TAIPEI, Taiwan, February 7, 2024 – 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, 2023.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Summary
- Fourth quarter revenue of $91.5 million, down 4.1% year-over-year and down 2.8% on a constant currency basis; Full year revenue of $349.8 million, down 8.6% year-over-year and down 4.6% on a constant currency basis
- Fourth quarter battery swapping service revenue of $32.5 million, up 3.7% year-over-year and up 6.0% on a constant currency basis; Full year battery swapping service revenue of $131.8 million, up 8.3% year-over-year and up 13.3% on a constant currency basis
- Fourth quarter gross margin of 11.0%, down from 15.0% in the same quarter last year. Non-IFRS gross margin of 14.2%, down 3.0% year-over-year; Full year gross margin of 14.4%, down from 15.1% last year. Non-IFRS gross margin of 15.8%, down 1.0% year-over-year
- Fourth quarter net loss of $27.5 million as compared to a net loss of $12.5 million in the same quarter last year; Full year net loss of $76.9 million as compared to a net loss of $98.9 million last year
- Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA of $8.2 million, down from $9.2 million in the same quarter last year; Full year adjusted EBITDA of $44.8 million, up $3.6 million from $41.2 million last year
“In 2023, we continued to focus on accelerating the transition to electric two-wheelers in Asia, with a focus on our home market of Taiwan, where we expanded our retail channels, added third-party Gogoro Quick Service Centers and strengthened our B2B business. As we continue our international expansion, India will be a priority. We have now established our local manufacturing and launched our battery swapping services and first India-made Smartscooter in Delhi,” said Horace Luke, chairman, founder, and CEO of Gogoro. “In 2024, we are introducing new Smartscooters for Taiwan and international markets including a new cutting-edge mass market vehicle and our new high-performance flagship vehicle, the Gogoro Pulse. Last week we also announced a new partnership with Copec Energy in Latin America, where we will be launching in Chile and Colombia in the second quarter of 2024.”
“We have been focusing on long-term customer satisfaction, market leadership, revenue growth, and cost-control. We will continue to make investments where we see opportunities and in 2024 we are focusing on executing our manufacturing, sales, network, and organizational growth in India. With significant new global vehicle introductions and the addition of new international markets, we are expecting healthy growth across a number of key financial indicators in 2024,” said Bruce Aitken, CFO of Gogoro. “In late 2022, we implemented a company-wide cost transformation initiative designed to maximize cost efficiencies across our entire organization and we saw the benefits of that effort in 2023 in reductions in operating expense and improvements in operating cash flow. In 2024, we will continue to actively manage expenses.”
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Overview
For the fourth quarter, the total revenue was $91.5 million, down 4.1% year-over-year and down 2.8% 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 $1.3 million.
- Sales of hardware and other revenues for the quarter were $59.0 million, down 7.9% year-over-year, and down 7.1% year-over-year on a constant currency basis1. Both electric powered two-wheelers ("PTW") and Powered by Gogoro Network ("PBGN") markets were impacted by the continued deep discounts on ICE vehicles offered by Taiwan scooter manufacturers as well as the increased purchases of ICE vehicles as a last call effect given the discontinuation of certain government subsidies for scooter purchases. While we lowered prices (average selling price ("ASP") reduced by 9.3% in fourth quarter of 2023 compared to that in the same quarter of 2022), we refrained from matching the deep discounts provided by ICE OEMs as we believe that it is not in the best interest of our long-term growth strategy. Compared to the same quarter last year, sales of total electric PTW vehicles were down 13.4% while Gogoro's branded vehicles were down 6.5%.
- Battery swapping service revenue for the fourth quarter was $32.5 million, up 3.7% year-over-year, and up 6.0% year-over-year on a constant currency basis1. Total subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter exceeded 587,000, up 11.6% from 526,000 subscribers at the end of the same quarter last year. The year-over-year increase in battery swapping service revenue was primarily due to our larger subscriber base compared to the same quarter last year and the high retention rate of our subscribers. We continue to see the strength of our subscription-based business model to accrue more customers to maximize our battery swapping network efficiency.
For the full year, the total revenue was $349.8 million, down 8.6% year-over-year and down 4.6% year-over-year on a constant currency basis1. Had foreign exchange rates remained constant with average rate in each of the comparable quarters of last year, revenue would have been up by an additional $15.6 million.
- Sales of hardware and other revenues for the year were $218.0 million, down 16.5% year-over-year, and down 12.8% year-over-year on a constant currency basis1. Compared to the last year, sales of total electric PTW vehicles were down 9.0% while Gogoro's branded vehicles were down 12.3%. Local ICE vehicle price competition and overall macroeconomic uncertainty hindered the pace of electrification in the Taiwan PTW market in 2023.
- Battery swapping service revenue for the year was $131.8 million, up 8.3% year-over-year, and up 13.3% year-over-year on a constant currency basis1.
For the fourth quarter, gross margin was 11.0%, down from 15.0% in the same quarter last year while non-IFRS gross margin was 14.2%, down from 17.2% in the same quarter last year. The decrease in gross margin was driven by a reduction in vehicle prices in the fourth quarter, an ASP reduction resulting from a higher percentage of lower-priced vehicles sold, a higher production cost per vehicle due to lower sales volume, decreased revenues associated with retail discounts and some minor impacts related to our discounting charges for customers adversely impacted by a voluntary and minor vehicle recall and battery upgrade. This unfavorable change was partially offset by the improved cost efficiencies of Gogoro's battery swapping services and improvements in other operational efficiencies.
