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CuriosityStream Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

August 15, 2022
  • Second quarter 2022 revenue of $22.3 million, up 46% year over year, with growth across all of our business lines
  • Reduction in net cash used in operating activities of over 50% sequentially from Q1 2022
  • Sequential gross profit margin improvement over 9 percentage points
  • First half 2022 revenue at high end of our guidance and EBITDA exceeds our guidance
  • Q2 advertising revenue gains momentum with strongest quarter to date
  • Peter Westley joins as Chief Financial Officer, bringing deep financial and industry expertise to the company

CuriosityStream Inc. (NASDAQ: CURI), a global factual entertainment company, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

“We are pleased to report another quarter of strong, broad-based year-over-year revenue growth, with revenue at the high end of our guidance and EBITDA exceeding our first half 2022 guidance, as we continue to deliver the world’s best factual content to the marketplace,” said Clint Stinchcomb, President & CEO. “Under the leadership of our new CFO, Peter Westley, we made excellent headway during the second quarter with a 52% sequential reduction in cash used in operations. At the same time, we continued to grow our subscriber base, enter into new partnerships, and expand our content library, which stood at over 15,000 assets at the end of the second quarter. With a sound strategy, a strong team, and a solid balance sheet, we look forward to continuing to delight our subscribers with engaging storytelling in the years to come.”

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Revenue of $22.3 million, up from $15.3 million in the second quarter of 2021;
  • Total paying subscribers of approximately 25 million, up over 25% year over year;
  • Gross profit of $9.4 million compared to $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2021;
  • Net loss of $(16.0) million compared to net loss of $(8.3) million in the second quarter of 2021; and
  • EBITDA of $(12.2) million compared to EBITDA of $(10.9) million in the second quarter of 2021.

Second Quarter 2022 Business Highlights

  • “Smartest Bundle in Streaming” premium SVOD package gained further traction, with a 215% increase in daily average upgrades since the rollout of our new upgrade path
  • Advanced our strategy to build audience engagement in front of the paywall through AVOD and audio while generating record quarterly advertising revenue
  • Continued to build library with over 15,000 video and audio assets
  • Welcomed Peter Westley as CFO from Blum Capital Partners, where he spent the last 10 years as Partner and Managing Partner. Peter brings with him 30 years of experience in financial services working primarily with media and technology companies
  • Premiered new, original programming, including CRACKING THE CODE, SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE, IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPES, ASTEROID RUSHand Season Two of ENGINEERING THE FUTURE

Financial Outlook

CuriosityStream expects the following for the third quarter of 2022:

  • Revenue within the range of $21 - $23 million
  • EBITDA loss within the range of $(11) - $(9) million

The Company is not able to provide expectations of net loss, the closest comparable GAAP measure to EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure), on a forward-looking basis because the Company is unable to predict without unreasonable efforts the ultimate outcome of matters (including accounting fair value adjustments and other such items) that will determine the quantitative amount of the items excluded from the non-GAAP measure, which items are further described in the reconciliation tables and related descriptions below. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could be material to the Company’s results computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Conference Call Information

CuriosityStream will host a Q&A conference call today to discuss the Company's Q2 2022 results at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). A live audio webcast of the call will be available on the CuriosityStream Investor Relations website at https://investors.curiositystream.com. Participants may also dial-in toll free at (888) 510-2008 or International at (646) 960-0306 and reference conference ID# 3957505. An audio replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks following the call on the CuriosityStream Investor Relations website at https://investors.curiositystream.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not limited to, CuriosityStream’s expectations or predictions of future financial or business performance or conditions, the commitment to positive cash flow and future cash balances, success of the 2022 content slate, and the information under the heading “Financial Outlook” in this press release. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Generally, statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events or results of operations, are forward-looking statements. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates,” “predicts” or “intends” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. Certain of these risks are identified and discussed under “Risk Factors” in CuriosityStream’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, that we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 31, 2022, and in CuriosityStream’s other SEC filings. These risk factors will be important to consider in determining future results and should be reviewed in their entirety. Forward-looking statements are based on the current belief of the management of CuriosityStream, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events, and involve factors, risks, and uncertainties that may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from such statements. However, there can be no assurance that the events, results or trends identified in these forward-looking statements will occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and CuriosityStream is not under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update, alter or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers should carefully review the statements set forth in the reports that CuriosityStream has filed or will file from time to time with the SEC.

