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LOV Spark Networks SE

Filed: 23 Aug 21, 4:43pm

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Quarterly Period Ended June 30, 2021
Or
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from ____ to ____
Commission File Number 001-38252
Spark Networks SE
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its Charter)
 
GermanyN/A
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

Kohlfurter Straße 41/43
Berlin
Germany
10999
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (+49) 30 868000
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of each class 
Trading
Symbol(s)
 Name of each exchange on which registered
American Depository Shares each representing one-tenth of an ordinary share LOV New York Stock Exchange
Ordinary shares, €1.00 nominal value per share*LOVNew York Stock Exchange

* Not for trading purposes, but only in connection with the registration of American Depository Shares pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).
Yes No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer  Accelerated filer 
Non-accelerated filer  Smaller reporting company 
Emerging growth company     

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐ No
The number of ordinary shares outstanding as of August 6, 2021 was 2,613,258.



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PART I
Financial Information

Item 1. Financial Statements

Spark Networks SE
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share data)

June 30, 2021December 31, 2020
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$11,054 $19,267 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $447 and $93, respectively9,340 5,507 
Prepaid expenses4,757 4,366 
Other current assets973 2,140 
Total current assets26,124 31,280 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $5,751 and $6,252, respectively10,576 11,418 
Goodwill134,775 156,582 
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $18,563 and $18,631, respectively45,296 58,999 
Deferred tax assets7,326 23,522 
Other assets7,486 8,642 
Total assets$231,583 $290,443 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt$12,600 $19,037 
Accounts payable12,450 11,127 
Deferred revenue39,597 38,304 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities26,600 28,429 
Total current liabilities91,247 96,897 
Long-term debt, net of current portion74,600 80,109 
Deferred tax liabilities6,263 993 
Other liabilities17,309 17,541 
Total liabilities189,419 195,540 
Contingencies (Note 7)00
Shareholders' Equity:
Common stock, €1.00 nominal value; 2,661,386 shares issued as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 2,613,258 and 2,605,689 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively3,064 3,064 
Treasury stock, at nominal value; 48,128 and 55,697 shares as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively(53)(61)
Additional paid-in capital222,082 220,852 
Accumulated deficit(187,779)(132,248)
Accumulated other comprehensive income4,850 3,296 
Total shareholders' equity42,164 94,903 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$231,583 $290,443 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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Spark Networks SE
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
2021202020212020
Revenue$55,253 $56,527 $111,632 $114,184 
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization32,881 33,223 69,799 69,764 
Sales and marketing expenses1,152 1,185 2,203 2,240 
Customer service expenses1,902 1,938 3,763 4,013 
Technical operations and development expenses4,774 4,189 9,694 9,659 
General and administrative expenses7,096 8,340 15,415 15,223 
Depreciation and amortization2,298 2,332 4,588 4,653 
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill32,086 — 32,086 — 
Total operating costs and expenses82,189 51,207 137,548 105,552 
Operating (loss) income(26,936)5,320 (25,916)8,632 
Other income (expense):
Interest income— — 40 
Interest expense(3,802)(3,395)(7,242)(6,852)
Gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions584 746 (1,144)(207)
Other income (expense)(2)200 (18)200 
Total other expense, net(3,220)(2,440)(8,404)(6,819)
(Loss) income before income taxes(30,156)2,880 (34,320)1,813 
Income tax expense(1)
(18,871)(2,046)(21,211)(3,141)
Net (loss) income(49,027)834 (55,531)(1,328)
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustment(800)(1,104)1,554 115 
Comprehensive loss$(49,827)$(270)$(53,977)$(1,213)
(Loss) earnings per share:
Basic (loss) earnings per share$(18.80)$0.32 $(21.30)$(0.51)
Diluted (loss) earnings per share$(18.80)$0.32 $(21.30)$(0.51)
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic2,608,370 2,605,689 2,607,038 2,605,689 
Diluted2,608,370 2,607,442 2,607,038 2,605,689 

(1) The Company identified an error related to the calculation of tax provision that impacted the comparative consolidated financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Management evaluated these adjustments and concluded they were not material to any previously issued financial statements. For comparability, the prior period comparative figures that are presented herein have been revised to present the correct figures. Refer to Note 1 for additional information.







The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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Spark Networks SE
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Shareholders' Equity (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share data)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2021
Common StockTreasury Stock
SharesAmountSharesAmountAdditional Paid-in CapitalAccumulated
Deficit
Accumulated Other Comprehensive IncomeTotal
shareholders'
equity
Balance at April 1, 20212,661,386 $3,064 (55,697)$(61)$221,888 $(138,752)$5,650 $91,789 
Stock-based compensation— — — — 580 — — 580 
Treasury stock issued pursuant to equity-based plans— — 7,569 (386)— — (378)
Net loss— — — — — (49,027)— (49,027)
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — — — (800)(800)
Balance at June 30, 20212,661,386 $3,064 (48,128)$(53)$222,082 $(187,779)$4,850 $42,164 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2020
Common StockTreasury Stock
SharesAmountSharesAmountAdditional Paid-in CapitalAccumulated
Deficit
Accumulated Other Comprehensive IncomeTotal
shareholders'
equity
Balance at April 1, 20202,661,386 $3,064 (55,697)$(61)$216,982 $(87,802)$8,970 $141,153 
Stock-based compensation— — — — 1,434 — — 1,434 
Net income— — — — — 834 — 834 
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — — — (1,104)(1,104)
Balance at June 30, 20202,661,386 $3,064 (55,697)$(61)$218,416 $(86,968)$7,866 $142,317 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2021
Common StockTreasury Stock
SharesAmountSharesAmountAdditional Paid-in CapitalAccumulated
Deficit
Accumulated Other Comprehensive IncomeTotal
shareholders'
equity
Balance at January 1, 20212,661,386 $3,064 (55,697)$(61)$220,852 $(132,248)$3,296 $94,903 
Stock-based compensation— — — — 1,616 — — 1,616 
Treasury stock issued pursuant to equity-based plans— — 7,569 (386)— — (378)
Net loss— — — — — (55,531)— (55,531)
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — — — 1,554 1,554 
Balance at June 30, 20212,661,386 $3,064 (48,128)$(53)$222,082 $(187,779)$4,850 $42,164 
Six Months Ended June 30, 2020
Common StockTreasury Stock
SharesAmountSharesAmountAdditional Paid-in CapitalAccumulated
Deficit
Accumulated Other Comprehensive IncomeTotal
shareholders'
equity
Balance at January 1, 20202,661,386 $3,064 (55,697)$(61)$216,072 $(85,640)$7,751 $141,186 
Stock-based compensation— — — — 2,344 — — 2,344 
Net loss— — — — — (1,328)— (1,328)
Foreign currency translation adjustments— — — — — — 115 115 
Balance at June 30, 20202,661,386 $3,064 (55,697)$(61)$218,416 $(86,968)$7,866 $142,317 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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Spark Networks SE
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(in thousands)

