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Getty Images Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results
Nov 14, 2023
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New York, NY, November 14, 2023 – Getty Images Holdings, Inc. “Getty Images” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GETY), a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

“While we continue to operate in a challenging environment, we saw progress in a number of key areas in the third quarter, notably continued growth across Ecommerce where annual subscriber numbers were up across target markets,” said Craig Peters, Chief Executive Officer for Getty Images. “The quarter also saw us launch our generative AI service in partnership with NVIDIA which addresses fundamental customer needs around quality and commercial safety in use of generative content. Trained solely off our content and data, our tool provides commercially safe, non‑infringing high‑quality imagery with uncapped indemnification. We continue to focus on how and where our highly differentiated and industry‑leading content and services can provide value to our customers to deliver growth for the company in the long term.”

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Summary:
‑ Revenue of $229.3 million declined 0.5% year over year and 1.3% on a currency neutral basis.
  • Creative revenue of $145.2 million, flat year over year and down 0.8% on a currency neutral basis.
  • Editorial revenue of $79.9 million, down 2.3% year over year and 3.3% on a currency neutral basis.
  • Annual Subscription Revenue as a percentage of total revenue grew to 55.9%, up from 49.4% in Q3’22 and up from a finish of 49.0% for the full year 2022.
‑ Net Loss of $18.4 million, compared to a Net Loss of $118.1 million in Q3’22. Included in these results is a $106.1 million Loss on Litigation related to the previously disclosed warrant litigation, partially offset by $60.0 million Recovery of Loss on Litigation from the Company’s D&O insurance policy.  Separately, the Q3’22 results included a $161.3 million net loss resulting from a remeasurement of the fair value of the warrants upon exercise in Q3’22. Net Income Margin was (8.0)% compared to (51.2)% in Q3’22.

‑ Adjusted EBITDA* of $80.3 million, up 3.4% year over year and 2.5% on a currency neutral basis. Adjusted EBITDA Margin* was strong at 35.0% compared to 33.7% in Q3’22.  This strong result is a testament to the fiscal discipline and the proactive cost actions taken earlier in Q2 of this year and which remain in place.

‑ Adjusted EBITDA less capex* was $67.9 million, up 9.4% year over year and 9.3% on a currency neutral basis.

Liquidity and Balance Sheet:
‑ Net cash provided by operating activities of $25.2 million in Q3’23, compared to $48.9 million the prior year period.

‑ Free cash flow* of $12.8 million in Q3’23, compared to $33.2 million in the prior year period.

‑ Ending cash balance on September 30, 2023 was $113.5 million, up $15.6 million from the ending balance on December 31, 2022 and $41.7 million from September 30, 2022.  We have $150 million available through our Revolver, for total available liquidity of $263.5 million.

‑ Total debt was $1.383 billion, which included $300.0 million in senior notes and a term loan balance of $1.083 billion, consisting of $639.6 million in USD and $443.6 million in USD equivalent of Euros, converted using exchange rates as of September 30, 2023.

* 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.
Annual subscription ‑ includes all products with a duration of 12 months or longer

1 The count of total customers who made a purchase within the reporting period based on billed revenue.
2 The count of customers who were on an annual subscription product during the reporting period.
3 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.
4 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.                            
5 A count of the total images and videos in our content library as of the reporting date.
6 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.
7 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.
Third Quarter 2023 Business Highlights:
‑ In partnership with NVIDIA, launched Generative AI by Getty Images, a unique service which addresses fundamental customer needs. Trained solely on Getty Images’ content, the service is high‑quality, commercially‑safe, creator‑responsible and comes with uncapped indemnification.

‑ Continued growth in our subscription business with annual subscribers up by more than 88 percent, driven by Ecommerce with more than 35K of these new subscribers from target growth markets outside North America and Western Europe.  

‑ Renewed agreement as Authorized Photographic Agency with the Rugby World Cup to deliver an industry‑leading service in the creation and distribution of world‑class sports content.

‑ In partnership with BBC Studios, launched a platform accelerating archive supply chain providing customers access to an additional 57,000 programs from the BBC archives.

