Marti Reports 2023 First Half Results; Investing in Scaling Ride-Hailing

ISTANBUL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marti Technologies, Inc. (“Marti” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: MRT), Türkiye’s mobility super app, today announced its financial and operational results for the first half of 2023.

2023 First Half Year Consolidated Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Consolidated net revenue of $9.5 million during 1H’23, similar to $9.7 million during 1H’22.
  • Cost of revenues, excluding depreciation and amortization, increased 23% to $8.7 million during 1H’23 compared to 1H’22 due to higher numbers of field personnel and greater lease expenses driven by managing a larger scale fleet.
  • Average number of vehicles deployed increased by 19% to 34 thousand in 1H’23 compared to the same period in 2022.
  • Consolidated adjusted EBITDA was $(8.9) million in 1H’23 compared to $(1.2) million in 1H’22, driven primarily by investments in scaling the ride-hailing business and secondarily by back-to-back years of local inflation and the Company’s price increases in excess of inflation being offset by a decline in average daily rides per vehicle in the Company’s two wheeled electric vehicle segment.
  • Actions to reduce the cost base of Marti’s two wheeled electric vehicle segment began in Q2 2023, with a lag to the adverse movement observed in average daily rides per vehicle.

Marti Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alper Oktem said, “As we navigate through the evolving landscape of urban mobility, we believe our strategic addition of ride-hailing as a new business line has positioned us for growth. Following a highly successful pilot phase in Q4 2022, we established ride hailing as a new business line in the first half of 2023. This addition significantly broadened our service offerings, allowing us to cater to a more diverse customer base, and aligning our services with the evolving demands of our ridership.

 

In line with our strategy of serving as Türkiye’s mobility super app, we currently offer ride hailing, e-scooter, e-bike, and e-moped services all under a single app. By June 30, 2023, our ride-hailing service had gained substantial traction, boasting over 124,000 riders and more than 40,000 registered drivers. Over 34,000 of these drivers are in Türkiye’s largest city, Istanbul. This is in contrast to less than 18,395 taxis serving the city. These impressive numbers underscore the appeal of our services in the Turkish market, and we are further investing in scaling the business.

 

Despite the numerous challenges we faced, including the earthquake in Türkiye earlier this year where we both assisted in earthquake relief efforts and redeployed our vehicles from affected areas to other regions, our adaptability allowed us to maintain our total revenue at a commendable $9.5 million for the first half of 2023. This resilience demonstrates our commitment to delivering value even in adverse circumstances. Looking ahead, we recognize the potential for our ride-hailing business to drive future growth. We believe our investments will generate lasting value for our stakeholders.”

Business Updates

Ride-Hailing Revolutionizes Urban Mobility

Embarking on the next stage of Marti’s journey to redefine urban mobility, Marti introduced its ride-hailing service in Q4 2022. Following a successful pilot, Marti’s ride-hailing initiative was established as a new business line in the first half of 2023. Marti’s service offers both car and motorcycle ride-hailing options. Riders and drivers agree on the price of their ride in light of price recommendations for similar past rides, and Marti currently does not charge a fee for this service.

As of June 30, Marti’s ride-hailing network boasts over 124,000 riders served by a team of more than 40,000 registered drivers, of which over 34,000 are in Türkiye’s largest city, Istanbul. This remarkable growth becomes even more significant when compared to the 18,395 traditional taxis navigating Istanbul. In the first half of 2023, Marti allocated approximately $1.2 million toward its ride-hailing headquarters team, consisting primarily of management, engineering, data science, and marketing personnel.

While Marti already has a significant rider base of over 4.5 million Marti app riders from Marti’s e-bike, e-scooter, and e-moped services, the Company is further investing in rider acquisition, and making significant investments in driver acquisition for its ride hailing business. During the first half of 2023, Marti spent $2.5 million on strategic online and offline marketing initiatives. Additionally, the cross-promotions Marti offers for its ride hailing riders to use its two-wheeled electric vehicle services highlight the complementary nature of its multi-modal services. The success of these cross-promotions in driving demand for ride hailing proves the Company’s sound strategy of building two wheeled electric vehicle services first and layering ride hailing on top. Although the order in which Marti introduced these services is different than that pursued by most ride hailing firms globally, who launched as ride hailing firms before expanding into two wheeled electric vehicles, Marti believes that the outcome will be similar.

Looking ahead, Marti aims to surpass 375,000 ride hailing riders by the end of 2023, a testament to the Company’s commitment to providing exceptional service to an even larger audience. To accomplish this, the Company plans to expand its community of drivers, with a goal of reaching over 80,000 registered drivers by year-end. These targets also underscore the Company’s belief in creating economic opportunities for its drivers and offering affordable transportation options for its riders in an inflationary economic environment.

