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HOLMDEL, N.J., May 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vonage Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: VG), a global leader in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation, today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Highlights:

  • Consolidated revenue of $359 million, an increase of 8% year-over-year
    • Consumer revenue of $62 million, a decrease of 19% year-over-year
    • Vonage Communications Platform (VCP) revenue of $296 million, an increase of 16% year-over-year
      • VCP Service revenue of $284 million, an increase of 18% year-over-year
        • API revenue of $162 million, an increase of 28% year-over-year
        • Unified Communications & Contact Center Service revenue of $123 million, an increase of 7% year-over-year
  • Consolidated Net Loss of $17 million, a decrease of $17 million from the prior year
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $44 million, a decrease of $4 million from the prior year
    • VCP Adjusted EBITDA of $2 million, an increase of $4 million from the prior year
    • Consumer Adjusted EBITDA of $42 million, a decrease of $8 million from the prior year

Vonage will not host a conference call to discuss its results for the first quarter 2022 or provide financial guidance for the second quarter or full year 2022 due to the previously announced proposed acquisition of Vonage by Ericsson.

About Vonage

Vonage (Nasdaq:VG), a global cloud communications leader, helps businesses accelerate their digital transformation. Vonage’s Communications Platform is fully programmable and allows for the integration of Video, Voice, Chat, Messaging and Verification into existing products, workflows and systems. Vonage’s fully programmable unified communications and contact center applications are built from the Vonage platform and enable companies to transform how they communicate and operate from the office or anywhere, providing enormous flexibility and ensuring business continuity.

Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in New Jersey, with offices throughout the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia. To follow Vonage on Twitter, please visit twitter.com/vonage. To become a fan on Facebook, go to facebook.com/vonage. To subscribe on YouTube, visit youtube.com/vonage.

Investor Contact: Monica Gould, 212.871.3927, [email protected]

Media Contact: Jo Ann Tizzano, 732.365.1363, [email protected]

(1) This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer below to Table 3 for a reconciliation to GAAP net loss.

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.
TABLE 1. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Statement of Operations Data:          
Service, access and product revenues $ 344,852     $ 350,167     $ 314,793  
USF revenues   13,976       16,138       18,107  
Total revenues   358,828       366,305       332,900  
           
Operating Expenses:          
Service, access and product cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization of $17,679, $16,895, and $13,647, respectively)   168,409       174,923       138,680  
USF cost of revenues   13,976       16,138       18,107  
Sales and marketing   78,878       80,702       81,474  
Engineering and development   20,760       19,961       20,360  
General and administrative   70,456       70,164       44,933  
Depreciation and amortization   25,195       23,572       20,417  
    377,674       385,460       323,971  
(loss) Income from operations   (18,846 )     (19,155 )     8,929  
Other Income (Expense):          
Interest expense   (3,653 )     (6,924 )     (7,298 )
Other income (expense), net   511       1,119       174  
    (3,142 )     (5,805 )     (7,124 )
(Loss) Income before income tax   (21,988 )     (24,960 )     1,805  
Income tax benefit (expense)   4,866       2,809       (2,181 )
Net loss $ (17,122 )   $ (22,151 )   $ (376 )
Loss per common share:          
Basic and diluted $ (0.07 )   $ (0.09 )   $  
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:          
Basic and diluted   254,666       252,791       249,638  


VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.
TABLE 1. CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA – (Continued)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Statement of Cash Flow Data:          
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 40,871     $ 25,304     $ 47,318  
Net cash used in investing activities   (20,417 )     (20,735 )     (16,480 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (24,073 )     (33,030 )     (21,019 )
Capital expenditures, acquisition of intangible assets net of proceeds on sale of intangible assets, acquisition and development of software assets   (20,417 )     (13,735 )     (16,480 )

  March 31,   December 31,
    2022     2021
Balance Sheet Data:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,719   $ 18,342
Restricted cash   2,172     1,967
Accounts receivable, net of allowance   145,895     147,622
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   37,728     37,388
Deferred customer acquisition costs, current and non-current   101,697     101,403
Property and equipment, net   20,155     24,334
Goodwill   612,214     615,134
Operating lease right of use assets   32,221     31,855
Software, net   110,707     106,516
Intangible assets, net   149,199     161,134
Deferred tax assets   121,996     109,087
Other assets   32,753     33,362
Total assets $ 1,382,456   $ 1,388,144
       
