Press Release

Spark Networks SE Reports Preliminary Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

- Spark recorded revenue of $55.3 million for the Second Quarter 2021

- Monthly Average Revenue Per User, or Monthly ARPU, increased to $20.96

- Spark poised to build on Social Discovery services in Second Half 2021

BERLIN, Aug. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Spark Networks SE (NYSE American: LOV), owner and operator of a portfolio of brands, including but not limited to Zoosk, Christian Mingle, Silver Singles, Elite Singles and Jdate, with a focus on the 40+ demographic seeking meaningful relationships, today reported Second Quarter 2021 financial results.

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Revenue for the second quarter of 2021 was $55.3 million, a decrease of $1.2 million compared to $56.5 million in the second quarter of 2020. The decrease in Revenue was attributable to the 3.0% decrease in the number of average paying subscribers.
  • Net Loss was $50.4 million in the second quarter of 2021. Net loss was impacted by a non-cash impairment charge based on the re-valuation of company intangibles and goodwill. Net Loss per share for trailing twelve months was $(39.20)
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $8.3 million in the second quarter of 2021, a decrease of $1.8 million compared to $10.1 million in the second quarter of 2020.
  • The Company ended the quarter with $11.1 million in cash and $87.2 million in debt.

"During the Second Quarter 2021, we entered the social discovery space with the launch of our livestreaming service, Zoosk Live!, enhanced dater's experiences through new aesthetics and improved security to our core brands, and more accessible pricing for Zoosk users," said Eric Eichmann, CEO of Spark Networks.  "We are currently working on partnerships to bring new exciting features to our properties this year.  While our expectations for topline growth have been a bit delayed, we've continued to reduce the Zoosk's decline to its lowest levels since acquiring it and we remain on a strong path to growth and are excited about our long-term prospects."

David Clark, newly appointed Chief Financial Officer of Spark Networks stated, "While the turnaround of Zoosk has been delayed, we are seeing double-digit growth in our core brands.  We have revised our previous guidance to reflect these delays.  We continued deleveraging our balance sheet, reducing debt by approximately $12 million since the beginning of the year. Going forward, we will evaluate capital structure alternatives to strengthen the balance sheet." 

Key Performance Indicators

  • Average Paying Subscribers(2) decreased by 26,798, or 3.0%, to 878,618 in the second quarter of 2021, compared to 905,416 in the same period of 2020.
  • Monthly Average Revenue Per User(3), or Monthly ARPU, increased to $20.96 in the second quarter of 2021, compared to $20.81 in the same period of 2020.

Financial Outlook

  • Spark currently expects full year 2021 revenue to be in the range of $219 million to $223 million and its full year 2021 Adjusted EBITDA range to be between $27 million to $30 million, due to certain delays in product improvement primarily on the Zoosk platform.

Investor Conference Call

Spark Networks will discuss its financial results during a live teleconference today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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In addition, Spark Networks will host a webcast of the call which will be accessible in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at https://investor.spark.net/investor-relations/home  

A replay will begin approximately three hours after completion of the call and run until August 31, 2021.

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Safe Harbor Statement:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, statements involving known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause Spark Networks' performance or achievements to be materially different from those of any expected future results, performance, or achievements.  These statements include statements regarding Spark Networks being posed to build on Social Discovery services in the second half of 2021, Spark Networks' work on partnerships to bring new exciting features to its properties this year, Spark Networks remaining on a strong path to growth and its excitement about its long-term prospects, Spark Networks' evaluation of capital structure alternatives to strengthen the balance sheet going forward, and Spark Networks' financial outlook for full year 2021 revenue and full year 2021 Adjusted EBITDA.

Any statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may be considered to be forward-looking statements. Written words, such as "believes," "hopes," "intends," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "plans," "anticipates," and variations thereof, or the use of future tense, identify forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements and forecasts involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the near future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially, including, but not limited to, the risk that the benefits from the acquisition of Zoosk, Inc. may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; risks related to the degree of competition in the markets in which Spark Networks operates; risks related to the ability of Spark Networks to retain and hire key personnel, operating results and business generally; the timing and market acceptance of new products introduced by Spark Networks' competitors; Spark Networks' ability to identify potential acquisitions; Spark Networks' ability to comply with new and evolving regulations relating to data protection and data privacy; general competition and price measures in the market place; risks related to the duration and severity of COVID-19 and its impact on Spark Networks' business; and general economic conditions.  Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ are discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in Spark Networks' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in other sections of Spark Networks' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and in Spark Networks' other current and periodic reports filed or furnished from time to time with the SEC. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement except as required by law.

About Spark Networks SE:

Spark Networks SE is a leading global dating company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange American under the ticker symbol "LOV," with headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and offices in New York and Utah. The Company's widening portfolio of premium and freemium dating apps include Zoosk, EliteSingles, SilverSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, and JSwipe, among others. Spark Networks SE in its current form is the result of the merger between Affinitas GmbH and Spark Networks, Inc. in 2017 and the addition of Zoosk, Inc. in 2019. Spark has approximately one million monthly paying subscribers globally.

