Rightside Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

Full Year Total Revenue Increases 11% Year-over-Year
Full Year Registry Revenue Grows to $8.4 Million

KIRKLAND, Wash., Feb. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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, 2015.

“In Q4, and for the full year of 2015, Rightside achieved strong financial results as we continued to execute on our mission of advancing the way businesses and consumers define and present themselves online. We achieved record revenue in the fourth quarter closing the full year 2015 with 11% total revenue growth and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.8 million,” said Chief Executive Officer Taryn Naidu.

“Looking ahead to 2016, we are excited about our portfolio of 39 new gTLDs and the future growth opportunities as we continue to invest in market development initiatives that drive heightened awareness and growing usage for new gTLDs by consumers and businesses. We are focused on improving profitability by driving margin expansion and growth in our Registry and retail business lines and implementing cost efficiencies throughout the business,” Naidu continued.

Financial Summary
(in thousands)

Three months ended Year ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Registrar services (1) $ 44,721 $ 42,321 $ 173,954 $ 160,168
Registry services (1) 2,526 1,097 8,438 1,917
Aftermarket and other 9,260 8,580 32,683 30,163
Eliminations (2) (842) (265) (2,589) (500)
Total revenue $ 55,665 $ 51,733 $ 212,486 $ 191,748
Gain on other assets, net $ (721) $ (7,800) $ (9,403) $ (22,103)
(Loss) income before income tax $ (3,820) $ 1,778 $ (13,638) $ (3,186)
Income tax expense (benefit) 303 322 (2,314) (1,328)
Net (loss) income $ (4,123) $ 1,456 $ (11,324) $ (1,858)
Adjusted EBITDA (3) $ 2,563 $ 556 $ 4,807 $ (3,092)

(1) Amounts for Registrar and Registry services revenue were previously presented on a combined basis as Domain Name Services revenue.

(2) Amounts in the eliminations line reflect the elimination of intercompany charges between our Registrar and Registry services businesses.

(3) This Non-GAAP financial measure is described below and reconciled to GAAP net (loss) income in the accompanying table.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights
(Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are relative to the fiscal fourth quarter 2014.)

  • Registrar services revenue increased 6% to $44.7 million compared to $42.3 million.
  • Registry services revenue increased to $2.5 million compared to $1.1 million.
  • Aftermarket and other revenue was $9.3 million compared to $8.6 million.
  • Total revenue increased 8% to a record $55.7 million compared to $51.7 million.
  • Net loss was $4.1 million, compared to net income of $1.5 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $2.6 million, compared to $0.6 million.
  • Gain on other assets, net was $0.7 million representing fewer withdrawals of its interest in gTLD applications during the period compared to a gain of $7.8 million.

Full Year 2015 Financial Highlights
(Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are relative to the fiscal full year 2014.)

  • Registrar services revenue increased 9% to $174.0 million compared to $160.2 million.
  • Registry services revenue increased to $8.4 million compared to $1.9 million.
  • Aftermarket and other revenue was $32.7 million compared to $30.2 million.
  • Total revenue increased 11% to a record $212.5 million compared to $191.7 million.
  • Net loss was $11.3 million, compared to $1.9 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $4.8 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of ($3.1 million).
  • Gain on other assets, net was $9.4 million representing fewer withdrawals of its interest in gTLD applications during the period compared to a gain of $22.1 million.

Business Highlights

  • Rightside’s 39 owned and operated gTLDs in general availability ended 2015 with over 400,000 registered domains, up 14% over Q3 2015.
  • Rightside’s retail registrar, Name.com, grew revenue over 25% year over year with over half of that growth driven by higher margin new gTLDs.
  • With over 16.5 million total domains under management as of December 31, 2015, including over 2.8 million domain names registered through its retail outlets, Rightside remains one of the world’s largest registrars.
  • Strong momentum behind Rightside’s most recent launches - with the fourth quarter’s .LIVE and .STUDIO topping 25,000 combined registrations and .NEWS, which launched in the third quarter of 2015, now has over 60,000 registrations and is in the top spot in Rightside’s portfolio.

Registrar Services Operating Metrics

Three months ended Year ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 Change 2015 2014 Change
End of period domains (in millions) (1) 16.3 16.0 1.9 % 16.3 16.0 1.9 %
Average revenue per domain (2) $ 11.00 $10.66 3.2 %$10.79 $10.41 3.7 %
Renewal rate (3) 74.7 % 72.7 % 75.3 % 72.9 %


(1) A domain is defined as an individual domain name registered by a third-party customer on Rightside’s registrar platforms for which Rightside has begun to recognize revenue.

(2) Average revenue per domain is calculated by dividing registrar services revenue for a period by the average number of domains registered on Rightside’s registrar platforms in that period. Average revenue per domain for partial year periods is annualized.

