TheStreet Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results

- Total Revenue of $15.2 million, down 9% year-over-year.
- Business-to-Business Revenue of $7.2 million, up 1% year-over-year.
- Business-to-Consumer Revenue of $8.0 million, down 16% year-over-year.
- GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.2 million, or ($0.03) per share, versus a net income attributable to common stockholders of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share in the prior year period.
- Adjusted EBITDA loss of $42 thousand, a decrease of $0.9 million over the prior year period.
- Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $25.9 million, a decrease of $4.8 million as compared to December 31, 2015.

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TheStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: TST) a leading financial news and information company, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016

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For the third quarter of 2016, the Company reported revenue of $15.2 million, net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.2 million, or ($0.03) per basic and diluted share, and an Adjusted EBITDA(1) loss of $42 thousand.

"In my first few months here we've added our first chief marketing officer, a half dozen senior journalists in our new, unified newsroom, and changed the structure of the management team with some departures on the senior team and in the newsroom. We have also added a key new board member, Betsy Morgan," said David Callaway, President and CEO, who joined in early July. "Our new focus on leveraging our B-to-B growth in assets such as BoardEx into our overall media strategy is already yielding results. Third quarter subscription revenue from our BoardEx business was up 14% over last year, though the impact was offset by currency headwinds from Brexit." 

Callaway continued, "Mobile visits to TheStreet's websites surged 10% this quarter topping desktop for the first time. Delivery of premium content in a mobile world is our best opportunity for quick growth."  

Revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $15.2 million, a decrease of $1.5 million, or 9%, from $16.7 million in the prior year.

Business-to-business revenue including The Deal, BoardEx and RateWatch totaled $7.2 million, up 1%, compared to the third quarter of 2015.  Business-to-consumer revenue was $8.0 million, down 16%, compared to the third quarter of 2015. 

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2016 were $16.1 million, a slight increase of $0.1 million from the prior year period. Excluding restructure and other expenses in both periods, operating expenses were better this year versus last year by $0.6 million or 3.3%.  Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2016 was $1.2 million compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $0.3 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 third quarter of 2016, compared to net income per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.01 for the prior year period.  Adjusted EBITDA loss for the third quarter of 2016 was $42 thousand , a decrease of $0.9 million from the prior year period.

Net cash used in operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 totaled $1.5 million, equal to the same period during the prior year. The change in net cash used in operating activities over the periods included an increased net loss and the change in the balance of deferred revenue over the periods, partially offset by the change in the balances of accrued expenses, other liabilities and accounts receivable over the periods. The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $25.9 million, as compared to $30.7 million as of December 31, 2015

Business-to-Business Revenue

Business-to-business revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $7.2 million, an increase of $41 thousand, or 1% compared to the third quarter of 2015.  The increase was the result of revenue generated from the UK Corporate Governance & Activist Event held in Q3 2016. Excluding the foreign exchange impact, BoardEx subscription revenue grew 14% in Q3 2016 over Q3 2015. During Q3 2016 RateWatch non-subscription sales increased $38 thousand offset by lower RateWatch subscription products.

Business-to-Business Highlights

  • Bookings totaled $6.0 million for the third quarter of 2016, an increase of $0.3 million, or 5%, from the prior year period.
  • Bookings for the trailing four quarters were $28.2 million, an increase of $1.3 million, or 5%, from the prior period. Excluding the impact of BoardEx, bookings for the trailing four quarters totaled $17.4 million, a decrease of $0.8 million, or 4%, from the prior period. BoardEx was acquired in Q4, 2014.

Business-to-Consumer Revenue

Business-to-consumer revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $8.0 million, a decrease of $1.5 million, or 16%, from $9.5 million in the third quarter of 2015.  Business-to-consumer subscription revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $5.6 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 16%, from $6.7 million in the third quarter of 2015.  This decrease primarily related to a 15% decline in the weighted-average number of subscriptions combined with a 1% decrease in the average revenue recognized per subscription.  Business-to-consumer media revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $2.4 million, down $0.4 million, or 15% as compared to the prior year period.

