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Forge Global Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2023 Results

  • Total Revenue Less Transaction Based Expenses Was $16.6 million in 2Q23

  • Trading Volume Was $153.2 million in 2Q23

  • Net Take Rate Was 3.7% in 2Q23

  • Forge Trust Custodial Cash Was $550 million in 2Q23

  • Forge Added to U.S. Small-Cap Russell 2000® Index

SAN FRANCISCO, August 08, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Forge Global Holdings, Inc. ("Forge," or the "Company") (NYSE: FRGE), a leading private securities marketplace, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023.

"As the private market resets after a challenging cycle, Forge remains focused on helping institutions and stakeholders navigate this moment. Through accelerated technology development and product solutions, and enhanced data offerings, analysis and insights — we are demonstrating progress in support of the continued evolution of the private market and bolstering our leadership position in this category," said Kelly Rodriques, CEO of Forge.

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter 2023

Given the unique economic environment, Forge believes that quarter-over-quarter comparisons are more indicative of the current state of the business. For year-ago-quarter comparisons, please reference the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed on or around the date of this press release.

Revenue: Total revenue less transaction-based expenses was $16.6 million compared to $15.5 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Operating Loss: Total operating loss was $22.6 million compared to total operating loss of $23.0 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Net Loss: Net loss was $25.1 million compared to net loss of $21.3 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2023. This includes $16.2 million compared to $9.7 million in non-cash expenses, including share-based compensation, unfavorable changes in the fair value of warrant liabilities and an increase in contingent current liabilities.

Adjusted EBITDA: Total adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $11.8 million compared to total adjusted EBITDA loss of $13.0 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Cash Flow from Operating Activities: Net cash used in operating activities was $13.6 million compared to $17.7 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Cash Flow from Investing Activities: Net cash used in investing activities was $2.7 million compared to net cash used in investing activities of less than $0.1 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2023. Forge moved and invested approximately $2.7 million in term deposits for optimal yield, which do not qualify for cash and cash equivalents classification.

Cash Flow from Financing Activities: Net cash provided by financing activities was $0.3 million compared to net cash used in financing activities of $0.5 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Ending Cash Balance: Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2023 was $159.5 million.

Share Count: Basic weighted-average number of shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, was 173 million shares and fully diluted outstanding share count as of June 30, 2023 was 199 million shares.

We estimate for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 that Forge will have 173 million weighted average basic shares outstanding, which will be used to calculate earnings per share in a loss position.

Fully diluted outstanding share count includes all common shares outstanding plus shares that would be issued in respect to outstanding options and warrants, net of shares to be withheld in respect to exercise price of the respective instruments. Instruments that are out of the money are excluded from the fully diluted outstanding share count.

KPIs for the Second Quarter 2023

  • Trading Volume was $153.2 million, up 20% quarter-over-quarter.

  • Net Take Rate was 3.7%, up 3% quarter-over-quarter.

  • Total Placement Fee revenues, less transaction-based expenses, totaled $5.6 million, up 22% quarter-over-quarter.

  • Total Custodial Administration Fee revenues totaled $11.0 million, up 1% quarter-over-quarter.

  • Total Custodial Accounts increased from 1.94 million to 1.97 million, up 2% quarter-over-quarter.

  • Total Assets Under Custody increased from $14.8 billion to $15.3 billion, up 3% quarter-over-quarter.

Additional Business Metrics for the Second Quarter 2023

  • Forge Trust Custodial Cash: Forge Trust Custodial Cash totaled $550 million, down 4% quarter-over-quarter.

  • Total Number of Companies with Indications of Interest (IOIs): The total number of companies with IOIs were 486, down 1% quarter-over-quarter.

  • Headcount: Forge finished out the quarter ended June 30, 2023 with a total headcount of 358, an increase of 6% quarter-over-quarter.

Please refer to the section titled "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" and the tables within this press release which contain explanations and reconciliations of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures.

Additional Business Highlight

  • Forge Global Added to U.S. Small-Cap Russell 2000® Index: Added as a member of the U.S. Small-Cap Russell 2000® Index (the "Russell 2000® Index"), as part of the 2023 Russell U.S. Index’s annual reconstitution. Membership in the Russell 2000® Index, which remains in place for one year, is based on membership in the broad-market Russell 3000® Index. Approximately $12.1 trillion in assets are benchmarked against Russell’s U.S. indexes. Russell Indexes are part of FTSE Russell, a leading global index provider.

