Exhibit 99.1

 

 

TheStreet Reports Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2015 Results;
FY 2015 Revenue of $67.7M, up 11%, with Adjusted EBITDA of
$4.2M, up 49%

 

·Subscription Revenue of $55.2 million, up 15% year-over-year.

·Media Revenue of $12.5 million, down 4% year-over-year.

·Full year GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.9 million, or $0.06 per share, versus a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $4.2 million, or $0.12 per share in the prior year.
·Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $30.7 million.

 

NEW YORKMarch 8, 2016/PRNewswire/ — TheStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: TST) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

 

For the fourth quarter, the Company reported revenue of $17.0 million, net loss attributable to common stockholders of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $1.7 million. For the full year, the Company reported revenue of $67.7 million, net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.9 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.2 million.

 

“This year we are investing in the business," said Larry Kramer, Chairman and Interim CEO. "We will be launching new versions of our products and unveiling our newly expanded news operation that will be serving all of our businesses. TheStreet, The Deal, BoardEx and our improved premium subscription products will all benefit from significant strategic investments in technology, marketing and content."

 

Fourth Quarter Results

 

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $17.0 million, a decrease of $0.3 million, or 2%, from $17.3 million in the prior year. Excluding revenue associated with Management Diagnostics Limited (“MDL”), which was acquired on October 31, 2014 and therefore contributed only two months of revenue during 2014, revenue totaled $14.5 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 7%, from $15.7 million in the prior year. Subscription services revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $13.4 million, an increase of $0.1 million, or 1%, from $13.3 million in the prior year. Excluding revenue associated with MDL, subscription services revenue totaled $11.0 million, a decrease of $0.7 million, or 6%, from $11.7 million in the prior year. The decrease was primarily related to a 7% decrease in the weighted-average number of subscriptions partially offset by a 1% increase in the average revenue recognized per subscription. Media revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $3.6 million, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 11%, from $4.0 million in the prior year.

 

 

 

  

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $16.7 million, a decrease of $1.6 million, or 9%, from $18.4 million in the prior year. Excluding operating expenses associated with MDL, operating expenses totaled $14.7 million, a decrease of $1.4 million, or 9%, from $16.1 million in the prior year. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $0.3 million compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.7 million in the prior year. The Company reported basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.01 for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to a net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.05 for the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $1.7 million compared to $1.1 million for the prior year. The increase was the result of a reduction in the Company’s net loss partially offset by the absence of costs incurred in 2014 related to the acquisition of MDL.

 

Full Year Results

 

Revenue for the full year 2015 was $67.7 million, an increase of $6.6 million, or 11%, from $61.1 million in the prior year. Excluding revenue associated with MDL, revenue totaled $57.9 million, a decrease of $1.5 million, or 3%, from $59.4 million in the prior year. Subscription services revenue for the full year 2015 was $55.2 million, an increase of $7.2 million, or 15%, from $48.0 million in the prior year. Excluding revenue associated with MDL, subscription services revenue totaled $45.5 million, a decrease of $0.9 million, or 2%, from $46.4 million in the prior year. The decrease was primarily related to a 2% decrease in the weighted-average number of subscriptions. Media revenue for the full year 2015 was $12.5 million, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 4%, from $13.0 million in the prior year.

 

Operating expenses for the full year 2015 were $67.9 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 5%, from $64.5 million in the prior year. Excluding operating expenses associated with MDL, operating expenses totaled $59.1 million, a decrease of $3.0 million, or 5%, from $62.2 million in the prior year. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the full year 2015 was $1.9 million compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $4.2 million in the prior year. The Company reported basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.06 for the full year 2015 compared to a net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.12 for the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2015 was $4.2 million compared to $2.8 million for the prior year, an increase of $1.4 million, or 49%. The increase was the result of a reduction in the Company’s net loss combined with increased noncash depreciation and amortization expense, partially offset by the absence of costs incurred in 2014 related to the acquisition of MDL.

 

 

 

 

The company generated $0.9 million of operating cash flow for year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $3.6 million for the prior year. The decline was the result of changes in the Company’s assets and liabilities over the periods, partially offset by a reduction in net loss. The Company ended the year with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $30.7 million, as compared to $37.3 million as of December 31, 2014. The decrease was primarily the result of dividend payments combined with capital expenditures.

 

Fourth Quarter 2015 Business Highlights

 

For Total Subscription Services:

·BoardEx substantially increased its database to include Private Equity, Investment Banker, Attorney and M&A profiles.
·Continued rollout of BoardEx mobile and expansion of alerts.
·Subscription bookings totaled $14.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, inclusive of the impact of MDL, a decrease of $0.5 million, or 4%, from the prior year. Excluding MDL, bookings decreased by $2.0 million, or 16%, from the prior year.

