Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThis press release contains non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and non-GAAP net income. Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and non-GAAP net income are financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. HomeAway defines Adjusted EBITDA as its net income (loss) plus depreciation; amortization of intangible assets; interest expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); stock-based compensation expense, all net of any foreign exchange income or expense. HomeAway defines free cash flow as its cash provided by operating activities, adjusted for cash interest expense and excess tax benefit (shortfall) from stock-based compensation, and subtracting capital expenditures. For the purpose of calculating free cash flow, HomeAway considers purchases of property, equipment, tenant improvements for its offices, and software licenses (including costs associated with internally developed software) as capital expenditures. HomeAway defines non-GAAP net income as its net income (loss) plus the after-tax effect of stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets, utilizing an effective tax rate of 35%. The income tax effect of adjustments to non-GAAP net income assists investors in understanding the tax provision related to those adjustments and the effective tax rate of 35% related to ongoing operations. HomeAway management believes that the use of Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and non-GAAP net income are useful to investors in evaluating its operating performance for the following reasons:
- HomeAway management uses Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and non-GAAP net income in conjunction with GAAP financial measures as part of its assessment of its business and in communications with its board of directors concerning its financial performance;
- Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and non-GAAP net income provide consistency and comparability with HomeAway's past financial performance, facilitate period-to-period comparisons of operations, and also facilitate comparisons with other peer companies, many of which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results;
- Securities analysts use Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and non-GAAP net income as supplemental measures to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies, and HomeAway management anticipates that its investor and analyst presentations will include Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and non-GAAP net income; and
- Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP net income excludes non-cash charges, such as depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation, because such non-cash expenses in any specific period may not directly correlate to the underlying performance of HomeAway's business operations and can vary significantly between periods.