MediaAlpha Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Revenue of $174 million, up 45% year over year
    • Revenue from Property & Casualty grew 74% year over year to $126 million
  • Transaction Value grew to a record $262.5 million, up 58% year over year

LOS ANGELES--()--MediaAlpha, Inc. (NYSE: MAX), today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

“We had a great start to 2021, with our Transaction Value growing 58% year over year to another quarterly record,” said Steve Yi, MediaAlpha Co-Founder and CEO. “Given consumers’ aggressive adoption of online shopping in the past year, and our industry-leading market share, we are very optimistic about further solidifying our position as the leading customer acquisition partner to the insurance industry this year. As a result, we are raising our guidance for Transaction Value, Contribution and Adjusted EBITDA for full year 2021.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Revenue of $173.6 million, an increase of 45% year over year;
  • Transaction Value of $262.5 million, an increase of 58% year over year;
  • Gross margin of 15.2%, compared with 15.7% in the first quarter of 2020;
  • Contribution Margin(1) of 16.1%, compared with 16.5% in the first quarter of 2020;
  • Net income was $0.2 million, compared with $8.8 million in the first quarter of 2020; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $16.3 million, compared with $12.7 million in the first quarter of 2020.

(1)A reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures has been provided at the end of this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Financial Outlook

For the second quarter of 2021, MediaAlpha currently expects the following:

  • Transaction Value between $255 million - $260 million, representing 47% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range;
  • Revenue between $156 million - $161 million, representing 28% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range;
  • Contribution between $25 million - $27 million, representing 28% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $14.5 million - $15.5 million, representing 13% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range.

For the full year 2021, MediaAlpha currently expects the following:

  • Transaction Value between $1,050 million - $1,100 million, representing 32% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range;
  • Revenue between $680 million - $710 million, representing 19% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range;
  • Contribution between $114 million - $118 million, representing 25% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $65 million - $67 million, representing 14% year-over-year growth at the midpoint of the guidance range.

The Company expects total shares outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2021 to be 59.4 million and 64.6 million on a basic and fully diluted basis, respectively.

With respect to the Company’s projections of Contribution and Adjusted EBITDA under “Financial Discussion – Q2 2021 Outlook,” MediaAlpha is not providing a reconciliation of Contribution or Adjusted EBITDA to the respective GAAP measures because the Company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the reconciling items that may affect gross profit and net income without unreasonable effort, including equity-based compensation, transaction expenses and income tax expense. These reconciling items are uncertain, depend on various factors and could significantly impact, either individually or in the aggregate, the GAAP measures for the applicable period.

For a detailed explanation of the Company’s non-GAAP measures, please refer to the appendix section of this press release.

Conference Call Information

MediaAlpha will host a Q&A conference call today to discuss the Company's first quarter 2021 results and its financial outlook for the second quarter and full year of 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). A live audio webcast of the call will be available on the MediaAlpha Investor Relations website at https://investors.mediaalpha.com. To register for the webcast, click here. Participants may also dial-in, toll-free, at (833) 350-1346 or internationally at (236) 389-2445 with Conference ID 8753258. An audio replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks following the call and available on the MediaAlpha Investor Relations website at https://investors.mediaalpha.com.

We have also posted to our investor relations website a letter to shareholders. We have used, and intend to continue to use, our investor relations website at https://investors.mediaalpha.com as a means of disclosing material nonpublic information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our financial outlook for the second quarter and full year 2021. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and our financial performance. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “predict,” “potential,” “believe,” “will likely result,” “expect,” “continue,” “will,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “projection,” “would,” and “outlook,” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words or phrases of a future or forward-looking nature. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by management, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond our control. Accordingly, we caution you that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date made, actual results may prove to be materially different from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

There are or will be important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements, including those more fully described in MediaAlpha’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including the final prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), on March 22, 2021 and the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2021 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to be filed for the first quarter of 2021. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. MediaAlpha disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this shareholder letter.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Operating Metrics

This press release includes Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, and Contribution Margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company also presents Transaction Value, which is an operating metric not presented in accordance with GAAP. See the appendix for definitions of Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, Contribution Margin and Transaction Value, as well as reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial metrics, as applicable.

