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Bankrate Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results
[August 07, 2017]

Bankrate Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results


NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bankrate, Inc. (NYSE: RATE) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Summary Financial Results:



















In millions, except per share data

Q2 2017


Q2 2016


% change


YTD Q2
2017


YTD Q2
2016


% change

















Total Revenue

$

115.9


$

98.3


18%


$

234.6


$

191.8


22%

















GAAP and Adjusted Net Income (loss)
















GAAP (1)


(23.3)



(41.0)


NM



(28.5)



(40.7)


NM

Adjusted (2)


11.8



9.7


22%



26.7



20.5


30%

















Diluted earnings (loss) per share (EPS)
















GAAP (1)


(0.26)



(0.47)


NM



(0.32)



(0.45)


NM

Adjusted (2)


0.13



0.11


18%



0.30



0.23


30%

















Total Adjusted EBITDA (2)


27.3



22.6


21%



57.8



45.9


26%




(1)

GAAP Net Income and GAAP Diluted earnings (loss) per share (EPS) includes $27.3 million of expense due to the change in value of contingent consideration associated with the acquisition of NextAdvisor in Q2 2017 and $40.1 million in YTD Q2 2017.

(2)

See reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures at the end of this press release; supplemental information can be found in the "Q2 2017 Earnings Presentation" located in the "Investor Overview" section on http://investor.bankrate.com/.

Management Commentary:

"I am pleased to report another quarter of strong financial performance.  At the beginning of last year, we set three goals: to accelerate the growth of our leading Credit Cards marketplace, to return our Banking segment to both top and bottom line growth and to ramp Caring.com's network of senior living communities.  We continued to deliver on all three of these commitments while also entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Red Ventures," said Kenneth S. Esterow, President and CEO of Bankrate, Inc.

Second Quarter 2017 RATE Highlights:

  • Total second quarter revenue of $115.9 million, up 18% versus second quarter of 2016. 
  • Second quarter GAAP Net Loss of $23.3 million, representing a loss of $0.26 per share.
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $27.3 million, up 21% versus second quarter of 2016.

Second Quarter 2017 Segment Highlights:

Credit Cards Segment:

  • Second quarter segment revenue of $78.9 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $25.1 million; year over year increases of 13% and 2%, respectively.
  • Credit cards consumer inquiry revenue of $63.9 million; a year over year increase of 21%.

Banking Segment:

  • Second quarter segment revenue of $34.8 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $8.9 million, year over year increases of 46% and 88%, respectively; a record for Banking segment quarterly revenue.
  • Mortgage consumer inquiry revenue increased 20% versus second quarter of 2016, the eighth consecutive quarter of year over year growth.

Senior Care Segment:

  • Second quarter segment revenue of $6.8 million and an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $0.7 million; a year over year increase in revenue of 13% and a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA of $1.2 million.

Red Ventures Transaction:

As previously announced, on July 2, 2017 Bankrate entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Red Ventures in an all-cash transaction that values Bankrate at an enterprise value of approximately $1.4 billion. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Bankrate shareholders will receive $14.00 per share in cash.  The transaction is subject to approval by Bankrate shareholders, regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.

In light of the pending transaction, Bankrate will not be updating its outlook for the third quarter and full year 2017 and will not be hosting a conference call for its second quarter 2017 business results.

Supplemental information, including segment metrics and non-GAAP information, can be found in the "Q2 2017 Earnings Presentation" located in the "Investor Overview" section on http://investor.bankrate.com/.

Non-GAAP Measures:

To supplement Bankrate's financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), Bankrate uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude certain expenses, gains and losses.  These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of Bankrate's current financial performance and its prospects for the future.  Specifically, Bankrate believes the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains and losses that may not be indicative of its core operating results.  In addition, because Bankrate has historically reported certain non-GAAP results to investors, Bankrate believes the inclusion of non-GAAP measures provides consistency in its financial reporting. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. The non-GAAP measures included in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure in the financial tables below.

Management defines "Adjusted EBITDA" as income from continuing operations before depreciation and amortization; interest; income taxes; changes in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration; stock-based compensation and other items such as loss on extinguishment of debt, legal settlements, acquisition, disposition and related expenses; restructuring charges; any impairment charges; NextAdvisor contingent deferred compensation for the acquisition; costs related to the Restatement, the Internal Review, the SEC and DOJ investigations and related litigation and indemnification obligations; purchase accounting adjustments; and our operations in China as we are winding down and ceasing those operations. The Company's presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.  

About Bankrate, Inc.

