TheStreet.com Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2006 Financial Results

February 15, 2007 at 12:00 AM EST

NEW YORK NEW YORK, Feb 15, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- TheStreet.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSCM), a leading provider of financial commentary, analysis, research, news and ratings, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2006.

2006 Business Highlights

-- Net revenue grew by 51%, driven by advertising, subscription and syndication, or other, revenue which grew 62%, 45% and 67%, respectively.

-- The Company served 880 million page views in 2006, an increase of 80% from 2005.

-- Viewership of TheStreet.com TV grew throughout 2006, increasing to 8 million video views and contributing more than 7% of total advertising revenue in the fourth quarter.

-- Average monthly unique visitors grew to 4.4 million for the year, a 46% increase from last year.

-- The Company's non-financial advertising revenue category grew 111% year-over-year as the Company continued to diversify its advertising client base. Advertising revenue from non-financial advertisers grew to 27% of total advertising revenue in 2006, versus 20% of total advertising revenue in 2005.

-- Excluding the cash impact of the acquisition of Weiss Ratings in the third quarter of 2006, the Company generated $15.7 million in cash flow versus $1.9 million in 2005.

-- Operating margin increased from 14.5% in 2005 to 21.7% in 2006, while gross margin increased from 62.3% in 2005 to 63.7% in 2006.

-- The board of directors declared the Company's fourth quarterly cash dividend, payable to all shareholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2006. The cash dividend of $0.025 per share was paid on December 29, 2006.

"In the fourth quarter we made solid progress within our strategy of increasing the Company's advertising-based revenue by delivering more content initiatives such as TheStreet.com TV and TheStreet.com Ratings on our free site," said Thomas J. Clarke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of TheStreet.com. "We enter 2007 with a continued focus on expanding and monetizing the advertising-based revenue stream. Our diversified revenue model made it possible for us to complete our second full year of profitability and our first full year of shareholder dividend rewards. Our overall results and resulting momentum reinforce my confidence about TheStreet.com's ability to continue to deliver shareholder value."

For the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2006

Net revenue totaled $14.4 million, an increase of 44% over net revenue of $10.0 million for the same period of 2005.

Net income totaled $4.0 million, an increase of 125% over net income of $1.8 million for the same period of 2005.

Earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.14, compared to $0.07 for the same period of 2005. Non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarter -- excluding $0.4 million of stock compensation expense -- were $0.16 per basic and diluted share, compared to $0.08 in the fourth quarter of 2005, exclusive of $0.3 million of stock compensation expense.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") totaled $3.9 million, an increase of 128% over EBITDA of $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

For the Full Year Ended December 31, 2006

Net revenue totaled $50.9 million, an increase of 51% from net revenue of $33.7 million for the full year of 2005.

Net income totaled $12.9 million, compared to net income of $0.2 million in 2005. Net income from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2006, was $12.8 million, an increase of 123% from net income from continuing operations of $5.8 million for 2005.

Earnings per basic and diluted share for 2006 were $0.48 and $0.47, respectively, compared to $0.01 for 2005. Earnings per basic and diluted share from continuing operations in 2006 were $0.48 and $0.47, respectively, compared to $0.23 and $0.22 for 2005. Non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2006 -- excluding $1.8 million of stock compensation expense -- were $0.54 and $0.53, respectively, compared to $0.02 per basic and diluted share for 2005, exclusive of $0.3 million of stock compensation expense.

Earnings before interest, taxes depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the year ended December 31, 2006, totaled $12.3 million, compared to EBITDA of $0.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. EBITDA from continuing operations in 2006 totaled $12.3 million, an increase of 117% over EBITDA of $5.7 million for 2005.

Quarterly and Year-End Advertising, Subscription and Syndication Revenue Highlights

Revenue from advertising, subscription and syndication, increased significantly to contribute to the Company's fourth quarter and full-year gains.

Fourth-quarter advertising revenue reached $4.8 million, a 49% increase over the $3.2 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2005. For the year, advertising revenue was $15.4 million, 62% greater than last year's total of $9.5 million.

Fourth-quarter subscription revenue was $8.8 million, a 36% increase over the $6.5 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2005. For the year, subscription revenue was $33.5 million, a 45% increase from last year's $23.1 million.

