Content Assessment: Weathering the Storm? KLDiscovery Announces Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

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Press Announcement (Text Extract)

KLDiscovery Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Revenue, Net Loss, EBITDA Improve Compared to Third Quarter 2020

KLDiscovery Inc. (“KLDiscovery” or the “Company”), a leading global provider of electronic discovery, information governance and data recovery services, announced today [March 17, 2021] that revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 was $74.6 million versus $72.3 million in the third quarter of 2020, a 3% increase quarter-over-quarter and a decrease of 7% year-over-year compared to the fourth quarter 2019. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $9.8 million compared to $12.7 million in the third quarter of 2020, an improvement of 23% quarter-over-quarter and an improvement of 45% compared to the fourth quarter 2019 net loss of $17.8 million.

EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $14.3 million versus $12.3 million in the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 16% quarter-over-quarter and was similar to the $14.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDA (which excludes management fees and stock-based compensation, acquisition financing and transaction costs and other items as described below) for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $19.4 million compared to $16.7 million in the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 16% quarter-over-quarter and 13% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. Reconciliations of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to their comparable GAAP measure are shown in detail below, along with definitions for those terms.

“2020 was an extraordinary year of change and challenges but I am very proud of the accomplishments of the team at KLDiscovery as their efforts and dedication resulted in an excellent fourth quarter,” said Christopher Weiler, CEO of KLDiscovery Inc. “We achieved outstanding improvement in our financial results in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the economy. We have done an excellent job managing costs while growing revenue. In Q4 2020 compared to Q2 2020, revenue increased 16%, net loss improved 34%, EBITDA was up 37%, and Adjusted EBITDA increased 59%. We achieved our highest Adjusted EBITDA in six quarters. We ended 2020 with $51.2 million in cash and cash equivalents on our balance sheet and a 579% increase in cash flow from operations compared to 2019 due to continued high cash receipts, cost reductions and tax deferral and credits. All of these improvements came as we implemented permanent cost savings with our data recovery integration and real estate footprint reduction while still investing in technology and research & development.”

Mr. Weiler continued, “We are in the process of evolving KLDiscovery into a company that will service industries beyond the confines of traditional eDiscovery and data recovery. In 2021, we are in the process of making significant technology investments that will change the way our customers interact with our products and services. We are investing to further develop our Nebula platform, which we believe is industry-changing and continues to gain customers and terabytes hosted. Our clients are being driven to cloud-only based hosting solutions, while our competitors use third-party applications exclusively for collections, data processing, data hosting, advanced analytics and natural language processing. We believe we will be the company that can deliver outstanding customer service while providing our best of class hosting platform through a number of different delivery vehicles intentionally designed to meet diverse geographic and data control needs. We are on a client-centric mission seamlessly delivering a full suite of proprietary software/hardware products and services in a bespoke manner built for and by our clients, wherever and however the client desires. I believe these changes will give our customers unprecedented levels of optionality in how they manage their data and truly differentiate our company while significantly expanding our total addressable market.”

  • Year 2019-2020 Quarterly Results – Unaudited (Click Here)

2021 Outlook

As previously announced, KLDiscovery is currently limited in its ability to accurately predict what the financial impact will be from the COVID-19 pandemic. KLDiscovery is not providing full-year 2021 guidance until it gains additional data points about the total operational impact of this global pandemic.

Earnings Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call at 8:30 AM ET on Thursday, March 18, 2021 to discuss results for the fourth quarter of 2020. The audio portion of the conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet in the Investors section of KLDiscovery’s website

To join the conference call by telephone, please register via the following link:

Once registered, you will receive an email with Direct Entry and Registrant ID along with dial-in details. An audio recording of the conference call will be available for replay shortly after the call’s completion and will remain available for two weeks following the call. To access the recorded conference call, please dial (800) 585-8367 (from the U.S. and Canada) or (416) 621-4642 (from all other countries) using access code 3093296 or visit the Investors section of the KLDiscovery website at

  • Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss, Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Matters, Consolidated Balance Sheets, and Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Click Here)

About KLDiscovery

KLDiscovery provides technology-enabled services and software to help law firms, corporations, government agencies and consumers solve complex data challenges. The company has 32 locations, nine data centers and 18 data recovery labs across 18 countries and is a global leader in delivering best-in-class eDiscovery, information governance and data recovery solutions to support the litigation, regulatory compliance, internal investigation and data recovery and management needs of our clients. Serving clients for over 30 years, KLDiscovery offers data collection and forensic investigation, early case assessment, electronic discovery and data processing, application software and data hosting for web-based document reviews, and managed document review services. In addition, through its global Ontrack Data Recovery business, KLDiscovery delivers world-class data recovery, email extraction and restoration, data destruction and tape management. KLDiscovery has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America by both Inc. Magazine (Inc. 5000) and Deloitte (Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500) and CEO Chris Weiler was recognized as a 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™. Additionally, KLDiscovery is a Relativity Certified Partner and maintains ISO/IEC 27001 Certified data centers around the world. For more information, please email or visit

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