IAS Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results
Fourth quarter revenue increased 15% to $117.4 million
Fourth quarter net income increased to $11.5 million at a 10% margin; fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA increased 20% to $40.0 million at a 34% margin
Provides 2023 first quarter and full year financial growth outlook
NEW YORK, March 2, 2023 — Integral Ad Science Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: IAS), a global leader in digital media quality, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022.
“We reported positive fourth quarter results with growth across all business lines,” said Lisa Utzschneider, CEO of IAS. “We are off to a solid start to 2023 and expect full-year, double-digit revenue growth as we drive customer adoption of our industry-leading products. We look forward to advancing our partnerships to ensure marketers optimize their spend with access to quality media in brand safe, brand suitable environments.”
Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights
- Total revenue was $117.4 million, a 15% increase compared to $102.5 million in the prior-year period.
- Programmatic revenue was $55.1 million, a 30% increase compared to $42.3 million in the prior-year period.
- Advertiser direct revenue was $44.7 million, a 2% increase compared to $43.9 million in the prior-year period.
- Supply side revenue was $17.6 million, a 9% increase compared to $16.2 million in the prior-year period.
- International revenue, excluding the Americas, was $37.3 million, a 6% increase compared to $35.1 million in the prior-year period, or 32% of total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022.
- Gross profit was $95.5 million, an 11% increase compared to $86.1 million in the prior-year period. Gross profit margin was 81% for the fourth quarter of 2022.
- Net income was $11.5 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to a net loss of $(4.8) million, or $(0.03) per share, in the prior-year-period. Net income margin was 10% for the fourth quarter of 2022.
- Adjusted EBITDA* was $40.0 million, a 20% increase compared to $33.4 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA* margin was 34% for the fourth quarter of 2022.
Full Year 2022 Financial Highlights
- Total revenue was $408.3 million, a 26% increase compared to $323.5 million in the prior year.
- Programmatic revenue was $190.6 million, a 42% increase compared to $134.4 million in the prior year.
- Advertiser direct revenue was $154.9 million, a 6% increase compared to $146.3 million in the prior year.
- Supply side revenue was $62.8 million, a 47% increase compared to $42.8 million in the prior year.
- International revenue, excluding the Americas, was $129.1 million, an 8% increase compared to $119.2 million in the prior year, or 32% of total revenue for the full year 2022.
- Gross profit was $332.6 million, a 24% increase compared to $268.9 million in the prior year. Gross profit margin was 81% for the full year 2022.
- Net income was $15.4 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to a net loss of $(52.4) million, or $(0.37) per share, in the prior year. Net income margin was 4% for the full year 2022.
- Adjusted EBITDA* was $126.6 million, a 23% increase compared to $103.3 million in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA* margin was 31% for the full year 2022.
- Cash and cash equivalents were $86.9 million at December 31, 2022.
Recent Business Highlights
- TikTok Marketing Partners Program – IAS joined the TikTok Marketing Partners Program as a badged Measurement Partner for their new Brand Safety & Suitability specialty. IAS was chosen based on its record of wins on TikTok and meeting their highest standard of measurement solutions.
- Twitter Expansion – IAS expanded its third-party brand safety and suitability measurement with Twitter in the U.S. IAS will provide Twitter advertisers with reporting that is aligned with Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) brand safety and suitability risk levels.
- Gadsme Partnership – IAS announced its first-to-market partnership with Gadsme, a premium in-game advertising platform. The partnership will enable IAS to verify Gadsme ad inventory globally and provide marketers with third-party viewability and invalid traffic through the IAS Signal platform.
- Industry Pulse Report – IAS released its 2023 Industry Pulse Report in December 2022, which surveys hundreds of U.S. media experts to determine key trends and emerging technologies.
- Management Appointments – IAS appointed Kevin Alvero as Head of Global Compliance in January of 2023. Alvero will lead the global accreditation process and manage compliance worldwide for IAS. In November of 2022, IAS appointed Khurrum Malik as Chief Marketing Officer to accelerate IAS’s market growth initiatives and lead its global marketing strategy.
Tania Secor, CFO of IAS, commented, “Our 2023 financial outlook reflects our commitment to profitable growth. We expect adjusted EBITDA margin improvement resulting from our more streamlined and efficient operations, primarily due to the restructuring in the fourth quarter. At the same time, we will continue to invest in targeted initiatives in 2023 to support our long-term growth.”
IAS expects revenue and adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter and full year 2023 in the following ranges:
First Quarter Ending March 31, 2023:
- Total revenue of $102 million to $104 million
- Adjusted EBITDA* of $29 million to $31 million
Year Ending December 31, 2023:
- Total revenue of $453 million to $463 million
- Adjusted EBITDA* of $141 million to $149 million
* See “Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information” section herein for an explanation of Non-GAAP measures. IAS is unable to provide a reconciliation for forward-looking guidance of Adjusted EBITDA and corresponding margin to net income (loss) and corresponding margin, the most closely comparable GAAP measures, because certain material reconciling items, such as depreciation and amortization, interest expense, income tax expense (benefit) and acquisition, restructuring and integration expenses, cannot be estimated due to factors outside of IAS’s control and could have a material impact on the reported results. However, IAS estimates stock-based compensation expense for the first quarter of 2023 in the range of $11 million to $13 million and for the full year 2023 in the range of $62 million to $66 million. A reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.
Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information
We use supplemental measures of our performance, which are derived from our consolidated financial information, but which are not presented in our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is the primary financial performance measure used by management to evaluate our business and monitor ongoing results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income/loss before depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, interest expense, income taxes, acquisition, restructuring and integration costs, IPO readiness costs, foreign exchange gains and losses, and other one-time, non-recurring costs. Adjusted EBITDA margin represents the adjusted EBITDA for the applicable period divided by the revenue for that period presented in accordance with GAAP.
We use non-GAAP financial measures to supplement financial information presented on a GAAP basis. We believe that excluding certain items from our GAAP results allows management to better understand our consolidated financial performance from period to period and better project our future consolidated financial performance as forecasts are developed at a level of detail different from that used to prepare GAAP-based financial measures. Moreover, we believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide our shareholders with useful information to help them evaluate our operating results by facilitating an enhanced understanding of our operating performance and enabling them to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons. Although we believe these measures are useful to investors and analysts for the same reasons they are useful to management, these measures are not a substitute for, or superior to, U.S. GAAP financial measures or disclosures. Our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than we do, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.
Reconciliation of historical Adjusted EBITDA and corresponding margin to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, net income/loss and corresponding margin are presented below. We encourage you to review the reconciliations in conjunction with the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures for each of the periods presented. In future fiscal periods, we may exclude such items and may incur income and expenses similar to these excluded items.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
IAS will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results today at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access the live webcast and conference call dial-in, please register under the “News & Events” section of IAS’s investor relations website. A replay will be available on IAS’s investor relations website following the live call: https://investors.integralads.com.
About Integral Ad Science
Integral Ad Science (IAS) is a global leader in digital media quality. IAS makes every impression count, ensuring that ads are viewable by real people, in safe and suitable environments, activating contextual targeting, and driving supply path optimization. Our mission is to be the global benchmark for trust and transparency in digital media quality for the world’s leading brands, publishers, and platforms. We do this through data-driven technologies with actionable real-time signals and insight. Founded in 2009, IAS works with thousands of top advertisers and premium publishers worldwide. For more information, visit integralads.com.
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