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Travelzoo Reports First Quarter 2013 Results
Press Release: Travelzoo – 4 hours ago.. .

Travelzoo Inc. (TZOO):
• Revenue of $42.2 million, up 7% year-over-year
• Net income of $5.6 million, up 49% year-over-year
• Earnings per share of $0.36, compared to $0.23 (GAAP) / $0.42 (non-GAAP) in the prior-year period
• Cash flow from operations of $6.5 million

Travelzoo Inc., a global Internet media company, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013, with revenue of $42.2 million, an increase of 7% year-over-year. Operating profit was $8.0 million. Net income was $5.6 million, with earnings per share of $0.36, up from $0.23 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.36, down from $0.42 in the prior-year period.

“We kicked off 2013 with record revenues, driven by strong performance within our travel segments in both North America and Europe,” said Chris Loughlin, chief executive officer. “We accelerated subscriber growth and made significant improvements in audience engagement across email, social media and mobile apps. We continued to develop our new hotel booking platform, which we plan to roll out later this year.”

North America

North America business segment revenue increased 5% year-over-year to $30.2 million. Operating profit for the first quarter was $5.5 million, or 18% of revenue, down from $7.1 million, or 25% of revenue, in the prior-year period. The decrease in operating profit was a result of increased expenses related to sales force expansion, hotel booking platform development, traffic acquisition and subscriber marketing.

Europe

Europe business segment revenue increased 14% year-over-year to $12.4 million. In local currency terms, revenue for the first quarter increased 14% year-over-year. Operating profit was $2.5 million, or 21% of revenue, up from an operating profit of $2.4 million, or 23% of revenue in the prior-year period.

Subscribers

Travelzoo had a total unduplicated number of subscribers in North America and Europe of 22.9 million as of March 31, 2013, up 5% from March 31, 2012. In North America, total unduplicated number of subscribers was 16.3 million as of March 31, 2013, up 3% from March 31, 2012. In Europe, total unduplicated number of subscribers was 6.5 million as of March 31, 2013, up 9% from March 31, 2012.

Income Taxes

Income tax expense was $2.5 million, compared to $2.9 million in the prior-year period. The non-GAAP effective income tax rate was 31%, up from 30% in the prior-year period.

Asset Management

During the first quarter 2013, Travelzoo generated $6.5 million of cash from operating activities. Accounts receivable increased by $648,000 over the prior-year period to $15.3 million. Accounts payable increased by $4.5 million over the prior-year period to $26.9 million. Capital expenditures were $900,000, up from $678,000 in the prior-year period. Travelzoo exited the first quarter with $65.1 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Non-GAAP Measures

To give an enhanced view of the company's operating performance, management has calculated non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share by excluding the $3 million charge related to our unexchanged promotional merger shares in the prior-year period. 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 non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP earnings share are not in accordance with GAAP and may differ from non-GAAP methods of accounting and reporting used by other companies. Non-GAAP numbers 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 charge related to our unexchanged promotional merger shares in the prior- year period, today's reporting should not be viewed as the company's intention to report non-GAAP measures in future periods. Refer to the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures” section of this 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 first quarter results at 11:00 a.m. ET today. Please visit http://www.travelzoo.com/earnings 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.


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