TheStreet, Inc.
THESTREET, INC. (Form: 10-Q, Received: 05/08/2015 12:09:03)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015

 

Commission File Number 000-25779

 

THESTREET, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   06-1515824
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
incorporation or organization)    

 

14 Wall Street

New York, New York 10005

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

(212) 321-5000

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

Indicate by a check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant as required to submit and post such files). Yes x No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer x Non-accelerated filer ¨ Smaller reporting company ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock as of the latest practicable date.

 

    Number of Shares Outstanding
Title of Class   as of May 5, 2015
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share   34,848,971

 

 
 

 

TheStreet, Inc.

Form 10-Q

 

As of and for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

 

Part I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION 1
Item 1. Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 1
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 1
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 2
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss 3
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 4
  Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 5
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 15
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 21
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 21
     
PART II - OTHER INFORMATION 22
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 22
Item 1A. Risk Factors 22
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 22
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities 23
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 23
Item 5. Other Information 23
Item 6. Exhibits 23
SIGNATURES 24

 

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Part I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

THESTREET, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

    March 31, 2015     December 31, 2014  
    (unaudited)        
assets                
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 33,698,585     $ 32,459,009  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $318,141 as of March 31, 2015 and $318,141 as of December 31, 2014     3,854,796       5,103,899  
Marketable securities     -       2,009,240  
Other receivables, net     533,235       549,933  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,535,231       987,693  
Restricted cash     639,750       639,750  
Total current assets     40,261,597       41,749,524  
                 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $4,197,278 as of March 31, 2015 and $4,003,538 as of December 31, 2014     2,780,240       2,926,825  
Marketable securities     1,540,000       1,560,000  
Other assets     292,788       77,052  
Goodwill     43,590,079       44,810,467  
Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $13,597,451 as of March 31, 2015 and $12,896,782 as of December 31, 2014     19,558,739       20,147,209  
Restricted cash     661,250       661,250  
Total assets   $ 108,684,693     $ 111,932,327  
                 
liabilities and stockholders’ equity                
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 2,634,314     $ 2,474,737  
Accrued expenses     4,447,869       6,279,082  
Deferred revenue     27,833,184       26,427,816  
Other current liabilities     1,078,365       1,241,508  
Total current liabilities     35,993,732       36,423,143  
Deferred tax liability     914,676       728,899  
Other liabilities     7,036,691       6,910,175  
Total liabilities     43,945,099       44,062,217  
                 
Stockholders’ Equity                
Preferred stock; $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 5,500 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014; the aggregate liquidation preference totals $55,000,000 as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014     55       55  
Common stock; $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 42,092,026 shares issued and 34,847,556 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2015, and 41,967,369 shares issued and 34,727,641 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2014     420,920       419,674  
Additional paid-in capital     271,321,195       271,943,049  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,749,831 )     (227,476 )
Treasury stock at cost; 7,244,470 shares as of March 31, 2015 and 7,239,728 shares as of December 31, 2014     (12,919,684 )     (12,908,943 )
Accumulated deficit     (192,333,061 )     (191,356,249 )
Total stockholders’ equity     64,739,594       67,870,110  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 108,684,693     $ 111,932,327  

 

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements

 

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THESTREET, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

 

    For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2015     2014  
Net revenue:                
Subscription services   $ 14,097,062     $ 11,449,867  
Media     2,792,987       2,939,211  
Total net revenue     16,890,049       14,389,078  
                 
Operating expense:                
Cost of services     8,323,691       7,737,965  
Sales and marketing     4,511,089       4,101,285  
General and administrative     3,787,871       2,978,570  
Depreciation and amortization     978,236       735,861  
Total operating expense     17,600,887       15,553,681  
Operating loss     (710,838 )     (1,164,603 )
Net interest (expense) income     (33,533 )     38,478  
Net loss before income taxes     (744,371 )     (1,126,125 )
Provision for income taxes     232,441       -  
Net loss     (976,812 )     (1,126,125 )
Preferred stock cash dividends     96,424       96,424  
Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $ (1,073,236 )   $ (1,222,549 )
                 
Basic and diluted net loss per share                
Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.04 )
                 
Cash dividends declared and paid per common share   $ 0.025     $ 0.025  
                 
Weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding     34,779,165       34,206,260  

 

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements

 

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THESTREET, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(unaudited)

 

    For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2015     2014  
Net loss   $ (976,812 )   $ (1,126,125 )
Foreign currency translation loss     (1,498,599 )     -  
Unrealized loss on marketable securities     (23,756 )     (108,411 )
Comprehensive loss   $ (2,499,167 )   $ (1,234,536 )

 

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements

 

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THESTREET, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)

 

    For the Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2015     2014  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:                
Net loss   $ (976,812 )   $ (1,126,125 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Stock-based compensation expense     373,391       446,630  
Provision for doubtful accounts     50,013       43,821  
Depreciation and amortization     978,236       735,861  
Deferred taxes     185,777       -  
Deferred rent     (81,949 )     (81,286 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     1,188,264       794,719  
Other receivables     16,698       (139,890 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (549,954 )     (49,256 )
Other intangibles     -       (9,675 )
Other assets     (215,314 )     (21,254 )
Accounts payable     162,968       543,427  
Accrued expenses     (1,836,116 )     (656,435 )
Deferred revenue     1,544,495       1,901,500  
Other current liabilities     (218,161 )     40,141  
Other liabilities     223,146       -  
Net cash provided by operating activities     844,682       2,422,178  
                 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:                
Sale and maturity of marketable securities     2,005,484       3,304,864  
Capital expenditures     (672,791 )     (340,785 )
Net cash provided by investing activities     1,332,693       2,964,079  
                 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:                
Cash dividends paid on common stock     (909,106 )     (860,016 )
Cash dividends paid on preferred stock     (96,424 )     (96,424 )
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options     391       118,546  
Shares withheld on RSU vesting to pay for withholding taxes     (10,741 )     (33,783 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (1,015,880 )     (871,677 )
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     78,081       -  
                 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     1,239,576       4,514,580  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     32,459,009       45,443,759  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 33,698,585     $ 49,958,339  