For the full year 2023, gross margin was 14.4%, down from 15.1% last year whereas non-IFRS gross margin was 15.8%, down from 16.8% last year.
For the fourth quarter, net loss was $27.5 million, representing an increase of $15.0 million from a net loss $12.5 million in the same quarter last year. The increase in net loss was primarily due to an unfavorable change of $16.5 million in the fair value of financial liabilities associated with outstanding earnout shares, earn-in shares and warrants compared to last year as a result of the decrease of Gogoro stock price and the decrease of $4.2 million in gross profit which are partially offset by the decrease of $7.0 million in operating expenses.
For the full year 2023, net loss was $76.9 million, representing a decrease of $22.0 million from a net loss $98.9 million last year. The decrease in net loss was primarily due to an $218.4 million decrease in operating expenses which was offset by an unfavorable change of $189.8 million in the fair value of financial liabilities and a $7.3 million decrease in gross profit.
For the fourth quarter, adjusted EBITDA1 was $8.2 million, representing a decrease of $1.0 million from $9.2 million in the same quarter last year. The decrease was primarily due to a $1.3 million loss on investment under equity method compared to the same quarter last year. The decrease was partially offset by a decrease in operating expenses from various cost-saving initiatives this quarter.
For the full year 2023, adjusted EBITDA1 was $44.8 million, representing an increase of $3.6 million from $41.2 million last year. The increase was primarily due to a $9.6 million decrease in operating expenses (excluding share-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, acquisition-related expenses and exit activities) as a result of various cost-saving initiatives. The increase was partially offset by a $5.8 million decrease in gross profit (excluding share-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, battery upgrade initiatives and exit activities) due to lower revenue.
We generated $59.8 million of operating cash inflow in 2023 compared to 2022 where we used $64.8 million of cash in operations. With a $173.9 million cash balance at the end of 2023 and the additional credit facilities that are available to us, we believe we have sufficient sources of funding to meet our near-term business growth objectives.
For the full year 2024. we expect to generate revenue of $385 million to $420 million. We estimate that approximately 90% of such full-year revenue will be generated from the Taiwan market and 10% from international markets.
Conference Call Information
Gogoro's management team will hold an earnings Webcast on February 7th, 2024, at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company's fourth quarter and full year 2023 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. Recognized and awarded by Frost & Sullivan as the “2023 Global Company of the Year for battery swapping for electric two-wheel vehicles” and MIT Technology Review as one of “15 Climate Tech Companies to Watch” in 2023, 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.
1. This 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.
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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 probable defects of Gogoro’s products and services and product recalls, 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, 2022, which was filed on March 31, 2023 and in its subsequent filings with the SEC, copies of which are available 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.
Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
The condensed consolidated financial statements are unaudited and have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (collectively, “IFRS”) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for interim financial reporting. The Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements are unaudited, and reflect all normal adjustments that are, in our opinion, necessary to provide a fair statement of results for the interim periods presented, including the accounts of the Company and entities controlled by Gogoro Inc. The audited consolidated financial statements may differ materially from the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. Our audited financial statements will be included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2023. Accordingly, these condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and related notes for the year ended December 31, 2022 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on March 31, 2023, which provides a more complete discussion of the Company’s accounting policies and certain other information.
Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures
This press release and accompanying tables contain certain non-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 the 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, gross margin excluding share-based compensation, and exit activities.
Share-based Compensation. 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, we believe it is useful to investors to understand the specific impact of share-based compensation on our operating results.
Non-IFRS Net Loss. Gogoro defines non-IFRS net loss as net 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 expenses and one-time 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 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, and one-time 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 exchange 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 is significantly impacted by the timing and magnitude of the merger.
Exit Activities. We have incurred charges including the exit of certain product lines 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.
Battery Upgrade Initiatives. As we perform certain voluntary upgrades to our battery packs, this charge represents the derecognition expense on components removed from the battery pack which are not expected to generate any future benefits from its disposal. We will only upgrade battery packs in instances where the value created exceeds the cost of the upgrade. The program will improve batteries' capacity and extend the remaining useful life of certain battery packs. The derecognition expense is recorded under Cost of Revenues in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss. We exclude these derecognition expenses for purposes of calculating certain non-IFRS measures because these charges do not reflect how management evaluates our operating performance. The adjustments facilitate a useful evaluation of our operating performance and comparisons to past operating results and provide investors with additional means to evaluate our profitability trends. We expect the derecognition expense to recur in future periods as incurred during the implementation phase of the battery upgrade program.
Impairment charges. Non-cash impairment charges, primarily associated with adjustments to the carrying values of certain machinery equipment which is currently underutilized. While the process of evaluating the potential impairment of long-lived assets under the accounting guidance on property, plant and equipment is subjective and requires judgment, we also believe that these machinery and equipment will be redeployed and/or used in Gogoro's operations in the future. We exclude impairment charges for purposes of calculating certain non-IFRS measures because the charges do not reflect our core operating performance. These adjustments facilitate a useful evaluation of our core operating performance and comparisons to past operating results and provide investors with additional means to evaluate expense trends.
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 shares, earn-in shares and warrants associated with the merger of Poema, listing expense and one-time 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 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.