ChannelAdvisor Announces Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Total revenue of $21.0 million increases 26.1 percent year-over-year

Core revenue of $20.7 million increases 27.5 percent year-over-year

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--()--ChannelAdvisor Corporation (NYSE: ECOM), a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable retailers and manufacturers to increase global sales, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

“ChannelAdvisor continues to operate at the center of the secular trend towards e-commerce. Waves of innovation (mobile, social, marketplaces, etc.) are driving retailers and branded manufacturers to seek out sophisticated e-commerce management software that enables them to scale their online operations rapidly and efficiently”

"ChannelAdvisor continues to operate at the center of the secular trend towards e-commerce. Waves of innovation (mobile, social, marketplaces, etc.) are driving retailers and branded manufacturers to seek out sophisticated e-commerce management software that enables them to scale their online operations rapidly and efficiently," said Scot Wingo, CEO of ChannelAdvisor. "For our target market, connecting with their customers online is no longer a nice-to-have, it is an imperative. As this realization hits home with more of our potential customer base, we believe ChannelAdvisor is uniquely positioned to benefit as the industry thought leader with the world's most technologically advanced e-commerce management platform."

Highlights from the third quarter of 2014 are presented below:

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

  • Total revenue of $21.0 million for the third quarter of 2014 increased 26.1 percent compared with total revenue of $16.6 million for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Core revenue increased by 27.5 percent to $20.7 million from $16.2 million in the third quarter of 2013. The company’s method for calculating this and other key operating metrics that it reports is included later in this press release.
  • GAAP net loss was $(9.0) million compared with a net loss of $(4.3) million in the third quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss per share was $(0.36), based on 24.8 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with a net loss per share of $(0.20), based on 21.6 million weighted average shares outstanding in the year-ago period.
  • Non-GAAP net loss, which excludes the impact of non-cash stock-based compensation, was $(6.5) million compared with non-GAAP net loss of $(3.8) million for the third quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $(0.26) for the third quarter of 2014, based on 24.8 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with a non-GAAP net loss per share of $(0.18) for the third quarter of 2013, based on 21.6 million weighted average shares outstanding.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $(4.7) million for the third quarter of 2014 compared with $(2.4) million for the third quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA excludes depreciation, amortization, income tax expense, interest and stock-based compensation expenses.
  • Cash at quarter end totaled $82.3 million, compared with $85.1 million at the end of the second quarter.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Added 108 net core customers in the third quarter. Total core customer count was 2,781 at the end of the third quarter, an increase of 22 percent from 2,287 core customers at the end of the third quarter of 2013.
  • Average revenue per core customer, calculated on a trailing twelve-month basis, increased 4 percent to $31,375 for the third quarter, compared with $30,113 for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Fixed subscription fees were 79 percent of total revenue and variable subscription fees were 21 percent of total revenue for the third quarter of 2014. This compares to 70 percent and 30 percent, respectively, for the third quarter of 2013.
  • Subscription dollar retention rate, the primary metric that we use to measure customer retention, exceeded 100 percent for the quarter, consistent with recent performance.
  • Added new top-tier customers including Boohoo.com, Etailz, Inc., Focus Camera, LLC, Hallmark Baby, Huppin's Hi-Fi Photo & Video, Inc., Iced Out, PUMA, South Moon Sales, Inc., ThinkGeek, Inc. and US Cargo Control.
  • Participated in several industry conferences, including the annual Shop.org Summit in Seattle, Dmexco 2014 in Cologne, Germany and eCommerce Expo in London.
  • Announced the Catalyst 2015 Conference, which will take place March 30 to April 1 in Las Vegas.
  • Announced the 2014 Autumn Release, which includes product updates that enhance the management of eBay, enables mobile and social commerce and expands global offerings.
  • Developed the ChannelAdvisor SuiteApp, which integrates with NetSuite to streamline product and order data exchange between the two solutions.
  • Integrated with three German marketplaces: MeinPaket.com, Rakuten.de and Zalando.
  • As separately announced, completed the acquisition of E-Tale Holdings Limited on October 31 to help brands expand their online presence and e-commerce activities.

Financial Outlook

Based on information available as of today, ChannelAdvisor is issuing the following guidance for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014:

Fourth Quarter 2014

  • Total revenue between $25.6 million and $26.1 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $(0.7) million and $(0.1) million.
  • Stock-based compensation expense between $2.7 million and $3.0 million.
  • 24.9 million weighted average shares outstanding.

Full Year 2014

  • Total revenue between $86.7 million and $87.2 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $(18.7) million and $(18.1) million.
  • Stock-based compensation expense between $8.0 million and $8.3 million.
  • 24.7 million weighted average shares outstanding.

