iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited Reports 2020 Second-Quarter Unaudited Financial Results

- Reached Another Record Quarter in Key Financials

HONG KONG, Aug. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited ("iClick" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: ICLK), an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider in China, today announced unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.


Three Months Ended June 30,


2020


2019


Percentage
change

(US$ in thousands)






(Unaudited)






Financial Metrics:






Revenue






     Marketing solutions

52,969


46,590


14%

     Enterprise solutions

5,144


2,757


87%

Total revenue

58,113


49,347


18%

Gross profit

16,615


13,596


22%

Net loss

(21)


(3,244)


N/M

Adjusted EBITDA[1]

5,158


1,221


322%

Adjusted net income/(loss)[1]

2,495


(721)


N/M

Diluted adjusted net income/(loss) per ADS[1]

0.0307


(0.0126)


N/M

Operating Metrics:






Gross billing

132,793


140,871


(6)%


[1] For more details on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the tables captioned
"Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results" set forth at the end of this
press release.

"As China's economy begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, I am pleased to report that our company delivered outstanding results in the second quarter of 2020, with record high revenue, substantially reduced net loss, record high adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income, as well as the highest gross profit for any second quarter in the company's history," said Jian "T.J." Tang, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of iClick. "We reported total revenue of US$58.1 million for the quarter, an increase of 18% from the same period of last year, while our gross profit grew to US$16.6 million, up 22% from the second quarter of 2019. In the meantime, our net loss narrowed substantially to almost a break-even. Our adjusted EBITDA more than quadrupled to a new record of US$5.2 million. Our adjusted net income improved significantly to US$2.5 million in the second quarter of 2020, compared with adjusted net loss of US$0.7 million in the same period of 2019, reflecting greater economies of scale, enhanced operating efficiencies and improved cost controls."

"Amidst the macro challenges, our Enterprise Solutions business saw its third consecutive quarter of growth, generating US$5.1 million in revenue in the second quarter, an 87% increase from the second quarter of 2019. We remain confident in realizing a substantial increase in revenue from our Enterprise Solutions business in the second half of 2020. We are particularly encouraged to see our Enterprise Solutions business generate profit with a relatively high gross margin, which is set to support our overall growth and profitability for the long term."

"We are experiencing strong demand for our products and services, in particular our data analytics, which serve an important role in quickly understanding the rapidly changing online consumer behaviour, for which the coronavirus has brought additional uncertainty, not only in China, but worldwide. We are seeing that many brands are looking to China's recovering economy to make up for business that may have been lost in other regions of the globe that continue to be affected by the pandemic. We are also beginning to see that sustained changes in consumer buying habits are causing marketers to require more comprehensive online-to-offline data integration to enhance customer loyalty and generate more sales opportunities. We will continue to closely monitor the outbreak's impact on our operations but as of today we reiterate our 2020 full-year revenue guidance range, which is from US$240 million to US$260 million range, due to the consistency of demand from marketers."

Second Quarter 2020 Results:

Revenue for the second quarter of 2020 grew to US$58.1 million, up 18% from US$49.3 million for the same period of the prior year, attributable to the increase in contributions from existing marketing solutions and enterprise solutions, partially offset by a decrease in the average exchange rate of Renminbi to the US dollar for the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

Revenue from marketing solutions grew to US$53.0 million for the second quarter of 2020, up 14% from US$46.6 million for the second quarter of 2019, primarily as the result of growing market demand from specified action marketing campaigns.

Revenue from enterprise solutions was US$5.1 million for the second quarter of 2020, up approximately 87% from US$2.8 million for the second quarter of 2019, which was driven primarily by the increasing need for online and offline consumers' behavioural data integration.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2020 was US$16.6 million, representing a 22% increase compared with US$13.6 million for the second quarter of 2019, mainly due to continual expansion of the Company's marketing solutions and contribution from higher-margin enterprise solutions.

Total operating expenses were US$15.2 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared with US$16.0 million for the second quarter of 2019.

Operating income was US$1.4 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared with an operating loss of US$2.4 million for the second quarter of 2019, as a result of the strong growth in gross profit, which was in line with the Company's business development.

Net loss totalled US$0.02 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared with net loss of US$3.2 million for the second quarter of 2019. This was mainly because the Company recorded an operating income and there was an increase in the other gains, net, by US$1.0 million. These factors were partially offset by the fair value losses of derivative liabilities and convertible notes of US$1.5 million and US$0.5 million, respectively, in the second quarter of 2020, compared to US$1.0 million fair value losses of convertible notes in the second quarter of 2019.

