Year End Report January – December 2019 Storytel AB (publ)

  • Streaming sales up 45% from Q4 2018, to 421 (291) MSEK
  • Subscriber base up 41% from Q4 2018 to 1,083,400 (768,700) on average
  • Net turnover increased to 565 MSEK from 437 MSEK in Q4 2018
  • Earnings per share, after taxes amounted to -1.43 (-0.61) SEK, before and after dilution
  • The Board of Directors proposes no dividends be paid for 2019 FY
  • Launched in South Korea, Storytels 20th market
  • Refinanced bank loans and extended credits at Swedbank

Table 1: Key performance indicators for Streaming and Print Publishing 

Currency: SEK 000’s        Q4 2018        Q1 2019         Q2 2019        Q3 2019        Q4 2019        Q1 2020
Streaming Total          Actual       Forecast1
Revenue 291,315 295,994 320,034 399,178 421,454 438,000
Contribution Profit2 30,444 31,372 29,407 53,043 58,977
Contribution Margin 10.5% 10.6% 9.2% 13.3% 14.0%
Avg. Paying Subscribers3 768,700 834,300 887,500 1,014,400 1,083,400 1,154,000
ARPU4 (SEK/Month) 126 118 120 131 130 127
Streaming Nordics5          
Revenue 259,256 258,288 276,347 340,315 352,222 357,000
Contribution Profit2 82,645 75,329 70,443 109,563 115,689
Contribution Margin 31.9% 29.2% 25.5% 32.2% 32.8%
Avg. Paying Subscribers3 616,300 645,500 669,200 736,000 757,600 782,000
ARPU4 (SEK/Month) 140 133 138 154 155 152
Streaming Non-Nordics            
Revenue 32,059 37,706 43,687 58,863 69,233 81,000
Contribution Profit2 -52,200 -43,957 -41,036 -56,521 -56,713
Contribution Margin -162.8% -116.6% -93.9% -96.0% -81.9%
Avg. Paying Subscribers3 152,400 188,800 218,300 278,400 325,800 372,000
ARPU4 (SEK/Month) 70 67 67 70 71 73
Print Publishing6            
Revenue 170,435 107,316 109,053 116,371 179,562
Contribution Profit7 54,681 32,775 28,830 33,327 65,592
Contribution Margin 32.1% 30.5% 26.4% 28.6% 36.5%

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1 “Forecast” means an approximation based on information available at the time the report was prepared.

2 Contribution Profit is defined as streaming revenue minus royalties to third-party publishers and rights holders, in-house production costs, transaction/payment costs and marketing costs. Storytel Reader and Ztory are not included in Streaming.

3 Avg. Paying Subscribers means the average number of paying Storytel subscribers during the quarter. Stand-alone customers from Ztory are not included. For Family subscriptions, each standard stream (not so-called Kids Mode) is considered one paying customer.

4 ARPU = Average Revenue Per User (Subscriber) per month.

5 Storytel Norway is included in the figures @ 100%. In the consolidated accounts, Norway is reported in accordance with the principle of proportional consolidation.

6 Print Publishing refers to physical books and digital sales through channels other than Storytel. Internal revenue from Storytel has been eliminated. All publishing houses both inside and outside of Sweden are included.

7 Contribution Profit is defined as revenue minus cost of goods sold, royalties to rights holders, distribution, sales and marketing costs.

Forthcoming reports

  • Annual Report 2019 – 2 April 2020
  • Interim Report Jan – Mar 2020 – 12 May 2020
  • Interim Report Jan – June 2020 – 11 Aug 2020
  • Interim Report Jan – Sept 2020 – 10 Nov 2020

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

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Jonas Tellander, CEO: +46 70 261 61 36

Jörgen Gullbrandson, Interim CFO: +46 73 378 01 75

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