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 232,031   $ 226,497
Operating lease liabilities, current and non-current   45,021     43,056
Deferred revenue, current   53,978     61,420
Total notes payable, net and indebtedness under revolving credit facility, including current portion   130,500     130,500
Convertible senior notes, net   340,620     305,609
Other liabilities   5,006     3,341
Total liabilities $ 807,156   $ 770,423
Total stockholders’ equity $ 575,300   $ 617,721


VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.
TABLE 2. SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED OPERATING DATA
(Dollars in thousands, except per line amounts)
(unaudited)

The table below includes summarized income statement information that our management uses to measure the operating performance of the Vonage Communications Platform focused portion of our business:

Vonage Communications Platform Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Statement of Operations Data:          
Service, access and product revenues $ 289,662     $ 292,699     $ 249,040  
USF revenues   6,748       7,403       6,414  
Total revenues   296,410       300,102       255,454  
           
Operating Expenses:          
Service, access and product cost of revenues excluding depreciation and amortization   160,629       167,062       129,643  
USF cost of revenues   6,748       7,403       6,414  
Sales and marketing   77,723       77,362       77,824  
Engineering and development   20,228       19,173       19,523  
General and administrative   65,565       66,720       40,768  
Depreciation and amortization   25,054       23,412       20,080  
    355,947       361,132       294,252  
Loss from operations $ (59,537 )   $ (61,030 )   $ (38,798 )

The table below includes revenues and cost of revenues that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the Vonage Communications Platform focused portion of our business:

Vonage Communications Platform Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Revenues:          
Service revenues $ 284,198     $ 286,820     $ 240,442  
Access and product revenues(1)   5,464       5,879       8,598  
Service, access and product revenues excluding USF   289,662       292,699       249,040  
USF revenues   6,748       7,403       6,414  
Total revenues $ 296,410     $ 300,102     $ 255,454  
           
Cost of Revenues:          
Service cost of revenues(2) $ 150,427     $ 158,013     $ 120,017  
Access and product cost of revenues(1)   10,202       9,049       9,626  
Service, access and product cost of revenues excluding USF   160,629       167,062       129,643  
USF cost of revenues   6,748       7,403       6,414  
Total cost of revenues $ 167,377     $ 174,465     $ 136,057  
           
Service margin %   47.1 %     44.9 %     50.1 %
Gross margin % excluding USF (Service, access and product margin %)   44.5 %     42.9 %     47.9 %
Gross margin %   43.5 %     41.9 %     46.7 %

(1) Includes customer premise equipment, access, and shipping and handling.
(2) Excludes depreciation and amortization of $17,538, $16,735, and $13,310 for the quarters ended March 31, 2022, December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2021, respectively.

The table below includes key operating data that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the Vonage Communications Platform focused portion of our business:

Vonage Communications Platform Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Service revenue per customer $ 677     $ 678     $ 582  
Vonage Communications Platform service revenue churn   0.6 %     0.5 %     0.5 %

The table below includes summarized income statement information that our management uses to measure the operating performance of the Consumer focused portion of our business:

Consumer Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022     2021     2021
Statement of Operations Data:          
Service , access and product revenues $ 55,190   $ 57,468   $ 65,753
USF revenues   7,228     8,735     11,693
Total revenues   62,418     66,203     77,446
           
Operating Expenses:          
Service, access and product cost of revenues excluding depreciation and amortization   7,780     7,861     9,037
USF cost of revenues   7,228     8,735     11,693
Sales and marketing   1,155     3,340     3,650
Engineering and development   532     788     837
General and administrative   4,891     3,444     4,165
Depreciation and amortization   141     160     337
    21,727     24,328     29,719
Income from operations $ 40,691   $ 41,875   $ 47,727

The table below includes revenues and cost of revenues that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the Consumer focused portion of our business:

