50% Growth in Annual Recurring Revenues
Strategic Focus on Profitability
M&A Integration Yielding Results
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:
MotorK Plc (AMS: MTRK) (“MotorK” or the “Group”) announced solid financial results and commercial progress for the six months ended June 30, 2023 (“H1 23”).
H1 23 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Q2 23 Committed ARR (“CRR”) 1 of €34.8 million, including backlog, contractual price increase and Enterprise deals to be delivered
Q2 23 ARR of €30.1 million, compared to €20.1 million in the prior year, up 34% organically, and up 50% including M&A
Consistent operational KPIs with churn of 5.6% and Net Retention Revenue (“NRR”)2 of 114% highlighting the proven land and expand strategy
Average annual contract value (“ACV”) 3 reached €18.1k, up 9% against €16.6k in the same period last year, demonstrating continued growth in multi-product adoption within the customer base fueled the commercial success of the SparK platform
Large pipeline of opportunities providing growth visibility for H2 23, totaling €7m of qualified leads in Retail and €6m in Enterprise
FY22 Reported Revenues4 of €21.9 million, up 30% on the prior year period
Reported Recurring Revenues of €17.6 million, up 63% year on year, fully driving the Company’s growth, now representing 80% of total revenues, and demonstrating steady improvement in the revenue mix. Recurring Billings represented €14.3 million, up strong 69% year on year
R&D spend of €7.6 million up 67% YoY, reflecting the substantial investments performed during H2 22 to develop innovative solutions and expand the SparK platform capabilities
Reported Adjusted EBITDA of -€1.4 million and Cash EBITDA of -€9.3 million reflect the Company’s strategic investments in team expansion throughout FY22 (466 FTEs at H1 23 vs. 250 at the start of FY22) and the ongoing integration of recently acquired companies
Net Financial Position of €9.7million, including €5.5 million of cash and cash equivalents, with ongoing advanced discussions with several financial institutions to secure additional debt financing, anticipated to conclude shortly
Results from M&A integration are becoming evident, with a notable increase in migration pace in Spain, leading to a significant uplift in Annual Contract Value (ACV)
Amir Rosentuler, Executive Chairman said: “We are highly confident in MotorK’s long-term success. Our strategic M&A approach and the integration of acquired companies are now yielding tangible results. We are proud of the progress we have made, and we remain committed to unlocking the full potential of our customer base and driving growth in the digital automotive retail market.”
Marco Marlia, Co-founder & CEO added: “We are delighted with the strong commercial momentum and increasing adoption of the SparK Platform. Our commitment to achieving cash profitability in FY24 remains steadfast. In FY23, we are actively working towards optimizing our cost structure and streamlining operations, absorbing the investments made in FY22. We are confident that these efforts will position us for sustained growth and profitability in the future”
The Group is pleased to report robust performance and strategic growth for the first half of 2023. June emerged as a record-breaking month, marked by exceptional new Retail ACV won.
This result can be credited to the successful implementation of the SparK platform, particularly in Spain, where commercial activity surged after an initial slower start. The migration and integration of clients acquired through the Dapda acquisition in late 2021 played a significant role in the substantial increase in newly won ACV. Looking ahead, the second half of 2023 holds a promising pipeline of opportunities, further reinforcing expectations for continued growth in the Spanish market.
In the Benelux region, MotorK has delivered solid overall results in line with expectations. The migration of Carflow customers onto the MotorK platform has commenced, albeit with a slight delay due to prioritizing the integration efforts in Spain. The migration process is now live and progressing well with tangible cross-sell opportunities anticipated for H2 23.
In contrast, the performance in Germany during H1 23 fell short of expectations. Nevertheless, the team has reinforced its capabilities and is now well positioned with a solid qualified pipeline. Additionally, there are promising opportunities arising from the acquired customer base of Webmobil24, leveraging a similar approach employed in Spain. These developments provide a strong foundation to bridge the gap and drive growth in the German market moving forward.
Italy and France have performed well, demonstrating a growth trajectory that aligns with their solid track records. These core and mature countries continue to be instrumental in driving the Group’s overall success.
The solid performance achieved in H1 23, culminating in record-breaking results in June, should be viewed as the outcome of the concerted efforts put in place since the beginning of the year. With new leadership in Spain and Germany, as well as a restructured sales organization, the Group has effectively created the necessary commercial momentum across the board, signifying a clear inflection point in terms of pipeline creation.
The Enterprise segment has shown solid growth over the year, with ARR reaching €5.8 million in Q2 23, up 100% year on year. This substantial progress now represents 21% of the organic ARR, reflecting the strategic emphasis put on this segment over the past 12 months. Additionally, the Enterprise deals signed but not yet delivered are accounted for in the Committed ARR for €2.4 million, further highlighting the growth reservoir beyond the reported figures.
As of June 2023, the Group maintains a Retail Pipeline of €7 million and €6 million in Enterprise, which, combined with a committed ARR of €4.7 million, provides strong visibility for H2 23.
Strategic Focus on Profitability
MotorK entered FY22 with ambitious growth plans, resulting in a significant increase in the number of new hires and expanded overhead costs. The company made strategic investments in bolstering its workforce, recognizing the value of human capital in driving innovation and growth. Additionally, the acquisition of six companies further enhanced MotorK’s market position and capabilities. However, it is important to acknowledge that these initiatives entail costs to activate future synergies, notably from the integration of acquired entities.
While these investments incurred additional short-term costs, they are instrumental in unlocking long-term efficiency and value for the organization. To optimize performance and align the cost structure, MotorK has initiated a comprehensive review to identify and streamline operations, leading to €2.7 million of cost savings anticipated by the end of FY24. This effort includes FTE optimization across the board, rationalization of third-party suppliers, and targeted cost savings within the acquired companies.
