Web.com Group, Inc.
Feb 10, 2009

Web.com Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results

Full Year Cash Flow From Operations Grows 46%

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:

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%."

Other Highlights:

Financial Results for the Full Year 2008

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."

About Web.com
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.

  • Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share. The Company excludes from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share amortization of intangibles, income tax expense, fair value adjustment to deferred revenue, restructuring charges and stock based compensation, and includes cash income tax expense, because management believes that excluding such measures helps investors better understand the Company's operating activities.
  • Adjusted EBITDA. The Company excludes from Adjusted EBITDA depreciation expense, amortization of intangibles, income tax, interest expense, interest income, goodwill impairment, and stock based compensation, because management believes that excluding such items helps investors better understand the Company's operating activities.
In respect of the foregoing, Web.com provides the following supplemental information to provide additional context for the use and consideration of the non-GAAP financial measures used elsewhere in this press release:
  • Stock-based compensation. These expenses consist of expenses for employee stock options and employee stock purchases under SFAS 123®. The Company excludes stock-based compensation expenses from our non-GAAP measures primarily because they are non-cash expenses. Prior to the adoption of SFAS 123® in fiscal 2006, the Company did not include expenses related to employee stock options and employee stock purchases directly in its financial statements, but elected, as permitted by SFAS 123, to disclose such expenses in the footnotes to its financial statements. As the Company applies SFAS 123®, it believes that it is useful to its investors to understand the impact of the application of SFAS 123® to its operational performance, liquidity and its ability to invest in research and development and fund acquisitions and capital expenditures. While stock-based compensation expense calculated in accordance with SFAS 123® constitutes an ongoing and recurring expense, such expense is excluded from non-GAAP results because it is not an expense that typically requires or will require cash settlement by the Company and because such expense is not used by management to assess the core profitability of the Company's business operations. The Company further believes these measures are useful to investors in that they allow for greater transparency to certain line items in our financial statements. In addition, excluding this item from various non-GAAP measures facilitates comparisons to the Company's competitors' operating results.
  • Amortization of intangibles. The Company incurs amortization of acquired intangibles under SFAS 141. Acquired intangibles primarily consist of customer relationships, non-compete agreements, trade names, and developed technology. The Company expects to amortize for accounting purposes the fair value of the acquired intangibles based on the pattern in which the economic benefits of the intangible assets will be consumed as revenue is generated. Although the intangible assets generate revenue for the Company, the item is excluded because this expense is non-cash in nature and because the Company believes the non-GAAP financial measures excluding this item provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's operational performance, liquidity and its ability to invest in research and development and fund acquisitions and capital expenditures. In addition, excluding this item from various non-GAAP measures facilitates management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results and comparisons to the Company's competitors' operating results.
  • Restructuring charges. The Company has recorded restructuring charges. The Company excludes the impact of these expenses from its non-GAAP measures, because such expense is not used by management to assess the core profitability of the Company's business operations.
  • Income tax expense. Due to the magnitude of the Company's historical net operating losses and related deferred tax asset, the Company excludes income tax expense from its non-GAAP measures primarily because they are not indicative of the cash tax paid by the Company and therefore are not reflective of ongoing operating results. Further, excluding this non-cash item from non-GAAP measures facilitates management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results.
  • Fair value adjustment to deferred revenue. The Company has recorded a fair value adjustment to acquired deferred revenue in accordance with SFAS 141. The Company excludes the impact of this adjustment from its non-GAAP measures, because doing so results in non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP net income which are reflective of ongoing operating results and more comparable to historical operating results, since the majority of the Company's revenue is recurring subscription revenue. Excluding the fair value adjustment to deferred revenue therefore facilitates management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results.
  • Goodwill impairment. The Company has recorded a goodwill asset impairment in accordance with SFAS 142. The Company excludes the impact of this adjustment from its non-GAAP measures, because doing so results in non-GAAP operating income and net income which are more reflective of ongoing operating results and more comparable to historical operating results. Excluding the goodwill asset impairment therefore facilitates management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results.

Forward-Looking Statements
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.

Contact:
Tim Dolan
ICR
617-956-6725
tdolan@icrinc.com

Peter Delgrosso
Web.com
904-680-6696
pdelgrosso@web.com

Source: Web.com