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The Meet Group Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

·15 min read

The Meet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET), a leading provider of interactive dating solutions, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Second Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Total revenue of $90.3 million, up 74% from the second quarter of 2019.

  • GAAP net income of $10.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $2.2 million, or $0.03 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2019.

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $20.8 million, compared with $9.8 million in the second quarter of 2019.

  • Non-GAAP net income of $19.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with $8.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2019.

  • Transaction with ProSiebenSat.1’s and General Atlantic’s joint company NuCom Group expected to close in the second half of 2020.

(See the important discussion about the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures, and reconciliation to the most direct comparable GAAP financial measures, below.)

"We continue to expect to close our acquisition by ProSiebenSat.1 and General Atlantic by the end of this year," said Geoff Cook, Chief Executive Officer of The Meet Group. "We have received antitrust clearance in the United States, Germany and Austria, and our stockholders have approved the transaction."

Second Quarter Financial Results

For the second quarter of 2020, the Company reported revenue of $90.3 million, an increase of $38.3 million, or 74%, from $52.0 million in the second quarter of 2019. GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2020 was $10.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $2.2 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2020 was $20.8 million, compared with $9.8 million in the second quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2020 was $19.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with $8.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2019.

The Company ended the quarter with $47.6 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Outlook and Conference Call

Due to the pending acquisition by ProSiebenSat.1’s and General Atlantic’s joint company NuCom Group, the Company does not plan to host an earnings conference call or provide forward-looking guidance.

THE MEET GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except par value and share data)

(Unaudited)

June 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

Assets:

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

47,644

$

27,241

Accounts receivable, net

33,230

25,234

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

6,464

6,062

Total current assets

87,338

58,537

Deferred tax assets

13,616

16,233

Property and equipment, net

2,701

3,625

Operating lease right-of-use assets

6,550

7,034

Intangible assets, net

24,947

29,305

Goodwill

156,749

156,687

Other assets

700

1,300

Total assets

$

292,601

$

272,721

Liabilities and stockholders' equity:

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

8,610

$

5,346

Accrued liabilities

24,806

20,090

Current portion of long-term debt

3,500

3,500

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

2,464

2,081

Current portion of finance lease obligations

9

10

Deferred revenue

3,720

3,884

Total current liabilities

43,109

34,911

Long-term debt, net

28,672

30,375

Long-term operating lease liabilities

4,204

5,024

Long-term finance lease obligations

46

53

Long-term derivative liabilities

913

1,451

Deferred tax liabilities

2,616

2,773

Other liabilities

894

Total liabilities

79,560

75,481

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; authorized - 5,000,000 shares; no shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

Series A junior participating preferred stock, $0.001 par value; authorized - 200,000 shares; no shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

Common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized - 100,000,000 shares; 72,792,571 and 70,756,013 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

73

71

Additional paid-in capital

438,345

430,959

Accumulated deficit

(223,694

)

(231,441

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,683

)

(2,349

)

Total stockholders’ equity

213,041

197,240

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

292,601

$

272,721

THE MEET GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue

$

90,332

$

52,000

$

145,398

$

101,513

Operating costs and expenses:

Sales and marketing

8,089

9,060

15,803

16,900

Product development and content

57,627

30,151

95,298

61,273

General and administrative

6,663

5,892

11,693

10,820

Depreciation and amortization

2,689

3,430

5,509

6,628

Acquisition, restructuring and other

1,335

25

4,705

504

Total operating costs and expenses

76,403

48,558

133,008

96,125

Income from operations

13,929

3,442

12,390

5,388

Other income (expense):

Interest income

7

28

20

60

Interest expense

(554

)

(328

)

(950

)

(731

)

Gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions

3

(2

)

(4

)

(68

)

Loss on disposal of assets

(108

)

Other items of (expense) income, net

(1

)

2

3

Total other expense

(544

)

(303

)

(1,040

)

(736

)

