TheStreet Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

- Total Revenue of $16.3 million, down 5% year-over-year.
- Business-to-Business Revenue of $7.5 million, up 4% year-over-year.
- Business-to-Consumer Revenue of $8.8 million, down 11% year-over-year.
- GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.2 million, or ($0.03) per share, versus a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $0.8 million, or ($0.02) per share in the prior year period.
- Adjusted EBITDA of $0.7 million, a decrease of 36% over the prior year period.
- Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $29.3 million, a decrease of $1.4 million as compared to December 31, 2015.

NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TheStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: TST) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016. 

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For the second quarter of 2016, the Company reported revenue of $16.3 million, net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.2 million, or ($0.03) per basic and diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $0.7 million.

"My first few weeks at TheStreet have helped me discover several pools of untapped talent across our businesses," said David Callaway, President and CEO, who joined in early July.  "I'm encouraged by the progress in our institutional efforts as well as the corporate governance changes we've enacted to improve transparency for our important shareholders."

Revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was $16.3 million, a decrease of $0.8 million, or 5%, from $17.1 million in the prior year. This represents the second full quarterly comparison that includes revenue associated with Management Diagnostics Limited ("MDL", or "BoardEx"), which was acquired on October 31, 2014

Business-to-business revenue including The Deal, BoardEx and RateWatch totaled $7.5 million, up 4%, compared to the second quarter of 2015.  Business-to-consumer revenue was $8.8 million, down 11%, compared to the second quarter of 2015. 

Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2016 were $17.2 million, a decrease of $0.3 million, or 2%, from the prior year period. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2016 was $1.2 million compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $0.8 million in the prior year period. The Company reported a basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.03) for the second quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.02) for the prior year period.  Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2016 was $0.7 million, decrease of $0.4 million, from the prior year period.

The company generated $0.7 million in operating cash flow for the first six months of 2016, compared to $0.8 million for the prior year period.  The decrease in net cash provided by operating activities was primarily the result of the increased net loss for the period partially offset by the change in the balance of accrued expenses over the periods. The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $29.3 million, as compared to $30.7 million as of December 31, 2015

"In order to provide additional insight into our business we continue to breakout revenue by business-to-business and business-to-consumer categories in our quarterly reports," said TheStreet Chief Financial Officer Eric F. Lundberg. "As we continue to grow and improve our product offerings, we believe this additional transparency will provide our investors with a better understanding of our performance and the drivers of growth for each of our businesses."

Business-to-Business Revenue

Business-to-business revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was $7.5 million, an increase of $0.3 million, or 4%.  The increase was the result of The Deal which was up $0.3 million, all attributed to The Deal Corporate Governance event held in June, while subscriptions for The Deal remained flat. BoardEx revenue increased by $0.1 million, or 3%, during the second quarter of 2016 despite a negative $0.2 million foreign exchange rate impact from the strengthening of the US dollar relative to the British Pound. This was partially offset by a decrease of $0.1 million, or 5%, from our RateWatch product. 

Business-to-Business Highlights

  • Our London office now manages TheStreet's website during the overnight hours, providing more fresh content in the early hours of the morning in the US.
  • Bookings totaled $7.3 million for the second quarter of 2016, an increase of $0.1 million, or 2%, from the prior year period.
  • Bookings for the trailing four quarters were $27.9 million, an increase of $3.3 million, or 13%, from the prior period. Excluding the impact of BoardEx, bookings for the trailing four quarters were $17.4 million, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 2%, from the prior period.

Business-to-Consumer Revenue

Business-to-consumer revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was $8.8 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 11%, from $9.9 million in the second quarter of 2015.  Business-to-consumer subscription revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was $5.9 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 17%, from $7.0 million in the second quarter of 2015.  This decrease primarily related to a 14% decline in the weighted-average number of subscriptions combined with a 3% decrease in the average revenue recognized per subscription.  Business-to-consumer media revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was $2.9 million, up $0.1 million, or 2% as compared to the prior year period.

