Rent the runway: booming increase

Rent the Runway, Inc. Announces Fiscal Third Quarter Results

Active Subscribers up 78% year-over-year, at 87% of pre-COVID active subscriber count 
Revenue grew 66% year-over-year and 26% quarter-over-quarter 
Gross Profit margin of 34%, up significantly from 7% in Q3 2020 
Majority of rental product acquisition continues through capital-light strategies 
Paid down approximately one-third of pre-IPO debt balance

NEW YORK, Dec. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rent the Runway, Inc. (“Rent the Runway”) (NASDAQ: RENT), the world’s first and largest shared designer closet platform, today reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended October 31, 2021.

“We are excited to share our strong third quarter 2021 results and report for the first time as a public company,” said Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway. “We delivered significant growth across subscribers and revenue and improved our gross margins. As a leader in clothing subscription and rental with a differentiated operating platform and deep competitive advantages, we believe these metrics are clear indicators of our ongoing business re-acceleration. We are incredibly energized about the opportunity for our Closet in the Cloud and are focused on execution, growing our subscriber base and capitalizing on the major secular trends in our favor including access over ownership, the sustainability of the secondhand economy and financial value.”

Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Key Metrics and Financial Highlights

  • 116,833 ending Active Subscribers (excluding paused subscribers), representing an increase of 78% year-over-year from 65,545 at the end of the third quarter of 2020, and representing 87% of Active Subscribers at the end of fiscal year 2019.
  • 150,075 ending total subscribers, representing an increase of 45% year-over-year from 103,708 at the end of the third quarter of 2020.
  • Revenue was $59.0 million, a 66% increase year-over-year from $35.5 million in the third quarter of 2020.
  • Gross Profit was $19.9 million which increased from $2.4 million in the third quarter of 2020. Gross margin was 33.7% in the third quarter of 2021, as compared to 6.8% in the third quarter of 2020.
  • Net Loss was $(87.8) million, as compared to $(44.3) million in the third quarter of 2020. Net Loss as a percentage of revenue was (148.8)%, as compared to (124.8)% in the third quarter of 2020. Net Loss included a non-recurring $(17.4) million non-cash loss on the revaluation of warrants that were exercised or reclassified at IPO, as well as a $(12.2) million non-recurring, primarily non-cash loss on the extinguishment of debt paid down concurrently with the IPO. It also included a $(14.4) million one-time, non-cash charge associated with the satisfaction of the liquidity based vesting conditions for certain RSUs upon the effectiveness of our IPO.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $(5.6) million, as compared to $(5.4) million in the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin was (9.5)%, as compared to (15.2)% in the third quarter of 2020.
  • Net cash used in operating activities plus net cash used in investing activities was $(32.9) million for the nine months ended October 31, 2021, as compared to $(87.2) million for the nine months ended October 31, 2020.
  • Net cash used in operating activities plus net cash used in investing activities as a percentage of revenue was (23.6)% for the nine months ended October 31, 2021, as compared to (70.3)% for the nine months ended October 31, 2020.
  • As of October 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $278.7 million, after paydown of $140.7 million of debt and accrued interest (approximately one-third of the company’s pre-IPO debt balance) with a portion of the IPO proceeds.

Fiscal Third Quarter Business Highlights

  • Strong subscriber engagement: 24% of subscribers added one or more paid additional items into their subscription program.
  • All major U.S. metros back to approximately 90% of pre-COVID subscriber count except New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco; Markets in South Atlantic, South and Mountain regions significantly higher than pre-COVID.
  • Continued to diversify geographic distribution of subscriber base with subscribers outside Top 20 markets now comprising 29% of base, up from 23% in fiscal year 2019, with subscriber use cases at 50% casual occasions, up from 32% in fiscal year 2019.
  • Onboarded 30 new brands including Altuzarra, LaQuan Smith, Rachel Antonoff and Rotate.
  • Launched fit algorithm enhancement, driving meaningful improvement in fit rate, which increases customer loyalty.
  • Conducted a brand awareness campaign that drove a more than 10% lift in traffic during the campaign.
  • Launched at-home pickup in five major metros resulting in lower shipping costs and an easier way for customers to return orders; over one-third of customers in initial markets have adopted the offering.
  • Majority of rental product acquisition continues through capital-efficient channels, Exclusive Designs and Share by RTR.

Financial Outlook

For the fiscal fourth quarter 2021, Rent the Runway expects:

  • Ending Active Subscribers of 121K to 122K
  • Revenue in the range of $62.8 million to $63.3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of (8)%

For the full fiscal year 2021, Rent the Runway expects:

  • Ending Active Subscribers of 121K to 122K
  • Revenue in the range of $202.0 million to $202.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of (9)%

Earnings Presentation, Conference Call and Webcast

The Q3 2021 Earnings Presentation is now accessible through the Investor Relations section of Rent the Runway’s website at under the “Presentations” section.

