A conference call will be webcast live today at 4:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. ET, 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.
Non-GAAP Financial Measure
In addition to financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we have provided free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, to aid investors in better understanding Groupon’s performance. We have provided free cash flow because, although it is similar to cash flow from operations, we believe it typically will present a measure of cash flows more aligned with an analysis of ongoing business operations as purchases of fixed assets, software developed for internal use and website development costs are a necessary component of ongoing operations. However, free cash flow is not intended to be a substitute for cash flows from operations and is not intended to represent the total increase or decrease in Groupon’s cash balance for the applicable period. For a reconciliation of free cash flow to cash flow from operations, see ''Non-GAAP Reconciliation Schedule'' included in this release.
Note on Forward Looking StatementsThe statements in this release that refer to plans and expectations for the next quarter or the future are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those discussed. The risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Groupon’s ability to continue to expand the business and continue revenue growth; risks related to Groupon’s business strategy; Groupon’s ability to manage the growth of the organization; responding to changes in the markets in which Groupon competes for business; retaining existing merchant partners and adding new merchant partners; competing against smaller competitors and competitors with more financial resources; developing new product and service offerings that are appealing to customers; maintaining a strong brand; effectively dealing with challenges arising from Groupon’s international operations; integrating Groupon’s technology platforms; managing refund risks; retaining the executive team; litigation; regulations, including the CARD Act and regulation of the Internet; tax liabilities; tax legislation; maintaining Groupon’s information technology infrastructure; security breaches; protecting Groupon’s intellectual property; handling acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments effectively; seasonality; payment-related risks; customer and merchant partner fraud; global economic uncertainty; compliance with rules and regulations associated with being a public company; and Groupon’s ability to raise capital if necessary. Groupon urges 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, and subsequent quarterly reports, 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 8, 2012. Groupon undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this earnings release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in its expectations.