Press Release

Pandora Reports Q2 2016 Financial Results

Company Release - 7/21/2016 4:02 PM ET
  • Q2 2016 total consolidated revenue was $343.0 million, growing 20% year-over-year
  • Q2 2016 advertising revenue was $265.1 million, growing 15% year-over-year
  • Q2 2016 ticketing service revenue was $22.8 million, growing approximately 20% year-over-year1
  • Q2 2016 total listener hours were 5.66 billion, growing 7% year-over-year
  • User engagement reached an all-time high of 24 hours per active user per month

OAKLAND, Calif--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading Internet radio service, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

“We are making strong progress on Pandora’s transformation into a complete music marketplace,” said Pandora Founder and CEO Tim Westergren. “We made considerable progress on our product development plans while also improving margins sequentially. Pandora plans to deliver a powerfully differentiated music experience to accelerate growth and deliver value to listeners, music makers, advertisers and ultimately shareholders.”

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Revenue: For the second quarter of 2016, total consolidated revenue was $343.0 million, a 20% year-over-year increase. Excluding revenue from ticketing services, total revenue was $320.3 million, an increase of 12% year-over-year. Advertising revenue was $265.1 million, a 15% year-over-year increase. Subscription and other revenue was $55.1 million, a 1% year-over-year increase. Ticketing service revenue was $22.8 million, an approximate 20% year-over-year increase1.

GAAP Net Loss and Adjusted EBITDA: For the second quarter of 2016, GAAP net loss was $76.3 million compared to a net loss of $16.1 million in the same quarter last year, and adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $25.1 million, compared to a profit of $16.3 million in the same quarter last year. For the second quarter of 2016, adjusted EBITDA differs from GAAP net loss in that it excludes $32.4 million in expense from stock-based compensation, $14.4 million of depreciation and amortization expense, $6.0 million of other expense and $1.5 million of benefit from income taxes.

Cash and Investments: For the second quarter of 2016, the Company ended with $311.3 million in cash and investments, compared to $382.5 million at the end of the prior quarter. Cash used in operating activities was $45.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, compared to $9.9 million of cash used by operating activities in the same period of the prior year.

Other Business Metrics

Listener Hours: Total listener hours grew 7% to 5.66 billion for the second quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year.

Active Listeners: Active listeners were 78.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2016, compared to 79.4 million for the same period of the prior year.

Guidance

Based on information available as of July 21, 2016, the Company is providing the following financial guidance:

Third Quarter 2016 Guidance: Revenue is expected to be in the range of $360 million to $370 million. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of a loss of $5 million to a profit of $5 million. Adjusted EBITDA differs from GAAP net loss in that it excludes forecasted stock-based compensation expense of approximately $35 million, depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $16 million, a provision for income taxes of approximately $0.5 million and other expense, net of $6 million and assumes minimal cash taxes given our net loss position. Basic shares outstanding for the third quarter 2016 are expected to be approximately 233 million.

Full Year 2016 Guidance: Revenue is expected to be in the range of $1.385 billion to $1.405 billion. Adjusted EBITDA loss is expected to be in the range of $70 million to $50 million. Adjusted EBITDA differs from GAAP net loss in that it excludes forecasted stock-based compensation expense of approximately $142 million, depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $62 million, a benefit from income taxes of approximately $0.3 million and other expense, net of $23 million and assumes minimal cash taxes given our net loss position. Basic shares outstanding for the full year 2016 are expected to be approximately 231 million. We anticipate a non-GAAP effective tax rate between 30-35% for full year 2016.

Board of Directors Update: Pandora also announced today that Peter Chernin concluded his tenure on the company’s board effective July 20, 2016. Chernin served on Pandora’s board since January 2011.

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results Conference Call: Pandora will host a conference call today at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET to discuss second quarter 2016 financial results with the investment community. A live webcast of the event will be available on the Pandora Investor Relations website at http://investor.pandora.com. A live domestic dial‐in is available at (877) 355‐0067 or internationally at (443) 853‐1239. A domestic replay will be available at (855) 859‐2056 or internationally at (404) 537‐3406, using passcode 39740169, and available via webcast until August 4, 2016.

ABOUT PANDORA

Pandora (NYSE: P) is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform – a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans.