Two-Wheeled Electric Vehicle Operations Focused on Efficiency

The first half of 2023 was marked by high inflation and substantial currency depreciation in Türkiye. The Turkish Lira depreciated by 38% in the first half of the year. The May presidential election was followed by economic normalization messages from newly appointed Central Bank authorities. Despite the actions of the Central Bank in raising interest rates, the effects of these monetary policy decisions will take some time to play out in the system. In the meantime, inflationary pressures due to currency depreciation remain pronounced. In the first half of 2023, the Türkiye government’s year-end inflation expectations were revised from 22% to 58%.

In response to these challenges, Marti increased its prices by 87% compared to the previous year to counter the inflationary pressures. While consumer behavior saw a shift, with a 42% decline in average daily rides per vehicle from 2.15 to 1.25, Marti increased net revenue per ride by 43% from $0.86 to $1.23 in the six months ended June 30, 2023.

Marti’s strategic focus in the first half of 2023 was on operational excellence. Recognizing the importance of streamlined operations, the Company strategically ceased operations in underperforming cities. This move optimized the Company’s costs, allowing it to reallocate its vehicles to higher-performing cities. Although these underperforming cities contributed less than 8% of our total revenue, they accounted for over 12% of the Company’s costs in 2022. By relocating the Company’s resources, the Company not only reduced expenses but also improved its overall operational efficiency.

Despite a reduction in fleet size, Marti’s average daily deployed vehicles increased from 28.7 thousand to 34.4 thousand in the six months ended in June 30, 2023. Through intensive efforts, Marti ramped up its deployment rates and vehicle availability. The implementation of a spare parts usage and expense control system, coupled with a productivity enhancement project in field operations, streamlined Marti’s fleet’s utilization. Additionally, the deployment of 2,000 e-mopeds in high-performing areas further supported Marti’s operational performance. As a result, Marti has strategically maneuvered to not only maintain its revenue but also optimize its operations for future growth.

While revenue remained resilient, the cost of revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization, increased by 23% to $8.7 in the first half of 2023 from $7.1 in the first half of 2022, affected by wage increases, relocation of vehicles, and an increased number of field personnel as Marti deploys more vehicles. Company actions to reduce the cost base of its two-wheeled electric vehicle segment began in Q2 2023, with a lag to the adverse revenue impact. General and administrative costs also increased due to inflationary pressures on wages, and advisory expenses for the Company’s listing process. Consequently, adjusted EBITDA margin of the two-wheeled electric vehicle segment contracted to (49.1)% in 1H’23.

As the Company focuses on growing its ride hailing service, it will reevaluate opportunities to expand the scale of its two wheeled electric vehicle services no earlier than the summer of 2024, and on an opportunistic basis at that time.

Operating Results for 1H’23

Consolidated Net Revenues

  • Consolidated net revenue decreased by 3% to $9.5 million in 1H’23 compared to the same period in 2022, as the positive effect of increased average vehicles deployed and pricing actions balanced the drop in average rides per vehicle per day and lower ride durations. Revenue generation was impacted by the seasonality of the business as well as the earthquakes that took place in February.

Cost of Revenues

  • Cost of revenues, excluding depreciation and amortization, increased by 23%, or $1.6 million, from $7.1 million in 1H’22 to $8.7 million in 1H’23, primarily due to expansion into relatively lower demand cities with subscale operations in 2H’22 being reversed as of Q2 2023, increased field personnel, and operational lease expense.

General and Administrative Expense; Consulting Expenses

  • General and administrative expense increased by 67% to $5.7 million during the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 as wages increased in line with inflation and Marti invested in talent prior to its public listing. Consulting expenses increased by $0.8 million from $0.3 in 1H’22 to $1.1 million in 1H’23 in preparation for the listing. Notably, $1.2 million or 22% of Marti’s general and administrative costs are attributed to its rapidly expanding ride-hailing division and investments in its ride-hailing headquarters team.

Selling and Marketing Cost

  • Selling and marketing cost increased by $2.5 million from $0.3 million in 1H’22 to $2.8 million in 1H’23. At $0.2 million in 1H’23, selling and marketing cost in Marti’s two-wheeled electric vehicle business was parallel to the same period in 2022. Selling and marketing cost in the ride-hailing business was $2.5 million, driven primarily by driver and rider acquisition campaigns, and cross promotions at the two-wheeled electric vehicle business for the ride-hailing riders. As our ride-hailing business has yet to generate revenue, $0.5 million of variable costs incurred to generate rides were included in sales and marketing costs. This includes the data cost of servers and mapping services, and call center costs for onboarding drivers and offering customer support in the ride-hailing business.

