CHICAGO, May 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (Nasdaq:IPDN), a developer and operator of online networks dedicated to serving diverse professionals in the United States and providing them with access to employment opportunities, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Professional Diversity Network recently completed an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its equity securities in March of 2013, raising approximately $19.5 million, net of offering costs.
During the first quarter of 2013, the Company achieved the following, which it believes establishes a foundation for long-term growth:
- Generated positive cash flow from operating activities of approximately $900,000 in the first quarter of 2013
- Commenced building a diversity client services team to support a new strategic partnership with the company with the world's largest professional network
- Entered into several non-exclusive diversity job distribution relationships with leading cultural organizations, including the NAACP, National Hispanic Nurses Association and Accessible.org
- Launched an internal sales force, which now comprises 21 diversity recruitment solutions sales consultants
- Continued membership growth across its various networks resulting in the Company surpassing the 2.5 million registered member threshold after the first quarter of 2013
"During the quarter, we successfully launched a new strategic partnership with the company with the world's largest professional network," commented Jim Kirsch, Chief Executive Officer. "Our number one priority is to foster this relationship and I'm encouraged we can do this in a highly effective manner. We believe our inaugural relationship recruitment campaign is off to a promising start based on the positive feedback we have already received from our strategic partner."
"With thousands of potential employer customers, we believe it also is important that we utilize our resources to build a first rate direct sales team to communicate with employers and enhance our reputation as a recognized leader in diversity recruitment throughout the nation," added Mr. Kirsch. "We believe that with over 2.5 million registered members, favorable market demographics and expected continued corporate spending increases for diversity recruitment, we are well-positioned for future growth."
First Quarter Financial Results:
The Company reported total revenue of $920,000 in the first quarter compared to $1.5 million in the same quarter in the prior year. The company generated positive cash flow of approximately $900,000 in the 2013 first quarter compared with approximately $1,085,000 in the same quarter last year. The year-over-year revenue difference is primarily due to the $500,000 per quarter fixed fee from the Company's strategic partner being 50% less than the fixed fee from its former partner. Despite the lower quarterly fixed fee, the Company believes that its new strategic partnership agreement addresses a significantly larger market opportunity allowing it to maximize shareholder value in the long term.
The Company reported a net loss for the quarter of $482,000 compared to net income of $706,000 during the same period one year ago. The lower year-over-year revenue combined with increased expenses of $1.15 million primarily related to increased marketing, client solution providers, infrastructure support for our new strategic partnership and the incremental costs of being a publicly-traded company all contributed to the loss. Fully diluted loss per share during the quarter was $(0.11) compared to $0.20 in the same fiscal period in 2012. The weighted average shares outstanding in the 2013 first quarter were 4,307,774.
On March 31, 2013, the Company had $20.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt, providing the financial support to execute management's short and long-term strategic initiatives. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the recent IPO to make acquisitions, for marketing to build brand awareness and membership, for product development, including investments in its product development team and the development of new features, and for future growth opportunities. Additionally, the Company is in the process of building out a direct sales force to access new recruiters, which now comprises 21 diversity recruitment solutions sales consultants.
"We believe our strong liquidity position with over $20 million and no debt enables us to fund the business during this transition period to our new strategic partner," concluded Kirsch.
The Company will host a conference call today, May 15, 2013, at 8:30 am ET for analysts and investors to discuss its recent financial results and operating initiatives. The conference call will be accessible by telephone and through simultaneous webcast via the internet. Interested investors can access the conference call by dialing (877) 941-0844 or by logging on to the Company's website at www.prodivnet.com, under the "Investor Relations" heading. The conference call replay will also be archived on the Company's website.
About Professional Diversity Network
Professional Diversity Network develops and operates online networks dedicated to serving diverse professionals in the United States and providing them with access to employment opportunities. Professional Diversity Network offers employers who value diversity an online platform in which to identify and acquire diverse talent for their hiring needs. Professional Diversity Network owns and operates professional networking communities including: www.iHispano.com for Hispanic Professionals, www.AMightyRiver.com for African American professionals, www.WomensCareerChannel.com for Female Professionals, www.Military2Career.com for Veterans, www.ProAble.com for Professionals with Disabilities, www.OutProNet.com for professionals in the Gay Community, and www.AsianCareerNetwork.com for Asian professionals.
