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Starry Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results

11/02/2022

Starry demonstrates solid execution for a third quarter in a row, with strong year-over-year growth in customer relationships, network growth and expansion of its digital equity program;

Full reporting of 3Q results follows implementation of cost-cutting measures and retention of advisors to explore strategic and balance sheet solutions.

Starry Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: STRY) (the “Company” or “Starry”), a licensed fixed wireless technology developer and internet service provider, today reported full results for the third quarter of 2022. The results showed that Starry has continued to successfully execute on its subscriber growth plan, delivering a strong increase in customer relationships and driving an increase in penetration of homes serviceable. Additionally, Starry expanded its digital equity program, Starry Connect, growing to reach more than 87,000 units of public and affordable housing as of September 30, 2022, an 83% increase year-over-year.

Third Quarter of 2022 Highlights

  • Revenue of $8.0 million, up 36% year-over-year.
  • Net Loss of $60.3 million, compared to a Net Loss of $39.8 million in the third quarter of 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $39.7 million, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $26.0 million in the third quarter of 2021.1
  • Capital expenditures were $19.7 million, compared to capital expenditures of $19.3 million in the third quarter of 2021.
  • Homes serviceable of 6.0 million at quarter end, up 18% year-over-year.
  • Customer relationships of 91,297 at quarter end, up 66% year-over-year. Net additions in the third quarter of 2022 were a record 10,347.
  • Penetration of homes serviceable increased by 44 bps year-over-year to 1.53%.

“As announced earlier this week, we have retained PJT Partners to advise the Company and its Board of Directors on potential mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and balance sheet solutions,” said Chet Kanojia, Starry co-founder and CEO. “To enable sufficient time for this process to take place, we proactively undertook significant cost-cutting measures last month to limit our expenditures and put the company in the best position to undergo this process. We are laser-focused on financing the business over the long-term so we can continue serving our markets and customers.”

Operational Highlights

  • Homes Serviceable: As of the end of the third quarter, homes serviceable were 6.0 million, an increase of 18% year-over-year. The growth in homes serviceable was due to network improvements and expansion in existing markets.
  • Customer Relationships: As of the end of the third quarter, customer relationships were 91,297, an increase of 66% year-over-year. The net additions in the quarter were a record 10,347. Starry saw growth in customer relationships in each of its six markets during the quarter.
  • Penetration of homes serviceable: The Company increased penetration by 44 bps year-over-year to 1.53% by focusing sales and marketing efforts primarily on multiple dwelling units where Starry equipment had previously been installed.

“As we have always said: execution matters. For a third quarter in a row, Starry added a record number of customer relationships and expanded our network coverage to reach nearly six million households,” said Alex Moulle-Berteaux, Starry co-founder and Chief Operating Officer. “While the significant cost-reduction measures we undertook last month will have an impact on our full-year growth numbers, the strength of our last three quarters demonstrates our ability to scale and add record numbers of customers each quarter. We concentrate on ourcore business: serving dense urban areas and will continue to serve existing and new customers in our markets with the same exemplary level of customer care and service that has come to define #HappyInterneting.”

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Revenue increased 36% year-over-year as a result of an increase in our customer relationships from 55,078 to 91,297, partially offset by a decline in ARPU.
  • Cost of revenue: Cost of revenue increased by 43% year-over-year due to higher depreciation related to our network expansion as well as increased headcount and network service costs.
  • SG&A: SG&A expense increased by 120% year-over-year due to higher headcount, accrued Rural Digital Opportunity Fund ("RDOF") penalties, public company costs and other expenses.
  • R&D: R&D expense increased by 35% year-over-year due to increased headcount costs to support the development of our network and next generation equipment.
  • Net Loss: Net Loss increased to $60.3 million, compared to $39.8 million in the prior year quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA loss increased to $39.7 million as we invested in our network, systems and staff to support growth.
  • Capital expenditures: Capital expenditures increased by 2% year-over-year due to growth in our network and customer base, partially offset by the pause in our Las Vegas expansion.
  • Cash: As of September 30, 2022, Starry had cash and cash equivalents of $29.4 million and restricted cash of $18.6 million.
  • Debt: As of September 30, 2022, Starry had outstanding term debt of $231.0 million.

“Last month, we implemented significant cost-reduction measures to reduce our capital expenditures and provide an extended runway for the company to pursue financing and other options,” said Komal Misra, Starry Chief Financial Officer. “While implementing these measures, including a significant reduction in our workforce, was difficult, they were necessary in order to put the company in the best position possible to undertake these next steps in our capital raising process.”

