Adevinta ASA (ADE) – Adevinta reports full year 2022 results with strong Q4 2022 performance in soft macroeconomic environment

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  • All full year 2022 targets achieved despite market headwinds
  • Full year 2022 Core markets revenue growth of 10% and Group underlying EBITDA1 of €579m
  • Successful execution of strategy in 2022, with portfolio optimisation review completed, business integration on track and strong focus on operational excellence
  • Further strong core markets revenue growth in Q4 2022: +13% year-on-year
  • Q4 2022 EBITDA margin of 33.6%, up 2pp year-on-year, despite French DST impact and business mix evolution
  • €1.7bn impairment loss, essentially goodwill adjustment due to macro-driven changes in WACC assumptions
  • 2023 outlook: low double digit Core Markets revenue growth; reported EBITDA in the range of €620m to €650m
  • Long-Term ambition for Core markets: 2023-2026 annual revenue growth between 11% and 15%; 2026 EBITDA margin between 40% and 45%
  • Announcement of CFO transition: Uvashni Raman to leave the business during the course of 2023


Oslo, 23 February 2023 - Adevinta ASA (ADE) (“Adevinta” or “the Company”) reported a strong 2022 financial performance despite market headwinds and delivered on all its financial targets. Revenue growth was 10% for Core markets, and total revenues were up 8% year-on-year (yoy) at 1,644 million euros. Group underlying EBITDA1 reached 579 million euros, in line with the full year guidance, despite the negative impact of the French Digital Service Tax. The cash flow generation generation2 of the period was really strong, at 437 millions euros.

For the fourth quarter of 2022 Adevinta reported Core Markets revenues of 393 million euros, representing a strong 13% growth, accelerating quarter after quarter despite the continued supply softness in the Mobility segment and the weaker market environment:

  • Online classifieds revenues improved by 15%, supported by double-digit revenue growth in Mobility which benefited from successful price increases implemented during the year, the recovery of dealer listings at Mobile.de, driven by lower demand, and high value added product development both for users and car dealers. Real Estate performance remained steady, with high single digit growth in the period. Jobs continued to perform strongly, despite lapping tougher comps in Spain;
  • Transactional revenues grew by 60% year-on-year, with strong revenue growth in all Core markets;
  • Advertising revenues were down 5% year-on-year, as a result of an overall weaker advertising market, especially in automotive display advertising.

Gross operating profit (reported EBITDA) amounted to 145 million euros, up 16% year-on-year, representing a 33.6% margin.

This was the result of (i) the positive topline evolution, (ii) lower marketing investment, driven by different phasing, spend discipline and prioritisation, (iii) cost management in the current market context, and (iv) a lower impact from share-based compensation.

This was partly offset by (i) the continued scaled build-up of global capabilities with the implementation of new operating models for support functions and Product and Technology teams, and to accelerate new business model development and value creation, (ii) higher direct costs from transactional services, in line with the adoption of the service and revenue growth, and (iii) the (3) million euro provision booked related to the French DST.

Excluding the impact from the French digital services tax legislation (DST), EBITDA improved by 18%, to 147 million euros compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, representing a 34.2% margin.

Antoine Jouteau, CEO Adevinta: “2022 was a pivotal year for Adevinta as we achieved all our financial goals for 2022, despite a challenging environment. After completing the acquisition of eCG in 2021, we focused on executing a successful integration of the business and advancing our Growing at Scale strategy. We announced a new leadership team and structure with responsibilities aligned to deliver on our strategy, and completed our integration roadmap with the implementation of new operating models for our global functions. We successfully developed and launched new features and products for the benefit of our users and clients, while maintaining our commitment to financial discipline.”

Highlights of Q4 2022

All FY 2022 targets achieved despite market headwinds

Core markets revenue growth of 10% and total revenues up 8% yoy at €1,644m

Underlying EBITDA1 of €579m, including the €(12)m impact of the French DST, reported EBITDA of €548m at 33.3% margin

More than €35m of run-rate synergies delivered

Strong cash flow generation2 of €437m and continuous debt reduction throughout the year

Successful execution of our Growing at Scale strategy

2022 portfolio optimisation review completed, with launch of sale process for Hungary

Business integration on track, with main milestones implemented in 2022: major systems rollouts, exit of TSAs, new operating models in support functions…

Strong focus on operational excellence, with:

  • Increased monetisation of Mobility and Real Estate verticals, along with product improvements and increased added-value for customers
  • Continued rapid scaling and product launches, eg in transactional services
  • Strong financial discipline

Strong Q4 2022 results performance in a soft macro environment

Further strong core markets revenue growth : +13% year-on-year, driven by outstanding performance at Mobile.de

  • Steady double digit growth in Classifieds (+15%), with strong performance in Mobility (+19%) and Real Estate (+9%) while Jobs remained dynamic (+5%),
  • Consumer Goods transaction revenues growth up +60% yoy, with strong revenue growth in all Core markets
  • Advertising revenues down 5% yoy
  • Total revenue up 9% yoy, at €431m

Reported EBITDA margin of 33.6%, up 2pp yoy, despite French DST impact and business mix evolution - Total consolidated EBITDA of €145m

€1.7bn impairment loss to the book value of eCG assets and Hungary, reflecting:

  • Global increases in WACC driven by increase in interest and risk free rates
  • High share-price driven book value at closing of eCG transaction (+48% vs signing price)
  • More conservative expected growth trajectory in Canada and Hungary
  • Offset by better mid-long term business outlook for German assets

