TheStreet Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

August 8, 2018 at 6:00 AM EDT
Deferred Revenue Growth Highlight Continued Turnaround

NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective June 20, 2018, The Street, Inc. completed the sale of its RateWatch business. As a result, RateWatch has been reclassified as a discontinued operation in the financial statements. Accordingly, the second quarter results presented in this press release reflect continuing operations unless indicated otherwise.

  • RateWatch business sold June 20, 2018 for $33.5 million.
  • Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities totaled $44.9 million, an increase of $31.0 million from December 31, 2017, including a $5.6 million increase in cash from operations.
  • Net income for the second quarter 2018 including discontinued operations totaled $27.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share for the same quarter last year. The second quarter of 2018 includes the gain on sale of RateWatch of $27.6 million partially offset by eight fewer business days of operating activity in the RateWatch business (Discontinued operations).
  • Net loss from continuing operations totaled $0.9 million, or ($0.02) per share, as compared to $0.4 million, or ($0.01) per share in the second quarter of 2017.  
  • Total Revenue from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2018 totaled $13.6 million, down $0.5 million, or 3%, as compared to the same quarter in the prior year. 
    • Business-to-Business (B2B) revenue of $6.7 million, up 12% year-over-year.
    • Business-to-Consumer (B2C) revenue of $6.9 million, down 15% year-over-year, primarily due to a strategic shift as it relates to advertising.
  • Deferred subscription revenue from continuing operations totaled $23.2 million, up $1.8 million, or 8%, year-over-year.
    • B2B deferred subscription revenue increased $0.9 million, or 8%, as compared to the second quarter of 2017.
    • B2C premium deferred subscription revenue grew $0.9 million, or 9%, as compared to the second quarter 2017.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2018 decreased $0.9 million as compared to the same quarter last year.

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TheStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: TST) a leading financial news and information company, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. 

For the second quarter of 2018, the Company reported revenue of $13.6 million, net loss from continuing operations of $0.9 million, or ($0.02) per basic and diluted share, and an Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $0.4 million. The second quarter net loss increased $0.5 million over the same period last year primarily from lower Business-to-Consumer ("B2C") advertising revenue coupled with higher operating costs, partially offset by a lower tax provision.

"With the successful RateWatch divestiture behind us, we are now focused squarely on continuing our growth momentum in our paid subscription products," said David Callaway, President and CEO. "Our strategic shift from advertising, while resulting in a short-term decline in results, has begun to pay off in almost all the underlying metrics of our subscription businesses, especially deferred revenue, which will benefit us in quarters to come."

Second Quarter Results

Business-to-business ("B2B") revenue, which includes BoardEx and The Deal, totaled $6.7 million for the second quarter, up $0.7 million or 12% as compared to the second quarter of 2017. B2C revenue was $6.9 million for the second quarter 2018, down $1.2 million, or 15%, compared to the second quarter of 2017, primarily the result of a strategic decision to cut programmatic advertising and instead refocus on building its subscription business.  Total deferred subscription revenue was $23.2 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018, up $1.8 million, or 8% compared to the second quarter ended in 2017, and up $3.6 million, or 18% from year-end 2017. The continued increase in deferred subscription revenue reflects four consecutive quarters with year-over-year growth. B2B deferred subscription revenue at June 30, 2018 increased $0.9 million, or 8% from the second quarter ended 2017. B2C premium deferred revenue at June 30, 2018 improved $0.9 million, or 9% from the second quarter ended 2017.

Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2018 were $14.9 million as compared to $14.2 million for the second quarter of 2017, an increase of $0.7 million between periods. Higher operating expense for the quarter was primarily the result of staffing and compensation expense mostly in non-cash compensation with the issuance of RSUs related to retention efforts for key employees, increase in bonus and commissions from stronger performance over the prior year, and increased compensation and recruiting costs. In addition, higher marketing spends, and event costs were recorded during the period related to the launch of the new premium product "Retirement Daily" and increased efforts in search engine marketing, and costs related to the additional event revenue generated during the period. The Company also incurred higher year-over-year data platform and technology and consulting costs as we invest in our premium business. Higher professional fees were also recorded during the current year quarter. These increased costs were partially offset by planned reduction in traffic acquisition costs, lower freelance costs and benefits realized in FX exchange rates. 

