Provo, UT- Ancestry.com LLC (the "Company"), the world's largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.
"Our first quarter results reflect the strengthening business trends we began to see last fall, highlighted by strong Adjusted EBITDA growth and 104,000 net subscriber additions since the end of 2014," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "We are executing well in the core business and execution will remain a major theme in 2015 as we focus on content acquisition, product enhancements, continued momentum at AncestryDNA, which now has a database of genotypes from approximately 850,000 people, and the penetration of targeted new international markets."
First Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights
Total revenues for the first quarter 2015 were $164.6 million compared to $153.6 million in the first quarter of 2014 driven by growth in revenues from the Company's AncestryDNA product and its core Ancestry websites. First quarter 2015 total revenues were reduced by approximately one percent due to the foreign exchange impact of the strong U.S. dollar.
Net income for the first quarter of 2015 was $2.8 million compared to a net loss of $(2.4) million in the first quarter of 2014.
Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2015 was $61.7 million, compared to $49.0 million in the first quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2014 includes $0.9 million of professional service fees related to litigation and costs associated with the return of capital transaction declared in February 2014 by our parent.
Free cash flow totaled $43.5 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared to $32.2 million for the first quarter of 2014.
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $113.6 million as of March 31, 2015.
Obligations under long-term debt totaled $862.0 million as of March 31, 2015.
Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges, including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense.
Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest.
This amount does not include $390.2 million in senior unsecured PIK notes issued by our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. While not required, Ancestry.com LLC has made and intends to pay future distributions or make loans to its parent related to the PIK Notes.
Ancestry Business Updates
Subscribers - Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,219,000 as of March 31, 2015, compared to 2,115,000 as of December 31, 2014, an increase of nearly 5%.
Product - Ancestry continues to pioneer ways to make family history more enjoyable, easy and accessible. Recent product advancements include:
Ancestry commenced beta testing of the reinvention of its core website experience, featuring new capabilities and site enhancements that will transform the ways members create and showcase their family story.
The Company released the first version of its new mobile search capability on its Ancestry iOS app in March. Additionally, a consumption-oriented version of the Ancestry app with special features was released in anticipation of the imminent Apple Watch hardware release.
Ancestry launched Ancestry Academy, a subscription-based educational resource that offers high-quality video instruction from family history and genealogy experts.
AncestryDNA - In early April AncestryDNA introduced the biggest advancement in family history since the iconic Ancestry shaky leaf: New Ancestor Discoveries. Now, through a simple saliva sample, New Ancestor Discoveries can find previously unknown ancestors for DNA customers, through patent pending-algorithms that detect significant amounts of shared DNA with several members of a genetic network, called DNA Circles. This major technical innovation combines the power of DNA testing with the 70 million family trees on Ancestry to make it faster and easier than ever to receive guidance on your family history, no genealogy research required.
Outside of New Ancestor Discoveries, key developments include:
AncestryDNA now has a database with DNA samples from 850,000 people.
AncestryDNA was launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland in January 2015. The Company expects to launch the DNA product in Canada and Australia later this year.
Content - The Company added more than 415 million new records in the first quarter of 2015, bringing the total collection to 16 billion. Ancestry also announced plans to roll out a collection of 170 million U.S. probate and wills images later this year.
New collections added in the first quarter included:
Comprehensive collection of Michigan state marriage certificates (1867-1952) and nearly 11 million original North Carolina marriage certificates (1874-1999)
Church of England parish registers for the county of Gloucestershire, including birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial records 20 years of Scotland and Northern Ireland death indexes Australian WW1 service records including 12 million attached images
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core performance. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges, including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense.
Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest. However, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to net income (loss), the GAAP equivalent of these non-GAAP measures, is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.
The Company uses adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business; to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies; and in communications with its operating committee concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA as a factor when determining the incentive compensation pool.
Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 16 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site www.ancestry.com and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry.com offers a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which along with its core Ancestry websites, are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.
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