Six Months Ended June 30,
20212020
Net loss$(55,531)$(1,328)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization4,588 4,653 
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets32,086 — 
Loss on tangible and intangible assets— 341 
Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign currency transactions1,630 (597)
Stock-based compensation expense1,616 2,344 
Amortization of debt issuance costs and accretion of debt discounts2,275 1,773 
Deferred tax expense21,211 3,141 
Provision for credit losses214 108 
Non-cash lease expense563 953 
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable(4,099)(2,707)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets(793)(131)
Other assets525 69 
Accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other current liabilities(774)(1,794)
Other liabilities(814)(930)
Deferred revenue1,932 1,312 
Net cash provided by operating activities$4,629 $7,207 
Capital expenditures(661)(1,438)
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired— (513)
Net cash used in investing activities$(661)$(1,951)
Repayment of bank loans(13,087)(9,319)
Payments directly related to loan facility(523)— 
Net cash used in financing activities$(13,610)$(9,319)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash(9,642)(4,063)
Effects of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash(275)(2)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash$(9,917)$(4,065)
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period21,117 17,457 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period$11,200 $13,392 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Cash paid for interest$4,849 $5,498 
Cash paid for income taxes$— $262 
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash to the condensed consolidated balance sheetsJun-21Dec-20
Cash and cash equivalents$11,054 $19,267 
Restricted cash included in other current assets146 1,850 
Total cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash as shown on the condensed statements of cash flows$11,200 $21,117 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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Spark Networks SE
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

Note 1. Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Description of Business

Spark Networks SE (the "Company") is domiciled in Germany and is a leading global operator of premium online dating sites and mobile applications. The Company targets the 40+ age demographic and religious-minded singles looking for serious relationships in North America and other international markets. The Company operates a portfolio of premium and freemium brands, including Zoosk, Inc. ("Zoosk"), EliteSingles, SilverSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, and JSwipe, among others. The Company’s brands are tailored to quality dating with real users looking for love and companionship in a safe and comfortable environment.

Basis of Presentation and Consolidation

The Company prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP") and applicable rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), regarding interim financial reporting. The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and all of its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.

In management’s opinion, the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on the same basis as the annual consolidated financial statements and reflect, in management’s opinion, all adjustments, consisting of normal and recurring adjustments, necessary for the fair presentation of the Company's balance sheets, statement of operations and comprehensive loss, statement of shareholders' equity and statement of cash flows for the periods presented. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the Company's entire fiscal year. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Significant estimates and assumptions are required in the determination of: revenue reserves, deferred tax asset valuation allowances, unrecognized tax benefits, accounting for business combinations, classification and measurement of virtual stock option plans, and annual impairment testing of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets. The Company evaluates its estimates and judgements on an ongoing basis based on historical experience, expectations of future events and various other factors that it believes to be reasonable under the circumstances and revises them when necessary. Actual results may differ from the original or revised estimates.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company’s financial statements are prepared under U.S. GAAP applicable to a going concern which contemplates the realization of assets and liquidation of liabilities in the normal course of business. As of the date of the financial statements, the Company has generated losses from operations, incurred impairment charges to its Zoosk goodwill and intangible assets and has a working capital deficiency. These factors are potential indications of the Company’s inability to continue as a going concern.

The Company’s plans to alleviate these indicators include growing its subscriber base by improving its marketing techniques and implementing new features to increase customer engagement on its various platforms. If the Company is unable to achieve its plan, the Company has the ability to control its direct marketing spend to achieve compliance with its debt covenants. The Company’s plan including adjusting its direct marketing spend, along with its current cash and cash equivalents, and cash flow from operations, are expected to be sufficient to meet its anticipated cash requirements for financial liabilities, capital expenditures and contractual obligations, for at least the next 12 months from the issuance of these financial statements.

COVID-19 Update

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During 2020, the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") outbreak spread worldwide and was declared a global pandemic in March 2020. Despite challenging economic conditions on consumers, the Company maintained stable churn levels during the period and experienced positive user engagement. The global outbreak of COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve as of the date these interim condensed consolidated financial statements are issued. Management is actively monitoring the global situation on its business. The effects of COVID-19 did not have a material impact on the Company’s result of operations or financial condition for the period ended June 30, 2021. However, given the daily evolution of the COVID-19 situation, and the global responses to curb its spread, the Company is not able to estimate the effects COVID-19 may have on its future results of operations or financial condition.

Revision of Prior Period Consolidated Financial Statements

During the second quarter of 2021, management identified an overstatement of tax provision for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Management concluded that this error was not material to previously issued consolidated financial statements and would be corrected through a revision to the comparative consolidated income statement presented for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The impact of the error for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was $1.7 million overstatement of tax provision. The prior period comparative figures for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 that are presented herein reflect the correct figures.

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

In December 2019, the Financial Accounting Standard Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standard Update ("ASU") 2019-12, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes, which simplifies the accounting for incomes taxes by removing certain exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740. The amendments also improved consistent application of and simplify the accounting for other areas of Topic 740 by clarifying and amending existing guidance. The Company adopted the standard in the first quarter of 2021 and it did not have a material impact to the financial statements.

Note 2. Revenue

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, revenue was as follows:

Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)2021202020212020
Subscription revenue$53,697 $55,023 $108,243 $111,061 
Virtual currency revenue811 942 1,907 1,844 
Advertising revenue745 562 1,482 1,279 
Total Revenue$55,253 $56,527 $111,632 $114,184 

Revenue disaggregated by geography, based on the billing address of the Company's customers, consists of the following:

Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)2021202020212020
United States$36,039 $38,131 $72,588 $76,355 
France5,347 2,897 10,721 5,860 
Germany305 431 638 883 
Rest of world13,562 15,068 27,685 31,086 
Total Revenue$55,253 $56,527 $111,632 $114,184 

The Company's deferred revenue balances as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020 are $39.6 million and $38.3 million, respectively. During the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company recognized $34.1 million and $35.2 million of revenue, respectively, that was included in the deferred revenue balances as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Note 3. Income Taxes

For the three months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company recorded income tax expense of $18.9 million and $2.0 million, respectively, which reflects an effective tax rate of (62.7)% and 69.2%, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company recorded income tax expense of $21.2 million and $3.1 million, respectively, which reflect an
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effective tax rate of (61.9)% and 159.3%, respectively. The increase in the income tax expense for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 was primarily driven by a change in valuation allowance for U.S. deferred tax assets and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets.

