The Trade Desk Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD), a provider of a global technology platform for buyers of advertising, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

“We again delivered outstanding performance in the third quarter. Revenue growth of 38% significantly outpaced worldwide programmatic advertising growth. The world’s leading brands and agencies are increasingly using our platform to apply data-driven strategies to drive precision and value across their campaigns,” said Jeff Green, founder and CEO of The Trade Desk. “More data-driven choices by advertisers led to record revenue of $164.2 million and net income of $19.4 million in Q3. Connected TV, audio and mobile led our channel growth. TV advertising is the largest campaign segment for many leading brands, and the digitization of TV is driving advertisers to apply data to TV ad campaigns for the first time. As more broadcasters make their content available via streaming services, we are better positioned than anyone to take advantage of this significant shift.”

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights:

The following table summarizes our consolidated financial results for the periods ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 ($ in millions, except per share amounts):

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

GAAP Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

164.2

 

$

118.8

 

$

445.1

 

$

316.8

 

Increase in revenue year over year

 

38

%

 

50

%

 

40

%

 

54

%

Net Income

$

19.4

 

$

20.3

 

$

57.4

 

$

48.7

 

Diluted EPS

$

0.40

 

$

0.44

 

$

1.20

 

$

1.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

47.8

 

$

36.6

 

$

130.4

 

$

92.4

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

29

%

 

31

%

 

29

%

 

29

%

Non-GAAP Net Income

$

36.1

 

$

30.2

 

$

104.8

 

$

72.7

 

Non-GAAP Diluted EPS

$

0.75

 

$

0.65

 

$

2.19

 

$

1.60

 

Third Quarter and Recent Business Highlights Include:

  • Continued Omnichannel Spend Growth: Omnichannel solutions remain a strategic focus for The Trade Desk as the industry continues shifting toward transparency and programmatic buying. Specific channel highlights include:

    • Total Mobile (in-app, video, and web) was 48% of gross spend for the quarter highlighting the growing scale and importance of this channel to advertisers
    • Mobile Video spend grew 50% from Q3 2018 to Q3 2019
    • Mobile In-App spend grew 58% from Q3 2018 to Q3 2019
  • Newer Channels Delivering Strong Spend Growth: Two of our newest and most promising channels, Connected TV and audio grew multiples faster than The Trade Desk’s larger and more mature channels:

    • Connected TV spend grew 145% from Q3 2018 to Q3 2019
    • Audio spend grew over 160% from Q3 2018 to Q3 2019
  • Strong Customer Retention: Customer retention remained over 95% during the quarter, as it has for the previous 23 quarters.
  • Industry Awards: The Trade Desk was named Best Medium Workplace by Great Place to Workand Fortune for the third year in a row.

Fourth Quarter and Revised Full Year 2019 Outlook:

Mr. Green added: “The biggest brands in the world continue to shift their advertising spending to programmatic on our platform. As a result, we are raising our 2019 revenue guidance to at least $658 million. At the same time, we continue to generate profitability and make large investments in areas critical to our future. We now expect our adjusted EBITDA to be $209 million for 2019. The secular tailwind of programmatic is strong. Our focus is on gaining share and revenue growth as this will ultimately maximize profitability over the long-term.”

The Trade Desk is providing its financial targets for the fourth quarter of 2019 and revised targets for its fiscal year 2019. The Company’s financial targets are as follows:

Fourth Quarter 2019:

  • Revenue of $213 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $78.5 million

Full Year 2019

  • Revenue of at least $658 million, revised up from $653 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $209 million or about 31.8% of revenue, revised up from $201 million

Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA guidance to the closest corresponding U.S. GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the variability and complexity with respect to the charges excluded from these non-GAAP measures; in particular, the measures and effects of our stock-based compensation expense that are directly impacted by unpredictable fluctuations in our share price. We expect the variability of the above charges could have a significant and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future U.S. GAAP financial results.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Included within this press release are the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP net income and Non-GAAP diluted EPS that supplement the Consolidated Statements of Income of The Trade Desk, Inc. (the Company) prepared under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Adjusted EBITDA is earnings before depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, interest expense (income), net and provision for income taxes. Non-GAAP net income excludes charges and the related income tax effects for stock-based compensation. Tax rates on the tax-deductible portions of the stock-based compensation expense approximating 30% have been used in the computation of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS. Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP amounts for the periods presented herein are provided in schedules accompanying this release and should be considered together with the Consolidated Statements of Income. These non-GAAP measures are not meant as a substitute for GAAP, but are included solely for informational and comparative purposes. The Company’s management believes that this information can assist investors in evaluating the Company’s operational trends, financial performance, and cash generating capacity. Management believes these non-GAAP measures allow investors to evaluate the Company’s financial performance using some of the same measures as management. However, the non-GAAP financial measures should not be regarded as a replacement for or superior to corresponding, similarly captioned, GAAP measures and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

