Zillow, Inc., the leading real estate information marketplace, announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.
"Zillow had an excellent second quarter as record usage and effective monetization on mobile and Web propelled revenue and adjusted EBITDA ahead of our outlook," said Spencer Rascoff, chief executive officer of Zillow. "We continue to extend our leadership and expand our three core marketplaces in real estate, mortgages and rentals with products and services that delight consumers and help local professionals better manage and market their businesses. I'm particularly pleased with the momentum in forging strong partnerships with high-profile real estate brokerages, and the industry's reception to our new products, such as our award-winning Premier Agent Websites, which help local professionals manage and market their businesses."
Second Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights
- In July, Zillow announced that 15 major real estate brokerages across the country are participating in the beta version of its new zPro for Brokers, a free program that will improve listings accuracy, increase the visibility of listing agents, provide better reporting on listings performance, and include a powerful contact follow-up system for agents.
- In June, Zillow announced the formation of the Zillow Agent Advisory Board to provide Zillow with feedback on current and future features, products and services for the real estate industry.
Zillow is providing Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA outlook for the third quarter of 2012 as follows:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the statements regarding our belief about the extension of our leadership, expansion of our core marketplaces, momentum in forging strong partnerships with real estate brokerages, the performance of our programs and partnerships, the size and expected growth of the rentals market and our business outlook. Statements containing words such as "may," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "will," "projections," "business outlook," "estimate," or similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Differences in Zillow's actual results from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements may result from actions taken by Zillow as well as from risks and uncertainties beyond Zillow's control. Factors that may contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, Zillow's ability to maintain and effectively manage an adequate rate of growth; the impact of the real estate industry on Zillow's business; Zillow's ability to innovate and provide products and services that are attractive to its users and advertisers; Zillow's ability to increase awareness of the Zillow brand; Zillow's ability to maintain or establish relationships with listings and data providers; Zillow's ability to attract consumers to Zillow's mobile applications and websites; Zillow's ability to successfully close, integrate and realize the benefits of our past or future strategic acquisitions, or investments; Zillow's ability to compete successfully against existing or future competitors; the reliable performance of Zillow's network infrastructure and content delivery processes; and Zillow's ability to protect its intellectual property. The foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is illustrative, but is not exhaustive. For more information about potential factors that could affect Zillow's business and financial results, please review the "Risk Factors" described in Zillow's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, and in Zillow's other filings with the SEC. Except as may be required by law, Zillow does not intend, and undertakes no duty, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, this press release includes references to Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. We have provided a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, within this earnings release.
Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric used by our management and board of directors to measure operating performance and trends, and to prepare and approve our annual budget. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis.
Our use of Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
Zillow's full Q2 report can be accessed here.