Paltalk, Inc. Reports Increased Operating Efficiencies with 69% Reduction in Net Loss for Fiscal Year 2023


 

Net Cash Used in Operating Activities for Q4 2023 was $0.1 Million


Q4 2023 Cash Balance Remains Strong at $13.6 Million and No Long-Term Debt

 

JERICHO, NY - (NewMediaWire) - March 15, 2024 - Paltalk, Inc. (“Paltalk,” the “Company,” “we,” “our” or “us”) (Nasdaq: PALT), a communications software innovator that powers multimedia social applications, today announced financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2023.

 

Key Financial Highlights for Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2023 Compared to Prior Year Period

 

·    Total Revenue decreased 4% to $2.7 million

·    Subscription revenue decreased 5% to $2.6 million

·    Advertising revenue increased 40% to $0.1 million

·    Net loss was $0.3 million compared to a net loss of $0.5 million, an improvement of 43%

·    Adjusted EBITDA1 loss was $0.2 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA1 loss of $0.5 million, an improvement of 53%

·    Net cash used in operating activities for the quarter was $0.1 million

 

Key Financial Highlights for Year Ended December 31, 2023 Compared to Prior Year Period

 

·    Total Revenue remained relatively unchanged at $11.0 million

·    Subscription revenue remained relatively unchanged at $10.6 million

·    Advertising revenue increased 1.9% to $0.3 million

·    Net loss was $1.1 million compared to a net loss of $3.4 million, an improvement of 68%

·    Adjusted EBITDA1 loss was $1.0 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA1 loss of $2.6 million, an improvement of 62%

·    Deferred revenue decreased 9% to $2.0 million as of December 31, 2023

·    The Company had $13.6 million in cash and no long-term debt on its balance sheet as of December 31, 2023

 

Business Highlights for the Year Ended December 31, 2023

 

·    Leveraging our integration of the ManyCam product into Paltalk through upselling initiatives

·    Further optimizing marketing spend to effectively realize a positive return on our investment

·    Evaluating avenues to optimize and reduce expenses with our infrastructure 

·    Continuing to explore strategic opportunities, including, but not limited to, potential mergers or acquisitions of other assets or entities that are synergistic to our businesses

·    Continuing to defend our intellectual property

 

1 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the discussion below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Metrics” and the reconciliations at the end of this release for additional information concerning this and other non-GAAP financial measures.

 

Management Commentary

 

Jason Katz, Chairman and CEO of Paltalk, commented, “Several of our initiatives have led to a significant decrease in operating expenses and an improvement in reducing our operating and net losses. As a result, our operating expenses as a percentage of revenue declined to 118% for the fourth quarter of 2023, versus 129% for the fourth quarter of 2022.”

 

Katz, continued, “On the sales side, our marketing efforts have become more efficient, and we have expanded ManyCam to the enterprise segment. We believe we are well-positioned for organic and acquisitive growth, as our current expense infrastructure can support additional revenue, and our cash position as of December 31, 2023 remains strong at $13.6 million.”

 

Katz, concluded, “On the strategic opportunities front, we have continued to actively identify and analyze potential mergers or acquisitions of other assets or entities that are synergistic to our business, which we believe have the potential to increase shareholder value. Our trial against Cisco has been set to begin in April 2024, and we look forward to continuing to defend our intellectual property.”

 

Patent Litigation Update – Trial Expected to Begin in April 2024

 

On July 23, 2021, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, Paltalk Holdings, Inc., filed a patent infringement lawsuit against WebEx Communications, Inc., Cisco WebEx LLC, and Cisco Systems, Inc. (collectively, “Cisco”), in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (the “Court”). We allege that certain of Cisco’s products have infringed U.S. Patent No. 6,683,858, and that we are entitled to damages.

 

A Markman hearing took place on February 24, 2022. On September 7, 2022, the United States Patent Office issued a reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,683,858, and on January 19, 2023, the Examiner issued an Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate, ending the reexamination and confirming the patentability of claims 1-10 of U.S. Patent No. 6,683,858. On June 29, 2023, the Court held a pretrial conference with the parties and denied Cisco’s motion for summary judgement. The trial is expected to begin on April 8, 2024.

 

If we receive a jury verdict in our favor or receive settlement proceeds in connection with the foregoing litigation, the exact amount of such proceeds to be received by us will be determined based on a number of factors and will reflect the deduction of significant litigation-related expenses, including legal fees.  Consequently, we will not receive the majority of any gross proceeds resulting from any potential verdict or settlement.  For the foregoing reasons, we are unable to predict the outcome of this litigation and its ultimate cost.

 

 

Financial Results for Three Months Ended December 31, 2023

 

·     Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2023 decreased by 4% to $2.7 million, compared to $2.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The decrease in revenue was primarily attributed to a decrease in subscription and virtual gift revenue from Paltalk and Camfrog, partially offset by increased revenue from Vumber and ManyCam;

 

·     Loss from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2023 improved by 38.4% to a loss of $0.5 million, compared to a loss of $0.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The improvement in loss from operations was attributed to a decrease in sales and marketing, product development, and general and administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2023;

 

·    Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2023 improved by 42.7% to $0.3 million, compared to a net loss of $0.5 million the three months ended December 31, 2022. The decrease in net loss was due to the reduction of operating expenses;

 

·     Adjusted EBITDA1 loss for the three months ended December 31, 2023 improved by 52.8% to $0.2 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA1 loss of $0.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022.

