Tue, 02/09/2016

Realnetworks Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2016 Results

SEATTLE – February 9, 2016 – RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015.

  • Revenue of $29.9 million for Fourth Quarter and $125.3 million for Full Year;
  • EBITDA Loss improves to $(4.2) million for Fourth Quarter from $(12.2) million in Third Quarter;New mobile carrier partnerships for RealTimes with Verizon and KDDI;
  • Rhapsody paid subscribers grew 45% in 2015; and
  • Cash and short-term investments of $99.1 million  

Second Quarter Results

For the fourth quarter of 2015, revenue was $29.9 million compared to $30.8 million in the previous quarter and $35.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Excluding revenue from the Slingo and social casino games business, which was sold during the third quarter of 2015, revenue for the previous quarter was $29.8 million and for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $33.7 million.  For the full year 2015, revenue was $125.3 million, compared to $156.2 million in 2014.  Excluding the Slingo and social casino games business, revenue for the full year 2015 was $120.4 million, compared to $149.4 million in 2014.

“2015 was an important transition year for RealNetworks, with significant successes,” said Rob Glaser, Chairman and CEO of RealNetworks.  “Our revenue is stabilizing and we’ve set the stage for growth in 2016.  By rationalizing our costs and cutting our losses significantly, we are also positioned for a return to profitability.

“We’ve signed up major new partners, such as KDDI and Verizon, and we’re gaining traction with big tier 1 carriers around the world for our carrier-oriented products, such as RealTimes and Listen Ring Back Tones.  At the same time, we’ve simplified and focused our games business, going back to our roots in Casual Games and setting it up for sustained growth.

“We are also pleased with 45% subscriber growth in 2015 at the Rhapsody music service, in which we play a significant role and have a large ownership stake.

“While it’s taken longer and required more capital to achieve these results than I had hoped when I came back to run RealNetworks three and a half years ago, I’m confident that we’re on a path to succeed and create value in each of our businesses and for the company as a whole.”

GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $(8.4) million or $(0.23) per share, compared to $(20.8) million or $(0.58) per share in the fourth quarter of 2014.  GAAP net loss for 2015 was $(81.8) million or $(2.26) per share, compared to $(71.8) million or $(2.00) per share in 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2015 was a loss of $(4.2) million, compared to $(12.2) million for the previous quarter and $(15.2) million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2015 was a loss of $(45.8) million, compared to $(56.6) million for the prior year.  A reconciliation of GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA is provided in the financial tables that accompany this release.

As of December 31, 2015, the company had $99.1 million in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared to $112.2 million as of September 30, 2015. 

Segment Operating Results

Q4 2015 Earnings Table

Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2016, RealNetworks expects total revenue in the range of $26 million to $29 million and an adjusted EBITDA loss for the first quarter in the range of $(6.0) million to $(9.0) million.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call today to review results and discuss the company’s performance at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. You may join the conference call by calling 888-790-3440 or +1-517-308-9350 (Passcode: Fourth quarter Earnings). A live webcast of the call will be available at http://investor.realnetworks.com/ and an on-demand webcast will be available approximately one hour following the conclusion of the conference call. A telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 p.m. PT, March 1, 2016 by calling 866-421-5931 or +1-203-369-0814 (Passcode: 2092016).

For More Information

Michael Newman, StreetConnect
Investor Relations for RealNetworks


About RealNetworks

RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category in 1995 and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network. RealNetworks’ corporate information is located at www.realnetworks.com/about-us. RealNetworks, RealPlayer, RealTimes and Slingo 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.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement RealNetworks' consolidated financial information presented in accordance with GAAP in this press release, the company also discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA by reportable segment, which management believes provide investors with useful information. In the financial tables of our earnings press release, RealNetworks has included reconciliations of GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA and to adjusted EBITDA by reportable segment. The rationale for management's use of non-GAAP measures is included in the supplementary materials presented with the quarterly earnings materials. Please refer to 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 RealNetworks' current expectations regarding future revenue and adjusted EBITDA (both with and without the impact of the pending games sale), our future growth, profitability, and market position, our strategic focus and initiatives, and the growth and future prospects relating to our Rhapsody affiliate. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements. These statements reflect RealNetworks’ expectations as of today, and actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include: RealNetworks' ability to realize operating efficiencies, growth and other benefits from the implementation of its growth plan, strategic initiatives, and restructuring efforts; the emergence of new entrants and competition in the market for digital media products and services; other competitive risks, including the growth of competing technologies, products and services; the potential outcomes and effects of claims and legal proceedings on RealNetworks' business, prospects, financial condition or results of operations; risks associated with key customer or strategic relationships, 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; fluctuations in foreign currencies; and changes in RealNetworks' effective tax rate. 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 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.