Semrush Announces Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

More than 94,000 Customers as of September 30, 2022

Third Quarter Revenue of $65.8 million

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Semrush Holdings, Inc. (“Semrush” )(NYSE: SEMR), a leading online visibility management SaaS platform, today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022.

“We delivered solid growth despite a more challenging demand environment. We saw steady new customer growth, which was partially offset by lower expansion from existing customers. Interest in our products remains high, however at the moment, customers are more cautious and closely scrutinizing their spending,” said Oleg Shchegolev, CEO and Co-Founder of Semrush.

“The breadth of the Semrush platform continues to grow as we rolled out a major update to our Social Media Management Toolkit and continue to expand our App Center. While the demand environment is more challenging, we will continue to focus on delivering value to our customers and help them navigate through these macroeconomic headwinds,” added Mr. Shchegolev.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Third quarter revenue of $65.8 million, up 34% year over year
  • ARR of $267 million as of September 30, 2022, up more than 33% year over year
  • Dollar-based net revenue retention of 122% as of September 30, 2022, compared to 125% in the previous quarter
  • More than 94,000 paying customers as of September 30, 2022, up more than 17% from a year ago
  • Net loss of $9.1 million for the third quarter, compared with a net loss of $615 thousand a year ago
  • Non-GAAP net loss of $7.1 million for the third quarter which includes $5.8 million of expense associated with the winding down of our Russia operations, compared with non-GAAP net income of $12 thousand a year ago

See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures & Definitions of Key Metrics” below for how we define ARR, dollar-based net revenue retention, non-GAAP net income (loss), and the financial tables that accompany this release for reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its closest comparable GAAP financial measure.

Business Highlights

  • Continued to see strong growth from larger accounts, with the number of customers paying more than $10K annually up more than 70% year over year in the third quarter
  • Launched a partnership through which Wix customers will now have limited access to our industry leading keyword research tool
  • App Center growth accelerated and surpassed $3 million of gross ARR in the third quarter
  • Agency growth kit continued to see strong growth as ARR more than doubled from a year ago
  • Favorable results from our connected TV marketing campaign with record new customer additions in August through this channel
  • Launched new collaboration and posting tools as part of a major refresh of our social media management toolkit which now has more than 50,000 monthly active users

Business Outlook

Based on information as of today, November 14, 2022, we are issuing the following financial guidance:

Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Outlook

  • Revenue is expected to be in a range of $67.25 million to $67.75 million, ​​up 25 to 26% year over year
  • Non-GAAP net loss is expected to be in a range of $12.5 to $11.5 million, which includes incremental $2 to $1 million of one-time relocation costs related to the winding down of our Russia operations

Full-Year 2022 Financial Outlook

  • Revenue is expected to be in a range of $252.8 million to $253.3 million, up 34 to 35% year over year
  • Non-GAAP net loss is expected to be in a range of $26 to $25 million, which includes $11 to $10 million of one-time relocation costs related to the winding down of our Russia operations

Reconciliation of non-GAAP net loss guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability, complexity and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from this non-GAAP measure, in particular the measures and effects of share-based compensation expense, employer taxes and tax deductions specific to equity compensation awards that are directly impacted by future hiring, turnover and retention needs. We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

Conference Call Details

Semrush will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results, business highlights, outlook and other matters, the details for which are provided below.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. ET

Conference ID: 3520221

Participant Toll Free Dial-In Number: 1 (888) 350-3436

Participant International Dial-In Number: 1 (646) 960-0185

Registration:

The live webcast of the conference call as well as the replay can be accessed for a limited time from the Semrush investor relations website at https://investors.semrush.com/.

About Semrush

Semrush is a leading online visibility management SaaS platform that enables businesses globally to run search engine optimization, pay-per-click, content, social media and competitive research campaigns and get measurable results from online marketing. Semrush offers insights and solutions for companies to build, manage, and measure campaigns across various marketing channels. Semrush, with over 94,000 paying customers, is headquartered in Boston and has offices in Philadelphia, Dallas, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Prague, Warsaw, Belgrade, and Limassol as well as new locations in Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which are statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “shall,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern our expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, guidance on financial results for future periods; statements about our ability to successfully relocate employees out of Russia, including executing our relocation plans on the timeline we expect and at the anticipated cost; statements about future operating results; statements regarding the expectations of demand for our products, including adoption of and demand for new products, features, app center, and toolkits, our addressable market size, and growth of our business; statements about the market opportunity and our positioning to capture the market opportunity; and statements about the effectiveness of our products and our competitive advantages.