 

The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements

 

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TheStreet, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited)

 

1. DESCRIPTION OF THE BUSINESS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

 

Business

 

TheStreet, Inc., together with its wholly owned subsidiaries (“TheStreet”, “we”, “us” or the “Company”), is a leading digital financial media company focused on the financial and mergers and acquisitions environment. 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.  Our mission is to provide investors and advisors with actionable ideas from the world of investing, finance and business, and dealmakers with sophisticated analysis of the mergers and acquisitions environment, in order to break down information barriers, level the playing field and help all individuals and organizations grow their wealth. With a robust suite of digital services, TheStreet offers the tools and insights needed to make informed decisions about earning, investing, saving and spending money. Since its inception in 1996, TheStreet believes it has distinguished itself from other financial media companies with its journalistic excellence, unbiased approach and interactive multimedia coverage of the financial markets, economy, industry trends, investment and financial planning.

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) and for quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. The financial statements require the use of management estimates and include the accounts of the Company as required by GAAP.   Operating results for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 is not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2015.

 

The consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2014 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date, but does not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for complete financial statements.

 

For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 5, 2015 (“2014 Form 10-K”).

 

The Company has evaluated subsequent events for recognition or disclosure.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In January 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-01, Income Statement — Extraordinary and Unusual Items (Subtopic 225-20): Simplifying Income Statement Presentation by Eliminating the Concept of Extraordinary Items (“ASU 2015-01”). ASU 2015-01 eliminates the concept of extraordinary items from GAAP but retains the presentation and disclosure guidance for items that are unusual in nature or occur infrequently and expands the guidance to include items that are both unusual in nature and infrequently occurring. ASU 2015-01 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2015. A reporting entity may apply ASU 2015-01 prospectively. A reporting entity may also apply ASU 2015-01 retrospectively to all periods presented in the financial statements. We believe the adoption of ASU 2015-01 will not have a material effect on our consolidated financial statements.

 

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2. ACQUISITION

 

On October 31, 2014, the Company acquired all of the outstanding share capital of Management Diagnostics Limited (“MDL”), a privately held company headquartered in London, England. MDL is the owner of BoardEx, an institutional relationship capital management database and platform. The Company paid cash consideration of approximately $22.1 million at closing, of which $1.5 million was placed in escrow which will be used to secure indemnity obligations for a period of 24 months. Additionally, the Company assumed net liabilities approximating $5.0 million, inclusive of a potential earn-out payable in 2018 based on 2017 net revenue of BoardEx’s existing products and services. Concurrent with the signing of the agreement, the Company also purchased warranty insurance from Pembroke Syndicate 4000 at Lloyds with a policy limit of $5 million dollars, subject to a deductible.

 

The results of operations of MDL are included in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2015. Unaudited pro forma consolidated financial information is presented below as if the acquisition of MDL had occurred on January 1, 2014. The historical financial statements of MDL were prepared in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and have been converted to US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for purposes of the unaudited pro forma consolidated financial information presented below. The historical financial statements of MDL were prepared in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and have been converted to US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for purposes of the unaudited pro forma consolidated financial information presented below. The results have been adjusted to account for the amortization of acquired intangible assets and to reclassify a defined benefit plan actuarial gain recorded by MDL within the statement of operations to accumulated other comprehensive income in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The pro forma information presented below does not purport to present what actual results would have been if the acquisition had occurred at the beginning of such period, nor does the information project results for any future period. The unaudited pro forma consolidated financial information should be read in conjunction with the historical financial information of the Company included in this report, as well as the historical financial information included in other reports and documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The unaudited pro forma consolidated financial information for the three months ended March 31, 2014 is as follows:

 

Total revenue   $ 16,905,336  
Net loss   $ 941,691  
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $ 0.03  

 

3. CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, MARKETABLE SECURITIES AND RESTRICTED CASH

 

The Company’s cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash primarily consist of money market funds and checking accounts. As of March 31, 2015, marketable securities consist of two municipal auction rate securities (“ARS”) issued by the District of Columbia with a cost basis of approximately $1.9 million and a fair value of approximately $1.5 million. As of December 31, 2014, marketable securities also included an investment grade corporate bond, and the aggregate fair value of these marketable securities was approximately $3.6 million and the total cost basis was approximately $3.9 million. The decrease in marketable securities was due to the Company not reinvesting the proceeds as securities matured. With the exception of the ARS, the maximum maturity for any investment is three years. The ARS mature in the year 2038. The Company accounts for its marketable securities in accordance with the provisions of ASC 320-10. The Company classifies these securities as available for sale and the securities are reported at fair value. Unrealized gains and losses are recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss and excluded from net loss. Additionally, the Company has a total of approximately $1.3 million of cash that serves as collateral for outstanding letters of credit, and which cash is therefore restricted. The letters of credit serve as security deposits for the Company’s office space in New York City.

 

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    March 31,
2015
    December 31,
2014
 
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 33,698,585     $ 32,459,009  
Current and noncurrent marketable securities     1,540,000       3,569,240  
Current and noncurrent restricted cash     1,301,000       1,301,000  
Total cash and cash equivalents, current and noncurrent marketable securities and current and noncurrent restricted cash   $ 36,539,585     $ 37,329,249  

 

4. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

 

The Company measures the fair value of its financial instruments in accordance with ASC 820-10, which refines the definition of fair value, provides a framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. ASC 820-10 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants at the reporting date. The statement establishes consistency and comparability by providing a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques into three broad levels, which are described below:

 

Level 1: Inputs are quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (these are observable market inputs).

 

Level 2: Inputs are inputs other than quoted market prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability (includes quoted market prices for similar assets or identical or similar assets in markets in which there are few transactions, prices that are not current or vary substantially).

 

Level 3: Inputs are unobservable inputs that reflect the entity’s own assumptions in pricing the asset or liability (used when little or no market data is available).

