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MediaAlpha Announces Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Revenue of $152 million, growing 37% year-over-yearRevenue from Property & Casualty grew 73% year-over-yearTransaction Value reaches a record $218 million, with 44% growth year-over-year

MediaAlpha, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/222187586/composite MAX +7.37% , today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

“We are pleased to announce a strong start to our journey as a public company, with record Transaction Value surpassing $200 million, driven by continued growth in our Property & Casualty insurance vertical,” said Steve Yi, Co-founder and CEO. “We continue to benefit from positive secular trends in the insurance industry, and our transparent, data science-based approach continues to drive outstanding results for our demand and supply partners. Customer acquisition investment from our Top 10 demand partners increased 95% year-over-year, which enabled us to expand our partnerships with existing suppliers as well as to attract new supply partners. With a robust ecosystem, we confidently expect to reach record revenue for the year, as reflected in our fourth quarter and full year revenue guidance.”

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

  • Revenue of $151.5 million, an increase of 37% year-over-year;

  • Transaction Value of $217.6 million, an increase of 44% year-over-year;

  • Gross margin of 13.7%, as compared to 16.0% from the same period in 2019;

  • Contribution Margin of 14.3%, as compared to 16.9% from the same period in 2019;

  • Net income was $4.8 million, as compared to $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2019; and

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $14.0 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $11.7 million in the third quarter of 2019

A reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures has been provided at the end of this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Financial Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2020, MediaAlpha currently expects the following:

  • Transaction Value between $223 - $225 million, representing 32% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range

  • Revenue between $163 - $165 million, representing 30% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range

  • Contribution between $24.5 - $25.5 million, representing 16% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range

  • Adjusted EBITDA between $15.0 - $15.5 million, representing 9% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range

For the full year 2020, MediaAlpha currently expects the following:

  • Transaction Value between $782 - $784 million, representing 40% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range

  • Revenue between $558 - $560 million, representing 37% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range

  • Contribution between $86 - $87 million, representing 25% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range

  • Adjusted EBITDA between $54.5 - $55.5 million, representing 28% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range

We expect total shares outstanding to be 58.5 million and 64.5 million on a common and fully diluted basis at the end of Q4 2020.

With respect to the Company’s projections of Contribution and adjusted EBITDA under “Financial Discussion – Q4 and FY 2020 Outlook”, MediaAlpha is not providing a reconciliation of Contribution or adjusted EBITDA to the respective GAAP measures because the Company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the reconciling items that may affect gross profit and net income without unreasonable effort, including equity-based compensation, transaction expenses and income tax expense. These reconciling items are uncertain, depend on various factors and could significantly impact, either individually or in the aggregate, the GAAP measures for the applicable period.

For a detailed explanation of the Company’s non-GAAP measures, please refer to the appendix section of this press release.

As of and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, the periods covered by this release, MediaAlpha, Inc. had engaged solely in activities incidental to its formation. QL Holdings LLC and its subsidiaries have been determined to represent the predecessor entity to MediaAlpha, Inc. prior to the IPO. As such, the interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes of QL Holdings LLC and its subsidiaries as of and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 have been included in this release and on the Form 10-Q.

Conference Call Information

MediaAlpha will host a Q&A conference call today to discuss the Company's Q3 2020 results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). A live audio webcast of the call will be available on the MediaAlpha Investor Relations website at https://investors.mediaalpha.com . To register for the webcast, click here . Participants may also dial-in, toll-free, at (833) 350-1346 or internationally at (236) 389-2445 with Conference ID#2271129. An audio replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks following the call and available on the MediaAlpha Investor Relations website at https://investors.mediaalpha.com .

We have also posted to our investor relations website a letter to shareholders . We have used, and intend to continue to use, our investor relations website at https://investors.mediaalpha.com as a means of disclosing material nonpublic information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and our financial performance. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “predict,” “potential,” “believe,” “will likely result,” “expect,” “continue,” “will,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “projection,” “would,” and “outlook,” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words or phrases of a future or forward-looking nature. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by management, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond our control. Accordingly, we caution you that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, actual results may prove to be materially different from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

There are or will be important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements, including those more fully described in MediaAlpha’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the final prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), on October 29, 2020 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed following this earnings release. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. MediaAlpha disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Operating Metrics

This press release includes Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, and Contribution Margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company also presents Transaction Value, which is an operating metric not presented in accordance with GAAP. See the appendix for definitions of Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, Contribution Margin and Transaction Value, as well as reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial metrics, as applicable.

