Company delivered record quarter with $320 million in revenue during the first quarter of 2022, up 36% year-over-year
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$U–Unity Software Inc. (NYSE: U), the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content, today announced first quarter 2022 revenue of $320.1 million, which is up 36% from the same period in 2021 and at top of guidance.
“Unity delivered record quarterly revenue in the first quarter of 2022, the highest in the company’s history, up 36% compared with the first quarter of 2021, with Create over-performing at 65% year-on-year growth, offset by slower growth in Operate,” said John Riccitiello, President and Chief Executive Officer, Unity. “We remain focused on the massive opportunity we see in front of us long-term. Short-term, we are laser-focused on accelerating growth in Operate.”
“In the first quarter, we continued to add new customers across industries and expand our business with existing customers as we made strategic investments to support long-term value creation while improving margins,” said Luis Visoso, Chief Financial Officer, Unity. “We believe we are in the early stages of one of the largest transformations in tech: the move to real-time 3D. We will continue to invest to capture the opportunity while quickly driving to sustainable and growing profitability.”
First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights
- Revenue was $320.1 million, an increase of 36% from the first quarter of 2021.
- Create Solutions revenue was $116.4 million, an increase of 65%; Operate Solutions revenue was $184.0 million, an increase of 26%; Strategic Partnerships and Other revenue was $19.7 million, an increase of 11%, each as compared to the first quarter of 2021.
- Loss from operations was $171.2 million, or 53% of revenue, compared to loss from operations of $110.9 million, or 47% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2021. These results were impacted by an increase in stock-based compensation expenses.
- Non-GAAP loss from operations was $23.0 million, or 7% of revenue, compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of $23.4 million, or 10% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2021.
- Basic and diluted net loss per share was $0.60, compared to basic and diluted net loss per share of $0.39 in the first quarter of 2021.
- Basic and diluted non-GAAP net loss per share was $0.08, compared to basic and diluted non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.10 in the first quarter of 2021.
- 1,083 customers each generated more than $100,000 of revenue in the trailing 12 months as of March 31, 2022, compared to 837 as of March 31, 2021.
- Dollar-based net expansion rate as of March 31, 2022 was 135% as compared to 140% as of March 31, 2021.
- Net cash provided by operating activities was $101.3 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $88.9 million for the same period last year. Free cash flow in the first quarter of 2022 was $86.4 million, compared to $(100.6) million for the same period last year. Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash were $1.2 billion as of March 31, 2022, compared to $1.1 billion as of March 31, 2021.
Recent Business Highlights
- Unity announces the release of Unity 2021 LTS. Unity 2021 LTS delivers powerful improvements to workflows, rendering capabilities, and platform support to help creators realize their creative ambitions. New enhancements prioritize quality, productivity, and performance for any platform, genre, or artistic style. The announcement was made at Game Developers Conference 2022 and represents more than a year of focused development across the entire Unity Editor and underlying foundational features. In 2021 LTS, Unity continued its commitment to putting quality first in order to make the creator experience working in Unity more stable, productive, and efficient than ever before.
- Unity releases Enemies cinematic demo. A brand-new cinematic teaser featuring major advances for photorealistic eyes, hair, skin, and more – all rendered in real-time and running in 4K resolution, Enemies was released at the Game Developers Conference 2022. Unity announced a plan to release a Digital Human tech package that contains all of the updates and enhancements made since the version shared for The Heretic, and noted that most of the improvements in Unity that originated from the production of Enemies, or were directly adopted in it, are already in Unity 2021.2 or will be shipping in 2022.1 or 2022.2.
- Unity announces Gigaya playable sample game. At GDC 2022, Unity highlighted a glimpse of our upcoming puzzle-platformer sample game, Gigaya. Gigaya is still in active development, but when it’s done, it will be a free downloadable project designed to help developers learn from its creation process. The sample game was created using an ecosystem of Unity tools and features and is built on long-term support. Throughout the project, you’ll find real-world examples of how these systems work, not just as standalone features but operating in parallel to offer a high-quality development product for games.
