APX Group Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results
PROVO, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--APX Group Holdings, Inc. (“APX Group”, “Vivint” or the “Company”) today reported financial and operational results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.
Todd Pedersen, CEO of APX Group, commented, ”Vivint achieved strong second quarter 2018 results with total revenues increasing over 20% year over year. We also had strong growth in New Subscribers, adding approximately 118,000 New Subscribers during the quarter, up 27% from the same period a year ago, with the Direct to Home channel adding over 79,000 new customers, a 20% increase year over year, and the Inside Sales channel adding over 33,000 new customers, up 24% from the same period a year ago. With regards to our retail channel, the Company and Best Buy agreed in principle to end the co-branded Best Buy Smart Home by Vivint arrangement. We believe there are opportunities in the retail channel, and are committed to work towards more efficient ways to better help our customers explore, learn about, and buy the latest smart home products and services.”
Revenue and Subscriber Data
APX Group reported total revenues of $255.0 million for the three month period ended June 30, 2018 versus $212.1 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of $42.8 million or 20.2%. The adoption of Topic 606 accounted for $10.9 million of the year-over-year increase.
Total recurring and other revenue of $255.0 million increased $52.2 million, or 25.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2018, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017, of which $22.2 million was associated with the adoption of Topic 606 related to the timing of revenue recognition and classification of revenue components.
Excluding the impact of the adoption of Topic 606 , recurring and other revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2018 totaled $232.8 million, which represented an increase of $30.0 million, or 14.8% compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017. Approximately $28.3 million was due to an increase of 14.7% in Total Subscribers. The increase in recurring and other revenue was partially offset by $13.2 million from a decrease in the average monthly service revenue per user of approximately $3.79 attributable to the Company’s transition to Vivint Flex Pay in early 2017, as well as a shift in package pricing mix. Recognized deferred product revenues increased $12.4 million and recognized retail installment contract imputed interest increased $2.4 million, due to the increased subscriber base and increases in sales of products. When compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017, foreign currency translation positively affected total revenues by $0.7 million, as computed on a constant currency basis.
The Company added 117,875 New Subscribers during the second quarter of 2018, a 27.0% increase compared to the 92,837 New Subscribers added during the same period in 2017. The direct-to-home and inside sales channels grew 20.0% and 24.1%, respectively.
“As we work towards cash neutrality, we have made progress on multiple fronts,” said Mark Davies, CFO of APX Group. “We are scaling our fixed costs throughout the Company and as we previously announced, we downsized our corporate staff by approximately 140 employees in the second quarter. We also announced the Best Buy co-branded partnership was cancelled in principle and we correspondingly eliminated over 400 in-store sales positions and related overhead costs. We are pleased with the progress we’ve made in our Vivint Flex Pay program, which has allowed us to reduce the number of retail installment contracts we finance on our balance sheet and significantly lowered our net subscriber acquisition cost. We plan to carry the momentum in these areas into the second-half of 2018, with the belief that we have reached a stage where we will effectively scale our adjusted EBITDA and reduce our dependency on the capital markets to drive growth. Driving efficiency in all areas of our business: subscriber acquisition and service costs; G&A strategic investments and credit-based pricing; are key elements of our go-forward plans.”
Costs and Expenses
Operating expenses increased $12.0 million, or 15.5%, for the three months ended June 30, 2018, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017. Adjusting for Topic 606, which took contract costs that were previously expensed and now records them as capitalized contract costs, the year-over-year increase was $17.7 million, or 22.9%. The increase is primarily due to personnel and related support costs of $16.7 million driven by a 14.7% increase in the Total Subscribers, non-capitalized installation costs of $2.8 million and $1.0 million in costs associated with our retail sales efforts. Net service cost per subscriber was $16.71 in the second quarter as compared to $15.45 in the same period in 2017.
Selling expenses increased by $19.4 million, or 41.9%, for the three months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017, primarily due to increases in personnel and related support costs of $12.1 million, an increase of $4.4 million in costs associated with our retail and other sales pilots, and legal costs of $1.0 million.
The Company’s Net Subscriber Acquisition Costs per New Subscriber was $1,375 for the last twelve months ended June 30, 2018, as compared to $1,815 for the same period in 2017. Vivint Flex Pay increased the average proceeds collected at point of sale by approximately $1,000 per new subscriber.
General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses increased $10.3 million, or 26.5%, for the three months ended June 30, 2018, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2017, primarily due to an increase in personnel and related costs of $7.5 million, including $1.4 million associated with the Company’s offering of a 401(k) match, an increase in research and development costs of $1.2 million, and a $1.0 million increase in corporate insurance costs.
Adjusted EBITDA and Net Loss
Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2018 was $137.2 million and net loss was $144.4 million, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $120.5 million and net loss of $84.2 million for the same period in 2017.
As of June 30, 2018, the Company’s liquidity position on a consolidated basis, defined as cash on hand, short-term marketable securities and available borrowing capacity under the Company’s revolving credit facility, was approximately $137 million.