 

Financial assets and liabilities included in our financial statements and measured at fair value are classified based on the valuation technique level in the table below:

 

    As of March 31, 2015  
Description:   Total     Level 1     Level 2     Level 3  
Cash and cash equivalents (1)   $ 33,698,585     $ 33,698,585     $     $  
Restricted cash (1)     1,301,000       1,301,000              
Marketable securities (2)     1,540,000                   1,540,000  
Contingent earn-out (3)     2,635,263                   2,635,263  
Total at fair value   $ 39,174,848     $ 34,999,585     $     $ 4,175,263  

 

    As of December 31, 2014  
Description:   Total     Level 1     Level 2     Level 3  
Cash and cash equivalents (1)   $ 32,459,009     $ 32,459,009     $     $  
Restricted cash (1)     1,301,000       1,301,000              
Marketable securities (2)     3,569,240       2,009,240             1,560,000  
Contingent earn-out (3)     2,602,105                   2,602,105  
Total at fair value   $ 39,931,354     $ 35,769,249     $     $ 4,162,105  

 

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(1) Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, totaling approximately $35.0 million and $33.8 million as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively, consist primarily of money market funds and checking accounts for which we determine fair value through quoted market prices.

 

(2) Marketable securities as of December 31, 2014 include an investment grade corporate bond for which we determined fair value through quoted market prices. Marketable securities also consist of two municipal ARS issued by the District of Columbia having a fair value totaling approximately $1.5 million and $1.6 million as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively. Historically, the fair value of ARS investments approximated par value due to the frequent resets through the auction process. Due to events in credit markets, the auction events, which historically have provided liquidity for these securities, have been unsuccessful. The result of a failed auction is that these ARS holdings will continue to pay interest in accordance with their terms at each respective auction date; however, liquidity of the securities will be limited until there is a successful auction, the issuer redeems the securities, the securities mature or until such time as other markets for these ARS holdings develop. For each of our ARS, we evaluate the risks related to the structure, collateral and liquidity of the investment, and forecast the probability of issuer default, auction failure, a successful auction at par, or a redemption at par, for each future auction period. Temporary impairment charges are recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss, whereas other-than-temporary impairment charges are recorded in our consolidated statement of operations. As of March 31, 2015, the Company determined that there was a decline in the fair value of its ARS investments of $310 thousand from its cost basis, which was deemed temporary and was included within accumulated other comprehensive loss. The Company used both a discounted cash flow and market approach model to determine the estimated fair value of its ARS investments. The assumptions used in preparing the discounted cash flow model include estimates for interest rate, timing and amount of cash flows and expected holding period of ARS.

 

(3) Contingent earn-out represents additional purchase consideration payable to the former shareholders of Management Diagnostics Limited based upon the achievement of specific 2017 audited revenue benchmarks. The probability of achieving each benchmark is based on Management’s assessment of the projected 2017 revenue. The present value of each probability weighted payment was calculated by discounting the probability weighted payment by the corresponding present value factor.

 

The following tables provide a reconciliation of the beginning and ending balance for the Company’s assets and liabilities measured at fair value using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3):

 

    Marketable
Securities
    Contingent
Earn-Out
 
Balance December 31, 2014   $ 1,560,000     $ 2,602,105  
Change in fair value     (20,000 )     33,158  
Balance March 31, 2015   $ 1,540,000     $ 2,635,263  

 

5. STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

The Company estimates the fair value of stock option awards on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. This determination is affected by the Company’s stock price as well as assumptions regarding expected volatility, risk-free interest rate, and expected dividend yields. Because option-pricing models require the use of subjective assumptions, changes in these assumptions can materially affect the fair value of the options. The weighted-average grant date fair value per share of stock option awards granted during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 was $0.41 and $0.41, respectively, using the Black-Scholes model with the following weighted-average assumptions:

 

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    For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2015     2014  
Expected option lives     3.0 years       3.0 years  
Expected volatility     35.82 %     35.93 %
Risk-free interest rate     0.98 %     0.82 %
Expected dividend yield     4.44 %     4.32 %

 

The value of each restricted stock unit awarded is equal to the closing price per share of the Company’s Common Stock on the date of grant. The weighted-average grant date fair value per share of restricted stock units granted during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 was $2.30 and $2.23, respectively.

 

For both option and restricted stock unit awards, the value of the portion of the award that is ultimately expected to vest is recognized as expense over the requisite service periods.

 

As of March 31, 2015, there remained 1,741,860 shares available for future awards under the Company’s 2007 Performance Incentive Plan (the “2007 Plan”). In connection with awards under both the 2007 Plan and awards issued outside of the Plan, the Company recorded approximately $373 thousand and $447 thousand of noncash stock-based compensation for the three month periods ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. As of March 31, 2015, there was approximately $3.0 million of unrecognized stock-based compensation expense remaining to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.4 years.

 

A summary of the activity of the 2007 Plan, and awards issued outside of the Plan pertaining to stock option grants is as follows:

 

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    Shares
Underlying
Awards
    Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
    Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value
($000)
    Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life (In Years)
 
Awards outstanding at December 31, 2014     4,246,041     $ 1.90                  
Options granted     35,000     $ 2.30                  
Options exercised     (281 )   $ 1.39                  
Options cancelled     (141,169 )   $ 1.83                  
Options expired     (53,153 )   $ 3.46                  
Awards outstanding at March 31, 2015     4,086,438     $ 1.89     $ 167       3.59  
Awards vested and expected to vest at March 31, 2015     3,940,457     $ 1.88     $ 163       3.59  
Awards exercisable at March 31, 2015     2,494,598     $ 1.86     $ 108       3.52  

 

A summary of the activity of the 2007 Plan pertaining to grants of restricted stock units is as follows:

 

    Shares
Underlying
Awards
    Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value
($000)
    Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life (In Years)
 
Awards outstanding at December 31, 2014     1,205,343                  
Restricted stock units granted     78,261                  
Restricted stock units vested     (124,376 )                
Restricted stock units cancelled     (12,501 )                
Awards outstanding at March 31, 2015     1,146,727     $ 2,064       2.60  
Awards vested and expected to vest at March 31, 2015     1,124,227     $ 2,023       2.59  