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"Safe harbor" Statement:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding expected revenue and adjusted EBITDA. These forward-looking statements are based on Pandora's current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and involve substantial risks and uncertainties that may cause results, performance or achievement to materially differ from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: our operation in an emerging market and our relatively new and evolving business model; our ability to estimate revenue reserves; our ability to increase our listener base and listener hours; our ability to attract and retain advertisers; our ability to generate additional revenue on a cost-effective basis; competitive factors; our ability to continue operating under existing laws and licensing regimes; our ability to enter into and maintain commercially viable direct licenses with record labels for the right to reproduce and publicly perform sound recordings on our service; our ability to establish and maintain relationships with makers of mobile devices, consumer electronic products and automobiles; our ability to manage our growth and geographic expansion; our ability to continue to innovate and keep pace with changes in technology and our competitors; our ability to expand our operations to delivery of non-music content; our ability to protect our intellectual property; risks related to service interruptions or security breaches; and general economic conditions worldwide. Further information on these factors and other risks that may affect the business are included in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time, including under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the current period.

The financial information contained in this press release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company's most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, each as they may be amended from time to time. The Company's results of operations for the current period are not necessarily indicative of the Company's operating results for any future periods.

These documents are available online from the SEC or on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Relations section of our website at investor.pandora.com. Information on our website is not part of this release. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information currently available to the Company, which assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), the Company uses the following non-GAAP measures of financial performance: non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP basic EPS, non-GAAP diluted EPS and adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of this additional financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may be different from the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. Management compensates for these limitations by reconciling these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures within our earnings releases.

Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP basic EPS and non-GAAP diluted EPS differ from GAAP in that they exclude stock-based compensation expense, intangible amortization expense and amortization of non-recoupable ticketing contract advances. The income tax effects of non-GAAP net income (loss) before provision for income taxes and the related non-GAAP adjustments have been reflected in non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP basic EPS and non-GAAP diluted EPS.

Stock-based Compensation Expense: consists of expenses for stock options and other awards under our equity incentive plans. Stock-based compensation is included in the following cost and expense line items of our GAAP presentation: cost of revenue – other, cost of revenue – ticketing service, product development, sales and marketing and general and administrative.

Although stock-based compensation is an expense for the Company and is viewed as a form of compensation, management excludes stock-based compensation from our non-GAAP measures for purposes of evaluating our continuing operating performance primarily because it is a non-cash expense not believed by management to be reflective of our core business, ongoing operating results or future outlook. In addition, the value of stock-based instruments is determined using formulas that incorporate variables, such as market volatility, that are beyond our control.

Income Tax Effects of Non-GAAP Adjustments: The Company adjusts non-GAAP net income (loss) by considering the income tax effects of its non-GAAP net income (loss) before provision for income taxes and the related non-GAAP adjustments. The Company is currently forecasting a non-GAAP effective tax rate of approximately 30% to 35% for the full year 2016. The Company does not expect to pay significant cash income taxes for the foreseeable future due to its net operating loss position.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA excludes stock-based compensation expense, benefit from (provision for) income taxes, depreciation and intangible amortization expense, amortization of non-recoupable ticketing contract advances and other income (expense).

Benefit from (Provision for) Income Taxes: consists of expense recognized related to U.S. and foreign income taxes. The Company considers its adjusted EBITDA results without these charges when evaluating its ongoing performance because it is not believed by management to be reflective of our core business, ongoing operating results or future outlook.

Depreciation and Intangible Amortization Expense: consists of non-cash charges that can be affected by the timing and magnitude of business combinations and asset purchases. Depreciation is included in the following cost and expense line items of our GAAP presentation: cost of revenue – other, cost of revenue – ticketing service, product development, sales and marketing and general and administrative. Intangible amortization expense is included in the following cost and expense line items of our GAAP presentation: cost of revenue – ticketing service, product development, sales and marketing and general and administrative. Depreciation and intangible amortization expense also consists of non-cash amortization of non-recoupable amounts paid in advance to the Company’s clients pursuant to ticketing agreements. Amortization of non-recoupable ticketing contract advances is included in the sales and marketing line of our GAAP presentation. Management considers its operating results without intangible amortization expense when evaluating its ongoing non-GAAP performance and without depreciation and intangible amortization expense when evaluating its ongoing adjusted EBITDA performance because these charges are non-cash expenses that can be affected by the timing and magnitude of business combinations, asset purchases and new client agreements and may not be reflective of our core business, ongoing operating results or future outlook.

Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures serve as useful metrics for our management and investors because they enable a better understanding of the long-term performance of our core business and facilitate comparisons of our operating results over multiple periods and to those of peer companies, and, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures and our reconciliations, enhance investors' overall understanding of our current financial performance.

In the financial tables below, the Company provides a reconciliation of the most comparable GAAP financial measure to the historical non-GAAP financial measures used in this earnings release.

1 Ticketfly’s results are included in Pandora’s consolidated financial statements subsequent to the acquisition date of October 31, 2015. Related year-over-year growth rates are calculated based on Ticketfly’s pre-acquisition results.

 
Pandora Media, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
       
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
  2015     2016     2015     2016  

 

Revenue
Advertising $ 230,921 $ 265,126 $ 409,660 $ 485,434
Subscription and other 54,639 55,125 106,664 109,857
Ticketing service   -     22,771     -     45,036  
Total revenue   285,560     343,022     516,324     640,327  
 
Cost of revenue
Cost of revenue - Content acquisition costs 130,134 176,633 256,157 347,897
Cost of revenue - Other (1) 20,043 24,833 36,276 45,832
Cost of revenue - Ticketing service (1)   -     15,259     -     29,905  
Total cost of revenue   150,177     216,725     292,433     423,634  
Gross profit 135,383 126,297 223,891 216,693
 
Operating expenses
Product development (1) 18,742 33,808 34,617 69,654
Sales and marketing (1) 94,035 123,812 178,309 241,434
General and administrative (1)   38,812     40,562     75,566     86,858  
Total operating expenses   151,589     198,182     288,492     397,946  
Loss from operations (16,206 ) (71,885 ) (64,601 ) (181,253 )
 
Interest expense (124 ) (6,247 ) (255 ) (12,422 )
Other income, net   380     255     708     1,117  
Total other income (expense), net   256     (5,992 )   453     (11,305 )
Loss before benefit from (provision for) income taxes (15,950 ) (77,877 ) (64,148 ) (192,558 )
 
Benefit from (provision for) income taxes   (115 )   1,544     (174 )   1,123  
Net loss $ (16,065 ) $ (76,333 ) $ (64,322 ) $ (191,435 )
 
Basic and diluted net loss per share   (0.08 )   (0.33 )   (0.31 )   (0.84 )
Weighted-average basic and diluted shares   211,742     229,745     210,840     228,202  
 
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
  2015     2016     2015     2016  
Cost of revenue - Other $ 1,406 $ 1,544 $ 2,613 $ 3,021
Cost of revenue - Ticketing service - 67 - 127
Product development 5,354 7,243 9,959 15,744
Sales and marketing 13,327 15,128 24,671 28,741
General and administrative   7,397     8,450     13,436     23,454  
Total stock-based compensation expense $ 27,484   $ 32,432   $ 50,679   $ 71,087  
 
Pandora Media, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
   
 
As of December 31,

     As of June 30,     

  2015     2016  
Assets (audited) (unaudited)
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 334,667 $ 238,367
Short-term investments 35,844 54,800
Accounts receivable, net 277,075 263,654
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   35,920     43,286  
Total current assets 683,506 600,107
 
Long-term investments 46,369 18,153
Property and equipment, net 66,370 102,016
Goodwill 303,875 306,715
Intangible assets, net 110,745 100,705
Other long-term assets   29,792     31,478  
Total assets $ 1,240,657   $ 1,159,174  
 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 17,897 $ 6,132
Accrued liabilities 37,185 29,723
Accrued royalties 97,390 123,583
Deferred revenue 19,939 28,751
Accrued compensation 43,788 48,971
Other current liabilities   15,632     17,432  
Total current liabilities 231,831 254,592
 
Long-term debt, net 234,577 243,483
Other long-term liabilities   30,862     32,804  
Total liabilities   497,270     530,879  
 
Stockholders' equity
Common stock 23 23
Additional paid-in capital 1,110,539 1,186,777
Accumulated deficit (366,658 ) (558,093 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (517 )   (412 )
Total stockholders' equity   743,387     628,295  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,240,657   $ 1,159,174  
 
Pandora Media, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
       
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
  2015     2016     2015     2016  
 
