News Release

Udemy Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

May 4, 2022  |  

Udemy Business Revenue Up 77% Year over Year, ARR up 80% to $279.6 million

SAN FRANCISCO, May 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Udemy (Nasdaq: UDMY), a leading destination for learning and teaching online, today reported results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2022.

“One of our core values at Udemy is to be both mission-inspired and results-obsessed. This quarter’s performance proves we can be both, with revenue exceeding expectations on the back of strong Udemy Business growth,” said Gregg Coccari, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Udemy. “Within our strong, symbiotic business model, the continued health of Udemy’s consumer marketplace fuels the growth of Udemy Business with the broadest and most relevant skill-building content in what is a very large and under-penetrated market. We're just getting started, and I'm excited for the opportunity ahead.”

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Key Operating Data:

  • Revenue totaled $152.2 million, up 22% year over year.
  • GAAP net loss was $(25.6) million compared to $(18.0) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. GAAP net loss per share was $(0.18), compared to $(0.50) in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Non-GAAP net loss was $(11.2) million compared to $(7.5) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Non-GAAP net loss per share was $(0.08) compared to $(0.21) in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • GAAP gross profit was $85.8 million, compared to $66.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Non-GAAP gross profit was $87.3 million, compared to $66.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $(7.0) million, compared to $(2.9) million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Udemy Business revenue totaled $64.9 million, up 77% year over year.
  • Udemy Business segment gross profit was $42.7 million compared to $23.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Udemy Business segment annual recurring revenue was $279.6 million, up 80% year over year.
  • Udemy Business total customers was 11,605 as of March 31, 2022, up 49% year over year.
  • Udemy Business net dollar retention rate of 120%.
  • Consumer revenue totaled $87.3 million, down 1% year over year.
  • Consumer segment gross profit was $47.5 million compared to $45.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • Consumer segment monthly average buyers was 1,383 thousand, down 2% year over year.

First Quarter Highlights:

  • In the first full quarter of selling Udemy Business in South Korea, generated nearly $500K in ARR through partner, Woongjin ThinkBig, and closed first Udemy Business deals in the People’s Republic of China through partner, Sanjieke.
  • Added new Udemy Business customers across key verticals, including Baptist Health System, Inc., Crocs, Inc., Medici, and Volta Trucks Ltd.
  • Udemy Business customer expansions included Abu Dhabi Port, Grupo Falabella, Gympass USA LLC, Indeed, Inc., Klarna AB, and Picsart, Inc. Also expanded work with one of the U.S. military’s branches, and now support several branches with their learning programs.
  • Launched three new assessments and 19 new labs within Udemy Business Pro, as well as our Learning Paths API that allows learners to bring their curated Udemy Business and Udemy Business Pro Learning Paths directly into their LMS or internal sites.
  • Built proprietary skills graphs that match courses and skills to professional aspirations on the Udemy Business platform, fueled skills graphs with sophisticated machine learning and artificial intelligence models that personalize learning experiences, and launched career guides within the consumer subscription offering.
  • Expanded relationship with Randstad N.V., the world’s largest provider of flexible work and human resources services. Since 2019, Randstad has used Udemy Business to increase talent mobility across their client base, and has since doubled the number of Udemy licenses they use to support their efforts.
  • Partnered with First National Bank, one of South Africa’s largest banks that serves over nine million customers. Through this multi-million dollar partnership agreement, their customers now have access to hundreds of global courses from Udemy.
  • Certified™ as a Great Place to Work® in the United States, citing company’s strong culture and high employee engagement.
  • Ranked fifth on Great Place to Work’s list of Best Mid-sized Workplaces in Ireland. Udemy Dublin office recognized as 2022 Best Workplace for Women, citing gender equity in policies, benefits and culture.

2022 Financial Outlook
Udemy provides guidance based on current market conditions and expectations; actual results may differ materially. Please refer to the comments below regarding forward-looking statements.

