Vivint Smart Home, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019; Issues Outlook for Full Year 2020

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Total revenues increased 11.3% year over year to $307.8 million
  • Net loss of $88.5 million; improved by $31.2 million year over year
  • Adjusted EBITDAa increased 40.6% year over year to $125.1 million

Full Year 2019 Highlights

  • $1.2 billion in total revenues, year-over-year increase of 10.1%
  • Net loss of $395.9 million; improved by $76.7 million year over year
  • Adjusted EBITDAa of $421.4 million, year-over-year increase of 51.5%
  • 1,552,541 Total Subscribers at year-end, 7.5% increase year over year
  • Implemented second-look financing partner to expand consumer financing offering
  • Announced merger with Mosaic Acquisition Corp. in 3Q19 – completed January 2020

PROVO, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vivint Smart Home, Inc. (NYSE: VVNT) (“Vivint” or the “Company”), together with its indirect subsidiary, APX Group Holdings, Inc., today reported financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

We were excited to complete our merger with Mosaic Acquisition Corp. in mid-January, initiating our next chapter as a leading public smart home company. We are grateful to both pre-existing and new investors in Vivint who share our vision for the smart home,” said Todd Pedersen, CEO of Vivint Smart Home. “In the meantime, we are pleased to report strong fourth quarter and full year results, highlighted by double-digit revenue growth and a sharp increase in profitability. We are excited about our future, particularly given that our successful merger with Mosaic is a major step forward in raising Vivint’s profile in the marketplace as a leading smart home provider and promoting an even stronger platform for future profitable growth.”

Recent Management Changes

The Company recently announced that Alex J. Dunn is stepping down as president of Vivint Smart Home after 14 years at the Company. He will remain an advisor to the Company through March 2021. Scott R. Hardy, Vivint’s chief operating officer, will assume many of Dunn’s day-to-day responsibilities.

Additionally, Vivint has appointed Dale R. Gerard to the role of chief financial officer. Gerard had been serving as interim CFO since October 2019 and has served previously as the Company’s senior vice president of finance, investor relations and treasurer since 2010.

Vivint also announced that it has appointed Todd M. Santiago as chief revenue officer, overseeing all account acquisition and marketing. Santiago has been a senior sales leader at Vivint since 2012. Additionally, JT Hwang was named chief technology officer, responsible for the Company’s product and platform development. Hwang joined Vivint in 2008 and previously served as the Company’s chief engineering officer and was the key architect of Vivint’s cloud infrastructure.

In connection with these appointments, Matthew J. Eyring, executive vice president and general manager of inside sales, and Jeremy Warren, chief technology officer, are leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Revenue and Subscriber Data

The Company reported total revenues of $307.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, an increase of $31.3 million, or 11.3%, as compared to the same period in 2018. An increase in Total Subscribers of approximately 7.5% led to an increase of approximately $21.4 million in revenue, and an increase in Average Month Revenue per User resulted in an increase of approximately $11.2 million in revenue. The spin-off of the Company’s wireless internet business in July 2019 resulted in a $1.3 million decrease in revenue.

The Company reported total revenues of $1.2 billion for the year ended December 31, 2019, an increase of 10.1% or $105.5 million, as compared to 2018. An increase in Total Subscribers of approximately 7.5% led to an increase of approximately $91.6 million in revenue, and an increase in Average Month Revenue per User resulted in an increase of approximately $28.9 million in revenue. During the year ended December 31, 2019, Vivint recorded an adjustment to reduce recurring and other revenue by $9.1 million in connection with a change in accounting estimate related to receivables from retail investment contracts associated with subscribers originated in 2017 and 2018. The spin-off of the Company’s wireless internet business in July 2019 resulted in a $4.1 million decrease in revenue. When compared to the year ended December 31, 2018, currency translation negatively affected revenue by $1.7 million, as computed on a constant foreign currency basis.

The Company added 45,861 New Subscribers for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. In 2019, the Company originated 316,403 New Subscribers, as compared to 322,574 in 2018. Excluding 13,557 of the New Subscribers originated from the retail channel in 2018, New Subscribers grew 2.4% on a year-over-year comparison basis.

a This earnings release includes Adjusted EBITDA and Covenant Adjusted EBITDA, metrics that are not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the U.S. (GAAP). Covenant Adjusted EBITDA provides additional information to investors about the calculation of, and compliance with, certain financial covenants contained in the agreements governing the Company’s notes, and the credit agreements governing the Company’s revolving credit facility and term loan. Adjusted EBITDA included in this earnings release is reported under Vivint Smart Home, Inc. Covenant Adjusted EBITDA included in this earnings release is reported under APX Group Holdings, Inc. See the Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section at the end of this earnings release for the definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and Covenant Adjusted EBITDA and reconciliations to their most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Summary of Quarterly Key Financial and Portfolio Metrics
($ in millions, except for subscriber data)

