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GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO)
Q1 2019 Earnings Call
May. 9, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, everyone, and welcome to GoPro's First Quarter 2019 Earnings Results Conference Call. Today's call is being recorded.

And at this time it's my pleasure to turn the conference over to Christopher Clark, Head of Corporate Communications.

Christopher Clark -- Head of Corporate Communications

Thanks, operator. Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to GoPro's first quarter 2019 earnings conference call. With me today are GoPro's CEO, Nicholas Woodman; and CFO, Brian McGee.

Before we get started, I'd like to remind everyone that our remarks today may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements and all other statements that are not historical facts are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially.

Additionally, any forward-looking statements made today are based on assumptions as of today. We do not undertake any obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events. Information concerning our risk factors is available in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31st, 2018, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in other reports that we may file from time-to-time with the SEC.

Today, we may discuss gross margin, operating expense, net profit, and loss as well as basic and diluted net profit and loss per share in accordance with GAAP and additionally on a non-GAAP basis. We believe that non-GAAP information is useful because it can enhance the understanding of our ongoing economic performance.

We use non-GAAP reporting internally to evaluate and manage our operations. We choose to provide this information to enable investors to perform comparisons of operating results in a manner similar to how we analyze our own operating results. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP operating expenses can be found in the press release that was issued this afternoon.

In addition to the earnings press release, we have posted slides containing detailed financial data and metrics for the first quarter 2019. These slides as well as a link to today's live webcast and a replay of this conference call is posted on the GoPro Investor Relations website for your reference.

All income statement related numbers that are discussed today during the call, other than revenue, are not GAAP, unless otherwise noted.

Now I'd like to turn the call over to GoPro's Founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman.

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Thanks , Chris, and good afternoon. Today, Brian and I will take you through GoPro's first quarter 2019 performance. In short, we had a great quarter. Strong consumer demand for the HERO7 line, improved collaboration with our retailers and continued execution drove our results.

Revenue in the quarter was $243 million representing 20% growth year-over-year. And as Brian will detail we are raising our 2019 revenue and earnings guidance. Strong sell-through and a mix shifted toward our flagship HERO7 Black led to an 8% sequential and year-over-year increase in ASPs to $288. Inventory is at appropriate levels in each of our global markets.

Thanks to effective channel management and consistent demand for the HERO7 line. Our Q1 benefited from improved channel marketing collaboration with our distributors and retail partners around the world. Our channel partners are benefiting from the strength of HERO7 Black and are motivated to drive awareness and sell-through in their markets.

This contributed to our Q1 results and we believe it will positively impact Q2 as well. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our channel partners for their support of GoPro and the HERO7 line. It's a team effort and together we're making an impact.

To capitalize on our momentum, we doubled our year-over-year marketing spend in Q1. New creative campaigns and improved conversion rates drove positive results. Revenue is up in all regions and GoPro.com achieved record traffic and sales during the quarter with unique site visits up 38% year-over-year and web store conversions improving approximately 175% year-over-year.

Thanks to the strength of our product lineup and improvements we've made to the shopping experience at GoPro.com. We're committed to growing our GoPro.com direct sales channel as it represents an opportunity for us to improve margin over time.

We believe HERO7 Black's industry-leading HyperSmooth video stabilization and the improved video quality it enables is having a positive impact on our social channels. Organic viewership of GoPro content in Q1 hit 173 million views an all-time quarterly high, and our social following increased by 1.3 million to approximately 40 million driven primarily by increases on Instagram and YouTube.

In April, GoPro received recognition for its social media performance winning two shorty awards. One for Best User-Generated Content and one for Best Overall Presence on Instagram. And just last week we announced that our YouTube channel achieved a significant milestone surpassing two billion lifetime views. All of this is contributing to growth in each of our regions.

In the US, according to NPD Group, in the first quarter GoPro captured 89% unit share and 97% dollar share of our category up from 86% and 95% respectively year-over-year. Also in the US, the HERO7 line represented the top three selling cameras in our category and HERO7 Black was the number one selling camera in all of digital imaging by unit volume. GoPro also gained market share internationally in Q1.

According to GfK, in Europe, in the $199 and above price band, GoPro grew to 86% unit and dollar share up from 85% and 84% respectively year-over-year. GoPro also grew within the APAC region during Q1.

According to GfK aggregate sell-through in China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand grew a 11% on a dollar basis year-over-year. Our subscription service Plus has grown to 220,000 paying subscribers up over 10% since we reported on our last call and up 50% year-over-year.