Other revenue, which is primarily syndication revenue, was $0.8 million in the fourth quarter, a 171% increase over the $0.3 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2005. For the year, other revenue was $1.9 million, a 67% increase from last year's $1.2 million.

Cash, restricted cash and marketable securities stood at $46.6 million, and cash per share stood at $1.67, as of December 31, 2006. The Company has no long-term debt.

2006 Company Highlights

-- On January 3, 2007, the Company announced a joint venture with A.R. Media to create Stockpickr.com, the ground breaking Web site that combines social networking with stock investment ideas. TheStreet.com will hold a 49.9% ownership interest in the venture.

-- The Company launched "TheStreet.com Ratings Screener," where visitors can access proprietary screening data on lists of stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds by market capitalization, sector and industry.

-- The Company re-launched and re-branded its video offering as TheStreet.com TV, powered by the ROO online video network to enhance advertising serving capabilities, stream its growing library of video content in a customizable fashion, and facilitate seamless content sharing to syndication partners.

-- The Company launched a new daily video segment on TheStreet.com TV: Wall Street Confidential, featuring Company co-founder Jim Cramer.

-- The Company entered into an agreement with online brokerage firm ShareBuilder Corporation to provide sharebuilder.com subscribers access to the Company's Ratings content including: equity investment research reports on 3,100 companies, more than 6,000 equity ratings, exchange-traded fund (ETF) investment reports and recommendations, and five of TheStreet.com Ratings' quantitative stock screen offerings.

-- The Company and The NASDAQ Stock Market(R) launched a video broadcast co-branding initiative where NASDAQ provides access to its broadcast facilities, real-time data, and access to spokespeople from NASDAQ's Market Intelligence Desk toward expanding TheStreet.com's free educational content offerings.

-- Two of the Company's properties - www.thestreet.com, the Company's free, flagship Web site, and Daily "Booyahs!," a daily financial blog written by Jim Cramer - were named finalists for 2007 Codie Awards in recognition of excellence and outstanding achievement within the software and digital content industries.

-- The Company won the Society of America Business Editors and Writers' (SABEW) "Best in Business" 2006 award in the column category for "The Five Dumbest Things on Wall Street This Week."

-- The Company won the Media Industry Newsletter (min) "Best of The Web" Awards, for Best Email Newsletter for TheStreet.com Options Alerts.

-- David Morrow, the Company's Editor in Chief, was named a finalist in the 2006 Media Industry Newsletter (min) "Best of the Web" Awards program in the Editor of Website category.

-- The Company was named a finalist for a 2006 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the News Services and Online Content category.

TheStreet.com will conduct a conference call today February 15, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. EST to discuss these results. The Company welcomes all interested parties to listen to the Web cast of its call at: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=65508& eventID=1460921(Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)

About TheStreet.com, Inc.

TheStreet.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSCM) is a leading multimedia provider of business, investment and ratings content, available through its proprietary properties, which include Web sites, email subscription services, print, radio, syndication and audio and video programming. Founded in 1996, TheStreet.com, Inc. pioneered the electronic publishing of financial information on the Internet. Today, the Company offers proprietary information on stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and financial institutions, including various insurers; HMOs; Blue Cross Blue Shield plans; banks and savings and loans. The Company's breadth of top-grade services empowers a wide audience of retail and professional investors, by delivering information they can rely upon to make sound, informed financial decisions.

To supplement the Company's financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), TheStreet.com uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance, including "EBITDA," and cash flow. EBITDA is adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. "Cash flow" as used in this news release, means the increase in the Company's cash, investments and restricted cash from the prior period. These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes the non-GAAP EBITDA results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains and losses that may not be indicative of its core operating results. Cash flow is an important indicator of the Company's financial results because it focuses on the creation of cash driven by operating manager's performance. This measure is used by our chief operating decision maker to make decisions about resource allocations within the Company and to assess overall performance, and is among the primary measures used by management for planning and forecasting of future periods. In addition, because the Company has historically reported these non-GAAP results to investors, the Company believes the inclusion of these non-GAAP measures provides consistency in its financial reporting. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. The non-GAAP measures included in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure.

