Paltalk, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Positive Net Income for Q4 and Full Year and Cash Flow Positive for Full Year

JERICHO, NY - (NewMediaWire) - March 23, 2021 - Paltalk, Inc., formerly known as PeerStream, Inc., (“Paltalk,” the “Company,” “we,” “our” or “us”) (OTCQB: PALT), a leading communications software innovator that powers multimedia social applications, today announced financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

During the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020, the Company executed key components of its business objectives, which resulted in the following:

2020 Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $3.4 million, an increase of 33% compared to the three months ended December 31, 2019. This growth was driven primarily by an increase in subscription revenue of $0.5 million, or 19%, compared to the same period in the prior year; 
  • Achieved net income from continuing operations for the three months ended December 31, 2020 of $0.5 million, an increase of $8.4 million, or 107%, compared to the three months ended December 31, 2019; and 
  • Reduced operating expenses by 72%, or $7.5 million, compared to the three months ended December 31, 2019. These reductions were a result of the Company’s streamlined operating plan, which eliminated costs associated with our secure communications business headcount as well as overall operating expenses. 

2020 Full Year Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $12.8 million, a decrease of 16% compared to revenue of $15.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. This decrease is primarily a result of the decrease in technology service revenue, which was associated with our secure communications business, and was offset by growth of our subscription revenue of approximately 5%; 
  • Net income from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $1.2 million compared to a loss of $8.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, an improvement of 114%; 
  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $2.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $135 thousand for the year ended December 31, 2019; and 
  • Revenue per subscriber increased by approximately 5% when compared to December 31, 2019, while our active subscribers were relatively unchanged at approximately 103,700. 

2020 Business and Operational Highlights:

  • Launched private rooms, in beta; 
  • Launched real time voice and video card games in the fourth quarter for our video-based communities that includes poker, blackjack, gin rummy, bridge, chess and backgammon; 
  • Created new advertising partnerships to promote paid desktop advertising programs; 
  • Launched Props rewards tokens into the Paltalk and Camfrog application; 
  • Sold secure communications assets; 
  • Changed corporate name to Paltalk, Inc.; and 
  • Offered free video in certain countries hit hardest by the COVID pandemic in order to serve base customers. 

Liquidity and Capital Resources:

  • Achieved positive cash flow from operations of $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an improvement of $5.9 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2019; 
  • Realized positive net cash flow of approximately $2.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an improvement of $5.3 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2019; and 
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $5.6 million at December 31, 2020, an increase of $2.2 million compared to December 31, 2019. 

“I am gratified that our consistent and continued effort throughout the year to reduce expenses and grow subscription revenue has yielded positive results and enabled us to achieve profitability for the full year of 2020 for the first time in our history, as well as generate positive cash flow,” said Jason Katz, CEO of Paltalk, Inc. “This achievement was the result of many actions including our strategic decision early last year to refocus and unify our efforts on our core business and dispose of non-core assets. We also invested in new and creative functionality for our users, increasing their engagement and importantly, the profitability per user for the Company. We achieved these results against the backdrop of the global pandemic and I am proud that our team successfully met the challenges that the pandemic presented. Looking ahead, we are planning new innovation and functionality for our users, a greater revenue contribution from our new advertising partnerships and continued corporate discipline on costs and expenses. Taken together, we believe that these actions will result in a successful year for Paltalk in 2021.”