Business Outlook

Starry is not providing guidance for full-year 2022 at this time. We will provide the market with further updates as warranted.

Conference Call

Starry will host a conference call to discuss its financial results for the third quarter of 2022 on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Those parties interested in participating via telephone should dial one of the numbers below and enter the conference ID number 242769.

United States Toll Free: 1-844-200-6205
United States Local: 1-646-904 -5544
Other Locations: 1-929-526-1599

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on Starry’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.starry.com. A replay of the call will be available after 12:00 p.m. ET on the Investor Relations website. To automatically receive Starry financial news and updates, please subscribe to email alerts on the Investor Relations page.

About Starry Group Holdings, Inc.

At Starry (NYSE: STRY), we believe the future is built on connectivity and that connecting people and communities to high-speed, broadband internet should be simple and affordable. Using our innovative, wideband hybrid-fiber fixed wireless technology, Starry is deploying gigabit capable broadband to the home without bundles, data caps, or long-term contracts. Starry is a different kind of internet service provider. We’re building a platform for the future by putting our customers first, protecting their privacy, ensuring access to an open and neutral net, and making affordable connectivity and digital equity a priority. Headquartered in Boston, Starry is currently available in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Denver and Columbus, OH. To learn more about Starry or to join our team and help us build a better internet, visit: https://starry.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, express or implied forward-looking statements relating to our expectations regarding our plans, objectives and expectations relating to our reduction in force, including timing, potential cost savings and expected impacts to our financial results and operations, our strategy, competitive position and opportunities in the marketplace, and our anticipated business and financial performance. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include our limited remaining available cash, our ability to remain in compliance with and not in default under our credit facility, our potential inability to timely procure additional financing or other strategic options on favorable terms, or at all, our potential inability to realize the expected benefits of the announced reduction in force and other cost-cutting measures and the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

1 Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are not measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Business Metrics” at the end of this release for more information and reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

 

STARRY GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except for share data)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Revenues

 

$

7,959

 

 

$

5,871

 

 

$

23,083

 

 

$

15,485

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

(22,641

)

 

 

(15,784

)

 

 

(61,557

)

 

 

(41,606

)

Gross loss

 

 

(14,682

)

 

 

(9,913

)

 

 

(38,474

)

 

 

(26,121

)

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(37,857

)

 

 

(17,170

)

 

 

(88,075

)

 

 

(47,408

)

Research and development

 

 

(9,559

)

 

 

(7,064

)

 

 

(25,596

)

 

 

(19,482

)

Total operating expenses

 

 

(47,416

)

 

 

(24,234

)

 

 

(113,671

)

 

 

(66,890

)

Loss from operations

 

 

(62,098

)

 

 

(34,147

)

 

 

(152,145

)

 

 

(93,011

)

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

(8,581

)

 

 

(5,192

)

 

 

(24,149

)

 

 

(17,773

)

Other income (expense), net

 

 

10,367

 

 

 

(436

)

 

 

26,042

 

 

 

(8,591

)

Total other income (expense)

 

 

1,786

 

 

 

(5,628

)

 

 

1,893

 

 

 

(26,364

)

Net loss

 

$

(60,312

)

 

$

(39,775

)

 

$

(150,252

)

 

$

(119,375

)

Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted

 

$

(0.37

)

 

$

(1.09

)

 

$

(1.22

)

 

$

(3.28

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted

 

 

162,687,604

 

 

 

36,521,158

 

 

 

122,685,468

 

 

 

36,394,746

 

 

STARRY GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except for share data)

 

 

 

September 30,
2022

 

 

December 31,
2021

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

29,381

 

 

$

29,384

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

879

 

 

 

380

 

Deferred costs

 

 

 

 

 

7,049

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

12,224

 

 

 

7,079

 

Total current assets

 

 

42,484

 

 

 

43,892

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

159,536

 

 

 

129,019

 

Intangible assets

 

 

48,463

 

 

 

48,463

 

Restricted cash and other assets

 

 

20,166

 

 

 

1,860

 

Total assets

 

$

270,649

 

 

$

223,234

 

Liabilities, redeemable shares and stockholders’ (deficit) equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

12,414

 

 

$

6,832

 

Unearned revenue

 

 

1,684

 

 

 

1,630

 

Current portion of debt

 

 

1,981

 

 

 

1,504

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

33,933

 

 

 

23,177

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

50,012

 

 

 

33,143

 

Debt, net of current portion

 