Third Quarter Financial Results Webcast and Conference Call Details

  • When: November 7, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. Pacific Time (5:00 P.M. Eastern Time).
  • Webcast: A live webcast of the call can be accessed from the Investor Relations section of The Trade Desk’s website at http://investors.thetradedesk.com/. Following the call, a replay will be available on the company’s website.
  • Dial-in: To access the call via telephone in North America, please dial 877-407-0782. For callers outside the United States, please dial 1-201-689-8567. Participants should reference the conference call ID “The Trade Desk Call” after dialing in.
  • Audio replay: An audio replay of the call will be available beginning about two hours after the call. To listen to the replay in the United States, please dial 877-481-4010 (replay code: 54939). Outside the United States, please dial 1-919-882-2331 (replay code: 54939). The audio replay will be available via telephone until November 14, 2019.

The Trade Desk, Inc. uses its Investor Relations website (http://investors.thetradedesk.com/investor-overview), its Twitter feed (@TheTradeDesk), LinkedIn page (https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-trade-desk/), and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheTradeDesk/), and Jeff Green’s Twitter feed (@jefftgreen) and LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefftgreen/) as a means of disclosing information about the company and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. The information that is posted through these channels may be deemed material. Accordingly, investors should monitor these channels in addition to The Trade Desk’s press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls and webcasts.

About The Trade Desk

The Trade Desk is a technology company that empowers buyers of advertising. Through its self-service, cloud-based platform, ad buyers can create, manage, and optimize digital advertising campaigns across ad formats and devices. Integrations with major data, inventory, and publisher partners ensure maximum reach and decisioning capabilities, and enterprise APIs enable custom development on top of the platform. Headquartered in Ventura, CA, The Trade Desk has offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. To learn more, visit thetradedesk.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to expectations concerning matters that (a) are not historical facts, (b) predict or forecast future events or results, or (c) embody assumptions that may prove to have been inaccurate, including statements relating to the industry and market trends, and the Company’s financial targets such as revenue and Adjusted EBITDA. When words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “will”, “outlook” or similar expressions are used, the Company is making forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot give readers any assurance that such expectations will prove correct. These forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those related to the Company’s limited operating history, which makes it difficult to evaluate the Company’s business and prospects, the market for programmatic advertising developing slower or differently than the Company’s expectations, the demands and expectations of clients and the ability to attract and retain clients. The actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. These are disclosed in the Company’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Form 10-K and any subsequent filings on Forms 10-Q or 8-K, available at www.sec.gov. Readers are urged not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company does not intend to update any forward-looking statement contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date hereof.

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30,

September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

2019

 

2018

Revenue

$

164,203

 

$

118,825

$

445,114

 

$

316,826

Operating expenses (1):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform operations

 

39,932

 

 

29,344

 

108,913

 

 

78,842

Sales and marketing

 

36,142

 

 

23,287

 

89,951

 

 

60,007

Technology and development

 

29,185

 

 

22,621

 

83,949

 

 

59,806

General and administrative

 

37,017

 

 

21,310

 

102,755

 

 

59,816

Total operating expenses

 

142,276

 

 

96,562

 

385,568

 

 

258,471

Income from operations

 

21,927

 

 

22,263

 

59,546

 

 

58,355

Total other expense (income), net

 

(1,892

)

 

158

 

(2,979

)

 

1,922

Income before income taxes

 

23,819

 

 

22,105

 

62,525

 

 

56,433

Provision for income taxes

 

4,397

 

 

1,813

 

5,152

 

 

7,728

Net income

$

19,422

 

$

20,292

$

57,373

 

$

48,705

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.43

 

$

0.47

$

1.29

 

$

1.15

Diluted

$

0.40

 

$

0.44

$

1.20

 

$

1.07

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

44,771

 

 

42,721

 

44,363

 

 

42,178

Diluted

 

48,037

 

 

46,576

 

47,728

 

 

45,460

_______________________

(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:

STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30,

September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Platform operations

$

1,507

$

1,234

$

3,894

$

3,137

Sales and marketing

 

5,036

 

3,033

 

13,094

 

7,757

Technology and development

 

7,146

 

4,013

 

18,579

 

8,905

General and administrative

 

5,753

 

3,137

 

20,801

 

8,159

Total

$

19,442

$

11,417

$

56,368

$

27,958

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of

 

As of

 

September 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

173,446

$

207,232

Short-term investments

 

123,082

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

835,958

 

834,764

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

26,641

 

14,527

Total current assets

 

1,159,127

 

1,056,523

Property and equipment, net

 

47,734

 

33,046

Operating lease assets

 

177,276

 

Deferred income taxes

 

8,460

 

8,460

Other assets, non-current

 

22,442

 

19,843

Total assets

$

1,415,039

$

1,117,872

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

647,547

$

669,147

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

40,553

 

44,844

Operating lease liabilities

 

15,938

 

Total current liabilities

 

704,038

 

713,991

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

 

167,668

 

Other liabilities, non-current

 

7,941

 

9,314

Total liabilities

 

879,647

 

723,305

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock

 

 

Common stock

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

353,899

 

270,447

Retained earnings

 

181,493

 

124,120

Total stockholders’ equity

 

535,392

 

394,567

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,415,039

$

1,117,872

THE TRADE DESK, INC.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

(Amounts in thousands)

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

57,373

 

$

48,705

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

15,246

 

 

8,107

 

Stock-based compensation

 

56,368

 

 

27,958

 

Bad debt expense

 

1,647

 

 

1,727

 

Noncash lease expense

 

15,394

 

 

 

Other

 

(2,945

)

 

2,396

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

(2,739

)

 

(44,736

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(19,024

)

 

(10,597

)

Accounts payable

 

(21,401

)

 

(2,804

)

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

(3,178

)

 

7,789

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

(8,468

)

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

88,273

 

 

38,545

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(21,659

)

 

(10,383

)

Capitalized software development costs

 

(3,849

)

 

(4,340

)

Purchases of investments

 

(178,179

)

 

 

Maturities of investments

 

55,819

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(147,868

)

 

(14,723

)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repayment on line of credit

 

 

 

(27,000

)

Payment of debt financing costs

 

(6

)

 

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

21,911

 

 

7,165

 

Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan

 

8,648

 

 

7,014

 

Taxes paid related to net settlement of restricted stock awards

 

(4,744

)

 

(602

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

25,809

 

 

(13,423

)

(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(33,786

)

 

10,399

 

Cash and cash equivalents—Beginning of period

 

207,232

 

 

155,950

 

Cash and cash equivalents—End of period

$

173,446

 

$

166,349

 

Non-GAAP Financial Metrics

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

The following tables show the Company’s non-GAAP financial metrics reconciled to the comparable GAAP financial metrics included in this release.

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

19,422

 

$

20,292

 

$

57,373

 

$

48,705

 

Add back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

5,969

 

 

3,277

 

 

15,246

 

 

8,107

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

19,442

 

 

11,417

 

 

56,368

 

 

27,958

 

Interest expense (income), net

 

(1,480

)

 

(237

)

 

(3,763

)

 

(113

)

Provision for income taxes

 

4,397

 

 

1,813

 

 

5,152

 

 

7,728

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

47,750

 

$

36,562

 

$

130,376

 

$

92,385

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

GAAP net income

$

19,422

 

$

20,292

 

$

57,373

 

$

48,705

 

Add back (deduct):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

19,442

 

 

11,417

 

 

56,368

 

 

27,958

 

Adjustment for income taxes

 

(2,777

)

 

(1,528

)

 

(8,985

)

 

(3,918

)

Non-GAAP net income

$

36,087

 

$

30,181

 

$

104,756

 

$

72,745

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP diluted EPS

$

0.40

 

$

0.44

 

$

1.20

 

$

1.07

 

Non-GAAP diluted EPS

$

0.75

 

$

0.65

 

$

2.19

 

$

1.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding—diluted

 

48,037

 

 

46,576

 

 

47,728

 

 

45,460

 

 

Contacts

Investors

Chris Toth

Vice President Investor Relations, The Trade Desk

ir@thetradedesk.com
310-334-9183

Media

Ian Colley

Vice President Public Relations, The Trade Desk

ian.colley@thetradedesk.com
914-434-3043

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