Revenue up 40% YoY, Adjusted EBITDA Improves YoY
Orlando, Florida (November 10, 2022) – IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: IZEA), the premier provider of influencer marketing technology, data, and services for the world’s leading brands, reported its financial and operational results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.
Q3 2022 Financial Summary Compared to Q3 2021
- Total revenue increased 40% to $10.8 million compared to $7.7 million
- Managed Services revenue increased 44% to $10.5 million, compared to $7.3 million
- SaaS Services and other revenue decreased 22.6% to $0.4 million, compared to $0.5 million
- Total costs and expenses increased 33% to $12.2 million, compared to $9.2 million
- Net loss was $0.9 million compared to a net loss of $1.4 million
- Adjusted EBITDA* was a loss of $0.6 million, compared to a loss of $0.9 million
- The company terminated its at-the-market (ATM) equity offering program
Q3 2022 Operational Highlights
- Managed Services bookings totaled $8.2 million for the quarter, compared to $11.3 million for the prior-year quarter
- Launched next generation of IZEAx Discovery
- Previewed IZEA Flex and The Creator Marketplace
- Partnered with Vennly to power sponsored audio across the creator economy
- Added Vampped to IZEA’s Talent Partner Program
- Won two Comparably Awards for Best Leadership Teams, Best Career Growth
* Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the definition and reconciliation of this measure under “Use of Key Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
“Team IZEA delivered the highest quarterly revenue we have ever had for Q3, along with a significant year over year improvement in adjusted EBITDA against the high inflationary environment,” said Ted Murphy, IZEA’s Chairman and CEO. “Over the past several years we have been planting seeds with investments in team and technology to provide the catalyst for future growth and efficiency. We are now turning our attention to harvesting the field, taking advantage of the launch of two new technology platforms, as well as our expansion into China and the United Kingdom. With the resources we need largely in place, we are slowing the pace of hiring near term in favor of increasing the productivity of the current organization.”
Q3 2022 Financial Results
Total revenue in the third quarter of 2022 increased 40% to $10.8 million, compared to $7.7 million in the third quarter of 2021, with revenue from Managed Services increasing by 44% to $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2022, and revenue from SaaS Services decreasing by 22.6% to $350,057 in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the third quarter of 2021.
Revenue from Managed Services growth was primarily attributable to one large customer, with revenue from other customers relatively flat during the periods. Managed Services bookings declined $3.1 million to $8.3 million during the quarter, as we saw the contracting process slow down over the summer months. September bookings were strong, delivering our second-best monthly bookings total, and we ended the quarter with a solid pipeline of opportunities for the fourth quarter.
Revenue from SaaS Services decreased by $102,333, or 22.6%, in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the third quarter of 2021. Average licensee counts on all platforms declined in the third quarter of 2022 over the prior year. License fee revenue was 10% below the prior-year quarter while Marketplace Spend fees declined 82% to $16,019 in the third quarter of 2022, compared to $87,556 in the third quarter of 2021. Gross billings (a key metric, as defined below) for SaaS Services decreased to $1.1 million, or 23.1%, in the third quarter of 2022 due to lower licensee counts and lower average fees.
Cost of revenue increased to $6.6 million in third quarter of 2022, or 61% of revenue, compared to $4.0 million, or 52%, in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to higher cost deliveries on one large customer contract. The percentage cost of revenue on other customer deliveries was in range with recent historical averages.
Costs and expenses other than the cost of revenue totaled $5.6 million for the third quarter of 2022, $0.4 million or 8.3% above the prior-year quarter. Sales and marketing costs were $2.5 million during the third quarter of 2022, 11.7% higher than the prior-year quarter, due to additional headcount and related payroll costs that were partially offset by reduced selling commissions, which generally correspond to lower bookings, and other spending reductions in the current quarter. General and administrative costs totaled $2.9 million during the quarter, $0.3 million or 9.7% above the prior-year quarter, due primarily to higher fees related to professional services.
