Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ancestry.com LLC Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results


Q3 Non-GAAP Revenues $154.7 Million, Up 8.3% Year-Over-Year

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC (the "Company"), the world's largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

"Ancestry.com is executing well on our mission to help everyone discover, preserve and share their family history," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "We're continuing to focus on our core customers - the enthusiasts who are passionate about their family history - by adding valuable new content and features to our site, while also aggressively pursuing growth priorities designed to expand our total addressable market. These priorities include our AncestryDNA product, where we've doubled our customer base during 2014, our mobile apps, which are generating increased engagement, and our efforts to broaden category awareness, including the creation of terrific family history TV programming. Overall our business is healthy and we believe we're positioning the company to capture its long-term growth opportunities."

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues and non-GAAP revenues(1) for the third quarter 2014 were each $154.7 million. Non-GAAP revenues increased 8.3% from $142.8 million in the third quarter of 2013, driven by growth in revenues from AncestryDNA and the Company's core Ancestry branded websites.
  • Net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $(1.2) million compared to net loss of $(13.6) million in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) for the third quarter of 2014 was $55.9 million, compared to $54.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2014 includes $0.8 million of professional service fees related to litigation. For the three months ended September 30, 2013, adjusted EBITDA includes $1.6 million of costs associated with the dividend declared in September 2013 by our parent company, Holdings LLC, and costs associated with reorganizing our structure.
  • Free cash flow(3) totaled $31.0 million for the third quarter of 2014, compared to $54.5 million for third quarter of 2013.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $106.2 million as of September 30, 2014.
  • Obligations under long-term debt(4) totaled $893.9 million as of September 30, 2014.

Ancestry.com Updates

  • Subscribers - Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,125,000 as of September 30, 2014, compared to 2,109,000 as of June 30, 2014.
  • Content - The Company added more than 375 million new records during the quarter. New collections added in Q3 included:
  • Tens of millions of new records and rich content for the US site including Prohibition ID Cards, prison records, yearbooks, city directories, New York State collections and additional content from a relationship with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • 3.3 million records added to the United Kingdom site at Ancestry.co.uk including an increase in UK military and naturalization records
  • 2.6 million records added to the Canadian site at Ancestry.ca
  • 1.2 million records added to the Australia site at Ancestry.com.au
  • AncestryDNA has more than doubled its customer base since the beginning of 2014.

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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 acquisition of Ancestry.com Inc. by a company controlled by Permira funds and co-investors (the "Transaction").

2 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting, interest expense, net; other (income) expense; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense.

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 $400.0 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 315-625-6887 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 are 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 adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting, interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense. 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 revenues, 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; 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 is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 15 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 60 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site www.ancestry.com and its affiliated international websites. Additionally, Ancestry.com offers a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, which, along with its core Ancestry websites, are all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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, future earnings, growth outlook and financial and operating performance, 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; continued service outages or a significant disruption in service on its websites; 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 Transaction; its intention to pay dividends to its parent in order to service its parent's indebtedness; the availability of cash and credit; the adverse impact of competitive product announcements; failure to achieve anticipated revenues, adjusted EBITDA 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. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2014, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 4, 2014, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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.