Getty Images
Getty Images Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results
Mar 13, 2023
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New York, NY, March 13, 2023 – Getty Images Holdings, Inc. (“Getty Images”) (NYSE: GETY), a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022.

Craig Peters, Chief Executive Officer of Getty Images said, “Today marks Getty Images’ 28th anniversary. Over those 28 years, Getty Images has focused on producing and providing high quality, exclusive and authentic content that is born from our unique expertise, creativity and partnerships. This continues to be the heart of our business and focus. While we continue to see macroeconomic headwinds and foreign exchange impacts, Getty Images produced solid operational performance over 2022 and the fourth quarter. In spite of FX pressures, which impacted our reported revenue, we saw organic currency neutral revenue growth in each quarter underpinned by strong subscription growth, subscription renewal rates, new customer growth and increased consumption of our content.”

Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Summary:
  • Revenue of $231.5 million, down 3.2% year over year. On a currency neutral basis, revenues increased 3.5%.
  • Net Loss of $23.3 million compared to Net Income of $41.5 million in Q4 2021. The Q4 2022 results included a $37.7 million unrealized loss related to the change in fair value of the Company’s euro term loan.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $74.5 million, down 9.1% year over year due primarily to the impact of foreign exchange on revenue and incremental expenses related to operating as a public company.  On a currency neutral basis, adjusted EBITDA was down 0.3% Adjusted EBITDA Margin* for the quarter was 32.2%, compared to 34.3% in Q4 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA less capex* was $61.2 million, down 11.7% year over year and 1.8% on a currency neutral basis.
Full Year 2022 Financial Summary:
  • Revenue of $926.2 million, up 0.8% year over year. On a currency neutral basis, revenue increased 5.7%.
  • Net Loss of $77.6 million compared to Net Income of $117.4 million in 2021. The 2022 results include a $160.7 million net loss on fair value adjustment for warrant liabilities, which was nondeductible for tax purposes and impacted the tax rate in 2022.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $303.9 million, down 1.7% year over year and up 4.8% on a currency neutral basis.  Adjusted EBITDA Margin* for the year was 32.8%, compared to 33.7% in 2021, due primarily to the impact of the stronger US dollar relative to foreign currencies and an incremental SG&A expense related to IT investments, public company costs, and marketing.
  • Adjusted EBITDA less capex* was $244.6 million, down 5.9% year over year and up 0.9% on a currency neutral basis.
Liquidity and Balance Sheet:
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $163.1 million in 2022, compared to $188.9 million in 2021.
  • Free cash flow* of $103.8 million in 2022, compared to $139.6 million in the prior year.
  • Ending cash balance on December 31, 2022, was $97.9 million, a decrease of $88.4 million from December 31, 2021. This decrease reflects $310.4 million of debt paydowns of the USD Term Loan, including a $2.6 million repayment in the fourth quarter. We have $80.0 million available through our Revolver, for total available liquidity of $177.9 million.
  • Our total debt was $1.434 billion, which included $300.0 million in senior notes as well as a term loan balance of $1.134 billion, consisting of $687.4 million in USD and $447.0 million in USD equivalent of Euros, converted using exchange rates as of December 31, 2022.
* Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted EBITDA less capex, and Free Cash Flow are non‑GAAP financial measures. Refer to the Reconciliation of GAAP and Non‑GAAP Financial Measures section below.
LTM ‑ Last twelve months
Annual subscription ‑ includes all products with a duration of 12 months or longer