The forward-looking statements contained in this release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on March 18, 2022, as updated by our subsequently filed quarterly reports and other SEC filings. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved. The forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Additional information regarding these and other factors that could affect our results is included in our SEC filings, which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations page on its website at investors.semrush.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures & Definitions of Key Metrics

Semrush has provided in this release the non-GAAP financial measure of non-GAAP net income (loss). Semrush uses this non-GAAP financial measure internally in analyzing its financial results and believes it is useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating Semrush’s ongoing operational performance. Semrush believes that the use of this non-GAAP financial measure provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing its financial results with other companies in Semrush’s industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors.

Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release.

ARR is defined as of a given date as the monthly recurring revenue that we expect to contractually receive from all paid subscription agreements that are actively generating revenue as of that date multiplied by 12. We include both monthly recurring paid subscriptions, which renew automatically unless canceled, as well as the annual recurring paid subscriptions so long as we do not have any indication that a customer has canceled or intends to cancel its subscription and we continue to generate revenue from them.

We updated our definition of ARR as of September 30, 2022. Prior to September 30, 2022, we defined ARR as the daily revenue of all paid subscription agreements that were actively generating revenue as of the last day of the reporting period multiplied by 365, except that we calculated the ARR from Prowly’s customers as the monthly recurring revenue as of the last month of the reporting period multiplied by 12. We made this change because it simplifies the calculation and internal reporting of ARR, eliminates the impact of the number of days in a given month on ARR, and We believe the updated definition is a more widely used methodology in our industry.

Dollar-based Net Revenue Retention is defined as (a) the revenue from our customers during the twelve-month period ending one year prior to such period as the denominator and (b) the revenue from those same customers during the twelve months ending as of the end of such period as the numerator. This calculation excludes revenue from new customers and any non-recurring revenue.

Non-GAAP net income (loss). We define non-GAAP net income (loss) as GAAP income (loss), excluding stock-based compensation expense. We believe non-GAAP net income (loss) provides our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitates period-to-period comparisons of operations, as it eliminates the effect of stock-based compensation, which is often unrelated to overall operating performance.

Semrush Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Revenue

$

65,793

 

 

$

49,252

 

 

$

185,531

 

 

$

134,255

 

Cost of revenue ¹

 

12,405

 

 

 

11,362

 

 

 

36,590

 

 

 

30,373

 

Gross profit

 

53,388

 

 

 

37,890

 

 

 

148,941

 

 

 

103,882

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing ¹

 

30,569

 

 

 

20,674

 

 

 

87,293

 

 

 

55,428

 

Research and development ¹

 

10,134

 

 

 

6,174

 

 

 

27,943

 

 

 

17,497

 

General and administrative ¹

 

17,007

 

 

 

11,372

 

 

 

45,388

 

 

 

29,796

 

Exit costs

 

5,932

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,417

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

63,642

 

 

 

38,220

 

 

 

170,041

 

 

 

102,721

 

(Loss) income from operations

 

(10,254

)

 

 

(330

)

 

 

(21,100

)

 

 

1,161

 

Other income (expense), net

 

1,483

 

 

 

(184

)

 

 

2,353

 

 

 

(256

)

(Loss) income before income taxes

 

(8,771

)

 

 

(514

)

 

 

(18,747

)

 

 

905

 

Provision for income taxes

 

321

 

 

 

101

 

 

 

1,200

 

 

 

328

 

Net (loss) income

$

(9,092

)

 

$

(615

)

 

$

(19,947

)

 

$

577

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.06

)

 

$

 

 

$

(0.14

)

 

$

 

Diluted

$

(0.06

)

 

$

 

 

$

(0.14

)

 

$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average number of shares of common stock used in computing net (loss) income per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

141,256

 

 

 

135,673

 

 

 

141,034

 

 

 

122,595

 

Diluted

 

141,256

 

 

 

135,673

 

 

 

141,034

 

 

 

138,639

 

¹ includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

Cost of revenue

$

20

 

 

$

7

 

 

$

52

 

 

$

22

Sales and marketing

 

189

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

599

 

 

 

245

Research and development

 

329

 

 

 

68

 

 

 

836

 

 

 

204

General and administrative

 

1,442

 

 

 

452

 

 

 

3,629

 

 

 

1,318

Total stock-based compensation

$

1,980

 

 

$

627

 

 

$

5,116

 

 

$

1,789

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

 

Nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP net (loss) income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

