Semrush Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results

by | Mar 5, 2024

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $83.4 million, up 21% year-over-year
  • Full year 2023 revenue increases over 21% year-over-year
  • Achieves ARR of $337.1 million, up 23% year-over-year
  • Full year net income of $1.0 million and Non-GAAP net income of $16.3 million

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Semrush Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SEMR), a leading online visibility management SaaS platform, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023.


In 2023, we accelerated revenue growth throughout the year, delivering ARR growth of 23%, and strong profitability. In Q4, we reported revenue growth of 21% year-over-year, increased paying customers to nearly 108,000, and our number of free, active customers surpassed one million for the first time. Looking ahead, we remain focused on our three main growth pillars: increasing new user growth, driving expansion by delivering higher value to our customers, and adding new products and monetization to our portfolio to address client needs and market trends. I want to express my sincere gratitude to our growing number of customers, talented employees, and shareholders who showed incredible support and loyalty across our business,” said Oleg Shchegolev, CEO and Co-Founder of Semrush.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Highlights

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $83.4 million, up 21% year-over-year and full year 2023 revenue of $307.7 million, up 21% year-over-year.
  • Net income of $6.9 million for the fourth quarter, compared to a net loss of $13.9 million in the prior year period.
  • Net income of $1.0 million for the full year 2023, compared to a net loss of $33.8 million for the full year 2022.
  • Non-GAAP net income of $11.4 million for the fourth quarter, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $11.6 million in the prior year period.
  • Non-GAAP net income of $16.3 million for the full year 2023, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $26.5 million for the full year 2022.
  • Q4 free cash flow of $8.9 million, full year free cash flow of $0.3 million.
  • ARR of $337.1 million as of December 31, 2023, up 23% year-over-year.
  • Nearly 108,000 paying customers as of December 31, 2023, up 12.5% from a year ago.
  • Dollar-based net revenue retention of 107% as of December 31, 2023, compared to 109% in the previous quarter.

See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures & Definitions of Key Metrics” below for how Semrush defines ARR, dollar-based net revenue retention, non-GAAP net income (loss), and free cash flow, and the financial tables that accompany this release for reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its closest comparable GAAP financial measure.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Business Highlights

We are committed to empowering our customers with the best-in-class platform needed to boost their online presence and gain an edge in the market. In the fourth quarter, we advanced and expanded many of our offerings:

  • Continued investments in Generative AI to provide enhanced, more efficient content creation capabilities through Semrush’s platform and App Center:

    • Introduced AI Chat, a generative chat system within ContentShake AI that allows customers to enter detailed prompts, request additional content, and ask questions to improve the content creation process and help businesses connect with a larger audience.
    • Released the AI Ad Copy Generator app, a data-driven tool that uses billions of ad copies to draft effective copy variations, helping customers launch high-performing Google Ads campaigns.
    • Announced the AI Accessibility Widget, an app that uses AI to diagnose accessibility issues in real time, enabling businesses to enhance user-friendliness and ensure website compliance.
    • Added Bing to the Position Tracking tool, allowing customers to set up their tracking campaign and track daily rankings for their target keyword lists.
  • We are pleased to announce our new Enterprise Platform will be Generally Available (GA) in the first half of 2024. It has been in a soft launch state since late October 2023 and is currently being used by a select number of large-scale business customers.
  • Semrush customers who pay more than $10,000 annually grew by more than 30% year-over-year.
  • Ended the quarter with more than 1,041,000 registered free active customers, up nearly 30% year-over-year.

Business Outlook

During 2023, we were able to re-accelerate revenue growth, improve our profitability and generate strong free cash flow,” said Brian Mulroy, CFO of Semrush. “Looking ahead to 2024, we are confident in our ability to grow and to continue to scale our business to capitalize on the market opportunity. We remain committed to a disciplined and balanced approach to spending to improve efficiency and profitability, even while we invest in future growth opportunities that we expect will continue to create long-term, durable growth and value for our shareholders.”

Based on information as of today, March 4, 2024, we are issuing the following financial guidance:

First Quarter 2024 Financial Outlook

  • For the first quarter, we expect revenue in a range of $84.7 to $85.3 million, which at the mid-point would represent growth of approximately 20% year-over-year.
  • We expect first quarter Non-GAAP operating margin to be approximately 8%.

Full-Year 2024 Financial Outlook

  • For the full year, we expect revenue in a range of $364 to $368 million, which at the mid-point would represent growth of approximately 19% year-over-year.
  • We expect full year Non-GAAP operating margin of 10% to 11%.
  • We expect full year free cash flow margin to be in the range of 7% to 8%.

