Clarivate Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

— Provides update on outlook for 2020 —

 

London, UK and Philadelphia, US — May 4, 2020 – Clarivate Analytics Plc (NYSE: CCC) (the “Company” or “Clarivate”), a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues of $240.6 million increased 2.8% on a reported basis and up 3.5% at constant currency(1)
  • Adjusted revenues excluding divested businesses increased 10.5% at constant currency(1)
  • Net loss of $74.0 million and adjusted net income(1) of $25.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $78.2 million increased 32.1%
  • Total cash and cash equivalents of $308.0 million increased $231.9 million

Selected Financial Information

First quarter of 2020 results include one month contribution from the acquisition of Decision Resources Group (“DRG”), which was completed at the end of February 2020, and a full quarter contribution from Darts-ip, which was completed in November 2019, for which there were no comparable amounts in the prior year period. The first quarter of 2020 excludes the results of the MarkMonitor Brand Protection, Antipiracy, and Antifraud products, which were divested on January 1, 2020.

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, Change
(in millions, except percentages and per share data) 2020 2019 $ %
Revenues, net 240.6 234.0 6.6 2.8 %
Adjusted revenues, net(1) 242.5 234.2 8.3 3.5 %
Annual Contract Value (ACV) 820.3 765.1 55.2 7.2 %
 

Net loss

 

(74.0)

 

(59.3)

 

(14.7)

 

(24.8)%

Adjusted EBITDA(1) 78.2 59.2 19.0 32.1%
Adjusted net income(1) (2) 25.5 N/A
Adjusted diluted EPS(1) (2) 0.07 N/A
Net cash provided by operating activities 46.1 42.5 3.6 8.5%
Free cash flow(1) 26.7 36.5 (9.8) (26.8)%
Adjusted free cash flow(1) 77.9 63.5 14.4 22.7%

(Amounts in tables may not sum due to rounding)

 

  • Non-GAAP measure. Please see “Reconciliation to Certain Non-GAAP measures” in this earnings release for important disclosures and reconciliations of these financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. These terms are defined elsewhere in this earnings release.
  • Amounts are not comparable as the company was privately held during the first quarter of 2019.

“The operational and financial improvements we implemented last year are delivering positive results as evidenced by our solid double-digit first quarter growth including a more than 10% increase in adjusted revenue excluding divestitures and a 32% increase in Adjusted EBITDA. In addition, we are reaffirming 2020 guidance for Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Free Cash Flow,” said Jerre Stead, Executive Chairman and CEO of Clarivate. “As the COVID-19 pandemic grew, we took immediate actions to ensure the health and safety of our colleagues. We are also meeting the needs of our customers without disruption to any of the products and services we provide. We are well-positioned to weather this current global crisis, while continuing to pursue our long-term growth objectives.”

 

First Quarter 2020 Operating Results

Revenues, net, for the first quarter of 2020 increased $6.6 million, or 2.8%, to $240.6 million, compared to the prior-year period. Adjusted revenues, net, which excludes the impact of deferred revenues resulting from purchase accounting adjustments primarily related to recent acquisitions, increased $8.3 million or 3.5%, to $242.5 million, compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Subscription revenues for the first quarter of 2020 increased $0.7 million, or 0.4%, to $193.2 million, compared to the prior-year period, primarily driven by recent acquisitions, new business and price increases within both the Science Product Group and IP Product Group. The increase was partially offset by the MarkMonitor divested products in the current year period and a delay in a few contracts being renewed in the first quarter due to temporary customer workflow disruptions which are expected to be renewed during the second quarter. Excluding the impact of acquisitions and divestitures, organic subscription revenues increased 3.3% on a constant currency basis, compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Transactional revenues for the first quarter of 2020 increased $7.5 million, or 18.1%, to $49.2 million, compared to the prior-year period, due primarily to recent acquisitions and an increase from Techstreet sales, partially offset by divested businesses, a decrease in backfile sales and lower CompuMarkTM search volumes. Excluding the impact of acquisitions and divestitures, organic transactional revenues decreased 2.5% on a constant currency basis, compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $74.0 million, or ($0.22) per share, compared to a net loss of $59.3 million, or ($0.27) per share, in the prior-year period. The year-over-year decrease is due primarily to a significant increase in the provision for income taxes related to the addition of DRG tax provision, increases in taxable income  and respective tax expense over the prior twelve month period, and higher transaction, share-based compensation and restructuring expenses in this year’s first quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2020 increased by 32.1% to $78.2 million, compared to the prior-year period, driven by higher revenues and ongoing cost savings initiatives.

Adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2020 was $25.5 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.07. The first quarter diluted earnings per share was negatively impacted by the increase in the provision for income taxes, as noted above, and an increase in the weighted-average shares outstanding due to the merger with Churchill Capital Corp in May 2019, the issuance of ordinary shares in conjunction with the acquisition of DRG and the exercise of public warrants during the first quarter of 2020.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At March 31, 2020 cash and cash equivalents of $308.0 million increased $231.9 million, compared to December 31, 2019 due primarily to proceeds of $277.5 million received from the voluntary exercise of 24.1 million warrants   in exchange for ordinary shares of Clarivate.

The Company’s total debt outstanding at March 31, 2020 was $1,956.9 million, an increase of $291.9 million compared to December 31, 2019 due to a term loan of $360.0 million incurred during the first quarter of 2020 with net proceeds used to fund a portion of the DRG acquisition offset by a $65.0 million repayment of the revolver in full. Net debt at March 31, 2020 was $1,649.8 million, compared to $1,588.9 million as of December 31, 2019.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $46.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $42.5 million for the prior year period. Adjusted free cash flow for the first quarter was $77.9 million, an increase of $14.4 million, compared to the prior year period.

