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PLBY Group Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

November 15, 2021 at 4:01 PM EST

Third Quarter 2021 Revenue Grew 67% Year-Over-Year to $58.4 Million

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PLBY Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLBY) (“PLBY Group” or the “Company”), a leading pleasure and leisure lifestyle company and owner of Playboy, one of the most recognizable and iconic brands in the world, today provided financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Ben Kohn, Chief Executive Officer of PLBY Group, stated, “I’m thrilled to report another successful quarter with a 67% increase in revenue, compared to the prior year, driven by continued strength in both direct-to-consumer and licensing. We’ve made meaningful progress against the three pillars of our strategic roadmap: expanding our U.S. direct-to-consumer commerce business, optimizing our licensing partnerships in key territories and categories, and driving new recurring revenue growth initiatives with a focus on innovative digital offerings such as our soon-to-launch creator-led platform, CENTERFOLD, and our NFT Rabbitars, which we plan to develop into a membership experience.”

Mr. Kohn continued, “With the direct-to-consumer infrastructure we’ve put in place over the past year, we are now well-positioned to expand our consumer offerings into membership services to drive significant lifetime value. We’re very excited to soon launch CENTERFOLD, our new creator-led platform that will empower the creative and influencer community to interact directly with their fans and build their own recurring revenue businesses. Our recent acquisition of the Dream platform, and its technology team, will accelerate our timeline to market, and provide crucial in-house development resources to help us scale quickly.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue grew 67% year-over-year, to $58.4 million, despite over $5 million of lost revenue due to COVID-related closures and supply chain impacts.
  • Direct-to-consumer revenue grew 139% year-over-year, to $36.0 million, and licensing revenue grew 14% year-over-year, to $16.9 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $5.2 million and net loss was $7.7 million, largely driven by $9.8 million of non-recurring expenses related to the acquisition of Honey Birdette and ongoing expenses associated with being a newly public company.

Webcast Details

The Company will host a webcast at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the third quarter 2021 financial results. Participants may access the live webcast on the events section of the PLBY Group, Inc. Investor Relations website at

About PLBY Group, Inc.

PLBY Group connects consumers around the world with products, services, and experiences to help them look good, feel good, and have fun. PLBY Group serves consumers in four major categories: Sexual Wellness, Style & Apparel, Gaming & Lifestyle, and Beauty & Grooming. PLBY Group’s flagship consumer brand, Playboy, is one of the most recognizable, iconic brands in the world, driving billions of dollars in consumer spending annually across approximately 180 countries. Learn more at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company’s actual results may differ from their expectations, estimates, and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s expectations with respect to future performance, growth plans and anticipated financial impacts of its acquisitions.

These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to: (1) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business and acquisitions; (2) the inability to maintain the listing of the Company’s shares of common stock on Nasdaq; (3) the risk that the Company’s business combination, recent acquisitions or any proposed transactions disrupt the Company’s current plans and/or operations, including the risk that the Company does not complete any such proposed transactions or achieve the expected benefits from them; (4) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, acquisitions, commercial collaborations, commercialization of digital assets and proposed transactions, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the Company to grow and manage growth profitably, and retain its key employees; (5) costs related to being a public company, acquisitions, commercial collaborations and proposed transactions; (6) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (7) the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; (8) risks relating to the uncertainty of the projected financial information of the Company; (9) risks related to the organic and inorganic growth of the Company’s business, and the timing of expected business milestones; and (10) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K, including those under “Risk Factors” therein, and in the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cautions that the foregoing list of factors is not exclusive, and readers should not place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date which they were made. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based.



PLBY Group, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2021 2020 2021 2020
Net revenues $58,356  $35,004  $150,887  $101,335 
Costs and expenses:        
Cost of sales (25,221) (16,062) (67,920) (51,710)
Selling and administrative expenses (38,645) (14,460) (96,206) (40,187)
Related party expenses   (257) (250) (757)
Total costs and expenses (63,866) (30,779) (164,376) (92,654)
Operating (loss) income (5,510) 4,225  (13,489) 8,681 
Nonoperating (expense) income:        
Interest expense (3,622) (3,417) (9,172) (10,073)
Loss on extinguishment of debt     (1,217)  
Other (expense) income, net (47) 74  695  103 
Total nonoperating expense (3,669) (3,343) (9,694) (9,970)
(Loss) income before income taxes (9,179) 882  (23,183) (1,289)
Benefit (expense) from income taxes 1,480  384  1,571  (3,470)
Net (loss) income (7,699) 1,266  (21,612) (4,759)
Net (loss) income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest        
Net (loss) income attributable to PLBY Group, Inc. $(7,699) $1,266  $(21,612) $(4,759)
Net (loss) income per share, basic $(0.18) $0.06  $(0.60) $(0.22)
Net (loss) income per share, diluted $(0.18) $0.05  $(0.60) $(0.22)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net (loss) income per share, basic 41,877,232  22,273,633  36,179,795  22,153,946 
Weighted-average shares used in computing net (loss) income per share, diluted 41,877,232  25,377,878  36,179,795  22,153,946 

