TheStreet Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

Revenue Flat Year-Over-Year

Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow Grow Year-Over-Year

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TheStreet (NASDAQ: TST), a leading digital financial media company, today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2011. The Company reported revenue of $14.3 million, a net loss of $(1.5) million and Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $0.5 million for the quarter.

"We made solid progress on our key strategic initiatives during the third quarter. Notable proof points include robust audience growth, continued subscription bookings growth under suboptimal market conditions, important new product launches and improved subscription churn statistics. While performance in the marketing services business reflected sentiments in the financial markets, the overall results benefited from our diversified revenue streams, the stability of subscription revenue and careful cost and cash flow management," said Daryl Otte, the Company's Chief Executive Officer.

Financial Highlights of Third Quarter 2011

The Company's revenue of $14.3 million in the third quarter of 2011 was flat compared to the third quarter of 2010.

  • Premium Services revenue was $10.0 million in the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 4% compared to the prior year period.
  • Premium Services bookings increased 5% in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the prior year period. As the overwhelming majority of the Company's Premium Services products are sold on an annual subscription basis, Premium Services bookings over the trailing twelve months are a key determinate of revenue in a given period.
  • The average number of paid subscriptions reached 91,539 in the third quarter of 2011, compared to an average of 90,685 in the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 1%.
  • Average monthly churn(2) declined to 2.7% in the third quarter of 2011, an improvement of 110 basis points as compared to 3.8% in the third quarter of 2010.
  • Marketing Services revenue was $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, a decrease of 7% compared to the prior year period.
  • Average monthly unique visitors to the Company's network of sites for the third quarter of 2011, as measured internally, increased more than 40% as compared to the prior year period.

Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2011 were $16.0 million, a decrease of 3% as compared to the prior year period. The decrease in operating expenses is primarily a result of a decrease in general and administrative expenses and cost of sales, partially offset by investments in sales and marketing and an increase in depreciation and amortization.

The Company's net loss improved $0.3 million to $(1.5) million in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to a net loss of $(1.8) million in the prior year period. The Company reported basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of $(0.05) and $(0.05), respectively, in the third quarter of 2011, as compared to $(0.06) and $(0.06), respectively, in the prior year period.

Adjusted EBITDA improved $0.8 million to $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2011, as compared to $(0.3) million in the prior year period.

The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $76.8 million, a decrease of $0.6 million as compared to June 30, 2011. The Company achieved free cash flow (1) for the quarter of $0.8 million and for the year to date of $1.8 million.

The Company paid a dividend of 2.5 cents per share during the quarter.

Operating Highlights of Third Quarter 2011

  • Two of the Company's most popular premium services, RealMoney and RealMoney Pro (formerly known as RealMoney Silver) were re-launched during the quarter on the Company's new publishing platform, with a modern user interface and with additional content offerings. Engagement statistics and renewal rates for the services reflect good acceptance by users.
  • TheStreet's sites collectively ranked among the top 10 in its competitive set in September 2011 according to both the comScore and Nielsen third party audience measurement services. TheStreet users continue to show among the highest levels of engagement, measured as time spent per visit, compared to the other nine top ranked competitors, as measured by comScore.
  • TheStreet announced a number of new content distribution agreements, significantly expanding the reach of its TheStreet Business Desk product. When these new agreements are fully implemented by early 2012, the total number of instances of the service will exceed 300, including local communities in key markets across 26 states.
  • The Marketing Services business launched a number of new advertising offerings designed to increase further advertising effectiveness and user engagement, including early adoption of the Interactive Advertising Bureau's new "Rising Star" ad units, an enhanced mobile advertising platform and unique sponsorship opportunities.
  • Early into the fourth quarter of 2011, TheStreet launched a new daily digest of its content through the iTunes newsstand, the first to do so among its competitive set.

Conference Call Information

TheStreet will discuss its financial results for the third quarter today at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To participate in the call, please dial 800-649-5127 (domestic) or 914-495-8549 (international). The passcode for the call is 18554770. This call is being webcast and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of TheStreet website at www.t.st.

An audio replay of the conference call also will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call. The audio replay will remain available until Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international) and entering the replay passcode 18554770.

