Groupon Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results

  • Fourth quarter consolidated gross billings of $1.52 billion, up 24% year-over-year
  • Fourth quarter consolidated revenue of $638.3 million, up 30% year-over-year
  • Fourth quarter operating loss of $12.9 million, compared with an operating loss of $15.0 million in fourth quarter 2011
  • Fourth quarter GAAP loss per share of $0.12, including $0.07 loss per share from a non-operating item, compared with a loss per share of $0.12 in fourth quarter 2011
  • Full year 2012 gross billings grew 35% to $5.38 billion, revenue increased 45% to $2.33 billion, and operating income of $98.7 million compared to a loss of $233.4 million in 2011

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Groupon, Inc. (NAS: GRPN) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Gross billings, which reflect the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding any applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds, increased 24% year-over-year to $1.52 billion in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $1.23 billion in the fourth quarter 2011. Excluding the $21.0 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, gross billings growth was 25% compared with fourth quarter 2011.


Revenue increased 30% year-over-year to $638.3 million in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $492.2 million in the fourth quarter 2011. Excluding the $7.7 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, revenue growth was 31% compared with fourth quarter 2011. Growth was driven by an increase in direct revenue, which grew 1549% year-over-year to $225.2 million in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $13.7 million in the fourth quarter 2011.

Operating loss was $12.9 million in the fourth quarter 2012, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $26.6 million, and depreciation and amortization of $16.0 million. This compares with an operating loss of $15.0 million in the fourth quarter 2011, which included stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $32.9 million, and depreciation and amortization of $9.3 million. Year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates had a $0.1 million favorable impact on operating results.

"Record billings growth this quarter is a clear signal that customers love Groupons," said Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon. "We will continue to invest in growth through 2013 as we see new opportunities to give our customers what they want."

Operating cash flow decreased 61% year-over-year to $65.7 million, compared with $169.1 million in the fourth quarter 2011. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as operating cash flow less capital expenditures, decreased 83% year-over-year to $25.7 million, compared with $155.1 million in the fourth quarter 2011. At the end of the quarter, Groupon had $1.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents and no long-term borrowings.

Fourth quarter 2012 net loss attributable to common stockholders was $81.1 million, or $0.12 per share, reflecting stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $26.6 million and share count of 655.7 million. Fourth quarter 2012 results included a pre-tax non-operating loss of $50.6 million ($45.5 million after tax) related to the impairment of a cost method investment in China.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders increased by $15.7 million year-over-year, from a loss of $65.4 million, or $0.12 per share in the fourth quarter 2011, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $32.9 million.

Full Year 2012

Gross billings increased 35% year-over-year to $5.38 billion in 2012, compared with $3.99 billion in 2011. Excluding the $183.5 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, gross billings growth was 40% compared with 2011.

Revenue increased 45% year-over-year to $2.33 billion in 2012, compared with $1.61 billion in 2011. Excluding the $74.1 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, revenue growth was 50% compared with 2011. Growth was driven by an increase in direct revenue, which grew 2083% to $454.7 million in 2012, compared with $20.8 million in 2011.

Operating income was $98.7 million in 2012, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $105.0 million, and depreciation and amortization of $55.8 million. This compares with an operating loss of $233.4 million in 2011, which included stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $89.1 million, and depreciation and amortization of $32.1 million. Year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates had a $7.4 million unfavorable impact on operating income.

Operating cash flow decreased 8% year-over-year to $266.8 million, compared with $290.4 million in 2011. Free cash flow decreased 31% year-over-year to $171.0 million, compared with $246.6 million in 2011.

Full year 2012 net loss attributable to common stockholders was $67.4 million, or $0.10 per share, reflecting stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $105.0 million and share count of 650.2 million.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders improved by $306.1 million year-over-year, from a loss of $373.5 million, or $1.03 per share in 2011, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $89.1 million.

