Today we saw that TheStreet, Inc.(NASDAQ:TST) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

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For the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company reported revenue of $15.9 million, net loss attributable to common stockholders of $11.6 million, or ($0.33) per basic and diluted share, and an Adjusted EBITDA of $1.2 million. For the full year 2016, the Company reported revenue of $63.5 million, net loss attributable to common stockholders of $17.5 million, or ($0.50) per basic and diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.8 million. Drivers of the fourth quarter and full year net loss are a non-cash goodwill impairment in the amount of $11.6 million, an additional non-cash depreciation charge of $1.5 million, restructuring charges related to severance as well as lower premium subscription revenue, all partially offset by a $1.8 million non-cash contingent consideration reduction from the purchase of Management Diagnostics Limited (“MDL”).

“This was an investment year and the seeds of our turnaround efforts began to take hold in the fourth quarter on both our institutional side and our consumer businesses,” said David Callaway, President and CEO. “The rally in financial markets since November helped us begin to put Brexit and the declines in our premium subscription business behind us. We still maintain a strong cash position, have aggressively been cutting costs, and have started offering new products and revenue strategies to our B2B clients and B2C readers and customers alike.” Callaway continued, “As mentioned earlier in the year, our goal is to allow greater transparency and insight to our investors with the breakout of the business to business and business to consumer products we offer.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $15.9 million, a decrease of $1.0 million, or 6%, from $17.0 million in the prior year.

Business-to-business (“B2B”) revenue including The Deal, BoardEx and RateWatch totaled $7.4 million, up $27,000 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  Adjusting for the exchange rate losses, B2B revenue was up 6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Business-to-consumer (“B2C”) revenue was $8.5 million, down 11%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $28.2 million, which include an $11.6 million non-cash goodwill impairment, a cumulative adjustment of a non-cash depreciation charge of $1.5 million and a non-cash reduction of a contingent consideration of $1.8 million from the purchase of MDL in 2014 (collectively “Charges”), severance of $1.4 million, partially offset by the reversal of $0.7 million recorded in Q1 as a one-time sales tax provision. The Company recorded a goodwill impairment charge related to a series of acquisitions made in 2012 and 2014 that have since produced results that were lower than expected at the time of the acquisitions. In addition, the company took measures to reduce costs and incurred a $1.4 million severance related charge. Excluding these Charges, severance and reversal of the one-time sales tax provision, operating expenses for the fourth quarter decreased $0.3 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $11.6 million compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders of $0.3 million in the prior year period. The Company reported a basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.33) for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.01) for the prior year period.  Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.2 million compared to $2.0 million from the prior year period. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA primarily resulted from the decline in B2C subscription revenue offset by lower operating expenses from cost controls instituted during this year.

Business-to-Business Revenue

B2B revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $7.4 million, an increase of $27 thousand compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  The increase was the result of increased event revenue generated at The Deal and subscription revenue growth in BoardEx, completely offset by FX losses at BoardEx. Total B2B revenue was $7.8 million, up $0.4 million adjusted for the FX impact.

Business-to-Consumer Revenue

B2C revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $8.5 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 11%, from $9.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.  B2C subscription revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $5.3 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 16%, from $6.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.  This decrease primarily related to a 17% decline in the weighted-average number of subscriptions offset by a 1% increase in the average revenue recognized per subscription.  Average monthly churn (2) improved 10% from the fourth quarter of 2015. B2C media revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $3.1 million, flat compared to the prior year period.

Full Year Results

Revenue for the full year 2016 was $63.5 million, a decrease of $4.2 million, or 6%, from $67.7 million in the prior year.

B2B revenue including The Deal, BoardEx and RateWatch totaled $29.3 million up $0.3 million or 1% from the prior year. Exchange rate declines related to the depreciation of the Pound sterling, negatively impacted BoardEx revenue by $1.0 million. Adjusted for the negative impact of FX, total B2B revenue increased 5%.  B2C revenue was $34.2 million, down 12%, compared to the prior year. Substantially all the revenue decline occurred in premium newsletters which declined $4.2 million year over year primarily from a 14% decline in the number of subscriptions and a 2% decline in average rate per subscriber. B2C advertising revenue of $10.1 million remained flat as compared to full year 2015.

Operating expenses for the full year 2016 were $80.7 million, an increase of $12.8 million, or 19%, from $67.9 million in the prior year. Excluding the Charges mentioned in the Fourth Quarter Results above, severance of $1.6 million, restructuring charges of $1.0 million and a one-time sales tax expense of $0.7 million, operating expenses for full year 2016 decreased by $2.2 million, or 3%, as compared to the same period of the prior year.  Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the full year 2016 was $17.5 million compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.9 million in the prior year.  The Company reported basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.50) for the full year 2016 compared to a net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of ($0.06) for the prior year.  Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2016 was $2.8 million compared to $5.0 million for the prior year.

Net cash used in operating activities for the full year ending December 31, 2016 totaled $2.8 million, down $3.6 million as compared to the same period during the prior year. The change in net cash used in operating activities over the periods included an increased net loss which was partially offset by non-cash charges related to the goodwill impairment, deferred taxes, change in accrued earnout related to the purchase of MDL in 2014, and higher depreciation, all partially offset by the change in the balances of accrued expenses, and other receivables over the period. The Company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities of $23.4 million, as compared to $30.7 million at December 31, 2015.