InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2010 were $61.8 million, reflecting a $22.7 million or 58% increase from the first quarter of 2009. Net income for the first quarter of 2010 was $1.5 million, or $0.04 earnings per diluted share, compared to net loss of $5.0 million, or $0.14 loss per share for the first quarter of 2009.

“InfoSpace performed well in the first quarter, with strong revenue and cash flow growth versus the same period last year,” said Will Lansing, president and chief executive officer of InfoSpace. “We continue to produce positive financial results through the performance of our search business while developing new products to diversify the business model and position us better for future growth.”

Adjusted EBITDA, as defined below, was $6.3 million for the first quarter of 2010, compared to $3.8 million for the first quarter of 2009.

Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of March 31, 2010 totaled $231.4 million. At the end of the quarter, the Company had no debt obligations.

“During the first quarter, we purchased the assets of one of our largest distribution partners, Make The Web Better,” said David Binder, chief financial officer of InfoSpace. “By acquiring this traffic, we expect to generate greater cash flow than through the existing partnership. This deal is another way for us to maximize the financial performance of our search business while leaving us with plenty of cash for strategic acquisitions.”

First Quarter 2010 Highlights and Recent Developments

InfoSpace:
  • Purchased certain assets of one of its largest distribution partners, Make The Web Better, a privately-held developer of online products used on social networking sites for $8 million in cash, plus potential earn-out payments based on future financial performance.
  • Signed a definitive agreement to sell its India development center to Aditi Technologies and expects to enter into an outsourced development arrangement with Aditi. This provides the Company with continued access to engineering talent while reducing the Company’s costs of managing a foreign subsidiary.
  • Added eight new distribution partners to its network.

Second Quarter Outlook

For the second quarter of 2010, the Company expects revenues to be between $51 million and $55 million, Adjusted EBITDA to be between $9.5 million and $10.5 million and net income to be between $2.5 million and $3.5 million, or $0.07 and $0.09 per diluted share.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call will be held today at 6 a.m. Pacific / 9 a.m. Eastern. The live Webcast can be accessed in the Investor Relations section of the InfoSpace corporate Web site at http://www.infospaceinc.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

InfoSpace’s Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adjusting net income (loss) determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to exclude the effects of income taxes, depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, loss on investments, and other income (loss), net (which includes such items as interest income, foreign currency gains or losses, and gains or losses from the disposal of assets), as detailed in the accompanying table to the preliminary condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited).

InfoSpace’s management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company’s performance by excluding certain expenses and gains that management believes are not indicative of its core business operating results. InfoSpace uses this non-GAAP financial measure for internal management purposes, when publicly providing guidance on possible future results, and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. InfoSpace believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a common measure used by investors and analysts to evaluate its performance, that it provides a more complete understanding of the results of operations and trends affecting the Company's business when viewed together with GAAP results, and that management and investors benefit from referring to this non-GAAP financial measure. A table reconciling the Company's Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), which the Company's management believes to be the most comparable GAAP measure, accompanies the preliminary condensed consolidated financial statements in this release. Adjusted EBITDA should be evaluated in light of the Company's financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, GAAP net income (loss).

About InfoSpace, Inc.

InfoSpace, Inc., a leading developer of metasearch products, is focused on bringing the best of the Web to Internet users. InfoSpace's proprietary metasearch technology combines the top results from several of the largest online search engines, providing fast and comprehensive search results. InfoSpace sites include Dogpile® ( www.dogpile.com), DoGreatGood™ ( www.dogreatgood.com), InfoSpace.com® ( www.infospace.com), MetaCrawler® ( www.metacrawler.com), WebCrawler® ( www.webcrawler.com), and WebFetch® ( www.webfetch.com). InfoSpace's metasearch technology is also available on nearly 100 partner sites, including content, community, and connectivity sites. In addition to the Company’s metasearch offerings, InfoSpace operates Haggle™ ( www.haggle.com), a competitive shopping site. More information may be found at www.infospaceinc.com.

InfoSpace.com, InfoSpace, Dogpile, DoGreatGood, MetaCrawler, WebCrawler, WebFetch, Haggle, and other marks are trademarks of InfoSpace, Inc. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

This release contains forward-looking statements relating to InfoSpace, Inc.'s operating results that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. The words “will,” "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward looking. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation: statements regarding our expectation that we will continue to focus on improving efficiency, managing costs, and developing new initiatives for future growth; statements regarding the anticipated effects of the Make The Web Better acquisition on operating efficiency; statements regarding the development of a differentiated e-commerce segment; and statements regarding our expectations for our financial performance and results of operations for the second quarter of 2010. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Factors that could affect InfoSpace's actual results include: the completion of the review of our financial statements for the first quarter of 2010; general economic, industry, and market sector conditions; the progress and costs of the development of our products and services; the timing and extent of market acceptance of those products and services; our dependence on companies to distribute our products and services; the ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses; the successful execution of the Company’s strategic initiatives, operating plans, and marketing strategies; and the condition of our cash investments. A more detailed description of certain factors that could affect actual results include, but are not limited to, those discussed in InfoSpace's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed from time to time, in the section entitled "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in such documents. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. InfoSpace undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
InfoSpace, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
 
Three months ended
March 31, March 31,
2010 2009
Revenues $ 61,773 $ 39,070
 

Operating expenses: (1)
 
Content and distribution 41,055 20,377
Systems and network operations 2,416 2,421
Product development 999 1,406
Sales and marketing 6,472 6,943
General and administrative 6,817 6,202
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets   1,763     1,811  
 
