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Nov. 9, 2021, 4:05 p.m. EST

VIZIO HOLDING CORP. Reports Q3 2021 Financial Results

Platform+ net revenue increased 134% year-over-year to $85.9 millionSmartCast Active accounts increased 35% year-over-year to 14.4 millionAverage Revenue Per User increased 91% year-over-year to $19.89

IRVINE, Calif., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- VIZIO Holding Corp. (NYSE: VZIO ) today announced the following results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, as compared to the corresponding period of last year:

  • Net revenue of $588.3 million, compared to $582.2 million

  • Platform+ net revenue grew 134% to $85.9 million

  • Gross profit of $82.9 million, compared to $88.8 million

  • Platform+ gross profit grew 88% to $57.3 million

  • SmartCast Active Accounts grew 35% to 14.4 million

  • SmartCast Hours increased 16% to 3.6 billion

  • Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) grew 91% to $19.89

“I’m proud of the strength of our Third Quarter results, as the investments we’ve made in our Platform+ business continue to bear fruit,” said William Wang, CEO of VIZIO. “Our dual revenue model is a competitive advantage, and it allows us to leverage our Device business to drive rapidly growing, high-margin revenue within our Platform+ business. Because VIZIO delivers the entire entertainment experience — from the hardware and software, to the content and ads — we are able to deliver an attractive value proposition to consumers, advertisers, and content partners alike. We are here to define the future of the Smart TV business.”

Business highlights include:

  • #2 bestselling TV brand in the US [1]

  • #1 bestselling sound bar brand in the US [2]

  • Increased premium (M Series, P Series and OLED) units shipped by 107% quarter-over-quarter

  • Successfully closed 2022 upfront negotiations and secured brand and agency commitments over $100 million

  • Grew direct advertising client base by over 50% and average revenue per advertiser by over 200%

  • Expanded our app partnerships to include HBO Max, fuboTV, BET+, PBS, and Funimation

  • Launched WatchFree+, our updated free, ad-supported streaming service with greater ad inventory control

  • Released VIZIO Features, our data-driven sponsorship offering that leverages our first party viewership data


[1] The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Jan. 2021 - Sep. 2021 combined
[2] The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Retail Tracking Service, Jan. 2021 - Sep. 2021 combined
Selected Quarterly Financial Results
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Change
  2021     2020     %
Financial Highlights:(1)              
Net revenue:              
Device $ 502.5     $ 545.5     (8 )%
Platform+ 85.9     36.7     134 %
Total net revenue 588.3     582.2     1 %
Gross profit:              
Device 25.6     58.2     (56 )%
Platform+ 57.3     30.6     88 %
Total gross profit 82.9     88.8     (7 )%
Operating expenses 97.5     43.4     125 %
Net (loss) income $ (18.6 )   35.1     (153 )%
Adjusted EBITDA(2) $ 23.4     $ 47.2     (50 )%
Operational Metrics:              
Smart TV Shipments 1.4     2.1     (36 )%
SmartCast Active Accounts (as of) 14.4     10.7     35 %
Total VIZIO Hours 7,320     5,905     24 %
SmartCast Hours 3,620     3,116     16 %
SmartCast ARPU $ 19.89     $ 10.44     91 %


(1) subtotals may not add due to rounding
(2) a reconciliation of Net (loss) income to Adjusted EBITDA is provided below
Financial Outlook
  Fourth Quarter 2021
Platform+ Net Revenue $100 - $110
Platform+ Gross Profit $65 - $70
Adjusted EBITDA $7 - $12

Virtual Investor Event – Tuesday, November 9, 2021

VIZIO management will hold a live question and answer webcast at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss VIZIO's quarterly results and outlook. To listen to the webcast please visit this link . Following the live audio webcast, a playback will be available on VIZIO's Investor Relations website (investors.vizio.com) through January 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m (ET).


Founded and headquartered in Orange County, California, VIZIO’s mission is to deliver immersive entertainment and compelling lifestyle enhancements that make our products the center of the connected home. VIZIO is driving the future of televisions through its integrated platform of cutting-edge Smart TVs and powerful SmartCast operating system. VIZIO also offers a portfolio of innovative sound bars that deliver consumers an elevated audio experience. VIZIO’s platform gives content providers more ways to distribute their content and advertisers more tools to target and dynamically serve ads to a growing audience that is increasingly transitioning away from linear TV.

Supplemental Financial and Other Information

Supplemental financial and other information can be accessed through VIZIO’s Investor Relations website at investors.vizio.com. VIZIO announces material information to the public about VIZIO, its products and services, and other matters through a variety of means, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, public conference calls, webcasts, its Investor Relations website (investors.vizio.com), its blog (accessible via vizio.com/en/newsroom) and its Twitter account (@VIZIO) in order to achieve broad, non-exclusionary distribution of information to the public and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Key Operational and Financial Metrics

We review certain key operational and financial metrics to evaluate our business, measure our performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate business plans and make strategic decisions. We regularly review and may adjust our processes for calculating our internal metrics to improve their accuracy.

