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Zillow, Inc. Reports Record Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Results

  • Record Quarterly Revenue of $34.3 million, up 73% over fourth quarter 2011.
  • Record Quarterly Marketplace Revenue of $26.8 million, up 95% over fourth quarter 2011.
  • Quarterly Net Income of $0.5 million, resulting in basic and diluted EPS of $0.02.
  • Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA of $6.8 million, representing 20% of revenue.
  • Quarterly traffic grew 47% year-over-year to 34.5 million average monthly unique users with more than 50% of visits coming from mobile devices in December.

SEATTLE, Feb. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zillow, Inc. (Nasdaq:Z), the leading real estate and home-related information marketplace, today announced financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

"The fourth quarter was another terrific one as incredible execution by the Zillow team re-accelerated year-over-year growth, and delivered revenue and profit that exceeded our expectations," said Spencer Rascoff, chief executive officer of Zillow, Inc. "The quarter capped off a pivotal year of tremendous growth and we're looking forward to 2013 as we focus on three core priorities: attracting more users with great products and services; growing our Premier Agent business with unmatched value and tools; and accelerating our emerging mortgage, rental and home improvement marketplaces."

Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 73% to $34.3 million from $19.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Total revenue showed re-accelerating year-over-year growth when compared to year-over-year growth of 67% in the third quarter.
  • Marketplace Revenue increased 95% to $26.8 million from $13.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Zillow achieved record Marketplace Revenue while executing a pricing model transition in the Premier Agent business.
  • Display Revenue increased 22% to $7.5 million from $6.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Net income was $0.5 million, compared to net income of $0.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The fourth quarter of 2012 results include a year-over-year increase in depreciation and amortization expense, and share-based compensation expense, primarily related to acquisitions.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.02, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.03 in the same period last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $6.8 million, or 20% of revenue, which was an increase from $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, or 17% of revenue.

Full Year 2012 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased 77% to $116.9 million from $66.1 million in 2011.
  • Marketplace Revenue increased 105% to $86.7 million from $42.2 million in 2011.
  • Display Revenue increased 26% to $30.2 million from $23.9 million in 2011.
  • Net income was $5.9 million, compared to net income of $1.1 million in 2011. Included in the full year financial results for 2012 is approximately $1.1 million of acquisition-related transaction costs, compared to 2011 transaction costs of $0.4 million.
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.20 and $0.18, respectively, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of zero for the same period last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $25.2 million, or 22% of revenue, which was an increase from $11.9 million in 2011, or 18% of revenue.

Operating and Business Highlights

  • Average monthly unique users grew 47% to 34.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 23.5 million average monthly unique users for the same period in 2011. In addition, January 2013 was a record traffic month with 45.9 million unique users, representing 45% year-over-year growth. In December, the company crossed another mobile milestone as more than half of the visits occurred on mobile devices. On weekends, 60% of Zillow's traffic comes from a mobile device.
  • Premier Agent subscribers increased by 2,770 in the fourth quarter of 2012, and totaled 29,473 on December 31, 2012, up 87% year over year. Average monthly revenue per subscriber in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 3% to $267, compared to $258 in the same period last year. Premier Agent revenue is reported as part of Marketplace Revenue.
  • Zillow entered the home improvement market earlier this month with the launch of Zillow Digs™, on the Web at www.zillow.com/digs and on iPad®, as an important complement to the company's existing real estate, mortgage and rental marketplaces. Expanding into home improvement makes Zillow more relevant to consumers throughout the entire lifecycle of homeownership and expands its total addressable market, as the home improvement industry was expected to spend approximately $6 billion on advertising in 2012 1. Zillow Digs includes patent-pending Digs Estimates, the estimated costs of recreating actual kitchens and bathrooms.
  • In the fourth quarter, Zillow completed three acquisitions that accelerate its mortgage, rental and real estate marketplaces: Mortech, Inc., a Lincoln, Neb.-based software and services company that provides a CRM and pricing engine to the mortgage industry; HotPads™, a San Francisco-based consumer rentals shopping site and suite of mobile apps; and Buyfolio, a New York City-based online and mobile collaborative shopping tool.
  • Earlier this month, Zillow announced that HGTV's FrontDoor is joining the Zillow® Real Estate Network, the leading real estate network. Zillow now will be the exclusive provider of all real estate listings for HGTV's FrontDoor, giving agents and brokerages that list on Zillow substantial additional marketing for their listings. Scheduled to launch in the second quarter, Zillow Premier Agents also will receive exposure through FrontDoor.
1 According to Borrell Associates in their 2012 report forecasting the home improvement market.

Quarterly Conference Call to Include Business Outlook

Zillow management will discuss Zillow, Inc.'s fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results, as well as the first quarter and full year 2013 business outlook in a conference call today at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) that will also be webcast live. The live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of Zillow, Inc.'s website at http://investors.zillow.com/ . For those without access to the Internet, the call may be accessed toll-free via phone at 877-643-7152 with conference ID# 91697215. Callers outside the United States may dial 443-863-7921 with conference ID# 91697215. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast and a copy of the prepared remarks will be available on the investor relations section of Zillow, Inc.'s website. The recorded replay will be available until February 27, 2013. To listen to the telephone replay, call toll-free 855-859-2056 with conference ID# 91697215. Callers outside the United States may dial 404-537-3406 with conference ID# 91697215.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the statements regarding our belief about our re-acceleration of year-over-year growth, our belief about 2013 and our three core priorities, and our business outlook. Statements containing words such as "may," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "will," "projections," "business outlook," "estimate," or similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Differences in Zillow's actual results from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements may result from actions taken by Zillow as well as from risks and uncertainties beyond Zillow's control. Factors that may contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, Zillow's ability to maintain and effectively manage an adequate rate of growth; the impact of the real estate industry on Zillow's business; Zillow's ability to innovate and provide products and services that are attractive to its users and advertisers; Zillow's ability to increase awareness of the Zillow brand; Zillow's ability to maintain or establish relationships with listings and data providers; Zillow's ability to attract consumers to Zillow's mobile applications and websites; Zillow's ability to successfully integrate and realize the benefits of our past or future strategic acquisitions or investments; Zillow's ability to compete successfully against existing or future competitors; the reliable performance of Zillow's network infrastructure and content delivery processes; and Zillow's ability to protect its intellectual property. The foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is illustrative, but is not exhaustive. For more information about potential factors that could affect Zillow's business and financial results, please review the "Risk Factors" described in Zillow's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and Zillow's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, and in Zillow's other filings with the SEC. Except as may be required by law, Zillow does not intend, and undertakes no duty, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances.

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