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Audioboom Group PLC
16 October 2023
 

 

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Audioboom Group plc

("Audioboom", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Q3 Trading Update

 

Audioboom (AIM: BOOM), the leading global podcast company, announces its trading update for the quarter ended 30 September 2023.

 

Financial and operating KPIs

 

Total revenue for the nine months to 30 September 2023 of US$45.8 million (2022: US$57.1 million), reflecting the loss of the Morbid podcast which left the network in May 2022 and a weak advertising market during this period

Strong start to Q4 2023 with anticipated revenue of at least US$19 million, the Company's highest revenue quarter since Q2 2022 and representing a return to year-on-year growth on a quarterly basis (Q4 2022: US$18.3m)

Total adjusted EBITDA1 loss for the nine months to 30 September 2023 of US$1.7 million, which includes full payment of all creator minimum guarantees signed to the Audioboom network before the advertising market downturn

Anticipated return to adjusted EBITDA profit in Q4 2023 through acceleration in revenue and consequently reduced exposure to creator contractual minimum guarantee obligations

Record average monthly downloads in Q3 2023 of 126.6 million, up 18% on Q3 2022 (107.5m downloads)

Average Q3 brand advertiser count of 7,960, up 40% on Q3 2022 (5,699 brands)

September E-CPM (revenue per 1000 downloads) of US$43.90, compared to the Q3 average of US$37.00, highlights significant operational improvements that delivered strong revenue in the month, with further sequential monthly revenue growth expected to continue into Q4 2023

The Company is positioned to capture maximum available advertising demand with a record inventory of 1 billion ad impressions created for sale in October (vs 675 million in Oct 2022)

The Audioboom Creator Network continues to expand with leading podcasts signed to the network during Q3 2023 including: Girls Next Level, The Adam Friedland Podcast, We're Here To Help, Out of The Pods, The Bulwark Network, Your Mom & Dad and Girls Gone Bible. These shows are expected to contribute more than eight million monthly downloads to the network in 2024

Continued strong growth of Showcase, with revenue from our ad-tech powered marketplace up 30% YTD vs the same period in 2022. New demand-side partnerships launched in Q3 with DAX US, Amazon Ads, Bold Collective and Antipodes will increase future Showcase monetisation opportunities

Audioboom continues to rank as the fifth largest podcast publisher in the key US market in both the Edison Research and Triton Digital podcast reports, as well as third in Australia, second in New Zealand and fourth in Canada on the Triton Digital Podcast ranker, highlighting strong global performance

Strong operating performance and tight controls over operating expenditure has delivered a 10% reduction in total opex2 for the nine months to 30 September 2023 of US$7.9 million (to 30 September 2022: US$8.8 million)

Group cash at 30 September 2023 of US$3.0 million (30 June 2023: US$5.3 million) with a further US$1.8 million available via an undrawn overdraft. Q3 cash utilisation included facilitating US$1.0 million of recoupable advance payments to top tier podcasters. A further US$2.0 million has been collected post quarter end

The Company anticipates record revenue in 2024, with operational improvements (including the significant reduction in minimum guarantee obligations) delivering a return to strong adjusted EBITDA positivity

 

Stuart Last, CEO of Audioboom, commented: "Strong operational progress in Q3 2023 will be recognised through a return to year-on-year and strong sequential revenue growth in the final quarter of the year, as well as a return to adjusted EBITDA profit on a quarterly basis.

 

Across 2023 we have made improvements in key areas of our business in order to accelerate our path back to growth. Our milestone of creating 1 billion sellable advertising impressions in October is the result of changes to our inventory creation process, further development of our Showcase marketplace, and the continued growth of the Audioboom Creator Network. This positions us to capture maximum advertiser demand, deliver more than US$19 million of revenue in Q4 2023, and puts us on a path to record annual revenue in 2024.

 

As audiences continue to flock to podcasting - highlighted by the record 126 million plus downloads across our network each month - we are optimising for the current advertising market, while we are also primed and ready to take full advantage of any future macro improvements.

 

Further operational optimisation, particularly improvements to our creator contracts which increase our share of advertising revenue, whilst vastly reducing our exposure to minimum guarantees, are expected to move us back to adjusted EBITDA profitability in Q4 and drive EBITDA growth in 2024.

 

I would like to thank our partners for continuing to support the Company through a more challenging period than we had expected, I am confident about our prospects for 2024 and I am pleased to maintain our expectations for record revenue performance next year."

 

1)     Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, share based payments, non-cash foreign exchange movements and material one-off items

2)     Operating costs before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, share based payments and non-cash foreign exchange movements

 

Enquiries

Audioboom Group plc


Stuart Last, Chief Executive Officer

Brad Clarke, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Tel: +44(0)20 3714 4285

 

 



Cavendish Capital Markets Ltd (Nominated Adviser and Broker)


Jonny Franklin-Adams/Abigail Kelly/Rory Sale (Corporate Finance)

Charlotte Sutcliffe/Harriet Ward (ECM)

 

 

Tel: +44(0)20 7220 0500



About Audioboom

Audioboom is a global leader in podcasting - our shows are downloaded more than 135 million times each month by 38 million unique listeners around the world. Audioboom is ranked as the fifth largest podcast publisher in the US by Edison Research and Triton Digital.

Audioboom's ad-tech and monetisation platform underpins a scalable content business that provides commercial, distribution, marketing and production services for a premium network of top tier podcasts. Key partners include the official Formula 1 podcasts 'F1: Beyond the Grid' and 'F1 Nation', 'Casefile True Crime' (US), 'True Crime Obsessed' (US), 'The Tim Dillon Show' (US), 'No Such Thing As A Fish' (UK) and 'The Cycling Podcast' (UK).

Audioboom operates internationally, with global partnerships across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The platform distributes content via Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Facebook and Twitter as well as a partner's own websites and mobile apps

 

For more information, visit audioboom.com.

 

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