Gogo Announces Fourth Quarter and 2023 Results

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Provides 2024 Financial Guidance and Updates Long-Term Targets

Total Revenue of $97.8 million, down 10% Year-over-Year; Record Fourth Quarter Service Revenue of $80.9 million, up 5% Year-over-Year

Q4 Net Income of $14.5 million; Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $35.1 million

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Feb. 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO) (“Gogo” or the “Company”), the world’s largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2023.

Q4 2023 Highlights

Total revenue of $97.8 million decreased 10% compared to Q4 2022.

Record service revenue of $80.9 million increased 5% compared to Q4 2022 and 2% compared to Q3 2023.
Equipment revenue of $16.9 million decreased 45% compared to Q4 2022 and decreased 8% compared to Q3 2023.

AVANCE equipment units shipped totaled 202, a decrease of 48% compared to Q4 2022 and an increase of 5% compared to Q3 2023.
Total ATG aircraft online (“AOL”) reached 7,205, an increase of 4% compared to Q4 2022 and an increase of 1% compared to Q3 2023.
Total AVANCE AOL grew to 3,976, an increase of 21% compared to Q4 2022 and 5% compared to Q3 2023. AVANCE units comprised approximately 55% of total AOL as of December 31, 2023, up from 47% as of December 31, 2022.

Average Monthly Revenue per ATG aircraft online (“ARPU”) of $3,387, compared to $3,370 in Q4 2022 and $3,373 in Q3 2023.

Net income of $14.5 million decreased 48% from $27.7 million in Q4 2022.

Diluted earnings per share was $0.11 compared to $0.21 in Q4 2022.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $35.1 million, which includes approximately $1.9 million of operating expenses related to Gogo Galileo, decreased 24% compared to Q4 2022 and 19% compared to Q3 2023.
Cash provided by operating activities of $26.2 million in Q4 2023 decreased from $31.5 million in the prior year period.

Record Free Cash Flow(1) of $28.4 million in Q4 2023, an increase from $25.0 million in the prior-year period.
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $139.0 million as of December 31, 2023 compared to $110.8 million as of September 30, 2023.

In Q4 2023, the Company repurchased approximately 480,000 shares for a total cost of approximately $4.8 million. In January, the Company repurchased approximately 566,000 shares for a total cost of approximately $5.2 million.
Gogo signed a new 10-year connectivity agreement with NetJets.

Full Year 2023 Highlights

Total revenue of $397.6 million decreased 2% compared to 2022.

Record service revenue of $318.0 million increased 7% compared to 2022.
Equipment revenue of $79.6 million decreased 26% compared to 2022.

ARPU of $3,380 increased 1% compared to 2022.
Net income increased to $145.7 million compared to $92.1 million in 2022. The 2023 fiscal year includes a $48.1 million tax benefit.
Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $162.1 million decreased 7% compared to 2022.
Cash provided by operating activities decreased to $79.0 million compared to $103.4 million in 2022.
Free Cash Flow(1) increased to $82.7 million compared to $57.8 million in 2022.

“The launches of Gogo Galileo and Gogo 5G later this year will provide order-of-magnitude improvements in the network speeds we deliver to customers and significantly increase our global total addressable market,” said Oakleigh Thorne, Chairman and CEO. “And our LTE replacement program will drive conversion of our Classic product customers to our AVANCE platform, which will provide them with easy upgrade pathways to 5G and Galileo in the future.”

“Gogo’s ability to reiterate its $150 million to $200 million Free Cash Flow target in 2025 and target long-term revenue growth of approximately 15-17% from 2023-2028 is supported by our upcoming product roll outs, Gogo Galileo and Gogo 5G,” said Jessi Betjemann, Executive Vice President and CFO. “Gogo’s strategic investments will decline significantly after 2024, allowing for further flexibility for the return of capital to shareholders.”

