Paltalk, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Company Reports Second Consecutive Profitable and Cash Flow Positive Quarter, Revenue Increases by Over 10% Compared to Prior Year Period

JERICHO, NY, - (NewMediaWire) - November 05, 2020 - 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2020.


During the three months ended September 30, 2020, the Company executed key components of its business objectives, which resulted in the following:

  • Total revenue was $3.3 million, an increase of 11.9% compared to the third quarter of 2019. This growth was driven primarily by an increase in subscription revenue of $0.3 million, or 9.8%, compared to the same period in the prior year and was down slightly, $0.1 million, or 3.1%, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020; 
  • Achieved net income from continuing operations of $0.7 million, an increase of $2.3 million, or 147.5%, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019 and an increase of $0.2 million, or 40.5%, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020; and
  • Improvement in net income from continuing operations was driven by increased revenue as well as a decrease in operating expenses of 31.6%, or $1.3 million, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019 and a decrease of 3.0%, or $0.1 million, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2020. 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. In addition, the Company recorded $0.2 million in other income, net in connection with the sale of certain assets associated with the secure communication business. 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

  • Achieved positive cash flow from operations of $0.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an improvement of $5.2 million compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2019;
  • Realized positive net cash flow of approximately $1.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, an improvement of $4.6 million when compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2019; and
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $5.1 million at September 30, 2020.

Jason Katz, Chairman and CEO of Paltalk, commented, “We believe Paltalk, Inc. had a great third quarter, reporting positive net income and cash flow for the second consecutive period. Total revenue grew by almost 12%, driven by increased subscription revenues. We believe that this growth reflects the new and/or additional channels that people have found to interact and connect with each other during the global COVID-19 pandemic, supported by the increased product assortment and enhancements that we’ve been introducing into our social communities during this time. This includes the launch of the Props rewards tokens into the Paltalk social system in the third quarter, following the launch of the Props rewards tokens on Camfrog in the previous quarter. Most recently we announced the anticipated fourth quarter launch of real time voice and video card games for our video-based communities that includes poker, blackjack, gin rummy and bridge, with chess, backgammon, and others to follow in the months ahead.

“The focus on our core business and the disposal of non-core assets has enabled us to continue to reduce expenses and streamline our business. In the third quarter of 2020, operating expenses were 32% lower than the third quarter of 2019 and an additional 3% lower than the second quarter of 2020. The resulting profitability and the increasing user engagement allows us to continue to invest in new functionality for our apps as we work to sustain and grow user engagement. With over $5 million in cash currently on the balance sheet and positive net income and cash flow trends, we believe that Paltalk, Inc. is well positioned for future growth,” concluded Mr. Katz.

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

Current quarter compared to same quarter last year:

 Three Months Ended  
 September 30,  
GAAP Results (unaudited)20202019 Change 
   Subscription revenue$3,125 $2,847  9.8%
   Advertising revenue$86 $89  -3.4%
   Technology service revenue$98 $22  345.5%
Total revenues$3,309 $2,958  11.9%
Income (loss) from continuing operations$544 ($1,087) -150.0%
Net income (loss)$747 ($1,574) -147.5%
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$490 ($913) -153.7%
Financial Metrics (unaudited)    
Active subscribers (at period end)104,400105,180 -0.7%
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)$733 ($601) -222.0%

Year-to-date compared to same period last year:

 Nine Months Ended  
 September 30,  
GAAP Results (unaudited)20202019 Change 
   Subscription revenue$8,986 $8,901  1.0%
   Advertising revenue$200 $320  -37.5%
   Technology service revenue$225 $3,483  -93.5%
Total revenues$9,411 $12,704  -25.9%
Income (loss) from continuing operations$711 ($769) -192.5%
Net income (loss)$840 ($484) -273.6%
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$913 ($4,287) -121.3%
Financial Metrics (unaudited)    
Active subscribers (at period end)104,400105,180 -0.7%
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)$1,206 $919  31.2%


Paltalk 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  Nine Months Ended
  September 30,  September 30,
  2020  2019  2020  2019
Reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:           
Net income (loss) $746,848  $(1,573,920 $840,005  $(483,921)
Interest expense (income), net  1,959   (18,889)  (9,018)  (73,683)
Gain from sale of Secured Communications Assets  (250,000)      (250,000)   
Other expense, net  48,285   -   128,165   -  
Net loss from discontinued operations  -     -   -     104,880
Gain on sale of dating applications  -     -   -     (826,770)
Income tax benefit from discontinued operations  -     159,278   -     159,278
Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations  (3,300)   (157,180)  1,700   (152,680)
Gain on office lease termination  -   -   (141,001)  -  
Depreciation and amortization expense  141,971   148,671   441,864   454,271
Impairment loss on digital tokens  -   503,464   -   503,464
Stock-based compensation expense  47,707   337,776   194,096   1,233,962
Adjusted EBITDA $733,470  $(600,800 $1,205,811  $918,801

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, net, gain on the sale of dating applications, income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations, income tax benefit from discontinued operations, gain on office lease termination, 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 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 or income tax expense from discontinued 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.


