Fourth Quarter Revenue $86.4 Million
Baltimore, MD (March 9, 2015) —Millennial Media, Inc. (NYSE: MM), the leading independent mobile advertising marketplace, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.
Financial Results and Business Highlights for the Fourth Quarter of 2014
Revenue: For the fourth quarter of 2014, revenue was $86.4 million compared to $96.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Gross Margin: For the fourth quarter of 2014, gross margin was 38.3% compared with gross margin of 38.7% for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Net Income (Loss): For the fourth quarter of 2014, on a GAAP basis, net loss was $(11.6) million, compared to net loss of $(3.7) million for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA: For the fourth quarter of 2014, Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure (see definition below), was a loss of $(1.8) million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $7.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Net Income (Loss) per Share: For the fourth quarter of 2014, on a GAAP basis, basic and diluted net loss per share was $(0.10), compared to basic and diluted net loss per share of $(0.04) for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) Per Share: For the fourth quarter of 2014, non-GAAP net loss per share (see definition below) was $(0.02), compared to non-GAAP net income per share of $0.08 for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Other Business Metrics: As of December 31, 2014, Millennial Media reached over 650 million monthly unique users globally, including approximately 175 million monthly unique users in the United States alone. As of December 31, 2014, approximately 60,000 apps were enabled by mobile app developers to operate on Millennial Media’s platform, and Millennial Media had more than 700 million proprietary, anonymous user profiles used for delivering the most relevant ads to consumers, including over 60 million cross screen profiles linking users across mobile devices and PCs.
Financial Results for the Full Year 2014
Revenue: For the full year 2014, revenue was $296.2 million compared to $259.2 million for the full year 2013.
Gross Margin: For the full year 2014, gross margin was 39.3% compared to gross margin of 40.3% for 2013.
Net Income (Loss): For the full year 2014, net loss, on a GAAP basis, was $(149.1) million, and includes an impairment write-down on goodwill and intangible assets of $93.5 million, compared to net loss of $(15.1) million for the full year 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA: For the full year 2014, Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $(19.4) million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $9.0 million for the full year 2013.
Net Income (Loss) per Share: For the full year 2014, on a GAAP basis, basic and diluted net loss per share was $(1.36), and includes the impairment write-down on goodwill and intangible assets of $(0.85) per share, compared to $(0.18) for the full year 2013.
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) Per Share: For the full year 2014, non-GAAP net loss per share was $(0.18), compared to non-GAAP net income per common share of $0.10 for the full year 2013.
“Millennial Media ended 2014 on a high note. We successfully completed our acquisition of Nexage, added several key management personnel, and exceeded our fourth quarter revenue expectations,” said Michael Barrett, CEO of Millennial Media. “Through these accomplishments, we’ve entered 2015 with a stronger, more complete set of tools to help us execute on our full-stack marketplace vision and make mobile simple for our partners. We’ve already begun inventory integrations to our owned and operated programmatic exchange, The Millennial Media Exchange powered by Nexage, which will enable hundreds of mobile ad buyers to transact with thousands of developers and publishers. Supported by the foundation of our managed media business, we expect to accelerate our programmatic platform capabilities and revenue production during 2015.”
For the first quarter of 2015, Millennial Media currently expects total gross billings to be in the range of $69.0 million to $72.0 million, comprised of $50.0 million to $52.0 million for its managed media business and $19.0 million to $20.0 million for its platform business. Gross billings is a new metric that Millennial Media is introducing for the first quarter of 2015 and is defined as total dollars spent across both the managed media and platform businesses. For Millennial Media’s managed media business, gross billings is the same as GAAP revenue. However, for GAAP purposes, Millennial Media’s revenue from Nexage activity in its platform business is recorded on a net, rather than gross, basis. In this portion of the platform business, the Company has determined it is acting as the agent and not the principal in the relationship and therefore records revenues net of media costs. Millennial Media believes that gross billings, which is calculated before media costs, provides investors with a view of the overall dollars spent across its platform business.
Millennial Media expects total GAAP revenue for the first quarter of 2015 to be in the range of $55.0 million to $58.0 million, comprised of managed media GAAP revenue between $50.0 million to $52.0 million and platform GAAP revenue between $5.0 million to $6.0 million. We expect Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2015 to be in the range of a loss of $(14.0) million to $(15.0) million.