Income before income tax expense

13,385

3,139

11,350

4,652

Income tax expense

(3,006

)

(935

)

(3,379

)

(1,190

)

Net income

$

10,379

$

2,204

$

7,971

$

3,462

Basic and diluted net income per share:

Basic net income per share

$

0.14

$

0.03

$

0.11

$

0.05

Diluted net income per share

$

0.14

$

0.03

$

0.10

$

0.04

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

Basic

72,030,143

75,648,621

71,516,532

75,250,562

Diluted

76,225,180

78,508,559

76,073,893

78,656,115

THE MEET GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

7,971

$

3,462

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

5,509

6,628

Amortization of right-of-use assets

1,284

1,294

Stock-based compensation expense

6,035

5,290

Deferred tax expense

2,317

268

Loss on disposal of assets

108

Loss on foreign currency transactions

4

68

Provision for expected credit losses

989

909

Non-cash interest expense

452

94

Changes in derivatives

246

Changes in contingent consideration obligations

45

64

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(9,137

)

2,414

Prepaid expenses, other current assets and other assets

47

(484

)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

5,399

(6,021

)

Deferred revenue

(164

)

(19

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

21,105

13,967

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(233

)

(688

)

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

(11,808

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(233

)

(12,496

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

1,987

703

Repurchases of common stock

(65

)

Payments of finance leases

(7

)

(78

)

Proceeds from revolving loan

7,000

Payments for restricted stock awards withheld for taxes

(636

)

(371

)

Payments of term loan

(1,750

)

(11,067

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(471

)

(3,813

)

Change in cash and cash equivalents prior to effect of foreign currency exchange rate

20,401

(2,342

)

Effect of foreign currency exchange rate

2

29

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

20,403

(2,313

)

Cash and cash equivalents as of beginning of period

27,241

28,366

Cash and cash equivalents as of end of period

$

47,644

$

26,053

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Cash paid for interest

$

245

$

630

Cash paid for income taxes

$

1,375

$

1,320

THE MEET GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

DISAGGREGATION OF REVENUE

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

$

%

$

%

$

%

$

%

User pay revenue:

Video

$

61,350

67.9

%

$

21,279

40.9

%

$

89,983

61.9

%

$

41,508

40.9

%

Subscription and other in-app products

20,031

22.2

%

15,642

30.1

%

34,426

23.7

%

31,238

30.8

%

Total user pay revenue

81,381

90.1

%

36,921

71.0

%

124,409

85.6

%

72,746

71.7

%

Advertising revenue

8,951

9.9

%

15,079

29.0

%

20,989

14.4

%

28,767

28.3

%

Total revenue

$

90,332

100.0

%

$

52,000

100.0

%

$

145,398

100.0

%

$

101,513

100.0

%

THE MEET GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income

$

10,379

$

2,204

$

7,971

$

3,462

Interest expense

554

328

950

731

Income tax expense

3,006

935

3,379

1,190

Depreciation and amortization expense

2,689

3,430

5,509

6,628

Stock-based compensation expense

2,850

2,865

6,035

5,290

Acquisition, restructuring and other

1,335

25

4,705

504

Loss on disposal of assets

108

(Gain) loss on foreign currency transactions

(3

)

2

4

68

Adjusted EBITDA

$

20,810

$

9,789

$

28,661

$

17,873

THE MEET GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income

$

10,379

$

2,204

$

7,971

$

3,462

Stock-based compensation expense

2,850

2,865

6,035

5,290

Amortization of intangibles

2,176

2,778

4,353

5,340

Income tax expense

3,006

935

3,379

1,190

Acquisition, restructuring and other

1,335

25

4,705

504

Non-GAAP Net Income

$

19,746

$

8,807

$

26,443

$

15,786

GAAP basic net income per share

$

0.14

$

0.03

$

0.11

$

0.05

GAAP diluted net income per share

$

0.14

$

0.03

$

0.10

$

0.04

Basic Non-GAAP Net Income per share

$

0.27

$

0.12

$

0.37

$

0.21

Diluted Non-GAAP Net Income per share

$

0.26

$

0.11

$

0.35

$

0.20

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

Basic

72,030,143

75,648,621

71,516,532

75,250,562

Diluted

76,225,180

78,508,559

76,073,893

78,656,115

THE MEET GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

15,554

$

10,605

$

21,105

$

13,967

Purchases of property and equipment

(146

)

