Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ancestry.com LLC Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results



Ancestry.com Subscriber Growth of 18% Year-Over-Year
Q4 Total Revenue $131.1 million, Up 26% Year-Over-Year

PROVO, Utah, March 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year1 ended December 31, 2012.

"We are pleased with our fourth quarter performance, as well as a successful and eventful 2012. Including Archives.com, which we acquired in 2012, we finished the year with 2.5 million subscribers across all of our family history websites," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "We added significant valuable new content, continued to drive awareness of our brand through smart and efficient marketing, enhanced our user experience through key investments in product and technology, strengthened our mobile offerings, and launched our exciting new AncestryDNA service. As we move forward under our new ownership structure, we expect to continue to invest in new content, new product experiences, and new markets with a continued focus on making family history easier and more accessible for more people around the world."

Howard Hochhauser, Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer, added, "In addition to our strong Q4 performance, we anticipate that our first quarter of 2013 will show a cash balance of approximately $70 million at March 31. This cash position combined with our anticipated first quarter adjusted EBITDA growth is expected to result in Ancestry.com reporting a debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio of approximately 4.8x, which would be nearly a full turn of improvement since our financing."

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $131.1 million, an increase of 25.8% over $104.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by growth in our core Ancestry.com branded websites revenues. For the full year 2012, total revenue was $487.1 million, an increase of 21.9% over the full year 2011, which was also driven by Ancestry.com website revenue growth.
     
  • Non-GAAP revenue2 for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012 was $131.7 million and $487.6 million, respectively.
     
  • Adjusted EBITDA3 for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $50.1 million, compared to $40.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 38.2%, compared to 39.0% in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, adjusted EBITDA was $178.8 million, compared to $144.8 million for the full year 2011. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the full year 2012 was 36.7%, compared to 36.2% for the full year 2011.
     
  • Net income (loss) for the fourth quarter 2012 was a loss of $(60.3) million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to net income of $18.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, net loss was $(1.9) million compared to net income of $62.9 million for the full year 2011.
     
  • Free cash flow4 totaled $106.0 million for the full year 2012 compared to $106.4 million for the full year 2011.
     
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $35.7 million as of December 31, 2012.
     
  • Obligations under long-term debt totaled $970.0 million as of December 31, 2012.

                                                         
1 Fourth quarter and full year 2012 results reflect the combined periods preceding and succeeding the acquisition of Ancestry.com Inc. by a company controlled by Permira funds and co-investors. The transaction was consummated on December 28, 2012.

2 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. Non-GAAP revenues is calculated as total revenues plus the effects of non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting. 

3 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus non-cash purchase accounting adjustments to revenue, interest and 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.

4 Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of capital and equipment and cash paid for income taxes and interest.

Recent Business Highlights
  • Subscribers of Ancestry.com websites totaled approximately 2,016,000 as of December 31, 2012, an 18.4% increase over the end of the fourth quarter of 2011 and a 0.2% decrease from the end of the third quarter of 2012.
  • Ancestry.com was successfully acquired by a company controlled by the Permira funds and co-investors on December 28, 2012 for approximately $1.5 billion.
  • The Company ended the year with approximately 11.4 billion records, having added more than 1.6 billion new institutional records in 2012. New collections added in Q4 included: 
  • Canada Voters Lists — more than 88 million records
  • US Naturalizations from RI, OK, GA, FL, AK - more than 800,000 records
  • UK Electoral Rolls - more than 32 million records from London and Birmingham
  • Veteran's Affairs Burial Ledgers — 550,000 records
  • UK Revised New Series OS maps — detailed historical mapping for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • 1940 Census Expanded Fielded Index — Added 13 new fields to each record, plus supplemental sampled questions. Now the most comprehensive 1940 census index available online.
  • The Ancestry Android app was named by Google as one of the top 12 apps of 2012. Ancestry mobile app was a winner of the 2013 Appy Awards, which honors the best apps in a diverse range of categories.
  • In less than one year of launch, AncestryDNA now has a database of more than 120,000 DNA samples, delivering more than 2 million fourth cousin DNA matches. DNA matches are also now hinted to Ancestry.com members as part of the Shaky Leaf hinting feature on the site.
  • The Company launched Newspapers.com, a powerful and affordable new website designed to offer a historically rich collection of more than 1,000 U.S. newspapers dating from the late 1700s into the early 2000s.
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) 325-2463 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

Financial Statements

For access to Ancestry.com's 2012 annual report please call or email Investor Relations at (801) 705-7942 or ir@ancestry.com.

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 revenue is calculated by adding the effects of non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting for the transaction. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for such expenses as non-cash purchase accounting adjustments to revenue, interest and 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. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash 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, revenue, net income 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.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.5 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 11 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 45 million family trees containing more than 4 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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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "appears," "may," "designed," "expect," "intend," "focus," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "should," "continue" or "work" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements describing the Company's subscriber base, its reach, its activities to enhance subscribers' experience and deliver product innovations and enhancements, improved features and tools, its activities to develop and promote its products (including DNA services), its business outlook, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company's continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand; difficulties encountered in integrating acquired businesses and retaining customers; the timing and amount of investments in the Company's DNA service; market conditions; the Company's substantial debt obligations as a result of the acquisition of the Company by a company controlled by the Permira funds and co-investors; the availability of cash and credit; the adverse impact of competitive product announcements; failure to achieve anticipated revenues and operating performance; changes in overall economic conditions; the loss of key employees; competitors' actions; pricing and gross margin pressures; inability to control costs and expenses; and significant litigation.

These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.