Exhibit 99.1

 

 

 

 

TheStreet Reports Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2014 Results

FY 2014 Revenue of $61.1M, up 12%, with Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $2.8M, up 32%

 

NEW YORK March 4, 2015 –

TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST), a leading digital financial media company, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2014. For the fourth quarter, the Company reported revenue of $17.3 million, net loss of ($1.6) million and Adjusted EBITDA of $1.1 million. For the full year, the Company reported revenue of $61.1 million, net loss of ($3.8) million and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.8 million.

 

“Our 2014 performance demonstrates our strategy of growing subscription business through BoardEx, a significant acquisition that complements our existing products and expands our customer base and service offerings,” said Elisabeth DeMarse, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

“In 2015, we will continue to focus on growing subscription across The Deal and retail platforms through strengthening our synergies as well as through improving user experience on our free sites. We believe that we are well positioned for future growth as we expect interest to increase and the financial markets to continue the upward movement,” concluded DeMarse.

 

 

Fourth Quarter Results

 

Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $17.3 million, an increase of 17% from $14.8 million in the prior year period. Subscription Services revenue in the fourth quarter was $13.3 million, an increase of 17% compared to the prior year period primarily due to organic growth in subscription newsletters and The Deal pipeline, as well as revenue from the BoardEx acquisition. Media revenue in the fourth quarter was $4.0 million, an increase of 16% compared to the prior year period primarily due to higher demand from both repeat and non-repeat advertisers.

 

Operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $18.4 million, an increase of 25% compared to the prior year period primarily due to transaction related costs and BoardEx operating expenses.

 

Net loss in the fourth quarter was ($1.6) million compared to net income of $0.2 million in the prior year period. The net loss for the quarter was primarily due to transaction related costs and a provision for deferred income taxes. The Company reported basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.05) in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to a net income per share of $0.01 in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.1 million in the fourth quarter compared to $1.6 million in the prior year period.

 

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Full Year Results

 

Revenue for the full year 2014 was $61.1 million, an increase of 12% from $54.5 million in the prior year. Subscription Services revenue for the full year was $48.0 million, an increase of 10% compared to the prior year primarily due to organic growth in subscription newsletters and The Deal pipeline, as well as revenue from the BoardEx acquisition. Media revenue for the full year was $13.0 million, an increase of 19% from the prior year primarily due to higher demand from both repeat and non-repeat advertisers.

 

Operating expenses for the full year were $64.5 million, an increase of 10% compared to the prior year primarily due to transaction related costs and BoardEx operating expenses.

 

Net loss for the year was ($3.8) million compared to a net loss of ($3.8) million in the prior year. The Company reported basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.12) for the full year compared to a net loss per share of ($0.11) for the prior year. Excluding transaction related costs, net loss for the year was ($2.2) million and net loss per share attributable to common stockholders for the year was ($0.08). Adjusted EBITDA for the full year was $2.8 million compared to $2.1 million for the prior year.

 

The company generated $3.6 million in operating cash flow for year ended December 31, 2014, compared to of $2.5 million for the prior year, an increase of 43%. The Company ended the year with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $37.3 million.

 

Selected Operating Metrics

 

·For total Subscription Services:

 

oBookings were $14.6 million for the fourth quarter, which includes the impact of BoardEx acquisition, an increase of 27% from the prior year period.

 

oBookings for the full year were $49.6 million, compared to $45.0 million in the prior year, an increase of 10%.

 

·For Subscription Newsletters(2):

 

oThe number of paid subscriptions at the end of the period was 83,700, an increase of 7% from the prior year and 1% sequentially.

 

oAverage revenue per user for the fourth quarter decreased (2%) compared to the prior period and was unchanged sequentially.

 

oAverage monthly churn was 3% for the fourth quarter, compared to 2% in the prior year period and 3% sequentially(3).

 

 

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Conference Call Information

 

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

 

To participate in the call, please dial (888) 395-3227 (domestic) or (719) 325-2215 (international). The Conference ID number is 3661898. This call is being webcast and can be accessed in the Investor Relations section of TheStreet website at http://investor-relations.thestreet.com/events.cfm. A replay of the webcast will be available on our website.