1 Beginning with the three months ended September 30, 2022, the company made two changes to its reporting that has some impact on reported KPI’s.  First, activity for LATAM, Turkey and Israel which was previously excluded from these metrics is now included due to completion of a system migration.  Additionally, the method by which we aggregate our customer accounts was updated to better align with our internal sales CRM system.  We have not restated historical periods given the immaterial impact to the KPI’s, except for LTM total active annual subscribers and LTM annual subscriber revenue retention rate for which the legacy reporting format is detailed in noted 3 and 5 below.  
2 The count of total customers who made a purchase within the reporting period based on billed revenue. 
3 The count of customers who were on an annual subscription product during the reporting period. Absent the reporting changes noted in Note 1, LTM total active annual subscribers would have been 116 thousand, up 56% year on year.
4 A count of the number of paid downloads by our customers in the reporting period. Excludes downloads from Editorial Subscriptions, Editorial feeds and certain API structured deals, including bulk unlimited deals. Excludes downloads starting in Q3’22 tied to a two‑year deal signed with Amazon in July 2022, as the magnitude of the potential download volume over the deal term could result in significant fluctuations in this metric without corresponding impact to revenue in the same period.
5 This calculates retention of total revenue for customers on an annual subscription product, comparing the customer’s total billed revenue (inclusive of both annual subscription and non‑annual subscription products) in the LTM period to the prior LTM period. Absent the reporting changes noted in Note 1 above, LTM annual subscriber retention rate would have been 99.2%.  6 A count of the total images and videos in our content library as of the reporting date.
7 A measure of the percentage of total paid customer downloaders who are video downloaders. The underlying calculation of this metric was changed vs. previously reported metrics.  This change was made to exclude the impact of downloader activity from our free trial subscriptions which are skewed entirely to stills‑only content.
8 The Company launched Unsplash+ during the three months ended December 31, 2022.  This new Unsplash subscription will now be included within these KPI’s from the launch date forward.  The impact is not yet material.
Assuming foreign currency rates stay at current levels, the guidance includes the following impacts from FX on revenue and EBITDA:
Webcast & Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call and live webcast with the investment community at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today, Monday, March 13, 2023, to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2022 results. The live webcast will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at To access the call through a conference line, dial 1‑877‑407‑0792 (in the U.S.) or 1‑201‑689‑8263 (international callers). A replay of the conference call will be posted shortly after the call and will be available for seven days following the call. To access the replay, dial 1‑844‑512‑2921 (in the U.S.) or 1‑412‑317‑6671 (international callers). The access code for the replay is 13735535.
About Getty Images
Getty Images (NYSE: GETY) is a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace that offers a full range of content solutions to meet the needs of any customer around the globe, no matter their size. Through its Getty Images, iStock and Unsplash brands, websites and APIs, Getty Images serves customers in almost every country in the world and is the first‑place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 516,000 contributors and more than 310 content partners to deliver this powerful and comprehensive content. Each year Getty Images covers more than 160,000 news, sport and entertainment events providing depth and breadth of coverage that is unmatched. Getty Images maintains one of the largest and best privately‑owned photographic archives in the world with millions of images dating back to the beginning of photography.

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Forward‑Looking Statements
Certain statements included in this press release that are not historical facts are forward‑looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward‑looking statements may be identified by the use of the words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” “opportunity,” “upside,” “target”, or similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward‑looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of the Company’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward‑looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of the Company.

