Travelzoo Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

Travelzoo Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Travelzoo Inc. (NAS: TZOO) :

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue of $37.3 million, up 5% year-over-year
  • Non-GAAP net income of $3.0 million
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.19, compared to $0.21 in the prior-year period
  • GAAP net loss of $19.0 million; GAAP loss per share of $1.24
  • Cash flow from operations of $2.2 million

Travelzoo Inc., a global Internet media company, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, with revenue of $37.3 million, an increase of 5% year-over-year. Non-GAAP operating income was $4.0 million. Non-GAAP net income was $3.0 million, with non-GAAP earnings per share (non-GAAP EPS) of $0.19, down from non-GAAP EPS of $0.21 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share exclude a $22.0 million charge related to a reserve for Travelzoo Inc.'s settlement agreements in connection with a dispute over unclaimed property audits.

"Our combined Travel business grew 16% year-over-year, this progress was offset by disappointing results in our Search and Local businesses," said Chris Loughlin, chief executive officer. "We continue to invest in product development in order to make it easier to find and book deals on Travelzoo and to spur future growth. We launched a new home page this quarter and intend to start beta-testing our new hotel booking platform at the beginning of next year. Purchases on mobile products increased 41% year-over-year. On the social media side, we are now one of the more active travel brands, with over 1.8 million combined fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter."

North America

North America business segment revenue increased 4% year-over-year to $26.2 million. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013 was $2.5 million, or 10% of revenue, down from $3.1 million, or 12% of revenue, in the prior-year period.


Europe business segment revenue increased 7% year-over-year to $11.0 million. In local currency terms, revenue for the third quarter September 30, 2013 increased 9% year-over-year. Operating profit was $1.5 million, or 13% of revenue, up from an operating profit of $1.1 million, or 10% of revenue in the prior-year period.


Travelzoo had a total unduplicated number of subscribers in North America and Europe of 23.2 million as of September 30, 2013, up 4% from September 30, 2012. In North America, total unduplicated number of subscribers was 16.5 million as of September 30, 2013, up 3% from September 30, 2012. In Europe, total unduplicated number of subscribers was 6.7 million as of September 30, 2013, up 6% from September 30, 2012.

Income Taxes

Income tax expense was $1.2 million, compared to $896,000 in the prior-year period. The Non-GAAP effective income tax rate was 29%, up from 21% in the prior-year period.

Asset Management

During the third quarter of 2013, Travelzoo generated $2.2 million of cash from operating activities. Accounts receivable decreased by $622,000 over the prior-year period to $14.8 million. Accounts payable increased by $4.4 million over the prior-year period to $27.7 million. Capital expenditures were $1.5 million, up from $774,000 in the prior-year period. As of September 30, 2013, cash and cash equivalents were $77.9 million.

Unclaimed Property Audits

Travelzoo entered into agreements with 34 states to resolve those states' claims related to unclaimed property audits. As previously disclosed in the Company's reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, multiple states have claimed that certain shares of Travelzoo, which were not claimed by former shareholders of Corporation following the 2002 merger, were unclaimed property. While the Company disputes the states' claims, the Company determined that it was in its best interest to resolve the disputes and settle with 34 of the states.

The multi-state settlement relates to an approximate 700,000 shares of Travelzoo that those states claim may be subject to escheat. An additional 15 states remain that have or may raise claims on a remaining approximate 400,000 shares that were not exchanged following the merger by residents in those states.

The Company expects to make one-time cash payments to the 34 states after further due diligence, which it intends to make from cash on hand. To cover those payments, as well as potential future settlements with the remaining 15 states, the Company recorded an estimated $22.0 million charge in the three months ended September 30, 2013.

Non-GAAP Measures

To give an enhanced view of Travelzoo's operating performance, management has calculated non-GAAP operating expense, non-GAAP North America operating income, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP effective tax rate, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share by excluding the charges related to our unexchanged merger shares. The company believes these metrics assist investors to assess certain business trends in the same way that these trends are analyzed by management. The discussion of these non-GAAP metrics are not in accordance with GAAP and may differ from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. Non-GAAP metrics are merely a supplement to, and not a replacement for, GAAP financial measures. As the only difference between GAAP and non-GAAP measures is the charges related to our unexchanged merger shares, today's reporting should not be viewed as Travelzoo's intention to report non-GAAP measures in future periods. Refer to the "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures" section of this press release for a summary of these non-GAAP measures and their reconciliation to the reported GAAP measures.