For more information, visit: www.professionaldiversitynetwork.com
Safe Harbor under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This press release and the accompanying conference call contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning Professional Diversity Network, certain non-financial metrics, such as member growth, strategic acquisitions, earnings and cash flow projections, direct sales force development and Professional Diversity Network's business strategies. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to Professional Diversity Network, based on current beliefs of management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by words such as "may" "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "guidance," "intend," "may," "possible," "potential," "predict," "project" or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of Professional Diversity Network's control. Therefore, investors and shareholders should not place undue reliance on such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include Professional Diversity Network's ability to maintain its business relationships with its key customers; fluctuations in Professional Diversity Network's operating results from quarter to quarter, operating losses that Professional Diversity Network has sustained and may sustain; unanticipated changes and competition in the online recruitment market; unanticipated downturns in the economy; Professional Diversity Network's ability to generate recruitment revenue through direct sales, unexpected technical or marketing difficulties; unexpected claims, charges or litigation; and new laws and governmental regulations. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Investors and shareholders should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect Professional Diversity Network's business described in its Annual Report on Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date they were made. Professional Diversity Network does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
|Professional Diversity Network, Inc.|
|CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)|
| March 31, |
|December 31, 2012|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 20,513,060||$ 868,294|
|Marketable securities, at fair value||254,787||251,349|
|Total Current Assets||21,751,042||3,106,673|
|Property and equipment, net||54,104||34,863|
|Deferred offering costs - initial public offering||--||832,240|
|Developed technology, net||443,861||402,890|
|Total assets||$ 22,998,789||$ 5,126,448|
|Accounts payable||$ 301,574||$ 265,013|
|Total current liabilities||1,283,984||850,340|
|Notes payable - members, net of original issue discount of $0 and $138,256 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively||--||1,487,900|
|Deferred tax liability||195,737||--|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Common stock $0.01 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized, 6,318,227 and 3,487,847 shares issued and outstanding, as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012||63,182||34,878|
|Additional paid-in capital||21,932,761||2,751,827|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||4,941||1,503|
|Total stockholders' equity||21,519,068||2,788,208|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$ 22,998,789||$ 5,126,448|
|Professional Diversity Network, Inc.|
|CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME (Unaudited)|
| For the Three Months Ended |
|Recruitment services||$ 535,680||$ 1,000,000|
|Consumer advertising and marketing solutions revenue||384,123||514,661|
|Costs and expenses:|
|Cost of services||239,213||202,052|
|Sales and marketing||455,809||290,712|
|General and administrative||421,066||253,350|
|Depreciation and amortization||55,424||20,711|
|Gain on sale of property and equipment||(4,734)||--|
|Total costs and expenses||1,166,778||766,825|
|(Loss) income from operations||(246,975)||747,836|
|Other income (expense)|
|Interest and other income||5,225||3,282|
|Other expense, net||(149,912)||(41,755)|
|Change in fair value of derivative liability||110,808||--|
|(Loss) income before income taxes||$ (286,079)||$ 706,081|
|Income tax expense||195,737||--|
|Net (loss) income||$ (481,816)||$ 706,081|
|Other comprehensive income:|
|Net (loss) income||$ (481,816)||$ 706,081|
|Unrealized gains on marketable securities||3,438||25,834|
|Comprehensive (loss) income||$ (478,378)||$ 731,915|
|Unaudited Pro Forma Income Net (Loss) Income per Common Share:|
|Basic and diluted||$ (0.11)||$ 0.21|
|Shares used in computing pro forma net (loss) income per common share:|
|Basic and diluted||4,307,794||3,487,847|
|Pro-Forma Computation Related to Conversion to a C Corporation Upon Completion of Initial Public Offering|
|Historical Pre-Tax Net (Loss) Income Before Taxes||$ (286,079)||$ 706,081|
|Pro-forma Income Tax Provision||(164,370)||292,155|
|Pro-forma Net (Loss) Income||$ (121,709)||$ 413,926|
| For the Three Months Ended |
|Pro-Forma (Loss) Earnings Per Share - Basic and Diluted|
|Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding||4,307,794||3,487,847|
|(Loss) Earnings Per Share||$ (0.03)||$ 0.12|
CONTACT: Professional Diversity Network Myrna Newman, CFO 312-614-0931 firstname.lastname@example.org EVC Group Michael Polyviou - Investors 212-850-6020 email@example.com Janine McCargo - Media EVC Group 646-688-0425 firstname.lastname@example.orgSource:Professional Diversity Network, Inc.