Conference Call Information

What:         ChannelAdvisor third quarter 2014 financial results conference call
When: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Live Call: (866) 515-2911, Passcode 50216676, Domestic
(617) 399-5125, Passcode 50216676, International
Webcast:

http://ir.channeladvisor.com (live and replay)

 

Key Operating Metrics

Core revenue excludes revenue attributable to the products from two small legacy acquisitions, both of which occurred prior to 2008, which we do not consider to be a core part of our strategic focus going forward.

Number of core customers includes all customers who subscribe to at least one of our solutions other than the non-core, legacy products.

Average revenue per core customer is total core revenue divided by the average monthly number of core customers during the period.

Subscription dollar retention rate is calculated for a particular period by establishing the cohort of core customers that had active contracts as of the end of the prior period. We then calculate our subscription dollar retention rate by taking the amount of fixed subscription revenue we recognized for the cohort in the period for which we are reporting the rate and dividing it by the fixed subscription revenue we recognized for the same cohort in the prior period. For this purpose, we do not include any non-core revenue, any variable subscription fees paid by our customers or any implementation fees.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: core revenue, non-GAAP net loss, non-GAAP net loss per share and adjusted EBITDA.

ChannelAdvisor believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors relating to ChannelAdvisor’s financial condition and results of operations. The company’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses, and for budgeting and planning purposes. The company believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing the company’s financial measures with other software companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors, and that it allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making.

Management of the company does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the company’s financial statements. In order to compensate for these limitations, management presents non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP results. Non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results and guidance prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are included with the financial tables at the end of this release. ChannelAdvisor urges investors to review the reconciliation and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the company’s business. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly named non-GAAP measures differently than we do, which limits their usefulness in comparing our financial results with theirs. With respect to our expectations under "Financial Outlook" above, reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the closest corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability, complexity and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from this non-GAAP measure. We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

About ChannelAdvisor

ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM) is a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable online retailers and manufacturers to integrate, manage and optimize their merchandise sales across hundreds of online channels including Amazon, Google, eBay, Facebook and more. Through automation, analytics and optimization, ChannelAdvisor customers can leverage a single inventory feed to more efficiently list and advertise products online, and connect with shoppers to increase sales. Billions of dollars in merchandise value are driven through ChannelAdvisor’s platform every year, and thousands of customers use ChannelAdvisor’s solutions to help grow their businesses. For more information, visit www.channeladvisor.com.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook and guidance and expectations regarding our growth and that of the e-commerce industry. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release and are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections, as well as the current beliefs and assumptions of management. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond ChannelAdvisor’s control. ChannelAdvisor’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, risks detailed in ChannelAdvisor’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, as well as other documents that may be filed by the company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These documents are available on the ‘SEC Filings’ section of the Investor Relations page of our website at http://ir.channeladvisor.com. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: our reliance for a significant portion of our revenue on sales by our customers on the Amazon and eBay marketplaces and through advertisements on Google; our ability to respond to rapid changes in channel technologies or requirements; our ability to compete successfully against current and future competitors, which could include the channels themselves; our reliance in part on a pricing model under which a portion of the subscription fees we receive from customers is variable, based upon the amount of transaction volume that those customers process through our platform; our reliance on two non-redundant data centers to deliver our SaaS solutions; the potential that the e-commerce market does not grow, or grows more slowly than we expect, particularly on the channels that our solutions support; challenges and risks associated with our increasing international operations; and security or privacy breaches. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent ChannelAdvisor’s views as of the date of this press release. ChannelAdvisor undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Accordingly, these forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing ChannelAdvisor’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

 

ChannelAdvisor Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
  September 30, 2014   December 31, 2013
(unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 82,280 $ 104,406
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $504 and $561 as of September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively 12,466 13,951
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,509   3,571  
Total current assets 99,255 121,928
Property and equipment, net 13,646 9,088
Goodwill 16,106 16,106
Intangible assets, net 374 670
Restricted cash 635 685
Other assets 250   309  
Total assets $ 130,266   $ 148,786  
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 1,361 $ 4,237
Accrued expenses 8,029 7,492
Deferred revenue 16,441 14,093
Other current liabilities 2,526   1,723  
Total current liabilities 28,357 27,545
Long-term capital leases, net of current portion 2,171 1,558
Other long-term liabilities 2,624   1,903  
Total liabilities 33,152 31,006
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 24,853,614 and 23,643,872 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively 25 24
Additional paid-in capital 225,457 218,330
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (287 ) (471 )
Accumulated deficit (128,081 ) (100,103 )
Total stockholders’ equity 97,114   117,780  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 130,266   $ 148,786  
 