Webcast/Conference Call Details

Forge will host a webcast conference call today, August 8th, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 2:00 p.m Pacific Time to discuss these financial results and business highlights. The listen-only webcast is available at https://ir.forgeglobal.com. Investors and participants can access the conference call over the phone by dialing 1 (888) 440-4165 from the United States, or +1 (646) 960-0858 internationally. The conference ID is 5410143. The Supplemental Investor Information for this quarter is also posted on https://ir.forgeglobal.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to our financial results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"), we present Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure. We use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measure, provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding specific financial items that have less bearing on our core operating performance. We consider Adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure because it helps illustrate underlying trends in our business and our historical operating performance on a more consistent basis.

However, non-GAAP financial information is presented for supplemental informational purposes only, has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of Adjusted EBITDA as a tool for comparison. A reconciliation is provided below for Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure stated in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review Adjusted EBITDA and the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business. We defined Adjusted EBITDA as net loss, adjusted to exclude: (i) interest expense, net, (ii) provision for or benefit from income taxes, (iii) depreciation and amortization, (iv) share-based compensation expense, (v) change in fair value of warrant liabilities, (vi) acquisition-related transaction costs, and (vii) other significant gains, losses, and expenses (such as impairments, transaction bonus) that we believe are not indicative of our ongoing results.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements," which generally are accompanied by words such as "believe," "may," "could," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "target," "goal," "expect," "should," "would," "plan," "predict," "project," "forecast," "potential," "seem," "seek," "future," "outlook," and similar expressions that predict, indicate or relate to future events or trends or Forge’s future financial or operating performance, or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Forge’s beliefs regarding its financial position and operating performance, as well as future opportunities for Forge to expand its business. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, while considered reasonable by Forge and its management, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in Forge’s documents filed, or to be filed, with the SEC, including in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed on or around the date of this press release. There may be additional risks that Forge presently does not know of or that it currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements reflect Forge’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this press release. Forge anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its assessments to change. However, while Forge may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Forge specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Forge’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed upon the forward-looking statements.

About Forge

Forge is a leading provider of marketplace infrastructure, data services and technology solutions for private market participants. Forge Securities LLC is a registered broker-dealer and a Member of FINRA that operates an alternative trading system.

FORGE GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)

June 30,

2023

December 31,

2022

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

159,526

$

193,136

Restricted cash

1,286

1,829

Accounts receivable, net

4,685

3,544

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

10,806

8,379

Total current assets

$

176,303

$

206,888

Property and equipment, net

341

359

Internal-use software, net

5,678

7,640

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

131,894

133,887

Operating lease right-of-use assets

4,127

5,706

Payment-dependent notes receivable, noncurrent

5,830

7,371

Other assets, noncurrent

1,894

1,878

Total assets

$

326,067

$

363,729

Liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

1,568

$

2,797

Accrued compensation and benefits

5,738

13,271

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

7,437

6,421

Operating lease liabilities, current

2,832

3,896

Total current liabilities

$

17,575

$

26,385

Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent

2,525

3,541

Payment-dependent notes payable, noncurrent

5,830

7,371

Warrant liabilities

4,228

606

Other liabilities, noncurrent

453

365

Total liabilities

$

30,611

$

38,268

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 174,386,713 and 172,560,916 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

18

18

Additional paid-in capital

525,275

509,094

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

798

693

Accumulated deficit

(236,495

)

(190,418

)

Total Forge Global Holdings, Inc. stockholders’ equity

$

289,596

$

319,387

Noncontrolling Interest

5,860

6,074

Total stockholders’ equity

$

295,456

$

325,461

Total liabilities, convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ equity

$

326,067

$

363,729

FORGE GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2023

March 31,

2023

June 30,

2022

June 30,

2023

June 30,

2022

Revenues:

Placement fees

$

5,723

$

4,632

$

10,951

$

10,355

$

25,536

Custodial administration fees

10,997

10,847

5,689

21,844

11,126

Total revenues

$

16,720

$

15,479

$

16,640

$

32,199

$

36,662

Transaction-based expenses:

Transaction-based expenses

(83

)

(19

)

(178

)

(102

)

(311

)

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

$

16,637

$

15,460

$

16,462

$

32,097

$

36,351

Operating expenses:

Compensation and benefits

25,154

25,762

27,384

50,916

71,024

Professional services

3,265

2,736

3,853

6,001

7,370

Acquisition-related transaction costs

692

4,398

Advertising and market development

876

677

1,441

1,553

2,945

Rent and occupancy

1,148

1,326

1,140

2,474

2,706

Technology and communications

3,475

3,390

2,809

6,865

4,832

General and administrative

3,525

2,748

3,170

6,273

4,772

Depreciation and amortization

1,747

1,789

2,021

3,536

3,103

Total operating expenses

$

39,190

$

38,428

$

42,510

$

77,618

$

101,150

Operating loss

$

(22,553

)

