Groupon Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

Announces Rich Williams as new CEO

  • Gross billings of $1.47 billion
  • Revenue of $713.6 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $56.3 million
  • GAAP loss per share of $0.04; non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.05
  • Free Cash Flow of $227.8 million for the trailing twelve month period

CHICAGO--()--Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

The company also announced that Chief Operating Officer Rich Williams will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Outgoing CEO Eric Lefkofsky will once again serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Outgoing Chairman Ted Leonsis will now serve as Lead Independent Director.

"Over the past few years, we’ve repositioned the business for success and strengthened our foundation. On a trailing twelve-month basis, we generated $3.1 billion in revenue, $1.4 billion in gross profit, $283 million in adjusted EBITDA and $228 million in free cash flow," Lefkofsky said.

"We’ve successfully transformed Groupon to support our next stage of growth. The business is stable, the marketplace is scaling, and we are ready to take our next big step. Now is the right time for me to return to my role as Chairman, and let Rich, who has done a tremendous job over the past four years, lead Groupon during this next stage."

Third Quarter 2015 Summary

  • Gross billings, which reflect the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, was $1.47 billion in the third quarter 2015, compared with $1.49 billion in the third quarter 2014. Gross billings declined 2% globally, but grew 6% excluding the unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter. On this F/X neutral basis, North America billings increased 12%, EMEA declined 1% and Rest of World was approximately flat.
  • Revenue was $713.6 million in the third quarter 2015, compared with $714.3 million in the third quarter 2014. Revenue was approximately flat, but grew 7% excluding the unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter. On this F/X neutral basis, North America revenue increased 11%, EMEA increased 2% and Rest of World declined 5%.
  • Gross profit was $328.9 million in the third quarter 2015, compared with $355.3 million in the third quarter 2014. Excluding the $26.4 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, gross profit would have been $355.4 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $56.3 million in the third quarter 2015, compared with $63.9 million in the third quarter 2014.
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $27.6 million, or $0.04 per share. Non-GAAP earnings attributable to common stockholders was $32.5 million, or $0.05 per share.
  • Third quarter 2015 results include pre-tax charges of $24.1 million and $37.5 million related to the previously announced restructuring program and securities litigation, respectively, a $13.7 million pre-tax gain from the sale of a controlling stake in Groupon India and a $17.8 million income tax benefit from a reduction in liabilities for uncertain tax positions.
  • Operating cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015 was $316.4 million. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, was negative $35.3 million in the third quarter 2015, bringing free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2015 to $227.8 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2015 was $963.6 million and borrowings against our revolving credit facility were $195.0 million.

"We delivered a solid third quarter and one that was largely in line with our expectations," said Groupon interim CFO Brian Kayman. "Our fourth quarter guidance reflects increased investments in marketing, and a tighter focus on margin improvement, both domestically and abroad."

Definitions and reconciliations of all non-GAAP financial measures are included below in the section titled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and in the accompanying tables.

Highlights

  • Units: Global units, defined as vouchers and products sold before cancellations and refunds, increased 1% year-over-year to 52 million in the third quarter 2015. North America units increased 11%, EMEA units increased 1% and Rest of World units declined 23%.
  • Active deals: At the end of the third quarter 2015, on average, active deals were nearly 570,000 globally, with over 290,000 in North America. Both include the addition of approximately 80,000 Coupons.
  • Active customers: Active customers, or customers that have purchased a voucher or product within the last twelve months, grew 4% year-over-year, to 48.6 million as of September 30, 2015, comprising 25.2 million in North America, 15.4 million in EMEA, and 8.0 million in Rest of World.
  • Customer spend: Third quarter 2015 trailing twelve month billings per average active customer was $132, compared with $137 in the third quarter 2014.

Share Repurchase

During the third quarter 2015, Groupon repurchased 44,149,663 shares of its Class A common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $192.9 million. Up to $268.1 million of Class A common stock remains available for repurchase under Groupon’s share repurchase program through August 2017. The timing and amount of any share repurchases are determined based on market conditions, share price and other factors, and the programs may be discontinued or suspended at any time.

Outlook

Groupon’s outlook for the fourth quarter reflects current foreign exchange rates, as well as expected marketing investments in customer acquisition.

For the fourth quarter 2015, Groupon expects revenue of between $815 million and $865 million. This guidance anticipates nearly 400 basis points of unfavorable impact on the year-over-year growth rate from changes in foreign exchange rates. Groupon expects Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter 2015 of between $40 million and $60 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share of between negative $0.01 and positive $0.01.

Conference Call

A conference call will be webcast live today at 4:00 p.m. CST / 5:00 p.m. EST, and will be available on Groupon’s investor relations website at http://investor.groupon.com. This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company’s financial and operating results.

Groupon encourages investors to use its investor relations website as a way of easily finding information about the company. Groupon promptly makes available on this website, free of charge, the reports that the company files or furnishes with the SEC, corporate governance information (including Groupon’s Global Code of Conduct), and select press releases and social media postings.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial results reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP), we have provided the following non-GAAP financial measures in this release and the accompanying tables: foreign exchange rate neutral operating results, adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders, non-GAAP earnings per share and free cash flow. These non-GAAP financial measures, which are presented on a continuing operations basis, are intended to aid investors in better understanding Groupon's current financial performance and its prospects for the future as seen through the eyes of management. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate comparisons with our historical results and with the results of peer companies who present similar measures (although other companies may define non-GAAP measures differently than we define them, even when similar terms are used to identify such measures). However, non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be a substitute for those reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For reconciliations of these measures to the most applicable financial measures under U.S. GAAP, see "Non-GAAP Reconciliation Schedules" and "Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics" included in the tables accompanying this release.

We exclude the following items from one or more of our non-GAAP financial measures:

Stock-based compensation. We exclude stock-based compensation because it is primarily non-cash in nature and we believe that non-GAAP financial measures excluding this item provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance and liquidity.

Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net. Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net is comprised of the change in the fair value of contingent consideration arrangements and external transaction costs related to business combinations, primarily consisting of legal and advisory fees. The composition of our contingent consideration arrangements and the impact of those arrangements on our operating results vary over time based on a number of factors, including the terms of our business combinations and the timing of those transactions. We exclude acquisition-related expense (benefit), net because we believe that non-GAAP financial measures excluding this item provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance and facilitate comparisons to our historical operating results.

Depreciation and amortization. We exclude depreciation and amortization expenses because they are non-cash in nature and we believe that non-GAAP financial measures excluding these items provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance and liquidity.

Interest and Other Non-Operating Items. Interest and other non-operating items include: interest income, interest expense, gains and losses related to minority investments, and foreign currency gains and losses. We exclude interest and other non-operating items from certain of our non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that excluding these items provides meaningful supplemental information about our core operating performance and facilitates comparisons to our historical operating results.