 

A summary of the status of the Company’s unvested share-based payment awards as of March 31, 2015 and changes in the three month period then ended, is as follows:

 

Unvested Awards   Number of Shares     Weighted
Average Grant
Date Fair Value
 
Shares underlying awards unvested at December 31, 2014     3,181,037     $ 1.16  
Shares underlying options granted     35,000     $ 0.41  
Shares underlying restricted stock units granted     78,261     $ 2.30  
Shares underlying options vested     (277,685 )   $ 0.51  
Shares underlying restricted stock units vested     (124,376 )   $ 2.22  
Shares underlying options cancelled     (141,169 )   $ 0.51  
Shares underlying restricted stock units cancelled     (12,501 )   $ 1.70  
Shares underlying awards unvested at March 31, 2015     2,738,567     $ 1.23  

 

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For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, the total fair value of share-based awards vested was approximately $427 thousand and $793 thousand, respectively. For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, the total intrinsic value of options exercised was $205 and $50 thousand, respectively. For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, approximately 35 thousand and 46 thousand stock options, respectively, were granted, and 281 and 63 thousand stock options, respectively, were exercised yielding $391 and $119 thousand, respectively, of cash proceeds to the Company. Additionally, for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, approximately 78 thousand and 471 thousand restricted stock units, respectively, were granted, and approximately 124 thousand and 262 thousand shares, respectively, were issued under restricted stock unit grants.

 

6. STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

Treasury Stock

 

In December 2000, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $10 million of the Company’s Common Stock, from time to time, in private purchases or in the open market. In February 2004, the Company’s Board of Directors approved the resumption of the stock repurchase program (the “Program”) under new price and volume parameters, leaving unchanged the maximum amount available for repurchase under the Program. However, the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock, voting separately as a single class, is necessary for the Company to repurchase its Common Stock (except for the purchase or redemption from employees, directors and consultants pursuant to agreements providing us with repurchase rights upon termination of their service with us), unless after such purchase we have unrestricted cash (net of all indebtedness for borrowed money, purchase money obligations, promissory notes or bonds) equal to at least two times the product obtained by multiplying the number of shares of Series B Preferred Stock outstanding at the time such dividend is paid by the liquidation preference. During the three-month periods ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company did not purchase any shares of Common Stock under the Program. Since inception of the Program, the Company has purchased a total of 5,453,416 shares of Common Stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $7.3 million.

 

In addition, pursuant to the terms of the Company’s 2007 Plan, and certain procedures adopted by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, in connection with the exercise of stock options by certain of the Company’s employees, and the issuance of shares of Common Stock in settlement of vested restricted stock units, the Company may withhold shares in lieu of payment of the exercise price and/or the minimum amount of applicable withholding taxes then due. Through March 31, 2015, the Company had withheld an aggregate of 1,579,446 shares which have been recorded as treasury stock. In addition, the Company received an aggregate of 208,270 shares as partial settlement of the working capital and debt adjustment from the acquisition of Corsis Technology Group II LLC and 3,338 shares as partial settlement of the working capital adjustment from the acquisition of Kikucall, Inc. These shares have been recorded as treasury stock.

 

Dividends

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.025 per share on its Common Stock and its Series B Preferred Stock on a converted common share basis. The dividend payment totaled approximately $1.0 million and $956 thousand, respectively.

 

7. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

The Company is party to legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business or otherwise, none of which is deemed material.

 

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8. NET LOSS PER SHARE OF COMMON STOCK

 

Basic net loss per share is computed using the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted net loss per share is computed using the weighted average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding during the period, so long as the inclusion of potential common shares does not result in a lower net loss per share. Potential common shares consist of restricted stock units (using the treasury stock method), the incremental common shares issuable upon the exercise of stock options (using the treasury stock method), and the conversion of the Company’s convertible preferred stock (using the if-converted method). For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, approximately 4.2 million and 6.1 million unvested restricted stock units and vested and unvested options to purchase Common Stock, respectively, were excluded from the calculation, as their effect would result in a lower net loss per share.

 

The following table reconciles the numerator and denominator for the calculation.

 

    For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2015     2014  
Basic and diluted net loss per share:                
Numerator:                
Net loss   $ (976,812 )   $ (1,126,125 )
Preferred stock cash dividends     (96,424 )     (96,424 )
Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per share                
Net loss available to common stockholders   $ (1,073,236 )   $ (1,222,549 )
Denominator:                
Weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding     34,779,165       34,206,260  
                 
Basic and diluted net loss per share:                
Net loss attributable to common stockholders   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.04 )

 

9. INCOME TAXES

 

Income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 was $232,441 and reflects an effective tax rate of 27%. There was no tax expense in the three months ended March 31, 2014. The current period tax primarily relates to the recognition of $180 thousand of a deferred tax liability associated with goodwill that is tax deductible but constitutes an indefinite lived intangible asset for financial reporting purposes, as well as the recognition of $52 thousand of income tax expense in certain jurisdictions where there are not net operating losses available to offset taxable income.

 

The Company accounts for its income taxes in accordance with ASC 740-10. Under ASC 740-10, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their tax bases. ASC 740-10 also requires that deferred tax assets be reduced by a valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized based on all available positive and negative evidence.

 

The Company had approximately $149 million of federal and state net operating loss carryforwards as of December 31, 2014, which results in deferred tax assets of approximately $63 million. The Company has a full valuation allowance against its deferred tax assets as management concluded that it was more likely than not that the Company would not realize the benefit of its deferred tax assets by generating sufficient taxable income in future years. The Company expects to continue to provide a full valuation allowance until, or unless, it can sustain a level of profitability that demonstrates its ability to utilize these assets.

