ORLANDO, FL (August 14, 2018)IZEA, Inc. (the “Company”; NASDAQ: IZEA), operator of IZEAx, the premier online marketplace connecting brands and publishers with influential content creators, reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Q2 2018 Financial Highlights Compared to Q2 2017
  • Revenue was $4.1 million in Q2 2018, down 28%, compared to $5.7 million in Q2 2017.
  • Total costs and expenses were $5.8 million, compared to $7.1 million.
  • Net loss was $(1.6) million, compared to a net loss of $(1.4) million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $(1.5) million, compared to $(840,000).
Trailing Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2018 Compared to Same Year-Ago TTM
  • Revenue decreased 3% to $21.9 million, compared to $22.5 million.
  • Revenue from Managed Services decreased 2% to $21.4 million, compared to $21.8 million.
  • Net loss improved 27% to $(7.1) million, compared to a net loss of $(9.8) million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA improved 27% to $(5.2) million, compared to $(7.1) million.
Management Commentary

“In the last three quarters we have seen the impact of weak pipeline development in the prior year affecting our bookings. An unhealthy overemphasis on larger customer contracts, combined with lower overall pipeline development activity in 2017 has had a rippling effect through the past 3 quarters,” commented Ted Murphy, Chairman and CEO of IZEA. “We began a course correction in the fourth quarter of 2017, and have seen new opportunity pipeline grow significantly in the second quarter of 2018, which we believe will lead to sequential growth in bookings and revenues starting in the third quarter of this year.”

“In addition to the rebalancing of our sales efforts, we have taken steps to reduce core operational expenses as we navigate our way through this time,” continued Murphy. “Although some expenses will be higher during the period due to the recent acquisition of TapInfluence, Inc., we expect to see a meaningful impact of operational efficiencies beginning in the fourth-quarter of 2018. We expect to emerge from 2018 more operationally efficient, with higher revenue per employee, increasing monthly recurring revenue, and a significantly more diversified customer base.”

Q2 2018 Financial Results

Revenue in the second quarter of 2018 decreased 28% to $4.1 million compared to $5.7 million in the same year-ago quarter. The portion of revenue attributable to our Managed Services decreased 28% to $4.0 million, compared to $5.6 million in Q2 2018. The decrease in our second quarter 2018 revenue is primarily due to lower annual commitments from some of our larger customers for their 2018 advertising spends and a decrease in the number of smaller customers running short-term Managed Service campaigns beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017. Net bookings from Managed Services were $2.7 million in Q2 2018, compared to $5.4 million in Q2 2017. Revenue backlog, which includes unbilled bookings and unearned revenue, was $9.0 million at the end of Q2 2018.

Our total Gross Billings (a non-GAAP metric management uses to measure total transaction volume, as defined below) were down 30% to $4.9 million in Q2 2018 compared to $7.0 million in Q2 2017, due to the decline in Managed Services commitments and Content Workflow transactions.

Cost of revenue as a percentage of revenue improved from 48% in 2017 to 47% in 2018.  Total costs and expenses in the second quarter of 2018 were $5.8 million compared to $7.1 million in the same year-ago quarter. This decrease was primarily due to the decrease in costs of revenue on lower revenue produced, decreases in sales and public relations expense, and decreases in labor and non-cash expenses in general and administrative expense.

Net loss in the second quarter of 2018 was $(1.6) million, or $(0.28) per share, as compared to a net loss of $(1.4) million, or $(0.25) per share, in the same year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP metric management used as a proxy for operating cash flow, as defined below) in the second quarter of 2018 was negative $1.5 million compared to a negative $840,000 in the same year-ago quarter. This decrease was a result of lower revenues during the second quarter of 2018.

As of June 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.9 million, receivables were $2.8 million, and the Company had accessed approximately $845,000 of its $5.0 million credit line. On July 2, 2018, the Company completed an underwritten public offering whereby it received approximately $3.1 million in cash after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses.

View IZEA Q2 2018 Financials (PDF)

Conference Call

IZEA will hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter results today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Management will host the call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-877-407-4018
International dial-in number: 1-201-689-8471

The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay via the investors section of the Company’s website at https://izea.com/.

Please call the conference telephone number five minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization.

A replay of the call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 21, 2018.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13682061

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We define Gross Billings, a non-GAAP financial measure, as the total dollar value of the amounts earned from our customers for the services we performed, or the amounts charged to our customers for their self-service purchase of goods and services on our platforms. Gross Billings for Content Workflow differs from revenue reported in our consolidated statements of operations, which is presented net of the amounts we pay to our third-party creators providing the content or sponsorship services. Gross Billings for all other revenue equals the revenue reported in our consolidated statements of operations.

We consider this metric to be an important indicator of our performance as it measures the total dollar volume of transactions generated through our marketplaces. Tracking Gross Billings allows us to monitor the percentage of Gross Billings that we are able to retain after payments to our creators.  Because we invoice our customers on a gross basis, tracking Gross Billings is critical as it pertains to our credit risk and cash flow.

“EBITDA” is a non-GAAP financial measure under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. EBITDA is commonly defined as “earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.” IZEA defines “Adjusted EBITDA,” also a non-GAAP financial measure, as earnings or loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash stock related compensation, gain or loss on asset disposals or impairment, changes in acquisition cost estimates, and all other non-cash income and expense items such as gains or losses on settlement of liabilities and exchanges, and changes in fair value of derivatives, if applicable.

We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors as they exclude transactions not related to the core cash operating business activities including non-cash transactions.  We believe that excluding these transactions allows investors to meaningfully trend and analyze the performance of our core cash operations.

All companies do not calculate Gross Billings and Adjusted EBITDA in the same manner.  These metrics as presented by IZEA may not be comparable to those presented by other companies. Moreover, these metrics have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of our results of operations as reported under GAAP. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is included in the financial tables included in this press release.

Safe Harbor Statement

All statements in this release that are not based on historical fact are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “seek,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “estimate,” “anticipate” or other comparable terms. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding expectations concerning IZEA’s ability to increase its revenue and sales pipeline and improve Adjusted EBITDA, expectations with respect to operational efficiency, and expectations concerning IZEA’s business strategy. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors including, among others, the following: competitive conditions in the content and social sponsorship segment in which IZEA operates; our ability to popularize one or more of the marketplace platforms of IZEA; our ability to attract and retain customers; our ability to finance growth initiatives in a timely manner; our ability to establish effective disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting; our ability to satisfy the requirements for continued listing of our common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market; changing economic conditions that are less favorable than expected; our ability to finance obligations related to recent acquisitions; and other risks and uncertainties described in IZEA’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements made in this release speak only as of the date of this release, and IZEA assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in expectations, except as otherwise required by law.

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