Semrush Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results

03/13/2023

Full year 2022 revenue up more than 35% year over year

Over 95,000 Customers as of December 31, 2022

Semrush Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SEMR), a leading online visibility management SaaS platform, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022.

“2022 was a year of strong execution despite challenging macroeconomic conditions. We grew revenue by more than 35% year-over-year while significantly strengthening our European presence by relocating approximately 600 employees to new office locations in Western Europe. I want to take a moment to thank our customers, our employees, and our shareholders who have shown tremendous support for our business in 2022,” said Oleg Shchegolev, CEO and Co-Founder of Semrush.

“Looking ahead to 2023, I am optimistic of our future growth based on strong demand for our products and a history of customers returning to the platform. We continue to see record levels of new customer registrations and trials as we crossed more than 800,000 free active users on the platform. Our priority remains to expand the reach of our platform, however at the same time, we are focused on improving margins with the goal of non-GAAP profitability in 2023," added Mr. Shchegolev.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $68.8 million, up 28% year over year and full year 2022 revenue of $254.3 million, up more than 35% year over year
  • ARR of $275 million as of December 31, 2022, up 28% year over year
  • Dollar based net revenue retention of 118% as of December 31, 2022, down from 122% in the previous quarter
  • Over 95,000 paying customers as of December 31, 2022, up approximately 16% from a year ago
  • Net loss of $13.9 million for the fourth quarter and net loss of $33.8 million for the full year 2022
  • Non-GAAP net loss of $11.6 million for the fourth quarter and non-GAAP net loss of $26.5 million for the full year 2022

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

Fourth Quarter 2022 Business Highlights

Semrush is committed to empowering its customers with the best-in-class tools and services needed to boost their online presence and gain an edge in the market. In the fourth quarter, Semrush advanced and expanded many of our offerings:

  • Launched FindThatLead Domain Searcher, an app that helps businesses discover B2B leads in a matter of seconds. Users can proactively search for leads, start discussions and convert them before their competitors by simply entering their target’s company or website.
  • Released the latest SEO Writing Assistant (SWA) feature that allows users to scale content production more easily. The update lets businesses distribute workloads among different team members, share documents with specific individuals, and significantly streamline their content optimization workflow.
  • Applied our machine learning algorithm to improve the accuracy and reliability of Semrush’s search volume data beyond the US – now including United Kingdom, France, Canada, Australia, Spain and Italy.
  • App Center exited the year with 37 apps, including a total of 17 from third parties.
  • Semrush customers who pay more than $10K annually grew by more than 50% year over year.
  • More than 800,000 registered free active customers, up more than 50% year over year, across more than 157 countries
  • Substantially concluded our relocation program, having relocated approximately 600 employees and ended 2022 with more than 1,300 employees and more than 200 contractors

Business Outlook

Based on information as of today, March 13, 2023, we are issuing the following financial guidance:

First Quarter 2023 Financial Outlook

  • Revenue is expected to be in a range of $70.3 million to $70.7 million, ​​up 23% year over year
  • Non-GAAP net loss is expected to be in a range of $8.0 to $7.0 million which includes approximately $1.3 million of exit costs

Full-Year 2023 Financial Outlook

  • Revenue is expected to be in a range of $306.0 million to $309.0 million, up 20 to 22% year over year
  • Non-GAAP net income is expected to be in a range of breakeven to $3.0 million including approximately $1.3 million of exit costs

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, March 14, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. ET
Hosts: Oleg Shchegolev, CEO, Evgeny Fetisov, CFO, Eugene Levin, President, Andrew Warden, CMO
Conference ID: 3520221
Participant Toll Free Dial-In Number: 1 (888) 350-3436
Participant International Dial-In Number: 1 (646) 360-0185

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 http://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 95,000 paying customers, is headquartered in Boston and has offices in Philadelphia, Trevose, Austin, Dallas, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Limassol, Prague, Warsaw, and Yerevan.

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 the first quarter and full year of 2023, including revenue and non-GAAP net loss; statements about future operating results, including margin improvements and free cash flow goals; statements regarding the expectations of demand for our products, including demand from return customers, adoption of and demand for new products and features, our addressable market size, and growth of our business; and statements about expansion of our platform, 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 most recent annual report on form 10-K, and 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 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 loss. We define non-GAAP net loss as GAAP net loss, excluding stock-based compensation expense. We believe non-GAAP net 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.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Fiscal Year Ended December 31,

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Revenue

$

68,785

 

 

$

53,746

 

 

$

254,316

 

 

$

188,001

 

Cost of revenue

 

11,963

 

 

 

11,561

 

 

 

48,553

 

 

 

41,934

 

Gross profit

 

56,822

 

 

 

42,185

 

 

 

205,763

 

 

 

146,067

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing

 

39,596

 

 

 

25,694

 

 

 

126,889

 

 

 

81,122

 

Research and development

 

13,261

 

 

 

6,825

 

 

 

41,204

 

 

 

24,322

 

General and administrative

 

17,391

 

 

 

13,320

 

 

 

62,779

 

 

 

43,116

 

Exit costs

 

1,847

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,264

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

72,095

 

 

 

45,839

 

 

 

242,136

 

 

 

148,560

 

Loss from operations

 

(15,273

)

 

 

(3,654

)

 

 

(36,373

)

 

 

(2,493

)

Other income (expense), net

 

1,103

 

 

 

(266

)

 

 

3,456

 

 

 

(522

)

Loss before income taxes

 

(14,170

)

 

 

(3,920

)

 

 

(32,917

)

 

 

(3,015

)

(Benefit from) provision for income taxes

 

(269

)

 

 

(58

)

 

 

931

 

 

 

270

 

