Spark Networks(R) Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spark Networks plc (Amex: LOV), a leading provider of online personals services, today reported first quarter 2007 financial results.
Highlights * First Quarter Revenue of $16.8 Million * Other Businesses Revenue Up 54% * Cash and Marketable Securities of $19.7 Million * HurryDate(R) Acquisition Extends Offline Events Offerings
"The significant traction we are experiencing among our newer businesses continues to reinforce our strategy of focusing on targeted offerings for vertical markets," said Spark Networks' Chief Executive Officer, Adam Berger.
"Offline events and ad sales show potential to become contributors to our long-term growth. In addition to expanding JDate(R)'s existing events offerings, our acquisition of HurryDate, in February, enabled us to begin offering speed dating and other offline events to members across our network of communities."
Berger continued, "We maintain a leadership position in several key markets, and with a solid financial foundation in place, we believe we are well positioned to capture the significant growth opportunities we see ahead."
Reported revenue for the first quarter of 2007 was $16.8 million, which was flat compared to the same period in 2006.
The Company reported a net loss of $(2.0) million, or $(0.06) per share, for the first quarter of 2007, compared to net income of $710,000, or $0.02 per share, for the same period in 2006. Contributing to the loss in the first quarter were an impairment expense of approximately $1.9 million, related to the impairment of the book carrying value of goodwill under FAS 142 related to AmericanSingles(R) and $1.1 million in share-based compensation expense related to the acceleration of vesting and extension of the exercise period of options for our former CEO and current Chairman of the Board, in connection with his resignation as CEO of the Company.
Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the first quarter of 2007 was $2.6 million, a decrease of 19% compared to adjusted EBITDA of $3.2 million during the same period in 2006. Contributing to the decline in net income and adjusted EBITDA were costs of approximately $500,000 related to the Company's Scheme of Arrangement, which, pending shareholder approval, is intended to establish the Company as a Delaware corporation, as well as expenses related to compliance under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. See the attached Consolidated Statement of Operations for a reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net income.
Average paying subscribers(2) for the Company, as a whole, in the first quarter of 2007 were approximately 231,313, compared to 230,641 from the same period in 2006.
The Company reported first quarter 2007 revenue for its JDate segment of $7.2 million, an increase of 3% compared to $7.0 million in the same period in 2006.
The Company reported first quarter 2007 revenue for its AmericanSingles segment of $4.3 million, a decrease of 32% compared to $6.3 million in the same period in 2006. The decrease in revenues for AmericanSingles is largely attributable to a 27% decrease in the AmericanSingles marketing spend in the last half of 2006 compared to the last half of 2005.
The Company reported first quarter 2007 revenue for its Other Businesses segment of $5.3 million, an increase of 54% compared to $3.5 million in the same period in 2006.
Average paying subscribers for the Company's JDate segment were 75,211 during the first quarter of 2007, compared to 75,316 from the same period in 2006.
Average paying subscribers for the Company's AmericanSingles segment were 61,620 during the first quarter of 2007, a decrease of 32% compared to 90,323 from the same period in 2006.
Average paying subscribers for the Company's Other Businesses segment were 94,482 during the first quarter of 2007, an increase of 45% compared to 65,002 from the same period in 2006.
Balance Sheet, Cash, Debt
As of March 31, 2007, the Company had a cash and marketable securities position of $19.7 million, compared to $20.6 million at December 31, 2006. Cash and marketable securities, net of debt, was $18.2 million at March 31, 2007, compared to $19.3 million at December 31, 2006. In the first quarter of 2007, the Company paid $2.0 million with respect to the acquisition of HurryDate (net of cash acquired and including transaction costs) and repurchased approximately $1.8 million worth of shares under its share repurchase program.
During the quarter the Company repurchased 304,106 shares at a weighted average price of $5.92. All shares repurchased are earmarked for cancellation and are therefore not included as shares outstanding in the Company's share count and weighted average shares outstanding at quarter end.
Investor Conference Call:
The Company will discuss its financial results during a live teleconference today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time and 10:30 p.m. Frankfurt time.
Call Title: Spark Networks Q1 '07 Financial Results Toll-Free (United States): +1 888-371-9318 International: +1 973-935-2986 Confirmation #: 8685977 One-Week Replay Toll-Free (United States): +1-877-519-4471 International: +1-973-341-3080
In addition, the Company will host a webcast of the call which will be accessible in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website under "Conference Calls and Presentations" at: http://www.spark.net/investor.htm.
Safe Harbor Statement:
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About Spark Networks plc:
Spark Networks' American Depository Shares trade on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol "LOV," and its Global Depositary Shares trade on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol "MHJG." The Spark Networks portfolio of consumer websites includes, among others, JDate.com (www.jdate.com), AmericanSingles.com (www.americansingles.com), BlackSingles.com(R) (www.blacksingles.com), CatholicMingle(TM).com (www.catholicmingle.com) and Relationships.com(TM) (www.relationships.com).
