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Travelzoo Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

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Travelzoo Inc., (NASDAQ: TZOO) a global Internet media company, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, with revenue of $35.4 million, a decrease of 8% year-over-year. Operating income was $4.2 million, down 55% year-over-year. Net income was $3.4 million, with earnings per share of $0.22, down from $0.36 in the prior-year period.

"While we are confident about Travelzoo's long-term opportunity, we are disappointed with our Q3 results," said Chris Loughlin, chief executive officer. "Declines in SuperSearch and Local Deals were not made up by the positive momentum we saw in Getaways. Continued investments into sales team expansion and subscriber growth, as well as enhancements to our hotel and mobile products are affecting profitability in the near-term, but we believe these are the right steps to position Travelzoo for sustainable and profitable future growth."

North America

North America business segment revenue decreased 10% year-over-year to $25.1 million. Operating profit for the third quarter was $3.1 million, or 12% of revenue, down from an operating profit of $7.8 million, or 28% of revenue, in the prior-year period. The decrease in operating profit was a result of a revenue decrease and increased expenses related to sales force expansion and subscriber marketing.

Europe

Europe business segment revenue decreased 4% year-over-year to $10.3 million. In local currency terms, revenue for the third quarter decreased 2% year-over-year. Operating profit was $1.1 million, or 10% of revenue, down from an operating profit of $1.4 million, or 13% of revenue in the prior-year period. The decrease in operating profit was a result of a decrease in revenue and increased expenses related to sales force ramp up and subscriber marketing.

Subscribers

Travelzoo had a total unduplicated number of subscribers in North America and Europe of 22.4 million as of September 30, 2012, up 5% from September 30, 2011. In North America, total unduplicated number of subscribers was 16.1 million as of September 30, 2012, up 3% from September 30, 2011. In Europe, total unduplicated number of subscribers was 6.3 million as of September 30, 2012, up 10% from September 30, 2011.

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