 

 

December 31,

March 31,

June 30,

September 30,

December 31,

 

2018

2019

2019

2019

2019

Total Revenues

$

276.5

 

$

276.2

 

$

281.1

 

$

290.8

 

$

307.8

 

Net Loss

$

(119.7

)

$

(89.2

)

$

(115.9

)

$

(102.4

)

$

(88.5

)

Adjusted EBITDA(a)

$

89.0

 

$

107.3

 

$

88.3

 

$

100.7

 

$

125.1

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

32.2

%

38.8

%

31.4

%

34.6

%

40.6

%

LTM Covenant Adjusted EBITDA(a)

$

537.7

 

$

564.5

 

$

582.6

 

$

612.7

 

$

643.2

 

LTM Covenant Adjusted EBITDA Margin

51.2

%

52.3

%

52.7

%

54.5

%

55.6

%

New Subscribers(1)

44,948

 

47,536

 

111,581

 

111,425

 

45,861

 

Total Subscribers(1)

1,444,822

 

1,445,349

 

1,507,664

 

1,560,063

 

1,552,541

 

Total Monthly Service Revenue(1)

$

76.1

 

$

77.0

 

$

79.3

 

$

81.2

 

$

79.9

 

Average Monthly Service Revenue per User(1)

$

52.67

 

$

53.26

 

$

52.63

 

$

52.03

 

$

51.44

 

Total Monthly Revenue(1)

$

92.2

 

$

92.1

 

$

93.7

 

$

100.0

 

$

102.6

 

Average Monthly Revenue per User(1)

$

63.80

 

$

63.78

 

$

63.35

 

$

64.53

 

$

65.98

 

Attrition Rate(2)

12.3

%

12.9

%

13.4

%

13.9

%

13.9

%

(1)

New Subscribers from sales pilots are not included

(2)

Attrition Rate is reported on an LTM basis for each period end and excludes wireless internet business and sales pilot programs

Costs and Expenses

Operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 increased by $4.4 million to $94.4 million as compared to $90.0 million in the same period in 2018. This increase was primarily due to an increase in facility and rent expense of $2.2 million, an increase of $2.1 million in third-party contract costs, an increase in information technology costs of $1.5 million and an increase in inventory-related expenses of $1.4 million. These increases were offset by a decrease of $1.9 million of operating expenses from the wireless internet business, which was spun-off in July 2019.

Operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2019 increased $13.5 million as compared to the same period in 2018. This was primarily due to an increase of $7.4 million in personnel and related costs; facility and rent expense of $5.5 million; information technology expenses of $4.2 million; contracted services of $3.2 million; and $2.6 million in payment processing and bank fees. These increases were offset by decreases of $5.5 million in costs associated with our retail and other sales pilots as well as a decrease of $2.8 million in operating expenses from the wireless internet business.

Net Service Cost per Subscriber was $13.73 for the year ended December 31, 2019, which contributed to a net service margin of 73.8%, as compared to $16.27 for the same period in 2018.

Selling expenses, net of capitalized contract costs, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 decreased by $3.0 million to $43.5 million as compared to $46.5 million for the same period in 2018. This decrease is primarily attributable to decreases in housing and related costs of $4.3 million and a decrease of $1.3 million in personnel and related costs. These decreases were offset by an increase in marketing costs of $1.6 million primarily associated with lead generation and costs associated with our retail and other sales pilots of $1.4 million.

Selling expenses, excluding capitalized contract costs, decreased $20.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018, primarily due to decreases of $12.8 million in personnel and related costs; expenses associated with our retail and other sales pilots of $9.5 million; and housing and related costs of $6.9 million. These decreases were offset by an increase in marketing costs of $10.2 million primarily associated with lead generation.

The Company’s Net Subscriber Acquisition Costs per New Subscriber was $1,018 for the year ended December 31, 2019 as compared to $1,189 for the same period in 2018. The Company continued to drive enhancements with its Vivint Flex Pay consumer financing program, with average proceeds collected at point of sale of approximately $1,115 per new subscriber.

General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses, net of allocations, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 decreased by $4.3 million to $50.6 million as compared to $54.9 million for the same period in 2018. This is primarily due to decreases of $4.2 million in G&A expenses from the wireless internet business, personnel and related costs of $3.1 million and information technology related costs of $1.9 million. These decreases were partially offset by increases in bad debt expenses of $3.0 million and third-party contract costs of $2.3 million primarily associated with professional services.

