Katapult Grows First Quarter Revenue 18% Year-Over-Year

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Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Year-Over-Year Gross Originations Growth Reiterates Full Year 2024 Outlook For At Least 10% Gross Originations and Revenue Growth

PLANO, Texas, May 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Katapult Holdings, Inc. (“Katapult” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: KPLT), an e-commerce-focused financial technology company, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

“We were able to deliver gross originations and revenue growth above our expectations, despite a challenging retail environment,” said Orlando Zayas, CEO of Katapult. “We continue to execute against the core tenets of our merchant and customer strategies, and our progress is showing up in our financial results. Our non-Wayfair gross originations grew 9% during the first quarter, Katapult Pay(R) gross originations grew by more than 150% and our repeat purchase rate remained strong at 56%. We are consistently launching features and capabilities that increase our value proposition for merchants, enhance the lease-to-own experience for customers and strengthen the resiliency of our business model. We believe we are well positioned for continued growth and we are looking forward to a great year.”

Operating Progress: Recent Highlights

  • Upgraded Katapult platform with integration of newest version of Shopify
  • Expanded relationships focused on growing direct merchant-partner pipeline
    • Launched Katapult Cartridge for B2C Commerce on Salesforce AppExchange
    • Made progress integrating with the requirements of the Synchrony digital waterfall application process, which will enable Synchrony’s retail partners to offer our LTO option to their customers
  • Continued to build momentum for Katapult Pay and our app
    • Katapult Pay gross originations grew more than 150% year-over-year
    • Launched Lowe’s in the Katapult marketplace; available for shopping using Katapult Pay as of May 7, 2024
  • Customer satisfaction remained high and Katapult had a Net Promoter Score of 65 as of March 31, 2024 and 55.9% of gross originations for the first quarter of 2024 came from repeat customers.1

First Quarter 2024 Financial Highlights

(All comparisons are year-over-year unless stated otherwise.)

  • Gross originations were $55.6 million, an increase of 1.6%
  • Total revenue was $65.1 million, an increase of 18.1%
  • Total operating expenses in the first quarter decreased 18.5%. Fixed cash operating expenses2 decreased approximately 20.6%
  • Net loss was $0.6 million for the first quarter of 2024 compared with net loss of $10.5 million reported for the first quarter of 2023.
  • Adjusted net income was $1.0 million for the first quarter of 2024, an improvement of $9.6 million compared to an adjusted net loss of $8.6 million reported for the first quarter of 2023
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 improved to positive $5.6 million for the first quarter of 2024 compared to an Adjusted EBITDA2 loss of $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2023
  • Katapult ended the quarter with total cash and cash equivalents of $37.6 million, which includes $6.3 million of restricted cash. The Company ended the quarter with $68.0 million of outstanding debt on its credit facility
  • Write-offs as a percentage of revenue were 8.4% in the first quarter of 2024 and are at the low end of the Company’s 8% to 10% long-term target range. This is a 40 bps improvement compared with 8.8% in the first quarter of 2023.

[1] Repeat customer rate is defined as the percentage of in-quarter originations from existing customers. [2] Please refer to the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measure and Certain Other Data” section and the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation tables below for more information.

Second Quarter and Full Year 2024 Business Outlook

The Company is continuing to navigate an evolving macro environment and it is unclear if interest rates will move lower this year given recent inflation trends. At the same time, our results lead us to believe that our customer is generally resilient. As a result, it's difficult to assess what, if any impact these dynamics will ultimately have on our core consumer, and what, if any impact these dynamics will have on prime lending standards and the US consumer’s access to credit. We continue to believe that we have a large addressable market of underserved, non-prime consumers, and it’s important to note that lease-to-own solutions have historically benefited when prime credit options become less available.

Based on these dynamics and the operating plan in place for the full year 2024, Katapult expects to deliver the following results for the second quarter of 2024:

  • 3 to 5% year-over-year increase in gross originations, which reflects the ongoing headwinds in the home furnishings retail category
  • 8 to 10% year-over-year increase in revenue
  • Continued improvement in Adjusted EBITDA performance compared with the second quarter of last year, despite an expectation for fixed cash operating expenses to increase slightly year-over-year as we invest in new growth initiatives

For full year 2024, Katapult is reiterating the following outlook:

  • We expect to continue to expand our customer base and acquire new customers
  • Year-over-year growth in gross originations is expected to continue. For the full year we expect gross originations to grow at a rate of at least 10% and believe that our first quarter performance was the low point for the year.This outlook does not include any material impact from prime creditors tightening or loosening above us and assumes that there are no significant changes to the macro environment. Our outlook also assumes the retail environment for home furnishings begins to normalize. The Company also expects gross originations to improve sequentially in the second half of 2024 compared to the first half of 2024 driven by growth in direct merchant originations and originations coming through Katapult Pay.
  • We also expect to maintain strong credit quality in our portfolio. This will be driven by ongoing enhancements to our risk modeling, onboarding high quality new merchants through direct integrations, and repeat customers engaging with Katapult Pay
  • Revenue growth is expected to be at least 10%
  • Finally with the continued execution of our disciplined expense management strategy combined with our growing top-line we expect to deliver another year of Adjusted EBITDA growth. We also expect Adjusted EBITDA to follow the seasonal patterns that we have seen historically.

