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LinkedIn Reports First Earnings as Public Company

Revenue up 120%

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LinkedIn Reports First Earnings as Public Company
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LinkedIn released its first earnings report as a public company, and it wasn’t too shabby. They beat estimates and posted a 120% increase in revenue (YoY), and a new member increase of 61%.

“In the second quarter, we saw record levels of members, unique visitors, and page views, while revenue growth further accelerated,” said CEO Jeff Weiner. “Going forward, we plan to continue to invest in our team, technology, and products in order to increase the value we deliver to members and realize the full potential of the LinkedIn platform.”

Unique visitors were up 83% from the second quarter last year at 81.8 million per month.

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Here’s the release in its entirety:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –¬†LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD), the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011:

  • Members grew to 115.8 million, an increase of 61% from the second quarter of 2010
  • Unique visitors of 81.8 million per month, an increase of 83% from the second quarter of 2010
  • Page views of 7.1 billion, an increase of 80% from the second quarter of 2010
  • Revenue for the second quarter was $121.0 million, an increase of 120% compared to $54.9 million for the second quarter of 2010
  • Net income for the second quarter was $4.5 million, compared to $4.3 million for the second quarter of 2010; Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter was $10.8 million, compared to $6.4 million for the second quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP measures exclude tax-effected stock-based compensation expense and tax-effected amortization of acquired intangible assets
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $26.3 million, or 22% of revenue, compared to $11.5 million for the second quarter of 2010, or 21% of revenue
  • GAAP EPS for the second quarter was $0.04; Non-GAAP EPS for the second quarter was $0.10

“In the second quarter, we saw record levels of members, unique visitors, and page views, while revenue growth further accelerated,” said Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn. “Going forward, we plan to continue to invest in our team, technology, and products in order to increase the value we deliver to members and realize the full potential of the LinkedIn platform.”

Second Quarter Highlights and Strategic Announcements

  • In April 2011, LinkedIn opened up full access to the LinkedIn platform to developers, enabling them to build the professional Web. A number of new plug-ins were introduced, including the LinkedIn Share Button, which more than 100,000 publishers are now using to drive traffic to their sites. And later in the quarter, new Groups, Company, and Jobs APIs were introduced. LinkedIn now has more than 30,000 developers using its APIs.
  • LinkedIn extended its mobile presence with the April 2011 launch of LinkedIn for Android. In May, the flagship social news product, LinkedIn Today, came to the iPhone via LinkedIn for iPhone 3.6. In June, LinkedIn Today was added to Flipboard, giving professionals a new way to use the innovative iPad app to consume the news that matters to their professional lives. Mobile page views have increased approximately 400% year-over-year.
  • LinkedIn expanded its global footprint with the opening of an Asian regional headquarters in Singapore in May 2011 and a Northern European hub in Stockholm in June, bringing the total number of offices outside the U.S. to 12. Also in June, LinkedIn was made available to members in three new languages ‚ÄĒ Turkish, Russian, and Romanian, bringing the total to nine.

Second Quarter Financial Details and Operating Summary

LinkedIn reported revenue of $121.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 120% compared to the second quarter of 2010.

  • Hiring Solutions: Revenue from Hiring Solutions products totaled $58.6 million, an increase of 170% compared to the second quarter of 2010. Hiring Solutions revenue represented 48% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 49% in the first quarter of 2011 and 40% in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Marketing Solutions: Revenue from Marketing Solutions products totaled $38.6 million, an increase of 111% compared to the second quarter of 2010. Marketing Solutions revenue represented 32% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 30% in the first quarter of 2011 and 33% in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Premium Subscriptions: Revenue from Premium Subscriptions products totaled $23.9 million, an increase of 60% compared to the second quarter of 2010. Premium Subscriptions represented 20% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 21% in the first quarter of 2011 and 27% in the second quarter of 2010.

Revenue from the U.S. totaled $82.7 million, and represented 68% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2011. Revenue from international totaled $38.3 million, and represented 32% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2011.

Revenue from the field sales channel totaled $66.7 million, and represented 55% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2011. Revenue from the online, direct sales channel totaled $54.3 million, and represented 45% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2011.

Net income for the second quarter was $4.5 million, compared to $4.3 million for the second quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA was $26.3 million in the second quarter of 2011, or 22% of revenue, compared to $11.5 million in the second quarter of 2010, or 21% of revenue.

GAAP EPS was $0.04 based on 103.1 million fully-diluted weighted shares outstanding compared to $0.02 for the second quarter of 2010 based on 45.6 million fully-diluted weighted shares outstanding; Non-GAAP EPS was $0.10 based on 103.1 million fully-diluted weighted shares outstanding compared to $0.07 for the second quarter of 2010 based on 91.3 million fully-diluted weighted shares outstanding.

