Propel Media Reports Record Results for the 2nd Quarter and First Half of 2017

Irvine, California, UNITED STATES

Revenues increased 38% and Operating Income Increased 196% for the 2nd quarter of 2017 as compared to the 2nd quarter of 2016

Adjusted EBITDA increased 94% to $17.1 million for the 1st half of 2017 as compared to $8.8 million for the 1st half of 2016

Completed acquisition of DeepIntent, a leading artificial intelligence, programmatic buying platform

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Propel Media, Inc. (OTCPink:PROM), a performance focused digital media and advertising company, today announced its 2017 second quarter and first half results. The Company achieved revenue of $21.5 million, operating income of $8.9 million and adjusted EBITDA of $9.7 million in its 2017 second quarter.

For the three months ended June 30, 2017

  • Revenue of $21.5 million as compared to $15.6 million in Q2 2016
  • Operating income of $8.9 million as compared to $3.0 million in Q2 2016
  • Net income of $3.4 million as compared to $0.1 million in Q2 2016
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $9.7 million as compared to $5.6 million in Q2 2016

For the six months ended June 30, 2017

  • Revenue of $40.1 million as compared to $30.9 million in the 1st half of 2016
  • Operating income of $15.6 million as compared to $5.2 million in the 1st half of 2016
  • Net income of $5.8 million as compared to a loss of $0.5 million in the 1st half of 2016
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $17.1 million as compared to $8.8 million in the 1st half of 2016

Second Quarter Business Highlights:

  • 10th consecutive positive adjusted EBITDA quarter since becoming a publicly-traded company
  • 5th sequential quarter of increasing adjusted EBITDA
  • Completed the acquisition of DeepIntent Technologies, a leading artificial intelligence, programmatic buying platform
  • $2.1 million excess cash flow payment to lenders further reduced term loan
  • Loan leverage ratio reduced to 2.07, as compared to 3.31 as of June 30, 2016
  • Loan balances of $62.5 million as of June 30, 2017 on trailing 12-month adjusted EBITDA of $30.3 million

“We are very pleased to report that in the second quarter of 2017, Propel Media continued its outstanding revenue and adjusted EBITDA performance generating the highest quarterly adjusted EBITDA result since its debut as a public company in January 2015,” says Marv Tseu, Chief Executive Officer of Propel Media.  “The Company continues to expand its presence in the online advertising market, and in the recent quarter, it completed the acquisition of DeepIntent, a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, programmatic buying platform. DeepIntent works to guarantee that ads appear in only the most impactful, brand safe contexts and environments. We believe that DeepIntent will change the advertising landscape as brands continue to see consistent and outsized returns on their advertising investments by using the DeepIntent platform,” Tseu continued.

Further details concerning the results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 is set forth in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 14, 2017.

About Propel Media
Propel Media is a digital media company bringing together online video, display and mobile advertising technology and solutions to advertisers, app developers and publishers. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Propel Media is distinguished by its ability to deliver consistent results and its commitment to providing the highest level of client services to its partners.

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Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those statements regarding Propel Media’s capital structure, ability to execute its operating plan, anticipated financial flexibility and future financial performance and any other statements that are not statements of historical fact. These statements may be identified, without limitation, by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “anticipates”, “expects,” “will” or comparable terms or the negative thereof. Such statements are based on management’s current estimates, assumptions that management believes to be reasonable, and currently available competitive, financial, and economic data as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and subject to a variety of events, factors and conditions, many of which are beyond the control of Propel Media and not all of which are known to Propel Media, including, without limitation those risk factors described from time to time in Propel Media’s reports filed with the SEC. Among the factors that could cause Propel Media’s actual results to differ materially are: loss of key advertising customers; inability to acquire new advertising customers; limitations on its ability to acquire new users profitably or at all; inability to protect its intellectual property; inability to comply with the covenants in its credit facility; inability to obtain necessary financing or enter into equity arrangements with existing or new institutional shareholders; inability to execute its acquisition strategy; inability to effectively manage its growth; failure to effectively integrate the operations of acquired businesses; competition; loss of key personnel; increases in costs of operations; continued compliance with government regulations; and general economic conditions. Further, investors should keep in mind that Propel Media’s financial results in any particular period may not be indicative of future results. Propel Media is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise, except as required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to the results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, we present Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure. Adjusted EBITDA, which is based upon the adjusted EBITDA which we report to our lenders, is a key measurement monitored by management, and is determined by taking net (loss) income (the nearest GAAP measure) and adding interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment charges, stock based compensation, bank fees, losses from extraordinary, unusual or nonrecurring items, noncash items, merger and other onetime expenses and severance. We believe that this non-GAAP measure, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of our reported GAAP results, provides useful information to investors by providing a more focused measure of operating results, enhances the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. The non-GAAP measure presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA has been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure in the table following the financial statements attached to this press release.


