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Pandora Reports Record 1Q14 Financial Results
- 1Q14 GAAP total mobile revenue of $83.9 million, growing 97% year-over-year and non-GAAP mobile revenue of $86.7 million, growing 101% year-over-year, outpacing mobile listener hour growth, which grew 47% year-over-year
- Pandora One subscribers surpassed 2.5 million, adding over 700 thousand net new subscribers in the first quarter and growing 114% year-over-year
- 1Q14 GAAP total revenue of $125.5 million, growing 55% year-over-year and non-GAAP total revenue of $128.5 million, growing 58% year-over-year
- 1Q14 total listener hours of 4.18 billion, growing 35% year-over-year
- Share of total U.S. radio listening for Pandora in April 2013 was 7.33%, an increase from 5.86% at the same time last year
- Active users reach 70.1 million, growing 35% year-over-year

OAKLAND, Calif., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading Internet radio service, today announced financial results for the first quarter fiscal year 2014 ended on April 30, 2013. 

"Pandora continues to expand its mobile leadership," stated Joe Kennedy, Chairman & CEO of Pandora.  "Mobile listening hours and mobile ad revenue reached record highs, with growth in mobile ad revenue exceeding growth in mobile listening hours.  During the quarter, we successfully implemented a mobile listening limit, enabling us to manage our content acquisition costs with minimal impact on listenership or revenue growth. Pandora's subscriber base surpassed 2.5 million, adding more net new subscribers in the quarter than in all of fiscal 2013, giving Pandora the largest US streaming subscriber base of any music service." 

Fiscal 1Q14 Financial Results

Total Revenue: For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, GAAP total revenue was $125.5 million, a 55% year-over-year increase. Non-GAAP total revenue[1] was $128.5 million, a 58% year-over-year increase, including $3.0 million in revenue relating to our subscription return reserve. Advertising revenue was $105.1 million, a 49% year-over-year increase.  Non-GAAP subscription and other revenue was $23.4 million, a 114% year-over-year increase, including $3.0 million in revenue relating to our subscription return reserve. 

EPS:  For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, GAAP basic and diluted EPS were ($0.16). Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were ($0.10), including $3.0 million in revenue relating to our subscription return reserve, which contributed a $0.02 improvement in non-GAAP EPS, and excluding $7.4 million in expense from stock-based compensation. Basic and diluted EPS were based on 173.6 million weighted average shares outstanding.

Cash: For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the company ended with $75.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared with $89.0 million at the end of the prior quarter.  For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, Pandora's cash used in operating activities was $12.6 million compared to $10.6 million used in the year-ago quarter. 

Other Business Metrics

Total listener hours: Total listener hours grew 35% to 4.18 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, compared to 3.09 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2013. 

Guidance

Based on information available as of May 23, 2013, the company is providing financial guidance for the second quarter and fiscal year of 2014 as follows: 

2Q14 Guidance:  Non-GAAP revenue is expected to be in the range of $155 million to $160 million.  Non-GAAP EPS is expected to be between ($0.02) and $0.01.  Non-GAAP EPS includes revenue relating to our subscription return reserve, excludes stock-based compensation expense, assumes minimal tax expense given our net operating loss position, and is based on 175 million basic and 196 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

Fiscal 2014 Guidance:  Non-GAAP revenue is expected to be in the range of $615 million to $635 million.  Non-GAAP EPS is expected to be between ($0.02) and $0.08.  Non-GAAP EPS excludes stock-based compensation expense, assumes minimal tax expense given our net operating loss position, and is based on 176 million basic and 197 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding for fiscal 2014.

1Q14 Financial Results Conference Call: Pandora will host a conference call today at 2 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. ET to discuss the first quarter fiscal year 2014 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 65190194, and available via webcast until June 7, 2013.

1.

The subscription return reserve consists of revenue that we defer on a GAAP basis because we have limited operating history with certain mobile subscription refund rights. We are required to defer revenue until the refund rights lapse or until we have developed sufficient transaction history to estimate a reserve. The subscription return reserve is excluded from the Subscription services and other revenue line of our GAAP presentation. Management includes revenue relating to our subscription return reserve because we believe that this non-GAAP measure will provide greater comparability with future GAAP revenue once sufficient transaction history is developed and a return reserve can be estimated.

