PeerStream Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

Company Achieved Break Even Net Cash Flow and Announces Planned Corporate Name Change to “Paltalk, Inc.” to Reflect Focus on its Video-chat Applications: Paltalk & Camfrog; Application for Stock Ticker Change in Process 

NEW YORK, NY, May 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- PeerStream, Inc. (“PeerStream,” the “Company,” “we,” “our” or “us”) (OTCQB: PEER), a leading communications software innovator that powers multimedia social applications and developer of secure communications software, today announced financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS
During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company executed the following key components of its objectives: 

  • achieved break even net cash flow, an improvement of $1.3 million when compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019, and break-even cash flow from operations, an improvement of $2.8 million when compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019;
  • decreased operating expenses through a streamlined plan of operations by $1.9 million, or 38.0%, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019;
  • increased active subscribers by 2.5% as compared December 31, 2019, notwithstanding a slight decline in active subscribers of 1.6% compared to March 31, 2019; and
  • completed the commercial launch of YouNow’s Props tokens on our Camfrog application, pursuant to which the Company expects to receive 10.5 million Props in May 2020, enabling distribution to Camfrog’s end users for anticipated loyalty and retention benefits. 

“We believe that our core video applications, Paltalk and Camfrog, afford our users a safe and entertaining way of communicating, which in these new and challenging times have resulted in increased engagement among our existing subscribers and increased visits by new users,” commented Jason Katz, Chairman and CEO of PeerStream. “This increased user activity in the second half of the first quarter of 2020, coupled with the streamlined plan of operations we put into place in the fourth quarter of 2019, has helped to bring the Company to a cash flow break-even position for the first quarter of 2020.  While our year-over-year subscription revenue is down by 11.8%, we are encouraged by an increase of 5.5% in sequential quarter revenue growth. To date, we have been able to support the increased demand we have experienced in our core video applications and are focused on monetizing this increased demand while maintaining a strong balance sheet.

“We’re also excited to be announcing a planned corporate name change to Paltalk, Inc., effective May 15, 2020. This change takes us back to our roots and reflects our primary focus on our current operations, Paltalk and Camfrog, which together are host to one of the world’s largest collections of video-based communities. Subject to the receipt of requisite approvals from applicable regulatory authorities, our common stock will begin trading under the new ticker symbol (OTCQB: PALT) (CUSIP 69764K106), effective at the opening of trading hours on May 15, 2020.” 

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW (in thousands, except for percentages and active subscriber counts)

Current quarter compared to last quarter:

 Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 2020December 31, 

Change
GAAP Results (unaudited)2019
Subscription revenue$2,650$2,5045.8%
Advertising revenue$56$117(52.1)%
Technology service revenue$15$(44) 134.1%
Total revenues$2,721$2,5795.5%
    
Loss from continuing operations$(364)$(7,846)95.4%
Net loss$(438)$(7,896)94.5%
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$17$(179)109.5%
    
Financial Metrics   
Active subscribers (at period end)106,400103,8002.5%
Subscription bookings$2,585$2,900(10.9)%
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) $(121)$(783)84.5%

Current quarter compared to same quarter last year:

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
GAAP Results (unaudited)20202019Change
Subscription revenue$2,650$3,004(11.8)%
Advertising revenue$56$121(53.7)%
Technology service revenue$15$1,748(99.1)%
Total revenues$2,721$4,873(44.2)%
    
Loss from continuing operations$(364)$(105)(246.7)%
Net income (loss)$(438)$647(167.7)%
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$17$(2,787)100.6%
    
Financial Metrics(unaudited)   
Active subscribers (at period end)106,400108,100(1.6)%
Subscription bookings$2,585$3,025(14.5)%
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) $(121)$500(124.2)%

