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The RealReal Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

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Q1 Gross Merchandise Value Increased 15% Year over Year to $257.6 million

Q1 Total Revenue Increased 11% Year over Year to $78.2 million

Q1 Gross Profit Increased 16% Year over Year to $49.2 million

SAN FRANCISCO, May 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The RealReal (REAL)—the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, consigned luxury goods—today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

“Since we announced preliminary first quarter results on April 14, our operations continued to be constrained by shelter-in-place directives, resulting in a significant GMV headwind,” said Julie Wainwright, CEO of The RealReal. “Faced with the unknown duration of the pandemic, we’ve focused on reducing operating expenses to weather these new challenges and preserving liquidity to ensure we are well positioned for the future. Given the strength of our balance sheet, customer satisfaction, high buyer and consignor repeat rates, and technology innovations driving efficiency, I’m confident we’re well positioned to bounce back quickly once the economy stabilizes and capitalize on the significant opportunity in front of us.”

GMV trends performed as expected through early March, with GMV growth in excess of 30% year over year. However, as local directives limited operations in the company’s warehouses, GMW was significantly impacted. Since March 17, when Bay Area shelter-in-place directives went into effect, and continuing through mid-April, GMV declined approximately 40%-45% year over year. During the last two weeks of April, GMV trends have improved modestly.

Interest in consignment remains strong. When social distancing prevented in-person White Glove appointments, the company pivoted and launched virtual appointments to continue delivering personalized consignment consultations and enable people to monetize the assets in their homes during these uncertain times. The RealReal has conducted thousands of virtual appointments since launching the service and will integrate virtual appointments into its supply acquisition strategy going forward.

The RealReal B2B vendor program, where the company sources supply from brands and retailers seeking distribution and demand, was resilient in March and strength has continued into April. Interest from business sellers has increased 10X vs. pre-COVID levels.

Traffic trends have increased modestly in April year over year despite an approximately two-thirds reduction in the company’s advertising spend, and the company’s four day sell-through has rebounded to pre-COVID levels. “Growing traffic and healthy four-day velocity give us confidence that GMV trends could improve once shelter-in-place restrictions are removed and we are able to ramp supply,” continued Wainwright.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) was $257.6 million, up 15% year over year.

  • Total Revenue was $78.2 million, up 11% year over year.

  • Consignment and Service Revenue was $65.3 million, up 17% year over year.

  • Gross Profit was $49.2 million, up 16% year over year.

  • Net Loss was ($38.3) million.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was ($30.9) million or (39.5%) of total revenue.

  • GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share was ($0.44).

  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share was ($0.39).

  • At the end of the first quarter, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $303.2 million.

  • Since inception through March 31, consignment with The RealReal saved 14,300 metric tons of carbon and saved 660 million liters of water.

Other First Quarter Highlights

  • Trailing 12 months active buyers reached 601,766, up 32% year over year.

  • Orders reached 574,215, up 15% year over year.

  • Average Order Value was $449 compared to $450 in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Consignment Take Rate increased 90bps year over year to 36.2%.

  • GMV from repeat buyers was 84.4% compared to 82.4% in the first quarter of 2019.

Financial Outlook
On March 17, the company withdrew its outlook for the first quarter and full year 2020 as a result of the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business. Given limited near-term visibility, the company elects to not provide an updated financial outlook.

Webcast and Conference Call
The RealReal will post a shareholder letter on its investor relations website at https://investor.therealreal.com/financial-information/quarterly-results in lieu of a live presentation and host a conference call at 2 p.m. PDT to answer questions regarding its first quarter 2020 financial results, the shareholder letter and the supporting slides. Investors and participants can access the call by dialing (866) 996-5385 in the U.S. and (270) 215-9574 internationally. The passcode for the conference line is 8592508. The call will also be available via live webcast at investor.therealreal.com along with the shareholder letter and the supporting slides. An archive of the webcast conference call will be available shortly after the call ends. The archived webcast will be available at investor.therealreal.com.

About The RealReal, Inc.
The RealReal is the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, consigned luxury goods. With a rigorous authentication process overseen by experts, The RealReal provides a safe and reliable platform for consumers to buy and sell their luxury items. We have 150+ in-house gemologists, horologists and brand authenticators who inspect thousands of items each day. As a sustainable company, we give new life to pieces by hundreds of brands, from Gucci to Cartier, supporting the circular economy. We make consigning effortless with free in-home pickup, drop-off service and direct shipping for individual consignors and estates. At our stores in LA, NYC and San Francisco, customers can shop, consign, and meet with our experts. At our 10 Luxury Consignment Offices, four of which are in our retail stores, our expert staff provides free valuations.

