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ValueClick Announces Third Quarter 2010 Results
Revenue and Profitability Exceed High-End of Guidance Ranges
1.3 Million Shares Repurchased in Quarter; Board Increases Authorization to $100 Million

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Nov 03, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

ValueClick, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCLK) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010. Revenue, adjusted-EBITDA1, and earnings per share metrics all exceeded the high-end of the guidance ranges management provided on August 5.

For the third quarter of 2010, the Company generated $106.8 million in revenue. Third quarter 2010 adjusted-EBITDA was $31.0 million, resulting in an adjusted-EBITDA margin of 29.1 percent.

During the third quarter, ValueClick repurchased 1.3 million shares of its common stock for $13.2 million dollars. Year-to-date, the Company has spent $38.6 million to repurchase 4.0 million shares of its common stock. Today, ValueClick announced that its board of directors has increased the share repurchase program authorization by $68.6 million. The Company is now authorized to repurchase up to $100 million of its common stock.

"In the third quarter we accelerated year-over-year revenue growth, expanded margins and made significant progress on our initiatives to leverage our traffic, data and optimization capabilities for future growth," said Jim Zarley, chief executive officer of ValueClick. "As our share repurchases and increased authorization suggest, we have confidence in our ability to continue to capitalize on the long-term opportunities in our industry."

GAAP net income from continuing operations for the third quarter was $36.2 million, or $0.44 per diluted common share. In the quarter, the Company recorded favorable tax adjustments of approximately $24 million, and recorded a loss of $3.1 million related to certain investments in auction rate securities. Excluding these items and assuming the normalized 42 percent effective tax rate included in the Company's previously-issued guidance, net income would have been $13.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted common share.

Non-GAAP net income, which excludes discontinued operations, stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets was $40.4 million, or $0.49 per diluted common share for the third quarter. A table reconciling GAAP net income from continuing operations to non-GAAP diluted net income per common share is included in this press release.

The consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2010 includes approximately $164 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities and no debt. The Company generated approximately $59 million in free cash flow, defined as cash flow from operations net of capital expenditures, in the first nine months of 2010.

Business Outlook

Today, ValueClick is announcing guidance for the fourth quarter of 2010:

Guidance
Revenue $122-$126 million
Adjusted-EBITDA $39-$40 million
Mid-Point Adjusted-EBITDA Margin ~32.0%
GAAP diluted net income per common share $0.22-$0.23
Non-GAAP diluted net income per common share $0.27-$0.28

The consolidated revenue guidance range is based on the following segment-level assumptions for revenue growth rates expressed as a percentage increase or decrease from fourth quarter 2009 reported revenue levels:

  • Affiliate Marketing: up low double digits
  • Media: up mid to high single digits
  • Owned & Operated: up low twenties
  • Technology: up low double digits

Fourth quarter 2010 non-GAAP and GAAP diluted net income per common share guidance assume stock-based compensation of $2.0 million, amortization of intangible assets of $5.5 million, interest and other income of $1.0 million, a 40 percent effective tax rate, and 82.0 million diluted shares outstanding.

Conference Call Today at 4:30 p.m. ET

Jim Zarley, chief executive officer, and John Pitstick, chief financial officer, will present an overview of the results and other factors affecting ValueClick's financial performance for the third quarter during a conference call and webcast on November 3 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Investors and analysts may obtain the dial-in information through StreetEvents (www.streetevents.com). The live Webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of www.valueclick.com. A replay of the conference call will be available through November 10 at (888) 203-1112 and (719) 457-0820 (pass code: 7302430). An archive of the Webcast will also be available through November 10.

About ValueClick

ValueClick, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCLK) is one of the world's largest integrated online marketing services companies, offering comprehensive and scalable solutions to deliver cost-effective customer acquisition for advertisers and transparent revenue streams for publishers. ValueClick's performance-based solutions allow its customers to reach their potential through multiple online marketing channels, including affiliate marketing, display advertising, ad serving and related technologies, and comparison shopping. ValueClick's brands include Commission Junction, ValueClick Media, Mediaplex, Smarter.com, CouponMountain.com, Investopedia.com, and PriceRunner. For more information, please visit www.valueclick.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the risk that market demand for on-line advertising in general, and performance based on-line advertising in particular, will not grow as rapidly as predicted, and the risk that legislation and governmental regulation could negatively impact the Company's performance. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted, and reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements are detailed under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made from time to time by ValueClick, including, but not limited to: its annual report on Form 10-K filed on February 26, 2010; recent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q; and other current reports on Form 8-K.