We present Transaction Value, Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, and Contribution Margin because they are used extensively by our management and board of directors to manage our operating performance, including evaluating our operational performance against budget and assessing our overall operating efficiency and operating leverage. Accordingly, the Company believes that Transaction Value, Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, and Contribution Margin provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating its operating results in the same manner as its management team and board of directors. Each of Transaction Value, Adjusted EBITDA, Contribution, and Contribution Margin has limitations as a financial measure and investors should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

MediaAlpha, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

12,853

 

 

$

23,554

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $0.6 million and $0.4 million, respectively

 

 

80,268

 

 

 

96,295

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

7,251

 

 

 

7,950

 

Total current assets

 

 

100,372

 

 

 

127,799

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

749

 

 

 

762

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

14,805

 

 

 

15,551

 

Goodwill

 

 

18,402

 

 

 

18,402

 

Deferred tax asset

 

 

91,278

 

 

 

31,613

 

Other assets

 

 

16,085

 

 

 

16,210

 

Total assets

 

$

241,691

 

 

$

210,337

 

Liabilities and stockholders' deficit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

64,574

 

 

$

98,249

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

5,360

 

 

 

9,206

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

69,934

 

 

 

107,455

 

Long-term debt

 

 

183,004

 

 

 

182,668

 

Liabilities under tax receivable agreement, net of current portion

 

 

75,355

 

 

 

22,498

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

2,823

 

 

 

2,834

 

Total liabilities

 

 

331,116

 

 

 

315,455

 

Total stockholders' (deficit) attributable to MediaAlpha, Inc.

 

$

(30,803

)

 

$

(33,773

)

Non-controlling interest

 

 

(58,622

)

 

 

(71,345

)

Total stockholders' (deficit)

 

$

(89,425

)

 

$

(105,118

)

Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit

 

$

241,691

 

 

$

210,337

 

 

MediaAlpha, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data and per share amounts)

 

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Revenue

 

$

173,588

 

 

$

119,445

 

Cost and operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue

 

 

147,179

 

 

 

100,669

 

Sales and marketing

 

 

5,384

 

 

 

3,136

 

Product development

 

 

3,315

 

 

 

1,843

 

General and administrative

 

 

15,746

 

 

 

3,247

 

Total cost and operating expenses

 

 

171,624

 

 

 

108,895

 

Income from operations

 

 

1,964

 

 

 

10,550

 

Other (income), net

 

 

(150

)

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

2,301

 

 

 

1,715

 

Total other expense

 

 

2,151

 

 

 

1,715

 

(Loss) income before income taxes

 

 

(187

)

 

 

8,835

 

Income tax (benefit)

 

 

(364

)

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

177

 

 

$

8,835

 

Net income attributable to QLH prior to Reorganization Transactions

 

 

 

 

 

8,835

 

Net (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

(117

)

 

 

 

Net income attributable to MediaAlpha, Inc.

 

$

294

 

 

$

 

Net income per share of Class A common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Basic

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

 

-Diluted

 

$

0.00

 

 

$

 

Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Basic

 

 

33,136,632

 

 

 

 

-Diluted

 

 

62,163,390

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MediaAlpha, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

 

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

177

 

 

$

8,835

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash equity-based compensation expense

 

 

10,602

 

 

 

568

 

Depreciation expense on property and equipment

 

 

82

 

 

 

67

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

746

 

 

 

804

 

Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs

 

 

345

 

 

 

113

 

Bad debt expense

 

 

157

 

 

 

107

 

Deferred taxes

 

 

(358

)

 

 

 

Tax receivable agreement liability adjustments

 

 

(156

)

 

 

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

15,870

 

 

 

8,012

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

690

 

 

 

(54

)

Other assets

 

 

125

 

 

 

(4,750

)

Accounts payable

 

 

(33,675

)

 

 

(2,615

)

Accrued expenses

 

 

(3,961

)

 

 

(3,796

)

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

 

(9,356

)

 

 

7,291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(69

)

 

 

(17

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(69

)

 

 

(17

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds received from:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revolving line of credit

 

 

 

 

 

2,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments made for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repayments on revolving line of credit

 

 

 

 

 

(2,500

)

Repayments on long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

(562

)

Repurchase of Class B units at QLH up to fair value

 

 

 

 

 

(1,254

)

Shares withheld for taxes on vesting of restricted stock units

 

 

(1,276

)

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(1,276

)

 

 

(1,816

)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(10,701

)

 

 

5,458

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

 

23,554

 

 

 

10,028

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

12,853

 

 

$

15,486

 

Key business and operating metrics

Transaction Value

We define “Transaction Value” as the total gross dollars transacted by our partners on our platform. Transaction Value is a direct driver of revenue, with differing revenue recognition based on the economic relationship we have with our partners. Our partners use our platform to transact via open and private platform transactions. In our open platform model, revenue recognized represents the Transaction Value and revenue share payments to our supply partners represent costs of revenue. In our private platform model, revenue recognized represents a platform fee billed to the demand partner or supply partner based on an agreed-upon percentage of the Transaction Value for the Consumer Referrals transacted, and accordingly there are no associated costs of revenue. We utilize Transaction Value to assess revenue and to assess the overall level of transaction activity through our platform. We believe it is useful to investors to assess the overall level of activity on our platform and to better understand the sources of our revenue across our different transaction models and verticals.