Investor Relations Contact:
Paul Bieber
Head of Investor Relations
paul.bieber@therealreal.com

Press Contact:
Erin Santy
Head of Communications
pr@therealreal.com

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future performance of The RealReal that are based on the company's current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “intend,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future operating results, including the amounts of our operating expense and capital expenditure reductions and our strategies, plans, commitments, objectives and goals, in particular in the context of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Other factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations, any failure to generate a supply of consigned goods, pricing pressure on the consignment market resulting from discounting in the market for new goods, failure to efficiently and effectively operate our merchandising and fulfillment operations and other reasons.

More information about factors that could affect the company's operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's Investor Relations website at https://investor.therealreal.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to the company on the date hereof. The company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our unaudited and condensed financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), this earnings release and the accompanying tables and the related earnings conference call contain certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total net revenue ("Adjusted EBITDA Margin"), free cash flow, non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders, and non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted. We have provided a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in this earnings release.

We do not, nor do we suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors should also note that non-GAAP financial measures we use may not be the same non-GAAP financial measures, and may not be calculated in the same manner, as that of other companies, including other companies in our industry.

Adjusted EBITDA is a key performance measure that our management uses to assess our operating performance. Because Adjusted EBITDA facilitates internal comparisons of our historical operating performance on a more consistent basis, we use this measure as an overall assessment of our performance, to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies and for business planning purposes. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled metrics of other companies.

We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as net loss before interest income, interest expense, other (income) expense net, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, further adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation, and certain one-time expenses. Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations as the measure excludes the impact of certain expenses that are included in our statements of operations that are necessary to run our business and should not be considered as an alternative to net loss or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis and, in the case of exclusion of the impact of stock-based compensation, excludes an item that we do not consider to be indicative of our core operating performance. Investors should, however, understand that stock-based compensation will be a significant recurring expense in our business and an important part of the compensation provided to our employees. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities less net cash used to purchase property and equipment and capitalized proprietary software development costs. We believe free cash flow is an important indicator of our business performance, as it measures the amount of cash we generate. Accordingly, we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management.

Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as GAAP net loss plus stock-based compensation expense, provision for income taxes, and nonrecurring items divided by weighted average shares outstanding. We believe that adding back stock-based compensation expense and provision for income taxes, and non-recurring items as adjustments to our GAAP net loss, before calculating per share amounts for all periods presented provides a more meaningful comparison between our operating results from period to period.

THE REALREAL, INC.

Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Revenue:

Consignment and service revenue

$

65,297

$

55,575

Direct revenue

12,942

15,007

Total revenue

78,239

70,582

Cost of revenue:

Cost of consignment and service revenue

18,088

15,946

Cost of direct revenue

10,954

12,254

Total cost of revenue

29,042

28,200

Gross profit

49,197

42,382

Operating expenses:

Marketing

12,922

11,733

Operations and technology

40,737

31,544

Selling, general and administrative

35,104

22,319

Total operating expenses (1)

88,763

65,596

Loss from operations

(39,566

)

(23,214

)

Interest income

1,286

405

Interest expense

(20

)

(131

)

Other income (expense), net

8

(282

)

Loss before provision for income taxes

(38,292

)

(23,222

)

Provision for income taxes

Net loss

$

(38,292

)

$

(23,222

)

Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock to redemption value

$

$

(3,355

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(38,292

)

$

(26,577

)

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

$

(0.44

)

$

(3.05

)

Weighted average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

86,588,796

8,705,664

(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:

Marketing

188

68

Operating and technology

1,478

490

Selling, general and administrative (2)

1,744

551

Total

3,410

1,109

(2) Includes compensation expense related to stock sales by current and former employees in March 2019.


THE REALREAL, INC.

Condensed Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

March 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

134,662

$

154,446

Short-term investments

168,592

208,811

Accounts receivable

3,089

7,779

Inventory, net

24,916

23,599

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

11,273

13,804

Total current assets

342,532

408,439

Property and equipment, net

59,637

55,831

Operating lease right-of-use assets

124,346

Other assets

3,025

2,660

Total assets

$

529,540

$

466,930

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$

9,916

$

11,159

Accrued consignor payable

33,489

52,820

Operating lease liabilities, current portion

14,209

Other accrued and current liabilities

43,941

54,567

Total current liabilities

101,555

118,546

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

120,174

Other noncurrent liabilities

1,038

9,456

Total liabilities

222,767

128,002

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, $0.00001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019; 86,850,694 and 85,872,320 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

1

1

Additional paid-in capital

699,249

693,426

Accumulated other comprehensive income

321

7

Accumulated deficit

(392,798

)

(354,506

)

Total stockholders’ equity

306,773

338,928

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

529,540

$

466,930


THE REALREAL, INC.

