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Total revenue of $158.2 million, an increase of 25% year-over-yearGAAP operating income of $13.6 million; non-GAAP operating income of $23.1 millionGAAP net income of $13.2 million; non-GAAP net income of $19.3 millionAdjusted EBITDA of $25.1 millionFull-Year 2019 Highlights:Total revenue of $588.9 million, an increase of 30% year-over-yearGAAP operating income of $34.3 million; non-GAAP operating income of $69.8 millionGAAP net income of $42.1 million; non-GAAP net income of $59.3 millionAdjusted EBITDA of $77.0 millionCAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CarGurus, Inc. (Nasdaq: CARG), a leading global automotive marketplace, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2019.“CarGurus finished 2019 with a strong fourth quarter. Our U.S. marketplace saw continued traffic and lead growth in the fourth quarter, and for the full-year 2019 we generated over 65 million connections and over 38 million leads, supporting what we believe is industry-leading ROI for our paying dealers,” said Langley Steinert, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CarGurus. “We are seeing consistent new product adoption, as we ended 2019 with a product attach rate of 30%, with over 1,000 U.S. dealers subscribing to at least three of our products. We also completed the roll out of our second consumer financing partner, Westlake, enabling a wider array of consumers to seek loan pre-qualifications. As a result, we now provide financing pre-qualification opportunities on roughly 85% of our U.S. used car listings, creating a richer experience for our industry-leading audience and dealer base. Finally, our international business continues to scale efficiently, as strong audience and leads growth is yielding healthy paying dealer additions in each of our commercialized markets.”RevenueFourth Quarter 2019:Total revenue was $158.2 million, an increase of 25% compared to $126.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.Marketplace subscription revenue was $140.6 million, an increase of 24% compared to $113.0 million in the fourth quarter of2018. Advertising and other revenue was $17.6 million, an increase of 34% compared to $13.1 million in the fourth quarter of2018.Full-Year 2019:Total revenue was $588.9 million, an increase of 30% compared to $454.1 million in 2018.Marketplace subscription revenue was $ 526.0 million, an increase of 30% compared to $405.8 million in 2018.Advertising and other revenue was $2.9 million, an increase of 30% compared to $ 8.3 million in 2018.Operating IncomeFourth Quarter 2019:GAAP operating income was $13.6 million, or 9% of total revenue, compared to $6.9 million, or 5% of total revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2018.Non-GAAP operating income was $23.1 million, or 15% of total revenue, compared to $13.4 million, or 11% of total revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2018.Full-Year 2019:GAAP operating income was $34.3 million, or 6% of total revenue, compared to $23.2 million, or 5% of total revenue, in 2018.Non-GAAP operating income was $69.8 million, or 12% of total revenue, compared to $44.6 million, or 10% of total revenue, in 2018.Net Income & Adjusted EBITDAFourth Quarter 2019:GAAP net income was $13.2 million, or $0.12 per fully diluted share during the quarter ended December 31, 2019, compared to $12.5 million, or $0.11 per fully diluted share during the quarter ended December 31, 2018.Non-GAAP net income was $19.3 million, or $0.17 per fully diluted share during the quarter ended December 31, 2019, compared to $12.8 million, or $0.11 per fully diluted share during the quarter ended December 31, 2018.Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP metric, was $25.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to $14.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.Full-Year 2019:GAAP net income was $42.1 million, or $0.37 per fully diluted share during 2019, compared to net income of $65.2 million, or $0.57 per fully diluted share in 2018.Non-GAAP net income was $59.3 million, or $0.52 per fully diluted share during 2019, compared to $41.5 million, or $0.37 per fully diluted share in 2018.Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP metric, was $77.0 million in 2019 compared to $49.7 million in 2018.Balance Sheet and Cash FlowAs of December 31, 2019, CarGurus had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $171.6 million and no debt. CarGurus generated $20.6 million in cash from operations and $19.2 million in free cash flow, a non-GAAP metric, during the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to having generated $17.1 million in cash from operations and $12.5 million in free cash flow during the fourth quarter of 2018. For the full-year 2019, CarGurus generated $70.1 million in cash from operations and $55.9 million in free cash flow compared to having generated $51.7 million in cash from operations and $44.2 million in free cash flow in 2018. Fourth Quarter Business MetricsU.S. revenue was $148.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 22% compared to $121.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. GAAP operating income in the U.S. was $22.4 million, an increase of 24% compared to $18.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.International revenue was $10.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 104% compared to $5.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. GAAP operating loss in International markets was ($8.8) million, a decrease of (21%) compared to a loss of ($11.1) million in the fourth quarter of 2018.Total paying dealers were 36,115(1) at December 31, 2019, an increase of 15% compared to 31,472 at December 31, 2018. Of the total paying dealers at December 31, 2019, U.S. and International accounted for 28,990 and 7,125(1), respectively, compared to 27,534 and 3,938, respectively, at December 31, 2018.Average annual revenue per subscribing dealer (AARSD) in the U.S. was $17,576 as of December 31, 2019, an increase of 19% compared to $14,819 as of December 31, 2018.AARSD in International markets was $5,399(2) as of December 31, 2019, an increase of 13% compared to $4,778 as of December 31, 2018.Website traffic and consumer engagement metrics for the fourth quarter of 2019 were as follows:
— U.S. average monthly unique users were 34.2 million, an increase of 3% compared to 33.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. U.S. average monthly sessions were 91.2 million, an increase of 3% compared to 88.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.
— International average monthly unique users were 10.0 million(3), an increase of 75% compared to 5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. International average monthly sessions were 23.8 million(4), an increase of 83% compared to 13.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Includes paying dealers from the PistonHeads website.Excludes revenue and dealers for dealers that subscribe to the (i) PistonHeads website as it was acquired on January 8, 2019, and therefore, data for the trailing 12-month revenue calculation is not available and (ii) Italy website as it began earning marketplace subscription revenue in April 2019, and therefore, data for the trailing 12-month revenue calculation is not available.Includes users from the PistonHeads website.Includes sessions from the PistonHeads website.
First Quarter and Full-Year 2020 GuidanceCarGurus anticipates total revenue, non-GAAP operating income, and non-GAAP earnings per share to be in the following ranges:First Quarter 2020:The first quarter 2020 non-GAAP earnings per share calculation assumes 115.0 million diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding.Full-Year 2020:The full-year non-GAAP earnings per share calculation assumes 115.9 million diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding.Guidance for the first quarter and full-year 2020 does not include any potential impact of foreign currency exchange gains or losses.CarGurus has not reconciled its non-GAAP operating income guidance to GAAP operating income, or its non-GAAP EPS guidance to GAAP EPS, because stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, and acquisition-related expenses, the reconciling items between such GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, cannot be reasonably predicted due to, as applicable, the timing, amount, valuation and number of future employee equity awards, and the uncertainty relating to the timing, frequency and effect of acquisitions and the significance of the resulting acquisition-related expenses, and therefore cannot be determined without unreasonable effort. For more information regarding the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this release, please see the reconciliations of GAAP financial measures to non-GAAP financial measures and the section titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Business Metrics” below.Conference Call and Webcast InformationCarGurus will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2019 financial results and first quarter and full fiscal year 2020 financial guidance at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today, February 13, 2020. To access the conference call, dial (877) 451-6152 for callers in the U.S. or Canada, or (201) 389-0879 for international callers. The webcast will be available live on the Investors section of CarGurus’ website at https://investors.cargurus.com.An audio replay of the call will also be available to investors beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 13, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2020, by dialing (844) 512-2921 for callers in the U.S. or Canada, or (412) 317-6671 for international callers, and entering passcode 13698111. In addition, an archived webcast will be available on the Investors section of CarGurus’ website at https://investors.cargurus.com.About CarGurusFounded in 2006, CarGurus (Nasdaq: CARG) is a global, online automotive marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of new and used cars. The Company uses proprietary technology, search algorithms and data analytics to bring trust and transparency to the automotive search experience and help users find great deals from top-rated dealers. CarGurus is the most visited automotive shopping site in the U.S. (source: Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, Automotive – Information/Resources, Total Audience, Q4 2019, U.S. (Competitive set includes: CarGurus.com, Autotrader.com, Cars.com, TrueCar.com)). In addition to the United States, CarGurus operates online marketplaces in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Spain. To learn more about CarGurus, visit www.cargurus.com. CarGurus® is a registered trademark of CarGurus, Inc.© 2020 CarGurus, Inc., All Rights Reserved.Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release includes forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical facts, including, without limitation, statements regarding our future financial and business performance for the first quarter 2020 and full-year 2020, our business and growth strategy, including in international markets, and our expectations for our newest consumer financing partnership, including the impact on our audience and dealer base, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “estimate,” “expect,” “guide,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “will” and similar expressions and their negatives are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives and financial needs. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks related to our rapid growth and ability to sustain our revenue growth rate, our relationships with dealers, competition in the markets in which we operate, market growth, our ability to innovate and manage our growth, our ability to expand effectively into new markets, our ability to realize benefits from our acquisitions and successfully implement the integration strategies in connection therewith, our ability to operate in compliance with applicable laws, as well as other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, achievements or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will occur. We are under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations, except as required by law. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Business MetricsTo supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (GAAP), we provide investors with certain non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics, which we believe are helpful to our investors. We use these non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics for financial and operational decision-making purposes and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics provide useful information about our operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to metrics used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making.The presentation of non-GAAP financial information and other business metrics is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. While our non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics are an important tool for financial and operational decision-making and for evaluating our own operating results over different periods of time, we urge investors to review the reconciliation of these financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures included above, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income, adjusted to exclude: depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related expenses, other income, net, and the provision for (benefit from) income taxes. We have presented Adjusted EBITDA because it is a key measure used by our management and board of directors to understand and evaluate our operating performance, generate future operating plans, and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. In particular, we believe that the exclusion of certain items in calculating Adjusted EBITDA can produce a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our business.We define Free Cash Flow as cash flow from operations, adjusted to include purchases of property and equipment and capitalization of website development costs. We have presented Free Cash Flow because it is a measure of the Company’s financial performance that represents the cash that the Company is able to generate after expenditures required to maintain or expand our asset base.We also monitor operating measures of certain non-GAAP items including non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP expense, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, and acquisition-related expenses. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share also exclude the change in tax provision from stock-based compensation expense. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about our operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to metrics used by our management in its financial and operational decision-making.While a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort as a result of the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of intangible assets, and acquisition-related expenses that we may incur in the future, we have provided a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures and other business metrics to the nearest comparable GAAP measures in the accompanying financial statement tables included in this press release.We define a paying dealer as a dealer, based on a distinct associated inventory feed, that subscribes to one of our paid Listings packages or Dealer Display advertising and audience targeting products at the end of a defined period.We define AARSD, which is measured at the end of a defined period, as the total marketplace subscription revenue during the trailing 12 months divided by the average number of paying dealers during the same trailing 12-month period.For each of our websites, we define a monthly unique user as an individual who visited such website within a calendar month, based on data as measured by Google Analytics. We calculate average monthly unique users as the sum of the monthly unique users in a given period, divided by the number of months in that period. We count a unique user the first time a computer or mobile device with a unique device identifier accesses one of our websites during a calendar month. If an individual accesses a website using a different device within a given month, the first access by each such device is counted as a separate unique user.We define monthly sessions as the number of distinct visits to our websites that take place each month within a given time frame, as measured and defined by Google Analytics. We calculate average monthly sessions as the sum of the monthly sessions in a given period, divided by the number of months in that period. A session is defined as beginning with the first page view from a computer or mobile device and ending at the earliest of when a user closes their browser window, after 30 minutes of inactivity, or each night at midnight (i) Eastern Time for our United States and Canada websites, (ii) Greenwich Mean Time for our U.K. websites and (iii) Central European Time (or Central European Summer Time when daylight savings is observed) for our Germany, Italy, and Spain websites, as applicable. A session can be made up of multiple page views and visitor actions, such as performing a search, visiting vehicle detail pages, and connecting with a dealer.We define leads as user inquiries via our marketplace to dealers by phone calls, email, or managed text and chat.Investor Contact:
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