Items That Are Unusual in Nature or Infrequently Occurring. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, items that we believe to be unusual in nature or infrequently occurring were (a) charges related to our restructuring program, (b) the gain on our disposition of Groupon India, (c) the write-off of a prepaid asset related to a marketing program that was discontinued because the counterparty ceased operations and (d) the expense related to a significant increase in the contingent liability for our securities litigation matter. We exclude items that are unusual in nature or infrequently occurring because we believe that excluding those items provides meaningful supplemental information about our core operating performance and facilitates comparisons to our historical results.

Descriptions of the non-GAAP financial measures included in this release and the accompanying tables are as follows:

Foreign exchange rate neutral operating results show our current period operating results as if foreign currency exchange rates had remained the same as those in effect in the comparable prior-year period. We present foreign exchange rate neutral information to facilitate comparisons to our historical operating results.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net income (loss) from continuing operations excluding income taxes, interest and other non-operating items, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition-related expense (benefit), net and other items that are unusual in nature or infrequently occurring. Our definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from similar measures used by other companies, even when similar terms are used to identify such measures. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by our management and Board of Directors to evaluate operating performance, generate future plans and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and Board of Directors.

Non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders and non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share adjust our net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders and earnings (loss) per share to exclude the impact of:

  • stock-based compensation,
  • amortization of acquired intangible assets,
  • acquisition-related expense (benefit), net,
  • items that are unusual in nature or infrequently occurring,
  • non-operating foreign currency gains and losses related to intercompany balances and reclassifications of cumulative translation adjustments to earnings as a result of business dispositions,
  • non-operating gains and losses from minority investments that we have elected to record at fair value with changes in fair value reported in earnings,
  • income (loss) from discontinued operations and
  • the income tax effect of those items.

We believe that excluding these items from our measures of non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders and earnings (loss) per share provides useful supplemental information for evaluating our operating performance and facilitates comparisons to our historical results by eliminating items that are non-cash in nature, relate to discrete events or are otherwise not indicative of the core operating performance of our ongoing business.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that comprises net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from continuing operations less purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software from continuing operations. We use free cash flow, and ratios based on it, to conduct and evaluate our business because, although it is similar to cash flow from operations, we believe that it typically represents a more useful measure of cash flows because purchases of fixed assets, software developed for internal-use and website development costs are necessary components of our ongoing operations. Free cash flow is not intended to represent the total increase or decrease in Groupon's cash balance for the applicable period.

Note on Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that refer to plans and expectations for the next quarter, the full year or the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those discussed. The words "may," will," should," "could," "expect," anticipate," "believe," "estimate," intend," "continue" and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, volatility in our revenue and operating results; risks related to our business strategy, including our marketing strategy and spend and the productivity of those marketing investments; the impact of our shift away from lower-margin products in our Goods category; effectively dealing with challenges arising from our international operations including fluctuations in currency exchange rates; retaining existing customers and adding new customers, including as we increase our marketing spend and shift away from lower-margin products in our Goods category; retaining and adding new and high quality merchants; cyber security breaches; incurring expenses as we expand our business; competing successfully in our industry; maintaining favorable payment terms with our business partners; providing a strong mobile experience for our customers; delivery and routing of our emails; maintaining a strong brand; managing inventory and order fulfillment risks; integrating our technology platforms; managing refund risks; retaining, attracting and integrating members of our executive team; litigation; compliance with domestic and foreign laws and regulations, including the CARD Act and regulation of the Internet and e-commerce; tax liabilities; tax legislation; maintaining our information technology infrastructure; protecting our intellectual property; completing and realizing the anticipated benefits from acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic investments; seasonality; payment-related risks; customer and merchant fraud; global economic uncertainty; our ability to raise capital if necessary; difficulties, delays or our inability to successfully complete all or part of the announced restructuring actions or to realize the operating efficiencies and other benefits of such restructuring actions; higher than anticipated restructuring charges or changes in the timing of such restructuring charges; and the impact of our ongoing strategic review and any potential strategic alternatives we may choose to pursue. For additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties, we urge you to refer to the factors included under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's Investor Relations web site at http://investor.groupon.com or the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Groupon's actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although Groupon believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. Moreover, neither the company nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect Groupon’s expectations as of November 3, 2015. Groupon undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in its expectations.

About Groupon

Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is a global leader of local commerce and the place you start when you want to buy just about anything, anytime, anywhere. By leveraging the company’s global relationships and scale, Groupon offers consumers a vast marketplace of unbeatable deals all over the world. Shoppers discover the best a city has to offer on the web or on mobile with Groupon Local, enjoy vacations with Groupon Getaways, and find a curated selection of electronics, fashion, home furnishings and more with Groupon Goods.

Groupon is redefining how traditional small businesses attract, retain and interact with customers by providing merchants with a suite of products and services, including customizable deal campaigns, credit card payment processing capabilities, and point-of-sale solutions that help businesses grow and operate more effectively. To search for great deals or subscribe to Groupon emails, visit www.Groupon.com. To download Groupon's top-rated mobile apps, visit www.groupon.com/mobile. To learn more about the company’s merchant solutions and how to work with Groupon, visit www.GrouponWorks.com

 

Groupon, Inc.

Summary Consolidated and Segment Results

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

The financial results of Ticket Monster, including the gain on disposition and related tax effects, are presented as discontinued operations in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements and tables for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Additionally, the assets and liabilities for Ticket Monster are presented as held for sale in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2014. All prior period financial information and operational metrics have been retrospectively adjusted to reflect this presentation.

 

                   
Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2015 2014

Y/Y % Growth

FX Effect(2)

Y/Y % Growth
excluding FX(2)

2015 2014

Y/Y % Growth

FX Effect(2)

Y/Y % Growth
excluding FX(2)

Gross Billings(1):
North America $ 869,203 $ 774,286 12.3 % $ (1,649 ) 12.5 % $ 2,659,436 $ 2,354,900 12.9 % $ (3,904 ) 13.1 %
EMEA 414,482 489,423 (15.3 ) (72,345 ) (0.5 ) 1,307,207 1,486,266 (12.0 ) (256,158 ) 5.2
Rest of World   183,849     226,638   (18.9 )   (43,127 ) 0.1   581,905     671,997   (13.4 )   (101,105 ) 1.6
Consolidated gross billings $ 1,467,534   $ 1,490,347   (1.5 ) % $ (117,121 ) 6.3 % $ 4,548,548   $ 4,513,163   0.8 % $ (361,167 ) 8.8 %
 
