Marti Reports Strong Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

ISTANBUL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marti Technologies Inc. (“Marti” or the “Company”), Turkey’s leading mobility app, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

The Company delivered strong financial performance in the third quarter as net revenue increased by 23% to $8.9 million as compared to the same period in 2021, while adjusted EBITDA1 decreased by 38% as compared to the same period in 2021 with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 17% primarily due to the effects of inflation on operating expenses.

Marti Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alper Oktem said: “We continued to scale our fleet in the third quarter of 2022, with 36,176 average daily vehicles deployed and 3.11 average daily rides per vehicle across our fleet. With continued rational pricing in line with the depreciation of the Turkish lira relative to the U.S. dollar, we achieved net revenue for the quarter of $8.9 million, in line with our forecast. We also began strengthening our senior management team, added new team members in key roles, including on our Vehicles and Investor Relations teams and reached agreements with several additional senior leaders and department heads who will join us in the fourth quarter. As a result of investing in talent across our organization, and with increased advisory expenses in connection with our business combination with Galata Acquisition Corp. (NYSE American: GLTA) (“Galata”), a special purpose acquisition company, our general and administrative expenses for the quarter came in higher than forecasted. Our personnel cost increased as a result of two minimum wage increases in Turkey this year in response to continued inflation. However, this rise in operating expenses was partly offset by our pricing actions in September. We plan to continue to focus on balanced growth in our operations led by our accomplished management team.”

YTD 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Consolidated net revenue increased 39% compared to the same period in 2021 to $18.8 million as a result of expansion of our fleet size.
  • Operating costs, excluding depreciation and amortization, increased by 61% compared to the same period in 2021 to $11.7 million, as minimum wage increases due to high inflation drove personnel cost upwards and consolidation of distinct teams for each modality was delayed.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 61% to $764 thousand compared to the same period in 2021, and adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 4%, as a result of increased operational, general and administrative, and business combination advisory expenses, as well as expansion of our operations.
  • Despite the decrease in Adjusted EBITDA compared to the same period in 2021, Adjusted EBITDA exceeded our 2022 YTD forecast by 443%.
  • Prices increased by 47% compared to the same period in 2021, exceeding the 39% depreciation of the Turkish Lira relative to the U.S. dollar.

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EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA margin are not measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. See “Financial Information: Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a discussion of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA margin, and a reconciliation of net loss and net loss margin, the most comparable GAAP measures, to adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA margin, respectively.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Net revenue increased 23% to $8.9 million in Q3’22, compared to $7.3 million in Q3’21, as a result of expansion of our fleet size through completion of e-bike deployment ahead of schedule and rational pricing actions in response to increased inflation and local currency devaluation.
  • Operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization, increased by 59% to $4.8 million, compared to $3.0 million in Q3’21, which is higher than our Q3’22 forecast of $4.1 million due to the expansion in teams for each new modality in line with the growth in fleet size, as well as inflationary pressures resulting in an increase to the minimum wage in Turkey.
  • General and administrative expenses increased by 43% to $2.8 million in Q3’22, compared to $2.0 million in Q3’21, due to our investment in talent to enhance the capabilities of our management team and increased advisory expenses prior to listing.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 38% compared to the same period in 2021 to $1.5 million with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 17% for Q3’22, compared to $2.4 million in Q3’21.
  • We increased prices by 10% quarter over quarter parallel to the currency devaluation of the Turkish lira by 11% during the quarter.
  • Average daily vehicles deployed increased to 36.2 thousand in Q3’22 compared to 17.9 thousand in Q3’21 as our fleet size more than doubled, including the addition of new modalities.
  • Average daily rides per vehicle decreased by 28% compared to Q3’21 due to the temporary spike in demand following the end of the COVID-19 curfew in Q3’21.
  • Average net revenue per ride decreased by 16% to $0.90 in Q3’22, compared to $1.02 in Q3’21, due to the increase in the percentage of commute rides relative to leisure rides, which reduced average ride durations by 20%. Conversely, the rise in commute rides contributed to increased customer retention of 4.7 monthly rides per unique rider.
  • We assembled and deployed over 4,000 e-scooters and e-bikes during the quarter.
  • We launched e-bike operations in Cesme, Isparta and Kocaeli.
  • Monthly theft and vandalism rates on our fleet remained below 0.1%.
  • We continued to build out our management team to support commercial growth opportunities. During Q3’22, we added 68 new employees at our headquarters, including department heads for our Vehicles and Investor Relations teams. As of September 30, 2022, we had a 194-person team at our headquarters and 950 field team members. We continue to prioritize investments in talent, including senior management roles.