Cost of Revenues

  • Consolidated adjusted EBITDA decreased by $7.7 million to $(8.9) million, and adjusted EBITDA margin decreased by 81% to (94)% in the first half of 2023 when compared to the first half of 2022, primarily as a result of investments in the ride-hailing business. The adjusted EBITDA margin for the two-wheeled electric vehicle business decreased by 37% to (49)% due to the expanded cost of revenue base costs.

2023 Guidance

Marti is presenting its full year 2023 guidance, as summarized below:

 

2023 Guidance for

Consolidated Operations,

including Ride Hailing

Investments

NET REVENUE

$20.1 M

ADJUSTED EBITDA

$(17.8) M

The Company’s 2023 Guidance contemplates the following assumptions:

  • Focusing on expansion of the ride-hailing business, which includes investments in scaling ride-hailing.
  • Reevaluating potential two-wheeled electric vehicle investments on an opportunistic basis no earlier than the summer of 2024 and factoring in the operational efficiency improvements anticipated in the Company’s two-wheeled electric vehicle operations.

The full year 2023 guidance provided herein and the targeted number of riders and registered drivers by year end in the Ride Hailing Business are based on Marti’s current estimates and assumptions and are not a guarantee of future performance. The 2023 guidance and targets provided are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including the risk factors discussed in the Company’s reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), that could cause actual results to differ materially. There can be no assurance that the Company will achieve the results expressed by this guidance or the targets.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This financial information and data contained herein are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of the United States (“GAAP”) including, but not limited to, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and certain ratios and other metrics derived therefrom. We define these metrics as follows:

Adjusted EBITDA as depreciation, amortization, taxes, financial expenses (net of financial income) and one-time charges and non-cash adjustments, plus net income (loss). The one-time charges and non-cash adjustments are mainly comprised of customs tax provision expenses resulting from the one-time amendment of customs duties, period adjustments for the founders’ salary which resulted from a one-time lump sum deferred payment made to the founders, and lawsuit provision expense which the Company does not consider the provision to be reflective of its normal cash operations.

Adjusted EBITDA margin as adjusted EBITDA/net revenue.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not measures of financial performance in accordance with GAAP and may exclude items that are significant in understanding and assessing the Company’s financial results. Therefore, these measures should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income, cash flows from operations or other measures of profitability, liquidity or performance under GAAP. You should be aware that the Company’s presentation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information for management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. The Company believes the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing the Company’s financial measures with other similar companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. These non-GAAP financial measures are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgments by management about which expense and income are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures and accordingly, should always be considered as supplemental financial results to those calculated in accordance with GAAP.

This financial information and data contained herein also includes certain projections of non-GAAP financial measures. Due to the high variability and difficulty in making accurate forecasts and projections of some of the information excluded from these projected measures, together with some of the excluded information not being ascertainable or accessible, the Company is unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures without unreasonable effort. Consequently, no disclosure of estimated comparable GAAP measures is included and no reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures is included.

About Marti

Founded in 2018, Marti is Türkiye’s leading mobility app, offering multiple transportation services to its riders. Marti operates a ride hailing service that matches riders with drivers traveling in the same direction, and owns and operates a large fleet of e-mopeds, e-bikes, and e-scooters. All of Marti’s offerings are serviced by proprietary software systems and IoT infrastructure. For more information visit ir.marti.tech.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains statements that are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For example, statements about the anticipated growth, including the number of riders and registered drivers, of the ride hailing business, the full year 2023 guidance, and the expected future performance and market opportunities of Marti and the ride sharing business are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward looking statements by terminology such as, or which contain the words “will,” “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “future,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “possible,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would” and variations of these words or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors. Actual results may differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements as a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties.

These forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Marti and its management are inherently uncertain and are subject to a number of risks and assumptions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond Marti’s control, are difficult to predict, and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. Known risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: (i) the effect of the public listing of the Company’s securities on its business relationships, performance, financial condition and business generally, (ii) risks that the business combination may disrupt the Company’s current plans or divert management’s attention from its ongoing business operations, (iii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the Company or its directors or officers related to the business combination or otherwise, (iv) the Company’s ability to maintain the listing of its securities on the NYSE American, (v) volatility in the price of the Company’s securities due to a variety of factors, including without limitation changes in the competitive and highly regulated industries in which the Company currently or plans to operate, variations in competitors’ performance and success and changes in laws and regulations affecting the Company’s business, (vi) the Company’s ability to implement business plans, forecasts, and other expectations, and identify opportunities, (vii) the risk of downturns in the highly competitive tech-enabled mobility services industry, (viii) the Company’s ability to build its brand and consumers’ recognition, acceptance and adoption of its brand, (ix) the risk that the Company may not be able to effectively manage its growth, including its design, research, development and maintenance capabilities, (x) technological changes and risks associated with doing business in an emerging market, (xi) risks relating to dependence on and use of certain intellectual property and technology and (xii) and other important factors or risks discussed in the Company’s filings with the SEC, accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and the Investors Relations section of Company’s website at https://ir.marti.tech. Any investors should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the documents filed by the Company from time to time with the SEC as most of the factors are outside the Company’s control and are difficult to predict. As a result, the Company’s actual results may differ from its expectations, estimates and projections and consequently, such forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as predictions of future events. The Company cautions not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, including its 2023 guidance and ride sharing targets, which speaks only as to management expectations and beliefs as of the date they are made. The Company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than to the extent required by applicable law.

Balance Sheet

 

(in thousands $)

December 31, 2022

1H 2023

Total current assets

20,455

12,480

Cash and cash equivalents

10,498

3,970

Accounts receivable, net

375

553

Inventories

3,332

3,640

Operating lease right of use assets

2,683

673

Other current assets

3,567

3,644

VAT receivables

3,135

2,721

Other

433

922

 

 

 

Total non-Current assets

20,423

19,225

Property, equipment and deposits, net

19,423

18,689

Intangible assets

160

182

Operating lease right of use assets

841

353

Total assets

40,878

31,705

 

Current liabilities

15,867

13,338

Accounts payable

3,574

3,558

Short-term financial liabilities, net

7,294

6,104

Operating lease liabilities

2,153

544

Deferred revenue

1,328

1,311

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

1,518

1,821

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

17,412

22,186

Long-term financial liabilities, net

16,38

21,457

Operating lease liabilities

674

290

Other non-current liabilities

357

438

 

Stockholders’ equity

7,600

-3,819

Capital Paid1

51,282

51,282

Additional paid in capital

3,059

3,640

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

-7,588

-7,558

Accumulated deficit

-39,183

-51,183

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

40,878

31,705

Income Statement

 

(in thousands $)

1H 2022

1H 2023

Revenue

9,731

9,485

Cost of Revenues

-11,625

-13,018

Gross Profit

-1,894

-3,533

Selling and marketing expenses

-235

-3,211

General and administration expenses

-3,390

-5,668

Research and development expenses

-573

-1,500

Other income/expense (Net)

-286

-191

Operating loss before finance costs

-6,379

-14,104

Financial income

607

2,720

Financial expense

-861

-616

Loss before tax

-6,633

-12,000

Cash Flow

 

(in thousands $)

1H 2022

1H 2023

Cash flow from operating activities

 

 

Net loss

-6,633

-12,000

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities

7,114

7,583

Depreciation and amortization

4,834

4,672

Loss of disposal asset

162

Stock-based (forfeited), compensation, net

785

582

Interest expense-income, net

741

550

Foreign exchange losses/ (gains)

420

1,247

Other non-cash

334

370

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

-2,256

-1,678

Accounts receivable

-292

-177

Inventory

-961

-308

Other assets and prepayments

-1,107

-1,395

Income tax payable

-530

Accounts payable

754

-15

Deferred revenue

227

-17

Other liabilities

-347

235

A. Net cash from / (used in) operating activities

-1,775

-6,095

 

Cash flow from investing activities

 

 

Purchases of vehicles

-4,443

-3,431

Purchases of other property, plant and equipment

-226

-497

Purchases of intangible assets

-89

-72

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

5

B. Net cash from / (used in) investing activities

-4,757

-3,994

Cash flow from financing activities

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of convertible notes

7,500

Payments of term loans

-3,041

-3,938

C. Net cash from/ (used in) financing activities

-3,041

3,562

D. Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash (A+B+C)

-9,573

-6,527

E. Effect of exchange rate changes

-337

F. Net increase in cash and cash equivalents (D+E)

-9,910

-6,527

G. Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year

13,216

10,498

Cash and cash equivalents at ending of the year (F+G)

3,306

3,970

Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:
Ozge Arcasoy

Marti Technologies Inc.

ir.marti.tech
investor.relations@marti.tech

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