Financial Overview (in thousands, except for percentages and active subscriber counts)

Current quarter compared to same quarter last year:

 Three Months Ended
December 31,
GAAP Results (unaudited)20202019$%
Subscription revenue$ 2,981$ 2,504$  477 19.0%
Advertising revenue1261197   5.9%
Technology service revenue316(44)360 
Total revenue$ 3,423$  2,579$  844  32.7%
Income (loss) from continuing operations$    532$(7,846)$ 8,378 
Net income (loss)$    531$(7,896)$ 8,427 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$    523$   (178)$  701 
Financial Metrics (unaudited)    
Active subscribers (at period end)        103,700103,800 (100)(0.1)%
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)$    750$  (783)$1,533 

Full year compared to same period last year:

 Year Ended
December 31,

GAAP Results (unaudited)20202019$%
Subscription revenue$ 11,966$ 11,406$   5604.9%
Advertising revenue325439(114)(26.0)%
Technology service revenue5413,439(2,890)(84.3)%
Total revenue$ 12,832$  15,284$(2,452)  (16.0)%
Income (loss) from continuing operations$   1,243$ (8,615)$  9,858 
Net income (loss)$   1,371$ (8,380)$  9,751 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$   1,435 $ (4,465)$  5,900 
Financial Metrics (unaudited)    
Active subscribers (at period end)        103,700103,800(100)(0.1)%
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)$  1,956$   135$ 1,8211,348.9%


Paltalk, Inc. is a communications software innovator that powers multimedia social applications. 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:

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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.


Stephanie Prince 
PCG Advisory


 Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,
Reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:    
Net income (loss)$531,257$(7,896,139)$1,371,262$(8,380,060)
Interest expense (income), net1,899(82,740)(7,119)(156,423)
Net loss from discontinued operations---104,880
Gain on sale of dating applications---(826,770)
Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations(1,313)11,07438717,672
Depreciation and amortization expense129,861     151,145 571,725605,415
Gain on office lease termination--(141,001)-
Impairment loss on goodwill-6,760,222-6,760,222
Gain from sale of secured communications assets--(250,000)-
Loss on disposal of property and equipment39,238-39,238-
Other expense--128,165-
Impairment loss on digital tokens 121,904-625,368
Stock-based compensation expense49,101151,156243,1971,385,118
Adjusted EBITDA$750,043$(783,378)$1,955,854$135,422

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 expense (income), net, gain from the sale of secured communications assets, other expense, gain on the sale of dating applications, income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations, gain on office lease termination, impairment loss on goodwill, loss on disposal of property and equipment, depreciation and amortization expense, impairment loss on digital tokens 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 impairment loss on goodwill or digital tokens;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potentially dilutive impact of stock-based compensation;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the gain from the office lease cancellation;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the gain on the sale of our dating applications or our secured communications business or our loss from discontinued operations or any income tax (benefit) from continuing 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.


  December 31, 
  2020  2019 
Current assets:      
 Cash and cash equivalents $5,585,420  $3,427,058 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $3,648 and $23,832, as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively  71,410   130,686 
 Prepaid expense and other current assets  236,704   167,441 
Total current assets  5,893,534   3,725,185 
Digital tokens receivable  210,000   - 
Operating lease right-of-use asset  68,967   685,042 
Property and equipment, net  255,777   620,059 
Goodwill  6,326,250   6,326,250 
Intangible assets, net  381,210   627,891 
Digital tokens  439,145   148,229 
Other assets  13,937   86,876 
Total assets $13,588,820  $12,219,532 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $742,141  $1,007,851 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  254,084   434,739 
Operating lease liabilities, current portion  68,967   178,479 
Digital tokens payable  123,397   - 
Term debt, current portion  338,792   - 
Deferred subscription revenue  2,058,721   1,829,493 
Total current liabilities  3,586,102   3,450,562 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current portion  -   583,075 
Term debt, non-current portion  167,708   - 
Total liabilities  3,753,810   4,033,637 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized, 6,916,404 and 6,878,904 shares issued and 6,906,454 and 6,877,004 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively  6,917   6,879 
Treasury stock, 9,950 and 1,900 shares, at par as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively  (10,859)  (2,015)
Additional paid-in capital  21,568,041   21,281,382 
Accumulated deficit  (11,729,089)  (13,100,351)
Total stockholders’ equity  9,835,010   8,185,895 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $13,588,820  $12,219,532 


