Exhibit 99.1




Direct Digital Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter
& Full-Year 2022 Financial Results


Full-Year 2022 Revenue Up 131% Year-Over-Year to $88.0 Million


Fourth Quarter 2022 Revenue Up 128% to $29.4 Million


Houston, March 23, 2023 -- Direct Digital Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: DRCT) ("Direct Digital Holdings" or the "Company"), a leading advertising and marketing technology platform operating through its companies Colossus Media, LLC ("Colossus SSP"), Huddled Masses LLC ("Huddled Masses") and Orange142, LLC ("Orange142"), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2022.


Mark Walker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to report that 2022, our first year as a public company, saw robust financial performance, significant operational expansion and continued gains in market share for Direct Digital Holdings. Both our quarterly and full-year results capitalized on brands and businesses moving dollars away from less efficient traditional advertising outlets towards digital media. We are expecting strong double-digit percentage revenue growth in FY 2023 across both our sell- and buy-side business segments as we further drive customer adoption of our digital advertising solutions.”


Keith Smith, President, added, “Our fourth quarter and full-year 2022 performance, particularly during a difficult macroeconomic environment, is a testament to our market-leading approach working with middle market and multicultural audiences. Looking ahead, we are excited to continue scaling across these fast-growing and underrepresented communities from a position of financial strength, which we expect will give us a significant competitive advantage for sustainable, long-term growth.”


Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:


  · Revenue was $29.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, an increase of $16.5 million, or 128% over the $12.9 million in the same period of 2021.


  § Sell-side advertising segment revenue grew to $22.3 million and contributed $15.6 million of the increase, or 231% growth over the $6.7 million of sell-side revenue in the same period of 2021.


  § Buy-side advertising segment revenue grew to $7.1 million and contributed $0.9 million of the increase, or 15% growth over the $6.2 million of buy-side revenue in the same period of 2021.


  · Operating income was $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to $1.3 million in the same period of 2021.


  · Net income was $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to a net loss of $2.1 million in the same period of 2021.


  · Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $1.8 million in the fourth quarter 2022, compared to $1.8 million in the same period of 2021.


Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Highlights:


  · Revenue in fiscal year 2022 was $88.0 million, an increase of $49.9 million, or 131%, over the $38.1 million in fiscal year 2021.


  § Sell-side advertising segment ended the year at $58.7 million in revenue and contributed $46.7 million of the increase, or 389% growth over the $12.0 million of sell-side revenue in fiscal year 2021.


  § Buy-side advertising segment ended the year at $29.3 million in revenue and contributed $3.2 million of the increase, or 12% growth over the $26.1 million of buy-side revenue in fiscal year 2021.







  · Operating income increased $2.3 million, or 52%, to $6.7 million for 2022 compared to operating income of $4.4 million for 2021.


  · Operating income for the buy-side and sell-side advertising segments combined totaled $14.0 million, an increase of $7.1 million, or 102%, compared to $6.9 million for 2021.


  · Net income for 2022 was $2.9 million, compared to a net loss of $1.5 million in 2021.


  · Adjusted EBITDA(1) for 2022 was $8.8 million, compared to $6.4 million for 2021.


  · Cash and accounts receivable balances as of December 31, 2022 were $29.1 million compared to $12.6 million as of December 31, 2021.
    As previously disclosed, on January 9, 2023, the Company entered into a Loan and Security Agreement with Silicon Valley Bank which provides for a revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”). As the Company had not yet drawn any amounts under the Credit Facility, the Company issued a notice of termination of the Loan and Security Agreement and is in the process of terminating the Credit Facility. The Company has received a consent to terminate the Credit Facility and a waiver of the terms relating to the Credit Facility under its Term Loan and Security Agreement, dated as of December 3, 2021, with Lafayette Square Loan Servicing, LLC.
    Based on our expectations of cash flows from operations and the available cash held, we believe that we will have sufficient cash resources to finance our operations and service any debt obligations until at least the end of fiscal year 2023.


Business Highlights


·For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2022, Direct Digital Holdings processed approximately 132 billion monthly impressions through its sell-side advertising segment, an increase of 81% over the same period of 2021, with over 833 billion bid requests for the quarter.