In mid-April we rolled out the full benefits of Plus two additional international markets. We expect to accelerate our Plus subscription service through enhancing our offering, continued international expansion, increased marketing, and new distribution channels. We see Plus as an important opportunity to grow margin and operating profit and we are investing accordingly.

To summarize our first quarter, sales are strong in each of our markets around the world, and we are proactively driving our business with our channel partners. We're maintaining a disciplined approach to expense management and we are lowering our 2019 operating expense target to approximately $390 million, which is below our previously stated target of $400 million.

We continue to expand our Plus subscription offering, while growing our core camera business in all of our regions around the world, and given the success we've seen with launching new products every year to wow our customers. I'm happy to share that we're planning an exciting refreshed lineup at all price points in Q4, including our next generation spherical camera and an innovative multi-year roadmap that we believe will result in continued momentum, growth, and profitability for GoPro in 2019 and beyond.

And now with that I'll turn the call over to Brian.

Brian McGee -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Nick. I'll begin with an overview of our performance in the first quarter and then share some thoughts on upwardly revised revenue and earnings guidance for 2019.

In the first quarter of 2019, we continued to see strong demand for our flagship HERO7 Black camera, which resulted in revenue of $242.7 million, a 20% increase year-over-year. Gross margin for the quarter was 34.2% up from 24.3% a year ago. Net loss was $10.2 million, a 79% improvement than the year ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA improved by $34 million from the year ago quarter to nearly breakeven.

GAAP operating expenses were $101 million for the quarter, a 16% decrease year-over-year. Non-GAAP operating expenses of $91 million for the quarter was a 3% decrease year-over-year. GAAP and non-GAAP loss per share was $0.17 and $0.07 respectively.

Non-GAAP net loss improved 79% compared to the $0.34 loss per share in the year ago quarter. As of March 31st, our headcount was 903. Turning to the balance sheet. Accounts receivable as of March 31st were down $11 million sequentially. Our DSOs on accounts receivable were 44 days.

We continue to execute on our inventory management and in the quarter at $119 million or a 10% decrease from the first quarter of 2018 and ending at the lowest first quarter level since Q1 2014. Cash decreased in the quarter to $133 million due to the seasonal timing of working capital activity.

We expect cash balances to increase in the second quarter to approximately $150 million. Now let's discuss our quarterly business performance in more detail. Camera units shipped totaled 842,000, an increase of 11% year-over-year principally due to the demand of our flagship HERO7 Black camera, which accounted for over 90% of our camera revenue and over 85% of camera unit shipped in the quarter.

First quarter Street ASP was $288, an 8% increase sequentially and year-over-year. Street ASP is defined as total reported revenue divided by camera units shipped. Revenue in all reported regions grew year-over-year. Revenue from our Asia-Pac region grew 24%, while revenue from the America grew 23%, and Europe grew by 12%.

In addition, GoPro.com accounted for more than 10% of revenue for the quarter increasing 90% year-over-year. We estimate that camera unit sell-through for the first quarter of 2019 was over 900,000 unit in line with our expectations. We believe channel inventories declined on a sequential basis. In particular, we estimate that aggregate channel inventory of HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White cameras decreased by 20% sequentially. GoPro.com is growing substantially, representing an increasing percentage of our business that has not tracked by either NPD or GfK.

As Nick noted, we're increasingly focused on our GoPro.com direct sales channel as it represents an opportunity to improve margin over time. We continued to be on track to begin ramping our US-bound camera production in the second quarter in Guadalajara, Mexico to support sales beginning in Q3. We expect most of our US-bound cameras will be in production in Mexico in the second half of 2019.

As stated previously, our decision to move most of our US-bound production to Mexico supports our goal to insulate us against possible tariffs as well as recognized some cost saving and efficiencies. I will now provide guidance for 2019. Framing 2019, we continue to expect both unit sell-in and unit sell-through to grow year-over-year.

We expect our mix of camera to remain due to the high-end and as a result we expect APS to be above $280 per camera for the year. And as Nick said, we expect to accelerate our Plus subscription service as it's a meaningful opportunity to grow margin and operating profit. Our overall expectation is for 2019 revenue to grow between 7% to 10% up from our previous guide of 5% to 8%. We expect 2019 margins to be 36.5% plus or minus 50 basis points.

We expect non-GAAP tax expense to be approximately $2 million to $2.5 million and other income and expense to be approximately $8 million in expense. We're using a fully diluted share count of approximately $146 million shares for Q2, $147 million shares for the second half and 2019.

