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Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 8, 2023
BuzzFeed, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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229 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class 
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 on which registered
Class A Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share BZFD The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Redeemable warrants, each whole warrant exercisable for one share of Class A Common Stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share BZFDW The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On August 8, 2023, BuzzFeed, Inc. (the “Company”), issued a press release (the “Press Release”) announcing its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023. The Company also announced that it would be holding a conference call on August 8, 2023 to discuss its financial results. A copy of the Press Release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information included under Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K and the exhibits hereto are being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it been deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On August 8, 2023, the Company posted supplemental investor materials on the Investors Relations section of its website, available at The Company announces material information to the public through filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the investor relations page on the Company’s website, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts in order to achieve broad, non-exclusionary distribution of information to the public and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

The information disclosed by the foregoing channels could be deemed to be material information. As such, the Company encourages investors, the media and others to follow the channels listed above and to review the information disclosed through such channels.

Any updates to the list of disclosure channels through which the Company announces information will be posted on the investor relations page on the Company’s website.

The following Exhibits are filed as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits
Exhibit Number Description
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

Pursuant to the requirements 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 hereunto duly authorized.
Date:August 8, 2023  
  BuzzFeed, Inc.
  By: /s/ Jonah Peretti
   Name: Jonah Peretti
   Title: Chief Executive Officer


BuzzFeed, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Delivered Q2 Results in line with May outlook

NEW YORK – (August 8, 2023)BuzzFeed, Inc. (“BuzzFeed” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BZFD), a premier digital media company for the most diverse, most online, and most socially engaged generations the world has ever seen, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.

“The strategic and organizational changes we discussed at our Investor Day in May have been fully executed, putting our rich library of IP and scaled, owned-and-operated properties at the center of our operating model to create innovative, audience-driven content,” said Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed Founder & CEO.

Peretti continued, “In response to consolidation and share gains across the major platforms that continue to impact audience traffic to our content, we are laser focused on our strategy to drive traffic directly to our owned-and-operated properties. We have introduced new AI-assisted content formats to increase engagement and offer innovative advertising opportunities to our clients, rapidly expanded our creator network to participate in the rise of vertical video, and prioritized destination news content to grow our HuffPost front page audience.”

Second Quarter 2023 Financial and Operational Highlights
BuzzFeed delivered Q2 revenues of $77.9 million, declining 27% compared to the second quarter of 2022
Advertising revenue declined 33% year-over-year to $35.4 million
Content revenue declined 22% year-over-year to $31.5 million
Commerce and other revenues declined 17% year-over-year to $11.0 million
Net loss was $27.8 million, compared to a net loss of $23.6 million in the second quarter of 2022
Adjusted EBITDA1 loss was $0.1 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $2.1 million in the second quarter of 2022
Time Spent decreased 9% year-over-year to 96 million hours2
BuzzFeed ended the period with cash and cash equivalents of approximately $41 million

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Outlook
For the third quarter of 2023:
We expect overall revenues in the range of $73 to $78 million
We expect Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $1 million in losses to $4 million in profits
These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially as a result of many factors. Refer to “Forward-Looking Statements” below for information on factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

Please see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description of how Adjusted EBITDA is calculated. While Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, we have not provided guidance for the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure — net loss — due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary to forecast such measure. Accordingly, a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance for Adjusted EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP measure is not available.

Quarterly Conference Call

1 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description of how it is calculated and the tables at the back of this earnings release for a reconciliation of our GAAP and non-GAAP results.
2 Excludes Facebook; see below.

BuzzFeed’s management team will hold a conference call to discuss our second quarter 2023 results today, August 8, at 5PM ET. The call will be available via webcast at under the heading News and Events, and parties interested in participating must register in advance. Upon registration, all telephone participants will receive a confirmation email detailing how to join the conference call, including the dial-in number along with a unique PIN that can be used to access the call. While it is not required, it is recommended you join 10 minutes prior to the event start time. A replay of the call will be made at the same URL.