The table below reflects Udemy’s financial outlook for its second quarter ending June 30, 2022 and fiscal year ending December 31, 2022:

Revenue$147.00 - $151.0 million$610.0 - $640.0 million
Adjusted EBITDA Margin(15)% - (12)%(12)% - (10)%
Weighted Average Share Count140 million142 million

Webcast Information
Udemy will host a webcast at 2:00 pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, May 4th, to discuss its first quarter 2022 financial results, as well as its 2022 outlook. The live webcast will be accessible on Udemy’s website at A webcast replay will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live event.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the condensed consolidated financial statements prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), Udemy’s key non-GAAP performance measures include Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and non-GAAP income. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as net loss (income) determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding by i) interest expense (income), net; ii) provision for (benefit from) income taxes; iii) depreciation and amortization; iv) other expense (income), net, including gains and losses from the remeasurement of foreign currency assets and liabilities into their functional currency and v) non-cash stock-based compensation expense. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue for the same period. We have not reconciled our expectations for Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin to net loss and net loss margin, respectively, the most directly comparable GAAP measures, because certain items are out of our control or cannot be reasonably predicted and a reconciliation for the guidance for Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin is not available without unreasonable effort. As Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin facilitates internal comparisons of our historical operating performance on a more consistent basis, we use this measure for business planning purposes. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management team and board of directors. In addition, it provides a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our business, as it removes the effect of certain non-cash expenses and certain variable charges. We define non-GAAP income as net loss attributable to common stockholders, adjusted to exclude non-cash stock-based compensation expense and the amortization of acquired intangible assets. We believe the presentation of operating results that excludes these non-cash items provides useful supplemental information to investors and facilitates the analysis of our operating results and comparison of operating results across reporting periods. Udemy’s non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Because of the limitations of non-GAAP financial measures, you should consider the non-GAAP financial measures presented herein in conjunction with Udemy’s financial statements and the related notes thereto. Please refer to the non-GAAP reconciliations in this press release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable financial measure prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Udemy’s expectations relating to future operating results and financial position, including the first quarter of 2022, the full year 2022, and future periods, anticipated future expenses and investments, our business strategy and plans, market growth, our market position and potential market opportunities, and the impact of acquisitions and business alliances. The words “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “potential,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “could,” “would,” “project,” “plan,” “target,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance.

The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include, among others, those risks and uncertainties included under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the SEC on March 25, 2021. All information provided in this release is as of the date hereof, and we undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law.

About Udemy
Udemy (Nasdaq: UDMY) provides flexible, effective skill development to empower organizations and individuals. The Udemy marketplace platform, with thousands of up-to-date courses in dozens of languages, offers the tools learners, instructors, and enterprises need to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Millions of people learn on Udemy from real-world experts in topics ranging from programming and data science to leadership and team building. Udemy Business offers corporate customers an employee training and development platform with subscription access to thousands of courses, learning analytics, and the ability to host and distribute their own content. Udemy Business customers include Fender Instruments, Glassdoor, GoFundMe, On24, The World Bank, and Volkswagen. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco with hubs in Ankara, Turkey; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Mountain View, California; Denver, Colorado; Dublin, Ireland; Melbourne, Australia; New Delhi, India; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Udemy, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2022   2021 
Revenue$152,223  $124,550 
Cost of revenue (1)(2) 66,438   57,923 
Gross profit 85,785   66,627 
Operating expenses (1)(2)   
Sales and marketing 66,878   53,239 
Research and development 22,570   15,413 
General and administrative 21,653   14,413 
Total operating expenses 111,101   83,065 
Loss from operations         (25,316)          (16,438)
Other income (expense)   
Interest income (expense), net 243           (218)
Other expense, net         (244)          (428)
Total other expense, net         (1)          (646)
Net loss before taxes         (25,317)          (17,084)
Income tax provision         (332)          (905)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders$        (25,649) $        (17,989)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders   
Basic and diluted$        (0.18) $        (0.50)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders   
Basic and diluted 139,405,294   36,178,304 

(1)   Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2022  2021
Cost of revenue$840 $300
Sales and marketing 4,137  1,924
Research and development 3,334  2,090
General and administrative 5,031  6,198
Total stock-based compensation expense$13,342 $10,512

(2)         Includes amortization of intangible assets as follows (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2022  2021
Cost of revenue$724 $
Sales and marketing 342  
Total amortization of intangible assets$1,066 $