ABOUT PANDORA 
Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music and comedy they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single "seed" – a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological "DNA" and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of more than one million tracks. Tens of millions of people turn on Pandora every month to hear music they love. www.pandora.com

"Safe harbor" Statement:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding expected revenue and non-GAAP EPS. 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 establish and maintain relationships with makers of mobile devices, consumer electronic products and automobiles; our ability to manage our growth; our ability to continue to innovate and keep pace with changes in technology and our competitors; risks related to service interruptions or security breaches; and general economic conditions worldwide. Further information on these factors and other risks that may affect our business is included in filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Form 10-Q for the current quarter, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors."

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 quarter 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 us, and we assume 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"), we use the following non-GAAP measures of financial performance: non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP subscription revenue, non-GAAP EPS and non-GAAP diluted EPS. 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 press releases.

These non-GAAP financial measures differ from GAAP in that they include revenue relating to our subscription return reserve, which consists of deferred revenue related to subscriptions that are sold with return rights, and exclude expense from stock-based compensation.

The subscription return reserve consists of revenue that we defer on a GAAP basis because we have limited operating history with certain mobile subscription refund rights. We are required to defer revenue until the refund rights lapse or until we have developed sufficient transaction history to estimate a reserve. The subscription return reserve is excluded from the Subscription services and other revenue line of our GAAP presentation. Management includes revenue relating to our subscription return reserve because we believe that this non-GAAP measure will provide greater comparability with future GAAP revenue once sufficient transaction history is developed and a return reserve can be estimated.

Stock-based compensation 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
  • Product development
  • Marketing and sales
  • General and administrative

Although stock-based compensation is an expense for us 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.

We believe 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, we provide a reconciliation of the most comparable GAAP financial measure to the historical non-GAAP financial measures used in this earnings release.

We estimate revenue generated through both our mobile and other connected devices platform as well as our traditional computer platform. While we believe that such disaggregated revenue estimates provide directional insight for evaluating our efforts to monetize our service through these platforms, we do not validate such disaggregated revenue to the level of financial statement reporting. Such metrics should be seen as indicative only and as management's best estimate.

 

Pandora Media, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated  Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)






Three months ended


April 30, 


2012


2013

Revenue:




     Advertising

$      70,597


$    105,146

     Subscription services and other

10,187


20,364

Total revenue

80,784


125,510





Costs and expenses:




     Cost of revenue - Content acquisition costs

55,818


82,853

     Cost of revenue - Other (1)

6,917


9,779

     Product development (1)

4,119


7,033

     Marketing and sales  (1)

23,460


40,083

     General and administrative  (1)

10,612


14,209

Total costs and expenses

100,926


153,957

Loss from operations

(20,142)


(28,447)





Other income (expense):




     Interest income 

32


15

     Interest expense

(124)


(143)

     Other income, net

-


1

Loss before provision for income taxes

(20,234)


(28,574)





Income tax benefit (expense)

6


(13)

Net loss

$    (20,228)


$     (28,587)





Basic and diluted net loss per share

$        (0.12)


$         (0.16)

Weighted-average shares used in computing basic and diluted per share amounts

165,404


173,579









(1) Amounts include stock-based compensation expenses as follows: 





2012


2013

Cost of revenue - Other

$           263


$           456

Product development

986


1,763

Marketing and sales

2,930


4,848

General and administrative

1,321


314


$        5,500


$        7,381

 

Pandora Media, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)






As of January 31,


As of April 30,


2013


2013

Assets




Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$                        65,725


$                 55,435


Short-term investments

23,247


19,983


Accounts receivable, net

103,410


105,318


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

6,232


6,198

Total current assets

198,614


186,934






Property and equipment, net

17,758


20,866


Other assets

2,460


2,338

Total assets

$                      218,832


$               210,138





Liabilities and stockholders' equity




Current liabilities:





