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DISCO Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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Total Revenue of $29.9 Million, an Increase of 67% Versus Prior Year

AUSTIN, Texas, November 09, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CS Disco, Inc. ("DISCO") (NYSE: LAW) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

"Our third quarter was one of the best quarters in DISCO history. In the third quarter, revenue was up 67% year-over-year driven by our strategic focus to serve the needs of our clients to increase productivity and efficiency," said Kiwi Camara, CEO of DISCO. "This past quarter further illustrates our ability to disrupt the legal technology industry."

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:

  • Total revenue was $29.9 million, up 67% compared to the third quarter of 2020.

  • GAAP net loss was $9.2 million, compared to $3.2 million in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was ($7.6) million, compared to ($3.2) million in the third quarter of 2020.

Recent Business Highlights:

  • Completed Secondary Public Offering: DISCO completed a secondary public offering on September 17, 2021 resulting in net proceeds of approximately $310.2 million to the selling stockholders after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions.

  • Austin Business Journal Best CEO Awards 2021: Kiwi Camara, CEO of DISCO, won the public company category in the Austin Business Journal Best CEO Awards 2021.

  • 2021 TrustRadius Tech Cares Award: DISCO received a 2021 Tech Cares Award from TrustRadius, recognizing companies with strong corporate social responsibility programs.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Outlook

As of November 9, 2021, DISCO is issuing the following outlook for the fourth quarter of 2021 and fiscal year 2021:

Fourth quarter of 2021:

  • Revenue in the range of $28.2 - $28.8 million, representing year-over-year growth between 47% and 50%.

  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of ($10.0) - ($9.0) million.

Fiscal year 2021:

  • Revenue in the range of $108.7 - $109.3 million, representing year-over-year growth between 59% and 60%.

  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of ($21.1) - ($20.1) million.

DISCO’s fourth quarter and 2021 financial outlook is based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change and many of which are outside of our control. If actual results vary from these assumptions, our expectations may change. There can be no assurance that we will achieve these results.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA on a forward-looking basis to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts due to the high variability and complexity and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from this non-GAAP measure; in particular, the effects of stock-based compensation expense specific to equity compensation awards that are directly impacted by unpredictable fluctuations in our stock price. We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

Conference Call Information

DISCO will host a conference call and webcast at 5:00 p.m. CT (6:00 p.m. ET) today, November 9, 2021, to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results and business highlights. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (833) 989-2979 from the United States or +1 (236) 714-3974 internationally with conference ID 2388156. The live webcast of the conference call and other materials related to DISCO’s financial performance can be accessed from DISCO’s investor relations website at ir.csdisco.com.

Following the completion of the call until 10:59 p.m. CT (11:59 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, a telephone replay will be available by dialing (800) 585-8367 from the United States, +1 (416) 621-4642 internationally with conference ID 2388156. A webcast replay will also be available at ir.csdisco.com for 12 months.

About DISCO

DISCO (NYSE: LAW) provides a cloud-native, artificial intelligence-powered legal solution that simplifies ediscovery, legal document review and case management for enterprises, law firms, legal services providers and governments. Our scalable, integrated solution enables legal departments to easily collect, process and review enterprise data that is relevant or potentially relevant to legal matters.

References to "DISCO", the "Company," "our," or "we" in this press release refer to CS Disco, Inc. and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.

Early Lock-up Release

A partial early lock-up release will occur immediately prior to the opening of trading on November 15, 2021, pursuant to the terms of the lock-up agreements entered into by DISCO’s directors, executive officers, the selling stockholder and other stockholders with the underwriters of DISCO’s initial public offering.