The following table presents Transaction Value by platform model for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 

(dollars in thousands)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Open platform transactions

 

$

169,348

 

 

$

117,022

 

Percentage of total Transaction Value

 

 

64.5

%

 

 

70.5

%

Private platform transactions

 

 

93,114

 

 

 

49,026

 

Percentage of total Transaction Value

 

 

35.5

%

 

 

29.5

%

Total Transaction Value

 

$

262,462

 

 

$

166,048

 

The following table presents Transaction Value by vertical for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 

(dollars in thousands)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Property & casualty insurance

 

$

183,426

 

 

$

104,860

 

Percentage of total Transaction Value

 

 

69.9

%

 

 

63.2

%

Health insurance

 

 

50,342

 

 

 

33,346

 

Percentage of total Transaction Value

 

 

19.2

%

 

 

20.1

%

Life insurance

 

 

14,442

 

 

 

10,316

 

Percentage of total Transaction Value

 

 

5.5

%

 

 

6.2

%

Other(1)

 

 

14,251

 

 

 

17,526

 

Percentage of total Transaction Value

 

 

5.4

%

 

 

10.6

%

Total Transaction Value

 

$

262,462

 

 

$

166,048

 

(1)

Our other verticals include Travel, Education and Consumer Finance.

Contribution and Contribution Margin

We define “Contribution” as revenue less revenue share payments and online advertising costs, or, as reported in our consolidated statement of operations, revenue less cost of revenue, as adjusted to exclude the following items from cost of revenue: equity-based compensation; salaries, wages, and related; internet and hosting; amortization; depreciation; other services; and merchant-related fees. “Contribution Margin” represents Contribution expressed as a percentage of revenue for the same period. We use Contribution and Contribution Margin to measure the return on our relationships with our supply partners (excluding certain fixed costs), the financial return on our online advertising, and our operating leverage. We do not use Contribution and Contribution Margin as measures of overall profitability. We present Contribution and Contribution Margin because they are used extensively by our management and board of directors to manage our operating performance, including evaluating our operational performance against budget and assessing our overall operating efficiency and operating leverage.

The following table reconciles Contribution and Contribution Margin with gross profit, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 

(in thousands)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Revenue

 

$

173,588

 

 

$

119,445

 

Less cost of revenue

 

 

(147,179

)

 

 

(100,669

)

Gross profit

 

 

26,409

 

 

 

18,776

 

Adjusted to exclude the following (as related to cost of revenue):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity-based compensation

 

 

400

 

 

 

21

 

Salaries, wages, and related

 

 

464

 

 

 

356

 

Internet and hosting

 

 

102

 

 

 

123

 

Other expenses

 

 

105

 

 

 

68

 

Depreciation

 

 

7

 

 

 

5

 

Other services

 

 

291

 

 

 

219

 

Merchant-related fees

 

 

90

 

 

 

152

 

Contribution

 

$

27,868

 

 

$

19,720

 

Gross margin

 

 

15.2

%

 

 

15.7

%

Contribution Margin

 

 

16.1

%

 

 

16.5

%

Adjusted EBITDA

We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as net income excluding interest expense, income tax benefit (expense), depreciation expense on property and equipment, and amortization of intangible assets, as well as equity-based compensation expense and transaction expenses. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by our management to understand and evaluate our operating performance, to establish budgets and to develop operational goals for managing our business. In addition, presenting Adjusted EBITDA provides investors with a metric to evaluate the capital efficiency of our business.

The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA with net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 

(in thousands)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Net income

 

$

177

 

 

$

8,835

 

Equity-based compensation expense

 

 

10,602

 

 

 

1,266

 

Interest expense

 

 

2,301

 

 

 

1,715

 

Income tax (benefit)

 

 

(364

)

 

 

 

Depreciation expense on property and equipment

 

 

82

 

 

 

67

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

746

 

 

 

804

 

Transaction expenses(1)

 

 

2,759

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

16,303

 

 

$

12,687

 

(1)

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, transaction expenses included $2.8 million in legal, accounting, and other consulting fees related primarily to the Secondary Offering.

 

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