TAIPEI – February 16, 2023 – Gogoro Inc. (Nasdaq: GGR), a global technology leader in battery swapping ecosystems that enable sustainable mobility solutions for cities, today released its financial results for its fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2022.
- Fourth quarter revenue of $95.5 million, down 20.8% year-over-year and down 10.5% on a constant currency basis; Full year revenue of $382.8 million, up 4.6% year-over-year and up 11.7% on a constant currency basis
- Fourth quarter network revenue of $31.4 million, up 19.5% year-over-year and up 34.6% on a constant currency basis; Full year network revenue of $121.6 million, up 22.2% year-over-year and up 30.3% on a constant currency basis
- Fourth quarter net loss of $12.5 million, down from a net loss of $14.2 million in the same quarter last year; Full year net loss of $98.9 million, up from a net loss of $67.4 million last year
- Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA of $9.2 million, down from $25.5 million in the same quarter last year; Full year adjusted EBITDA of $41.2 million, down from $54.9 million last year
“We met our updated 2022 full year financial results, despite the macroeconomic climate, and continued to experience strong growth in our Gogoro Network business. We continue to see growing demand for Gogoro's smart sustainable solutions. Last month we announced a significant partnership with the Indian State of Maharashtra, India’s leading economy, and Belrise Industries to deploy and manage battery swapping infrastructure across the state,” said Horace Luke, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Gogoro. “The Maharashtra partnership shows the strong global interest in Gogoro and demonstrates our positive momentum. It is the culmination of a variety of significant new market announcements and partnerships we made in 2022 in India with Zypp Electric, in the Philippines with Globe 917Ventures and the Ayala Group, and in Singapore with Jardine Cycle & Carriage. For 2023, we will continue to transition from pilot deployments in India, Indonesia and other markets to early and later stage commercial deployments that we expect to drive greater revenue for our vehicle, battery swapping and technology businesses.”
“In the fourth quarter, we focused on improving our operating efficiency, strengthened our balance sheet and continued investing across multiple expansion markets and business lines. These will continue to be top priorities in 2023 as we continue our growth in Taiwan and international markets,” said Bruce Aitken, chief financial officer of Gogoro. “We met our updated financial guidance. Our current cash position and the liquidity provided by our new credit facilities enable us to continue to invest for growth.”
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Overview
For the fourth quarter, revenue was $95.5 million, down 20.8% year-over-year and down 10.5% year-over-year on a constant currency basis1. Had foreign exchange rates remained constant with the average rate of the same quarter last year, revenue would have been up by an additional $12.4 million.
- Sales of hardware and other revenues for the quarter was $64.1 million, down 32.1% year-over-year, and down 23.1% year-over-year on a constant currency basis. For the entire two-wheeler market, sales in Taiwan in the fourth quarter were down 25.6% year-over-year and electric scooters sales were down 30.4% compared to the same quarter last year. These declines, both in the broad market and Gogoro hardware revenue, were primarily attributable to a larger than normal quantity of two-wheeler sales in the same quarter last year as a result of various government and market incentives.
- Gogoro Network revenue for the quarter was $31.4 million, up 19.5% year-over-year, and up 34.6% year-over-year on a constant currency basis. Total subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter was more than 526,000, up 16.8% from 450,000 subscribers at the end of the same quarter last year. The Gogoro Network revenue increase was primarily due to our increasing subscriber base and the high retention rate of all subscribers.
For the full year 2022, revenue was $382.8 million, up 4.6% year-over-year and up 11.7% year-over-year on a constant currency basis1. Had foreign exchange rates remained constant with the average rate in each of the comparable quarters of last year, revenue would have been up by an additional $26.0 million.
- Sales of hardware and other revenues for the year was $261.2 million, down 2.0% year-over-year, and up 4.7% year-over-year on a constant currency basis. We saw an increase due to continued growth in Gogoro Network revenue and revenue from selling Gogoro branded scooters, component kits to OEMs, batteries, and swapping stations to our overseas business partners; the increase was offset by a still weak Taiwan scooter market associated with uncertainties derived from macroeconomic volatility and the pandemic. Total scooters sales in Taiwan for the full year 2022 were down 9.3% year-over-year while electric scooters sales declined 6.7% compared to 2021.
- Gogoro Network revenue was $121.6 million, up 22.2% year-over-year, and up 30.3% year-over-year on a constant currency basis.
For the fourth quarter, gross margin was 15.0%, down from 21.0% in the same quarter last year; quarterly non-IFRS gross margin1 was 17.2%, down from 21.5% in the same quarter last year. The non-IFRS gross margin decrease was driven by the higher production cost per electric scooter as a result of raw material cost increases and decreases in sales volume.