- Unity Operate Solutions announces Unity Gaming Services GA release. Unity Gaming Services products will officially graduate out of open beta this July. In October of last year, Unity Gaming Services (UGS) was announced as a suite of tools and services built to simplify every developer’s ability to create, host, and manage their games. Unity has since launched nine products into open beta and more than 54,000 game developers signed up to test the service and UGS tools have been installed into over 6,000 unique game projects.
- Unity Sports & Live Entertainment Announces New Partnership with Insomniac Events. With nearly 30 years of creating experiences, the Insomniac Events team has partnered with Unity to bring a brand new, persistent metaverse world to its fans community where they can gather and engage virtually for live music performances regardless of location. We believe this partnership will define a new standard of live entertainment by delivering the next evolution of the Insomniac experience in 2022.
- Unity has been hired by The Orlando Economic Partnership (The Orlando Partnership). The Orlando Partnership, a public-private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization representing hundreds of the region’s top private businesses, has hired Unity to create a digital twin of the entire region to be showcased on display at the Orlando Partnership’s new headquarters in downtown Orlando, Florida later this year. The Digital Twin will help examine and is intended to potentially solve regional challenges for the 800-square mile area, including transportation, climate change and utility mapping. The Orlando Partnership also plans to use the platform to show open land and office space to company leaders considering expanding or locating in the Orlando region.
- Unity Announces Unity For Humanity 2022 Grant Winners. The program was created to assist creators using 3D art/creations to make the world a better place. Grantees will be aided with funding, mentorship, and technical support. The winners’ projects were selected based on vision, impact, inclusion, and viability. In addition, Unity partnered with entertainer Common to create the Imagine Grant, which was given to the project that best inspires audiences to imagine a better world.
Unity is providing the following guidance for the second quarter and lowering guidance for the full year ending December 31, 2022 due to challenges with monetization products that we expect to impact 2022.
Revenue (in millions)
$290 — $295
$1,350 — $1,425
Year-over-year revenue growth
6% — 8%
22% — 28%
Non-GAAP loss from operations (in millions)
($62) — ($64)
($60) — ($75)
Non-GAAP operating margin
(21%) — (22%)
(4%) — (6%)
Fully diluted shares outstanding
A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty of expenses that may be incurred in the future and cannot be reasonably determined or predicted at this time, although it is important to note that these factors could be material to Unity’s results computed in accordance with GAAP.
Earnings Webcast Details
Unity plans to host a video webcast for analysts and investors today to discuss its first quarter and full-year 2022 financial results and outlook for its second quarter and full-year 2022. The video webcast is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time/5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and can be accessed at the Unity Investor Relations website at investors.unity.com. The video webcast will be available live, and a replay will be available on the Investor Relations website following completion of the live broadcast for approximately 90 days.
A copy of the prepared remarks for the video webcast has been posted on the Unity Investor Relations website at investors.unity.com, simultaneously with the issuing of this press release.
Unity is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D content. Our platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create, run, and monetize interactive, real-time 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices. We serve customers of all sizes, at every stage of maturity, from individual creators to large enterprises. For more information, visit unity.com.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP) we use certain non-GAAP performance financial measures, as described below, to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe the following non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating our operating performance. We are presenting these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe, when taken collectively, they may be helpful to investors because they provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance.
However, non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in their usefulness to investors because they have no standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison. As a result, our non-GAAP financial measures are presented for supplemental informational purposes only and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP.
Non-GAAP Gross Profit, Non-GAAP Operating Expenses, and Non-GAAP Loss from Operations
We define non-GAAP gross profit as gross profit excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer tax related to employee stock transactions, and amortization of acquired intangible assets expense. We define non-GAAP research and development expense and non-GAAP sales and marketing expense as research and development expense and sales and marketing expense, respectively, excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer tax related to employee stock transactions, and amortization of acquired intangible assets expense. We define non-GAAP general and administrative expense as general and administrative expense excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer tax related to employee stock transactions, and costs incurred from a legal entity reorganization in China. We define non-GAAP loss from operations as loss from operations excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer tax related to employee stock transactions, amortization of acquired intangible assets expense, and costs incurred from a legal entity reorganization in China.
