Revenues Grew 16% Year Over Year in the First Quarter and Adjusted EBITDA was Positive
Singapore – May 24, 2023 – PropertyGuru Group Limited (NYSE: PGRU) (“PropertyGuru” or the “Company”), Southeast Asia’s leading1, property technology (“PropTech”) company, today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023. Revenue of S$33 million in the first quarter 2023 increased 16% year over year. Net loss was S$10 million in the first quarter and Adjusted EBITDA2was a positive S$0.2 million. This compares to a net loss of S$120 million3 and a positive Adjusted EBITDA of S$0.5 million in the first quarter of 2022.
Hari V. Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, said “Our first quarter results are a successful start to 2023. As expected, performance in Singapore and Malaysia helped offset the challenging market conditions in Vietnam. In Singapore, our solutions performed well, effectively monetizing the strong sales market as well as taking advantage of rising rental rates. Malaysia continues to benefit from newly launched products and further execution of our dual brand strategy. Vietnam remains the primary challenge in the near-term, as governmental monetary policy has significantly impacted real estate transaction activity. We believe that these pressures will begin to abate in the latter part of 2023 and into 2024. We continue to proactively manage our operations to maximize performance while laying the groundwork to take advantage when the Vietnam real estate market recovers. In all of our markets, we are often reminded that the value of PropertyGuru solutions for our customers can be more visible when the property cycle transitions and macro-economic pressures intensify.
As we move into the middle of 2023, we remain positive in both our ability to deliver essential, differentiated property solutions to our agent and enterprise customers as well as the long-term health and opportunity that is characteristic of our Southeast Asian property markets. In the following quarters, we will be focused on helping consumers find, finance, and own their homes. We continue to be excited about the fundamental opportunities available in the markets we operate in.”
Joe Dische, Chief Financial Officer, added “We are pleased with the 16% year over year revenue growth in the first quarter of 2023. The year has started off strongly despite the anticipated challenges in Vietnam due to monetary policy actions by the government in a targeted effort to cool real estate market activity. Given macro uncertainty, we continue to keep a close eye on costs, especially with respect to discretionary spending. Our Adjusted EBITDA this quarter was in-line with the first quarter of 2022 despite the inclusion of a full quarter of costs associated with being a listed entity. We remain confident in the underlying strength of our offerings and the opportunities in the Southeast Asian property markets. As a result, we are reaffirming our 2023 full year financial outlook for both revenue and Adjusted EBITDA. Lastly, we are encouraged by the types of strategic M&A opportunities we are seeing in the marketplace as we continue to explore and evaluate adjacent opportunities to deploy available capital.”
Financial Highlights – First Quarter 2023
Information regarding our operating segments is presented below. It is noted that in 2023 the Company is no longer removing the ongoing cost of being a listed entity when calculating Adjusted EBITDA. As such, the 2022 comparative has been restated.
Strong Category Leadership Drives Long-Term Growth Opportunities
As of March 31, 2023, PropertyGuru continued its Engagement Market Share4 leadership in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Singapore: 82% – 5.6x the closest peer Thailand: 54% – 2.2x the closest peer
Vietnam: 83% – 5.1x the closest peer Indonesia: 26% – 0.4x the closest peer
Malaysia: 93% – 13.9x the closest peer
Full Year 2023 Outlook
The Company reaffirms its full year 2023 outlook of revenues between S$160 million and S$170 million and Adjusted EBITDA between S$11 million and S$15 million.