 

About TheStreet

 

TheStreet, Inc. (www.t.st) is a leading independent digital financial media company providing business and financial news, investing ideas and analysis to personal and institutional investors worldwide.  The Company's portfolio of business and personal finance brands includes: TheStreet, RealMoney, Action Alerts PLUS and MainStreet. To learn more, visit www.thestreet.com.  The Deal, the Company's institutional business, provides intraday coverage of mergers and acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control and through its BoardEx product, director and officer profiles. To learn more, visit www.thedeal.com and www.boardex.com. RateWatch, the Company’s business unit that 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 uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance, including "EBITDA," "Adjusted EBITDA" and "free cash flow." EBITDA is adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. This non-GAAP measure is provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes that the non-GAAP EBITDA results are an important indicator of the operational strength of the Company's business and provide an indication of the Company's ability to service debt and fund 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 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.

 

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(2) Subscription newsletters includes investing newsletters and excludes subscriptions from The Deal, DealFlow Media, BoardEx and Rate Watch.

 

(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, 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 the recent acquisition of BoardEx, growth initiatives and expectations for 2015. 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, our ability to improve the user experience and optimize our free sites and generate new subscription revenue; our ability to successfully integrate BoardEx and other acquisitions; 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:

John Ferrara

Chief Financial Officer

TheStreet, Inc.

212-321-5234

ir@thestreet.com

 

John Evans

Investor Relations
PIR Communications
415-309-0230
ir@thestreet.com

 

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THESTREET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

ASSETS  December 31, 2014  December 31, 2013
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $32,459,009   $45,443,759 
Marketable securities   2,009,240    9,426,875 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful          
   accounts of $318,141 at December 31, 2014 and $202,207 at          
   December 31, 2013   5,103,899    4,502,344 
Other receivables   549,933    299,687 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   987,693    1,167,029 
Restricted cash   639,750    139,750 
      Total current assets   41,749,524    60,979,444 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation          
   and amortization of $4,003,538 at December 31, 2014          
   and $9,212,676 at December 31, 2013   2,926,825    3,381,572 
Marketable securities   1,560,000    3,670,860 
Other assets   77,052    21,800 
Goodwill   44,810,467    27,997,286 
Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $12,896,782          
   at December 31, 2014 and $13,817,447 at December 31, 2013   20,147,209    11,681,815 
Restricted cash   661,250    1,161,250 
      Total assets  $111,932,327   $108,894,027 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $2,474,737   $2,352,521 
Accrued expenses   6,279,082    4,338,423 
Deferred revenue   26,427,816    22,122,763 
Other current liabilities   1,241,508    957,741 
      Total current liabilities   36,423,143    29,771,448 
Deferred tax liability   728,899    288,000 
Other liabilities   6,910,175    4,671,421 
      Total liabilities   44,062,217    34,730,869 
Stockholders' Equity:          
Preferred stock; $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares          
   authorized; 5,500 shares issued and 5,500 shares          
   outstanding at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013.;          
   the aggregate liquidation preference totals $55,000,000 as of          
   December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013   55    55 
Common stock; $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares          
   authorized; 41,967,369 shares issued and 34,727,641          
   shares outstanding at December 31, 2014, and 41,058,246          
   shares issued and 34,044,339 shares outstanding at          
   December 31, 2013   419,674    410,582 
Additional paid-in capital   271,943,049    273,861,536 
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (227,476)   (178,183)
Treasury stock at cost; 7,239,728 shares at December 31, 2014          
   and 7,013,907 shares at December 31, 2013   (12,908,943)   (12,364,460)
Accumulated deficit   (191,356,249)   (187,566,372)
      Total stockholders' equity   67,870,110    74,163,158 
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $111,932,327   $108,894,027 

 

 

 

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THESTREET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

