United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNTD), a leading provider of consumer products and services over the Internet, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.
“We are continuing to work toward our planned spin-off of FTD as an independent, publicly-traded company, and expect to complete this transaction by the end of the third quarter of 2013. We already have submitted our request for a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the tax-free status of the spin-off,” said Mark R. Goldston, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Online. “We also are continuing to explore strategic alternatives for our other businesses and monetization opportunities for our patent portfolio.”
“Fourth quarter 2012 results were in line with expectations, as consolidated revenues and adjusted OIBDA were within our guidance range,” Goldston said. “FTD segment revenues for the fourth quarter and full year 2012 increased 7% and 4%, respectively, compared to the year-ago periods, driven by increases in consumer orders. FTD segment adjusted OIBDA for the fourth quarter and full year 2012 increased 2% and 4%, respectively, compared to the year-ago periods. During the quarter, the FTD segment achieved its eighth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, when prior periods are adjusted for the timing of the U.K. Mother’s Day in 2011.”
“In our Communications segment, quarterly revenues increased 6% compared to the third quarter of 2012, the largest sequential-quarter increase in almost eight years,” Goldston continued. “This increase was driven by increased advertising revenues, which are seasonally stronger in the fourth quarter, and by growth in the number of accounts in our NetZero 4G mobile broadband business, which reached approximately 32,000 at year-end 2012. In our Content & Media segment, pay accounts declined by 123,000 during the quarter, the smallest net decrease in two and a half years. The quarterly net decrease in segment pay accounts has now improved for four consecutive quarters.”