"During the first quarter we faced retail headwinds, but as expected, we picked up momentum as the quarter progressed,” said Nancy Walsh, CFO of Katapult. “Each month we improved year-over-year gross originations growth and this performance, coupled with our strong revenue growth, lease portfolio quality, and our disciplined expense management, allowed us to improve Adjusted EBITDA substantially year-over-year. We are on track to deliver a minimum of 10% gross originations and revenue growth for 2024 as we continue to scale our financial model.”

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and webcast at 8:00 AM ET on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, to discuss the Company’s financial results. Related presentation materials will be available before the call on the Company’s Investor Relations page at https://ir.katapultholdings.com. The conference call will be broadcast live in listen-only mode and an archive of the webcast will be available for one year.

About Katapult

Katapult is a technology driven lease-to-own platform that integrates with omnichannel retailers and e-commerce platforms to power the purchasing of everyday durable goods for underserved U.S. non-prime consumers. Through our point-of-sale (POS) integrations and innovative mobile app featuring Katapult Pay(R), consumers who may be unable to access traditional financing can shop a growing network of merchant partners. Our process is simple, fast, and transparent. We believe that seeing the good in people is good for business, humanizing the way underserved consumers get the things they need with payment solutions based on fairness and dignity.

Contact

Jennifer Kull VP of Investor Relations ir@katapult.com 

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this Press Release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “design,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potentially,” “predict,” “should,” “will,” “would,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions.. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our second quarter 2024 and full year 2024 business outlook and underlying assumptions These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this Press Release, and on the current expectations of Katapult’s management and are not predictions of actual performance.

These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of Katapult. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the execution of Katapult’s business strategy, launching new product offerings and new brands and expanding information and technology capabilities; Katapult’s market opportunity and its ability to acquire new customers and retain existing customers; adoption and success of our mobile application featuring Katapult Pay; the timing and impact of our growth initiatives on our future financial performance and the impact of our new executive hires and brand strategy; anticipated occurrence and timing of prime lending tightening and impact on our results of operations; general economic conditions in the markets where Katapult operates, the cyclical nature of customer spending, and seasonal sales and spending patterns of customers; risks relating to factors affecting consumer spending that are not under Katapult’s control, including, among others, levels of employment, disposable consumer income, inflation, prevailing interest rates, consumer debt and availability of credit, pandemics (such as COVID-19), consumer confidence in future economic conditions, political conditions, and consumer perceptions of personal well-being and security and willingness and ability of customers to pay for the goods they lease through Katapult when due; risks relating to uncertainty of Katapult’s estimates of market opportunity and forecasts of market growth; risks related to the concentration of a significant portion of our transaction volume with a single merchant partner, or type of merchant or industry; the effects of competition on Katapult’s future business; meet future liquidity requirements and complying with restrictive covenants related to our long-term indebtedness; the impact of unstable market and economic conditions such as rising inflation and interest rates; reliability of Katapult’s platform and effectiveness of its risk model; data security breaches or other information technology incidents or disruptions, including cyber-attacks, and the protection of confidential, proprietary, personal and other information, including personal data of customers; ability to attract and retain employees, executive officers or directors; effectively respond to general economic and business conditions; obtain additional capital, including equity or debt financing and servicing our indebtedness; enhance future operating and financial results; anticipate rapid technological changes, including generative artificial intelligence and other new technologies; comply with laws and regulations applicable to Katapult’s business, including laws and regulations related to rental purchase transactions; stay abreast of modified or new laws and regulations applying to Katapult’s business, including with respect to rental purchase transactions and privacy regulations; maintain and grow relationships with merchants and partners; respond to uncertainties associated with product and service developments and market acceptance; the impacts of new U.S. federal income tax laws; that Katapult has identified material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting which, if not remediated, could affect the reliability of its condensed consolidated financial statements; successfully defend litigation; litigation, regulatory matters, complaints, adverse publicity and/or misconduct by employees, vendors and/or service providers; and other events or factors, including those resulting from civil unrest, war, foreign invasions (including the conflict involving Russia and Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas conflict), terrorism, public health crises and pandemics (such as COVID-19), or responses to such events; Katapult’s ability to meet the minimum requirements for continued listing on the Nasdaq Global Market; the effects of the reverse stock split on our common stock; and those factors discussed in greater detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Katapult’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 that Katapult filed with the SEC.