 

ChannelAdvisor Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014   2013 2014   2013
Revenue $ 20,966 $ 16,620 $ 61,074 $ 47,518
Cost of revenue (1) 6,018   4,555   18,169   12,971  
Gross profit 14,948 12,065 42,905 34,547
Operating expenses (1):
Sales and marketing 13,865 9,316 42,131 26,398
Research and development 4,263 2,991 12,572 8,882
General and administrative 5,677   3,499   15,850   8,641  
Total operating expenses 23,805   15,806   70,553   43,921  
Loss from operations (8,857 ) (3,741 ) (27,648 ) (9,374 )
Other (expense) income:
Interest expense, net (55 ) (520 ) (157 ) (2,606 )
Other income, net (86 ) 4   (86 ) 17  
Total other (expense) income (141 ) (516 ) (243 ) (2,589 )
Loss before income taxes (8,998 ) (4,257 ) (27,891 ) (11,963 )
Income tax expense 6   35   87   56  
Net loss $ (9,004 ) $ (4,292 ) $ (27,978 ) $ (12,019 )
Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.36 ) $ (0.20 ) $ (1.14 ) $ (1.13 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted 24,793,869 21,588,578 24,528,263 10,652,921
 
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:
Cost of revenue $ 183 $ 41 $ 373 $ 159
Sales and marketing 922 146 1,833 439
Research and development 286 89 584 264
General and administrative 1,143   198   2,511   571  
$ 2,534   $ 474   $ 5,301   $ 1,433  
 
 

ChannelAdvisor Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

 
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014   2013
Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss $ (27,978 ) $ (12,019 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash and cash equivalents used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 4,393 2,619
Bad debt expense 993 221
Change in fair value of preferred stock warrants 1,052
Accretion of debt discount 449
Stock-based compensation expense 5,301 1,433
Other items, net 107 18
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 603 (1,503 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (869 ) 63
Restricted cash 51
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (1,668 ) 2,404
Deferred revenue 2,238   4,227  
Cash and cash equivalents used in operating activities (16,829 ) (1,036 )
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment (5,400 ) (1,990 )
Payment of internal-use software development costs (820 ) (962 )
Cash and cash equivalents used in investing activities (6,220 ) (2,952 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from initial public offering, net of underwriting discounts and commissions 86,095
Repayment of debt and capital leases (1,049 ) (919 )
Payment of deferred offering costs (2,474 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,827   879  
Cash and cash equivalents provided by financing activities 778 83,581
 
Effect of currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 145   (171 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (22,126 ) 79,422
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 104,406   10,865  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 82,280   $ 90,287  
 
 
Reconciliation of Core Revenue (Non-GAAP) to Revenue (GAAP)
(unaudited; in thousands)
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014     2013   2014     2013
Core revenue $ 20,686   $ 16,219 $ 60,101   $ 46,142
Non-core revenue 280   401   973   1,376
Total revenue $ 20,966   $ 16,620   $ 61,074   $ 47,518
 
 
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss Per Share
(unaudited; in thousands, except share and per share data)
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014     2013   2014     2013  
Net loss (GAAP) $ (9,004 ) $ (4,292 ) $ (27,978 ) $ (12,019 )
Plus: stock-based compensation 2,534   474   5,301   1,433  
Net loss (Non-GAAP) $ (6,470 ) $ (3,818 ) $ (22,677 ) $ (10,586 )
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 24,793,869 21,588,578 24,528,263 10,652,921
Additional weighted average shares giving effect to conversion of preferred stock at the beginning of the period       7,307,040  
Shares used in computing non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted 24,793,869   21,588,578   24,528,263   17,959,961  
Net loss per share, basic and diluted (Non-GAAP) $ (0.26 ) $ (0.18 ) $ (0.92 ) $ (0.59 )
 
 
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
(unaudited; in thousands)
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014     2013   2014     2013  
Net loss $ (9,004 ) $ (4,292 ) $ (27,978 ) $ (12,019 )
Adjustments:
Interest expense, net 55 520 157 2,606
Income tax expense 6 35 87 56
Depreciation and amortization expense 1,741   886   4,393   2,619  
Total adjustments 1,802   1,441   4,637   5,281  
EBITDA (7,202 ) (2,851 ) (23,341 ) (6,738 )
Stock-based compensation expense 2,534   474   5,301   1,433  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (4,668 ) $ (2,377 ) $ (18,040 ) $ (5,305 )

Contacts

Media Contact:
ChannelAdvisor Corporation
Jordan Smith, 919-582-6813
jordan.smith@channeladvisor.com
or
Investor Contact:
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Garo Toomajanian, 919-228-2003
ir@channeladvisor.com

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