$

(9,092

)

 

$

(615

)

 

$

(19,947

)

 

$

577

Stock-based compensation expense

 

1,980

 

 

 

627

 

 

 

5,116

 

 

 

1,789

Non-GAAP net (loss) income

$

(7,112

)

 

$

12

 

 

$

(14,831

)

 

$

2,366

Semrush Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

As of

 

September 30, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

246,554

 

 

$

269,665

 

Accounts receivable

 

2,762

 

 

 

2,190

 

Deferred contract costs, current portion

 

7,362

 

 

 

6,338

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

6,340

 

 

 

5,345

 

Total current assets

 

263,018

 

 

 

283,538

 

Property and equipment, net

 

6,985

 

 

 

8,270

 

Intangible assets, net

 

11,254

 

 

 

2,925

 

Goodwill

 

6,337

 

 

 

1,991

 

Deferred contract costs, net of current portion

 

2,443

 

 

 

2,254

 

Other assets

 

3,748

 

 

 

1,096

 

Total assets

$

293,785

 

 

$

300,074

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

13,153

 

 

$

9,942

 

Accrued expenses

 

17,647

 

 

 

19,479

 

Deferred revenue

 

47,121

 

 

 

40,232

 

Other current liabilities

 

2,664

 

 

 

1,896

 

Total current liabilities

 

80,585

 

 

 

71,549

 

Long-term liabilities

 

 

 

Deferred revenue, net of current portion

 

382

 

 

 

237

 

Deferred tax liability

 

111

 

 

 

268

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

1,430

 

 

 

2,478

 

Total liabilities

 

82,508

 

 

 

74,532

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Undesignated preferred stock, $0.00001 par value – 100,000,000 shares authorized, and no shares issued or outstanding as of September 30, 2022 or December 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock, $0.00001 par value – 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, and 43,615,053 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2022; 31,841,061 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Class B common stock, $0.00001 par value – 160,000,000 shares authorized, and 97,918,005 shares issued and 97,864,674 outstanding as of September 30, 2022; 108,975,216 shares issued and 108,870,126 outstanding as of December 31, 2021

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

271,783

 

 

 

264,871

 

Accumulated other comprehensive deficit

 

(1,460

)

 

 

(230

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(59,047

)

 

 

(39,100

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

211,277

 

 

 

225,542

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

293,785

 

 

$

300,074

 

Semrush Holdings Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Operating Activities

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

$

(19,947

)

 

$

577

 

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

6,626

 

 

 

2,438

 

Amortization of deferred contract costs

 

7,145

 

 

 

4,578

 

Amortization of deferred financing and debt issuance costs

 

53

 

 

 

 

Loss on disposal of subsidiary

 

1,738

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

5,116

 

 

 

1,789

 

Non-cash interest expense

 

96

 

 

 

158

 

Change in fair value of convertible debt securities

 

(889

)

 

 

 

Deferred taxes

 

290

 

 

 

(83

)

Deposit on letter of credit

 

 

 

 

88

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

(344

)

 

 

(741

)

Deferred contract costs

 

(8,358

)

 

 

(6,964

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

(1,395

)

 

 

(3,924

)

Other current liabilities

 

1,562

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

4,824

 

 

 

(3,219

)

Accrued expenses

 

(2,772

)

 

 

14,419

 

Deferred revenue

 

6,299

 

 

 

9,634

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

(38

)

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

6

 

 

 

18,750

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(4,016

)

 

 

(1,558

)

Purchases of convertible debt securities

 

(2,000

)

 

 

(500

)

Capitalization of internal-use software development costs

 

(1,273

)

 

 

(433

)

Cash paid for acquisition of assets and businesses, net of cash acquired

 

(13,993

)

 

 

(350

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(21,282

)

 

 

(2,841

)

Financing Activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

1,539

 

 

 

604

 

Issuance of shares in connection with Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

257

 

 

 

 

Payment of capital leases

 

(1,967

)

 

 

(913

)

Net proceeds from completing initial public offering

 

 

 

 

137,467

 

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

 

(171

)

 

 

137,158

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,664

)

 

 

 

(Decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(23,111

)

 

 

153,067

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at beginning of period

 

269,665

 

 

 

35,619

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at end of period

$

246,554

 

 

$

188,686

 

Contacts

INVESTOR:
Bob Gujavarty

Semrush Holdings, Inc.

bobby.gujavarty@semrush.com

MEDIA:
Jena Sullivan

Semrush Holdings, Inc.

jena.sullivan@semrush.com