Groupon, Inc.
Feb 27, 2013
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Groupon Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: 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

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December 31,

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2012 2011

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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 )