Bankrate, Inc., (NYSE: RATE) is a leading online publisher, aggregator and distributor of personal finance content. The Company's vision is to help consumers Maximize Your Money™ when they borrow, save or invest. With this in mind, Bankrate aggregates large scale audiences of in-market consumers by providing them with proprietary, fully researched, comprehensive, independent and objective personal finance and related editorial content across multiple vertical categories, including credit cards, mortgages, deposits, senior care and other categories, such as personal and auto loans retirement and taxes. Bankrate's flagship sites CreditCards.com, Bankrate.com and Caring.com are leading destinations in each of their respective verticals and connect their vast audiences with financial service and senior care providers and other contextually relevant advertisers. Bankrate also owns and operates a number of specialist sites, apps and social platforms, including NextAdvisor.com, The Points Guy, Interest.com, Quizzle.com and Walla.by. Bankrate also develops and provides content, tools, web services and co-branded websites to over 100 online partners, including MSN, Realtor.com, MarketWatch and Bloomberg. In addition, Bankrate licenses editorial content to leading news organizations such as Yahoo! and Tribune News Service.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters included in this press release may be "forward-looking statements" which involve risks and uncertainties.  Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and members of our management team.  Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements made with respect to future revenue, revenue growth, market acceptance of our products, our strategy and profitability.  Investors and prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements.  We derive many of our forward-looking statements from our operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions.  While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known or unknown factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results.  Important factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include the following: the failure to obtain Bankrate stockholder approval of the proposed merger with Red Ventures or the failure of any of the other conditions to the completion of the merger to be satisfied; the possibility that the proposed merger with Red Ventures may not be completed within the expected time frame or at all; the effect of the announcement and pendency of the merger with Red Ventures on our ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with our customers, providers, advertisers, partners and others with whom we do business, or on our operating results and businesses generally; risks associated with the disruption of management's attention from ongoing business operations due to the proposed merger with Red Ventures; the willingness or interest of credit card issuers, banks, lenders, brokers, senior care providers and other advertisers in the business verticals in which we operate to advertise on our websites or mobile applications, or purchase our leads, clicks, calls and referrals; changes in application approval rates by our credit card issuer customers; increased competition and its effect on our website traffic, click-through rates, advertising rates, margins, and market share; our dependence on internet search engines to attract a significant portion of the visitors to our websites and our ability to diversify the sources from which we obtain visitor traffic to our websites and mobile applications, including without limitation through use of social media channels; changes in the way that search engines display paid and organic search results and the impact of those changes on the number of consumers that visit our online network; the cost of driving consumers to our online network, including without limitation our ability to generate traffic profitably through online and offline marketing channels and branding efforts; our dependence on traffic from our partners to produce a significant portion of the Company's revenue and our ability to establish and maintain distribution arrangements; the willingness of consumers to accept the Internet and our online network as a medium for obtaining information on financial products or senior care; shift of visitors from desktop to mobile and mobile app environments; the rate of conversion of consumers' visits to our websites or mobile applications into senior care referrals and the rate at which those referrals result in move-ins with our senior care customers; the number of consumers seeking information about the financial and senior care products we have on our websites or mobile applications; our ability to successfully execute on our strategies, and the effectiveness of our strategies and investments in our business, including without limitation whether they result in increased revenue or profitability; risks relating to the defense or litigation of lawsuits; the timing and outcome of, including potential expense associated with, and the potential impact on our business and stock price of any announcements regarding, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") investigation; the costs of indemnification obligations to current and former directors, officers and employees; any delay or failure to collect the deferred portion of the purchase price due to us in connection with the sale of the Company's Insurance business in December 2015; our ability to anticipate and manage cybersecurity risk and data security risk and to mitigate or resolve issues that may arise; the effects of any security breach, data breach or cyberattack on our systems, websites or mobile applications, or on our reputation, and the impact of any notification costs or other liability arising from any security breach, data breach or cyberattack on our business; technological changes and our ability to adapt to new or evolving technologies that affect our business environment or operations; the material weakness in our internal controls over financial reporting and our ability to rectify this issue completely and promptly; our ability to otherwise maintain effective disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting; our ability to manage traffic on our websites or mobile applications, and service interruptions; our indebtedness and the effect such indebtedness may have on our business; our need and our ability to obtain additional debt or equity financing or to refinance our existing debt; our ability to integrate the operations and realize the expected benefits of businesses that we have acquired and businesses that we may acquire in the future; the effect of unexpected liabilities we assume (whether intentional or not) from our acquisitions; our ability to attract and retain executive officers and personnel; any failure or refusal by our insurance providers to provide coverage under our insurance policies; our ability to protect our intellectual property; the effects of potential liability for content on our websites or mobile applications; the effect of our operations in the United Kingdom and possible expansion to other international markets in which we may have limited experience, and our ability to successfully execute on our business strategies in international markets; risks associated with the wind down of our operations in China; the strength of the U.S. economy in general and the financial services and senior care industries in particular; changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government and interest rate volatility; review of our business and operations by regulatory or other governmental authorities; changes in laws and regulations or interpretations of laws and regulations, other changes in the legal and regulatory environment, and the impact of such changes on the operation of our business; any impairment to our goodwill and/or intangible assets; changes in accounting principles, policies, practices or guidelines; and our ability to manage the risks involved in the foregoing.  For more information about factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations, refer to our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the discussion under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  These documents are or will be available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.  Any factor described above or in our SEC reports could, by itself or together with one or more other factors, adversely affect our financial results and condition. We caution you that the foregoing list of important factors may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

