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XO Group Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

05/02/2018

- Total revenue grew 1.8% in the first quarter
- Local online revenue increased 17.5% in the first quarter
- First quarter GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.14; Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.13
Conference Call Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET, Dial-In (833) 236-5763 (ID# 2587477)

NEW YORK, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- XO Group Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: XOXO, xogroupinc.com), today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2018 was $38.3 million, up from $37.6 million during the same period in the prior year. Net income for the quarter was $3.6 million or $0.14 per diluted share compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.05 in the same period in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income per share for the quarter was $0.13 compared to $0.03 in the same period in the prior year. The Company's balance sheet at March 31, 2018 reflects cash and cash equivalents of $109.4 million compared to $106.1 million at December 31, 2017.

"I'm pleased with our progress this quarter. We continue to deliver great products that help our couples navigate and enjoy life's biggest moments while bringing clear value to our business partners; App downloads have increased by over 50% and marketplace engagement continued its growth.  Our local sales team further improved on its already strong performance, leading Local marketplace and Transactions growth of 19% this quarter, now representing 74% of total revenue. Nice job team XO -- keep pushing," said Mike Steib, Chief Executive Officer.

Long-Term Financial Targets

The Company's long-term financial targets are double digit revenue growth rates and gross margins of approximately 90-95%, yielding adjusted EBITDA margins in the 20-22% range.

 

XO GROUP INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited, in thousands, except for per share data)




Three Months Ended March 31,



2018


2017






Net revenue


$

38,307



$

37,641


Costs and expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization, shown separately
below):





Cost of revenue


1,643



2,037


Product and content development


11,029



11,457


Sales and marketing


12,682



13,623


General and administrative


6,830



7,595


Depreciation and amortization


1,638



1,658


Total costs and expenses


33,822



36,370


Income from operations


4,485



1,271


Loss in equity interests


(22)



(117)


Interest and other income, net


202



93


Income before income taxes


4,665



1,247


Income tax expense/(benefit)


1,053



(38)


Net income


$

3,612



$

1,285







Net income per share:





Basic


$

0.14



$

0.05


Diluted


$

0.14



$

0.05







Weighted average number of shares used in calculating net earnings per share:





Basic


25,022



25,352


Dilutive effect of:





Restricted stock


253



370


Options


62



35


Diluted


25,337



25,757


 

XO GROUP INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited, in thousands, except for share and per share data)




March 31,
2018


December 31,
2017

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

109,407



$

106,092


Accounts receivable, net

14,948



17,375


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,624



5,327


Total current assets

129,979



128,794


Long-term restricted cash

1,181



1,181


Property and equipment, net

13,147



11,829


Intangibles assets, net

3,779



4,019


Goodwill

51,438



51,438


Deferred tax assets, net

5,795



6,124


Investments

1,420



1,442


Other assets

507



223


Total assets

$

207,246



$

205,050


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




     Accrued compensation and employee benefits

$

3,479



$

6,611


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

5,484



5,273


Deferred revenue

14,992



13,891


Total current liabilities

23,955



25,775


Deferred rent

3,167



3,365


Other liabilities

1,406



1,776


Total liabilities

28,528



30,916


Commitments and contingencies




Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized and zero shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively




Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized and 25,913,730 and 25,696,796 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

260



258


Additional paid-in-capital

181,664



180,695


Accumulated deficit

(3,206)



(6,819)


Total stockholders' equity

178,718



174,134


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

207,246



$

205,050


 

 

XO GROUP INC.