(405

)

(233

)

(688

)

Free Cash Flow

$

15,408

$

10,200

$

20,872

$

13,279

About The Meet Group

The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET) is a leading provider of interactive dating solutions designed to meet the universal need for human connection. Our ecosystem of dating apps enables users around the world to interact through one-to-many livestreaming broadcasts and text-based conversations. Our top apps, MeetMe©, LOVOO©, Skout©, Tagged© and Growlr©, deliver live interactions and meaningful connections to millions of users daily. Headquartered in New Hope, PA, we have offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dresden and Berlin. The Meet Group is committed to safety. You can find a description of current safety practices here: https://www.themeetgroup.com/safety-practices/. For more information, visit themeetgroup.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including whether we will close our transaction with ProSiebenSat.1 and General Atlantic as anticipated. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained herein are forward-looking statements. The words "believe," "may," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "should," "plan," "could," "target," "potential," "project," "outlook," "is likely," "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to us, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those in the forward-looking statements include the risk that our applications will not function easily or otherwise as anticipated, the risk that we will not launch additional features and upgrades as anticipated, the risk that unanticipated events affect the functionality of our applications with popular mobile operating systems, any changes in such operating systems that degrade our mobile applications’ functionality and other unexpected issues which could adversely affect usage on mobile devices. Further information on our risk factors is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on March 12, 2020 and the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on May 6, 2020. Any forward-looking statement made by us herein speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Regulation G – Non-GAAP Measures

The Company defines mobile traffic and engagement metrics (including MAU, DAU, chats per day, and new users per day) to include mobile app traffic for all properties and mobile web traffic for MeetMe, Skout and LOVOO. The Company defines a Video Daily Active User (vDAU) as a registered user of one of our platforms who has logged in and visited the Live feature, either as a broadcaster or viewer, on the day of measurement. The Company defines Average Daily Video Revenue per Video Daily Active User (vARPDAU) as the average daily video revenue per vDAU. The Company uses these user metrics for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The Company presents user metrics because it believes them to be an important supplemental measure of performance that is commonly used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in its industry and because it believes that these metrics provide useful information to investors regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. There is no directly comparable U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) measure to vARPDAU provided in the Company’s financial statements and therefore no reconciliation is provided.

The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP Net Income and Free Cash Flow, which are not calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, in evaluating its financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to period comparison. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The Company presents these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes them to be an important supplemental measure of performance that is commonly used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. We refer you to the reconciliations above for these historical non-GAAP financial measures to their directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss before interest expense, benefit from or provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, stock-based compensation expense, non-recurring acquisition, restructuring and other expenses, gain or loss on foreign currency transactions, gain or loss on sale or disposal of assets, provision for expected credit losses outside the normal range and goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges. The Company excludes stock-based compensation expense because it is non-cash in nature. The Company defines Non-GAAP Net Income as net income or loss before benefit from or provision for income taxes, amortization on intangibles, non-recurring acquisition, restructuring and other expenses, goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges and non-cash stock-based compensation expense. The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by or used in its operating activities, minus purchases of property and equipment, as shown in the consolidated statements of cash flows.

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities, as a measure of liquidity or any other financial measure. They may not be indicative of the historical operating results of the Company nor is it intended to be predictive of potential future results. Investors should not consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

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Contacts

Investor Contact:
Leslie Arena
larena@themeetgroup.com
267 714 6418

Media Contact:
Brandyn Bissinger
bbissinger@themeetgroup.com
267 446 7010