“Strength in our engagement metrics, outperformance in our leveraged online channels, and a growing backlog with key corporate clients drove record revenues and adjusted EBITDA during the quarter,” said Steve Sordello, CFO of LinkedIn. ¬†”We will continue to take a long-term perspective and invest aggressively in the global LinkedIn platform.”

For additional information, please see the “Selected Company Metrics and Financials” page, updated through the end of the second quarter of 2011, on LinkedIn’s Investor Relations site.

Business Outlook

As of today, LinkedIn is initiating guidance for its third quarter of 2011 and full year 2011 revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance.

  • Q3 FY11 Guidance:¬†Revenue for the third quarter of 2011 is projected to be in the range of approximately $121 million to approximately $125 million.¬†For the third quarter of 2011, the company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of approximately $9 million to approximately $11 million.
  • Full Year FY11 Guidance:¬†Revenue for the full year of 2011 is projected to be in the range of approximately $475 million to approximately $485 million.¬†For the full year of 2011, the company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of approximately $65 million to approximately $70 million.

Quarterly Conference Call

LinkedIn plans to host a webcast/conference call to discuss its second quarter 2011 financial results and business outlook today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Jeff Weiner and Steve Sordello will host the webcast, which can be viewed on the investor relations section of the LinkedIn website at¬†http://investors.linkedin.com/. This call may contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company’s financial and operating results. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on the website. For those without access to the Internet, a replay of the call will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on August 4, 2011 through August 11, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To listen to the telephone replay, please call (706) 645-9291, access code 75477524.

About LinkedIn

Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. With more than 120 million members worldwide, including executives from every Fortune 500 company, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. The company has a diversified business model with revenue coming from member subscriptions, marketing solutions and hiring solutions. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, LinkedIn also has offices across North America, as well as throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.

The LinkedIn logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=9679

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, the company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP EPS (collectively the “non-GAAP financial measures”). The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The company uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The company believes that they provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making.

The company excludes the following items from one or more of its non-GAAP measures:

Stock-based compensation. The company excludes stock-based compensation because it is non-cash in nature and because the company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures excluding this item provide meaningful supplemental information regarding operational performance and liquidity. The company further believes this measure is useful to investors in that it allows for greater transparency to certain line items in its financial statements and facilitates comparisons to competitors’ operating results.

Amortization of acquired intangible assets. The company excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets because it is non-cash in nature and because the company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures excluding this item provide meaningful supplemental information regarding operational performance and liquidity. In addition, excluding this item from various non-GAAP measures facilitates internal comparisons to historical operating results and comparisons to competitors’ operating results.

Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments. Excluding the income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments from the provision for income taxes assists investors in understanding the tax provision related to those adjustments and the effective tax rate related to ongoing operations.

Assumed preferred stock conversion. As a result of the company’s initial public offering, all outstanding shares of preferred stock were automatically converted into shares of Class B common stock. Consequently, non-GAAP diluted net income per share has been calculated assuming the conversion of all outstanding shares of preferred stock into shares of Class B common stock.

For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the “Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Financial Measures” table in this press release.¬†This accompanying table has more details on the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures. Additionally, the company has not reconciled adjusted EBITDA guidance to net income guidance because it does not provide guidance for stock-based compensation, other income (expense), provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization, which are the reconciling items between net income and adjusted EBITDA. As items that impact net income are out of the company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, the company is unable to provide such guidance. Accordingly, a reconciliation to net income is not available without unreasonable effort.

Safe Harbor Statement

“Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release and the accompanying conference call contain forward-looking statements about expected financial metrics such as revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and EPS, as well as non-financial metrics, such as member growth, page views and unique visitors to the company’s site, for the third quarter of 2011 and the full fiscal year and beyond. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions.¬†If any such risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, the company’s results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements the company makes.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include – but are not limited to – risks associated with the company’s short operating history in a new and unproven market; engagement of its members; the price volatility of its Class B common stock; expectations regarding the company’s ability to timely and effectively scale and adapt existing technology and network infrastructure to ensure that its website is accessible at all times with short or no perceptible load times; security measures and the risk that the company’s website may be subject to attacks that degrade or deny the ability of members to access the company’s solutions; members and customers curtailing or ceasing to use the company’s solutions; the company’s core value of putting members first, which may conflict with the short-term interests of the business; privacy issues; increasing competition in the market for online professional networks; and the dual class structure of the company’s common stock.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect the company’s financial results is included in filings it makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including the company’s Form 10-Q that will be filed for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.¬†These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Information section of the company’s website at¬†http://investors.linkedin.com/.¬†All information provided in this release and in the attachments is as of August 4, 2011, and LinkedIn undertakes no duty to update this information.

