Double digit quarter over quarter growth from measurement and data products supplemented with improving traction from core Killi application
TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2019 /CNW/ -Freckle Ltd. (TSXV: FRKL) (the "Company"), a leader in privacy-compliant data and offline media measurement, announces its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 ("Q3 2019"). Please refer to the interim unaudited condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for more information. Unless otherwise stated, all dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM Q3 2019
Revenue of $0.9 million – a 14% increase over Q2 2019 and 3% over the same quarter in the prior year;
Strong performance in quarter over quarter key financial drivers for the Killi application when compared to the second quarter of 2019. The Company is focused on initiatives to continue to drive these metrics going forward. A summary is listed below;
Increase of 18% in Average Revenue Per User ("ARPU") Q2 2019 to Q3 2019
Improvement of Cost Per Acquisition ("CPA") by 30% Q2 2019 to Q3 2019
Cost reduction of 6% of internal surveys for Killi Q2 2019 to Q3 2019
Implementation of a leading global research survey provider into core Killi application, introducing a new recurring, international revenue line.
Recurring revenue increased to 72% compared to 68% in Q2 2019 and 30% in 2018;
Data sales expanded over 500% in Q3 2019 vs Q2 2018
Entered into partnerships with Quan Media, Giant Media and Neustar in order to expand the distribution of Freckle data and measurement products to new customers in a growing US market; and,
Exited the quarter with $4.2 million in cash, no debt, and $4.3 million in working capital.
"The third quarter of 2019 was a strong period of development for the Freckle product suite and the Killi app," said Neil Sweeney, CEO of Freckle. "We saw our core revenues in Freckle increase overall while at the same time improving the sales mix by moving towards better margin and stronger recurring revenue streams. In addition, we continued to advance our partnership agreements with a number of announcements with firms in the data, research, outdoor advertising and video spaces over Q3 with additional Q4 announcements already in market. Most importantly, we continued with the development of our identity product, Killi, a mobile application that is available in the USA and Canada for both iOS and Android. We made significant strides in implementing external surveys within the Killi application, allowing us to improve our core revenue metrics for Killi users and establishing a new revenue model that we are focused on growing in the coming quarters.
We believe the market is moving very quickly towards a position that will require consumer opt-in for data use. As a company that has been working in this space for over a year we are focused on growing this product suite in order to serve a market with an insatiable appetite for this data. We plan to expand Killi to incorporate additional revenue and data control modules for consumers while looking to expand outside of the application to other areas where consumer data is currently collected. Our balance sheet is solid; our team is growing and enthusiastic; and I look forward to providing further updates as we continue to build the only data privacy compliant solution that is focused on addressing privacy and compliance across all 50 U.S. states and internationally ."
BUSINESS OUTLOOK The Company's overall objective is to continue to grow Freckle's business with stable recurring revenue while also building Killi into the leading global direct-to-consumer (DTC) platform for data privacy. We will continue to improve the key Killi metrics to drive the cost of acquisition down while increasing the average revenue per user per month to reduce the disparity between the lifetime value of a Killi user and their acquisition cost. Once at a neutral position with Lifetime Value ("LTV") and CPA the Company will then apply more traditional methods of scaling users as doing so should be cash neutral.
Key Goals for the Fourth Quarter of 2019
Expand the Killi application outside of the North American market;
Introduce an additional third-party research engine into the Killi application, increasing ARPU for Killi;
Add incentivized video module to the Killi application in order to increase ARPU for Killi;
Improve the user interface (UI) of the Killi application to improve engagement and user retention;
Secure and announce an international data distribution deal to expand the global presence of Freckle;
Secure and announce another significant partnership in Q4; and
Demonstrate quarter over quarter revenue growth in Q4 at similar rates realized in Q3, while sustaining the current recurring revenue.
CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS Q3 2019 FINANCIAL RESULTS
President and CEO Neil Sweeney and CFO Andrew Elinesky will host a conference call to discuss the results at 8:00am EST on Thursday, November 7, 2019. All interested parties are invited to participate in this conference call and should dial the numbers below 10 minutes before the starting time.
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8:00 AM EST
A link to a recording of the conference call will be available on Freckle's website.
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