Net loss

$

(13,901

)

 

$

(3,862

)

 

$

(33,848

)

 

$

(3,285

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted:

$

(0.10

)

 

$

(0.03

)

 

$

(0.24

)

 

$

(0.03

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average number of shares of common stock used in computing net loss per share applicable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted:

 

141,531

 

 

 

138,363

 

 

 

141,160

 

 

 

126,586

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Fiscal Year Ended December 31,

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Cost of revenue

$

22

 

 

$

15

 

 

$

74

 

 

$

37

 

Sales and marketing

 

1,636

 

 

 

160

 

 

 

2,235

 

 

 

405

 

Research and development

 

287

 

 

 

144

 

 

 

1,123

 

 

 

348

 

General and administrative

 

332

 

 

 

634

 

 

 

3,961

 

 

 

1,952

 

Total stock-based compensation

$

2,277

 

 

$

953

 

 

$

7,393

 

 

$

2,742

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Fiscal Year Ended December 31,

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(13,901

)

 

$

(3,862

)

 

$

(33,848

)

 

$

(3,285

)

Stock-based compensation expense

 

2,277

 

 

 

953

 

 

 

7,393

 

 

 

2,742

 

Non-GAAP net loss

$

(11,624

)

 

$

(2,909

)

 

$

(26,455

)

 

$

(543

)

Semrush Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

As of

 

December 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

79,765

 

 

$

269,665

 

Short-term investments

 

157,774

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

3,559

 

 

 

2,190

 

Deferred contract costs, current portion

 

6,974

 

 

 

6,338

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

9,307

 

 

 

5,345

 

Total current assets

 

257,379

 

 

 

283,538

 

Property and equipment, net

 

8,076

 

 

 

8,270

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

12,009

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets, net

 

10,286

 

 

 

2,925

 

Goodwill

 

6,529

 

 

 

1,991

 

Deferred contract costs, net of current portion

 

2,082

 

 

 

2,254

 

Other long-term assets

 

2,329

 

 

 

1,096

 

Total assets

$

298,690

 

 

$

300,074

 

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

15,495

 

 

$

9,942

 

Accrued expenses

 

17,847

 

 

 

19,479

 

Deferred revenue

 

49,354

 

 

 

40,232

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

3,694

 

 

 

 

Other current liabilities

 

2,311

 

 

 

1,896

 

Total current liabilities

 

88,701

 

 

 

71,549

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred revenue, net of current portion

 

122

 

 

 

237

 

Deferred tax liability

 

11

 

 

 

268

 

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

8,929

 

 

 

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

1,023

 

 

 

2,478

 

Total liabilities

 

98,786

 

 

 

74,532

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Undesignated preferred stock, $— par value - 100,000 shares authorized, and no shares issued or outstanding as of December 31, 2022 or December 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock, $— par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized, and 43,743 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022; 31,842 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Class B common stock, $— par value; 160,000 shares authorized, and 97,897 shares issued and 97,844 outstanding as of December 31, 2022; 108,975 issued and 108,870 outstanding as of December 31, 2021

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

274,057

 

 

 

264,871

 

Accumulated other comprehensive deficit

 

(1,206

)

 

 

(230

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(72,948

)

 

 

(39,100

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

199,904

 

 

 

225,542

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

298,690

 

 

$

300,074

 

Semrush Holdings Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

 

 

 

For the Year Ended

 

December 31,

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

Operating Activities

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(33,848

)

 

$

(3,285

)

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

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

6,650

 

 

 

3,535

 

Intangible asset impairment expense

 

642

 

 

 

 

Amortization of deferred contract costs

 

8,988

 

 

 

6,489

 

Non-cash lease expense

 

4,520

 

 

 

 

Loss on disposal of subsidiaries

 

1,738

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

7,393

 

 

 

2,742

 

Non-cash interest expense

 

242

 

 

 

211

 

Changes in fair value of convertible debt securities

 

(1,152

)

 

 

 

Deferred taxes

 

(253

)

 

 

59

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

(3,317

)

 

 

(791

)

Deferred contract costs

 

(9,452

)

 

 

(9,362

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(2,446

)

 

 

(2,784

)

Accounts payable

 

6,793

 

 

 

1,527

 

Accrued expenses

 

(848

)

 

 

11,613

 

Other current liabilities

 

(394

)

 

 

 

Deferred revenue

 

9,133

 

 

 

13,807

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

94

 

 

 

 

Change in operating lease liability

 

(4,107

)

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

(9,624

)

 

 

23,761

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(4,234

)

 

 

(2,380

)

Purchases of short-term investments

 

(157,899

)

 

 

 

Purchases of convertible debt securities

 

(2,000

)

 

 

(500

)

Capitalization of internal-use software development costs

 

(1,706

)

 

 

(1,403

)

Cash paid for acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

 

(13,993

)

 

 

(350

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(179,832

)

 

 

(4,633

)

Financing Activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

981

 

 

 

1,327

 

Proceeds from issuance of shares in connection with Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

758

 

 

 

 

Payment of finance leases

 

(2,084

)

 

 

(1,373

)

Net proceeds from completing public offerings

 

 

 

 

215,370

 

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

 

(345

)

 

 

215,324

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

(275

)

 

 

(230

)

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

 

(190,076

)

 

 

234,222

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of year

 

269,841

 

 

 

35,619

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of year

$

79,765

 

 

$

269,841

 

 

INVESTOR:
Bob Gujavarty
VP of Investor Relations
Semrush Holdings, Inc.
Bobby.Gujavarty@semrush.com

MEDIA:
Jesse Platz
VP of Analyst and Public Relations
Semrush Holdings, Inc.
Jesse.Platz@semrush.com

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