– Ancestry.com Subscriber Base Increases by 64,000 Sequentially –PROVO, Utah, Oct. 30, 2013 -- Ancestry.com LLC, the world's largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.
– Q3 Non-GAAP Revenues $143 million, Up 11% Year-Over-Year –
"Ancestry.com delivered quarterly results ahead of our expectations, while also executing on strategic growth initiatives that we believe enhance our long-term growth opportunities," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "Our groundbreaking partnership with FamilySearch to make one billion international records searchable in the next five years, our recent acquisition of Find A Grave, and continued milestones in our DNA business and mobile initiatives all underscore our commitment to providing users with a rich, engaging experience on a global scale."
Third Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights
- Total revenue for the third quarter of 2013 was $139.9 million.
- Non-GAAP revenue1 for the third quarter of 2013 totaled $142.8 million, an increase of 11.2% over $128.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, driven by growth in revenues from our core Ancestry.com branded websites, Archives.com, AncestryDNA and our Family Tree Maker software.
- Adjusted EBITDA2 for the third quarter of 2013 was $54.8 million, compared to $54.1 million in the third quarter of 2012. The adjusted EBITDA margin of non-GAAP revenues for the third quarter of 2013 was 38.4%, compared to 42.1% in the third quarter of 2012. The quarter and year-to-date periods included $1.5 and $3.6 million, respectively, of general legal and professional fees related to certain items, including litigation and the September dividend paid by our parent company.
- Net income (loss) for the third quarter 2013 was a loss of $(13.6) million, compared to net income of $24.9 million in the third quarter of 2012. The loss was primarily due to the non-cash amortization of acquired intangible assets of $46.4 million, due to the December 2012 transaction.
- Free cash flow3 totaled $54.5 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $33.7 million for the third quarter of 2012.
- Cash and cash equivalents totaled $71.4 million as of September 30, 2013.
- Obligations under long-term debt4 totaled $922.1 million as of September 30, 2013.
Recent Business Highlights
- Total subscribers across all websites, including Ancestry.com, Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, were approximately 2,775,000 as of September 30, 2013.
- Subscribers of Ancestry.com branded websites totaled approximately 2,175,000 as of September 30, 2013, a 7.7% increase over the end of the third quarter of 2012 and a 3.0% increase from the end of the second quarter of 2013.
- Net subscriber additions to Ancestry.com branded websites of 64,000.
- FamilySearch long-term strategic agreement to make approximately one billion global records available online over the next five years. With this exclusive agreement, the two services will work together with the archive community to digitize, index and publish records from the FamilySearch vault, marking a major investment in international content.
- Acquisition of Find A Grave provides an unsurpassed collection of burial information with over 100 million records and 75 million photos.
- Launch of redesigned mobile iOS Ancestry App, offering new social features making family history easier to engage.
- Launch of the new version of Family Tree Maker by Ancestry.com that includes updates on editing, sharing, tree viewing and TreeSync™ to make collaboration even easier.
- The Company added more than 400 million records during the quarter. New collections added in Q3 included:
1 Non-GAAP revenues are defined as the revenues that would have been recognized, except for the write-down of deferred revenue to fair value as a result of the application of purchase accounting for the transaction.
- New England, Birth, marriage and death records, images, diaries and articles from Colonial times to the 1980s – 220 million records
- Saskatchewan, Canada, Residents Index (SRI), 1800-2012 – 2.9 million records
- England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 – 2.5 million records
- Birmingham, England, Parish Records (Baptism, Marriage and Burial) 1538-1964 – 2.4 million records
- New York, Naturalization Petitions, 1794-1906 – 1.2 million records
- Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Property Owner Rate Books, 1880-1946 – 800,000 records
2 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting, interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization, impairment of intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense; and expenses associated with the transaction.
3 Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest.
4 This amount does not include $300.0 million in senior unsecured PIK notes issued by our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. While not required, Ancestry.com LLC intends to make dividends to its parent in order to fund cash interest payments of these notes.
Conference Call & Webcast
Ancestry.com will host a conference call today at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET). Participants can access the conference call by dialing 719-457-2727 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company believes that non-GAAP revenues, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core performance. Non-GAAP revenues is calculated by adding the effects of non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting for the merger transaction. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for such expenses as non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting; interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense; and expenses associated with the merger transaction. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest. However, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, total revenue, net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to the GAAP equivalents of these non-GAAP measures is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.
The Company uses non-GAAP revenues, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business; to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies; to provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance; to facilitate a comparison of its results with those of other companies; and in communications with its operating committee concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses non-GAAP revenues and adjusted EBITDA as factors when determining the incentive compensation pool.
Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 12 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 55 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.
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