MercadoLibre, Inc. Reports Financial Results for First Quarter 2014 * Net Revenues of $115.4 million, growing 12.3% year-over-year in USD. In local currencies net revenues grew 50%, excluding Venezuela they grew 39%. * Income from operations grew to $34.0 million, a year-over-year growth of 19.0% in USD and 67.8% in local currencies. * Net Income grew 73.1% in USD resulting in a $ 0.69 EPS. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, May 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MercadoLibre, Inc. (Nasdaq:MELI) (http://www.mercadolibre.com), Latin America's leading e-commerce technology company, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Marcos Galperin, President and Chief Executive Officer of MercadoLibre, Inc., commented, "MercadoLibre's e-commerce ecosystem continued to strengthen in the first quarter of 2014. Solid first quarter results showed progress in key initiatives such as payments, mobile and customer experience, encouraging us to keep innovating, executing and seizing the huge potential of our region's e-commerce." Q1'14 Operational Highlights *Gross merchandise volume grew to $1,797.3 million, a year-over-year growth of 15.0% in USD and 57.9% in local currencies. Items sold on MercadoLibre during the first quarter of 2014 increased 20.1% to 21.7 million. *Total payment volume reached $664.0 million, a year-over-year growth of 24.8% in USD and 63.5% in local currencies. Total payment transactions through MercadoPago increased 36.3% to 9.2 million. This growth was sustained by our strategic initiatives: *Total payments penetration was up, with a strong push from on-platform which reached new highs in our total marketplace surpassing 60% of GMVe in Brazil and 38% in Argentina. *Shipping gained considerable ground, adoption in Brazil went to 14% of SIe in March. *Mobile doubled its year-on-year penetration from March to March, from 7% to 14% of our GMVe, and our mobile app reached more than 10 million downloads by the end of March. *Verticals keep gaining share of GMVe in Argentina and Brazil while we continue to on-board brands in both countries. Official stores more than doubled during this quarter. *Our customer experience efforts result in significant gains to our net promoter score. Q1'14 Financial Highlights *Net revenues grew to $115.4 million, a year-over-year growth of 12.3% in USD and 49.9% in local currencies. Excluding Venezuela revenue growth was stable at 9.6% in USD and 38.6% in local currencies. Brazil, our biggest market, grew revenues by 30% in local currencies. *Gross profit for the first quarter of 2014 was $83.8 million. Gross profit margin was 72.7% up from 72.1% the first quarter of 2013, as scale in our customer support operations and lower withdrawal costs in MercadoPago Argentina offset higher payment processing fees due to strong TPV growth. *Total operating expenses were $49.8 million, 43.2% of net revenues, a decrease of 110 basis points from 44.3% last year's first quarter. Lower long term retention plan accrual and improved chargebacks drive year-over-year improvement. *Income from operations grew to $34.0 million, a year-over-year growth of 19.0% in USD and 67.8% in local currencies. Operating income margin was 29.5%, improving 166 basis points from 27.8% last year's first quarter. Excluding Venezuela Income from operations grew 4.6% in USD and 28.6% in local currencies. *Our forex line saw a $3.1 million gain mainly due to currency devaluation in Argentina where our US dollar denominated net assets appreciated, partially offset by currency devaluation in Venezuela (Sicad I*) depreciating our net monetary asset position in local currency. *Net income before taxes was $39.1 million a year-over-year growth of 54.2% in USD and 117% in local currencies. *Blended tax rate for the quarter was 22.4%, as compared to 30.9% last year's first quarter. Excluding tax decrease resulting from Venezuela devaluation, blended tax rate would have been 31.4%. *Net income grew to $30.3 million, a year-over-year growth of 73.1%. In local currencies this growth was 150.3%. Excluding Venezuela, net income grew 16.3% in USD and 48.0% in local currencies. *Earnings per share during Q1'14 were $ 0.69.Had forex loss and tax reduction resulting from Venezuela's devaluation not occurred, earnings per share would have been $ 0.63. *Free cash flow, defined as cash from operating activities less payment for the acquisition of property, equipment, intangible assets and payment for acquired business net of cash acquired, was $20.5 million.