                   
Groupon, Inc.
Summary Consolidated and Segment Results
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended

Y/Y %

Year Ended

Y/Y %

December 31,

Growth

December 31,

Growth

2012 2011

Y/Y %
Growth

FX Effect (2)

excluding
FX (2)

2012 2011

Y/Y %
Growth

FX Effect (2)

excluding
FX (2)

Gross Billings (1)
North America $ 718,952 $ 475,807 51.1 % $ (2,569 ) 51.6 % $ 2,373,153 $ 1,561,927 51.9 % $ (2,780 ) 52.1 %
International   801,500     755,061   6.2 %   (18,451 ) 8.6 %   3,007,031     2,423,574   24.1 %   (180,739 ) 31.5 %
Consolidated Billings $ 1,520,452   $ 1,230,868   23.5 % $ (21,020 ) 25.2 % $ 5,380,184   $ 3,985,501   35.0 % $ (183,519 ) 39.6 %
 
Revenue
North America $ 375,351 $ 179,638 108.9 % $ (1,082 ) 109.6 % $ 1,165,700 $ 634,980 83.6 % $ (1,156 ) 83.8 %
International   262,951     312,526   (15.9 ) %   (6,629 ) (13.7 ) %   1,168,772     975,450   19.8 %   (72,960 ) 27.3 %
Consolidated revenue $ 638,302   $ 492,164   29.7 % $ (7,711 ) 31.3 % $ 2,334,472   $ 1,610,430   45.0 % $ (74,116 ) 49.6 %
 
Operating (loss) income $ (12,861 ) $ (14,972 ) 14.1 % $ 135 13.2 % $ 98,701 $ (233,386 ) N/A $ (7,401 ) N/A
 
Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (81,089 ) $ (65,379 ) (24.0 ) % $ 1,102 (25.7 ) % $ (67,377 ) $ (373,494 ) 82.0 % $ (9,283 ) 84.4 %
 
Net loss per share
Basic $ (0.12 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (1.03 )
Diluted $ (0.12 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (1.03 )
 
Weighted average basic shares outstanding 655,678,123 528,421,712 650,214,119 362,261,324
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 655,678,123 528,421,712 650,214,119 362,261,324
 
 

(1)

 

Represents the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds. Includes direct billings and third party and other billings.

(2)

Represents change in financial measures that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reporting period been the same as those in effect in the three months and year ended December 31, 2011.

 

Highlights

  • Largest sequential gross billings increase in Groupon history. All categories contributed to the biggest sequential increase in platform growth on an absolute dollar basis in Groupon's history.
  • Unit milestone. The Company surpassed the 50 million unit mark for the first time in the fourth quarter 2012. Consolidated units, defined as vouchers and products ordered before cancellations and refunds, grew 21% year-over-year.
  • Seasonal strength in Groupon Goods. After a successful holiday season, Goods has now reached an annual run rate of about $2.0 billion in global billings, just five quarters after its launch.
  • Growing merchant selection and quality. As of the end of the fourth quarter, the number of active deals in North America increased almost 300% year-over-year to nearly 37,000.
  • Continued customer acquisition efficiencies. Marketing expense per new customer improved 61% year-over-year in the fourth quarter 2012, enabling the reduction of overall marketing spend by 61% compared with the fourth quarter 2011. As of December 31, 2012, Groupon had 41.0 million active customers, an increase of 22% year-over-year, with gross customer additions partially offset by higher customer inactivations.
  • Substantial growth in mobile transaction activity. In January 2013, nearly 40% of North American transactions were completed on mobile devices, an increase of 44% compared with January 2012. This compares with about one third of transactions completed on mobile devices in October 2012.
  • Launch of merchant services in 2012. Groupon launched a number of services in 2012 to strengthen relationships with local businesses, including Breadcrumb and Payments.

Outlook

Revenue for the first quarter 2013 is expected to be between $560 million and $610 million, an increase of between 0% and 9% compared with first quarter 2012.

Operating (loss) income for the first quarter 2013 is expected to be between $(10) million and $10 million, compared with $39.6 million in the first quarter 2012. This outlook includes $30 million of stock-based compensation, and assumes no acquisitions or investments, or material changes in foreign exchange rates.

For the full year 2013, operating income is expected to increase compared with 2012.

