In the quarter, Sharecare exceeds high end of revenue guidance, reports decrease in net loss and record adjusted EBITDA margins
ATLANTA – November 9, 2023 – Sharecare (Nasdaq: SHCR), the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.
“I am pleased with our strong financial results in the third quarter, including record adjusted EBITDA margins, execution against our core KPIs, successful implementation of our comprehensive cost-savings program, and advancement toward cash flow breakeven,” said Jeff Arnold, chairman and CEO of Sharecare. “With continued investments in areas such as generative AI, clinical advocacy, and tech-enabled home care, our comprehensive, data-driven approach is yielding not only financial results but also proven value for our customers and their members.”
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
All comparisons, unless otherwise noted, are to the three months ended September 30, 2022.
- Net loss attributable to Sharecare of $24.5 million compared to $27.4 million, a decrease of $2.9 million. Net loss attributable to Sharecare in the third quarter of 2023 included $13.2 million in non-cash stock compensation; $1.3 million in non-operating, non-recurring costs; $9.0 million of reorganizational and severance costs; and $0.4 million of other non-cash or non-operational income. Excluding these amounts, the adjusted net loss was $1.4 million in the current quarter.
- Adjusted EBITDA of $9.6 million compared to $5.2 million, an increase to adjusted EBITDA of $4.4 million.
- Revenue of $113.3 million compared to $114.6 million, a decrease of $1.3 million, or 1%. Strong performance across Sharecare’s channels, including record revenue in Provider, was offset slightly by lower volumes in our nurse staffing service.
- Net loss per share of $0.07 compared to $0.08, a decrease to net loss per share of $0.01.
- Adjusted net loss per share, which excludes the impact of non-cash and non-operational amounts, was $0.00 compared to $0.01, a decrease to adjusted net loss per share of $0.01.
Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Guidance
For the three months ending December 31, 2023, the Company expects:
- Revenue in the range of $111 million to $113 million
- Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $9.5 million to $11.5 million
Fiscal 2023 Financial Guidance
For the twelve months ending December 31, 2023, the Company expects:
- Revenue in the range of $452.5 million to $460 million
- Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $21 million to $26 million
“Our adjusted EBITDA guidance for 2023 reflects an update to conform to the SEC’s clarified guidance for non-GAAP financial measures, which impacts our full year adjusted EBITDA by approximately $4 million,” said Justin Ferrero, president and chief financial officer of Sharecare. “It is important to highlight, there are no new expenses and no impact on the balance sheet or cash flow.”
Ferrero added, “Given our teams’ ability to prudently manage costs and drive operational efficiencies throughout the business, we expect to deliver on our $30 million annualized cost savings initiative and are focused on closing the year strong, driving momentum into 2024.”
In a separate press release today, Sharecare announced that healthcare industry veteran and board member Brent Layton will succeed Arnold as CEO effective January 2, 2024, at which time Arnold will transition to the role of executive chairman.
Arnold added, “Looking ahead, I am excited for Sharecare’s next chapter as we focus on accelerating growth and capitalizing on untapped opportunities, in particular with government-funded programs and value-based care contracts, while delivering enhanced value for our users, customers, and shareholders.”
The Company will host a conference call to review the third quarter results today, Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. EST. The call can be accessed by dialing (833) 636-1352 for U.S. participants or (412) 902-4148 for international participants, and referencing the Sharecare earnings call; or via live audio webcast, available online at https://investors.sharecare.com/. A webcast replay of the call will be available for on-demand listening at the same link and will remain available for approximately 90 days.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to our financial results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we believe the non-GAAP measures adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net loss, and adjusted loss per share are useful in evaluating our operating performance. We use adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net loss, and adjusted loss per share to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our business, results of operations, or outlook. In particular, we believe that the use of these non-GAAP measures is helpful to our investors as these metrics are used by management in assessing the health of our business and our operating performance. However, non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly-titled non-GAAP measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures.
The calculations and reconciliations of historic adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net loss, and adjusted loss per share to net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure stated in accordance with GAAP, are provided below and in the accompanying financial tables. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.
We have not reconciled adjusted EBITDA guidance to net loss because we do not provide guidance for net loss or for items that we do not consider indicative of our ongoing performance, including, but not limited to, the impact of significant non-recurring items, as certain of these items are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA guidance to the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures are not available without unreasonable effort.
We calculate adjusted EBITDA as net loss adjusted to exclude (i) depreciation and amortization, (ii) interest income, (iii) interest expense, (iv) income tax (benefit) expense, (v) other (income) expense (non-operating), (vi) share-based compensation, (vii) warrants issued with revenue contracts, (viii) amortization of non-cash payment for research and development, (ix) non-operating, non-recurring costs, (x) reorganizational and severance costs, and (xi) acquisition-related costs. We do not view the items excluded as representative of normal, recurring, cash operating expenses necessary to operate the Company’s lines of business and services.
