Billtrust Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results
First quarter software and payments segment revenue up 16%; up 34% on an adjusted basis
Reaffirms Full Year 2022 Financial Outlook
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ, May 10, 2022 – BTRS Holdings Inc. (“Billtrust” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: BTRS), a B2B accounts receivable automation and integrated payments leader, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
“Our great momentum continued in the first quarter, led by 16.3% year-over-year software and payments segment revenue growth and 33.6% adjusted software and payments growth,” said Flint Lane, Founder and CEO of Billtrust. “Demand for our highly profitable accounts receivable product suite remains robust, and rapid adoption continues to drive strong results in our core software and payments segment.”
Financial Highlights for the First Quarter 2022, as Compared to the Same Period in 2021
Total revenue increased 8.8% year-over-year to $45.6 million, versus $41.9 million for the same period in 2021.
Software and payments segment revenue increased 16.3% year-over-year to $29.9 million, compared to $25.7 million for the same period in 2021.
Gross profit, excluding depreciation and amortization, increased 12.0% year-over-year to $26.7 million, compared to $23.9 million for the same period in 2021.
Gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization expanded by 170 basis points to 58.6%, versus 56.9% for the same period in 2021, driven by improved operating leverage and an increasing mix of software and payments segment revenue.
Net loss was $29.0 million, compared to $22.8 million for the same period in 2021.
Non-GAAP* and Key Operating Metrics
Total Payment Volume (“TPV”), the dollar value of customer payment transactions that Billtrust processes on its platform during a particular period, increased by 45% year-over-year to $22.0 billion, up from $15.1 billion for the same period in 2021.
Net revenue* increased 11.9% year-over-year to $37.0 million, up from $33.1 million for the same period in 2021; when the impact of the loss of a customer in Q1 2021, including the impact of the one-time accelerated deferred revenue, is excluded from our 2021 results for comparison purposes (“One-Time Customer Loss”), net revenue increased 24.4% year-over-year.
Adjusted for the impact of the One-Time Customer Loss in Q1 2021, software and payments segment revenue increased 33.6% year-over-year to $29.9 million, compared to $22.4 million for the same period in 2021.
Adjusted gross profit* increased 11.7% year-over-year to $27.2 million, compared to $24.3 million for the same period in 2021, and grew 29.5% when adjusted for the One-Time Customer Loss.
Adjusted gross margin* declined 10 basis points year-over-year to 73.3%, versus 73.4% for the same period in 2021; when adjusted for the One-Time Customer Loss, adjusted gross margin expanded by 290 basis points compared to the same period in 2021.
Adjusted EBITDA* was $(5.3) million, compared to $0.3 million for the same period in 2021; when adjusted for the One-Time Customer Loss, adjusted EBITDA for the same period in 2021 was $(3.0) million.
Direct card revenue (“DCR”)* was $4.9 million, compared to $2.9 million for the same period in 2021, due to increased penetration of card payments on our electronic payments processing platforms.
Recent Business Highlights
Card payments remain a key driver of our strong financial performance: Q1 2022 direct card revenue* from card payments on our electronic payment processing platforms grew 68% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2022 to $4.9 million.
Business Payments Network (BPN) growth was strong in Q1 2022 (BPN TPV +86% year-over-year). Expanding participation on both sides of the network remains a top priority: the recent additions of American Express and Coupa as BPN participants clearly demonstrate our progress.
Our European business integration continued apace in Q1 2022.
We exited the quarter with $153 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, no debt, and significant capital flexibility.
Full Year 2022 Outlook
Billtrust reiterates the following full year 2022 financial guidance, which was previously provided in March 2022:
Total revenue in a range between $195 million and $207 million, including reimbursable costs revenue of $30 million to $36 million.
Net revenue* between $165 million and $171 million, which at the midpoint of $168 million represents annual growth of approximately 28%.
Software and payments segment revenue between $133 million and $139 million, which at the midpoint of $136 million represents annual growth of approximately 31%.
Adjusted gross profit* between $121 million to $126 million, which at the midpoint of $123.5 million represents annual growth of 28%.
Adjusted gross margin* between 73.2% to 73.8%, which at the midpoint of 73.5% represents annual expansion of 40 bps.
Adjusted EBITDA* between $(14) million to $(16) million, which at the midpoint of ($15 million) represents (9%) adjusted EBITDA margin, or a year over margin expansion of 150 bps.
* Net revenue, adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross margin, adjusted EBITDA, and direct card revenue are Non-GAAP measures. An explanation of these measures and how they are calculated can be found under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in the attached reconciliations. Reconciliations of these Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the tables at the end of this press release. With respect to the Company’s expectations under “Full Year 2022 Outlook” above, reconciliation of Non-GAAP adjusted gross profit, Non-GAAP adjusted gross margin, or Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA to their comparable GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability, complexity, and low visibility with respect to certain excluded items, such as charges related to stock-based compensation expenses, changes in fair value of contingent consideration related to an acquisition, and related tax effects, including non-recurring income tax adjustments.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2022 financial results today at 4:30 p.m. ET. Hosting the call will be Flint Lane, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Pinado, President, and Mark Shifke, Chief Financial Officer. The conference call will be available via webcast at investors.billtrust.com under the heading “News & Events.” To participate via telephone, please dial 877-300-8521 (toll free) or 412-317-6026 (international). Following the call, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Billtrust investor relations website. A telephonic replay will also be available for two weeks following the call by dialing 844-512-2921 (toll free) or 412-317-6671 (international) using conference ID 10166195.
