The RealReal Announces First Quarter 2021 Results

May 10, 2021 at 4:05 PM EDT

Q1 GMV Increased 27% Y/Y to $327 million
Q1 Total Revenue Increased 27% Y/Y to $98.8 million
Q1 New Buyer Growth Accelerated to 34% Y/Y from 21% Y/Y in Q4
Surpassed $2 Billion Cumulative Consignor Commission Payouts in April

SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The RealReal (Nasdaq: REAL)—the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, resale luxury goods—today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021. The company returned to growth in Q1, recording its highest quarterly gross merchandise volume (GMV) to date, with Q1 GMV increasing 27% Y/Y, a significant improvement from the 1% Y/Y decline in Q4. In Q1, The RealReal also added the greatest quarterly number of new consignors to its marketplace to date, and, as of April, surpassed the milestone of $2 billion in cumulative consignor commission payouts.

“After more than a year of navigating the tough challenges created by COVID, we are incredibly pleased to report our return to growth. As we build on our recent momentum and march toward profitability, we remain focused on driving scale and operating efficiency gains. While the pandemic limits our visibility, with our return to growth and widespread vaccine distribution, we are optimistic our performance will continue to improve significantly throughout 2021,” said Julie Wainwright, founder and CEO of The RealReal.

The RealReal continues to execute on its strategy to extend its physical presence via smaller footprint neighborhood stores that enable the company to engage with its most valuable customers. The company is on track to operate a total of 10 neighborhood stores by the end of Q2, having opened stores in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Newport Beach, Calif.; and Greenwich, Conn., in Q1 and kicked off Q2 expanding to Texas with locations in Austin and Dallas. Q1 store highlights included:

  • Buyers who purchased in-store in Q1 spent 4.4 times more compared to online-only buyers; and
  • Buyers who purchased in-store in Q1 generated AOVs approximately 2.6 times higher than online-only buyers.

In addition to engaging consignors through neighborhood stores, the company resumed at-home concierge appointments in select markets in early March and nationwide in early April with comprehensive safety protocols. The early performance of at-home concierge appointments is very encouraging and we believe is indicative of pent up consignor supply.

The RealReal also had a number of milestone achievements in its work to extend the life of luxury and create a more sustainable, circular future. Resale through The RealReal has saved approximately 896 million liters of water and 18,732 metric tons of carbon from its inception through March 31, 2021.1 At the end of Q1, the company expanded its efforts beyond resale and repairs, launching upcycling program ReCollection to give new life to items that can’t live on in their current state. The program’s first collection, ReCollection 01, was created in partnership with A-COLD-WALL*, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Jacquemus, Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney, Ulla Johnson and Zero + Maria Cornejo to collectively promote the importance of creating an afterlife for clothing. On Earth Day, the company announced it has paid out more than $2 billion in commissions for the 18+ million items it has kept in circulation and achieved carbon neutrality a year ahead of its goal.

“We’ve brought more than 22 million members into our circular marketplace, educating them about the lasting value of luxury goods and driving a shift toward more conscious consumption,” added Wainwright. “We’ve helped our community earn billions of dollars in commission by monetizing the pieces they’re no longer wearing or using.”

The RealReal also announced today that Matt Gustke, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), has decided to leave the company. “Matt and I have worked closely together over the past eight years and I have a deep appreciation and high regard for his counsel and leadership as we raised capital, scaled our business and took The RealReal public,” said Wainwright. “Over the past year, Matt and I have talked about his desire to leave the company to pursue other interests and we reached a mutual decision that this was the right time to make a change as The RealReal transitions to a new phase of growth.” 

Gustke will continue to serve as CFO until his departure, anticipated at the end of the year, or until a successor is found and will assist in the transition to his successor. The RealReal has retained the services of an executive recruitment firm and a search for a new CFO is underway.

“Being on the inside of becoming an industry leader and building a massive movement to grow the circular economy and reinvent luxury resale has been immensely gratifying. It’s been an honor to work with such a talented and passionate team, and I leave knowing The RealReal’s best days are ahead,” said Gustke.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) was $327.3 million, an increase of 27% Y/Y.
  • Total Revenue was $98.8 million, an increase of 27% Y/Y.
  • Consignment and Service Revenue was $75.1 million, an increase of 15% Y/Y.
  • Direct Revenue was $23.7 million, an increase of 83% Y/Y.
  • Gross Profit was $58.3 million, an increase of 19% Y/Y.
  • Gross Profit per Order of $85 was flat Y/Y.
  • Net Loss was ($56.0 million).
  • Adjusted EBITDA was ($35.6) million or (36.1%) of total revenue. Adjusted EBITDA includes $1.0 million of COVID-related expenses.
  • GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share was ($0.62).
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share was ($0.49).
  • The company raised $244.5 million in net proceeds inclusive of capped call costs through a convertible debt offering in March.
  • At the end of the first quarter, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $547.9 million.

