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GoTo Group Achieves Milestone Profitability Amid Strategic Shifts

This success is a testament to GoTo's focused efforts to streamline operations, optimize costs, and enhance operational efficiency to drive bottom-line performance.

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In a significant development that has captured the attention of investors and industry analysts, GoTo Group, Indonesia's largest tech company, has achieved milestone profitability in its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023.

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The company's adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) turned positive at 77 billion rupiah (S$6.6 million), marking a pivotal moment in its financial journey. This achievement comes after a series of strategic cost-cutting measures and operational enhancements that have propelled GoTo towards sustainable growth and profitability.

GoTo Group results

The latest quarterly results not only signify a remarkable turnaround for GoTo but also underscore its commitment to long-term value creation and investor confidence. The positive adjusted EBITDA in Q4 represents the eighth consecutive quarter of improvement, showcasing the company's resilience and adaptability in navigating the competitive tech landscape. This success is a testament to GoTo's focused efforts to streamline operations, optimize costs, and enhance operational efficiency to drive bottom-line performance.

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One of the key highlights from the earnings report is the company's plan for a share buyback of up to US$200 million, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval. This strategic move reflects GoTo's confidence in its financial position, stock value, and cash flow prospects. By initiating a buyback program, GoTo aims to unlock shareholder value, capitalize on its strong cash reserves, and demonstrate its commitment to enhancing shareholder returns.

Increase in net revenue

Furthermore, GoTo reported a 26% increase in net revenue to 4.3 trillion rupiah in Q4, surpassing street estimates and demonstrating robust top-line growth. The company attributed this positive performance to its targeted market expansion strategies and improvements in the consumer lending business segment. Despite a deepening net loss in Q4 due to one-off adjustments related to transactions with Tokopedia and TikTok, GoTo remains optimistic about its future prospects and expects to achieve adjusted EBITDA breakeven for the full year 2024.

The company's focus on cost optimization was evident in the fourth quarter, with significant reductions in spend on incentives and product marketing resulting in substantial savings. Additionally, recurring fixed costs decreased by 39%, while recurring corporate costs fell by 42%, highlighting GoTo's commitment to operational efficiency and financial discipline.

GoTo Group's achievement of profitability in Q4 2023 marks a significant milestone in its journey towards sustainable growth and financial stability. The company's strategic initiatives, including cost-cutting measures, market expansion efforts, and operational enhancements, have positioned it for continued success in the dynamic tech landscape. As GoTo continues on its growth trajectory and pursues further value creation opportunities, investors are closely watching how the company leverages its newfound profitability to drive long-term shareholder value and industry leadership.