 

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Subject to potential Section 382 limitations as discussed below, the federal losses are available to offset future taxable income through 2034 and expire from 2019 through 2034. Since the Company does business in various states and each state has its own rules with respect to the number of years losses may be carried forward, the state net operating loss carryforwards expire from 2015 through 2034. The net operating loss carryforward as of December 31, 2014 includes approximately $16 million related to windfall tax benefits for which a benefit would be recorded to additional paid in capital when realized. Based on operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and nine month projections, management expects to generate a tax loss in 2015 and no tax benefit has been recorded.

 

In accordance with Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code, the ability to utilize the Company’s net operating loss carryforwards could be limited in the event of a change in ownership and as such a portion of the existing net operating loss carryforwards may be subject to limitation.

 

10. BUSINESS CONCENTRATIONS AND CREDIT RISK

 

Financial instruments that subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist primarily of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash. The Company maintains all of its cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash in seven financial institutions, and performs periodic evaluations of the relative credit standing of these institutions. As of March 31, 2015, the Company’s cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash primarily consisted of money market funds and checking accounts.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, no individual client accounted for 10% or more of consolidated revenue. As of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, no individual client accounted for more than 10% of our gross accounts receivable balance.

 

The Company’s customers are primarily concentrated in the United States and Europe, and we carry accounts receivable balances. The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations, generally does not require collateral, and establishes an allowance for doubtful accounts based upon factors surrounding the credit risk of customers, historical trends and other information. To date, actual losses have been within management’s expectations.

 

11. RESTRUCTURING AND OTHER CHARGES

 

During the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company implemented a targeted reduction in force. Additionally, in assessing the ongoing needs of the organization, the Company elected to discontinue using certain software as a service, consulting and data providers, and elected to write-off certain previously capitalized software development projects. The actions were taken after a review of the Company’s cost structure with the goal of better aligning the cost structure with the Company’s revenue base. These restructuring efforts resulted in restructuring and other charges of approximately $3.4 million during the year ended December 31, 2012. Additionally, as a result of the Company’s acquisition of The Deal, LLC (“the Deal”) in September 2012, the Company discontinued the use of The Deal’s office space and implemented a reduction in force to eliminate redundant positions, resulting in restructuring and other charges of approximately $3.5 million during the year ended December 31, 2012. Collectively, these activities are referred to as the “2012 Restructuring”.

 

The following table displays the activity of the 2012 Restructuring reserve account during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014. The remaining balance as of March 31, 2015 relates to the lease for The Deal’s office space which expires in August 2021.

 

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    For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2015     2014  
Beginning balance   $ 1,384,736     $ 1,281,412  
Adjustment to prior estimate     8,130       80,190  
(Payments)/sublease income, net     (66,435 )     59,425  
Ending balance   $ 1,326,431     $ 1,421,027  

 

In March 2009, the Company announced and implemented a reorganization plan, including an approximate 8% reduction in the Company’s workforce, to align the Company’s resources with its strategic business objectives. Additionally, effective March 21, 2009, the Company’s then Chief Executive Officer tendered his resignation, effective May 8, 2009, the Company’s then Chief Financial Officer tendered his resignation, and in December 2009, the Company sold its Promotions.com subsidiary and entered into negotiations to sublease certain office space maintained by Promotions.com. As a result of these activities, the Company incurred restructuring and other charges of approximately $3.5 million during the year ended December 31, 2009 (the “2009 Restructuring”). During the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company recorded a reduction to previously estimated charges resulting in a net credit of approximately $289 thousand.

 

The following table displays the activity of the 2009 Restructuring reserve account during the three months ended March 31, 2014.

 

Beginning balance   $ 96,274  
Adjustment to prior estimate     (75,603 )
Net payments     (20,671 )
Ending balance   $ -  

 

12. OTHER LIABILITIES

 

Other liabilities consist of the following:

 

    March 31,
2015
    December 31,
2014
 
Acquisition contingent earn-out   $ 2,635,263     $ 2,602,105  
Deferred rent     2,195,734       2,301,999  
Restructuring charge     1,326,431       1,384,736  
Deferred revenue     875,261       619,443  
Other     4,002       1,892  
Total other liabilities   $ 7,036,691     $ 6,910,175  

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements – all statements contained in this quarterly report on Form 10-Q (the “Report”) that are not descriptions of historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to, the factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this Report, and in other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including, without limitation, the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (the “2014 Form 10-K”). Certain forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “forecasts,” “potential,” or “continue” or similar terms or the negative of these terms. All statements relating to our plans, strategies and objectives are deemed forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the filing of this Report; we have no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

 

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto.

 

Overview

 

TheStreet, Inc., together with its wholly owned subsidiaries (“TheStreet”, “we”, “us” or the “Company”), is a leading digital financial media company focused on the financial and mergers and acquisitions environment. 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.  Our mission is to provide investors and advisors with actionable ideas from the world of investing, finance and business, and dealmakers with sophisticated analysis of the mergers and acquisitions environment, in order to break down information barriers, level the playing field and help all individuals and organizations grow their wealth. With a robust suite of digital services, TheStreet offers the tools and insights needed to make informed decisions about earning, investing, saving and spending money. Since its inception in 1996, TheStreet believes it has distinguished itself from other financial media companies with its journalistic excellence, unbiased approach and interactive multimedia coverage of the financial markets, economy, industry trends, investment and financial planning.

 

We report revenue in two categories: subscription services and media. Subscription services is comprised of subscriptions, licenses and fees for access to securities investment information, stock market commentary, rate services, director and officer profiles, relationship capital management services, and transactional information pertaining to the mergers and acquisitions environment. Media is comprised of fees charged for the placement of advertising and sponsorships within TheStreet and our affiliated properties, our subscription and institutional services, and other miscellaneous revenue.

