Marin Software Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results
San Francisco, CA (February 14, 2019) – Marin Software Incorporated (NASDAQ: MRIN), a leading provider of digital marketing software for performance-driven advertisers and agencies, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.
“We saw increasing adoption of our MarinOne platform in the fourth quarter,” said Chris Lien, Chief Executive Officer of Marin Software. “All of our customers now have access to our latest technology to help them deliver performance from their Search, Social and eCommerce advertising. Support for additional channels like Apple Search Ads and YouTube, along with our recently announced revenue share agreement with Google, will help us drive growth for our customers in 2019.”
Fourth Quarter 2018 Business and Product Release Highlights:
- Expanded MarinOne access to all customers, giving advertisers a more extensive view into advertising performance across Search, Social and eCommerce advertising.
- Added support for Apple Search Ads and YouTube in MarinOne, providing greater coverage for key publishers.
- Increased Amazon Advertising spend managed by Marin by 85% from the first quarter to the fourth quarter of 2018.
- Published two case studies highlighting the successful performance results driven by Marin Bidding for Amazon Sponsored Products.
- Launched support for Google Expanded Text Ads Enhancements, allowing longer ad copy, particularly for ads running on mobile.
- Certified by Google as one of the only click-measurement providers to measure select ad interaction events that occur on Google-hosted properties globally, including Showcase Shopping Ads, Local Inventory Ads and Model Automotive Ads.
- Debuted Marin Social Pacing Dashboard, a real-time view into performance against configurable targets on Facebook.
- Introduced Dynamic Product Ads for Auto on Social, which are a way to combine effortless automation with segmented targeting for prospects that are lower in the purchase funnel.
- Entered into and announced a three-year revenue share agreement with Google through which Marin will receive quarterly payments from Google to further develop Marin’s enterprise technology platform and software products.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Updates:
- Net revenues totaled $15.8 million, a year-over-year decrease of 11% when compared to $17.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.
- GAAP loss from operations was ($3.0) million, resulting in a GAAP operating margin of (19%), compared to a GAAP loss from operations of ($7.5) million and a GAAP operating margin of (42%) for the fourth quarter of 2017.
- Non-GAAP loss from operations was ($0.6) million, resulting in a non-GAAP operating margin of (4%), as compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of ($5.4) million and a non-GAAP operating margin of (31%) for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Full Year 2018 Financial Updates:
- Net revenues totaled $58.6 million, a year-over-year decrease of 22% when compared to $75.0 million in 2017.
- GAAP loss from operations was ($42.3) million, resulting in a GAAP operating margin of (72%), compared to a GAAP loss from operations of ($30.3) million and a GAAP operating margin of (40%) for 2017.
- Non-GAAP loss from operations was ($17.5) million, resulting in a non-GAAP operating margin of (30%), as compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of ($18.3) million and a non-GAAP operating margin of (24%) for 2017.
- Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $11.5 million as of December 31, 2018, as compared to $28.8 million as of December 31, 2017.
Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures have been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below, under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
Marin is providing guidance for its first quarter of 2019 as follows:
Non-GAAP loss from operations excludes the effects of stock-based compensation, amortization of internally developed software and intangible assets, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, capitalization of internally developed software and non-recurring costs associated with restructurings.
Additionally, the Company does not reconcile its forward-looking non-GAAP loss from operations, due to variability between revenues and non-cash items such as stock-based compensation. The GAAP loss from operations includes stock-based compensation expense, which is affected by hiring and retention needs, as well as the future price of Marin’s stock. As a result, a reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures cannot be made without unreasonable effort.
Quarterly Results Conference Call
Marin Software will host a conference call today at 2:00 PM Pacific Time (5:00 PM Eastern Time) to review the Company’s financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018, and its outlook for the future. To access the call, please dial (877) 705-6003 in the United States or (201) 493-6725 internationally with reference to the company name and conference title. A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=133029. Following the completion of the call through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 21, 2019, a recorded replay will be available for replay on the Company’s website at http://investor.marinsoftware.com/ and a telephone replay will be available by dialing (844) 512-2921 in the United States or (412) 317-6671 internationally with the recording access code 13686928.