Starting with our guidance for the first quarter 2024 and full year 2024, we are no longer providing guidance for non-GAAP net income, and instead will guide both non-GAAP Operating Margin and Free Cash Flow Margin. We are also updating our definitions of non-GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations to exclude Amortization of Acquired Intangible Assets, Acquisition Related Costs, Restructuring Costs and other one-time expenses outside the ordinary course of business (for example, our Exit Costs incurred primarily in 2022) in addition to the current exclusion of Stock Based Compensation. Our guidance for the first quarter 2024 and full year 2024 reflect this change. Additionally, with this release, we are also providing a reconciliation of historical non-GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations and non-GAAP operating margin under both the prior definition and the new definition for the prior periods presented. We believe these changes will allow investors to better understand our financial performance, better align with the measures used internally by management in operating our business, and permit a better evaluation of the efficacy of the methodology and information used by management to evaluate and measure our performance.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP operating margin and free cash flow margin guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability, complexity and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from these non-GAAP measures, in particular the measures and effects of share-based compensation expense, employer taxes and tax deductions specific to equity compensation awards that are directly impacted by future hiring, turnover and retention needs. We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

Conference Call Details

Semrush will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results, business highlights, outlook and other matters, the details for which are provided below.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Time: 8:30 a.m. ET

Hosts: Oleg Shchegolev, CEO, Eugene Levin, President, and Brian Mulroy, CFO

Conference ID: 726760

Participant Toll Free Dial-In Number: 1 (833) 470-1428

Participant International Dial-In Number: 1 (929) 526-1599

Registration:

The live webcast of the conference call as well as the replay can be accessed for a limited time from the Semrush investor relations website at http://investors.semrush.com/.

About Semrush

Semrush is a leading online visibility management SaaS platform that enables businesses globally to run search engine optimization, pay-per-click, content, social media and competitive research campaigns and get measurable results from online marketing. Semrush offers insights and solutions for companies to build, manage, and measure campaigns across various marketing channels. Semrush, with nearly 108,000 paying customers, is headquartered in Boston and has offices in Philadelphia, Trevose, Austin, Dallas, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Limassol, Prague, Warsaw, and Yerevan.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which are statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “shall,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern our expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, guidance on financial results for the first quarter and full year of 2024 (including revenue, non-GAAP operating margin, and free cash flow margin); statements regarding the expectations of demand for our products, including demand from return customers, adoption of and demand for new products and features, statements about expansion of our platform, the effectiveness of our products and our competitive advantages, statements about future operating results, growth opportunities (including new user growth, expansion from delivering higher value to customers and adding new products and monetization to address user needs and market trends), future spending, business trends, capability to improve efficiency and deliver profits, and growth and value for shareholders.

The forward-looking statements contained in this release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our most recent annual report on form 10-K, and our subsequently filed quarterly reports and other SEC filings. Although we believe that our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects as reflected in or suggested by those forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that the plans, intentions, expectations or strategies will be attained or achieved. The forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Additional information regarding these and other factors that could affect our results is included in our SEC filings, which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations page on its website at investors.semrush.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures & Definitions of Key Metrics

We believe that providing non-GAAP information to investors, in addition to the GAAP presentation, allows investors to view the financial results in the way management views the operating results. We further believe that providing this information allows investors to not only better understand our financial performance, but also to evaluate the efficacy of the methodology and information used by management to evaluate and measure such performance. We also believe that the use of non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing our financial results with other companies in our industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. We also believe free cash flow margin is useful to investors as we monitor it as a measure of our overall business performance, which enables us to analyze our future performance without the effects of non-cash items and allows us to better understand the cash needs of our business. The non-GAAP information included in this press release should not be considered superior to, or a substitute for, financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures presented by other companies. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release.

ARR is defined as of a given date as the monthly recurring revenue that we expect to contractually receive from all paid subscription agreements that are actively generating revenue as of that date multiplied by 12. We include both monthly recurring paid subscriptions, which renew automatically unless canceled, as well as the annual recurring paid subscriptions so long as we do not have any indication that a customer has canceled or intends to cancel its subscription and we continue to generate revenue from them.

Dollar-based net revenue retention is defined as (a) the revenue from our customers during the twelve-month period ending one year prior to such period as the denominator and (b) the revenue from those same customers during the twelve months ending as of the end of such period as the numerator. This calculation excludes revenue from new customers and any non-recurring revenue.

Free cash flow and free cash flow margin. We define free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software development costs. We define free cash flow margin as free cash flow divided by GAAP revenue.

Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, non-GAAP operating margin, and Non-GAAP Net Income. As described above, we have updated our definitions for non-GAAP income (loss) from operations and are introducing non-GAAP operating margin; the updated definitions, which apply to our guidance for the first quarter and full year 2024, are as follows. We define non-GAAP income (loss) from operations as GAAP income (loss) from operations, excluding Stock Based Compensation, Amortization of Acquired Intangible Assets, Acquisition Related Costs, Restructuring Costs and other one-time expenses outside the ordinary course of business (for example, our Exit Costs incurred primarily in 2022). We define non-GAAP operating margin as non-GAAP income (loss) from operations divided by GAAP revenue. With respect to our prior financial results (including the fourth quarter and full year 2023 and comparable periods in 2022), we define (i) non-GAAP net income as GAAP net income (loss), excluding Stock Based Compensation and (ii) non-GAAP income (loss) from operations as GAAP income (loss) from operations, excluding Stock Based Compensation. We believe investors may want to consider our results with and without the effects of these items in order to compare our financial performance with that of other companies that exclude such items and to compare our results to prior periods.

Stock-based compensation.

Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense accounted for in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 718. We believe that the exclusion of stock-based compensation expense allows for financial results that are more indicative of our operational performance and provide for a useful comparison of our operating results to prior periods and to our peer companies because stock-based compensation expense varies from period to period and company to company due to such things as differing valuation methodologies, timing of awards and changes in stock price.

Amortization of acquired intangible assets.

Excluding amortization of acquired intangible assets from non-GAAP expense and income measures allows management and investors to evaluate results “as-if” the acquired intangible assets had been developed internally rather than acquired and, therefore, provides a supplemental measure of performance in which our acquired intellectual property is treated in a comparable manner to our internally developed intellectual property. These amounts are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are significantly impacted by the timing and size of acquisitions. Although we exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets from our non-GAAP expenses, we believe that it is important for investors to understand that such intangible assets contribute to revenue generation.

Restructuring and other costs.

Restructuring and other costs include restructuring expenses as well as other charges that are unusual in nature, are the result of unplanned events, and arise outside the ordinary course of our business. Restructuring expenses consist of employee severance costs, charges for the closure of excess facilities and other contract termination costs. Other costs include litigation contingency reserves, asset impairment charges, relocation expenses associated with the migration of employees in 2022 that occurred throughout 2022 and early 2023, and gains or losses on the sale or disposition of certain non-strategic assets or product lines.

Acquisition-related costs, net.

In recent years, we have completed a number of acquisitions, which result in transition, integration and other acquisition-related expense which would not otherwise have been incurred, are unpredictable and dependent on a significant number of factors that are deal-specific or outside of our control, are not indicative of our operational performance (or that of the acquired businesses or assets) and are likely to fluctuate as our acquisition activity increases or decreases in future periods. By excluding acquisition-related costs and adjustments from our non-GAAP measures, management is better able to evaluate our ability to utilize our existing assets and estimate the long-term value that acquired assets will generate for us.

Semrush Holdings, Inc.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

Fiscal Year ended December 31,

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Revenue

$

83,394

 

$

68,785

 

 

$

307,675

 

 

$

254,316

 

Cost of revenue ¹

 

13,684

 

 

11,963

 

 

 

52,327

 

 

 

48,553

 

Gross profit

 

69,710

 

 

56,822

 

 

 

255,348

 

 

 

205,763

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing ¹

 

31,044

 

 

39,596

 

 

 

126,871

 

 

 

126,889

 

Research and development ¹

 

15,371

 

 

13,261

 

 

 

57,442

 

 

 

41,204

 

General and administrative ¹

 

20,613

 

 

17,391

 

 

 

77,410

 

 

 

62,779

 

Exit Costs

 

 

 

1,847

 

 

 

1,292

 

 

 

11,264

 

Total operating expenses

 

67,028

 

 

72,095

 

 

 

263,015

 

 

 

242,136

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

2,682

 

 

(15,273

)

 

 

(7,667

)

 

 

(36,373

)

Other income, net

 

5,585

 

 

1,103

 

 

 

12,313

 

 

 

3,456

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

8,267

 

 

(14,170

)

 

 

4,646

 

 

 

(32,917

)

Provision for income taxes

 

1,393

 

 

(269

)

 

 

3,696

 

 

 

931

 

Net income (loss)

 

6,874

 

 

(13,901

)

 

 

950

 

 

 

(33,848

)

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Semrush Holdings, Inc.

