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Groupon Announces 2nd Quarter Results

Aug. 13, 2012
Groupon

Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Revenue increased 45% year-over-year to $568.3 million in the second quarter 2012, compared with $392.6 million in the second quarter 2011. Excluding the $32.4 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, revenue growth would have been 53% compared with second quarter 2011.

The second quarter 2012 was the first quarter that direct revenue, or the amount earned from the sale of products for which the Company is the merchant of record, was material to Groupon's overall performance. Accordingly, the Company's consolidated revenue presentation now includes third-party revenue, which is related to sales for which the Company acts as an agent for the merchant, as well as direct revenue. Third-party and direct revenues are recorded on a net and gross basis, respectively. Direct revenue was $65.4 million in the quarter, compared with $19.2 million in the first quarter 2012.

Gross billings, which reflects the total amount collected from customers, excluding any applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds, increased 38% year-over-year to $1.29 billion in the second quarter 2012, compared with $929.2 million in the second quarter 2011. Excluding the $75.1 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, gross billings growth would have been 47% compared with second quarter 2011.

Operating income was $46.5 million in the second quarter 2012, which included non-cash stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $25.4 million. This compares with a loss from operations of $101.0 million in the second quarter 2011, which included non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $38.7 million. Year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter had a $0.2 million unfavorable impact on operating income.

"We had a solid quarter despite challenges in Europe and continued investment in technology and infrastructure," said Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon. "We've deepened our relationships with a growing base of merchants and customers worldwide, demonstrating progress as we work to unlock the opportunity in local commerce."

Operating cash flow increased 93% year-over-year to $75.3 million, compared with $39.0 million in the second quarter 2011. For the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2012, operating cash flow was $392.5 million. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as operating cash flow less capital expenditures, was $48.6 million for the second quarter 2012, bringing free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2012 to $330.1 million. This reflects an increase of 243% year-over-year compared to free cash flow in the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2011 of $96.4 million. At the end of the quarter, Groupon had $1.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents and no long-term debt.

Second quarter 2012 net income attributable to common stockholders improved to $28.4 million, or $0.04 per share. Non-GAAP earnings attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter 2012 improved to $53.8 million, or $0.08 per share, excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $25.4 million. Second quarter 2012 results included a $33.0 million net gain from non-recurring items, comprised of a $56.0 million non-operating gain and $23.0 million of tax expense. This resulted from a transaction whereby the Company's minority interest in its China operations was exchanged along with an additional cash investment, for a minority interest in Life Media, Limited (also known as F-tuan), a leading competitor. Net income attributable to common stockholders also included a $3.9 million reduction related to the settling of remaining commitments to purchase additional interests in consolidated subsidiaries from minority shareholders. The net positive impact of these two items was $0.04 per share.

Second quarter 2012 net income attributable to common stockholders improved by $135.8 million year-over-year, from a net loss of $107.4 million, or a loss per share of $0.35 in the second quarter 2011. Non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders improved by $122.5 million year-over-year, from a net loss of $68.7 million, or a non-GAAP loss per share of $0.23 in the second quarter 2011, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation expenses of $38.7 million.



Source: Copyright Business Wire 2012


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