(3) The renewal rate is defined as the percentage of domain names on Rightside’s registrar platforms that are renewed after their original term expires.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

  • As of December 31, 2015, Rightside had cash and cash equivalents of $45.1 million, compared to $45.9 million as of September 30, 2015.
  • At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company had letters of credit totaling $11 million outstanding with approximately $19 million of available borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility with Silicon Valley Bank.

Business Outlook

For the full year ending December 31, 2016, Rightside currently expects the following:

  • Total revenue of $218 million to $228 million, inclusive of $12 million to $15 million of GAAP revenue from our Registry Services Business.
  • Total Adjusted EBITDA of $8 million to $11 million, inclusive of approximately $2 million of incremental discretionary marketing spend for the year.

Conference Call and Webcast

Rightside will host a conference call and audio webcast with investors and analysts today, February 16, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time):

  • Live conference call: (844) 413-1777 (domestic) or (716) 247-5761 (international)
  • Conference call replay available through February 21, 2016: (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international)
  • Conference ID: 38641522
  • Live and archived webcast: http://www.rightside.market

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted for interest, income taxes, gain on sale of marketable securities, gain (loss) on other assets, net, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, as well as the financial impact of acquisition and realignment costs. Acquisition and realignment costs include legal, accounting and other professional fees directly attributable to acquisition activity as well as employee severance and other payments in connection with corporate realignment activities. 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.

About Rightside

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 some of the most admired brands in the industry, including eNom and Name.com. Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Rightside has offices in North America, Europe, and Australia. For more information please visit www.rightside.co.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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 new and existing registries; Rightside’s ability to successfully market and sell its gTLDs; and the difficulty in predicting and developing consumer demand for new gTLDs. 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, 2015 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 10, 2015. 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.

Rightside Group, Ltd.
Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
Three months ended Year ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue $ 55,665 $ 51,733 $ 212,486 $ 191,748
Cost of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortization) 41,582 40,203 162,452 149,710
Sales and marketing 2,949 2,294 10,567 9,461
Technology and development 5,325 5,044 21,062 20,476
General and administrative 4,996 5,010 20,078 21,157
Depreciation and amortization 4,111 3,881 16,428 15,441
Gain on other assets, net (721) (7,800) (9,403) (22,103)
Interest expense 1,227 1,287 4,922 1,988
Other expense (income), net 16 36 18 (1,196)
(Loss) income before income tax (3,820) 1,778 (13,638) (3,186)
Income tax expense (benefit) 303 322 (2,314) (1,328)
Net (loss) income $ (4,123) $ 1,456 $ (11,324) $ (1,858)
Net (loss) income per share attributable to common stockholders
Basic $ (0.22) $ 0.08 $ (0.60) $ (0.10)
Diluted (0.22) 0.08 (0.60) (0.10)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Basic 19,039 18,535 18,867 18,452
Diluted 19,039 18,549 18,867 18,452

Rightside Group, Ltd.
Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 45,095 $ 49,743
Accounts receivable, net 11,306 14,256
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,934 6,898
Deferred registration costs 75,435 73,289
Total current assets 139,770 144,186
Deferred registration costs, less current portion 15,700 14,502
Property and equipment, net 13,298 11,527
Intangible assets, net 54,328 37,116
Goodwill 103,042 103,042
gTLD deposits 8,139 21,180
Other assets 3,027 3,298
Total assets $ 337,304 $ 334,851
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 7,262 $ 7,190
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 24,591 22,313
Debt 1,500 1,500
Capital lease obligation 1,193
Deferred revenue 98,294 92,683
Total current liabilities 132,840 123,686
Deferred revenue, less current portion 20,487 19,195
Debt, less current portion 23,277 23,605
Capital lease obligation, less current portion 811
Deferred tax liabilities, net 15,477 18,403
Other liabilities 1,125 1,117
Total liabilities 194,017 186,006
Total stockholders' equity 143,287 148,845
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 337,304 $ 334,851

Rightside Group, Ltd.
Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Three months ended Year ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net (loss) income $ (4,123) $ 1,456 $ (11,324) $ (1,858)
Add (deduct):
Income tax expense (benefit) 303 322 (2,314) (1,328)
Gain on sale of marketable securities (1,362)
Gain on other assets, net (1) (721) (7,800) (9,403) (22,103)
Interest expense 1,227 1,287 4,922 1,988
Depreciation and amortization 4,111 3,881 16,428 15,441
Stock-based compensation expense 1,653 1,410 6,296 5,836
Acquisition and realignment costs (2) 113 202 294
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,563 $ 556 $ 4,807 $ (3,092)

(1) Net loss (gains) on withdrawals of interest in gTLD applications, included in gain on other assets, net.

(2) Acquisition and realignment costs included employee severance and other payments attributable to acquisition or corporate realignment activities. Management does not consider these costs to be indicative of the Company’s core operating results.


Investor Contacts The Blueshirt Group Allise Furlani, 212-331-8433 Brinlea Johnson, 212-331-8424 IR@rightside.rocks

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