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Perfect Corp. Reports Unaudited Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Perfect Corp. (NYSE: PERF) (“Perfect” or the “Company”), a global leader in providing artificial intelligence (“AI”) and augmented reality (“AR”) Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) solutions to beauty and fashion industries, today announced its unaudited financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2024.


Highlights for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

  • Total revenue was $14.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $12.1 million in the same period of 2023, an increase of 17.7%. The increase was primarily due to strong growth momentum in the revenue of AI- and AR- cloud solutions and mobile app subscriptions.
  • Gross profit was $11.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared with $9.6 million in the same period of 2023, an increase of 16.9%.
  • Net income was $0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to a net income of $0.7 million during the same period of 2023, a decrease of 9.4%.
  • Adjusted net income (non-IFRS)1 was $1.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to adjusted net income (non-IFRS) of $1.3 million in the same period of 2023, an increase of 14.5%.
  • Operating cash flow was positive $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2024, compared to $3.8 million in the same period of 2023.
  • The Company had 152 Key Customers as of March 31, 2024, compared with 162 Key Customers as of December 31, 2023. The decrease mainly resulted from non-renewal by some brand clients, including due to financial pressures.
  • As of March 31, 2024, the Company’s customer base included 666 brand clients, with over 745,000 digital stock keeping units (“SKUs”) for makeup, haircare, skincare, eyewear, and jewelry products, compared with 645 brand clients and over 704,000 digital SKUs as of December 31, 2023.

Ms. Alice H. Chang, the Founder, Chairwoman, and Chief Executive Officer of Perfect, commented, “Our AI strategy, encompassing Beauty AI, Skin AI, Fashion AI, and Gen AI, continues to drive robust growth for our business. We kickstarted 2024 with an outstanding first quarter results, achieving a 17.7% year-over-year high teen number revenue growth with positive net income. This performance was driven by strong momentum in our AI- and AR- cloud solutions and subscription revenue and the rapid development in our AI technologies. As the enterprise market gradually regains its momentum, we are well-positioned to deepen our penetration across diverse verticals, delivering AI-powered skin solutions and driving increased adoption of our virtual try-on services within the makeup, jewelry, and fashion industries. With our proven track record across multiple sectors, we are confident that our advanced AI capabilities and strong partnership with clients will continue to fuel our business growth, pushing the boundaries of innovation and delivering values to our customers and shareholders in 2024 and beyond.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2024

Revenue

Total revenue was $14.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $12.1 million in the same period of 2023, an increase of 17.7%.

  • AI- and AR- cloud solutions and subscription revenue was $12.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $10.4 million in the same period of 2023, an increase of 19.6%. The double digit growth was driven by strong demand for the Company’s online virtual product try-on and skincare solutions from brand customers, the robust momentum in the growth of YouCam mobile beauty app subscription, and the growing popularity for its Gen AI technologies and AI editing features for photos and videos. The Company’s YouCam mobile beauty app active subscribers grew by 30.0% year over year, reaching a record high of over 902,000 active subscribers at the end of the first quarter of 2024. This increase reflected the continuous demand in the Company’s YouCam mobile beauty app services from subscribers and users.
  • Licensing revenue was $1.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $1.5 million in the same period of 2023, an increase of 7.1%. The increase was due to slightly higher demand from the legacy license product in this quarter.
  • Advertisement revenue was $0.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, which remained flat compared to the same period of 2023. The Company expects this revenue will gradually become immaterial as it continues to allocate less resources to advertisement services and focus on expanding the market leadership in providing AI- and AR-SaaS solutions to brand customers and mobile app subscribers.

Gross Profit

Gross profit was $11.2 million (or 78.3% gross margin) for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared with $9.6 million (or 78.8% gross margin) in the same period of 2023, an increase of 16.9%. Despite the increase in gross profit, our gross margin slightly decreased due to the increase in third-party payment processing fees paid to digital distribution partners such as Google and Apple related to the growth in our mobile app subscription revenue.

Total Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses were $12.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared with $11.1 million in the same period of 2023, an increase of 11.8%. The increase was primarily due to higher sales and marketing expenses in the first quarter of 2024.

  • Sales and marketing expenses were $7.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $6.0 million during the same period of 2023, an increase of 19.0%. This increase was due to an increase in marketing events and user acquisition costs.
  • Research and development (“R&D”) expenses were $3.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $2.6 million during the same period of 2023, an increase of 15.4%. The increase resulted from the increase in R&D headcount.
  • General and administrative expenses were $2.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to $2.4 million during the same period of 2023, a decrease of 9.9%. The decrease was due to a lower directors and officers insurance expense in the first quarter of 2024 due to the lower rate of insurance fees.

