Neustar, Inc. (NYSE:NSR), a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

Results for 2016 Compared to 2015
  • Revenue increased 15% to $1,209.8 million
  • Marketing Services revenue increased 58% to $269.1 million
  • Security Services revenue increased 22% to $204.1 million
  • Net income decreased 4% to $168.6 million, and on a per share basis decreased 3% to $3.04

Non-GAAP Results for 2016 Compared to 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 14% to $538.3 million, a margin of 44%
  • Adjusted net income increased 17% to $315.6 million, and on a per share basis increased 18% to $5.69

Results for Fourth Quarter 2016 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2015
  • Revenue increased 16% to $324.9 million
  • Marketing Services revenue increased 65% to $84.2 million
  • Security Services revenue increased 23% to $55.1 million
  • Net income increased 36% to $46.1 million, and on a per share basis increased 32% to $0.82

Non-GAAP Results for Fourth Quarter 2016 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 37% to $152.7 million, a margin of 47%
  • Adjusted net income decreased 8% to $77.9 million, and on a per share basis decreased 10% to $1.38

Recent Developments

On December 14, 2016, Neustar announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by a private investment group led by Golden Gate Capital. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Neustar's stockholders will be entitled to receive $33.50 per share following the closing of the proposed merger. The merger, which is expected to close no later than the end of the third quarter of 2017, is subject to approval by Neustar's stockholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

In light of the proposed merger, Neustar will not be providing guidance for 2017 and will not hold a conference call to discuss its results for full-year and fourth quarter 2016.

Discussion of Full-Year and Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue for the year totaled $1,209.8 million, a 15% increase from $1,050.0 million in 2015. Marketing Services revenue increased 58% to $269.1 million. Security Services revenue increased 22% to $204.1 million. Data Services revenue increased 10% to $224.3 million. NPAC Services revenue increased 1% to $512.3 million.

Revenue for the fourth quarter totaled $324.9 million, a 16% increase from $280.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Marketing Services revenue increased 65% to $84.2 million. Security Services revenue increased 23% to $55.1 million. Data Services revenue increased 2% to $57.2 million. NPAC Services revenue was flat at $128.4 million.

Total operating expense for 2016 increased 20% to $917.8 million from $763.4 million in 2015. This $154.4 million increase was driven by an increase of $144.4 million in operating costs and depreciation and amortization associated with the acquisitions completed in 2015.

Total operating expense for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 2% to $235.8 million from $231.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Neustar ended the year with cash and cash equivalents of $45.8 million compared to $89.1 million as of December 31, 2015. Neustar's outstanding debt under its credit facilities and senior notes was $829.0 million as of December 31, 2016.

This press release is available on the company's website under the Investor Relations tab. The press release includes reconciliations of certain non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures.

About Neustar, Inc.

Every day, the world generates roughly 2.5 quadrillion bits of data. Neustar isolates certain elements and analyzes, simplifies and edits them to make precise and valuable decisions that drive results. As one of the few companies capable of knowing with certainty who is on the other end of every interaction, we're trusted by the world's great brands to make critical decisions some 20 billion times a day. We help marketers send timely and relevant messages to the right people. Because we can authoritatively tell a client exactly who is calling or connecting with them, we make critical real-time responses possible. And the same comprehensive information that enables our clients to direct and manage orders also stops attackers. We know when someone isn't who they claim to be, which helps stop fraud and denial of service before they're a problem. Because we're also an experienced manager of some of the world's most complex databases, we help clients control their online identity, registering and protecting their domain name, and routing traffic to the correct network address. By linking the most essential information with the people who depend on it, we provide more than 12,000 clients worldwide with decisions - not just data. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release, which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the proposed merger pursuant to which Neustar will be acquired by a private investment group led by Golden Gate Capital. The company has attempted, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as "may," "will," "should," "projects," "estimates," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "believes" and variations of these words and similar expressions. The company cannot assure you that its expectations will be achieved or that any deviations will not be material. Forward-looking statements are subject to many assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated.