  Years Ended
December 31,
  2020  2019 
Subscription revenue $11,966,497  $11,405,787 
Advertising revenue  325,475   438,503 
Technology service revenue  540,700   3,439,327 
Total revenue  12,832,672   15,283,617 
Costs and expenses        
Costs of revenue  2,573,083   3,174,453 
Sales and marketing expense  825,069   1,056,967 
Product development expense  5,025,482   6,563,449 
General and administrative expense  3,166,343   6,343,859 
Impairment loss on goodwill  -   6,760,222 
Total costs and expenses  11,589,977   23,898,950 
Income (loss) from continuing operations  1,242,695   (8,615,333)
Interest income, net  7,119   156,423 
Gain from sale of Secured Communications Assets  250,000   - 
Other expense  (128,165)  - 
Impairment loss on digital tokens  -   (625,368)
Income (loss) from continuing operations before provision for income taxes  1,371,649   (9,084,278)
Income tax (expense) benefit  (387)  141,593 
Net income (loss) from continuing operations  1,371,262   (8,942,685)
Discontinued Operations:        
Gain on sale from discontinued operations  -   826,770 
Loss from discontinued operations  -   (104,880)
Income tax expense from discontinued operations  -   (159,265)
Net income from discontinued operations  -   562,625 
Net income (loss)  1,371,262   (8,380,060)
Basic net income (loss) per share of common stock:        
Continuing operations $0.20  $(1.30)
Discontinued operations  -   0.08 
Net income (loss) per share of common stock $0.20  $(1.22)
Diluted net income (loss) per share of common stock:        
Continuing operations $0.20  $(1.30)
Discontinued operations  -   0.08 
Net loss per share of common stock $0.20  $(1.22)
Weighted average number of shares of common stock used in calculating net loss per share of common stock:        
Basic  6,884,690   6,873,652 
Diluted  6,887,808   6,873,652 


  Years Ended
December 31,
  2020  2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income (loss) $1,371,262  $(8,380,060)
Less: Income from discontinued operations  -   562,625 
Income (loss) from continuing operations  1,371,262   (8,942,685)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) from continuing operations to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities of continuing operations:        
Depreciation of property and equipment  325,044   349,082 
Amortization of intangible assets  246,681   256,332 
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets  104,083   178,158 
Gain on lease termination  (141,001)  - 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  39,238   - 
Write-off of note receivable  56,042   - 
Stock-based compensation  243,197   1,385,118 
Common stock issued for consulting services  43,500   29,015 
Bad debt expense  4,015   - 
Impairment loss on goodwill  -   6,760,222 
Impairment loss on digital tokens  -   625,368 
Realized (gain) loss from the sale of digital tokens  72,823   (70,995)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Credit card holdback receivable  -   83,175 
Accounts receivable  55,261   196,100 
Digital tokens  (439,145)  - 
Digital tokens receivable  (210,000)  - 
Operating lease liability  (107,674)  (101,647)
Digital tokens payable  123,397   - 
Prepaid expense and other current assets  (219,263)  113,550 
Other assets  16,897   29,891 
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities  (378,285)  (2,138,302)
Deferred subscription revenue  229,228   360,922 
Deferred technology service revenue  -   (3,379,435)
Net cash provided by (used in) continuing operating activities  1,435,300   (4,266,131)
Net cash used in discontinued operating activities  -   (199,232)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  1,435,300   (4,465,363)
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Payment for property and equipment, including website development, net  -   (391,230)
Proceeds from Secured Communications Assets  150,000   - 
Proceeds from the sale of digital tokens  75,406   130,290 
Net cash provided by (used in) continuing investing activities  225,406   (260,940)
Net cash provided by discontinued investing activities  -   1,600,000 
Net cash provided by investing activities  225,406   1,339,060 
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Borrowings of term debt  506,500   - 
Purchase of treasury stock  (8,844)  (2,015)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  497,656   (2,015)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  2,158,362   (3,128,318)
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 $5,585,420  $3,427,058