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CuriosityStream Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

May 11, 2021
  • Cash flow from financing activities during the first quarter of 2021 increased to $149 million, ending the quarter with $178 million in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and available-for-sale investments
  • First quarter 2021 revenue of $9.9 million, up 33% year-over-year
  • Increased 2021 revenue visibility from 80% to 90%
  • Subscribers grew 28% to approximately 16 million at the end of the first quarter 2021, compared to approximately 12 million in the first quarter of 2020
  • Announces acquisition of One Day University, which provides access to over 500 virtual talks from top professors at 150+ US colleges and universities

SILVER SPRING, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CuriosityStream Inc. (NASDAQ: CURI), a global factual entertainment company, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

“The first quarter of 2021 kicks off a strong start to the year,” said Clint Stinchcomb, President & CEO. “We’ve never been in a better position at the beginning of the year, with $178 million in cash and investments, 80% growth in direct subscribers and 90% visibility into 2021 revenue. Today, we’re expanding our factual content proposition and business opportunities with the acquisition of One Day University, an engaging, inspiring and entertaining service that provides consumers access to hundreds of talks and lectures from the best professors in the United States.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Revenue of $9.9 million, up from $7.5 million in the first quarter of 2020;
  • Total paying subscribers approximately 16 million, up 28% year-over-year;
  • Gross margin of 58% compared to 64% in the first quarter of 2020;
  • Net loss of $(18.8) million compared to net loss of $(11.8) million in the first quarter of 2020;
  • EBITDA of $(15.1) million compared to EBITDA of $(12.0) million in the first quarter of 2020.

First Quarter 2021 Business Highlights

  • Announced the acquisition of One Day University, which expands our factual content proposition and provides us with proprietary, highly differentiated and complementary SVOD programming for our Direct services;
  • Premiered ANCIENT YELLOWSTONE, NATURE THROUGH HER EYES, ANCIENT ENGINEERING, LEGENDS OF SPEED and BREAKTHROUGH: PERSEVERANCE ROVER COUNTDOWN TO IMPACT;
  • Grew subscribers while maintaining low single-digit churn;
  • Cash flow from financing activities increased to $149 million, including approximately $94 million from our follow-on equity offering and $55 million from the exercise of warrants.

Financial Outlook

For the full year 2021, CuriosityStream continues to expect the following:

  • Revenue of at least $71 million, or 80% year-over-year growth

Conference Call Information

CuriosityStream will host a Q&A conference call today to discuss the Company's Q1 2021 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 (833) 979-2849 or International at (236) 714-2925 and reference conference ID# 4361649. An audio replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks following the call and available 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 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, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 31, 2021, as amended by the amended Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, filed with the SEC on May 7, 2021, 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 condensed 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 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 one or more of our non-GAAP financial measures: other income (expense), income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and loss on change in fair value on warrants.

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 measure 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 measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release and investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation.

About CuriosityStream

Launched by media visionary John Hendricks, CuriosityStream is one of the world’s leading global factual streaming services and media companies. Our documentary series and features cover every topic from space exploration to adventure to the secret life of pets, empowering viewers of all ages to fuel their passions and explore new ones. With thousands of titles, many in Ultra HD 4K, including exclusive originals, CuriosityStream features stunning visuals and unrivaled storytelling to demystify science, nature, history, technology, society, and lifestyle. CuriosityStream programming is available worldwide to watch on TV, desktop, mobile and tablets. Find us on Roku, Apple TV Channels and Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, iOS and Android, as well as Amazon Prime Video Channels, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DISH, Comcast Xfinity on Demand, Cox Communications, Altice USA, Suddenlink, T- Mobile, Frndly TV, Vidgo, Sony, LG, Samsung and VIZIO smart TVs, Liberty Global, Com Hem, Tata Sky, MultiChoice, StarHub TV, Totalplay, Millicom, Okko, Gazprom and other global distribution partners and platforms. For more information, visit CuriosityStream.com.

CuriosityStream Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except par value)

 
March 31, December 31,

2021

2020

(unaudited)
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

11,839

 

 

$

11,203

 

Restricted cash

 

6,181

 

 

 

6,181

 

Short-term investments

 

84,679

 

 

 

22,171

 

Accounts receivable

 

6,951

 

 

 

7,222

 

Other current assets

 

5,199

 

 

 

4,467

 

Total current assets

 

114,849

 

 

 

51,244

 

 

 

 

Investments

 

75,351

 

 

 

2,825

 

Property and equipment, net

 

1,259

 

 

 

1,346

 

Content assets, net

 

39,220

 

 

 

32,926

 

Other assets

 

267

 

 

 

254

 

Total assets

$

230,946

 

 