 

Updated Outlook for 2020 (forward-looking statement)

We started to see the early effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business in China, which we highlighted on our fourth quarter earnings call on February 27. We swiftly took steps to ensure the health and safety of our colleagues around the world by moving to a work from home status. Our teams have continued to meet or exceed their normal productivity and output levels including the content teams which are processing a high volume of material across our business groups. We have experienced no disruption to any of the services we provide to our customers as our industry leading portfolio of products are available online and can be accessed by users from anywhere.

 

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we implemented a contingency plan and a tiered cost reduction approach. Our scenario assumptions include: 1) the virus is brought under control in late second quarter of 2020, 2) a gradual lifting of restrictions governing the free movement of labor in mid-to-late third quarter of 2020 and, 3) economic activity begins to recover early in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

Previous Outlook Updated Outlook
Adjusted Revenues $1.16B to $1.19B $1.13B to $1.16B
Adjusted EBITDA $395M to $420M No change
Adjusted EBITDA margin 34% to 35% 35% to 36%
Adjusted diluted EPS $0.53 to $0.59 No change
Adjusted Free Cash Flow $220M to $240M No change

 

Adjusted diluted EPS for 2020 is calculated based on approximately 381.9 million fully diluted weighted average shares outstanding, an increase of approximately 52.1 million shares or 16%, compared to 329.8 million shares outstanding at the end of December 31, 2019. The increase in shares is primarily driven by the February 2020 offering of 27.6 million shares, with proceeds used to fund a portion of the cash consideration for the acquisition of DRG, and the issuance of approximately 29.0 million ordinary shares from the exercise of outstanding warrants.

The above outlook assumes no further currency movements, acquisitions, divestitures, or unanticipated events. See discussion of non-GAAP financial measures at the end of this release.

 

Conference Call and Webcast

Clarivate will host a conference call and webcast today to review the results for the first quarter at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be simultaneously webcast on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website.

Interested parties may access the live audio broadcast by dialing 1-888-317-6003 in the United States, 1-412-317-6061 for international, and 1-866-284-3684 in Canada. The conference ID number is 3226578. An audio replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call at 1-877-344-7529 in the United States, 1-412-317-0088 for international, and 1-855-669-9658 in Canada. The Replay Conference ID number is 10138015. The recording will be available for replay through May 20, 2020.

The webcast can be accessed at https://services.choruscall.com/links/ccc200506.html and will be available for replay.

 

Investor Day Conference on September 22, 2020

Due to Covid-19 and current travel restrictions, Clarivate has moved its Investor Day Conference in New York City to Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Management will provide an update on the business, with presentations starting at 1:00 P.M. eastern time and concluding at 4:00 P.M. eastern time. Registration is required to attend the event. The event will be simultaneously webcast on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website. If you wish to be considered for attendance to the Investor Day Conference, please contact investor.relations@clarivate.com.

 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We currently qualify as a foreign private issuer (“FPI”) under SEC rules. We will retain FPI status until at least December 31, 2020. However, we report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and beginning with our 2019 annual report, we elected to file our periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

Non-GAAP results are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP and are presented only as a supplement to our financial statements based on GAAP. Non-GAAP financial information is provided to enhance the reader’s understanding of our financial performance, but none of these non-GAAP financial measures are recognized terms under GAAP.  They are not measures of financial condition or liquidity, and should not be considered as an alternative to profit or loss for the period determined in accordance with GAAP or operating cash flows determined in accordance with GAAP. As a result, you should not consider such measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial measures or results of operations calculated or determined in accordance with GAAP.

We use non-GAAP measures in our operational and financial decision-making. We believe that such measures allow us to focus on what we deem to be a more reliable indicator of ongoing operating performance and our ability to generate cash flow from operations and we also believe that investors may find these non-GAAP financial measures useful for the same reasons. Non-GAAP measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies comparable to us, many of which present non-GAAP measures when reporting their results. These measures can be useful in evaluating our performance against our peer companies because we believe the measures provide users with valuable insight into key components of GAAP financial disclosures. However, non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

Definitions and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures, such as Adjusted Revenues, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS, Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Free Cash Flow and Standalone Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are provided within the schedules attached to this release.  Our presentation of non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by any of the adjusted items, or that any projections and estimates will be realized in their entirety or at all.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which express management’s current views concerning future business, events, trends, contingencies, financial performance, or financial condition, appear at various places in this communication and may use words like “aim,” “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “future,” “goal,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “see,” “seek,” “should,” “strategy,” “strive,” “target,” “will,” and “would” and similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding: guidance outlook and predictions relating to expected operating results, such as revenue growth and earnings; strategic actions such as acquisitions, joint ventures, and dispositions, the anticipated benefits therefrom, and our success in integrating acquired businesses; anticipated levels of capital expenditures in future periods; our ability to successfully realize cost savings initiatives and transition services expenses; our belief that we have sufficiently liquidity to fund our ongoing business operations; expectations of the effect on our financial condition of claims, litigation, environmental costs, contingent liabilities, and governmental and regulatory investigations and proceedings; and our strategy for customer retention, growth, product development, market position, financial results, and reserves. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on management’s current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy, and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are more fully discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, along with our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). However, those factors should not be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Additional risks and uncertainties not known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business operations. Forward-looking statements are based only on information currently available to our management and speaks only as of the date of this communication. We do not assume any obligation to publicly provide revisions or updates to any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by securities and other applicable laws. Please consult our public filings with the SEC or on our website at www.clarivate.com.

 

About Clarivate

Clarivate is a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation. We have some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle, including Web of Science™, Cortellis™, DRG, Derwent™, CompuMark™, MarkMonitor™ and Techstreet™. Today, Clarivate is on a bold entrepreneurial mission to help our clients reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing innovations. For more information, please visit clarivate.com.

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