Revenue:
North America $ 463,931 $ 418,494 10.9 % $ (405 ) 11.0 % $ 1,425,095 $ 1,273,487 11.9 % $ (943 ) 12.0 %
EMEA 199,287 230,072 (13.4 ) (35,863 ) 2.2 619,554 688,655 (10.0 ) (124,694 ) 8.1
Rest of World   50,377     65,703   (23.3 )   (12,004 ) (5.1 )   157,697     196,753   (19.9 )   (28,147 ) (5.5 )
Consolidated revenue $ 713,595   $ 714,269   (0.1 ) % $ (48,272 ) 6.7 % $ 2,202,346   $ 2,158,895   2.0 % $ (153,784 ) 9.1 %
 
Income (loss) from operations $ (70,423 ) $ 1,049 (6,813.3 ) % $ 633 (6,873.7 ) % $ (74,354 ) $ (2,939 ) (2,429.9 ) % $ 679 (2,453.0 ) %
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations (24,613 ) (12,573 ) (56,619 ) (45,039 )
 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax (6,445 ) 133,463 (30,264 )
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Groupon, Inc. $ (27,615 ) $ (21,208 ) $ 67,196 $ (81,878 )
 
Basic net income (loss) per share:
Continuing operations $ (0.04 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (0.08 )
Discontinued operations       (0.01 )   0.20     (0.04 )
Basic net income (loss) per share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.03 ) $ 0.10   $ (0.12 )
 
Diluted net income (loss) per share:
Continuing operations $ (0.04 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (0.08 )
Discontinued operations       (0.01 )   0.20     (0.04 )
Diluted net income (loss) per share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.03 ) $ 0.10   $ (0.12 )
 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic 644,894,785 669,526,524 664,302,630 675,814,535
Diluted 644,894,785 669,526,524 664,302,630 675,814,535
(1)   Represents the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds.
 
(2) Represents the change in financial measures that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reporting periods been the same as those in effect during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.
         
Groupon, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
               
Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Operating activities
Net income (loss) $ (24,613 ) $ (19,018 ) $ 76,844 $ (75,303 )
Less: Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax       (6,445 )   133,463     (30,264 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations (24,613 ) (12,573 ) (56,619 ) (45,039 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization of property, equipment and software 30,475 25,355 84,241 68,731
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 5,160 5,107 14,966 16,188
Stock-based compensation 35,575 32,680 109,204 85,329
Restructuring charges 24,146 24,146
Gain on disposition of business (13,710 ) (13,710 )
Deferred income taxes (15,202 ) (2,472 ) (15,252 ) (1,956 )
Excess tax benefits on stock-based compensation 28 (2,641 ) (6,198 ) (12,573 )
Loss on equity method investments 91 459
Gain from changes in fair value of contingent consideration 435 (1,020 ) (268 ) (1,059 )
Loss from changes in fair value of investments 2,564 2,114
Impairments of investments 1,448 2,036
Change in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
Restricted cash 1,392 6,014 4,555 7,686
Accounts receivable 16,635 (4,337 ) 6,353 (26,557 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (33,366 ) (27,040 ) (39,813 ) (22,883 )
Accounts payable 5,371 (5,505 ) (944 ) (12,973 )
Accrued merchant and supplier payables (51,319 ) (32,586 ) (101,852 ) (101,070 )
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 27,368 7,853 33,413 (21,103 )
Other, net   (18,551 )   31,950     (1,242 )   44,009  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from continuing operations (7,612 ) 22,324 43,094 (20,775 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from discontinued operations   (19,205 )   23,142     (36,578 )   22,777  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (26,817 )   45,466     6,516     2,002  
 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities from continuing operations (98,028 ) (22,492 ) (146,012 ) (117,643 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities from discontinued operations       (1,415 )   244,470     (75,924 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (98,028 )   (23,907 )   98,458     (193,567 )
       
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (14,821 )   (16,823 )   (185,990 )   (173,068 )
 

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

classified within current assets held for sale

  (6,923 )   (21,102 )   (27,338 )   (20,671 )

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents, including cash classified

within current assets held for sale

(146,589 ) (16,366 ) (108,354 ) (385,304 )
Less: Net increase (decrease) in cash classified within current assets held for sale       20,649     (55,279 )   43,324  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (146,589 ) (37,015 ) (53,075 ) (428,628 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   1,110,148     845,413     1,016,634     1,240,472  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 963,559   $ 808,398   $ 963,559   $ 811,844  
 
       
Groupon, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue:
Third party and other $ 326,306 $ 362,903 $ 1,027,273 $ 1,133,109
Direct   387,289     351,366     1,175,073     1,025,786  
Total revenue   713,595     714,269     2,202,346     2,158,895  
Cost of revenue:
Third party and other 46,050 50,774 145,292 153,333
Direct   338,633     308,217     1,043,729     918,362  
Total cost of revenue   384,683     358,991     1,189,021     1,071,695  
Gross profit   328,912     355,278     1,013,325     1,087,200  
Operating expenses:
Marketing 61,587 55,258 171,127 182,142
Selling, general and administrative 326,248 299,275 904,816 905,919
Restructuring charges 24,146 24,146
Gain on disposition of business (13,710 ) (13,710 )
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net   1,064     (304 )   1,300     2,078  
Total operating expenses   399,335     354,229     1,087,679     1,090,139  
Income (loss) from operations (70,423 ) 1,049 (74,354 ) (2,939 )
Other income (expense), net (1)   (8,160 )   (20,056 )   (25,146 )   (21,919 )

Income (loss) from continuing operations before provision

(benefit) for income taxes

(78,583 ) (19,007 ) (99,500 ) (24,858 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (53,970 )   (6,434 )   (42,881 )   20,181  
Income (loss) from continuing operations (24,613 ) (12,573 ) (56,619 ) (45,039 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax       (6,445 )   133,463     (30,264 )
Net income (loss) (24,613 ) (19,018 ) 76,844 (75,303 )
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests   (3,002 )   (2,190 )   (9,648 )   (6,575 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Groupon, Inc. $ (27,615 ) $ (21,208 ) $ 67,196   $ (81,878 )
 
Basic net income (loss) per share:
Continuing operations $ (0.04 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (0.08 )
Discontinued operations       (0.01 )   0.20     (0.04 )
Basic net income (loss) per share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.03 ) $ 0.10   $ (0.12 )
 
Diluted net income (loss) per share:
Continuing operations $ (0.04 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (0.08 )
Discontinued operations       (0.01 )   0.20     (0.04 )
Diluted net income (loss) per share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.03 ) $ 0.10   $ (0.12 )
 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic 644,894,785 669,526,524 664,302,630 675,814,535
Diluted 644,894,785 669,526,524 664,302,630 675,814,535
(1)   Other income (expense), net includes foreign currency losses of $5.2 million and $18.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and foreign currency losses of $22.1 million and $20.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
   
