Atlanta, GA – March 1, 2021 – Cardlytics, Inc., (NASDAQ: CDLX), a digital advertising platform, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. Supplemental information is available on the Investor Relations section of the Cardlytics’ website at http://ir.cardlytics.com/.
“We are pleased to announce strong fourth quarter results that exceeded our prior guidance for both revenue and billings,” said Lynne Laube, CEO & Co-Founder of Cardlytics. “As previously announced, we look forward to welcoming Dosh’s talented team and partners to Cardlytics. Dosh’s technology is extremely complementary to the long-term financial institution integrations and substantial scale we’ve built over the past thirteen years.”
“As expected, we continued to see month over month increases in billings and revenue through the end of the year,” said Andy Christiansen, CFO of Cardlytics. “We look forward to returning to growth in 2021 and see many exciting organic and inorganic investment opportunities to support long-term growth in shareholder value.”
Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results
- Total revenue was $67.1 million, a decrease of (3.2)%, compared to $69.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $(6.8) million, or $(0.24) per diluted share, based on 27.7 million weighted-average common shares outstanding, compared to a net income attributable to common stockholders of $3.4 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, based on 26.1 million weighted-average common shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Non-GAAP net loss was $(1.5) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share, based on 27.7 million weighted-average common shares outstanding, compared to a non-GAAP net income of $5.2 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, based on 28.1 million weighted-average common shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Billings, a non-GAAP metric, was $94.0 million, a decrease of (6.9)%, compared to $100.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Adjusted contribution, a non-GAAP metric, was $29.7 million, a decrease of (4.4)%, compared to $31.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
- Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP metric, was a gain of $4.5 million, a decrease of $(2.4) million, compared to a gain of $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results
- Total revenue was $186.9 million, a decrease of (11.2)%, compared to $210.4 million in 2019.
- Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $(55.4) million, or $(2.04) per diluted share, based on 27.2 million weighted-average common shares outstanding, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $(17.1) million, or $(0.72) per diluted share, based on 23.7 million weighted-average common shares outstanding in 2019.
- Non-GAAP net loss was $(23.3) million, or $(0.85) per diluted share, based on 27.2 million weighted-average common shares outstanding, compared to a loss of $(1.9) million, or $(0.08) per diluted share, based on 23.7 million weighted-average common shares outstanding in 2019.
- Billings, a non-GAAP metric, was $263.4 million, a decrease of (16.7)%, compared to $316.1 million in 2019.
- Adjusted contribution, a non-GAAP metric, was $82.2 million, a decrease of (13.7)%, compared to $95.2 million in 2019.
- Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP metric, was a loss of $(7.8) million, a decrease of $(13.8) million, compared to a gain of $6.1 million in 2019.
- Average FI MAUs in the quarter were 163.6 million, an increase of 22.6%, compared to 133.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. For full year 2020, average FI MAUs were 155.8 million, an increase of 27.1%, compared to 122.6 million in 2019.
- ARPU in the quarter was $0.41, a decrease of (21.2)%, compared to $0.52 in the fourth quarter of 2019. For full year 2020, ARPU was $1.20, an decrease of (30.2)%, compared to $1.72 in 2019.
Definitions of FI MAUs and ARPU are included below under the caption “Non-GAAP Measures and Other Performance Metrics.”
First Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Expectations
Cardlytics anticipates billings, revenue, and adjusted contribution to be in the following ranges (in millions):
|Q1 2021 Guidance||FY 2021 Guidance|
|Billings(1)||$67.0 – $75.0||$360.0 – $400.0|
|Revenue||$47.0 – $53.0||$250.0 – $275.0|
|Adjusted contribution(2)||$20.0 – $24.0||$110.0 – $125.0|
- A reconciliation of billings to GAAP revenue on a forward-looking basis is presented below under the heading “Reconciliation of Forecasted GAAP Revenue to Billings.”
- A reconciliation of adjusted contribution to GAAP gross profit on a forward-looking basis is not available without unreasonable efforts due to the high variability, complexity and low visibility with respect to the items excluded from this non-GAAP measure.
Earnings Teleconference Information
Cardlytics will discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results during a teleconference today, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 AM ET / 5:00 AM PT. The conference call can be accessed at (866) 385-4179 (domestic) or (210) 874-7775 (international), conference ID# 6256317. A replay of the conference call will be available through 11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT on March 8, 2021 at (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international). The replay passcode is 6256317. The call will also be broadcast simultaneously at http://ir.cardlytics.com/. Following the completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on Cardlytics’ website.
Cardlytics (NASDAQ: CDLX) uses purchase intelligence to make marketing more relevant and measurable. We partner with financial institutions to run their banking rewards programs that promote customer loyalty and deepen banking relationships. In turn, we have a secure view into where and when consumers are spending their money. We use these insights to help marketers identify, reach, and influence likely buyers at scale, as well as measure the true sales impact of marketing campaigns. Headquartered in Atlanta, Cardlytics has offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Visakhapatnam. Learn more at www.cardlytics.com.
Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to our financial guidance for the first quarter and full year of 2021, future growth, potential benefits of the acquisition of Dosh, and achievement of long-range goals. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date they were first issued and were based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “believe,” “hope,” “target,” “project,” “goals,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “may,” “will,” “might,” “could,” “intend,” or variations of these terms or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond our control.
Our actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to: risks related to the uncertain impacts that COVID-19 may have on our business, financial condition, results of operations; unfavorable conditions in the global economy and the industries that we serve; our quarterly operating results have fluctuated and may continue to vary from period to period; our ability to sustain our revenue growth and billings; risks related to our substantial dependence on our Cardlytics Direct product; risks related to our substantial dependence on JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (“Chase”), Bank of America, National Association (“Bank of America”) and a limited number of other financial institution (“FI”) partners; the timing of the phased launch of the Cardlytics platform by U.S. Bank; risks related to our ability to maintain relationships with Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America; the amount and timing of budgets by marketers, which are affected by budget cycles, economic conditions and other factors, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; our ability to generate sufficient revenue to offset contractual commitments to FIs; our ability to attract new FI partners and maintain relationships with bank processors and digital banking providers; our ability to maintain relationships with marketers; our ability to adapt to changing market conditions, including our ability to adapt to changes in consumer habits, negotiate fee arrangements with new and existing FIs and retailers, and develop and launch new services and features; and other risks detailed in the “Risk Factors” section of our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2021 and in subsequent periodic reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this press release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. We undertake no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
Non-GAAP Measures and Other Performance Metrics
To supplement the financial measures presented in our press release and related conference call or webcast in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), we also present the following non-GAAP measures of financial performance: billings, adjusted contribution, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted FI Share and other third party costs, non-GAAP net (loss) income and non-GAAP (loss) income per share as well as certain other performance metrics, such as FI monthly active users (“FI MAUs”) and average revenue per user (“ARPU”).
A “non-GAAP financial measure” refers to a numerical measure of our historical or future financial performance or financial position that is included in (or excluded from) the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in our financial statements. We provide certain non-GAAP measures as additional information relating to our operating results as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial information presented herein should be considered in conjunction with, and not as a substitute for or superior to, the financial information presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered a measure of liquidity. There are significant limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures. Further, these measures may differ from the non-GAAP information, even where similarly titled, used by other companies and therefore should not be used to compare our performance to that of other companies.