While these efforts have impacted short-term profitability, translating into Cash EBITDA of -€9.3 million at H1 23, MotorK remains steadfast in its commitment to achieving cash profitability by FY24. The company is confident that the integration of new hires and acquired companies, coupled with ongoing cost optimization, will yield long-term benefits and contribute to sustained profitability.
Effective M&A Strategy
MotorK’s M&A strategy has proven to be a driving force behind the company’s growth. The recent performance in Spain has validated the Group’s approach, centered around unlocking untapped potential within the customer base through upselling and cross-selling opportunities.
While the integration of Dapda in Spain took slightly longer than anticipated to fully align with the whole MotorK ecosystem, the migration is now live and yielding results. This demonstrates the significant growth potential within the Company’s existing customer base, as embarking acquired customers on the full MotorK journey generates substantial value. As a reference point, with an average ACV of €30k for platform offerings compared to the group’s average of €18k, the growth potential is evident.
The next focus is leveraging the Webmobil24 platform acquired last year in Germany. By replicating the successful migration and platforming strategy employed in Spain, the Group is confident in generating notable growth going forward.
Finally, the recent acquisition of GestionaleAuto.com, a leading automotive retail solutions provider in Italy, not only strengthens MotorK’s market position, but presents an opportunity to leverage complementary strengths and expand offerings to a larger customer base in one of its core markets.
Looking ahead, MotorK continues to build positive momentum in FY23, confirming the initial range of €39 million to €43 million in recurring revenues, including up to €2 million of CRR. This anticipated level of CRR is related to signed large Enterprise deals that could encounter some minor delays in their rollout. Emphasizing its strategic shift towards a more Enterprise-focused revenue mix, the Group benefits from a robust pipeline of opportunities at H1 23. Based on this outlook, the Company remains confident in meeting its booking targets, while acknowledging potential delivery process delays.
Regarding Cash EBITDA, the focus has been on optimizing the organizational structure of the business and activating cost synergies in the M&A integration perimeter. These efforts have led to a short-term deviation from the initial projections for H1 23. However, MotorK is confident that these investments to activate future synergies will position the company for long-term efficiency and growth. Taking into account these additional costs together with anticipated operating leverage over H2 23, the guidance is adjusted to a more conservative range of -€13 million to -€10 million for the full year 2023.
This reaffirms MotorK’s commitment to achieving Cash EBITDA positive status for the full year 2024 and underscores its long-term financial objectives. With a strategic focus on profitability and a robust plan for driving growth, MotorK is well-positioned to capitalize on opportunities and deliver value to its customers in the dynamic digital automotive retail market.
EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL
MotorK will hold a conference call in connection with its H1 2023 financial results on July 28, 2023, at 09:00 AM Central European Time (CET). Details to register for the call are available on MotorK’s website (www.investors.motork.io), and registered participants will have access to a replay of the webcast.
NEXT PUBLICATION: Q3 2023 TRADING UPDATE, 19 OCTOBER 2023
H1 2023 CONSOLIDATED PROFIT AND LOSS (Reclassified)
Costs for customers media services
Stock Option Plan costs
Depreciation & Amortization
Profit/(Loss) before tax
Corporate income tax
Profit/(Loss) – Continued Operations
Profit/(Loss) – Discontinued Operations
Profit/(Loss) for the period
H1 2023 CASH FLOW STATEMENT (Reclassified)
Cash – Beginning of the period
Decrease / (increase) in working capital
Decrease / (increase) in contract assets
Operating free cash-flow
Cash flow from investing activities – tangible assets
Cash flow from investing activities – R&D
Free cash-flow from discontinued operations
Cash-flow from investing activities – M&A
Cash-flow from financing activities
Cash flow from equity movements
Net increase / (decrease) in cash
Cash – End of the period
H1 2023 STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (Reclassified)
Investment in associates companies
Net working capital
Deferred tax liabilities
Employees benefit liabilities
Total invested capital
Cash and cash equivalents
(Net financial)/net cash position
H1 2023 REVENUES BY PRODUCT AND SERVICES LINE
H1 2023 SAAS PLATFORM REVENUES
SaaS Recurring revenues
SaaS platform revenues
% SaaS platform on Revenues
H1 2023 REVENUES BY GEOGRAPHY
Revenues by geography
H1 2023 R&D EXPENSES
– of which capitalised
– of which expensed in the income statement
R&D expenses as a percentage of Revenues
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ABOUT MOTORK PLC
MotorK (AMS: MTRK) is a leading software as a service (“SaaS”) provider for the automotive retail industry in the EMEA region, with over 450 employees and eleven offices in eight countries (Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, the UK and Israel). MotorK empowers car manufacturers and dealers to improve their customer experience through a broad suite of fully integrated digital products and services. MotorK provides its customers with an innovative combination of digital solutions, SaaS cloud products and the largest R&D department in the automotive digital sales and marketing industry in Europe. MotorK is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: 5th Floor One New Change, London, England, EC4M 9AF – Company Registration: 9259000. For more information: www.motork.io or www.investors.motork.io.
1 Committed ARR (“CRR”) refers to signed contracts to be delivered and billed
2 Net Retention Revenues (“NRR”) is defined as the percentage of Recurring Revenues retained from existing customers
3 Core Retail base, excluding clients from acquired companies (Dapda, FranceProNet, Fidcar, Carflow, WebMobil24, GestionaleAuto) not yet migrated
4 Under IFRS 15, revenue from the applicable subscription agreement is recognized for the entire value of the contract, regardless of its duration, at the time of its delivery; conversely, ARR shows revenue as if it were received on a straight-line basis over the life of the contract
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