In addition to factors previously disclosed in CuriosityStream’s reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: (i) risks related to CuriosityStream’s limited operating history; (ii) the effects of pending and future legislation; (iii) risks of the internet, online commerce and media industry; (iv) the highly competitive nature of the internet, online commerce and media industry and CuriosityStream’s ability to compete therein; (v) litigation, complaints, and/or adverse publicity; (vi) the ability to meet Nasdaq’s listing standards and (vii) privacy and data protection laws, privacy or data breaches, or the loss of data.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our unaudited consolidated statement of operations, which is prepared in accordance with GAAP, we present EBITDA in this press release. Our use of non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, has limitations as an analytical tool, and these measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of financial results as reported under GAAP.

We use this non-GAAP financial measure in conjunction with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP for planning purposes, including in the preparation of our annual operating budget, as a measure of our core operating results and the effectiveness of our business strategy, and in evaluating our financial performance. This measure provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance, facilitates period-to-period comparisons of core operating results, and also facilitates comparisons with other peer companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results. In addition, EBITDA is widely used by investors and securities analysts to measure a company’s operating performance. We exclude the following items from EBITDA: interest and other income (expense), provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, loss/(gain) on the change in fair value of our warrants, equity interests loss (gain), and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets.

Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In particular, (1) although depreciation and amortization expense are non-cash charges, the assets subject to depreciation and amortization may have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements, and (2) EBITDA does not reflect: (a) changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; or (b) tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to us. The non-GAAP financial measures we use may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP items excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures has been provided in the financial statements tables included in this press release and investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation.

About Curiosity Inc.

Curiosity Inc. is the entertainment brand for people who want to know more. The global media company is home to award-winning original and curated factual films, shows and series covering science, nature, history, technology, society, and lifestyle. With approximately 25 million subscribers worldwide and thousands of titles, the company operates the flagship Curiosity Stream SVOD service, available in more than 175 countries worldwide; Curiosity Channel, the linear television channel available via global distribution partners; and Curiosity Studios, which oversees original programming. Curiosity Inc. recently completed the acquisition of One Day University, which provides access to engaging talks and lectures by leading university and college professors in the United States. Curiosity Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CuriosityStream Inc. (Nasdaq: CURI). For more information, visit CuriosityStream.com.

CuriosityStream Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except par value)

 

 

 

June 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

22,761

 

 

$

15,216

 

Restricted cash

 

 

500

 

 

 

2,331

 

Short-term investments in debt securities

 

 

54,506

 

 

 

65,833

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

11,600

 

 

 

23,493

 

Other current assets

 

 

2,474

 

 

 

6,413

 

Total current assets

 

 

91,841

 

 

 

113,286

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments in debt securities

 

 

-

 

 

 

15,430

 

Investments in equity method investees

 

 

11,140

 

 

 

9,987

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

1,272

 

 

 

1,342

 

Content assets, net

 

 

78,855

 

 

 

72,682

 

Intangibles, net

 

 

316

 

 

 

1,369

 

Goodwill

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,793

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

3,835

 

 

 

-

 

Other assets

 

 

588

 

 

 

689

 

Total assets

 

$

187,847

 

 

$

217,578

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Content liabilities

 

$

5,976

 

 

$

9,684

 

Accounts payable

 

 

9,552

 

 

 

3,428

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

10,122

 

 

 

12,429

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

22,297

 

 

 

22,430

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

47,947

 

 

 

47,971

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrant liability

 

 

1,323

 

 

 

5,661

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

 

4,821

 

 

 

-

 

Other liabilities

 

 

699

 

 

 

2,011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

54,790

 

 

 

55,643

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value – 1,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; zero shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Common stock, $0.0001 par value – 125,000 shares authorized as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 52,786 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2022; 52,677 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021

 

 

5

 

 

 

5

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

355,555

 

 

 

352,334

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(452

)

 

 

(222

)

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(222,051

)

 

 

(190,182

)

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

 

133,057

 

 

 

161,935

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

$

187,847

 

 

$

217,578

 

CuriosityStream Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except for per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

For the three months ended

June 30,

 

For the six months ended

June 30,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Revenues

 

$

22,348

 

 

$

15,344

 

 

$

39,975

 

 

$

25,280

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

12,988

 

 

 

5,722

 

 

 

24,838

 

 

 

9,880

 

Advertising and marketing

 

 

11,208

 

 

 

11,520

 

 

 

25,976

 

 

 

23,769

 

General and administrative

 

 

10,603

 

 

 

9,153

 

 

 

21,106

 

 

 

17,885

 

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

 

 

3,603

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

3,603

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

38,402

 

 

 

26,395

 

 

 

75,523

 

 

 

51,534

 

Operating loss

 

 

(16,054

)

 

 

