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Boingo Wireless Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

·17 mins read

Strong DAS access fee revenue of $8.2 million increased 27.3% year-over-year
Generated $19.0 million in net cash provided by operating activities
Maintains solid financial position with strong cash and liquidity position

Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), the leading distributed antenna system ("DAS") and Wi-Fi provider that serves carriers, consumers, property owners and advertisers worldwide, today announced the Company's financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $59.9 million decreased 9.9% compared to $66.5 million in the first quarter of 2019.

    • Military/multifamily revenue of $22.7 million decreased 12.3% compared to $25.9 million in the first quarter of 2019.

    • DAS revenue of $22.2 million decreased 7.9% compared to $24.1 million in the first quarter of 2019. DAS revenue for the quarter was comprised of $14.0 million of build-out project revenue and $8.2 million of access fee revenue. DAS access fee revenue increased 27.3% year-over-year.

    • Wholesale Wi-Fi revenue of $9.7 million decreased 11.6% compared to $11.0 million in the first quarter of 2019.

    • Retail revenue of $3.0 million decreased 24.6% compared to $3.9 million in the first quarter of 2019.

    • Advertising and other revenue of $2.3 million increased 48.6% compared to $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $(4.6) million, or $(0.10) per diluted share, compared to net loss of $(5.2) million, or $(0.12) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $18.7 million decreased 2.1% compared to $19.1 million in the first quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined below and is reconciled to net loss attributable to common stockholders, the most comparable measure under GAAP, in the schedule entitled "Reconciliation of Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA."

  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $19.0 million decreased 19.8% compared to $23.7 million in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Free cash flow was $(3.6) million compared to $(8.6) million in the first quarter of 2019. Free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined below and is reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities, the most comparable measure under GAAP, in the schedule entitled "Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flows."

  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $175.2 million at March 31, 2020 compared to $80.6 million at December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to the Company’s decision to draw $100.0 million from its $150.0 million revolving credit facility as a precautionary measure to preserve financial flexibility. As of March 31, 2020, the Company had approximately $50.0 million of remaining borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility.

Business Highlights

  • The Company launched one new DAS venue location with Tier One carriers during the first quarter of 2020 for a total of 73 DAS venues live comprised of 39,500 DAS nodes and an additional 10,800 nodes in backlog. This compares to 59 venues live comprised of 31,100 nodes as of March 31, 2019.

  • The Company deployed wireless infrastructure to cover an additional 4,000 military beds in the quarter, bringing the total footprint to 359,000 military beds on 64 military bases as of March 31, 2020. The Company completed construction on the first two cell sites on a military base during the quarter.

  • The Company executed five new multifamily agreements during the quarter, representing over 2,700 new beds.

  • The Company appointed Michael Zeto as Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Emerging Businesses, to help drive innovation and identify new opportunities that contribute to profitable growth. Mr. Zeto joins Boingo from AT&T, where he most recently served as Vice President, Internet of Things Solutions and General Manager, Smart Cities.

Management Commentary in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

"The last 90 days have been an extraordinary time in history and our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones or who have been infected by the coronavirus," commented Mike Finley, Chief Executive Officer of Boingo Wireless. "Since Boingo has been deemed an essential business, we have been able to not only support our existing wireless networks, but continue to build out new neutral-host networks at a time when many other companies are not as fortunate. In addition, we were delighted to provide complimentary Wi-Fi service to more than 10,000 Air Force, Army and Marine beds set up for quarantine purposes around the country. I am incredibly proud of the Boingo team for going the extra mile to ensure our customers and our venue partners have the connectivity they need."

Mr. Finley continued, "Boingo delivers a vital neutral solution in the essential space of connectivity, and is supported by a business model with approximately 95% contractual or recurring revenue. We have a strong balance sheet with ample liquidity and the ability to continue using our cash flow to fund our network builds where we have carrier commitments. Our focus on reducing expenses and increasing profitability at the end of 2019 has prepared us well to weather the recent events. While we cannot predict the nature, duration or scope of the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, we believe that Boingo will emerge from this period with velocity and continue to deliver a critical, and essential, service to our military men and women, our venues, our customers and our partners."

Conference Call Information

Members of Boingo Wireless’ management will host a conference call to discuss their first quarter 2020 financial results beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT), today, May 5, 2020. To participate in the conference call, investors from the U.S. and Canada should dial (877) 407-9716 and enter the passcode: 13701323 ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. International callers should dial +1 (201) 493-6779 and enter the same passcode. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://investors.boingo.com. In addition, a supplement reflecting the Company’s key business metrics will be made available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. The supplement and webcast will be archived online upon completion of the conference call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Boingo Wireless’ financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, Boingo Wireless provides Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as supplemental measures of its performance.

