AUSTIN, Texas--CS Disco, Inc. (“DISCO”) (NYSE: LAW) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021.
“Our third quarter was one of the best quarters in DISCO history. In the third quarter, revenue was up 67% year-over-year driven by our strategic focus to serve the needs of our clients to increase productivity and efficiency,” said Kiwi Camara, CEO of DISCO. “This past quarter further illustrates our ability to disrupt the legal technology industry.”
Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:
- Total revenue was $29.9 million, up 67% compared to the third quarter of 2020.
- GAAP net loss was $9.2 million, compared to $3.2 million in the third quarter of 2020.
- Adjusted EBITDA was ($7.6) million, compared to ($3.2) million in the third quarter of 2020.
Recent Business Highlights:
- Completed Secondary Public Offering: DISCO completed a secondary public offering on September 17, 2021 resulting in net proceeds of approximately $310.2 million to the selling stockholders after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions.
- Austin Business Journal Best CEO Awards 2021: Kiwi Camara, CEO of DISCO, won the public company category in the Austin Business Journal Best CEO Awards 2021.
- 2021 TrustRadius Tech Cares Award: DISCO received a 2021 Tech Cares Award from TrustRadius, recognizing companies with strong corporate social responsibility programs.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Outlook
As of November 9, 2021, DISCO is issuing the following outlook for the fourth quarter of 2021 and fiscal year 2021:
Fourth quarter of 2021:
- Revenue in the range of $28.2 - $28.8 million, representing year-over-year growth between 47% and 50%.
- Adjusted EBITDA in the range of ($10.0) - ($9.0) million.
Fiscal year 2021:
- Revenue in the range of $108.7 - $109.3 million, representing year-over-year growth between 59% and 60%.
- Adjusted EBITDA in the range of ($21.1) - ($20.1) million.
DISCO’s fourth quarter and 2021 financial outlook is based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change and many of which are outside of our control. If actual results vary from these assumptions, our expectations may change. There can be no assurance that we will achieve these results.
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA on a forward-looking basis to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts due to the high variability and complexity and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from this non-GAAP measure; in particular, the effects of stock-based compensation expense specific to equity compensation awards that are directly impacted by unpredictable fluctuations in our stock price. We expect the variability of the above charges to have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP financial results.
Conference Call Information
DISCO will host a conference call and webcast at 5:00 p.m. CT (6:00 p.m. ET) today, November 9, 2021, to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results and business highlights. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (833) 989-2979 from the United States or +1 (236) 714-3974 internationally with conference ID 2388156. The live webcast of the conference call and other materials related to DISCO’s financial performance can be accessed from DISCO’s investor relations website at ir.csdisco.com.
Following the completion of the call until 10:59 p.m. CT (11:59 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, a telephone replay will be available by dialing (800) 585-8367 from the United States, +1 (416) 621-4642 internationally with conference ID 2388156. A webcast replay will also be available at ir.csdisco.com for 12 months.
DISCO (NYSE: LAW) provides a cloud-native, artificial intelligence-powered legal solution that simplifies ediscovery, legal document review and case management for enterprises, law firms, legal services providers and governments. Our scalable, integrated solution enables legal departments to easily collect, process and review enterprise data that is relevant or potentially relevant to legal matters.
References to “DISCO”, the “Company,” “our,” or “we” in this press release refer to CS Disco, Inc. and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.
Early Lock-up Release
A partial early lock-up release will occur immediately prior to the opening of trading on November 15, 2021, pursuant to the terms of the lock-up agreements entered into by DISCO’s directors, executive officers, the selling stockholder and other stockholders with the underwriters of DISCO’s initial public offering.
