Published 2019-05-14

Solid Q1 results published today

Rolv Erik Ryssdal, CEO, and Uvashni Raman, CFO, presented a good set of financial results for the first quarter – Adevinta’s first results as a public company.

Q1 2019 DOCUMENTS:
Interim report Q1 2019
Presentation financial results Q1 2019
Financial and analytical info Q1 2019 (excel)
Webcast video of Q1 2019 Press Conference
Q&A conference call sound recording (mp3)

Adevinta Announces Q1 2019 Results

  • Operating revenues climb 15% to EUR 174.4 million
  • EBITDA up 63% to EUR 49.7 million
  • EBITDA margins up from 20% to 29%
  • Cash flow up 103% to EUR 51 million

Product enhancements focused on trust and matchmaking were accelerated in the quarter, driving increased traffic and revenue growth in the core verticals. Display advertising softness continued through the quarter with key initiatives in place to reverse this trend.

Strategies in Global Markets saw investment phase losses reverse with this segment posting positive EBITDA for the first time.

Rolv Erik Ryssdal, CEO, commented: “I am pleased to report a strong set of results for the first reporting period of Adevinta as a publicly-listed company.

“After one day of trading Adevinta was valued at NOK 60 billion, making it the third largest new listing on Oslo Stock Exchange historically. We saw strong investor demand for our shares and had a positive start to trading.

“Adevinta is positioned as one of the largest and fastest growing pure play online classifieds companies globally.

“We continued to deliver on our strategy, producing strong revenue growth and improved operating margins. Q1 revenues grew 15 percent to EUR 174.4 million, on a proportionate basis. The rise reflects strong growth in verticals, up 19 percent, underlining the network effects of the businesses as local marketplaces increased their leadership positions. The total revenue growth was impacted by a weak display advertising market.

“Proportionate EBITDA increased 63 percent to EUR 49.7 million, as margins saw big improvements, increasing to 29 percent. Our core businesses in France, Spain and Brazil all enjoyed successful growth periods.”

Highlights of Q1 2019

  • Continued growth with enhanced market positions
    • France – new apps and enhanced search increased traffic, professional products drove growth in core verticals
    • Spain – good growth in all verticals, car bundles key contributor
    • Brazil – new products launched saw good volume growth in paying customers
    • Global Markets – product improvements generating good leads
  • Revenue grew 15% (proportionate basis)
    • Revenues from verticals grew 19%, including JVs
    • Soft development for display advertising, initiatives in place to reverse trend
  • Solid EBITDA margin up to 29%
    • EBITDA margin enhancement in Spain and Brazil
    • Investment phase losses reduced to negative EUR 3.5 million
  • Net cash flow from operating activities doubled to EUR 51 million

Presentation schedule, 14 MAY 2019
07:00 CEST:
Quarterly report, presentation material, financial and analytical information.
09:00 CEST: English language press and analyst conference at Schibsted headquarters at Akersgata 55, Oslo. Video recording available here: www.youtube.com.
14:00 CEST: Conference call with Q&A.

Conference call for investors and analysts – Q&A session
Time: 14 May 2019 at 14.00 CEST
Questions relating to the results will be answered in a conference call. The session will be held in English.

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A recording of the conference call will be made available at https://www.adevinta.com/ir/.