-Financial Statements Follow-

For more information contact:      
Ken Stelzer
Treasurer
Ken.Stelzer@Bankrate.com
(917) 438-9558          

 

Bankrate, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Balance Sheet

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data)



















June 30,


December 31,




2017


2016


Assets








Cash and cash equivalents


$

188,624


$

176,680


Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of








$504 and $190, respectively



66,714



52,211


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



38,033



42,041


Total current assets



293,371



270,932


Deferred income taxes



11,040



-


Furniture, fixtures and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of








$19,903 and $19,514, respectively



18,228



15,440


Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of








$221,005 and $202,331, respectively



173,629



192,119


Goodwill



599,805



599,805


Other assets



4,560



5,564


Total assets


$

1,100,633


$

1,083,860


Liabilities and stockholders' equity








Liabilities








Accounts payable


$

9,290


$

11,191


Accrued expenses



29,171



27,887


Deferred revenue and customer deposits



762



1,369


Accrued interest payable



6,891



6,887


Other current liabilities



76,650



6,511


Total current liabilities



122,764



53,845


Deferred income taxes



-



5,118


Long term debt, net of unamortized discount



296,999



295,721


Other liabilities



8,894



39,798


Total liabilities



428,657



394,482


Commitments and contingencies








Stockholders' equity








Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share - 50,000,000 authorized, none issued



-



-


Common stock, par value $.01 per share -








300,000,000 shares authorized;








102,228,527 and 103,132,289 shares issued, respectively;








89,701,738 and 90,072,482 shares outstanding, respectively



1,023



1,032


Additional paid-in capital



906,359



903,177


Accumulated deficit



(100,014)



(71,119)


Less: Treasury stock, at cost - 12,526,789 and 13,059,807 shares, respectively



(137,093)



(142,983)


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)



1,701



(729)


Total stockholders' equity



671,976



689,378


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

1,100,633


$

1,083,860


 

Bankrate, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Statements of Income (Loss)

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share data)



















Three months ended



Six months ended



June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,




2017


2016


2017


2016


Revenue


$

115,924


$

98,302


$

234,583


$

191,780
















Costs and expenses:














Cost of revenue



64,400



52,828



127,594



100,372


Sales and marketing



5,304



4,037



10,530



8,565


Product development and technology



8,897



7,470



17,475



14,049


General and administrative



23,941



20,069



45,781



37,091


Legal settlements



-



20,000



-



19,149


Acquisition, disposition and related expenses



240



1,335



240



1,335


Restructuring-related expenses



669



-



669



(34)


Changes in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration



27,292



263



40,140



101


Impairment charge



-



25,000



-



25,000


Depreciation and amortization



10,887



11,079



21,429



20,706


Total costs and expenses



141,630



142,081



263,858



226,334


Loss from operations



(25,706)



(43,779)



(29,275)



(34,554)
















Interest expense



5,414



5,400



10,876



10,880


Interest (income) and other, net



265



(426)



(244)



(1,058)
















Loss before taxes



(31,385)



(48,753)



(39,907)



(44,376)


Income tax benefit



(8,099)



(7,444)



(11,373)



(3,788)


Net loss from continuing operations



(23,286)



(41,309)



(28,534)



(40,588)


Net income (loss) from discontinued operation, net of income taxes



-



353



-



(86)


Net loss


$

(23,286)


$

(40,956)


$

(28,534)


$

(40,674)
















Basic net loss per share:














Continuing operations


$

(0.26)


$

(0.47)


$

(0.32)


$

(0.45)


Discontinued operation



-



-



-



-


Basic net loss per share


$

(0.26)


$

(0.47)


$

(0.32)


$

(0.45)
















Diluted net loss per share:














Continuing operations


$

(0.26)


$

(0.47)


$

(0.32)


$

(0.45)


Discontinued operation



-



-



-



-


Diluted net loss per share


$

(0.26)


$

(0.47)


$

(0.32)


$

(0.45)
















Weighted average common shares outstanding:














Basic



88,709,404



88,030,655



88,473,325



90,469,093


Diluted



88,709,404



88,030,655



88,473,325



90,469,093






























Net loss


$

(23,286)


$

(40,956)


$

(28,534)


$

(40,674)


Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax



2,367



94



2,430



(157)