 

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION TABLE

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017

(unaudited, in thousands, except for share and per share data)

 


Reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin:


Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017





GAAP net income

$

3,612



$

1,285


Income tax expense/(benefit)

1,053



(38)


Interest and other income, net

(202)



(93)


Depreciation and amortization

1,638



1,658


EBITDA

6,101



2,812


Loss in equity interest

22



117


Stock-based compensation

1,734



1,874


Adjusted EBITDA

$

7,857



$

4,803


GAAP Net Revenue

38,307



37,641


Adjusted EBITDA margin

20.51

%


12.76

%









Reconciliation of adjusted net income:


Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017





GAAP net income

$

3,612



$

1,285


Income tax expense/(benefit)

1,053



(38)


Income before income taxes

4,665



1,247






Assumed rate for income tax expense(a)

28

%


40

%





Assumed provision for income tax expense

(1,306)



(499)


Adjusted net income

$

3,359



$

748






Adjusted net income per share - diluted

$

0.13



$

0.03


Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted

25,337



25,757






(a) Tax rate is assumed in order to approximate the Company's long-term effective tax rate





Free cash flow reconciliation:


Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017





Net cash provided by operating activities

$

6,546



$

5,035


Less: capital expenditures

(2,785)



(1,212)


Free cash flow

$

3,761



$

3,823


 

 

XO GROUP INC.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DATA TABLES

(unaudited, in thousands, except for metrics)



Revenue by Category



Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017

Local marketplace

$

21,875



$

18,619


Transactions

6,313



5,132


National online advertising

6,767



10,001


Publishing and other

3,352



3,889


Total net revenue

$

38,307



$

37,641




TheKnot.com Local Online Advertising Metrics











Q1 2018


Q1 2017

Vendor Count at Quarter end

28,443



23,108


TTM Vendor Count (b)

26,095



22,024


Retention Rate (b)

79.5

%


69.7

%

Avg. Revenue/Vendor (b)

$

2,963



$

3,025



               (b) Calculated on a trailing twelve-month basis.



Stock Based Compensation



The Company included total stock-based compensation expense related to all its stock awards in various operating expense categories for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, as follows:





Three Months Ended March 31,



2018


2017



(Amounts in Thousands)

Product and content development


$

549



$

497

Sales and marketing


376



433

General and administrative


809



944

Total stock-based compensation


$

1,734



$

1,874

 

Conference Call and Replay Information

XO Group Inc. will host a conference call with investors at 8:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, to discuss its first quarter 2018 financial results. Participants should dial (833) 236-5763 and use Conference ID# 2587477 at least 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin. Participants can also access the live broadcast over the internet on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, accessible at http://ir.xogroupinc.com. To access the webcast, participants should visit XO Group's website at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call in order to download or install any necessary audio software.

A replay of the webcast will also be archived on the Company's website approximately two hours after the conference call ends.

About XO Group Inc.

XO Group Inc.'s (NYSE: XOXO; xogroupinc.com) mission is to help people navigate and truly enjoy life's biggest moments together. Our multi-platform brands guide couples through transformative life stages - from getting married with The Knot, to having a baby with The Bump, and helping bring important celebrations to life with entertainment vendors from GigMasters. The Company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City.

Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or our future financial performance or estimates regarding third parties. These statements are only estimates or predictions and reflect our current beliefs and expectations. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the estimates, projections or forward-looking statements. It is routine for internal projections and expectations to change as the quarter progresses, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations may change prior to the end of the quarter. Although these expectations may change, we will not necessarily inform you if they do. Our policy is to provide expectations not more than once per quarter, and not to update that information until the next quarter. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein include, without limitation, (i) our operating results may fluctuate, are difficult to predict and could fall below expectations, (ii) our ability to accurately measure and monetize the level of offline store level traffic attributable to an online digital campaign conducted on our sites, (iii) our business depends on strong brands, and failing to maintain and enhance our brands would hurt our business, (iv) our ongoing investment in new businesses and new products, services, and technologies is inherently risky, and could disrupt our ongoing business and/or fail to generate the results we are expecting, (v) if we are unable to continue to develop solutions that generate revenue from advertising and other services delivered to mobile devices, our business could be harmed, (vi) our businesses could be negatively affected by changes in Internet search engine and app store search algorithms and email marketing policies, (vii) we face intense competition in our markets. If we do not continue to innovate and provide products and services that are useful to users, we may not remain competitive, and our revenue and results of operations could be adversely affected, (viii) our transactions business is dependent on third-party participants, whose lack of performance could adversely affect our results of operations, (ix) fraudulent or unlawful activities on our marketplace could harm our business and consumer confidence in our marketplace, (x) we may be subject to legal liability associated with providing online services or content, (xi) we may be unable to continue to use the domain names that we use in our business, or prevent third parties from acquiring and using domain names that infringe on, are similar to, or otherwise decrease the value of our brand or our trademarks or service marks, and (xii) other factors detailed in documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes information about certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP" or "U.S. GAAP"), including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures have important limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for an analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP.  Our use of these terms may vary from the use of similarly-titled measures by others in our industry due to the potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation and differences due to items subject to interpretation.