(1) "Adjusted EBITDA" is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and long-lived impairment of assets. Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as a substitute for net income (loss) or net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (all as determined in accordance with GAAP) for the purpose of analyzing our operating performance, financial position and cash flows, as adjusted EBITDA is not defined by GAAP. However, the Company regards adjusted EBITDA as a complement to net income and other GAAP financial performance measures, including an indirect measure of operating cash flow. As such, management believes that the investment community finds it to be a useful tool to perform meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results and as a means to evaluate the results of core on-going operations. (2) Paying subscribers are defined as individuals who have paid a monthly fee for access to communication and website features beyond those provided to our members. Average paying subscribers for each month are calculated as the sum of the paying subscribers at the beginning and end of the month, divided by two. Average paying subscribers for periods longer than one month are calculated as the sum of the average paying subscribers for each month, divided by the number of months in such period. (3) In accordance with Financial Accounting Standard No. 131, the Company's financial reporting includes detailed data on three separate operating segments. The JDate segment consists of the Company's JDate.com website and its co-branded websites. The AmericanSingles segment consists of the Company's AmericanSingles.com website and its co-branded and private label websites. The Other Businesses segment consists of all of the Company's other websites and businesses. SPARK NETWORKS PLC CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands, except share data) March 31, December 31, 2007 2006 Assets (unaudited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $19,492 $20,412 Marketable securities 197 196 Restricted cash 2,013 2,070 Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $50 and $0 for March 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006 1,029 1,200 Deferred tax asset - current portion 632 219 Prepaid expenses and other 1,444 1,509 Total current assets 24,807 25,606 Property and equipment, net 1,816 2,306 Goodwill, net 17,917 19,236 Intangible assets, net 5,826 4,406 Deposits and other assets 56 72 Total assets $50,422 $51,626 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $1,692 $1,487 Accrued liabilities 4,621 4,985 Deferred revenue 4,320 4,051 Notes payable - current portion 1,491 1,314 Current portion of obligations under capital leases -- 43 Total current liabilities 12,124 11,880 Deferred tax liabilities 1,826 1,782 Obligations under capital leases -- 59 Total liabilities 13,950 13,721 Shares subject to rescission 8,309 8,079 Commitments and contingencies -- -- Shareholders' equity: Authorized capital 800,000 pounds sterling divided into 80,000,000 ordinary shares of 1p each; issued and outstanding 30,761,855 shares as of March 31, 2007 and 30,941,465 shares as of December 31, 2006, at a stated value of: 442 517 Additional paid-in-capital 67,824 67,571 Accumulated other comprehensive income 375 248 Notes receivable from employees -- -- Accumulated deficit (40,478) (38,510) Total shareholders' equity 28,163 29,826 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $50,422 $51,626 SPARK NETWORKS PLC CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2006 Net revenues $16,820 $16,805 Direct marketing expenses 6,757 5,657 Contribution margin 10,063 11,148 Operating expenses: Indirect marketing (including share-based compensation of $10 and $13) 327 366 Customer service (including share-based compensation of $19 and $23) 929 908 Technical operations (including share-based compensation of $179 and $174) 1,424 2,230 Product development (including share-based compensation of $88 and $118) 806 845 General and administrative (including share-based compensation of $1,763 and $1,028) 6,585 5,632 Amortization of intangible assets other than goodwill 344 239 Impairment of goodwill 1,894 -- Total operating expenses 12,309 10,220 Operating (loss) income (2,246) 928 Interest (income), loss and other expenses, net (205) 39 (Loss) income before income taxes (2,041) 889 Provision (benefit) for income taxes (73) 179 Net (loss) income $(1,968) $710 Net (loss) income per share - basic $(0.06) $0.02 Net (loss) income per share - diluted $(0.06) $0.02 Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 30,868 30,266 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 30,868 31,258 EBITDA Net (loss) income $(1,968) $710 Interest (226) (71) Taxes (73) 179 Depreciation 547 779 Amortization 344 239 EBITDA (1,376) 1,836 Share-based compensation 2,059 1,356 Impairment of long-lived assets 1,894 -- Adjusted EBITDA $2,577 $3,192 SPARK NETWORKS PLC SEGMENT RESULTS FROM OPERATIONS (in thousands except subscriber information) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2006 Net Revenues JDate $7,210 $6,996 AmericanSingles 4,288 6,343 Other Businesses 5,322 3,466 Total net revenues $16,820 $16,805 Direct Marketing Expenses JDate $714 $796 AmericanSingles 3,071 3,360 Other Businesses 2,972 1,501 Total direct marketing expenses $6,757 $5,657 Contribution Margin JDate $6,496 $6,200 AmericanSingles 1,217 2,983 Other Businesses 2,350 1,965 Total contribution margin $10,063 $11,148 Average Paying Subscribers JDate 75,211 75,316 AmericanSingles 61,620 90,323 Other Businesses 94,482 65,002 Total 231,313 230,641
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