Total operating expenses   59,522     39,160  
 
Operating income (loss) 2,251 (90 )
 
Loss on investments (2) - (5,351 )
Other income (loss), net   (137 )   607  
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 2,114 (4,834 )
 
Income tax expense   (570 )   (201 )
 
Net income (loss) $ 1,544   $ (5,035 )
 
Earnings (loss) per share - Basic $ 0.04   $ (0.14 )
Earnings (loss) per share - Diluted $ 0.04   $ (0.14 )
 
Weighted average shares outstanding used in

computing basic income (loss) per share
  35,466     34,853  
Weighted average shares outstanding used in

computing diluted income (loss) per share
  37,059     34,853  
 

(1) Stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 is allocated among the following captions (in thousands):
 
Three months ended
March 31, 2010 March 31, 2009
Systems and network operations $ 170 $ 209
Product development 165 313
Sales and marketing 469 364
General and administrative   1,476     1,165  
Total stock-based compensation expense $ 2,280   $ 2,051  
 

(2) In the three months ended March 31, 2009, the Company recorded other-than-temporary impairment charges relating to the auction rate securities investments that it held of $5.4 million.
InfoSpace, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
 
March 31, December 31,
2010 2009
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 32,913 $ 83,750
Short-term investments, available-for-sale 198,510 142,647
Accounts receivable, net 24,372 28,466
Other receivables 3,216 2,953
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   2,553     2,526  
 
Total current assets 261,564 260,342
 
Property and equipment, net 10,602 12,315
Goodwill 44,815 44,815
Other intangible assets, net 409 457
Other long-term assets   4,086     4,287  
 
Total assets $ 321,476   $ 322,216  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 4,884 $ 6,736
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   30,290     34,131  
 
Total current liabilities 35,174 40,867
 
Other long-term liabilities   1,370     1,514  
 
Total liabilities 36,544 42,381
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 4 4
Additional paid-in capital 1,307,328 1,303,667
Accumulated deficit (1,023,632 ) (1,025,176 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   1,232     1,340  
 
Total stockholders' equity   284,932     279,835  
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 321,476   $ 322,216  
 
Summary of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 32,913 $ 83,750
Short-term investments, available-for-sale   198,510     142,647  
 
Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments $ 231,423   $ 226,397  
InfoSpace, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
 
Three months ended
March 31,   March 31,
2010 2009
Operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ 1,544 $ (5,035 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Loss on investments - 5,351
Stock-based compensation 2,280 2,051
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets 1,763 1,811
Deferred income taxes - 186
Excess tax benefits from stock-based award activity (509 ) -
Amortization of premium (accretion of discount) on investments, net 509 (19 )
Other 219 364
Cash provided (used) by changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 4,099 868
Notes and other receivables (263 ) (242 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (27 ) (248 )
Other long-term assets 201 154
Accounts payable (1,459 ) (499 )
Accrued expenses and other current and long-term liabilities   (3,005 )   1,052  
Net cash provided by operating activities 5,352 5,794
 
Investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (742 ) (530 )
Other long-term assets - 50
Proceeds from the sale of assets - 32
Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments 5,570 -
Purchases of investments   (61,879 )   -  
Net cash used by investing activities (57,051 ) (448 )
 
Financing activities:
Proceeds from stock option exercises and issuance of stock through employee stock purchase plan 1,472 252
Repayment of capital lease obligations (146 ) (138 )
Tax payments from shares withheld upon vesting of RSUs (973 ) -
Excess tax benefits from stock-based award activity   509     -  
Net cash provided by financing activities 862 114
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (50,837 ) 5,460
 
Cash and cash equivalents:
Beginning of period   83,750     49,936  
End of period $ 32,913   $ 55,396  
InfoSpace, Inc.
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measure
Preliminary Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation (1)
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
 
Three months ended
March 31, March 31,
2010 2009
Net income (loss) (2) $ 1,544 $ (5,035 )
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets 1,763 1,811
Stock-based compensation 2,280 2,051
Loss on investments - 5,351
Other loss (income), net (3) 137 (607 )
Income tax expense   570     201  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 6,294   $ 3,772  
 
 
Preliminary Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance
(Amounts in thousands)
 
Ranges for the three months ending
June 30, 2010
Net income $ 2,500 $ 3,500
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets 1,800 1,800
Stock-based compensation 3,300 3,300
Other income, net (3) (100 ) (100 )
Income tax expense   2,000     2,000  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 9,500   $ 10,500  
 

(1) InfoSpace’s Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adjusting net income (loss) determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to exclude the effects of income taxes, depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, loss on investments and other income (loss), net (which includes such items as interest income, foreign currency gains or losses, and gains or losses from the disposal of assets), as detailed above.  InfoSpace’s management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company’s performance by excluding certain expenses and gains that management believes are not indicative of its core business operating results.  InfoSpace uses this non-GAAP financial measure for internal management purposes, when publicly providing guidance on possible future results, and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons.  InfoSpace believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a common measure used by investors and analysts to evaluate its performance, that it provides a more complete understanding of the results of operations and trends affecting the Company's business when viewed together with GAAP results, and that management and investors benefit from referring to this non-GAAP financial measure.  Adjusted EBITDA should be evaluated in light of the Company's financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, GAAP net income (loss).  

 

(2) As presented in the Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited).

 

(3) Other income (loss), net, primarily consists of interest income, gains or losses from the disposal of assets, and foreign currency transaction gains or losses.

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