Yelp Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

November 8, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 8, 2018--Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), the company that connects people with great local businesses, today posted its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 in the Q3 2018 Shareholder Letter on its Investor Relations website at www.yelp-ir.com.

“Although we achieved our adjusted EBITDA outlook for the third quarter, revenue was lower than we anticipated,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “While the shift to non-term advertising has opened our sales funnel, it has also made our results more sensitive to short-term operational issues. We have begun to address a number of the issues that impacted our third quarter results; however, we expect them to affect our fourth quarter results as well, as reflected in our Business Outlook. We remain positive about the move to more flexible and dynamic advertising terms, as we believe the shift greatly increases our long-term sales opportunity and opens up additional levers to expand Yelp’s sales reach and profit margins.”

Quarterly Conference Call

Yelp will host a live Q&A session today at 2:00 p.m. PT to discuss the third quarter 2018 financial results and the outlook for the fourth quarter of 2018, full year 2018, and full year 2019. The webcast of the Q&A can be accessed on the Yelp Investor Relations website at www.yelp-ir.com. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same website until November 16, 2018.

About Yelp

Yelp Inc. ( www.yelp.com ) connects people with great local businesses. With unmatched local business information, photos and review content, Yelp provides a platform for consumers to discover, interact and transact with local businesses of all sizes. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004.

Yelp intends to make future announcements of material financial and other information through its Investor Relations website. Yelp will also, from time to time, disclose this information through press releases, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, conference calls or webcasts, as required by applicable law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and statements made during the above referenced webcast may include information relating to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin, each of which the Securities and Exchange Commission has defined as a “non-GAAP financial measure.”

We define EBITDA as net income (loss), adjusted to exclude: provision for (benefit from) income taxes; other income, net; and depreciation and amortization.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss), adjusted to exclude: provision for (benefit from) income taxes; other income, net; depreciation and amortization; stock-based compensation expense; any gain (loss) on the disposal of a business unit; and restructuring and integration costs. We define Adjusted EBITDA margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by net revenue.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are key measures used by Yelp management and the board of directors to understand and evaluate core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve Yelp’s annual budget and to develop short- and long-term operational plans. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”).

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of Yelp’s financial results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements; EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, Yelp’s working capital needs; Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potentially dilutive impact of equity-based compensation; EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to Yelp; Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account any restructuring and integration costs; and other companies, including those in Yelp’s industry, may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently, which reduces their usefulness as comparative measures.

Because of these limitations, you should consider EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin alongside other financial performance measures, including various cash flow metrics, Net income (loss) and Yelp’s other GAAP results.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, Yelp’s future performance that are based on its current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Yelp’s:

ability to increase client acquisition through the sale of non-term contracts; strategic and investment priorities, as well as its ability to execute against those priorities; Plans to increase its focus on different product distribution channels; ability to reduce purchase friction and efficiently expand its sales reach; and plans and ability to generate stronger profitability.

Yelp’s actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to Yelp’s:

limited operating history in an evolving industry; ability to generate sufficient revenue to maintain profitability, particularly in light of its significant ongoing sales and marketing expenses; ability to generate and maintain sufficient high-quality content from its users; and ability to maintain and expand its base of advertisers, particularly as an increasing portion of advertisers have the ability to cancel their advertising campaigns at any time.

Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences also include those factors that could affect Yelp’s business, operating results and stock price included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Yelp’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q at www.yelp-ir.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to Yelp on the date hereof. Such forward-looking statements do not include the potential impact of any acquisitions or divestitures that may be announced and/or completed after the date hereof. Yelp assumes no obligation to update such statements.

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CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact

Yelp Inc.

Kate Krieger, 415-266-3513




SOURCE: Yelp Inc.

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