Groupon, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
September 30, 2015 December 31, 2014
(unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 963,559 $ 1,016,634
Accounts receivable, net 76,121 90,597
Deferred income taxes 19,349 16,271
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 223,986 192,382
Current assets held for sale       85,445  
Total current assets 1,283,015 1,401,329
Property, equipment and software, net 202,714 176,004
Goodwill 291,084 236,756
Intangible assets, net 40,841 30,609

Investments (including $149.2 million and $7.4 million at September 30, 2015 and December 31,

2014, respectively, at fair value)

163,789 24,298
Deferred income taxes, non-current 28,791 41,323
Other non-current assets 20,407 16,173
Non-current assets held for sale       301,105  
Total Assets $ 2,030,641   $ 2,227,597  
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities:
Short-term borrowings $ 195,000 $
Accounts payable 15,503 13,822
Accrued merchant and supplier payables 640,044 772,156
Accrued expenses 260,883 214,260
Deferred income taxes 28,573 31,998
Other current liabilities 142,925 127,121
Current liabilities held for sale       166,239  
Total current liabilities 1,282,928 1,325,596
Deferred income taxes, non-current 4,756 773
Other non-current liabilities 142,005 129,531
Non-current liabilities held for sale       6,753  
Total Liabilities   1,429,689     1,462,653  
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' Equity

Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 2,000,000,000 shares authorized,

714,074,671 shares issued and 620,933,460 shares outstanding at September 30, 2015 and

699,008,084 shares issued and 671,768,980 shares outstanding at December 31, 2014

71 70

Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized, 2,399,976

shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014

Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 2,010,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued

and outstanding at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014

Additional paid-in capital 1,933,994 1,847,420

Treasury stock, at cost, 93,141,211 shares at September 30, 2015 and 27,239,104 shares at

December 31, 2014

 

(532,530 ) (198,467 )
Accumulated deficit (854,764 ) (921,960 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   53,369     35,763  
Total Groupon, Inc. Stockholders' Equity 600,140 762,826
Noncontrolling interests   812     2,118  
Total Equity   600,952     764,944  
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 2,030,641   $ 2,227,597  
 
Groupon, Inc.
Segment Information
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
North America
Gross billings (1) $ 869,203 $ 774,286 $ 2,659,436 $ 2,354,900
Revenue 463,931 418,494 1,425,095 1,273,487
Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses (2)(3)(4)   494,843     405,910     1,404,472     1,234,973  
Segment operating income (loss) (2) $ (30,912 ) $ 12,584 $ 20,623 $ 38,514
Segment operating income (loss) as a percent of segment gross billings (3.6 )% 1.6 % 0.8 % 1.6 %
Segment operating income (loss) as a percent of segment revenue (6.7 )% 3.0 % 1.4 % 3.0 %
 
EMEA
Gross billings (1) $ 414,482 $ 489,423 $ 1,307,207 $ 1,486,266
Revenue 199,287 230,072 619,554 688,655
Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses (2)(4)(5)   195,397     207,643     586,343     619,594  
Segment operating income (loss) (2) $ 3,890 $ 22,429 $ 33,211 $ 69,061
Segment operating income (loss) as a percent of segment gross billings 0.9 % 4.6 % 2.5 % 4.6 %
Segment operating income (loss) as a percent of segment revenue 2.0 % 9.7 % 5.4 % 10.0 %
 
Rest of World
Gross billings (1) $ 183,849 $ 226,638 $ 581,905 $ 671,997
Revenue 50,377 65,703 157,697 196,753
Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses (2)(4)   57,282     67,291     175,542     219,860  
Segment operating income (loss) (2) $ (6,905 ) $ (1,588 ) $ (17,845 ) $ (23,107 )
Segment operating income (loss) as a percent of segment gross billings (3.8 )% (0.7 )% (3.1 )% (3.4 )%
Segment operating income (loss) as a percent of segment revenue (13.7 )% (2.4 )% (11.3 )% (11.7 )%
(1)   Represents the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds.
 
(2) Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses and segment operating income (loss) exclude stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net.
 
(3) Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses for North America for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes a $37.5 million expense related to an increase in the Company's contingent liability for its securities litigation matter.
 
(4) Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes restructuring charges of $1.4 million in North America, $19.7 million in EMEA and $3.0 million in Rest of World.
 
(5) Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses for EMEA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 includes a $6.7 million expense for the write-off of a prepaid asset related to a marketing program that was discontinued because the counterparty ceased operations.
       
Groupon, Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliation Schedules
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP earnings attributable to common stockholders and non-GAAP earnings per share are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, "Net income (loss) from continuing operations" for the periods presented and the Company reconciles non-GAAP earnings per share to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, "Diluted net income (loss) per share," for the periods presented.
 
The following is a quarterly reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, "Net income (loss) from continuing operations."
 
Q3 2014 Q4 2014 Q1 2015 Q2 2015 Q3 2015
Income (loss) from continuing operations $ (12,573 ) $ 26,566 $ (16,739 ) $ (15,267 ) $ (24,613 )
Adjustments:
Stock-based compensation (1) 32,680 29,961 35,144 38,467 35,432
Depreciation and amortization 30,462 30,122 32,200 31,372 35,635
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net (304 ) (809 ) (269 ) 505 1,064
Restructuring charges 24,146
Gain on disposition of business (13,710 )
Prepaid marketing write-off 6,690
Securities litigation expense 37,500
Other expense (income), net 20,056 11,531 19,927 (2,941 ) 8,160
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (6,434 )   (4,457 )   2,107     8,982     (53,970 )
Total adjustments   76,460     66,348     89,109     76,385     80,947  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 63,887   $ 92,914   $ 72,370   $ 61,118   # $ 56,334  
(1)   Includes stock-based compensation classified within cost of revenue, marketing expense, and selling, general and administrative expense. Other expense (income), net, includes $0.02 million and $0.1 million of additional stock-based compensation for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and the three months ended September 30, 2015, respectively.
 
The following is a reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders to non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders and a reconciliation of diluted net income (loss) per share to non-GAAP net income (loss) per share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015:
 
 

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2015

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2015

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $ (27,615 ) $ 67,196
Stock-based compensation 35,575 109,204
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 5,160 14,966
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net 1,064 1,300
Restructuring charges 24,146 24,146
Gain on disposition of business (13,710 ) (13,710 )
Prepaid marketing write-off 6,690 6,690
Securities litigation expense 37,500 37,500

Intercompany foreign losses (gains) and

reclassfication of translation adjustment to

earnings (1)

4,708

 

20,666
Loss from changes in fair value of investments 2,564 2,114
Income tax effect of above adjustments (43,541 ) (68,932 )
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax       (133,463 )
Non-GAAP net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $ 32,541   $ 67,677  
 
Diluted shares 644,894,785 644,302,630
Incremental diluted shares   5,385,857     7,017,448  
Adjusted diluted shares   650,280,642     651,320,078  
 
Diluted net income (loss) per share $ (0.04 ) $ 0.10

Impact of stock-based compensation,

amortization of acquired intangible assets,

acquisition-related expense (benefit), net,

intercompany foreign currency losses (gains),

items that are unusual in nature and infrequently

occurring, income (loss) from discontinued

operations and related tax effects

  0.09      
Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share $ 0.05   $ 0.10  
(1) For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, a $4.4 million loss related to the cumulative translation adjustment from the Company's legacy business in the Republic of Korea was reclassified to earnings as a result of the Ticket Monster disposition.
 
