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Perfect Corp. Reports Unaudited Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022

Perfect Corp. (NYSE: PERF) ("Perfect" or the "Company"), a global leader in providing augmented reality (“AR”) and artificial intelligence (“AI”) Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) solutions to beauty and fashion industries, today announced its unaudited financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.

Highlights for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022

  • Total revenues grew to $36.2 million, up 22.1% year over year, primarily due to an increase in AR/AI cloud solutions and subscription revenues.
  • Gross profit increased to $31.1 million from $25.6 million during the comparable periods.
  • Net income was $28.5 million, compared to a net loss of $3.1 million a year ago.
  • Adjusted net income (non-IFRS)1 was $4.1 million, compared to an adjusted net loss of $0.6 million a year ago.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (non-IFRS)2 was $4.2 million compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $0.03 million a year ago, primarily due to strong revenue growth and efficient expense controls.
  • The Company had 151 Key Customers3 as of September 30, 2022, compared with 137 Key Customers as of September 30, 2021.
  • As of September 30, 2022, our customer base includes 483 brand clients, with over 510,000 digital stock keeping units (“SKUs”) for makeup, haircare, skincare, eyewear, and jewelry products, compared with over 450 brand clients and over 500,000 digital SKUs as of June 30, 2022.

Ms. Alice H. Chang, the Founder, Chairwoman, and Chief Executive Officer of Perfect, commented, “We maintained stable revenue growth and positive adjusted EBITDA during the first nine months of 2022, thanks to the high contract renewal rate, low client churn rate, and strong cross-selling and upselling momentum within our existing client base. Despite the prolonged sales cycles in new business expansion driven by macroeconomic uncertainties and foreign exchange volatilities, we believe that first-time buyer hesitation is only temporary and mostly driven by the lack of clarity in near-term macroeconomic outlook. As we take proactive steps to adjust our operational tactics and adapt to changing market dynamics, we remain optimistic about our long-term business outlook. The successful completion of our de-SPAC transaction and NYSE listing on October 31, 2022 brought us $119 million in gross proceeds. With abundant cash reserves, loyal client base, diversified geographic coverage, strong research and development prowess, and solid value proposition, we believe that we are well positioned to continue our new market expansion and capitalize on emerging opportunities created by recent market dislocation.”

Mr. Pin-Jen (Louis) Chen, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Perfect, added, “As a new public company, we seek to strike a balance between growth and profitability. While we keep driving revenue growth momentum through cross-selling and upselling to existing clients, we are also managing our expenditures with a strong return-on-investment focus to pave our way towards sustainable profitability. Having taken the prolonged sales cycles into consideration, we are improving our efficiency in sales and marketing, increasing our investment in research and development, and adopting a prudent approach in general and administrative expenses. Although we cannot predict the near-term business performance due to macroeconomic uncertainties, we reiterate our long-term confidence in generating revenue growth and positive cash flow through a combination of organic development and synergistic acquisitions.”

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022

Revenue

Total revenues increased by 22.1% to $36.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $29.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

  • AR/AI cloud solutions and subscription revenues increased by 31.0% to $27.3 million from $20.9 million in the same period of 2021, mostly driven by the continued strong demand for the Company’s online virtual product try-on solutions from its brand customers as well as an increase in its monthly active subscribers4.
  • Licensing revenues increased by 6.0% to $7.4 million from $7.0 million in the same period of 2021, primarily due to higher demand for the Company’s software development kit (SDK) solutions.
  • Advertisement revenues decreased by 22.2% to $1.4 million from $1.8 million in the same period of 2021, consistent with the Company’s strategy of reinforcing its market leadership in providing AR- and AI-SaaS solutions to brand customers and allocating less resources to its mobile apps subscription and advertisement services.

Gross Profit

Gross profit was $31.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, representing an 85.7% gross margin, compared to $25.6 million, or an 86.3% gross margin, during the same period of 2021.