Propel Media, Inc. and Subsidiaries 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
  As of  
  June 30,   December 31,  
  2017   2016  
Assets (unaudited)   
Current assets    
Cash$1,096,000  $2,823,000  
Accounts receivable, net 9,589,000   6,595,000  
Prepaid expenses & other current assets 356,000   564,000  
Total current assets 11,041,000   9,982,000  
Property and equipment, net 1,418,000   1,594,000  
Intangible assets 1,332,000   20,000  
Goodwill 6,057,000   2,869,000  
Deferred tax assets, net 30,773,000   31,691,000  
Other assets 61,000   89,000  
Total assets$50,682,000  $46,245,000  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit    
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable$3,858,000  $1,861,000  
Accrued expenses 3,405,000   3,914,000  
Advertiser deposits 1,397,000   1,832,000  
Current portion of long-term debt 6,135,000   6,089,000  
Revolving credit facility 611,000   -  
Total current liabilities 15,406,000   13,696,000  
Long-term debt, less current portion, net 62,303,000   65,999,000  
Obligations to transferors 14,877,000   14,569,000  
Other non-current liabilities 48,000   142,000  
Total liabilities 92,634,000   94,406,000  
Stockholders' Deficit    
Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value, authorized 1,000,000 shares, -   -  
no shares issued or outstanding    
Common Stock, $0.0001 par value, authorized 500,000,000 shares,    
issued and outstanding 250,010,162    
at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 25,000   25,000  
Additional paid-in capital 3,213,000   2,757,000  
Accumulated deficit (45,190,000)  (50,943,000) 
Total stockholders’ deficit (41,952,000)  (48,161,000) 
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit$50,682,000  $46,245,000  


Propel Media, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
 For the Three Months Ended June 30, For the Six Months Ended June 30,
  2017   2016   2017   2016 
Revenues$21,515,000  $15,578,000  $40,147,000  $30,902,000 
Cost of revenues 7,423,000   5,812,000   14,356,000   12,604,000 
Gross profit 14,092,000   9,766,000   25,791,000   18,298,000 
Operating expenses:       
Salaries, commissions, benefits and related expenses 3,334,000   4,183,000   6,419,000   7,921,000 
Technology, development and maintenance 817,000   1,098,000   1,635,000   2,203,000 
Marketing and promotional 12,000   31,000   29,000   49,000 
General and administrative 325,000   612,000   677,000   1,001,000 
Professional services 323,000   255,000   599,000   579,000 
Depreciation and amortization 376,000   577,000   772,000   1,198,000 
Impairment of software and video library -   -   20,000   183,000 
Operating expenses 5,187,000   6,756,000   10,151,000   13,134,000 
Operating income 8,905,000   3,010,000   15,640,000   5,164,000 
Other income (expense):       
Interest expense, net (3,612,000)  (2,952,000)  (6,522,000)  (6,188,000)
Gain from extinguishment of debt -   106,000   -   106,000 
Other income (expense) -   18,000   (1,000)  18,000 
Total other income (expenses) (3,612,000)  (2,828,000)  (6,523,000)  (6,064,000)
Income (loss) before income tax (expense) benefit 5,293,000   182,000   9,117,000   (900,000)
Income tax (expense) benefit (1,938,000)  (56,000)  (3,364,000)  363,000 
Net income (loss)$3,355,000  $126,000  $5,753,000  $(537,000)
Net income (loss) per common share$0.01  $0.00  $0.02  $(0.00)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic and diluted 250,010,162   250,010,162   250,010,162   250,010,162 


Propel Media, Inc. and Subsidiaries 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information 
 For the Three Months Ended June 30, For the Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2017  2016  2017  2016  
Net income (loss)$3,355,000 $126,000 $5,753,000 $(537,000) 
Depreciation and amortization 376,000  577,000  772,000  1,198,000  
Impairment charges -  -  20,000  183,000  
Interest expense 3,612,000  2,952,000  6,522,000  6,188,000  
Stock-based compensation expense 227,000  857,000  456,000  1,171,000  
Taxes 1,940,000  80,000  3,368,000  (309,000) 
Bank fees (credits) 26,000  28,000  52,000  (28,000) 
Merger and other one-time expenses 206,000  42,000  206,000  55,000  
Severance -  900,000  -  900,000  
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)$   9,742,000  $   5,562,000  $   17,149,000  $   8,821,000