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Participants
Stacie Clements Vice President, Investor Relations
Steven Boal Chief Executive Officer
Ron Fior Chief Financial Officer
Shweta Khajuria RBC Capital Markets
Ralph Schackart William Blair
Chad Bennett Craig-Hallum
Tom Forte D.A. Davidson
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Operator

Welcome to the Third Quarter 2019 Quotient Earnings Conference Call.

During the call, all participants will be in a listen-only mode. After the presentation, we will conduct a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions]

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded and will be available for replay from the Investor Relations section of Quotient’s website following this call.

the Relations. to turn President Clements, now Investor of will call Stacie over Vice I you. Thank Ms. you Clements, begin. now may

Stacie Clements

Thank you. Hello, quarter XXXX everyone. And welcome call. to earnings our third

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risks cause based management results on our the uncertainties differ faith to and good information are of and to could or materially. call available of subject known unknown are the that and as beliefs this actual of team performances statements time and to Forward-looking

or a filed update could Additional information, in SEC statements, information identified the factors any results of can on information our press to disclaim XXXX. as our with impact events, in X, these quarterly that about risk XX-Q contained the be forward-looking Form release factors obligation future new financial potentially on whether found otherwise. and We in report in August result today’s

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With that, over call turn now I will the to Steven.

Steven Boal

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Ron Fior

we grow reflected Ahalogy. XX% revenue year and welcome was Total generate over and Steven, Thanks, up cash. last and gain continue everyone. growth In RPM digital and paperless, to in QX, revenue, efficiencies operating

think year-over-year starting headwind start return three CPGs growth about a for Additionally, to positive are show the last three that XXXX they signs to budgeting. the their quarters been to have over a as

was CPG flat and I declined delivered decline another the last related X% CPGs, and expected one three In the Total specialty XX% retail. to promotions essentially QX third digital mentioned, primarily year, quarter, growth. over in just

year. were up year-over-year, XX% last for grew paperless digital XX% digital from revenues print XX% Media over declined Revenue year-on-year and QX.

on quarter margin down as in has GAAP down margin non third grow QX and was revenue GAAP a than to continues Gross promotions. XXXX, lower from both and of gross from margin, slightly a a Media gross QX basis and the

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operating We QX continue and essentially up flat manage expenses. invest appropriate, where QX were XXXX. to operating actively leveraging QX expenses costs and while of with from our

to $X.X were compared Non-GAAP operating up expenses million QX ago. in year a approximately

XXXX. non-GAAP a revenues XX% leverage XX% QX of QX in to to of As from continue operating revenues revenues, last of of expenses percentage show in declining year

costs net certain restructuring Non-GAAP exclude escrow operating acquired related and and the of charges. and fair change compensation, contingent assets, acquisition amortization intangible consideration, of stock-based shares expenses value

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new a Stock buyback, buyback program. completed approved approximately program. XXXX $XX.X million $XX back X.X August, buyback for in the shares million stock million bought May third quarter, the In and we our Board

to Moving used stock with cash, end repurchase related Primarily ended $XX.X program. our $XX.X to we of XXXX. cash, million from $XXX.X down in QX quarter million million the the of the on

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Operator

comes our line Khajuria first the question Capital RBC from Shweta Instructions] with Markets. And [Operator of

Shweta Khajuria

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Steven Boal

question. Thanks the Sure. for

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Shweta Khajuria

Yeah.

Steven Boal

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Shweta Khajuria

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Steven Boal

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CPGs. The question? the what’s on, then three And

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Shweta Khajuria

Okay. Thank Steven. you,

Operator

comes question of line the William with next Blair. Ralph Your Schackart from

Ralph Schackart

to kind and/or wanted kind of kind then, three product industry looked hood, those three it or the that standpoint, a from of to over added XXXX the the get of another like was you square gaps get that’s do had the marketing for you perspective just portfolio potentially And the acquisitions contemplates specific your product that a of decreased you further just acquisition, overview more have the to under outlook perspective, or you road? obviously, actually of you -- afternoon. place think the what Thanks. change or Was Do in down gave the how came feel Are that comments sort brands. sort your strategic with last sounds to I grow guess want large I three related a meaningful like that made shutdown over digital of seen of Steven, last budget shutdown Good you have budget I just for there would comments quarters? CPGs shift -- struggled kind any explore today? you in. when you of for on quarters?

Steven Boal

Sure.

go in me reverse Let order.

and the balance I -- and portfolio and of right Ubimo is product So, do right think, work comprehensive made that I we the believe quick now with has of product right has the reviewing going of product the addition portfolio forward. our set the portfolio

So I feel very good about that.

that’s think the We But I are innovating on the portfolio that product portfolio product intact for exciting. foreseeable very is and future. core

are On that. the brand, there two pieces to

dollars. the just pieces those. both And to on retailers discussions X.X% was is around sales. performance FSI. One Quotient and the retail gross that the let So are me most to the exiting of Media up then that other address shifting And recent -- on of reference

both those. explain me just Let

way would It that thought On take many disrupted years. going take. look, the that didn’t by the go years XX digital. The of five FSI was FSI, the we XXXX, was I expectation industries company. took are to that It in the started it the other

entirely they clients the hearing and exiting of XXXX. pretty the of now shattering XXXX are But news. tell the in that course us That’s during FSI year

better And it’s view perspective year means. quarterly a release tuned, pretty have But so next what forecasting looks On of we stay right? that we like, to will trying from unpack are our what but next exactly a exciting.