Total Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses increased by 24.3% to $33.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from $26.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

  • Sales and marketing (“S&M”) expenses increased by 2.2% to $18.2 million from $17.8 million in the same period of 2021, primarily due to an increase in S&M headcount and related personnel expenses.
  • General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses increased by 173.0% to $7.2 million from $2.6 million in the same period of 2021, primarily due to the professional service fees incurred during the course of the company’s de-SPAC transaction and public listing. Excluding those expenses that were one-time in nature, recurring G&A expenses was $2.9 million during the first nine months of 2022.
  • Research and development (“R&D”) expenses increased by 24.7% to $7.9 million from $6.3 million in the same period of 2021, primarily due to an increase in R&D headcount and related personnel expenses.

Net Income

Net income was $28.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, compared to a net loss of $3.1 million during the same period of 2021.

Adjusted Net Income (Non-IFRS)

Adjusted net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 was $4.1 million, compared to a net loss of $0.6 million during the same period of 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-IFRS)

Adjusted EBITDA improved to positive $4.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 from negative $0.03 million during the same period of 2021, primarily due to strong revenue growth and efficient expense controls.

Liquidity

As of September 30, 2022, the Company held $84.0 million in cash and cash equivalents, up from $80.5 million as of December 31, 2021. Subsequently on October 31, 2022, the Company completed its public listing through a de-SPAC transaction, which added $113 million in net proceeds to its balance sheet.

Update on Business Combination Projections

Taking into consideration the Company’s unaudited financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, the Company’s revenue for the year ended December 31, 2022 is likely to be lower than the revenue for the same year presented in the Business Combination Projections,5 primarily because: (i) the Company has been facing an increasingly challenging macroeconomic environment, including growing inflation, shrinking central bank balance sheet, rising interest rates, and declining consumer spending; (ii) the Company’s prospective brand customers have become more cautious with their expenditures, and are taking longer time to evaluate our proposals and sign contracts; (iii) the Company’s planned business expansions into new segments such as jewelry and fashion have taken longer time to materialize ; and (iv) the recent strength of the U.S. dollar against all other currencies has resulted in additional headwinds for the Company’s revenue growth.

The Company further cautions that investors, when making any investment decisions, shall only refer to the Company’s actual financials results disclosed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and press releases, and shall not place any reliance on any piece of the Business Combination Projections.

Conference Call Information

The Company's management will hold an earnings conference call at 7 a.m. Eastern Time on November 30, 2022 (8 p.m. Taipei Time on November 30, 2022) to discuss the financial results. For participants who wish to join the call, please complete online registration using the link provided below in advance of the conference call. Upon registering, each participant will receive a participant dial-in number, a direct event passcode, and a unique access PIN, which can be used to join the conference call.

Registration Link: https://registrations.events/direct/Q4E60155

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company's investor relations website at https://ir.perfectcorp.com.

About Perfect Corp.

Founded in 2015, Perfect is a global leader in providing AR and AI SaaS solutions to beauty and fashion industries. Utilizing facial 3D modeling, and AI deep learning technologies, Perfect empowers beauty brands with product try-on, facial diagnostics, and digital consultation solutions to provide consumers with an enjoyable, personalized, and convenient omnichannel shopping experience. Today, Perfect has the leading market share in helping the world’s top beauty brands execute digital transformation, improve customer engagement, increase purchase conversion, and drive sales growth while maintaining environmental sustainability and fulfilling social responsibilities. For more information, visit https://ir.perfectcorp.com/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, that are based on beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to Perfect. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “target,” “seek” or the negative or plural of these words, or other similar expressions that are predictions or indicate future events or prospects, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including strategies or plans, are also forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on Perfect’s reasonable expectations and beliefs concerning future events and involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. These factors are difficult to predict accurately and may be beyond Perfect’s control. Forward-looking statements in this communication or elsewhere speak only as of the date made. New uncertainties and risks arise from time to time, and it is impossible for Perfect to predict these events or how they may affect Perfect. In addition, risks and uncertainties are described in Perfect’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings may identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Perfect cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements in this communication will prove to be accurate. There may be additional risks that Perfect presently does not know or that Perfect currently does not believe are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In light of the significant uncertainties in these forward-looking statements, you should not regard these statements as a representation or warranty by Perfect, its directors, officers or employees or any other person that Perfect will achieve its objectives and plans in any specified time frame, or at all. Except as required by applicable law, Perfect does not have any duty to, and does not intend to, update or revise the forward-looking statements in this communication or elsewhere after the date of this communication. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing the views of Perfect as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication.

Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This press release and accompanying tables contain certain non-IFRS financial measures, including adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA, as supplemental metrics in reviewing and assessing Perfect’s operating performance and formulating its business plan. Perfect defined these non-IFRS financial measures as follows:

Adjusted net income is defined as net income (loss) excluding one-off transaction costs (e.g. costs related to de-SPAC transaction), non-cash equity-based compensation, non-cash evaluation (gain)/loss of preferred shares, and foreign exchange (gain)/loss. For a reconciliation of adjusted net income to net income (loss), see the reconciliation table included elsewhere in this press release.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) excluding depreciation and amortization expense, income tax expense, interest and finance costs, one-off transaction costs (e.g. costs related to de-SPAC transaction), non-cash equity-based compensation, non-cash evaluation (gain)/loss of preferred shares, and foreign exchange (gain)/loss. For a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), see the reconciliation table included elsewhere in this press release.

Non-IFRS financial measures are not defined under IFRS and are not presented in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, which possibly do not reflect all items of expense that affect our operations. Share-based compensation expenses have been and may continue to be incurred in our business and are not reflected in the presentation of the non-IFRS financial measures. In addition, the non-IFRS financial measures Perfect uses may differ from the non-IFRS measures used by other companies, including peer companies, and therefore their comparability may be limited. The presentation of these non-IFRS financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS. The items excluded from our adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA are not driven by core results of operations and render comparison of IFRS financial measures with prior periods less meaningful. We believe adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our results of operations, as well as providing a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our business performance. Moreover, such non-IFRS measures are used by our management internally to make operating decisions, including those related to operating expenses, evaluate performance, and perform strategic planning and annual budgeting.

PERFECT CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

DECEMBER 31, 2021 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

 

 

 

 December 31, 2021

 

September 30, 2022 

Assets

 

AMOUNT

 

AMOUNT

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

80,453

 

$

84,014

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

6,568

 

 

7,431

Current contract assets

 

 

-

 

 

3,404

Other receivables

 

 

6

 

 

95

Other receivables - related parties

 

 

-

 

 

14

Current income tax assets

 

 

63

 

 

69

Inventories

 

 

88

 

 

50

Other current assets

 

 

299

 

 

414

Total current assets

 

 

87,477

 

 

95,491

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

407

 

 

316

Right-of-use assets

 

 

620

 

 

422

Intangible assets

 

 

100

 

 

100

Deferred income tax assets

 

 

165

 

 

132

Guarantee deposits paid

 

 

135

 

 

123

Total non-current assets

 

 

1,427

 

 

1,093

Total assets

 

$

88,904

 

$

96,584

 

PERFECT CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

DECEMBER 31, 2021 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

         

 

 

December 31, 2021

 

September 30, 2022

Liabilities and Equity

 

AMOUNT

 

AMOUNT

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current contract liabilities

 

$

9,021

 

 

$

11,346

 

Other payables

 

 

8,706

 

 

 

8,639

 

Other payables - related parties

 

 

73

 

 

 

49

 

Current tax liabilities

 

 

104

 

 

 

98

 

Current provisions

 

 

1,058

 

 

 

1,649

 

Current lease liabilities

 

 

449

 

 

 

295

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

384

 

 

 

121

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

19,795

 

 

 

22,197

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

259,230

 

 

 

230,863

 

Non-current lease liabilities

 

 

189

 

 

 

131

 

Net defined benefit liability, non-current

 

 

104

 

 

 

91

 

Guarantee deposits received

 

 

28

 

 

 

24

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

259,551

 

 

 

231,109

 

Total liabilities

 

 

279,346

 

 

 

253,306

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

30,152

 

 

 

32,815

 

Capital surplus

 

 

2,871

 

 

 

7,380

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(

224,097

)

 

(

195,589

)

Other equity interest

 

 

632

 

 

(

1,328

)

Total equity

 

(

190,442

)

 

(

156,722

)

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

88,904

 

 

$

96,584

 

     

PERFECT CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDTIED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 AND 2022

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30

 

 

2021

 