We present Transaction Value, Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, and Contribution Margin because they are used extensively by our management and board of directors to manage our operating performance, including evaluating our operational performance against budget and assessing our overall operating efficiency and operating leverage. Accordingly, the Company believes that Transaction Value, Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, and Contribution Margin provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating its operating results in the same manner as its management team and board of directors. Each of Transaction Value, Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, and Contribution Margin has limitations as a financial measure and investors should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

QL Holdings LLC and subsidiaries
Unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets
(In thousands, except unit and per unit data)
 
    September 30,     December 31,  
    2020     2019  
Assets                
Current assets                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 12,005     $ 10,028  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts     63,084       56,012  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,623       1,448  
Total current assets     76,712       67,488  
Property and equipment, net     701       755  
Intangible assets, net     16,350       18,752  
Goodwill     18,402       18,402  
Other assets     21,665        
Total assets   $ 133,830     $ 105,397  
Liabilities, redeemable Class A units and Members’ Deficit                
Current liabilities                
Accounts payable   $ 61,697     $ 40,455  
Accrued expenses     12,651       6,532  
Current portion of long-term debt     6,262       873  
Current portion of deferred rent     71       52  
Total current liabilities     80,681       47,912  
Long-term debt, net of current portion     199,146       96,665  
Deferred rent, net of current portion     331       319  
Other long-term liabilities     276        
Total liabilities     280,434       144,896  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)                
Redeemable Class A units, 284,211 at redemption value of approximately     181,066       74,097  
Members’ (deficit) equity                
Class A units, 1,136,842 units authorized; 852,631 units issued     73,003       73,003  
Class B units, 177,300 units authorized; 177,300 and 163,800     9,097       6,544  
Accumulated deficit     (409,770 )     (193,143 )
Total members’ deficit     (327,670 )     (113,596 )
Total liabilities, redeemable Class A units and members’ deficit   $ 133,830     $ 105,397  
QL Holdings LLC and subsidiaries
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations
(In thousands)
 
    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
    2020     2019     2020     2019  
Revenue   $ 151,548     $ 110,397     $ 394,609     $ 281,857  
Cost and operating expenses                                
Cost of revenue     130,830       92,707       335,692       237,130  
Sales and marketing     2,916       3,227       8,866       10,586  
Product development     1,766       1,609       5,482       5,174  
General and administrative     7,595       3,171       13,897       16,265  
Total cost and operating expenses     143,107       100,714       363,937       269,155  
Income from operations     8,441       9,683       30,672       12,702  
Other expense     1,998             1,998        
Interest expense     1,594       1,920       4,844       5,259  
Total other expense     3,592       1,920       6,842       5,259  
Provision for income taxes     20             20        
Net income   $ 4,829     $ 7,763     $ 23,810     $ 7,443  
QL Holdings LLC and subsidiaries
Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows
(In thousands)
 
    Nine months ended  
    2020     2019  
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net income   $ 23,810     $ 7,443  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Non-cash equity-based compensation expense     1,762       1,795  
Depreciation expense on property and equipment     210       208  
Amortization of intangible assets     2,402       4,158  
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs     334       551  
Loss on extinguishment of debt     1,998        
Bad debt expense     356       263  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     (7,428 )     (16,799 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (147 )     47  
Other assets     (11,665 )      
Accounts payable     21,242       14,038  
Accrued expenses     6,395       (341 )
Deferred rent     31       (70 )
Net cash provided by operating activities     39,300       11,293  
Cash flows from investing activities                
Purchases of property and equipment     (156 )     (109 )
Purchase of cost method investment     (10,000 )      
Net cash used in investing activities     (10,156 )     (109 )
Cash flows from financing activities                
Proceeds from revolving line of credit     7,500        
Repayments on revolving line of credit     (7,500 )      
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt     210,000       100,000  
Repayments on long-term debt     (100,023 )     (14,823 )
Payments of debt issuance costs     (4,467 )     (2,303 )
Cash paid to repurchase Class B units up to fair value     (1,453 )     (4,467 )
Cash paid for repurchases of Class A units           (62,806 )
Member contributions           62,806  
Member distributions     (131,224 )     (88,934 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (27,167 )     (10,527 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     1,977       657  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     10,028       5,662  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 12,005     $ 6,319  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information                
Cash paid for interest   $ 4,503     $ 4,750  
Cash paid for repurchase of Class B units in excess of fair value   $ 791     $ 1,286  

Transaction Value

We define “Transaction Value” as the total gross dollars transacted by our partners on our platform. Transaction Value is a direct driver of revenue, with differing revenue recognition based on the economic relationship we have with our partners. Our partners use our platform to transact via open and private platform transactions. In our open platform model, revenue recognized represents the Transaction Value and revenue share payments to our supply partners represent costs of revenue. In our private platform model, revenue recognized represents a platform fee billed to the demand partner or supply partner based on an agreed-upon percentage of the Transaction Value for the Consumer Referrals transacted, and accordingly there are no associated costs of revenue. We utilize Transaction Value to assess revenue and to assess the overall level of transaction activity through our platform. We believe it is useful to investors to assess the overall level of activity on our platform and to better understand the sources of our revenue across our different transaction models and verticals.