For the year ending December 31, 2015, based on information as of today, Millennial Media expects total gross billings to be in the range of $435.0 million to $459.0 million, comprised of $275.0 million to $290.0 million for its managed media business and $160.0 million to $169.0 million for platform. Millennial Media expects total GAAP revenue for the full year 2015 to be in the range of $311.0 million to $342.0 million, comprised of managed media GAAP revenue between $275.0 million to $290.0 million and platform GAAP revenue between $36.0 million to $52.0 million. We currently expect Adjusted EBITDA for Q4 2015 to be positive.
Attached Pro Forma Schedules:
On December 4, 2014, Millennial Media closed its acquisition of Nexage, Inc. For GAAP purposes, Nexage’s results have been included with those of Millennial Media as of December 5, 2014. For a comparison of historical results, the Company is providing a statement of operations on a pro forma combined basis attached to this press release that highlights results of Nexage and Millennial Media for each quarter and for the full year ended December 31, 2014, both on a stand-alone basis and in combination from the date of acquisition. In addition, the Company is providing a pro forma schedule for 2014 combined quarterly and annual revenue and gross billings for Millennial Media and Nexage on the same basis that the Company will use to report its revenue in 2015.
Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Results Conference Call: Millennial Media will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year financial results, developments in its business, and the Company’s expectations for the first quarter of 2015. A live webcast of the event will be available on the Investor Relations page of the Millennial Media website at http://investors.millennialmedia.com. A live domestic dial-in is available at 800-299-9630 (U.S.) or 617-786-2904 (international) using passcode 84946599. If you are unable to listen to the live conference call, a replay will be available through March 16, 2014, and can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 (U.S.) or 617-801-6888 (international) using passcode 12395467. An archived version of the webcast will also be available at http://investors.millennialmedia.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), Millennial Media reports Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure defined as net income or net loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, adjusted to eliminate goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, non-cash stock-based compensation and expenses related to acquisitions, such as costs for services of lawyers, investment bankers, accountants and other third parties and acquisition-related severance costs, bonuses and retention bonuses and accrual of retention payments that represent contingent compensation to be recognized over a requisite period. Millennial Media defines non-GAAP net income (loss) per share as Adjusted EBITDA divided by diluted weighted average shares outstanding. Millennial Media uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Millennial Media believes that these measures provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. Non-GAAP financial 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.
Millennial Media also presents Adjusted EBITDA on a pro forma combined basis. Pro forma combined Adjusted EBITDA includes results of the Company’s Nexage, LLC subsidiary for the entire period presented. A reconciliation of historical Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for each of Millennial Media and Nexage and on a pro forma combined basis, is set forth in the tables following this release.
About Millennial Media
Millennial Media is the leading independent mobile marketplace, making mobile advertising simple for the world’s top brands, app developers, and mobile web publishers. Millennial Media's unique data and technology assets enable its advertising clients to connect with their target audiences at scale. Millennial Media also drives monetization for its publisher and developer partners by connecting them to networks, advertisers, and a real-time-bidding, or RTB, exchange. For more information, visit www.millennialmedia.com.
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts constitute “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties and are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include expectations regarding financial results for the first quarter of 2015 and revenue for the full year 2015. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and if any such risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, our results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements we make. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with our ability to accelerate growth and provide enhanced gross margin performance; our ability to expand our developer and advertiser base and increase demand for our services; our ability to keep pace with technological and market developments and remain competitive against larger companies in our industry as well as potential new entrants into our markets; and our recent acquisition of Nexage, including our ability to integrate the two businesses and realize the expected benefits from the acquisition. Further information on these and other factors that could affect our results is included in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on November 10, 2014 and other filings we make with the SEC from time to time. These documents are available on the ‘SEC Filings’ section of the Investor Relations page of our website at http://investors.millennialmedia.com.
The statements made in this release are based on information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation and do not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
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Millennial Media is the leading mobile ad marketplace, making mobile simple for the world’s top brands, app developers, and mobile web publishers. The company's data and technology assets enable advertisers to connect with target audiences at scale, while driving monetization for publisher and developer partners. AOL acquired Millennial Media on October 23, 2015. Millennial Media boosts AOL's global, mobile capabilities and scale across ONE by AOL for advertisers and agencies, and offers the most attractive monetization platform for app developers.