Operating Activities
Net loss $ (16,065 ) $ (76,333 ) $ (64,322 ) $ (191,435 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
Depreciation and amortization 5,025 14,360 9,365 27,637
Stock-based compensation 27,484 32,432 50,679 71,087
Amortization of premium on investments, net 610 107 1,229 247
Other operating activities 110 579 944 1,474
Amortization of debt discount - 4,504 - 8,938
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable (45,305 ) (26,375 ) (16,123 ) 12,139
Prepaid expenses and other assets 2,972 3,602 (2,104 ) (16,140 )
Accounts payable, accrued and other current liabilities 3,872 (13,942 ) 11,959 (17,409 )
Accrued royalties 801 12,025 7,697 26,177
Accrued compensation 10,287 2,900 5,897 5,497
Other long-term liabilities (70 ) (658 ) (1,596 ) 1
Deferred revenue 357 1,172 12,685 8,812
Reimbursement of cost of leasehold improvements   -     153     749     4,397  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (9,922 ) (45,474 ) 17,059 (58,578 )
 
Investing Activities
Purchases of property and equipment (10,239 ) (20,193 ) (14,578 ) (34,564 )
Internal-use software costs (1,777 ) (7,133 ) (3,369 ) (14,310 )
Changes in restricted cash - (250 ) - (250 )
Purchases of investments (54,751 ) (6,098 ) (111,541 ) (11,091 )
Proceeds from maturities of investments 53,630 11,675 132,119 20,007
Proceeds from sales of investments 3,022 500 3,662 500
Payments related to acquisition, net of cash acquired   (200 )   -     (200 )   (676 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (10,315 ) (21,499 ) 6,093 (40,384 )
 
Financing activities
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan 1,656 2,150 3,275 3,837
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,768 1,353 2,862 1,873
Payment of debt issuance costs - (32 ) - (32 )
Tax payments from net share settlements of restricted stock units   (19 )   (1,467 )   (907 )   (2,761 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 3,405 2,004 5,230 2,917
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (79 ) (118 ) (236 ) (255 )
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (16,911 ) (65,087 ) 28,146 (96,300 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   221,014     303,454     175,957     334,667  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 204,103   $ 238,367   $ 204,103   $ 238,367  
 
Pandora Media, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
       
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
  2015     2016     2015     2016  
 
Gross profit
GAAP gross profit $ 135,383 $ 126,297 $ 223,891 $ 216,693
Stock-based compensation: Cost of revenue - Other 1,406 1,544 2,613 3,021
Stock-based compensation: Cost of revenue - Ticketing service - 67 - 127
Amortization of intangibles - Cost of revenue - Ticketing service   -     1,419     -     2,836  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 136,789   $ 129,327   $ 226,504   $ 222,677  
 
Net loss
GAAP net loss $ (16,065 ) $ (76,333 ) $ (64,322 ) $ (191,435 )
Amortization of intangibles 183 5,138 366 10,271
Amortization of non-recoupable ticketing contract advances - 1,280 - 2,442
Stock-based compensation 27,484 32,432 50,679 71,087
Income tax effects of non-GAAP net loss before provision for income taxes and the related non-GAAP adjustments   -     10,700     -     35,636  
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ 11,602   $ (26,783 ) $ (13,277 ) $ (71,999 )
 
Non-GAAP EPS - basic $ 0.05 $ (0.12 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (0.32 )
Non-GAAP EPS - diluted $ 0.05 $ (0.12 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (0.32 )
 
Weighted average basic shares 211,742 229,745 210,840 228,202
Weighted average diluted shares 221,260 229,745 210,840 228,202
 
Adjusted EBITDA
GAAP net loss $ (16,065 ) $ (76,333 ) $ (64,322 ) $ (191,435 )
Depreciation and amortization 5,025 14,360 9,365 27,637
Stock-based compensation 27,484 32,432 50,679 71,087
Other expense (income), net (256 ) 5,992 (453 ) 11,305
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes   115     (1,544 )   174     (1,123 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 16,303   $ (25,093 ) $ (4,557 ) $ (82,529 )
 
Pandora Media, Inc.
RPM and LPM History
(unaudited)
               
 
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2016 2015 2016
RPM LPM RPM LPM RPM LPM RPM LPM
 
Advertising $ 49.94 $ 22.54 $ 53.34 $ 30.65 $ 44.09 $ 22.13 $ 49.46 $ 30.56
Subscription   81.15   38.49   79.79   35.30   81.60   38.68   80.62   35.24
Total $ 53.91 $ 24.57 $ 56.56 $ 31.21 $ 48.72 $ 24.17 $ 53.25 $ 31.13

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