Non-operating, non-recurring costs for the three months ended September 30, 2023 primarily include costs related to legal matters. Non-operating, non-recurring costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 include costs of our ERP system implementation, costs of contractual obligations associated with a financially distressed vendor, and costs related to legal matters. The ERP and legal matter costs are recorded in general and administrative operating expense and the financially distressed vendor costs are recorded in cost of revenue in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Loss for each respective period presented.
Legal matter costs include attorney fees associated with a dispute that arose from a prior acquisition and attorney fees associated with the submission of an unsolicited acquisition offer. These matters have unique facts and circumstance that are not directly related to our operations. We do not consider these costs to be normal, recurring, cash operating expenses necessary to operate our business.
The ERP implementation is viewed as a transformational undertaking due to the extensive scope and inherent change management involved to transition to a new single-solution ERP system from the disparate legacy systems. These costs consist of internal and third-party costs of the ERP implementation and do not include capitalized costs, depreciation and/or amortization, or costs to support or maintain software applications or systems once they are in productive use. We will not continue to incur such costs once the ERP system is fully implemented as planned in 2023, and such costs are not expected to recur in the foreseeable future. We do not consider these costs to be normal, recurring, cash operating expenses necessary to operate our business.
Financially distressed vendor costs include financial support from us to a vendor in response to the vendor’s financial difficulties, which absent such support would have resulted in an interruption of our service to our customers. Because we are committed to providing uninterrupted service to our customers, and to minimizing the risk of such a disruption, we made additional, advance payments to the vendor beyond those that were due to the vendor in association with services procured from the vendor. We ceased procuring services from the vendor in Q2 2023 and subsequent to that period no further amounts were paid. Because the costs of the additional payments made to the vendor were incremental to the costs incurred by us to deliver service to our customers, we do not consider them to be normal, recurring, cash operating expenses necessary to operate our business.
Reorganizational and severance costs are a component of our Globalization Efforts and Cost Savings as described in Key Factors and Trends Affecting our Operating Performance. These costs are due to efforts to globalize and centralize our workforce that will be implemented throughout 2023. We have never had a global shared service center and view this undertaking as outside the scope of normal operations. Costs include salary, benefits, equity and bonus compensation, and other employee costs for those who were identified to be terminated. These costs were recorded in sales and marketing, product and technology, and general and administrative operating expenses in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Loss for the periods presented, based on the employee’s respective job function. Because these costs are part of a specific and unprecedented initiative, we do not consider these expenses to be normal, recurring, cash operating expenses necessary to operate our business.
Certain prior period adjusted EBITDA add-back amounts have been reclassified to new add-back line items in order to conform to the current period presentation and to more accurately describe the nature of the amounts year-over-year. These reclassifications had no effect on the previously reported adjusted EBITDA totals.
In conformance with the SEC’s clarified guidance around – and recent focus on – non-GAAP financial measures, our adjusted EBITDA now includes costs related to an exited contract, abandoned leases, and certain staff reorganization expenses, all of which were previously disclosed but excluded from our historical adjusted EBITDA calculations and guidance. Further details can be found below in footnote (d) in the reconciliation table for adjusted EBITDA.
Adjusted Net Loss
We calculate adjusted net loss as net loss attributable to Sharecare, Inc. adjusted to exclude (i) amortization of acquired intangibles, (ii) amortization of deferred financing fees, (iii) change in fair value of warrant liability and contingent consideration, (iv) share-based compensation, (v) warrants issued with revenue contracts, (vi) amortization of non-cash payment for research and development, (vii) non-operating, non-recurring costs, (viii) reorganizational and severance costs, and (ix) acquisition-related costs. We do not view the items excluded as representative of normal, recurring, cash operating expenses necessary to operate the Company’s lines of business and services.
Adjusted Loss Per Share
We calculate adjusted lost per share as adjusted net loss, as defined above, divided by the number of weighted average common shares outstanding – basic and diluted.
Sharecare is the leading digital health company that helps people – no matter where they are in their health journey – unify and manage all their health in one place. Our comprehensive and data-driven virtual health platform is designed to help people, providers, employers, health plans, government organizations, and communities optimize individual and population-wide well-being by driving positive behavior change. Driven by our philosophy that we are all together better, at Sharecare, we are committed to supporting each individual through the lens of their personal health and making high-quality care more accessible and affordable for everyone. To learn more, visit www.sharecare.com.
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