TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2022 /CNW/ - Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ: TCX) (TSX: TC), a global internet services leader, today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022. All figures are in U.S. dollars.
"Total revenue for the third quarter of 2022 increased 2.8% to $78.1 million, while gross profit was essentially flat. We had strong gains in the Ting business, with revenue up 71%, and gross profit up 141% year over year. The Ting business gains were offset primarily by the expected revenue declines in the Tucows Corporate business, from the impact of reduced transitional services from DISH on revenues, and the ongoing gross profit impact of the fiber network related depreciation within network expenses." said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. "Year-to-date total revenue for 2022 is $242 million, up 9% from the year-to-date total revenue of $222 million at the end of Q3 of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA declined 35% year over year, driven primarily by the growth investment required by Wavelo and Ting, and we remain on track for end of year 2022 EBITDA guidance."
Net revenue for the third quarter of 2022 increased 2.8% to $78.1 million from $75.9 million for the third quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily the result of growth in revenue from Ting.
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2022 was effectively flat at $18.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2021. The decrease was the result of increased network expenses, offset by growth in Ting's gross margin.
Net loss for the third quarter of 2022 was $8.0 million, or a loss of $0.74 per share, compared with net income of $1.4 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2021 with the loss being the result of accelerated build of our Ting Internet Services fiber network and ramp up of operations, higher interest expenses and higher depreciation.
Adjusted EBITDA1 for the third quarter of 2022 decreased 35% to $7.9 million from $12.2 million for the third quarter of 2021. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA1 was primarily related to reduced contributions from Wavelo, which has made significant investments to support future growth as well as a current period non-cash revenue impact from the reduction of the contract asset related to the DISH agreement. To a lesser extent the decrease in adjusted EBITDA1 contributions also related to the normalization of renewal rates in Tucows Domains to pre-COVID levels as well as the expected decrease in transitional services revenue from Tucows Corporate.
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter of 2022 were $30.5 million compared with $6.5 million at the end of the second quarter of 2022 and $5.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2021.
Summary Financial Results
(In Thousands of US Dollars, Except Per Share Data)
3 Months ended September 30
9 Months Ended September 30
Gain on Sale of Ting Customer Assets, net1
Basic earnings per common share
Net cash provided by operating activities
1. This Non-GAAP financial measure is described below and reconciled to GAAP net income in the accompanying table.
Summary of Revenues, Gross Profit and Adjusted EBITDA
(In Thousands of US Dollars)
3 Months ended
3 Months ended
3 Months ended
Fiber Internet Services
Other Professional Services
Total Wavelo Platform Services
Value Added Services
Total Tucows Domains
Mobile Services and Eliminations
Network, other costs
Network, depreciation of property and equipment
Network, amortization of intangible assets
Network, impairment of property and equipment
Total Network expenses
Change in Reporting Segments
During the first quarter of 2022, Tucows completed a reorganization into three businesses: Fiber Internet Services ("Ting"), Platform Services ("Wavelo") and Domain Services ("Tucows Domains"). Previously, we disclosed the three operating and reportable segments: Fiber Internet Services, Mobile Services and Domain Services. The previously named Mobile Services segment was renamed the Wavelo segment, and no longer includes the 10-year payment stream on transferred legacy subscribers earned as part of the DISH Purchase Agreement as well as the retail sale of mobile phones, retail telephony services and transition services, which are now part of the financial results reported under the Tucows Corporate category. The renamed Wavelo segment includes Platform and Professional Services offerings, as well as the billing solutions to Internet services providers ("ISPs") that was previously reported under the Fiber Internet Services segment. The Ting segment now includes only the retail high speed Internet access operations, excluding the billing solutions moved to the new Wavelo segment. The offerings included in the Tucows Domains segment are unchanged. The Tucows Corporate category includes the aforementioned mobile services, as well as eliminations of intercompany transactions, portions of Finance and Human Resources that are centrally managed, Legal and Corporate IT. Prior period comparable results have been restated to reflect the changes in reporting segments. A quarterly summary of the Company's restated segment revenue, gross margin and EBITDA for 2021 and annual 2020 can be found in the "KPI Summary Q3 2022" supplementary disclosure, posted on https://tucows.com/investors/financials/.