(11,051

)

 

 

(35,548

)

 

 

(26,254

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in fair value of warrant liability

 

 

478

 

 

 

1,764

 

 

 

4,338

 

 

 

(2,022

)

Interest and other (expense) income

 

 

(29

)

 

 

1,036

 

 

 

(86

)

 

 

1,296

 

Equity interests loss

 

 

(316

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(472

)

 

 

-

 

Loss before income taxes

 

 

(15,921

)

 

 

(8,251

)

 

 

(31,768

)

 

 

(26,980

)

Provision for income taxes

 

 

56

 

 

 

53

 

 

 

101

 

 

 

79

 

Net loss

 

$

(15,977

)

 

$

(8,304

)

 

$

(31,869

)

 

$

(27,059

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

(0.30

)

 

$

(0.16

)

 

$

(0.60

)

 

$

(0.54

)

Diluted

 

$

(0.30

)

 

$

(0.19

)

 

$

(0.60

)

 

$

(0.54

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

52,775

 

 

 

52,567

 

 

 

52,762

 

 

 

50,327

 

Diluted

 

 

52,775

 

 

 

52,968

 

 

 

52,762

 

 

 

50,327

 

CuriosityStream Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

For the six months

ended

June 30,

 

 

2022

 

2021

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(31,869

)

 

$

(27,059

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in fair value of warrant liability

 

 

(4,338

)

 

 

2,022

 

Additions to content assets

 

 

(25,303

)

 

 

(22,199

)

Change in content liabilities

 

 

(3,708

)

 

 

4,465

 

Amortization of content assets

 

 

19,130

 

 

 

6,989

 

Depreciation and amortization expenses

 

 

441

 

 

 

217

 

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

 

 

3,603

 

 

 

-

 

Amortization of premiums and accretion of discounts associated with investments in debt securities, net

 

 

758

 

 

 

352

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

3,382

 

 

 

3,860

 

Equity interests loss

 

 

472

 

 

 

-

 

Other non-cash items

 

 

211

 

 

 

-

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

11,893

 

 

 

(3,526

)

Other assets

 

 

4,040

 

 

 

185

 

Accounts payable

 

 

6,146

 

 

 

1,773

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

(2,850

)

 

 

1,091

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

(157

)

 

 

8,474

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

 

(18,149

)

 

 

(23,356

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(120

)

 

 

(175

)

Business acquisitions

 

 

-

 

 

 

(4,000

)

Investment in equity method investees

 

 

(1,625

)

 

 

-

 

Sales of investments in debt securities

 

 

2,893

 

 

 

4,882

 

Maturities of investments in debt securities

 

 

24,373

 

 

 

11,980

 

Purchases of investments in debt securities

 

 

(1,497

)

 

 

(141,644

)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

24,024

 

 

 

(128,957

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise of stock options

 

 

-

 

 

 

409

 

Exercise of warrants

 

 

-

 

 

 

54,898

 

Payments related to tax withholding

 

 

(161

)

 

 

(22

)

Proceeds from issuance of Common Stock

 

 

-

 

 

 

94,101

 

Payment of offering costs

 

 

-

 

 

 

(707

)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

 

 

(161

)

 

 

148,679

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

 

5,714

 

 

 

(3,634

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

 

17,547

 

 

 

17,384

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

 

$

23,261

 

 

$

13,750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for taxes

 

$

398

 

 

$

30

 

Cash paid for operating leases

 

$

219

 

 

$

43

 

Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for new operating lease liabilities

 

$

3,965

 

 

$

-

 

CuriosityStream Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Metrics to Non-GAAP

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

For the three months ended

June 30,

For the six months ended

June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

 
Net loss

 

(15,977

)

 

(8,304

)

 

(31,869

)

 

(27,059

)

 
Change in fair value of warrant liability

 

(478

)

 

(1,764

)

 

(4,338

)

 

2,022

 

Interest and other expense (income)

 

29

 

 

(1,036

)

 

86

 

 

(1,296

)

Provision for Income taxes

 

56

 

 

53

 

 

101

 

 

79

 

Equity interests loss

 

316

 

 

-

 

 

472

 

 

-

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

231

 

 

133

 

 

440

 

 

217

 

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

 

3,603

 

 

-

 

 

3,603

 

 

-

 

EBITDA

$

(12,220

)

$

(10,918

)

$

(31,505

)

$

(26,037

)

 

CuriosityStream Communications
Ashley Huston
Ashley.Huston@CuriosityStream.com

CuriosityStream Investor Relations
Denise Garcia
IR@CuriosityStream.com

Source: CuriosityStream Inc.

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