CORRECTION to Certain Line Items Within the Adjusted EBITDA Table — Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Reports Q1 2021 Results


75% Q1 net revenue growth year-over-year reinforces outlook for 2021

Fully integrated business model driving revenue growth and profitability

COS COB, Conn., May 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a release issued under the same headline earlier today by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) please note that certain changes were made in the Adjusted EBITDA table, specifically in the following lines: Film library and program rights amortization, Share-based compensation expense and Reserve for bad debt and video returns.  The corrected release follows:

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE), one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

“Our first quarter results are a good start on our growth plans for the year, and we’ve made outstanding progress on our strategy so far in 2021,” said William J. Rouhana Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “Our performance is starting to show the power of our now fully integrated business model focused on delivering original and exclusive content to our growing AVOD networks, reflected in strong growth in net revenue and EBITDA.

“In just over five months’ time, we will have significantly expanded our content library while greatly expanding our capabilities to create and deliver new content,” Rouhana continued. “We’ve also announced a new company-branded AVOD network and our new television production unit, Halcyon, and continued to aggressively implement our viewership growth strategy, which will include the launch of an enhanced user experience and platform over the summer. At the same time, we continue to grow our fully-owned library through our strong pipeline of original and exclusive content. With these developments in place, 2021 is shaping up to be a game-changing year for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Summary

  • Net revenue of $23.2 million, compared to $20.2 million in the seasonally high fourth quarter of 2020, and $13.2 million in the year-ago period. The 75% year-over-year growth was driven by strong performances of original content releases and international and advertising sales.
  • Net loss of $9.2 million compared to a net loss of $10.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, and a net loss of $11.4 million in the year-ago period; $6.9 million net loss before preferred dividends, compared to $8.9 million net loss in the fourth quarter 2020, and $10.5 million net loss in the year-ago period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $4.6 million, compared to $2.8 million in the fourth quarter 2020, and $2.0 million in the year-ago period. The 124% year-over-year growth was enhanced by efficiencies and cost savings associated with the fully integrated business model.

Recent Business Highlights

  • First company produced film, Willy’s Wonderland, was ranked as the #1 horror movie on Amazon for a period in the first quarter.
  • Crackle Plus viewership in March 2021 reached its highest level since the shelter-in-place peak of April 2020.
  • Announced the largest content deal in company history with the pending acquisition of the Sonar Entertainment assets, which, when consummated, will add IP rights to 372 television series with 1,825 episodes and over 700 films, to an already-robust library.
  • Presented a diverse new slate of original and exclusive content at NewFronts, which includes numerous exciting, star-studded titles.
  • Announced Halcyon, a new television studio to be headed by David Ellender, which will grow the high-quality content pipeline.
  • Announced launch of Chicken Soup for the Soul AVOD network that aligns with the company brand and mission.

Gross profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was $7.0 million, or 30% of net revenue, compared to $5.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, or 29% of net revenue, and compared to $3.3 million, or 25% of net revenue for the year-ago period.

Operating loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was $5.8 million compared to an operating loss of $9.9 million in the fourth quarter 2020, and $10.0 million in the year-ago period.

Net loss was $9.2 million, or $0.67 per share, compared to a net loss of $10.1 million, or $0.79 per share, in the fourth quarter 2020, and a net loss of $11.4 million, or $0.95 per share in the prior-year period. Excluding preferred dividends, the net loss in the first quarter of 2021 would have been $6.9 million, or $0.51 per share, compared to net loss of $10.5 million, or $0.87 per share last year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was $4.6 million, compared to $2.8 million in the fourth quarter 2020, and $2.0 million in the same period last year.

As of March 31, 2021, the company had $24.6 million of cash and cash equivalents compared to $14.7 million as of December 31, 2020, and outstanding debt of $31.2 million as of March 31, 2021 compared to $33.6 million as of December 31, 2020.

For a discussion of the financial measures presented herein which are not calculated or presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), see “Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below and the schedules to this press release for additional information and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures.

The company presents non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA to assist in an analysis of its business. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered an alternative to GAAP measures as an indicator of the company’s operating performance.

Conference Call Information

  • Date, Time: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 4:30 p.m. ET.
  • Toll-free: (833) 832-5128
  • International: (484) 747-6583
  • Conference ID: 9352518
  • A live webcast and replay will be available at under the “News & Events” tab

Conference Call Replay Information

  • Toll-free: (855) 859-2056
  • International: (404) 537-3406
  • Conference ID: 9352518

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) operates streaming video-on-demand networks (VOD). The company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad-supported and subscription-based VOD networks including Crackle, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids, Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, Chicken Soup for the Soul Unscripted,, and Halcyon Television. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The company’s consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). It uses a non-GAAP financial measure to evaluate its results of operations and as a supplemental indicator of operating performance. The non-GAAP financial measure that is used is Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by Regulation G promulgated by the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Management believes this non-GAAP financial measure enhances the understanding of the company’s historical and current financial results and enables the board of directors and management to analyze and evaluate financial and strategic planning decisions that will directly affect operating decisions and investments. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items or by non-cash items. This non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, the company’s actual operating results included in its condensed consolidated financial statements.

