Integral Ad Science Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Total revenue increased 55% year-over-year to $75.1 million; programmatic revenue increased 94% to $31.8 million
NEW YORK – August 12, 2021 – Integral Ad Science Holding Corp. (“IAS”) (Nasdaq: IAS), a global leader in digital media quality, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.
“IAS delivered record performance in the second quarter driven by continued growth in both advertiser direct and programmatic revenue. We also achieved a significant milestone this quarter with our successful IPO, advancing our position as the global benchmark for trust and transparency in digital media quality,” said Lisa Utzschneider, CEO of IAS. “More customers are partnering with IAS to make every impression count in key growth areas including programmatic, social, connected TV (CTV), and international markets. Earlier this week, we announced our acquisition of Publica, the CTV advertising platform. By acquiring Publica, we are demonstrating our commitment to leading the future of digital media quality in CTV.”
Second Quarter Financial Highlights
– Total revenue was $75.1 million, a 55% increase compared to $48.3 million in the second quarter of 2020, which was significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
– Advertiser direct revenue was $35.3 million, a 40% increase compared to $25.1 million in the prior-year period.
– Programmatic revenue was $31.8 million, a 94% increase compared to $16.4 million in the prior-year period.
– Supply side revenue increased to $8.0 million compared to $6.8 million in the prior-year period.
– International revenue (excluding the Americas) was $29.6 million, a 58% increase compared to $18.7 million in the prior-year period, or approximately 40% of total revenue.
– Gross profit was $62.2 million, a 57% increase compared to $39.6 million in the prior- year-period. Gross profit margin was 83% compared to 82% in the prior-year period.
– Net loss was $35.1 million, or $0.26 per share, compared to a loss of $16.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the prior-year-period.
– Adjusted EBITDA* increased to $25.7 million compared to $3.8 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA* margin increased to 34% compared to 8% in the prior-year- period.
– Cash and cash equivalents were $73.2 million at June 30, 2021. Following the second quarter, IAS closed its initial public offering (IPO) on July 2, 2021 raising net proceeds of over $244 million. In addition, IAS closed an additional $31 million from the exercise of the underwriters’ option, aggregating approximately $275 million in total proceeds.
See “Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information” section herein for an explanation of these measures.
Recent Business Highlights
– IAS announced it acquired Publica, the CTV advertising platform, in a cash and stock transaction valued at $220 million. With this acquisition, IAS will help publishers better monetize their video programming across CTV devices.
– IAS and TikTok have launched a brand safety beta, providing advertisers with industry- leading controls aligned with Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) standards for in-feed video. The new global solution uses proprietary frame-by-frame video, audio, and text classification technology specifically designed for social environments allowing advertisers to confidently promote their brands on TikTok.
– IAS released five research studies this quarter, including its anticipated H2 2020 Media Quality Report (MQR), which shared unique insights extracted from the trillions of data events the company measures monthly. The report showed that in the second half of 2020, brand risk increased worldwide, while global fraud rates among optimized campaigns dropped below 1%, indicating the demand for and value of digital ad verification soLinkedIn and IAS are expanding their partnership adding Viewability and Invalid traffic measurement for LinkedIn owned and operated video inventory.
“Our investments in product innovation and international growth are delivering results for our customers and contributed to our strong performance in the second quarter,” said Joe Pergola, CFO of IAS. “Our three revenue streams posted solid growth with programmatic representing 42% of total second quarter revenue compared to 34% in the prior-year-period. Moving forward, we expect to further develop our high-growth areas and expand our global footprint while maintaining strong profitability.”
IAS is introducing the following financial guidance for the third quarter of 2021 and full year, which includes the anticipated contribution from the Publica acquisition:
Quarter Ending September 30, 2021:
– Total revenue in the range of $74 million to $76 million
– Adjusted EBITDA* in the range of $16 million to $18 million
Year Ending December 31, 2021:
– Total revenue in the range of $308 million to $312 million
– Adjusted EBITDA* in the range of $87 million to $91 million
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 earnings (loss) before depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, interest expense, benefit from income taxes, acquisition, restructuring and integration costs and IPO readiness 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, as discussed below, these measures are not a substitute for, or superior to, U.S. GAAP financial measures or disclosures.
IAS is unable to provide a reconciliation for forward-looking guidance of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most closely comparable GAAP measure, because certain material reconciling items, such as depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, 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. Accordingly, a reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, net loss, is 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 itsecond quarter 2021 financial results today at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access the conference call, please dial US/Canada Toll-Free: 877-313-2138 International: 470-495-9538 Conference ID: 9609315 The webcast will beavailable live on IAS’s investor relations website: https://investors.integralads.com. A replay will be available following the conclusion of the call.
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 and headquartered in New York, IAS works with thousands of top advertisers and premium publishers worldwide. For more information, visit integralads.com.
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