Business-to-Consumer Highlights: (2)

  • The number of paid subscriptions at June 30, 2016 was 69,000, a decrease of 11,600, or 14%, when compared to June 30, 2015, and a decrease of 2,900, or 4%, when compared to March 31, 2016.
  • Average revenue per subscription for the second quarter of 2016 decreased 3% when compared to the second quarter of 2015, and decreased 1% when compared to the first quarter of 2016. 
  • Average monthly churn(3) was 5.9% for the second quarter of 2016, compared to 4.7% for the second quarter of 2015, and 5.6% for the first quarter of 2016.
  • Second quarter 2016 traffic visits increased 22% when compared to the second quarter of 2015, and decreased 3% when compared to the first quarter of 2016.
  • Second quarter 2016 organic visits increased 26% when compared to the second quarter of 2015, and decreased 11% when compared to the first quarter of 2016.
  • Mobile traffic visits increased 134% while desktop traffic visits decreased 7% for the second quarter of 2016 as compared to the second quarter of 2015. As compared to the first quarter of 2016, mobile traffic visits increased 36% while desktop traffic visits decreased 22%.

With the rebuild and redesign of the internet site in the second quarter of 2016, user visits are the primary indicator of traffic especially with the continued shift to mobile. The Company believes user visits are a more meaningful year-over-year comparative metric than page views. This is especially true in the mobile world where full article views and seamless continuous scroll renders the page view as a less crucial measure of user engagement. With the redesign, search engines temporarily lowered the Company's ranking during the second quarter while they re-indexed the Company's content causing a decrease in visits during the second quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter.

Conference Call Information

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

To participate in the call, please dial 877-604-9668 (domestic) or 719-325-4821 (international). The conference code is 2852436. 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. (www.t.st) is a leading independent digital financial information services company providing business and financial news, investing ideas and analysis to personal and institutional investors worldwide.  The Company's portfolio of business and personal finance brands includes: TheStreet, RealMoney, Action Alerts PLUS and MainStreet. To learn more, visit www.thestreet.com.  The Deal, the Company's institutional business, provides intraday coverage of mergers and acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control, and through its BoardEx product, director and officer profiles. To learn more, visit www.thedeal.com and www.boardex.com. RateWatch provides rate and fee data from banks and credit unions across the U.S. for a wide variety of banking products. To learn more, visit www.rate-watch.com.

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", "Adjusted EBITDA" and "free cash flow", 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, restructuring, transaction related costs 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) Consumer subscriptions include investing newsletters and exclude subscriptions from The Deal, DealFlow Media, BoardEx and RateWatch.

(3) 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, 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 2016.  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.

Contacts: 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 STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)












For the Three Months Ended June 30,


For the Six Months Ended June 30,



2016


2015


2016


2015

Net revenue:









Business to business


$  7,531,159


$ 7,267,562


$ 14,663,959


$ 14,401,187

business to consumer


8,761,368


9,869,357


17,698,000


19,625,781

   Total net revenue


16,292,527


17,136,919


32,361,959


34,026,968










Operating expense:









Cost of services


8,144,877


8,585,978


16,031,433


16,909,669

Sales and marketing


4,013,161


4,113,677


7,897,587


8,624,766

General and administrative


3,879,391


3,683,619


8,993,297


7,471,490

Depreciation and amortization


972,314


1,137,442


1,915,470


2,115,678

Restructuring and other charges


162,958


-


1,543,010


-

     Total operating expense


17,172,701


17,520,716


36,380,797


35,121,603

     Operating loss


(880,174)


(383,797)


(4,018,838)


(1,094,635)

Net interest expense


(11,599)


(32,872)


(12,094)


(66,405)

Net loss before income taxes


(891,773)


(416,669)


(4,030,932)


(1,161,040)

Provision for income taxes


318,748


254,591


623,876


487,032

Net loss


(1,210,521)


(671,260)


(4,654,808)


(1,648,072)

Preferred stock cash dividends


-


96,424


-


192,848

Net loss attributable to common stockholders


$(1,210,521)


$  (767,684)


$ (4,654,808)


$ (1,840,920)










Basic and diluted net loss per share:









     Net loss attributable to common stockholders


$        (0.03)


$       (0.02)


$        (0.13)


$        (0.05)










Cash dividends declared and paid per common share


$               -


$      0.025


$             -


$        0.050










Weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding


35,234,429


34,848,571


35,216,192


34,814,060




























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









Net loss


$ (1,210,521)


$  (671,260)


$ (4,654,808)


$ (1,648,072)

Provision for income taxes


318,748


254,591


623,876


487,032

Net interest expense


11,599


32,872


12,094


66,405

Depreciation and amortization


972,314


1,137,442


1,915,470


2,115,678

EBITDA


92,140


753,645


(2,103,368)


1,021,043

Restructuring and other charges


162,958


-


1,543,010


-

Stock based compensation


381,502


367,755


744,612


741,145

One-time sales tax provision


120,198


-


1,365,198


-

Recovery of previously impaired investment


(51,398)


