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1stDibs Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

NEW YORK, Nov. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIBS), a leading online marketplace for luxury design products ("1stDibs" or the "Company"), today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenue was $22.7 million, a decrease of 11% year-over-year.
  • Gross profit was $15.5 million, a decrease of 14% year-over-year.
  • Gross margin was 68.0%, compared to 70.6% in the third quarter 2021.
  • GAAP net loss was $9.0 million compared to a net loss of $6.6 million in the third quarter 2021.
  • Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin was $(5.5) million and (24.0)%, respectively, compared to $(5.4) million and (21.0)%, respectively, in the third quarter 2021.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $158.0 million as of September 30, 2022.

“Strength in high-value orders and recent cost reductions helped us deliver results above the high end of our guidance range,” said David Rosenblatt, 1stDibs Chief Executive Officer. "We are focused on improving efficiency and building out the drivers of our long-term growth. Our trusted brand, world-class supply, and custom-built technology platform are rare and durable assets that give us deep confidence in the future, despite near-term headwinds."

Tom Etergino, Chief Financial Officer of 1stDibs said, “Our cost reduction efforts are showing tangible progress, with adjusted EBITDA margins improving sequentially. We are becoming consistently more efficient, and are managing the business so that when the cycle turns, we emerge with more growth drivers and a leaner cost structure.”

Other Recent Business Highlights and Third Quarter Key Operating Metrics

  • In September 2022, we announced and implemented a restructuring plan to reduce operational costs and realign investment priorities involving the reduction of approximately 10% of the Company’s workforce. As a result of the reduction, we incurred approximately $0.6 million in non-recurring restructuring charges.
  • GMV was $99 million, a decrease of 9% year-over-year.
  • Number of Orders was approximately 35K, a decrease of 6% year-over-year.
  • Active Buyers was approximately 68K, a decrease of 5% year-over-year.

Financial Guidance and Outlook
The Company’s fourth quarter 2022 guidance is below.

 Q4 2022 Guidance
GMV$96 million - $103 million
Net revenue$22.2 million - $23.3 million
Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP)(24%) - (20%)

Actual results may differ materially from our Financial Guidance and Outlook as a result of, among other things, the factors described under “Forward-Looking Statements” below.

A reconciliation of our non-GAAP guidance measure (adjusted EBITDA) to a corresponding GAAP guidance measure is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, expenses that may be incurred in the future. Stock-based compensation expense is impacted by the timing of employee stock transactions, the future fair market value of our common stock, and our future hiring and retention needs, all of which are difficult to predict and subject to change. We have provided a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures in the financial statement tables for our historical non-GAAP financial results included in this press release.

Webcast Information
1stDibs will host a webcast to discuss its third quarter 2022 financial results today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors and participants can access the webcast at the 1stDibs Investor Relations website ( A replay of the webcast will be available through the same link following the webcast, for one year thereafter.

Disclosure Information
In compliance with disclosure obligations under Regulation FD, 1stDibs announces material information to the public through a variety of means, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, company blog posts, public conference calls and webcasts, as well as the investor relations website.

About 1stDibs
1stDibs is a leading online marketplace for connecting design lovers with highly coveted sellers and makers of vintage, antique, and contemporary furniture, home décor, art, jewelry, watches and fashion.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Miller

Investor Relations Contact:
Kevin LaBuz

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal and state securities laws. All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as: "accelerate," "anticipate," "believe," "can," "contemplate," "continue," "could," "demand," "estimate," "expand," "expect," "focus," "intend," "may," "might," "objective," "ongoing," "opportunity," "outlook," "plan," "potential," "predict," "progress," "project," "should," "target," "will," "would," or the negative of these terms, or other comparable terminology or similar expressions intended to identify statements about the future.

