense included within operating expenses3,013  2,516 
Operating expenses (Non-GAAP)$23,332  $24,727 

Reconciliation of GAAP Loss from Operations and GAAP Operating Margin
to Non-GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations and Non-GAAP Operating Margin
(unaudited; dollars in thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Revenue$31,574  $31,445 
Loss from operations (GAAP)$(2,300) $(3,151)
Plus: Stock-based compensation expense3,398  2,733 
Income (loss) from operations (Non-GAAP)$1,098  $(418)
Operating margin (GAAP)(7.3)% (10.0)%
Operating margin (Non-GAAP)3.5% (1.3)%

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)
(unaudited; in thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Net loss (GAAP)$(2,329) $(3,157)
Plus: Stock-based compensation expense3,398  2,733 
Net income (loss) (Non-GAAP)$1,069  $(424)

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
(unaudited; in thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Net loss (GAAP)$(2,329) $(3,157)
Interest (income) expense, net(183) (125)
Income tax expense192  112 
Depreciation and amortization expense1,546  1,480 
Total adjustments1,555  1,467 
EBITDA(774) (1,690)
Stock-based compensation expense3,398  2,733 
Adjusted EBITDA$2,624  $1,043 

Free Cash Flow Reconciliation
(unaudited; in thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Cash and cash equivalents provided by operating activities$1,420  $1,972 
Less: Purchases of property and equipment(172) (338)
Free cash flow$1,248  $1,634 

Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Reconciliation
(unaudited; in millions)
 Second Quarter 2019 Full Year 2019
 Low High Low High
Net loss (estimate)$(3.1) $(1.9) $(4.0) $(0.5)
  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(1.4) (0.5) 2.5  5.5 
Stock-based compensation expense (estimate)2.9  2.5  12.5  11.5 
Adjusted EBITDA guidance$1.5  $2.0  $15.0  $17.0 



Source: ChannelAdvisor Corporation

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