j2 Reports Record Q1 2013 Revenues; Raises Full Year 2013 Revenues and Earnings Outlook

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j2 Reports Record Q1 2013 Revenues; Raises Full Year 2013 Revenues and Earnings Outlook

Announces Seventh Consecutive Quarterly Dividend Increase

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQGS:JCOM) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013, provided increased 2013 revenues and earnings estimates and announced that its Board of Directors has declared an increased quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share.


FIRST QUARTER 2013 RESULTS

Quarterly revenues increased 31% to a record $113.6 million compared to $86.7 million for Q1 2012. This result was driven by 4.7% growth in Business Cloud Services revenues and the first full quarter of Digital Media revenues. Digital Media revenues are seasonal, with Q1 expected to contribute 15-20% of annual revenues and Q4 expected to contribute as much as 35%. Both segments performed in line with j2's expectations.

GAAP and Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share(1)(2) for the quarter decreased (18.3)% and (9.4)%, respectively, to $0.49 and $0.58, respectively, compared to $0.60 and $0.64, respectively, for Q1 2012, reflecting $0.07 of interest expense not present in Q1 2012, $0.04 of Digital Media Division non-cash amortization expense and $0.05 of integration expenses associated with j2's Q1 2013 acquisition of IGN Entertainment (which integration expenses are already excluded from Non-GAAP results presented).

Quarterly EBITDA(3) increased 7.1% to a Q1 record $48.2 million compared to $45.0 million for Q1 2012.

Q1 2013 free cash flow(4) increased 1.0% to $38.4 million compared to $38.1 million for Q1 2012.

Cancel rate(5) for the quarter was within our annual range at 2.4%, while the net subscriber base grew by 60,000 DIDs.

j2 ended the quarter with approximately $310 million in cash and investments after deploying $73.5 million during the quarter for acquisitions and j2's regular quarterly dividend.

Key financial results for Q1 2013 versus Q1 2012 are set forth in the following table (in millions, except per share). Reconciliations of non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, EBITDA and free cash flow to their nearest comparable GAAP financial measures are attached to this Press Release.

          
   Q1 2013  Q1 2012  % Change
Revenues  $113.6 million  $86.7 million   31.0%
Earnings per Diluted Share(1)   $0.49   $0.60   (18.3)%
Non-GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share(1) (2)  

 

$0.58   $0.64   (9.4)%
EBITDA(3)  $48.2 million  $45.0 million   7.1%
Free Cash Flow(4)  $38.4 million  $38.1 million   1.0%
     

"Over the past several quarters we have made enormous strides in expanding and diversifying j2's Internet-related businesses," said Hemi Zucker, CEO of j2. "We have added a Digital Media Division by means of several key acquisitions to complement our leading business cloud services. We have also continued to grow our Business Cloud Services Division geographically with expansion of our voice and online backup services in Australia and New Zealand. We intend to continue to focus on growing and diversifying our Internet-related businesses in market segments that will provide substantial profit opportunities."

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

During Q2 2013, j2 entered into a patent license agreement pursuant to which it has received $27 million, as further described in j2's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 25, 2013.

j2 currently estimates that it will generate fiscal 2013 revenues and earnings per diluted share associated with past damages from this license agreement in amounts exceeding $10 million and $0.13, respectively. Accordingly, j2 is increasing both its fiscal 2013 revenues and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share estimates by equal amounts as follows:

Increasing fiscal 2013 revenues estimate to between $510 and $535 million from the previous estimate of between $500 and $525 million.

Increasing fiscal 2013 non-GAAP earnings per diluted share estimate to between $2.78 and $2.98 from the previous estimate of between $2.65 and $2.85.

Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for 2013 excludes acquisition-related integration costs of approximately $4 million and share-based compensation of between $11 and $12 million.

It is anticipated that the normalized tax rate for 2013 (exclusive of the release of reserves for uncertain tax positions) will be between 25% and 27%.

DIVIDEND

j2's Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per common share, a 3.2% increase versus last quarter's dividend and a 11.6% increase versus the dividend paid in Q2 2012. This is j2's seventh consecutive quarterly dividend increase and represents a 20% increase versus its first quarterly dividend in September 2011. The dividend will be paid on June 4, 2013 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 20, 2013. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval.

Notes :

(1) The estimated GAAP effective tax rates were approximately 19.5% for Q1 2013 and 22.6% for Q1 2012. The estimated Non-GAAP effective tax rates were approximately 23.2% for Q1 2013 and 23.1% for Q1 2012.
 
(2)For Q1 2013, Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share excludes share-based compensation and certain acquisition-related integration costs, in each case net of tax, totaling $0.09. For Q1 2012, Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share excludes share-based compensation and related payroll taxes, and certain acquisition-related integration costs, in each case net of tax, totaling $0.04. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share amounts are not meant as a substitute for GAAP, but are solely for informational purposes.
 
(3)EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest and other expense, net; income tax expense; depreciation and amortization; and the items used to reconcile GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures, including (1) share-based compensation expense and related payroll taxes and (2) certain acquisition-related integration costs. EBITDA amounts are not meant as a substitute for GAAP, but are solely for informational purposes.
 
(4)Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities, less purchases of property, plant and equipment, plus excess tax benefit from share-based compensation. Free cash flow amounts are not meant as a substitute for GAAP, but are solely for informational purposes.
 