LINKEDIN CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
June 30, December 31,
2011 2010
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 352,854 $ 92,951
Short-term investments 19,260
Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $3,712 and $2,672 at
June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively) 70,241 58,263
Deferred commissions 7,952 8,684
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 12,047 5,767
Income tax receivable 3,586 3,090
Deferred income taxes 3,451 3,451
Total current assets 469,391 172,206
Property and equipment, net 83,033 56,743
Goodwill 1,564
Intangible assets, net 4,577 5,232
Other assets 3,925 4,007
TOTAL ASSETS $ 562,490 $ 238,188
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Accounts payable $ 3,767 $ 2,064
Accrued liabilities 48,844 38,003
Deferred revenue 99,444 64,985
Income tax payable 258 420
Total current liabilities 152,313 105,472
LONG TERM LIABILITIES 2,021 1,861
DEFERRED TAX LIABILITIES 11,655 6,625
Total liabilities 165,989 113,958
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK 87,981
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
Convertible preferred stock 15,846
Class A and Class B common stock 10 4
Additional paid-in capital 394,565 25,074
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 7 (3)
Accumulated earnings (deficit) 1,919 (4,672)
Total stockholders’ equity 396,501 36,249
TOTAL LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $¬†562,490 $¬†238,188
LINKEDIN CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net revenue $ 121,040 $ 54,895 $ 214,972 $ 99,611
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenue (exclusive of depreciation and
amortization shown separately below) 18,403 9,842 35,186 18,147
Sales and marketing 36,019 13,055 65,380 23,509
Product development 30,414 14,822 55,149 26,963
General and administrative 16,673 7,667 30,287 14,339
Depreciation and amortization 9,602 4,201 17,761 8,141
Total costs and expenses 111,111 49,587 203,763 91,099
Income from operations 9,929 5,308 11,209 8,512
Other income (expense), net 11 (357) 460 (703)
Income before income taxes 9,940 4,951 11,669 7,809
Provision for income taxes 5,427 658 5,078 1,701
Net income $ 4,513 $ 4,293 $ 6,591 $ 6,108
Net income attributable to common stockholders $ 4,513 $ 938 $ 6,591 $ 938
Net income per share attributable to common stockholders:
Basic $ 0.07 $ 0.02 $ 0.12 $ 0.02
Diluted $ 0.04 $ 0.02 $ 0.07 $ 0.02
Weighted-average shares used to compute net income per
share attributable to common stockholders:
Basic 69,395 42,232 56,631 42,100
Diluted 103,129 45,624 100,131 44,927
LINKEDIN CORPORATION
SUPPLEMENTAL REVENUE INFORMATION
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Revenue by product:
Hiring Solutions $ 58,619 $ 21,723 $ 104,953 $ 38,652
Marketing Solutions 38,571 18,308 66,253 32,534
Premium Subscriptions 23,850 14,864 43,766 28,425
Total $ 121,040 $ 54,895 $ 214,972 $ 99,611
Revenue by geography:
United States $ 82,739 $ 40,299 $ 147,859 $ 72,834
International 38,301 14,596 67,113 26,777
Total $ 121,040 $ 54,895 $ 214,972 $ 99,611
Revenue by channel:
Field sales $ 66,699 $ 30,202 $ 117,327 $ 53,886
Online sales 54,341 24,693 97,645 45,725
Total $ 121,040 $ 54,895 $ 214,972 $ 99,611
LINKEDIN CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Non-GAAP net income and net income per share:
GAAP net income $ 4,513 $ 4,293 $ 6,591 $ 6,108
Add back: stock-based compensation 6,815 1,955 10,658 3,889
Add back: amortization of intangible assets 862 53 1,671 107
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (1,414) 134 (2,392) 535
NON-GAAP NET INCOME $ 10,776 $ 6,435 $ 16,528 $ 10,639
GAAP diluted shares 103,129 45,624 100,131 44,927
Add back: assumed preferred stock conversion 45,647 45,647
NON-GAAP DILUTED SHARES 103,129 91,271 100,131 90,574
NON-GAAP DILUTED NET INCOME PER SHARE $ 0.10 $ 0.07 $ 0.17 $ 0.12
Adjusted EBITDA:
Net income $ 4,513 $ 4,293 $ 6,591 $ 6,108
Provision for income taxes 5,427 658 5,078 1,701
Other (income) expense, net (11) 357 (460) 703
Depreciation and amortization 9,602 4,201 17,761 8,141
Stock-based compensation 6,815 1,955 10,658 3,889
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 26,346 $ 11,464 $ 39,628 $ 20,542
CONTACT: Press contact

         Hani Durzy

         hdurzy@linkedin.com

         650-605-0829

         Investor contact

         Marilyn Lattin

         mlattin@linkedin.com

         650-605-0711

LinkedIn Reports First Earnings as Public Company


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