Net loss from continuing operations of $0.9 million for the second quarter of 2018 increased from a net loss of $0.4 million from the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2018 was $0.4 million compared to $1.3 million from the prior year period. The year-over-year decline in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily the result of declines in B2C advertising and subscription revenue, higher staffing and compensation costs, professional fees and marketing costs, partially offset by strong B2B revenue growth and higher second quarter year over year B2C event revenue.

Business-to-Business Revenue

B2B revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was $6.7 million, an increase of $0.7 million, or 12%, compared to the second quarter of 2017.  Year over year revenue growth resulted primarily from increased subscription revenue in BoardEx coupled with higher event revenue in The Deal. Increased BoardEx subscription revenue resulted from both a strong increase in the subscriber base of 13% coupled with an increase of 5% in the average revenue per subscription. Event revenue grew $0.3 million, or 57% to $0.7 million during the second quarter over the same quarter last year due primarily from stronger year-over year performance in our TD Corporate Governance event and the success of a new event, The Dealmaker Awards.

Business-to-Consumer Revenue

B2C revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was $6.9 million, a decrease of $1.2 million, or 15%, from $8.1 million in the second quarter of 2017. Lower year-over-year B2C advertising revenue of $1.1 million resulted from our decision to reduce marginally profitable programmatic advertising earlier in the year. B2C subscription revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was $4.8 million, a decrease of $0.2 million, or 3%, from $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2017.  This decrease primarily related to a 6% decline in the weighted-average number of subscriptions partially offset by a 3% increase in the average revenue recognized per subscription. Average monthly churn(2)  improved to 3.90% for the second quarter of 2018 from 4.67% for the second quarter of 2017. Subscription sales bookings increased $0.3 million, or 6% for the second quarter of 2018 over the same quarter in 2017. B2C event revenue of $0.2 million for the second quarter of 2018 increased $0.1 million as compared to the second quarter 2017.

Cash on hand

The Company ended the second quarter 2018 with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $44.9 million, up $31.0 million as compared to $13.9 million at December 31, 2017. The change between the periods primarily resulted from proceeds from the sale of RateWatch of $28.2 million and cash generated from operating activities of $5.6 million. This was partially offset by capital expenditures incurred during the period of $1.7 million and the deferred payment for a prior acquisition (BoardEx).

Conference Call Information

TheStreet will discuss its financial results for the second quarter 2018 on August 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

To participate in the call, please dial 877-260-1479 (domestic) or 334-323-0522 (international). The conference code is 6703776. This call is being webcast and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of TheStreet website at. http://investor-relations.thestreet.com/events.cfm

A replay of the webcast will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for approximately 90 calendar days.

About TheStreet

TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST, www.t.st) is a leading financial news and information provider to investors and institutions worldwide. The Company's flagship brand, TheStreet (www.thestreet.com), has produced unbiased business news and market analysis for individual investors for more than 20 years. The Company's portfolio of institutional brands includes The Deal (www.thedeal.com), which provides actionable, intraday coverage of mergers, acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control; and BoardEx (www.boardex.com), a relationship mapping service of corporate directors and officers.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

(1) To supplement the Company's financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company also uses "EBITDA" and "Adjusted EBITDA", non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance.  "EBITDA" is adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.  This non-GAAP measure is provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance and its prospects for the future.  Specifically, the Company believes that the non-GAAP EBITDA results are an important indicator of the operational strength of the Company's business and provide an indication of the Company's ability to service debt and fund acquisitions and capital expenditures.  EBITDA eliminates the uneven effect of considerable amounts of non-cash depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of certain intangible assets that were recognized in business combinations.  "Adjusted EBITDA" further eliminates the impact of non-cash stock compensation, impairment charges, restructuring, transaction related costs, severance and other charges affecting comparability.  A limitation of these measures, however, is that they do not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the Company's businesses.  Management evaluates the investments in such tangible and intangible assets through other financial measures, such as capital expenditure budgets and investment spending levels.  "Free cash flow" means net income/loss plus non-cash expenses net of gains/losses on dispositions of assets, less changes in operating assets and liabilities and capital expenditures.  The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure is an important indicator of the Company's financial results because it gives investors a view of the Company's ability to generate cash.

