Virtual events software company (NYSE:ONTF) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q4 FY2022 quarter, with revenue down 10.5% year on year to $46.6 million. However, guidance for the next quarter was less impressive, coming in at $42.5 million at the midpoint, being 8.33% below analyst estimates. ON24 made a GAAP loss of $12.1 million, down on its loss of $9.51 million, in the same quarter last year.
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ON24 (ONTF) Q4 FY2022 Highlights:
- Revenue: $46.6 million vs analyst estimates of $46.2 million (0.9% beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): -$0.04 vs analyst estimates of -$0.08
- Revenue guidance for Q1 2023 is $42.5 million at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $46.4 million
- Management's revenue guidance for upcoming financial year 2023 is $167.5 million at the midpoint, missing analyst estimates by 12.3% and predicting a 12.2% decline (vs 6.19% decline in FY2022)
- Free cash flow was negative $8.87 million, compared to negative free cash flow of $4.18 million in previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 71.6%, down from 75.5% same quarter last year
“In Q4 we were pleased to deliver improvement in our Core Platform’s in-period gross dollar retention metrics and ARR growth in the life sciences and professional services verticals, however, we were impacted in the technology and manufacturing verticals given the current macroeconomic environment, which had a larger impact on our ARR results,” said Sharat Sharan, co-founder and CEO of ON24.
Started in 1998 as a platform to broadcast press conferences, ON24’s (NYSE:ONTF) software helps organizations organize online webinars and other virtual events and convert prospects into customers.
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This quarter ON24's revenue was down 10.5% year on year, which might be a disappointment to some shareholders.
ON24 is guiding for revenue to decline next quarter 12.4% year on year to $42.5 million, a further deceleration on the 3.21% year-over-year decrease in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. For the upcoming financial year management expects revenue to be $167.5 million at the midpoint, declining 12.2% compared to 6.26% decline in FY2022.
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That means that for every $1 in revenue the company had $0.72 left to spend on developing new products, marketing & sales and the general administrative overhead. Despite it going down over the last year, this is still around the lower average of what we typically see in SaaS businesses. Gross margin has a major impact on a company’s ability to invest in developing new products and sales & marketing, which may ultimately determine the winner in a competitive market so it is important to track.
Key Takeaways from ON24's Q4 Results
Since it has still been burning cash over the last twelve months it is worth keeping an eye on ON24’s balance sheet, but we note that with a market capitalization of $463.7 million and more than $328.1 million in cash, the company has the capacity to continue to prioritise growth over profitability.
This was a difficult quarter for ONTF. Revenue declined and guidance for the full year indicates further decline, even faster than analysts were expecting. The company is flat on the results and currently trades at $9.64 per share.
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