Rent the Runway will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results and provide a business update today at 5:00 pm EST.

The financial results and live webcast will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of Rent the Runway’s website at under the “Events” section. To access the call through a conference line, dial 1-877-407-3982 (in the U.S.) or 1-201-493-6780 (international callers).

A replay of the conference call will be posted shortly after the call and will be available for at least fourteen days. To access the replay, dial 1-844-512-2921 (in the U.S.) or 1-412-317-6671 (international callers). The access code for the replay is 13724983.

About Rent the Runway, Inc.

Founded in 2009, Rent the Runway is disrupting the trillion-dollar fashion industry and changing the way women get dressed through the Closet in the Cloud, the world’s first and largest shared designer closet. RTR’s mission has remained the same since its founding: powering women to feel their best every day. Through RTR, customers can subscribe, rent items a-la-carte and shop resale from over 780 designer brands. The Closet in the Cloud offers a wide assortment of millions of items for every occasion, from evening wear and accessories to ready-to-wear, workwear, denim, casual, maternity, outerwear, blouses, knitwear, loungewear, jewelry, handbags, activewear, ski wear, home goods and kidswear. RTR has built a two-sided discovery engine, which connects deeply engaged customers and differentiated brand partners on a powerful platform built around its brand, data, logistics and technology. Under CEO and Co-Founder Jennifer Hyman’s leadership, RTR has been named to CNBC’s “Disruptor 50” five times in ten years, and has been placed on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list four times, while Hyman herself has been named to the “TIME 100: Most Influential People in the World” and as one of People Magazine’s “Women Changing the World.”

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our future results of operations, financial position, and revenue, business objectives, subscriber trends and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to expand into new products and offerings, and total addressable market. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “toward,” “will,” or “would,” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all.

Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and were based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management as of that time with respect to future events. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond our control, that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include our ability to manage our growth effectively; risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the highly competitive and rapidly changing nature of the global fashion industry; our ability to cost-effectively grow our customer base; any failure to retain customers; our ability to accurately forecast customer demand, manage our offerings effectively and plan for future expenses; risks related to shipping, logistics and our supply chain; our reliance on the effective operation of proprietary technology systems and software as well as those of third-party vendors and service providers; our ability to remediate our material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting; laws and regulations applicable to our business; failure to adequately maintain and protect our intellectual property and proprietary rights; compliance with data privacy, data security, data protection and consumer protection laws and industry standards; risks associated with our brand partners; reliance on third parties for elements of the payment processing infrastructure underlying our business; dependence on online sources to attract consumers and promote our business which may be affected by third-party interference or cause our customer acquisition costs to rise; failure by us, our brand partners, or third party manufacturers to comply with our vendor code of conduct or other laws; and risks related to our Class A capital stock and ownership structure. Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations is included in our final prospectus dated October 26, 2021. Except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

Key Business and Financial Metrics

Active Subscribers is defined as the number of subscribers with an active membership as of the last day of any given period and excludes paused subscribers.

Gross Profit is defined as total revenue less fulfillment expense, revenue share and rental product depreciation. We depreciate owned apparel assets over three years and owned accessory assets over two years net of 20% and 30% salvage values, respectively, and recognize the depreciation and remaining cost of items when sold or retired on our statement of operations. Rental product depreciation expense is time-based and reflects all items we own. We use Gross Profit and Gross Profit as a percentage of revenue, or Gross Margin to measure the continued efficiency of our business after the total cost of our products are included.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables contain the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin. In addition to our results determined in accordance with GAAP, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are useful in evaluating our performance. Adjusted EBITDA is a key performance measure used by management to assess our operating performance and the operating leverage of our business prior to capital expenditures. These non-GAAP financial metrics are not meant to be considered as an indicator of our financial performance in isolation from or as a substitute for our financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP and should be read only in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis. There are limitations to the use of the non-GAAP financial metrics presented in this press release. For example, our non-GAAP financial metrics may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial metrics differently than we do, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss, adjusted to exclude interest expense, rental product depreciation, other depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, write-off of liquidated assets, certain non-recurring, one-time, costs (see below footnotes to reconciliation table), income taxes, other income and expense, and other gains / losses. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA calculated as a percentage of revenue.

Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial metric to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure are presented below. We encourage you to review the reconciliations in conjunction with the presentation of the non-GAAP financial metrics for each of the periods presented. In future periods, we may exclude similar items, may incur income and expenses similar to these excluded items, and may include other expenses, costs and non-recurring items. With respect to our expectations under “Financial Outlook” above, reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin guidance to the closest corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability, complexity, and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from these non-GAAP measures, in particular, stock-based compensation expense and non-recurring expenses which can have unpredictable fluctuations based on unforeseen activity that is out of our control and/or cannot reasonably be predicted.