For the full year 2022, gross margin was 15.1%, down from 16.7% last year; the full year non-IFRS gross margin1 was 16.8%, compared to 16.9% last year.
For the fourth quarter, net loss was $12.5 million, down $1.7 million from $14.2 million in the same quarter last year. The decrease was primarily due to a favorable change in the fair value of financial liabilities of $18.4 offset by a total of $17.2 million from both a decrease in gross profit and an increase in share-based compensation.
For the full year 2022, net loss was $98.9 million, up $31.5 million from $67.4 million last year. The increase was primarily due to a $32.9 million increase in share-based compensation offset by an approximate $3.0 million net decrease with mix of increases in listing expenses, spending associated with being a public company, exist activities, and R&D expenses, and a favorable change in the fair value of financial liabilities; the full year non-IFRS net loss1 was $63.3 million, up $12.9 million from $50.4 million last year. The increase was primarily due to $6.9 million in expenditures associated with being a public company and a $4.1 million increase in R&D expenses.
For the fourth quarter, adjusted EBITDA1 was $9.2 million, down from $25.5 million in the same quarter last year. The decrease was primarily due to a $9.5 million decrease in non-IFRS gross profit, $2.6 million in expenditures associated with being a public company, and a $1.4 million increase in R&D spending , as well as a negative foreign exchange impact.
For the full year 2022, adjusted EBITDA1 was $41.2 million, down from $54.9 million last year. The decrease was primarily due to $6.9 million in expenditures associated with being a public company and an investment of $4.1 million in R&D expenses.
We successfully amended and extended an existing $200 million credit facility for additional three years to December 2025. With $236.1 million cash balance at the end of 2022 and the available credit facilities, we are well positioned on our short- and longer-term capital needs.
For the full year 2023, we expect:
- Revenue of $400.0 million to $450.0 million which represents an anticipated increase of 4.5% to 17.6% compared to 2022.
- We estimate that we will generate 90% to 95% of 2023 full year revenue from the Taiwan market.
Conference Call Information
Gogoro's management team will hold an earnings Webcast on February 16th, 2023, at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's fourth quarter and full year for 2022 results of operations and outlook.
Investors may access the webcast, supplemental financial information and investor presentation at Gogoro’s investor relations website (https://investor.gogoro.com) under the “Events” section. A replay of the investor presentation and the earnings call script will be available 24 hours after the conclusion of the webcast and archived for one year.
Founded in 2011 to rethink urban energy and inspire the world to move through cities in smarter and more sustainable ways, Gogoro leverages the power of innovation to change the way urban energy is distributed and consumed. Gogoro’s battery swapping and vehicle platforms offer a smart, proven and sustainable long-term ecosystem for delivering a new approach to urban mobility. Gogoro has quickly become an innovation leader in vehicle design and electric propulsion, smart battery design, battery swapping, and advanced cloud services that utilize artificial intelligence to manage battery availability and safety. The challenge is massive, but the opportunity to disrupt the status quo, establish new standards, and achieve new levels of sustainable transportation growth in densely populated cities is even greater. For more information, visit https://www.gogoro.com/news and follow Gogoro on Twitter: @wearegogoro.
1This is a non-IFRS measure, see Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures for a description of the non-IFRS measures and Reconciliation of IFRS Financial Metrics to Non-IFRS for a reconciliation of the company’s non-IFRS financial measures to their most directly comparable IFRS measures.
Forward Looking Statements
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Gogoro’s expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including risks related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, risks related to macroeconomic factors including inflation and consumer confidence, risks related to the Taiwan scooter market, risks related to political tensions, Gogoro’s ability to effectively manage its growth, Gogoro’s ability to launch and ramp up the production of its products and control its manufacturing costs and manage its supply chain issues, Gogoro’s risks related to ability to expand its sales and marketing abilities, Gogoro’s ability to expand effectively into new markets, foreign exchange fluctuations, Gogoro’s ability to develop and maintain relationships with its partners, risks related to operating in the PRC, regulatory risks and Gogoro’s risks related to strategic collaborations, risks related to the Taiwan market, China market, India market, and other international markets, alliances or joint ventures including Gogoro’s ability to enter into and execute its plans related to strategic collaborations, alliances or joint ventures in order for such strategic collaborations, alliances or joint ventures to be successful and generate revenue, the ability of Gogoro to be successful in the B2B market, risks related to Gogoro's ability to achieve operational efficiencies, Gogoro's ability to raise additional capital, the risks related to the need for Gogoro to invest more capital in strategic collaborations, alliances or joint ventures, risks relating to the impact of foreign exchange and the risk of Gogoro having to update the accounting treatment for its joint ventures. The forward looking statements contained in this communication are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Gogoro's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including in Gogoro’s Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2021, which was filed on May 2, 2022 and in its subsequent filings with the SEC, copies of which are available on our website and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. The forward looking statements in this communication are based on information available to Gogoro as of the date hereof, and Gogoro disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking statements, except as required by law.
Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures
This press release and accompanying tables contain certain non-International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (collectively, “IFRS”) financial measures including foreign exchange effect on operating revenues, non-IFRS gross profit, non-IFRS gross margin, Non-IFRS Net Loss, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.
Foreign exchange ("FX") effect on operating revenues. We compare the dollar amount and the percent change in the operating revenues from period to the same period last year using constant currency disclosure. We present constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying revenues performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current period operating revenues for entities reporting in currencies other than USD are converted into USD at the average exchange rates from the equivalent periods last year.
Non-IFRS Gross Profit and Gross Margin. Gogoro defines non-IFRS gross profit and gross margin as gross profit and gross margin excluding share-based compensation and exit activities.
Share-based Compensation consists of non-cash charges related to the fair value of restricted stock units awarded to employees. We believe that the exclusion of these non-cash charges provides for more accurate comparisons of our operating results to our peer companies due to the varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types. In addition, the Company believes it is useful to investors to understand the specific impact of share-based compensation on its operating results.
Non-IFRS Net Loss. Gogoro defines non-IFRS net loss as net income (loss) excluding share-based compensation, the change in fair value of financial liabilities including revaluation of redeemable preferred shares, change in fair value of earnout, earn-in and warrants associated with the merger of Poema, listing expense and onetime non-recurring costs associated with the merger. These amounts do not reflect the impact of any related tax effects.
EBITDA. Gogoro defines EBITDA, as net income (loss) excluding interest expense, net, provision for income tax, depreciation, and amortization. These amounts do not reflect the impact of any related tax effects.
Adjusted EBITDA. Gogoro defines Adjusted EBITDA, as EBITDA excluding share-based compensation, the change in fair value of financial liabilities including revaluation of redeemable preferred shares, change in fair value of earnout, earn-in and warrants associated with the merger of Poema, listing expense and onetime non-recurring costs associated with the merger. These amounts do not reflect the impact of any related tax effects.
Acquisition-related Expenses. Gogoro incurs acquisition-related and other expenses which consist of costs incurred after the issuance of a definitive term sheet for a particular transaction and include legal, banker, accounting, printer costs, valuation and other advisory fees. Management excludes these items for the purposes of calculating non-IFRS adjusted EBITDA. Gogoro generally would not have otherwise incurred such expenses in the periods presented as part of its continuing operations. The acquisition related expenses are not recurring with respect to past transactions, can be inconsistent in amount and frequency from period to period and are significantly impacted by the timing and magnitude of Gogoro’s acquisitions. While these expenses are not recurring with respect to past transactions, Gogoro generally will incur these expenses in connection with any future acquisitions.
Listing Expense. In connection with the merger with Poema, the excess fair value of shares issued by Gogoro in exchanged for the net assets of Poema was recorded as listing expense in operating expense. The listing expense for the merger is not recurring with respect to past transactions, can be inconsistent in amount and frequency from period to period and are significantly impacted by the timing and magnitude of the merger.
Exit Activities. We have incurred charges in connection with the exit of certain product lines, severance associated with organizational changes as well as other non-recurring activities. These charges are not representative of ongoing costs to the business and are not expected to recur. As a result, these charges are being excluded to provide investors with a more comparable measure of costs associated with ongoing operations.
These non-IFRS financial measures exclude share-based compensation, interest expense, income tax, depreciation and amortization, change in fair value of financial liabilities including revaluation of redeemable preferred shares, change in fair value of earnout, earn-in and warrants associated with the merger of Poema, listing expense and onetime non-recurring costs associated with the merger. The company uses these non-IFRS financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes that these non-IFRS financial measures are useful to investors as an additional tool to evaluate ongoing operating results and trends. In addition, these measures are the primary indicators management uses as a basis for its planning and forecasting for future periods.
Non-IFRS financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable IFRS financial measures. Non-IFRS financial measures are subject to limitations and should be read only in conjunction with the company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS. Non-IFRS financial measures do not have any standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. A description of these non-IFRS financial measures has been provided above and a reconciliation of the company’s non-IFRS financial measures to their most directly comparable IFRS measures have been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release, and investors are encouraged to review these reconciliations.