In the short term, the Company may be impacted by several factors outside of its control. These factors include actions by the government of Vietnam to rein in the availability of consumer credit, residual political uncertainty in Malaysia, property taxation and stamp duty increases in Singapore as a mechanism for prioritizing affordable home ownership for Singaporeans, a lack of clarity in global fiscal policy stemming from rising interest rates, greater inflationary pressures, and global supply chain issues. Longer-term, the Company remains bullish on its growth trajectory, prospects for improving profitability, and the fundamental opportunity that exists in our core markets.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
The Company will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time / 8:00 p.m. Singapore Standard Time to discuss the Company’s financial results for the first quarter of 2023 and full year 2023 outlook. The PropertyGuru (NYSE: PGRU) Q1 2023 Earnings call can be accessed by registering at:
An archived version will be available on the Company’s Investor Relations website after the call at https://investors.propertygurugroup.com/news-and-events/events-and-presentations/default.aspx
About PropertyGuru Group
PropertyGuru is Southeast Asia’s leading1 PropTech company, and the preferred destination for over 37 million property seekers5 to connect with almost 60,000 agents6 monthly to find their dream home. PropertyGuru empowers property seekers with more than 2.9 million real estate listings7, in-depth insights, and solutions that enable them to make confident property decisions across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
PropertyGuru.com.sg was launched in Singapore in 2007 and since then, PropertyGuru Group has made the property journey a transparent one for property seekers in Southeast Asia. In the last 15 years, PropertyGuru has grown into a high-growth PropTech company with a robust portfolio including leading property marketplaces and award-winning mobile apps across its core markets; mortgage marketplace, PropertyGuru Finance; home services platform, Sendhelper; a host of proprietary enterprise solutions under PropertyGuru For Business including DataSense, ValueNet, Awards, events and publications across Asia.
For more information, please visit: PropertyGuruGroup.com; PropertyGuru Group on LinkedIn.
1 Based on SimilarWeb data between October 2022 and March 2023.
2 Included in the S$10 million of adjustments between net loss and Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2023 was a S$6 million depreciation and amortization expense.
3 Included in the S$121 million of adjustments between net loss and Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2022 were a S$105 million share listing expense, S$18 million of legal and professional expenses for the IPO, a S$5 million depreciation and amortization expense, and S$11 million in positive changes in the fair value of securities.
4 Based on SimilarWeb data between October 2022 and March 2023.
5 Based on Google Analytics data between October 2022 and March 2023.
6 Based on data between January 2023 and March 2023.
7 Based on data between October 2022 and March 2023.
8 Certain amounts in the prior year have been adjusted to conform to the current year presentation.
Key Performance Metrics and Non-IFRS Financial Measures
Our priority markets comprise Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Our core markets comprise Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
Engagement Market Share is the average monthly engagement for websites owned by PropertyGuru as compared to average monthly engagement for a basket of peers calculated over the relevant period. Engagement is calculated as the number of visits to a website during a period multiplied by the total amount of time spent on that website for the same period, in each case based on data from SimilarWeb. Engagement Market Share is based on the prevailing SimilarWeb algorithm on the date the Company first filed or furnished such information to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).
Number of agents in all core markets except Vietnam is calculated for a period as the sum of the number of agents with a valid 12-month subscription package at the end of each month in a period divided by the number of months in such period. In Vietnam, number of agents is calculated as the average monthly number of agents who credit money into their account within the relevant period. When counting in aggregate across the PropertyGuru group, in markets where PropertyGuru operates more than one property portal, an agent with subscriptions to more than one portal is only counted once.
Number of real estate listings is calculated as the average number of listings created monthly during the period for Vietnam and the average number of monthly listings available in the period for other markets.
Average revenue per agent (“ARPA”) is calculated as agent revenue for a period divided by the average number of agents in that period, which is calculated as the sum of the number of total agents at the end of each month in a period divided by the number of months in such period.
Number of listings in Vietnam is calculated as the sum of all listings created in each month over the relevant period (other than listings from promotional accounts). Number of listings is used to calculate average revenue per listing, which is described below.
Average revenue per listing (“ARPL”) is calculated as revenue for a period divided by the number of listings in such period.
Renewal rate is calculated as the number of agents that successfully renew their annual package during a period divided by the number of agents whose packages are up for renewal (at the end of their twelve-month subscription) during that period.