 

Critical Accounting Estimates

 

Our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based upon our condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The preparation of these financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expense during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Estimates and assumptions are reviewed periodically and the effects of revisions are reflected in the condensed consolidated financial statements in the period they are deemed to be necessary. Significant estimates made in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

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· useful lives of intangible assets,
· useful lives of fixed assets,
· the carrying value of goodwill, intangible assets and marketable securities,
· allowances for doubtful accounts and deferred tax assets,
· accrued expense estimates,
· reserves for estimated tax liabilities,
· estimates in connection with the allocation of the purchase price of Management Diagnostics Limited, The Deal, LLC and certain assets acquired from DealFlow Media, Inc. to the fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed,
· certain estimates and assumptions used in the calculation of the fair value of equity compensation issued to employees,
· restructuring charges, and
· the calculation of a contingent earn-out payment from the acquisition of Management Diagnostics Limited.

 

We perform annual impairment tests of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets as of September 30 each year and between annual tests whenever circumstances arise that indicate a possible impairment might exist.

 

In conducting our annual 2014 goodwill impairment test through our independent appraisal firm, we used the market approach for the valuation of our common stock and the income approach for our preferred shares. We also performed an income approach by using the discounted cash flow (“DCF”) method to confirm the reasonableness of the results of the common stock market approach. Based on these approaches, we determined the Company’s business enterprise value (common equity plus preferred equity) exceeded its book value. The fair value of our outstanding Preferred Shares requires significant judgments, including the estimation of the amount of time until a liquidation event occurs as well as an appropriate cash flow discount rate. Further, in assigning a fair value to our Preferred Stock, we also considered that the preferred shareholders are entitled to receive a $55 million liquidation preference upon liquidation or dissolution of the Company or upon any change of control event. Additionally, the holders of the Preferred Shares are entitled to receive dividends and to vote as a single class together with the holders of the Common Stock on an as-converted basis and, provided certain preferred share ownership levels are maintained, are entitled to representation on our board of directors and may unilaterally block issuance of certain classes of capital stock, the purchase or redemption of certain classes of capital stock, including Common Stock (with certain exceptions) and any increases in the per-share amount of dividends payable to the holders of the Common Stock.

 

In conducting our 2014 annual indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment test through our independent appraisal firm, we determined its fair value using the relief-from-royalty method. This analysis calculated the fair value as the present value of the future expenses avoided by owning the indefinite-lived trade name rather than having to license its use. We selected an appropriate royalty rate by reviewing licensing transactions for similar trade names and by considering the profitability associated with its operations. Based upon the analysis, we concluded that the book value of the indefinite-lived trade name was not impaired as of the September 30, 2014 valuation date.

 

A decrease in the price of our Common Stock, or changes in the estimated value of our Preferred Shares, could materially affect the determination of the fair value and could result in an impairment charge to reduce the carrying value of goodwill, which could be material to our financial position and results of operations.

 

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A summary of our critical accounting policies and estimates can be found in our 2014 Form 10-K.

 

Contingencies

 

Accounting for contingencies, including those matters described in the Commitments and Contingencies section of Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations of the Company’s 2014 Form 10-K, is highly subjective and requires the use of judgments and estimates in assessing their magnitude and likely outcome. In many cases, the outcomes of such matters will be determined by third parties, including governmental or judicial bodies. The provisions made in the consolidated financial statements, as well as the related disclosures, represent management’s best estimate of the then current status of such matters and their potential outcome based on a review of the facts and in consultation with outside legal counsel where deemed appropriate. The Company would record a material loss contingency in its consolidated financial statements if the loss is both probable of occurring and reasonably estimated. The Company regularly reviews contingencies and as new information becomes available may, in the future, adjust its associated liabilities.

 

Results of Operations

 

Comparison of Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and March 31, 2014

 

Net Revenue

 

    For the Three Months Ended March 31,        
Net revenue:   2015     Percent
of Total
Revenue
    2014     Percent
of Total
Revenue
    Percent
Change
 
Subscription services   $ 14,097,062       83 %   $ 11,449,867       80 %     23 %
Media     2,792,987       17 %     2,939,211       20 %     -5 %
Total net revenue   $ 16,890,049       100 %   $ 14,389,078       100 %     17 %

 

Subscription services . Subscription services revenue is comprised of subscriptions, licenses and fees for access to securities investment information, stock market commentary, rate services, director and officer profiles, relationship capital management services, and transactional information pertaining to the mergers and acquisitions environment. Revenue is recognized ratably over the contract period.

 

Subscription services revenue increased by approximately $2.6 million, or 23%, over the periods. The increase was the result of approximately $2.4 million of additional revenue related to the operations of Management Diagnostics Limited (“MDL”), which was acquired on October 31, 2014 and therefore did not contribute any revenue in the prior year period. Excluding MDL, revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2015 increased by approximately $261 thousand, or 2%, when compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014. The increase was primarily related to a 3% increase in the weighted-average number of subscriptions, partially offset by a 1% decrease in the average revenue recognized per subscription. The increase in the weighted average number of subscriptions was due to new subscribers to the Company’s newsletter products. The decrease in the average revenue recognized per subscription during the period was primarily the result of the mix of products sold.

 

Media . Media revenue is comprised of fees charged for the placement of advertising and sponsorships within TheStreet and its affiliated properties, our subscription and institutional services, and other miscellaneous revenue.

 

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Media revenue decreased by approximately $146 thousand, or 5%, over the periods. The decrease was primarily the result of reduced demand from repeat advertisers, while revenue from non-repeat advertisers was flat over the periods.

 

Operating Expense

 

    For the Three Months Ended March 31,        
Operating expense:   2015     Percent
of Total
Revenue
    2014     Percent
of Total
Revenue
    Percent
Change
 
Cost of services   $ 8,323,691       49 %   $ 7,737,965       54 %     8 %
Sales and marketing     4,511,089       27 %     4,101,285       29 %     10 %
General and administrative     3,787,871       22 %     2,978,570       21 %     27 %
Depreciation and amortization     978,236       6 %     735,861       5 %     33 %
Total operating expense   $ 17,600,887             $ 15,553,681               13 %

 

Cost of services. Cost of services expense consists primarily of compensation, benefits, outside contributor costs related to the creation of our content, licensed data and the technology required to publish our content.