Udemy, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 March 31, December 31,
  2022   2021 
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$510,965  $533,868 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $678 and $678 as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively. 67,699   73,180 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 15,279   15,927 
Deferred contract costs, current 23,074   18,898 
Total current assets 617,017   641,873 
Property and equipment, net 8,937   9,887 
Capitalized software, net 21,693   20,054 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 15,994    
Restricted cash, non-current 3,629   2,900 
Deferred contract costs, non-current 27,927   25,647 
Strategic investments 15,000   10,000 
Intangible assets, net 12,531   13,597 
Goodwill 12,646   12,646 
Other assets 3,516   3,247 
Total assets$738,890  $739,851 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$16,275  $34,627 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 35,697   40,140 
Content costs payable 31,606   35,961 
Accrued compensation and benefits 20,909   22,341 
Operating lease liabilities, current 7,410    
Deferred revenue 227,701   208,274 
Total current liabilities 339,598   341,343 
Long-term obligation under operating leases 11,458    
Deferred revenue, non-current 2,817   2,280 
Other liabilities, non-current 4,509   6,528 
Total liabilities 358,382   350,151 
Stockholders' equity:   
Preferred stock     
Common stock 1   1 
Additional paid-in capital 864,676   848,229 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 9           (1)
Accumulated deficit         (484,178)          (458,529)
Total stockholders’ equity$380,508  $389,700 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$738,890  $739,851 

Udemy, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2022   2021 
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net loss$        (25,649) $        (17,989)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization 4,967   3,069 
Amortization of deferred sales commissions 6,582   3,481 
Stock-based compensation 13,342   10,512 
Provision for doubtful accounts 110   3 
Non-cash operating lease expense 1,573    
Other 75    
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable 5,371   2,039 
Prepaid expenses and other assets 198           (2,738)
Deferred contract costs         (13,038)          (7,956)
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities         (21,964)          (16,265)
Content costs payable         (4,355)          (1,986)
Operating lease liabilities         (1,151)          —         
Deferred revenue 19,964   14,072 
Net cash used in operating activities         (13,975)          (13,758)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Purchases of property and equipment         (156)          (933)
Capitalized software costs         (3,121)          (3,289)
Purchases of strategic investments         (5,000)   
Net cash used in investing activities         (8,277)          (4,222)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Net proceeds from exercise of Series A-1 redeemable convertible preferred stock warrants    2 
Net proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,658   4,489 
Payment of redeemable convertible preferred stock issuance costs            (2,250)
Payment of deferred offering costs         (1,586)   
Net cash provided by financing activities 72   2,241 
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash flows 6    
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash         (22,174)          (15,739)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash—Beginning of period 536,768   177,931 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash—End of period$514,594  $162,192 

Udemy, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended March 31, 2022
 GAAP Stock-based
 Amortization of
Intangible Assets
 (in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Revenue$152,223  $  $  $152,223 
Cost of revenue 66,438           (840)          (724)  64,874 
Gross profit 85,785   840   724   87,349 
Operating expenses       
Sales and marketing 66,878           (4,137)          (342)  62,399 
Research and development 22,570           (3,334)    19,236 
General and administrative 21,653           (5,031)    16,622 
Total operating expenses 111,101           (12,502)          (342)  98,257 
Loss from operations         (25,316)  13,342   1,066           (10,908)
Other income (expense)       
Interest income, net 243         243 
Other expense, net         (244)                (244)
Total other expense, net         (1)                (1)
Net loss before taxes         (25,317)  13,342   1,066           (10,909)
Income tax provision         (332)                (332)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders$        (25,649) $13,342  $1,066  $        (11,241)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders       
Basic and diluted$        (0.18)     $        (0.08)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders 139,405,294       139,405,294 

 Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
 GAAP Stock-based
 (in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Revenue$124,550  $  $124,550 
Cost of revenue 57,923   (300)  57,623 
Gross profit 66,627   300   66,927 
Operating expenses     
Sales and marketing 53,239   (1,924)  51,315 
Research and development 15,413   (2,090)  13,323 
General and administrative 14,413   (6,198)  8,215 
Total operating expenses 83,065   (10,212)  72,853 
Loss from operations (16,438)  10,512   (5,926)
Other income (expense)     
Interest expense, net (218)     (218)
Other expense, net (428)     (428)
Total other expense, net (646)     (646)
Net loss before taxes (17,084)  10,512   (6,572)
Income tax provision (905)     (905)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders$(17,989) $10,512  $(7,477)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders     
Basic and diluted$(0.50)   $(0.21)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders     
Basic and diluted 36,178,304     36,178,304 

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2022   2021 
Net loss (25,649)  (17,989)
Adjusted to exclude the following:   
Interest (income) expense, net (243)  218 
Provision for income taxes 332   905 
Depreciation and amortization 4,967   3,069 
Stock-based compensation expense 13,342   10,512 
Other expense, net 244   428 
Adjusted EBITDA$(7,007) $(2,857)


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