$

(22,968

)

$

(26,048

)

$

(45,521

)

$

(64,799

)

Interest and other income (expenses):

Interest income

1,319

1,509

266

2,828

287

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

(3,790

)

168

20,558

(3,622

)

(5,402

)

Other income (expenses), net

217

215

140

432

529

Total interest income and other income (expenses)

$

(2,254

)

$

1,892

$

20,964

$

(362

)

$

(4,586

)

Loss before provision for income taxes

$

(24,807

)

$

(21,076

)

$

(5,084

)

$

(45,883

)

$

(69,385

)

Provision for income taxes

293

185

35

478

158

Net loss

$

(25,100

)

$

(21,261

)

$

(5,119

)

$

(46,361

)

$

(69,543

)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

$

(211

)

$

(73

)

$

$

(284

)

$

Net loss attributable to Forge Global Holdings, Inc.

$

(24,889

)

$

(21,188

)

$

(5,119

)

$

(46,077

)

$

(69,543

)

Net loss per share attributable to Forge Global Holdings, Inc. common stockholders:

Basic

$

(0.14

)

$

(0.12

)

$

(0.03

)

$

(0.27

)

$

(0.60

)

Diluted

$

(0.14

)

$

(0.12

)

$

(0.20

)

$

(0.27

)

$

(0.66

)

Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to Forge Global Holdings, Inc. common stockholders:

Basic

173,289,549

171,816,522

167,052,900

172,565,508

116,815,363

Diluted

173,289,549

171,816,522

173,578,093

172,565,508

120,584,585

FORGE GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2023

March 31,

2023

June 30,

2022

June 30,

2023

June 30,

2022

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(25,100

)

$

(21,261

)

$

(5,119

)

$

(46,361

)

$

(69,543

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss including noncontrolling interest to net cash (used in) provided by operations:

Share-based compensation

8,809

7,401

10,740

16,210

19,262

Depreciation and amortization

1,747

1,789

2,020

3,536

3,103

Transaction expenses related to the Merger

3,132

Amortization of right-of-use assets

734

845

905

1,579

1,961

Loss on impairment of long lived assets

536

181

536

446

Allowance for doubtful accounts

49

122

(33

)

171

269

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

3,790

(168

)

(20,557

)

3,622

5,402

Settlement of related party promissory notes

5,517

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(1,448

)

135

1,611

(1,313

)

3,628

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(2,227

)

2,446

(6,025

)

219

(6,943

)

Accounts payable

148

(1,377

)

982

(1,229

)

1,843

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

1,691

(403

)

(441

)

1,288

(1,182

)

Accrued compensation and benefits

(783

)

(6,731

)

(1,070

)

(7,514

)

(12,676

)

Operating lease liabilities

(1,032

)

(1,049

)

(1,379

)

(2,081

)

(2,581

)

Net cash used in operating activities

$

(13,622

)

$

(17,715

)

$

(18,185

)

$

(31,337

)

$

(48,362

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(28

)

(71

)

(95

)

(99

)

(106

)

Purchases of intangible assets

(97

)

(97

)

Capitalized internal-use software development costs

(1,551

)

(3,232

)

Purchases of certificates of deposit

(2,665

)

(2,665

)

Net cash used in investing activities

$

(2,693

)

$

(71

)

$

(1,743

)

$

(2,764

)

$

(3,435

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from the Merger

7,865

Proceeds from PIPE investment and A&R FPA investors

500

208,500

Payments for offering costs

(473

)

(56,852

)

Proceeds from exercise of Public Warrants

22,136

22,136

Proceeds from exercise of options, including proceeds from repayment of promissory notes

269

61

400

330

505

Taxes withheld and paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

(557

)

(557

)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

$

269

$

(496

)

$

22,563

$

(227

)

$

182,154

Effect of changes in currency exchange rates on cash and cash

(53

)

228

175

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(16,099

)

(18,054

)

2,635

(34,153

)

130,357

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of the period

176,911

194,965

204,126

194,965

76,404

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of the period

$

160,812

$

176,911

$

206,761

$

160,812

$

206,761

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to the amounts reported within the consolidated balance sheets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

159,526

$

175,268

$

204,942

$

159,526

$

204,942

Restricted cash

1,286

1,643

1,819

1,286

1,819

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of the period

$

160,812

$

176,911

$

206,761

$

160,812

$

206,761

FORGE GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2023

March 31,

2023

June 30,

2022

June 30,

2023

June 30,

2022

Net loss

$

(25,100

)

$

(21,261

)

$

(5,119

)

$

(46,361

)