** *We declared a quarterly dividend of $0.166 cents per share, payable on July 15, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 30, 2014. (*) Due to changes in Venezuelan regulation, since January 24, 2014the exchange rate the Company uses to re-measure its net monetary asset positionand local currency (BsF) transactions of its Venezuelan operations is the SICAD 1 exchange rate. As of March 31, 2014, the SICAD 1 exchange rate was 10.7 BsF per U.S. dollar. The average exchange rate of the first quarter of 2014 was 10.1 BsF per U.S. dollar. (**) See note on "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" The following table summarizes certain key performance metrics for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013. Three months ended March 31, (in 2014 2013 %YoY %YoY Constant MM) USD Total confirmed registered users 103.7 85.7 21.1% -- at the end of period New confirmed registered users 4.3 4.2 0.6% -- during the period Gross merchandise volume $1,797.3 $1,563.3 15.0% 57.9% Items sold 21.7 18.1 20.1% -- Total payments volume $664.0 $532.1 24.8% 63.5% Total payments transactions 9.2 6.7 36.3% -- Table of Year-on-Year Local Currency Revenue Growth Rates by Quarter YoY Growth rates at previous years exchange rates Consolidated Net Revenues Q1'13 Q2'13 Q3'13 Q4'13 Q1'14 Brazil 28% 22% 28% 29% 30% Argentina 63% 66% 66% 69% 65% Mexico 15% 19% 19% 20% 9% Venezuela 49% 68% 92% 104% 116% Others 13% 19% 13% 15% 32% Total 36% 38% 45% 50% 50% Conference Call and Webcast The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast on May 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing +(970) 315-0420 or +(877) 303-7209 (Conference ID 37234714) and requesting inclusion in the call for MercadoLibre. The live conference call can be accessed via audio webcast at the investor relations section of the Company's website, at http://investor.mercadolibre.com. An archive of the webcast will be available for one week following the conclusion of the conference call. Definition of Selected Operational Metrics Total confirmed registered users – Measure of the cumulative number of users who have registered on the MercadoLibre platform (including MercadoPago) and confirmed their registration. Since July'12, registration and confirmation take place in the same step of the registration flow. New confirmed registered users – Measure of the number of new users who have registered on the MercadoLibre platform (including MercadoPago) and confirmed their registration. Since July'12, registration and confirmation take place in the same step of the registration flow. Gross merchandise volume – Measure of the total U.S. dollar sum of all transactions completed through the MercadoLibre Marketplace, excluding motor vehicles, vessels, aircraft, real estate, and services. Items sold– Measure of the number of items sold/purchased through the MercadoLibre Marketplace. Total payment volume – Measure of total U.S. dollar sum of all transactions paid for using MercadoPago. Total payment transactions – Measure of the number of all transactions completed using MercadoPago. Operating margin – Defined as income from operations as a percentage of net revenues. Blended tax rate – Defined as income and asset tax expense as a percentage of income before income and assets tax. Net income margin – Defined as net income as a percentage of net revenues. Free Cash Flow – Defined as cash flows from operating activities less property, equipment, intangible assets and payment for acquired business net of cash acquired. Local Currency Growth Rates – Calculated by using the average monthly exchange rate for each month during the previous year and applying it to the corresponding month in the current year, so as to calculate what the growth would have been had exchange rates been the same throughout both periods. About MercadoLibre Founded in 1999, MercadoLibre is Latin America's leading e-commerce technology company. Through its primary platforms, MercadoLibre.com and MercadoPago.com, it provides solutions to individuals and companies buying, selling, advertising, and paying for goods and services online. MercadoLibre.com serves millions of users and creates a market for a wide variety of goods and services in an easy, safe and efficient way. The site is among the top 50 in the world in terms of page views and is the leading retail platform in unique visitors in the major countries in which it operates according to metrics provided by comScore Networks. The Company is listed on NASDAQ (Nasdaq:MELI) following its initial public offering in 2007. For more information about the company visit: http://investor.mercadolibre.com. The MercadoLibre, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4193 Consolidated balance sheets March 31, December 31, 2014 2013 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $131,139,549 $140,285,104 Short-term investments 87,390,844 76,593,214 Accounts receivable, net 30,331,297 25,884,260 Credit cards receivables, net 54,322,496 52,045,851 Prepaid expenses 4,554,266 3,836,081 Deferred tax assets 20,809,295 16,030,880 Other assets 8,663,385 11,488,845 Total current assets 337,211,132 326,164,235 Non-current assets: Long-term investments 45,001,998 45,719,737 Property and equipment, net 129,464,927 131,371,909 Goodwill 51,959,430 55,101,218 Intangible assets, net 6,393,604 