Geeknet Announces Second Quarter Financial Results and Departure of President and CEO Scott Kauffman

Mountain View, California, UNITED STATES

  • Ken Langone Named Executive Chairman and Interim CEO
  • Board of Directors approves 1:10 Reverse Stock Split Subject to Shareholder Approval
  • Announces Change in Ticker Symbol to GKNT Effective Thursday, August 5, 2010

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:LNUX), the online network for the global geek community, today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 and the resignation of President and CEO Scott Kauffman. The Company also announced that Chairman of the Board Ken Langone has been named Executive Chairman and Interim CEO.

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2010 was $15.3 million compared to $11.8 million of revenue for the second quarter of 2009.  Net loss for the second quarter of 2010 was $2.5 million or $0.04 per share compared to a net loss of $3.6 million or $0.06 per share, for the same period a year ago.

Adjusted EBITDA loss for the second quarter of 2010 was $1.3 million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.2 million for the same period a year ago.  A reconciliation of net loss as reported to adjusted EBITDA loss is included in this release.

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • E-commerce revenue increased 42 percent to $10.6 million for the second quarter of 2010, compared to $7.4 million for the second quarter of 2009. E-commerce orders shipped increased by 43 percent in the second quarter of 2010 as compared with the same period last year.
  • Media revenue increased 9 percent to $4.8 million for the second quarter of 2010, compared to $4.3 million for the second quarter of 2009.  Revenue for the second quarter of 2010 included $2.4 million from our premium advertising products compared to $1.6 million of revenue from premium advertising products for the same period last year.
  • Total cash and investments at the end of the second quarter 2010 was $28.0 million.

"Both our ecommerce and media business grew in the second quarter, resulting in a 30% combined top-line increase," said Ken Langone, Executive Chairman, Geeknet.  "ThinkGeek continued its tremendous success, driving strong results across the board. Our media business is gaining traction with modest year-over-year growth as we continue to improve the underlying metrics and expand our premium advertising."

The Company also today announced that Scott Kauffman has resigned as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the Board of Directors, to pursue other opportunities. Ken Langone, who is currently a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been appointed as the Executive Chairman. "We thank Scott for his contributions to Geeknet over the past eighteen months. Scott will serve as an advisor to me through a transition period yet to be determined," Langone commented. "We wish him the best in his new endeavors."  

On August 3, 2010, the Board of Directors approved a 1:10 reverse split of our common stock. The split is subject to stockholder approval which is expected to occur in the fourth quarter. 

Effective August 5, 2010, the Company's NASDAQ ticker symbol will be changed from LNUX to GKNT. 

Supplemental schedules of the Company's quarterly statements of operations and operational statistics are available on the Company's web site at

A conference call and audio webcast will be held at 1:30 p.m. PT or 4:30 p.m. ET on August 4, 2010 and may be accessed by calling (877) 348-9353 or (253) 237-1159 outside the U.S., or by visiting An audio replay will be available between 6:30 p.m. PT on August 4, 2010 and 11:59 p.m. PT on August 11, 2010 by calling (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291, with Conference ID 85874596.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures 

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, we also report adjusted EBITDA.  Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.  We believe that adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to both management and investors and is an additional measurement which may be used to evaluate our operating performance.  Our management and Board of Directors use adjusted EBITDA as part of their reporting and planning process and it is the primary measure we use to evaluate our operating performance.  In addition, we have historically reported adjusted EBITDA to the investment community.  We also believe that the financial analysts who regularly follow and report on us and the business sector in which we compete use adjusted EBITDA to prepare their financial performance estimates to measure our performance against other sector participants and to project our future financial results.

We define adjusted EBITDA as net loss which is adjusted for interest and other income (expense) net and income taxes as well as stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and depreciation and amortization.  The method we use to produce adjusted EBITDA is not computed according to GAAP, is likely to differ from the methods used by other companies and should not be regarded as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Adjusted EBITDA, as we compute it, excludes certain expenses that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results, as well as income taxes, stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization.  We consider our core operating results to include revenue recorded in a particular period and the related expenses that are intended to directly drive operating income during that period.