Conference Call

Travelzoo will host a conference call to discuss third quarter results at 11:00 a.m. ET today. Please visit to

  • download the management presentation (PDF format) to be discussed in the conference call;
  • access the webcast.

About Travelzoo

Travelzoo Inc. is a global Internet media company. With more than 26 million subscribers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 25 offices worldwide, Travelzoo® publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel and entertainment companies. Travelzoo's deal experts review offers to find the best deals and confirm their true value. In Asia Pacific, Travelzoo is independently owned and operated by Travelzoo (Asia) Ltd. and Travelzoo Japan K.K. under a license agreement with Travelzoo Inc.

Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions, markets in which we participate and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts. When used in this press release, the words "expect," "predict," "project," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "seek" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including changes in our plans, objectives, expectations, prospects and intentions, and other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC. We cannot guarantee any future levels of activity, performance or achievements. Travelzoo undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. Travelzoo and Top 20 are registered trademarks of Travelzoo Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective owners.


Travelzoo Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations


(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30,September 30,


2013 20122013 2012
Cost of revenues4,322 3,989 12,733 11,672
Gross profit32,934 31,458 108,026 102,468
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing18,44917,42757,56349,753
General and administrative10,5109,83630,65928,583
Unexchanged promotional merger shares22,000  22,000 3,000
Total operating expenses50,959 27,263 110,222 81,336
Income (loss) from operations(18,025)4,195(2,196)21,132
Other income224 135 369 218
Income (loss) before income taxes(17,801)4,330(1,827)21,350
Income taxes1,235 896 6,414 6,908
Net income (loss)$(19,036)$3,434 $(8,241)$14,442
Net income (loss) per share:    
Basic$(1.24)$0.22 $(0.54)$0.91
Diluted$(1.24)$0.21 $(0.54)$0.90
Weighted Average Shares:

Travelzoo Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


(In thousands)

 September 30,
 December 31,


Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$77,900$61,169
Accounts receivable, net14,81813,626
Income taxes receivable4,5046,682
Prepaid expenses and other current assets3,4832,260
Deferred tax assets2,007 2,194 
Total current assets103,21386,320
Deposits, less current portion9791,107
Deferred tax assets, less current portion1,2291,710
Restricted cash1,6183,396
Property and equipment, net6,3764,314
Intangible assets, net540 986 
Total assets$113,955 $97,833 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$27,676$28,695
Accrued unexchanged promotional merger shares25,0003,000
Accrued expenses10,0438,993
Deferred revenue1,7402,698
Deferred rent306280
Income tax payable1,353  
Total current liabilities66,11843,666
Long-term tax liabilities10,38810,030
Deferred rent, less current portion1,423 798 
Total liabilities77,929 54,494 
Common stock163163
Treasury stock(7,898)(7,898)
Additional paid-in capital9,8518,863
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(797)(737)
Retained earnings34,707 42,948 
Total stockholders' equity36,026 43,339 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$113,955 $97,833 

Travelzoo Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


(In thousands)

 Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30,September 30,
2013 20122013 2012
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss)$(19,036)$3,434$(8,241)$14,442

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

Depreciation and amortization7096302,1851,856
Deferred income taxes241(3)641(3)
Stock-based compensation375307989900
Provision for losses on accounts receivable(94)(84)(44)116
Net foreign currency effects(74)(46)38(6)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable1,02153(1,106)(2,069)
Income tax receivable(1,424)6892,1691,819
Prepaid expenses and other current assets59(161)(975)(241)
Accounts payable(1,886)680(1,041)1,189
Accrued unexchanged promotional shares22,00022,0003,000
Accrued expenses(182)8971,0393,198
Deferred revenue(109)383(956)323
Deferred rent1885529921
Income tax payable254(1)1,292(284)
Other non-current liabilities149 34 359 (190)
Net cash provided by operating activities2,188 6,850 18,665 23,689 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of restricted cash2,0481,786
Purchases of property and equipment(1,487)(774)(3,596)(2,046)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities561 (774)(1,810)(2,046)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Cash used in purchase of common stock (3,611) (3,611)
Net cash used in financing activities (3,611) (3,611
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