Outlook

2023 outlook

  • Low double digit Core Markets revenue growth
  • Reported EBITDA in the range of €620m to €650m, reflecting year-on-year improvement in EBITDA margin despite mix evolution
  • Leverage reduced to below 3x net debt/EBITDA by year end

Long-Term ambition for Core markets

  • 2023-2026 annual revenue growth between 11% and 15%
  • 2026 EBITDA margin: 40-45%


Financial performance

  Combined1IFRS
Fourth quarter YearYear
yoy%20212022€ million20222021yoy%20222021
9%394431Operating revenues1,6441,5218%1,6441,139
16%124145EBITDA5485147%548356
 31.6%33.6%EBITDA margin33.3%33.8% 33.3%31.3%
7%139149Underlying EBITDA5795554%579387
 35.3%34.6%Underlying EBITDA margin35.2%36.5% 35.2%34.0%
         
   Operating revenues per segment     
9%119129France4944539%494453
24%6986Mobile.de31728312%317141
8%173186European Markets7086489%708470
-18%3126International Markets114128-11%11467
0%0 Disposals 3-100% 3
83%36Other and Headquarters15970%159
-24%-1-1Eliminations-5-4-22%-5-4
         
   EBITDA per segment     
3%5354France2272146%227214
34%3750Mobile.de1751647%17579
8%7177European Markets2892668%289171
4%1112International Markets49475%4921
0%0 Disposals -5-100% -5
0%-47-47Other and Headquarters-192-171-13%-192-122
         
   Non-consolidated JVs     
24%2328Proportionate share of revenues1078329%10783
98%24Proportionate share of EBITDA1010-2%1010

1 Combined: these figures reflect the results of Adevinta group as if the eBay Classifieds Group (acquired on 25 June 2021) has been part of the group during the full periods presented. These numbers are presented to facilitate comparability.

Operating revenues by category

  Combined1IFRS
Fourth quarter YearYear
yoy%220212022€ million20222021yoy%220222021
14%279314Online classifieds revenues1226110911%1226849
58%1421Transactional revenues694650%6944
-8%9991Advertising revenues337359-5%337240
132%25Other revenues12687%126
11%394431Operating revenues164415219%16441139

1 Combined: these figures reflect the results of Adevinta group as if the eBay Classifieds Group (acquired on 25 June 2021) has been part of the group during the full periods presented. These numbers are presented to facilitate comparability.
2 Excluding disposals (Chile and Shpock), InfoJobs Brazil, Kufar and Mexico.


Announcement of CFO transition: Uvashni Raman to leave the business during the course of 2023

Uvashni Raman, Adevinta’s CFO since April 2019, has decided to step down in autumn 2023 and a global search for a replacement has been initiated.
Says Uvashni Raman, CFO Adevinta: “I feel privileged to have been part of the journey to create Adevinta as an independent organisation, its IPO in 2019 and impressive growth since. We have built a strong finance organisation and am proud of our many achievements, including the acquisition and integration of eBay Classifieds Group.”

Uvashni has been a key member of our executive team and a valuable contributor to the continued growth of Adevinta,” added Antoine Jouteau, CEO Adevinta. “On behalf of everyone at Adevinta I would like to thank Uvashni for her contribution and wish her every success in the future”.


Presentation of the Quarterly Results

Time: 23 February 2023 at 08:30 CET

The company will conduct the presentation as a live audio webcast and conference call, including a Q&A session. CEO Antoine Jouteau and CFO Uvashni Raman will present. The whole management team of Adevinta will participate in the Q&A session.

The webcast will be available on https://www.adevinta.com/ir and on this link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/msgdxro9. Participants are also invited to ask questions using the dial-in numbers below.

Dial-in details:
UK: +44 (0) 121 281 8004
USA: +1 718 705 87 96
Norway/Sweden: +46 850 51 00 30
France: +33 1 70 91 87 04
Confirmation password: Adevinta2022Q4

A recording of the presentation will be available on our website shortly after the live webcast has ended.

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Media contacts
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Corporate Communications
T: +33 (0) 6 84 30 52 76
melodie.laroche@adevinta.com

Edelman Smithfield
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adevinta@edelman.com  

IR contact
Marie de Scorbiac
Head of Investor Relations
T: +33 (0) 6 84 30 52 76
ir@adevinta.com

Anne-Sophie Jugean
Investor Relations Manager
ir@adevinta.com

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About Adevinta
Adevinta is a leading online classifieds specialist, operating digital marketplaces in 11 countries. The company provides technology-based services to connect buyers with sellers and to facilitate transactions, from real estate to motors, and consumer goods.

Adevinta’s portfolio spans more than 25 digital brands, covering one billion people and attracting approximately 2.5 billion average monthly visits. Leading brands include top-ranked leboncoin in France, Germany's leading classifieds sites mobile.de and eBay Kleinanzeigen, Marktplaats in the Netherlands, fotocasa and InfoJobs in Spain, Subito in Italy, and 50% of fast-growing OLX Brasil. Adevinta employs around 8,100 people, including 3,000 (approx) working in product and technology teams, committed to supporting users and customers daily. Find out more at Adevinta.com.

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This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act


1 Consolidated EBITDA before share-based compensation impact
2 Net cash flow from operating activities adjusted for CAPEX and IFRS 16 lease payments

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