JACKSONVILLE, FL - February 10, 2009 - Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW), a leading provider of online marketing for small businesses, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.
"During 2008, Web.com continued to make great strides towards establishing itself as the premier provider of integrated, end-to-end online marketing solutions for the small and medium-sized business market," said David Brown, Chairman and CEO of Web.com. "We enter 2009 with over a quarter of a million subscribers, a debt-free balance sheet, and a strong cash flow track record. We believe we have proven the operating leverage potential inherent in our business model, and we continue to put in place strategic partnerships and initiatives that we believe will provide Web.com with an enhanced growth profile when the environment improves."
Summary of Fourth Quarter 2008 Results:
For the fourth quarter, GAAP operating loss was $100 million, representing a negative GAAP operating margin of 346%. GAAP net loss per diluted share was $3.74, as a result of a $103 million goodwill and asset impairment charge resulting from a combination of factors including a change in the Company's market capitalization. For the fourth quarter of 2007, GAAP operating loss was $0.6 million and GAAP net loss per diluted share was $0.01.
Non-GAAP operating income was a record $6.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 22% and an increase of 84% compared to $3.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2007.
Non-GAAP net income was a record $6.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 72% compared to $3.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share exceeded the high end of guidance at $0.23 for the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 77% compared to $0.13 for the fourth quarter of 2007.
Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of stock-based compensation, restructuring charges, and goodwill and asset impairment, was $7.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 91% compared to $3.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2007.
Cash flows from operations were $4.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 234% compared to $1.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2007.
Brown added, "Web.com's fourth quarter results were highlighted by strong non-GAAP profitability, margin expansion and cash flow. Despite the non-cash goodwill and asset impairment charge that impacted our GAAP results, for the first time in the company's history we delivered a non-GAAP operating margin of over 22%, which was a primary driver to another quarter of strong cash flows from operations enabling the company to finish the full year with non-GAAP earnings per share growth of 44%."
Web.com's total net subscribers were approximately 265,000 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase from 263,000 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2007.
Customer churn matched an all-time low of 3.9% in the fourth quarter, down from 4.0% in the third quarter of 2008.
Financial Results for the Full Year 2008
Total revenue for the full year 2008 was $122.5 million, an increase of 48% compared to $82.5 million for the full year 2007.
For the full year 2008, GAAP operating loss was $97 million and GAAP net loss per diluted share was $3.51, as a result of the $103 million goodwill and asset impairment charge mentioned above. For the full year 2007, GAAP operating income was $1.5 million and GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.06.
For the full year 2008, the Company reported record non-GAAP operating income of $21.8 million, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 18%. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was a record $0.75 for the full year 2008, an increase of 44% compared to $0.52 for the full year 2007.
The Company generated adjusted EBITDA, excluding the impact of stock-based compensation, restructuring charges, and goodwill and asset impairment of $24.7 million for the full year 2008, an increase of 129% compared to $10.8 million for the full year 2007. The Company generated record cash flows from operations of $15 million for the full year 2008, an increase of 46% compared to the full year 2007.
Conference Call Information
Management will host a conference call to discuss Web.com's results and other matters related to the Company's business, including guidance related to future results, today February 10, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). To access this call, dial 888-215-6955 (domestic) or 913-312-1304 (international). A replay of this conference call will be available for a limited time at 888-203-1112 (domestic) or 719-457-0820 (international). The replay passcode is 1667480. A webcast of this conference call will also be available for a limited time on the "Investor Relations" page of the Company's website, http://www.web.com.
All per share numbers for non-GAAP net income per share are expressed on a weighted-average diluted per share basis. Non-GAAP net income excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization expense related to acquisitions, restructuring charges, the deferred revenue adjustment due to purchase accounting, income tax expense, and includes an estimated cash tax rate to be paid during 2008. Non-GAAP operating income excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization expense related to acquisitions, restructuring charges, and the deferred revenue adjustment related to purchase accounting. A reconciliation of GAAP financial measures to non-GAAP financial measures results has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
Web.com Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWWW) is a leading provider of online marketing for small businesses. Web.com offers a full range of online services, including Internet marketing and advertising, local search, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, lead generation, home contractor specific leads, website design and publishing, logo and brand development and eCommerce solutions, meeting the needs of small businesses anywhere along their lifecycle. For more information on the company, please visit http://www.web.com/ or call 1-800-GETSITE.
Note to Editors: Web.com is a registered trademark of Web.com Group, Inc.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Some of the measures in this press release are non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of the SEC Regulation G. Web.com believes presenting non-GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders, non-GAAP net income per share attributable to common stockholders and non-GAAP operating income is useful to investors, because it describes the operating performance of the company and helps investors gauge the company's ability to generate cash flow, excluding some recurring charges that are included in the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Company management uses these non-GAAP measures as important indicators of the company's past performance and in planning and forecasting performance in future periods. The non-GAAP financial information Web.com presents may not be comparable to similarly-titled financial measures used by other companies, and investors should not consider non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or in substitution for, financial information presented in compliance with GAAP. You are encouraged to review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures included elsewhere in this press release.
Relative to each of the non-GAAP measures the company presents above, management further sets forth its rationale as follows:
Non-GAAP Operating Income. The Company excludes from non-GAAP operating income amortization of intangibles, fair value adjustment to deferred revenue, restructuring charges and stock based compensation charges. Management believes that excluding these non-cash charges assists investors in evaluating period-over-period changes in the Company's operating income without the impact of items that are not a result of the Company's day-to-day business and operations.
This press release includes certain "forward-looking statements" including, without limitation, statements regarding Web.com's expectations about its future financial performance and market position, that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts. As a result of the ultimate outcome of such risks and uncertainties, Web.com's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on our current beliefs or expectations, and there are a number of important factors that could cause the actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements. Certain risk factors are set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in Web.com's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is available on a website maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. Web.com expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.