Wed, 02/05/2014

2014 Press Releases


SEATTLE, February 5, 2014RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWKa leader in personal digital entertainment, today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.

  • RealPlayer Cloud - new cross-platform, cloud-based, integrated video service - gaining traction; 
  • Mobile entertainment business strengthened with new products; 
  • Continued progress in long term strategic transition and growth strategy; and 
  • Cash and short-term investments of $226.2 million 

For the fourth quarter of 2013, revenue was $50.6 million, compared to $49.0 million in the previous quarter and $67.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.  For the full year 2013, revenue was $206.2 million, compared to $258.8 million for 2012.

"During the fourth quarter of 2013, we continued to make progress in our long term strategic transition to revitalize RealNetworks," said Rob Glaser, Chairman and interim CEO of RealNetworks.  "Our new RealPlayer Cloud, our groundbreaking, cloud-based video service that makes it easy to watch, save and share video across every popular digital device, is gaining good initial traction in the marketplace, with over 500,000 accounts created since launch.

“In our Mobile Entertainment business, we completed our acquisition of Muzicall and launched LISTEN™ to strengthen our leadership in the ringback tones market and to bring ringback tones directly to consumers.  We also continue to tighten our strategic focus to better capitalize on the most promising opportunities in our Games business. Throughout 2013, we’ve continued to streamline our company, invest in our core business segments and focus on building a stronger foundation for future growth and profitability.”

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $4.1 million or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to $3.1 million or $0.09 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase primarily reflects a net gain of $21.4 million from the sale of its investment in LoEn in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the full year 2013, GAAP net loss was $(57.4) million or $(1.61) per diluted share, compared to net income of $44.8 million or $1.28 per diluted share in 2012.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2013 was a loss of $(6.6) million, compared to adjusted EBITDA income of $3.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. For the full year 2013, adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $(23.7) million, compared to a loss $(16.7) million for 2012. A reconciliation of GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA is provided in the financial tables that accompany this release.

As of December 31, 2013, the company had $226.2 million in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, up from $218.4 million as of September 30, 2013.

Segment Operating Results
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Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2014, RealNetworks expects total revenue in the range of $43.0 million to $46.0 million. We expect adjusted EBITDA for the quarter to be a loss in the range of $(9.0) million to $(12.0) million.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call today to review results and discuss the company's performance at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT by calling 800-857-9789 or +1-210-234-0007 (Passcode: Fourth Quarter Earnings).  A live webcast of the call will be available at and an on-demand webcast will be available approximately one hour following the conclusion of the conference call.  A telephonic replay will be available until 11 p.m. CT, February 26, 2014 by calling 888-568-0623 or +1-203-369-3199 (Passcode: 9977)

For More Information

Michael Newman, StreetConnect
Investor Relations for RealNetworks


About RealNetworks
RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category in 1995 and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type andsocial network. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at

RealNetworks, RealPlayer and GameHouse are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. or itssubsidiaries. All other companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement RealNetworks' consolidated financial information presented in accordance with GAAP in this press release, the company also discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA by reportable segment, which management believes provide investors with useful information.

In the financial tables of our earnings press release, RealNetworks has included reconciliations of GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA and to adjusted EBITDA by reportable segment.

The rationale for management's use of non-GAAP measures is included in the supplementary materials presented with the fourth quarter earnings materials.  Please refer to Exhibit 99.2 (“Information Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures”) to the company's report on Form 8-K, which is being submitted today to the SEC.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements relating to RealNetworks' current expectations regarding future revenue and adjusted EBITDA, our future growth, profitability, market position, and marketing approach, and our strategic focus and initiatives. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements.  These statements reflect RealNetworks’ expectations as of today, and actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include: RealNetworks' ability to realize operating efficiencies, growth and other benefits from the implementation of its growth plan, strategic initiatives, and restructuring efforts; the emergence of new entrants and competition in the market for digital media products and services; other competitive risks, including the growth of competing technologies, products and services; the potential outcomes and effects of claims and legal proceedings on RealNetworks' business, prospects, financial condition or results of operations; risks associated with key customer or strategic relationships, business acquisitions and the introduction of new products and services; changes in consumer and advertising spending in response to disruptions in the global financial markets; fluctuations in foreign currencies; and changes in RealNetworks' effective tax rate. More information about potential risk factors that could affect RealNetworks' business and financial results is included in RealNetworks' annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent year ended December 31, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other reports and documents filed by RealNetworks from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The preparation of RealNetworks' financial statements and forward-looking financial guidance requires the company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities, and revenues and expenses during the reported period.  Actual results may differ materially from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which are in effect as of their respective dates.