(48,996)


(102,198)


(97,401)

Transaction related costs


-


21,629


-


21,629

Adjusted EBITDA


$    705,400


$ 1,094,033


$  1,447,254


$  1,686,416

 

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS






ASSETS


June 30, 2016


December 31, 2015



(unaudited)



Current Assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$              27,165,222


$              28,445,416

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful 





   accounts of $275,153 at June 30, 2016 and $357,417 at





   December 31, 2015


4,499,233


5,102,464

Other receivables


465,149


790,148

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


1,684,216


1,205,708

Restricted cash


161,250


161,250

      Total current assets


33,975,070


35,704,986






Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation





   and amortization of $5,212,087 at June 30, 2016





   and $4,804,411 at December 31, 2015


3,287,981


2,773,737

Marketable securities


1,470,000


1,590,000

Other assets


313,134


329,885

Goodwill


41,857,125


43,318,670

Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $16,976,742





   at June 30, 2016 and $15,674,328 at December 31, 2015


17,673,230


18,674,376

Restricted cash


500,000


500,000

      Total assets


$              99,076,540


$            102,891,654






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current Liabilities:





Accounts payable


$               2,562,152


$               2,494,341

Accrued expenses


5,578,247


5,161,981

Deferred revenue 


25,643,442


24,738,780

Other current liabilities


1,349,348


1,235,551

      Total current liabilities


35,133,189


33,630,653

Deferred tax liability


2,467,746


1,906,295

Other liabilities


5,616,339


5,360,467

      Total liabilities


43,217,274


40,897,415






Stockholders' Equity:





Preferred stock; $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares





   authorized; 5,500 shares issued and 5,500 shares





   outstanding at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015;





   the aggregate liquidation preference totals $55,000,000 as of





   June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015


55


55

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





   authorized; 42,591,932 shares issued and 35,252,383





   shares outstanding at June 30, 2016, and 42,458,779





   shares issued and 35,123,132 shares outstanding at





   December 31, 2015


425,919


424,588

Additional paid-in capital


270,372,809


269,524,415

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(4,324,132)


(1,999,026)

Treasury stock at cost; 7,339,549 shares at June 30, 2016





   and 7,335,647 shares at December 31, 2015


(13,061,325)


(13,056,541)

Accumulated deficit


(197,554,060)


(192,899,252)

      Total stockholders' equity


55,859,266


61,994,239






      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$              99,076,540


$            102,891,654






 

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)








For the Six Months Ended June 30,



2016


2015

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:





Net loss


$          (4,654,808)


$          (1,648,072)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by





   operating activities:





Stock-based compensation expense


744,612


741,145

Provision for doubtful accounts


(33,487)


95,546

Depreciation and amortization


1,915,470


2,115,678

Deferred taxes


561,451


360,882

Restructuring and other charges


105,113


-

Deferred rent


59,960


(163,899)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





    Accounts receivable 


565,073


695,408

    Other receivables


320,457


53,501

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(493,501)


(217,295)

    Other assets


2,868


(81,259)

    Accounts payable


76,692


45,008

    Accrued expenses


485,575


(2,103,315)

    Deferred revenue


1,241,539


1,299,920

    Other current liabilities 


(254,993)


(396,373)

    Other liabilities


66,317


(39,585)

          Net cash provided by operating activities


708,338


757,290






Cash Flows from Investing Activities:





Sale and maturity of marketable securities


-


2,005,484

Adjustment to purchase of Management Diagnostics Limited


-


50,494

Capital expenditures


(1,612,899)


(2,091,654)

          Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities


(1,612,899)


(35,676)






Cash Flows from Financing Activities:





Cash dividends paid on common stock


(11,929)


(1,780,956)

Cash dividends paid on preferred stock


-


(192,848)

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options


-


839

Restricted cash


-


139,750

Shares withheld on RSU vesting to pay for withholding taxes


(4,784)


(10,977)

          Net cash used in financing activities


(16,713)


(1,844,192)






Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(358,920)


4,992






Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(1,280,194)


(1,117,586)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


28,445,416


32,459,009

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$          27,165,222


$          31,341,423











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




Net loss


$          (4,654,808)


$          (1,648,072)

Noncash expenditures


3,353,119


3,149,352

Changes in operating assets and liabilities


2,010,027


(743,990)

Capital expenditures


(1,612,899)


(2,091,654)

Free cash flow


$             (904,561)


$          (1,334,364)

 

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