Rightside Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq:NAME), a leading provider of domain name services that advance the way businesses and consumers define and present themselves online, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.
"In the fourth quarter, we executed on our strategy to deliver revenue growth in our higher margin businesses - focusing on our new gTLD registry business and our retail registrar, Name.com, while optimizing for margin expansion," said Chief Executive Officer Taryn Naidu. "For the full year 2016, registry services revenue increased 40% year-over-year while Adjusted EBITDA increased 92% year-over-year. The divestiture of eNom has strengthened our financial profile and, as announced today, enabled us to initiate a significant stock repurchase program. The Company narrowed its focus on our most strategic business, our new gTLD registry business and our retail registrar, Name.com. We believe this faster growing, stronger margin and more profitable business, better reflects the true nature of Rightside's mission, strategic focus, and investment thesis and is consistent with our commitment to delivering shareholder value."
(Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are relative to the fiscal full year 2015. All financials will be reported on a continuing operations basis to reflect the recent sale of eNom.)
For the full year ending December 31, 2017, Rightside expects the following:
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted for interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, and certain gains, losses, and expenses that we do not believe are indicative of ongoing core business operating results. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is GAAP net income (loss). A reconciliation of GAAP net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA can be found in the accompanying table. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Rightside compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only as a supplement.
We define Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations as loss from continuing operations adjusted for interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, and certain gains, losses, and expenses that we do not believe are indicative of ongoing core business operating results. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is a non-GAAP financial measure and its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is GAAP loss from continuing operations. A reconciliation of GAAP loss from continuing operations to Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations can be found in the accompanying table. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Rightside compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations only as a supplement.
We have not provided a complete reconciliation of its Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measure, net income (loss), because we are unable to provide a forward-looking estimate of certain reconciling items between net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA guidance including: acquisition and realignment costs; advisory and consulting fees; provision for income taxes; and gain (loss) on other assets, net.
Rightside inspires and delivers new possibilities for consumers and businesses to define and present themselves online. The company, with its affiliates, is a leading provider of domain name services, offering one of the industry's most comprehensive platforms for the discovery, registration, usage and monetization of domain names. In addition to being a new gTLD registry operator, Rightside is home to one of the most admired registrar brands in the industry, Name.com. Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Rightside has offices in North America and Europe. For more information please visit www.rightside.co.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, among others, Rightside's expected total revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, and registry services revenue. Statements containing words such as may, believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, project, and estimate or similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Statements regarding Rightside's future performance are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, financial condition, operating performance and results of operations, including certain assumptions related thereto. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted, and reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, among others: Rightside's ability to successfully operate new gTLD registries and provide back-end infrastructure services to registries; Rightside's ability to successfully market and sell its gTLDs; the difficulty in predicting and developing consumer demand for new gTLDs; Rightside's anticipated use of cash proceeds from the divestiture of eNom; expected benefits from the divestiture; expectations about plans and objectives for future operations after the eNom divestiture; and expected benefits from a share repurchase program. More information about potential risk factors that could affect Rightside's operating and financial results are contained in Rightside's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2016. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Rightside does not intend to revise or update the information set forth in this press release, except as required by law, and may not provide this type of information in the future.