·In addition, the Company’s sell-side advertising platforms received over 17 billion bid responses in the fourth quarter of 2022, an increase of over 25% over the same period in 2021, through 170,000 buyers for the quarter, which equates to a 109% increase over the same period in 2021.


·The Company’s buy-side advertising segment served approximately 218 customers in the fourth quarter of 2022, an increase of 7% compared to the same period of 2021.


Financial Outlook


Assuming the U.S. economy does not experience any major economic conditions that deteriorate or otherwise significantly reduce advertiser demand, we estimate the following: 


  · For fiscal year 2023, we expect revenue to be in the range of $118 million to $122 million, or 36% year-over-year growth at the mid-point.


“As we enter into our second year as a public company, we remain disciplined in our strategic organic growth initiatives, continue to focus on increasing EBITDA and aim to provide maximum value for our shareholders,” commented Susan Echard, Chief Financial Officer.






Conference Call and Webcast Details


Direct Digital will host a conference call on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and full-year financial results. The live webcast and replay can be accessed at https://ir.directdigitalholdings.com/. Please access the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot access the webcast, a replay will be available at https://ir.directdigitalholdings.com/ for a period of twelve months.




(1) “Adjusted EBITDA” is a non-GAAP financial measure. The section titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below describes our usage of non-GAAP financial measures and provides reconciliations between historical GAAP and non-GAAP information contained in this press release.


Forward Looking Statements


This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and which are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties.


As used below, “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to the Company. We use words such as “could,” “would,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “expect,” “likely,” “believe,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project” and other similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, but not all forward-looking statements include these words. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements.


All of our forward-looking statements involve estimates and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, many factors could affect our actual operating and financial performance and cause our performance to differ materially from the performance expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: our dependence on the overall demand for advertising, which could be influenced by economic downturns; any slow-down or unanticipated development in the market for programmatic advertising campaigns; the effects of health epidemics; operational and performance issues with our platform, whether real or perceived, including a failure to respond to technological changes or to upgrade our technology systems; any significant inadvertent disclosure or breach of confidential and/or personal information we hold, or of the security of our or our customers', suppliers' or other partners' computer systems; any unavailability or non-performance of the non-proprietary technology, software, products and services that we use; unfavorable publicity and negative public perception about our industry, particularly concerns regarding data privacy and security relating to our industry's technology and practices, and any perceived failure to comply with laws and industry self-regulation; restrictions on the use of third-party "cookies," mobile device IDs or other tracking technologies, which could diminish our platform's effectiveness; any inability to compete in our intensely competitive market; any significant fluctuations caused by our high customer concentration; our limited operating history, which could result in our past results not being indicative of future operating performance; any violation of legal and regulatory requirements or any misconduct by our employees, subcontractors, agents or business partners; any strain on our resources, diversion of our management's attention or impact on our ability to attract and retain qualified board members as a result of being a public company; our dependence, as a holding company, of receiving distributions from Direct Digital Holdings, LLC to pay our taxes, expenses and dividends; and other factors and assumptions discussed in the "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations" and other sections of our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that we make from time to time. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should any of these assumptions prove to be incorrect, our actual operating and financial performance may vary in material respects from the performance projected in these forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances, and we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.







About Direct Digital Holdings


Direct Digital Holdings (Nasdaq: DRCT), owner of operating companies Colossus SSP, Huddled Masses, and Orange 142, brings state-of-the-art sell- and buy-side advertising platforms together under one umbrella company. Direct Digital Holdings' sell-side platform, Colossus SSP, offers advertisers of all sizes extensive reach within general market and multicultural media properties. The company's subsidiaries Huddled Masses and Orange142 deliver significant ROI for middle market advertisers by providing data-optimized programmatic solutions at scale for businesses in sectors that range from energy to healthcare to travel to financial services. Direct Digital Holdings' sell- and buy-side solutions manage approximately 90,000 clients monthly, generating over 100 billion impressions per month across display, CTV, in-app and other media channels. Direct Digital Holdings is the ninth black-owned company to go public in the U.S and was named a top minority-owned business by The Houston Business Journal. 