If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that Katapult does not presently know or that Katapult currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this Press Release. All forward-looking statements contained herein are based on information available to Katapult as of the date hereof, and Katapult does not assume any obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events, except as required by law.

Key Performance Metrics

Katapult regularly reviews several metrics, including the following key metrics, to evaluate its business, measure its performance, identify trends affecting our business, formulate financial projections and make strategic decisions, which may also be useful to an investor: gross originations, total revenue, gross profit, adjusted gross profit and adjusted EBITDA.

Gross originations are defined as the retail price of the merchandise associated with lease-purchase agreements entered into during the period through the Katapult platform. Gross originations do not represent revenue earned. However, we believe this is a useful operating metric for both Katapult’s management and investors to use in assessing the volume of transactions that take place on Katapult’s platform.

Total revenue represents the summation of rental revenue and other revenue. Katapult measures this metric to assess the total view of pay through performance of its customers. Management believes looking at these components is useful to an investor as it helps to understand the total payment performance of customers.

Gross profit represents total revenue less cost of revenue, and is a measure presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). See the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section below for a description and presentation of adjusted gross profit and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures utilized by management.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial measures presented in this press release and related conference call or webcast in accordance with GAAP, the Company also presents the following non-GAAP and other measures of financial performance: adjusted gross profit, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income/(loss) and fixed cash operating expenses. The Company believes that for management and investors to more effectively compare core performance from period to period, the non-GAAP measures should exclude items that are not indicative of our results from ongoing business operations. The Company urges investors to consider non-GAAP measures only in conjunction with its GAAP financials and to review the reconciliation of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures to its comparable GAAP financial measures, which are included in this press release.

Adjusted gross profit represents gross profit less variable operating expenses, which are servicing costs, and underwriting fees. Management believes that adjusted gross profit provides a meaningful understanding of one aspect of its performance specifically attributable to total revenue and the variable costs associated with total revenue.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that is defined as net loss before interest expense and other fees, interest income, change in fair value of warrant liability, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization on property and equipment and capitalized software, provision of impairment of leased assets, loss on partial extinguishment of debt and stock-based compensation expense.

Adjusted net income/(loss) is a non-GAAP measure that is defined as net loss before change in fair value of warrant liability and stock-based compensation expense.

Fixed cash operating expenses is a non-GAAP measure that is defined as operating expenses less depreciation and amortization on property and equipment and capitalized software, stock-based compensation expense and variable lease costs such as servicing costs and underwriting fees. Management believes that fixed cash operating expenses provides a meaningful understanding of non-variable ongoing expenses.

Adjusted gross profit, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income/(loss) are useful to an investor in evaluating the Company’s performance because these measures:

  • Are widely used to measure a company’s operating performance;
  • Are financial measurements that are used by rating agencies, lenders and other parties to evaluate the Company’s credit worthiness; and
  • Are used by the Company’s management for various purposes, including as measures of performance and as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting.

Management believes the use of non-GAAP financial measures, as a supplement to GAAP measures, is useful to investors in that they eliminate items that are not part of our core operations, highly variable or do not require a cash outlay, such as stock-based compensation expense. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures when evaluating operating performance and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures help indicate underlying trends in the business, are important in comparing current results with prior period results and are useful to investors and financial analysts in assessing operating performance. However, these non-GAAP measures exclude items that are significant in understanding and assessing Katapult’s financial results. Therefore, these measures should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to revenue, net loss, gross profit, cash flows from operations or other measures of profitability, liquidity or performance under GAAP. You should be aware that Katapult’s presentation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Reverse Stock Split

All share and per share amounts in the condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss and condensed consolidated balance sheets have been retroactively adjusted for all periods presented to give effect to the reverse stock split that was effective as of July 27, 2023.

KATAPULT HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (amounts in thousands, except per share data)(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
   2024   2023 
    (As Restated)
Revenue    
Rental revenue $64,142  $54,131 
Other revenue  919   952 
Total revenue  65,061   55,083 
Cost of revenue  48,573   43,213 
Gross profit  16,488   11,870 
Operating expenses  12,688   15,567 
Income (loss) from operations  3,800   (3,697)
Loss on partial extinguishment of debt     (2,391)
Interest expense and other fees  (4,527)  (5,189)
Interest income  324   620 
Change in fair value of warrant liability  (162)  132 
Loss before income taxes  (565)  (10,525)
Provision for income taxes  (5)  (20)
Net loss $(570) $(10,545)
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic and diluted  4,242   3,973 
     
Net loss per common share - basic and diluted $(0.13) $(2.65)
 