The EBITDA calculation excludes interest, income taxes and depreciation and amortization by its nature.  In addition, when we compute adjusted EBITDA we exclude stock-based compensation, restructuring charges and other amounts included in the Interest income and other income (expense) net caption, as we believe that these amounts represent income and expenses that are not directly related to our core operations.  Although some of the items may recur on a regular basis, management does not consider activities associated with these items as core to its operations.  With respect to stock-based compensation, we recognize expenses associated with stock-based compensation that require management to make assumptions about our common stock, such as expected future stock price volatility, the anticipated duration of outstanding stock options and awards and the rate at which we recognize the corresponding stock-based compensation expense over the course of future fiscal periods.  While other forms of expenses (such as cash compensation, inventory costs and real estate costs) are reasonably correlated to our underlying business and such costs are incurred principally or wholly in the particular fiscal period being reported, stock-based compensation expense is not reasonably correlated to the particular fiscal period in question, but rather is based on expected future events that have no relationship (and in certain instances, an inverse relationship) with how well we currently operate our business. Restructuring costs are excluded from adjusted EBITDA because they represent non-cash charges which are not representative of our core operations.

About Geeknet, Inc.

Geeknet is the online network for the global geek community. Our sites include SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek,, Ohloh and freshmeat. We serve an audience of 48 million users* each month and provide the tech-obsessed with content, culture, connections, commerce, and all the things that geeks crave. Want to learn more? Check out

(*July 2010 Unique Visitors 48.4M. Source: Google Analytics and Omniture)

Geeknet is a trademark of Geeknet, Inc. SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek,, Ohloh and freshmeat are trademarks of Geeknet, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or product names are property of their respective owners.

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NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on our current expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements contained herein include statements regarding the growth strategies and prospects for our online media and e-commerce businesses.  Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including: shareholder approval or rejection of the Board approved reverse stock split, impact of the Company's new ticker symbol, success in designing and offering innovative online advertising programs; decreases or delays in online advertising spending, especially in light of current macroeconomic challenges and uncertainty; our effectiveness at planning and managing our e-commerce inventory; our ability to achieve and sustain higher levels of revenue; our ability to protect and defend our intellectual property rights; rapid technological and market change; unforeseen expenses that we may incur in future quarters; and competition with, and pricing pressures from larger and/or more established competitors.  Investors should consult our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,, including the risk factors section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ending March 31, 2010, for further information regarding these and other risks of our business. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to us as of the date hereof, and we do not assume any obligations to update such statements or the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