                                    For the Quarter Ended
                        ----------------------------------------------
                         December 31,  September 30,    December 31,
                             2006           2006            2005
                        ----------------------------------------------
Total cash flow             $2,214,547   ($1,512,628)      $2,530,306
Decrease in restricted
 cash                          600,000             -          800,000
Increase in short term
 investments                         -             -         (500,000)
                        ----------------------------------------------
Change in cash and
 cash equivalents           $2,814,547   ($1,512,628)      $2,830,306
                        ==============================================


                      For the Quarter Ended      For the Year Ended
                    --------------------------------------------------
                    December 31,December 31,  December 31,December 31,
                        2006        2005          2006        2005
                    --------------------------------------------------
EBITDA               $3,889,285  $1,706,484   $12,342,350    $393,355
Add Net Interest
 Income                 594,496     289,445     2,037,496     872,685
Less Taxes             (144,348)    (36,520)     (422,720)   (124,105)
Less Depreciation
 and Amortization      (370,444)   (193,227)   (1,088,679)   (895,933)
                    --------------------------------------------------
Net Income           $3,968,989  $1,766,182   $12,868,447    $246,002
                    ==================================================



                      For the Quarter Ended      For the Year Ended
                    --------------------------------------------------
                    December 31,December 31,  December 31,December 31,
                        2006        2005          2006        2005
                    --------------------------------------------------
EBITDA From
 Continuing
 Operations          $3,868,738  $1,681,026   $12,310,029  $5,679,363
Add Net Interest
 Income                 594,496     289,445     2,037,496     852,676
Less Taxes             (144,348)    (36,520)     (422,720)   (107,922)
Less Depreciation
 and Amortization      (370,444)   (193,227)   (1,088,679)   (673,967)
                    --------------------------------------------------
Net Income           $3,948,442  $1,740,724   $12,836,126  $5,750,150
                    ==================================================

Statements contained in this news release not related to historical facts may be deemed forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties (described in the Company's SEC filings) that could cause actual results to differ.

                         THESTREET.COM, INC.
                     CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                                 December 31,
                                         -----------------------------
                                             2006           2005
                                         -------------- --------------
                 ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                $  46,055,232  $  32,414,539
Restricted cash                                      -        300,000
Short-term investments                               -        500,000
Accounts receivable, net of
allowance for doubtful
accounts of $216,077 as of
December 31, 2006 and $131,840
as of December 31, 2005                      6,314,553      3,195,178
Other receivables                              368,496        185,856
Prepaid expenses and other current
 assets                                      1,436,618      1,101,570
Current assets of discontinued
 operations                                          -          3,200
                                         -------------- --------------
      Total current assets                  54,174,899     37,700,343

Property and equipment, net of
accumulated depreciation and
amortization of $14,420,638 as of
December 31, 2006 and $13,494,175
as of December 31, 2005                      3,018,132      1,987,207
Other assets                                   178,396        133,623
Goodwill                                     4,509,666      1,990,312
Other intangibles, net                       2,188,500        493,333
Restricted cash                                500,000        800,000
                                         -------------- --------------
      Total assets                       $  64,569,593  $  43,104,818
                                         ============== ==============

  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable                         $   1,165,705  $   1,135,318
Accrued expenses                             6,179,091      4,142,233
Deferred revenue                            12,705,038      9,928,254
Current portion of note payable                 22,146        102,931
Other current liabilities                       83,800         52,775
Current liabilities of discontinued
 operations                                    222,425        279,930
                                         -------------- --------------
      Total current liabilities             20,378,205     15,641,441
Note payable                                         -         22,146
                                         -------------- --------------
      Total liabilities                     20,378,205     15,663,587
                                         -------------- --------------

Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock; $0.01 par value;
10,000,000 shares authorized; none
issued and outstanding                               -              -
Common stock; $0.01 par value;
100,000,000 shares authorized;
33,606,835 shares issued and
27,854,835 shares outstanding at
December 31, 2006, and 31,220,123
shares issued and 25,535,105 shares
outstanding at December 31, 2005               336,068        312,201
Additional paid-in capital                 193,556,899    189,167,895
Treasury stock at cost; 5,752,000
shares at December 31, 2006 and
5,685,018 shares at December 31, 2005       (9,033,471)    (8,502,310)
Accumulated deficit                       (140,668,108)  (153,536,555)
                                         -------------- --------------
      Total stockholders' equity            44,191,388     27,441,231
                                         -------------- --------------

      Total liabilities and
       stockholders' equity              $  64,569,593  $  43,104,818
                                         ============== ==============

Note: The Company has pledged certain cash amounts as security
 deposits for operating leases. Accordingly, a portion of this cash is
 now classified as a non-current asset, and our cash is classified in
 several places on the above balance sheet.