2022

Items

 

AMOUNT

 

AMOUNT

Revenue

 

$

29,681

 

 

$

36,229

 

Costs of sales and services

(

4,054

)

(

5,168

)

Gross profit

 

 

25,627

 

 

 

31,061

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing expenses

(

17,829

)

(

18,228

)

General and administrative expenses

(

2,628

)

(

7,177

)

Research and development expenses

(

6,343

)

(

7,910

)

Total operating expenses

(

26,800

)

(

33,315

)

Operating profit (loss)

(

1,173

)

(

2,254

)

Non-operating income and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

 

98

 

 

 

620

 

Other income

 

 

12

 

 

 

12

 

Other gains and losses

(

1,794

)

 

 

30,337

 

Finance costs

(

6

)

(

6

)

Total non-operating income and expenses

(

1,690

)

 

 

30,963

 

Income (loss) before income tax

(

2,863

)

 

 

28,709

 

Income tax expense

(

215

)

(

201

)

Net income (loss)

($

3,078

)

 

$

28,508

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Components of other comprehensive income that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit risk changes in financial instrument-Preference shares

 

$

-

 

($

7

)

Components of other comprehensive income that will be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign operations

 

 

92

 

(

1,953

)

Other comprehensive income, net

 

$

92

 

($

1,960

)

Total comprehensive income (loss)

($

2,986

)

 

$

26,548

 

Net income (loss), attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the parent

($

3,078

)

 

$

28,508

 

Total comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the parent

($

2,986

)

 

$

26,548

 

 

PERFECT CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES – ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) CALCULATION

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 AND 2022

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

 

 

Nine months ended September 30

 

 

2021

 

2022

Items

 

AMOUNT

 

AMOUNT

Net Income (Loss)

($

3,078

)

 

$

28,508

 

One-off Transaction Costs

 

 

521

 

 

 

4,316

 

Non-Cash Equity-Based Compensation

 

 

139

 

 

 

1,580

 

Non-Cash Evaluation (Gain)/Loss of Preferred Shares

 

 

1,129

 

(

28,375

)

Foreign Exchange (Gain)/Loss

 

 

665

 

(

1,962

)

Adjusted Net Income (Loss)

($

624

)

 

$

4,067

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERFECT CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES – ADJUSTED EBITDA CALCULATION

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 AND 2022

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30

 

 

2021

 

2022

Items

 

AMOUNT

 

AMOUNT

Net Income (Loss)

($

3,078

)

 

$

28,508

 

Depreciation and Amortization Expense

 

 

473

 

 

 

582

 

Income Tax Expense

 

 

215

 

 

 

201

 

Interest and Finance costs

(

91

)

(

614

)

One-off Transaction Costs

 

 

521

 

 

 

4,316

 

Non-Cash Equity-Based Compensation

 

 

139

 

 

 

1,580

 

Non-Cash Evaluation (Gain)/Loss of Preferred Shares

 

 

1,129

 

(

28,375

)

Foreign Exchange (Gain)/Loss

 

 

665

 

(

1,962

)

Adjusted EBITDA

($

27

)

 

$

4,236

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_____________________________
1 Adjusted net income is a non-IFRS financial measure. See the “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section of this communication for the definition of such non-IFRS measure.
2 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure. See the “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section of this communication for the definition of such non-IFRS measure.
3 Key Customers refers to the Company’s brand customers who contributed revenue of more than $50,000 in the trailing 12 months ended on the measurement date.
4 Monthly active subscribers refer to paying users who subscribes to the Company’s mobile apps’ premium functions and maintain an active subscription at the end of the measured month.
5 “Business Combination Projections” refer to the projections under the section titled “Certain Projected Financial Information” in Amendment No. 6 to the Company’s registration statement on Form F-4, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 29, 2022, which had been provided to Provident’s board of directors in February 2022 for the purpose of its evaluation of the business combination between the Company and Provident.


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Perfect Corp. Reports Unaudited Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022 Perfect Corp. (NYSE: PERF) ("Perfect" or the "Company"), a global leader in providing augmented reality (“AR”) and artificial intelligence (“AI”) Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) solutions to beauty and fashion industries, today announced its …

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