Pursuant to the lock-up agreements, the lock-up restrictions automatically end with respect to 25% of certain securities owned by the applicable holder as of July 20, 2021 if a certain price and other conditions are met on or after October 18, 2021; provided that if DISCO is in a standard quarterly trading blackout period at the time such conditions are satisfied, such lock-up restrictions will instead be removed immediately prior to the opening of trading on the second trading day that DISCO is no longer in a blackout period, which day is November 15, 2021. The shares of common stock sold in connection with the secondary public offering by certain of our directors, officers, and stockholders in September 2021 will be deducted from the number of shares that could otherwise be sold by each such stockholder under the early lock-up release. The conditions for early release were satisfied on October 18, 2021 and as a result, the lock-up period will end with respect to approximately 6.6 million shares of common stock. The lock-up restrictions will continue to apply with respect to all remaining securities subject to the lock-up agreements.
The transfer agent and registrar for DISCO’s common stock is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
DISCO uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP cost of revenue; non-GAAP gross profit; non-GAAP gross margin; non-GAAP research and development expense; non-GAAP sales and marketing expense; non-GAAP general and administrative expense; non-GAAP loss from operations; non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders; and non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share (basic and diluted). Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that DISCO does not consider indicative of its core performance.
In the case of Adjusted EBITDA, DISCO adjusts net loss for such items as depreciation and amortization expense, provision for income taxes, interest and other, net, stock-based compensation expense, refund of sales and use taxes related to sales tax in prior periods and other one-time, non-recurring items, when applicable. In the case of non-GAAP cost of revenue, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, and non-GAAP operating expenses (research and development expense, sales and marketing, general and administrative), DISCO adjusts the respective GAAP balances for stock-based compensation expense. In the case of non-GAAP loss from operations, non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders, and non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, DISCO adjusts the respective GAAP balances for stock-based compensation expense and refund of sales and use taxes related to sales tax in prior periods.
There are limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting and may not be completely comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation between companies. Certain items that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures can have a material impact on operating loss and net loss. As a result, these non-GAAP financial measures have limitations and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, the closest GAAP measures, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
DISCO's management uses these non-GAAP measures as measures of operating performance; to prepare DISCO's annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of DISCO's business; to evaluate the effectiveness of DISCO's business strategies; to provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance; to facilitate a comparison of DISCO's results with those of other companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results; and in communication with our board of directors concerning DISCO's financial performance.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, among other things, statements regarding DISCO’s future financial performance. Words such as “may,” “should,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “project,” and similar phrases that denote future expectation or intent regarding DISCO’s financial results, operations, and other matters are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events.
The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause DISCO’s actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially, including (i) our history of operating losses, (ii) our limited operating history, (iii) our ability to maintain and advance our innovation and brand; (iv) our ability to effectively add new customers; (v) our ability to effectively increase usage and penetration with our existing customer base; (vi) our ability to expand our sales coverage and establish a digital sales channel; (vii) DISCO’s ability to expand internationally; (viii) our ability to extend and strengthen our channel partnerships and integrations; (ix) our ability to expand our offering portfolio to a wider range of legal processes outside of our current core offerings; (x) our ability to pursue strategic acquisitions and strategic investments to expand the functionality and value of our solution; (xi) our ability to comply or remain in compliance with laws and regulations that currently apply or become applicable to our business in the jurisdictions in which it operates; (xii) the potential that our computer or electronic systems, applications or services, or those of any third parties on whom we depend, fail or suffer security or data privacy breaches or other unauthorized or improper access to, use of, or destruction of our proprietary or confidential data, employee data, or personal data; (xiii) our ability to compete effectively with existing competitors and new market entrants; (xiv) general market, political, economic, and business conditions; and (xv) the impact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and any related economic downturn could have on our or our customers’ businesses, financial condition and results of operations.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to additional risks, uncertainties, and factors, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2021, filed with the SEC on September 3, 2021. Further information on potential risks that could affect actual results will be included in the subsequent periodic and current reports and other filings that we make with the SEC from time to time, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021.
Forward-looking statements represent DISCO’s management’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date such statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.
To review CS Disco, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, visit https://ir.csdisco.com/news/news-details/2021/DISCO-Announces-Third-Quarter-2021-Financial-Results/default.aspx.
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