This press release also includes references to non-IFRS financial measures, namely Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin. PropertyGuru uses these measures, collectively, to evaluate ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. PropertyGuru believes that non-IFRS information, when taken collectively, may be helpful to investors because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance and may assist in comparisons with other companies to the extent that such other companies use similar non-IFRS measures to supplement their IFRS or GAAP results. These non-IFRS measures are presented for supplemental informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with IFRS, and may be different from similarly titled non-IFRS measures used by other companies. Accordingly, non-IFRS measures have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of other IFRS financial measures, such as net loss and loss before income tax.
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure defined as net profit/loss for year/period adjusted for changes in fair value of preferred shares, warrant liability and embedded derivatives, finance costs, depreciation and amortization, tax expenses or credits, impairments when the impairment is the result of an isolated, non-recurring event, share grant and option expenses, loss on disposal of plant and equipment and intangible assets, currency translation profit or loss, fair value profit or loss on lease modifications and contingent consideration, business acquisition transaction and integration cost (including contingent consideration), the cost of listing or IPO activities.
Adjusted EBITDA Margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.
A reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA is provided as follows. It is noted that in 2023 the Company is no longer removing the ongoing cost of being a listed entity when calculating Adjusted EBITDA. As such, the 2022 comparative has been restated.
Forward-looking statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1955. These statements include statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, planned products and services, business strategy and plans, objectives of management for future operations of PropertyGuru, market size and growth opportunities, competitive position and technological and market trends and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. As a result, our actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. 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,” “goal,” “objective,” “seeks,” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern our expectations, strategy, plans, or intentions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: changes in domestic and foreign business, market, financial, political and legal conditions; competitive pressures in and any disruption to the industry in which PropertyGuru and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) operates; the Group’s ability to achieve profitability despite a history of losses; the Group’s ability to implement its growth strategies and manage its growth; customers of the Group continuing to make valuable contributions to its platform; the Group’s ability to meet consumer expectations; the success of the Group’s new product or service offerings; the Group’s ability to produce accurate forecasts of its operating and financial results; the Group’s ability to attract traffic to its websites; the Group’s ability to assess property values accurately; the Group’s internal controls; the impact of rising inflation and interest rates on the Group’s business, real estate markets and the economy in general; the impact of government and regulatory policies on real estate or credit markets in the countries in which the Group operates; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the Group’s ability to raise capital; media coverage of the Group; the Group’s ability to obtain insurance coverage; changes in the regulatory environments (such as anti-trust laws, foreign ownership restrictions and tax regimes) of the countries in which the Group operates; general economic conditions in the countries in which the Group operates; political instability in the jurisdictions in which the Group operates; political unrest, terrorist activities and other geopolitical risks, including the ongoing military action between Russia and Ukraine; the Group’s ability to attract and retain management and skilled employees; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business of the Group; the Group’s ability to integrate newly acquired businesses or companies and the success of the Group’s strategic investments and acquisitions; changes in the Group’s relationship with its current customers, suppliers and service providers; disruptions to information technology systems and networks; the Group’s ability to grow and protect its brand and the Group’s reputation; the Group’s ability to protect its intellectual property; changes in regulation and other contingencies; the Group’s ability to achieve tax efficiencies of its corporate structure and intercompany arrangements; potential and future litigation that the Group may be involved in; unanticipated losses, write-downs or write-offs; restructuring and impairment or other charges, taxes or other liabilities that may be incurred or required subsequent to, or in connection with, the consummation of the Group’s completed business combination; technological advancements in the Group’s industry; and other risks discussed in our filings with the SEC.
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Industry and Market Data
This press release contains information, estimates and other statistical data derived from third party sources and/or industry or general publications, including estimated insights from SimilarWeb and Google Analytics. Such information involves a number of assumptions and limitations, and you are cautioned not to place undue weight on such estimates. PropertyGuru has not independently verified such third-party information, and makes no representation as to the accuracy of such third-party information.
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