“We were encouraged by the continued growth in our monthly rides per unique rider as we scaled our fleet, both in size and by diversifying our modalities,” said Alper Oktem, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Marti. “Our balanced financial and operational performance in Q3’22 is a testament to our innovative strategy, robust demand for our services and our ability to scale.

“In our first four years, we have achieved significant traction for our mobility products, strong growth, and unit profitability. As the number one mobility app in Turkey across iOS and Android app stores, operating in one of the world’s twenty largest economies, which is home to over 80 million people, we are uniquely positioned for growth.

“To continue to drive our growth, on August 1, 2022, we announced the execution of a definitive business combination agreement with Galata. As of June 30, 2022, Galata had $146.6 million in trust and the parties have received commitments for $57.5 million in new investments, in the form of convertible notes, and are seeking to raise an additional $92.5 million in new investments prior to the closing of the business combination. The closing of the proposed transaction with Galata will provide access to the U.S. capital markets and leave us well-positioned to seek to become Turkey’s first mobility super-app by expanding into other attractive adjacencies, leveraging our growing and loyal customer base,” concluded Oktem.

Balanced financial performance in Q3’22

With higher than expected top-line growth in the second quarter of 2022 and growth in line with expectations in this third quarter, we hit our revenue forecast in Q3’22. As expected, the continued high inflation in Turkey affected our operating expenses. A second annual rise in minimum wage at mid-year and our relatively delayed pricing response resulted in EBITDA performance below expectation for the third quarter. However, our YTD performance illustrates our cost-effective approach in our business model, as both operational expenses and general and administrative expenses were below our forecast. However, inflationary pressures and the possibility of further devaluation of the Turkish lira makes us cautious in revising our expectation for 2022.

Customer Retention

Commute ridership increased as modalities continue to gain longevity and availability in the field. Average monthly rides per unique rider reached a record high of 4.7 in Q3’22, up from 4.2 and 3.5 in Q3’21 and Q3’20, respectively. Average daily vehicles deployed increased to 36.2 thousand in Q3’22, up from 17.9 thousand in Q3’21.

In addition, multi-modal riders take 3.6X more rides and spend 3.6X more than single modality riders, which supports our intention to scale our fleet across modalities in the future.

Financial Information; Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The financial information and data contained in this Press Release is unaudited and does not conform to Regulation S-X promulgated under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Accordingly, such information and data may not be included in, may be adjusted in or may be presented differently in, any registration statement or proxy statement/prospectus to be filed by Galata with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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 and certain ratios and other metrics derived therefrom. We define these metrics as follows:

Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) plus non-operating income (loss), depreciation and amortization, net interest expense, income taxes, stock-based compensation and transaction costs.

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

Marti launched operations in 2019 with the goal of offering tech-enabled urban transportation services to riders across Turkey. We operate the country’s largest fleet of e-mopeds, e-bikes, and e-scooters, serviced by proprietary software systems and IOT infrastructure, and we are the number one travel app in Turkey across iOS and Android app stores. We offer environmentally sustainable transportation services, that are currently delivered via fully electric vehicles, to our riders in an economically sustainable manner. For more information visit ir.marti.tech.

Important Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed business combination, Galata Acquisition Corp. (“Galata”) and Marti Technologies, Inc. (“Marti”) intend to file a registration statement on Form F-4 (the “Registration Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which will include a proxy statement/prospectus and certain other related documents.

INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT GALATA, MARTI AND THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION.

When available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials for the proposed business combination will be mailed to stockholders of Galata as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combination. Security holders and investors will also be able to obtain copies of the Registration Statement, proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC that will be incorporated by reference therein, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Documents filed with the SEC by Galata will also be available free of charge by accessing Galata’s website at https://www.galatacorp.net, or, alternatively, by directing a request by mail to Galata at 2001 S Street NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20009.

