CoStar Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSGP), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces, announced today that revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was $119.1 million, an increase of approximately 15% over revenue of $104.0 million for the first quarter of 2013.
EBITDA in the first quarter of 2014 increased to $27.0 million compared to $7.6 million in the first quarter of 2013, which represents an increase of $19.4 million or 255% year-over-year. Adjusted EBITDA (defined below) was $37.0 million in the first quarter of 2014 versus $25.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, which is an increase of 44% year-over-year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 31.1% for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 24.7% for the first quarter of 2013.
"We had a very strong first quarter as we continued to drive solid revenue growth," said Andrew C. Florance, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoStar Group. "In March, we generated our highest monthly net new sales in our history which is a result of the substantial expansion of our field sales team late last year. As new sales executives become more productive throughout 2014 and into 2015, I expect our sales will continue to grow."
Florance continued, "Today we are very focused on executing on an exciting new business plan for Apartments.com. We announced our agreement to acquire Apartments.com less than two months ago and we closed the acquisition just 22 days ago, yet in that short time we believe we have developed a transformative customer centric business plan that will result in significant and sustainable revenue and earnings growth. Hundreds of talented personnel from LoopNet, CoStar, and Apartments.com are already aligning and working together to jointly execute on that innovative business plan. I believe that this is the fastest I have ever seen merging companies come together around a common business objective."
Net income in the first quarter of 2014 was $9.7 million or $0.34 per diluted share compared to a net loss of ($2.4) million or ($0.09) per diluted share in the first quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP net income (defined below) in the first quarter of 2014 was $19.8 million or $0.69 per diluted share, which represents an increase of $6.8 million or 52% year-over-year.
As of March 31, 2014, the Company had approximately $245.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments. Short and long-term debt totaled approximately $148.8 million as of March 31, 2014.
On April 1, 2014, the company entered into a credit agreement that provides for a $400 million term loan facility and a $225 million revolving credit facility, each with a term of five years. The proceeds of the term loan facility and the initial borrowing under the revolving credit facility in an amount of $150 million were used to refinance the existing credit agreement, including related fees and expenses, and pay a portion of the consideration and transaction costs related to the Apartments.com acquisition that closed on April 1, 2014. The undrawn proceeds of the revolving credit facility will be available for working capital and other general corporate purposes of CoStar and its subsidiaries.
The Company is raising its 2014 revenue and earnings guidance based on first quarter results and the acquisition of Apartments.com.
"We are excited that CoStar Group's top-line growth remains strong while expanding EBITDA margins, and we believe the Apartments.com acquisition positions us for continued long-term growth," stated CoStar Group Chief Financial Officer Brian J. Radecki. "We are raising our revenue guidance for the full year 2014 and now expect consolidated revenue of approximately $560 million to $570 million."
Revenue guidance for the combined companies is based on the previously issued range of $490 million to $498 million for CoStar Group's existing business, as well as pro-rata Apartments.com revenue for approximately nine months and the impact of purchase accounting adjustments. Also, the Company expects revenue synergies in 2014 of approximately $3 million to $4 million offset by a decrease of $2 million to $3 million in revenue from the discontinuation of non-core services at Apartments.com.
On a combined basis, including CoStar Group and Apartments.com, the Company expects the acquisition of Apartments.com to be accretive to non-GAAP net income in 2014.
"For the full year of 2014, the Company is raising earnings guidance and now expects non-GAAP net income per diluted share (defined below) in a range of approximately $3.05 to $3.15," added Radecki.
For the combined company, non-GAAP net income per diluted share for 2014 includes CoStar's existing business of $2.92 to $3.02, the pro-rata non-GAAP net income of Apartments.com for approximately nine months, as well as the impact of approximately $0.18 per diluted share of incremental interest expense related to the debt incurred to finance the acquisition. The Company also expects to invest approximately $9 million, or approximately $0.19 non-GAAP net income per share, in sales and marketing at Apartments.com to further drive the expected revenue synergies later this year and into 2015. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in a range of approximately $171 million to $175 million for 2014, an increase of approximately $15 million from CoStar's prior guidance. This increase is primarily attributable to the pro-rata impact of the Apartments.com acquisition.
