Exhibit 99.1

 

 

TheStreet Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

 

·Total Revenue of $63.5 million for the full year 2016, down 6% year-over-year.
·Business-to-Business Revenue of $29.3 million, up 1% year-over-year. Revenue was $30.3 million, up 5% year-over-year, adjusted for exchange rate losses.
·Business-to-Consumer Revenue of $34.2 million, down 12% year-over-year.
·GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders of $17.5 million, or ($0.50) per share, versus a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.9 million, or $0.06 per share in the prior year period.
·The 2016 net loss includes an extraordinary non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $11.6 million and a cumulative depreciation adjustment of $1.5 million, as well as restructuring and other one-time charges, partially offset by the reversal of a contingent liability of $1.8 million.
·Adjusted EBITDA for Full Year 2016 of $2.8 million declined from $5.0 million for Full Year 2015.
·Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $23.4 million, a decrease of $7.3 million as compared to December 31, 2015 and $2.5 million since Sept. 30, 2016.

NEW YORKMarch 10, 2017 -- TheStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: TST) a leading financial news and information company, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31

, 2016.

 

For the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company reported revenue of $15.9 million, net loss attributable to common stockholders of $11.6 million, or ($0.33) per basic and diluted share, and an Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $1.2 million. For the full year 2016, the Company reported revenue of $63.5 million, net loss attributable to common stockholders of $17.5 million, or ($0.50) per basic and diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.8 million. Drivers of the fourth quarter and full year net loss are a non-cash goodwill impairment in the amount of $11.6 million, an additional non-cash depreciation charge of $1.5 million, restructuring charges related to severance as well as lower premium subscription revenue, all partially offset by a $1.8 million non-cash contingent consideration reduction from the purchase of Management Diagnostics Limited (“MDL”).

 

“This was an investment year and the seeds of our turnaround efforts began to take hold in the fourth quarter on both our institutional side and our consumer businesses,” said David Callaway, President and CEO. “The rally in financial markets since November helped us begin to put Brexit and the declines in our premium subscription business behind us. We still maintain a strong cash position, have aggressively been cutting costs, and have started offering new products and revenue strategies to our B2B clients and B2C readers and customers alike.” Callaway continued, “As mentioned earlier in the year, our goal is to allow greater transparency and insight to our investors with the breakout of the business to business and business to consumer products we offer.”

 

 

 

 

Fourth Quarter Results

 

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $15.9 million, a decrease of $1.0 million, or 6%, from $17.0 million in the prior year.

 

Business-to-business (“B2B”) revenue including The Deal, BoardEx and RateWatch totaled $7.4 million, up $27,000 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusting for the exchange rate losses, B2B revenue was up 6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Business-to-consumer (“B2C”) revenue was $8.5 million, down 11%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

 

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $28.2 million, which include an $11.6 million non-cash goodwill impairment, a cumulative adjustment of a non-cash depreciation charge of $1.5 million and a non-cash reduction of a contingent consideration of $1.8 million from the purchase of MDL in 2014 (collectively “Charges”), severance of $1.4 million, partially offset by the reversal of $0.7 million recorded in Q1 as a one-time sales tax provision. The Company recorded a goodwill impairment charge related to a series of acquisitions made in 2012 and 2014 that have since produced results that were lower than expected at the time of the acquisitions. In addition, the company took measures to reduce costs and incurred a $1.4 million severance related charge. Excluding these Charges, severance and reversal of the one-time sales tax provision, operating expenses for the fourth quarter decreased $0.3 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $11.6 million compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders of $0.3 million in the prior year period. The Company reported a basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.33) for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.01) for the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.2 million compared to $2.0 million from the prior year period. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA primarily resulted from the decline in B2C subscription revenue offset by lower operating expenses from cost controls instituted during this year.

 

 

Business-to-Business Revenue

 

B2B revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $7.4 million, an increase of $27 thousand compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase was the result of increased event revenue generated at The Deal and subscription revenue growth in BoardEx, completely offset by FX losses at BoardEx. Total B2B revenue was $7.8 million, up $0.4 million adjusted for the FX impact.