Other First Quarter Financial Highlights and Key Operating Metrics

  • Trailing 12 months active buyers reached 687K, an increase of 14% Y/Y.
  • New buyer growth accelerated to 34% Y/Y versus 21% Y/Y in Q4.
  • Orders reached 690K, an increase of 20% Y/Y.
  • Average Order Value (AOV) was $474, an increase of 6% Y/Y. The primary driver of the higher AOV was a 10% Y/Y increase in average selling price (ASP). ASP benefitted from strength in the Fine Jewelry category and strong demand in high-value handbags. Units per transaction (UPT) decreased 4% Y/Y.
  • Consignment Take Rate decreased 190bps Y/Y to 34.3%, reflecting strong performance on a relative basis from structurally lower-take-rate categories such as handbags, fine jewelry and sneakers.
  • GMV from repeat buyers was 83.6% compared to 84.4% in the first quarter of 2020.

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1 Based on data from The RealReal’s Sustainability Calculator, which quantifies the positive impact of consignment – measuring the greenhouse gases, energy output and water usage saved by the resale of women’s and men’s items.

Financial Outlook
We anticipate Q2 GMV will be in the range of $320 million to $330 million, representing 75% to 80% Y/Y growth.

Webcast and Conference Call

The RealReal will post a stockholder letter on its investor relations website at https://investor.therealreal.com/financial-information/quarterly-results in lieu of a live presentation and host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to answer questions regarding its first quarter financial results, the stockholder letter and the supporting slides. Investors and analysts can access the call by dialing (866) 996-5385 in the U.S. or (270) 215-9574 internationally. The passcode for the call is 8157017. The call will also be available via live webcast at investor.therealreal.com along with the stockholder letter and the supporting slides.

An archive of the webcast conference call will be available shortly after the call ends at https://investor.therealreal.com.

About The RealReal, Inc. 
The RealReal is the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, resale luxury goods, with more than 20 million members. With a rigorous authentication process overseen by experts, The RealReal provides a safe and reliable platform for consumers to buy and sell their luxury items. We have hundreds of in-house gemologists, horologists and brand authenticators who inspect thousands of items each day. As a sustainable company, we give new life to pieces by thousands of brands across numerous categories—including women's and men's fashion, fine jewelry and watches, art and home—in support of the circular economy. We make selling effortless with free virtual appointments, in-home pickup, drop-off and direct shipping. We do all of the work for consignors, including authenticating, using AI and machine learning to determine optimal pricing, photographing and listing their items, as well as handling shipping and customer service. At our 16 retail locations, including our 11 shoppable stores, customers can sell, meet with our experts and receive free valuations.

Investor Relations Contact:
Paul Bieber
Head of Investor Relations and Capital Markets
paul.bieber@therealreal.com

Press Contact:
Erin Santy
Head of Communications
pr@therealreal.com

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future performance of The RealReal that are based on the company's current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “plan,” anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “intend,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future operating results, including the amounts of our operating expense and capital expenditure investments or reductions and our strategies, plans, commitments, objectives and goals, in particular in the context of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent social unrest. Actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Other factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent social unrest on our operations and our business environment, any failure to generate a supply of consigned goods, pricing pressure on the consignment market resulting from discounting in the market for new goods, failure to efficiently and effectively operate our merchandising and fulfillment operations and other reasons.

More information about factors that could affect the company's operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, a copy of which may be obtained by visiting the company's Investor Relations website at https://investor.therealreal.com or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to the company on the date hereof. The company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our unaudited and condensed financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), this earnings release and the accompanying tables and the related earnings conference call contain certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total net revenue ("Adjusted EBITDA Margin"), free cash flow, non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders, non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, and Contribution Profit. We have provided a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in this earnings release.

We do not, nor do we suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors should also note that non-GAAP financial measures we use may not be the same non-GAAP financial measures, and may not be calculated in the same manner, as that of other companies, including other companies in our industry.