Net income attributable to the Company's shareholders per basic and diluted ADS for the second quarter of 2020 were US$0.0051 and US$0.0047, respectively, compared with a net loss attributable to the Company's shareholders per basic and diluted ADS of US$0.0600 for the second quarter of 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2020 was US$5.2 million, compared with US$1.2 million for the second quarter of 2019, mainly resulting from the increase in gross profit by US$3.0 million and increase in other gains, net, by US$1.0 million. For a reconciliation of the Company's adjusted EBITDA from net loss, its most comparable GAAP measure, please refer to "Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results."

Adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2020 was US$2.5 million, compared with an adjusted net loss of US$0.7 million in the second quarter of 2019. For a reconciliation of the Company's adjusted net income/(loss) from net loss, its most comparable GAAP measure, please refer to "Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results."

Gross billing[2] was US$132.8 million for the second quarter of 2020, representing a 6% decrease compared with US$140.9 million for the second quarter of 2019, primarily a result of (i) a decrease in the average exchange rate of Renminbi to the US dollar for the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, and (ii) our efforts in optimizing our client base to achieve better credit control, retain and attract customers with strong financial position. The gross billing would be US$140.3 million on a currency-neutral basis for the second quarter of 2020.

As of June 30, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of US$39.4 million, compared with US$36.9 million as of December 31, 2019. Restricted cash and time deposits as of June 30, 2020 amounted to US$24.3 million and US$0.5 million, respectively, compared with US$23.8 million and US$0.4 million as of December 31, 2019, respectively.

[2] Gross billing is defined as the aggregate dollar amount that clients pay the Company after deducting rebates paid and discounts given to.

Share Repurchase Program

On January 15, 2020, we announced a share repurchase program in which we may purchase our own ADSs with an aggregate value of up to US$10.0 million over the 12-month period ending on December 29, 2020. As of June 30, 2020, we purchased an aggregate value of approximately US$0.7 million.

Outlook

Based on the information available as of the date of this press release, iClick provided the following outlook for the third quarter of 2020 and the following outlook for the 2020 full year:

Third Quarter 2020:

  • Revenue is estimated to be between US$66 million and US$70 million.
  • Revenue from Enterprise Solutions is estimated to be between US$7.5 million and US$9.5 million.
  • Gross profit is estimated to be between US$18 million and US$22 million.

Full Year 2020:

  • Revenue is estimated to be between US$240 million and US$260 million.
  • Gross profit is estimated to be between US$70 million and US$75 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is estimated to between US$9 million and US$12 million.

The above outlook is based on current market conditions and reflects the Company's preliminary estimates of market and operating conditions, expected foreign exchange fluctuation, and customer demand, which are all subject to change. Please also refer to the factors set out under the section titled "Safe Harbor Statement."

We noted that the advertising budgets normalized during the second quarter, especially in the online-gaming area, as a result of the relaxation of restrictions on economic and social life due to a slowdown of COVID-19 cases in China. E-commerce and online education continued to experience resilient year-over-year growth, which is primarily attributable to the increased spending in promotional campaigns, such as "June 18 Shopping Festival," as well as summer courses. In the meantime, some other industry verticals such as automobile and consumer products began to gradually recover during the quarter. Based on the current commercial environment, we anticipate that brands may allocate more of their advertising budgets to mobile and online targeted marketing, with the potential to benefit our mobile and performance-focused Marketing Solutions business. Brands may also see the importance of online and offline consumer behavioural data integration and analysis, which may favour our Enterprise Solutions business in the long run.

With iClick's diversified customer base of stable, top-tier brands, and the Chinese government's efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, we remain cautiously optimistic for the second half of this year. However, outbreaks of COVID-19 around the world may continue to impact market conditions and potentially trigger a longer period of global economic slowdown. This could affect the overall sentiment and advertising budgets of our branding customers, which in turn may impact our Marketing Solution business in the short term. The rapid development and fluidity of the current situation precludes any prediction as to the ultimate adverse impact of COVID-19. Management will continue to closely monitor the outbreak's impact on our operations and financial results this year and will particularly focus on business retention and accounts receivable recoverability.

Conference Call

The Company will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time on August 24, 2020 (8:00 PM Beijing/Hong Kong time on August 24, 2020). A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on iClick's investor relations website at http://ir.i-click.com.

Dial-in details for the conference call are as follows:

United States:

+1-888-346-8982

International:

+1-412-902-4272

Hong Kong:

+852-800-905945

Mainland China:

+86-4001-201203

Participants please ask to join the iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited conference call.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible by phone one hour after the conclusion of the live call at the following numbers, until August 24, 2020:

United States:

+1-877-344-7529

International:

+1-412-317-0088

Canada:

+1-855-669-9658

Replay Access Code:

10147144

About iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited

iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited (NASDAQ: ICLK) is an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider that connects worldwide marketers with audiences in China. Built on cutting-edge technologies, our proprietary platform possesses omni-channel marketing capabilities and fulfils various marketing objectives in a data-driven and automated manner, helping both international and domestic marketers reach their target audiences in China. Headquartered in Hong Kong, iClick was established in 2009 and is currently operating in ten locations worldwide including Asia and Europe. For more information, please visit ir.i-click.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss), and diluted adjusted net income/(loss) per ADS, each a non-GAAP financial measure, in evaluating the Company's operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes.

