Yelp Stock Up On Upbeat Q2 Earnings ReportBy: Chris Crum - August 1, 2012
Yelp has released its Q2 earnings report. The company managed to beat Wall Street expectations with revenue of $32.7 million for the quarter, up 67% from the same quarter last year.
At the same time, Yelp’s cumulative reviews grew by 54% from the same quarter last year, reaching over 30 million.
Perhaps even more telling of Yelp’s post-IPO success is that average monthly unique visitors grew by as much as 52% from the same period last year. The number is now at over 78 million. Meanwhile, active local business accounts grew by 113% year-over-year, hitting about 32,000.
CEO Jeremy Stoppelman said, “Yelp’s second quarter performance highlights the underlying power of our model. By focusing almost singularly on cultivating rich, authentic local content, we have created a unique platform that is rapidly becoming the de facto local search engine for connecting consumers with great local businesses. We are now active in 90 Yelp markets around the world and are seeing an increase in our consumer engagement, especially on mobile, where their connection to local businesses is enhanced by the location-based capabilities of their mobile devices.”
CFO Rob Krolik added, “We achieved record results across all of our financial and operating metrics and notably delivered $1.6 million of adjusted EBITDA. We will continue to invest in growing our platform and expanding overseas to extend the Yelp brand around the world.”
Things appear to be looking up for Yelp. The new mobile app is supposed to be “awesome,” and Yelp is about to get some iOS 6 integration.
Yelp stock is currently up 14.24% in after hours trading.
Here’s Yelp’s release in its entirety:
|Yelp Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results|
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), the company that connects consumers with great local businesses, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.
Net loss in the second quarter of 2012 was $(2.0) million or $(0.03) per share, compared to a net loss of $(1.2) million, or $(0.08) per share, in the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2012 was approximately $1.6 million, compared to$649,000 for the second quarter of 2011.
“Yelp’s second quarter performance highlights the underlying power of our model,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp’s chief executive officer. “By focusing almost singularly on cultivating rich, authentic local content, we have created a unique platform that is rapidly becoming the de facto local search engine for connecting consumers with great local businesses. We are now active in 90 Yelp markets around the world and are seeing an increase in our consumer engagement, especially on mobile, where their connection to local businesses is enhanced by the location-based capabilities of their mobile devices.”
“We achieved record results across all of our financial and operating metrics and notably delivered $1.6 million of adjusted EBITDA,” added Rob Krolik, Yelp’s chief financial officer. “We will continue to invest in growing our platform and expanding overseas to extend the Yelp brand around the world.”
Net revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $60.0 million, an increase of 66% compared to $36.1 million in the same period last year. Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $(11.8) million, or $(0.26) per share, compared to a net loss of$(3.9) million, or $(0.27) per share, in the comparable period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the first six months of this year was approximately $630,000 compared to a loss of $(231,000) for the first six months last year.
As of today, Yelp is initiating guidance for its third quarter of 2012 and raising its full year 2012 revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance.
Quarterly Conference Call
Yelp will discuss its quarterly results today via teleconference at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time). To access the call, please dial (800) 322-5044, or outside the U.S. (617) 614-4927, with Passcode 66407649, at least five minutes prior to the 1:30 p.m. PT start time. A live webcast of the call will also be available at http://www.yelp-ir.com/ under the Events & Presentations menu. An audio replay will be available between 3:30 p.m. PT August 1, 2012 and 11:59 p.m. PT August 15, 2012 by calling (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888, with Passcode 73138751. The replay will also be available on the Company’s website at http://www.yelp-ir.com/ for approximately 90 days after the call.
Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) (http://www.yelp.com) connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco inJuly 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany,Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Yelp had a monthly average of approximately 78 million unique visitors in Q2 2012*. By the end of the same quarter, Yelpers had written more than 30 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Yelp’s mobile applications were used on 7.2 million unique mobile devices on a monthly average basis during Q2 2012.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes information relating to Adjusted EBITDA, which the Securities and Exchange Commission has defined as a “non-GAAP financial measures”. Adjusted EBITDA has been included in this press release because it is a key measure used by the Company’s management and board of directors to understand and evaluate core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve its annual budget and to develop short- and long-term operational plans. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
Because of these limitations, you should consider adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including various cash flow metrics, net income (loss) and the Company’s other GAAP results. Additionally, the Company has not reconciled adjusted EBITDA guidance to net income guidance because it does not provide guidance for other income (expense) and provision for income taxes, which are reconciling items between net income (loss) and adjusted EBITDA. As items that impact net income (loss) are out of the Company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, the Company is unable to provide such guidance. Accordingly, reconciliation to net income (loss) is not available without unreasonable effort. For a reconciliation of historical non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures, see “Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA” included in this press release.
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the future performance of Yelp and its consolidated subsidiaries that are based on the Company’s current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expected financial results for the third quarter and full year 2012, the future growth in Company revenue and continued investing by the Company in its future growth. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the Company’s short operating history in an evolving industry; the Company’s ability to generate sufficient revenue to achieve or maintain profitability, particularly in light of its significant ongoing sales and marketing expenses; the Company’s reliance on traffic to its website from search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo!; the Company’s ability to generate and maintain sufficient high quality content from its users; maintaining a strong brand and managing negative publicity that may arise; maintaining and expanding the Company’s base of advertisers; changes in political, business and economic conditions, including any European or general economic downturn or crisis and any conditions that affect ecommerce growth; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the Company’s ability to deal with the increasingly competitive local search environment; the Company’s need and ability to manage other regulatory, tax and litigation risks as its services are offered in more jurisdictions and applicable laws become more restrictive; the competitive and regulatory environment while the Company continues to expand geographically and introduce new products and as new laws and regulations related to Internet companies come into effect; and the Company’s ability to timely upgrade and develop its systems, infrastructure and customer service capabilities. The forward-looking statements in this release do not include the potential impact of any acquisitions or divestitures that may be announced and/or completed after the date hereof.
More information about factors that could affect the company’s operating results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q at http://www.yelp-ir.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. Yelp assumes no obligation to update such statements. The results we report in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2012 could differ from the preliminary results we have announced in this press release.
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