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Full Year 2021 Revenue Up 206% Year-Over-Year to $38.1 Million, with Fourth Quarter 2021 Revenue Up 95%
HOUSTON, March 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct Digital Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: DRCT) ("Direct Digital"), a leading advertising and marketing technology holding group, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Walker said, "2021 was an incredible year for us, as we continued to execute on our vision of building a world-class buy- and sell-side advertising platform for middle-market clients. In 2021 we doubled our revenue through organic growth and the integration of Orange142 acquired in late 2020 and expect to see continued benefits from the rapid digitization of small- and mid-sized companies moving into programmatic and digital advertising, the increasing localization of programmatic advertising, and with growth of multicultural audiences and targeted ad spend. We are excited for our new journey as a publicly listed company, and to continue to achieve our ambitious goals in 2022 and beyond."
Keith Smith, President, added, "The strategic refinancing of our debt, coupled with our IPO, has positioned us to effectively execute our operational objectives in the coming year."
Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:
Revenue increased to $12.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, an increase of $6.3 million, or 95% over the $6.6 million in the same period of 2020.
Operating income increased to $1.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to approximately $40,000 in the same period of 2020.
Existing term loan was refinanced, and we entered into new credit facility with Lafayette Square for up to $32.0 million consisting of a $22.0 million closing date term loan and an up to $10.0 million delayed draw term loan for future acquisitions.
Net loss was $(2.1) million in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $(0.5) million in the same period of 2020.
Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $1.8 million in the fourth quarter 2021, compared to $1.0 million in the same period of 2020.
Net operating cash generated for the quarter was $0.6 million compared to a net operating cash of $0.4 million generated in the same period of 2020.
Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Highlights:
Revenue in fiscal year 2021 increased to $38.1 million, an increase of $25.6 million, or 206%, over the $12.5 million in fiscal year 2020.
Operating income increased $5.2 million, or 619%, to $4.4 million for 2021 compared to an operating loss of ($0.8) million for 2020.
Net loss for 2021 was $(1.5) million, compared to $(0.9) million in 2020.
Adjusted EBITDA (1) for 2021 was $6.4 million, compared to $0.6 million for 2020.
Net increase in operating cash for 2021 was $3.8 million, compared to a net operating cash decrease of $(0.6) million for 2020.
For fiscal year 2021, we processed approximately 574 billion impressions through our sell-side advertising segment.
During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2021, our sell-side advertising platform's processing of impressions grew to an average of over 70 billion per month, processed over 685 billion auction bid requests and served approximately 80,000 buyers.
Our buy-side advertising segment served over 200 customers during 2021, compared to 150 customers during 2020.
Our guidance assumes that the U.S. economy continues to recover, and we do not have any major COVID-19-related setbacks that may cause economic conditions to deteriorate or otherwise significantly reduce advertiser demand. While we plan to offer annual guidance and update it throughout the year, we provide our initial expectations on Q1 2022 since we are so far into the quarter. Accordingly, we estimate the following:
For the first quarter of 2022, we expect revenue to be in the range of $11.0 million to $11.5 million, or 98% year-over-year growth at the mid-point.
For fiscal year 2022, we expect revenue to be in the range of $48.0 million to $52.0 million, or 31% year-over-year growth at the mid-point.
"With our transition to a publicly listed company, we look forward to executing our growth plan with a keen focus on enhancing shareholder value. Additionally, we anticipate continuing to invest in our core business and infrastructure to further support our rapid organic growth and our inorganic growth strategies. We continue to focus on our top-line growth, and we remain disciplined in our goal of increasing Adjusted EBITDA and positive cash flow." commented Mark Walker.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
Direct Digital will host a conference call on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's quarterly and annual financial results. The live webcast and replay can be accessed at https://ir.directdigitalholdings.com/. Please access the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot access the webcast, a replay will be available at https://ir.directdigitalholdings.com/ for a period of twelve months.
