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Professional Diversity Network, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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CHICAGO, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPDN), ("PDN" or the "Company"), a global developer and operator of online and in-person networks that provide access to networking, training, educational and employment opportunities for diverse individuals, today announced its second quarter 2018 financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter Highlights include:

  • Reduced net loss from continuing operations to $1.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to a net loss of $11.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 (or a net loss of $2.0 million excluding goodwill impairment charge)
  • Total cost and expenses reduced by $11.8 million, or 74.4%, from $15.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 to $4.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The $11.8 million reduction in total cost and expenses includes a $9.9 million goodwill impairment charge. Excluding goodwill impairment charge, total cost and expenses reduced by $1.9 million
  • Reduced Adjusted EBITDA loss to $1.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to $1.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017
  • We sold certain assets of our Noble Voice business on May 25, 2018 to a long-time customer since the management believes this business is not critical to the company's future strategy

Michael Wang, Professional Diversity Network Chief Executive Officer, stated, "While the company continued to sustain losses, we have taken great strides in reducing our costs and overheads and consequently greatly reduced our losses.  Our focus is to enhance our diversity recruitment and women's networking segments, with a focus on delivering superior performance to our clients and members. The improvements in these sectors in the U.S. are very important to our global growth. Our women's networking and employment services operations in the U.S. are very complimentary to our China expansion. "

Wang continued, "We continue to have more work to do in China and the U.S. in 2018 to enhance shareholder value. Our recruitment brand is very strong and I am pleased with the progress made in the first half of 2018 to create more value for our customers by launching new services to help companies hire executive talent, especially in the digital transformation sector. For the balance of 2018, we will continue to remain vigilant on our cost controls and invest in growth where and when we see opportunities to do so. We continue to believe that China presents significant opportunity for our future growth toward profitability and much of my time and the company's efforts will be in the China market."  

2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, PDN reported total revenue of $2.1 million, a 42.0% decrease from the quarter ended June 30, 2017, attributable primarily to reduction in our sales staff and workforce in our NAPW segment in order to reduce costs.

Total operating expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, decreased by 74.4% to $4.1 million from $15.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. This decrease is primarily the result of a $9.9 million goodwill impairment charge recorded in our NAPW segment in June 2017, and our aggressive cost control efforts, including a $0.9 million decrease in general and administrative expense and a $0.7 million decrease in sales and marketing expenses.

The Company reported a net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 of $2.0 million or $0.46 per share compared to a net loss of $12.0 million, or $3.07 per share, for the period ended June 30, 2017.

Loss from continuing operations during the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $1.8 million compared to a loss of $11.9 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2017. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company reported an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.0 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.5 million during the same period of the prior year, a decrease of $0.5 million.

As of June 30, 2018, the Company had $2.7 million in cash and $4.6 million in current assets, which represents a decrease of $0.3 million in cash and $1.1 million in current assets from December 31, 2017. Accounts receivable as of June 30, 2018, was $0.4 million, 53.1% less than the $0.9 million as of December 31, 2017. Total assets as of June 30, 2018 were $16.6 million, a decrease of $2.6 million from $19.2 million as of December 31, 2017.



 
 
Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


    June 30,     December 31,  
    2018     2017  
    (Unaudited)     (Adjusted)  
Current Assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents (Amount related to variable interest entity of $1,282,479 and $1,671,378 as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively)   $ 2,666,832     $ 2,926,088  
Accounts receivable, net     424,079       905,723  
Incremental direct costs     34,347       145,292  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     699,405       478,379  
Current assets from discontinued operations      755,084        1,180,099  
Total current assets      4,579,747        5,635,581  
                 
Property and equipment, net      105,834        221,184  
Capitalized technology, net      177,097        153,381  
Goodwill      5,590,150        5,590,150  
Intangible assets, net      5,026,506        6,264,706  
Merchant reserve      760,849        760,849  
Security deposits     76,007       225,957  
Long-term assets from discontinued operations      240,637        327,257  
Total assets   $  16,556,827     $  19,179,065  
                 
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $  1,227,991     $  1,120,444  
Accrued expenses      762,414        1,166,214  
Deferred revenue      2,806,453        4,004,015  
Current liabilities from discontinued operations      474,994        484,524  
Total current liabilities      5,271,852        6,775,197  
                 
Deferred tax liability     1,618,932       1,993,662  
Deferred rent     40,160       56,082  
Other liabilities     -       52,321  
Total liabilities     6,930,944       8,877,262  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Stockholders' Equity                
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 45,000,000 shares authorized; 4,840,669 shares and 3,963,864
shares issued as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively; and  4,839,621 shares
and 3,962,816 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively
     48,407        39,639  
Additional paid in capital      83,395,128        80,016,218  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss      15,097        28,848  
Accumulated deficit      (73,795,632 )      (69,745,785 )
Treasury stock, at cost; 1,048 shares at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017      (37,117 )      (37,117 )
Total stockholders' equity      9,625,883        10,301,803  
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 16,556,827     $ 19,179,065  


 
 
 
Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (Unaudited)


    Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
                         
Revenues:                        
Membership fees and related services   $ 1,335,726     $ 2,444,797     $ 2,947,947     $ 5,260,293  
Recruitment services      692,377        624,103        1,313,792        1,282,647  
Product sales and other      6,360        26,573        10,017        72,941  
Education and training      9,577        505,490        16,048        829,694  
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions      74,543        58,327        144,277        124,029  
Total revenues      2,118,583        3,659,290        4,432,081        7,569,604  
                                 
Costs and expenses:                                
Cost of revenues      339,911        497,741        625,744        856,188  
Sales and marketing      1,023,526        1,762,360        2,116,650        4,161,319  
General and administrative      2,063,866        3,009,073        4,415,678        6,852,788  
Goodwill impairment charge     -       9,920,305       -       9,920,305  
Depreciation and amortization     659,143       750,913       1,339,022       1,536,868  
Total costs and expenses     4,086,446       15,940,392       8,497,094       23,327,468  
                                 
Loss from operations     (1,967,863 )     (12,281,102 )     (4,065,013 )     (15,757,864 )
                                 
Other (expense) income                                
Interest expense     -       -       -        (12,399 )
Interest and other income     3,777       2,851       4,667        5,101  
Other finance costs     -       4,088       22,558        1,764  
Other (expense) income, net     3,777        6,939       27,225        (5,534 )
                                 
Loss before income tax benefit      (1,964,086 )      (12,274,163 )      (4,037,788 )      (15,763,398 )
Income tax benefit      (123,415 )      (360,307 )      (372,465 )      (925,097 )
Loss from continuing operations      (1,840,671 )      (11,913,856 )      (3,665,323 )      (14,838,301 )
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, including gain on sale of $63,687      (174,763 )      (161,088 )      (384,523 )      (338,224 )
Net loss      (2,015,434 )      (12,074,944 )      (4,049,846 )      (15,176,525 )
                                 
Other comprehensive loss:      (2,015,434      (12,074,944      (4,049,846      (15,176,525
  Foreign currency translation adjustment      (90,459 )      1,733        (13,751 )      1,621  
Comprehensive loss   $  (2,105,893 )   $  (12,073,211 )   $  (4,063,597 )   $  (15,174,904 )
                                 
Basic and diluted loss per share:                                
  Continuing operations      (0.42 )      (3.03 )      (0.85 )      (8.21 )
  Discontinued operations      (0.04 )      (0.04 )      (0.09 )      (0.19 )
Net loss   $  (0.46 )   $  (3.07 )   $  (0.94 )   $  (8.39 )
                                 
Weighted average shares used in computing net
loss per common share:
                               
Basic and diluted     4,371,440       3,932,886       4,296,944       1,808,314  

               

 
 
Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
ADJUSTED EBITDA (Unaudited)

We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides a meaningful representation of our operating performance that provides useful information to investors regarding our financial condition and results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA is commonly used by financial analysts and others to measure operating performance. Furthermore, management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure may provide investors with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results of prior periods as they are expected to be reflective of our core ongoing business. However, while we consider Adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure of operating performance, Adjusted EBITDA and other non-GAAP financial measures have limitations, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Further, Adjusted EBITDA, as we define it, may not be comparable to EBITDA, or similarly titled measures, as defined by other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure reported in our consolidated financial statements:

    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    June 30,     June 30,  
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
    (in thousands)              
Loss from Continuing Operations   $ (1,841 )   $ (11,914 )   $ (3,665 )   $ (14,839 )
Stock-based compensation expense     347       70       466       585  
Goodwill impairment charge     -       9,920       -       9,920  
Depreciation and amortization     659       751       1,339       1,537  
Interest Expense     -       -       -       12  
Interest and other income     (4 )     (3 )     (5 )     (5 )
Income tax benefit     (123 )     (360 )     (372 )     (925 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ (962 )   $ (1,536 )   $ (2,237 )   $ (3,715 )
                                 

About Professional Diversity Network (PDN)

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (PDN) is a global developer and operator of online and in-person networks that provides access to networking, training, educational and employment opportunities for diverse professionals. We operate subsidiaries in the United States and China including National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), which is one of the largest, most recognized networking organizations of professional women in the country, spanning more than 200 industries and professions, and Noble Voice, a career placement and career counseling call center. Through an online platform and our relationship recruitment affinity groups, we provide our employer clients a means to identify and acquire diverse talent and assist them with their efforts to comply with the Equal Employment Opportunity Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program. Our mission is to utilize the collective strength of our affiliate companies, members, partners and unique proprietary platform to be the standard in business diversity recruiting, networking and professional development for women, minorities, veterans, LGBT and disabled persons globally.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on our current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy any securities of any entity. Forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially from those stated or implied in such forward-looking statements, due to risks and uncertainties associated with our business, which include the risk factors disclosed in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "should," and "would" or similar words. We assume no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, together with this press release and the financial information contained herein, are available on our website, www.prodivnet.com. Please click on "Investor Relations."

CONTACT: Professional Diversity Network, Inc.

investor@prodivnet.com

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