PLBY Group, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 September 30,
 December 31,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$67,849  $13,430 
Restricted cash2,215  2,130 
Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts9,534  6,601 
Inventories, net35,665  11,788 
Stock receivable  4,445 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets17,079  8,822 
Total current assets132,342  47,216 
Restricted cash4,130   
Property and equipment, net26,104  5,203 
Intangible assets, net418,057  339,032 
Goodwill236,925  504 
Contract assets, net of current portion17,582  7,159 
Other noncurrent assets14,262  13,013 
Total assets$849,402  $412,127 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$18,615  $8,678 
Accrued salaries, wages, and employee benefits4,015  4,870 
Deferred revenues, current portion11,079  11,159 
Long-term debt, current portion2,799  4,470 
Contingent consideration23,659   
Convertible promissory notes  6,230 
Other current liabilities and accrued expenses31,047  18,556 
Total current liabilities91,214  53,963 
Deferred revenues, net of current portion32,910  43,792 
Long-term debt, net of current portion226,507  154,230 
Deferred tax liabilities, net94,203  74,909 
Other noncurrent liabilities6,948  2,422 
Total liabilities451,782  329,316 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)   
Redeemable noncontrolling interest(208) (208)
Stockholders’ equity:   
Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, 150,000,000 shares authorized, 41,532,149 shares issued and 40,832,149 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2021; 20,626,249 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 20204  2 
Treasury stock, at cost, 700,000 shares and 0 shares as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020(4,445)  
Additional paid-in capital505,618  161,033 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(3,721)  
Accumulated deficit(99,628) (78,016)
Total stockholders’ equity397,828  83,019 
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest, and stockholders’ equity$849,402  $412,127 

EBITDA Reconciliation

This release presents the financial measure earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or “EBITDA”, and Adjusted EBITDA, which are not financial measures under the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). “EBITDA” is defined as net income or loss before interest, income tax expense or benefit, and depreciation and amortization. “Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as EBITDA adjusted for stock-based compensation and other special items determined by management. Adjusted EBITDA is intended as a supplemental measure of our performance that is neither required by, nor presented in accordance with, GAAP. We believe that the use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing our financial measures with those of comparable companies, which may present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. However, investors should be aware that when evaluating EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, we may incur future expenses similar to those excluded when calculating these measures. In addition, our presentation of these measures should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or nonrecurring items. Our computation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures computed by other companies, because all companies may not calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same fashion.

In addition to adjusting for non-cash stock-based compensation, we typically adjust for nonoperating expenses and income, such as management fees paid to our largest stockholder, merger related bonus payments, non-recurring special projects including the implementation of internal controls, expenses associated with financing activities, acquisition related inventory step-up amortization and costs, the expense associated with reorganization and severance resulting in the elimination or rightsizing of specific business activities or operations as we transform from a print and digital media business to a commerce centric business.

Because of these limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA on a supplemental basis. Investors should review the reconciliation of net loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA below and not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

The following table reconciles the Company’s net income (loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:

GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(in thousands)

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2021 2020 2021 2020
 (in thousands)
Net (loss) income$(7,699) $1,266  $(21,612) $(4,759)
Adjusted for:       
Interest expense3,622  3,417  9,172  10,073 
Loss on extinguishment of debt    1,217   
Benefit (expense) from income taxes(1,480) (384) (1,571) 3,470 
Depreciation and amortization2,260  529  4,022  1,703 
EBITDA(3,297) 4,828  (8,772) 10,487 
Adjusted for:       
Stock-based compensation365  402  4,224  2,496 
Reduction in force expenses  24    2,801 
Nonrecurring items932  1,763  8,432  1,880 
Amortization of inventory step-up2,148    4,398  3,230 
Contingent consideration fair value remeasurement(1,681)   (1,681)  
Management fees and expenses  257  250  757 
Nonoperating expenses  11    113 
Acquisition related costs6,685    10,903   
Adjusted EBITDA$5,152  $7,285  $17,754  $21,764