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Investors:
Christopher Camarra
Vice President of Investor Relations
christopher.camarra@spark.net

1 Adjusted EBITDA is one of the primary metrics by which we evaluate the performance of our business, budget, forecast and compensate management. We believe this measure provides management and investors with a consistent view, period to period, of the core earnings generated from the ongoing operations and excludes the impact of items that we do not consider representative of our ongoing performance. This includes: depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation, asset impairments, gains or losses on foreign currency transactions and net interest expense, acquisition related costs and other costs. Adjusted EBITDA has inherent limitations in evaluating the performance of the Company, including, but not limited to the following: 

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash capital expenditures during the measurement period;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any changes in working capital requirements during the measurement period;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash tax payments during the measurement period;
  • Adjusted EBITDA may be calculated differently by other companies in our industry, thus limiting its value as a comparative measure;

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to other financial performance measures, including net income and our other U.S. GAAP results.  A reconciliation of the Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 can be found in the table below.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation, impairment of intangible assets and goodwill, and acquisition or other costs.

Statements regarding our expectations as to the full year 2021 Adjusted EBITDA do not include certain charges and costs. The adjustments to EBITDA in future periods are generally expected to be similar to the kinds of charges and costs excluded from Adjusted EBITDA in prior periods, including (i) items such as share-based compensation, asset impairments, gains or losses on foreign currency transactions and interest expense, and (ii) items related to acquisitions or other costs that are non-recurring, infrequent, or unusual in nature including transaction and advisory fees, merger integration costs, other employee payments, and severance.  The exclusion of these charges and costs in future periods will have a significant impact on our Adjusted EBITDA. We are not able to provide a reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial guidance to the corresponding GAAP measures without unreasonable effort because of the uncertainty and variability of the nature and amount of these future charges and costs.

2 Paying subscribers are defined as individuals who have paid a monthly fee for access to premium services, which include, among others, unlimited communication with other registered users, access to user profile pictures and enhanced search functionality. Average paying subscribers for each month are calculated as the sum of the paying subscribers at the beginning and the 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 Monthly Average Revenue Per User, or Monthly ARPU, represents the total net subscriber revenue for the period divided by the number of average paying subscribers for the period, divided by the number of months in the period.

Spark Networks SE

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

   

Preliminary

June 30, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

Assets

       

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

11,054

   

$

19,267

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

9,340

   

5,507

 

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

 

180,155

   

215,581

 

Other assets

 

24,348

   

50,088

 

Total assets

 

$

224,897

   

$

290,443

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

       

Current portion of long-term debt

 

$

12,600

   

$

19,037

 

Accounts payable

 

12,450

   

11,127

 

Deferred revenue

 

39,597

   

38,304

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

26,600

   

28,429

 

Long-term debt, net of current portion

 

74,600

   

80,109

 

Other liabilities

 

18,272

   

18,534

 

Total liabilities

 

184,119

   

195,540

 

Total shareholders' equity

 

40,778

   

94,903

 

  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

224,897

   

$

290,443

 

Spark Networks SE

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

                 
   

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

   

Preliminary

     

Preliminary

   
   

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Revenue

 

$

55,253

   

$

56,527

   

$

111,632

   

$

114,184

 

Operating costs and expenses:

               

Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation
and amortization

 

32,881

   

33,223

   

69,799

   

69,764

 

Other operating expenses

 

49,224

   

17,984

   

67,665

   

35,788

 

Total operating costs and expenses

 

82,105

   

51,207

   

137,464

   

105,552

 

Operating (loss) income

 

(26,852)

   

5,320

   

(25,832)

   

8,632

 

Other expense, net

 

(3,220)

   

(2,440)

   

(8,404)

   

(6,819)

 

(Loss) income before income taxes

 

(30,072)

   

2,880

   

(34,236)

   

1,813

 

Income tax expense

 

(20,339)

   

(2,046)

   

(22,679)

   

(3,141)

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

(50,411)

   

$

834

   

$

(56,915)

   

$

(1,328)

 
             

Reconciliation of Net (loss) income to Adjusted EBITDA:

           
   

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

   

Preliminary

     

Preliminary

   

(in thousands)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net (loss) income

 

$

(50,411)

   

$

834

   

$

(56,915)

   

$

(1,328)

 

Net interest expense

 

3,802

   

3,386

   

7,242

   

6,812

 

(Gain) loss on foreign currency transactions

 

(584)

   

(746)

   

1,144

   

207

 

Income tax expense

 

20,339

   

2,046

   

22,679

   

3,141

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

2,298

   

2,332

   

4,588

   

4,653

 

Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill  

 

32,002

   

   

32,002

   

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

580

   

1,434

   

1,616

   

2,344

 

Acquisition related costs(1)

 

   

673

   

   

1,464

 

Other costs(2)

 

292

   

149

   

764

   

277

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

8,318

   

$

10,108

   

$

13,120

   

$

17,570

 
 

(1) Acquisition related costs primarily consist of transaction costs, including legal, consulting, advisory fees, and severance and retention costs.

(2) Includes primarily consulting and advisory fees related to special projects, as well as post-merger integration activities and long-term debt transaction and advisory fees.

Spark Networks SE

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 
   

Six Months Ended June 30,

   

Preliminary

   
   

2021

 

2020

Net loss

 

$

(56,915)

   

$

(1,328)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by operating activities:

       

Non-cash items

 

65,567

   

12,716

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities

 

(4,003)

   

(4,181)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

4,649

   

7,207

 

Capital expenditures

 

(661)

   

(1,438)

 

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

   

(513)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(661)

   

(1,951)

 
         

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(13,610)

   

(9,319)

 

Effects of exchange rate fluctuations on cash

 

(295)

   

(2)

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(9,917)

   

(4,065)

 
         

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

21,117

   

17,457

 

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

 

$

11,200

   

$

13,392

 

SOURCE Spark Networks SE