 

229,203

 

 

 

191,596

 

Earnout liabilities

 

 

1,264

 

 

 

 

Warrant liabilities

 

 

2,685

 

 

 

14,773

 

Asset retirement obligations

 

 

3,207

 

 

 

2,387

 

Other liabilities

 

 

23,419

 

 

 

12,412

 

Total liabilities

 

 

309,790

 

 

 

254,311

 

Redeemable shares

 

 

10,579

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ (deficit) equity :

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convertible preferred stock

 

 

 

 

 

453,184

 

Legacy common stock

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

Class A common stock

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

Class X common stock

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

601,886

 

 

 

17,106

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(651,623

)

 

 

(501,371

)

Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity

 

 

(49,720

)

 

 

(31,077

)

Total liabilities, redeemable shares and stockholders’ (deficit) equity

 

$

270,649

 

 

$

223,234

 

 

 

STARRY GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except for share data)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(60,312

)

 

$

(39,775

)

 

$

(150,252

)

 

$

(119,375

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

 

11,204

 

 

 

7,773

 

 

 

30,849

 

 

 

20,746

 

Paid-in-kind interest on term loans, convertible notes payable and strategic
partner obligations

 

 

6,627

 

 

 

4,300

 

 

 

18,697

 

 

 

12,669

 

Amortization of debt discount and deferred charges

 

 

1,898

 

 

 

806

 

 

 

5,300

 

 

 

3,956

 

Conversion of debt discount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

971

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,361

 

Fair value adjustment of derivative liabilities

 

 

(10,367

)

 

 

454

 

 

 

(29,926

)

 

 

6,250

 

Recognition of distribution to non-redeeming shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,888

 

 

 

 

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

 

 

197

 

 

 

633

 

 

 

1,631

 

 

 

1,856

 

Share-based compensation

 

 

4,333

 

 

 

389

 

 

 

9,032

 

 

 

967

 

Transaction costs allocated to warrants and earnout liability instruments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

314

 

 

 

 

Accretion of asset retirement obligations

 

 

83

 

 

 

54

 

 

 

227

 

 

 

143

 

Provision for doubtful accounts

 

 

11

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

35

 

 

 

21

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

(451

)

 

 

56

 

 

 

(535

)

 

 

(50

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

(1,637

)

 

 

(319

)

 

 

(5,131

)

 

 

(2,460

)

Deferred cost

 

 

 

 

 

(465

)

 

 

 

 

 

(918

)

Other assets

 

 

(450

)

 

 

9

 

 

 

(1,099

)

 

 

(5

)

Accounts payable

 

 

3,422

 

 

 

(30

)

 

 

3,176

 

 

 

(800

)

Unearned revenue

 

 

(893

)

 

 

(130

)

 

 

54

 

 

 

411

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

12,140

 

 

 

2,029

 

 

 

14,025

 

 

 

3,502

 

Other liabilities

 

 

862

 

 

 

145

 

 

 

866

 

 

 

2,145

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

 

(33,333

)

 

 

(24,052

)

 

 

(98,849

)

 

 

(67,610

)

Investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(19,719

)

 

 

(19,292

)

 

 

(57,303

)

 

 

(49,277

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(19,719

)

 

 

(19,292

)

 

 

(57,303

)

 

 

(49,277

)

Financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from Business Combination, net of transaction costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

160,539

 

 

 

 

Repayment of note assumed in the Business Combination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,200

)

 

 

 

Proceeds from the issuance of convertible notes payable and beneficial conversion
feature on convertible notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,000

 

Proceeds from Strategic Partner Arrangement

 

 

246

 

 

 

711

 

 

 

4,178

 

 

 

2,705

 

Proceeds from exercise of common stock options

 

 

116

 

 

 

127

 

 

 

872

 

 

 

345

 

Proceeds from the issuance of Series E Preferred Stock, net of issuance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

119,850

 

Proceeds from the issuance of term loans, net of issuance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,000

 

 

 

 

Payments of third-party issuance costs in connection with Term Loans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(47

)

 

 

 

Repayments of capital lease obligations

 

 

(404

)

 

 

(188

)

 

 

(986

)

 

 

(561

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

(42

)

 

 

650

 

 

 

173,356

 

 

 

133,339

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash:

 

 

(53,094

)

 

 

(42,694

)

 

 

17,204

 

 

 

16,452

 

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

 

101,060

 

 

 

85,977

 

 

 

30,762

 

 

 

26,831

 

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

 

$

47,966

 

 

$

43,283

 

 

$

47,966

 

 

$

43,283

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Business Metrics

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (GAAP), we provide investors with certain non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics, which we believe are helpful to our investors. We use these non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics for financial and operational decision-making purposes and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics provide useful information about our operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to metrics used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making.

