Thu, 10/29/2009

2009 Press Releases

RealNetworks Announces Third Quarter 2009 Results

SEATTLE – Oct. 29, 2009 – Digital entertainment services company RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK) today announced results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2009.

Quarterly Highlights:

  • Revenue of $140.3 million

  • Net income attributable to common shareholders of $1.5 million

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $16.1 million

  • Cash and short term investments of $373.2 million as of Sept. 30, 2009

"In the third quarter, we achieved two key financial objectives: we returned to sequential revenue growth and we reduced our operating costs.   As a result we significantly increased our EBITDA," said Rob Glaser, RealNetworks' Chairman and CEO.  "In the quarter, we also made significant progress delivering great new products and services that support two major fundamental platforms, Facebook and the iPhone/iPod Touch."  

Third Quarter Results
For the third quarter of 2009, revenue was $140.3 million, a decrease of 8%, compared with $152.0 million in the third quarter of 2008.  Foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively affected 2009 third quarter revenue by approximately $3.6 million compared with the year-ago quarter. Excluding the effects of these foreign exchange rate changes, revenue declined 5% year over year.  Revenue trends in each of Real's businesses in the third quarter of 2009, including the effects of foreign currency exchange rate changes, compared with the year-earlier quarter were: a slight increase in Media Software and Services revenue to $24.6 million, offset by a 7% decrease in Music revenue to $38.8 million, an 8% decrease in Technology Products and Solutions revenue to $47.4 million, and a 14% decrease in Games revenue to $29.5 million.

Net income attributable to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2009 was $1.5 million, or less than $.01 per share, compared with a net loss of $(4.5) million, or $(0.03) per share, in the third quarter of 2008.  Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2009 was $16.1 million compared with $11.4 million in the third quarter of 2008.  In the third quarter of 2009, RealNetworks received insurance payments to reimburse litigation-defense costs that reduced G&A expense and increased EBITDA by approximately $3.9 million.  A reconciliation of GAAP net income to adjusted EBITDA is provided in the financial tables that accompany this release.
Gross margin was 62% in the third quarter of 2009 compared with 59% in the third quarter of 2008.  Income tax provision was $(0.7) million in the third quarter of 2009, unchanged from the year-earlier period.  Interest income in the third quarter of 2009 was $1.3 million compared with $2.9 million in the year-earlier period.

As of Sept. 30, 2009, Real had approximately $373.2 million in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, of which nearly 90% is located in the U.S.  In addition, Real had approximately $35.5 million in restricted cash and equity investments at Sept. 30, 2009.

Business Outlook
For the fourth quarter of 2009, Real expects overall revenue to increase sequentially but to decline year-over-year.  Sequentially, the company expects revenue to increase in Games and Technology Products and Solutions, to be flat in Music, and to decline in Media Software and Services.  Compared with the year-ago fourth quarter, the company expects fourth-quarter Media Software and Services and Technology Products and Solutions revenue to be flat, and expects revenue in Music and Games to decline.

The foregoing forward-looking statements reflect Real's expectations as of Oct. 29, 2009.  It is not Real's general practice to update these forward-looking statements until its next quarterly results announcement.

Webcast and Conference Call Information
The company will host a webcast and conference call today at 5:00pm (Eastern)/ 2:00pm (Pacific).  The live webcast featuring slides and audio will be available at  Listeners must use RealPlayer® to listen to the conference call, which can be downloaded for free at  The on-demand webcast will be available approximately two hours following the conclusion of the live webcast. 

Conference Call Details
5:00 p.m. (Eastern) / 2:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Dial in:
800-857-5305 Domestic
773-681-5857 International
Passcode: Third Quarter Earnings
Leader: Rob Glaser

Telephonic replay will be available until 8:00 p.m. (Eastern), November 12, 2009.
Replay dial in:
800-945-7680 Domestic
203-369-3509 International


For More Information

Bill Hankes
(206) 892-6614

Marj Charlier
(206) 892-6718


RealNetworks, Inc. delivers digital entertainment services to consumers via PC, portable music player, home entertainment system and mobile phone. Real created the streaming media category in 1995 and has continued to lead the market with pioneering products and services, including: RealPlayer®, the first mainstream media player to enable one-click downloading and recording of Internet video; the award-winning Rhapsody® digital music service, which delivers more than 1 billion songs per year; RealArcade®, one of the largest casual games destinations on the Web; and a variety of mobile entertainment services, such as ringback tones, offered to consumers through leading wireless carriers around the world. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement RealNetworks' condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP in this press release, the company also discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA excluding impairments, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA by reporting segment, adjusted cost of revenue and adjusted operating expenses, which management believes provide investors with useful information. 

In the financial tables of our earnings press release, RealNetworks has included reconciliations of GAAP net income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA, to adjusted EBITDA excluding impairments, and to adjusted EBITDA by reporting segment; GAAP cost of revenue to adjusted cost of revenue; and GAAP operating expenses to adjusted operating expenses for the relevant periods.

The rationale for management's use of non-GAAP measures is included in the supplementary materials presented with the third quarter earnings materials, available in Exhibit 99.2 ("Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures") to the company's report on Form 8-K, which is being submitted today to the SEC.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements relating to Real's current expectations for future revenue and other financial results.  All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements.  Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include: fluctuations in foreign currencies; development and consumer acceptance of legal online music distribution services generally and RealNetworks' content services in particular because these are relatively new and unproven business models and markets; the potential that Real will be unable to continue to enter into commercially attractive agreements with third parties for the provision of compelling content for its subscription service offerings and the distribution of Real's carrier application services; the emergence of new entrants and competition in the market for digital media subscription offerings, online music sales and downloadable casual games; competitive risks, including the emergence or growth of competing technologies, products and services; the potential outcomes and effects of claims and legal proceedings on Real's business, prospects, financial condition or results of operations; risks associated with business acquisitions and the introduction of new products and services; changes in consumer and advertising spending in response to disruptions in the global financial markets; risks inherent in strategic relationships, especially with competitors, and with respect to technology and service integration efforts; and risks relating to the ability of Real's strategic partners to generate subscribers for Real's digital content services. More information about potential risk factors that could affect RealNetworks' business and financial results is included in RealNetworks' annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent year ended December 31, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other reports and documents filed by RealNetworks from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The preparation of RealNetworks' financial statements and forward-looking financial guidance requires the company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reported period.  Actual results may differ materially from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which are in effect as of their respective dates.

RealNetworks, Rhapsody, RealPlayer and RealArcade are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. or its subsidiaries.  All other companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.