 

Cost of services expense increased by approximately $586 thousand, or 8%, over the periods. The increase was the result of approximately $856 thousand of additional cost related to the operations of MDL, which was acquired on October 31, 2014 and therefore did not contribute any expense in the prior year period. Excluding MDL, cost of services expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 decreased by approximately $270 thousand, or 3%, when compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014. The decrease was primarily the result of reduced compensation and related expense due to a 6% decrease in average headcount (excluding the impact of headcount of MDL), as well as reduced revenue share payments made to certain distribution partners, recruiting fees, and computer services and supply costs, the aggregate of which decreased by approximately $432 thousand. These cost decreases were partially offset by higher outside contributor, data and consulting costs, the aggregate of which increased by approximately $221 thousand.

 

Sales and marketing. Sales and marketing expense consists primarily of compensation expense for the direct sales force, marketing services, and customer service departments, advertising and promotion expenses and credit card processing fees.

 

Sales and marketing expense increased by approximately $410 thousand, or 10%, over the periods. The increase was the result of approximately $423 thousand of additional cost related to the operations of MDL, which was acquired on October 31, 2014 and therefore did not contribute any expense in the prior year period. Excluding MDL, sales and marketing expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 decreased by approximately $13 thousand, or 0%, when compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014. The decrease was primarily the result of reduced advertising, promotion and public relations costs totaling $281 thousand partially offset by higher advertisement serving costs and compensation and related costs due to a 5% increase in average headcount (excluding the impact of headcount of MDL), the aggregate of which increased by approximately $256 thousand.

 

General and administrative . General and administrative expense consists primarily of compensation for general management, finance, technology, legal and administrative personnel, occupancy costs, professional fees, insurance and other office expenses.

 

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General and administrative expense increased by approximately $809 thousand, or 27%, over the periods. The increase was the result of approximately $716 thousand of additional cost related to the operations of MDL, which was acquired on October 31, 2014 and therefore did not contribute any expense in the prior year period. Excluding MDL, general and administrative expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 increased by approximately $93 thousand, or 3%, when compared to the three months ended March 31, 2014. The increase was primarily the result of higher professional fees and compensation related costs, the aggregate of which increased by approximately $188 thousand, partially offset by a reduction in consulting fees totaling approximately $68 thousand.

 

Depreciation and amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense increased by approximately $242 thousand, or 33%, over the periods. The increase was the result of approximately $244 thousand of additional cost related to the operations of MDL, which was acquired on October 31, 2014 and therefore did not contribute any expense in the prior year period.

 

Net Interest (Expense) Income

 

    For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
    Percent  
    2015     2014     Change  
Net interest (expense) income   $ (33,533 )   $ 38,478       -187 %

 

The change in net interest (expense) income was the result of interest expense related to the accretion of certain accrued expenses that were recorded in connection with prior acquisitions, reduced marketable securities balances and lower interest rates.

 

Provision for Income Taxes

 

Income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 was $232,441 and reflects an effective tax rate of 27%. There was no tax expense in the three months ended March 31, 2014. The current period tax primarily relates to the recognition of $180 thousand of a deferred tax liability associated with goodwill that is tax deductible but constitutes an indefinite lived intangible asset for financial reporting purposes, as well as the recognition of $52 thousand of income tax expense in certain jurisdictions where there are not net operating losses available to offset taxable income.

 

Net Loss Attributable to Common Stockholders

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the three months ended March 31, 2015 totaled approximately $1.1 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders totaling approximately $1.2 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our current assets as of March 31, 2015 consisted primarily of cash and cash equivalents and accounts receivable. Our current liabilities as of March 31, 2015 consisted primarily of deferred revenue, accrued expenses and accounts payable. As of March 31, 2015, our current assets totaled approximately $40.3 million, 12% greater than our current liabilities. With respect to many of our annual newsletter subscription products, we offer the ability to receive a refund during the first 30 days but none thereafter. We do not as a general matter offer refunds for advertising that has run.

 

We generally have invested in money market funds and other short-term, investment grade instruments that are highly liquid and of high quality, with the intent that such funds are available for sale for acquisition and operating purposes. As of March 31, 2015, our cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash totaled approximately $36.5 million, representing 33% of total assets. Our cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash primarily consisted of money market funds and checking accounts. Our marketable securities consisted of two municipal auction rate securities issued by the District of Columbia with a par value of approximately $1.9 million and a fair value of approximately $1.5 million that mature in the year 2038. Our total cash-related position is as follows:

 

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    March 31,
2015
    December 31,
2014
 
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 33,698,585     $ 32,459,009  
Current and noncurrent marketable securities     1,540,000       3,569,240  
Current and noncurrent restricted cash     1,301,000       1,301,000  
Total cash and cash equivalents, current and noncurrent marketable securities and current and noncurrent restricted cash   $ 36,539,585     $ 37,329,249  

 

Financial instruments that subject us to concentrations of credit risk consist primarily of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash. We maintain all of our cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash in seven financial institutions, and we perform periodic evaluations of the relative credit standing of these institutions.

 

Net cash provided by operating activities for the three-month period ended March 31, 2015 totaled approximately $845 thousand, as compared to net cash provided by operating activities totaling approximately $2.4 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014. The reduction in net cash provided by operating activities was primarily the result of changes in the balances of accrued expenses, prepaid expenses and accounts payable over the periods. These declines were partially offset by increased noncash expenses.

 

Net cash provided by investing activities for the three-month period ended March 31, 2015 totaled approximately $1.3 million, as compared to net cash provided by investing activities totaling approximately $3.0 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014. The reduction in net cash provided by investing activities was primarily the result of fewer maturities of marketable securities as well as increased capital expenditures.

 

Net cash used in financing activities for the three-month period ended March 31, 2015 totaled approximately $1.0 million, as compared to net cash used in financing activities totaling approximately $872 thousand for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014. The increase in net cash used in financing activities was primarily the result of decreased cash received from the exercise of stock options.

 

We have a total of approximately $1.3 million of cash that serves as collateral for outstanding letters of credit, which cash is classified as restricted. The letters of credit serve as security deposits for office space in New York City.