The Business Outlook contained in this release is based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions or other business combinations that may be completed after the date of this release. Actual stock-based compensation may differ from these estimates based on the timing and amount of stock awards granted, the assumptions used in stock award valuation and other factors. Actual income tax expense may differ from these estimates based on tax planning, changes in tax accounting rules and laws, and other factors.

ValueClick undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

1 Adjusted-EBITDA is defined as GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) net income from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and goodwill impairment charges. Please see the attached schedule for a reconciliation of GAAP net income to adjusted-EBITDA, and a discussion of why the Company believes adjusted-EBITDA is a useful financial measure to investors and how Company management uses this financial measure.

VALUECLICK, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
September 30, December 31,
2010 2009
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 147,494 $ 158,497
Marketable securities 16,486 -
Accounts receivable, net 71,824 68,484
Other current assets 26,143 20,856
Assets held for sale - 11,098
Total current assets 261,947 258,935
Assets held for sale, less current portion - 25,777
Note receivable, less current portion 31,627 -
Marketable securities, less current portion - 22,026
Property and equipment, net 11,252 11,272
Goodwill 183,264 157,123
Intangible assets, net 38,844 38,718
Other assets 55,419 52,711
TOTAL ASSETS $ 582,353 $ 566,562
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities $ 92,696 $ 98,404
Non-current liabilities 38,366 61,669
Total liabilities 131,062 160,073
Total stockholders' equity 451,291 406,489
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 582,353 $ 566,562
VALUECLICK, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three-month Period
Ended September 30,
2010 2009
(Unaudited)
Revenue $ 106,768 $ 105,166
Cost of revenue 28,502 26,146
Gross profit 78,266 79,020
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing (Note 1) 29,351 31,093
General and administrative (Note 1) 12,331 16,700
Technology (Note 1) 8,897 6,143
Amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations 5,376 4,991
Total operating expenses 55,955 58,927
Operating income from continuing operations 22,311 20,093
Interest and other income (expense), net (2,683 ) (513 )
Income before income taxes from continuing operations 19,628 19,580
Income tax benefit (16,549 ) (3,677 )
Net income from continuing operations 36,177 23,257
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax impact - 1,773
Net income $ 36,177 $ 25,030
Basic net income from continuing operations per common share $ 0.45 $ 0.27
Diluted net income from continuing operations per common share $ 0.44 $ 0.26
Basic net income per common share $ 0.45 $ 0.29
Diluted net income per common share $ 0.44 $ 0.29
Weighted-average shares used to compute basic net income per common share 81,228 87,194
Weighted-average shares used to compute diluted net income per common share 81,814 87,790
Note 1 - Includes stock-based compensation as follows: Three-month Period
Ended September 30,
2010 2009
(Unaudited)
Sales and marketing $ 257 $ 394
General and administrative 1,261 1,555
Technology 163 228
Total stock-based compensation $ 1,681 $ 2,177

VALUECLICK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

Nine-month Period
Ended September 30,
2010 2009
(Unaudited)
Revenue $ 302,051 $ 312,329
Cost of revenue 81,347 85,336
Gross profit 220,704 226,993
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing (Note 1) 80,963 91,229
General and administrative (Note 1) 39,517 45,939
Technology (Note 1) 25,123 18,871
Amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations 15,278 14,804
Total operating expenses 160,881 170,843
Operating income from continuing operations 59,823 56,150
Interest and other income, net 313 478
Income before income taxes from continuing operations 60,136 56,628
Income tax expense 594 12,430
Net income from continuing operations 59,542 44,198
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax impact (134 ) 8,921
Gain on sale, net of tax 10,040 -
Net income $ 69,448 $ 53,119
Basic net income from continuing operations per common share $ 0.73 $ 0.51
Diluted net income from continuing operations per common share $ 0.72 $ 0.51
Basic net income per common share $ 0.85 $ 0.61
Diluted net income per common share $ 0.84 $ 0.61
Weighted-average shares used to compute basic net income per common share 81,884 87,032
Weighted-average shares used to compute diluted net income per common share 82,501 87,489
Note 1 - Includes stock-based compensation as follows: Nine-month Period
Ended September 30,
2010 2009
(Unaudited)
Sales and marketing $ 917 $ 1,552
General and administrative 4,358 4,673
Technology 563 731
Total stock-based compensation $ 5,838 $ 6,956
VALUECLICK, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME FROM CONTINUING
OPERATIONS TO ADJUSTED-EBITDA (Note 1)
(In thousands)
Three-month Period