 

 

 

 

 

Business-to-Consumer Revenue

 

B2C revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $8.5 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 11%, from $9.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. B2C subscription revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $5.3 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 16%, from $6.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. This decrease primarily related to a 17% decline in the weighted-average number of subscriptions offset by a 1% increase in the average revenue recognized per subscription. Average monthly churn (2) improved 10% from the fourth quarter of 2015. B2C media revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $3.1 million, flat compared to the prior year period.

 

Full Year Results

 

Revenue for the full year 2016 was $63.5 million, a decrease of $4.2 million, or 6%, from $67.7 million in the prior year.

 

B2B revenue including The Deal, BoardEx and RateWatch totaled $29.3 million up $0.3 million or 1% from the prior year. Exchange rate declines related to the depreciation of the Pound sterling, negatively impacted BoardEx revenue by $1.0 million. Adjusted for the negative impact of FX, total B2B revenue increased 5%. B2C revenue was $34.2 million, down 12%, compared to the prior year. Substantially all the revenue decline occurred in premium newsletters which declined $4.2 million year over year primarily from a 14% decline in the number of subscriptions and a 2% decline in average rate per subscriber. B2C advertising revenue of $10.1 million remained flat as compared to full year 2015.

 

Operating expenses for the full year 2016 were $80.7 million, an increase of $12.8 million, or 19%, from $67.9 million in the prior year. Excluding the Charges mentioned in the Fourth Quarter Results above, severance of $1.6 million, restructuring charges of $1.0 million and a one-time sales tax expense of $0.7 million, operating expenses for full year 2016 decreased by $2.2 million, or 3%, as compared to the same period of the prior year. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the full year 2016 was $17.5 million compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.9 million in the prior year. The Company reported basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.50) for the full year 2016 compared to a net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.06) for the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2016 was $2.8 million compared to $5.0 million for the prior year.

 

Net cash used in operating activities for the full year ending December 31, 2016 totaled $2.8 million, down $3.6 million as compared to the same period during the prior year. The change in net cash used in operating activities over the periods included an increased net loss which was partially offset by non-cash charges related to the goodwill impairment, deferred taxes, change in accrued earnout related to the purchase of MDL in 2014, and higher depreciation, all partially offset by the change in the balances of accrued expenses, and other receivables over the period. The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $23.4 million, as compared to $30.7 million at December 31, 2015.

 

 

 

Conference Call Information

TheStreet will discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2016 today at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

To participate in the call, please dial 877-591-4951 (domestic) or 719-325-4745 (international). The conference code is 8199940. This call is being webcast and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of TheStreet website at http://investor-relations.thestreet.com/events.cfm

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

About TheStreet

TheStreet, Inc. (www.t.st) is a leading financial news and information company providing business and financial news, market data, investing ideas and analysis to personal and institutional investors worldwide. The Company’s collection of digital services provides users, subscribers and advertisers with a variety of content and tools through a range of online, social media, tablet and mobile channels.  The Company's portfolio of business and personal finance brands includes: TheStreet, RealMoney and Action Alerts PLUS. To learn more, visit www.thestreet.com.  The Deal, the Company's institutional business, provides intraday coverage of mergers and acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control, and through its BoardEx product, director and officer profiles. To learn more, visit www.thedeal.com and www.boardex.com. RateWatch provides rate and fee data from banks and credit unions across the U.S. for a wide variety of banking products. To learn more, visit www.rate-watch.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

(1) To supplement the Company's financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company also uses “EBITDA” and “Adjusted EBITDA”, non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. “EBITDA” is adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. This non-GAAP measure is provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes that the non-GAAP EBITDA results are an important indicator of the operational strength of the Company's business and provide an indication of the Company's ability to service debt and fund acquisitions and capital expenditures. EBITDA eliminates the uneven effect of considerable amounts of non-cash depreciation of tangible assets and amortization of certain intangible assets that were recognized in business combinations. “Adjusted EBITDA” further eliminates the impact of non-cash stock compensation, impairment charges, restructuring, transaction related costs, severance 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) Average monthly churn is defined as subscriber terminations/expirations in the quarter divided by the sum of the beginning subscribers and gross subscriber additions for the quarter, and then divided by three.  Subscriptions that are on a free-trial basis are not regarded as added or terminated unless the subscription is active at the end of the free-trial period.