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products. proven have who digital We the more engaged more often and people already the shoppers, stores digitally retailers, frequent are with buy

so And CPGs and are we industry in a are working margin harder work in, those dollars dollars slim that important. very for

and in our change spend that’s big taking about retailers at on excited case, a sales of asking for to that’s yeah, we the its that. XXXX, that’s And platform, least digital for very X.X% so brand obviously are brands new marketing. their up industry retailers to place And pretty that so and the brands are now that in are total

Ralph Schackart

Great. would points at in you XXXX, of X X margin terms that be ramp exiting I to about that time that? points should and would just more the year, improvement? through year Thanks. think for we perhaps, XXXX. that X you points X sort or of points How How gross we One gross the in think talked if about improvement margin of some the for Just could, about of linearity should that?

Steven Boal

say at way to the it you I right automation exiting the there, probably work is it. think have would of got and some we about that will should don’t process I to be year straight a because the linear yeah. exiting but into think year definitely the the that change, know about improvement system,

Ralph Schackart

Thanks, Okay. Steven.

Steven Boal

Thank you.

Operator

question of comes with line Craig-Hallum. Bennett Chad the next from Your

Chad Bennett

questions. Great. for taking my Thanks

it then gain least which like quarter because In-Lane to in are do you guess growth I quarter the expectations at Audience promotions is Can expecting very that all haven’t that? or with is business about, yet guess to that’s address fact is on and low? for wise. analyze quarter -- sponsored decelerated real anything catch seen margin looks Albertsons next then low guess your you didn’t the this hear didn’t anything cloud either this expectations meaningfully are we search, and you my traction. And being or annualized my Ahalogy? and And you aren’t So due improvement Media next quarter, any the meaningfully gross is My to

Steven Boal

Yeah. No.

Media QX. much that’s think of probably I higher set the in typically conclusions. is wrong

in Media be would actually business accelerating we so expect QX. And the would

items balances how that all Those operate. other the expect do in will well. about that Media business businesses and out Media question we so as kind And accelerate be historically of QX growing, the the I but the that’s think to

Chad Bennett

a be So seasonally when it business even expected? typically up, ticks to QX weaker than to Promotion you and be it’s expect going weaker in

Steven Boal

the opposite. No. It’s

stronger and We expect the QX in to even a be be Promotion to business business stronger. Media

impact expect would that So that’s on we see margin, Promotion… is that that the you

Chad Bennett

right? go are revenues sequentially, to forecasted down Your

Steven Boal

with now, In at order higher took they said, quarters estimates the our We shifting we QX. the re-forecasted sure make see because clients in. we to for in that we we are And QX our we for many ship of took better from our came the the than QX we as have because and maintaining them years year budget than beat the quarters we had -- predicting the the are year. budgets guidance for that didn’t causing to for

are those was That are from set not make on based why that’s at numbers. So that to the and we last to out to numbers again. ahead our sure we take you guide looking that of see And going quarter. out budget ourselves we didn’t just move QX, beat QX the get

Chad Bennett

you One look that improvement next not that year? would how gross about acquire without would talked that you for like What last question, if Ubimo, did Okay. margin them?

Steven Boal

Ubimo points. is X be of component X to going to smaller the much points

Chad Bennett

Okay. Thanks.

Steven Boal

you. Thank

Operator

next from Sean comes Henderson Davidson. [Operator with D.A. Your line question Instructions] of the

Tom Forte

taking is Forte. my Yes. Hi. Thanks It Tom for question.

working pleasure Pam retirement Ron, So welcome you, a first enjoy Quotient. off, your and to it’s with

and often the about how So including your privacy we asked which in I business? should in I from Steven, am potential for the impact investors, the had most is new the you getting question question California think is laws,

Steven Boal

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opportunity in all this. an there’s of Look,

to the with are how implement our closely We on new clients regulations. working

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Tom Forte

one then And Great. follow quick up.

is Steven, an excellent something, context. about this So and you provide talked historically,

if know on out do partners? will to on were, then And your So impact free thoughts What think I rolling have you have groceries. any Amazon’s want will that retail on what do you what Quotient? think your shipping impact

Steven Boal

Sure.

So, great it’s a question. look,

say, that’s program yourself, have they out, delivery why isn’t rolled back to You they So a their why growing they you have be ask and course, cost to, way doing right? if are of to because step the it that, a must grocery And them. be. obviously it have second, expected that

retailers shoppers marketplace a now, that their relationship with to the traditional where in have e-commerce brick-and-mortar roll particularly starting got And out are own initiatives.

competition environment a free a in now operating and the was Amazon not that’s for long So case. time

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going better that’s proposition. just and shopper much overall, experience And to a a winning be

luck So to wish clearly and cost are be this, a -- I they there’s Amazon but in on I taking why try competitive. reason am

Tom Forte

next Day Thank Analyst the to you. forward week. Look points. Excellent Right.

Steven Boal

very Thank much. you

Operator

further CEO, Steven would back at There to are call the time now to and I turn like Boal. this questions no over

Steven Boal

us for everyone joining you today. Thank

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Operator

today’s concludes conference call. This

now may You disconnect.