G&A expenses, net of allocations, decreased $17.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018, primarily due to decreases of $10.0 million in G&A expenses from the wireless internet business, personnel and related costs of $6.3 million, information technology costs of $3.5 million, third-party contract costs of $2.3 million primarily associated with professional services, and research and development costs of $1.9 million. These decreases were offset by an increase of $5.7 million in bad debt expense and an increase of $1.7 million in facility-related costs.

Net Loss, Adjusted EBITDA and Covenant Adjusted EBITDA

Net loss was $88.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, as compared to net loss of $119.7 million for the same period in 2018. Adjusted EBITDA was $125.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $89.0 million for the same period in 2018.

Net loss was $395.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, and Adjusted EBITDA was $421.4 million, as compared to net loss of $472.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $278.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Covenant Adjusted EBITDA was $643.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, as compared to Covenant Adjusted EBITDA of $537.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Financial Outlook

We believe that several fundamental characteristics of the Vivint Smart Home financial model are compelling. More than 95% of revenue is recurring, which provides long-term visibility and predictability to our business. The majority of new subscribers enter into five-year contracts and remain on the platform for approximately eight years, driving significant lifetime margin dollars,” said Dale R. Gerard, CFO of Vivint Smart Home. “We expect to end 2020 with approximately 1.62 to 1.66 million subscribers. Our estimate for 2020 revenue is $1.25 to $1.29 billion. Meanwhile, our strong unit economics and scale has contributed to our ability to drive significant adjusted EBITDA margin improvement. We are projecting 2020 adjusted EBITDA of between $525 and $535 million.”

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2019, the Company’s liquidity position on a consolidated basis, defined as cash on hand, short-term marketable securities and available borrowing capacity under the Company’s revolving credit facility, was approximately $36.7 million.

Certain Credit Statistics

The Company’s net leverage ratio, defined as the ratio of net debt to LTM Covenant Adjusted EBITDA, was 5.1x at December 31, 2019.

Conference Call

Vivint will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the quarterly results at 5:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. MT today, March 5, 2020. To join the live webcast and conference call, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Vivint website, http://investors.vivint.com/events-presentations/events/default.aspx, or dial (833) 235-7641 for domestic participants or (647) 689-4162 for international participants with the conference code of 2649538.

A financial results presentation and online access to join the webcast will be available immediately before the call on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://investors.vivint.com/events-presentations/events/default.aspx. A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://investors.vivint.com/company-overview/default.aspx following the completion of the webcast and conference call.

About the Company

Vivint Smart Home is a leading smart home company in North America. Vivint delivers an integrated smart home system with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24-7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than 1.5 million customers. For more information, visit https://www.vivint.com/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release and accompanying conference call include certain forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding, among other things, the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, both business and financial, including without limitation the information under the heading “Financial Outlook” in this press release. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of the Company’s management. Although the Company believes that its plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot assure you that it will achieve or realize these plans, intentions or expectations. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Generally, statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning our possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events or results of operations, are forward-looking statements. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates” or “intends” or similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. You should not put undue reliance on these statements which speak only as of the date hereof. You should understand that the following important factors, in addition to those discussed in “Risk Factors” in our proxy statement / consent solicitation statement / prospectus dated December 26th, 2019 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could affect our future results and could cause those results or other outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements:

  • risks of the smart home and security industry, including risks of and publicity surrounding the sales, subscriber origination and retention process;
  • the highly competitive nature of the smart home and security industry and product introductions and promotional activity by our competitors;
  • litigation, complaints, product liability claims and/or adverse publicity;
  • the impact of changes in consumer spending patterns, consumer preferences, local, regional, and national economic conditions, crime, weather, demographic trends and employee availability;
  • adverse publicity and product liability claims;
  • increases and/or decreases in utility and other energy costs, increased costs related to utility or governmental requirements;
  • cost increases or shortages in smart home and security technology products or components;
  • the introduction of unsuccessful new Smart Home Services;
  • privacy and data protection laws, privacy or data breaches, or the loss of data;
  • the impact to the Company’s business, results of operations, financial condition, regulatory compliance and customer experience of the Vivint Flex Pay plan (as described in Note 2 – Basis of Presentation in the audited consolidated financial statements) and the Company’s ability to successfully compete in the retail sales channels; and
  • risks related to the Company’s exposure to variable rates of interest with respect to its revolving credit facility and term loan facility.

In addition, the origination and retention of new subscribers will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to, market availability, subscriber interest, the availability of suitable components, the negotiation of acceptable contract terms with subscribers, local permitting, licensing and regulatory compliance, and our ability to manage anticipated expansion and to hire, train and retain personnel, the financial viability of subscribers and general economic conditions.

These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements in this Press Release are more fully described in the “Risk Factors” in our proxy statement / consent solicitation statement / prospectus dated December 26th, 2019 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other reports as such factors may be updated from time to time in the Company’s periodic filings with the SEC, and are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These risk factors should not be construed as exhaustive.