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding planned investments in our business, improved premium subscription products and expectations for 2017. 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,
ASSETS  2016  2015
       
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $21,371,122   $28,445,416 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful          
   accounts of $316,204 at December 31, 2016 and $357,417 at          
   December 31, 2015   5,119,959    5,102,464 
Other receivables   358,266    790,148 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,416,956    1,205,708 
Restricted cash   —      161,250 
      Total current assets   28,266,303    35,704,986 
Noncurrent Assets:          
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and          
   amortization of $5,682,286 at December 31, 2016 and          
   $4,804,411 at December 31, 2015   3,550,007    2,773,737 
Marketable securities   1,550,000    1,590,000 
Other assets   285,843    329,885 
Goodwill   29,183,141    43,318,670 
Other intangibles, net of accumulated amortization of $20,134,178          
   at December 31, 2016 and $15,674,328 at December 31, 2015   15,127,818    18,674,376 
Restricted cash   500,000    500,000 
      Total assets  $78,463,112   $102,891,654 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $2,526,034   $2,494,341 
Accrued expenses   5,115,558    5,161,981 
Deferred revenue   22,476,962    24,738,780 
Other current liabilities   983,799    1,235,551 
      Total current liabilities   31,102,353    33,630,653 
Noncurrent Liabilities:          
Deferred tax liability   2,036,487    1,906,295 
Other liabilities   3,274,816    5,360,467 
      Total liabilities   36,413,656    40,897,415 
           
Stockholders' Equity:          
Preferred stock; $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares          
   authorized; 5,500 shares issued and 5,500 shares          
   outstanding at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015;          
   the aggregate liquidation preference totals $55,000,000 as of          
   December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015   55    55 
Common stock; $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares          
   authorized; 42,936,906 shares issued and 35,421,217          
   shares outstanding at December 31, 2016, and 42,458,779          
   shares issued and 35,123,132 shares outstanding at          
   December 31, 2015   429,369    424,588 
Additional paid-in capital   271,143,445    269,524,415 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (5,898,305)   (1,999,026)
Treasury stock at cost; 7,515,689 shares at December 31, 2016          
   and 7,335,647 shares at December 31, 2015   (13,211,141)   (13,056,541)
Accumulated deficit   (210,413,967)   (192,899,252)
      Total stockholders' equity   42,049,456    61,994,239 
           
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $78,463,112   $102,891,654 

 

 

 

THESTREET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
             
   For the Three Months Ended  For the Year Ended
   December 31,  December 31,
   2016  2015  2016  2015
Net revenue:  unaudited      
Business to business  $7,443,532   $7,416,463   $29,323,401   $28,992,120 
business to consumer   8,480,186    9,550,825    34,176,130    38,663,780 
   Total net revenue   15,923,718    16,967,288    63,499,531    67,655,900 
                     
Operating expense:                    
Cost of services   8,484,313    7,998,845    32,440,598    33,615,867 
Sales and marketing   4,062,663    3,862,520    15,697,065    16,190,749 
General and administrative   3,226,628    3,755,159    16,157,151    15,000,439 
Depreciation and amortization   2,685,442    1,124,255    5,681,563    4,309,094 
Impairment of goodwill   11,583,000    —      11,583,000    —   
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   (1,807,945)   —      (1,807,945)   —   
Restructuring and other charges   (805)   —      959,686    (1,221,224)
     Total operating expense   28,233,296    16,740,779    80,711,118    67,894,925 
     Operating (loss) income   (12,309,578)   226,509    (17,211,587)   (239,025)
Net interest expense   (9,848)   (25,341)   (34,121)   (122,637)
Net (loss) income before income taxes   (12,319,426)   201,168    (17,245,708)   (361,662)
(Recovery) provision for income taxes   (680,650)   450,425    269,007    1,181,341 
Net loss   (11,638,776)   (249,257)   (17,514,715)   (1,543,003)
Preferred stock cash dividends   —      96,424    —      385,696 
Net loss attributable to common stockholders  $(11,638,776)  $(345,681)  $(17,514,715)  $(1,928,699)
                     