About Marin Software
Marin Software Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: MRIN) mission is to give advertisers the power to drive higher efficiency and transparency in their paid marketing programs that run on the world’s largest publishers. Marin provides enterprise marketing software for advertisers and agencies to integrate, align, and amplify their digital advertising spend across the web and mobile devices. Offering a unified SaaS advertising management platform for search, social, and eCommerce advertising, Marin helps digital marketers convert precise audiences, improve financial performance, and make better decisions. Headquartered in San Francisco, with offices worldwide, Marin’s technology powers marketing campaigns around the globe. For more information about Marin Software, please visit: https://www.marinsoftware.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Marin uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release. Marin uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating its ongoing operational performance. Marin 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 our financial results with other companies in our industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. Non-GAAP financial measures that Marin uses may differ from measures that other companies may use.
Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
Non-GAAP expenses, measures and net loss per share. Marin defines non-GAAP sales and marketing, non-GAAP research and development, non-GAAP general and administrative, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating loss and non-GAAP net loss as the respective GAAP balances, adjusted for stock-based compensation, amortization of internally developed software, intangible assets and deferred costs to obtain and fulfill contracts, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, non-cash expenses related to debt agreements, capitalization of internally developed software, deferral of costs to obtain and fulfill contracts and non-recurring costs associated with restructurings. Non-GAAP net loss per share is calculated as non-GAAP net loss divided by the weighted average shares outstanding.
Adjusted EBITDA. Marin defines Adjusted EBITDA as net loss, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense, depreciation, amortization of internally developed software, intangible assets and deferred costs to obtain and fulfill contracts, capitalization of internally developed software, deferral of costs to obtain and fulfill contracts, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, provision for income taxes, other income or expenses, net and non-recurring costs associated with restructurings. These amounts are often excluded by other companies to help investors understand the operational performance of their business. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measurement of its operating performance because it assists in comparing the operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of certain non-cash and non-operating items. Adjusted EBITDA reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of the operations that Marin believes, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting its business.
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding Marin’s business, expectations about our ability to return to growth, impact of investments in product and technology on future operating results, progress on product development efforts, product capabilities and future financial results, including its outlook for the first quarter of 2019. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to our ability to grow sales to new and existing customers; our ability to expand our sales and marketing capabilities; our ability to retain and attract qualified management and technical personnel; delays in the release of updates to our product platform or new features; competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, entry of new competitors and new applications; quarterly fluctuations in our operating results due to a number of factors; inability to adequately forecast our future revenues, expenses, Adjusted EBITDA, cash flows or other financial metrics; delays, reductions or slower growth in the amount spent on online and mobile advertising and the development of the market for cloud-based software; progress in our efforts to update our software platform; adverse changes in our relationships with and access to publishers and advertising agencies; level of usage and advertising spend managed on our platform; our ability to expand sales of our solutions in channels other than search advertising; any slow-down in the search advertising market generally; shift in customer digital advertising budgets from search to segments in which we are not as deeply penetrated; the development of the market for digital advertising; acceptance and continued usage of our platform and services by customers and our ability to provide high-quality technical support to our customers; material defects in our platform including those resulting from any updates we introduce to our platform, service interruptions at our single third-party data center or breaches in our security measures; our ability to develop enhancements to our platform; our ability to protect our intellectual property; our ability to manage risks associated with international operations; the impact of fluctuations in currency exchange rates, particularly an increase in the value of the dollar; near term changes in sales of our software services or spend under management may not be immediately reflected in our results due to our subscription business model; adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; and the ability to acquire and integrate other businesses. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent report on Form 10-K, recent reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K which we may file from time to time, all of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Any of these risks could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Marin’s expectations as of February 14, 2019. Marin assumes no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.
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