About TheStreet

TheStreet, Inc. is a leading digital financial media company that distributes its content through online, social media, tablet and mobile channels. The Company's network of brands include: TheStreet, RealMoney Pro, Stockpickr, Action Alerts PLUS, ChatOnTheStreet, Options Profits, ETF Profits, MainStreet and Rate-Watch. For more information on TheStreet's business, visit http://www.t.st. For financial and business news, actionable trading ideas, stock quotes and more, visit TheStreet.com via your web browser, follow TheStreet on Facebook and Twitter, visit TheStreet.mobi from your mobile device and access TheStreet through all major tablet platforms.

(1) To supplement the Company's financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance, including "EBITDA," "Adjusted EBITDA" and "free cash flow." 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 capital expenditures. EBITDA eliminates the uneven effect of considerable amounts of noncash depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of certain intangible assets that were recognized in business combinations. Adjusted EBITDA further eliminates the impact of noncash stock compensation and impairment expenses, and other non-standard one-time charges. 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 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 rate is defined as subscriber terminations/expirations in the quarter divided by the sum of the beginning subscribers and gross subscriber additions for the quarter, 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.

All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical facts are deemed forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. 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.

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
       
ASSETS September 30, 2011 December 31, 2010
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 33,709,574 $ 20,089,660
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful
accounts of $250,929 at September 30, 2011 and
$238,228 at December 31, 2010 4,919,191 6,623,261
Marketable securities 28,488,741 26,502,945
Other receivables 703,198 663,968
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,945,098   1,785,007  
Total current assets 69,765,802 55,664,841
 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated

depreciation and amortization of $14,715,316

at September 30, 2011 and $12,845,359 at

December 31, 2010

8,957,283 10,887,732
Marketable securities 12,910,722 30,302,428
Other assets 211,732 243,611
Goodwill 24,057,616 24,057,616
Other intangibles, net 5,665,916 6,725,462
Restricted cash 1,660,370   1,660,370  
Total assets $ 123,229,441   $ 129,542,060  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 2,035,623 $ 2,455,894
Accrued expenses 6,925,336 8,239,064
Deferred revenue 18,760,302 17,431,381
Other current liabilities 512,859 184,328
Liabilities of discontinued operations -   1,871  
Total current liabilities 28,234,120 28,312,538
Deferred tax liability 288,000 288,000
Other liabilities 4,232,200   2,948,181  
Total liabilities 32,754,320   31,548,719  
 
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock; $0.01 par value; 10,000,000
shares authorized; 5,500 shares issued and 5,500
shares outstanding at September 30, 2011 and
December 31, 2010; the aggregate liquidation

preference totals $55,000,000 as of

September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010

55 55
Common stock; $0.01 par value; 100,000,000
shares authorized; 38,244,018 shares issued and
32,013,743 shares outstanding at September 30,
2011, and 37,775,381 shares issued and

31,667,600 shares outstanding at December 31, 2010

382,440 377,754
Additional paid-in capital 269,921,217 270,644,658
Accumulated other comprehensive income (325,142 ) 331,311
Treasury stock at cost; 6,230,275 shares at
September 30, 2011 and 6,107,781 shares at
December 31, 2010 (10,830,154 ) (10,478,838 )
Accumulated deficit (168,673,295 ) (162,881,599 )
Total stockholders' equity 90,475,121   97,993,341  
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 123,229,441   $ 129,542,060  
 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
             
For the Three Months Ended September 30, For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net revenue:
Premium services $ 9,994,184 $ 9,645,939 $ 29,678,616 $ 29,165,672
Marketing services   4,346,907     4,691,007     13,812,144     13,335,308  
Total net revenue   14,341,091     14,336,946     43,490,760     42,500,980  
 