Billtrust (NASDAQ: BTRS) is a leading provider of cloud-based software and integrated payment processing solutions that simplify and automate B2B commerce. Accounts receivable is broken and relies on conventional processes that are outdated, inefficient, manual and largely paper based. Billtrust is at the forefront of the digital transformation of accounts receivable, providing mission-critical solutions that span credit decisioning and monitoring, online ordering, invoice delivery, payments and remittance capture, cash application and collections. For more information, visit Billtrust.com.
Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “continue,” “guidance,” “expect,” “outlook,” “project,” “believe” or other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Billtrust’s financial guidance and forecasts of Billtrust’s financial and performance metrics, the potential benefits, value and the commercial attractiveness to its customers of Billtrust’s products and services, and Billtrust’s opportunity and ability to grow and scale its business and technology platform. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this press release, and on the current expectations of Billtrust’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and may differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of Billtrust. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including Billtrust’s ability to attract and retain customers and expand customers’ use of Billtrust’s services; market, financial, political and legal conditions; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Billtrust’s business and the global economy; risks relating to the uncertainty of the projected financial and operating information with respect to Billtrust; risks related to future market adoption of Billtrust’s offerings; risks related to Billtrust’s marketing and growth strategies; risks related to expanding Billtrust’s operations outside the United States; risks related to Billtrust’s ability to acquire or invest in businesses, products, or technologies that may complement or expand its products or platforms, enhance its technical capabilities, or otherwise offer growth opportunities; the effects of competition on Billtrust’s future business; and the risks discussed in Billtrust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 9, 2022, under the heading “Risk Factors” and other documents of Billtrust filed, or to be filed, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). If any of these risks materialize or any of Billtrust’s assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that Billtrust presently does not know of or that Billtrust currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Billtrust’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this press release. Billtrust anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Billtrust’s assessments to change. However, while Billtrust may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Billtrust specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Billtrust’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Some of the financial information contained in this press release has not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). Such financial information is identified as such within the press release. Billtrust believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for management and investors to use in evaluating Billtrust’s actual and projected financial condition and operating results and trends in and in comparing Billtrust’s financial measures with other similar companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. Billtrust does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses and other amounts that are required by GAAP to be recorded in Billtrust’s financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgments by management about which expense and other amounts are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures. In order to compensate for these limitations, Billtrust presents non-GAAP financial measures in connection with GAAP results. Billtrust is not providing a reconciliation of its projected non-GAAP adjusted gross profit, non-GAAP adjusted gross margin and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, or non-GAAP direct card revenue for 2022 to the most directly comparable measure prepared in accordance with GAAP because such reconciliations are not meaningful or available without unreasonable effort as certain items are excluded from these non-GAAP measures, such as charges related to stock-based compensation expenses, changes in fair value of contingent consideration related to an acquisition, and related tax effects, including non-recurring income tax adjustments, including non-recurring income tax adjustments, cannot be reasonably calculated or predicted. You should review Billtrust’s audited Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, unaudited interim reports, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and the other financial information included in other documents of Billtrust filed, or to be filed, with the SEC.
Net revenue (non-GAAP) is defined as total revenues less reimbursable costs revenue. Reimbursable costs revenue consists primarily of amounts charged to customers for postage (with an offsetting amount recorded as a cost of revenue) which we do not consider internally when monitoring operating performance.
Adjusted gross profit (non-GAAP) is defined as total revenues less total cost of revenues, excluding depreciation and amortization, plus stock-based compensation expense included in total cost of revenues.
Adjusted gross margin (non-GAAP) is defined as adjusted gross profit (non-GAAP) divided by total revenues less reimbursable costs revenue, or net revenue (non-GAAP).
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) is defined as net loss, plus (1) income tax expense (benefit), (2) changes in the fair value of financial instruments that do not meet the criteria to be classified as equity, (3) interest expense and loss on extinguishment of debt, (4) depreciation and amortization, (5) stock-based compensation expense, (6) impairment, restructuring, and related costs, (7) acquisition and integration costs, (8) other capital structure transaction costs, and (9) other non-operating expense (income).
Direct card revenue (non-GAAP) is defined as subscription, transaction, and services revenues, less revenues generated from segments other than software and payments (i.e. software and payments segment revenue), less software and payments segment transaction revenue unrelated to card processing and all subscription revenue. Direct card revenue (non-GAAP) includes variable transactional fee revenue associated with card payments on our electronic payments processing platforms.