(2) Average monthly churn is defined as subscriber terminations/expirations in the quarter divided by the sum of the beginning subscribers and gross subscriber additions for the quarter, and then divided by three.  Subscriptions that are on a free-trial basis are not regarded as added or terminated unless the subscription is active at the end of the free-trial period.

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements include statements regarding planned investments in our business, improved premium subscription products and expectations for 2018.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements.  Factors that might contribute to such differences include, among others, economic downturns and the general state of the economy, including the financial markets and mergers and acquisitions environment; our ability to drive revenue, and increase or retain current subscription revenue, particularly in light of the investments in our expanded news operations; our ability to develop new products; competition and other factors set forth in our filings with the SEC, which are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.  All forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot guarantee future results or occurrences.  The Company disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Contact: Eric Lundberg, Chief Financial Officer, TheStreet, Inc., ir at thestreet.com; John Evans, Investor Relations, PIR Communications, 415-309-0230, ir at thestreet.com

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS







ASSETS


June 30, 2018


December 31, 2017



(unaudited)



Current Assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

42,661,074


$

11,684,817

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of





   $293,083 at June 30, 2018 and $278,997 at December 31, 2017


4,631,413


4,546,308

Other receivables


227,306


389,353

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


2,351,558


1,615,720

Current assets of discontinued operations


-


230,116

      Total current assets


49,871,351


18,466,314

Noncurrent Assets:





Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and





   amortization of $5,862,499 at June 30, 2018 and $5,475,077 at





  December 31, 2017


1,734,326


2,092,669

Marketable securities


1,750,026


1,680,000

Other assets


4,479,795


306,465

Goodwill


23,535,799


23,568,472

Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $17,450,650





   at June 30, 2018 and $15,702,665 at December 31, 2017


12,579,416


12,966,569

Deferred tax asset


1,547,420


1,865,453

Restricted cash


500,000


500,000

Noncurrent assets of discontinued operations


-


7,564,606

      Total assets


$

95,998,133


$

69,010,548






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current Liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

2,447,393


$

1,999,772

Accrued expenses


3,724,123


3,690,337

Deferred revenue 


22,369,916


19,201,693

Other current liabilities


936,785


1,835,679

Current liabilities of discontinued operations


-


4,246,891

      Total current liabilities


29,478,217


30,974,372

Noncurrent Liabilities:





Deferred tax liability


1,376,897


803,917

Other liabilities


1,938,717


1,543,602

Noncurrent liabilities of discontinued operations


-


741,856

      Total liabilities


32,793,831


34,063,747






Stockholders' Equity:





Common stock; $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized;





   57,307,672 shares issued and 49,590,988 shares outstanding at





   June 30, 2018, and 56,891,551 shares issued and 49,181,462





   shares outstanding at December 31, 2017


573,077


568,916

Additional paid-in capital


260,483,998


259,569,737

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(5,104,828)


(4,845,650)

Treasury stock at cost; 7,716,684 shares at June 30, 2018





   and 7,710,089 shares at December 31, 2017


(13,494,805)


(13,484,924)

Accumulated deficit


(179,253,140)


(206,861,278)

      Total stockholders' equity


63,204,302


34,946,801






      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

95,998,133


$

69,010,548







Note:  The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2017 reflects an immaterial adjustment to increase deferred tax assets and a corresponding increase to stockholders' equity as a result of the continued assessment and application of the recently enacted federal tax reform.

 

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS





For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended



June 30,


June 30,



2018


2017


2018


2017



unaudited


unaudited

Revenue:









Business to business


$

6,687,633


$

5,953,014


$

12,591,573


$

11,466,671

Business to consumer


6,901,644


8,104,658


13,572,847


15,997,856

   Total revenue


13,589,277


14,057,672


26,164,420


27,464,527










Operating expense:









Cost of services


5,745,659


6,244,445


11,206,732


13,076,044

Sales and marketing


3,897,220


3,257,498


7,378,077


6,482,951

General and administrative


4,150,957


3,681,419


8,319,248


7,550,602

Depreciation and amortization


1,150,307


1,058,603


2,257,913


2,074,503

Restructuring and other charges


-


-


-


198,979

     Total operating expense


14,944,143


14,241,965


29,161,970


29,383,079

     Operating loss


(1,354,866)


(184,293)


(2,997,550)


(1,918,552)

Net interest income


30,031


10,285


48,808


18,056

Net loss before income taxes


(1,324,835)