Smart TV Shipments. We define Smart TV Shipments as the number of Smart TV units shipped to retailers or direct to consumers in a given period. Smart TV Shipments currently drive the majority of our revenue and provide the foundation for increased adoption of our SmartCast operating system and the growth of our Platform+ revenue. The growth rate between Smart TV units shipped and Device net revenue is not directly correlated because VIZIO’s Device net revenue can be impacted by other variables, such as the series and sizes of Smart TVs sold during the period, the introduction of new products as well as the number of sound bars shipped.

SmartCast Active Accounts. We define SmartCast Active Accounts as the number of VIZIO Smart TVs where a user has activated the SmartCast operating system through an internet connection at least once in the past 30 days. We believe that the number of SmartCast Active Accounts is an important metric to measure the size of our engaged user base, the attractiveness and usability of our operating system, and subsequent monetization opportunities to increase our Platform+ net revenue.

Total VIZIO Hours. We define Total VIZIO Hours as the aggregate amount of time users spend utilizing our Smart TVs in any capacity. We believe this usage metric is critical to understanding our total potential monetization opportunities.

SmartCast Hours. We define SmartCast Hours as the aggregate amount of time viewers engage with our SmartCast platform to stream content or access other applications. This metric reflects the size of the audience engaged with our operating system as well as indicates the growth and awareness of our platform. It is also a measure of the success of our offerings in addressing increased user demand for OTT streaming. Greater user engagement translates into increased revenue opportunities as we earn a significant portion of our Platform+ net revenue through advertising, which is influenced by the amount of time users spend on our platform.

SmartCast ARPU. We define SmartCast ARPU as total Platform+ net revenue, less revenue attributable to legacy VIZIO V.I.A. Plus units, during the preceding four quarters divided by the average of (i) the number of SmartCast Active Accounts at the end of the current period; and (ii) the number of SmartCast Active Accounts at the end of the corresponding prior year period. SmartCast ARPU indicates the level at which we are monetizing our SmartCast Active Account user base. Growth in SmartCast ARPU is driven significantly by our ability to add users to our platform and our ability to monetize those users.

Device gross profit. We define Device gross profit as Device net revenue less Device cost of goods sold in a given period. Device gross profit is directly influenced by consumer demand, device offerings, and our ability to maintain a cost-efficient supply chain.

Platform+ gross profit. We define Platform+ gross profit as Platform+ net revenue less Platform+ cost of goods sold in a given period. As we continue to grow and scale our business, we expect Platform+ gross profit to increase over the long term.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, or GAAP, VIZIO considers certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, including Adjusted EBITDA. We define Adjusted EBITDA as total net income (loss) before interest income (expense), other (expense) income, net, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization and share-based compensation. We consider Adjusted EBITDA to be an important metric to assess our operating performance and help us to manage our working capital needs. Utilizing Adjusted EBITDA, we can identify and evaluate trends in our business as well as provide investors with consistency and comparability to facilitate period-to-period comparisons of our business. We believe that providing users with non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA may assist investors in seeing VIZIO’s operating results through the eyes of management and in comparing VIZIO’s operating results over multiple periods with other companies in our industry.

We use Adjusted EBITDA in conjunction with net income (loss) as part of our overall assessment of our operating performance and the management of our working capital needs. Our definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the definition used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. In addition, other companies may not publish Adjusted EBITDA or similar metrics. Furthermore, Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations in that it does not include the impact of certain expenses that are reflected in our consolidated statement of operations that are necessary to run our business. Thus, Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or in isolation from, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, including net income (loss).

We compensate for these limitations by providing a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss). We encourage investors and others not to rely on any single financial measure and to view Adjusted EBITDA in conjunction with net income (loss).

Forward-looking information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or VIZIO’s future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “going to,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” or “continue,” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern our expectations, strategy, priorities, plans, or intentions.

Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding VIZIO’s future financial and operating performance, including our outlook and guidance, and our expectations regarding advertising spend commitments. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties, including changes in our plans or assumptions, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include the possibility that: we are not able to keep pace with technological advances in our industry and successfully compete in highly competitive markets; we do not have the ability to continue to increase the sales of our Smart TVs; we cannot attract and maintain SmartCast Active Accounts; we cannot increase SmartCast Hours; we are not able to attract and maintain popular content on our platform; we are not able to maintain relationships with advertisers; and we cannot adapt to market conditions and technological developments, including with respect to our platform's compatibility with applications developed by content providers.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, on March 25, 2021, and in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed on May 12, 2021 and August 5, 2021, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed following this earnings release. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to VIZIO as of the date hereof, and VIZIO disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Net revenue:              
Device $ 502,457     $ 545,511     $ 1,291,560     $ 1,221,252  
Platform+ 85,859     36,673     203,569     86,935  
Total net revenue 588,316     582,184     1,495,129     1,308,187  
Cost of goods sold:              
Device 476,880     487,289     1,185,701     1,090,354  
Platform+ 28,551     6,109     60,339     23,346  
Total cost of goods sold 505,431     493,398     1,246,040     1,113,700  
Gross profit:              
Device 25,577     58,222     105,859     130,898  
Platform+ 57,308     30,564     143,230     63,589  
Total gross profit 82,885     88,786     249,089     194,487  
Operating expenses:              
Selling, general and administrative 88,683     37,371     234,274     97,286  
Marketing 8,068     5,527     22,457     16,602  
Depreciation and amortization 705     496     1,972     1,740  
Total operating expenses 97,456     43,394     258,703     115,628  
Income (loss) from operations (14,571 )   45,392     (9,614 )   78,859  
Interest income (expense) 89     (361 )   227     66  
Other income (expense), net (24 )   118     (178 )   509  
Total non-operating income (expense) 65     (243 )   49     575  
Income (loss) before income taxes (14,506 )   45,149     (9,565 )   79,434  
Provision for income taxes 4,060     10,095     19,660     17,772  
Net (loss) income $ (18,566 )   $ 35,054     $ (29,225 )   $ 61,662  
Net (loss) income attributable to Class A and Class B stockholders:              
Basic $ (0.10 )   $ 0.19     $ (0.17 )   $ 0.33  
Diluted $ (0.10 )   $ 0.19     $ (0.17 )   $ 0.33  
Weighted-average Class A and Class B common shares outstanding:              
Basic 182,820     144,417     171,077     144,367  
Diluted 182,820     147,093     171,077     147,064  
  As of
  September 30,
  December 31,
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 375,936     $ 207,728  
Accounts receivable, net 356,765     405,609  
Other receivables due from related parties 1,117     978  
Inventories 23,683     10,545  
Income tax receivable 14,092     1,315  
Other current assets 82,047     55,460  
Total current assets 853,640     681,635  
Property, equipment and software, net 10,009     7,929  
Goodwill, net 44,788     44,788  
Intangible assets, net 45     131  
Deferred income taxes 25,355     26,652  
Other assets 12,782     13,847  
Total assets $ 946,619     $ 774,982  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable due to related parties $ 266,410     $ 209,362  
Accounts payable 129,331     166,805  
Accrued expenses 163,303     154,959  
Accrued royalties 65,970     81,143  
Other current liabilities 4,706     5,272  
Total current liabilities 629,720     617,541  
Other long-term liabilities 7,268     8,210  
Total liabilities 636,988     625,751  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized and 0 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively      
Series A Convertible Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 0 and 250 shares authorized and 0 and 135 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively     2,565  
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000,000 and 675,000 Class A shares authorized, 112,743 and 150,831 Class A shares issued, and 110,496 and 150,831 Class A shares outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; 200,000 and 0 Class B shares authorized, 76,815 and 0 Class B shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; 150,000 and 0 Class C shares authorized, 0 Class C shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively 19     15  
Additional paid-in capital 292,016     98,885  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (43 )   873  
Retained earnings 17,639     46,893  
Total stockholders’ equity 309,631     149,231  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 946,619     $ 774,982  
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2021   2020
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net (loss) income $ (29,225 )   $ 61,662  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 1,972     1,740  
Deferred income taxes 1,297      
Share-based compensation expense 97,946     4,018  
Allowance for doubtful accounts 159     2,248  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable 48,682     26,574  
Other receivables due from related parties (138 )   4,403  
Inventories (13,134 )   (11,842 )
Income taxes receivable (12,785 )   778  
Other current assets (27,015 )   (15,421 )
Other assets 1,315     (2,732 )
Accounts payable due to related parties 57,047     (18,646 )
Accounts payable (37,334 )   (1,667 )
Accrued expenses 3,627     (15,193 )
Accrued royalties (15,173 )   5,823  
Income taxes payable     3,591  
Other current liabilities (567 )   879  
Other long-term liabilities (942 )   1,815  
Net cash provided by operating activities 75,732       48,030  
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchase of property and equipment (3,579 )   (768 )
Investment in third party (249 )    
Net cash used in investing activities (3,828 )   (768 )
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 6,670     163  
Payment of dividends on Series A convertible preferred stock (594 )    
Proceeds from IPO, net of $10,700 in direct offering costs 148,044      
Payments of other offering costs (2,850 )    
Withholding taxes paid on behalf of employees on net settled stock-based awards (53,928 )    
Net cash provided by financing activities 97,342     163  
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,038 )   710  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 168,208     48,135  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 207,728     176,579  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 375,936     $ 224,714  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:      
Cash paid for income taxes $ 29,722     $ 13,499  
Cash paid for interest $ 156     $ 140  
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:      
Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for new operating lease liabilities $     $ 4,318  
Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of operating lease liabilities $ 731     $ 663  
Withholding taxes not yet paid for net settled stock awards $ 4,042     $  
IPO costs not yet paid $ 270     $  
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  2021   2020
Net (loss) income $ (18,566)     $ 35,054  
Adjusted to exclude the following:      
Interest (expense) income (89)     361  
Other expense (income), net 24     (118)  
Provision for income taxes 4,060     10,095  
Depreciation and amortization 705     496  
Share-based compensation 37,286     1,339  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 23,420     $ 47,227  


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SOURCE: VIZIO Holding Corp

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Michael Marks
IR@vizio.com Media:
Amy Jane Finnerty


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