The Company regularly assesses the need for a valuation allowance related to our deferred income tax assets, which includes consideration of both positive and negative evidence related to the likelihood of realization of such deferred income tax assets to determine, based on the weight of the available evidence, whether it is more-likely-than-not that some or all of our deferred tax assets will not be realized. In its assessment, the Company consider recent financial operating results, projected future taxable income, the reversal of existing taxable differences and tax planning strategies. During the quarter ended June 30, 2021, as a result of lower financial expectations for the remainder of 2021, the Company concluded that it was not more likely than not that a portion of the U.S. deferred income tax assets would be realized. The Company provided a valuation allowance on U.S. federal and state net operating loss carryforwards, and other U.S. net deferred income tax assets that have a limited life and are not supportable by indefinite-lived intangibles deferred tax liability sourced income as of June 30, 2021. The Company accordingly recognized a charge of $21.5 million to establish a valuation allowance related to the U.S. deferred income tax assets which was recorded discretely in the quarter ended June 30, 2021. In addition, we intend to continue maintaining a valuation allowance on Israel and German deferred tax assets until there is sufficient evidence to support reversal of all or some portion of these allowances.

As of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the Company has $4.7 million and $4.6 million of unrecognized tax benefits, respectively, all of which would impact the effective tax rate if recognized. As of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the Company has recorded $0.5 million and $0.4 million of interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits, respectively, all of which would impact the effective tax rate if recognized. The Company recognized an increase to interest and penalties primarily due to U.S. tax credits and state nexus. The Company’s policy is to classify interest and penalties as a component of income tax expense. There were no significant changes to unrecognized tax benefits during the six months ended June 30, 2021. The Company does not anticipate any significant changes with respect to unrecognized tax benefits within the next twelve months. Based on the current status of Germany, U.S. federal, state, local and other foreign audits, the Company does not expect the amount of unrecognized tax benefits to significantly decrease in the next 12 months as a result of settlements of tax audits and/or the expiration of statutes of limitations.

As a matter of course, the Company may be audited by Germany, U.S. Federal and State, Israel, France, the U.K. and other foreign tax authorities within which it operates. From time to time, these audits may result in proposed assessments. The Company was notified during 2020 that the Israeli tax authorities were auditing the Company's subsidiary, Spark Networks Ltd. for the tax years 2015-2019. There is minimal activity in the entity and while the Company does not expect adverse findings, any adverse finding could result in a reduction of the net operating loss carryforward which has a full valuation allowance against it. The Company's subsidiaries are currently being audited by German tax authorities for the tax years 2017-2018 for Spark SE and for the tax years 2016-2018 for Spark GmbH. The Company is responding to questions and requests for information. At this point, there is no indication of any uncertainty with respect to Israel and German tax returns.

Note 4. Goodwill and Intangible Assets

The Company completes its annual goodwill impairment test during the fourth quarter of each year, or more frequently if triggering events indicate a possible impairment in one or more of its reporting units. During the second quarter of 2021, the Company lowered its financial expectations for the remainder of 2021 due to increased cyberattacks, delays in product initiatives and a more uncertain Covid-19 outlook. These factors constituted an interim triggering event as of the end of the Company's second quarter of 2021, and the Company performed an impairment analysis with regard to its indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill.

Goodwill

The following table summarizes the changes in the carrying amount of goodwill for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and the year ended December 31, 2020:

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(in thousands)
Balance as of January 1, 2020$199,238 
Impairment charges(42,713)
Impact of currency translation57 
Balance as of December 31, 2020$156,582 
Impairment charges(21,786)
Impact of currency translation(21)
Balance as of June 30, 2021$134,775 

For the quarter ended June 30, 2021, as a result of the interim goodwill impairment test, the fair value of the Spark reporting
unit exceeded the carrying amount, and as a result, no goodwill impairment was recorded. Goodwill assigned to the Spark reporting unit was $24.5 million. For the Zoosk reporting unit, the fair value did not exceed the carrying value, and the Company recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $21.8 million. The Company estimated the fair value of its reporting units utilizing a present value cash flow model. The Company believes this non-cash impairment charge does not impact its ability to generate cash flow in the future and it is not tax deductible.

The total accumulated impairment loss of the Company's goodwill was $84.5 million and $62.7 million as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

Intangible Assets

Intangible assets consists of the following as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

June 30, 2021
(in thousands)Weighted-Average Remaining Amortization Period (Years)Gross Carrying AmountAccumulated Impairment ChargesAccumulated AmortizationCurrency Translation Impact on Carrying AmountNet Carrying Amount
Indefinite-lived intangible assets:
Brands and trademarks$63,800 $(21,260)$— $— $42,540 
Long-lived intangible assets:
Brands and trademarks0.13,025 (2,573)(417)37 
Acquired technology1.95,910 — (3,346)— 2,564 
Customer relationships0.010,780 — (10,703)— 77 
Licenses and domains0.0184 — (148)38 
Other0.03,989 — (3,949)— 40 
Total intangible assets2.0$87,688 $(23,833)$(18,563)$$45,296 

December 31, 2020
(in thousands)Weighted-Average Remaining Amortization Period (Years)Gross Carrying AmountAccumulated Impairment ChargesAccumulated AmortizationCurrency Translation Impact on Carrying AmountNet Carrying Amount
Indefinite-lived intangible assets:
Brands and trademarks$63,800 $(10,960)$— $— $52,840 
Long-lived intangible assets:
Brands and trademarks0.13,025 (2,573)(409)47 
Acquired technology1.37,300 — (3,997)— 3,303 
Customer relationships0.411,420 — (8,762)— 2,658 
Licenses and domains0.0410 — (361)52 
Other0.05,203 — (5,102)(2)99 
Total intangible assets1.8$91,158 $(13,533)$(18,631)$$58,999 

For the interim assessment for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, the Company recognized a Zoosk trademark impairment charge of $10.3 million. The Company estimated the fair value using an income approach, specifically the relief-from-royalty method,
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based on the present value of future cash flows.The Company used a royalty rate of 4.0% and discount rate of 14.5%. No impairment charge was recorded for the long-lived intangible assets for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and the year ended December 31, 2020.

Amortization expense for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and the year ended December 31, 2020 were $3.4 million and $7.3 million, respectively.