Cash and cash equivalents                $  46,055,232  $  32,414,539
Current portion of restricted cash                   -        300,000
Short-term investments                               -        500,000
Noncurrent portion of restricted cash          500,000        800,000
                                         -------------- --------------
Total cash, current and noncurrent
restricted cash and short-term
investments                              $  46,555,232  $  34,014,539
                                         ============== ==============

                         THESTREET.COM, INC.
                CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

                     For the Three Months       For the Year Ended
                       Ended December 31,           December 31,
                   ------------------------- -------------------------
                       2006         2005         2006         2005
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
Net revenue:
Subscription       $ 8,846,208  $ 6,501,575  $33,514,590  $23,070,259
Advertising          4,757,563    3,197,741   15,447,378    9,522,835
Other                  792,374      292,705    1,926,867    1,150,980
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
     Total net
      revenue       14,396,145    9,992,021   50,888,835   33,744,074
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Operating expense:
Cost of services     4,879,475    3,799,040   18,450,110   12,727,057
Sales and
 marketing           2,818,051    1,749,889    9,616,491    7,264,114
General and
 administrative      2,894,631    2,793,566   10,673,705    8,176,442
Depreciation and
 amortization          370,444      193,227    1,088,679      673,967
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
     Total
      operating
      expense       10,962,601    8,535,722   39,828,985   28,841,580
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
     Operating
      income         3,433,544    1,456,299   11,059,850    4,902,494
Net interest
 income                594,496      289,445    2,037,496      852,676
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
  Income from
   continuing
   operations
   before income
   taxes             4,028,040    1,745,744   13,097,346    5,755,170
Provision for
 Income taxes           79,598        5,020      261,220        5,020
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
  Income from
   continuing
   operations        3,948,442    1,740,724   12,836,126    5,750,150
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
Discontinued
 operations:
Income (loss) from
 discontinued
 operations                  -       21,121            -   (3,075,402)
Income (loss) on
 disposal of
 discontinued
 operations             20,547        4,337       32,321   (2,428,746)
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
  Income (loss)
   from
   discontinued
   operations           20,547       25,458       32,321   (5,504,148)
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
Net income         $ 3,968,989  $ 1,766,182  $12,868,447  $   246,002
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

Basic net income
 (loss) per share:
  Income from
   continuing
   operations      $      0.14  $      0.07  $      0.48  $      0.23
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
  Income (loss)
   from
   discontinued
   operations                -         0.00            -        (0.12)
  Income (loss) on
   disposal of
   discontinued
   operations             0.00         0.00         0.00        (0.10)
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
   Income (loss)
    from
    discontinued
    operations            0.00         0.00         0.00        (0.22)
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
   Net income      $      0.14  $      0.07  $      0.48  $      0.01
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

Diluted net income
 (loss) per share:
  Income from
   continuing
   operations      $      0.14  $      0.07  $      0.47  $      0.22
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
  Income (loss)
   from
   discontinued
   operations                -         0.00            -        (0.12)
  Income (loss) on
   disposal of
   discontinued
   operations             0.00         0.00         0.00        (0.09)
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
   Income (loss)
    from
    discontinued
    operations            0.00         0.00         0.00        (0.21)
                   ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
   Net income      $      0.14  $      0.07  $      0.47  $      0.01
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

Weighted average
 basic shares
 outstanding        27,627,753   25,403,860   27,014,047   24,953,463
                   ============ ============ ============ ============
Weighted average
 diluted shares
 outstanding        28,179,736   26,615,277   27,546,137   26,164,880
                   ============ ============ ============ ============

SOURCE: TheStreet.com, Inc.

TheStreet.com, Inc.
Chaela Volpe, Investor Relations Manager
212-321-5008
Chaela.volpe@thestreet.com

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