Foreign exchange rate neutral operating results are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company reconciles foreign exchange rate neutral operating results to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures, "Gross billings," "Revenue" and "Income (loss) from continuing operations," respectively, for the periods presented. The Company reconciles "foreign exchange rate neutral Gross billings growth" and "foreign exchange rate neutral Revenue growth" to year-over-year growth rates for the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures, "Gross billings growth" and "Revenue growth," respectively, for the periods presented.
 
The effect on the Company's gross billings, revenue and income (loss) from changes in exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was as follows:
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2015 Three Months Ended September 30, 2015

At Avg. Q3 2014

Rates(1)

Exchange Rate

Effect(2)

As

Reported

At Avg. Q2 2015

Rates(3)

Exchange Rate

Effect(2)

As

Reported

Gross billings $ 1,584,655 $ (117,121 ) $ 1,467,534 $ 1,478,528 $ (10,994 ) $ 1,467,534
Revenue 761,867 (48,272 ) 713,595

716,702

(3,107 ) 713,595
Income (loss) from operations $ (71,056 ) $ 633 $ (70,423 ) $ (71,189 ) $ 766 $ (70,423 )
 
The effect on the Company's gross billings, revenue and income (loss) from operations from changes in exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was as follows:
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

At Avg. Q3 2014

YTD Rates(1)

Exchange Rate

Effect(2)

As

Reported

At Avg. Q4'14-Q2'15

Rates(3)

Exchange Rate

Effect(2)

As

Reported

Gross billings $ 4,909,715 $ (361,167 ) $ 4,548,548 $ 4,624,647 $ (76,099 ) $ 4,548,548
Revenue 2,356,130 (153,784 ) 2,202,346 2,234,382 (32,036 ) 2,202,346
(Loss) income from operations $ (75,033 ) $ 679 $ (74,354 ) $ (74,074 ) $ (280 ) $ (74,354 )
(1)   Represents the financial statement balances that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reporting periods been the same as those in effect during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.
 
(2) Represents the increase or decrease in reported amounts resulting from changes in exchange rates from those in effect in the comparable prior periods.
 
(3) Represents the financial statement balances that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reporting periods been the same as those in effect during the three and nine months ended June 30, 2015.
The following is a quarterly reconciliation of foreign exchange rate neutral Gross billings growth from the comparable quarterly periods of the prior year to reported Gross billings growth from the comparable quarterly periods of the prior year.
 
Q3 2014 Q4 2014 Q1 2015 Q2 2015 Q3 2015
EMEA Gross billings growth, excluding FX 10 % 8 % 7 % 9 % (1

)

%
FX Effect   (9 ) (18 ) (19 ) (14

)

EMEA Gross billings growth 10 % (1 ) % (11 ) % (10 ) % (15

)

%
 
Rest of World Gross billings growth, excluding FX 1 % % (1 ) % 6 %

 

%
FX Effect (4 ) (10 ) (11 ) (15 ) (19

)

Rest of World Gross billings growth (3 ) % (10 ) % (12 ) % (9 ) % (19

)

%
 
Consolidated Gross billings growth, excluding FX 12 % 13 % 10 % 10 % 6

 

%
FX Effect (1 ) (5 ) (8 ) (8 ) (8

)

Consolidated Gross billings growth 11 % 8 % 2 % 2 % (2

)

%
 
The following is a quarterly reconciliation of foreign exchange rate neutral Revenue growth from the comparable quarterly periods of the prior year to reported Revenue growth from the comparable quarterly periods of the prior year.
 
Q3 2014 Q4 2014 Q1 2015 Q2 2015 Q3 2015
EMEA Revenue growth, excluding FX 55 % 18 % 13 % 9 % 2

 

%
FX Effect 1   (10 ) (19 ) (19 ) (15

)

EMEA Revenue growth 56 % 8 % (6 ) % (10 ) % (13

)

%
 
Rest of World Revenue growth, excluding FX (20 ) % (9 ) % (8 ) % (4 ) % (5

)

%
FX Effect (4 ) (10 ) (10 ) (14 ) (18

)

Rest of World Revenue growth (24 ) % (19 ) % (18 ) % (18 ) % (23

)

%
 
Consolidated Revenue growth, excluding FX 21 % 19 % 10 % 11 % 7

 

%
FX Effect (1 ) (4 ) (7 ) (8 ) (7

)

Consolidated Revenue growth 20 % 15 % 3 % 3 %

 

%
 
The effect on North America's gross billings by category from changes in foreign exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was as follows:
         

At Avg. Q3

2014 Rates (1)

Exchange

Rate

Effect (2)

September 30, 2015

As Reported

September 30, 2014

As Reported

Y/Y %

Growth

Y/Y%

Growth

excluding

FX

 
Local:
Third party and other $ 482,498 $ (890 ) $ 481,608 $ 446,573 7.8 % 8.0 %
 
Travel:
Third party   102,065   (264 )   101,801   84,820 20.0 %

20.3

%
Total services 584,563 (1,154 ) 583,409 531,393 9.8 % 10.0 %
 
Goods:
Third party 9,181 (495 ) 8,686 5,077 71.1 % 80.8 %
Direct   277,108       277,108   237,816 16.5 16.5
Total 286,289 (495 ) 285,794 242,893 17.7 % 17.9
 
Travel:
Third party 102,065 (264 ) 101,801 84,820 20.0 % 20.3 %
       
Total gross billings $ 870,852 $ (1,649 ) $ 869,203 $ 774,286 12.3 % 12.5 %
 
The effect on EMEA's gross billings by category from changes in foreign exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was as follows:
 

At Avg. Q3

2014 Rates (1)

Exchange

Rate

Effect (2)

September 30, 2015

As Reported

September 30, 2014

As Reported

Y/Y %

Growth

Y/Y%

Growth

excluding

FX

 
Local:
Third party and other $ 211,548 $ (29,008 ) $ 182,540 $ 218,615 (16.5 ) % (3.2 ) %
 
Travel:
Third party   77,825   (12,909 )   64,916   79,802 (18.7 ) % (2.5 ) %
Total services 289,373 (41,917 ) 247,456 298,417 (17.1 ) % (3.0 ) %
 
