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Revenue up 96% YoY, Adjusted EBITDA Positive in the Quarter 

Orlando, Florida (August 15, 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 second quarter ended June 30, 2022. 

Q2 2022 Financial Summary Compared to Q2 2021 

  • Total revenue increased 96% to $12.6 million compared to $6.4 million. 
  • Managed Services revenue increased 103% to $12.2 million, compared to $6.0 million. 
  • SaaS Services and other revenue decreased 5.6% to $0.4 million, compared to $0.4 million. 
  • Total costs and expenses increased 53% to $13.0 million, compared to $8.5 million. 
  • Net loss was $0.2 million compared to a net loss of $2.1 million. 
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was $0.3 million, compared to a loss of $1.5 million. 

Q2 2022 Operational Highlights 

  • Awarded first contract wins in Chinese market 
  • Facilitated multi-million dollar collaboration with metaverse activation 
  • Recognized by Comparably as a 2022 Best Company for Career Growth and Best Company Leadership 
  • Named a Top 100 Employer by Orlando Sentinel 

* 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.” 

Management Commentary 

“We are pleased to report the highest quarterly revenue in the history of our company,” said Ted Murphy, IZEA’s Chairman and CEO. “We have been investing in all areas of our business over the past several years, and those investments are reflected in our growth. Topline expansion with meaningful revenue scale is the key to sustainable long-term profits. We still have much work to do on that front, but our progression over the past two years has been significant.” 

“While the near term macroeconomic outlook is something we continue to monitor, we believe there is much opportunity for growth in the influencer marketing industry and it is our intent to capture more market share. IZEA has a strong balance sheet and zero long term debt. We intend to use this financial strength to our advantage as we strategically recruit new team members and aggressively pursue competitive wins. While we are seeing others in our space pull back, it is our intent to forge ahead. Our team has been anticipating a thinning of the competitive landscape for some time, and we believe that we are well positioned to take advantage of the market opportunity it presents. In the back half of this year we intend to welcome additional team members in our sales organization and will be launching new platforms to support our customers.” 

Q2 2022 Financial Results 

Total revenue in the second quarter of 2022 increased 96% to $12.6 million, compared to $6.4 million in the second quarter of 2021, with revenue from Managed Services increasing by 103% to $12.2 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the second quarter of 2021 and revenue from SaaS Services decreased by 5.6% to $400,395 in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the second quarter of 2021 

Revenue from Managed Services more than doubled to a record $12.2 million in the second quarter of 2022, on the strength of revenue from one large customer contract, which comprised approximately 85% of the increase from the prior year, approximately $2 million of which were catch-up revenues associated with prior quarters’ production delays. The balance of the increase is due to deliveries from continued strong sequential quarterly bookings; demand for Managed Services continues to remain strong as new and existing customers continue to shift marketing spending toward influencer marketing campaigns 

Revenue from SaaS Services decreased by $23,738 or 5.6% in the second quarter of 2022. Licensee counts on all platforms declined 7% in the second quarter of 2022 over the prior year. License fee revenue was 3% below the prior-year quarter while Marketplace Spend fees declined 26% to $52,124 in Q2 2022, compared to $70,381 in Q2 2021. Gross billings (a key metric, as defined below) for SaaS Services were relatively flat during both comparative periods indicating that the decline in SaaS revenue was primarily due to lower average fees. 

Cost of revenue exclusive of amortization was $7.2 million in Q2 2022, or 57% of revenue, compared to $3.2 million, or 50% in the prior-year quarter, higher primarily due to higher cost deliveries on one large customer contract, which made up approximately 41% of current quarter revenues, as well as by the overall increase in revenue from other new and existing customers.  

Costs and expenses other than the cost of revenue totaled $5.8 million for Q2 2022, $0.5 million or 9% above the comparative quarter. Sales and marketing costs were $2.3 million during the quarter, 1% lower than the comparative quarter as additional headcount and related payroll costs were offset by reduced selling commissions which vary with lower bookings and other spending reductions in the current quarter. General and administrative costs totaled $3.4 million during the quarter, $0.7 million or 27% above the prior-year quarter, due primarily to higher compensation and contractor costs to support operations and IT investments. 

Net loss in the second quarter of 2022 was $169,890, or $0.00 per share, as compared to a net loss of $158,405, or $0.00 per share in the second quarter of 2021, based on 62.1 million and 61.4 million average shares outstanding, respectively. 

Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below, a non-GAAP measure management uses as a proxy for operating cash flow) totaled $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared with $(1.5) million in the comparative period, increasing $1.7 million due primarily to higher net income and lower depreciation expense in the latter period. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue in the second quarter of 2022 was 2% compared to a loss of 23% in the second quarter of 2021 

As of June 30, 2022, our cash and investments totaled $70.3 million. The company has no long-term debt.

Conference Call

IZEA’s Chairman and CEO, Ted Murphy; President and Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Schram; and Chief Financial Officer, Peter Biere, will host the call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. EDT

Toll-free dial-in number: 1-877-407-4018

International dial-in number: 1-201-689-8471

Please call the conference telephone number five (5) 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. EDT on the same day until Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921

International replay number: 1-412-317-6671

Replay ID: 13731292

Q2 Financial Results (PDF)

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 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; 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.