Revenues Grow 17% Year Over Year in the Fourth Quarter and 35% for the Full Year 2022
Singapore – March 1, 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 December 31, 2022. Revenue of S$40 million in the fourth quarter 2022 increased 17% year over year. Net loss was S$5 million in the fourth quarter and Adjusted EBITDA2 was a positive S$5 million. This compares to a net loss of S$27 million3 and Adjusted EBITDA loss of S$4 million in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Hari V. Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, said “We are pleased with our results, as PropertyGuru performed well in the face of several transitory challenges that continue to impact our core markets. While rising interest rates and government credit intervention weighed on market activity, we remained resilient and delivered good growth by helping our customers navigate the challenges they faced and confirming the value add of our solutions in all phases of the real estate cycle.”
“Last year was a historic year for PropertyGuru, as we took the next step in our company’s evolution by listing on the NYSE. Going forward, we see great opportunity in 2023 and beyond as we continue to offer our customers differentiated solutions while looking to opportunistically deploy capital to accelerate the Company’s ongoing expansion. Sendhelper is a good example of a strategic acquisition we are excited about given the value it creates for our large audience base, and the underlying synergies between the companies,” Mr. Krishnan continued. “Rising rates, global inflation, and governmental fiscal activity are challenges that will need to be navigated in the near-term. We remain bullish on our ability to deliver value to our customers as we digitize the property ecosystem and bring transparency and efficiency. We believe that our markets in Southeast Asia will be at the forefront of future global growth.”
Joe Dische, Chief Financial Officer, added “PropertyGuru delivered strong 35% revenue growth in 20224, with all our segments performing well despite challenging operating conditions. We are pleased with how well our business responded, with proactive cost control actions contributing to a S$25 million year over year improvement in Adjusted EBITDA. Our actions in 2022 have laid the foundation for further revenue growth and improvements in operating performance. We continue to scale the business, accelerate the realization of our investments, and leverage the deployment of further growth capital.”
Financial Highlights – Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022
Information regarding our operating segments is presented below.
Strong Category Leadership Drives Long-Term Growth Opportunities
As of December 31, 2022, PropertyGuru continued its Engagement Market Share5 leadership in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Singapore: 81 % – 5.2x the closest peer Thailand: 58% – 2.5x the closest peer
Vietnam: 75% – 3.1x the closest peer Indonesia: 22% – 0.3x the closest peer
Malaysia: 93% – 15.2x the closest peer
Full Year 2023 Outlook
The Company anticipates full year 2023 revenues of between S$160 million and S$170 million and Adjusted EBITDA of between S$11 million and S$15 million. In the near-term, the integration and scaling of the Sendhelper acquisition is expected to negatively impact profitability by S$3 million to S$4 million in 2023. Beginning in the first quarter of 2023, the Company will no longer remove the ongoing cost of being a listed entity when calculating Adjusted EBITDA. For 2023, the Company anticipates that such costs will be between S$11 million to S$12 million. For 2022, such costs were S$11 million, and on this basis the Company’s full year 2022 Adjusted EBITDA would be S$3 million.
The following short-term factors may continue to impact the Company’s operations and warrant a conservative outlook in 2023: actions by the government of Vietnam to rein in the availability of consumer credit, residual political uncertainty in Malaysia, tightened residential policies in Singapore, 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, March 1, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time / 9:00 p.m. Singapore Standard Time to discuss the Company’s financial results and outlook. The PropertyGuru (NYSE: PGRU) Q4 2022 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 41 million property seekers6 to connect with more than 63,000 agents7 monthly to find their dream home. PropertyGuru empowers property seekers with more than 3.2 million real estate listings8, 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 of leading property marketplaces across its core markets; award-winning mobile apps; mortgage marketplace, PropertyGuru Finance; and a host of enterprise solutions now under PropertyGuru For Business, including a high-quality developer sales enablement platform, FastKey, DataSense, ValueNet, Awards, events and publications across Asia.
1 Based on SimilarWeb data between July 2022 and December 2022.
2 Included in the S$10 million of adjustments between net loss and Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2022 was a S$5 million depreciation and amortization expense.
3 Included in the S$23 million of adjustments between net loss and Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2021 were a S$5 million depreciation and amortization expense, a S$7 million share grant and option expense, and S$7 million in business acquisition transaction and integration costs.
5 Based on SimilarWeb data between July 2022 and December 2022.
6 Based on Google Analytics data between July 2022 and December 2022.
7 Based on data between July 2022 and December 2022.
8 Based on data between July 2022 and December 2022.
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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 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 loss for year/period adjusted for changes in fair value of preferred shares, warrant liability and embedded derivatives, finance costs, depreciation and amortization expense, tax expenses or credits, impairments when the impairment is the result of an isolated, non-recurring events, share grant and option expenses, loss on disposal of plant and equipment and intangible assets, currency translation loss, business acquisition transaction and integration costs, legal and professional expenses incurred for IPO, share listing expenses and on-going costs of a listed entity. 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:
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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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