6,591,585 Deferred tax assets 2,906,037 3,014,905 Other assets 24,921,540 24,399,184 Total non-current assets 260,647,536 266,198,538 Total assets $597,858,668 $592,362,773 Liabilities and Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses $36,582,107 $34,405,333 Funds payable to customers 132,368,104 129,038,663 Salaries and social security payable 26,094,290 23,182,811 Taxes payable 16,788,250 17,854,110 Loans payable and other financial liabilities 7,677,659 13,370,823 Dividends payable 7,329,546 6,313,869 Total current liabilities 226,839,956 224,165,609 Non-current liabilities: Salaries and social security payable 6,054,510 9,185,269 Loans payable and other financial liabilities 1,812,047 2,489,819 Deferred tax liabilities 5,511,531 5,339,359 Other liabilities 3,775,268 3,699,109 Total non-current liabilities 17,153,356 20,713,556 Total liabilities $243,993,312 $244,879,165 Commitments and contingencies Redeemable noncontrolling interest $4,000,000 $4,000,000 Equity: Common stock, $0.001 par value, 110,000,000 shares authorized, 44,153,892 and 44,153,473 shares $44,154 $44,153 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively Additional paid-in capital 120,595,008 121,562,193 Treasury stock -- (1,012,216) Retained earnings 333,404,534 310,345,448 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (104,178,340) (87,455,970) Total Equity 349,865,356 343,483,608 Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling $597,858,668 $592,362,773 Interest and Equity Consolidated statements of income Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 2013 Net revenues $115,382,319 $102,725,747 Cost of net revenues (31,539,665) (28,649,167) Gross profit 83,842,654 74,076,580 Operating expenses: Product and technology development (12,257,198) (9,382,389) Sales and marketing (22,351,958) (22,337,937) General and administrative (15,232,411) (13,785,070) Total operating expenses (49,841,567) (45,505,396) Income from operations 34,001,087 28,571,184 Other income (expenses): Interest income and other financial gains 3,035,630 3,394,006 Interest expense and other financial losses (1,027,180) (360,352) Foreign currency gains (losses) 3,093,471 (6,249,714) Other losses, net -- (3,733) Net income before income / asset tax expense 39,103,008 25,351,391 Income / asset tax expense (8,775,055) (7,828,800) Net income $30,327,953 $17,522,591 Less: Net Income attributable to Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest 63,980 42,338 Net income attributable to MercadoLibre, Inc. $30,263,973 $17,480,253 shareholders Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 2013 Basic EPS Basic net income attributable to MercadoLibre, Inc. Shareholders per common share $0.69 $0.40 Weighted average of outstanding common shares 44,153,818 44,151,323 Diluted EPS Diluted net income attributable to MercadoLibre, Inc. Shareholders per common share $0.69 $0.40 Weighted average of outstanding common shares 44,153,818 44,151,357 Consolidated statements of cash flows Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 2013 Cash flows from operations: Net income attributable to MercadoLibre, Inc. $30,263,973 $17,480,253 Shareholders Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Net income attributable to Redeemable 63,980 42,338 Noncontrolling Interest Net Devaluation (Gain) Loss in Venezuela and (2,657,792) 6,420,929 Argentina Depreciation and amortization 3,519,100 2,621,339 Accrued interest (2,019,040) (2,531,301) LTRP accrued compensation 765,775 1,710,752 Deferred income taxes (4,675,345) (140,238) Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (9,409,832) (994,003) Credit Card Receivables (9,870,986) (5,734,899) Prepaid expenses (961,907) (1,069,904) Other assets 924,587 (4,595,498) Accounts payable and accrued expenses 11,754,682 2,243,694 Funds payable to customers 7,365,588 8,854,986 Other liabilities 318,251 2,297,188 Interest received from investments 2,245,543 3,485,861 Net cash provided by operating activities 27,626,577 30,091,497 Cash flows from investing activities: Purchase of investments (386,755,370) (136,522,055) Proceeds from sale and maturity of investments 379,720,253 146,413,859 Payment for acquired businesses, net of cash -- (3,224,162) acquired Purchases of intangible assets (144,479) -- Purchases of property and equipment (6,966,127) (2,861,295) Net cash (used in) provided by investing (14,145,724) 3,806,347 activities Cash flows from financing activities: Payments on loans payable and other financial (582,157) -- liabilities Dividends paid (6,313,869) (4,812,396) Stock options exercised -- 3,020 Net cash used in financing activities (6,896,026) (4,809,376) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash (15,730,383) (8,410,089) equivalents Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash (9,145,555) 20,678,379 equivalents Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the 140,285,104 101,489,002 period Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period $131,139,549 $122,167,381 Financial results of reporting segments Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 Brazil Argentina Mexico Venezuela Other Total Countries Net revenues $52,434,098 $ 27,961,744 $8,083,185 $ $7,546,705 $ 19,356,587 115,382,319 Direct costs (30,516,894) (16,915,878) (4,577,716) (5,634,981) (3,914,533) (61,560,002) Direct 21,917,204 11,045,866 3,505,469 13,721,606 3,632,172 53,822,317 contribution Operating expenses and indirect (19,821,230) costs of net revenues Income from 34,001,087 operations Other income (expenses): Interest income and other 3,035,630 financial gains Interest expense and other (1,027,180) financial losses Foreign currency 3,093,471 gain Other -- losses, net Net income before income / $39,103,008 asset tax expense Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 Brazil Argentina Mexico Venezuela Other Total Countries Net revenues $47,765,683 $ 25,620,747 $7,790,301 $ $6,418,465 $ 15,130,551 102,725,747 Direct costs (30,993,544) (13,475,710) (4,116,828) (6,008,108) (2,867,981) (57,462,171) Direct 16,772,139 12,145,037 3,673,473 9,122,443 3,550,484 45,263,576 contribution Operating expenses and indirect (16,692,392) costs of net revenues Income from 28,571,184 operations Other income (expenses): Interest income and other 3,394,006 financial gains Interest expense and other (360,352) financial losses Foreign currency (6,249,714) loss Other (3,733) losses, net Net income before income / $25,351,391 asset tax expense Non-GAAP Financial Measures To supplement our interim condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S. GAAP), we use free cash flows, adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share as non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the most comparable GAAP financial measures. Reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures can be found in the tables included in this press release. Non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of our current financial performance. Specifically, we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to both management and investors by excluding payments for the acquisition of property, equipment, of intangible assets and of acquired businesses net of cash acquired, that may not be indicative of our core operating results. In addition, we report free cash flows to investors because we believe that the inclusion of this measure provides consistency in our financial reporting. Free cash flow represents cash from operating activities less payment for the acquisition of property, equipment and intangible assets and acquired businesses net of cash acquired. We consider free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by our operations after the purchase of property, equipment, of intangible assets and of acquired businesses net of cash acquired. A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in our cash balance for the period. Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flows to Free Cash Flows: Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 2013 Net Cash provided by Operating Activities $27.6 $30.1 Payment for acquired businesses, net of cash -- (3.2) acquired Purchase of intangible assets (0.1) -- Purchases of property and equipment (7.0) (2.9) Free cash flows $20.5 $24.0 The table above may not total due to rounding. Moreover, we believe that adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding the foreign exchange loss attributable to the devaluation in Venezuela, because it may not be indicative of our results of operations. In addition, we report adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share to investors because we believe that the inclusion of these measures provides consistency in the Company's financial reporting and because these financial measures provide useful information to management and investors about what our adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share, would have been, had the foreign exchange loss in Venezuela not occurred. A limitation of the utility of adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share, as measures of financial performance, is that these measures do not represent the total foreign exchange effect in our Income Statement for the three month period ended March 31, 2014. Additionally, we present these non-gaap financial measures compared to the three months period ended March 31, 2013: Three-months period ended (**) March 31, March 31, 2014 2013 Net income before income / asset tax expense $39.1 $25.4 Devaluation loss in Venezuela 1.3 6.4 Adjusted Net income before income / asset tax $40.4 $31.7 expense Income and asset tax expense $(8.8) $(7.8) Income tax effect on devaluation loss in (3.9) (0.5) (1) Venezuela Adjusted Income and asset tax $(12.7) $(8.4) Net Income $30.3 $17.5 Devaluation loss in Venezuela 1.3 6.4 Income tax effect on devaluation loss in (3.9) (0.5) (1) Venezuela Adjusted