Net Income

Net Income was $0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to a net income of $0.7 million during the same period of 2023. The positive net income in the first quarter of 2024 was supported by continued revenue growth and effective cost control.

Adjusted Net Income (Non-IFRS)

Adjusted net income was $1.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, compared to adjusted net income of $1.3 million in the same period of 2023, an increase of 14.5%.

Liquidity

As of March 31, 2024, the Company held $122.0 million in cash and cash equivalents (or $157.3 million when including 6-month time deposits of $35.3 million, which are classified as current financial assets at amortized cost under IFRS), compared to $123.9 million as of December 31, 2023 (or $154.2 million when including time deposits). The increase in cash and cash equivalents, including 6-month time deposits, resulted from the positive operating cash flow and the interest income received from the Company’s bank deposits.

The Company had a positive operating cash flow of $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2024, compared to $3.8 million in the same period of 2023. The positive cash flows demonstrated the Company’s ability to generate sufficient cash flow to support business operations.

Business Outlook for 2024

Based on the strong momentum in both enterprise SaaS solution demands and YouCam mobile apps subscriptions, the Company anticipates a healthy recovery in 2024. Perfect Corp. expects its year-over-year growth rate of total revenue in 2024 to range from 12% to 16% compared to 2023.

Note that this forecast is based on the Company’s current assessment of the market and operational conditions, and that these factors are subject to change.

Conference Call Information

The Company’s management will hold an earnings conference call at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on April 24, 2024 (8 a.m. Taipei Time on April 25, 2024) 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 and a unique access PIN, which can be used to join the conference call.

Registration Link: https://registrations.events/direct/Q4I2167050350

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 Corp. is a beautiful AI Company and global leader in enterprise SaaS solutions. As an innovative powerhouse in using artificial intelligence (AI) to transform the beauty and fashion industries, Perfect empowers major beauty, skincare, fashion, jewelry brands and retailers by providing consumers with omnichannel shopping experiences through augmented reality (AR) product try-ons and AI-powered skin diagnostics. With cutting-edge technologies such as Generative AI, real-time facial and hand 3D AR rendering and cloud solutions, Perfect enables personalized, enjoyable, and engaging shopping journey. In addition, Perfect also operates a family of YouCam consumer apps for photo, video and camera users, centered on unleashing creativity with AI-driven features for creation, beautification and enhancement. With the help of technologies, Perfect helps brands elevate customer engagement, increase conversion rates, and propel sales growth. Throughout this journey, Perfect maintains its unwavering commitment to 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, 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 (loss) is defined as net income (loss) excluding one-off transaction costs2, non-cash equity-based compensation, and non-cash valuation (gain)/loss of financial liabilities. Starting from the first quarter of 2024, we no longer exclude foreign exchange gain (loss) from adjusted net income (loss). As we transitioned to using the U.S. dollar as the functional currency for certain subsidiaries in 2023, our foreign exchange gains (losses), which historically have predominantly been unrealized, have not been material since 2023. For a reconciliation of adjusted net income (loss) 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 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 provides 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, 2023 AND MARCH 31, 2024

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

 

 

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,
2024

Assets

 

Amount

 

Amount

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

123,871

 

$

121,960

Current financial assets at amortized cost

 

 

30,300

 

 

35,300

Current contract assets

 

 

2,770

 

 

2,251

Accounts receivable

 

 

6,992

 

 

7,699

Other receivables

 

 

343

 

 

707

Current income tax assets

 

 

311

 

 

344

Inventories

 

 

33

 

 

28

Other current assets

 

 

4,042

 

 

3,491

Total current assets

 

 

168,662

 

 

171,780

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

380

 

 

420

Right-of-use assets

 

 

847

 

 

725

Intangible assets

 

 

77

 

 

64

Deferred income tax assets

 

 

257

 

 

692

Guarantee deposits paid

 

 

140

 

 

139

Total non-current assets

 

 

1,701

 

 

2,040

Total assets

 

$

170,363

 

$

173,820

PERFECT CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (continued)

DECEMBER 31, 2023 AND MARCH 31, 2024

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

 

 

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,
2024

Liabilities and Equity

 

Amount

 

Amount

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current contract liabilities