KATAPULT HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 March 31, December 31,
  2024  2023
 (unaudited)  
ASSETS   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$31,232  $21,408 
Restricted cash 6,339   7,403 
Property held for lease, net of accumulated depreciation and impairment 57,575   59,335 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,461   4,491 
Litigation insurance reimbursement receivable 5,000   5,000 
Total current assets 103,607   97,637 
Property and equipment, net 295   327 
Security deposits 91   91 
Capitalized software and intangible assets, net 1,811   1,919 
Right-of-use assets 812   888 
Total assets$106,616  $100,862 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$1,657  $903 
Accrued liabilities 20,023   24,146 
Accrued litigation settlement 12,000   12,000 
Term loan     
Unearned revenue 5,156   4,949 
Lease liabilities 334   297 
Total current liabilities 39,170   42,295 
Revolving line of credit 67,631   60,347 
Term loan, non-current 26,519   25,503 
Other liabilities 257   95 
Lease liabilities, non-current 522   614 
Total liabilities 134,099   128,854 
STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT   
Common stock, 0.0001 par value-- 250,000,000 shares authorized; 4,105,645 and 4,072,713 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively     
Additional paid-in capital 95,623   94,544 
Accumulated deficit (123,106)  (122,536)
Total stockholders' deficit (27,483)  (27,992)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit$106,616  $100,862 
 

KATAPULT HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)(dollars in thousands)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2024 2023
   (As Restated)
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net loss$(570) $(10,545)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization 34,026   29,677 
Net book value of property held for lease buyouts 7,613   6,747 
Impairment on property held for lease expense 5,636   5,258 
Change in fair value of warrants liability 162   (132)
Stock-based compensation 1,391   2,090 
Loss on partial extinguishment of debt    2,391 
Amortization of debt discount 669   1,093 
Amortization of debt issuance costs, net 66   81 
Accrued PIK Interest 347   530 
Amortization of right-of-use assets 76   98 
Change in operating assets and liabilities:   
Property held for lease (45,249)  (43,299)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,029   3,109 
Accounts payable 754   252 
Accrued liabilities (4,123)  (594)
Lease liabilities (55)  (112)
Unearned revenues 208   450 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 1,980   (2,906)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Purchases of property and equipment    (4)
Additions to capitalized software (126)  (297)
Net cash used in investing activities (126)  (301)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Proceeds from revolving line of credit 10,058   4,350 
Principal repayments on revolving line of credit (2,840)  (872)
Principal repayment on term loan    (25,000)
Repurchases of restricted stock (312)  (163)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 6,906   (21,685)
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 8,760   (24,892)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period 28,811   69,841 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period$37,571  $44,949 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:   
Cash paid for interest$3,382  $3,459 
Cash paid for income taxes$112  $2 
Deferred financing costs included in accrued liabilities$  $493 
Issuance of warrants to purchase common stock in connection with debt refinancing$  $4,060 
Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities$  $1,139 
Cash paid for operating leases$82  $126 
 

KATAPULT HOLDINGS, INC.RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES AND CERTAIN OTHER DATA (UNAUDITED)(amounts in thousands)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024 2023
    (As Restated)
Total revenue $65,061 $55,083
Cost of revenue  48,573  43,213
Gross profit  16,488  11,870
Less:    
Servicing costs  1,132  990
Underwriting fees  509  468
Adjusted gross profit $14,847 $10,412

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024  2023 
    (As Restated)
Net loss $(570) $(10,545)
Add back:    
Interest expense and other fees  4,527   5,189 
Interest income  (324)  (620)
Change in fair value of warrant liability  162   (132)
Provision for income taxes  5   20 
Depreciation and amortization on property and equipment and capitalized software  266   197 
Provision for impairment of leased assets  173   424 
Loss on partial extinguishment of debt     2,391 
Stock-based compensation expense  1,391   2,090 
Adjusted EBITDA $5,630  $(986)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024 2023
    (As Restated)
Net loss $(570) $(10,545)
Add back:    
Change in fair value of warrant liability  162   (132)
Stock-based compensation expense  1,391   2,090 
Adjusted net income (loss) $983  $(8,587)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
   2024  2023
    (As Restated)
Total operating expenses $12,688 $15,567
Less:    
Depreciation and amortization on property and equipment and capitalized software  266  197
Stock-based compensation expense  1,391  2,090
Servicing costs  1,132  990
Underwriting fees  509  468
Fixed cash operating expenses $9,390 $11,822

CERTAIN KEY PERFORMANCE METRICS

(in thousands)Three Months Ended March 31,
 2024 2023
   (As Restated)
Total revenue$65,061 $55,083
      

KATAPULT HOLDINGS, INC.GROSS ORIGINATIONS BY QUARTER

  Gross Originations by Quarter
($ millions) Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
FY 2024 $55.6 $ $ $
FY 2023 $54.7 $54.7 $49.6 $67.5
FY 2022 $46.7 $46.4 $44.1 $59.8
FY 2021 $63.8 $64.4 $61.0 $58.9
FY 2020 $37.2 $77.6 $60.5 $61.1

 

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