Ended September 30,

2010 2009
(Unaudited)
Net income from continuing operations $ 36,177 $ 23,257
Interest and other (income) expense, net 2,683 513
Income tax benefit (16,549 ) (3,677 )
Amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations 5,376 4,991
Depreciation and leasehold amortization 1,664 1,866
Stock-based compensation 1,681 2,177
Adjusted-EBITDA $ 31,032 $ 29,127
Nine-month Period

Ended June 30,

2010 2009
(Unaudited)
Net income from continuing operations $ 59,542 $ 44,198
Interest and other (income) expense, net (313 ) (478 )
Provision for income taxes 594 12,430
Amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations 15,278 14,804
Depreciation and leasehold amortization 4,878 5,768
Stock-based compensation 5,838 6,956
Adjusted-EBITDA $ 85,817 $ 83,678

Note 1 - "Adjusted-EBITDA" (GAAP net income from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and goodwill impairment charges) included in this press release is a non-GAAP financial measure.

Adjusted-EBITDA, as defined above, may not be similar to adjusted-EBITDA measures used by other companies and is not a measurement under GAAP. Management believes that adjusted-EBITDA provides useful information to investors about the Company's performance because it eliminates the effects of period-to-period changes in income from interest on the Company's cash and marketable securities and the costs associated with income tax expense, capital investments, and stock-based compensation which are not directly attributable to the underlying performance of the Company's business operations. Management uses adjusted-EBITDA in evaluating the overall performance of the Company's business operations.

Though management finds adjusted-EBITDA useful for evaluating aspects of the Company's business, its reliance on this measure is limited because excluded items often have a material effect on the Company's earnings and earnings per common share calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, management uses adjusted-EBITDA in conjunction with GAAP earnings and earnings per common share measures. The Company believes that adjusted-EBITDA provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the Company's core performance, which management uses in its own evaluation of overall performance, and a base-line for assessing the future earnings potential of the Company. While the GAAP results are more complete, the Company prefers to allow investors to have this supplemental metric since, with a reconciliation to GAAP, it may provide greater insight into the Company's financial results.

VALUECLICK, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO NON-GAAP DILUTED NET
INCOME PER COMMON SHARE (Note 1)
(In thousands)
Three-Month Period

Ended September 30,

2010 2009
GAAP net income from continuing operations $ 36,177 $ 23,257
Stock-based compensation 1,681 2,177
Amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations 5,376 4,991
Tax impact of above items (2,818 ) (2,741 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 40,416 $ 27,684
Non-GAAP diluted net income per common share $ 0.49 $ 0.32
Weighted-average shares used to compute non-GAAP diluted net income per

common share

81,814 87,790
Nine-Month Period

Ended September 30,

2010 2009
GAAP net income from continuing operations $ 59,542 $ 44,198
Stock-based compensation 5,838 6,956
Amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations 15,278 14,804
Tax impact of above items (8,265 ) (8,157 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 72,393 $ 57,801
Non-GAAP diluted net income per common share $ 0.88 $ 0.66
Weighted-average shares used to compute non-GAAP diluted net income per

common share

82,501 87,489

Note 1 - "Non-GAAP diluted net income per common share" (GAAP diluted net income from continuing operations per common share before the impact of stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles, and other non-recurring events) included in this press release is a non-GAAP financial measure.