Participants in the Solicitation

Galata and Marti and certain of their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the proposed business combination under the rules of the SEC. Information about Galata’s directors and executive officers is contained in Galata’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, as filed with the SEC pursuant to Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, on March 31, 2022, which is available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by directing a request to Galata at 2001 S Street NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20009. Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the proposed business combination when they become available. Investors should read the proxy statement/prospectus carefully when it becomes available before making any voting or investment decisions. You may obtain free copies of these documents from the sources indicated above.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of a proxy, consent, or authorization with respect to or an offer to buy any securities in respect of the proposed business combination, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This communication 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 expected timing of the completion of the proposed business combination, the benefits of the proposed business combination, the competitive environment, and the expected future performance and market opportunities of Marti 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: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the business combination agreement; (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Marti, Galata, the combined company or others following the announcement of the proposed business combination; (3) the inability to complete the proposed business combination in a timely manner or at all (including due to the failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of Galata or to satisfy other conditions to closing); (4) changes to the proposed structure of the proposed business combination that may be required or appropriate as a result of applicable laws or regulations; (5) the ability to meet applicable stock exchange listing standards at or following the consummation of the proposed business combination; (6) the risk that the proposed business combination disrupts current plans and operations of Marti as a result of the announcement and consummation of the proposed business combination; (7) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the proposed business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain its management and key employees; (8) costs related to the proposed business combination, including the amount of cash available following any redemptions by Galata stockholders; (9) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (10) the possibility that Marti or the combined company may be adversely affected by other economic, business and/or competitive factors; (11) risks relating to Marti’s operating history and the mobile transportation industry; (12) risks associated with doing business in an emerging market; (13) risks relating to Marti’s dependence on and use of certain intellectual property and technology; and (14) other risks and uncertainties set forth in the Registration Statement to be filed by Galata with the SEC in connection with the proposed business combination. The foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive and you should carefully consider the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of Galata’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed by Galata from time to time with the SEC.

Nothing herein should be regarded as a representation by any person that the forward-looking statements set forth herein will be achieved or that any of the contemplated results of such forward-looking statements will be achieved. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except as may be required by applicable law, neither Marti nor Galata undertakes any duty to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, new events, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

Interim Financials:

Q2 2021

Q2 2022

Q3 2021

Q3 2022

2021 YTD

2022 YTD

Average Daily Vehicles Deployed

18,685

29,260

57%

17,877

36,176

102%

16,278

31,290

92%

Average Daily Rides per Vehicle

2.50

2.97

19%

4.32

3.11

(28)%

2.90

2.54

(12)%

Average Net Revenue per Ride (USD)

1.08

0.90

(17)%

1.02

0.87

(16)%

1.05

0.87

(17)%

Net Revenue (USD, thousands)

4,593

7,122

55%

7,263

8,943

23%

13,555

18,819

39%

Operating Costs, excl. D&A (USD, thousands)

(2,487)

(3,795)

53%

(3,009)

(4,778)

59%

(7,243)

(11,675)

61%

% of Net Revenue

54%

53%

 

41%

53%

 

53%

62%

 

G&A (USD, thousands)

(1,292)

(2,035)

58%

(1,966)

(2,804)

43%

(4,597)

(6,676)

45%

% of Net Revenue

28%

29%

 

27%

31%

 

34%

35%

 

Adj. EBITDA (USD, thousands) 1

883

1,384

57%

2,373

1,483

(38)%

1,929

764

(61)%

Adj. EBITDA Margin

19%

19%

 

33%

17%

 

14%

4%

 

Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation:

(USD, thousands)

Q2 2021

Q2 2022

Q3 2021

Q3 2022

2021 YTD

2022 YTD

Gross Profit (post-depreciation)

989

1,113

2,405

1,230

2,969

957

Fleet depreciation

1,117

2,214

1,849

2,935

3,343

6,186

Gross Profit (pre-depreciation)

2,107

3,327

4,254

4,165

6,312

7,143

Selling and marketing expenses

(39)

(172)

(415)

(251)

(506)

(494)

General and administration expenses

(1,199)

(1,857)

(1,537)

(2,541)

(3,563)

(5,539)

Research and development expenses

(54)

(6)

(14)

(12)

(99)

(50)

Depreciation and amortization expenses

68

92

85

122

214

297

Adj. EBITDA

883

1,384

2,373

1,483

1,929

764

1 Adjusted EBITDA: The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) plus non-operating income (loss), depreciation and amortization, net interest expense, income taxes, stock-based compensation and transaction costs.

Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:
Ozge Arcasoy

Marti Technologies Inc.

ir.marti.tech
in[email protected]

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