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Rent the Runway, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in millions)

 October 31, January 31,
 2021 2021
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$278.7  $95.3 
Restricted cash, current5.6  3.4 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets5.4  4.7 
Total current assets289.7  103.4 
Restricted cash7.7  10.5 
Rental product, net79.9  97.6 
Fixed assets, net57.5  64.7 
Intangible assets, net6.8  7.8 
Operating lease right-of-use assets32.4  34.9 
Other assets4.4  1.8 
Total assets$478.4  $320.7 
Liabilities, Redeemable Preferred Stock and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$22.0  $7.2 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities23.7  14.1 
Deferred revenue11.0  5.6 
Customer credit liabilities6.7  7.0 
Operating lease liabilities6.0  6.7 
Total current liabilities69.4  40.6 
Long-term debt, net256.4  355.1 
Operating lease liabilities47.3  51.5 
Warrant liability  11.8 
Other liabilities0.4  0.3 
Total liabilities373.5  459.3 
Redeemable preferred stock  388.1 
Stockholders’ equity   
Common stock   
Class A common stock0.1   
Class B common stock   
Preferred stock   
Additional paid-in capital866.7  62.7 
Accumulated deficit(761.9) (589.4)
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)104.9  (526.7)
Total liabilities, redeemable preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit)$478.4  $320.7 

Rent the Runway, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended October 31, Nine Months Ended October 31,
 2021 2020 2021 2020
Subscription and Reserve rental revenue$54.3  $30.5  $127.0  $106.8 
Other revenue4.7  5.0  12.2  17.2 
Total revenue, net$59.0  $35.5  $139.2  $124.0 
Costs and expenses:               
Fulfillment19.2  11.0  41.5  43.8 
Technology12.8  9.4  33.0  28.0 
Marketing10.8  1.4  18.2  6.5 
General and administrative35.8  17.9  76.4  59.9 
Rental product depreciation and revenue share19.9  22.1  51.5  69.1 
Other depreciation and amortization4.7  5.7  14.6  17.4 
Total costs and expenses$103.2  $67.5  $235.2  $224.7 
Operating loss(44.2) (32.0) (96.0) (100.7)
Interest income / (expense), net(14.3) (11.8) (43.7) (32.2)
Gain / (loss) on warrant liability revaluation, net(17.4)   (24.9)  
Gain / (loss) on debt extinguishment, net(12.2) (0.6) (12.2) (0.6)
Other income / (expense), net  0.1  3.9  1.2 
Net loss before benefit from income taxes$(88.1) $(44.3) $(172.9) $(132.3)
Income tax benefit / (expense)0.3    0.4   
Net loss$(87.8) $(44.3) $(172.5) $(132.3)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted$(6.72) $(3.98) $(14.35) $(11.89)
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted13,063,034  11,115,005  12,018,879  11,130,102 

Rent the Runway, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
(in millions)

 Nine Months Ended
October 31,
 2021 2020
Net loss$(172.5) $(132.3)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:       
Rental product depreciation and write-offs33.9   43.0  
Write-off of rental product sold3.7   11.8  
Other depreciation and amortization14.6   18.0  
Proceeds from rental product sold(9.0) (14.4)
(Gain) / loss from liquidation of rental product(0.8) 0.6  
Accrual of paid-in-kind interest35.4   25.7  
Settlement of paid-in-kind interest(6.3) —  
Amortization of debt discount4.9   3.0  
Loss on debt extinguishment12.2   0.6  
Share-based compensation expense21.4   6.3  
Remeasurement of warrant liability24.9   —  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
Prepaid expenses and other current assets(0.7) (0.8)
Operating lease right-of-use assets2.5   (2.1)
Other assets(2.6) 1.6  
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities13.9   0.3  
Deferred revenue and customer credit liabilities5.1   (6.3)
Operating lease liabilities(4.9) 11.5  
Other liabilities0.8   (0.4)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities(23.5) (33.9)
Purchases of rental product(17.0) (48.7)
Proceeds from liquidation of rental product4.8   0.9  
Proceeds from sale of rental product9.0   14.4  
Purchases of fixed and intangible assets(6.2) (19.9)
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities(9.4) (53.3)
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock upon IPO, net of offering costs331.5  —  
Proceeds from issuance of redeemable preferred stock21.2   60.4  
Proceeds from exercise of stock options under stock incentive plan3.1   0.4  
Proceeds from line of credit—   15.0  
Principal repayments on line of credit—   (59.0)
Proceeds from long-term debt—   155.0  
Principal repayments on long-term debt(135.0) —  
Deferred financing costs paid(0.2) (3.4)
Debt extinguishment costs(4.7) —  
Principal payments on financing lease obligations(0.2) (0.1)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities215.7   168.3  

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