We have used, and intend to continue to use, the Investor Relations section of our website at as a means of disclosing material nonpublic information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

BuzzFeed reports revenues across three primary business lines: Advertising, Content and Commerce and other. The definition of “Time Spent” is also set forth below.
Advertising revenues are primarily generated from advertisers for ads distributed against our editorial and news content, including display, pre-roll and mid-roll video products sold directly to brands and also programmatically. We distribute these ad products across our owned and operated sites as well as third-party platforms, primarily YouTube and Apple News.
Content revenues are primarily generated from clients for custom assets, including both long-form and short-form content, from branded quizzes to Instagram takeovers to sponsored content and content licensing. Revenues for film and TV projects are also included here.
Commerce and other revenues consist primarily of affiliate commissions earned on transactions initiated from our editorial shopping content. Revenues from our product licensing businesses are also included here. Additionally, we generate other revenues from the production of live and virtual events such as ComplexCon and ComplexLand.

Time Spent captures the time audiences spend engaging with our content across our owned and operated sites, as well as YouTube and Apple News, as measured by Comscore. This metric excludes time spent with our content on platforms for which we have minimal advertising capabilities that contribute to our Advertising revenues, including Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. There are inherent challenges in measuring the total actual number of hours spent with our content across all platforms; however, we consider the data reported by Comscore to represent industry-standard estimates of the time actually spent on our largest distribution platforms with our most significant monetization opportunities. Effective January 1, 2023, we exclude time spent on Facebook from our measure of Time Spent as our monetization strategy is increasingly focused on advertising on our owned and operated properties, and Facebook now contributes an immaterial amount of advertising revenue. Time Spent on Facebook, as reported by Facebook, was approximately 15 million hours and 48 million hours for the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively, and 37 million hours and 120 million hours for the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively, which is not included in Time Spent discussed above.

About BuzzFeed, Inc.
BuzzFeed, Inc. is home to the best of the Internet. Across pop culture, entertainment, shopping, food and news, our brands drive conversation and inspire what audiences watch, read, and buy now — and into the future. Born on the Internet in 2006, BuzzFeed is committed to making it better: providing trusted, quality, brand-safe news and entertainment to hundreds of millions of people; making content on the Internet more inclusive, empathetic, and creative; and inspiring our audience to live better lives.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures and represent key metrics used by management and our board of directors to measure the operational strength and performance of our business, to establish budgets, and to develop operational goals for managing our business. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss, excluding the impact of net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests, income tax (benefit) provision, interest expense, net, other expense, net, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, change in fair value of warrant liabilities, change in fair value of derivative liability, restructuring costs, transaction-related costs, certain litigation costs, public company readiness costs, and other non-cash and non-recurring items

that management believes are not indicative of ongoing operations. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by revenue for the same period.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are relevant and useful information for investors because they allow investors to view performance in a manner similar to the method used by our management. There are limitations to the use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin and our Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than we do, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin should not be considered a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP are included at the end of this press release following the accompanying financial data.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our management team’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts (including our outlook for Q3 and FY 2023) or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words “affect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “can,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may include, for example, statements about: (1) anticipated trends, growth rates, and challenges in our business and in the markets in which we operate; (2) demand for products and services and changes in traffic; (3) changes in the business and competitive environment in which we operate; (4) developments and projections relating to our competitors and the digital media industry; (5) the impact of national and local economic and other conditions and developments in technology, each of which could influence the levels (rate and volume) of our advertising, the growth of our business and the implementation of our strategic initiatives; (6) poor quality broadband infrastructure in certain markets; (7) technological developments including artificial intelligence; (8) our success in retaining or recruiting, or changes required in, officers, key employees or directors; (9) our business, operations and financial performance, including expectations with respect to our financial and business performance and the benefits of our restructuring, including financial projections and business metrics and any underlying assumptions thereunder and future business plans and initiatives and growth opportunities; (10) our future capital requirements and sources and uses of cash, including, but not limited to, our ability to obtain additional capital in the future, any impacts of bank failures or issues in the broader United States financial system, any restrictions imposed by our debt facilities, and any restrictions on our ability to access our cash and cash equivalents; (11) expectations regarding future acquisitions, partnerships or other relationships with third parties; (12) developments in the law and government regulation, including, but not limited to, revised foreign content and ownership regulations; (13) the anticipated impacts of current global supply chain disruptions, further escalation of tensions between Russia and Western countries and the related sanctions and geopolitical tensions, as well as further escalation of trade tensions between the United States and China; the inflationary environment; the tight labor market; the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving strains of COVID-19; and other macroeconomic factors on our business and the actions we may take in the future in response thereto; and (14) our ability to maintain the listing of our Class A common stock and warrants on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those factors described under the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. There may be additional risks that we consider immaterial or which are unknown. It is not possible to predict or identify all such risks. We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.


