Boston, MA – November 7, 2023: Flywire Corporation (Nasdaq: FLYW) (“Flywire” or the “Company”) a global payments enablement and software company, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2023.
"We are pleased with our third quarter results, where we generated our highest quarter of revenue and adjusted EBITDA, ever,” said Mike Massaro, CEO of Flywire. “Our third quarter results were driven in part due to the ongoing optimization of our go-to-market strategy globally, where our sales and marketing teams continued to deliver new client wins and client expansions across all verticals. Our results were within our prior guidance range despite significant foreign exchange headwinds relative to when we previously provided our outlook.”
Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights:
- Revenue increased 29.5% to $123.3 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $95.2 million in the third quarter of 2022.
- Gross Profit increased to $78.4 million, resulting in Gross Margin of 63.6%, for the third quarter of 2023, compared to Gross Profit of $61.3 million and Gross Margin of 64.4% in the third quarter of 2022.
- Net income was $10.6 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared to net (loss) of $(4.3) million in the third quarter of 2022.
Key Operating Metrics and Non-GAAP Results
- Total Payment Volume increased 26% to $8.9 billion in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $7.0 billion in the third quarter of 2022.
- Revenue Less Ancillary Services increased 31.4% to $116.8 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $88.9 million in the third quarter of 2022.Revenue Less Ancillary Services in the third quarter of 2023 was estimated to be unfavorably impacted by changes in foreign exchange rates between June 30, 2023 and September 30, 2023 by approximately $1.4 million.
- Adjusted Gross Profit increased to $80.1 million, resulting in Adjusted Gross Margin of 68.6% in the third quarter of 2023, compared to Adjusted Gross Profit of $62.6 million and Adjusted Gross Margin of 70.4% in the third quarter of 2022. Third quarter 2022 Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin have been recast to align with the updated methodology as described in the Key Operating Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures section below.
- Adjusted EBITDA increased to $27.5 million in the third quarter of 2023, compared to $18.2 million in the third quarter of 2022.
Recent Business Highlights:
- Acquired StudyLink to accelerate expansion in the Australian higher education market
- Signed more than 185 new clients in the third quarter of 2023
- Signed the highest number of net new clients in the travel vertical in the third quarter
- Third quarter 2023 was the highest quarter of revenue and adjusted gross profit ever for the Company
- Completed a follow-on offering of 8,500,000 shares of voting common stock. The Company raised $260.1 million after underwriter discounts and commissions and issuance costs
- Appointed Gretchen Howard, a former Fidelity, Google and Robinhood executive who brings deep operating experience, to its Board of Directors
Fourth Quarter and Fiscal-Year 2023 Outlook:
"We were very pleased with how we performed during the third quarter and believe that the 43% year-to-date growth rate in revenue less ancillary services reflects the strength of our business. As a result of this success, we are raising our Fiscal-Year outlook in constant dollar terms,” said Mike Ellis, CFO of Flywire. “Specifically, our updated outlook reflects the addition of $1.0 million attributable to the StudyLink acquisition and an additional $1.6 million in the fourth quarter related to underlying organic strength in our business. These factors are offset by an estimated $3.8 million in foreign exchange headwinds based on September 30th, 2023 exchange compared to our prior guidance, of which $2.5 million is attributable to the fourth quarter of 2023.”
Based on information available as of November 7, 2023, Flywire anticipates the following for the fourth quarter and fiscal-year 2023:
Fourth Quarter 2023*
$91.5 to $96.5 million
Revenue Less Ancillary Services
$86.5 to $90.5 million
$1.0 to $4.0 million
$394.1 to $399.3 million
Revenue Less Ancillary Services
$372.0 to $376.0 million
$35.0 to $39.0 million
*The Company has assumed foreign exchange rates prevailing as of September 30, 2023. For supplemental information regarding the estimated effects of changes in foreign exchange rates between June 30, 2023 and September 30, 2023 on the Company’s updated outlook compared to prior outlook, see the section below entitled “Supplemental Outlook Details.”