We expect full year operating expenses to be approximately $390 million as we realize more efficiencies in the business, while also investing in our product roadmap, marketing, and our subscription service. We believe the combination of revenue growth, margin improvement, and reduced operating expenses enables us to increase our profitability outlook in 2019 with non-GAAP EPS in the range of $0.25 per share to $0.45 per share and GAAP EPS to be approximately break-even.

More specifically for the second quarter of 2019, we expect revenue to be in the range of $285 million to $305 million. Gross margin in the range of 35.5% plus or minus 50 basis points. Operating expenses of $96 million to $98 million. Non-GAAP earning a break-even to $0.06 per share.

For the second half of 2019, we expect revenue to grow in the range of 4% to 9% flat to slightly up in the unit and higher ASPs versus the second half of 2018. Gross margin in the range of 37.5% plus or minus 50 basis points. OpEx in the range of $200 million to $205 million.

To summarize we are pleased with our performance in the first quarter of 2019. With this momentum and continued execution for the full year 2019, we expect to deliver positive EBITDA of $90 million to $100 million, grow revenue 7% to 10%, increase cash above $200 million, and be profitable over the year.

With that operator, we are ready to take questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. (Operator Instructions) And we'll go first to Paul Coster at JPMorgan.

Paul Coster -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Yes, hello. Thanks for taking my questions. Nick, at one point, you talked about multi-year roadmap. I wasn't clear on whether your intent is to have one or two articulate one if it's the latter perhaps you can explain?

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Well, we definitely have multi-year roadmap. No, I was just sharing that. We've got a very strong multi-year roadmap that we believe will help us not only maintain, but build on this momentum and grow GoPro top line and profitability. We got a much better understanding of our customers, as we've shared on previous calls, we've been investing more and more in consumer research and getting to understand our customers, better understand why exactly they're buying each of our models, what drives them, and we're doing a much better job of factoring that information into our product roadmap to better appeal to our customers going forward.

And I'd also add that you know as we see ASP is rising. It's important to note that it's well known now that over the entire history of GoPro, our customers have gravitated toward our higher end, higher performance products.

And if you think about how much of our business is done, how much sell-through is at the 399 HERO7 Black, it's an indication that there's an opportunity to develop even higher performance, higher price point products, that some percentage of our customers will be excited about.

So, I would say, that this is one of the areas we see an opportunity to grow and better appeal to consumers because they're clearly telling us they want the very best from GoPro.

Paul Coster -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Got it. So, the revenue guidance for the year, it looks to me like it's mainly to do with the increase in ASP, so unit volume wise it's somewhat flattish here. Is that creates interpretation? And then one other question I just ask in passing is the retail channel innovations that you've implemented. It sounds like the 1Q and 2Q that are applied and they have instant effects apparently, but is that kind of a one-shot deal or -- do you anticipate this being a kind of constant improvement process? Thank you.

Brian McGee -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Hi, Paul, this is Brian. Let me take the first part of that question. On the revenue growth, it is largely ASP driven although we were up in Q1 about 11% on units, we'll be up a bit in the second half as I said in prepared remarks and ASPs should be up around 8% in Q2 and then up in the second half.

And you know it's good that kind of adding to what Nick said about consumers gravitating at the higher end and higher ASP, but you know as if we are in the 4.5 million to 5 million kind of units per year selling more in the high end. We really have a solid business, solid revenue, and profitability for the company and enables us to go for a TAM expansion.

And you know and then my prepared remarks talking about EBITDA growing this year from $20 million in '18 to $90 million to $100 million in 2019

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

And as it relates to your question about is there more to do with retailers globally to improve our presentation at retail, I mean, absolutely, you know we're now in a position of growth and returning profitability that allows us to operate from a position of strength and invest where we see opportunity to get strong return.

And that's definitely true at retail. We are part of how we grew our brand globally and grew sell-through to where we have is through strong retail presence, but in many channels it's been a while since we've refreshed our presence.

There's an opportunity to expand our presence and improve how we present GoPro to consumers in different regions. We've spoken a lot about localization of our brand and our go-to market strategy in store and that's something that we continue to invest in.

Again all within our stated OpEx target of 390, but there's a lot of opportunity to work more closely with retailers to improve our store presence, improve our store positioning, and frankly leverage more of their expertise and understanding of their customer.

So, that together, we're working on joint marketing plans, joint business plans that speak directly to you know really localize GoPro for that specific retailers, customers in ways that we haven't before. It's a team effort as I mentioned on the call and we're really grateful to our channel partners for working so closely with us to grow our respective business together.

