HomeAway, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Posted on April 24, 2012 at 16:00 PM EDT
Total revenue of $64.1 million, up 23.4% year-over-year
AUSTIN, Texas, April 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeAway, Inc. (Nasdaq:AWAY), the world's largest online marketplace for vacation rentals, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.
"The first quarter marked a solid start to the year for HomeAway®, as evidenced by our impressive growth in listings and record renewal rates as we head further into the travel planning season," says Brian Sharples, Chief Executive Officer of HomeAway. "Free cash flow remained strong, up 39% year-over-year on a trailing twelve month basis, and in-line with our EBITDA growth. Our financial performance is enabled by the strength and growth of our global network for online vacation rentals. Our recent acquisition of Toprural supports our mission of strengthening the reach of our network by making every vacation rental and bed and breakfast in the world easily available to every traveler. In line with that mission, we are progressing with our growth initiatives to increase the number of listings in our network and launch new products and services to property owners, managers and travelers. We remain on-track to achieve a key technology milestone, the back-end migration of VRBO.com onto our common network by the end of the summer."
Mr. Sharples continued, "Strategic reinvestment in our business has led to exciting new product initiatives, including the recently launched OverviewTM software product, aimed at helping emerging and smaller property managers automate time-intensive tasks in one web-based system and better focus on growing their businesses. Throughout the remainder of 2012, we anticipate the launch of additional tools and services for our property owners and managers alike while concurrently focusing on expanding and further monetizing our reach within the vacation rentals marketplace."
First Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights
Key Business Metrics
Subsequent to quarter-end, HomeAway announced the acquisition of Top Rural S.L. (dba Toprural®), the leading site for independently-owned rural accommodations in Southern Europe, in an all cash transaction valued at €14,000,000. The acquisition of Toprural further broadens HomeAway's reach within the European market and solidifies its market leadership in Spain. As of December 31, 2011, Toprural had more than 11,600 paid listings and approximately 29,900 free listings in rural Spain, France, Italy and Portugal.
HomeAway management currently expects to achieve the following results for its second quarter ending June 30, 2012 and the year ending December 31, 2012, as follows:
Second Quarter 2012
Full Year 2012
The above statements are based on current expectations and actual results may differ materially as explained in the "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-looking Statements" below. Information about HomeAway's use of non-GAAP financial measures and key business metrics is provided below under the captions "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Use of Key Business Metrics".
Conference Call & Webcast Information
HomeAway will host a conference call to review and discuss its first quarter 2012 results today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 3:30 p.m. Central Time. To participate in the conference call, investors should join ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Callers in the United States and Canada should join by dialing (877) 941-8416, passcode 4528539. Callers outside the United States and Canada should join by dialing (480) 629-9808, passcode 4528539. In addition, a live webcast of the call will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of HomeAway's(R) website at http://investors.homeaway.com and will be archived online for 60 days upon completion of the conference call. For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a telephonic replay of the call will also be available from 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 6:30 p.m. Central Time on April 24, 2012 until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time / 10:59 p.m. Central Time on May 9, 2012 by dialing (877) 870-5176, passcode 4528539, in the United States and Canada or (858) 384-5517 outside the United States and Canada, passcode 4528539.
HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, with sites representing approximately 700,000 paid listings of vacation rental homes throughout 168 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; and HomeAway.com.au in Australia.
In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.HomeAway.com.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking" statements, subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are based on HomeAway management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements include information concerning HomeAway's expected, possible or assumed future results of operations, business outlook, potential business strategies, ability to expand the size and scope of HomeAway's reach, ability to distribute value-added services across HomeAway's online marketplace, ability to optimize our platform efficiently, ability to introduce new products, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, potential market opportunities and the effects of competition.
Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by terms such as "continues," "plans," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "could," or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause HomeAway's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to the following: (a) HomeAway's inability to attract and maintain a critical mass of property listings and travelers, (b) a decrease in renewal of listings, (c) HomeAway's inability to effectively manage its growth, (d) HomeAway's inability to increase sales to existing property owners and managers and attract new ones, (e) changes in HomeAway's pricing policies or those of its competitors, (f) HomeAway's inability to effectively integrate acquired businesses successfully, (g) the impact of general economic conditions, (h) fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, and (i) such other risks and uncertainties described more fully in documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including HomeAway's most recent 10-K, filed on March 29, 2012. All information provided in this press release is as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, HomeAway assumes no obligation to update this information, even if new information becomes available in the future.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and pro forma net income. Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and pro forma net income are financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. HomeAway defines Adjusted EBITDA as its net income (loss) plus depreciation; amortization of intangible assets; interest expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); stock-based compensation expense, all net of any foreign exchange income or expense. HomeAway defines free cash flow as its cash provided by operating activities, adjusted for cash interest expense, and subtracting capital expenditures. For the purpose of calculating free cash flow, HomeAway considers purchases of property, equipment, tenant improvements for its offices, and software licenses (including costs associated with internally developed software) as capital expenditures. HomeAway defines pro forma net income as its net income (loss) plus the after-tax effect of stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets, utilizing an effective tax rate of 35%. The income tax effect of adjustments to pro forma net income assists investors in understanding the tax provision related to those adjustments and the effective tax rate of 35% related to ongoing operations.
HomeAway management believes that the use of Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and pro forma net income are useful to investors in evaluating its operating performance for the following reasons:
Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and pro forma net income should not be reviewed in isolation. Investors should consider them in addition to, and not as substitutes for, measures of HomeAway's financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. HomeAway's Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow or pro forma net income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies because other companies may not calculate such measures in the same manner as HomeAway does. Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and pro forma net income have limitations as analytical tools. As an example, although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized will often need to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and pro forma net income do not reflect any cash requirements for these replacements. In addition, none of these measures reflect future requirements for contractual obligations.
Further limitations of Adjusted EBITDA include:
Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP measures used in this press release are included at the end of this release.
Use of Key Business Metrics
A paid listing is defined by HomeAway as a fee to list a property advertisement on one or more websites in its marketplace. A paid listing allows a property owner or manager to include a description of the property, along with location, pricing, availability, a specified number of photos and contact information. Most listings are sold on a subscription basis, and some listing packages may include listings on more than one of HomeAway's websites. When purchased at the same time in one bundle, HomeAway counts this as one paid listing.
Average revenue per listing is computed by HomeAway as listing revenue for the period divided by the average of paid listings at the beginning and end of the period and then annualizing the result. The price of listings varies by website and can include various additional fees associated with listing enhancements. The average revenue per listing may fluctuate based on the timing and nature of acquisitions, impacting the number of average paid listings for a given period; changes in HomeAway's base pricing; uptake of listing enhancements; changes in the pricing of enhancements; changes in brand and listing type mix; and the impact of foreign exchange rates on HomeAway's listing revenue outside of the United States.
The renewal rate for HomeAway's subscription listings at the end of any period is defined as the percentage of those paid listings that were active at the end of the period ended twelve months prior that are still active as of the end of the reported period. HomeAway includes most brands in its calculation of renewal rate. Subscriptions to BedandBreakfast.com and HomeAway.com.au remain excluded until HomeAway can further develop its database system.
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