Management defines its non-GAAP financial measures as follows:

  • EBITDA represents GAAP income from operations adjusted to exclude, (1) interest, (2) tax, and (3) depreciation and amortization.
  • Adjusted EBITDA represents GAAP income from operations adjusted to exclude, if applicable: (1) interest, (2) tax, (3) depreciation and amortization, (4) gains or losses in equity method investments, (5) stock-based compensation expense, (6) asset impairment charges, and (7) other items affecting comparability during the period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin represents adjusted EBITDA (as defined above), divided by total GAAP revenue.
  • Adjusted net income represents GAAP net income, adjusted for items that impact comparability, which may include: (1) asset impairment charges, (2) executive separation and other severance charges, (3) use of an estimated long-term effective tax rate, (4) costs related to exit activities, and (5) other items affecting comparability during the period.
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share represents adjusted net income (as defined above), divided by the diluted weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the period.
  • Free cash flow represents GAAP net cash provided by operations, less capital expenditures.
  • National online advertising programs include display advertisements. Revenue from display advertisements is largely generated by sold impressions (the number of views or displays of a customer's advertisement, banner, link or other form of content on our online properties for which we earn revenue). Display advertising revenue per one thousand sold impressions derives our effective CPM ("eCPM").
  • Through our transactions business, we earn fixed fees, a percentage of sales, per-unit activity fees, or some combination thereof with respect to these transactions, which we refer to collectively as our "take rate."

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed with our results under U.S. GAAP and the accompanying reconciliations, provide useful information about our period-over-period growth and provide additional information that is useful for evaluating our operating performance. However, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, and free cash flow are not measures of financial performance under U.S. GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered substitutes for or superior to net income, net income per diluted share, and net cash provided by operating activities as indicators of operating performance.

A reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures is included in this press release.

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SOURCE XO Group Inc.

Ivan Marmolejos, Director, Investor Relations, (212) 219-8555 x1004, IR@xogrp.com

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XO Group Inc also uses certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP"), including adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures have important limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for an analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Our use of these terms may vary from the use of similarly-titled measures by others in our industry due to the potential inconsistencies in the method of calculation and differences due to items subject to interpretation.

Management defines its non-GAAP financial measures as follows:

  • Adjusted EBITDA represents U.S. GAAP net income (loss) adjusted to exclude, if applicable: (1) provision (benefit) for income taxes, (2) depreciation and amortization, (3) stock-based compensation expense, (4) impairment charges and asset write-offs, (5) loss in equity interests, (6) interest and other income, net (7) net loss attributable to non-controlling interest and (8) other items impacting comparability in the period.
  • Adjusted net income represents U.S. GAAP net income (loss), adjusted for incremental or unusual costs incurred in the current period, which may include: (1) impairment charges and asset write-offs, (2) executive severance and other restructuring charges and (3) the impact of certain foreign taxes, interest and penalties.
  • Adjusted net income per diluted share represents adjusted net income (as defined above), divided by the diluted weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the period.
  • Free cash flow represents U.S. GAAP net cash provided by operations, less capital expenditures.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed with our results under U.S. GAAP and the accompanying reconciliations, provide useful information about our period-over-period growth and provide additional information that is useful for evaluating our operating performance. However, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share and free cash flow are not measures of financial performance under U.S. GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered substitutes for or superior to net income (loss) and net income (loss) per diluted share and net cash provided by operating activities as indicators of operating performance. A reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures is included in the periodic reports and other documents filed from time-to-time by XO Group with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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