XO Group Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results - Second Quarter Revenue up 4%, led by online advertising, Operating Profit up 22% and EPS up 23%- Conference Call Tuesday, August 6th, at 4:30 p.m. ET, Dial-In (877) 314-9915 (ID# 25961596) PR Newswire NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2013 NEW YORK, Aug.6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO, www.xogroupinc.com), the premier media and technology company devoted to weddings, pregnancy, and everything in between, today reported financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2013. Second Quarter Summary Results Total revenue for the second quarter was $37.0 million, up 4.4% compared to the prior year. The results were led by national and local online advertising revenue, which grew 9.6% and 9.1%, respectively, year over year. Registry commission revenue grew 21.2% in the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the prior year period. Publishing and other revenues were down 1.0%, while merchandise revenue was down 8.0% compared to the second quarter last year. For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the Company's operating profit was $6.4 million, compared to $5.2 million in the prior year quarter. The $1.2 million increase in operating profit was primarily due to increased revenue in the online sponsorship and advertising business, partially offset by lower gross margins in ecommerce, and in publishing & other, increased technology-related investments, and increased depreciation and amortization expense. Net income for the quarter was $4.1 million or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to $3.1 million or $0.13 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. The Company's balance sheet at June 30, 2013 reflects cash and cash equivalents of $82.8 million, up $5.4 million from $77.4 million at December 31, 2012. The Company has not purchased any shares under the $20 million stock repurchase authorization announced on April 10, 2013. "We continue to be pleased with the growth of our local online business and are encouraged by the improvement in our national online business," said Chief Executive Officer, David Liu. "We are entering the second half of the year with strong momentum as our teams continuously develop and refine the content and tools that connect our audience with the information and services they need during the critical stages of family formation. The recent appointment of Mike Steib, a proven digital leader, as our President should accelerate our ambitious plans to increase our reach and share of the lifestages markets." Recent Developments oLocal online advertising growth continued in the second quarter, with revenue up 9.1% over the prior year quarter. We had 22,600 vendors at the close of the second quarter, compared to 21,800 at the close of the second quarter last year. The churn rate decreased slightly to 29.5% at the end of June 2013, from 29.7% during the same period last year. The average annual revenue per vendor was approximately $2,400, up 4.4% year over year (see Supplemental Tables, below). oNational online advertising improved this quarter, driven by our pregnancy and parenting website, thebump.com. The Bump continues to grow its audience and advertiser base, with an 88% increase in unique visitors and key new advertisers in the second quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year. oRegistry services revenue was up in the second quarter, driven by better conversion rates. The improved conversion rates were a result of enhanced functionality attributable to the upgrades of the registry platform launched in April of this year. oIn July 2013, the Company announced the appointment of Michael Steib as President. Mr. Steib is an accomplished digital leader, who most recently served as CEO of Vente-Privee USA. His previous experience includes a proven track record of execution at Google and NBC Universal. oAlso in July 2013, the Company announced Michael Zeisser as a new board member. Mr. Zeisser brings a wealth of Internet, media and ecommerce experience to our board. He was most recently the Senior Vice President of Liberty Interactive Corporation (formerly known as Liberty Media Corporation). Second Quarter and Year-to-Date 2013 Financial Highlights "Strong results in our online advertising businesses and our registry business, coupled with continued expense management, have driven profitability growth in the first half of the year, despite lower gross margins in ecommerce and publishing." said Chief Financial Officer, John Mueller. oFor the three months ended June 30, 2013, the Company's revenue was $37.0 million, up 4.4% compared to revenue of $35.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. Net income for the second quarter was $4.1 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. oFor the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported revenue of $67.3 million and net income of $5.8 million, or $0.23 per diluted share. This compares to revenue of $65.2 million and net income of $3.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the first half of 2012. Revenue growth year to date was 3.1%, compared to the same period in 2012, while net income was up 66% in the first six months of this year compared to the first half of 2012. oNational online advertising revenue was $7.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013, increasing 9.6% compared to the corresponding period in 2012. National online revenue was $13.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, increasing 6.7% compared to the corresponding period in 2012. oLocal online advertising revenue was $13.