ABOUT PEERSTREAM, INC. (OTCQB: PEER
PeerStream is a communications software innovator that powers multimedia social applications. We have also developed a suite of secure communications software for use worldwide. Our product portfolio includes Paltalk and Camfrog, which together host one of the world’s largest collections of video-based communities. Our other products include Tinychat and Vumber. The Company has an over 20-year history of technology innovation and holds 18 patents. For more information, please visit: http://www.peerstream.com.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains "forward-looking statements." Such statements may be preceded by the words "intends," "may," "will," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "predicts," "estimates," "aims," "believes," "hopes," "potential," or similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on certain assumptions and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak on our results of operations and our business; our ability to effectively market and generate revenue from our applications, risks and uncertainties related to our increasing focus on the use of new and novel technologies, such as blockchain and Props tokens, to enhance our applications, and our ability to timely complete development of applications using new technologies; our ability to effectively integrate Props tokens into our existing applications; our ability to effectively secure new software development and licensing customers; legal and regulatory requirements related to the use of blockchain, including us holding and distributing cryptocurrencies and accepting cryptocurrencies as a method of payment for our services; the use of the internet and privacy and protection of user data; risks related to our holdings of digital tokens, including risks related to the volatility of the trading price of digital tokens and our ability to convert digital tokens into fiat currency; and our ability to manage our partnerships and strategic alliances. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement was made, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.

CONTACTS:
IR@peerstream.com

Stephanie Prince
PCG Advisory
sprince@pcgadvisory.com
646-762-4518

PEERSTREAM, INC
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP RESULTS        
(unaudited)

   
  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019 December 31, 
2019
Reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:       
Net income (loss) $ (438,384) $ 646,615  $(7,896,139)
Interest income, net   (12,187)   (29,957)   (82,740)
Other expense   84,469    -    121,904 
Goodwill impairment   -   -   6,760,222 
Net loss from discontinued operations   -    104,880    - 
Gain on sale of dating applications   -    (826,770)   - 
Income tax expense from discontinued operations   -    158,990    (13)
Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations   2,500    (158,990)   11,087 
Depreciation and amortization expense   152,944    152,697    151,145 
Stock-based compensation expense   89,206    452,525    151,156 
Adjusted EBITDA $ (121,452) $ 499,990  $ (783,378)

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Metrics

The Company has provided in this release certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, and other key metrics, including active subscribers and subscription bookings, to supplement the consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted to exclude net loss from discontinued operations, interest income, net, other expense, goodwill impairment, gain on the sale of dating applications, income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations, income tax expense from discontinued operations, depreciation and amortization expense and stock-based compensation expense. Active subscribers means users of the Company’s consumer applications that have prepaid a fee, redeemed credits or received an upgrade from another user as a gift for current unlocked application features such as enhanced voice and video access, elevated status in the community or unrestricted communication on our applications and whose subscription period has not yet expired. The Company calculates subscription bookings as subscription revenue recognized during the period plus the change in deferred subscription revenue recognized during the period.

Management uses these financial metrics internally in analyzing the Company’s financial results to assess operational performance and to determine the Company’s future capital requirements. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these financial metrics in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. The Company believes these financial metrics are useful to investors and others to understand and evaluate the Company’s operating results and it allows for a more meaningful comparison between the Company’s performance and that of competitors. Our use of Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider this performance measure in isolation from or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  •  Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditures for assets underlying depreciation and amortization expense that may need to be replaced or for new capital expenditures;
  •  Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our working capital requirements;
  •  Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the goodwill impairment or the impairment loss on digital tokens;
  •  Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potentially dilutive impact of stock-based compensation; 
  •  Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the gain on the sale of our dating applications or our loss or income tax expense from discontinued operations; and
  •  Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, you should consider these financial metrics along with other financial performance measures, including total revenues, subscription revenue, deferred revenue, net income (loss), cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, net cash used in operating activities and our financial results presented in accordance with GAAP.