   DECEMBER 31, 
   2022   2021 
Cash and cash equivalents  $4,047,453   $4,684,431 
Accounts receivable, net   25,034,728    7,871,181 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   883,322    1,225,447 
Total current assets   29,965,503    13,781,059 
Property, equipment and software, net   673,218    - 
Goodwill   6,519,636    6,519,636 
Intangible assets, net   13,637,759    15,591,578 
Deferred tax asset, net   5,164,776    - 
Deferred financing costs, net   -    96,152 
Operating lease right-of-use assets   798,774    - 
Other long-term assets   46,987    11,508 
Total assets  $56,806,653   $35,999,933 
Accounts payable  $17,695,404   $6,710,015 
Accrued liabilities   4,777,764    1,044,907 
Notes payable, current portion   655,000    550,000 
Operating lease liability, current portion   91,989    - 
Deferred revenues   546,710    1,348,093 
Related party payables   1,003,841    70,801 
Income taxes payable   102,278    - 
Current portion of liability related to tax receivable agreement   182,571    - 
Total current liabilities   25,055,557    9,723,816 
Notes payable, net of short-term portion and $2,250,171 and $2,091,732 deferred financing cost, respectively   22,913,589    19,358,268 
Liability related to tax receivable agreement, net of current portion   4,149,619    - 
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion   745,340    - 
Mandatorily redeemable non-participating preferred units   -    6,455,562 
Line of credit   -    400,000 
Paycheck Protection Program loan   -    287,143 
Economic Injury Disaster Loan   150,000    150,000 
Total liabilities   53,014,105    36,374,789 
Units, 1,000,000 units authorized at December 31, 2021, 34,182 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021   -    4,294,241 
Class A common stock, $0.001 par value per share, 160,000,000 shares authorized, 3,252,764 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022   3,253    - 
Class B common stock, $0.001 par value per share, 20,000,000 shares authorized 11,278,000 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2022   11,278    - 
Additional paid-in capital   8,224,012    - 
Accumulated deficit   (4,445,995)   (4,669,097)
Total members' equity (deficit)   3,792,548    (374,856)
Total liabilities and members' equity (deficit)  $56,806,653   $35,999,933 









   Three Months Ended
December 31,
   Year Ended
December 31,
   2022   2021   2022   2021 
Buy-side advertising  $7,065,731   $6,152,552   $29,348,775   $26,127,787 
Sell-side advertising   22,357,596    6,747,940    58,691,572    12,009,075 
Total revenues   29,423,327    12,900,492    88,040,347    38,136,862 
Cost of revenues                    
Buy-side advertising   2,743,560    2,446,568    10,438,547    9,927,295 
Sell-side advertising   19,254,440    5,431,686    49,599,110    9,780,442 
Total cost of revenues   21,998,000    7,878,254    60,037,657    19,707,737 
Gross profit   7,425,327    5,022,238    28,002,690    18,429,125 
Operating expenses                    
Compensation, taxes and benefits   4,228,620    2,387,488    14,124,266    8,519,418 
General and administrative   2,030,996    1,310,878    7,218,871    5,525,107 
Total operating expenses   6,259,616    3,698,366    21,343,137    14,044,525 
Income from operations   1,165,711    1,323,872    6,659,553    4,384,600 
Other (expense) income   (960,532)   (3,446,022)   (3,485,739)   (5,828,171)
Tax expense   39,324    8,648    254,436    63,526 
Net income (loss)  $165,855   $(2,130,798)  $2,919,378   $(1,507,097)
Net income (loss) per common unit:                    
Basic  $.01   $(62.34)  $0.17   $(44.09)
Diluted  $.01   $(62.34)  $0.17   $(44.09)
Weighted-average common units outstanding:                    
Basic   14,538,409    34,182    16,896,360    34,182 
Diluted   14,567,669    34,182    16,896,360    34,182 