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, growing 9.1% compared to $12.3 million for the second quarter of 2012. Local online revenue was $27.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, up 9.9% compared to $24.5 million for the corresponding period in 2012. oPublishing and other revenues were $7.4 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013, down 1.0% compared to the same period last year. Publishing and other revenues were $12.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, up 4.2% compared to $12.1 million for the corresponding period in 2012. The decline in the second quarter of 2013 was due to lower newsstand sales, partially offset by increased advertising revenue. oRegistry commission revenue was $2.4 million for the second quarter of 2013, up 21.2% compared to the same period in 2012.Registry commission revenue was $3.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, up 19.4% compared to $3.0 million for the corresponding period in 2012. oMerchandise revenue from the sale of wedding supplies was $6.4 million and $10.2 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $6.9 million and $12.5 million for the corresponding periods in 2012. Revenue declined 8.0% in the second quarter of 2013, and 18.7% for the first half of the year. The declines were mainly due to SEO challenges and the impact from increased usage of mobile devices by our users, resulting in lower traffic and lower conversion rates.These declines were partially offset by an increase in average order value. oGross profit for the second quarter of 2013 was $30.0 million, up 4.6% year-over-year. Gross profit margin was 81.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to 80.9% for the corresponding period in 2012. In the six months ended June 30, 2013, gross profit margins approximated 82.6%, compared to 82.2% in the corresponding period in 2012. The improvement in gross margins year-over-year is primarily due to the mix shift toward online advertising and registry which are the most profitable businesses offset by lower margins in ecommerce and publishing & other. Please see the supplemental data tables for additional information regarding gross profit margins. oOperating expense was $23.6 million and $46.4 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $23.5 million and $47.8 million for the corresponding periods in 2012. The increase in operating expense for the second quarter was primarily due to increased technology-related investments, specifically additional personnel and software. Also contributing to the increase in operating expense was an increase in depreciation and amortization expense, which resulted from the reclassification of certain indefinite-lived intangible assets to definite-lived. These increases were partially offset by decreased stock-based compensation expense. oStock-based compensation expense was $1.6 million and $2.9 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, compared to $1.9 million and $4.5 million for the corresponding periods in 2012. The year-over-year decrease in stock-based compensation was due to a lower estimated accrual for stock-based compensation compared to the prior year, as well as the timing of annual grants. oThe Company incurred net operating expenses related to Ijie.com of approximately $1.0 million and $2.0 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, flat compared to the corresponding periods in 2012. oNet cash provided by operating activities was $9.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, while capital expenditures amounted to $1.6 million for the same period. Net cash provided by operating activities was $9.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, while capital expenditures amounted to $2.8 million for the same period. Supplemental Data Tables Local Online Advertising Metrics 2Q2013 1Q2013 4Q2012 3Q2012 2Q2012 Profile Count 30,200 30,400 29,100 29,700 29,700 Vendor Count 22,600 22,600 22,100 22,100 21,800 Churn Rate 29.5% 29.8% 30.2% 29.8% 29.7% Avg. Revenue/Vendor $2,400 $2,400 $2,400 $2,300 $2,300 Gross Profit/Margin by Business Three months ended June 30, 2013 2013 2012 2012 ($000s) Gross Gross Gross Gross Profit Margin Profit Margin Online sponsorship & advertising $20,191 97.2% $18,534 97.5% Registry services 2,409 100.0% 1,988 100.0% Merchandise 2,655 41.7% 3,004 43.4% Publishing & other 4,727 63.5% 5,146 68.4% Total gross profit $29,982 81.1% $28,672 80.9% Stock Based Compensation Three Months Ended June Six Months Ended June 30, 30, ($000s) 2013 2012 2013 2012 Product & content $619 $651 $1,175 $1,485 development Sales & marketing 476 531 817 1,411 General & administrative 488 713 895 1,573 Total stock-based $1,583 $1,895 $2,887 $4,469 compensation XO GROUP INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Amounts in Thousands, Except for Per Share Data) Three Months Ended June 30, 2013 2012 (unaudited) (unaudited) Net revenue: Online sponsorship and advertising $ 20,772 $ 19,012 Registry services 2,409 1,988 Merchandise 6,361 6,916 Publishing and other 7,446 7,520 Total net revenue 36,988 35,436 Cost of revenue: Online sponsorship and advertising 581 478 Merchandise 3,706 3,912 Publishing and other 2,719 2,374 Total cost of revenue 7,006 6,764 Gross profit 29,982 28,672 Operating expenses: Product and content development 7,136 6,874 Sales and marketing 10,070 10,258 General and administrative 5,267 5,401 Depreciation and amortization 1,146 927 Total operating expenses 23,619 23,460 Income from operations 6,363 5,212 Loss in equity interests (62) (10) Interest