 

For Subscription Newsletters(2):

·The number of paid subscriptions at December 31, 2015 was 76,800, a decrease of 6,900, or 8%, when compared to December 31, 2014, and a decrease of 1,000, or 1%, when compared to September 30, 2015.
·Average revenue per subscription for the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased 3% when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 and decreased 2% when compared to the third quarter of 2015.
·Average monthly churn(3) was 4.7% for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 3.4% for the fourth quarter of 2014, and flat when compared to the third quarter of 2015.

 

For Media:

·Fourth quarter 2015 total page views increased 22% when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, and increased 4% when compared to the third quarter of 2015.
·Fourth quarter 2015 free search traffic increased 145% when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, and increased 15% when compared to the third quarter of 2015.

 

 

 

  

Full Year Business Highlights

 

For Total Subscription Services:

·Subscription bookings totaled $54.0 million for the full year 2015, inclusive of the impact of MDL, an increase of $4.4 million, or 9%, from the prior year. Excluding MDL, bookings decreased by $3.6 million, or 8%, from the prior year.

 

For Media:

·Full year total page views increased 24% year-over-year.
·Full year free search traffic increased 123% year-over-year.

 

Conference Call Information

 

TheStreet will discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year today at 4:30 p.m. EST.

 

To participate in the call, please dial 888-481-2844 (domestic) or 719-325-2495 (international). The conference code is 3524955. This call is being webcast and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of TheStreet website at http://investor-relations.thestreet.com/events.cfm.

 

A replay of the webcast will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and remain available for approximately 90 calendar days.

 

About TheStreet

 

TheStreet, Inc. (www.t.st) is a leading independent digital financial 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 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 income/loss plus non-cash expenses net of gains/losses on dispositions of assets, less changes in operating assets and liabilities and capital expenditures. The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure is an important indicator of the Company's financial results because it gives investors a view of the Company's ability to generate cash.

 

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

 

(3) Average monthly churn rate is defined as subscriber terminations/expirations in the quarter divided by the sum of the beginning subscribers and gross subscriber additions for the quarter, then divided by three.  Subscriptions that are on a free-trial basis are not regarded as added or terminated unless the subscription is active at the end of the free-trial period.

 

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding planned investments in our business, improved premium subscription products and expectations for 2016. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might contribute to such differences include, among others, economic downturns and the general state of the economy, including the financial markets and mergers and acquisitions environment; our ability to drive revenue, and increase or retain current subscription revenue, particularly in light of the investments in our expanded news operations; our ability to develop new products; competition and other factors set forth in our filings with the SEC, which are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot guarantee future results or occurrences. The Company disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

 

 

 

  

Contacts:

Eric Lundberg

Chief Financial Officer

TheStreet, Inc.

ir@thestreet.com

 

John Evans

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

 

 

 

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   December 31, 
   2015   2014 
ASSETS          
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $28,445,416   $32,459,009 
Marketable securities   -    2,009,240 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful   accounts of $357,417 at December 31, 2015 and $318,141 at  December 31, 2014   5,102,464    5,103,899 
Other receivables   790,148    549,933 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,205,708    987,693 
Restricted cash   161,250    639,750 
 Total current assets   35,704,986    41,749,524 
           
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation  and amortization of $4,804,411 at December 31, 2015  and $4,003,538 at December 31, 2014   2,773,737    2,926,825 
Marketable securities   1,590,000    1,560,000 
Other assets   329,885    77,052 
Goodwill   43,318,670    44,810,467 
Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $15,674,328  at December 31, 2015 and $12,896,782 at December 31, 2014   18,674,376    20,147,209 
Restricted cash   500,000    661,250 
 Total assets  $102,891,654   $111,932,327 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $2,494,341   $2,474,737 
Accrued expenses   5,161,981    6,279,082 
Deferred revenue   24,738,780    26,427,816 
Other current liabilities   1,235,551    1,241,508 
 Total current liabilities   33,630,653    36,423,143 
Deferred tax liability   1,906,295    728,899 
Other liabilities   5,360,467    6,910,175 
 Total liabilities   40,897,415    44,062,217 
           
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, 2015 and December 31, 2014;  the aggregate liquidation preference totals $55,000,000 as of  December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014   55    55 
Common stock; $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares  authorized; 42,458,779 shares issued and 35,123,132  shares outstanding at December 31, 2015, and 41,967,369  shares issued and 34,727,641 shares outstanding at  December 31, 2014   424,588    419,674 
Additional paid-in capital   269,524,415    271,943,049 
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (1,999,026)   (227,476)
Treasury stock at cost; 7,335,647 shares at December 31, 2015  and 7,239,728 shares at December 31, 2014   (13,056,541)   (12,908,943)
Accumulated deficit   (192,899,252)   (191,356,249)
 Total stockholders' equity   61,994,239    67,870,110 
           
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $102,891,654   $111,932,327 

 

 