Condensed Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(38,292

)

$

(23,222

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

4,145

2,808

Stock-based compensation expense

3,410

1,109

Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets

4,121

Bad debt expense

455

321

Compensation expense related to stock sales by current and former employees

819

Change in fair value of convertible preferred stock warrant liability

280

Accretion of unconditional endowment grant liability

23

26

Accretion of debt discounts

7

Amortization of premiums (discounts) on short-term investments

(207

)

40

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

4,235

(4,050

)

Inventory, net

(1,317

)

(173

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

2,356

(2,388

)

Other assets

(365

)

(111

)

Operating lease liability

(2,721

)

Accounts payable

(2,206

)

797

Accrued consignor payable

(19,331

)

1,292

Other accrued and current liabilities

(8,865

)

(475

)

Other noncurrent liabilities

(412

)

349

Net cash used in operating activities

(54,971

)

(22,571

)

Cash flow from investing activities:

Purchases of short-term investments

(73,280

)

Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments

114,020

12,873

Capitalized proprietary software development costs

(1,480

)

(1,686

)

Purchases of property and equipment

(6,486

)

(3,743

)

Net cash provided by investing activities

32,774

7,444

Cash flow from financing activities:

Proceeds from issuance of redeemable convertible preferred stock, net of issuance costs

43,572

Proceeds from issuance of convertible preferred stock, net of issuance costs

26,279

Proceeds from exercise of stock options and common stock warrants

2,564

1,332

Payment of deferred offering costs

(222

)

Taxes paid related to restricted stock vesting

(151

)

Repayment of debt

(1,250

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

2,413

69,711

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(19,784

)

54,584

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

Beginning of period

154,446

45,627

End of period

$

134,662

$

100,211

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information

Cash paid for interest

$

4

$

98

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for each of the periods indicated (in thousands):

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation:

Net loss

$

(38,292

)

$

(23,222

)

Depreciation and amortization

4,145

2,808

Stock-based compensation

3,410

1,109

Legal settlement

1,110

Compensation expense related to stock sales by current and former employees

819

Interest income

(1,286

)

(405

)

Interest expense

20

131

Other (income) expense, net

(8

)

282

Provision for income taxes

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(30,901

)

$

(18,478

)

A reconciliation of GAAP net loss to non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, in order to calculate non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, basic and diluted, is as follows (in thousands, except share and per share data):

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Net loss

$

(38,292

)

$

(23,222

)

Stock-based compensation

3,410

1,109

Compensation expense related to stock sales by current and former employees

819

Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock

(3,355

)

Remeasurement of preferred stock warrant liability

280

Legal settlement

1,110

Provision for income taxes

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(33,772

)

$

(24,369

)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding used to calculate Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, basic and diluted

86,588,796

8,705,664

Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, basic and diluted

$

(0.39

)

$

(2.80

)

The following table presents a reconciliation of net cash used in operating activities to free cash flow for each of the periods indicated (in thousands):

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Net cash used in operating activities

$

(54,971

)

$

(22,571

)

Purchase of property and equipment and capitalized proprietary software development costs

(7,966

)

(5,429

)

Free Cash Flow

$

(62,937

)

$

(28,000

)

Key Financial and Operating Metrics:

March
31, 2018

June
30, 2018

September
30, 2018

December
31, 2018

March
31, 2019

June
30, 2019

September
30, 2019

December
31, 2019

March
31, 2020

(In thousands, except AOV and percentages)

GMV

$

158,378

$

162,954

$

170,923

$

218,495

$

224,116

$

228,487

$

252,766

$

302,975

$

257,606

NMV

$

113,347

$

115,916

$

123,550

$

153,776

$

160,538

$

164,782

$

186,617

$

219,508

$

184,625

Consignment and Services Revenue

$

40,319

$

41,426

$

44,968

$

53,894

$

55,575

$

60,070

$

69,245

$

82,522

$

65,297

Direct Revenue

$

7,400

$

7,021

$

8,255

$

10,449

$

15,007

$

12,139

$

12,271

$

11,209

$

12,942

Number of Orders

356

359

409

471

498

505

577

637

574

Take Rate

35.1

%

35.5

%

36.4

%

34.9

%

35.3

%

36.6

%

36.8

%

36.2

%

36.2

%

Active Buyers

326

352

379

416

456

492

543

582

602

AOV

$

445

$

453

$

418

$

464

$

450

$

453

$

438

$

476

$

449

% of GMV from Repeat Buyers

81.5

%

82.9

%

82.9

%

81.6

%

82.4

%

83.1

%

81.8

%

82.9

%

84.4

%