These potential risks and uncertainties that could cause future events or results to vary from those addressed in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation, uncertainty of the expected impact of the proposed merger pursuant to which Neustar will be acquired by a private investment group led by Golden Gate Capital, the satisfaction of the closing conditions for the merger, including receipt and timing of stockholder and regulatory approvals of the merger and the receipt of Neustar stockholder approval, the possibility that the merger may not close when expected or at all. More information about risk factors, uncertainties and other potential factors that could affect the company's plans to complete the proposed merger, as well as the company's future business and financial results is included in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 and subsequent periodic and current reports. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to the company on the date of this press release, and the company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction, Neustar will file a proxy statement with the SEC. Additionally, Neustar will file other relevant materials in connection with the proposed acquisition of Neustar by Golden Gate Capital. The materials to be filed by Neustar with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Neustar on Neustar's website at https://www.neustar.biz or by contacting Neustar investor relations at InvestorRelations@neustar.biz. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF NEUSTAR ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND THE OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)
     
      Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2015   2016 2015 2016

(unaudited)

(audited)

(unaudited)
Revenue $ 280,150 $ 324,903 $ 1,049,958 $ 1,209,847
Operating expense:

Cost of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortizationshown separately below)
87,419 93,956 286,236 369,104
Sales and marketing 59,705 55,128 206,292 215,563
Research and development 7,217 9,309 25,677 28,159
General and administrative 40,645 28,898 118,648 111,694
Depreciation and amortization 33,057 37,069 122,691 164,081
Restructuring charges 3,858 3,290 3,858 14,712
Separation costs   8,159     14,512  
231,901   235,809   763,402   917,825  
Income from operations 48,249 89,094 286,556 292,022
Other (expense) income:
Interest and other expense (13,600 ) (13,934 ) (33,578 ) (68,915 )
Interest income 250   49   552   340  
Income before income taxes 34,899 75,209 253,530 223,447
Provision for income taxes 991   29,090   78,068   54,801  
Net income $ 33,908   $ 46,119   $ 175,462   $ 168,646  
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 0.64   $ 0.84   $ 3.21   $ 3.10  
Diluted $ 0.62   $ 0.82   $ 3.14   $ 3.04  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 53,159   54,695   54,643   54,413  
Diluted 54,689   56,265   55,904   55,516  
 
 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)
 
      December 31,
2015     2016
(audited) (unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 89,097 $ 45,773
Restricted cash 2,363 2,283
Accounts receivable, net 167,593 207,595
Unbilled receivables 17,712 19,795
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 30,216 41,680
Deferred costs 6,676 11,469
Income taxes receivable 5,883   13,586
Total current assets 319,540 342,181
Property and equipment, net 147,764 145,821
Goodwill 1,186,983 1,168,982
Intangible assets, net 529,279 423,957
Other assets, long-term 18,681   17,771
Total assets $ 2,202,247   $ 2,098,712
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 28,392 $ 21,095
Accrued expenses 134,632 134,545
Deferred revenue 91,006 91,188
Notes payable 131,272 103,725
Capital lease obligations 4,791 1,457
Other liabilities 10,875   11,632
Total current liabilities 400,968 363,642
Deferred revenue, long-term 22,998 22,437
Notes payable, long-term 957,509 702,946
Capital lease obligations, long-term 1,831
Deferred income tax liabilities, long-term 38,701 35,088
Other liabilities, long-term 56,741   53,298
Total liabilities 1,478,748   1,177,411
Total stockholders' equity 723,499   921,301
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,202,247   $ 2,098,712
 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release and in other statements, Neustar presents certain non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations and may not be comparable with similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Set forth below are reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These reconciliations should be carefully evaluated. Prior disclosures of non-GAAP figures may not exclude the same items and as such should not be used for comparison purposes.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA

The following tables reconcile net income to adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA, respectively, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 and 2016. Management believes that these measures enhance investors' understanding of the company's financial performance and the comparability of the company's results to prior periods, as well as against the performance of other companies.
 
