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Groupon Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2012 Results

Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Gross billings, which reflect the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding any applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds, increased 24% year-over-year to $1.52 billion in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $1.23 billion in the fourth quarter 2011. Excluding the $21.0 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, gross billings growth was 25% compared with fourth quarter 2011.

Revenue increased 30% year-over-year to $638.3 million in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $492.2 million in the fourth quarter 2011. Excluding the $7.7 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, revenue growth was 31% compared with fourth quarter 2011. Growth was driven by an increase in direct revenue, which grew 1549% year-over-year to $225.2 million in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $13.7 million in the fourth quarter 2011.

Operating loss was $12.9 million in the fourth quarter 2012, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $26.6 million, and depreciation and amortization of $16.0 million. This compares with an operating loss of $15.0 million in the fourth quarter 2011, which included stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $32.9 million, and depreciation and amortization of $9.3 million. Year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates had a $0.1 million favorable impact on operating results.

"Record billings growth this quarter is a clear signal that customers love Groupons," said Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon. "We will continue to invest in growth through 2013 as we see new opportunities to give our customers what they want."

Operating cash flow decreased 61% year-over-year to $65.7 million, compared with $169.1 million in the fourth quarter 2011. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as operating cash flow less capital expenditures, decreased 83% year-over-year to $25.7 million, compared with $155.1 million in the fourth quarter 2011. At the end of the quarter, Groupon had $1.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents and no long-term borrowings.

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