Pursuant to the lock-up agreements, the lock-up restrictions automatically end with respect to 25% of certain securities owned by the applicable holder as of July 20, 2021 if a certain price and other conditions are met on or after October 18, 2021; provided that if DISCO is in a standard quarterly trading blackout period at the time such conditions are satisfied, such lock-up restrictions will instead be removed immediately prior to the opening of trading on the second trading day that DISCO is no longer in a blackout period, which day is November 15, 2021. The shares of common stock sold in connection with the secondary public offering by certain of our directors, officers, and stockholders in September 2021 will be deducted from the number of shares that could otherwise be sold by each such stockholder under the early lock-up release. The conditions for early release were satisfied on October 18, 2021 and as a result, the lock-up period will end with respect to approximately 6.6 million shares of common stock. The lock-up restrictions will continue to apply with respect to all remaining securities subject to the lock-up agreements.

The transfer agent and registrar for DISCO’s common stock is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

DISCO uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP cost of revenue; non-GAAP gross profit; non-GAAP gross margin; non-GAAP research and development expense; non-GAAP sales and marketing expense; non-GAAP general and administrative expense; non-GAAP loss from operations; non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders; and non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share (basic and diluted). Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that DISCO does not consider indicative of its core performance.

In the case of Adjusted EBITDA, DISCO adjusts net loss for such items as depreciation and amortization expense, provision for income taxes, interest and other, net, stock-based compensation expense, refund of sales and use taxes related to sales tax in prior periods and other one-time, non-recurring items, when applicable. In the case of non-GAAP cost of revenue, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, and non-GAAP operating expenses (research and development expense, sales and marketing, general and administrative), DISCO adjusts the respective GAAP balances for stock-based compensation expense. In the case of non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders, and non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, DISCO adjusts the respective GAAP balances for stock-based compensation expense and refund of sales and use taxes related to sales tax in prior periods.

There are limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting and may not be completely comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation between companies. Certain items that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures can have a material impact on operating loss and net loss. As a result, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, the closest GAAP measures, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

DISCO's management uses these non-GAAP measures as measures of operating performance; to prepare DISCO's annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of DISCO's business; to evaluate the effectiveness of DISCO's business strategies; to provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance; to facilitate a comparison of DISCO's results with those of other companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results; and in communication with our board of directors concerning DISCO's financial performance.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, among other things, statements regarding DISCO’s future financial performance. Words such as "may," "should," "will," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target," "project," and similar phrases that denote future expectation or intent regarding DISCO’s financial results, operations, and other matters are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events.

The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause DISCO’s actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially, including (i) our history of operating losses, (ii) our limited operating history, (iii) our ability to maintain and advance our innovation and brand; (iv) our ability to effectively add new customers; (v) our ability to effectively increase usage and penetration with our existing customer base; (vi) our ability to expand our sales coverage and establish a digital sales channel; (vii) DISCO’s ability to expand internationally; (viii) our ability to extend and strengthen our channel partnerships and integrations; (ix) our ability to expand our offering portfolio to a wider range of legal processes outside of our current core offerings; (x) our ability to pursue strategic acquisitions and strategic investments to expand the functionality and value of our solution; (xi) our ability to comply or remain in compliance with laws and regulations that currently apply or become applicable to our business in the jurisdictions in which it operates; (xii) the potential that our computer or electronic systems, applications or services, or those of any third parties on whom we depend, fail or suffer security or data privacy breaches or other unauthorized or improper access to, use of, or destruction of our proprietary or confidential data, employee data, or personal data; (xiii) our ability to compete effectively with existing competitors and new market entrants; (xiv) general market, political, economic, and business conditions; and (xv) the impact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and any related economic downturn could have on our or our customers’ businesses, financial condition and results of operations.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to additional risks, uncertainties, and factors, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2021, filed with the SEC on September 3, 2021. Further information on potential risks that could affect actual results will be included in the subsequent periodic and current reports and other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021.