At June 30, 2021, amortization of long-lived intangible assets for each of the next five years and thereafter is estimated to be as follows:

(in thousands)Amortization Expense
2021$827 
20221,280 
2023632 
2024
2025
Thereafter
Total estimated amortization expense$2,756 

Note 5. Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities consist of the following as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

(in thousands)June 30, 2021December 31, 2020
Accrued advertising8,050 8,691 
Accrued employee compensation and benefits2,583 2,085 
Accrued professional fees1,038 1,819 
Accrued service providers2,016 2,433 
Accrued value-added, sales, and other non-income-based taxes8,459 8,897 
Current portion of income tax payable1,380 1,536 
Current portion of lease liabilities1,772 1,932 
Other1,302 1,036 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities$26,600 $28,429 

Other liabilities consist of the following as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

(in thousands)June 30, 2021December 31, 2020
Deferred payment to Zoosk's shareholders$10,954 $10,373 
Lease liabilities, less current portion3,847 4,650 
Sublease security deposit1,038 1,038 
Other1,470 1,480 
Other liabilities$17,309 $17,541 

Note 6. Long-term Debt

On July 1, 2019, in connection with the acquisition of Zoosk, the Company entered into a Loan Agreement with Zoosk, Spark Networks, Inc., the subsidiary guarantors party thereto, the lenders party thereto, and Blue Torch Finance LLC ("Administrative Agent"), as administrative agent and collateral agent (the "Senior Secured Facilities Agreement") that provides for a four-year $125.0 million Senior Secured Facility. The Senior Secured Facilities Agreement provides for a term loan facility in an aggregate amount equal to $120.0 million (the "Term Loan Facility") and a revolving credit facility in an aggregate amount equal to $5.0 million (the “Revolving Credit Facility” and, together with the Term Loan Facility, the "Facilities"). Borrowings
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under the Facilities bear interest at a rate equal to either LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 8.0% per annum or the Base Rate with an applicable margin of 7.0% per annum.

Term Loan Facility

On December 2, 2020, the Company entered into the Second Amendment to Loan Agreement (the "Second Amendment"), which established an additional $6.0 million of term loan commitment to its existing Term Loan Facility. The additional borrowing was applied to pay the quarterly Term Loan Facility principal and interest payments on December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2021. The Second Amendment was accounted for as a modification of debt, and as such, the third-party costs incurred in connection with the Second Amendment of approximately $1.3 million were expensed as incurred. The debt issuance costs of $1.3 million that were paid directly to the lender at the closing date were capitalized and will be amortized using the effective interest method over the term of the loan. The effective interest rate on the modified loan is 11.3%. The Second Amendment requires repayment of the principal amount of $150 thousand quarterly, beginning on March 31, 2021, in addition to the $3.0 million quarterly principal repayment of the original Term Loan Facility and the interest.

On March 5, 2021, the Company entered into a Limited Waiver under Loan Agreement (the "Limited Waiver") with the Administrative Agent and the lenders pursuant to which certain defaults under the Loan Agreement were waived. In consideration of the Limited Waiver, the Company agreed to pay the Administrative Agent, for the ratable benefit of the lenders, a fee of $0.5 million upon the execution of the Limited Waiver, plus $0.3 million paid in kind by capitalizing such amount into the principal balance under the Loan Agreement. The aggregated fees were capitalized and will be amortized using the effective interest rate of 11.8%. The aggregated outstanding principal balance of the existing Term Loan Facility and the Second Amendment is $91.9 million and $104.7 million as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. The amortized cost basis of the Term Loan Facility is $87.2 million and $99.1 million as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

In addition, pursuant to the terms of the Term Loan Facility, within 5 days after the annual financial statements are required to be delivered to the lender, the Company is required to make a prepayment of the loan principal in an amount equal to a percentage of the excess cash flow, as defined in the Loan Agreement, of the most recently completed fiscal year. For the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company made a prepayment of $6.8 million and $3.3 million, respectively.

Revolving Credit Facility

The $5.0 million Revolving Credit Facility has a commitment fee of 0.75% per annum on the unutilized commitments thereunder payable on the Maturity Date. As the Revolving Credit Facility is not expected to be drawn down, transaction costs and upfront fees totaling $0.3 million related to the Revolving Credit Facility were deferred and are being amortized over the term of the agreement. There were no outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020.

Covenants

The Facilities contain a number of covenants that, among other things, restrict, subject to certain exceptions, the Company's ability and the ability of its subsidiaries to: incur additional indebtedness, create liens, engage in mergers or consolidations, sell or transfer assets, pay dividends and distributions and make share repurchases, make certain acquisitions, engage in certain transactions with affiliates, and change lines of business.

In addition, the Facilities, as revised by the Second Amendment, require the following financial covenants to be maintained: (i) a fixed charge coverage ratio of no less than 1.05 and 1.25 for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, (ii) a net leverage ratio of no greater than 2.60 for both the quarter ended June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, and (iii) a minimum liquidity threshold of $10.0 million at the end of each month following the closing date of the loan, consisting of available cash funds and availability under the Revolving Credit Facility. The Facilities also contain certain customary affirmative covenants and events of default, including a change of control. The Company is in compliance with all of its financial covenants as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020.

Note 7. Contingencies

The Company is involved in lawsuits, claims and proceedings incident to the ordinary course of business and establishes reserves for specific legal matters when it determines that the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome is probable and the loss is reasonably estimable. Management has also identified certain other legal matters where the Company believes an unfavorable
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outcome is not probable and, therefore, no reserve is established. Any claims against the Company, whether meritorious or not, could result in costly litigation, require significant amounts of management time and result in the diversion of significant operational resources. The results of these lawsuits, claims and proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty. However, the Company believes that the ultimate resolution of these current matters will not have a material adverse effect on its liquidity, results of operations or financial condition.

Cybersecurity Matters

On July 22, 2020, a putative class action was filed against the Company and Zoosk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by individuals claiming to be Zoosk users whose information was affected by the 2020 security incident disclosed by Zoosk. The complaint, as subsequently amended, asserts that by reason of the Zoosk security incident Spark and Zoosk violated the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA"), the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL), and common-law obligations. Based on these assertions, the complaint seeks statutory damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and injunctive relief. On December 14, 2020, plaintiffs voluntarily withdrew their claim under the CCPA. On January 30, 2021, the district court granted in part, and denied in part, Zoosk’s motion to dismiss the remainder of the complaint for failure to state a claim by dismissing the UCL claim but allowing the common-law claim to go forward. The Court held in abeyance the Company's motion to dismiss itself on jurisdictional grounds and for failure to state a claim. The court granted plaintiffs limited jurisdictional discovery as to the Company. Zoosk answered the portion of the complaint that asserts the one remaining common-law claim by denying its material allegations and asserting a number of affirmative defenses. The Court stayed the case pending resolution of the jurisdictional discovery. On May 6, 2021, plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the Company from the case and the stay was lifted. Zoosk and plaintiffs are currently engaged in discovery and the case is scheduled for trial commencing September 12, 2022.

Separately, a group of lawyers that is different from those who filed the putative class action described above filed 77 separate arbitration demands against Zoosk in the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. ("JAMS") arbitration forum. Zoosk has objected that neither JAMS nor any arbitrator appointed by JAMS has authority to arbitrate any of these claims or to rule on the issue of arbitrability. JAMS has nonetheless determined to commence arbitration proceedings in regard to one of the arbitration claims filed to date and has appointed an arbitrator for that one claim. Zoosk is participating in that arbitration under protest and reserving its arbitrability objections. That arbitration is scheduled for hearing on January 18, 2022.

On May 5, 2021, the same group of attorneys that filed the arbitration demands, described above, filed a petition to compel arbitration in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of three individuals claiming to be Zoosk users affected by the 2020 security incident. Counsel for the petitioners voluntarily dismissed the petition in its entirety on July 15, 2021.