Net loss in the third quarter of 2022 was $906,232, or $-0.01 per share, as compared to a net loss of $1,400,792, or $(0.02) per share in the third quarter of 2021, based on 62.3 million and 61.9 million average shares outstanding, respectively.
Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below, a non-GAAP measure management uses as a proxy for operating cash flow) totaled $(0.6) million in the third quarter of 2022, compared with $(0.9) million in the comparative period, increasing $0.3 million due primarily to higher net income and lower depreciation expense in the latter period. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue in the third quarter of 2022, was a loss of 5% compared to a loss of 12% in the third quarter of 2021.
As of September 30, 2022, our cash and investments totaled $67.0 million. The company has no long-term debt.
IZEA will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2022 results on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST. IZEA’s Chairman and CEO Ted Murphy, CFO Peter Biere, and COO Ryan Schram will host the call, followed by a question and answer period.
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. EST
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-800-768-2107
International dial-in number: 1-416-981-9025
Please call the conference telephone number five (5) minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. A call replay will be available after 8:00 p.m. EST on the same day through Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 152396
About IZEA Worldwide, Inc.
IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (“IZEA”), is a marketing technology company providing software and professional services that enable brands to collaborate and transact with the full spectrum of today’s top social influencers and content creators. The company serves as a champion for the growing Creator Economy, enabling individuals to monetize their content, creativity, and influence. IZEA launched the industry’s first-ever influencer marketing platform in 2006 and has since facilitated nearly 4 million transactions between online buyers and sellers. Leading brands and agencies partner with IZEA to increase digital engagement, diversify brand voice, scale content production, and drive a measurable return on investment.
Use of Key Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We define gross billings, a key metric, as the total dollar value of the amounts earned from our customers for the services we performed or the amounts billed to our customers for their self-service purchase of goods and services on our platforms. Gross billings for Marketplace Spend are the amounts of our reported revenue plus the cost of payments we made to third-party creators providing the content or sponsorship services, which are netted against revenue for generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) reporting purposes. Gross billings for all other revenue types equals the revenue reported in our consolidated statements of operations.
Managed Services bookings measure all sales orders received during a period less cancellations received or refunds given during the same period. Sales order contracts vary in complexity with each customer and range from custom content delivery to integrated marketing services; our contracts generally run from several months for smaller contracts to twelve months for larger contracts. We recognize revenue from our Managed Services contracts based on a percentage of completion basis as we deliver the content or services over time, which can vary greatly from a few weeks to a year. For this reason, Managed Services bookings, while an overall indicator of the health of our business, may not be used to predict quarterly revenues and could be subject to future adjustment.
Managed Services bookings is useful information as they reflect the amount of orders received in one period, even though revenue may be reflected over time. Management uses the Managed Services bookings metric to plan its operating staff, identify key customer group trends, enlighten go-to-market activities, and inform its product development efforts.
“Adjusted EBITDA” is a non-GAAP financial measure under the Securities and Exchange Commission rules. EBITDA is commonly defined as “earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.” IZEA defines “Adjusted EBITDA” as earnings or loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash stock-based compensation, gain or loss on asset disposals or impairment, and certain other unusual or non-cash income and expense items such as gains or losses on settlement of liabilities and exchanges, and changes in the fair value of derivatives, if applicable.
We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors as it primarily excludes non-cash transactions, and it provides consistency to facilitate period-to-period comparisons.
All companies do not calculate gross billings, bookings, 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. 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 presented 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” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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 “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “hope,” “estimate,” “believe,” “intend,” “likely,” “projects,” “plans,” “pursue,” “strategy” or “future,” or the negative of these words or other words or expressions of similar meaning. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding expectations concerning IZEA’s ability to increase revenue and bookings, growth or maintenance of customer relationships, 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; failure to popularize one or more of the marketplace platforms of IZEA; our ability to establish maintain 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; 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.