BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gaia, Inc. (NASDAQ:GAIA), a conscious media company, reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
Third Quarter 2017 vs. Same Year-Ago Quarter
- 73% subscriber growth generated 85% increase in streaming revenues to $7.0 million
- Total revenues up 69% to $7.5 million
- Gross margin up 190 basis points to 86.2%
“The third quarter was once again highlighted by stronger than forecasted subscriber growth and lower than expected customer acquisition costs,” said Jirka Rysavy, Gaia’s CEO. “Subscriber growth accelerated from 64% in the second quarter to 73% in the third, ahead of our 70% target, with customer acquisition costs remaining flat, which helped reduce our net loss for another sequential quarter.”
Gaia’s paying subscriber count increased to 311,000 on September 30, 2017, from 180,000 on September 30, 2016. Subscriber growth rate jumped to 73% from 46% in the third quarter of 2016.
During the quarter, Gaia also expanded its content offering, with the English library growing to over 8,000 titles, grew its subscriber geographic footprint to over 160 countries, launched Gaia in Spanish, including over 500 native language titles, and is launching German in the current quarter. Gaia’s investigative documentary about Nazca in Peru, which was provided for free, has reached over 80 million views.
Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Total revenues in the third quarter increased 69% to $7.5 million from $4.5 million in the same year-ago quarter. This was due to 85% growth in streaming revenues, which was driven by the 73% increase in paying subscribers versus September 30, 2016, exceeding the company’s expectation of 70%.
Gross profit in the third quarter increased 72% to $6.5 million compared to $3.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin increased 190 basis points to 86.2% from 84.3% in the third quarter of 2016 due to increased revenues and the related leverage on streaming costs and Gaia media library investments.
Total operating expenses in the third quarter were $12.3 million compared to $8.0 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was due to the planned increase in marketing expenses associated with the announced acceleration of subscriber growth throughout 2017. Customer acquisition costs as a percentage of revenue declined to 80% in the third quarter of 2017 from 91% and 109% in the second and first quarters of 2017, respectively.
Net loss in the third quarter was $5.2 million or $0.34 per share, compared to net income of $100.4 million or $6.64 per share in the year-ago quarter, which reflected the $114.5 million gain on the sale of the Gaiam branded business and the repurchase of approximately 40% of its outstanding common stock in July 2016.
As of September 30, 2017, Gaia had $30.1 million in cash, unencumbered ownership of its 12-acre, 150,000 square foot campus and no debt.
Gaia is hosting a conference call today, November 6, 2017, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. MT). The conference call dial-in numbers are (888) 428-9490 (or (719) 325-2455 for international callers), passcode 7396497. Questions will be reserved for analysts and investors. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios at (949) 574-3860. Following the completion of today’s conference call, a replay will be available until November 20, 2017 by dialing (844) 512-2921 (or (412) 317-6671 for international callers), passcode 7396497.
Gaia is a global video streaming service and community that provides curated conscious media in three primary channels—Seeking Truth, Transformation and Yoga—to its subscribers in over 160 countries. Over 90% of its 8,000+ titles are available for streaming exclusively on Gaia through most devices connected to the Internet and approximately 80% of the views are generated by content produced or owned by Gaia. For more information about Gaia, visit www.gaia.com.
This press release includes forward-looking statements relating to matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “expect,” “believe,” “will,” or comparable terminology or by discussions of strategy. While Gaia believes its assumptions and expectations underlying forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that actual results will not be materially different. Risks and uncertainties that could cause materially different results include, among others, history of operating losses, general economic conditions, competition, changing consumer preferences, acquisitions, new initiatives undertaken by us, costs of acquiring new subscribers, subscriber retention rates, and other risks and uncertainties included in Gaia’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gaia assumes no duty to update any forward-looking statements.
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|Condensed consolidated statements of operations|
|For the Three Months Ended |
|For the Nine Months Ended |
|(in thousands, except per share data)||2017||2016||2017||2016|
|DVD subscription and other||497||660||1,574||1,849|
|Total net revenues||7,522||4,462||19,864||12,490|
|Cost of revenues|
|DVD subscription and other||79||65||225||209|
|Total cost of revenues||1,037||701||2,766||2,161|
|Selling and operating||10,784||6,536||31,812||17,383|
|Corporate, general and administration||1,528||1,439||4,321||4,215|
|Total operating expenses||12,312||7,975||36,133||21,598|
|Loss from operations||(5,827||)||(4,214||)||(19,035||)||(11,269||)|
|Interest and other (expense) income, net||62||20||150||(133||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(5,765||)||(4,194||)||(18,885||)||(11,402||)|
|Income tax benefit||(131||)||(4,043||)||(760||)||(4,041||)|
|Loss from continuing operations||(5,634||)||(151||)||(18,125||)||(7,361||)|
|Income from discontinued operations, net of tax||429||100,595||429||97,741|
|Net Income (loss)||$||(5,205||)||$||100,444||$||(17,696||)||$||90,380|
|Income (loss) per share—basic and diluted:|
|Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share||$||(0.34||)||$||6.64||$||(1.17||)||$||4.22|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding:|
|Basic and diluted||15,161||15,138||15,157||21,417|
|Condensed consolidated balance sheets|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||2,505||1,303|
|Total current assets||33,448||55,884|
|Building and land, net||17,055||16,896|
|Media library, software and equipment, net||18,722||12,861|
|Investments and other assets||11,000||10,946|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||6,318||$||6,672|
|Total current liabilities||9,571||9,106|
|Total liabilities and equity||$||90,834||$||107,196|