Basic and diluted net loss per share:                    
     Net loss attributable to common stockholders  $(0.33)  $(0.01)  $(0.50)  $(0.06)
                     
Cash dividends declared and paid per common share  $—     $0.025   $—     $0.100 
                     
Weighted average basic and diluted shares outstanding   35,257,706    34,873,511    35,236,113    34,839,233 
                     
                     
                     
Reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA - see note (1):                    
Net loss  $(11,638,776)  $(249,257)  $(17,514,715)  $(1,543,003)
Provision for income taxes   (680,650)   450,425    269,007    1,181,341 
Net interest expense   9,848    25,341    34,121    122,637 
Depreciation and amortization   2,685,442    1,124,255    5,681,563    4,309,094 
EBITDA   (9,624,136)   1,350,764    (11,530,024)   4,070,069 
Impairment of goodwill   11,583,000    —      11,583,000    —   
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   (1,807,945)   —      (1,807,945)   —   
Restructuring and other charges   (805)   —      959,686    (1,221,224)
Stock based compensation   366,628    440,886    1,518,698    1,570,142 
One-time sales tax provision   (700,000)   —      665,198    —   
Recovery of previously impaired investment   (40,593)   (50,197)   (206,791)   (197,190)
Severance   1,425,926    269,912    1,618,308    745,625 
Transaction related costs   —      —      —      25,847 
Adjusted EBITDA  $1,202,075   $2,011,365   $2,800,130   $4,993,269 

 

 

 

THESTREET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
       
   For the Year Ended December 31,
   2016  2015
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:          
Net loss  $(17,514,715)  $(1,543,003)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by          
   operating activities:          
Stock-based compensation expense   1,518,698    1,570,142 
Provision for doubtful accounts   54,625    280,383 
Depreciation and amortization   5,681,563    4,309,094 
Deferred taxes   130,192    1,177,396 
Impairment of goodwill   11,583,000    —   
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   (1,807,945)   —   
Restructuring and other charges   105,113    —   
Deferred rent   (678,064)   (120,400)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
    Accounts receivable   (226,980)   (304,156)
    Other receivables   421,843    (242,563)
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (231,310)   (223,375)
    Other assets   26,271    (66,556)
    Accounts payable   41,541    22,452 
    Accrued expenses   67,540    (1,146,629)
    Deferred revenue   (1,916,494)   (1,109,538)
    Other current liabilities   (138,187)   (311,049)
    Other liabilities   125,264    (1,401,639)
          Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities   (2,758,045)   890,559 
           
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:          
Sale and maturity of marketable securities   —      2,005,484 
Adjustment to purchase of Management Diagnostics Limited   —      50,494 
Restricted cash   161,250    639,750 
Capital expenditures   (3,676,051)   (3,365,509)
          Net cash used in investing activities   (3,514,801)   (669,781)
           
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:          
Cash dividends paid on common stock   (12,762)   (3,539,477)
Cash dividends paid on preferred stock   —      (385,696)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options   —      839 
Shares withheld on RSU vesting to pay for withholding taxes   (154,600)   (147,598)
          Net cash used in financing activities   (167,362)   (4,071,932)
           
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (634,086)   (162,439)
           
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (7,074,294)   (4,013,593)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   28,445,416    32,459,009 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $21,371,122   $28,445,416 
           
           
Reconciliation of net loss to free cash flow - see note (1):          
Net loss  $(17,514,715)  $(1,543,003)
Noncash expenditures   16,587,182    7,216,615 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (1,830,512)   (4,783,053)
Capital expenditures   (3,676,051)   (3,365,509)
Free cash flow  $(6,434,096)  $(2,474,950)

 

 

 


The following information was filed by Thestreet, Inc. (TST) on Friday, March 10, 2017 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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