Business-to-Consumer Highlights: (2)

  • The number of paid subscriptions at September 30, 2016 was 65,100, a decrease of 12,700, or 16%, when compared to September 30, 2015, and a decrease of 3,900, or 6%, when compared to June 30, 2016.
  • Average revenue per subscription for the third quarter of 2016 decreased 1% when compared to the third quarter of 2015, but increased 2% when compared to the second quarter of 2016.
  • Average monthly churn (3) was 4.8% for the third quarter of 2016, compared to 4.6% for the third quarter of 2015, and 5.9% for the second quarter of 2016.
  • Third quarter 2016 traffic visits increased 9% when compared to the third quarter of 2015 but, decreased 6% when compared to the second quarter of 2016.
  • Third quarter 2016 organic visits increased 6% when compared to the third quarter of 2015, and also increased 2% when compared to the second quarter of 2016.
  • Mobile traffic visits increased 107% while desktop traffic visits decreased 30% for the third quarter of 2016 as compared to the third quarter of 2015. As compared to the second quarter of 2016, mobile traffic visits increased 10% while desktop traffic visits decreased 19%. Mobile traffic visits comprised 54% of total visits for the third quarter of 2016 as compared to 28% during the same period of 2015.

With the rebuild and redesign of the Internet site last quarter, 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.

Conference Call Information

TheStreet will discuss its financial results for the third quarter today at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

To participate in the call, please dial 888-286-2317 (domestic) or 719-325-2118 (international). The conference code is 3972734. 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 financial news and information company providing business and financial news, market data, investing ideas and analysis to personal and institutional investors worldwide. The Company's collection of digital services provides users, subscribers and advertisers with a variety of content and tools through a range of online, social media, tablet and mobile channels.  The Company's portfolio of business and personal finance brands includes: TheStreet, RealMoney and Action Alerts PLUS. 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
September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,



2016


2015


2016


2015

Net revenue:









Business to business


$

7,215,910


$

7,174,471


$

21,879,869


$

21,575,657

business to consumer


7,997,944


9,487,173


25,695,944


29,112,955

   Total net revenue


15,213,854


16,661,644


47,575,813


50,688,612










Operating expense:









Cost of services


7,924,852


8,707,353


23,956,285


25,617,022

Sales and marketing


3,736,815


3,703,463


11,634,402


12,328,229

General and administrative


3,937,226


3,773,790


12,930,523


11,245,280

Depreciation and amortization


1,080,651


1,069,161


2,996,121


3,184,839

Restructuring and other charges


(582,519)


(1,221,224)


960,491


(1,221,224)

     Total operating expense


16,097,025


16,032,543


52,477,822


51,154,146

     Operating (loss) income


(883,171)


629,101


(4,902,009)


(465,534)

Net interest expense


(12,179)


(30,891)


(24,273)


(97,296)

Net (loss) income before income taxes


(895,350)


598,210


(4,926,282)


(562,830)

Provision for income taxes


325,781


243,884


949,657


730,916

Net (loss) income


(1,221,131)


354,326


(5,875,939)


(1,293,746)

Preferred stock cash dividends


-


96,424


-


289,272

Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders


$

(1,221,131)


$

257,902


$

(5,875,939)


$

(1,583,018)










Basic net (loss) income per share:









     Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders


$

(0.03)


$

0.01


$

(0.17)


$

(0.05)










Diluted net (loss) income per share:









     Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders


$

(0.03)


$

0.01


$

(0.17)


$

(0.05)










Cash dividends declared and paid per common share


$

-


$

0.025


$

-


$

0.075










Weighted average basic shares outstanding


35,253,930


34,854,472


35,228,863


34,827,678

     Weighted average effect of dilutive securities:









     Employee stock options and restricted stock units


-


231,281


-


-

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


35,085,753


35,085,753


34,827,678


34,827,678




























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









Net (loss) income


$

(1,221,131)


$

354,326


$

(5,875,939)


$

(1,293,746)

Provision for income taxes


325,781


243,884


949,657


730,916

Net interest expense


12,179


30,891


24,273


97,296

Depreciation and amortization


1,080,651


1,069,161


2,996,121


3,184,839

EBITDA


197,480


1,698,262


(1,905,888)


2,719,305

Restructuring and other charges


(582,519)


(1,221,224)


960,491


(1,221,224)