Paul Coster -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you.

Operator

And we'll go next to Eric Woodring at Morgan Stanley.

Eric Woodring -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Hey, guys. Thanks for taking my call. Just a quick question. You had mentioned channel inventory for White and Silver was down 20%. I'm just wondering if you can comment on the HERO7 Black channel inventory and I have a follow-up.

Brian McGee -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Black was basically flat quarter-over-quarter and it needed to be that way because as we look ahead to Q2 with increasing revenue we expect quite a bit of that to be on Black, and that needed to be in the channel which is good. And I would say all of our products are at the appropriate level, inventory level in the channel and across all the deals as well.

Eric Woodring -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Okay perfect. And then, sorry, go ahead.

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Just to add to that we feel that we're really well positioned for future transition to a refreshed lineup as we shares it's coming in the fall. It's just really important to note that, that transition is incredibly important to us, and we feel like we're in a great spot inventory wise.

Eric Woodring -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Okay, perfect. Thank you. And then just as my follow-up. Just curious what you've heard in terms of customer reaction since you added the unlimited cloud storage and increased discounts on accessories for the Plus subscription and rolled it out to new, rolled it out to new regions. Just curious what you've heard from customers how pickup has been internationally, just any color you could share on that would be great? Thanks.

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Sure. We're obviously happy with the 10% sequential growth. I'm sorry, yes, 220,000 unit subscribers. There's no question that the added benefits that we're bringing on the Plus are having a positive impact, and of course making the full suite of benefits available to our international customers for the first time is having a positive impact.

So, I think, the proof is in the pudding. The proof is in the numbers in terms of the subscriber growth. I'd note that one of the most sort of promising opportunities we have to significantly improve or accelerate subscription rates is that we've learned that it's paramount to acquire a new subscriber at the time of camera purchase, if not very shortly thereafter.

And we currently don't have the ability to do that. We don't have the ability yet to attach Plus to a camera purchase at GoPro.com. That's coming online in short order that's going to be very helpful. And we're also talking to retailers about how we can offer Plus subscription in their stores at the time of purchase, and make it economically beneficial to the retailer to help us grow that Plus subscription.

Right now it's a bit like you know if you compared our Plus subscription to say Best Buy selling insurance for flat-screen TVs. Imagine how hard it would be for Best Buy to sell insurance, if they were only able to pitch the consumer on the offer two to three weeks after that consumer took that TV home and had it hanging on their wall that would be a very difficult conversion.

And that's actually the what we've been dealing with Plus, but we've been able to grow the subscription to 220,000 subscribers. So, like Best Buy being able to add insurance to its TV sale at the time of purchase, it's going to make a tremendous impact we believe when we can offer Plus at the time of camera purchase both at GoPro.com and through our retail channel.

So, that's a very important change in our go-to market strategy that we think is going to have a significant impact on our subscriber base in the future.

Brian McGee -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

And Eric, I think, I would Chime in, you know, 220,000 paid subscribers, that's more than $3 million of revenue a quarter, which is created a very high margin. So, it's very accretive to margin and the bottom line.

Eric Woodring -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

All right. Thanks, guys.

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Thank you.

Operator

(Operator Instructions) And we'll go next to Nikolay Todorov at Longbow Research.

Nikolay Todorov -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Hello, guys. Good afternoon. Congrats on a great quarter, and thanks for all the details on guidance. Brian, if I heard correctly you mentioned that you expect both sell-through and sell-ins increased for 2019. As far as I remember you mentioned that in the last call that sell-through last year was 4.8 million units. So, we should say you know 4.9 million in 2019, but at the same time you know you're kind of guiding to allow 4% to 5% units growth. And you guys shipped 4.3 million last year so that puts you around 4.4 million, 4.5 million. So, that's kind of 300,000 units of delta. Can you please try me and help me explain and kind of bridge that gap?

Brian McGee -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I think, you know we're trying to manage our channel inventory. And so our expectation is about 4.9 million or so unit sell-through in 2019 and that is up from 4.8 million in 2018. And so channel inventory would drop from about 1 million units to about 700,000 or so if this proves out how we guide it. And we were down in Q1 we expect to be flat to down in Q2, Q3 maybe slightly up, and Q4 would be down.

Nikolay Todorov -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Okay. And Nick, I think, you mentioned four new camera refreshes, and correct me if I heard wrong, but you mentioned the fourth quarter. Is there a change in the timing of the launch this year or nothing changed there?