We use non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP loss from operations in conjunction with traditional GAAP measures to evaluate our financial performance. We believe that non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP loss from operations provides our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitates period-to-period comparisons of operations, as these metrics exclude stock-based compensation expense, employer tax related to employee stock transactions, amortization of acquired intangible assets expense, and costs incurred from a legal entity reorganization in China, which we do not consider to be indicative of our overall operating performance.
Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating expenses, and non-GAAP loss from operations have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
- they exclude expense associated with our equity compensation plan, although equity compensation has been, and will continue to be, an important part of our compensation strategy;
- non-GAAP research and development expense, non-GAAP sales and marketing expense, non-GAAP gross profit, and non-GAAP loss from operations exclude the expense of amortization of acquired intangible assets, and although these are non-cash expenses, the assets being amortized may have to be replaced in the future and the aforementioned non-GAAP measures do not reflect cash expenditure for such replacements;
- they exclude costs incurred from a legal entity reorganization in China; and
- the expenses and other items that we exclude in our calculation of non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating expenses, and non-GAAP loss from operations may differ from the expenses and other items, if any, that other companies may exclude from this measure or similarly titled measures, which reduces their usefulness as comparative measures.
Non-GAAP Net Loss and Non-GAAP Net Loss per Share
We define non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share as net loss and net loss per share excluding stock-based compensation expense, employer tax related to employee stock transactions, amortization of acquired intangible assets expense, and costs incurred from a legal entity reorganization in China, as well as the related tax effects of these items. We use non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share in conjunction with traditional GAAP measures to evaluate our financial performance. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide our management and investors consistency and comparability with our past financial performance and facilitates period-to-period comparisons of operations.
Non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
- they exclude expense associated with our equity compensation plan, although equity compensation has been, and will continue to be, an important part of our compensation strategy;
- they exclude the expense of amortization of acquired intangible assets, and although these are non-cash expenses, the assets being amortized may have to be replaced in the future and non-GAAP loss from operations does not reflect cash expenditure for such replacements;
- they exclude costs incurred from a legal entity reorganization in China;
- as further described below, we must make certain assumptions in order to determine the income tax effect adjustment for non-GAAP net loss, which assumptions may not prove to be accurate; and
- the expenses and other items that we exclude in our calculation of non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP net loss per share may differ from the expenses and other items, if any, that other companies may exclude from this measure or similarly titled measures, which reduces their usefulness as comparative measures.
Income Tax Effects of Non-GAAP Adjustments
We utilize a fixed annual projected tax rate in our computation of non-GAAP income tax effects to provide better consistency across interim reporting periods. In projecting this non-GAAP tax rate, we utilize a financial projection that excludes the direct impact of the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and eliminates the effects of non-recurring and period specific items which can vary in size and frequency. The projected rate considers other factors such as our current operating structure, existing tax positions in various jurisdictions, and key legislation in major jurisdictions where we operate. For the year ended December 31, 2021, the non-GAAP tax rate was (22)%. For the year ending December 31, 2022, we have determined the projected non-GAAP tax rate to be (10)%. We will periodically re-evaluate this tax rate, as necessary, for significant events, based on relevant tax law changes, material changes in the forecasted geographic earnings mix, and any significant acquisitions.
Free Cash Flow
We define free cash flow as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less cash used for purchases of property and equipment. We believe that free cash flow is a useful indicator of liquidity as it measures our ability to generate cash, or our need to access additional sources of cash, to fund operations and investments.
Free cash flow has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
- it is not a substitute for net cash provided by (used in) operating activities;
- other companies may calculate free cash flow or similarly titled non-GAAP measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of free cash flow as a tool for comparison; and
- the utility of free cash flow is further limited as it does not reflect our future contractual commitments and does not represent the total increase or decrease in our cash balance for any given period.
We monitor the following key metrics to help us evaluate the health of our business, identify trends affecting our growth, formulate goals and objectives, and make strategic decisions.
Customers Contributing More Than $100,000 of Revenue
We focus on the number of customers that generated more than $100,000 of revenue in the trailing 12 months, as this segment of our customer base represents the majority of our revenue and revenue growth.