These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the following: (1) our continued efforts to lay the foundation for future growth; (2) our focus on efficiency and steps to align our expenses to current demand and the impact thereof; and (3) our future results of operations and financial position, including our financial guidance and outlook. We cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will be accurate. Forward-looking statements are based on current of future events and if these prove to be inaccurate, actual results could vary materially from our expectations and projections. Investors are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from those discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the following: (1) our ability to execute our business plan and strategies to achieve our strategic initiatives; (2) our ability to achieve future growth; (3) risks related to our evaluation of multiple alternatives, including the outcome, if any, of such evaluation process, and market perception of, or reaction to, the foregoing; (4) our ability to enhance GMV growth and shareholder value; (5) our ability to effectively manage costs; (6) macroeconomic conditions or geopolitical events or similar risks; and (7) the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and our response to it, as well as other risks, uncertainties, and other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022, and other periodic reports and filings we make with the SEC. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Key Operating Metrics Definitions

Gross Merchandise Value

We define GMV as the total dollar value from items sold by our sellers through 1stDibs in a given month, minus cancellations within that month, and excluding shipping and sales taxes. GMV includes all sales reported to us by our sellers, whether transacted through the 1stDibs marketplace or reported as an offline sale. We view GMV as a measure of the total economic activity generated by our online marketplace, and as an indicator of the scale and growth of our online marketplace and the health of our ecosystem. Our historical growth rates for GMV may not be indicative of future growth rates in GMV.

Number of Orders

We define Number of Orders as the total number of orders placed or reported through the 1stDibs marketplace in a given month, minus cancellations within that month. Our historical growth rates for Number of Orders may not be indicative of future growth rates in Number of Orders.

Active Buyers

We define Active Buyers as buyers who have made at least one purchase through our online marketplace during the 12 months ended on the last day of the period presented, net of cancellations. A buyer is identified by a unique email address; thus an Active Buyer could have more than one account if they were to use a separate unique email address to set up each account. We believe this metric reflects scale, engagement and brand awareness, and our ability to convert user activity on our online marketplace into transactions. Our historical growth rates for Active Buyers may not be indicative of future growth rates in new Active Buyers.

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 September 30, 2022 December 31, 2021
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$157,995  $168,226 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $72 and $29 at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively 681   701 
Prepaid expenses 5,088   3,951 
Receivables from payment processors 2,772   2,142 
Other current assets 2,595   867 
Total current assets 169,131   175,887 
Property and equipment, net 4,023   4,459 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 22,636    
Goodwill 4,013   7,202 
Intangible assets, net 10   1,164 
Other assets 3,564   3,542 
Total assets$203,377  $192,254 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$2,545  $4,729 
Payables due to sellers 9,248   10,225 
Accrued expenses 12,503   13,745 
Operating lease liabilities, current 2,707    
Other current liabilities 3,170   3,512 
Total current liabilities 30,173   32,211 
Operating lease liabilities, non-current 22,436    
Other liabilities 69   2,605 
Total liabilities 52,678   34,816 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders’ equity:   
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; zero shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021     
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 400,000,000 shares authorized as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 38,896,451 and 38,000,086 shares issued as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively; and 38,896,451 and 37,991,529 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively 384   380 
Additional paid-in capital 434,975   425,769 
Accumulated deficit (284,159)  (268,482)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (501)  (229)
Total stockholders’ equity 150,699   157,438 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$203,377  $192,254 


(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2022   2021   2022   2021 
Net revenue$22,729  $25,576  $73,892  $75,801 
Cost of revenue 7,278   7,515   22,908   21,861 
Gross profit 15,451   18,061   50,984   53,940 
Operating expenses:       
Sales and marketing 11,072   12,863   34,139   35,652 
Technology development 6,363   4,775   18,711   13,261 
General and administrative 6,731   6,079   20,635   15,229 
Provision for transaction losses 1,183   1,270   4,432   3,786 
Gain on sale of Design Manager       (9,684)   
Total operating expenses 25,349   24,987   68,233   67,928 
Loss from operations (9,898)  (6,926)  (17,249)  (13,988)
Other income (expense), net:       
Interest income 520   57   746   92 
Interest expense (3)  (3)  (11)  (12)
Other, net 353   285   837   1,032 
Total other income (expense), net 870   339   1,572   1,112 
Net loss before income taxes (9,028)  (6,587)  (15,677)  (12,876)
Provision for income taxes           
Net loss (9,028)  (6,587)  (15,677)  (12,876)
Accretion of redeemable convertible preferred stock to redemption value          (7,061)
Net loss attributable to common$(9,028) $(6,587) $(15,677) $(19,937)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted$(0.23) $(0.17) $(0.41) $(0.90)
Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic and diluted 38,668,231   37,832,796   38,291,977   22,066,629 


(Amounts in thousands)

 Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2022   2021 
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net loss$(15,677) $(12,876)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization 2,189   2,399 
Stock-based compensation expense 7,662   1,831 
Change in fair value of deferred acquisition consideration    427 
Provision for transaction losses and eCommerce returns 277   320 
Amortization of costs to obtain revenue contracts 233   350 
Amortization of operating lease right-of-use assets 1,891    
Deferred rent    (146)
Gain on sale of Design Manager (9,684)   
Other, net 517   75 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable (151)  (59)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (1,448)  (2,822)
Receivables from payment processors (619)  (957)
Other assets (602)  (113)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (3,692)  1,633 
Payables due to sellers (977)  4,615 
Operating lease liabilities (2,036)   
Other current liabilities and other liabilities (293)  (195)
Net cash used in operating activities (22,410)  (5,518)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Development of internal-use software (1,688)  (1,605)
Purchases of property and equipment (84)  (93)
Proceeds from sale of Design Manager 14,611    
Other, net (18)  (13)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 12,821   (1,711)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Proceeds from issuance of common stock in initial public offering, net of underwriting discounts and commissions    122,993 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,548   2,229 
Payment of deferred acquisition consideration    (640)
Payment of deferred offering costs    (5,032)
Net cash provided by financing activities 1,548   119,550 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash (689)  (89)
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash (8,730)  112,232 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period 171,559   58,195 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of the period$162,829  $170,427 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

In this press release, we provide Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure that represents our net loss adjusted to exclude: (1) depreciation and amortization; (2) stock-based compensation expense; (3) other income (expense), net; (4) provision for income taxes; (5) gain on sale of business and; (6) restructuring charges. We also provide Adjusted EBITDA Margin, a non-GAAP financial measure that presents Adjusted EBITDA divided by net revenue. Below is a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

We have included Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures, because they are key measures used by our management team to help us to assess our operating performance and the operating leverage in our business. We also use these measures to analyze our financial results, establish budgets and operational goals for managing our business, and make strategic decisions. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin help identify underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the income and expenses that we exclude from Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin. Accordingly, we believe that these metrics provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our results of operations, enhances the overall understanding of our past performance and future prospects, and allows for greater transparency with respect to key financial metrics used by our management in their financial and operational decision-making. We also believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in comparing our core business and results of operations over multiple periods with other companies in our industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors, and to analyze our cash performance.

The non-GAAP financial measures presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in the way that these measures are calculated. The non-GAAP financial measures presented should not be considered as the sole measure of our performance and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Further, these non-GAAP financial measures have certain limitations in that they do not include the impact of certain expenses that are reflected in our consolidated statements of operations. Accordingly, these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as supplemental in nature, and are not intended, and should not be construed, as a substitute for the related financial information calculated in accordance with GAAP. These limitations of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin include the following:

  • The exclusion of certain recurring, non-cash charges, such as depreciation of property and equipment and amortization of intangible assets. While these are non-cash charges, we may need to replace the assets being depreciated and amortized in the future and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for these replacements or new capital expenditure requirements;
  • The exclusion of other income (expense), net, which includes interest income related to our cash equivalents, interest expense, and realized and unrealized gains and losses on foreign currency exchange; and
  • The exclusion of stock-based compensation expense, which has been a significant recurring expense and will continue to constitute a significant recurring expense for the foreseeable future, as equity awards are expected to continue to be an important component of our compensation strategy.
  • The exclusion of gain on sale of Design Manager, which is a one time sale of our wholly owned subsidiary, as well as the related one-time expenses to sell the subsidiary which include primarily legal fees.
  • The exclusion of restructuring charges, which are expenses from non-recurring employee severance and benefits costs.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin alongside other financial performance measures, including net loss and our other GAAP results. The information in the tables below sets forth the non-GAAP financial measures along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.


Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
(Amounts in thousands)

 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2022   2021   2022   2021 
Net loss$(9,028) $(6,587) $(15,677) $(12,876)
Depreciation and amortization 708   765   2,189   2,399 
Stock-based compensation expense 3,154   789   7,662   1,831 
Other income, net (870)  (339)  (1,572)  (1,112)
Provision for income taxes           
Gain on sale of Design Manager       (9,684)   
One-time expenses related to sale of Design Manger       307    
Restructuring charges 580      580    
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)$(5,456) $(5,372) $(16,195) $(9,758)
Divided by:       
Net revenue$22,729  $25,576  $73,892  $75,801 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (non-GAAP) (24.0)%  (21.0)%  (21.9)%  (12.9)%

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