  For the Three Months Ended For the Year Ended
  December 31,  December 31,
   2014  2013  2014  2013
Net revenue:                    
Subscription services  $13,313,169   $11,369,956   $48,035,953   $43,549,359 
Media   3,969,642    3,431,147    13,017,265    10,901,052 
   Total net revenue   17,282,811    14,801,103    61,053,218    54,450,411 
Operating expense:                    
Cost of services   8,832,742    6,824,032    31,730,740    27,431,566 
Sales and marketing   4,397,243    3,809,192    15,600,129    14,453,465 
General and administrative   4,124,740    2,988,348    13,946,681    12,218,964 
Depreciation and amortization   1,000,469    1,006,253    3,179,377    3,768,536 
Restructuring and other charges   —      —      —      385,610 
Loss on disposition of assets   —      —      —      187,434 
     Total operating expense   18,355,194    14,627,825    64,456,927    58,445,575 
     Operating (loss) income   (1,072,383)   173,278    (3,403,709)   (3,995,164)
Net interest (expense) income   (7,792)   39,579    88,993    209,463 
Net (loss) income before income taxes   (1,080,175)   212,857    (3,314,716)   (3,785,701)
Provision for income taxes   475,161    —      475,161    —   
Net (loss) income   (1,555,336)   212,857    (3,789,877)   (3,785,701)
Preferred stock cash dividends   96,424    —      385,696    —   
Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders  $(1,651,760)  $212,857   $(4,175,573)  $(3,785,701)
Basic net (loss) income per share:                    
     Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders  $(0.05)  $0.01   $(0.12)  $(0.11)
Diluted net (loss) income per share:                    
     Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders  $(0.05)  $0.01   $(0.12)  $(0.11)
Cash dividends declared and paid per common share  $0.025   $—     $0.010   $—   
Weighted average basic shares outstanding   34,469,494    33,936,814    34,370,843    33,725,317 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   34,469,494    34,704,620    34,370,843    33,725,317 
Reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA - see note (1):                    
Net (loss) income  $(1,555,336)  $212,857   $(3,789,877)  $(3,785,701)
Provision for income taxes   475,161    —      475,161    —   
Net interest (expense) income   7,792    (39,579)   (88,993)   (209,463)
Depreciation and amortization   1,000,469    1,006,253    3,179,377    3,768,536 
EBITDA   (71,914)   1,179,531    (224,332)   (226,628)
Restructuring and other charges   —      —      —      385,610 
Stock based compensation   420,039    465,946    1,774,761    1,681,988 
Recovery of previously impaired investment   (255,000)   —      (255,000)   —   
Loss on disposition of assets   —      —      —      187,434 
Transaction related costs   1,007,981    (20,000)   1,548,884    121,118 
Adjusted EBITDA  $1,101,106   $1,625,477   $2,844,313   $2,149,522 

 

 

 

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THESTREET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

   For the Year Ended December 31,
   2014  2013
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:          
Net loss  $(3,789,877)  $(3,785,701)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in)          
   operating activities:          
Stock-based compensation expense   1,774,761    1,681,988 
Provision for doubtful accounts   189,992    81,392 
Depreciation and amortization   3,179,377    3,768,536 
Deferred taxes   440,899    —   
Restructuring and other charges   —      393,195 
Deferred rent   (325,147)   (322,533)
Noncash barter activity   —      20,000 
Loss (gain) on disposition of assets   —      187,434 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
    Accounts receivable   189,008    1,450,605 
    Other receivables   573,028    951,116 
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets   268,677    296,012 
    Other assets   14,138    (6,675)
    Accounts payable   73,567    (1,463,684)
    Accrued expenses   979,331    (1,384,257)
    Deferred revenue   (144,069)   517,882 
    Other current liabilities   212,149    114,950 
    Other liabilities   (83,749)   (21,908)
          Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   3,552,085    2,478,352 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:          
Sale and maturity of marketable securities   9,420,434    22,247,394 
Capital expenditures   (1,931,173)   (1,118,679)
Purchase of Management Diagnostics Limited   (19,922,072)   —   
Proceeds from the disposition of assets   —      71,881 
Purchase of assets from DealFlow Media, Inc.   —      (1,764,716)
          Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (12,432,811)   19,435,880 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:          
Cash dividends paid on common stock   (3,476,893)   —   
Cash dividends paid on preferred stock   (385,696)   —   
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options   302,977    74,366 
Shares withheld on RSU vesting to pay for withholding taxes   (544,483)   (390,199)
          Net cash used in financing activities   (4,104,095)   (315,833)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   71    —   
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (12,984,750)   21,598,399 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   45,443,759    23,845,360 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $32,459,009   $45,443,759 
Noncash investing and financing activities:          
Stock issued for business combination  $—     $780,863 
Reconciliation of net loss to free cash flow - see note (1):          
Net loss  $(3,789,877)  $(3,785,701)
Noncash expenditures   5,259,882    5,810,012 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   2,082,080    454,041 
Capital expenditures   (1,931,173)   (1,118,679)
Free cash flow  $1,620,912   $1,359,673 

 

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The following information was filed by Thestreet, Inc. (TST) on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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