**Flywire has not provided a quantitative reconciliation of forecasted Adjusted EBITDA to forecasted GAAP net income (loss) or to forecasted GAAP income (loss) before income taxes within this earnings release because Flywire is unable, without making unreasonable efforts, to calculate certain reconciling items with confidence. These items include, but are not limited to income taxes which are directly impacted by unpredictable fluctuations in the market price of Flywire's stock.
These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Refer to the “Safe Harbor Statement” below for information on the factors that could cause Flywire’s actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2023 financial results today at 5:00 pm ET. Hosting the call will be Mike Massaro, CEO, Rob Orgel, President and COO, and Mike Ellis, CFO. The conference call can be accessed live via webcast from the Company's investor relations website at https://ir.flywire.com/. A replay will be available on the investor relations website following the call.
Key Operating Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Flywire uses non-GAAP financial measures to supplement financial information presented on a GAAP basis. The Company believes that excluding certain items from its GAAP results allows management to better understand its consolidated financial performance from period to period and better project its future consolidated financial performance as forecasts are developed at a level of detail different from that used to prepare GAAP-based financial measures. Moreover, Flywire believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide its stakeholders with useful information to help them evaluate the Company’s operating results by facilitating an enhanced understanding of the Company’s operating performance and enabling them to make more meaningful period to period comparisons. There are limitations to the use of the non-GAAP financial measures presented here. Flywire’s non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Other companies, including companies in Flywire’s industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.
Flywire uses supplemental measures of its performance which are derived from its consolidated financial information, but which are not presented in its consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures include the following:
- Revenue Less Ancillary Services. Revenue Less Ancillary Services represents the Company’s consolidated revenue in accordance with GAAP after excluding (i) pass-through cost for printing and mailing services and (ii) marketing fees. The Company excludes these amounts to arrive at this supplemental non-GAAP financial measure as it views these services as ancillary to the primary services it provides to its clients.
- Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin. Adjusted gross profit represents Revenue Less Ancillary Services less cost of revenue adjusted to (i) exclude pass-through cost for printing services, (ii) offset marketing fees against costs incurred and (iii) exclude depreciation and amortization, including accelerated amortization on the impairment of customer set-up costs tied to technology integration. Adjusted Gross Margin represents Adjusted Gross Profit divided by Revenue Less Ancillary Services. Management believes this presentation supplements the GAAP presentation of Gross Margin with a useful measure of the gross margin of the Company’s payment-related services, which are the primary services it provides to its clients. Beginning with the quarter ended December 31, 2022, Flywire has excluded depreciation and amortization from the calculation of its adjusted Gross Profit, which it believes enhances the understanding of the Company’s operating performance and enables more meaningful period to period comparisons. The Company’s previously reported Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin for the three months ended September 30, 2022 were recast to conform to the updated methodology and are reflected herein for comparison purposes.
- Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA further adjusted by excluding (i) stock-based compensation expense and related payroll taxes, (ii) the impact from the change in fair value measurement for contingent consideration associated with acquisitions,(iii) interest income, (iv) gain (loss) from the remeasurement of foreign currency, (v) indirect taxes related to intercompany activity, (vi) acquisition related transaction costs, if applicable, and (vii) employee retention costs, such as incentive compensation, associated with acquisition activities. Management believes that the exclusion of these amounts to calculate Adjusted EBITDA provides useful measures for period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s business.
- Revenue Less Ancillary Services at Constant Currency. Revenue Less Ancillary Services at Constant Currency represents Revenue Less Ancillary Services adjusted to show presentation on a constant currency basis. The constant currency information presented is calculated by translating current period results using prior period weighted average foreign currency exchange rates. Flywire analyzes Revenue Less Ancillary Services on a constant currency basis to provide a comparable framework for assessing how the business performed excluding the effect of foreign currency fluctuations.
