Storytel’s Q1 2022 streaming revenue in line with forecast

STOCKHOLM, April 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Storytel’s Q1 streaming revenues came in at 699 MSEK, in line with forecasts for both the Nordics and Non-Nordics segments. This represents a +35% year-on-year growth (+33% with constant exchange rates). Adjusting for the acquisition of the US streaming service Audiobooks.com, the organic year-on-year streaming growth was +19%.

Streaming revenues in the Nordics for the first quarter of 2022 came in at 459 MSEK, which is within the forecasted range. The average number of paying subscribers in Q1 in the Nordic segment was 1,061,000.

Q1 2022 streaming revenues for the Non-Nordics segment totaled 240 MSEK, compared to 115 MSEK in Q1 2021, representing one third of total streaming revenues for Storytel. This corresponds to an annual revenue growth of 108%. The acquisition of Audiobooks.com contributed considerably in the first quarter with revenue of 82 MSEK and an increased ARPU to SEK81 for the segment, compared to SEK66 a year ago The quarter also included a slight negative revenue effect due to Storytel’s communicated pause of its Russian operations in March. The average number of paying subscribers in the Non-Nordics segment was 990,000, an increase with 406,900 paying subscribers, compared to the first quarter of 2021.

“In February 2022, Storytel closed its acquisition of Audiobooks.com, marking our entry to the US market. Entering and expanding our presence to the English-speaking world underlines our strategy to launch and expand our service in more established audiobook markets. Organic growth is healthy across both the Nordics and Non-Nordics segments and I am happy that we have surpassed 2 million paying subscribers – a big milestone on our growth journey,” he says Ingrid Bojner acting CEO of Storytel.

Table 1: Key Performance Indicators for Streaming

TSEK

Q1 2021

Q2 2021

Q3 2021

Q4 2021

Q1 2022

Q1 2022

Total Streaming*

Current

Forecast

income

517,075

545,451

583,084

605,128

698,599

693,000-700,000

Contribution Profit**

97,592

105,933

94,655

71,501

Contribution Margin**

18.9%

19.4%

16.2%

11.8%

Avg. Paying Subscribers***

1,540,600

1,626,900

1,724,000

1,784,600

2,051,000

ARPU (SEK/Month)

112

112

113

113

114

Streaming Nordics*

income

401,834

423,323

447,199

459,018

458,555

458,000-460,000

Contribution Profit

119,418

127,010

135,684

128,319

contribution margin

29.7%

30.0%

30.3%

28.0%

Avg. Paying Subscribers

957,500

983,600

1,024,000

1,047,900

1,061,000

ARPU (SEK/Month)

140

143

146

146

144

Streaming Non-Nordics

income

115,240

122,128

135,885

146,110

240,044

235,000-240,000

Contribution Profit

-21,826

-21,078

-41,030

-56,817

contribution margin

-18.9%

-17.3%

-30.2%

-38.9%

Avg. Paying Subscribers

583,100

643,300

700,000

736,700

990,000

ARPU (SEK/Month)

66

63

65

66

81

*Storytel Norway is included in the figures @ 100%. In the consolidated accounts, Norway is reported in accordance with the equity method.
**Replaced in the Q1-report by gross profit/margin in connection with transition to IFRS.
***The definition of paying subscribers has been adjusted in the first quarter to include all subscribers, whereas heavily discounted subscribers were previously excluded (no revenue impact, adding approximately 14,300 subscribers).

FNCA Sweden AB is the company’s certified adviser. FNCA can be reached at info@fnca.se or +46 8 528 00 399.

This information is such that Storytel AB (publ) is obliged to disclose in accordance with the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU nr 596/2014). The information was provided, through the agency of the below contact persons, at the time stated in this press release, by Cision.

For further information, please contact:

Andreas LindblomHead of Investor Relations
Phone: +46 72 506 14 22
Email: andreas.lindblom@storytel.com

Dan PanasHead of Communications & PR
Phone: +46 70 186 52 90
Email: dan.panas@storytel.com

About Storytel

Storytel is one of the world’s largest audiobook and e-book streaming services and offers over 700,000 titles on a global scale. Our vision is to make the world a more empathetic and creative place, with great stories to be shared and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere and anytime. The streaming business within the Storytel Group is conducted under the brands Storytel, Mofibo and Audiobooks.com. The publishing business is managed by Storytel Books, and by the audiobook publisher StorySide. The Storytel Group operates in over 25 markets. The headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

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