and other income (expense), net 16 (5) Income before income taxes 6,317 5,197 Provision for income taxes 2,229 2,079 Net income 4,088 3,118 Plus: net loss attributable to noncontrolling — 20 interest Net income attributable to XO Group Inc. $ 4,088 $ 3,138 Net income per share attributable to XO Group Inc. common stockholders: Basic $ 0.17 $ 0.13 Diluted $ 0.16 $ 0.13 Weighted average number of shares used in calculating net earnings per share Basic 24,621 24,488 Diluted 25,594 25,078 XO GROUP INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Amounts in Thousands, Except for Per Share Data) Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 2012 (unaudited) (unaudited) Net revenue: Online sponsorship and advertising $ 40,907 $ 37,601 Registry services 3,583 3,002 Merchandise 10,179 12,525 Publishing and other 12,592 12,087 Total net revenue 67,261 65,215 Cost of revenue: Online sponsorship and advertising 1,076 892 Merchandise 6,184 6,970 Publishing and other 4,442 3,766 Total cost of revenue 11,702 11,628 Gross profit 55,559 53,587 Operating expenses: Product and content development 14,008 13,466 Sales and marketing 20,046 21,411 General and administrative 10,086 11,035 Depreciation and amortization 2,249 1,873 Total operating expenses 46,389 47,785 Income from operations 9,170 5,802 Loss in equity interests (119) (10) Interest and other income (expense), net 29 (9) Income before income taxes 9,080 5,783 Provision for income taxes 3,319 2,313 Net income 5,761 3,470 Plus: net loss attributable to noncontrolling — 65 interest Net income attributable to XO Group Inc. $ 5,761 $ 3,535 Net income per share attributable to XO Group Inc. common stockholders: Basic $ 0.23 $ 0.14 Diluted $ 0.23 $ 0.14 Weighted average number of shares used in calculating net earnings per share Basic 24,541 25,004 Diluted 25,426 25,585 XO GROUP INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Amounts in Thousands) June 30, December 31, 2012 2013 (Unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 82,833 $ 77,407 Accounts receivable, net 13,715 14,960 Inventories 3,060 2,222 Deferred production and marketing costs 482 557 Deferred tax assets, current portion 2,883 2,857 Prepaid expenses 4,333 2,311 Other current assets 46 141 Total current assets 107,352 100,455 Long-term restricted cash 2,600 2,599 Property and equipment, net 14,205 13,093 Intangible assets, net 5,101 5,660 Goodwill 37,750 37,750 Deferred tax assets 21,148 21,334 Investment in equity interests 2,277 2,396 Other assets 146 67 Total assets $ 190,579 $ 183,354 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 11,477 $ 11,448 Deferred revenue 14,927 14,710 Total current liabilities 26,404 26,158 Deferred tax liabilities 2,825 2,791 Deferred rent 6,277 6,628 Other liabilities 3,276 3,270 Total liabilities 38,782 38,847 Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock — — Common stock 269 259 Additional paid-in-capital 165,610 164,071 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (117) (97) Accumulated deficit (13,965) (19,726) Total stockholders' equity 151,797 144,507 Total liabilities and equity $ 190,579 $ 183,354 Conference Call and Replay Information XO Group Inc. will host a conference call with investors at 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, to discuss its second quarter 2013 financial results. Participants should dial (877) 314-9915 and use Conference ID# 25961596 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. A replay of the call will be available at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, conference ID #25961596. About XO Group Inc. XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; http://www.xogroupinc.com) is the premier media and technology company devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel.com, The Nest, The Bump and Ijie.com. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media - from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video - and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City. This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or our future financial performance. These statements are only predictions and reflect our current beliefs and expectations. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the 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 online wedding-related and other websites may fail to generate sufficient revenue to survive over the long term, (ii) we incurred losses for many years following our inception and may incur losses in the future, (iii) we may be unable to adjust spending quickly enough to offset any unexpected revenue shortfall, (iv) sales to sponsors or advertisers may be delayed or cancelled, (v) efforts to launch new technology and features may not generate significant new revenue or may reduce revenue from existing services, (vi) we may be unable to develop solutions that generate revenue from advertising delivered to mobile phones and wireless devices, (vii) the significant fluctuation to which our quarterly revenue and operating results are subject, (viii) the seasonality of the wedding industry, (ix) our e-commerce operations are dependent on Internet search engine rankings, and our ability to influence those rankings is limited, (x) the dependence of our registry services business on third parties, and (xi) 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. Contact: Ivan Marmolejos Investor Relations (212) 219-8555 x1004 IR@xogrp.com SOURCE XO Group Inc. Website: http://www.xogroupinc.com
XO Group Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results
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