Media Contact
Carole Robinson, BuzzFeed:

Investor Relations Contact
Amita Tomkoria, BuzzFeed:

Financial Highlights
(Unaudited, dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,% Change
Six Months Ended June 30,
% Change
Advertising$35,397 $53,224 (33)%$69,645 $101,892 (32)%
Content31,479 40,284 (22)%53,097 72,563 (27)%
Commerce and other11,025 13,252 (17)%22,312 23,863 (6)%
Total revenue$77,901 $106,760 (27)%$145,054 $198,318 (27)%
Loss from operations
$(20,087)$(24,888)19 %$(49,805)$(60,186)17 %
Net loss
Adjusted EBITDA
$(137)$2,093 (107)%$(20,328)$(14,671)(39)%

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
June 30,
December 31,
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$41,295 $55,774 
Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,747 as at June 30, 2023 and $1,879 as at December 31, 2022)
70,855 116,460 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets22,244 26,373 
Total current assets134,394 198,607 
Property and equipment, net14,892 17,774 
Right-of-use assets56,537 66,581 
Capitalized software costs, net21,509 19,259 
Intangible assets, net113,737 121,329 
Goodwill91,632 91,632 
Prepaid expenses and other assets13,720 14,790 
Total assets$446,421 $529,972 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable$37,294 $29,329 
Accrued expenses16,024 26,357 
Deferred revenue6,355 8,836 
Accrued compensation19,960 31,052 
Current lease liabilities22,016 23,398 
Other current liabilities5,037 3,900 
Total current liabilities106,686 122,872 
Noncurrent lease liabilities49,036 59,315 
Debt155,979 152,253 
Derivative liability60 180 
Warrant liabilities593 395 
Other liabilities440 403 
Total liabilities312,794 335,418 
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity
Class A Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 700,000 shares authorized; 136,615 and 126,387 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively
14 13 
Class B Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 20,000 shares authorized; 6,676 and 6,678 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively
Class C Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized; 0 and 6,478 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively
Additional paid-in capital720,231 716,233 
Accumulated deficit(587,026)(523,063)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(2,370)(1,968)
Total BuzzFeed, Inc. stockholders’ equity130,850 191,217 
Noncontrolling interests2,777 3,337 
Total stockholders’ equity133,627 194,554 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$446,421 $529,972 

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited, dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
Revenue$77,901 $106,760 $145,054 $198,318 
Costs and Expenses
Cost of revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization50,507 61,529 97,851 122,347 
Sales and marketing14,135 18,688 29,436 36,491 
General and administrative21,356 32,565 43,358 65,127 
Research and development3,960 10,253 7,779 17,445 
Depreciation and amortization8,030 8,613 16,435 17,094 
Total costs and expenses97,988 131,648 194,859 258,504 
Loss from operations(20,087)(24,888)(49,805)(60,186)
Other expense, net(3,675)(3,440)(3,055)(2,578)
Interest expense, net(5,631)(5,032)(11,049)(9,821)
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities395 6,775 (198)3,359 
Change in fair value of derivative liability1,125 4,800 120 3,225 
Loss before income taxes (27,873)(21,785)(63,987)(66,001)
Income tax (benefit) provision(37)1,796 110 2,146 
Net loss(27,836)(23,581)(64,097)(68,147)
Net income attributable to the redeemable noncontrolling interest— — — 164 
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests— 184 (260)348 
Net loss attributable to BuzzFeed, Inc.$(27,836)$(23,765)$(63,837)$(68,659)
Net loss per Class A, Class B and Class C common share:
Basic and diluted$(0.20)$(0.17)$(0.45)$(0.50)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted141,950137,381141,330136,906

