Rent the Runway, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2022 Results

June 9, 2022

Strong revenue momentum: Q1 2022 revenue up 100% year-over-year

Achieves record ending Active Subscriber count

Significant increase in Gross Margin to 34%, up 9 percentage points YoY

NEW YORK, June 09, 2022 (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 quarter ended April 30, 2022.

“I’m excited to share that we exceeded our Q1 guidance across all key metrics both on the top and bottom lines, growing revenue 100% YoY and gross margin by 9 points YoY. Our strong performance is evidence of our firm position in the broader experience economy, which has enabled us to make significant progress on our path to profitability and achieve record ending Active Subscribers in the first quarter of 2022,” said Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway. “Rent the Runway has never been more relevant than it is today. Whether our customers are traveling, dining out, attending events, heading back to the office, or simply hanging out with friends, they are turning to our platform for a more affordable, convenient and sustainable way to express their joy and infuse fashion variety into virtually every use case in their lives.”

CFO Scarlett O’Sullivan stated, “We are pleased by our Q1'22 performance post Omicron and are also encouraged by the strong momentum we see carrying into Q2'22. From a profitability standpoint, we continued to improve our gross margin and Adjusted EBITDA margin in Q1'22, both of which are up significantly YoY. Underscoring our confidence in the business, we are reiterating our outlook of 45%-50% YoY revenue growth in fiscal year 2022, and our target of Adjusted EBITDA breakeven in the next 2-4 quarters, while progressing towards our top priority of free cash flow breakeven in the mid-term.”

First Quarter 2022 Key Metrics and Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $67.1 million, a 100% increase year-over-year from $33.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.
  • 134,998 ending Active Subscribers, representing an increase of 82% year-over-year from 74,018 at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.
  • 177,213 ending Total Subscribers, representing an increase of 70% year-over-year from 104,138 at the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.
  • Gross Profit was $22.5 million which increased from $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2021. Gross Margin was 33.5%, as compared to 24.2% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.
  • Net Loss was $(42.5) million, as compared to $(42.3) million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. Net Loss as a percentage of revenue was (63.3)%, as compared to (126.3)% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $(8.8) million, as compared to $(6.2) million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. Adjusted EBITDA margin was (13.1)%, as compared to (18.5)% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.

Fiscal First Quarter Business Highlights

  • Significant growth in ending Active Subscribers: 82% increase in Active Subscribers year-over-year and 17% increase quarter-over-quarter representing highest end-of-quarter Active Subscriber count since the launch of subscription.
  • Continued to drive strong subscriber engagement, with 28% of subscribers adding one or more paid additional items into their subscription program.
  • Continued to drive growth in Exclusive Designs, with non-Wholesale product acquisition on track to represent approximately 60% of product acquisition in fiscal year 2022.
  • Launched six new Exclusive Designs collections and one new designer, Osman. On track to launch four new designers in Q2'22, including Esteban Cortezar, Busayo, Jonathan Saunders, and Pamela Love, and to offer nearly 20 Exclusive Design partners for fiscal year 2022, around half of which are new.
  • Expanded at-home pickup to over 20 markets covering well over 1/3 of our subscriber base and remain on track to bring the offering to over half of our subscriber base by year-end.
  • Continued to expand upon automation and productivity initiatives in our fulfillment centers, leveraging RFID technology to roll out Digital Issue Tagging software to drive greater efficiency in our quality control process and generate data to enhance garment longevity.


For the second quarter of fiscal year 2022, Rent the Runway expects:

  • Revenue in the range of $72.0 million to $74.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $(4.0) million to $(3.0) million

For fiscal year 2022, Rent the Runway expects:

  • Revenue in the range of $295.0 million to $305.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of (6)% to (5)%

Please see our first quarter 2022 earnings presentation at under the “Presentations” section for supplemental guidance.

Earnings Presentation, Conference Call and Webcast

The first quarter 2022 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 first quarter 2022 financial results and provide a business update today at 4:30 pm EDT.

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 13729962.

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 800 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, future product launches, business objectives, and subscriber trends. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2022, as will be updated in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2022. 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 cost of our products and fulfillment costs 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 indicators 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, share-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, gain / loss on warrant liability revaluation, net, and other gains / losses. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA calculated as a percentage of revenue.

The reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial metrics to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is presented below. We encourage reviewing the reconciliation 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, share-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)
  April 30,   January 31,
    2022       2022  
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 219.0     $ 247.6  
Restricted cash, current   5.0       5.4  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   10.8       11.7  
  Total current assets   234.8       264.7  
Restricted cash   5.8       6.6  
Rental product, net   81.7       76.3  
Fixed assets, net   54.0       57.2  
Intangible assets, net   6.2       6.4  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   29.0       31.5  
Other assets   4.5       4.8  
  Total assets $ 416.0     $ 447.5  
Liabilities, Redeemable Preferred Stock and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 23.4     $ 15.9  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   26.1       30.0  
Deferred revenue   13.6       10.4  
Customer credit liabilities   6.7       6.9  
Operating lease liabilities   5.1       5.6  
  Total current liabilities   74.9       68.8  
Long-term debt, net   265.2       260.8  
Operating lease liabilities   41.4       46.4  
Other liabilities   0.4       0.4  
  Total liabilities   381.9       376.4  
Redeemable preferred stock          
Stockholders’ equity (deficit)      
Class A common stock   0.1       0.1  
Class B common stock          
Preferred stock          
Additional paid-in capital   877.7       872.2  
Accumulated deficit   (843.7 )     (801.2 )
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)   34.1       71.1  
Total liabilities, redeemable preferred stock and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $ 416.0     $ 447.5  