Consumer Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Revenues:          
Service revenues $ 55,132     $ 57,405     $ 65,697  
Access and product revenues(1)   58       63       56  
Service, access and product revenues excluding USF   55,190       57,468       65,753  
USF revenues   7,228       8,735       11,693  
Total revenues $ 62,418     $ 66,203     $ 77,446  
           
Cost of Revenues:          
Service cost of revenues(2) $ 7,228     $ 7,436     $ 8,513  
Access and product cost of revenues(1)   552       425       524  
Service, access and product cost of revenues excluding USF   7,780       7,861       9,037  
USF cost of revenues   7,228       8,735       11,693  
Total cost of revenues $ 15,008     $ 16,596     $ 20,730  
           
Service margin %   86.9 %     87.0 %     87.0 %
Gross margin % excluding USF (Service, access and product margin %)   85.9 %     86.3 %     86.3 %
Gross margin %   76.0 %     74.9 %     73.2 %

(1) Includes customer premise equipment and shipping and handling.
(2) Excludes depreciation and amortization of $141, $160, $337 for the quarters ended March 31, 2022, December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2021, respectively.

The table below includes key operating data that our management uses to measure the growth and operating performance of the Consumer focused portion of our business:

Consumer Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Average monthly revenues per line $ 27.23     $ 27.82     $ 29.05  
Subscriber lines (at period end)   749,108       779,179       867,243  
Customer churn   1.6 %     1.4 %     1.9 %


VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.
TABLE 3. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET (LOSS) INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA AND TO ADJUSTED EBITDA MINUS CAPEX
(Dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Net loss $ (17,122 )   $ (22,151 )   $ (376 )
Interest expense   3,653       6,924       7,298  
Income tax   (4,866 )     (2,809 )     2,181  
Depreciation and amortization   25,195       23,572       20,417  
Amortization of costs to implement cloud computing arrangements   1,175       840       896  
EBITDA   8,035       6,376       30,416  
           
Share-based expense   29,042       32,325       14,566  
Acquisition related transaction and integration costs   1,744       10,120        
Exit activities – severance and lease abandonment (1)   2,103             1,294  
Other non-recurring items (2)   3,135       916       1,891  
Adjusted EBITDA   44,059       49,737       48,167  
           
Consumer Adjusted EBITDA $ 41,893     $ 43,297     $ 50,013  
VCP Adjusted EBITDA   2,166       6,440       (1,846 )
Adjusted EBITDA   44,059       49,737       48,167  
Less:          
Capital expenditures   (2,773 )     (2,214 )     (2,553 )
Intangible assets   (21 )     (62 )     (62 )
Acquisition and development of software assets   (17,623 )     (11,459 )     (13,865 )
Adjusted EBITDA Minus Capex $ 23,642     $ 36,002     $ 31,687  
(1) Exit activities – severance and lease abandonment relate to the Company’s business-wide optimization and alignment project initiated in 2020 which included employee related exits and further facility exit costs executed upon as part of the overall project.
(2) Other non-recurring items principally include certain litigation charges including defense costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, long term incentive award and other non-recurring project costs such as the review of the Consumer business.

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.
TABLE 4. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET (LOSS) INCOME TO
NET INCOME EXCLUDING ADJUSTMENTS
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited) 

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Net loss $ (17,122 )   $ (22,151 )   $ (376 )
Amortization of acquisition – related intangibles   9,483       10,823       10,794  
Amortization of costs to implement cloud computing arrangements   1,175       840       896  
Amortization of debt discount         3,402       3,261  
Acquisition related transaction and integration costs   1,744       10,120        
Exit activities – severance and lease abandonment (1)   2,103             1,294  
Other non-recurring items (2)   3,135       916       1,891  
Tax effect on adjusting items   (4,586 )     (6,787 )     (4,715 )
Net (loss) income excluding adjustments $ (4,068 )   $ (2,837 )   $ 13,045  
Loss per common share:          
Basic and diluted $ (0.07 )   $ (0.09 )   $  
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:          
Basic and diluted   254,666       252,791       249,638  
(Loss) Income per common share, excluding adjustments:          
Basic $ (0.02 )   $ (0.01 )   $ 0.05  
Diluted $ (0.02 )   $ (0.01 )   $ 0.05  
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:          
Basic   254,666       252,791       249,638  
Diluted   254,666       252,791       259,031  
(1) Exit activities – severance and lease abandonment relate to the Company’s business-wide optimization and alignment project initiated in 2020 which included employee related exits and further facility exit costs executed upon as part of the overall project.
(2) Other non-recurring items principally include certain litigation charges including defense costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, long term incentive award and other non-recurring project costs such as the review of the Consumer business.

VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.
TABLE 5. FREE CASH FLOW
(Dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
    2022       2021       2021  
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 40,871     $ 25,304     $ 47,318  
Less:          
Capital expenditures   (2,773 )     (2,214 )     (2,553 )
Proceeds from sale of intangible assets, net of payment for intangible assets   (21 )     (62 )     (62 )
Acquisition and development of software assets   (17,623 )     (11,459 )     (13,865 )
Free cash flow $ 20,454     $ 11,569     $ 30,838  


VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP.
TABLE 6. RECONCILIATION OF INDEBTEDNESS UNDER REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY AND CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES TO NET DEBT
(Dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)

  March 31,   December 31,
    2022     2021
Notes payable and indebtedness under revolving credit facility, net of current maturities $ 130,500   $ 130,500
Convertible senior notes, net   340,620     305,609
Unamortized discount on debt   4,380     3,919
Unamortized debt related costs       35,472
Gross debt   475,500     475,500
Less:      
Unrestricted cash   15,719     18,342
Net debt $ 459,781   $ 457,158


Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by Regulation G adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, including: adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA less Capex, adjusted net income, constant currency, net debt (cash), and free cash flow.

Adjusted EBITDA

Vonage uses adjusted EBITDA as a principal indicator of the operating performance of its business.

Vonage defines adjusted EBITDA as GAAP net income (loss) before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, share-based expense, amortization of costs to implement cloud computing arrangements, acquisition related transaction and integration costs, exit activities – severance and lease abandonment, and other non-recurring items.

Vonage believes that adjusted EBITDA permits a comparative assessment of its operating performance, relative to its performance based on its GAAP results, while isolating the effects of interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, which may vary from period to period without any correlation to underlying operating performance; of share-based expense, which is a non-cash expense that also varies from period to period; of one-time acquisition related transaction and integration costs, exit activities – severance and lease abandonment, and other non-recurring items. Exit activities – severance and lease abandonment relate to the Company’s business-wide optimization and alignment project initiated in 2020 which included employee related exits and further facility exit costs executed upon as part of the overall project. Other non-recurring items principally include certain litigation charges including defense costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, long term incentive award and other non-recurring project costs such as the review of the Consumer business. The items excluded from adjusted EBITDA are not separately evaluated for each reportable operating segment.

The Company provides information relating to its adjusted EBITDA so that investors have the same data that the Company employs in assessing its overall operations. The Company believes that trends in its adjusted EBITDA are valuable indicators of the operating performance of the Company on a consolidated basis.

The Company does not reconcile its forward-looking adjusted EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP measure of net income because stock-based compensation expense and other non-recurring items cannot be reasonably calculated or predicted at this time as they may be significantly impacted by future events, the timing and nature of which cannot be reasonably calculated or predicted at this time. Accordingly, a reconciliation is not available without unreasonable effort.

Adjusted EBITDA less Capex

Vonage uses adjusted EBITDA less Capex as an indicator of the operating performance of its business. The Company provides information relating to its adjusted EBITDA less Capex so that investors have the same data that the Company employs in assessing its overall operations. The Company believes that trends in its Adjusted EBITDA less Capex are valuable indicators of the operating performance of the Company on a consolidated basis because they provide our investors with insight into current performance and period-to-period performance.

Adjusted net income

Vonage defines adjusted net income, as GAAP net income (loss) excluding amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, amortization of costs to implement cloud computing arrangements, acquisition related transaction and integration costs, amortization of debt discount, exit activities – severance and lease abandonment, other non-recurring items and tax effect on adjusting items.