(174,008)


(2,948,742)


(1,900,496)

Income from discontinued operations


758,122


706,510


1,855,455


1,726,368

Gain on sale of business, net of tax


27,618,823


-


27,618,823


-

Income (loss) before income taxes


27,052,110


532,502


26,525,536


(174,128)

Benefit (provision) for income taxes


463,885


(187,758)


308,749


(608,568)

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders


$

27,515,995


$

344,744


$

26,834,285


$

(782,696)










Basic net loss (income) per share:









     Continuing operations


$

(0.02)


$

(0.01)


$

(0.05)


$

(0.07)

     Discontinued operations


0.58


0.02


0.60


0.05

Basic net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders


$

0.56


$

0.01


$

0.55


$

(0.02)










Diluted net (loss) income per share









     Continuing operations


$

(0.02)


$

(0.01)


$

(0.05)


$

(0.07)

     Discontinued operations


0.56


0.02


0.59


0.05

Diluted net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders


$

0.54


$

0.01


$

0.54


$

(0.02)










Weighted average basic shares outstanding


49,296,061


35,698,603


49,240,684


35,628,874

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


50,551,236


35,803,117


50,210,935


35,628,874










Reconciliation of net income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA - see note (1):







Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders


$

27,515,995


$

344,744


$

26,834,285


$

(782,696)

Provision for income taxes


(463,885)


187,758


(308,749)


608,568

Net interest income


(30,031)


(10,285)


(48,808)


(18,056)

Depreciation and amortization


1,150,307


1,058,603


2,257,913


2,074,503

EBITDA


28,172,386


1,580,820


28,734,641


1,882,319

Restructuring and other charges


-


-


-


198,979

Income from discontinued operations


(758,122)


(706,510)


(1,855,455)


(1,726,368)

Gain on Sale of RateWatch


(27,618,823)


-


(27,618,823)


-

Stock based compensation


578,146


408,788


918,512


805,030

Adjusted EBITDA


$

373,587


$

1,283,098


$

178,875


$

1,159,960

 

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)





For the Six Months Ended June 30,



2018


2017

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:





Net income (loss)


$

26,834,285


$

(782,696)

Gain on sale of business, net of tax


(27,618,823)


-

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by





   operating activities:





Stock-based compensation expense


918,512


805,030

Provision for doubtful accounts


50,122


37,923

Depreciation and amortization


2,418,206


2,482,025

Deferred taxes


(311,438)


296,544

Deferred rent


(114,324)


(263,067)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





    Accounts receivable 


(214,813)


690,768

    Other receivables


163,357


(29,548)

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(376,137)


(669,144)

    Other assets


(345,528)


(3,433)

    Accounts payable


436,897


(512,932)

    Accrued expenses


(335,273)


(1,553,138)

    Deferred revenue


3,919,340


2,602,825

    Other current liabilities 


70,006


(3,912)

    Other liabilities


108,196


22,105

          Net cash provided by operating activities


5,602,585


3,119,350






Cash Flows from Investing Activities:





Capital expenditures


(1,698,277)


(1,293,417)

Proceeds from the sale of business, net


28,232,100


-

          Net cash used in investing activities


26,533,823


(1,293,417)






Cash Flows from Financing Activities:





Cash dividends paid on common stock


(68,162)


(68,245)

Earnout payment for prior acquisition


(951,867)


-

Share repurchase


(1,415)


-

Shares withheld on RSU vesting to pay for withholding taxes


(8,466)


(10,251)

          Net cash used in financing activities


(1,029,910)


(78,496)






Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


(130,241)


265,701






Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


30,976,257


2,013,138

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period


12,184,817


21,871,122

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period


$

43,161,074


$

23,884,260











Reconciliation of net loss to free cash flow - see note (1):





Net loss


$

(784,538)


$

(782,696)

Noncash expenditures


2,961,078


3,358,455

Changes in operating assets and liabilities


3,426,045


543,591

Capital expenditures


(1,698,277)


(1,293,417)

Free cash flow


$

3,904,308


$

1,825,933

 

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SOURCE TheStreet, Inc.

Eric Lundberg, Chief Financial Officer, TheStreet, Inc., ir@thestreet.com; John Evans, Investor Relations, PIR Communications, 415-309-0230, ir@thestreet.com

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