Forward-looking statements represent DISCO’s management’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date such statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

CS DISCO, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

September 30,
2021

December 31,
2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

258,478

$

58,569

Accounts receivable, net

23,180

12,912

Other current assets

6,558

1,364

Total current assets

288,216

72,845

Property and equipment, net

4,947

3,873

Operating lease right-of-use assets

1,115

1,850

Other assets

534

539

Total assets

$

294,812

$

79,107

Liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock, and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

7,953

$

3,588

Accrued expenses

3,244

641

Accrued salary and benefits

6,775

5,240

Deferred revenue

1,575

1,642

Operating leases

1,059

1,018

Finance lease

117

112

Total current liabilities

20,723

12,241

Operating lease, non-current

91

890

Finance lease, non-current

10

99

Total liabilities

20,824

13,230

Commitments and contingencies

Redeemable convertible preferred stock $0.005 par value, issuable in Series A-F zero and
178,967 shares authorized as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively;
no shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and 35,793 shares issued and
outstanding as of December 31, 2020; no aggregate liquidation preference as of
September 30, 2021 and $161,134 aggregate liquidation preference as of December 31,
2020

160,800

Stockholders’ equity (deficit)

Preferred stock $0.005 par value, 100,000 and zero shares authorized, as of September 30,
2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; no shares issued and outstanding as of
September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

Common stock $0.005 par value, 1,000,000 and 277,406 shares authorized as of September 30,
2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; 57,557 and 13,533 shares issued and outstanding as of
September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

288

68

Additional paid-in capital

392,056

8,129

Accumulated deficit

(118,356)

(103,120)

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

273,988

(94,923)

Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock, and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

$

294,812

$

79,107

CS DISCO, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue

$

29,854

$

17,863

$

80,533

$

49,258

Cost of revenue

7,829

5,522

22,312

15,102

Gross profit

22,025

12,341

58,221

34,156

Operating expenses:

Research and development

9,652

6,227

23,775

20,645

Sales and marketing

13,168

7,182

31,876

23,674

General and administrative

8,270

3,030

17,451

10,432

Refund of sales and use taxes

(1,057)

(1,057)

Total operating expenses

31,090

15,382

73,102

53,694

Loss from operations

(9,065)

(3,041)

(14,881)

(19,538)

Other income (expense)

Interest and other income

40

55

74

133

Interest and other expense

(169)

(170)

(319)

(419)

Loss from operations before income taxes

(9,194)

(3,156)

(15,126)

(19,824)

Income tax provision

(31)

(13)

(110)

(58)

Net loss

$

(9,225)

$

(3,169)

$

(15,236)

$

(19,882)

Less accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock

(5)

(22)

(56)

(67)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(9,230)

$

(3,191)

$

(15,292)

$

(19,949)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.19)

$

(0.24)

$

(0.61)

$

(1.52)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per
share attributable to common stockholders, basic and
diluted

47,712

13,182

25,038

13,134

CS DISCO, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

Cash flow from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(15,236

)

$

(19,882

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operations:

Depreciation and amortization

1,254

1,214

Stock-based compensation

2,508

1,498

Charge to allowance for credit losses

517

326

Non-cash operating lease costs

735

1,087

Non-cash interest

63

27

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(10,786

)

(2,908

)

Other current assets

(4,391

)

123

Other long-term assets

(40

)

12

Accounts payable

3,829

1,283

Accrued expenses and other

3,578

995

Deferred revenue

(67

)

(317

)

Operating lease liabilities

(758

)

(1,158

)

Net cash used in operating activities

(18,794

)

(17,700

)

Cash flow from investing activities:

Purchases of property, equipment and capitalized internal-use software development costs

(2,335

)

(1,387

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,335

)

(1,387

)

Cash flow from financing activities:

Proceeds from debt

23,302

Repayment of debt

(6,302

)

Proceeds from public offering, net of underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering costs

219,819

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

1,598

279

Net proceeds from the issuance of redeemable convertible preferred stock

56,936

Repurchase of common stock related to net share settlement

(296

)

(85

)

Principal payments on finance lease obligations

(83

)

(79

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

221,038

74,051

Net increase in cash:

199,909

54,964

Cash & cash equivalents at beginning of period

58,569

23,224

Cash & cash equivalents at end of period

$

258,478

$

78,188

Supplemental disclosure:

Cash paid for interest

$

66

$

312

Cash paid for taxes

64

70

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

Accretion of preferred stock to redemption value

$

56

$

67

Conversion of preferred stock to common stock upon initial public offering

160,857

Costs related to initial public offering included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

292

CS DISCO, INC.