The following table presents Transaction Value by platform model for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, and the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019:

    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
(dollars in thousands)   2020     2019     2020     2019  
Open platform transactions   $ 148,240     $ 108,146     $ 386,224     $ 275,991  
Percentage of total Transaction Value     68.1 %     71.7 %     69.1 %     70.7 %
Private platform transactions     69,320       42,654       172,590       114,493  
Percentage of total Transaction Value     31.9 %     28.3 %     30.9 %     29.3 %
Total Transaction Value   $ 217,560     $ 150,800     $ 558,814     $ 390,484  

The following table presents Transaction Value by vertical for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, and the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019:

    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
(dollars in thousands)   2020     2019     2020     2019  
Property & casualty insurance   $ 161,323     $ 94,770     $ 390,955     $ 233,746  
Percentage of total Transaction Value     74.2 %     62.8 %     70.0 %     59.9 %
Health insurance     33,650       25,683       98,739       68,168  
Percentage of total Transaction Value     15.5 %     17.0 %     17.7 %     17.5 %
Life insurance     11,628       8,735       31,717       26,841  
Percentage of total Transaction Value     5.3 %     5.8 %     5.7 %     6.9 %
Other(1)     10,959       21,612       37,403       61,729  
Percentage of total Transaction Value     5.0 %     14.3 %     6.7 %     15.8 %
Total Transaction Value   $ 217,560     $ 150,800     $ 558,814     $ 390,484  

Contribution and Contribution Margin

The following table reconciles Contribution and Contribution Margin with gross profit, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, and the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019:

    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
(in thousands)   2020     2019     2020     2019  
Revenue   $ 151,548     $ 110,397     $ 394,609     $ 281,857  
Less cost of revenue     (130,830 )     (92,707 )     (335,692 )     (237,130 )
Gross profit     20,718       17,690       58,917       44,727  
Adjusted to exclude the following (as related to cost of revenue):                                
Equity-based compensation     18       19       58       158  
Salaries, wages, and related     434       302       1,175       1,027  
Internet and hosting     107       116       328       393  
Other expenses     69       66       205       194  
Amortization           170             510  
Depreciation     6       5       17       18  
Other services     189       193       616       523  
Merchant-related fees     130       105       447       273  
Contribution   $ 21,671     $ 18,666     $ 61,763     $ 47,823  
Gross margin     13.7 %     16.0 %     14.9 %     15.9 %
Contribution Margin     14.3 %     16.9 %     15.7 %     17.0 %

Adjusted EBITDA

The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA with net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, and the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019.

    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
(in thousands)   2020     2019     2020     2019  
Net income   $ 4,829     $ 7,763     $ 23,810     $ 7,443  
Equity-based compensation expense     606       520       2,553       3,081  
Interest expense     1,594       1,920       4,844       5,259  
Income tax expense     20             20        
Depreciation expense on property and equipment     73       65       210       208  
Amortization of intangible assets     799       1,385       2,402       4,158  
Transaction expenses [(1)]     6,049             6,049       8,831  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 13,970     $ 11,653     $ 39,888     $ 28,980  
(1) For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, transaction expenses included $7.2 million in legal, investment banking and other consulting fees and $1.6 million in transaction bonuses related to a transaction with Insignia in February 2019. For the months ended September 30, 2020, transaction expenses included $4.0 million in legal, and other consulting fees and $2.0 million in loss on debt related to the termination of the 2019 Credit Facilities.

Key business and operating metrics

“Transaction Value” represents the total gross dollars transacted by our partners on our platform. Transaction Value is a direct driver of revenue, with differing revenue recognition based on the economic relationship we have with our partners. We utilize Transaction Value to assess revenue and to assess the overall level of transaction activity through our platform.

“Contribution” represents revenue less revenue share payments and online advertising costs, or, as reported in our consolidated statement of operations, revenue less cost of revenue, as adjusted to exclude the following items from cost of revenue: equity-based compensation; salaries, wages, and related; internet and hosting; amortization; depreciation; other services; and merchant-related fees. “Contribution Margin” represents Contribution expressed as a percentage of revenue for the same period. We use Contribution and Contribution Margin to measure the return on our relationships with our supply partners (excluding certain fixed costs), the financial return on our online advertising, and our operating leverage. We do not use Contribution and Contribution Margin as measures of overall profitability. We present Contribution and Contribution Margin because they are used extensively by our management and board of directors to manage our operating performance, including evaluating our operational performance against budget and assessing our overall operating efficiency and operating leverage.

“Adjusted EBITDA” represents net income excluding interest expense, income tax benefit (expense), depreciation expense on property and equipment, and amortization of intangible assets, as well as equity-based compensation expense and transaction expenses. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by our management to understand and evaluate our operating performance, to establish budgets and to develop operational goals for managing our business. In addition, presenting Adjusted EBITDA provides investors with a metric to evaluate the capital efficiency of our business.

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SOURCE: MediaAlpha, Inc.

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