 

We believe that our current cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to meet our anticipated cash needs for at least the next 12 months. We are committed to cash expenditures in an aggregate amount of approximately $5.2 million through March 31, 2016, primarily related to operating leases and minimum payments due under an employment agreement.

 

As of December 31, 2014, we had approximately $149 million of federal and state net operating loss carryforwards, which results in deferred tax assets of approximately $63 million. Based on operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and nine month projections, management expects to generate a tax loss in 2015 and no tax benefit has been recorded. We maintain a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets as management concluded that it is more likely than not that we will not realize the benefit of our deferred tax assets by generating sufficient taxable income in future years. We expect to continue to maintain a full valuation allowance until, or unless, we can sustain a level of profitability that demonstrates our ability to utilize these assets.

 

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In accordance with Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code, the ability to utilize our net operating loss carryforwards could be limited in the event of a change in ownership and as such a portion of the existing net operating loss carryforwards may be subject to limitation.

 

Treasury Stock

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Company’s 2007 Performance Incentive Plan, and certain procedures adopted by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors, in connection with the exercise of stock options by certain of our employees, and the issuance of shares of Common Stock in settlement of vested restricted stock units, we may withhold shares in lieu of payment of the exercise price and/or the minimum amount of applicable withholding taxes then due. Through March 31, 2015, we have withheld an aggregate of 1,579,446 shares which have been recorded as treasury stock. In addition, we received an aggregate of 208,270 shares as partial settlement of the working capital and debt adjustment from the acquisition of Corsis Technology Group II LLC and 3,338 shares as partial settlement of the working capital adjustment from the acquisition of Kikucall, Inc. These shares have also been recorded as treasury stock.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

 

We believe that our market risk exposures are immaterial as we do not have instruments for trading purposes, and reasonable possible near-term changes in market rates or prices will not result in material near-term losses in earnings, material changes in fair values or cash flows for all instruments.

 

We maintain all of our cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash in seven financial institutions, and we perform periodic evaluations of the relative credit standing of these institutions. However, no assurances can be given that the third party institutions will retain acceptable credit ratings or investment practices.

 

Following our acquisition of MDL, we expect that fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates will have an effect on our operating results.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures: The Company carried out an evaluation, as required by Rule 13a-15(b) under the Exchange Act, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Exchange Act, as of the end of the period covered by this report (the “Evaluation Date”). Based on such evaluation, such officers have concluded that, as of the Evaluation Date, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms and to provide reasonable assurance that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting: In October of 2014, the Company completed the acquisition of MDL. See Note 2 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Acquisition) for additional information. As permitted by applicable guidelines established by the SEC, our management excluded the MDL operations from its assessment of internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2015.

 

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The Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has determined that during the period covered by this report, there were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, these internal controls over financial reporting.

 

PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

 

The Company is party to legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business or otherwise, none of which is deemed material.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

 

In addition to the other information set forth in this report, you should carefully consider the information set forth in Part I, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 5, 2015.

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 5. Other Information.

 

Not applicable.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits.

 

The following exhibits are filed herewith or are incorporated by reference to exhibits previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission:

 

Exhibit       Incorporated by Reference
Number   Description   Form   File No.   Exhibit   Filing Date
3.1   Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company   8-K   000-25779   3.1   March 19, 2015
                     
31.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002                
                     
31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002                
                     
32.1   Certifications of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002                
                     
32.2   Certifications of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002                
                     
101.INS*   XBRL Instance Document                
                     
101.SCH*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document                
                     
101.CAL*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Document                
                     
101.DEF*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definitions Document                
                     
101.LAB*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Document                
                     
101.PRE*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Document                

 

 

 

*  

Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, this interactive data file is deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, is deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  THESTREET, INC.  
       
Date: May 8, 2015 By: /s/ Elisabeth DeMarse  
    Name: Elisabeth DeMarse
    Title: Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer)
       
Date: May 8, 2015 By: /s/ John Ferrara  
    Name: John Ferrara
    Title: Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer)
         

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

The following exhibits are filed herewith or are incorporated by reference to exhibits previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission:

 

Exhibit       Incorporated by Reference
Number   Description   Form   File No.   Exhibit   Filing Date
3.1   Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company   8-K   000-25779   3.1   March 19, 2015
                     
31.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002                
                     
31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002                
                     
32.1   Certifications of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002                
                     
32.2   Certifications of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002                
                     
101.INS*   XBRL Instance Document                
                     
101.SCH*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document                
                     
101.CAL*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Document                
                     
101.DEF*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definitions Document                
                     
101.LAB*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Document                
                     
101.PRE*   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Document                

 

 

 

*  

Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, this interactive data file is deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, is deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.1

 

CERTIFICATION

 

I, Elisabeth DeMarse, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of TheStreet, Inc.;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: May 8, 2015 By: /s/ Elisabeth DeMarse  
    Name: Elisabeth DeMarse
    Title: Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer)
         

 

 

 

Exhibit 31.2

 

CERTIFICATION

 

I, John Ferrara, certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of TheStreet, Inc.;

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

 

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Date: May 8, 2015 By: /s/ John Ferrara  
    Name: John Ferrara
    Title: Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer)
         

 

 

 

Exhibit 32.1

 

Certification Pursuant to

18 U.S.C. Section 1350,

As Adopted Pursuant to

Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of TheStreet, Inc. (the "Company") for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the "Report"), I, Elisabeth DeMarse, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, hereby certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that to my knowledge:

 

(1)          The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

(2)          The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

/s/ Elisabeth DeMarse  
Name: Elisabeth DeMarse  
Title: Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer)  
May 8, 2015  

 

 

 

Exhibit 32.2

 

Certification Pursuant to

18 U.S.C. Section 1350,

As Adopted Pursuant to

Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of TheStreet, Inc. (the "Company") for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the "Report"), I, John Ferrara, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, hereby certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that to my knowledge:

 

(1)          The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

(2)          The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

/s/ John Ferrara  
Name: John Ferrara  
Title: Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer)  
May 8, 2015