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Yelp Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

05/06/2021

First quarter Net Revenue of $232 million, Net Loss of $6 million

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 159% year over year to $44 million

Raises full year 2021 Business Outlook and now expects $1 billion to $1.02 billion of Net Revenue and $175 million to $195 million of Adjusted EBITDA*

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), the company that connects people with great local businesses, today posted its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021 in the Q1 2021 Shareholder Letter available on its Investor Relations website at www.yelp-ir.com.

“Yelp’s mission of connecting people with great local businesses has never been more important, as local economies begin to recover and people return to businesses in their community,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp co-founder and CEO. “At the same time, our strategic initiatives continued to gain momentum in the first quarter, achieving record retention and revenue from our Services categories and Self-serve channel. This progress reflects the success of our increased focus on product innovation and more efficient go-to-market approach, which together lay the foundation for our next stage of growth, and positions us well in 2021 and beyond.”

*Yelp has not reconciled its Adjusted EBITDA outlook to GAAP Net income (loss) because it does not provide an outlook for GAAP Net income (loss) due to the uncertainty and potential variability of Other income, net and Provision for (benefit from) income taxes, which are reconciling items between Adjusted EBITDA and GAAP Net income (loss). Because Yelp cannot reasonably predict such items, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure outlook to the corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable effort. We caution, however, that such items could have a significant impact on the calculation of GAAP Net income (loss). For more information regarding the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this release, please see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Quarterly Conference Call

Yelp will host a live Q&A session today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the first quarter financial results and outlook for the second quarter and full year of 2021. The webcast of the Q&A can be accessed on the Yelp Investor Relations website at www.yelp-ir.com. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same website.

About Yelp

Yelp Inc. (www.yelp.com) connects people with great local businesses. With unmatched local business information, photos, and review content, Yelp provides a one-stop local platform for consumers to discover, connect, and transact with local businesses of all sizes by making it easy to request a quote, join a waitlist, and make a reservation, appointment, or purchase. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004.

Yelp intends to make future announcements of material financial and other information through its Investor Relations website. Yelp will also, from time to time, disclose this information through press releases, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, conference calls, or webcasts, as required by applicable law.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, Yelp’s future performance, including Yelp’s ability to deliver sustainable growth in 2021 and beyond, that are based on its current expectations, forecasts, and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties.

Yelp’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:

  • fluctuations in the number of COVID-19 cases, the pace at which vaccinations are administered in the United States, and the timeframe for the lifting of COVID-19-related shelter-in-place orders and business restrictions;
  • the pace of reopening and recovery by local economies and economic recovery in the United States generally;
  • Yelp’s ability to maintain and expand its base of advertisers, particularly as many businesses reduce spending on advertising in connection with COVID-19;
  • Yelp’s ability to continue to operate effectively with a primarily remote work force and attract and retain key talent;
  • Yelp’s limited operating history in an evolving industry;
  • Yelp’s ability to generate sufficient revenue to regain profitability, particularly in light of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and Yelp’s relief initiatives; and
  • Yelp’s ability to generate and maintain sufficient high-quality content from its users.

YELP INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

588,592

 

 

$

595,875

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

88,750

 

 

 

88,400

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

26,004

 

 

 

28,450

 

Total current assets

 

703,346

 

 

 

712,725

 

Property, equipment and software, net

 

98,004

 

 

 

101,718

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

161,967

 

 

 

168,209

 

Goodwill

 

106,914

 

 

 

109,261

 

Intangibles, net

 

12,806

 

 

 

13,521

 

Restricted cash

 

689

 

 

 

665

 

Other non-current assets

 

51,652

 

 

 

48,848

 

Total assets

$

1,135,378

 

 

$

1,154,947

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

97,292

 

 

$

87,760

 

Operating lease liabilities — current

 

53,564

 

 

 

51,161

 

Deferred revenue

 

5,195

 

 

 

4,109

 

Total current liabilities

 

156,051

 

 

 

143,030

 

Operating lease liabilities — long-term

 

144,238

 

 

 

148,935

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

7,989

 

 

 

8,448

 

Total liabilities

 

308,278

 

 

 

300,413

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,428,890

 

 

 

1,398,248

 

Treasury stock

 

(3,313

)

 

 

(2,964

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(9,559

)

 

 

(6,807

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(588,918

)

 

 

(533,943

)

Total stockholders' equity

 

827,100

 

 

 

854,534

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,135,378

 

 

$

1,154,947

 

YELP INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Net revenue

$

232,096

 

 

$

249,901

 

 

 

 

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

Cost of revenue (1)

 

14,874

 

 

 

16,847

 