  September 30,
  December 31,
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $5,062,681  $3,427,058 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances and reserves of $4,640 and $23,832 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  40,208   130,686 
Digital tokens receivable  210,000   - 
Prepaid expense and other current assets  231,670   167,441 
Total current assets  5,544,559   3,725,185 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  83,518   685,042 
Property and equipment, net  370,445   620,059 
Goodwill  6,326,250   6,326,250 
Intangible assets, net  435,641   627,891 
Digital tokens  700   148,229 
Other assets  13,937   86,876 
Total assets $12,775,050  $12,219,532 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $776,816  $1,007,851 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  177,216   434,739 
Operating lease liabilities, current portion  68,632   178,479 
Term debt, current portion  281,009   - 
Deferred subscription revenue  1,976,348   1,829,493 
Total current liabilities  3,280,021   3,450,562 
Term debt, non-current portion  225,491   - 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current portion  14,886   583,075 
Total liabilities  3,520,398   4,033,637 
Commitments and Contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized; and 6,916,404 shares issued and 6,906,454 and 6,877,004 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  6,917   6,879 
Treasury stock, 9,950 and 1,900 shares, at par as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively  (10,859)  (2,015)
Additional paid-in capital  21,518,940   21,281,382 
Accumulated deficit  (12,260,346)  (13,100,351)
Total stockholders’ equity  9,254,652   8,185,895 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $12,775,050  $12,219,532 



  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Subscription revenue $3,124,999  $2,847,055  $8,985,741  $8,901,310 
Advertising revenue  86,256   88,940   199,779   320,299 
Technology service revenue  98,000   22,444   224,952   3,482,879 
Total revenues  3,309,255   2,958,439   9,410,472   12,704,488 
Costs and expenses:                
Cost of revenue  632,462   679,540   1,940,616   2,524,229 
Sales and marketing expense  204,371   248,332   617,457   856,479 
Product development expense  1,223,818   1,694,384   3,730,398   5,177,923 
General and administrative expense  704,812   1,423,430   2,411,149   4,915,289 
Total costs and expenses  2,765,463   4,045,686   8,699,620   13,473,920 
Income (loss) from continuing operations  543,792   (1,087,247)  710,852   (769,432)
Gain from sale of Secured Communications Assets  250,000   -   250,000   - 
Other expense, net  (48,285)  -   (128,165)  - 
Interest income (expense), net  (1,959)  18,889   9,018   73,683 
Impairment loss on digital tokens  -   (503,464)  -   (503,464)
Income (loss) from continuing operations before provision for income taxes  743,548   (1,571,822)  841,705   (1,199,213)
Income tax benefit (expense)  3,300   157,180   (1,700)  152,680 
Net income (loss) from continuing operations  746,848   (1,414,642)  840,005   (1,046,533)
Discontinued Operations:                
Gain on sale from discontinued operations  -   -   -   826,770 
Loss from discontinued operations  -   -   -   (104,880)
Income tax benefit on discontinued operations  -   (159,278)  -   (159,278)
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations  -   (159,278)  -   562,612 
Net income (loss) $746,848  $(1,573,920) $840,005  $(483,921)
Basic net income (loss) per share of common stock:                
Continuing operations $0.11  $(0.23) $0.12  $(0.15)
Discontinued operations  -   -   -   0.08 
Basic net income (loss) per share of common stock $0.11  $(0.23) $0.12  $(0.07)
Diluted net income (loss) per share of common stock:                
Continuing operations $0.11  $(0.23) $0.12  $(0.15)
Discontinued operations  -   -   -   0.08 
Diluted net income (loss) per share of common stock $0.11  $(0.23) $0.12  $(0.07)
Weighted average number of shares of common stock used in calculating net income (loss) per share of common stock:                
Basic  6,889,334   6,874,679   6,877,355   6,874,437 
Diluted  6,895,588   6,874,679        6,879,440   6,893,886 



  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2020  2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income (loss) $840,005  $(483,921)
Less: Income from discontinued operations  -   562,612 
Income (loss) from continuing operations $840,005  $(1,046,533)
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  249,614   262,022 
Amortization of intangible assets  192,250   192,249 
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets  89,532   147,385 
Gain on lease termination  (141,001)  - 
Realized loss from the sale of digital tokens  72,123   - 
Write-off of note receivable  56,042   - 
Bad debt expense  (28,461)  - 
Stock-based compensation  194,096   1,233,962 
Common stock issued for consulting services  43,500   34,500 
  Impairment loss on digital tokens  -   503,464 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Credit card holdback receivable  -   83,175 
Accounts receivable  118,939   150,929 
Digital tokens receivable  (210,000)  - 
Operating lease liability  (93,123)  (147,385)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (214,229)  (93,881)
Other assets  16,897   30,391 
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities  (420,478)  (2,023,437)
Deferred subscription revenue  146,855   (34,892)
Deferred technology service revenue  -   (3,379,435)
Net cash provided by (used in) continuing operating activities  912,561   (4,087,486)
Net cash used in discontinued operating activities  -   (199,245)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  912,561   (4,286,731)
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Payment for property and equipment, including website development, net  -   (299,386)
Proceeds from Secured Communications Assets  150,000   - 
Proceeds from the sale of digital tokens  75,406   55,978 
Net cash provided by (used in) continuing investing activities  225,406   (243,408)
Net cash provided by discontinued investing activities  -   1,600,000 
Net cash provided by investing activities  225,406   1,356,592 
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Borrowings of term debt  506,500     
Purchase of treasury stock  (8,844)  - 
Net cash provided by financing activities  497,656   - 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  1,635,623   (2,930,139)
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 $5,062,681  $3,625,237