   December 31, 
   2022   2021 
Cash Flows Provided By (Used In) Operating Activities:          
Net income (loss)  $2,919,378   $(1,507,097)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:          
Amortization of deferred financing costs   598,018    356,442 
Amortization of intangible assets   1,953,818    1,953,818 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt   -    2,663,148 
Amortization of right-of-use asset   136,706    - 
Amortization of capitalized software   31,769    - 
Depreciation of property and equipment   2,449    - 
Stock-based compensation   153,778    - 
Deferred income taxes   105,433    - 
Payment on tax receivable agreement   (114,538)   - 
Forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loan   (287,143)   (10,000)
Paid-in-kind interest   -    269,260 
Gain from revaluation and settlement of earnout liability   -    (31,443)
Loss on redemption of non-participating preferred units   590,689    41,622 
Bad debt expense   16,664    91,048 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   (17,180,211)   (3,282,853)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   306,649    (1,005,159)
Accounts payable   10,965,910    3,446,689 
Accrued liabilities   2,797,355    (273,735)
Income taxes payable   102,278    - 
Operating lease liability   (98,151)   - 
Deferred revenues   (801,383)   1,039,411 
Related party payable   (70,801)   - 
Net cash provided by operating activities   2,128,667    3,751,151 
Cash Flows Used In Investing Activities:          
Cash paid for capitalized software and property and equipment   (687,957)   - 
Net cash used in investing activities   (687,957)   - 
Cash Flows Provided By (Used In) Financing Activities:          
Proceeds from note payable   4,260,000    22,000,000 
Payments of notes payable   (576,250)   (15,672,912)
Payments of litigation settlement   (64,500)   - 
Proceeds from lines of credit   -    400,000 
Payments on lines of credit   (400,000)   (407,051)
Payment of deferred financing costs   (525,295)   (2,190,874)
Proceeds from Paycheck Protection Program loan   -    287,143 
Proceeds from Issuance of Class A common stock, net of transaction costs   11,167,043    - 
Redemption of common units   (7,200,000)   - 
Redemption of non-participating preferred units   (7,046,251)   (3,500,000)
Payments on seller notes and earnouts payable   -    (358,975)
Distributions to members   (1,692,435)   (1,236,049)
Net cash used in financing activities   (2,077,688)   (678,718)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (636,978)   3,072,433 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period   4,684,431    1,611,998 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year  $4,047,453   $4,684,431 









In addition to our results determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), including, in particular operating income, net cash provided by operating activities, and net income, we believe that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), as adjusted for stock compensation expense, forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans, gain from revaluation and settlement of seller notes and earnout liability, loss on early extinguishment of debt, and loss on early redemption of non-participating preferred units (“Adjusted EBITDA”), a non-GAAP financial measure, is useful in evaluating our operating performance. The most directly comparable GAAP measure to Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss).


In addition to operating income and net income, we use Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of operational efficiency. We believe that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors for period-to-period comparisons of our business and in understanding and evaluating our operating results for the following reasons:


  Adjusted EBITDA is widely used by investors and securities analysts to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items such as depreciation and amortization, interest expense, provision for income taxes, and certain one-time items such as acquisition transaction costs and gains from settlements or loan forgiveness that can vary substantially from company to company depending upon their financing, capital structures and the method by which assets were acquired;


  Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA in conjunction with GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including the preparation of our annual operating budget, as a measure of operating performance and the effectiveness of our business strategies and in communications with our board of directors concerning our financial performance; and


  Adjusted EBITDA provides consistency and comparability with our past financial performance, facilitates period-to-period comparisons of operations, and also facilitates comparisons with other peer companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results.


Our use of this non-GAAP financial measure has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our financial results as reported under GAAP. The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) for each of the periods presented:









   Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31, 
   2022   2021   2022   2021 
Net income (loss)  $165,855   $(2,130,798)  $2,919,378   $(1,507,097)
Add back (deduct):                    
Amortization of intangible assets   488,454    488,454    1,953,818    1,953,818 
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment   34,218    -    34,218    - 
Stock compensation expense   68,340    -    153,780    - 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt   -    2,663,148    -    2,663,148 
Interest expense   960,969    751,463    3,230,612    3,184,029 
Forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loan   -    -    (287,143)   (10,000)
Tax expense   39,324    8,648    254,436    63,526 
Gain from revaluation and settlement of seller notes and earnout liability   -    -    -    (31,443)
Loss on early redemption of non-participating Preferred units   -    41,622    590,689    41,622 
Adjusted EBITDA  $1,757,160   $1,822,537   $8,849,788   $6,357,603 





Brett Milotte, ICR