Elite Connexion v. Spark Networks Services GmbH

On September 20, 2018, Elite Connexion filed a cease and desist order and damage claim in France against Spark Networks Services GmbH ("Spark GmbH"), alleging that Spark GmbH bid on search engine terms which violated an agreement between the parties. In Elite Connexion's claim, which was amended in September 2019, Elite Connection claimed damages for loss of profit, legal fees, and court fees. The parties agreed in principle to a settlement in September 2020 subject to negotiation of the settlement agreement. The parties continued to negotiate the terms of the settlement agreement as of June 30, 2021, and the Company recorded an accrual for the loss contingency in relation to a potential settlement of these matters. On August 10, 2021, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with Elite Connexion to settle the dispute.

Intellectual Property

Trademarks are an important element in running online dating websites and mobile applications. Given the large number of markets and brands, the Company deals with claims against its trademarks from time to time in the ordinary course of business. As of June 30, 2021, there are several ongoing national cases which affect trademarks within Germany, Finland, Ireland, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Poland and Benelux. The Company vigorously defends against each of the above legal proceedings. Following a favorable 2020 decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Company is exploring options to settle certain national trademark disputes in Europe.

The Company has additional legal claims and may encounter future legal claims in the normal course of business.

The Company intends to defend vigorously against each of the above legal proceedings. At this time, management does not believe the above matters, either individually or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results
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of operations or financial condition and believes the recorded legal provisions as of June 30, 2021 are adequate with respect to the probable and estimable liabilities. However, no assurance can be given that these matters will be resolved in the Company's favor.


Note 8. Financial Instruments and Fair Value Measurements

The Company records long-term debt at carrying value less unamortized discount and unamortized fees as it is not required to be carried at fair value on a recurring basis. The fair value of long-term debt was determined using observable inputs (Level 2). The valuation considers the present value of expected future repayments, discounted using a market interest rate equal to the interest margin on the borrowings and variable interest rate.

The following table presents the carrying values and the estimated fair values of long-term debt as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

June 30, 2021December 31, 2020
(in thousands)Carrying ValueFair ValueCarrying ValueFair Value
Long-term debt, including current portion(1)
$87,200 $106,256 $99,146 $107,504 

(1) At June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the carrying value of long-term debt is net of unamortized original issue discount and debt issuance costs of $4.7 million and $5.5 million, respectively.

The Company’s financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents, deposits, accounts receivable, and accounts payable are carried at cost, which approximates their fair value due to the short-term nature of these instruments. The Company does not have financial instruments that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020.

Note 9. Stock-based Compensation

Stock-based compensation expense reflects share awards issued under the Company's 2018 virtual stock option plan and the Long Term Incentive Plan adopted in 2020 (the "LTIP").

2020 Long Term Incentive Plan

In January 2020, the Administrative Board of the Company (the "Administrative Board") adopted the LTIP for applicable executives and employees of the Company and its subsidiaries as part of their remuneration for future services. The LTIP provides for the grant of virtual stock options. Each option represents the right to receive, upon exercise, a certain amount in cash determined based on the relevant American Depository Shares ("ADS") Stock Price of the option minus the strike price of such option; provided, however, that the Company may elect to settle options in ADSs or ordinary shares of the Company instead of cash at its sole discretion. The LTIP provides that the strike price can be set at any amount determined by the Administrative Board, including zero. Under the LTIP, the "ADS Stock Price" is, as of the grant date, the average closing price of one of the Company's ADSs trading on the NYSE American for the period of five trading days prior to such date. The Company classifies awards under the LTIP as equity-settled.

Options granted under the LTIP have a contractual term of 85 months and vest, subject to the employee's continued service to the Company, as follows: (i) 25% of the total number of options granted to a participant vest 12 months after the grant date of such option, and (ii) an additional 6.25% of such options shall vest at the end of each additional three-month period thereafter until the end of the 48th month after the relevant grant date.

In connection with the adoption of the LTIP, the Administrative Board authorized for 2020 the issuance of virtual options for up to 3000000 ADSs, including up to 1000000 zero-priced options. As of June 30, 2021, 260,025 virtual options, and 404,868 zero-priced options were available for future grant.

The fair value of the virtual stock options and zero-priced options are measured using a Black-Scholes option-pricing model for the six months ended June 30, 2021. The inputs used in the measurement of the fair values at the date of grant are summarized below:

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Virtual Stock OptionsZero-Priced Options
Long CallShort CallLong CallShort Call
OptionOption (Cap)OptionOption (Cap)
Stock price$5.42$5.42$5.42$5.42
Strike price$5.34$53.40$—$50.00
Term4.674.674.674.67
Volatility62.7 %62.7 %62.7 %62.7 %
Dividend— %— %— %— %
Risk-free rate0.7 %0.7 %0.7 %0.7 %

The following table summarizes the activity for the Company's options under the LTIP during the six months ended June 30, 2021:

Number of OptionsWeighted Average Exercise PriceWeighted Average Remaining Contractual TermAggregate Intrinsic Value
(in years)
Outstanding as of December 31, 20201,550,000$4.746.22$0.90
Granted257,1005.34
Exercised(10,750)3.71
Forfeited(56,375)3.69
Outstanding as of June 30, 20211,739,975$4.875.92$0.60
Vested and Exercisable at June 30, 2021427,442

Number of OptionsWeighted Average Grant Date Fair Value
Unvested as of December 31, 20201,550,000$2.99
Granted257,1002.40
Vested(438,192)3.08
Forfeited(56,375)3.69
Unvested as of June 30, 20211,312,533$2.87


The following table summarizes the activity for the Company's zero priced options under the LTIP during the six months ended June 30, 2021:

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Number of Shares
Outstanding as of December 31, 2020674,000
Granted77,600
Exercised(137,125)
Forfeited(19,343)
Outstanding as of June 30, 2021595,132
Vested and Exercisable at June 30, 202160,537

Number of OptionsWeighted Average Grant Date Fair Value
Unvested as of December 31, 2020674,000$6.13
Granted77,6005.01
Vested(197,662)6.25
Forfeited(19,343)4.60
Unvested as of June 30, 2021534,595$7.51

The total unrecognized compensation expense related to awards granted under the LTIP at June 30, 2021 was $4.36 million, which will be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.90 years.

Total stock-based compensation expense for all the plans are included in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited) is as follows:

Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)20212020
Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization$— $— 
Sales and marketing23 97 
Customer service12 18 
Technical operations and development145 201 
General and administrative1,436 2,028 
Total stock-based compensation expense$1,616 $2,344 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

This section and other parts of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (“Form 10-Q”) contain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “future,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “can,” “may,” and similar terms. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and the Company’s actual results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in Part I, Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 under the heading “Risk Factors.” The Company assumes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason, except as required by law.

