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Function(x) Inc. Reports Second Quarter Financial Results
[February 15, 2017]

Function(x) Inc. Reports Second Quarter Financial Results


Function(x) Inc. (NASDAQ:FNCX) (the "Company") yesterday reported financial results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170215005549/en/

Function(X), Inc. - Key Performance Indicators (Publishing Segment)

Function(X), Inc. - Key Performance Indicators (Publishing Segment)

Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2016 was $1,215,000, down from $1,782,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015. For the three months ended December 31, 2016, revenue for the Company's Publishing Segment, which we consider our core operating business, was $834,000, up 57.4% from $530,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015. Additionally, this represents a 125% increase above the $371,000 in Publishing Segment revenue posted last quarter.

Net loss and diluted loss per share for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 were $(2,771,000) and $(1.13), respectively. The same metrics for the six-month period ended December 31, 2016 were $(10,324,000) and $(3.64), respectively.

EBITDA for the Company for the three months ended December 31, 2016 was a loss of $(1,621,000), which is an improvement from a loss of $(37,748,000) for the same period in 2015. The three months ended December 31, 2015 includes significant non-cash impairment charge of $30,402,000 that is included in the EBITDA calculation. EBITDA for the Publishing Segment was a loss of $(1,105,000) for the three months ended December 31, 2016, which represents an improvement from the loss of $(28,493,000) for such segment for the three months ended December 31, 2015. The three months ended December 31, 2015 EBITDA figures for the Publishing Segment include $26,977,000 of non-cash impairment expense. This quarter's EBITDA in the publishing segment represents a $1,824,000 improvement over the prior quarter's results.

For full details on the above and other pertinent figures, please see exhibit A and B, attached hereto.

"The continued dramatic improvement in operating results, fueled by impressive growth in user engagement metrics, confirms that the plan we instituted at the beginning of this fiscal year is hitting on all cylinders," said Robert FX Sillerman, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This growth is continuing, and we expect to magnify these results when we shift our focus to the Rant brand. Over the past six months, we have focused our efforts on growing Wetpaint user engagement and monetization; focus which has proven successful at Wetpaint. Applying this same methodology to Rant, and in the future to additional sites, should continue to grow and strengthen our publishing business."

"I am confident that the recent successes of the business are just the beginning of what will be a very exciting period. I look forward to building upon this strong performance and coming up with new and innovative ways to make this the business all that we know it can be, a creative and innovative digital platform that is rivaled by none," said Brian Rosin, COO.

Our Q2 Fiscal 2017 accomplishments listed below continue to be guided by our overall strategy and vision, in which Function (x) is building a highly scalable publishing platform that is designed to efficiently create, share and monetize content across a wide range of topics and audiences. Our property, Wetpaint, has begun to take full advantage of our publishing infrastructure to deliver compelling content around pop culture and entertainment, as demonstrated by the increase in engagement and revenue. We plan on duplicating this success by focusing on the Rant properties, applying our effective monetization strategy to further increase revenues.

Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Brian Rosin, COO: On January 19, 2017, the Company named Brian Rosin as its Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mr. Rosin will report directly to Mr. Sillerman and will be responsible for driving the long-term strategy and vision of the Company as well as overseeing all day-to-day operations.
  • Non-Core Assets: We are negotiating the sale of a majority stake in our non-core assets principally in the technology space, including certain intellectual property related to Social Distribution System ("SDS") and the assets related to the DraftDay daily fantasy sports business. If completed, the contemplated transaction would combine these assets in to a new company, Element(X). In addition, the Company intends to enter into a shared services agreement with Element(X), which will provide for a monthly payment for legal, accounting and office-related expenses, among other things. The terms of any such transaction will be determined on an arms-length basis and will only be consummated if the board of directors determines that the transaction is in our best interests as a Company. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in consummating such a transaction on the terms as described, or at all.
  • Deleveraging Initiatives: Affiliates of Function(x)'s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Sillerman, have committed to converting approximately $36,000,000 in preferred equity into shares of the Company's common stock.
  • Built upon foundation for future growth: Continued to refine our streamlined headcount plan to scale the business, disciplined financial controls and operating expense model and revamp its technology platform and acquisition team intended to drive incremental growth.
  • Optimized Revenue Model: Our Revenue Model has shown that it has the ability to drive growth in our Wetpaint property, success that we plan to replicate across other properties.
  • Key performance metrics: Through our daily monitoring of user engagement metrics, we are able to react quickly to market trends and adjust strategy, which has been a key component in our recent growth. This automated reporting and analytics allow for continuous refinement to our approach to implementing the long-term strategy.

About Function(x) Inc.