“Adjusted EBITDA” means earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash share-based compensation expense, and also includes the gain on bargain purchase of subsidiary and adjustments for other identified charges such as costs incurred to form the company and to prepare for the offering of its Class A common stock to the public, prior to its IPO. Identified charges also include the cost of maintaining a board of directors prior to being a publicly traded company. As the IPO has been completed, director fees will be deducted from Adjusted EBITDA going forward. Adjusted EBITDA is not an earnings measure recognized by GAAP and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP; accordingly, Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA to be a meaningful indicator of the company’s performance that provides useful information to investors regarding its financial condition and results of operations. The most comparable GAAP measure is operating income.

A reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA is provided in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Reconciliation of Unaudited Historical Results to Adjusted EBITDA.”

This press release includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks (including those set forth in the Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2021) and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements. The company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the company’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based. Investors should realize that if our underlying assumptions for the projections contained herein prove inaccurate or that known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from our expectations and projections.

Taylor Krafchik

Kate Barrette
RooneyPartners LLC
(212) 223-0561

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
       March 31,      December 31,
    2021   2020
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 24,569,875     $ 14,732,726  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $821,070, and $1,035,643, respectively     26,854,738       25,996,947  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,612,155       1,382,502  
Goodwill     21,448,106       21,448,106  
Indefinite lived intangible assets     12,163,943       12,163,943  
Intangible assets, net     18,165,038       19,370,490  
Film library, net     38,709,850       35,239,135  
Due from affiliated companies     4,389,378       5,648,652  
Programming costs and rights, net     13,841,702       15,781,183  
Other assets, net     4,476,459       4,517,102  
Total assets   $ 166,231,244     $ 156,280,786  
9.50% Notes due 2025, net of deferred issuance costs of $1,699,544 and $1,798,433, respectively   $ 31,196,356     $ 31,097,467  
Notes payable under revolving credit facility           2,500,000  
Film acquisition advance     6,195,174       8,659,136  
Accounts payable and accrued other expenses     20,884,463       21,394,957  
Film library acquisition obligations     14,854,918       8,616,562  
Programming obligations     2,804,125       4,697,316  
Accrued participation costs     7,529,515       12,535,651  
Other liabilities     2,767,892       1,677,906  
Total liabilities     86,232,443       91,178,995  
Stockholders’ Equity:            
Series A cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred stock, $.0001 par value, liquidation preference of $25.00 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized; 3,698,318 and 2,098,318 shares issued and outstanding, respectively; redemption value of $92,457,950 and $52,457,950, respectively     370       210  
Class A common stock, $.0001 par value, 70,000,000 shares authorized; 6,400,766 and 5,157,053 shares issued, 6,326,531 and 5,082,818 shares outstanding, respectively     640       516  
Class B common stock, $.0001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized; 7,654,506 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     766       766  
Additional paid-in capital     166,865,655       106,425,548  
Deficit     (86,235,901 )     (77,247,982 )
Class A common stock held in treasury, at cost (74,235 shares)     (632,729 )     (632,729 )
Total stockholders’ equity     79,998,801       28,546,329  
Subsidiary convertible preferred stock           36,350,000  
Noncontrolling interests           205,462  
Total equity     79,998,801       65,101,791  
   Total liabilities and equity   $ 166,231,244     $ 156,280,786  
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021   2020
Net revenue   $ 23,196,842     $ 13,244,073  
Cost of revenue     16,242,934       9,910,390  
Gross profit     6,953,908       3,333,683  
Operating expenses:            
Selling, general and administrative     9,234,819       6,839,897  
Amortization and depreciation     1,238,027       5,204,728  
Management and license fees     2,319,684       1,324,407  
Total operating expenses     12,792,530       13,369,032  
Operating loss     (5,838,622 )     (10,035,349 )
Interest expense     1,087,944       329,125  
Acquisition-related costs           98,926  
Other non-operating income, net     (570 )     (6,438 )
Loss before income taxes and preferred dividends     (6,925,996 )     (10,456,962 )
Provision for income taxes     14,000       49,000  
Net loss before noncontrolling interests and preferred dividends     (6,939,996 )     (10,505,962 )
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests           (52,854 )
Net loss attributable to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc.     (6,939,996 )     (10,453,108 )
Less: preferred dividends     2,253,385       974,272  
Net loss available to common stockholders   $ (9,193,381 )   $ (11,427,380 )
Net loss per common share:            
Basic and diluted   $ (0.67 )   $ (0.95 )
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc.
Adjusted EBITDA
    Three Months Ended March 31,
       2021        2020  
Net loss available to common stockholders   $ (9,193,381 )   $ (11,427,380 )
Preferred dividends     2,253,385       974,272  
Provision for income taxes     14,000       49,000  
Other taxes     84,493       53,411  
Interest expense     1,087,944       329,125  
Film library and program rights amortization     6,928,667       2,494,832  
Share-based compensation expense     231,844       244,835  
Acquisition-related costs           98,926  
Reserve for bad debt and video returns     694,212       1,721,595  
Amortization and depreciation     1,621,360       5,204,728  
Other non-operating income, net     (570 )     (6,438 )
Transitional expenses           2,113,469  
All other nonrecurring costs     840,050       186,948  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 4,562,004     $ 2,037,323