2024 Financial Guidance and Long-Term Financial Targets

The Company provides the following guidance for 2024, which includes the impact of the Federal Communications Commission’s Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program (“FCC Reimbursement Program”).

Total revenue in the range of $410 million to $425 million.
Adjusted EBITDA(1) in the range of $110 million to $125 million reflecting operating expenses of approximately $40 million for strategic and operational initiatives including Gogo 5G and Gogo Galileo and $4 million in legal expenses tied to the SmartSky litigation.
Free Cash Flow(1) in the range of $20 million to $40 million, which includes $45 million in reimbursements tied to the FCC Reimbursement Program.
Capital expenditures of approximately $45 million including $25 million for strategic initiatives including Gogo 5G, Gogo Galileo and the LTE network build.

The Company provides the following long-term financial targets:

Revenue growth at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 15%-17% from 2023 through 2028 versus the prior target of 15-17% from 2022 through 2027. The Company continues to expect that Gogo Galileo will contribute revenue beginning in 2025.
Annual Adjusted EBITDA Margin(1) reaching 40% in 2028 versus the prior target in the mid-40% range in 2027.
Reiterates Free Cash Flow(1) in the range of $150 million to $200 million in 2025, without the effect of the FCC Reimbursement program.

(1)  See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below

Conference Call

The Company will host its fourth quarter conference call on February 28, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. ET. A live webcast of the conference call, as well as a replay, will be available online on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s investor website at https://ir.gogoair.com.

Participants can also join the call by dialing +1 844-543-0451 (within the United States and Canada).  Please use the below link to retrieve your unique conference ID to use to access the earnings call.

https://register.vevent.com/register/BI3011162f8c914b139642ae3b02fcf993

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We report certain non-GAAP financial measurements, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Free Cash Flow in the discussion above. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Free Cash Flow for business planning purposes, including managing our business against internally projected results of operations and measuring our performance and liquidity. These supplemental performance measures also provide another basis for comparing period-to-period results by excluding potential differences caused by non-operational and unusual or non-recurring items. These supplemental performance measurements may vary from and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Free Cash Flow are not recognized measurements under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. When analyzing our performance with Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA Margin or liquidity with Free Cash Flow, as applicable, investors should (i) evaluate each adjustment in our reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP measure, and the explanatory footnotes regarding those adjustments, (ii) use Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin in addition to, and not as an alternative to, net income (loss) attributable to common stock as a measure of operating results, and (iii) use Free Cash Flow in addition to, and not as an alternative to, consolidated net cash provided by (used in) operating activities when evaluating our liquidity. No reconciliation of the forecasted amounts of Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2024, Adjusted EBITDA Margin for fiscal 2028 or Free Cash Flow for fiscal 2025 is included in this release because we are unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included in the corresponding GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts, due to high variability and complexity with respect to estimating certain forward-looking amounts, and we believe such reconciliation would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors. 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain disclosures in this press release and related comments by our management include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding our business outlook, industry, business strategy, plans, goals and expectations concerning our market position, international expansion, future technologies, future operations, margins, profitability, future efficiencies, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. When used in this discussion, the words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “budget,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “future” and the negative of these or similar terms and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements in this press release. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations regarding future events, results or outcomes. These expectations may or may not be realized. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give you no assurance these expectations will prove to have been correct. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions, data or judgments that prove to be incorrect. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from our expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: our ability to continue to generate revenue from the provision of our connectivity services; our reliance on our key OEMs and dealers for equipment sales; the impact of competition; our reliance on third parties for equipment components and services; the impact of global supply chain and logistics issues and inflationary trends; our ability to expand our business outside of the United States; our ability to recruit, train and retain highly skilled employees; the impact of pandemics or other outbreaks of contagious diseases, and the measures implemented to combat them; the impact of adverse economic conditions; our ability to fully utilize portions of our deferred tax assets; the impact of increased attention to climate change, ESG matters and conservation measures; our ability to evaluate or pursue strategic opportunities; our ability to develop and deploy Gogo 5G, Gogo Galileo or other next generation technologies; our ability to maintain our rights to use our licensed 3Mhz of ATG spectrum in the United States and obtain rights to additional spectrum if needed; the impact of service interruptions or delays, technology failures, equipment damage or system disruptions or failures; the impact of assertions by third parties of infringement, misappropriation or other violations; our ability to innovate and provide products and services; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; the impact of our use of open-source software; the impact of equipment failure or material defects or errors in our software; our ability to comply with applicable foreign ownership limitations; the impact of government regulation of communication networks, and the internet; our possession and use of personal information; risks associated with participation in the FCC Reimbursement Program; our ability to comply with anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws; the extent of expenses, liabilities or business disruptions resulting from litigation; the impact of global climate change and legal, regulatory or market responses to it; the impact of our substantial indebtedness;