Overview

We are a leading global operator of premium online dating sites and mobile applications. Our focus is on catering to the 40+ age demographic and religious minded singles looking for serious relationships in North America and other international markets. Since our inception, we have had 93 million users register with our dating platforms (which includes inactive accounts). We currently operate one or more of our brands worldwide.

Our strategy is to become the social dating for meaningful relationships leader. We will continue to expand our presence in North America through significant marketing investment in this region as we look to drive both organic growth of our existing brand portfolio and expansion through the launch of new or acquired brands. We intend to incorporate more social features in our products with content, community and social discovery functionality to allow our users to meet in more informal ways and to provide new ways to date online. Our portfolio of strong brands along with our improved financial strength positions us to deliver a superior user experience to our customers and drive long-term value to shareholders.

Our ability to compete effectively will depend upon our ability to address the needs of our members and paying subscribers, on the timely introduction and performance of innovative features and services associated with our brands, and our ability to respond to services and features introduced by competitors. We must also achieve these objectives within the parameters of our consolidated and operating segment profitability targets. We are focused on enhancing and augmenting our portfolio of services while also continuing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations. We believe we have sufficient available cash resources on hand to accomplish the enhancements currently contemplated.

Operations Overview

We offer services both via websites and mobile applications and utilize a "subscription" business model, where certain basic functionalities are provided free of charge, while providing premium features (such as interacting with other community members via messages) only to paying subscribers. We generate revenues primarily through paid membership subscriptions. We manage our operations through one reportable segment.

In addition to operating in the United States ("U.S."), we also operate in various markets outside the U.S., primarily in various jurisdictions within the European Union ("EU"), and as a result, are exposed to foreign exchange risk for the euro, U.S. dollar, British pound, Australian dollar and Canadian dollar. Financial statements of subsidiaries outside the U.S. are generally measured using the local currency as the functional currency. The revenue generated outside the U.S. is translated into U.S. dollar at the date of transactions and subject to unpredictable fluctuations if the value of other currencies change relative to the U.S. dollar. Fluctuating foreign exchange rates result in foreign currency exchange gains and losses. We have not and do not intend to hedge any foreign currency exposures.

We believe that any effect of inflation at current levels will be minimal. Historically, we have been able to increase prices at a rate equal to or greater than that of inflation and we believe that we will continue to be able to do so for the foreseeable future. In addition, we have been able to maintain a relatively stable variable cost structure for our products due, in part, to a continued optimization of marketing spend.

COVID-19 Update

During 2020, the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") outbreak spread worldwide and was declared a global pandemic in March 2020. Despite challenging economic conditions on consumers, we maintained stable churn levels during the period and
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experienced positive user engagement. The global outbreak of COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve as of the date these interim condensed consolidated financial statements are issued. Management is actively monitoring the global situation on its business. The effects of COVID-19 did not have a material impact on our result of operations or financial condition for the period ended June 30, 2021. However, given the daily evolution of the COVID-19 situation, and the global responses to curb its spread, we are not able to estimate the effects COVID-19 may have on our future results of operations or financial condition.

Key Business Metrics

We regularly review certain operating metrics in order to evaluate the effectiveness of our operating strategies and monitor the financial performance of the business. The key business metrics that we utilize include the following:

Total Registrations

Total registrations are defined as the total number of new members registering to our platforms with their email address. Those include members who enter into premium subscriptions and free memberships.

Average Paying Subscribers

Paying subscribers are defined as individuals who have paid a monthly fee for access to premium services, which include, among others, unlimited communication with other registered users, access to user profile pictures and enhanced search functionality. Average paying subscribers for each month are calculated as the sum of the paying subscribers at the beginning and the end of the month, divided by two. Average paying subscribers for periods longer than one month are calculated as the sum of the average paying subscribers for each month, divided by the number of months in such period.

Monthly Average Revenue Per User ("ARPU")

Monthly ARPU represents the total net subscriber revenue for the period divided by the number of average paying subscribers for the period, divided by the number of months in the period.

Contribution

Contribution is defined as revenue, net of refunds and credit card chargebacks, less direct marketing.

Direct Marketing

Direct Marketing is defined as online and offline advertising spend and is included within Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization within our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited).

Unaudited selected statistical information regarding the key business metrics described above is shown in the table below:

Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
2021202020212020
Registrations3,186,853 3,759,674 6,794,555 7,668,580 
Average Paying Subscribers878,618 905,416 887,481 914,799 
Total Monthly ARPU$20.96 $20.81 $20.96 $20.80 
Net Revenue$55,253 $56,527 $111,632 $114,184 
Direct Marketing26,426 26,798 56,829 56,630 
Contribution$28,827 $29,729 $54,803 $57,554 

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, new members registered to our platforms decreased by 0.6 million, or 15.2%, and 0.9 million, or 11.4%, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2020. Average paying subscribers during the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 decreased by 3.0% for both periods compared to the same periods in 2020. The decreases were primarily driven by declines in registration of the Zoosk brand.
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Monthly ARPU for both the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 remained relatively flat compared to the same periods in 2020.

Results of Operations

The following table shows our results of operations for the periods presented. The period-over-period comparison of our historical results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected in the future.

Three Months Ended June 30,
20212020$ Change% Change
Revenue$55,253 $56,527 $(1,274)(2.3)%
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization32,881 33,223 (342)(1.0)%
Sales and marketing expenses1,152 1,185 (33)(2.8)%
Customer service expenses1,902 1,938 (36)(1.9)%
Technical operations and development expenses4,774 4,189 585 14.0 %
General and administrative expenses7,096 8,340 (1,244)(14.9)%
Depreciation and amortization2,298 2,332 (34)(1.5)%
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill32,086 — 32,086 100.0 %
Total operating costs and expenses82,189 51,207 30,982 60.5 %
Operating (loss) income(26,936)5,320 (32,256)(606.3)%
Other income (expense):
Interest income— (9)(100.0)%
Interest expense(3,802)(3,395)(407)12.0 %
Gain on foreign currency transactions584 746 (162)(21.7)%
Other income (expense)(2)200 (202)(101.0)%
Total other expense, net(3,220)(2,440)(780)32.0 %
(Loss) income before income taxes(30,156)2,880 (33,036)(1147.1)%
Income tax expense(1)
(18,871)(2,046)(16,825)822.3 %
Net (loss) income$(49,027)$834 $(49,861)(5978.5)%

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Six Months Ended June 30,
20212020$ Change% Change
Revenue$111,632 $114,184 $(2,552)(2.2)%
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization69,799 69,764 35 0.1 %
Sales and marketing expenses2,203 2,240 (37)(1.7)%
Customer service expenses3,763 4,013 (250)(6.2)%
Technical operations and development expenses9,694 9,659 35 0.4 %
General and administrative expenses15,415 15,223 192 1.3 %
Depreciation and amortization4,588 4,653 (65)(1.4)%
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill32,086 — 32,086 100.0 %
Total operating costs and expenses137,548 105,552 31,996 30.3 %
Operating (loss) income(25,916)8,632 (34,548)(400.2)%
Other income (expense):
Interest income— 40 (40)(100.0)%
Interest expense(7,242)(6,852)(390)5.7 %
Loss on foreign currency transactions(1,144)(207)(937)452.7 %
Other income (expense)(18)200 (218)(109.0)%
Total other expense, net(8,404)(6,819)(1,585)23.2 %
(Loss) income before income taxes(34,320)1,813 (36,133)(1993.0)%
Income tax expense(1)
(21,211)(3,141)(18,070)575.3 %
Net (loss) income$(55,531)$(1,328)$(54,203)4081.6 %

(1) We identified an error related to the calculation of tax provision that impacted the comparative consolidated financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Management evaluated these adjustments and concluded they were not material to any previously issued financial statements. For comparability, the prior period comparative figures that are presented herein have been revised to present the correct figures. Refer to Note 1 for additional information.

