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Creatd Announces Record Reduction of 45% in QoQ Operating Expenses for its First Quarter 2022

Creatd Announces Record Reduction of 45% in QoQ Operating Expenses for its First Quarter 2022

NEW YORK, May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Creatd, Inc. (Nasdaq CM: CRTD) (“Creatd” or the “Company”), a creator-first holding company and the parent company of Vocal, a proprietary technology platform for creators, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

 

Financial Highlights

  • Creatd’s Q1 2022 GAAP revenue grew 81% YoY to nearly $1.4 million, with $2.5 million in non-GAAP revenue, led by stable growth across all business segments.
  • Creatd maintained revenues QoQ while reducing operating expenses by a record 45%, as well as decreasing Vocal marketing costs. 
  • The reduction in Vocal subscription-related marketing expenses is a testament to the platform’s ‘stickiness,’ the scalability of Creatd’s multiple subscription-based revenue models, and management’s commitment to working toward cash flow break-even.
  • At the conclusion of Q1 2022, Creatd’s balance sheet has no long-term debt.
  • Mid-way through Q2 2022, the Company’s second-quarter revenues are already tracking above those of last quarter; the Company maintains guidance of between $1.55 million and $1.75 million in net revenues for such period.  

Business Highlights (Year to Date)

  • Creatd’s flagship platform, Vocal, released ‘Comments’, one of its most highly-requested features, as part of a suite of social-oriented features being introduced this year. 
  • Creatd Ventures’ direct-to-consumer beverage brand, Dune, launched in luxury SoCal grocery retailer Erewhon Market after selling out at Urban Outfitters in less than two weeks. Dune continues to field strong interest from a range of additional retailers as consumer demand for premium, high-quality wellness drinks increases. 
  • Creatd Partners, the pillar housing the Company’s agency businesses, released a new website design and media kit for its content marketing arm, Vocal for Brands. The new Vocal for Brands positioning works to highlight its shift toward a more integrated, cohesive agency offering, leveraging WHE’s powerful influencer network as well as Vocal creators to drive even further impact for Creatd Partners clients. 
  • Creatd Studios, the Company’s transmedia production arm, announced the upcoming launch of a new podcast featuring the voices and stories of Vocal’s creators; additionally, the Company announced the upcoming release of a print book featuring the winners of Vocal’s ‘Fiction Awards’ Challenge, with publication expected in early 2023 in partnership with UK-based publisher, Unbound.
  • The Company is planning an Investor Day webcast to present its business expansion plans for the second half of 2022. The event is expected to take place next month, with further details to be announced.

Commented Creatd’s CEO Laurie Weisberg, “Over the last quarter, our Company has been able to operate efficiently and effectively; at the heart of Creatd remains a commitment to creators and our technology platform, Vocal. In the face of significant headwinds, we are still on schedule to deliver our first ever Vocal mobile app, which we expect to be the most momentous event for the technology since the platform’s inception nearly six years ago.”

About Creatd

Creatd, Inc. (Nasdaq CM: CRTD) is a creator-first technology holding company and the parent company of the Vocal platform. Our mission is to empower creators, entrepreneurs, and brands through technology and partnership. We accomplish this through Creatd’s four business pillars: Creatd Labs, Creatd Partners, Creatd Ventures, and Creatd Studios.

Creatd: https://creatd.com;

Creatd IR: https://investors.creatd.com;

Vocal Platform: https://vocal.media;

Investor Relations Contact: [email protected]

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 Creatd, Inc.

 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet










 March 31, 2022


     December 31, 2021    

Assets

      (Unaudited)     



Current Assets





Cash                        

$       3,229627


$          3,794,734


Account receivable, net

390,605


337,440


Inventory

436,981


106,403


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

274,840


236,665


     Total Current Assets





4,332,053


4,475,242











Property and equipment, net

139,479


102,939


Intangible assets

2,520,373


2,432,841


Goodwill

1,383,785


1,374,835


Deposits and other assets

914,700


718,951


Minority investment in business

50,000


50,000


Operating lease right of use asset


18,451


   Total Assets





$      9,340,390


$         9,173,259





Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)




Current Liabilities





 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$      4,832,103


$         3,730,540


 Convertible Notes, net of debt discount and issuance costs


159,193


 Current portion of operating lease payable


18,451


 Notes payable, net of debt discount and issuance costs

1,151,087


1,278,672


 Deferred revenue

211,676


234,159


Total Current Liabilities    

6,194,866


5,421,015







Non-current Liabilities:





Note payable

35,905


63,922


                 Total Non-current Liabilities  





35,905


63,922


   Total Liabilities





6,230,771


5,485,007





Commitments and contingencies








Stockholders’ Equity





Common stock, $0.001: 100,000,000 authorized shares





          19,915,090 issued and 19,909,433 outstanding as of March 31, 2022, and





          16,691,170 issued and 16,685,513 outstanding as of December 31, 2021

19,915


16,691


 Additional paid-in capital

117,949,487


111,563,618


 Subscription receivable



 Less:  Treasury stock, 5,657 and 5,657, respectively

(62,406)


(62,406)


 Accumulated deficit

(115,980,623)


(109,632,574)


 Accumulated other comprehensive income

(83,222)


(78,272)


           Total Creatd, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity

1,846,310


1,807,057


 Non-controlling interest in consolidated subsidiaries

1,263,309


1,881,195



3,109,619


3,688,252


Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$      9,340,390


$          9,173,259

 

Creatd, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

March 31,




2022


2021







Net revenues



$    1,348,738


$     743,913

Cost of revenues



1,572,170


867,150

Gross margin



(223,432)


(123,237)







Operating expenses






   Research and development



226,654


328,852

   Marketing



2,092,021


2,042,655

   Stock based compensation



1,080,792


1,570,239

   General and administrative



3,386,385


1,881,014

   Total operating expenses



6,936,522


5,822,760

   Loss from operations



(6,785,852)


(5,945,997)







Other income (expenses)






   Other income



99


   Interest expense



(13,896)


(198,671)

   Accretion of debt discount and issuance cost 



(23,477)


(497,165)

   Derivative expense




(100,502)

   Change in derivative liability



3,729


(197,389)

   Settlement of vendor liabilities



14,525


92,909

   Gain on extinguishment of debt



147,256


203,578

   Other income (expenses), net



128,236


(697,240)







Loss before income tax provision and equity

 in net loss from unconsolidated investments



(6,881,048)


(6,643,237)

Income tax provision




Net loss



$ (6,881,048)


$ (6,643,237)

 Non-controlling interest in net loss



617,886


Net Income (loss) attributable to Creatd, Inc.

   Deemed dividend

   Inducement expense



(6,263,162)

(81,728)


(6,643,237)

   Net loss attributable to common shareholders



(6,344,890)


(6,643,237)

Comprehensive income (loss)






   Net loss



(6,881,048)


(6,643,237)

   Currency translation gain (loss)



(4,950)


(7,311)

Comprehensive loss



(6,885,998)


(6,650,548)

Per-share data






   Basic and diluted loss per share



$         (0.36)


$       (0.68)

 

   Weighted average number of common shares outstanding



17,707,951


9,836,443

 

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