(In thousands)
  June 30, 2010 December 31, 2009
Current assets:    
 Cash and cash equivalents  $ 24,971  $ 28,943
 Short-term investments, including restricted cash of $0 and
$1,000, respectively
 3,015  10,408
 Accounts receivable, net  4,694  4,299
 Inventories  6,895  5,280
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,963  3,564
 Total current assets  42,538  52,494
Property and equipment, net  4,731  2,569
Other long-term assets  5,716  5,088
Total assets  $ 52,985  $ 60,151
Current liabilities:    
 Accounts payable  $ 4,919  $ 5,763
 Deferred revenue  1,189  928
 Accrued liabilities and other  2,377  3,854
 Accrued restructuring liabilities  --   1,238
 Total current liabilities  8,485  11,783
Other long-term liabilities  94  103
Total liabilities  8,579  11,886
Stockholders' equity:    
 Common stock  61  61
 Treasury stock  (590)  (492)
 Additional paid-in capital  800,488  798,917
 Accumulated other comprehensive income  8  13
 Accumulated deficit  (755,561)  (750,234)
 Total stockholders' equity  44,406  48,265
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 52,985 $ 60,151
(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
 Media revenue   $ 4,751  $ 4,341  $ 9,046  $ 8,118
 E-commerce revenue   10,558  7,444  20,942  14,038
 Net revenue   15,309  11,785  29,988  22,156
 Media cost of revenue   1,831  1,718  3,612  3,625
 E-commerce cost of revenue   8,792  6,152  17,610  11,762
Cost of revenue  10,623  7,870  21,222  15,387
Gross margin  4,686  3,915  8,766  6,769
Operating expenses:        
Sales and marketing  3,551  1,952  6,713  4,267
Research and development  1,613  2,078  3,143  3,672
General and administrative  2,049  2,244  4,173  4,349
Amortization of intangible assets  114  27  205  27
Restructuring  (101)  --   (101)  -- 
Total operating expenses  7,226  6,301  14,133  12,315
Operating loss  (2,540)  (2,386)  (5,367)  (5,546)
Interest and other income (expense), net  22  (1,231)  27  (5,561)
Loss before income taxes  (2,518)  (3,617)  (5,340)  (11,107)
Income tax benefit  (12)  (31)  (13)  (95)
Net loss  $ (2,506)  $ (3,586)  $ (5,327)  $ (11,012)
Earnings per share:        
Basic and diluted  $ (0.04)  $ (0.06)  $ (0.09)  $ (0.18)
Shares used in computing earnings per share:        
Basic and diluted  60,288  59,916  60,209  61,618
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
Reconciliation of net loss as reported to adjusted EBITDA loss:        
Net loss - as reported  $ (2,506)  $ (3,586)  $ (5,327)  $ (11,012)
Reconciling items:        
Interest and other income (expense), net  (22)  1,231  (27)  5,561
Income tax benefit  (12)  (31)  (13)  (95)
Stock-based compensation expense included in COGS  76  87  157  154
Stock-based compensation expense included in Op Ex.  675  540  1,273  1,154
Restructuring  (101)  --   (101)  -- 
Depreciation and amortization  561  555  1,089  1,158
Adjusted EBITDA loss  $ (1,329)  $ (1,204)  $ (2,949)  $ (3,080)
(In thousands)
  Three months ended Six Months ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net loss  $ (2,506)  $ (3,586)  $ (5,327)  $ (11,012)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  561  555  1,089  1,158
Stock-based compensation expense  751  627  1,430  1,308
Provision for bad debts   --  87    87
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory   (3)  21  14  13
Loss on sale of assets  --  1,246  18  1,020
Impairment of investments  --  --  --  4,585
Non-cash restructuring  (101)  --  (101)  --
Changes in assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable   (432)  192  (395)  1,077
Inventories   (1,457)  (303)  (1,629)  (13)
Prepaid expenses and other assets   (419)  230  83  260
Accounts payable   1,253  838  (844)  (1,784)
Deferred revenue  228  105  261  124
Accrued liabilities and other   (465)  (306)  (1,477)  (636)
Accrued restructuring liabilities   (417)  (677)  (1,137)  (1,363)
Other long-term liabilities   (5)  21  (9)  23
Net cash used in operating activities   (3,012)  (950)  (8,024)  (5,153)
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Change in restricted cash  1,000  --  1,000  --
Purchase of property and equipment   (2,015)  (184)  (3,063)  (250)
Maturities or sale of marketable securities   7,100  --  7,200  559
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (1,000)  (2,613)  (1,000)  (2,613)
Proceeds from sale of intangible assets, net  --  --  --  172
Purchases of intangible assets  (109)  --  (122)  --
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  4,976  (2,797)  4,015  (2,132)
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Proceeds from issuance of common stock  113  --  141  4
Repurchase of common stock  (98)  (3,127)  (98)  (3,127)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   15  (3,127)  43  (3,123)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (4)  --  (6)  --
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   1,975  (6,874)  (3,972)  (10,408)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   22,996  36,977  28,943  40,511
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 24,971  $ 30,103  $ 24,971  $ 30,103



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