IAS Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Total revenue increased 28% to $101.3 million
Net income increased to $0.8 million at a 1% margin; adjusted EBITDA increased to $30.1 million at a 30% margin
NEW YORK – November 10, 2022 – Integral Ad Science Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: IAS), a global leader in digital media quality, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.
“We generated positive results for the third quarter with a 40% increase in our programmatic business compared to the prior-year period. We continue to benefit from increased demand for our solutions as evidenced by several major customer and platform partnership agreements. In addition, we furthered our expansion in social media and CTV as well as into emerging formats including audio and gaming,” said Lisa Utzschneider, CEO of IAS. “We are delighted to announce today that Tania Secor will be joining as CFO, another strong executive appointment to our leadership team.”
Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights
- Total revenue increased 28% to $101.3 million compared to $79.0 million in the prior-year period.
- Programmatic revenue was $47.1 million, a 40% increase compared to $33.7 million in the prior-year period.
- Advertiser direct revenue was $39.0 million, a 13% increase compared to $34.4 million in the prior-year period.
- Supply side revenue increased to $15.3 million compared to $10.8 million in the prior-year period.
- International revenue, excluding the Americas, was $31.6 million, a 10% increase compared to $28.7 million in the prior-year period, or 31% of total revenue for the third quarter of 2022.
- Gross profit was $82.2 million, a 26% increase compared to $65.2 million in the prior-year period. Gross profit margin was 81% for the third quarter of 2022.
- Net income increased to $0.8 million, or $0.00 per share, compared to a net loss of $(9.8) million, or $(0.06) per share, in the prior-year-period. Net income margin was 1% for the third quarter of 2022.
- Adjusted EBITDA* increased to $30.1 million, a 19% increase compared to $25.4 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA* margin was 30% for the third quarter of 2022.
- Cash and cash equivalents were $73.6 million at September 30, 2022.
Recent Business Highlights
- Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) Appointment — In a separate release issued today, IAS announced the appointment of Tania Secor as CFO, effective December 5, 2022. Tania is a highly accomplished finance leader with a proven track record of driving revenue and profitability at scale. She has 25 years of financial leadership, including 15 years in CFO and strategic finance roles with public and private companies. Tania brings highly relevant experience, most recently as Global CFO of R/GA and Reprise, Interpublic Group’s digital innovation and digital media agencies, respectively.
- TikTok Expansion — TikTok expanded its post-bid brand safety solution and suitability solution with IAS. IAS is the leading independent provider to offer a full end-to-end brand safety solution suite for TikTok which includes pre-bid targeting and post-bid measurement across brand safety, suitability, viewability and invalid traffic (IVT).
- Netflix Partnership — Netflix selected IAS as one of their partners to provide transparency into advertising performance on the upcoming Netflix ad supported plan. IAS will be among the first to measure viewability and IVT post-bid measurement to provide brands and agencies with consistent measurement across media buys to better understand and optimize engagement. IAS’s Netflix verification will be available in the first quarter of 2023.
- Good-Loop Partnership — IAS has partnered with U.K.-based Good-Loop, a purpose-led advertising platform that is moving the industry towards positive, climate-friendly advertising. Marketers will be able to seamlessly track and view the end-to-end carbon footprint of their digital ads in Signal, IAS’s reporting platform.
- Media Quality Report Release — IAS published the 17th edition of its Media Quality Report in September 2022. Analyzing billions of global data events in the first half of 2022, the report provides insights into the performance and quality of digital media worldwide. The results empower ad buyers and sellers with the preeminent industry benchmarks to measure campaign and inventory quality into the next year and beyond.
Utzschneider commented, “We are modestly increasing our revised full-year revenue outlook and raising the midpoint of our adjusted EBITDA guidance range to reflect our third quarter performance. We remain focused on profitable growth as we address the evolving needs of our customers with innovative solutions.”
IAS expects revenue and adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter and full-year 2022 in the following ranges:
Fourth Quarter Ending December 31, 2022:
- Total revenue of $110 million to $112 million
- Adjusted EBITDA* of $35 million to $37 million
Year Ending December 31, 2022:
- Total revenue of $401 million to $403 million
- Adjusted EBITDA* of $122 million to $124 million
* See “Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information” section herein for an explanation of these measures.
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.
For the periods included herein, we also present operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation for comparability since there were no stock-based compensation expense for the periods prior to the Company’s initial public offering.
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. 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.
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 fourth quarter of 2022 in the range of $13.5 million to $14.5 million and for the full year 2022 in the range of $46.5 million to $47.5 million. A reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.
Reconciliations of historical Adjusted EBITDA and corresponding margin to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, net income/loss and corresponding margin, and operating expenses excluding stock-based compensation to operating expenses, 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.
IAS will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its third quarter 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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