 

  

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

   For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
   For the Year Ended December
31,
 
   2015   2014   2015   2014 
Net revenue:                    
Subscription services  $13,414,705   $13,313,169   $55,205,507   $48,035,953 
Media   3,552,583    3,969,642    12,450,393    13,017,265 
 Total net revenue   16,967,288    17,282,811    67,655,900    61,053,218 
                     
Operating expense:                    
Cost of services   7,998,845    8,832,742    33,615,867    31,730,740 
Sales and marketing   3,862,520    4,397,243    16,190,749    15,600,129 
General and administrative   3,755,159    4,124,740    15,000,439    13,946,681 
Depreciation and amortization   1,124,255    1,000,469    4,309,094    3,179,377 
Restructuring and other charges   -    -    (1,221,224)   - 
 Total operating expense   16,740,779    18,355,194    67,894,925    64,456,927 
 Operating income (loss)   226,509    (1,072,383)   (239,025)   (3,403,709)
Net interest (expense) income   (25,341)   (7,792)   (122,637)   88,993 
Net income (loss) before income taxes   201,168    (1,080,175)   (361,662)   (3,314,716)
Provision for income taxes   450,425    475,161    1,181,341    475,161 
Net loss   (249,257)   (1,555,336)   (1,543,003)   (3,789,877)
Preferred stock cash dividends   96,424    96,424    385,696    385,696 
Net loss attributable to common stockholders  $(345,681)  $(1,651,760)  $(1,928,699)  $(4,175,573)
                     
Basic and diluted net loss per share:                    
 Net loss attributable to common stockholders  $(0.01)  $(0.05)  $(0.06)  $(0.12)
                     
Cash dividends declared and paid per common share  $0.025   $0.025   $0.010   $0.010 
                     
Weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding   34,873,511    34,469,494    34,839,233    34,370,843 
                     
Reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA - see note (1):                    
Net income (loss)  $(249,257)  $(1,555,336)  $(1,543,003)  $(3,789,877)
Provision for income taxes   450,425    475,161    1,181,341    475,161 
Net interest expense (income)   25,341    7,792    122,637    (88,993)
Depreciation and amortization   1,124,255    1,000,469    4,309,094    3,179,377 
EBITDA   1,350,764    (71,914)   4,070,069    (224,332)
Restructuring and other charges   -    -    (1,221,224)   - 
Stock based compensation   440,886    420,039    1,570,142    1,774,761 
Recovery of previously impaired investment   (50,197)   (255,000)   (197,190)   (255,000)
Transaction related costs   -    1,007,981    25,847    1,548,884 
Adjusted EBITDA  $1,741,453   $1,101,106   $4,247,644   $2,844,313 

 

 

 

 

THESTREET, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

   For the Year Ended December 31, 
   2015   2014 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:          
Net loss  $(1,543,003)  $(3,789,877)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in)  operating activities:          
Stock-based compensation expense   1,570,142    1,774,761 
Provision for doubtful accounts   280,383    189,992 
Depreciation and amortization   4,309,094    3,179,377 
Deferred taxes   1,177,396    440,899 
Deferred rent   (120,400)   (325,147)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
 Accounts receivable   (304,156)   189,008 
 Other receivables   (242,563)   573,028 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (223,375)   268,677 
 Other assets   (66,556)   14,138 
 Accounts payable   22,452    73,567 
 Accrued expenses   (1,146,629)   979,331 
 Deferred revenue   (1,109,538)   (144,069)
 Other current liabilities   (311,049)   212,149 
 Other liabilities   (1,401,639)   (83,749)
 Net cash provided by operating activities   890,559    3,552,085 
           
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:          
Sale and maturity of marketable securities   2,005,484    9,420,434 
Capital expenditures   (3,365,509)   (1,931,173)
Restricted cash   639,750    - 
Purchase of Management Diagnostics Limited   50,494    (19,922,072)
 Net cash used in investing activities   (669,781)   (12,432,811)
           
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:          
Cash dividends paid on common stock   (3,539,477)   (3,476,893)
Cash dividends paid on preferred stock   (385,696)   (385,696)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options   839    302,977 
Shares withheld on RSU vesting to pay for withholding taxes   (147,598)   (544,483)
 Net cash used in financing activities   (4,071,932)   (4,104,095)
           
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (162,439)   71 
           
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (4,013,593)   (12,984,750)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   32,459,009    45,443,759 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $28,445,416   $32,459,009 
           
Reconciliation of net loss to free cash flow - see note (1):          
Net loss  $(1,543,003)  $(3,789,877)
Noncash expenditures   7,216,615    5,259,882 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (4,783,053)   2,082,080 
Capital expenditures   (3,365,509)   (1,931,173)
Free cash flow  $(2,474,950)  $1,620,912 

 

 


The following information was filed by Thestreet, Inc. (TST) on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 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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