Function(x) operates Wetpaint.com and Rant. Wetpaint is the leading online destination for entertainment news for millennial women, covering the latest in television, music, and pop culture. Rant is a leading digital publisher with original content in multiple different verticals, most notably in sports, entertainment, and pets. Function(x) Inc. is also the largest shareholder of DraftDay Gaming Group, which is well-positioned to become a significant participant in the expanding fantasy sports market, offering a high-quality daily fantasy sports experience both directly to consumers and to businesses desiring turnkey solutions to new revenue streams. Function(x) Inc. also owns Choose Digital, a digital marketplace platform that allows companies to incorporate digital content into existing rewards and loyalty programs in support of marketing and sales initiatives. For more information, visit www.functionxinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain 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, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. All information provided in this press release is as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, Function(x), Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Definitions

The following definitions apply to these terms as used throughout this press release and the exhibits:

Publishing Segments - represents Wetpaint and Rant and any corporate expenses allocated to this segment.

EBITDA - represents net income (loss) before other income (loss), interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We prepare our financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States of America. Within this press release, we make reference to EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. We include these non-GAAP financial measures because management believes they are useful to investors in that they provide for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making.

Management uses EBITDA to convey supplemental information to investors regarding our performance excluding the impact of certain non-cash charges, costs associated with our borrowings and other special items that can affect the comparability of results from quarter to quarter. In particular, EBITDA is a key measure used by our management and board of directors to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve our annual budget, and to develop short- and long-term operational plans. Of note, the elimination of certain expenses in calculating EBITDA can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our core business.

Accordingly, we believe the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, is a useful financial analysis tool that can assist investors in assessing our operating performance and underlying prospects. This analysis should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. This analysis, as well as the other information in this press release, should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and footnotes contained in the Form 10-Q that we filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release may be different from the methods used by other companies. For more information on the Non-GAAP financial measures, please see the Reconciliation of GAAP financial measures to Non-GAAP financial measures table in the press release.



 
Three Months Ended December 31st
  2016     2015
     
Publishing Segment Revenue Reconciliation Publishing Segment Revenue Reconciliation
GAAP Revenue $1,215 GAAP Revenue $1,782
- DDGG Revenue $256 - Choose Revenue $885
- Corporate Revenue $125 - DDGG Revenue $243
Publishing Segment Revenue $834 - Corporate Revenue $125
Publishing Segment Revenue $530
 
             
 
Company EBITDA Reconciliation   Company EBITDA Reconciliation  
GAAP Net Loss ($2,771) GAAP Net Loss ($39,570)
+ Interest Expenses $2,471 + Interest Expenses $926
+ Depreciation and Amortization $738 + Depreciation and Amortization $898
+ Other (income)/expense, net ($2,161) + Other (income)/expense, net ($1)
+ Taxes $102 EBITDA ($37,747)
EBITDA ($1,621)
 
             
 
Publishing Segment EBITDA Reconciliation Publishing Segment EBITDA Reconciliation
GAAP Net Loss ($2,770) GAAP Net Loss ($39,571)
- Choose Net Loss ($47) - Choose Net Loss ($3,645)
- DDGG Net Loss ($715) - DDGG Net Loss ($1,533)
+ Interest Expenses $2,471 - MyGuy Net Loss ($214)
+ Depreciation and Amortization $491

- Corporate Net Loss

($4,125)
+ Other (income)/expense, net ($2,161) + Interest Expenses $926
+ Taxes $102 + Depreciation and Amortization $636
EBITDA ($1,105) + Other (income)/expense, net ($1)
EBITDA ($28,493)
* Numbers may not total due to rounding
 

 
Six Months Ended December 31st
  2016     2015
     
Publishing Segment Revenue Reconciliation Publishing Segment Revenue Reconciliation
GAAP Revenue $1,875 GAAP Revenue $3,255
- Choose Revenue $58 - Choose Revenue 1,634
- DDGG Revenue $361 - DDGG Revenue 326
- Corporate Revenue $250 - Corporate Revenue 250
Publishing Segment Revenue $1,205 Publishing Segment Revenue $1,045
 
             
 
Company EBITDA Reconciliation   Company EBITDA Reconciliation  
GAAP Net Loss ($10,324) GAAP Net Loss ($48,336)
+ Interest Expenses $4,121 + Interest Expenses $1,783
+ Depreciation and Amortization $1,425 + Depreciation and Amortization $1,846
+ Other (income)/expense, net $325 + Other (income)/expense, net ($3)
+ Taxes $102 EBITDA

($44,710)

EBITDA ($4,351)
 
             
 