The presentation of non-GAAP financial information and other business metrics is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. While our non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics are an important tool for financial and operational decision-making and for evaluating our own operating results over different periods of time, we urge investors to review the reconciliation of these financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures included below, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

 

 

As of September 30,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Addressable Households

 

 

9,691,029

 

 

 

9,691,029

 

Homes Serviceable

 

 

5,960,685

 

 

 

5,065,304

 

Customer Relationships

 

 

91,297

 

 

 

55,078

 

Penetration of Homes Serviceable

 

 

1.53

%

 

 

1.09

%

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Revenue (000s)

 

$

7,959

 

 

$

5,871

 

 

$

23,083

 

 

$

15,485

 

Average Revenue Per User (“ARPU”)

 

$

30.80

 

 

$

38.05

 

 

$

33.19

 

 

$

38.42

 

Net Loss (000s)

 

$

(60,312

)

 

$

(39,775

)

 

$

(150,252

)

 

$

(119,375

)

Net Loss margin

 

 

(758

)%

 

 

(677

)%

 

 

(651

)%

 

 

(771

)%

Adjusted EBITDA (000s)

 

$

(39,680

)

 

$

(25,968

)

 

$

(101,342

)

 

$

(71,279

)

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

 

(499

)%

 

 

(442

)%

 

 

(439

)%

 

 

(460

)%

Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin

We define Adjusted EBITDA as Net Loss, adjusted to exclude interest, tax, depreciation and amortization expense, unusual or non-recurring items, non-cash items and other items that are not indicative of ongoing operations (including one-time transaction related expenses, stock-based compensation expenses, loss on extinguishment of debt, the fair value adjustment of derivative liabilities, recognition of distribution to non-redeeming shareholders, litigation-related expenses and RDOF penalties). We define Adjusted EBITDA margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are frequently used by management, research analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, Net Loss or Net Loss margin, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, and may be different from similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

($ in thousands)

2022

 

 

2021

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Net Loss ($) and Net Loss margin (%)

$

(60,312

)

(758%)

 

 

$

(39,775

)

(677%)

 

 

$

(150,252

)

(651%)

 

 

$

(119,375

)

(771%)

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: Interest expense, net

 

8,581

 

108%

 

 

 

5,191

 

88%

 

 

 

24,144

 

105%

 

 

 

17,772

 

115%

 

Add: Depreciation and amortization expense

 

11,204

 

141%

 

 

 

7,773

 

132%

 

 

 

30,849

 

134%

 

 

 

20,746

 

134%

 

Add: Non-recurring transaction related expenses (1)

 

1,548

 

19%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,590

 

24%

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Subtract)/Add: (Gain)/loss on fair value adjustment of derivative liabilities

 

(10,367

)

(130)%

 

 

 

454

 

8%

 

 

 

(29,926

)

(130)%

 

 

 

6,250

 

40%

 

Add: Recognition of distribution to non-redeeming shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,888

 

17%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,361

 

15%

 

Add: Stock-based compensation

 

4,333

 

54%

 

 

 

389

 

7%

 

 

 

9,032

 

39%

 

 

 

967

 

6%

 

Add: Litigation-related expenses (2)

 

1,300

 

16%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,300

 

6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: RDOF penalties

 

4,033

 

51%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,033

 

17%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA ($) and Adjusted EBITDA margin (%)

$

(39,680

)

(499%)

 

 

$

(25,968

)

(442%)

 

 

$

(101,342

)

(439%)

 

 

$

(71,279

)

(460%)

 

(1) We add back expenses that are related to transactions that occurred during the period that are expected to be non-recurring, including mergers and acquisitions and financings. Generally these expenses are included within selling, general and administrative expense in the condensed consolidated statements of operations. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, such transactions comprised of the Business Combination, the sale of the PIPE shares, the sale of the Series Z Preferred Stock shares, the registration for resale of both Class A common stock and private placement warrants as well as other financing costs.

 

(2) Litigation-related expenses relate to amounts accrued for loss contingencies.

 

Investor:
Ben Barrett, Starry
bbarrett@starry.com
investors@starry.com

Media:
Mimi Ryals, Starry
mryals@starry.com
press@starry.com

Source: Starry, Inc.

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