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Jerrick Media Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter and Nine Month Periods Ended September 30, 2017 Financial Results


NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jerrick Media Holdings, Inc., (OTCQB: JMDA) (the "Company" or "Jerrick"), a technology company, today reported financial results for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2017.

Key Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results Summary / Business Highlights:

  • Completed platform upgrade to Vocal 2.0, significantly enhancing user experience and adding numerous front-end and back-end features, which have had a meaningful impact on the velocity of the platform's metrics, including new content creators, page views, and time on site.Vocal, Jerrick's flagship product, is a long-form social publishing platform;
  • Dashboard statistics:

March 31,

June 30,

September 30,


Current as of

November 14, 2017






Page Views per Month





Content Creator Accounts





Average # of Submissions /Day





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  • User Device:

76% Mobile / 18% Desktop / 6% Tablet  

  • Traffic Source:

55% Search / 25% Social

  • Geographic:

53% U.S. /  28% Europe / 8% Canada

  • Operating expenses totaled approximately $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of approximately $469,000 (49%) from the third quarter of 2016, and an increase of $419,000 (42%) from second quarter 2017 due predominantly to the completion of Vocal 2.0, which improved the value of the Company's intellectual property and ability to generate revenue through multiple new features on the platform. The Company believes that development expenses peaked during the quarter, and expects them to materially decrease in first quarter 2018;
  • Over the last 14 weeks, Vocal has launched 16 new communities on its platform for a total of 28 genre specific communities. Jerrick has successfully proven it is able to fully deploy, populate, and integrate multiple new websites with separate domain authorities within hours across its Vocal network. The Company is in preliminary discussions to develop IP partnerships and specific community sponsorships with a number of brands and media partnership and specific community sponsorships with a number of brands and media groups. The Company expects these revenue driven opportunities to increase materially throughout 2018. The Company expects to launch 10 new communities in Q1 2018.
  • Capital raised during third quarter 2017 totaled approximately $1.9 million through the sale of convertible and promissory notes. In addition, during third quarter 2017 $1.5 million of the Company's short-term debt and accrued but unpaid interest thereof converted into the two-year, 15% Secured Convertible Note offered by the Company (the "15% Note Offering").  Subsequent to September 30, 2017, the Company raised an additional $1.1 million through the 15% Note Offering and an additional $687,000 of short term debt rolled into the 15% Note Offering.  In total, the Company raised $2.1 million in gross proceeds and existing note holders converted $2.3 million of short-term debt into the 15% Note Offering, and;
  • Released in beta the Company's first core-revenue producing features at the completion of Vocal 2.0. Heretofore, the Company's revenues have been generated from legacy businesses related to traditional media opportunities as well as sales from the Jerrick image library collection that received an independent valuation significantly higher than is carried on the Company's balance sheet. Jerrick is currently undergoing a more formal audit of the collection and sales data for the purpose of more accurately reflecting its tangible value on the Company's books. While management expects these business lines and legacy assets to continue to contribute to revenues and generate strong margins for many years to come, the majority of revenues going forward will be generated by the Company's technology platform. Jerrick's platform Vocal is positioned to generate revenues from multiple features including sponsored content campaigns, affiliated sales, in-house agency production, and platform processing fees across Vocal's entire network of communities.

Since release of Jerrick's long-form social platform Vocal on November 30, 2016, Jerrick has dedicated significant resources to expand its digital communities, cultivate its content creator base, increase published content, increase time on site, and grow pageviews within its expanding network. Jerrick has successfully grown its niche-communities from a launch of 6 to 28 currently and its active content creators from a beta group of 50 to approximately 85,000 (as of November 14, 2017), submitting on average 285 articles daily and generating over 5 million page views per month. The average Vocal user spends over 3.5 minutes and visits nearly 3 pages daily.  The accomplishment of these milestones was met with the completion of the Company's first platform upgrade that includes Jerrick's first core revenue producing features released in beta the last few days of the quarter; platform processing fees, branded content, sponsored in-house produced content, and affiliate advertising. In the very brief time one of Vocal's revenue features, sponsored content campaign models, was activated in beta during the third quarter 2017, net revenues of $11,000 were generated. The Company believes future revenues will grow exponentially as the platform continues to reach a broader audience after the completion of the beta period.

During the three-month period ended September 30, 2017, the Company incurred a loss from operations of $(1,407,000). This compares to a loss from operations of $(933,000) during the same period of the prior year and a loss of $(948,000) during the second quarter 2017.

The Company reported a net loss of approximately $(2,910,000) or $(0.07) per basic share for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the previous year's second quarter net loss of approximately $(1,039,000) or $(0.03) per basic share and a net loss of $(1,295,000) or $(0.03 per basic share) for the second quarter 2017.  The increase in the current quarter loss reflects the impact of non-cash amortization for derivatives, debt issuance and debt discount; increased interest expense and increased operational costs.  

Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2017 totaled approximately $1,418,000, an increase of approximately of $469,000 from the prior year third quarter and an increase of approximately $419,000 compared to second quarter 2017.  The increase in operating expenses primarily reflects increased consulting and professional fees related to the development, rollout and launch of Vocal 2.0 and the cost associated with being a publicly traded company. 

The Company incurred other (non-operational) expenses of $1,502,000 in the third quarter 2017 compared to $107,000 in the third quarter 2016 and other expenses of $348,000 in the second quarter 2017. The increase in the current third quarter other expenses was due to an increase in non-cash charges for amortization of debt discount and issuance costs and non-cash charges related to its debt financings, as well as increase interest expense.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported revenues of approximately $105,000 compared to revenues of approximately $201,000 for the same period in 2016. Heretofore, revenue has been generated predominantly through sale and licensing of the Company's IP and image library. While these legacy businesses are expected to increase in revenue contribution in the upcoming fiscal year, current operational resources are focused on the recurring revenue features in the Company's long form social publishing platform, Vocal. Jerrick anticipates platform processing fees, branded content, sponsored in-house agency produced content, affiliate advertising, and other future revenue producing features on the platform to represent the majority of its revenues going forward.

Operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 totaled $3,488,000 as compared to $2,725,000 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016. The increase in operating expenses includes $561,000  of non-cash charges related to employee and board option grants, $268,000 increase in expenses related to the development and launch of its Vocal platform, and $63,000 increase in consulting and professional fees related to becoming a publicly traded company. 

Interest expense during the nine months of 2017 totaled $373,000 compared to $113,000 during the same period of 2016. Jerrick reported a net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 of $(5,762,000) or $(0.15) per basic share compared to a net loss of $(7,088,000) or $(0.23) per basic share for the same period in 2016, which included a $4,300,000 non-cash charge for registration rights penalty provisions accounted for in second quarter 2016.

At September 30, 2017, the Company reported total assets of $260,000, inclusive of Jerrick's trademarks, IP, and image library, which is carried at zero value on the Company's books. The Company reported current liabilities of $6,050,000 which includes $1,544,000 in debt discount and issuance amortization and $2,510,000 in short term notes. Shortly after September 30, $660,000 of the short term notes converted into the Company's two-year, 15% Notes Offering, and the Company raised additional capital of $1,085,000 through the 15% Note Offering. The Company had approximately $1,991,000 in long term debt at September 30, 2017, which, shortly after the third quarter end, increased to approximately $3,736,000.

On September 30, 2017, Jerrick had approximately 39.5 million shares of Common Stock outstanding, an increase of approximately 1.1 million shares during the third quarter due to the conversion of preferred shares into common stock by shareholders.  On a fully diluted basis, Jerrick had convertible preferred stock (235,000 equivalent common shares), stock options (17.7 million common shares equivalent with average exercise price of $0.42), warrants (34.4 million common shares equivalent with an average exercise price of $0.27), convertible notes (13.7 million equivalent common shares), and additional Common Stock reserved for issuance that collectively would result in the issuance of an additional 66.5 million shares of Common Stock. As of September 30, 2017, the Company had federal and state tax loss carry forwards of approximately $14.8 million, which expire through the fiscal year ending December 31, 2035.

"Vocal was launched nearly one year ago. We have reached a significant inflection point in our business model.  Vocal's viewership is accelerating rapidly, above our expectations. The platform has secured its position as one of the premier, long form, social publishing platforms. With the funds we have recently secured, not only has the Company materially strengthened its balance sheet by either repaying or transitioning a significant majority of its short-term obligations to long-term, two-year convertible debt, but we have also allocated working capital to advance our technology and platform to provide virtually unlimited scalability," commented Jeremy Frommer, co-founder and CEO of Jerrick.  "To experience the excitement of Jerrick's Vocal platform and witness our accelerated growth momentum first hand, I invite you to keep current on our progress via the Company's website and my social media presence at"

About Jerrick

Jerrick is a technology company focused on the development of digital genre specific communities,  targeted marketing of branded content, affiliated sales, in-house agency production, and platform processing fees.

Core to Jerrick's unique capabilities is Vocal, a proprietary long-form, digital publishing and content distribution platform, capable of hosting all forms of rich media content.

Vocal uses a proprietary algorithm which intelligently bridges media-rich long-form creative content with targeted branding and ecommerce monetization opportunities in each niche-community. Each community is also managed by a dedicated team, whose primary focus is on revenue conversion of the published material via digital arbitrage.

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Investor Relations:

Jeremy Frommer, CEO 

Natasha Sydor

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Jerrick Media Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

September 30, 2017

December 31, 2016



Current Assets


$            94,678

$          174,494

          Prepaid expenses



Total Current Assets



   Property and equipment, net



   Security deposits



   Minority investment in business



   Total Assets

$          260,074

$         378,101

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)

Current Liabilities

           Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$      1,318,390

$      1,387,068

           Accrued dividends



           Demand loan



           Convertible Notes – related party, net of debt discount



           Convertible Notes, net of debt discount and Issuance costs



           Current portion of capital lease payable



           Notes payable, related party, net of debt discount

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