 

$

15,346

 

 

$

18,216

 

Other payables

 

 

10,331

 

 

 

9,720

 

Other payables – related parties

 

 

50

 

 

 

49

 

Current tax liabilities

 

 

21

 

 

 

225

 

Current provisions

 

 

2,394

 

 

 

2,179

 

Current lease liabilities

 

 

481

 

 

 

486

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

277

 

 

 

224

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

28,900

 

 

 

31,099

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

1,566

 

 

 

1,670

 

Non-current lease liabilities

 

 

387

 

 

 

266

 

Net defined benefit liability, non-current

 

 

79

 

 

 

80

 

Guarantee deposits received

 

 

25

 

 

 

25

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

2,057

 

 

 

2,041

 

Total liabilities

 

 

30,957

 

 

 

33,140

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Capital stock

 

 

 

 

Perfect Class A Ordinary Shares, $0.1 (in dollars) par value

 

 

8,513

 

 

 

8,506

 

Perfect Class B Ordinary Shares, $0.1 (in dollars) par value

 

 

1,679

 

 

 

1,679

 

Capital surplus

 

 

 

 

Capital surplus

 

 

510,399

 

 

 

511,000

 

Retained earnings

 

 

 

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(380,472

)

 

 

(379,842

)

Other equity interest

 

 

 

 

Other equity interest

 

 

(523

)

 

 

(663

)

Treasury shares

 

 

(190

)

 

 

 

Total equity

 

 

139,406

 

 

 

140,680

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

170,363

 

 

$

173,820

 

 

PERFECT CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2023 AND 2024

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

Items

 

Amount

 

Amount

Revenue

 

$

12,145

 

 

$

14,289

 

Cost of sales and services

 

 

(2,569

)

 

 

(3,095

)

Gross profit

 

 

9,576

 

 

 

11,194

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing expenses

 

 

(6,027

)

 

 

(7,170

)

General and administrative expenses

 

 

(2,413

)

 

 

(2,175

)

Research and development expenses

 

 

(2,629

)

 

 

(3,035

)

Total operating expenses

 

 

(11,069

)

 

 

(12,380

)

Operating loss

 

 

(1,493

)

 

 

(1,186

)

Non-operating income and expenses

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

 

2,198

 

 

 

1,969

 

Other income

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

Other gains and losses

 

 

15

 

 

 

(316

)

Finance costs

 

 

(2

)

 

 

(5

)

Total non-operating income and expenses

 

 

2,213

 

 

 

1,650

 

Income before income tax

 

 

720

 

 

 

464

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

 

(25

)

 

 

166

 

Net income

 

$

695

 

 

$

630

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign operations

 

$

2

 

 

$

(140

)

Other comprehensive income (loss), net

 

$

2

 

 

$

(140

)

Total comprehensive income

 

$

697

 

 

$

490

 

Net income, attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the parent

 

$

695

 

 

$

630

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the parent

 

$

697

 

 

$

490

 

Earnings per share (in dollars)

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share of Class A and Class B Ordinary Shares

 

$

0.006

 

 

$

0.006

 

Diluted earnings per share of Class A and Class B Ordinary Shares

 

$

0.006

 

 

$

0.006

 

 

PERFECT CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

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

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2023 AND 2024

(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31

 

 

2023

 

2024

Items

 

Amount

 

Amount

Net Income (Loss)

 

$

695

 

 

$

630

One-off Transaction Costs

 

 

33

 

 

 

Non-Cash Equity-Based Compensation

 

 

650

 

 

 

784

Non-Cash Valuation (Gain)/Loss of financial liabilities

 

 

(52

)

 

 

104

Adjusted Net Income (Loss)1

 

$

1,326

 

 

$

1,518

Note (1):

In accordance with the changed definition of “adjusted net income (loss)” that is detailed in the “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section above, we have made a retrospective adjustment to our adjusted net income for the three months ended March 31, 2023 not adjusting for “foreign exchange gain (loss)” (which amounted to a loss of $36,000 for the period, as previously disclosed in our Form 6-K furnished to the SEC on April 25, 2023).

Category: Investor Relations

1 Adjusted net income (loss) 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 The one-off transaction cost in the first quarter of 2023 included professional services expenditures that the Company incurred in connection with the de-SPAC transaction. No such cost incurred in the same period of 2024.

Contacts

Investor Relations
Investor Relations, Perfect Corp.

Email: Investor_Relations@PerfectCorp.com

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