Sales and marketing (1)

 

112,909

 

 

 

137,297

 

Product development (1)

 

67,992

 

 

 

67,113

 

General and administrative (1)

 

31,861

 

 

 

43,536

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

13,083

 

 

 

12,358

 

Restructuring

 

20

 

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses

 

240,739

 

 

 

277,151

 

Loss from operations

 

(8,643

)

 

 

(27,250

)

Other income, net

 

705

 

 

 

2,383

 

Loss before income taxes

 

(7,938

)

 

 

(24,867

)

Benefit from income taxes

 

(2,142

)

 

 

(9,364

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(5,796

)

 

$

(15,503

)

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.08

)

 

$

(0.22

)

Diluted

$

(0.08

)

 

$

(0.22

)

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders

 

 

 

Basic

 

75,245

 

 

 

71,548

 

Diluted

 

75,245

 

 

 

71,548

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Cost of revenue

$

1,108

 

 

$

1,043

 

Sales and marketing

 

8,397

 

 

 

7,696

 

Product development

 

20,753

 

 

 

17,755

 

General and administrative

 

8,987

 

 

 

5,256

 

Total stock-based compensation

$

39,245

 

 

$

31,750

 

YELP INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Operating Activities

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(5,796

)

 

$

(15,503

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

13,083

 

 

 

12,358

 

Provision for doubtful accounts

 

3,289

 

 

 

15,933

 

Stock-based compensation

 

39,245

 

 

 

31,750

 

Noncash lease cost

 

10,779

 

 

 

10,378

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(2,406

)

 

 

(7,450

)

Other adjustments, net

 

14

 

 

 

(287

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

(3,639

)

 

 

5,024

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

3,892

 

 

 

(4,118

)

Operating lease liabilities

 

(6,871

)

 

 

(6,663

)

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities

 

7,341

 

 

 

(636

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

58,931

 

 

 

40,786

 

 

 

 

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

Sales and maturities of marketable securities — available-for-sale

 

 

 

 

164,215

 

Purchases of marketable securities — held-to-maturity

 

 

 

 

(87,438

)

Maturities of marketable securities — held-to-maturity

 

 

 

 

93,200

 

Purchases of property, equipment and software

 

(6,005

)

 

 

(7,053

)

Other investing activities

 

29

 

 

 

295

 

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

 

(5,976

)

 

 

163,219

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock for employee stock-based plans

 

6,049

 

 

 

2,585

 

Taxes paid related to the net share settlement of equity awards

 

(16,803

)

 

 

(11,514

)

Repurchases of common stock

 

(49,528

)

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(60,282

)

 

 

(8,929

)

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

68

 

 

 

(486

)

 

 

 

 

Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(7,259

)

 

 

194,590

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — Beginning of period

 

596,540

 

 

 

192,318

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — End of period

$

589,281

 

 

$

386,908

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and statements made during the above referenced webcast may include information relating to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin, each of which the Securities and Exchange Commission has defined as a "non-GAAP financial measure."

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss), adjusted to exclude: provision for (benefit from) income taxes; other income, net; depreciation and amortization; stock-based compensation expense; and, in certain periods, certain other income and expense items, such as restructuring costs. We define Adjusted EBITDA margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by net revenue.

Adjusted EBITDA, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, has limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of Yelp’s financial results as reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). In particular, Adjusted EBITDA should not be viewed as a substitute for, or superior to, net income (loss) prepared in accordance with GAAP as a measure of profitability or liquidity. Some of these limitations are:

  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect all cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, Yelp's working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the impact of the recording or release of valuation allowances or tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to Yelp;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potentially dilutive impact of equity-based compensation;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account any income or costs that management determines are not indicative of ongoing operating performance, such as restructuring costs; and
  • other companies, including those in Yelp’s industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin alongside other financial performance measures, net income (loss) and Yelp’s other GAAP results.

The following is a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, as well as the calculation of net loss margin and Adjusted EBITDA margin, for each of the periods indicated (in thousands, except percentages; unaudited):

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(5,796

)

 

$

(15,503

)

Benefit from income taxes

 

(2,142

)

 

 

(9,364

)

Other income, net

 

(705

)

 

 

(2,383

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

13,083

 

 

 

12,358

 

Stock-based compensation

 

39,245

 

 

 

31,750

 

Restructuring

 

20

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

43,705

 

 

$

16,858

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenue

$

232,096

 

 

$

249,901

 

Net loss margin

 

(2

)%

 

 

(6

)%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

19

%

 

 

7

%

 

Investor Relations Contact
Kate Krieger
ir@yelp.com

Source: Yelp Inc.

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