 

 

Financial Results for Year Ended December 31, 2023

 

·     Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 remained relatively unchanged at $11.0 million. Decreases in subscription and virtual gift in the Paltalk and Camfrog applications were offset by increases in revenue from Vumber and ManyCam;

 

·     Loss from operations for the year ended December 31, 2023 improved by 43.4%  to a loss of $2.1 million, compared to a loss of $3.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. The improvement in loss from operations was primarily attributable to an increase in revenue and reduced operating expenses in connection with the implementation of operating efficiencies;  

 

·     Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2023 improved by 68.7% to $1.1 million, compared to a net loss of $3.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. The improvement in net loss was attributed to a decrease in operating expenses as well as an increase in other income in connection with the Company’s recording of a refundable employee retention tax credit; and

 

·     Adjusted EBITDA1 loss for the year ended December 31, 2023 improved by 61.7%, or $1.6 million, to $1.0 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA1 loss of $2.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2022;

 

·    Cash and cash equivalents totaled $13.6 million at December 31, 2023, a decrease of $1.1 million compared to $14.7 million at December 31, 2022; and

 

·    The Company had no long-term debt on its balance sheet at December 31, 2023.

 

 Key Financial and Operating Metrics from Operations:

(in thousands, except for percentages)

 Three Months Ended    
 December 31, (unaudited) Change
  2023  2022 $ %
    Subscription revenue$2,583 $2,717 $(134)-4.9%
    Advertising revenue$109 $78 $31 39.9%
        
Total revenues$2,692 $2,795 $(103)-3.7%
Loss from operations$(494)$(802)$308 38.4%
Net loss$(283)$(494)$211 42.7%
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities$(99)$(333)$234 70.3%
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)$(223)$(473)$250 52.8%
        
        
 Year Ended    
 December 31, Change
  2023  2022 $ %
    Subscription revenue$10,647 $10,663 $(16)-0.1%
    Advertising revenue$333 $327 $6 1.9%
        
Total revenues$10,980 $10,990 $(10)-0.1%
Loss from operations$(2,070)$(3,659)$1,589 43.4%
Net loss$(1,067)$(3,412)$2,345 68.7%
Net cash used in operating activities$(1,080)$(2,957)$1,877 63.5%
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)$(1,013)$(2,647)$1,634 61.7%



 

 

ABOUT PALTALK, INC. (Nasdaq: PALT)

 

Paltalk, Inc. is a communications software innovator that powers multimedia social applications. Our product portfolio includes Paltalk and Camfrog, which together host a large collection of video-based communities. Our other products include ManyCam, Tinychat and Vumber. The Company has an over 20-year history of technology innovation and holds 8 patents. For more information, please visit: http://www.paltalk.com.

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

 

This press release contains "forward-looking statements." Such statements may be preceded by the words "intends," "may," "will," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "predicts," "estimates," "aims," "believes," "hopes," "potential," or similar words.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on certain assumptions and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, any economic recession and the overall inflationary environment on our results of operations and our business; our ability to effectively market and generate revenue from our applications; our ability to generate and maintain active users and to effectively monetize our user base; our ability to improve, market and promote the ManyCam software; the Company’s ability to retain the listing of its common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market; our ability to release new applications or improve upon or add features to existing applications on schedule or at all; risks and uncertainties related to our increasing focus on the use of new and novel technologies to enhance our applications, and our ability to timely complete development of applications using new technologies; our ability to effectively compete with existing competitors and new market entrants; our ability to effectively secure new software development and licensing customers; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; the use of the internet and privacy and protection of user data; our ability to consummate favorable acquisitions and effectively integrate any companies or properties that we acquire; and our ability to manage our partnerships and strategic alliances. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

 

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.

 

Investor Contacts:

IR@paltalk.com

ClearThink

nyc@clearthink.capital

917-658-7878

 

PALTALK, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP RESULTS


  Three Months Ended Year Ended 
  December 31, (Unaudited) December 31, (Unaudited) 
  2023  2022 2023  2022 
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA:           
Net loss $(283,090) $(494,234)$(1,067,335) $(3,412,250)
Stock-based compensation expense  65,302   62,476  234,993   333,825 
Depreciation and amortization expense  205,584   266,298  822,334   670,863 
Impairment loss on digital tokens  -   -  -   7,262 
Interest income, net  (177,178)  (105,260) (639,611)  (74,895)
Other income, net  -   -  (343,045)  - 
Income tax benefit  (33,842)  (202,161) (20,252)  (171,665)
Reported Adjusted EBITDA $(223,224) $(472,881)$(1,012,916) $(2,646,860)
                


 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Metrics

 

The Company has provided in this release Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to supplement the consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net (loss) income adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization expenses, impairment loss on digital token, interest income, net, other (income) expense, net, and income tax (benefit) expense.