Stock based compensation


407,413


388,112


1,152,025


1,129,257

One-time sales tax provision


-


-


1,365,198


-

Recovery of previously impaired investment


(64,000)


(49,593)


(166,198)


(146,993)

Transaction related costs


-


4,217


-


25,847

Adjusted EBITDA


$

(41,626)


$

819,774


$

1,405,628


$

2,506,192

 

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS






ASSETS


September 30, 2016


December 31, 2015



(unaudited)



Current Assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

23,945,895


$

28,445,416

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful 





   accounts of $276,825 at September 30, 2016 and $357,417 at





   December 31, 2015


3,552,972


5,102,464

Other receivables


517,800


790,148

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


1,581,979


1,205,708

Restricted cash


-


161,250

      Total current assets


29,598,646


35,704,986

Noncurrent Assets:





Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation





   and amortization of $5,435,212 at September 30, 2016





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


3,545,468


2,773,737

Marketable securities


1,490,000


1,590,000

Other assets


312,228


329,885

Goodwill


41,421,352


43,318,670

Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $17,787,509





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


17,203,219


18,674,376

Restricted cash


500,000


500,000

      Total assets


$

94,070,913


$

102,891,654






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current Liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

2,526,237


$

2,494,341

Accrued expenses


5,032,398


5,161,981

Deferred revenue 


23,069,272


24,738,780

Other current liabilities


916,970


1,235,551

      Total current liabilities


31,544,877


33,630,653

Noncurrent Liabilities:





Deferred tax liability


2,748,471


1,906,295

Other liabilities


5,342,857


5,360,467

      Total liabilities


39,636,205


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 September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015;





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





   September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015


55


55

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





   authorized; 42,594,746 shares issued and 35,254,962





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





   shares issued and 35,123,132 shares outstanding at





   December 31, 2015


425,947


424,588

Additional paid-in capital


270,780,194


269,524,415

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(4,934,699)


(1,999,026)

Treasury stock at cost; 7,339,784 shares at September 30, 2016





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


(13,061,598)


(13,056,541)

Accumulated deficit


(198,775,191)


(192,899,252)

      Total stockholders' equity


54,434,708


61,994,239






      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

94,070,913


$

102,891,654

 

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)








For the Nine Months Ended September 30,



2016


2015

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:





Net loss


$

(5,875,939)


$

(1,293,746)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by





   operating activities:





Stock-based compensation expense


1,152,025


1,129,257

Provision for doubtful accounts


(13,892)


172,066

Depreciation and amortization


2,996,121


3,184,839

Deferred taxes


842,176


541,323

Restructuring and other charges


105,113


-

Deferred rent


(547,350)


(245,849)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





    Accounts receivable 


1,465,800


185,448

    Other receivables


266,451


(16,581)

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(393,861)


(430,655)

    Other assets


3,999


(57,629)

    Accounts payable


40,502


(235,941)

    Accrued expenses


(38,541)


(1,881,059)

    Deferred revenue


(1,404,244)


(772,343)

    Other current liabilities 


(208,328)


(377,494)

    Other liabilities


99,475


(1,401,092)

          Net cash used in operating activities


(1,510,493)


(1,499,456)






Cash Flows from Investing Activities:





Sale and maturity of marketable securities


-


2,005,484

Adjustment to purchase of Management Diagnostics Limited


-


50,494

Restricted cash


161,250


139,750

Capital expenditures


(2,707,638)


(2,688,194)

          Net cash used in investing activities


(2,546,388)


(492,466)






Cash Flows from Financing Activities:





Cash dividends paid on common stock


(12,492)


(2,663,771)

Cash dividends paid on preferred stock


-


(289,272)

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options


-


839

Shares withheld on RSU vesting to pay for withholding taxes


(5,057)


(11,211)

          Net cash used in financing activities


(17,549)


(2,963,415)






Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(425,091)


38,136






Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(4,499,521)


(4,917,201)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


28,445,416


32,459,009

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

23,945,895


$

27,541,808











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




Net loss


$

(5,875,939)


$

(1,293,746)

Noncash expenditures


4,534,193


4,781,636

Changes in operating assets and liabilities


(168,747)


(4,987,346)

Capital expenditures


(2,707,638)


(2,688,194)

Free cash flow


$

(4,218,131)


$

(4,187,650)

 

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