The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net loss attributable to common stockholders plus depreciation and amortization of property and equipment, stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, income tax expense, interest expense and amortization of debt discount, interest income and other expense, net, non-controlling interests, and excludes charges or gains that are nonrecurring, infrequent, or unusual. Boingo Wireless believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating its operating performance. Boingo's management uses Adjusted EBITDA in conjunction with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, and other operating performance measures as part of its overall assessment of the Company's performance for planning purposes, including the preparation of its annual operating budget, to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies and to communicate with its board of directors concerning its financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative financial measure to net loss attributable to common stockholders, which is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, or any other measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.

The Company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities, less purchases of property and equipment. Boingo Wireless believes that free cash flow provides investors with additional useful information to measure operating liquidity because it reflects the amount of cash generated by the Company's operations after the purchases of property and equipment that can be used for strategic opportunities. Free cash flow should not be considered as an alternative financial measure to net cash provided by operating activities, which is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, or any other measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.

About Boingo Wireless

Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI) helps the world stay connected. Our vast footprint of DAS, Wi-Fi and small cells reaches more than a billion people annually, making Boingo one of the largest providers of indoor wireless networks. You’ll find Boingo connecting people at airports, stadiums, military bases, convention centers, multifamily communities and commercial properties. To learn more about the Boingo story, visit www.boingo.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" that involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "believes," "estimates," "expects" and similar references to future periods. These forward-looking statements include the quotations from management in this press release, as well as any statements regarding Boingo's future growth opportunities, operations and financial performance due to COVID-19, strategic plans and transactions and any future guidance. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy and other future conditions. Since forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include the impact of health epidemics, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, on the Company’s business, the Company's ability to maintain its existing relationships and establish new relationships with venue partners, its ability to complete build-outs and sign venue contracts, its ability to maintain revenue growth and achieve profitability, its ability to execute on its strategic and business plans, its ability to successfully compete with new technologies and adapt to changes in the wireless industry, as well as other risks and uncertainties described more fully in documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including Boingo's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on March 2, 2020, which the Company incorporates by reference into this press release. Any forward-looking statement made by Boingo in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause the Company's actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Boingo to predict all of them. Boingo undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Boingo, Boingo Wi-Finder, Boingo Broadband, and the Boingo Wireless Logo are registered trademarks of Boingo Wireless, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2020

2019

Revenue

$

59,886

$

66,473

Costs and operating expenses:

Network access

28,759

31,411

Network operations

13,287

14,142

Development and technology

6,985

8,999

Selling and marketing

5,579

5,867

General and administrative

6,750

8,294

Amortization of intangible assets

1,111

1,131

Total costs and operating expenses

62,471

69,844

Loss from operations

(2,585

)

(3,371

)

Interest expense and amortization of debt discount

(2,349

)

(2,395

)

Interest income and other expense, net

254

719

Loss before income taxes

(4,680

)

(5,047

)

Income tax expense

(45

)

(192

)

Net loss

(4,725

)

(5,239

)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

(92

)

(86

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(4,633

)

$

(5,153

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:

Basic

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.12

)

Diluted

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.12

)

Weighted average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:

Basic

44,272

43,527

Diluted

44,272

43,527

Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

March 31,
2020

December 31,
2019

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

145,916

$

40,401

Marketable securities

29,301

40,214

Accounts receivable, net

37,910

33,350

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

8,519

8,235

Total current assets

221,646

122,200

Property and equipment, net

384,636

380,243

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

14,557

15,196

Goodwill

58,579

58,579

Intangible assets, net

13,829

14,940

Other assets

9,843

9,309

Total assets

$

703,090

$

600,467

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

31,608

$

24,298

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

54,940

65,152

Deferred revenue

66,133

61,229

Current portion of operating leases

2,586

2,695

Current portion of long-term debt

972

778

Current portion of finance leases

2,344

2,721

Current portion of notes payable

1,131

1,527

Total current liabilities

159,714

158,400

Deferred revenue, net of current portion

171,557

166,660

Long-term portion of operating leases

16,633

17,357

Long-term debt

264,890

162,708

Long-term portion of finance leases

131

572

Long-term portion of notes payable

25

95

Deferred tax liabilities

1,005

993

Other liabilities

182

201

Total liabilities

614,137

506,986

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 5,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding

Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; 44,314 and 44,224 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

4

4

Additional paid-in capital

236,048

234,638

Accumulated deficit

(145,606

)

(140,973

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,445

)

(1,426

)

Total common stockholders’ equity

88,001

92,243

Non-controlling interests

952

1,238

Total stockholders’ equity

88,953

93,481

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

703,090

$

600,467

Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities

Net loss

$

(4,725

)

$

(5,239

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss including non-controlling interests to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

18,646

19,009

Amortization of intangible assets

1,111

1,131

Impairment loss and loss on disposal of fixed assets and intangible assets held for sale, net

(30

)

91

Stock-based compensation

1,537

2,344

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount, net of amounts capitalized

2,343

2,256

Non-cash operating lease cost

639

438

Gains and amortization of premiums/discounts for marketable securities

(81

)

(207

)

Change in deferred income taxes

(12

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(4,912

)

4,307

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(1,071

)

(13

)

Accounts payable

(166

)

1,397

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

(3,253

)

(1,481

)

Deferred revenue

9,801

439

Operating lease liabilities

(794

)

(729

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

19,033

23,743

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchases of marketable securities

(15,032

)

(36,665

)

Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities

25,965

Purchases of property and equipment

(22,592

)

(32,390

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(11,659

)

(69,055

)

Cash flows from financing activities

Debt issuance costs

(1,687

)

Proceeds from credit facility

100,000

3,500

Principal payments on credit facility

(194

)

Payments of acquisition related consideration

(1,952

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

185

6

Payments of finance leases and notes payable

(1,285

)

(1,853

)

Payments of withholding tax on net issuance of restricted stock units

(461

)

(32,907

)

Payments to non-controlling interest

(262

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

98,177

(35,087

)

Effect of exchange rates on cash

(36

)

3

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

105,515

(80,396

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

40,401

149,412

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

145,916

$

69,016

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities

Property and equipment costs included in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

$

39,754

$

39,309

Capitalized stock-based compensation included in property and equipment costs

$

149

$

230

Purchase price for business acquisition included in accrued expenses and other liabilities

$

$

2,961

Debt issuance costs included in accrued expenses and other liabilities

$

$

125

Financed sale of intangible assets held for sale

$

277

$

311

Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2020

2019

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(4,633

)

$

(5,153

)

Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

18,646

19,009

Stock-based compensation expense

1,537

2,344

Amortization of intangible assets

1,111

1,131

Income tax expense

45

192

Interest expense and amortization of debt discount

2,349

2,395

Interest income and other expense, net

(254

)

(719

)

Non-controlling interests

(92

)

(86

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

18,709

$

19,113

Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2020

2019

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

19,033

$

23,743

Purchases of property and equipment

(22,592

)

(32,390

)

Free cash flows

$

(3,559

)

$

(8,647

)

Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Revenue Summary

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2020

2019

Revenue:

Military/multifamily

$

22,707

$

25,897

DAS

22,196

24,095

Wholesale—Wi-Fi

9,743

11,020

Retail

2,959

3,926

Advertising and other

2,281

1,535

Total revenue

$

59,886

$

66,473

Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Key Business Metrics

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2020

2019

Key business metrics:

DAS nodes(1)

39.5

31.1

DAS nodes in backlog(2)

10.8

13.7

Subscribers—military(3)

135

147

Subscribers—retail(3)

70

113

Connects(4)

66,512

78,625

___________________________________________

(1)

This metric represents the number of active DAS nodes as of the end of the period. A DAS node is a single communications endpoint, typically an antenna, which transmits or receives radio frequency signals wirelessly. This measure is an indicator of the reach of the Company’s DAS network.

(2)

This metric represents the number of DAS nodes under contract but not yet active as of the end of the period.

(3)

This metric represents the number of paying customers who are on a month-to-month subscription plan at a given period end.

(4)

This metric shows how often individuals connect to the Company’s global Wi-Fi network in a given period. The connects include wholesale and retail customers in both customer pay locations and customer free locations where Boingo is a paid service provider or receives sponsorship or promotion fees. The Company counts each connect as a single connect regardless of how many times that individual accesses the network at a given venue during their 24-hour period. This measure is an indicator of paid activity throughout Boingo’s network.

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Contacts

PRESS:
Melody Walker
Senior Director, Marketing Communications
mwalker@boingo.com
(424) 256-7036

INVESTORS:
Kimberly Orlando and Ariel Papermaster
ADDO Investor Relations
investors@boingo.com
(310) 829-5400