Comparison of Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020

Revenue

Revenue during the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 decreased by $1.3 million, or 2.3%, and $2.6 million, or 2.2%, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2020. The decrease was attributable to the 3.0% decrease in the number of average paying subscribers related to Zoosk brand, partially offset by the increase in the core Spark brands.

Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization

Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization consists primarily of direct marketing expenses, data center expenses, credit card fees and mobile application processing fees. Cost of revenue during the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 remained relatively flat compared to the same periods in 2020.

Sales and marketing expenses

Sales and marketing expenses consist primarily of salaries for our sales and marketing personnel and expenses for market research. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, sales and marketing expenses remained relatively flat compared to the same periods in 2020.

Customer service expenses

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Customer service expenses consist primarily of third-party service fees and personnel costs associated with our customer service centers. The members of our customer service team primarily respond to billing questions, detect and eliminate suspected fraudulent activity, and address site usage and dating questions from our members. Customer service expenses remained relatively flat during the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. During the six months ended June 30, 2021, customer service expenses decreased by $0.3 million, or 6.2%, compared to the same period in 2020. The decrease was mainly attributable to a reduction in personnel costs due to consolidation of customer service employee headcount.

Technical operations and development expenses

Technical operations and development expenses consist primarily of the personnel and systems necessary to support our corporate technology requirements as well as costs incurred in the development, enhancement and maintenance of our new and existing technology platforms. Technical operations and development expenses during the three months ended June 30, 2021 increased by $0.6 million, or 14.0%, compared to the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in personnel costs due to higher headcount in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2020. Technical operations and development expenses during the six months ended June 30, 2021 remained relatively flat compared to the same period in 2020.

General and administrative expenses

General and administrative expenses consist primarily of corporate personnel-related costs, professional fees, occupancy and other overhead costs. General and administrative expenses decreased by $1.2 million, or 14.9%, for the three months ended June 30, 2021, while it increased by $0.2 million, or 1.3%, during the six months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The decrease during the three months ended June 30, 2021 was primarily driven by a decrease in the business tax expense in San Francisco as the Company no longer has operations in the city and stock-based compensation expense. The increase during the six months ended June 30, 2021 was primarily driven by an increase in insurance and professional fees, partially offset by a decrease in the business tax expense in San Francisco and stock-based compensation expense.

Other income (expense)

Other expense, net, consist primarily of interest income and expenses, foreign exchange gains and losses, and other related finance costs. Other expenses, net, during the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 increased by $0.8 million, or 32.0%, and $1.6 million, or 23.2%, compared to the same periods in 2020. The increase in both periods was primarily related to an increase in interest expense on the deferred payment to Zoosk's shareholders due to an increase in the stated interest rate from 2% to 12% per annum, an increase in effective interest on borrowings under the Senior Secured Facilities Agreement, and losses on foreign currency transactions. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, interest expense on the deferred payment to Zoosk's shareholders increased $0.2 million and $0.4 million, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2020. Effective interest on borrowings under the Senior Secured Facilities Agreement during the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 increased $0.2 million and $0.1 million, respectively, as compared to the same periods in 2020. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, net foreign exchange gains decreased by $0.2 million compared to the same period in 2020. During the six months ended June 30, 2021, net foreign exchange losses increased by $0.9 million compared to the same period in 2020.

Impairment

During the second quarter of 2021, the Company lowered its financial expectations for the remainder of 2021 due to increased cyberattacks, delays in product initiatives and a more uncertain Covid-19 outlook. These factors constituted an interim triggering event as of the end of the Company's second quarter of 2021, and the Company performed an impairment analysis with regard to its indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill. For the quarter ended June 30, 2021, the fair value of the Spark reporting unit exceeded the carrying amount, and as a result, no goodwill impairment was recorded. For the Zoosk reporting unit, the Company recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $21.8 million. In addition, the Company recognized a Zoosk trademark impairment charge of $10.3 million.

See Note 4. Goodwill and Intangible Assets in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 1 of this quarterly report for further discussion of impairment.

Income tax expense

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Income tax expense was $18.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 compared to $2.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, which reflects an effective tax rate of (62.7)% and 69.2%, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company recorded income tax expense of $21.2 million and $3.1 million, respectively, which reflect an effective tax rate of (61.9)% and 159.3%, respectively. The increase in income tax expense was primarily driven by change in valuation allowance for U.S. deferred tax assets and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets.

See Note 3. Income Taxes in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 1 of this quarterly report for further discussion of income taxes.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We report our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. ("U.S. GAAP"). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide users of our financial information with additional useful information in evaluating our performance.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is one of the primary metrics by which we evaluate the performance of our business, budget, forecast and compensate management. We believe this measure provides management and investors with a consistent view, period to period, of the core earnings generated from the ongoing operations and excludes the impact of items that we do not consider representative of our ongoing performance. This includes: depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation, asset impairments, gains or losses on foreign currency transactions and net interest expense, acquisition related costs and other costs. Adjusted EBITDA has inherent limitations in evaluating our performance, including, but not limited to the following:

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash capital expenditures during the measurement period;
Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any changes in working capital requirements during the measurement period;
Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash tax payments during the measurement period; and
Adjusted EBITDA may be calculated differently by other companies in our industry, thus limiting its value as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including net income and our other U.S. GAAP results. The following table reconciles Net (loss) income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented:

Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)2021202020212020
Net (loss) income$(49,027)$834 $(55,531)$(1,328)
Net interest expense3,802 3,386 7,242 6,812 
(Gain) loss on foreign currency transactions(584)(746)1,144 207 
Income tax expense18,871 2,046 21,211 3,141 
Depreciation and amortization2,298 2,332 4,588 4,653 
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill32,086 — 32,086 — 
Stock-based compensation expense580 1,434 1,616 2,344 
Acquisition related costs(1)
— 673 — 1,464 
Other costs(2)
292 149 764 277 
Adjusted EBITDA$8,318 $10,108 $13,120 $17,570 

(1) Acquisition-related costs primarily consist of transaction costs, including legal, consulting, advisory fees, and severance and retention costs.
(2) Includes primarily consulting and advisory fees related to special projects, as well as post-merger integration activities and long-term debt transaction and advisory fees.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our ongoing liquidity requirements arise primarily from working capital needs, research and development requirements and the debt service. In addition, we may use liquidity to fund acquisitions or make other investments. Sources of liquidity are cash
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balances and cash flows from operations and borrowings. From time to time, we may obtain additional liquidity through the issuance of equity or debt. As of June 30, 2021, we had cash and cash equivalents of $11.1 million.