For the second quarter of 2014, the Company expects consolidated revenue of approximately $143 million to $145 million and non-GAAP net income per diluted share of approximately $0.69 to $0.73.
CoStar Group expects approximately $20 million in annual revenue and cost synergies to be achieved with the combination of the two companies. Synergies are anticipated to begin in the second half of 2014 and to be achieved within 24 months of completion of the acquisition.
The preceding forward-looking statements reflect CoStar Group's expectations as of April 23, 2014, including forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures on a consolidated basis. The Company is not able to forecast with certainty whether or when certain events, such as acquisition-related costs, restructuring, settlements or impairments will occur in any given quarter. Given the risk factors, uncertainties and assumptions discussed above, actual results may differ materially. Other than in publicly available statements, the Company does not intend to update its forward-looking statements until its next quarterly results announcement.
Reconciliation of non-GAAP net income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and all of the disclosed non-GAAP financial measures to their GAAP basis results are shown in detail below, along with definitions for those terms.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
For information regarding the purpose for which management uses the non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this release and why management believes they provide useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations, please refer to the Company's latest periodic report.
EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents GAAP net income attributable to CoStar Group before (i) interest income (expense), (ii) provision for income taxes, and (iii) depreciation and amortization.
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents EBITDA before (i) stock-based compensation expense, (ii) acquisition and integration related costs, (iii) restructuring charges and related costs, and (iv) settlements and impairments incurred outside the Company's normal business operations.
Non-GAAP net income is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents GAAP net income attributable to CoStar Group before (i) purchase amortization and other related costs, (ii) stock-based compensation expense, (iii) acquisition and integration related costs, (iv) purchase accounting adjustments, (v) restructuring charges and related costs, and (vi) settlements and impairments. From this figure, we then subtract an assumed provision for income taxes to arrive at non-GAAP net income. We assume a 38% tax rate in order to approximate our long-term effective corporate tax rate.
Non-GAAP net income per diluted share (also referred to as non-GAAP EPS) is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents non-GAAP net income divided by the number of diluted shares outstanding for the period used in the calculation of GAAP net income per diluted share.
Earnings Conference Call
Management will conduct a conference call at 11:00 AM EDT on Thursday, April 24, 2014 to discuss first quarter 2014 results, the closing of the Apartments.com transaction and to provide combined revenue and earnings guidance for 2014. The audio portion of the conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.CoStar.com/investors.aspx. To join the conference call by telephone, please dial (800) 230-1093 (from the United States and Canada) or (612) 332-0107 (from all other countries) and refer to conference code 323568. An audio recording of the conference call will be available for replay approximately one hour after the call's completion and will remain available for a period of time following the call. To access the recorded conference call, please dial (800) 475-6701 (from the U.S. and Canada) or (320) 365-3844 (from all other countries) using access code 323568. The webcast replay will also be available in the Investors section of CoStar's website for a period of time following the call.
*Intersegment revenue is attributable to services performed for the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Property and Portfolio Research ("PPR") by Property and Portfolio Research Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of PPR. Intersegment revenue is recorded at an amount the Company believes approximates fair value. U.S. EBITDA includes a corresponding cost for the services performed by Property and Portfolio Research Ltd. for PPR.
**U.S. EBITDA includes an allocation of approximately $400,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2014. This allocation represents costs incurred for International employees involved in development activities of the Company's U.S. operating segment. There were no costs allocated to U.S. EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2013.
***International EBITDA includes a corporate allocation of approximately $100,000 for each of the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013. This allocation represents costs incurred for U.S. employees involved in management and expansion activities of the Company's International operating segment.
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Source: CoStar Group, Inc.