Adjusted EBITDA is a key performance measure that our management uses to assess our operating performance. Because Adjusted EBITDA facilitates internal comparisons of our historical operating performance on a more consistent basis, we use this measure as an overall assessment of our performance, to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies and for business planning purposes. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled metrics of other companies.

We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as net loss before interest income, interest expense, other (income) expense net, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, further adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation, employer payroll tax on employee stock transactions, and certain one-time expenses. The employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock transactions are tied to the vesting or exercise of underlying equity awards and the price of our common stock at the time of vesting, which may vary from period to period independent of the operating performance of our business. Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations as the measure excludes the impact of certain expenses that are included in our statements of operations that are necessary to run our business and should not be considered as an alternative to net loss or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis and, in the case of exclusion of the impact of stock-based compensation and the related employer payroll tax on employee stock transactions, excludes an item that we do not consider to be indicative of our core operating performance. Investors should, however, understand that stock-based compensation and the related employer payroll tax will be a significant recurring expense in our business and an important part of the compensation provided to our employees. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities less net cash used to purchase property and equipment and capitalized proprietary software development costs. We believe free cash flow is an important indicator of our business performance, as it measures the amount of cash we generate. Accordingly, we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management.

Non-GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as GAAP net loss plus stock-based compensation expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, and non-recurring items divided by weighted average shares outstanding. We believe that adding back stock-based compensation expense and related payroll tax, provision (benefit) for income taxes, and non-recurring items as adjustments to our GAAP net loss, before calculating per share amounts for all periods presented provides a more meaningful comparison between our operating results from period to period.

 
 
THE REALREAL, INC.
Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021       2020  
Revenue:      
Consignment and service revenue $ 75,082     $ 65,086  
Direct revenue   23,735       12,942  
Total revenue   98,817       78,028  
Cost of revenue:      
Cost of consignment and service revenue   20,114       18,088  
Cost of direct revenue   20,365       10,954  
Total cost of revenue   40,479       29,042  
Gross profit   58,338       48,986  
Operating expenses:      
Marketing   15,561       12,922  
Operations and technology   51,934       40,737  
Selling, general and administrative   43,616       35,104  
Total operating expenses (1)   111,111       88,763  
Loss from operations   (52,773 )     (39,777 )
Interest income   87       1,286  
Interest expense   (3,296 )     (20 )
Other income (expense), net   17       8  
Loss before provision for income taxes   (55,965 )     (38,503 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   28        
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (55,993 )   $ (38,503 )
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $ (0.62 )   $ (0.44 )
Weighted average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted   90,044,082       86,588,796  
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:      
Marketing $ 736     $ 188  
Operating and technology   4,696       1,478  
Selling, general and administrative   5,487       1,744  
Total $ 10,919     $ 3,410  
       

 

 
THE REALREAL, INC.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
  March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 547,859     $ 350,846  
Short-term investments         4,017  
Accounts receivable, net   5,994       7,213  
Inventory   49,502       42,321  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   15,267       17,072  
Total current assets   618,622       421,469  
Property and equipment, net   66,637       63,454  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   143,331       118,136  
Other assets   2,156       2,050  
Total assets $ 830,746     $ 605,109  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $ 9,260     $ 14,346  
Accrued consignor payable   54,484       57,053  
Operating lease liabilities, current portion   15,275       14,999  
Other accrued and current liabilities   63,394       61,862  
Total current liabilities   142,413       148,260  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion   140,775       115,084  
Convertible senior notes, net   336,112       149,188  
Other noncurrent liabilities   1,541       1,284  
Total liabilities   620,841       413,816  
Stockholders’ equity:      
Common stock, $0.00001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 90,675,268 and 89,301,664 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively   1       1  
Additional paid-in capital   797,918       723,302  
Accumulated other comprehensive income         11  
Accumulated deficit   (588,014 )     (532,021 )
Total stockholders’ equity   209,905       191,293  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 830,746     $ 605,109  
       

 