A conference call will be webcast live today at 4:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. ET, and will be available on Groupon's investor relations website at http://investor.groupon.com. This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company's financial and operating results.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we have provided the following non-GAAP financial measures in this release and the accompanying tables: foreign exchange rate neutral operating results, free cash flow and consolidated operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net. These non-GAAP financial measures are presented to aid investors in better understanding Groupon's performance. However, these measures are not intended to be a substitute for those reported in accordance with GAAP. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

Foreign exchange rate neutral operating results show our current period operating results as if foreign currency exchange rates had remained the same as those in effect in the comparable period. These measures are intended to facilitate comparisons to our historical performance. For a reconciliation of foreign exchange rate neutral operating results to our GAAP operating results, see "Reconciliation of Foreign Exchange Rate Neutral Operating Results to U.S. GAAP Operating Results" and "Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics" included in the tables accompanying this release.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure that comprises net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software. We use free cash flow, and ratios based on it, to conduct and evaluate our business because, although it is similar to cash flow from operations, we believe that it typically represents a more useful measure of cash flows because purchases of fixed assets, software developed for internal use and website development costs are necessary components of our ongoing operations. Free cash flow is not intended to represent the total increase or decrease in Groupon's cash balance for the applicable period. For a reconciliation of free cash flow to cash flow from operations, see ''Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities'' included in the tables accompanying this release.

Consolidated operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net is a non-GAAP measure that comprises the consolidated total of the segment operating income (loss) of our two segments, North America and International. Stock-based compensation expense and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net are excluded from segment operating income (loss) that we report under GAAP for our segments. Stock-based compensation expense is primarily a non-cash item. Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net represents the change in the fair value of contingent consideration arrangements related to business combinations. We use consolidated operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net to allocate resources and evaluate performance internally. For a reconciliation of consolidated operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net to consolidated operating income (loss), see ''Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics'' included in the tables accompanying this release.

Note on Forward Looking Statements

The statements contained in this presentation that refer to plans and expectations for the next quarter or the future are forward- looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those discussed. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, volatility in our revenue and operating results; risks related to our business strategy; responding to changes in the market; effectively dealing with challenges arising from our international operations; retaining existing customers and adding new customers; retaining existing merchant partners and adding new merchant partners; incurring expenses as we expand our business; competing against smaller competitors and competitors with more financial resources than us; maintaining favorable terms with our business partners; maintaining a strong brand; managing inventory and order fulfillment; integrating our technology platforms; managing refund risks; retaining our executive team; litigation; regulations, including the CARD Act and regulation of the Internet; tax liabilities; tax legislation; maintaining our information technology infrastructure; security breaches; protecting our intellectual property; handling acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments effectively; seasonality; payment-related risks; customer and merchant partner fraud; global economic uncertainty; compliance with rules and regulations associated with being a public company; and our ability to raise capital if necessary. We urge you to refer to the factors included under the headings ''Risk Factors'' and ''Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations'' in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's Investor Relations web site at http://investor.groupon.com or the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Groupon's actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although Groupon believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. Moreover, neither the company nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect Groupon's expectations as of February 27, 2013. Groupon undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this presentation to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in its expectations.

Groupon encourages investors to use its investor relations website as a way of easily finding information about the company. Groupon promptly makes available on this website, free of charge, the reports that the company files or furnishes with the SEC, corporate governance information (including Groupon's Global Code of Conduct), and select press releases and social media postings.

       
 
 
Groupon, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

2012 2011 2012 2011
Operating activities
Net loss $ (80,047 ) $ (59,679 ) $ (51,031 ) $ (297,762 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 15,965 9,301 55,801 32,055
Stock-based compensation 26,411 32,668 104,117 93,590
Deferred income taxes (17,259 ) 31,601 (7,651 ) 32,203
Excess tax benefits on stock-based compensation (2,403 ) 1,145 (27,023 ) (10,178 )
Loss on equity method investees 1,231 6,678 9,925 26,652
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net 153 256 897 (4,537 )
Gain on return of common stock - - -

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