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RDE, Inc. Reports $21.5 Million Revenue, Highlighted by 12% Increase in Gross Profit for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2024

RDE, Inc.
RDE, Inc.

Gross Margins Increased 300 Basis Points to 15.1%
Cash Balance of $5.4 Million

SCHAUMBURG, IL, May 16, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- May 16, 2024: RDE, Inc. (OTCQB: RSTN) (the “Company”), the owner and operator of leading digital platforms, Restaurant.com and CardCash.com, with a focus on incentives and rewards in retail, dining & entertainment experiences, is pleased to announce its financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

Key Financial Highlights for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2024 Compared to Prior Year Period

  • Revenue of $21.5 million

  • Gross profit of $3.3 million

  • Gross margin increased 300 basis points to 15.1%

  • Net loss of $3.2 million (Of note, net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2024 included $2.5 million in non-cash and one-time expenses, including $1.1 million in stock option and other non-cash compensation, $0.6 million in amortization of intangible assets, $0.2 million in interest expense, $0.4 million in amortization of capitalized software costs and $0.2 million in fair value of common stock issued for services)

  • Modified EBITDA loss of $0.7 million

  • Cash balance of $5.4 million

  • Total assets of $39.1 million

  • Shareholders’ equity of $25.1 million

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Key Recent Business Highlights

  • CardCash.com surpasses 1,100 retailers in their network, including major brands like Target, Home Depot, Starbucks, and TJ Maxx

  • Restaurant.com launched an all-new mobile app for the iOS system designed to elevate the dining experience for users and provide seamless access to their Restaurant Deals

Modified EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the discussion below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Metrics” and the reconciliations at the end of this release for additional information concerning this and other non-GAAP financial measures.

Management Commentary

Ketan Thakker, Chief Executive Officer of RDE, Inc., commented, “We are very pleased with our initial three months owning CardCash.com and the increased efficiencies we have already realized, which is evident with our increased gross profit and improved gross margins. Backing out the non-cash and one-time expenses, which were mostly from the CardCash.com acquisition, we operated at near breakeven.”

Thakker, continued, “The combination with CardCash.com is transformational and we look forward to the cross-selling marketing opportunities and new growth prospects to drive our expected increase in revenue over the remainder of 2024 and into 2025. Our strong balance sheet, led by $5.4 million in cash, puts us in a strong position to be able to execute on continued growth and profitability.”

About RDE, Inc.

RDE, Inc. (Restaurant, Dining and Entertainment) is a pioneer in the incentive and rewards industry with a focus on retail, dining & entertainment experiences. Its Restaurant.com is the nation’s largest restaurant-focused digital deals brand and CardCash.com is a leading secondary gift card exchange platform. Restaurant.com and our Corporate Incentives division connect digital consumers, businesses and communities offering thousands of dining, retail and entertainment deal options nationwide at over 184,000 restaurants and retailers. Restaurant.com prides itself on offering the best deal, every meal. Our restaurant certificates and gift cards allow customers to save at thousands of restaurants across the country with just a few clicks. CardCash.com is renowned for its leading secondary gift card exchange platform, allowing consumers and retailers to realize value by buying and selling gift cards at various scales.

For more information, visit: www.rdeholdings.com and https://www.restaurant.com and www.cardcash.com.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Metrics

The Company has provided in this release Modified EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to supplement the consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). Modified EBITDA is defined as net (loss) income adjusted to exclude interest (income) expense, net, other (income) expense, net, income tax (benefit) expense, depreciation and amortization expense, and stock-based compensation expense.

Management uses Modified EBITDA internally in analyzing the Company’s financial results to assess operational performance and to determine the Company’s future capital requirements. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to Modified EBITDA in assessing its performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. The Company believes Modified EBITDA is useful to investors and others to understand and evaluate the Company’s operating results and it allows for a more meaningful comparison between the Company’s performance and that of competitors. Our use of Modified EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider this performance measure in isolation from or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are that Modified EBITDA does not reflect, among other things: cash capital expenditures for assets underlying depreciation and amortization expense that may need to be replaced or for new capital expenditures; net loss from discontinued operations; interest income, net; other expense, net; income tax expense from continuing operations; our working capital requirements; the potentially dilutive impact of stock-based compensation; and the provision for income taxes. Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate Modified EBITDA differently, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Modified EBITDA along with other financial performance measures, including total revenues, subscription revenue, deferred revenue, net loss, cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, net cash used in operating activities and our financial results presented in accordance with GAAP.

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