Comprehensive loss


$

(20,919)


$

(40,862)


$

(26,104)


$

(40,831)

















 

Bankrate, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Non-GAAP Measures

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)



















(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)




Three months ended


Six months ended




June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,




2017


2016


2017


2016


Revenue


$

115,924


$

98,302


$

234,583


$

191,780
















Adjusted EBITDA (1)


$

27,337


$

22,616


$

57,754


$

45,925


Adjusted EBITDA margin



23.6%



23.0%



24.6%



23.9%
















Adjusted net income (2)


$

11,818


$

9,653


$

26,700


$

20,500


Adjusted EPS


$

0.13


$

0.11


$

0.30


$

0.23
















Adjusted weighted average common shares outstanding (diluted):



89,923,705



88,563,552



89,797,599



91,005,953
















(1) Adjusted EBITDA adds back interest and other expense; income tax (benefit) expense; depreciation and amortization; net income (loss) from discontinued operation; changes in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration; acquisition, disposition, offering and related expenses; restructuring charges; any impairment charge; Next Advisor contingent deferred compensation for the acquisition; costs related to the restatement, the internal review, the SEC and DOJ investigations and related litigation and indemnification obligations; purchase accounting adjustments; stock-based compensation; legal settlements; and the results of the operations in China as we are winding them down and ceasing the operations.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA














Net loss


$

(23,286)


$

(40,956)


$

(28,534)


$

(40,674)


Interest expense, income and other, net



5,679



4,974



10,632



9,822


Income tax benefit



(8,099)



(7,444)



(11,373)



(3,788)


Depreciation and amortization



10,887



11,079



21,429



20,706


Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)



(14,819)



(32,347)



(7,846)



(13,934)


Net (income) loss from discontinued operation, net of income taxes



-



(353)



-



86


Next Advisor contingent deferred compensation



4,143



1,371



7,119



1,371


Changes in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration



27,292



263



40,140



101


Acquisition, disposition and related expenses



240



1,335



240



1,335


China operations



45



598



83



770


Restatement-related expenses



2,407



1,995



3,629



3,422


Stock-based compensation (3)



7,360



4,754



13,720



8,659


Legal settlements



-



20,000



-



19,149


Restructuring-related expenses



669



-



669



(34)


Impairment charge



-



25,000



-



25,000


Adjusted EBITDA


$

27,337


$

22,616


$

57,754


$

45,925
















(2) Adjusted net income adds back net income (loss) from discontinued operation; income tax (benefit) expense; non-recurring change in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration; acquisition, disposition, offering and related expenses; restructuring charges; any impairment charge; Next Advisor contingent deferred compensation for the acquisition; costs related to the restatement, the internal review, the SEC and DOJ investigations and related litigation and indemnification obligations; purchase accounting adjustments; stock-based compensation; legal settlements; amortization of intangible assets, debt original issue discount and deferred financing fees; and the results of the operations in China as we are winding them down and ceasing the operations.

Reconciliation of Adjusted net income














Net loss


$

(23,286)


$

(40,956)


$

(28,534)


$

(40,674)


Net (income) loss from discontinued operation, net of income taxes



-



(353)



-



86


Next Advisor contingent deferred compensation



4,143



1,371



7,119



1,371


Income tax benefit



(8,099)



(7,444)



(11,373)



(3,788)


Change in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration due to change in estimate (4)



26,486



95



38,880



(221)


Acquisition, disposition and related expenses



240



1,335



240



1,335


China operations



45



598



83



770


Restatement-related expenses



2,407



1,995



3,629



3,422


Stock-based compensation (3)



7,360



4,754



13,720



8,659


Legal settlements



-



20,000



-



19,149


Amortization



10,078



9,429



20,006



18,497


Impairment charge



-



25,000



-



25,000


Adjusted income before tax



19,374



15,824



43,770



33,606


Income tax (5)



7,556



6,171



17,070



13,106


Adjusted net income


$

11,818


$

9,653


$

26,700


$

20,500
















(3) Stock-based compensation is recorded in the following line items:








Cost of revenue


$

770


$

481


$

1,350


$

909


Sales and marketing



426



458



751



934


Product development and technology



1,413



1,122



2,614



1,866


General and administrative



4,751



2,693



9,005



4,950


Total stock-based compensation expense


$

7,360


$

4,754


$

13,720


$

8,659
















(4) Change in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration due to change in estimate represents changes in fair value attributable to changes in expected earnings of acquired businesses.

Reconciliation of change in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration














Change in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration


$

27,292


$

263


$

40,140


$

101


Less: Change in fair value due to passage of time



806



168



1,260



322


Change in fair value of contingent acquisition consideration due to change in estimate


$

26,486


$

95


$

38,880


$

(221)
















(5) Assumes 39% income tax rate.














 

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