The Company believes that excluding these items will assist investors in evaluating the Company’s operating performance and in better understanding its results of operations as amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets is a non-cash item, one-time acquisition related transaction and integration costs, exit activities – severance and lease abandonment, other non-recurring items, and tax effect on adjusting items are not reflective of operating performance. Exit activities – severance and lease abandonment relate to the Company’s business-wide optimization and alignment project initiated in 2020 which included employee related exits and further facility exit costs executed upon as part of the overall project. Other non-recurring items principally include certain litigation charges including defense costs, acquisition related consideration accounted for as compensation, long term incentive award and other non-recurring project costs such as the review of the Consumer business.

Constant Currency

Vonage reviews its results of operations on both an as reported and on a constant currency basis. The constant currency presentation, which is a non-GAAP measure, excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. We believe providing constant currency information provides valuable supplemental information regarding our results of operations, consistent with how we evaluate our performance. We calculate constant currency percentages by converting our current period local currency financial results using the prior period exchange rates and comparing these adjusted amounts to our prior period reported results.

Net debt (cash)

Vonage defines net debt (cash) as indebtedness under revolving credit facility, convertible senior notes, discount on debt, and debt related costs less unrestricted cash.

Vonage uses net debt (cash) as a measure of assessing leverage, as it reflects the gross debt under the Company’s credit agreements and capital leases less cash available to repay such amounts. The Company believes that net cash is also a factor that first parties consider in valuing the Company.

Free cash flow

Vonage defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures, purchase of intangible assets, and acquisition and development of software assets.

Vonage considers free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management about the amount of cash generated by the business that, after the acquisition of equipment and software, can be used by Vonage for debt service and strategic opportunities. Free cash flow is not a measure of cash available for discretionary expenditures since the Company has certain non-discretionary obligations such as debt service that are not deducted from the measure.

The non-GAAP financial measures used by Vonage may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in accounting policies and items excluded or included in the adjustments, which limits its usefulness as a comparative measure. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about future financial results, growth priorities or plans, revenues, adjusted EBITDA, churn, seats, lines or accounts, average revenue per customer, cost of communications services, capital expenditures, new products and related investment, and other statements that are not historical facts or information, that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, other statements in this press release that are not historical facts or information may be forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available at the time the statements are made and/or management’s belief as of that time with respect to future events and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to be materially different. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the competition we face; the expansion of competition in the cloud communications market; incremental business, regulatory, and reputational risks related to the pending Ericsson merger; timing and satisfaction of the closing conditions related to the Ericsson merger; our ability to adapt to rapid changes in the cloud communications market; realizing the expected benefits of our business optimization or other cost-savings plans; risks related to the acquisition or integration of businesses we have acquired; our ability to scale our business and grow efficiently; the nascent state of the cloud communications for business market; our ability to retain customers and attract new customers cost-effectively; developing and maintaining effective distribution channels; risks associated with sales of our services to medium-sized and enterprise customers; the effects of COVID-19 on our business; our reliance on third-party hardware and software; our dependence on third-party vendors; reliance on third parties for our 911 services; the impact of fluctuations in economic conditions, particularly on our small and medium business customers; the effects of significant foreign currency fluctuations; developing and maintaining market awareness and a strong brand; retaining senior executives and other key employees; security breaches and other compromises of information security; system disruptions or flaws in our technology and systems; our ability to comply with data privacy and related regulatory matters; unfavorable litigation or governmental investigations; our ability to obtain or maintain relevant intellectual property licenses or to protect our trademarks and internally developed software; fraudulent use of our name or services; intellectual property and other litigation that have been and may be brought against us; rapid developments in global API regulation and uncertainties relating to regulation of VoIP services; liability under anti-corruption laws or from governmental export controls or economic sanctions; risks associated with the taxation of our business; governmental regulation and taxes in our international operations; our history of net losses and ability to achieve consistent profitability in the future; our ability to fully realize the benefits of our net operating loss carry-forwards if an ownership change occurs; actions of activist shareholders; restrictions in our debt agreements that may limit our operating flexibility; our ability to obtain additional financing if required; risks associated with the settlement and conditional conversion of our Convertible Senior Notes; potential effects the capped call transactions may have on our stock in connection with our Convertible Senior Notes; certain provisions of our charter documents; and other factors that are set forth in the “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. While the Company may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so except as required by law, and therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to today.

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