Fubo Exceeded Q1 2023 Guidance for North America With $316.5 Million Total Revenue and 1.285 Million Paid Subscribers, Raises Full Year 2023 Guidance; Reaffirms Expected 2025 Profitability Timeline
FuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO), the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023. Fubo's North American streaming business exceeded guidance, posting double digit year-over-year (YoY) growth in total revenue ($316.5 million, up 34% YoY) and paid subscribers (1.285 million, up 22% YoY). The company is also raising full year subscriber guidance to 1.550 million-1.570 million subscribers (representing 8% YoY growth at the midpoint) and total revenue guidance to $1.235 billion-$1.265 billion (representing 27% YoY growth at the midpoint) in North America.
The company delivered ad revenue of $22.5 million in the quarter, remaining flat YoY against continued pressure on the advertising market. Fubo expects a reacceleration of growth in the second quarter.
Fubo's Rest of World (ROW) streaming business also posted double digit growth in total revenue ($7.8 million, up 41% YoY) and paid subscribers (379,000, up 24% YoY) during the first quarter. ROW includes the results of Molotov, the French live TV streaming service acquired by Fubo in December 2021.
The first quarter also marked a substantial YoY improvement in Fubo's cash usage, Net Loss and Adjusted EBITDA (AEBITDA)1 due to the company's continued focus on unit economics, cost controls and path to profitability. Fubo also further strengthened its balance sheet and liquidity position, ending the quarter with $364.8 million in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash.
Fubo believes that its current cash balance is sufficient to achieve positive cash flow in 2025 based on its current operating plan. The company has no further plans to utilize the at-the-market (ATM) program based on its current outlook.
In the coming months, Fubo will be sharing details of its global product vision with AI as its centerpiece. The company's proprietary tech stack has enabled it to continuously evolve live TV streaming: Fubo was the first virtual MVPD to launch 4K streaming (2018) and MultiView (2020) - both years ahead of its peers. With the 2021 acquisition of AI and computer vision company Edisn.ai, Fubo is aiming to build a completely new way for consumers to engage with and watch live TV.
Complete first quarter 2023 results are detailed in Fubo's shareholder letter available on the company's IR site.
"We are pleased with Fubo's execution to start 2023 - beating expectations across our KPIs - and our increased North America guidance for the year reflects our confidence in our continued leadership in streaming," said David Gandler, co-founder and CEO, Fubo. "In addition, we remain confident in our path to generate positive cash flow in 2025. While the macro uncertainty continues, the second quarter has started well, with customer engagement ongoing and advertising accelerating sequentially. We look forward to keeping shareholders updated on our progress in the quarters to come."
"Fubo's strong first quarter results mark continued traction towards our 2025 profitability targets," said Edgar Bronfman Jr., executive chairman, Fubo. "We meaningfully exceeded the midpoint of our first quarter subscriber growth and revenue guidance in North America by 135,000 subscribers and $19 million respectively. Considerable progress was also made toward our goal of becoming cash flow and Adjusted EBITDA (AEBITDA) positive. We are confident that our current cash balance is sufficient to achieve positive cash flow in 2025 based on our current operating plan. Accordingly, we have no further plans to utilize the at-the-market (ATM) program based on our current outlook."
Gandler and CFO John Janedis will host a live conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET to deliver brief remarks followed by Q&A. The live webcast will be available on the Events page of Fubo's investor relations website. An archived replay will be available on Fubo's website following the call. Participants should join the call 10 minutes in advance to ensure that they are connected prior to the event.
With a mission to build the world's leading global live TV streaming platform with the greatest breadth of premium content and interactivity, FuboTV Inc. (NYSE: FUBO) aims to transcend the industry's current TV model. The company operates Fubo in the U.S., Canada and Spain and Molotov in France.
In the U.S., Fubo is a sports-first cable TV replacement product that aggregates more than 175 live sports, news and entertainment networks and is the only live TV streaming platform with every Nielsen-rated sports channel (source: Nielsen Total Viewers, 2022). Leveraging Fubo's proprietary data and technology platform optimized for live TV and sports viewership, subscribers can engage with the content they are watching through interactive product features like FanView, an in-video experience showcasing live game, team and player stats and scores in real time. Fubo was also the first virtual MVPD to enable simultaneous viewing of up to four live channels (Multiview on Apple TV) as well the first to stream in 4K HDR.
Ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction among Live TV Streaming Providers by J.D. Power (2022), Fubo has been called "a force in sports streaming" by Forbes, "the best streaming service for sports aficionados" by Tom's Guide and was heralded by CNET for its "ease of use." Learn more at https://fubo.tv
Basis of Presentation - Continuing Operations
In connection with the dissolution of Fubo Gaming, Inc. and termination of Fubo Sportsbook in October 2022, the assets and liabilities and the operations of our former wagering reportable segment have been presented as discontinued operations in our consolidated financial statements. With respect to our continuing operations, we operate as a single reportable segment. Financial information presented in this release reflects Fubo's results on a continuing operations basis, which excludes our former wagering reportable segment. Prior periods have been recast to conform to this presentation.
Key Performance Metrics and Non-GAAP Measures
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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The following table includes a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
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