$

88,595

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Current content liabilities

$

3,504

 

 

$

2,116

 

Accounts payable

 

6,056

 

 

 

3,577

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

2,335

 

 

 

3,313

 

Deferred revenue

 

16,848

 

 

 

12,678

 

Total current liabilities

 

28,743

 

 

 

21,684

 

 

 

 

Warrant liability

 

24,629

 

 

 

20,843

 

Non-current deferred rent liability

 

1,231

 

 

 

1,027

 

Other liabilities

 

117

 

 

 

67

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

54,720

 

 

 

43,621

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity (deficit)

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value – 1,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; zero shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 
Common stock, $0.0001 par value – 125,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 52,549 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021; 40,289 shares issued and 39,542 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2020

 

5

 

 

 

4

 

 
Additional paid-in capital

 

347,967

 

 

 

197,507

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

(444

)

 

 

10

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(171,302

)

 

 

(152,547

)

Total stockholders' equity (deficit)

 

176,226

 

 

 

44,974

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)

$

230,946

 

 

$

88,595

 

CuriosityStream Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except for per share data)
(unaudited)
 
 
 
 
For the three months ended March 31,

2021

2020

 
Revenues

$

9,936

 

 

$

7,467

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

Cost of revenues

 

4,158

 

 

 

2,666

 

Advertising and marketing

 

12,248

 

 

 

12,705

 

General and administrative

 

8,733

 

 

 

4,184

 

 

25,139

 

 

 

19,555

 

Operating loss

 

(15,203

)

 

 

(12,088

)

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

Change in fair value of warrant liability

 

(3,786

)

 

 

-

 

Interest and other income

 

260

 

 

 

332

 

Loss before income taxes

 

(18,729

)

 

 

(11,756

)

Provision for income taxes

 

26

 

 

 

37

 

Net loss

$

(18,755

)

 

$

(11,793

)

 

 

 

Less preferred dividends and accretion of issuance costs

 

-

 

 

 

(4,237

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(18,755

)

 

$

(16,030

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

$

(0.39

)

 

$

(1.22

)

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

48,071

 

 

 

13,165

 

CuriosityStream Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
For the three months ended March 31,

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss

$

(18,755

)

 

$

(11,793

)

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

 

 

 

Change in fair value of warrant liability

 

3,786

 

 

 

-

 

Additions to content assets

 

(9,040

)

 

 

(7,741

)

Change in content liabilities

 

1,388

 

 

 

(1,076

)

Amortization of content assets

 

2,746

 

 

 

1,538

 

Amortization, depreciation and accretion

 

261

 

 

 

118

 

Stock-based compensation

 

2,323

 

 

 

326

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

300

 

 

 

(743

)

Other assets

 

(1,221

)

 

 

(162

)

Accounts payable

 

2,177

 

 

 

(3,125

)

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

(775

)

 

 

(1,087

)

Deferred revenue

 

4,220

 

 

 

1,437

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(12,590

)

 

 

(22,308

)

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

-

 

 

 

(194

)

Sales of investments

 

3,011

 

 

 

20,719

 

Maturities of investments

 

2,980

 

 

 

7,000

 

Purchase of investments

 

(141,644

)

 

 

(2,000

)

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

 

(135,653

)

 

 

25,525

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Exercise of stock options

 

293

 

 

 

-

 

Exercise of warrants

 

54,898

 

 

 

-

 

Proceeds from issuance of Common Stock

 

94,101

 

 

 

-

 

Payment of offering costs

 

(413

)

 

 

-

 

Borrowings on line of credit

 

-

 

 

 

1,000

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

148,879

 

 

 

1,000

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

636

 

 

 

4,217

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

17,384

 

 

 

8,819

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

18,020

 

 

$

13,036

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental schedule of non-cash financing activities:

 

 

 

Preferred dividends and accretion of issuance costs

$

-

 

 

$

4,237

 

Supplemental disclosure:

 

 

 

Interest payments

$

-

 

 

$

1

 

Cash paid for taxes

$

2

 

 

$

114

 

Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Metrics to Non-GAAP
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA
 
For the three months ended March 31,

2021

2020

 
Net loss

 

(18,755

)

 

 

(11,793

)

 

 

 

Change in fair value of warrant liability

 

3,786

 

 

 

-

 

Interest and other income

 

(260

)

 

 

(332

)

Provision for Income taxes

 

26

 

 

 

37

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

84

 

 

 

84

 

EBITDA

$

(15,119

)

 

$

(12,004

)

 

CuriosityStream Communications
Ashley Huston
Ashley.Huston@CuriosityStream.com

CuriosityStream Investor Relations
Denise Garcia
IR@CuriosityStream.com

Source: CuriosityStream Inc.

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