Goods:
Third party 74,621 (10,703 ) 63,918 82,646 (22.7 ) % (9.7 ) %
Direct   122,833   (19,725 )   103,108   108,360 (4.8 ) 13.4
Total 197,454 (30,428 ) 167,026 191,006 (12.6 ) % 3.4 %
 
Travel:
Third party 77,825 (12,909 ) 64,916 79,802 (18.7 ) % (2.5 ) %
             
Total gross billings $ 486,827 $ (72,345 ) $ 414,482 $ 489,423 (15.3 ) % (0.5 ) %
 
The effect on Rest of World's gross billings by category from changes in foreign exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was as follows:
 

At Avg. Q3

2014 Rates (1)

Exchange

Rate

Effect (2)

September 30, 2015

As Reported

September 30, 2014

As Reported

Y/Y %

Growth

Y/Y%

Growth

excluding

FX

 
Local:
Third party and other $ 115,909 $ (22,937 ) $ 92,972 $ 120,269 (22.7 ) % (3.6 ) %
 
Travel:
Third party   38,890   (8,181 )   30,709  

35,754

(14.1 ) % 8.8 %
Total services 154,799 (31,118 ) 123,681 156,023 (20.7 ) % (0.8 ) %
 
Goods:
Third party 63,749 (10,654 ) 53,095 65,425 (18.8 ) % (2.6 ) %
Direct   8,428   (1,355 )   7,073   5,190 36.3 62.4
Total 72,177 (12,009 ) 60,168 70,615 (14.8 ) % 2.2 %
 
Travel:
Third party 38,890 (8,181 ) 30,709 35,754 (14.1 ) % 8.8 %
             
Total gross billings $ 226,976 $ (43,127 ) $ 183,849 $ 226,638 (18.9 ) % 0.1 %
 
The effect on consolidated gross billings by category from changes in foreign exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was as follows:
 

At Avg. Q3

2014 Rates (1)

Exchange

Rate

Effect (2)

September 30, 2015

As Reported

September 30, 2014

As Reported

Y/Y %

Growth

Y/Y%

Growth

excluding

FX

 
Local:
Third party and other $ 809,955 $ (52,835 ) $ 757,120 $ 785,457 (3.6 ) % 3.1 %
 
Travel:
Third party   218,780   (21,354 )   197,426   200,376 (1.5 ) % 9.2 %
Total services 1,028,735 (74,189 ) 954,546 985,833 (3.2 ) % 4.4 %
 
Goods:
Third party 147,551 (21,852 ) 125,699 153,148 (17.9 ) % (3.7 ) %
Direct   408,369   (21,080 )   387,289   351,366 10.2 16.2
Total 555,920 (42,932 ) 512,988 504,514 1.7 % 10.2 %
 
       
Total gross billings $ 1,584,655 $ (117,121 ) $ 1,467,534 $ 1,490,347 (1.5 ) % 6.3 %
(1) Represents the financial statement balances that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reporting period been the same as those in effect during the three months ended September 30, 2014.
 
(2) Represents the increase or decrease in reported amounts resulting from changes in exchange rates from those in effect in the comparable prior year period.
 
 
Groupon, Inc.
Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics (9)(10)
(financial data in thousands; active customers in millions)
(unaudited)
 
Q3 2014 Q4 2014 Q1 2015 Q2 2015 Q3 2015
Segments
North America Segment:
Gross Billings (1):
Local (2) Gross Billings $ 446,573 $ 499,250 $ 512,558 $ 499,378 $ 481,608
Travel Gross Billings   84,820     80,296     96,678     102,908     101,801  
Gross Billings - Services 531,393 579,546 609,236 602,286 583,409
Gross Billings - Goods   242,893     369,033     284,741     293,970     285,794  
Total Gross Billings $ 774,286   $ 948,579   $ 893,977   $ 896,256   $ 869,203  
Year-over-year growth 16 % 20 % 14 % 12 % 12 %
% Third Party and Other 69 % 62 % 69 % 68 % 68 %
% Direct 31 % 38 % 31 % 32 % 32 %
Gross Billings Trailing Twelve Months (TTM) $ 3,143,621 $ 3,303,479 $ 3,415,687 $ 3,513,098 $ 3,608,015
 
Revenue (3):
Local Revenue $ 161,912 $ 170,946 $ 180,864 $ 172,461 $ 163,786
Travel Revenue   17,627     17,165     19,989     21,958     21,394  
Revenue - Services 179,539 188,111 200,853 194,419 185,180
Revenue - Goods   238,955     362,863     279,029     286,863     278,751  
Total Revenue $ 418,494   $ 550,974   $ 479,882   $ 481,282   $ 463,931  
Year-over-year growth 16 % 24 % 11 % 14 % 11 %
% Third Party and Other 43 % 35 % 42 % 41 % 40 %
% Direct 57 % 65 % 58 % 59 % 60 %
Revenue TTM $ 1,717,271 $ 1,824,461 $ 1,873,281 $ 1,930,632 $ 1,976,069
 
Gross Profit (4):
Local Gross Profit $ 138,189 $ 147,582 $ 154,776 $ 147,574 $ 138,798
% of North America Local Gross Billings 30.9 % 29.6 % 30.2 % 29.6 % 28.8 %
Travel Gross Profit 14,000 14,187 15,791 18,385 17,644
% of North America Travel Gross Billings   16.5   %   17.7   %   16.3   %   17.9   %   17.3 % %
Gross Profit - Services 152,189 161,769 170,567 165,959 156,442
% of North America Services Gross Billings 28.6 % 27.9 % 28.0 % 27.6 % 26.8 %
Gross Profit - Goods 23,953 34,404 23,923 30,598 34,801
% of North America Goods Gross Billings   9.9   %   9.3   %   8.4   %   10.4   %   12.2   %
Total Gross Profit $ 176,142   $ 196,173   $ 194,490   $ 196,557   $ 191,243  
Year-over-year growth 3 % 13 % 8 % 9 % 9 %
% Third Party and Other 87 % 83 % 88 % 85 % 83 %
% Direct 13 % 17 % 12 % 15 % 17 %
% of North America Total Gross Billings 22.7 % 20.7 % 21.8 % 21.9 % 22.0 %
 
EMEA Segment:
Gross Billings:
Local Gross Billings $ 218,615 $ 242,119 $ 217,598 $ 198,553 $ 182,540
Travel Gross Billings   79,802     72,710     65,065     59,544     64,916  
Gross Billings - Services 298,417 314,829 282,663 258,097 247,456
Gross Billings - Goods   191,006     245,712     176,526     175,439     167,026  
Total Gross Billings $ 489,423   $ 560,541   $ 459,189   $ 433,536   $ 414,482  
Year-over-year growth 10 % (1 ) % (11 ) % (10 ) % (15 ) %
Year-over-year growth, excluding FX 10 % 8 % 7 % 9 % (1 ) %
% Third Party and Other 78 % 74 % 77 % 76 % 75 %
% Direct 22 % 26 % 23 % 24 % 25 %
Gross Billings TTM $ 2,051,979 $ 2,046,807 $ 1,992,408 $ 1,942,689 $ 1,867,748
 