Rent the Runway, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in millions, except share and per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended April 30,
    2022       2021  
Subscription and Reserve rental revenue $ 61.4     $ 29.8  
Other revenue   5.7       3.7  
Total revenue, net   67.1       33.5  
Costs and expenses:      
Fulfillment   22.9       8.8  
Technology   13.6       9.7  
Marketing   8.7       2.6  
General and administrative   29.2       19.0  
Rental product depreciation and revenue share   21.7       16.6  
Other depreciation and amortization   4.2       5.1  
Total costs and expenses   100.3       61.8  
  Operating loss   (33.2 )     (28.3 )
Interest income / (expense), net   (9.3 )     (14.5 )
Gain / (loss) on warrant liability revaluation, net         0.5  
 Net loss before income tax benefit / (expense)   (42.5 )     (42.3 )
Income tax benefit / (expense)          
 Net loss $ (42.5 )   $ (42.3 )
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted $ (0.67 )   $ (3.75 )
Weighted-average shares used in computing net loss per share              
attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted   63,431,165       11,287,251  


Rent the Runway, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
(in millions)
  Three Months Ended April 30,
    2022       2021  
Net loss $ (42.5 )   $ (42.3 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:      
 Rental product depreciation and write-offs   12.3       11.0  
 Write-off of rental product sold   1.3       1.7  
 Other depreciation and amortization   4.2       5.1  
 (Gain) / loss from write-off of fixed assets   1.9        
 Proceeds from rental product sold   (4.0 )     (2.8 )
 (Gain) / loss from liquidation of rental product         (0.2 )
 Accrual of paid-in-kind interest   3.4       11.2  
 Amortization of debt discount   1.0       2.2  
 Share-based compensation expense   5.5       1.9  
 Remeasurement of warrant liability         (0.5 )
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   0.9       (0.5 )
 Operating lease right-of-use assets   2.5       0.8  
 Other assets   0.3       (1.2 )
 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities   (1.8 )     2.9  
 Deferred revenue and customer credit liabilities   3.0       2.7  
 Operating lease liabilities   (5.5 )     (1.1 )
 Other liabilities   0.1       0.1  
   Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities   (17.4 )     (9.0 )
Purchases of rental product   (13.4 )     (4.4 )
Proceeds from liquidation of rental product   0.6       1.6  
Proceeds from sale of rental product   4.0       2.8  
Purchases of fixed and intangible assets   (2.0 )     (1.3 )
   Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities   (10.8 )     (1.3 )
Proceeds from issuance of redeemable preferred stock         17.1  
Proceeds from exercise of stock options under stock incentive plan         1.3  
Principal repayments on long-term debt         (0.4 )
Other financing payments   (1.6 )     (0.1 )
   Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (1.6 )     17.9  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash   (29.8 )     7.6  
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   259.6       109.2  
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 229.8     $ 116.8  


Rent the Runway, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
(in millions)
  Three Months Ended April 30,
    2022     2021
Cash and cash equivalents $ 219.0   $ 103.8
Restricted cash, current   5.0     2.9
Restricted cash, noncurrent   5.8     10.1
Total cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash $ 229.8   $ 116.8
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:      
Cash payments (receipts) for:      
Fixed operating leases payments (reimbursements), net $ 3.7   $ 3.6
Fixed assets and intangibles received in the prior period   0.8     0.5
Rental product received in the prior period   6.5     3.6
Non-cash financing and investing activities:      
Financing leases right-of-use asset amortization $ 0.1   $ 0.1
ROU assets obtained in exchange for lease liabilities   0.1     0.2
Purchases of fixed assets and intangibles not yet settled   1.5     0.6
Purchases of rental product not yet settled   12.7     3.5


Rent the Runway, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(in millions)
The following table presents a reconciliation of net loss, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented:
  Three Months Ended April 30,
    2022       2021  
  (in millions)
Net loss $ (42.5 )   $ (42.3 )
Interest (income) / expense, net(1)   9.3       14.5  
Rental product depreciation   13.6       12.7  
Other depreciation and amortization(2)   4.2       5.1  
Share-based compensation(3)   5.5       1.9  
Write-off of liquidated assets(4)   0.6       1.4  
Non-recurring adjustments(5)   0.3       1.0  
(Gain) / loss on warrant liability revaluation, net(6)         (0.5 )
Other (gains) / losses(7)   0.2        
Adjusted EBITDA $ (8.8 )   $ (6.2 )
Adjusted EBITDA Margin(8)   (13.1 )%     (18.5 )%

(1)   Includes debt discount amortization of $1.0 million in the three months ended April 30, 2022 and $2.2 million in the three months ended April 30, 2021.

(2)   Reflects non-rental product depreciation and capitalized software amortization.

(3)   Reflects the non-cash expense for share-based compensation.

(4)   Reflects the write-off of the remaining book value of liquidated rental product that had previously been held for sale.

(5)   Non-recurring adjustments for the three months ended April 30, 2022 includes $0.3 million of costs related to public company SOX readiness and the three months ended April 30, 2021 includes $1.0 million of costs primarily associated with public readiness preparation.

(6)   Reflects the expense associated with revaluing prior liability classified lender warrants to the respective fair value at period end. As of April 30, 2022, all outstanding warrants are equity classified and therefore do not require remeasurement going forward.

(7)   Includes gains / losses recognized in relation to foreign exchange, operating lease terminations and the related surrender of fixed assets (see “Note 4 - Leases – Lessee Accounting” in the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements).

(8)   Adjusted EBITDA Margin calculated as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.