Operating expense:
Cost of services 6,274,741 6,466,484 20,036,270 18,972,725
Sales and marketing 4,640,908 4,202,380 13,122,182 11,289,600
General and administrative 3,750,475 4,648,992 12,159,579 14,003,161
Depreciation and amortization 1,326,484 1,087,009 4,492,525 3,225,968
Asset impairments - - - 555,000
Gain on disposition of assets   -     -     -     (1,318,607 )
Total operating expense   15,992,608     16,404,865     49,810,556     46,727,847  
Operating loss (1,651,517 ) (2,067,919 ) (6,319,796 ) (4,226,867 )
Net interest income 155,123 240,078 529,898 642,483
Other income   -     -     -     20,374  
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (1,496,394 ) (1,827,841 ) (5,789,898 ) (3,564,010 )
Provision for income taxes   -     -     -     -  
Loss from continuing operations (1,496,394 ) (1,827,841 ) (5,789,898 ) (3,564,010 )
Discontinued operations:
Loss from discontinued operations   (46 )   (2,257 )   (1,798 )   (23,430 )
Net loss (1,496,440 ) (1,830,098 ) (5,791,696 ) (3,587,440 )
Preferred stock cash dividends   96,424     96,424     289,272     289,272  
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (1,592,864 ) $ (1,926,522 ) $ (6,080,968 ) $ (3,876,712 )
 
Basic and diluted net loss per share:
Loss from continuing operations $ (0.05 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (0.18 ) $ (0.11 )
Loss from discontinued operations   (0.00 )   (0.00 )   (0.00 )   (0.00 )
Net loss (0.05 ) (0.06 ) (0.18 ) (0.11 )
Preferred stock dividends   (0.00 )   (0.00 )   (0.01 )   (0.01 )
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (0.05 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (0.19 ) $ (0.12 )
 
Weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding   31,994,227     31,653,337     31,933,296     31,570,624  
 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
     
For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
2011 2010
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net loss $ (5,791,696 ) $ (3,587,440 )
Loss from discontinued operations   1,798     23,430  
Loss from continuing operations (5,789,898 ) (3,564,010 )

Adjustments to reconcile loss from continuing

operations to net cash provided by operating
activities:
Stock-based compensation expense 2,166,161 1,807,083
Provision for doubtful accounts 133,089 59,649
Depreciation and amortization 4,492,525 3,225,968
Impairment charges - 555,000
Deferred rent 742,447 1,367,463
Gain on disposal of equipment - (20,600 )
Gain on disposition of assets - (1,318,607 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 1,538,860 (566,634 )
Other receivables (272,110 ) 22,394
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (160,091 ) (747,176 )
Other assets 5,119 (42,549 )
Accounts payable (420,271 ) (91,210 )
Accrued expenses (1,074,228 ) (362,585 )
Deferred revenue 1,948,915 189,204
Other current liabilities 10,609 118,386
Other liabilities   -     15,167  
Net cash provided by continuing operations 3,321,127 646,943
Net cash used in discontinued operations   (3,669 )   (22,002 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   3,317,458     624,941  
 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Purchase of marketable securities (24,854,469 ) (121,814,456 )
Sale of marketable securities 39,603,926 82,952,627
Capital expenditures (1,475,768 ) (3,804,467 )
Sale of Promotions.com 265,000 1,746,876
Sale of certain assets of TheStreet Ratings - 1,348,902
Proceeds from the sale of fixed assets   -     43,300  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   13,538,689     (39,527,218 )
 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Cash dividends paid on common stock (2,595,645 ) (2,511,000 )
Cash dividends paid on preferred stock (289,272 ) (289,272 )
Purchase of treasury stock   (351,316 )   (66,886 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (3,236,233 )   (2,867,158 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 13,619,914 (41,769,435 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   20,089,660     60,542,494  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 33,709,574   $ 18,773,059  
 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
 
Cash payments made for interest $ -   $ 1,720  
Cash payments made for income taxes $ -   $ -  
 
 
Net loss $ (5,791,696 ) $ (3,587,440 )
Noncash expenditures 7,534,222 5,675,956
Changes in operating assets and liabilities 1,574,932 (1,463,575 )
Capital expenditures   (1,475,768 )   (3,804,467 )
Free cash flow $ 1,841,690   $ (3,179,526 )
                       
THESTREET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2011

For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2010

Pro Forma Pro Forma Pro Forma Pro Forma
As Reported Adjustments Results 2010 Adjustments Results
Net revenue:
Premium services $ 9,994,184 $ - $ 9,994,184 $ 9,645,939 $ 18,667 $ 9,627,272
Marketing services   4,346,907     -   4,346,907     4,691,007     -   4,691,007  
Total net revenue   14,341,091     -   14,341,091     14,336,946     18,667   14,318,279  
 