$

(69,543

)

Add:

Interest income (expense), net

(1,319

)

(1,509

)

(266

)

(2,828

)

(287

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

293

185

35

478

158

Depreciation and amortization

1,747

1,789

2,021

3,536

3,103

Loss or impairment on long lived assets

536

181

536

446

Share-based compensation expense

8,809

7,401

10,740

16,210

19,262

Change in fair value of warrant liabilities

3,790

(168

)

(20,558

)

3,622

5,402

Acquisition-related transaction costs (1)

692

4,398

Transaction bonus (2)

17,735

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(11,780

)

$

(13,027

)

$

(12,274

)

$

(24,807

)

$

(19,326

)

(1)

Acquisition-related transaction costs represent charges involved in the merger between Forge Global, Inc. and Motive Capital Corp as further described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 (the "Merger"), other business combinations, and strategic opportunities. These expenses include legal, accounting, and investment banking advisory services.

(2)

Represents a one-time transaction bonus to certain executives as a result of the consummation of the Merger.

FORGE GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

KEY OPERATING METRICS

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

Key Business Metrics

We monitor the following key business metrics to help us evaluate our business, identify trends affecting our business, formulate business plans and make strategic decisions. The tables below reflect period-over-period changes in our key business metrics, along with the percentage change between such periods. We believe the following business metrics are useful in evaluating our business:

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

Dollars in thousands

June 30,

2023

March 31,

2023

Change

% Change

June 30,

2023

June 30,

2022

Change

% Change

TRADING BUSINESS

Trades

448

306

142

46

%

754

1,226

(472

)

(38

)%

Volume

153,182

128,163

25,019

20

%

281,345

749,755

(468,410

)

(62

)%

Net Take Rate

3.7

%

3.6

%

0.1

%

3

%

3.6

%

3.4

%

0.2

%

6

%

Placement fee revenues, less transaction-based expenses

5,640

4,613

1,027

22

%

10,253

25,225

(14,972

)

(59

)%

  • Trades are defined as the total number of orders executed by us and acquired entities buying and selling private stocks on behalf of private investors and shareholders. Increasing the number of orders is critical to increasing our revenue and, in turn, to achieving profitability.

  • Volume is defined as the total sales value for all securities traded through our Forge Markets platform. Volume is defined as the aggregate value of the issuer company’s equity attributed to both the buyer and seller in a trade and as such a $100 trade of equity between buyer and seller would be captured as $200 volume for us. Although we typically capture a commission on each side of a trade, we may not in certain cases due to factors such as the use of an external broker by one of the parties or supply factors that would not allow us to attract sellers of shares of certain issuers. Volume is influenced by, among other things, the pricing and quality of our services as well as market conditions that affect private company valuations, such as increases in valuations of comparable companies at IPO.

  • Net Take Rates are defined as our placement fee revenues, less transaction-based expenses (defined below), divided by Volume. These represent the percentage of fees earned by our marketplace on any transactions executed from the commission we charged on such transactions (less transaction-based expenses), which is a determining factor in our revenue. The Net Take Rate can vary based upon the service or product offering and is also affected by the average order size and transaction frequency. Transaction-based expenses represent fees incurred to support placement activities. These include, but are not limited to, those for fund management, fund and trade settlement, external broker fees and transfer fees.

As of

QoQ

YoY

Dollars in thousands

June 30,

2023

March 31,

2023

June 30,

2022

Change

%

Change

Change

%

Change

CUSTODY BUSINESS

Total Custodial Accounts

1,970,617

1,937,248

1,739,838

33,369

2

%

230,779

13

%

Assets Under Custody

$

15,299,816

$

14,828,350

$

15,274,252

$

471,466

3

%

$

25,564

%

  • Total Custodial Accounts, previously called Billable Core and Platform Accounts, are defined as our direct customers’ existing or new custodial accounts that are funded, or unfunded accounts that are in the process of funding with active transfer activity on the account. These relate to our Custodial Administration fees revenue stream and are an important measure of our business as the number of Total Custodial Accounts is an indicator of our future revenues from certain account maintenance, transaction and sub-account fees.

  • Assets Under Custody is the reported value of all client holdings held under our agreements, including cash submitted to us by the responsible party. These assets can be held at various financial institutions, issuers and in our vault. As the custodian of the accounts, we collect all interest and dividends, handle all fees and transactions and any other considerations for the assets concerned. Our fees are earned from the overall maintenance activities of all assets and are not charged on the basis of the dollar value of Assets Under Custody, but we believe that Assets Under Custody is a useful metric for assessing the relative size and scope of our business.

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Dominic Paschel
ir@forgeglobal.com

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