PEERSTREAM, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

  March 31,
2020
  December 31,
2019
 
  (unaudited)    
       
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $3,436,710  $3,427,058 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances and reserves of $23,832 as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019  122,801   130,686 
Prepaid expense and other current assets  159,570   167,441 
Total current assets  3,719,081   3,725,185 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  646,513   685,042 
Property and equipment, net  531,199   620,059 
Goodwill  6,326,250   6,326,250 
Intangible assets, net  563,807   627,891 
Digital tokens  119,802   148,229 
Other assets  30,834   86,876 
Total assets $11,937,486  $12,219,532 
         
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $1,308,776  $1,007,851 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  311,699   434,739 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities  195,144   178,479 
Deferred subscription revenue  1,764,634   1,829,493 
Total current liabilities  3,580,253   3,450,562 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current portion  527,756   583,075 
Total liabilities  4,108,009   4,033,637 
Commitments and Contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized; and 6,878,904 shares issued and 6,870,404 and 6,877,004 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  6,879   6,879 
Treasury stock, 8,500 and 1,900 shares, at par as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  (9,255)  (2,015)
Additional paid-in capital  21,370,588   21,281,382 
Accumulated deficit  (13,538,735)  (13,100,351)
Total stockholders’ equity  7,829,477   8,185,895 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $11,937,486  $12,219,532 

   

PEERSTREAM, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
  

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
  2020  2019 
Revenues:      
Subscription revenue $2,650,123  $3,004,355 
Advertising revenue  55,667   120,490 
Technology service revenue  14,952   1,748,330 
Total revenues  2,720,742   4,873,175 
Costs and expenses:        
Cost of revenue  622,724   952,219 
Sales and marketing expense  191,670   377,151 
Product development expense  1,250,696   1,771,565 
General and administrative expense  1,019,254   1,877,472 
Total costs and expenses  3,084,344   4,978,407 
Loss from continuing operations  (363,602)  (105,232)
Other expense  (84,469)  - 
Interest income, net  12,187   29,957 
Loss from continuing operations before provision for income taxes  (435,884)  (75,275)
Benefit (expense) for income taxes  (2,500)  158,990 
Net income (loss) from continuing operations  (438,384)  83,715 
Discontinued Operations:        
Gain on sale from discontinued operations  -   826,770 
Loss from discontinued operations  -   (104,880)
  Income tax expense on discontinued operations  -   (158,990)
Net income from discontinued operations  -   562,900 
Net income (loss) $(438,384) $646,615 
         
Basic net income (loss) per share of common stock:        
Continuing operations $(0.06) $0.01 
Discontinued operations  -   0.08 
Basic net income (loss) per share of common stock $(0.06) $0.09 
Diluted net income (loss) per share of common stock:        
Continuing operations $(0.06) $0.01 
Discontinued operations  -   0.08 
Diluted net income (loss) per share of common stock $(0.06) $0.09 
Weighted average number of shares of common stock used in calculating net income (loss) per share of common stock:        
Basic  6,873,571   6,794,660 
Diluted  6,873,571   6,794,660 

   

PEERSTREAM, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
  2020  2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income (loss) $(438,384) $646,615 
Less: Income from discontinued operations  -   562,900 
Income (loss) from continuing operations  (438,384)  83,715 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from continuing operations to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities of continuing operations:        
Depreciation of property and equipment  88,860   88,614 
Amortization of intangible assets  64,084   64,082 
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets  38,529   - 
Realized loss from the sale of digital tokens  28,427   - 
Stock-based compensation  89,206   452,525 
Common stock issued for consulting services  -   34,500 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  7,885   206,303 
Operating lease liability  (38,654)  - 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  7,871   (63,658)
Other assets  56,042   (481)
 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities  177,885   (1,726,234)
Deferred subscription revenue  (64,859)  20,894 
Deferred technology service revenue  -   (1,748,330)
Net cash (used in) provided by continuing operating activities  16,892   (2,588,070)
Net cash used in discontinued operating activities  -   (198,957)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities  16,892   (2,787,027)
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Payment for property and equipment, including website development, net  -   (99,075)
Net cash used in continuing investing activities  -   (99,075)
Net cash provided by discontinued investing activities  -   1,600,000 
Net cash provided by investing activities  -   1,500,925 
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Purchase of treasury stock  (7,240)  - 
Net cash used in continuing financing activities  (7,240)  - 
Net cash used in discontinued financing activities  -   - 
Net cash used in financing activities  (7,240)  - 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  9,652   (1,286,102)
Balance of cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  3,427,058   6,555,376 
Balance of cash and cash equivalents at end of period $3,436,710  $5,269,274 


  

   


  


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