Operating expense:
Cost of services 6,274,741 - 6,274,741 6,466,484 - 6,466,484
Sales and marketing 4,640,908 - 4,640,908 4,202,380 - 4,202,380
General and administrative 3,750,475 - 3,750,475 4,648,992 - 4,648,992
Depreciation and amortization   1,326,484     -   1,326,484     1,087,009     -   1,087,009  
Total operating expense   15,992,608     -   15,992,608     16,404,865     -   16,404,865  
Operating loss $ (1,651,517 ) $ - $ (1,651,517 ) $ (2,067,919 ) $ 18,667 $ (2,086,586 )
 
Net loss $ (1,496,440 ) $ - $ (1,496,440 ) $ (1,830,098 ) $ 18,667 $ (1,848,765 )
 
 
Net loss $ (1,496,440 ) $ - $ (1,496,440 ) $ (1,830,098 ) $ 18,667 $ (1,848,765 )
Net interest income (155,123 ) - (155,123 ) (240,078 ) - (240,078 )
Depreciation and amortization   1,326,484     -   1,326,484     1,087,009     -   1,087,009  
EBITDA (325,079 ) - (325,079 ) (983,167 ) 18,667 (1,001,834 )
Noncash compensation 736,198 - 736,198 588,336 - 588,336
Transaction related costs   84,173     -   84,173     123,163     -   123,163  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 495,292   $ - $ 495,292   $ (271,668 ) $ 18,667 $ (290,335 )
 
Note: Pro forma adjustments for 2010 exclude TheStreet Ratings revenue from global research settlement.
                       

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010
Pro Forma Pro Forma Pro Forma Pro Forma
As Reported Adjustments Results As Reported Adjustments   Results
Net revenue:
Premium services $ 29,678,616 $ - $ 29,678,616 $ 29,165,672 $ 463,008 $ 28,702,664
Marketing services   13,812,144     -   13,812,144     13,335,308     -   13,335,308  
Total net revenue   43,490,760     -   43,490,760     42,500,980     463,008   42,037,972  
 
Operating expense:
Cost of services 20,036,270 - 20,036,270 18,972,725 345,205 18,627,520
Sales and marketing 13,122,182 - 13,122,182 11,289,600 41,510 11,248,090
General and administrative 12,159,579 - 12,159,579 14,003,161 18,774 13,984,387
Depreciation and amortization 4,492,525 - 4,492,525 3,225,968 - 3,225,968
Asset impairments - - - 555,000 - 555,000
Gain on disposition of assets   -     -   -     (1,318,607 )   -   (1,318,607 )
Total operating expense   49,810,556     -   49,810,556     46,727,847     405,489   46,322,358  
Operating loss $ (6,319,796 ) $ - $ (6,319,796 ) $ (4,226,867 ) $ 57,519 $ (4,284,386 )
 
Net loss $ (5,791,696 ) $ - $ (5,791,696 ) $ (3,587,440 ) $ 57,519 $ (3,644,959 )
 
 
Net loss $ (5,791,696 ) $ - $ (5,791,696 ) $ (3,587,440 ) $ 57,519 $ (3,644,959 )
Net interest income (529,898 ) - (529,898 ) (642,483 ) - (642,483 )
Depreciation and amortization   4,492,525     -   4,492,525     3,225,968     -   3,225,968  
EBITDA (1,829,069 ) - (1,829,069 ) (1,003,955 ) 57,519 (1,061,474 )
Noncash compensation 2,166,161 - 2,166,161 1,807,083 - 1,807,083
Asset impairments - - - 555,000 - 555,000
Gain on disposition of assets - - - (1,318,607 ) - (1,318,607 )
Other income - - - (20,374 ) - (20,374 )
Transaction related costs   419,568     -   419,568     1,206,242     -   1,206,242  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 756,660   $ - $ 756,660   $ 1,225,389   $ 57,519 $ 1,167,870  
 
Note: Pro forma adjustments for 2010 exclude the Company's May 2010 divestiture of our Banking and Insurance Ratings product line as well as TheStreet Ratings revenue from global research settlement.

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Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
ir@thestreet.com
or
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Investor Relations
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