 
THE REALREAL, INC.
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021       2020  
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (55,993 )   $ (38,503 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization   5,435       4,145  
Stock-based compensation expense   10,919       3,410  
Reduction of operating lease right-of-use assets   4,755       4,121  
Bad debt expense         455  
Accrued interest on convertible notes   1,469        
Accretion of debt discounts and issuance costs   1,815        
Other adjustments   5       (184 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable, net   1,219       4,235  
Inventory   (7,181 )     (1,106 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,769       2,356  
Other assets   (106 )     (365 )
Operating lease liability   (3,983 )     (2,721 )
Accounts payable   (5,072 )     (2,206 )
Accrued consignor payable   (2,569 )     (19,331 )
Other accrued and current liabilities   (547 )     (8,865 )
Other noncurrent liabilities   257       (412 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (47,808 )     (54,971 )
Cash flow from investing activities:      
Purchases of short-term investments         (73,280 )
Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments   4,000       114,020  
Capitalized proprietary software development costs   (2,405 )     (1,480 )
Purchases of property and equipment   (5,925 )     (6,486 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities   (4,330 )     32,774  
Cash flow from financing activities:      
Proceeds from issuance of convertible senior notes, net of issuance costs   278,844        
Purchase of capped calls   (33,666 )      
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   3,973       2,564  
Taxes paid related to restricted stock vesting         (151 )
Net cash provided by financing activities   249,151       2,413  
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   197,013       (19,784 )
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash      
Beginning of period   350,846       154,446  
End of period $ 547,859     $ 134,662  
       
       

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for each of the periods indicated (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021       2020  
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation:      
Net loss $ (55,993 )   $ (38,503 )
Depreciation and amortization   5,435       4,145  
Stock-based compensation   10,919       3,410  
Payroll tax expense on employee stock transactions (1)   506        
Legal settlement   288       1,110  
Interest income   (87 )     (1,286 )
Interest expense   3,296       20  
Other (income) expense, net   (17 )     (8 )
Provision for income taxes   28        
Adjusted EBITDA $ (35,625 )   $ (31,112 )

(1) We exclude employer payroll tax expense related to employee stock-based transactions because we believe that excluding this item provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our operating results. In particular, this expense is dependent on the price of our common stock at the time of vesting or exercise, which may vary from period to period, and other factors that are beyond our control and do not correlate to the operation of the business. When evaluating the performance of our business and making operating plans, we do not consider these items. Similar charges were not adjusted in prior periods as they were not material.
 

A reconciliation of GAAP net loss to non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, in order to calculate non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, basic and diluted, is as follows (in thousands, except share and per share data):

  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021       2020  
Net loss $ (55,993 )   $ (38,503 )
Stock-based compensation   10,919       3,410  
Payroll tax expense on employee stock transactions   506        
Legal settlement   288       1,110  
Provision for income taxes   28        
Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (44,252 )   $ (33,983 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding used to calculate Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, basic and diluted   90,044,082       86,588,796  
Non-GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders per share, basic and diluted $ (0.49 )   $ (0.39 )
       
       

The following table presents a reconciliation of net cash used in operating activities to free cash flow for each of the periods indicated (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended March 31,
    2021       2020  
Net cash used in operating activities $ (47,808 )   $ (54,971 )
Purchase of property and equipment and capitalized proprietary software development costs   (8,330 )     (7,966 )
Free Cash Flow $ (56,138 )   $ (62,937 )
       
       

Key Financial and Operating Metrics:

  March 31,
2019
June 30,
2019
September 30,
2019
December 31,
2019
March 31,
2020
June 30,
2020
September 30,
2020
December 31,
2020
March 31,
2021
  (In thousands, except AOV and percentages)    
GMV $ 224,116   $ 228,487   $ 252,766   $ 302,975   $ 257,606   $ 182,771   $ 245,355   $ 301,219   $ 327,327  
NMV $ 160,538   $ 164,782   $ 186,617   $ 219,508   $ 184,625   $ 139,797   $ 189,059   $ 223,390   $ 244,162  
Consignment and Services Revenue $ 55,386   $ 59,890   $ 69,067   $ 81,386   $ 65,086   $ 46,768   $ 64,152   $ 71,320   $ 75,082  
Direct Revenue $ 15,007   $ 12,139   $ 12,271   $ 11,209   $ 12,942   $ 10,523   $ 13,645   $ 15,512   $ 23,735  
Number of Orders   498     505     577     637     574     438     550     671     690  
Take Rate   35.3%     36.6%     36.8%     36.2%     36.2%     36.0%     35.4%     35.7%     34.3%  
Active Buyers   456     492     543     582     602     612     617     649     687  
AOV $ 450   $ 453   $ 438   $ 476   $ 449   $ 417   $ 446   $ 449   $ 474  
% of GMV from Repeat Buyers   82.4%     83.1%     81.8%     82.9%     84.4%     82.3%     82.9%     82.4%     83.6%  
                   
 

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