our ability to obtain additional financing to refinance or repay our existing indebtedness; the impact of restrictions and limitations in the agreements and instruments governing our debt; the impact of increases in interest rates; the impact of a substantial portion of our indebtedness being secured by substantially all of our assets; the impact of a downgrade, suspension or withdrawal of the rating assigned by a rating agency; the volatility of our stock price; our ability to fully utilize our tax losses; the dilutive impact of future stock issuances; the impact of our stockholder concentration and of our CEO and Chair of the Board being a significant stockholder; our ability to fulfill our obligations associated with being a public company; and the impact of anti-takeover provisions, ownership provisions and certain other provisions in our charter, our bylaws, Delaware law, and our existing and any future credit facilities.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found under the caption “Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 28, 2024 and in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC.

Any one of these factors or a combination of these factors could materially affect our financial condition or future results of operations and could influence whether any forward-looking statements contained in this report ultimately prove to be accurate. Our forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and you should not place undue reliance on them. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Gogo
Gogo is the world’s largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market. We offer a customizable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions. Gogo’s products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from turboprops to the largest global jets, and are utilized by the largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individuals.

As of December 31, 2023, Gogo reported 7,205 business aircraft flying with its broadband ATG systems onboard, 3,976 of which are flying with a Gogo AVANCE L5 or L3 system; and 4,341 aircraft with narrowband satellite connectivity installed. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com.

 

Gogo Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

For the Three Months
Ended December 31,

For the Years
Ended December 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Revenue:

Service revenue

$

80,908

$

77,346

$

318,015

$

296,329

Equipment revenue

16,902

30,817

79,562

107,738

Total revenue

97,810

108,163

397,577

404,067

Operating expenses:

Cost of service revenue (exclusive of items shown below)

17,836

16,744

69,568

64,427

Cost of equipment revenue (exclusive of items shown below)

15,400

21,063

63,383

71,473

Engineering, design and development

10,424

8,241

36,683

29,587

Sales and marketing

8,049

6,932

29,797

25,471

General and administrative

16,546

13,914

57,280

58,203

Depreciation and amortization

4,679

2,574

16,701

12,580

Total operating expenses

72,934

69,468

273,412

261,741

Operating income

24,876

38,695

124,165

142,326

Other expense (income):

Interest income

(1,894)

(1,455)

(7,403)

(2,386)

Interest expense

8,249

9,430

33,056

38,872

Loss on extinguishment of debt

2,224

Other (income) expense, net

(582)

11

(1,315)

123

Total other expense

5,773

7,986

26,562

36,609

Income before income taxes

19,103

30,709

97,603

105,717

Income tax (benefit) provision

4,636

3,039

(48,075)

13,658

Net income

$

14,467

$

27,670

$

145,678

$

92,059

Net income attributable to common stock per share:

Basic

$

0.11

$

0.22

$

1.12

$

0.75

Diluted

$

0.11

$

0.21

$

1.09

$

0.71

Weighted average number of shares

Basic

130,061

128,447

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