These forward‑looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including: our inability to continue to license third‑party content and offer relevant quality and diversity of content to satisfy customer needs; our ability to attract new customers and retain and motivate an increase in spending by our existing customers; the user experience of our customers on our websites; the extent to which we are able to maintain and expand the breadth and quality of our content library through content licensed from third‑party suppliers, content acquisitions and imagery captured by our staff of in‑house photographers; the mix of and basis upon which we license our content, including the price‑points at, and the license models and purchase options through, which we license our content; the risk that we operate in a highly competitive market; the risk that we are unable to successfully execute our business strategy or effectively manage costs; our inability to effectively manage our growth; our inability to maintain an effective system of internal controls and financial reporting; the risk that we may lose the right to use “Getty Images” trademarks; our inability to evaluate our future prospects and challenges due to evolving markets and customers’ industries; the social, ethical and legal issues relating to the use of new and evolving technologies, such as AI; the risk that our operations in and continued expansion into international markets bring additional business, political, regulatory, operational, financial and economic risks; our inability to adequately adapt our technology systems to ingest and deliver sufficient new content; the risk of technological interruptions or cybersecurity vulnerabilities; the inability to expand our operations into new products, services and technologies and to increase customer and supplier awareness of new and emerging products and services; the loss of and inability to attract and retain key personnel that could negatively impact our business growth; the inability to protect the proprietary information of customers and networks against security breaches and protect and enforce intellectual property rights; our reliance on third parties; the risks related to our use of independent contractors; the risk that an increase in government regulation of the industries and markets in which we operate could negatively impact our business; the impact of worldwide and regional political, military or economic conditions, including declines in foreign currencies in relation to the value of the U.S. dollar, hyperinflation, higher interest rates, devaluation and significant political or civil disturbances in international markets where we conduct business; the risk that claims, lawsuits and other proceedings that have been, or may be, instituted against us or our predecessors could adversely affect our business; the inability to maintain the listing of our Class A Common Stock on the NYSE; volatility in our stock price and in the liquidity of the trading market for our Class A Common Stock; the risk that the COVID‑19 pandemic and efforts to reduce its spread impacts our business, financial condition, cash flows and operation results more significantly than currently expected; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the risks associated with evolving corporate governance and public disclosure requirements; the risk of greater than anticipated tax liabilities; the risks associated with the storage and use of personally identifiable information; earnings‑related risks such as those associated with late payments, goodwill or other intangible assets; our ability to obtain additional capital on commercially reasonable terms; the risks associated with being an “emerging growth company” within the meaning of the Securities Act; risks associated with our reliance on information technology in critical areas of our operations; our inability to pay dividends for the foreseeable future; the risks associated with additional issuances of Class A Common Stock without stockholder approval; and costs related to operating as a public company. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward‑looking statements.

These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward‑looking statements in this press release are more fully described under the heading “Risk Factors “in the 424(b)(3) prospectus filed by the Company on September 16, 2022 and in our subsequent filings with the SEC. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. New risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible to predict all such risk factors, nor can the Company assess the impact of all such risk factors on the business of the Company or the extent to which any factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward‑looking statements. All forward‑looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The Company undertakes no obligations to update or revise publicly any forward‑looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In addition, statements of belief and similar statements reflect the beliefs and opinions of the Company on the relevant subject. These statements are based upon information available to the Company, as applicable, as of the date of this press release, and while the Company believes such information forms a reasonable basis for such statements, such information may be limited or incomplete, and statements should not be read to indicate that the Company has conducted an exhaustive inquiry into, or review of, all potentially available relevant information. These statements are inherently uncertain and you are cautioned not to unduly rely upon these statements.
Non‑GAAP Financial Measures
In order to assist investors in understanding the core operating results that our management uses to evaluate the business and for financial planning, we present the following non‑GAAP measures: (1) Adjusted EBITDA, (2) Adjusted EBITDA Margin, (3) Adjusted EBITDA less capex and (4) Free Cash Flow. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The Company believes that these measures are relevant and provide useful information widely used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in our industry to provide a baseline for evaluating and comparing our operating performance, and in the case of free cash flow, our liquidity results.  We also evaluate our revenue on an as reported (U.S. GAAP) and currency neutral basis. We believe presenting currency neutral information provides valuable supplemental information regarding our comparable results, consistent with how we evaluate our performance internally.

Reconciliations of these non‑GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided below.

The Company does not reconcile its forward‑looking non‑GAAP financial measures to the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures, due to variability and difficulty in making accurate forecasts and projections and/or certain information not being ascertainable or accessible; and because not all of the information, such as foreign currency impacts necessary for a quantitative reconciliation of these forward‑looking non‑GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, is available to the Company without unreasonable efforts. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. The Company provides non‑GAAP financial measures that it believes will be achieved, however it cannot accurately predict all of the components of the adjusted calculations and the U.S. GAAP measures may be materially different than the non‑GAAP measures.
1 Excludes restricted cash of $4.5 million as of December 2022, $4.6 million as of September and June 2022 and $5.2 million as of December 2021.
2 Effective February 2019. Matures February 2024. 
3 Face Value of Debt is 419M EUR. Converted using the FX spot rate as of December 31, 2022 of 1.07, September 30, 2022 of 0.98, June 30, 2022 of 1.05, and December 31, 2021 of 1.13.
4 Represents face value of debt, not GAAP carrying value
Investor Contact:
Getty Images
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