     

Three Months Ended

December 31,
   

Year Ended December 31,
2015   2016 2015 (1)   2016
(in thousands, except per share data)(unaudited)
Revenue $ 280,150   $ 324,903   $ 1,049,958   $ 1,209,847  
 
Net income $ 33,908 $ 46,119 $ 175,462 $ 168,646
Add: Stock-based compensation 12,855 10,787 40,966 42,874
Add: Amortization of acquired intangible assets 18,632 21,649 66,591 94,042
Add: Impairment of long-lived assets 11,104
Add: Loss on debt modification and extinguishment (2) 3,326 3,326 6,354
Add: Restructuring charges (3) 3,858 3,290 3,858 14,712
Add: Acquisition and integration related costs (4) 13,340 4 19,232 4,730
Add: Separation costs (5) 8,159 14,512
Add: Merger-related costs (6) 4,836 4,836
Less: Adjustment for provision for income taxes (7) (1,437 ) (16,976 ) (39,984 ) (46,188 )
Adjusted net income $ 84,482   $ 77,868   $ 269,451   $ 315,622  
Adjusted net income margin (8) 30 % 24 % 26 % 26 %
Adjusted net income per diluted share $ 1.54   $ 1.38   $ 4.82   $ 5.69  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 54,689   56,265   55,904   55,516  
 
Net income $ 33,908 $ 46,119 $ 175,462 $ 168,646
Add: Provision for income taxes 991 29,090 78,068 54,801
Add: Interest expense 8,888 13,437 28,209 61,155
Add: Loss on debt modification and extinguishment (2) 3,326 3,326 6,354
Add: Depreciation and amortization (9) 33,057 37,069 122,691 152,977
Add: Impairment of long-lived assets 11,104
Add: Non-cash other (income) and expense, net (10) 1,473 (11 ) 1,935 1,957
Add: Stock-based compensation 12,855 10,787 40,966 42,874
Add: Restructuring charges (3) 3,858 3,290 3,858 14,712
Add: Acquisition and integration related costs (4) 13,340 4 19,232 4,730
Add: Separation costs (5) 8,159 14,512
Add: Merger-related costs (6) 4,836 4,836
Less: Interest income (250 ) (49 ) (552 ) (340 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 111,446   $ 152,731   $ 473,195   $ 538,318  
Adjusted EBITDA margin (11) 40 % 47 % 45 % 44 %
(1)     The amounts expressed in this column are derived from the company's audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015.
(2) Amounts represent loss on debt modification and extinguishment related to the amendment of the company's 2013 Credit Facilities on December 9, 2015 and the Amended 2013 Credit Facilities on September 28, 2016.
(3) Amounts represent restructuring charges related to the termination of certain employees.
(4) Amounts represent costs incurred by the company in connection with completed acquisitions and related integration activities.
(5) Amounts represent costs incurred by the company in connection with the formerly proposed separation into two independent publicly-traded companies. These costs include professional fees for outside advisory services including legal, finance, accounting and related services.
(6) Amounts represent costs incurred by the company in connection with the proposed merger pursuant to which Neustar will be acquired by a private investment group led by Golden Gate Capital. These costs include professional fees for outside advisory services including legal, finance, accounting and related services.
(7) Adjustments reflect the estimated impact of income taxes on the non-GAAP adjustments (stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, impairment of long-lived assets, loss on debt modification and extinguishment, restructuring charges, separation costs and tax deductible acquisition related costs, and integration related costs). The estimated impact of income taxes on these non-GAAP adjustments was determined using the effective tax rate for the applicable period, including all discrete tax items. Excluding all discrete tax items, our effective tax rate was approximately 35.4% and 36.5% for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively, and 35.4% and 36.5% for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively .
(8) Adjusted net income margin is a measure of adjusted net income as a percentage of revenue.
(9) Amounts exclude impairment of long-lived assets.
(10) Amounts represent (gain)/loss on foreign currency transactions, (gain)/loss on asset disposals and non-cash (gain)/loss resulting from certain transactions.
(11) Adjusted EBITDA margin is a measure of adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

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