These non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered as indicators of performance in isolation from or as a substitute the Company’s revenue, gross profit, gross margin or net income (loss) prepared in accordance with GAAP and should be read only in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis. Reconciliations of Revenue Less Ancillary Services, Revenue Less Ancillary Services at Constant Currency, Adjusted Gross Profit, Adjusted Gross Margin and Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure are presented below. Flywire encourages you to review these reconciliations in conjunction with the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures for each of the periods presented. In future fiscal periods, Flywire may exclude such items and may incur income and expenses similar to these excluded items. Flywire has not provided a quantitative reconciliation of forecasted Adjusted EBITDA to forecasted GAAP net income (loss) or to forecasted GAAP income (loss) before income taxes within this earnings release because it is unable, without making unreasonable efforts, to calculate certain reconciling items with confidence. These items include but are not limited to income taxes which are directly impacted by unpredictable fluctuations in the market price of Flywire's stock.
Flywire is a global payments enablement and software company. Flywire combines its proprietary global payments network, next-gen payments platform and vertical-specific software to deliver the most important and complex payments for its clients and their customers.
Flywire leverages its vertical-specific software and payments technology to deeply embed within the existing A/R workflows for its clients across the education, healthcare and travel vertical markets, as well as in key B2B industries. Flywire also integrates with leading ERP systems, so organizations can optimize the payment experience for their customers while eliminating operational challenges.
Flywire supports more than 3,700 clients with diverse payment methods in more than 140 currencies across 240 countries and territories around the world. Flywire is headquartered in Boston, MA, USA with additional offices around the globe. For more information, visitwww.flywire.com. Follow Flywire on Twitter,LinkedIn and Facebook.
Safe Harbor Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding Flywire’s future operating results and financial position, Flywire’s business strategy and plans, market growth, and Flywire’s objectives for future operations. Flywire intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as, but not limited to, “believe,” “may,” “will,” “potentially,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “could,” “would,” “project,” “target,” “plan,” “expect,” or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations that involve risks, changes in circumstances, assumptions, and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in Flywire's forward-looking statements include, among others, Flywire’s future financial performance, including its expectations regarding Revenue, Revenue Less Ancillary Services, and Adjusted EBITDA and foreign exchange rates. Risks that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward looking statements include, but are not limited to: Flywire’s ability to execute its business plan and effectively manage its growth; Flywire’s cross-border expansion plans and ability to expand internationally; anticipated trends, growth rates, and challenges in Flywire’s business and in the markets in which Flywire operates; the sufficiency of Flywire’s cash and cash equivalents to meet its liquidity needs; political, economic, foreign currency exchange rate, inflation, legal, social and health risks, that may affect Flywire’s business or the global economy; Flywire’s beliefs and objectives for future operations; Flywire’s ability to develop and protect its brand; Flywire’s ability to maintain and grow the payment volume that it processes; Flywire’s ability to further attract, retain, and expand its client base; Flywire’s ability to develop new solutions and services and bring them to market in a timely manner; Flywire’s expectations concerning relationships with third parties, including financial institutions and strategic partners; the effects of increased competition in Flywire’s markets and its ability to compete effectively; recent and future acquisitions or investments in complementary companies, products, services, or technologies; Flywire’s ability to enter new client verticals, including its relatively new business-to-business sector; Flywire’s expectations regarding anticipated technology needs and developments and its ability to address those needs and developments with its solutions; Flywire’s expectations regarding litigation and legal and regulatory matters; Flywire’s expectations regarding its ability to meet existing performance obligations and maintain the operability of its solutions; Flywire’s expectations regarding the effects of existing and developing laws and regulations, including with respect to payments and financial services, taxation, privacy and data protection; economic and industry trends, projected growth, or trend analysis; Flywire’s ability to adapt to changes in U.S. federal income or other tax laws or the interpretation of tax laws, including the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act of 2022; Flywire’s ability to attract and retain qualified employees; Flywire’s ability to maintain, protect, and enhance its intellectual property; Flywire’s ability to maintain the security and availability of its solutions; the increased expenses associated with being a public company; the future market price of Flywire’s common stock; and other factors that are described in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of Flywire's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and available on the SEC's website at https://www.sec.gov/. Additional factors may be described in those sections of Flywire's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, expected to be filed with the SEC in the fourth quarter of 2023. The information in this release is provided only as of the date of this release, and Flywire undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release on account of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.