Wed, 02/04/2015

2015 Press Releases


SEATTLE, February 4, 2015RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWKa leader in personal digital entertainment,today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.

  • Continued strong growth in RealPlayer Cloud user base, with over 10 million accounts; 
  • Rhapsody year over year subscriber growth above 60%; 
  • Continued progress in long-term strategic transition and growth strategy; and 
  • Cash and short-term investments of $161.7 million   

For the fourth quarter of 2014, revenue was $35.5 million, compared to $34.2 million in the previous quarter and $50.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the full year 2014, revenue was $156.2 million, compared to $206.2 million in 2013.

“During 2014, we continued to make progress in our strategic transition to new mobile-centric, cloud-based products and services,” said Rob Glaser, Chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. “RealPlayer Cloud now has over 10 million users worldwide, up from 500,000 a year ago. We are continuing to build on our early momentum with RealPlayer Cloud by investing to broaden and deepen the product. We are also working to bring in additional marketing and distribution partners to drive even more consumer adoption.

“We’re also encouraged by the worldwide launch of our new Slingo Adventure and Emily’s New Beginning games, as well as the continued subscriber and revenue growth at the Rhapsody music service in which we play a significant role and have a large stake.”

GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $(20.8) million or $(0.58) per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $2.5 million or $0.07 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP results for the fourth quarter of 2013 income included a pre-tax net gain of $21.4 million from the sale of our investment in LoEn. For the full year 2014, GAAP net loss was $(71.8) million or $(2.00) per diluted share, compared to $(59.0) million or $(1.66) per diluted share in 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2014 was a loss of $(15.2) million compared to $(6.6) million for the fourth quarter of 2013. For the full year 2014, adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $(56.6) million, compared to a loss of $(23.7) million for 2013. A reconciliation of GAAP operating income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA is provided in the financial tables that accompany this release.

As of December 31, 2014, the company had $161.7 million in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared to $178.0 million as of September 30, 2014.

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Business Outlook

For the first quarter of 2015, RealNetworks expects total revenue in the range of $30.0 million to $33.0 million and adjusted EBITDA for the quarter to be a loss in the range of $(18.0) million to $(21.0) 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 888-790-3440 or +1-517-308-9350 (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 11:59 p.m. PT, February 26, 2015 by calling 866-426-7248 or +1-203-369-0887 (Passcode: 020415).

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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 and social network. RealNetworks’ corporate information is located at

RealNetworks, RealPlayer and Slingo are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. or its subsidiaries. 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 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, 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: risks associated with the implementation of RealNetworks’ growth plan, strategic initiatives, and restructuring efforts; its ability to successfully introduce and monetize new products and services; competitive risks, including the growth of competing technologies, products and services, and the emergence of new entrants and competition in the market; 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.