Certain Credit Statistics
The Company’s net leverage ratio, defined as the ratio of net debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA, was 5.7x as of June 30, 2018.
Vivint Smart Home will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the quarterly results at 5:00 p.m. ET today, August 1, 2018. To join the live webcast and conference call, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Vivint Smart Home website, www.investors.vivint.com/events-presentations/events or dial (833) 235-7641 for domestic participants or (647) 689-4162 for international participants with the conference code of 7095378.
A financial results presentation and online access to join the webcast will be available immediately before the call on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://www.investors.vivint.com/events-presentations/events. A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.investors.vivint.com following the completion of the webcast and conference call.
About Vivint Smart Home
Vivint Smart Home is a leading smart home company in North America. Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24-7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than one million customers. J.D. Power ranked Vivint Smart Home “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Home Security Systems.” For more information, visit www.vivint.com.
This earnings release and accompanying conference call include certain forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding, among other things, the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, both business and financial, including without limitation with respect to the Vivint Flex Pay plan and the Company’s partnership with Best Buy. Forward-looking statements convey the Company’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. All statements contained in this earnings release other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management. Although we believe that the Company’s plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that the Company will achieve or realize these plans, intentions or expectations. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates” or “intends” or similar expressions.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. You should not put undue reliance on these statements which speak only as of the date hereof. You should understand that the following important factors could affect our future results and could cause those results or other outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements:risks of the smart home and security industry, including risks of and publicity surrounding the sales, subscriber origination and retention process; the highly competitive nature of the smart home and security industry, and product introductions and promotional activity by Vivint’s competitors; litigation, complaints or adverse publicity; the impact of changes in consumer spending patterns, consumer preferences, local, regional, and national economic conditions, crime, weather, demographic trends and employee availability; adverse publicity and product liability claims; increases and/or decreases in utility and other energy costs, increased costs related to utility or governmental requirements; cost increases or shortages in smart home and security technology products or components; the introduction of unsuccessful new products and services; privacy and data protection laws, privacy or data breaches, or the loss of data; and the impact to the Company’s business, results of operations, financial condition, regulatory compliance and customer experience of the Vivint Flex Pay plan, and our ability to successfully compete in retail sales channels.
In addition, the origination and retention of new subscribers will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to, market availability, subscriber interest, the availability of suitable components, the negotiation of acceptable contract terms with subscribers, local permitting, licensing and regulatory compliance, and our ability to manage anticipated expansion and to hire, train and retain personnel, the financial viability of subscribers and general economic conditions.
These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release are more fully described in the “Risk Factors” section in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K, as such factors may be updated from time to time in the Company’s periodic and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive. We undertake no obligations to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.
Total Subscribers – the aggregate number of active smart home and security subscribers at the end of a given period.
Total Monthly Service Revenue (MSR) – the contracted recurring monthly service billings to our smart home and security subscribers, based on the number of Total Subscribers as of the end of a given period.
Average Monthly Service Revenue per User (AMSRU) – Total MSR divided by the number of Total Subscribers as of the end of a given period.
Total Monthly Revenue (Total MR) – average monthly total revenue recognized during the period.
Average Monthly Revenue per User (AMRU) – Total MR divided by average monthly Total Subscribers during a given period.
Attrition Rate – the aggregate number of canceled smart home and security subscribers during the prior 12-month period divided by the monthly weighted average number of Total Subscribers, based on the Total Subscribers at the beginning and end of each month of a given period. Subscribers are considered canceled when they terminate in accordance with the terms of their contract, are terminated by us or if payment from such subscribers is deemed uncollectible (when at least four monthly billings become past due). If a sale of a service contract to third parties occurs, or a subscriber relocates but continues their service, we do not consider this as a cancellation. If a subscriber transfers their service contract to a new subscriber, we do not consider this as a cancellation.
Net Service Cost per Subscriber – average monthly service costs incurred during the period (both period and capitalized service costs), including monitoring, customer service, field service and other service support costs, less total non-recurring Smart Home Services billings for the period divided by average monthly Total Subscribers for the same period.
Net Service Margin - the monthly average MSR for the period, less total average net service costs for the period divided by the monthly average MSR for the period.
New Subscribers – the aggregate number of net new smart home and security subscribers originated during a given period. This metric excludes new subscribers acquired by the transfer of a service contract from one subscriber to another.
Net Subscriber Acquisition Costs per New Subscriber – the direct and indirect costs to create a new smart home and security subscriber divided by New Subscribers for a given 12-month period. These costs include commissions, Products, installation, marketing, sales support and other allocations (general and administrative and overhead); less upfront payment received from the sale of Products associated with the initial installation and installation fees. These costs exclude capitalized contract costs and upfront proceeds associated with contract modifications.
All key operating metric calculations defined above exclude our wireless internet business and pilot programs.
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