Reconciliation from GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(in thousands, except for percentages and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net loss

$

(9,225

)

$

(3,169

)

$

(15,236

)

$

(19,882

)

Depreciation and amortization expense

424

415

1,254

1,214

Provision for income taxes

31

13

110

58

Interest and other, net

129

115

245

286

Stock-based compensation expense

1,054

506

2,508

1,498

Refund of sales and use taxes

(1,057

)

(1,057

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(7,587

)

$

(3,177

)

$

(11,119

)

$

(17,883

)

Adjusted EBITDA margin

(25

)%

(18

)%

(14

)%

(36

)%

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cost of revenue

$

7,829

$

5,522

$

22,312

$

15,102

Non-GAAP adjustments:

Stock-based compensation expense

(10

)

(7

)

(28

)

(20

)

Non-GAAP cost of revenue

$

7,819

$

5,515

$

22,284

$

15,082

Non-GAAP gross profit

$

22,035

$

12,348

$

58,249

$

34,176

Non-GAAP gross margin

74

%

69

%

72

%

69

%

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Research and development

$

9,652

$

6,227

$

23,775

$

20,645

Non-GAAP adjustments:

Stock-based compensation expense

(301

)

(217

)

(787

)

(656

)

Non-GAAP research and development

$

9,351

$

6,010

$

22,988

$

19,989

Non-GAAP research and development as a % of revenue

31

%

34

%

29

%

41

%

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Sales and marketing

$

13,168

$

7,182

$

31,876

$

23,674

Non-GAAP adjustments:

Stock-based compensation expense

(245

)

(89

)

(563

)

(247

)

Non-GAAP sales and marketing

$

12,923

$

7,093

$

31,313

$

23,427

Non-GAAP sales and marketing as a % of revenue

43

%

40

%

39

%

48

%

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

General and administrative

$

8,270

$

3,030

$

17,451

$

10,432

Non-GAAP adjustments:

Stock-based compensation expense

(498

)

(193

)

(1,130

)

(575

)

Non-GAAP general and administrative

$

7,772

$

2,837

$

16,321

$

9,857

Non-GAAP general and administrative as a % of revenue

26

%

16

%

20

%

20

%

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Loss from operations

$

(9,065

)

$

(3,041

)

$

(14,881

)

$

(19,538

)

Operating margin

(30

)%

(17

)%

(18

)%

(40

)%

Non-GAAP adjustments:

Stock-based compensation expense

1,054

506

2,508

1,498

Refund of sales and use taxes

(1,057

)

(1,057

)

Non-GAAP loss from operations

$

(8,011

)

$

(3,592

)

$

(12,373

)

$

(19,097

)

Non-GAAP operating margin

(27

)%

(20

)%

(15

)%

(39

)%

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(9,230

)

$

(3,191

)

$

(15,292

)

$

(19,949

)

Non-GAAP adjustments:

Stock-based compensation expense

1,054

506

2,508

1,498

Refund of sales and use taxes

(1,057

)

(1,057

)

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(8,176

)

$

(3,742

)

$

(12,784

)

$

(19,508

)

Non-GAAP net loss per share

$

(0.17

)

$

(0.28

)

$

(0.51

)

$

(1.49

)

Weighted average shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per share

47,712

13,182

25,038

13,134

Non-GAAP income attributable to common stockholders as a % of revenue

(27

)%

(21

)%

(16

)%

(40

)%

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Contacts

Investor Relations
Lee Robinson
DISCO Investor Relations
IR@csdisco.com