Publishing Segment EBITDA Reconciliation Publishing Segment EBITDA Reconciliation
GAAP Net Loss ($10,324) GAAP Net Loss ($48,336)
- Choose Net Loss ($448) - Choose Net Loss ($4,120)
- DDGG Net Loss ($1,467) - DDGG Net Loss ($1,507)
+ Interest Expenses $4,121 - MyGuy Net Loss ($550)
+ Depreciation and Amortization $932 - Corporate Net Loss ($8,250)
+ Other (income)/expense, net $325 + Interest Expenses $620
+ Taxes $102 + Depreciation and Amortization $1,274
EBITDA ($2,929) + Other (income)/expense, net ($3)
EBITDA

($32,016)

* Numbers may not total due to rounding
 
 
Function(x) Inc.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share data)
 
December 31, 2016 (Unaudited) June 30, 2016  
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 122 $ 537
Marketable securities -

2,495

Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $20 at December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016)

742

307
Prepaid expenses

72

226
Other receivables

50

114
Other current assets

179

110
Current assets of discontinued operations  

20

    39  
Total current assets

1,185

3,828
Restricted cash

498

440
Property & equipment, net

1,260

1,414
Intangible assets, net

9,573

5,339
Goodwill

18,859

11,270
Other assets  

432

    748  
Total assets $ 31,807   $ 23,039  
 
Liabilities, convertible redeemable preferred stock and stockholders' equity/(deficit)
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 8,901 $ 11,625
Deferred revenue

682

637
Current portion of loans payable and conversion feature, net

10,794

8,996
Current liabilities of discontinued operations  

2,703

    2,851  
Total current liabilities

23,080

24,109
Loans payable, less current portion - 19,716
Deferred revenue

3,446

3,429
Deferred tax liability

102

-
Common stock warrant liability

420

10
Other long-term liabilities  

901

    951  
Total liabilities

27,949

48,215
 
Series A Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock, $1,000 stated value, authorized 100,000 shares, issued and outstanding -0- shares as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016 - -
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders' equity/(deficit):
Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, $1,000 stated value, authorized 50,000 shares, issued and outstanding -0- shares as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016 - -
Series C Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock, $1,000 stated value, authorized 100,000 shares, issued and outstanding of 33,175 and 3,000 shares as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016, respectively

34,907

4,940
Series D Preferred Stock, $1,000 stated value, authorized 150 shares, issued and outstanding -0- shares as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016 - -
Series E Convertible Preferred Stock, $1,000 stated value, authorized 10,000 shares, issued and outstanding 4,435 and -0- shares as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016, respectively

7,600

-
Common stock, $0.001 par value: authorized 300,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 3,244,275 and 3,023,753 shares as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016, respectively

3

3
Additional paid-in-capital

411,075

409,765
Treasury stock, 10,758 shares at December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016 (11,916 ) (11,916 )
Accumulated deficit (438,280 ) (428,380 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income - (361 )
Non-controlling interest  

469

    773  
Total stockholders' equity/(deficit)  

3,858

    (25,176 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity/(deficit) $ 31,807   $ 23,039  
 
     
Function(x) Inc.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended December 31, Six Months Ended December 31,
  2016     2015     2016     2015  
Revenues $ 1,215 $ 1,782 $ 1,875 $ 3,255
Selling, general and administrative expenses (3,574 ) (10,025 ) (7,614 ) (19,409 )
Impairment loss (see Note 3)   -     (30,402 )   -     (30,402 )
Operating loss (2,359 ) (38,645 ) (5,739 ) (46,556 )
 
Other expense:
Other (expense)/income, net 2,161 1 (326 ) 3
Interest expense, net   (2,471 )   (926 )   (4,121 )   (1,783 )
Total other expense (310 ) (925 ) (4,447 ) (1,780 )
               
Net loss before provision for income taxes (2,669 ) (39,570 ) (10,186 ) (48,336 )
 
Income tax expense   (102 )   -     (102 )   -  
 
Net loss from continuing operations $ (2,771 ) $ (39,570 ) $ (10,288 ) $ (48,336 )
 
Net loss from discontinued operations   -     (5,124 )   (36 )   (9,773 )
 
Net loss (2,771 ) (44,694 ) (10,324 ) (58,109 )
 
Accretion of Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock 22 74 44 148
 
Undeclared Series C Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock Dividend (1,017 ) (306 ) (1,511 ) (613 )
 
Add: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest 141 522 424 689
               
Net loss attributable to Function(x) Inc. common stockholders $ (3,625 ) $ (44,404 ) $ (11,367 ) $ (57,885 )
 
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted:
Continuing operations $ (1.13 ) $ (28.25 ) $ (3.64 ) $ (37.21 )
Discontinued operations $ -   $ (3.69 ) $ (0.01 ) $ (7.56 )
Net loss per share attributable to Function(x) Inc. common stockholders - basic and diluted $ (1.13 ) $ (31.94 ) $ (3.65 ) $ (44.77 )
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted   3,196,136     1,390,204     3,113,010     1,292,838  
 


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