The Company undertakes no obligations to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Certain Definitions

Total Subscribers – is the aggregate number of active smart home and security subscribers at the end of a given period.

Total Monthly Revenue – or Total MR, is the average monthly total revenue recognized during the period.

Average Monthly Revenue per User – or AMRU, is Total MR divided by average monthly Total Subscribers during a given period.

Total Monthly Service Revenue – or MSR, is the contracted recurring monthly service billings to our smart home and security subscribers, based on the Total Subscribers number as of the end of a given period.

Average Monthly Service Revenue per User – or AMSRU, is Total MSR divided by Total Subscribers at the end of a given period.

Adjusted EBITDA Margin – is Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of revenue.

Covenant Adjusted EBITDA Margin – is Covenant Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of revenue.

Attrition Rate – is the aggregate number of canceled smart home and security subscribers during the prior 12-month period divided by the monthly weighted average number of Total Subscribers based on the Total Subscribers at the beginning and end of each month of a given period. Subscribers are considered canceled when they terminate in accordance with the terms of their contract, are terminated by us or if payment from such subscribers is deemed uncollectible (when at least four monthly billings become past due). If a sale of a service contract to third parties occurs, or a subscriber relocates but continues their service, we do not consider this as a cancellation. If a subscriber transfers their service contract to a new subscriber, we do not consider this a cancellation.

Average Subscriber Lifetime – in number of months, is 100% divided by our expected long-term annualized attrition rate (which is currently estimated at 13%) multiplied by 12 months.

Net Service Cost per Subscriber – is the average monthly service costs incurred during the period (both period and capitalized service costs), including monitoring, customer service, field service and other service support costs, less total non-recurring smart home services billings for the period divided by average monthly Total Subscribers for the same period.

Net Service Margin – is the monthly average MSR for the period, less total average net service costs for the period divided by the monthly average MSR for the period.

New Subscribers – is the aggregate number of net new smart home and security subscribers originated during a given period. This metric excludes new subscribers acquired by the transfer of a service contract from one subscriber to another.

Net Subscriber Acquisition Costs per New Subscriber – is the net cash cost to create new smart home and security subscribers during a given 12-month period divided by New Subscribers for that period. These costs include commissions, Products, installation, marketing, sales support and other allocations (general and administrative and overhead) less upfront payment received from the sale of Products associated with the initial installation, and installation fees. These costs exclude capitalized contract costs and upfront proceeds associated with contract modifications.

Total Bookings – is total monthly service revenue for New Subscribers multiplied by Average Subscriber Lifetime, plus total Product revenue to be recognized over the contract term from New Subscribers.

Total Monthly Service Revenue for New Subscribers – is the contracted recurring monthly service billings to our New Subscribers during the prior 12-month period.

Average Monthly Service Revenue per New Subscriber – is the Total Monthly Service Revenue for New Subscribers divided by New Subscribers during the prior 12-month period.

Total Backlog – is total unrecognized Product revenue plus total service revenue expected to be recognized over the remaining subscriber lifetime for Total Subscribers.

VIVINT SMART HOME, INC. and SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Years Ended December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring and other revenue

$

307,835

 

 

$

276,542

 

 

$

1,155,981

 

 

$

1,050,441

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

94,437

 

 

90,029

 

 

369,285

 

 

355,813

 

Selling expenses

43,494

 

 

46,514

 

 

193,359

 

 

213,386

 

General and administrative expenses

50,597

 

 

54,912

 

 

192,182

 

 

209,257

 

Depreciation and amortization

140,179

 

 

132,315

 

 

543,440

 

 

514,082

 

Restructuring expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,683

 

Total costs and expenses

328,707

 

 

323,770

 

 

1,298,266

 

 

1,297,221

 

Loss from operations

(20,872

)

 

(47,228

)

 

(142,285

)

 

(246,780

)

Other expenses (income):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

65,216

 

 

64,216

 

 

260,014

 

 

245,214

 

Interest income

 

 

(394

)

 

(23

)

 

(425

)

Other loss (income), net

461

 

 

8,676

 

 

(7,665

)

 

(17,323

)

Total other expenses

65,677

 

 

72,498

 

 

252,326

 

 

227,466

 

Loss before income taxes

(86,549

)

 

(119,726

)

 

(394,611

)

 

(474,246

)

Income tax (benefit) expense

1,917

 

 

(49

)

 

1,313

 

 

(1,611

)

Net loss

$

(88,466

)

 

$

(119,677

)

 

$

(395,924

)

 

$

(472,635

)

Contacts

Dale R. Gerard

Chief Financial Officer

801-705-8011

Nate Stubbs

VP, Investor Relations

801-221-6724

ir@vivint.com

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