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited, USD in thousands)

Six Months Ended June 30,
Operating activities:
Net loss$(64,097)$(68,147)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization16,435 17,094 
Unrealized (gain) loss on foreign currency(809)2,811 
Stock based compensation3,379 15,224 
Change in fair value of warrants198 (3,359)
Change in fair value of derivative liability(120)(3,225)
Amortization of debt discount and deferred issuance costs2,915 2,527 
Deferred income tax341 2,088 
Provision for doubtful accounts(259)554 
Loss (gain) on investment3,590 (1,260)
Gain on disposition of assets (175)— 
Non-cash lease expense10,173 9,727 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable45,871 51,831 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets and prepaid expenses and other assets1,653 (3,216)
Accounts payable9,889 (1,167)
Accrued compensation(11,102)(7,242)
Accrued expenses, other current liabilities and other liabilities (11,302)(7,733)
Lease liabilities(11,822)(11,592)
Deferred revenue(2,488)1,284 
Cash used in operating activities(7,730)(3,801)
Investing activities:
Capital expenditures(471)(2,828)
Capitalization of internal-use software(7,676)(6,646)
Proceeds from sale of asset175 — 
Cash used in investing activities(7,972)(9,474)
Financing activities:
Proceeds from exercise of stock options29 360 
Payment for shares withheld for employee taxes (220)(1,635)
Borrowings on Revolving Credit Facility2,128 5,000 
Payments on Revolving Credit Facility(1,317)— 
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock in connection with at-the-market offering, net of issuance costs765 — 
Deferred reverse recapitalization costs— (585)
Cash provided by financing activities1,385 3,140 
Effect of currency translation on cash and cash equivalents(162)(1,409)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(14,479)(11,544)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period55,774 79,733 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$41,295 $68,189 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP
(Unaudited, USD in thousands)

Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
Net loss$(27,836)$(23,581)$(64,097)$(68,147)
Income tax (benefit) provision(37)1,796 110 2,146 
Interest expense, net5,631 5,032 11,049 9,821 
Other expense, net3,675 3,440 3,055 2,578 
Depreciation and amortization8,030 8,613 16,435 17,094 
Stock-based compensation2,257 11,284 3,379 15,224 
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities(395)(6,775)198 (3,359)
Change in fair value of derivative liability(1,125)(4,800)(120)(3,225)
9,663 3,476 9,663 5,319 
Transaction-related costs2
— 2,177 — 5,132 
Certain litigation costs3
— 1,224 — 1,224 
Public company readiness costs4
— 207 — 1,522 
Adjusted EBITDA$(137)$2,093 $(20,328)$(14,671)
Adjusted EBITDA margin(0.2)%2.0 %(14.0)%(7.4)%
Net loss as a percentage of revenue5

(1) Refer to Item 2. “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” within our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2023 for a discussion of the distinct restructuring activities during the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022. We exclude restructuring expenses from our non-GAAP measures because we believe they do not reflect expected future operating expenses, they are not indicative of our core operating performance, and they are not meaningful in comparisons to our past operating performance.

(2) Reflects transaction-related costs and other items which are either not representative of our underlying operations or are incremental costs that result from an actual or contemplated transaction and include professional fees, integration expenses, and certain costs related to integrating and converging IT systems.

(3) Reflects costs related to litigation that are outside the ordinary course of our business. We believe it is useful to exclude such charges because we do not consider such amounts to be part of the ongoing operations of our business and because of the singular nature of the claims underlying the matter.

(4) Reflects one-time initial set-up costs associated with the establishment of our public company structure and processes.

(5) Net loss as a percentage of revenue is included as the most comparable GAAP measure to Adjusted EBITDA margin, which is a Non-GAAP measure.