1. Adjusted EBITDA
Tucows reports all financial information required in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, to assist financial statement users in an assessment of our historical performance, the Company typically discloses and discusses a non-GAAP financial measure, adjusted EBITDA, in press releases and on investor conference calls and related events that exclude certain non-cash and other charges as the Company believes that the non-GAAP information enhances investors' overall understanding of our financial performance.
The Company believes that the provision of this supplemental non-GAAP measure allows investors to evaluate the operational and financial performance of the Company's core business using similar evaluation measures to those used by management. The Company uses adjusted EBITDA to measure its performance and prepare its budgets. Since adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial performance measure, the Company's calculation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies; and should not be considered in isolation, as a substitute for, or superior to measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Because adjusted EBITDA is calculated before certain recurring cash charges, including interest expense and taxes, and is not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of the business, it should not be considered as a liquidity measure. Non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar captions that are used by other companies and/or analysts and may differ from period to period. The Company endeavors to compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the items excluded in the calculation of adjusted EBITDA to net income based on U.S. GAAP, which should be considered when evaluating the Company's results. Tucows strongly encourages investors to review its financial information in its entirety and not to rely on a single financial measure.
The Company's adjusted EBITDA definition excludes depreciation, impairment and loss on disposition of property and equipment, amortization of intangible assets, income tax provision, interest expense (net), accretion of contingent consideration, stock-based compensation, asset impairment, gains and losses from unrealized foreign currency transactions and costs that are one-time in nature and not indicative of on-going performance (profitability), including acquisition and transition costs. Gains and losses from unrealized foreign currency transactions removes the unrealized effect of the change in the mark-to-market values on outstanding unhedged foreign currency contracts, as well as the unrealized effect from the translation of monetary accounts denominated in non-U.S. dollars to U.S. dollars.
The following table reconciles adjusted EBITDA to income before provision for income taxes (dollars in thousands):
3 months ended September 30
9 months ended September 30
Depreciation of property and equipment
Impairment and loss on disposition of property and equipment
Amortization of intangible assets
Interest expense, net
Accretion of contingent consideration
Unrealized loss (gain) on change in fair value of foreign currency forward contracts
Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign exchange revaluation of foreign denominated monetary assets and liabilities
Acquisition and transition costs*
Income before provision for income taxes
* Acquisition and other costs represent transaction-related expenses, transitional expenses, such as redundant post-acquisition expenses, primarily related to our acquisitions, including Simply Bits in November 2021. Expenses include severance or transitional costs associated with department, operational or overall company restructuring efforts, including geographic alignments.
Concurrent with the dissemination of its quarterly financial results news release at 5:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 3, 2022, management's pre-recorded audio commentary (and transcript), discussing the quarter and outlook for the Company, will be posted to the Tucows website at http://www.tucows.com/investors/financials.
Following management's prepared commentary, until Thursday, November 10, shareholders, analysts and prospective investors can submit questions to Tucows' management at email@example.com. Management will post responses to questions in an audio recording and transcript to the Company's website at http://www.tucows.com/investors/financials, on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at approximately 4 pm ET. All questions will receive a response, however, questions of a more specific nature may be responded to directly.
Tucows helps connect more people to the benefit of internet access through communications service technology, domain services, and fiber-optic internet infrastructure. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers fixed fiber Internet access with outstanding customer support. Wavelo (https://wavelo.com) is a telecommunications software suite for service providers that simplifies the management of mobile and internet network access; provisioning, billing and subscription; developer tools; and more. Tucows Domains (https://tucowsdomains.com) manages approximately 25 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 35,000 web hosts and ISPs. More information can be found on Tucows' corporate website (https://tucows.com).
Tucows, Ting, Wavelo, and Hover are registered trademarks of Tucows Inc. or its subsidiaries.
This release includes forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our expectations regarding our future financial results and, including, without limitation, our expectations regarding our ability to realize synergies from the Enom acquisition and our expectation for growth of Ting Internet. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Information about other potential factors that could affect Tucows' business, results of operations and financial condition is included in the Risk Factors sections of Tucows' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Tucows as of the date they are made. Tucows assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.
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