Non-GAAP diluted net income per common share, as defined above, may not be similar to non-GAAP diluted net income per common share measures used by other companies and is not a measurement under GAAP. Management believes that non-GAAP diluted net income per common share provides useful information to investors about the Company's performance because it eliminates the effects of items which are not directly attributable to the underlying performance of the Company's business operations. Management uses non-GAAP diluted net income per common share in evaluating the overall performance of the Company's business operations.

Though management finds non-GAAP diluted net income per common share useful for evaluating aspects of the Company's business, its reliance on this measure is limited because excluded items often have a material effect on the Company's earnings and earnings per common share calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, management uses non-GAAP diluted net income per common share in conjunction with GAAP earnings and earnings per common share measures. The Company believes that non-GAAP diluted net income per common share provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the Company's core performance, which management uses in its own evaluation of overall performance, and a base-line for assessing the future earnings potential of the Company. While the GAAP results are more complete, the Company prefers to allow investors to have this supplemental metric since, with a reconciliation to GAAP, it may provide greater insight into the Company's financial results.

VALUECLICK, INC.
SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS
(In thousands)
(Note 1)

Three-month Period Ended September 30,

Nine-month Period Ended

September 30,

2010 2009 2010 2009
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Affiliate Marketing:
Revenue $ 29,841 $ 26,342 $ 87,938 $ 80,359
Cost of revenue 4,111 3,692 12,548 11,612
Gross profit 25,730 22,650 75,390 68,747
Operating expenses 9,190 9,505 27,527 28,921
Segment income from operations $ 16,540 $ 13,145 $ 47,863 $ 39,826
Media:
Revenue $ 33,321 $ 30,946 $ 95,761 $ 94,937
Cost of revenue 18,239 16,393 51,000 50,307
Gross profit 15,082 14,553 44,761 44,630
Operating expenses 7,257 7,238 21,704 23,210
Segment income from operations $ 7,825 $ 7,315 $ 23,057 $ 21,420
Owned & Operated Websites:
Revenue $ 35,913 $ 41,536 $ 95,796 $ 117,828
Cost of revenue 5,473 5,366 15,990 21,287
Gross profit 30,440 36,170 79,806 96,541
Operating expenses 23,307 25,002 62,279 68,646
Segment income from operations 7,133 $ 11,168 $ 17,527 $ 27,895
Technology:
Revenue $ 7,901 $ 6,638 $ 23,405 $ 20,179
Cost of revenue 826 933 2,451 2,815
Gross profit 7,075 5,705 20,954 17,364
Operating expenses 2,887 2,882 8,903 8,279
Segment income from operations $ 4,188 $ 2,823 $ 12,051 $ 9,085
Reconciliation of segment income from operations to consolidated income from operations:
Total segment income from operations $ 35,686 $ 34,451 $ 100,498 $ 98,226
Corporate expenses (6,318 ) (7,190 ) (19,559 ) (20,316 )
Stock-based compensation (1,681 ) (2,177 ) (5,838 ) (6,956 )
Amortization of intangible assets (5,376 ) (4,991 ) (15,278 ) (14,804 )
Consolidated income from continuing operations

$

22,311

$

20,093

$

59,823

$

56,150

Reconciliation of segment revenue to consolidated revenue:
Affiliate Marketing $ 29,841 $ 26,342 $ 87,938 $ 80,359
Media 33,321 30,946 95,761 94,937
Owned & Operated Websites 35,913 41,536 95,796 117,828
Technology 7,901 6,638 23,405 20,179
Inter-segment eliminations (208 ) (296 ) (849 ) (974 )
Consolidated revenue $ 106,768 $ 105,166 $ 302,051 $ 312,329

Note 1 - On February 1, 2010, the Company announced the divestiture of the Web Clients business, which had been included in the Media segment. The Company has presented this divested business as discontinued operations and has recast its historical statements of operations and segment operating results to reflect this change. The information in this table excludes the divested business for all periods presented. A PDF file containing historical consolidated statements of operations and segment operating results information is available for download on the Investor Relations page at www.valueclick.com.

SOURCE: ValueClick, Inc.

ValueClick, Inc.
Gary J. Fuges, CFA
1.818.575.4677
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