Revenue:
Local Revenue $ 90,002 $ 95,572 $ 82,536 $ 75,543 $ 70,781
Travel Revenue   16,960     16,321     14,717     13,100     13,561  
Revenue - Services 106,962 111,893 97,253 88,643 84,342
Revenue - Goods   123,110     160,582     118,967     115,404     114,945  
Total Revenue $ 230,072   $ 272,475   $ 216,220   $ 204,047   $ 199,287  
Year-over-year growth 56 % 8 % (6 ) % (10 ) % (13 ) %
Year-over-year growth, excluding FX 55 % 18 % 13 % 9 % 2 %
% Third Party and Other 53 % 46 % 51 % 48 % 48 %
% Direct 47 % 54 % 49 % 52 % 52 %
Revenue TTM $ 939,860 $ 961,130 $ 946,457 $ 922,814 $ 892,029
 
Gross Profit:
Local Gross Profit $ 83,956 $ 90,150 $ 77,356 $ 70,270 $ 66,288
% of EMEA Local Gross Billings 38.4 % 37.2 % 35.5 % 35.4 % 36.3 %
Travel Gross Profit 15,440 15,226 12,400 11,939 12,323
% of EMEA Travel Gross Billings   19.3   %   20.9   %   19.1   %   20.1   %   19.0 % %
Gross Profit - Services 99,396 105,376 89,756 82,209 78,611
% of EMEA Services Gross Billings 33.3 % 33.5 % 31.8 % 31.9 % 31.8 %
Gross Profit - Goods 32,252 38,154 25,481 21,878 24,905
% of EMEA Goods Gross Billings   16.9   %   15.5   %   14.4   %   12.5   %   14.9   %
Total Gross Profit $ 131,648   $ 143,530   $ 115,237   $ 104,087   $ 103,516  
Year-over-year growth 6 % (6 ) % (18 ) % (26 ) % (21 ) %
% Third Party and Other 85 % 82 % 87 % 86 % 86 %
% Direct 15 % 18 % 13 % 14 % 14 %
% of EMEA Total Gross Billings 26.9 % 25.6 % 25.1 % 24.0 % 25.0 %
 
Rest of World Segment:
Gross Billings:
Local Gross Billings $ 120,269 $ 105,420 $ 99,735 $ 100,403 $ 92,972
Travel Gross Billings   35,754     32,313     32,946     31,263     30,709  
Gross Billings - Services 156,023 137,733 132,681 131,666 123,681
Gross Billings - Goods   70,615     77,816     66,154     67,555     60,168  
Total Gross Billings $ 226,638   $ 215,549   $ 198,835   $ 199,221   $ 183,849  
Year-over-year growth (3 ) % (10 ) % (12 ) % (9 ) % (19 ) %
Year-over-year growth, excluding FX 1 % % (1 ) % 6 % %
% Third Party and Other 98 % 96 % 98 % 97 % 96 %
% Direct 2 % 4 % 2 % 3 % 4 %
Gross Billings TTM $ 910,670 $ 887,546 $ 861,032 $ 840,243 $ 797,454
 
Revenue:
Local Revenue $ 39,034 $ 32,264 $ 30,281 $ 28,499 $ 26,372
Travel Revenue   7,243     5,757     6,495     6,363     6,135  
Revenue - Services 46,277 38,021 36,776 34,862 32,507
Revenue - Goods   19,426     21,758     17,478     18,204     17,870  
Total Revenue $ 65,703   $ 59,779   $ 54,254   $ 53,066   $ 50,377  
Year-over-year growth (24 ) % (19 ) % (18 ) % (18 ) % (23 ) %
Year-over-year growth, excluding FX (20 ) % (9 ) % (8 ) % (4 ) % (5 ) %
% Third Party and Other 92 % 86 % 91 % 87 % 86 %
% Direct 8 % 14 % 9 % 13 % 14 %
Revenue TTM $ 270,211 $ 256,532 $ 244,326 $ 232,802 $ 217,476
 
Gross Profit:
Local Gross Profit $ 34,373 $ 27,175 $ 26,161 $ 24,567 $ 22,568
% of Rest of World Local Gross Billings 28.6 % 25.8 % 26.2 % 24.5 % 24.3 %
Travel Gross Profit 5,544 3,815 4,906 5,012 4,859
% of Rest of World Travel Gross Billings   15.5   %   11.8   %   14.9   %   16.0   %   15.8   %
Gross Profit - Services 39,917 30,990 31,067 29,579 27,427
% of Rest of World Services Gross Billings 25.6 % 22.5 % 23.4 % 22.5 % 22.2 %
Gross Profit - Goods 7,571 7,416 6,612 6,784 6,726
% of Rest of World Goods Gross Billings   10.7   %   9.5   %   10.0   %   10.0   %   11.2   %
Total Gross Profit $ 47,488   $ 38,406   $ 37,679   $ 36,363   $ 34,153  
Year-over-year growth (26 ) % (24 ) % (16 ) % (20 ) % (28 ) %
% Third Party and Other 100 % 96 % 99 % 99 % 99 %
% Direct % 4 % 1 % 1 % 1 %
% of Rest of World Total Gross Billings 21.0 % 17.8 % 18.9 % 18.3 % 18.6 %
 
Consolidated Results of Operations:
Gross Billings:
Local Gross Billings $ 785,457 $ 846,789 $ 829,891 $ 798,334 $ 757,120
Travel Gross Billings   200,376     185,319     194,689     193,715     197,426  
Gross Billings - Services 985,833 1,032,108 1,024,580 992,049 954,546
Gross Billings - Goods   504,514     692,561     527,421     536,964     512,988  
Total Gross Billings $ 1,490,347   $ 1,724,669   $ 1,552,001   $ 1,529,013   $ 1,467,534  
Year-over-year growth 11 % 8 % 2 % 2 % (2 ) %
Year-over-year growth, excluding FX 12 % 13 % 10 % 10 % 6 %
% Third Party and Other 76 % 70 % 75 % 74 % 74 %
% Direct 24 % 30 % 25 % 26 % 26 %
Gross Billings TTM $ 6,106,270 $ 6,237,832 $ 6,269,127 $ 6,296,030 $ 6,273,217
Year-over-year growth 7 % 8 % 7 % 6 % 3 % %
 
