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FriendFinder Networks Inc. Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011
Mar 29, 2012 (04:03 PM EDT)
- Live Interactive Video revenue increased 7% year-over-year to $81.6 million
- Premium Content revenue increased 7% year-over-year to $5.2 million
- Repaid $87.6 million in outstanding debt since December 31, 2010, including $7.5 million in February 2012
SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FriendFinder Networks Inc. (NasdaqGM: FFN), a leading internet and technology company providing services in the rapidly expanding markets of social networking and web-based video sharing, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.
"FriendFinder Networks continues to diligently execute against our previously announced new business plan. I am pleased to report specific pockets of success during the early stages of our implementation," commented FriendFinder Networks Chief Executive Officer, Marc Bell. "Live Interactive Video websites, for example, as a result of improved resource allocation, delivered its eighth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue increases in the fourth quarter. In addition, revenue attributable to Penthouse.com and other premium content websites exhibited positive year-over-year revenue improvements during the quarter."
Mr. Bell continued, "Entering 2012, I am confident in FriendFinders' ability to improve its operational results. Over the past 15 months, we have repaid $87.6 million in outstanding debt. In January, we also successfully lowered our cost structure, reducing our operating expenses by $10 million per year on an annualized basis. And just this week, we successfully renegotiated the terms of our long-term senior debt allowing us to more effectively run our business. Operationally, efforts by each of our business units are well underway to execute individual business plans benchmarked against specific milestone achievements."
"While I am pleased to highlight these specific improvements, I also need to address a number of challenges. Although we experienced incremental improvements during the quarter in Europe, we continue to encounter strong headwinds as we work to introduce additional product offerings and payment options to address low user conversion and transaction acceptance rates. Our decision to scale-back our current activities will allow us to concentrate our efforts on markets that provide us with the best near-term opportunity to maintain our market share and grow our business."
Mr. Bell added, "It is my great pleasure to announce that our Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Previte, will take on the additional role of President, effective March 30, 2012 as I transition him to Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2012. Anthony has served as COO of FriendFinder for the past four years and is poised to successfully assume the expanded responsibilities his new role will require. I will continue to dedicate a substantial portion of my time to the Company as Co-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. Anthony and I have worked together for many years both at FriendFinder and before, and I can't think of a better person to continue my legacy here at FriendFinder. After ten years of commuting to the West coast, I have decided that it is time for a change and Anthony has earned and deserves the privilege of becoming FriendFinder's next Chief Executive Officer."
Mr. Bell concluded, "One of the things we have been working on is finding the right people to join our Board of Directors. We are very excited that Donald Johnson, Steven Rattner and Kai Shing Tao have agreed to join our Board of Directors, effective immediately. They bring a wealth of expertise from their diverse backgrounds that we are sure will make positive contributions to the Company's success."
Fourth Quarter Financial Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $81.7 million. Revenue was negatively impacted by a decrease in traffic and a decline in new subscribers and renewal orders primarily in European markets. The weakness in social networking revenue was partially offset by an increase in live interactive video and premium content.
Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $53.5 million. Gross profit was negatively impacted by lower renewals on our social networking websites.
Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $9.7 million. Income from operations was negatively impacted by a lower gross margin and an increase in product development, selling and marketing, and general and administrative expenses. The increase in these expenses was primarily due to an increase in headcount across the Company as it develops its business units and general and administrative expenses related to stock compensation expense. In January 2012, the Company took measures to reduce its overhead by an estimated $10 million on an annualized basis.
Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2011 was ($10.2 million), or ($0.42) per share.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $18.9 million.
Full Year Financial Results
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $331.3 million.
Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $223.3 million.
Income from operations for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $62.1 million.
Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2011 was ($31.1 million), or ($1.28) per share.
Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $92.9 million.
Balance Sheet, Cash and Debt
As of December 31, 2011, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $34.5 million, compared to $42.0 million at December 31, 2010. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had outstanding principal debt of $505 million. On February 4, 2012, the Company paid down $7.5 million of New First Lien Notes and Cash Pay Second Lien Notes. Free Cash Flow per Share was $0.56 and $2.39 for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011, respectively.
Full Year 2012 Outlook and Financial Guidance
The Company is focused on a number of initiatives in 2012 that will require investments in the first half of the year to drive revenue growth in the second half of the year. These investments will primarily be focused on customer acquisition and infrastructure improvements. The Company is developing a new platform for casual dating sites that will allow for better control of real-time advertising, more segmented advertising and an improved client user interface. Management anticipates the launch of this new platform in the second quarter. The Company is also in the process of re-launching four of its PG sites; the first site, BigChurch.com, has already been re-launched successfully.
The Company expects to generate between $340 and $350 million of revenue for the full year ended December 31, 2012. This represents year-over-year revenue growth of 2.6% to 5.6%. The Company expects to generate between $75 and $80 million in adjusted EBITDA for the full year ended December 31, 2012.
Conference Call Information
Management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 4:30 PM EDT on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Participants should call 800-499-7921 (United States/Canada) or 719-325-2476 (International).
A telephonic replay will be available for anyone unable to participate in the live call. To access the replay, call 877-870-5176 (United States/Canada) or 858-384-5517 (International) and enter confirmation code 3182481. The recording will be available on March 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM EDT through Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures of earnings before deducting net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA are helpful financial measures as investors, analysts and others frequently use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in the evaluation of other companies in FriendFinder Networks Inc.'s industry. For example, these measures eliminate one-time adjustments made for accounting purposes in connection with the Company's Various acquisition in order to provide information that is directly comparable to its historical and current financial statements. For more information regarding the Company's acquisition of Various, please refer to the section entitled "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Our History." in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
These non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies in FriendFinder Networks Inc.'s industry, as other companies in FriendFinder Networks Inc.'s industry may calculate such financial measures differently, particularly as it relates to nonrecurring, unusual items. The Company's non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow per Common Share are not measurements of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to cash flow from operating activities or as measures of liquidity or as alternatives to net income or as indications of operating performance or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with GAAP.
Management derived EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 using the adjustments shown in the attached table. Free Cash Flow per Common Share was derived by subtracting capital expenditures and cash interest from Adjusted EBITDA and dividing the result by the weighted average shares outstanding for the period.
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from expectations, estimates and projections and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward looking statements as predictions of future events. Words such as "expect," "estimate," "project," "budget," "forecast," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "may," "will," "could," "should," "believes," "predicts," "potential," "continue," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results.
Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Company's most recent filings with the SEC, including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the Company are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above and subject to such risk factors discussed in the Company's recent SEC filings. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in their expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
ABOUT FRIENDFINDER NETWORKS INC.
FriendFinder Networks Inc. (www.FFN.com) is an internet-based social networking and technology company operating several of the most heavily visited websites in the world, including AdultFriendFinder.com, Amigos.com, AsiaFriendFinder.com, Cams.com, FriendFinder.com, BigChurch.com and SeniorFriendFinder.com. FriendFinder Networks Inc. also produces and distributes original pictorial and video content and engages in brand licensing.
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