 

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA 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 Adjusted EBITDA in assessing its performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is 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 that Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect, among other things: cash capital expenditures for assets underlying depreciation and amortization expense that may need to be replaced or for new capital expenditures; net loss from discontinued operations; interest income, net; other expense, net; income tax expense from continuing operations;

 

 our working capital requirements; the impairment loss on digital tokens; the potentially dilutive impact of stock-based compensation; and the provision for income taxes. 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 Adjusted EBITDA along with other financial performance measures, including total revenues, subscription revenue, deferred revenue, net loss, cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, net cash used in operating activities and our financial results presented in accordance with GAAP.


PALTALK, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

  December 31,  December 31, 
  2023  2022 
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $13,568,049  $14,739,933 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $23,326 and $3,648 as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively  92,704   122,297 
Employee retention tax credit receivable, net  114,212   - 
Prepaid expense and other current assets  990,634   543,199 
Total current assets  14,765,599   15,405,429 
Operating lease right-of-use asset  77,005   159,181 
Goodwill  6,326,250   6,326,250 
Intangible assets, net  2,704,477   3,526,811 
Other assets  13,937   13,937 
Total assets $23,887,268  $25,431,608 
         
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $792,053  $1,013,637 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  226,120   225,193 
Operating lease liabilities, current portion  77,005   82,176 
Contingent Consideration  -   85,000 
Deferred subscription revenue  2,043,362   2,257,452 
Total current liabilities  3,138,540   3,663,458 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current portion  -   77,005 
Deferred tax liability  614,041   716,903 
Total liabilities  3,752,581   4,457,366 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized, 9,864,120 shares issued and 9,222,157 and 9,227,349 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively  9,864   9,864 
Treasury stock, 641,963 and 636,771 shares repurchased as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively  (1,199,337)  (1,192,124)
Additional paid-in capital  36,208,728   35,973,735 
Accumulated deficit  (14,884,568)  (13,817,233)
Total stockholders’ equity  20,134,687   20,974,242 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $23,887,268  $25,431,608 
         



PALTALK, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

  Years Ended 
December 31,
  2023  2022 
Revenues:      
Subscription revenue $10,646,700  $10,662,691 
Advertising revenue  333,144   326,854 
Total revenues  10,979,844   10,989,545 
Costs and expenses:        
Cost of revenue  3,238,243   2,823,570 
Sales and marketing expense  878,657   1,571,275 
Product development expense  4,860,607   5,934,433 
General and administrative expense  4,072,580   4,311,815 
Impairment loss on digital tokens  -   7,262 
Total costs and expenses  13,050,087   14,648,355 
Loss from operations  (2,070,243)  (3,658,810)
Interest income (expense), net  639,611   74,895 
Other income (expense)  343,045   - 
Loss from operations before provision for income taxes  (1,087,587)  (3,583,915)
Income tax benefit (expense)  20,252   171,665 
Net loss $(1,067,335) $(3,412,250)
         
Net loss per share of common stock:        
Basic $(0.12) $(0.35)
Diluted $(0.12) $(0.35)
Weighted average number of shares of common stock used in calculating net loss per share of common stock:        
Basic  9,222,206   9,638,567 
Diluted  9,222,206   9,638,567 
         



PALTALK, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

  Years Ended 
December 31,
  2023  2022 
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $(1,067,335) $(3,412,250)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from operations to net cash used in operating activities:        
Depreciation of property and equipment  -   69,599 
Amortization of intangible assets  822,334   601,264 
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets  82,176   80,310 
Impairment loss on digital tokens  -   7,262 
Income tax benefit  20,252   - 
Deferred tax liability  (123,114)  (171,665)
Stock-based compensation  234,993   333,825 
Bad debt expense  49,274   - 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable, net  (19,681)  31,151 
Operating lease liability  (82,176)  (80,310)
Employee retention tax credit receivable, net  (114,212)  - 
Prepaid expense and other current assets  (447,435)  (303,941)
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities  (220,657)  (453,928)
Deferred subscription revenue  (214,090)  341,959 
Net cash used in operating activities  (1,079,671)  (2,956,724)
Cash flows from investing activities activities:        
Acquisition of ManyCam assets  -   (2,700,000)
Acquisition related costs of ManyCam assets  -   (242,279)
Payment of contingent consideration  (85,000)  - 
Net cash used in investing activities  (85,000)  (2,942,279)
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Purchase of treasury stock  (7,213)  (997,924)
Net cash used in financing activities  (7,213)  (997,924)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (1,171,884)  (6,896,927)
Balance of cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  14,739,933   21,636,860 
Balance of cash and cash equivalents at end of period $13,568,049  $14,739,933 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:        
Non-cash investing and financing activities:        
Deferred tax liability associated with the acquisition of ManyCam assets $-  $904,253 
Accrued contingent consideration $-  $85,000 


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