Warrant Litigation
As previously disclosed, the Company has been named as a defendant in two lawsuits filed by former public warrant holders.  On October 27, 2023, the Court issued its decision on the cross‑motions for summary judgment and entered judgment in favor of Plaintiffs on their breach of contract claims in the amount of $36.9 million for Alta Partners, LLC and $51.0 million for the CRCM plaintiffs, plus, in each case, pre‑judgment interest of 9% per annum.  The Company’s Loss on Litigation is comprised of these damages amounts, in addition to pre‑judgment interest and associated legal fees through September 30, 2023.  The Company has recognized Recovery on Loss on Litigation of $60.0 million, which represents the limit of the Company’s D&O insurance coverage for this matter.  Subsequent to September 30, 2023 the Company has received $5.0 million of insurance recoveries. The Company intends to appeal the part of the Court’s decision and judgement that ruled for the plaintiffs and to secure a surety bond totaling 111% of the damages award, limiting any impact on our day‑to‑day operations.

Financial Outlook for Full Year 2023
“We are revising our 2023 guidance due to the ongoing challenging market conditions, including the adverse impacts from the Hollywood strikes and pressures on our agency business, as well as due to the impact from the unexpected strengthening of the U.S. dollar. We believe these impacts will continue through the fourth quarter,” said Jennifer Leyden, Chief Financial Officer.
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, Tuesday, November 14, 2023, to discuss its third quarter 2023 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 fourteen 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 13741921.

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 551,000 contributors and more than 315 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.

Through its best‑in‑class creative library and Custom Content solutions, Getty Images helps customers elevate their creativity and entire end‑to‑end creative process to find the right visual for any need. With the adoption and distribution of generative AI technologies and tools trained on permissioned content and uncapped indemnification and perpetual, worldwide usage rights, customers can use text to image generation to ideate and create commercially safe compelling visuals, further expanding Getty Images capabilities to deliver exactly what customers are looking for.

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Forward‑Looking Statements
Certain statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10‑Q that are not historical facts are forward‑looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States 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,” “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, whether or not identified in this report, and on the current expectations of our 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 our control.

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 its 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 its 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 legal, social and ethical issues relating to the use of new and evolving technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (“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 risk that any prolonged strike by, or lockout of, one or more of the unions that provide personnel essential to the production of films or television programs, such as the 2023 strikes by the writers’ union and the actors' unions, could further impact our entertainment business; 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, including with respect to our AI initiatives; 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 the impact of recent bank failures on the marketplace and the ability to access credit and significant political or civil disturbances in international markets where we conduct business; the risk that claims, judgements, 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 New York Stock Exchange; volatility in our stock price and in the liquidity of the trading market for our Class A common stock; the lingering effects of the COVID‑19 pandemic; 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” and “smaller reporting company” within the meaning of the U. S. securities laws; 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; costs related to operating as a public company; and those factors discussed under the heading “Item 1.A. Risk Factors” of our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10‑K.

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 report are more fully described under the heading “Item 1.A. Risk Factors” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10‑K and in our other filings with the SEC. The risks described under the heading “Item 1.A. Risk Factors” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10‑K are not exhaustive. New risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible to predict all such risk factors, nor can we assess the impact of all such risk factors on our business 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 us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. We undertake 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, the statements of belief and similar statements reflect our beliefs and opinions on the relevant subject. These statements are based upon information available to us, as applicable, as of the date of this report, and while we believe 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 we have 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 $4.3 million as of September 30, 2023, $4.5 million as of December 2022 and $4.5 million as of September 30, 2022.
2 Our new Revolving Credit Facility was effective May, 2023 and matures May, 2028.  The prior Revolving Credit Facility was effective February 2019 and was scheduled to mature February 2024 prior to the recent extension.
3 Face Value of Debt is 419M EUR. Converted using the FX spot rate as of September 30, 2023 of 1.05, December 31, 2022 of 1.07, and September 30, 2022 of 0.98.
4 Represents face value of debt, not GAAP carrying value
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