Net Income $27.7 $23.4 Adjusted Blended Tax Rate 31.4% 26.4% Weighted average of outstanding common shares 44,153,818 44,151,323 Adjusted Earnings per share $0.63 $0.53 (**) Stated in millions of U.S. dollars. (1) Income tax charge related to the Venezuela devaluation under local tax norms. The table above may not total due to rounding. Venezuelan currency status During December 2013, the Venezuelan regulation that created the SICAD 1 was amended to expand its use, and to require publication of the average exchange rate implied by transactions settled in SICAD 1 auctions. Additionally, on January23, 2014, the exchange regulation was amended to include foreign currency sales for certain transactions, such us but not limited to: contracts for leasing and services, use and exploitation of patents, trademarks, foreign investments and payments of royalties, contracts for technology import and technical assistance. Due to the change in rules that provided for the creation of the SICAD 1 system, the official exchange rate remains only available to obtain foreign currency to pay for a limited list of goods considered to be of high priority by the Government, which does not include those relating to the company´s business. So, SICAD 1 is now the primary system to which the company will have to request US dollars to settle its transactions. As a result, the exchange rate the Company uses to re-measure its net monetary asset position and BsF transactions of our Venezuelan operations from January 24, 2014 is the SICAD 1 exchange rate. As of March 31, 2014, the SICAD 1 exchange rate was 10.7 BsF per U.S. dollar. The average exchange rate of the first quarter of 2014 was 10.1 BsF per U.S. dollar. At the date of this release, the published SICAD 1 exchange rate is 10.0 BsF per U.S. dollar. Foreign Currency Sensitivity Analysis – Venezuela Segment In order to assist investors in their overall understanding of the impact on ourVenezuelan segment reporting of a hypothetical additional Venezuelan devaluation,we developed a scenario that considers an exchange rate of 50 BsF per U.S. dollar. Under this analysis, the assumed exchange rate was applied starting on January1, 2014. These disclosures may help investors to project sensitivities, on segment information captions, to devaluations of whatever order of magnitude they choose by simple arithmetic calculations. The information is just a scenario and does not represent a forward-looking statement about our expectations or projections related to future events in Venezuela. The investors and other readers or users of the financial information presented in this caption are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this scenario. This information is not a guarantee of future events. The information disclosed below does not include any inflation effect, nor the one-time devaluation impact related to the assumed devaluation or any other effect derived from the assumed devaluation. The information below should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, this information is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. The evolution of the Venezuelan economy and any future governmental interventions in the Venezuelan economy are beyond our ability to control or predict. New events could happen in the future in Venezuela and it is not possible for management to predict all such events, nor can it assess the impact of all such events on our Venezuelan business. The table below provides specific sensitivity information of our Venezuelan segment reporting for the period indicated assumingan exchange rate of 50 BsF per U.S. dollar,applied for the period starting on January1, 2014 to March 31, 2014: Three-month period ended March 31, 2014 Actual (*) Brazil Argentina Mexico Venezuela Other Total Countries Net revenues $52,434,098 $27,961,744 $8,083,185 $19,356,587 $7,546,705 $115,382,319 Direct costs $(30,516,894) $(16,915,878) $(4,577,716) $(5,634,981) $(3,914,533) $(61,560,002) Direct $21,917,204 $11,045,866 $3,505,469 $13,721,606 $3,632,172 $53,822,317 contribution Direct Contribution 41.8% 39.5% 43.4% 70.9% 48.1% 46.6% Margin % Operating expenses and indirect $(19,821,230) costs of net revenues Income from $34,001,087 operations Three-month period ended March 31, 2014 Sensitivity (**) Brazil Argentina Mexico Venezuela Other Total Countries Net revenues $52,434,098 $27,961,744 $8,083,185 $3,820,537 $7,546,705 $99,846,269 Direct costs $(30,516,894) $(16,915,878) $(4,577,716) $(1,808,818) $(3,914,533) $(57,733,839) Direct $21,917,204 $11,045,866 $3,505,469 $2,011,719 $3,632,172 $42,112,430 contribution Direct Contribution 41.8% 39.5% 43.4% 52.7% 48.1% 42.2% Margin % Operating expenses and indirect $(19,821,230) costs of net revenues Income from $22,291,200 operations (*) As reported (**) Computing a hypothetical devaluation of the Venezuelan Segment (50 BsF per U.S. dollar). 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