OPERA SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS
Record revenue; strong momentum for advertising and performance business going into 2016.
Oslo, Norway – February 10, 2016 – Opera Software (OSEBX: OPERA) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter, which ended December 31, 2015.
4Q 2015 financial highlights include:
- § Revenue was $193.5 million in 4Q15, up from $154.4 million in 4Q14, an increase of 25%. On a constant currency basis, revenue growth was 29% in 4Q15 vs. 4Q14.
- § Adjusted EBITDA* (excluding one-time costs) of $32.8 million, down 5% versus 4Q14
- § Operating Cash Flow of $21.4m versus $20.3m in 4Q14
- § Free Cash Flow** of $14.8m versus $12.5m in 4Q14
Revenue in 4Q15 was $193.5 million, up 25% from 4Q14, when revenue was $154.4 million. On a constant currency basis, revenue would have been $198.9 million an increase of 29%. Overall, revenues came in above Opera´s guidance range for the quarter.
EBITDA, excluding stock-based compensation expenses and one-time costs, was $32.8 million compared with $34.4 million in 4Q14, down 5%. EBITDA (excluding one-time costs) was $29.9 million in 4Q15 compared with $30.7 million in 4Q14. EBIT (excluding one-time costs) was $14.5 million in 4Q15 compared to $19.4 million (excluding the impairment charge related to Skyfire) in 4Q14. Overall, Adjusted EBITDA came in at the very high end of Opera´s guidance range for the quarter.
4Q15 IFRS Net Income was -$6.6 million compared to -$58.3 million in 4Q14. Non-IFRS 4Q15 Net Income was $11.2 million compared to $25.7 million in 4Q14.
Liquidity and capital resources
Opera’s net cash flow from operating activities was $21.4 million in 4Q15 compared to $20.3 million in 4Q14. Opera’s total cash balance was impacted positively by net cash flow from operating activities and negatively by cash outlays related to acquisitions, investments in research and development and capital expenditures. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of 4Q15 were $97.7 million compared to $138.2 million in 4Q14.
- § Mobile Advertising (3rd Party Publishers)
Revenue of $145.4 million, up 41% vs. 4Q14
Mobile video advertising revenues comprised 60% of Mobile Advertising revenue in 4Q15 vs. 50% in 4Q14
Audience reach (3rd Party Publishers) exceeded 1 billion consumers in 4Q15 compared to 800 million in 4Q14 (including Opera´s O&O audience, audience reach exceeded 1.3 billion in 4Q15 vs 1.1 billion in 4Q14)
The number of apps and websites powered by the Opera Mediaworks ad platforms was 25,000 in 4Q15 compared to 18,500 in 4Q14
Change of Leadership at Opera Mediaworks, with Will Kassoy, formerly CEO of AdColony, taking over as CEO of Opera Mediaworks
AT&T AdWorks launches cross-screen addressable advertising trial
- § Consumers (Owned and Operated Properties)
Revenue of $36.6 million, up 24% vs. 4Q14 (up 38% on a constant currency basis vs. 4Q14)
Mobile browser revenue grew 40% in 4Q15 vs. 4Q14, with solid advertising and search revenue growth
Opera´s Android monthly browser users reached 144 million at the end of 4Q15, up 11% versus the end of 4Q14
Total Opera mobile consumer browser users reached 281 million at the end of 4Q15, up 2% versus the end of 4Q14
The number of downloads generated via the Opera Mobile Store and Opera´s other apps and games discovery properties was 510 million in 4Q15 compared to 153.8 million in 4Q14
Total of 26.6 billion ad requests were generated from Opera´s mobile Owned and Operated properties, a decrease of 28% from 4Q14
Opera launches new versions of both Opera Mini for Android and iOS and Opera Coast for iOS
Desktop users reached 59 million by the end of 4Q15, up 7% versus the end of 4Q14
- § Tech Licensing
Revenue of $11.5 million, down 47% vs. 4Q14
Opera TV powers Humax’s industry-first Freeview Play set-top box
Opera TV launches on LG Smart TVs
1Q FY16 Guidance***:
Revenue: Revenue for the company’s first fiscal quarter is projected to be in the range of $152m to $160m.
Adj EBITDA*: Adjusted EBITDA for the company’s first fiscal quarter is projected to be in the range of $14m to $18m.
Revenue: Revenue for the company’s full fiscal year 2016 is projected to be in the range of $690m to $740m.
Adj EBITDA*: Adjusted EBITDA for the company’s full fiscal year 2016 is projected to be in the range of $100m to $125m.
Please find the fourth quarter report (4Q15.pdf), fourth quarter press release (4Q15_Press_release.pdf) and fourth quarter presentation (4Q15_presentation.pdf) attached.
Petter Lade, Investor Relations
Tel: +47 2369 2400
*“Adjusted EBITDA”, or Non- IFRS EBITDA, refers to EBITDA excluding stock-based compensation expenses, one-time costs and acquisition costs.
**Operating Cash Flow less capital expenditures and capitalized R&D costs
*** Assumes currency rates as of February 9th, 2016
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statements regarding future operations and business strategies and future financial condition and prospects.
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