$

6,874

 

$

(13,901

)

 

$

950

 

 

$

(33,848

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.05

 

$

(0.10

)

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.24

)

Diluted

$

0.05

 

$

(0.10

)

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.24

)

Weighted-average number of shares of common stock used in computing net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

143,620

 

 

141,531

 

 

 

142,593

 

 

 

141,160

 

Diluted

 

146,889

 

 

141,531

 

 

 

146,065

 

 

 

141,160

 

¹ includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

Fiscal Year ended December 31,

 

2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022

Cost of revenue

$

48

 

$

22

 

$

130

 

$

74

Sales and marketing

 

887

 

 

1,636

 

 

3,077

 

 

2,235

Research and development

 

749

 

 

287

 

 

2,213

 

 

1,123

General and administrative

 

2,889

 

 

332

 

 

9,917

 

 

3,961

Total stock-based compensation

$

4,573

 

$

2,277

 

$

15,337

 

$

7,393

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

Fiscal Year ended December 31,

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP net income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

6,874

 

$

(13,901

)

 

$

950

 

$

(33,848

)

Stock-based compensation

 

4,573

 

 

2,277

 

 

 

15,337

 

 

7,393

 

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

$

11,447

 

$

(11,624

)

 

$

16,287

 

$

(26,455

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

Fiscal Year ended December 31,

 

2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations

($)

(%)

 

($)

(%)

 

($)

(%)

 

($)

(%)

Income (loss) from operations

$

2,682

3

%

 

$

(15,273

)

(22

)%

 

$

(7,667

)

(2

)%

 

$

(36,373

)

(14

)%

Stock-based compensation

 

4,574

5

%

 

 

2,277

 

3

%

 

 

15,337

 

5

%

 

 

7,393

 

3

%

Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations (prior definition)

 

7,256

9

%

 

 

(12,996

)

(19

)%

 

 

7,670

 

2

%

 

 

(28,980

)

(11

)%

Amortization of acquired intangibles

 

680

%

 

 

535

 

1

%

 

 

2,307

 

1

%

 

 

1,880

 

1

%

Restructuring and other costs

 

%

 

 

1,847

 

3

%

 

 

1,292

 

%

 

 

11,264

 

4

%

Acquisition-related costs, net

 

372

%

 

 

 

%

 

 

372

 

%

 

 

 

%

Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations (new definition)

$

8,308

10

%

 

$

(10,614

)

(15

)%

 

$

11,641

 

4

%

 

$

(15,836

)

(6

)%

Semrush Holdings, Inc.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

 

 

As of

 

December 31, 2023

 

December 31, 2022

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

58,848

 

 

$

79,765

 

Short-term investments

 

179,721

 

 

 

157,774

 

Accounts receivable

 

7,897

 

 

 

3,559

 

Deferred contract costs, current portion

 

9,074

 

 

 

6,974

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

10,014

 

 

 

9,307

 

Total current assets

 

265,554

 

 

 

257,379

 

Property and equipment, net

 

6,686

 

 

 

8,076

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

14,069

 

 

 

12,009

 

Intangible assets, net

 

16,083

 

 

 

10,286

 

Goodwill

 

24,879

 

 

 

6,529

 

Deferred contract costs, net of current portion

 

3,586

 

 

 

2,082

 

Other long-term assets

 

633

 

 

 

2,329

 

Total assets

$

331,490

 

 

$

298,690

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

9,187

 

 

$

15,495

 

Accrued expenses

 

19,891

 

 

 

17,847

 

Deferred revenue

 

58,310

 

 

 

49,354

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

4,274

 

 

 

3,694

 

Other current liabilities

 

2,817

 

 

 

2,311

 

Total current liabilities

 

94,479

 

 

 

88,701

 

Deferred revenue, net of current portion

 

331

 

 

 

122

 

Deferred tax liability

 

839

 

 

 

11

 

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

10,331

 

 

 

8,929

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

1,195

 

 

 

1,023

 

Total liabilities

 

107,175

 

 

 

98,786

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

1

 

 

 

 

Class B common stock

 

 

 

 

1

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

291,898

 

 

 

274,057

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(752

)

 

 

(1,206

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(71,998

)

 

 

(72,948

)

Total stockholders’ equity attributable to Semrush Holdings, Inc.

 

219,149

 

 

 

199,904

 

Noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiary

$

5,166

 

 

$

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

224,315

 

 

 

199,904

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

331,490

 

 

$

298,690

 

Contacts

INVESTOR
Brinlea C. Johnson

The Blueshirt Group

Semrush Holdings, Inc.

ir@semrush.com

MEDIA
Jesse Platz

VP of Analyst and Public Relations

Semrush Holdings, Inc.
jesse.platz@semrush.com

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