Accounts payable

$                          4,471


$                   7,471


Accrued liabilities

7,590


8,371


Accrued royalties

53,083


55,712


Deferred revenue

29,266


37,299


Accrued compensation

21,560


16,284

Total current liabilities

115,970


125,137






Other long-term liabilities

3,873


3,571

Total liabilities

119,843


128,708









Stockholders' equity:




     Common stock

17


17


Additional paid-in capital

238,552


249,570


Accumulated deficit

(139,574)


(168,161)


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(6)


4

Total stockholders' equity

98,989


81,430

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity 

$                      218,832


$               210,138

 

Pandora Media, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  

(In thousands)

  (Unaudited)






Three months ended


April 30, 


2012


2013

Operating Activities




Net loss

$     (20,228)


$     (28,587)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization

1,541


2,132


Loss on disposition of assets

32


-


Stock-based compensation

5,500


7,381


Amortization of premium on investments

92


42


Amortization of debt issuance costs and debt discount

66


66


Changes in assets and liabilities:






Accounts receivable

(3,793)


(1,908)



Prepaid expenses and other assets

(433)


97



Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

1,022


2,927



Accrued royalties

4,314


2,629



Accrued compensation

(2,445)


(5,420)



Deferred revenue

2,509


8,033



Reimbursement of cost of leasehold improvements

1,243


-

Net cash used in operating activities

(10,580)


(12,608)





Investing Activities




Purchases of property and equipment

(1,243)


(4,434)

Purchases of short-term investments

(17,641)


(10,761)

Maturities of short-term investments

28,100


13,980

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

9,216


(1,215)





Financing activities




Proceeds from issuance of common stock 

1,928


3,530

Net cash provided by financing activities

1,928


3,530





Effects of foreign currency translation on cash and cash equivalents

-


3





Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

564


(10,290)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

44,126


65,725

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$       44,690


$       55,435

 

 

 

Pandora Media, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)






Three months ended


April 30, 


2012


2013





Revenue:




GAAP total revenue

$     80,784


$    125,510

Subscription return reserve

749


3,024

Non-GAAP total revenue

$   81,533


$  128,534





Net loss: 




GAAP net loss

$    (20,228)


$     (28,587)

Subscription return reserve

749


3,024

Stock-based compensation

5,500


7,381

Non-GAAP net loss

$  (13,979)


$   (18,182)





Basic and Diluted earnings per share:




GAAP basic earnings per share

$        (0.12)


$         (0.16)

Subscription return reserve

0.00


0.02

Stock-based compensation

0.03


0.04

Non-GAAP basic earnings per share

$      (0.08)


$       (0.10)





Shares used in computing basic and diluted earnings per share

165,404


173,579

 

Pandora Media, Inc.

Monetization: RPM History

(Unaudited)




































FY2012


FY2013


FY2014




FY


Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


FY


Q1

Advertising RPM
















Traditional Computer


$   62.68


$     46.52


$     57.14


$     58.03


$     53.53


$   53.73


$     48.16


Mobile and other connected devices


$   21.05


$     17.88


$     22.17


$     25.59


$     23.51


$   22.53


$     23.23


Total advertising


$   32.22


$     24.82


$     29.48


$     32.40


$     29.26


$   29.13


$     28.02

















Total RPM
















Traditional Computer


$   58.84


$     45.54


$     55.02


$     56.40


$     52.82


$   52.36


$     48.04


Mobile and other connected devices


$   21.93


$     18.86


$     23.32


$     26.96


$     25.05


$   23.83


$     25.31


Total 


$   33.32


$     26.09


$     30.68


$     33.73


$     30.86


$   30.49


$     30.01

















Total RPM Based on Non-GAAP Revenue
















Traditional Computer


$   58.86


$     45.64


$     55.19


$     56.50


$     53.00


$   52.50


$     48.33


Mobile and other connected devices


$   22.01


$     19.16


$     23.81


$     27.23


$     25.50


$   24.21


$     26.15


Total 


$   33.38


$     26.33


$     31.09


$     33.96


$     31.25


$   30.82


$     30.74

 

SOURCE Pandora

Dominic Paschel, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations, investor@pandora.com, (510) 842-6960, or Mollie Starr, Pandora Corporate Communications, press@pandora.com, (510) 842-6996