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Well, I can't go into any more specific than what I shared. I think you could look historically to GoPro's new product launches for some indication on what to expect, but we are really excited to see consumers reacting so positively to the HERO7 line. It's terrific for our team to see their research really paying off and resulting in an increased sell-through and an engagement. If you look at the strength of the brand socially we're as strong or stronger than we've ever been. We believe it's due in large part to the incredible quality of content coming off of a HERO7 Black with its HyperSmooth stabilization. It really is resulting in gorgeous video that is fantastic to watch. That's driving social viewership, it's driving viral awareness and appreciation of our brand and the products that we make.

And that's teeing us up we believe famously for our new lineup refresh later this year because everybody's expectation is we're going to deliver something exciting, and you can be darn sure that, that's what we've got on tap.

Nikolay Todorov -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Okay, that's helpful. And you know regarding subscription availability, do you guys have a timeline where you expect to have that service launch globally because I think you can obviously get a lot of benefits. And then concurrently can you give us any updates on you know if you have any data around your current monthly active users we could kind of understand the long-term trajectory there?

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Sure. Well, we shared that in April, we rolled out the full Plus benefits to more than 30 countries internationally, and we'll be continuing to add countries as the year goes on. And then we're also working on additional benefits.

And as I mentioned most importantly we're working on additional distribution channels being able to offer Plus subscription at the time of checkout at GoPro.com when a consumer is buying a GoPro, and as well we're exploring with retailers the opportunity to sell Plus in their stores at the time of camera purchase.

I can't overemphasize the importance of distribution as it relates to growing subscriber base because the -- our consumers is never more engaged and interested in a service like Plus than they are at the time of camera purchase, it's the best time to educate them as to the -- the value of the service and to convert them and we literally to-date have not had that opportunity.

So, it really is a significant lever that we've got that we're going to be bringing online in short order as far as allowing Plus subscription attach at GoPro.com and selling it through retail is a longer term initiative, but something that we're keenly focused on because we recognize the importance of Plus to our customer, to our business, and its ability to improve margin over time. So, we're investing accordingly.

Nikolay Todorov -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Okay. And do you have any number around the monthly active users currently?

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Well all that we're sharing and reporting on is that we've got 220,000 active paid subscribers as of today, yesterday.

Nikolay Todorov -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Sounds good guys. Thanks and good luck.

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Thank you very much.

Operator

We'll take our final question today from Jim Suva at Citi.

Jim Suva -- Citibank -- Analyst

Thank you very much. Can you talk a little bit about now that you've had you know a couple of quarters or you know over full quarter and holiday sell-through of your newest product. The take up rate of upgrades versus new additions to the systems. You know I know you can track them through their emails and what they're using and things like that. But any thoughts around is it you know percents of take up versus new subscribers so far?

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

That's a great question. But we're not prepared to share any information about the split between upgrades versus new customers. I can't share that, you know, anecdotally we're seeing higher engagement levels than we've really ever had before socially both with new customers and with existing customers.

That's a great indication. We're seeing higher than typical engagement via the App-Connect from the HERO7 Black customer to the GoPro app than we've seen with previous GoPro's, which is great, it shows that with each new generation of camera, we're making them more convenient and our customers are using them more frequently and getting more out of their purchase.

So, that's terrific. And when you combine that with how much more social engagement we're seeing in higher quality of content being shared. We believe that this is helping drive awareness, helping drive upgrade and helping drive new customer acquisition. So, across the board, we're feeling good about the impact that HERO7 Black having on our ability to grow in all regions globally.

Jim Suva -- Citibank -- Analyst

Thank you so much for the details. I appreciate it.

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Thank you.

Operator

And with no additional questions at this time, I'd like to turn the program back over to management for any additional or concluding remarks.

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Thank you, Operator. I'd like to close by once again thanking all of our global channel partners for their continued support at GoPro and of course a big thank you to GoPro employees around the world. We're a force of positivity as we all know helping the world celebrate itself in exciting ways, and I'm grateful to be on the team with you making this happen. We look forward to seeing investors in Boston at the JPMorgan Conference on May 14th and at the Baird Conference on June 5th in New York. And with that thanks for joining the call everyone. This is team GoPro signing off.

Operator

And ladies and gentlemen once again that does conclude today's conference. Again I'd like to thank everyone for joining us today.

Duration: 36 minutes

Call participants:

Christopher Clark -- Head of Corporate Communications

Nicholas Woodman -- Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Brian McGee -- Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Paul Coster -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Eric Woodring -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Nikolay Todorov -- Longbow Research -- Analyst

Jim Suva -- Citibank -- Analyst

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