(1)"Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-GAAP financial measure. The section titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below describes our usage of non-GAAP financial measures and provides reconciliations between historical GAAP and non-GAAP information contained in this press release.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and which are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties. As used below, "we," "us," and "our" refer to Direct Digital. We use words such as "could," "would," "may," "might," "will," "expect," "likely," "believe," "continue," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "project" and other similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, but not all forward-looking statements include these words. All statements contained in this release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements. All of our forward-looking statements involve estimates and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, many factors could affect our actual operating and financial performance and cause our performance to differ materially from the performance expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: our dependence on the overall demand for advertising, which could be influenced by economic downturns; any slow-down or unanticipated development in the market for programmatic advertising campaigns; the effects of health epidemics, such as the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic; operational and performance issues with our platform, whether real or perceived, including a failure to respond to technological changes or to upgrade our technology systems; any significant inadvertent disclosure or breach of confidential and/or personal information we hold, or of the security of our or our customers', suppliers' or other partners' computer systems; any unavailability or non-performance of the non-proprietary technology, software, products and services that we use; unfavorable publicity and negative public perception about our industry, particularly concerns regarding data privacy and security relating to our industry's technology and practices, and any perceived failure to comply with laws and industry self-regulation; restrictions on the use of third-party "cookies," mobile device IDs or other tracking technologies, which could diminish our platform's effectiveness; any inability to compete in our intensely competitive market; any significant fluctuations caused by our high customer concentration; any violation of legal and regulatory requirements or any misconduct by our employees, subcontractors, agents or business partners; any strain on our resources, diversion of our management's attention or impact on our ability to attract and retain qualified board members as a result of being a public company; our dependence, as a holding, of receiving distributions from Direct Digital Holdings, LLC to pay our taxes, expenses and dividends; and other factors and assumptions discussed in the "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations" and other sections of our filings with the SEC that we make from time to time. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should any of these assumptions prove to be incorrect, our actual operating and financial performance may vary in material respects from the performance projected in these forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained in this release to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances, and we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
About Direct Digital Holdings
Direct Digital Holdings (Nasdaq: DRCT) brings state-of-the-art supply- and demand-side advertising platforms together under one umbrella company. The holding group's supply-side platform Colossus SSP offers advertisers of all sizes extensive reach within general market and multicultural media properties. Its operating companies Huddled Masses and Orange142 deliver significant ROI for middle market advertisers by providing data-optimized programmatic solutions at scale for businesses in sectors that range from energy to healthcare and travel to financial services. Direct Digital Holdings' buy-side solutions manages over 200 clients daily, and the sell-side solution serves over 80,000 advertisers generating over 70 billion impressions per month across display, CTV, in-app, and other media channels.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts receivable, net
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Total current assets
Intangible assets, net
Deferred financing costs, net
Other long-term assets
LIABILITIES AND MEMBERS' EQUITY
Notes payable, current portion
Related party payables
Seller notes payable
Seller earnout payable
Total current liabilities
Notes payable, net of short-term portion and $2,091,732 and
$501,796 deferred financing cost, respectively
Mandatorily redeemable non-participating preferred units
Line of credit
Paycheck Protection Program loan
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
MEMBERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)
Units, 1,000,000 units authorized at December 31, 2021 and 2020,
34,182 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021
Total members' equity (deficit)
Total liabilities and members' equity (deficit)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Three Months Ended December 31,
Cost of revenues
Total cost of revenues
Compensation, taxes and benefits
General and administrative
Acquisition transaction costs
Total operating expenses
Income (loss) from operations
Other (expense) income
Tax expense (benefit)
Net loss per common unit:
Basic and diluted
Weighted-average common units
Basic and diluted
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Cash Flows Provided By (Used In) Operating Activities:
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Amortization of deferred financing costs
Amortization of intangible assets
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
Forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loan
Gain from revaluation and settlement of earnout liability
Loss on redemption of non-participating preferred units
Bad debt expense
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Related party payable
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
Cash Flows Used In Investing Activities:
Cash paid for acquisition of Orange142, net of cash acquired
Net cash used in investing activities
Cash Flows Provided By (Used In) Financing Activities:
Proceeds from note payable
Payments of notes payable
Payments of litigation settlement
Proceeds from lines of credit
Payments on lines of credit
Payment of deferred financing costs
Proceeds from Paycheck Protection Program loan
Proceeds from Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Redemption of Preferred Shares
Payments on seller notes and earnouts payable
Distributions to members
Net cash provided by financing activities
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
In addition to our results determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), including, in particular operating income, net cash provided by operating activities, and net income, we believe that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), as adjusted for acquisition transaction costs, forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans, gain from revaluation and settlement of seller notes and earnout liability, loss on early extinguishment of debt, and loss on early redemption of non-participating preferred units, ("Adjusted EBITDA"), a non-GAAP measure, is useful in evaluating our operating performance. The most directly comparable GAAP measure to Adjusted EBITDA is net loss.
In addition to operating income and net income, we use Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of operational efficiency. We believe that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors for period-to-period comparisons of our business and in understanding and evaluating our operating results for the following reasons:
Adjusted EBITDA is widely used by investors and securities analysts to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items such as depreciation and amortization, interest expense, provision for income taxes, and certain one-time items such as acquisition transaction costs and gains from settlements or loan forgiveness that can vary substantially from company to company depending upon their financing, capital structures and the method by which assets were acquired;
Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA in conjunction with GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including the preparation of our annual operating budget, as a measure of operating performance and the effectiveness of our business strategies and in communications with our board of directors concerning our financial performance; and
Adjusted EBITDA provides consistency and comparability with our past financial performance, facilitates period-to-period comparisons of operations, and also facilitates comparisons with other peer companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results.
Our use of this non-GAAP financial measure has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our financial results as reported under GAAP. The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss for each of the periods presented:
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL METRICS
Three Months Ended December 31,
Year Ended December 31,
Add back (deduct):
Amortization of intangible assets
Acquisition transaction costs
Loss on early extinguishment of
Forgiveness of Paycheck
Protection Program loan
Gain from revaluation and
settlement of seller
notes and earnout liability
Loss on early redemption of
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