The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss), and diluted adjusted net income/(loss) per ADS help identify underlying trends in the Company's business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of the expenses and gains that the Company includes in net loss. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income/(loss) provide useful information about the Company's operating results, enhance the overall understanding of the Company's past performance and future prospects and allow for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by the Company's management in its financial and operational decision-making.

Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss), and diluted adjusted net income/(loss) per ADS should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to net loss or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. Investors are encouraged to review the historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss), and diluted adjusted net income/(loss) per ADS presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to the Company's data. The Company encourages investors and others to review the Company's financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure.

For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP results" set forth at the end of this press release.

Additionally, currency-neutral gross billing is calculated using actual exchange rates in use during the comparative prior year period to enhance the visibility of the underlying business trends excluding the impact of translation arising from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. These non-GAAP financial measures were presented with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures together for facilitating a more comprehensive understanding of operating performance between periods.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements, including those related to the Company's business strategies, operations and financial performance. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "confident" and similar statements. Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and current market and operating conditions and relate to events that involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: the Company's fluctuations in growth; its success in implementing its mobile and new retail strategies, including extending its solutions beyond its core online marketing business; its success in structuring a CRM & Marketing Cloud platform; relative percentage of its gross billing recognized as revenue under the gross and net models; its ability to retain existing clients or attract new ones; its ability to retain content distribution channels and negotiate favourable contractual terms; market competition, including from independent online marketing technology platforms as well as large and well-established internet companies; market acceptance of online marketing technology solutions and enterprise solutions; effectiveness of its algorithms and data engines; its ability to collect and use data from various sources; ability to integrate and realize synergies from acquisitions, investments or strategic partnership; the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak and its potential impact on the Company's business and financial performance; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; and general economic conditions in China and other jurisdictions where the Company operates; and the regulatory landscape in China and other jurisdictions where the Company operates. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's annual report on Form 20-F and other filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

In the United States:

iClick Interactive Asia Group Limited

Core IR

Lisa Li

John Marco

Phone: +86-21-3230-3931 #892

Tel: +1-516-222-2560

E-mail: ir@i-click.com

E-mail: johnm@coreir.com

 

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ICLICK INTERACTIVE ASIA GROUP LIMITED

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss

(US$'000, except share data and per share data, or otherwise noted, unaudited)



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2020


2019


2020


2019

Revenue

58,113


49,347


107,148


88,565

Cost of revenue

(41,498)


(35,751)


(77,270)


(62,579)

Gross profit

16,615


13,596


29,878


25,986









Operating expenses








Research and development expenses

(1,126)


(1,505)


(2,300)


(2,849)

Sales and marketing expenses

(8,768)


(10,872)


(17,116)


(20,868)

General and administrative expenses

(5,320)


(3,600)


(11,127)


(6,838)

Total operating expenses

(15,214)


(15,977)


(30,543)


(30,555)

Operating income/(loss)

1,401


(2,381)


(665)


(4,569)

Interest expense

(580)


(332)


(1,015)


(537)

Interest income

154


115


362


214

Other gains, net

1,483


440


1,388


1,212

Fair value losses on derivative liabilities

(1,567)



(5,123)


Fair value losses on convertible notes

(480)


(991)


(3,007)


(1,992)

Income/(loss) before income tax expense

411


(3,149)


(8,060)


(5,672)

Share of losses from an equity investee

(28)


(14)


(69)


(14)

Income tax expense

(404)


(81)


(320)


(27)

Net loss

(21)


(3,244)


(8,449)


(5,713)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

403


103


1,097


437

Net income/(loss) attributable to iClick Interactive Asia 








   Group Limited's ordinary shareholders

382


(3,141)


(7,352)


(5,276)









Net loss

(21)


(3,244)


(8,449)


(5,713)

Other comprehensive (loss)/income:








  Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of








   US$nil tax

(504)


(836)


612


89









Comprehensive loss

(525)


(4,080)


(7,837)


(5,624)

Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling








   interests

403


103


1,115


437

Comprehensive loss attributable to iClick Interactive








   Asia Group Limited

(122)


(3,977)


(6,722)


(5,187)









Net income/(loss) per ADS attributable to iClick Interactive








   Asia Group Limited








—Basic

0.0051


(0.0600)


(0.1056)


(0.0900)

—Diluted

0.0047


(0.0600)


(0.1056)


(0.0900)









Weighted average number of ADS used in per








   share calculation:








—Basic

74,804,895


57,021,120


69,590,308


56,700,646

—Diluted

80,592,538


57,021,120


69,590,308


56,700,646

 

 

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