Revenue:
Local Revenue $ 290,948 $ 298,782 $ 293,681 $ 276,503 $ 260,939
Travel Revenue   41,830     39,243     41,201     41,421     41,090  
Revenue - Services 332,778 338,025 334,882 317,924 302,029
Revenue - Goods   381,491     545,203     415,474     420,471     411,566  
Total Revenue $ 714,269   $ 883,228   $ 750,356   $ 738,395   $ 713,595  
Year-over-year growth 20 % 15 % 3 % 3 % (0 ) %
Year-over-year growth, excluding FX 21 % 19 % 10 % 11 % 7 %
% Third Party and Other 51 % 42 % 48 % 46 % 46 %
% Direct 49 % 58 % 52 % 54 % 54 %
Revenue TTM $ 2,927,342 $ 3,042,123 $ 3,064,064 $ 3,086,248 $ 3,085,574
Year-over-year growth 20 % 18 % 13 % 10 % 5 %
 
Gross Profit:
Local Gross Profit $ 256,518 $ 264,907 $ 258,293 $ 242,411 $ 227,654
% of Consolidated Local Gross Billings 32.7 % 31.3 % 31.1 % 30.4 % 30.1 %
Travel Gross Profit 34,984 33,228 33,097 35,336 34,826
% of Consolidated Travel Gross Billings   17.5   %   17.9   %   17.0   %   18.2   %   17.6   %
Gross Profit - Services 291,502 298,135 291,390 277,747 262,480
% of Consolidated Services Gross Billings 29.6 % 28.9 % 28.4 % 28.0 % 27.5 %
Gross Profit - Goods 63,776 79,974 56,016 59,260 66,432
% of Consolidated Goods Gross Billings   12.6   %   11.5   %   10.6   %   11.0   %   13.0   %
Total Gross Profit $ 355,278   $ 378,109   $ 347,406   $ 337,007   $ 328,912  
Year-over-year growth (1 ) % % (5 ) % (8 ) % (7 ) %
% Third Party and Other 88 % 84 % 89 % 87 % 85 %
% Direct 12 % 16 % 11 % 13 % 15 %
% of Total Consolidated Gross Billings 23.8 % 21.9 % 22.4 % 22.0 % 22.4 %
 
Marketing $ 55,258 $ 59,812 $ 52,533 $ 57,007 $ 61,587
Selling, general and administrative $ 299,275 $ 285,472 $ 289,847 $ 288,721 $ 326,248
Adjusted EBITDA $ 63,887 $ 92,914 $ 72,370 $ 61,118 $ 56,334
% of Total Consolidated Gross Billings 4.3 % 5.4 % 4.7 % 4.0 % 3.8 %
% of Total Consolidated Revenue 8.9 % 10.5 % 9.6 % 8.3 % 7.9 %
 
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. The following is a reconciliation of free cash flow to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, "Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from continuing operations."
 
Q3 2014 Q4 2014 Q1 2015 Q2 2015 Q3 2015
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from continuing operations $ 22,324 $ 273,272 $ 40,711 $ 9,995 $ (7,612 )
Purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software from continuing operations   (18,638 )   (20,117 )   (18,294 )   (22,452 )   (27,735 )
Free cash flow $ 3,686 $ 253,155 $ 22,417 $ (12,457 ) $ (35,347 )
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from continuing operations (TTM) $ 157,500 $ 252,497 $ 307,782 $ 346,302 $ 316,366
Purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software from continuing operations (TTM)   (83,374 )   (83,560 )   (85,761 )   (79,501 )   (88,598 )
Free cash flow (TTM) $ 74,126 $ 168,937 $ 222,021 $ 266,801 $ 227,768
 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities from continuing operations $ (19,046 ) $ (35,175 ) $ (19,443 ) $ (28,541 ) $ (98,028 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities $ (16,823 ) $ (21,088 ) $ (32,942 ) $ (138,227 ) $ (14,821 )
 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities from continuing operations (TTM) $ (137,527 ) $ (149,372 ) $ (105,821 ) $ (102,205 ) $ (181,187 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (TTM) $ (228,512 ) $ (194,156 ) $ (185,606 ) $ (209,080 ) $ (207,078 )
 
Other Metrics:
Active Customers (6)
North America 23.5 24.1 24.6 24.9 25.2
EMEA 14.9 15.2 15.3 15.5 15.4
Rest of World   8.2     8.1     8.2     8.2     8.0  
Total Active Customers 46.6 47.4 48.1 48.6 48.6
 
TTM Gross Billings / Average Active Customer(7)
North America $ 145 $ 147 $ 147 $ 148 $ 148
EMEA 142 139 134 130 123
Rest of World 108 105 101 98 99
Consolidated 137 137 135 133 132
 
Global headcount as of September 30, 2015 and 2014 was as follows:
 
Q3 2014 Q3 2015
Sales (8) 4,420 4,168
% North America 29 % 33 %
% EMEA 43 % 42 %
% Rest of World 28 % 25 %
Other   6,228     6,301  
Total Headcount 10,648 10,469
 
(1)   Represents the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds.
 
(2) Local represents deals from local merchants, deals with national merchants, and deals through local events. Other revenue transactions include advertising, payment processing, point of sale and commission revenue.
 
(3) Includes third party revenue, direct revenue and other revenue. Third party revenue is related to sales for which the Company acts as a marketing agent for the merchant. This revenue is recorded on a net basis. Direct revenue is primarily related to the sale of products for which the Company is the merchant of record. These revenues are accounted for on a gross basis, with the cost of inventory included in cost of revenue. Other revenue primarily consists of advertising revenue, payment processing revenue, point of sale revenue and commission revenue.
 
(4) Represents third party revenue, direct revenue and other revenue reduced by cost of revenue.
 
(5) Represents the change in financial measures that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reporting periods been the same as those in effect in the prior year periods.
 
(6) Reflects the total number of unique user accounts who have purchased a voucher or product from us during the trailing twelve months.
 
(7) Reflects the total gross billings generated in the trailing twelve months per average active customer over that period.
 
(8) Includes merchant sales representatives, as well as sales support from continuing operations.
 
(9) Financial information and other metrics have been retrospectively adjusted to exclude Ticket Monster, which has been classified as discontinued operations.
 
(10) The definition, methodology and appropriateness of each of our supplemental metrics is reviewed periodically. As a result, metrics are subject to removal and/or change.
 

Contacts

Groupon
Investor Relations
Genny Konz
Tom Grant
312-999-3098
ir@groupon.com
or
Public Relations
Bill Roberts
312-459-5191

Release Summary

Groupon today announced financial results for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2015. The company also announced that Chief Operating Officer Rich Williams will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Contacts

Groupon
Investor Relations
Genny Konz
Tom Grant
312-999-3098
ir@groupon.com
or
Public Relations
Bill Roberts
312-459-5191