Gaia: Q1 Results
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Boulder - Gaia, Inc. ( NASDAQ : GAIA ), a conscious media video subscription service, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
First Quarter 2017 vs. Same Year-Ago Quarter
Net revenue up 51% to $5.8 million
58% subscriber growth generated 61% increase in streaming revenues to $5.2 million
Gross margin up 440 basis points to 85.8%
"Our subscriber growth has continued to build momentum in the first quarter of 2017, coming off already accelerated growth in the second half of 2016," said Jirka Rysavy, Gaia's CEO. "The 58% subscriber growth from last year exceeded our guidance, while our cost of acquiring these customers continues to track better than our plan."
Gaia's paying subscriber count increased to 247,300 on March 31, 2017, up from 202,000 on December 31, 2016 and 157,000 on March 31, 2016. International reach expanded to over 150 countries, the library title count increased to 7,900, and a Gaia-branded premium subscription channel launched across all Comcast's Xfinity platforms during the first quarter.
First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Total net revenues in the first quarter increased 51% to $5.8 million from $3.8 million in the same year-ago quarter. This was due to 61% growth in streaming revenue, which was driven by the 58% increase in paying subscribers from March 31, 2016.
Gross profit in the first quarter increased 59% to $5.0 million compared to $3.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin increased 440 basis points to 85.8% from 81.4% in the first quarter of 2016 due to increased revenues and the related leverage on streaming costs and Gaia's media library.
Total operating expenses in the first quarter were $11.8 million, slightly better than our expectation, compared to $7.2 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was due to the planned increase in selling and operating expenses associated with the announced acceleration of subscriber growth throughout 2017.
Net loss in the first quarter was $6.2 million or $(0.41) per share, compared to a loss of $7.6 million or $(0.31) per share in the year-ago quarter. The 2016 per share amount reflects Gaia's repurchase of approximately 40% of its outstanding shares in July 2016.
During the first quarter, Gaia paid approximately $2 million of accrued payables remaining from the sale of the Gaiam consumer product business and on March 31, 2017, had $45.4 million in cash, no debt and unencumbered ownership of its 12-acre, 150,000 square foot campus near Boulder, Colorado.
Gaia is a global video streaming service and online community that provides curated conscious media in three primary channels: Seeking Truth, Transformation and Yoga, to its subscribers in over 150 countries. Over 90% of its 7,900 titles are available for streaming exclusively on Gaia through most devices connected to the Internet and approximately 80% of the views are generated by content produced or owned by Gaia. For more information about Gaia, visit www.gaia.com.