As of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we had outstanding principal debt balance of $91.9 million and $104.7 million, respectively. We believe that we will continue to have adequate liquidity on hand to meet our payment requirement under the Loan Agreement in the amount of $6.3 million during the second half of fiscal year 2021. We are in compliance with all of our financial covenants with a net leverage ratio of 2.30 as of June 30, 2021. See Note 6. Long-term Debt in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 1 of this quarterly report for further discussion of our debt.

We believe that our current cash and cash flow from operations will be sufficient to meet our anticipated cash needs for financial liabilities, capital expenditures and contractual obligations, for at least the next 12 months. Our future capital requirements and the adequacy of available funds will depend on many factors and those set forth in Part II, Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. We do not anticipate requiring additional capital; however, if required or desirable, we may utilize our Revolving Credit Facility or issue additional equity in the private or public markets. Under the Senior Secured Facilities Agreement, we are subject to various financial covenants including a monthly liquidity requirement and quarterly tests including guarantor coverage test, maximum leverage ratio and minimum asset coverage ratio. Additionally, it includes covenants that, among other things, restricts our ability and the ability of its subsidiaries to: incur additional indebtedness, create liens, engage in mergers or consolidations, sell or transfer assets, pay dividends and distributions and make share repurchases, make certain acquisitions, engage in certain transactions with affiliates, and change lines of business. We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements as of June 30, 2021.

Cash Flows Information

The following table summarizes our cash flows for the periods presented:
Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)20212020
Net cash provided by (used in):
Operating activities$4,629 $7,207 
Investing activities(661)(1,951)
Financing activities(13,610)(9,319)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents$(9,642)$(4,063)

Operating Activities

Our cash flows from operating activities primarily include net loss adjusted for (i) non-cash items included in net loss, such as depreciation and amortization, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, stock-based compensation and (ii) changes in the balances of operating assets and liabilities.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $4.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, a decrease of $2.6 million compared to $7.2 million during the three months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily driven by an increase in net loss from $1.3 million to $55.5 million and the decrease in accounts receivable due to timing.

Investing Activities

Our cash flows from investing activities primarily include development of internal-use software, purchase of property and equipment and business acquisition.

Net cash used in investing activities was $0.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, a decrease of $1.3 million compared to $2.0 million during the six months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease was primarily due to the cash paid for the Zoosk acquisition final adjustment surplus of $0.5 million during the six months ended June 30, 2020, and the additional capital expenditures of $0.8 million during the first six months of 2020.

Financing Activities

Our cash flows from financing activities primarily include changes in long-term debt.

Net cash used in financing activities was $13.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, an increase of $4.3 million compared to $9.3 million during the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to the fee paid
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in connection with the execution of the Limited Waiver under Loan Agreement in March 2021 of $0.5 million and a higher mandatory prepayment made during the second quarter of 2021 compared to same period in 2020.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 1 Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part I. Item 1. of this quarterly report for a discussion of recently issued and adopted accounting standards.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Please refer to Part II. Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation, the “Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” section of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31,2020 ("2020 Form 10-K") for a full description of all of our critical accounting estimates. We believe there have been no new critical accounting policies and estimates, or material changes to our existing critical accounting policies and estimates during the three months ended June 30, 2021.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Not applicable.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Financial Officer (our principal accounting officer) and Chief Executive Officer (our principal executive officer), we evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act)) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Management recognizes that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives and management necessarily applies its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. Based on that evaluation, our management concluded that, as of June 30, 2021, due to the material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting previously identified in our 2020 Form 10-K which continues to exist, our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective.

Remediation Plan for Material Weakness in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

In connection with the audit of our consolidated financial statements as of and for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, we identified material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting. A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of our annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Please refer to Part II. Item 9A. "Controls and Procedures" of our 2020 Form 10-K for a full description of the material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting and remediation plan.

Our remediation of the identified material weaknesses and the strengthening of our internal control environment is ongoing. We continue to focus on the design and implementation of processes and procedures to improve our new and existing controls and remediate our material weaknesses. We are committed to maintaining a strong control environment and believe that these remediation efforts represent continued improvements in our control environment. As we continue to evaluate and take actions to improve our internal control over financial reporting, we may determine it is necessary to take additional action to address control deficiencies or modify certain of the remediation measures. The material weaknesses will not be considered remediated, however, until the applicable controls operate for a sufficient period of time and management has concluded, through testing, that these enhanced internal controls are operating effectively. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting in the areas affected by the material weaknesses. Our management is committed to remediating the material weakness in a timely manner.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

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There has been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) during the period covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

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PART II
Other Information

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

For information that updates the disclosure set forth under Part I. Item 3. Legal Proceedings in our 2020 Form 10-K, refer to Note 7 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in this Form 10-Q.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

Please refer to Part I. Item 1A. Risk Factors of our 2020 Form 10-K for a discussion of our risk factors. The risks and uncertainties are not limited to those set forth in the 2020 Form 10-K. Additional risks and uncertainties that we are unaware of, or that we currently believe are not material, may also become important factors that affect us. We believe there have been no new risk factors, or material changes to our existing risk factors, during the three months ended June 30, 2021.


Item 2. Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

None.

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

Not applicable.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

Item 5. Other Information

None.

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Item 6. Exhibits

Incorporated by Reference
Filed/Furnished
Herewith
Exhibit
Number
 Description FormFile No.
Exhibit
Filing Date
 Exhibit No.
3.1Filed
10.18-K001-382526/17/2110.1
10.28-K001-382526/17/2110.2
10.3Filed
31.1Filed
31.2Filed
32.1
32.2
101.1
The following financial statements from the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, formatted in Extensible Business Reporting Language (“XBRL”):
unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets;
unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss;
unaudited condensed consolidated statements of shareholders’ equity;
unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows; and
notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
X
**The certifications furnished in Exhibits 32.1 and 32.2 hereto are deemed to accompany this Form 10-Q and are not deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, nor shall they be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act.


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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
 
  Spark Networks SE
    
Date: August 23, 2021 By:/s/ Eric Eichmann
   Eric Eichmann
   Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)
Date: August 23, 2021By:/s/ David Clark
David Clark
Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)
 

 
 
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