(5)Cancel rate is defined as cancels related to individual customer DIDs with greater than four months of continuous service (continuous service includes customer DIDs administratively cancelled and reactivated within the same calendar month), and DIDs related to enterprise customers beginning with their first day of service. For the quarter, calculated monthly and expressed here as an average over the three months of the quarter. For the year, expressed as an average over the four quarters of the year.

About j2

j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQGS:JCOM) provides Internet services through its two divisions: Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Business Cloud Services Division offers Internet fax, virtual phone, hosted email, email marketing, online backup, unified communications and CRM solutions. It markets its services principally under the brand names eFax®, eVoice®, FuseMail®, Campaigner®, KeepItSafe® and Onebox® and operates a messaging network spanning 49 countries on six continents. The Digital Media Division consists of Ziff Davis Inc., which offers technology, gaming and lifestyle content through its digital properties which include PCMag.com, IGN.com, AskMen.com, Toolbox.com and others. Ziff Davis also operates BuyerBase, an advanced digital ad targeting platform and Ziff Davis B2B, a leading provider of research to enterprise buyers and leads to IT vendors. As of December 31, 2012, j2 had achieved 17 consecutive fiscal years of revenue growth. For more information about j2, please visit www.j2global.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements in this Press Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, particularly those contained in Hemi Zucker's quote and the "Business Outlook" portion regarding the Company's expected fiscal 2013 financial performance. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs and are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These factors and uncertainties include, among other items: ability to successfully diversify and grow our business, both the Business Cloud Services and Digital Media Divisions; ability to identify, close and successfully integrate acquisitions; risks of geographic expansion; risks that markets we choose to enter fail to achieve desired levels of growth and profitability prospects; subscriber growth and retention; variability of revenue based on changing conditions in particular industries and the economy generally; protection of the Company's proprietary technology or infringement by the Company of intellectual property of others; the risk of adverse changes in the U.S. or international regulatory environments surrounding messaging and communications, including but not limited to the imposition or increase of taxes or regulatory-related fees; and the numerous other factors set forth in j2's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting j2, refer to the 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by j2 on March 1, 2013, and the other reports filed by j2 from time-to-time with the SEC, each of which is available at www.sec.gov. The forward-looking statements provided in this press release and particularly those contained in Hemi Zucker's quote and the "Business Outlook" portion regarding the Company's expected fiscal 2013 financial performance are based on limited information available to the Company at this time, which is subject to change. Although management's expectations may change after the date of this press release, the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update these statements.

 
j2 GLOBAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS)
    
 
MARCH 31,DECEMBER 31,
20132012
 
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents$193,126$218,680
Short-term investments100,846105,054

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $3,216 and $3,213, respectively

56,16437,285
Prepaid expenses and other current assets15,89115,388
Deferred income taxes 2,438  1,092 
Total current assets368,465377,499
 
Long-term investments16,11819,841
Property and equipment, net24,87419,599
Goodwill429,293407,825
Other purchased intangibles, net195,645165,316
Deferred income taxes2,1651,852
Other assets 3,266  3,238 
 
TOTAL ASSETS$1,039,826 $995,170 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$57,122$39,874
Income taxes payable3,2773,004
Deferred revenue32,75330,493
Liability for uncertain tax positions5,5325,523
Deferred income taxes 1,107  33 
Total current liabilities99,79178,927
 
Long-term debt245,310245,194
Liability for uncertain tax positions33,43932,155
Deferred income taxes39,16332,393
Other long-term liabilities3,0013,166
Mandatorily redeemable financial instrument 9,068  8,740 
Total liabilities429,772400,575
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock
Common stock453451
Additional paid-in capital173,231169,542
Retained earnings435,976424,790
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 980  (88)
Total j2 Global, Inc. stockholder's equity610,640594,695
Noncontrolling interest (586) (100)
Total stockholders' equity 610,054  594,595 
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY$1,039,826 $995,170 
 
 
j2 GLOBAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
    
 
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,
20132012
 
Revenues113,61786,652
 
Cost of revenues (including share-based compensation of $214 and $242 for the three months of 2013 and 2012, respectively) 20,235  15,864 
Gross profit 93,382  70,788 
 
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing (including share-based compensation of $418 and $375 for the three months of 2013 and 2012, respectively)29,63814,860
 
Research, development and engineering (including share-based compensation of $106 and $116 for the three months of 2013 and 2012, respectively)6,7464,489
 
General and administrative (including share-based compensation of $1,610 and $1,560 for the three months of 2013 and 2012, respectively)24,01113,829
  
Total operating expenses 60,395  33,178 
 
Income from operations32,98737,610
Interest and other expense, net (4,716) (719)
Income before income taxes28,27136,891
Income tax expense 5,500  8,352 
Net income22,77128,539
Less net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (151)  
Net income attributable to j2 Global, Inc. common stockholders$22,922 $28,539 
 
Basic net income per common share:
Net income attributable to j2 Global, Inc. common stockholders$0.50 $0.61 
 
Diluted net income per common share:
Net income attributable to j2 Global, Inc. common stockholders$0.49 $0.60 
 
 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 45,160,140  46,400,441 
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 45,668,167  46,794,603 
 
 
j2 GLOBAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED, IN THOUSANDS)
        
 
THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31,
20132012
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$22,771$28,539

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization8,7624,926
Accretion and amortization of discount and premium of investments453319
Amortization of financing costs and discounts150
Share-based compensation2,3482,280
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation(280)(286)
Provision for doubtful accounts8331,289
Deferred income taxes(1,446)
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