Inuvo Revenue Increases 75% to $18.6 Million for the First Quarter of 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inuvo, Inc. (NYSE American: INUV), a leading provider of marketing technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that serves brands and agencies, today announced its financial results and provided a business update for the first quarter ending March 31, 2022.

Richard Howe, CEO of Inuvo, stated, “Our rapid growth has continued, as illustrated by a 75.3% year-over-year increase in revenue to $18.6 million. Notably, sales for both IntentKey and ValidClick increased 280% and 24%, respectively. Moreover, we achieved these results, despite the fact the first half of the year tends to be seasonally weaker, due to media budgeting and advertising cycles, which bodes well for the balance of 2022. At the same time, we continue to diversify our revenues across our growing client base.”

“We are on the cusp of a major transformation within the industry, due to new regulatory requirements and privacy concerns, resulting in the inability to utilize 3rd party cookies and consumer data. Historically, this data has been the cornerstone of virtually every competing service and technology provider within this industry. However, Firefox and Safari have already eliminated cookies and Apple is going even further with plans to eliminate IP address tracking used to identify consumers across devices. Google has also indicated plans to implement similar changes in 2023. This means the current tools, broadly accepted by the advertising community, are increasingly becoming ineffective. In contrast, IntentKey does not rely on consumer data and identification. With over $200 billion in annual advertising being spent across the open web, Inuvo expects to establish a dominant market position as a result of the unprecedented changes underway within the industry.”

“Looking ahead, we are off to a strong start to the second quarter of 2022. While our primary focus has been top-line growth, we remain on track to achieve positive adjusted EBITDA for the full year. With over $9.0 million of cash and marketable securities and no debt, we are well positioned to internally fund our growth and look forward to driving significant value for shareholders.”

Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2022
Net revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 totaled $18.6 million, an increase of 75.3% as compared to $10.6 million for the same period last year. IntentKey revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2022 exceeded the same period last year by 280%. ValidClick revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2022 exceeded the same period last year by 24%. Revenue split between IntentKey and ValidClick was roughly 44% versus 56% in the current period, which compares to 20% and 80%, respectively, for the same period last year.

Cost of revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, totaled $8.7 million as compared to $1.4 million for the same period last year. The increase in the cost of revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2022 as compared to the same period last year was related to the acquisition of new customers and growth of IntentKey as a percentage of revenue.

Gross profit for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 totaled $9.9 million as compared to $9.2 million for the same period last year. Gross profit margin for the first quarter of 2022 was 53.5% as compared to 86.4% for the same period last year. The IntentKey platform has a lower gross margin than the ValidClick platform but has a greater overall net margin than the ValidClick platform. The gross margin decreased as IntentKey revenue became a greater percentage of net revenue.

Operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022 totaled $12.1 million, an increase of 2.4% as compared to $11.8 million for the same period last year.

Other income in the current quarter was $17,700 due to an unrealized gain in marketable securities. The Other income in the first quarter of the prior year of $470,000 was primarily due to the early termination of a licensing agreement.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2022 totaled $2.1 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, as compared to net loss of $2.1 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, for the same period last year.

Non-cash depreciation, amortization and stock based compensation expenses totaled approximately $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to roughly $1.2 million for the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $703 thousand in the first quarter of 2022, compared to a loss of $878 thousand for the same period last year.

Liquidity and Capital Resources:
On March 31, 2022, Inuvo had $9.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, $11.2 million of working capital, an unused working capital facility of $5 million and no debt.

As of March 31, 2022, Inuvo had 119,807,202 common shares issued and outstanding.

Conference Call Details: 
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022 
Time: 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time 
Toll-free Dial-in Number: 1-800-289-0438
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Conference ID: 5639826
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About Inuvo
Inuvo®, Inc. (NYSE American: INUV) is a market leader in Artificial Intelligence built for advertising. Its IntentKey AI solution is a first-of-its-kind proprietary and patented technology capable of identifying and actioning to the reasons why consumers are interested in products, services, or brands, not who those consumers are. To learn more, visit

Safe Harbor / Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including, without limitation risks detailed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and represent our views only as of the date they are made and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. You are urged to carefully review and consider any cautionary statements and other disclosures, including the statements made under the heading "Risk Factors" in Inuvo, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 as filed on March 17, 2022, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and our other filings with the SEC.  Additionally, forward looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends, and uncertainties including the continued impact of Covid-19 on Inuvo’s business and operations. Inuvo cannot provide assurances that the assumptions upon which these forward-looking statements are based will prove to have been correct. Should one of these risks materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements, and investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are current only as of this date. Inuvo does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Inuvo further expressly disclaims any written or oral statements made by a third party regarding the subject matter of this press release. The information, which appears on our websites and our social media platforms is not part of this press release.

Inuvo Company Contact:
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Chief Financial Officer
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    Three Months Ended
    March 31   March 31
    2022   2021
Net revenue   $18,609,367     $10,617,809  
Cost of revenue     8,661,506       1,444,059  
Gross profit     9,947,861       9,173,750  
Operating expenses        
Marketing costs     7,169,449       7,305,784  
Compensation     3,157,706       2,737,867  
Selling, general and administrative     1,726,672       1,724,978  
Total operating expenses     12,053,827       11,768,629  
Operating loss     (2,105,966)       (2,594,879)  
Interest expense     (999)       (22,389)  
Other income, net     17,702       470,000  
Net loss     (2,089,263)       (2,147,268)  
Other comprehensive income        
Unrealized loss on marketable securities     (98,156)       -  
Comprehensive loss     (2,187,419)       (2,147,268)  
Earnings per share, basic and diluted        
Net loss income   ($0.02)     ($0.02)  
Weighted average shares outstanding        
Basic     119,282,114       114,430,201  
Diluted     119,282,114       114,430,201  

    March 31   December 31  
    2022   2021  
Cash and cash equivalent   $5,743,149   $10,475,964  
Marketable securities-short term                      2,478,628     1,927,979  
Accounts receivable, net     10,049,987     9,265,813  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     2,257,404     1,408,186  
Total current assets     20,529,168     23,077,942  
Property and equipment, net     1,616,607     1,506,766  
Other assets          
Marketable securities-long term     762,311
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization     6,387,666
Goodwill     9,853,342
Other assets     1,807,770
Total other assets     18,811,089     19,412,366  
Total assets   $40,956,864   $43,997,074  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable   $4,516,798   $4,844,716  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     4,845,010     5,817,823  
Total current liabilities     9,361,808     10,662,539  
Deferred tax liability     107,000     107,000  
Other long-term liabilities     312,359     419,540  
Total long-term liabilities     419,359     526,540  
Total stockholders' equity     31,175,697     32,807,995  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $40,956,864   $43,997,074  

    Three Months Ended
    March 31   March 31
    2022   2021
Net loss   ($2,089,263)     ($2,147,268)  
Interest Expense   $999     $22,389  
Depreciation     356,793       305,528  
Amortization     357,178       546,493  
EBITDA     (1,374,293)       (1,272,858)  
Stock-based compensation     671,158       394,870  
Adjusted EBITDA     (703,135)       (877,988)  

Reconciliation of Operating Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA 
We present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure of our performance. We defined EBITDA as Net loss plus (i) interest expense, (ii) depreciation, and (iii) amortization. We further define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus (iv) stock-based compensation and (v) certain identified expenses that are not expected to recur or be representative of future ongoing operation of the business. These adjustments are itemized above. You are encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same or similar to some of the adjustments in the presentation. Our presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

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