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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  July 26, 2018
 
LendingTree, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
 
Delaware
 
001-34063
 
26-2414818
(State or other jurisdiction
 
(Commission
 
(IRS Employer
of incorporation)
 
File Number)
 
Identification No.)
 
11115 Rushmore Drive, Charlotte, NC
 
28277
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (704) 541-5351
 
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
 
o    Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
o    Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 
o    Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
o    Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter). Emerging growth company o
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o






Item 2.02.     Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
 
On July 26, 2018, LendingTree, Inc. (the “Registrant”) announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  A copy of the related press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1.
 
Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
Exhibit No.
 
Exhibit Description
 
 
 
99.1
 






SIGNATURE
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
Date: July 26, 2018
 
 
 
 
LENDINGTREE, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ J.D. Moriarty
 
 
J.D. Moriarty
 
 
Chief Financial Officer






EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
 
 
99.1
 


Exhibit


Exhibit 99.1

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LENDINGTREE REPORTS RECORD 2Q 2018 RESULTS
Increasing FY 18 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance

Record Consolidated Revenue of $184.1 million; up 20% over 2Q 2017
GAAP Net Income from Continuing Operations of $44.8 million or $3.17 per diluted share
Record Variable Marketing Margin of $67.7 million; up 40% over 2Q 2017
Record Adjusted EBITDA of $37.1 million; up 37% over 2Q 2017
Adjusted Net Income per share of $1.47; up 63% over 2Q 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC - July 26, 2018 - LendingTree, Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE), operator of LendingTree.com, the nation's leading online loan marketplace, today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.
“Our second quarter results once again prove the resiliency of the LendingTree business model," said Doug Lebda, Chairman and CEO. "Despite well-publicized challenges in the mortgage and credit card industries, similar to mortgage and personal loan worries we've seen in the past, our marketplace model enabled us to continue to grow variable marketing margin and adjusted EBITDA. We have once again proven our ability to grow in varying macroeconomic environments and our product diversification is continuing to build a moat around our business."
J.D. Moriarty, Chief Financial Officer, added "The diversification of the business over the last several years is enabling us to weather a very difficult environment. Several of our non-mortgage businesses continue to perform extremely well, and we're also beginning to reap the margin benefits of ongoing efforts to diversify our marketing mix. Our team continues to execute extremely well, and in the face of a difficult macro backdrop, we still intend to grow adjusted EBITDA roughly 30% in 2018."
   
Second Quarter 2018 Business Highlights
Mortgage revenue for both purchase and refinance outpaced the broader industry. Revenue from our purchase mortgage product grew 11% over the second quarter 2017 while the industry originations grew 4% in the same period according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Revenue from our refinance product declined 15% compared to a 20% decline in industry originations according to the MBA. MBA's refinance application index hit an 18-year low earlier in July.
Record revenue from non-mortgage products of $117.2 million in the second quarter represents an increase of 44% over the second quarter 2017.
Record personal loans revenue of $36.2 million grew 76% over second quarter 2017 and 39% sequentially.
Revenue from our credit card offerings grew to $38.7 million, up 5% over the second quarter 2017.
Home equity revenue continued to climb, growing 48% over second quarter 2017.
More than 8.8 million consumers have now signed up for My LendingTree. Revenue contribution from MyLendingTree grew 105% in the second quarter compared to the prior year period as new features, such as free credit monitoring and email personalization, are driving increased engagement.






LendingTree Selected Financial Metrics
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q/Q
 
 
 
 
Y/Y
 
 
2Q 2018
 
1Q 2018
 
% Change
 
 
2Q 2017
 
% Change
 
Revenue by Product
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mortgage Products (1)
$
66.9

 
$
73.5

 
(9
)%
 
 
$
71.5

 
(6
)%
 
Non-Mortgage Products (2)
117.2

 
107.6

 
9
 %
 
 
81.3

 
44
 %
 
Total Revenue
$
184.1

 
$
181.0

 
2
 %
 
 
$
152.8

 
20
 %
 
Non-Mortgage % of Total
64
%
 
59
%
 
 
 
 
53
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income Before Income Taxes
$
15.1

 
$
12.4

 
22
 %
 
 
$
7.9

 
91
 %
 
Income Tax Benefit
$
29.7

 
$
23.5

 
26
 %
 
 
$
0.1

 
N/A

 
Net Income from Continuing Operations
$
44.8

 
$
35.9

 
25
 %
 
 
$
8.0

 
460
 %
 
Net Income from Cont. Ops. % of Revenue
24
%
 
20
%
 
 
 
 
5
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income per Share from Cont. Ops.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
3.61

 
$
2.97

 
22
 %
 
 
$
0.67

 
439
 %
 
Diluted
$
3.17

 
$
2.41

 
32
 %
 
 
$
0.59

 
437
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Selling and Marketing Expense
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Variable Selling & Marketing Expense (3)
$
116.4

 
$
118.0

 
(1
)%
 
 
$
104.4

 
11
 %
 
Non-variable Selling & Marketing
7.5

 
8.0

 
(6
)%
 
 
4.7

 
60
 %
 
Selling and Marketing Expense
$
123.9

 
$
126.0

 
(2
)%
 
 
$
109.1

 
14
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Variable Marketing Margin (4)
$
67.7

 
$
63.0

 
7
 %
 
 
$
48.3

 
40
 %
 
Variable Marketing Margin % of Revenue
37
%
 
35
%
 
 
 
 
32
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted EBITDA (4)
$
37.1

 
$
31.7

 
17
 %
 
 
$
27.0

 
37
 %
 
Adjusted EBITDA % of Revenue (4)
20
%
 
18
%
 
 
 
 
18
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted Net Income (4)
$
20.8

 
$
16.2

 
28
 %
 
 
$
12.2

 
70
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted Net Income per Share (4)
$
1.47

 
$
1.10

 
34
 %
 
 
$
0.90

 
63
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1)
Includes the purchase mortgage and refinance mortgage products.
(2)
Includes the home equity, reverse mortgage, personal loan, credit card, small business loan, student loan, auto loan, home services, insurance, deposit and personal credit products.
(3)
Defined as the portion of selling and marketing expense attributable to variable costs paid for advertising, direct marketing and related expenses, which excludes overhead, fixed costs and personnel-related expenses.
(4)
Variable Marketing Margin, Variable Marketing Margin % of Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA % of revenue, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Share are non-GAAP measures. Please see "LendingTree's Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP" and "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" below for more information.










Second Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights

Record consolidated revenue of $184.1 million represents an increase of 20% over revenue in the second quarter 2017.
GAAP net income from continuing operations of $44.8 million, or $3.17 per diluted share, was impacted by a $33.7 million tax benefit relating to employee exercises of stock options and vesting of restricted stock and restricted stock units.
Record Variable Marketing Margin of $67.7 million represents 37% of revenue and grew 40% over second quarter 2017.
Record Adjusted EBITDA of $37.1 million increased 37% over second quarter 2017. Included in this number is $2.0 million of unusually high expense related to payroll taxes owed upon the exercise of employee stock options and vesting of restricted stock units.
Adjusted Net Income per share of $1.47 represents growth of 63% over second quarter 2017.
During the quarter, the company repurchased 126 thousand shares of its stock at a weighted-average price per share of $277 for aggregate consideration of $35.0 million. As of June 30, 2018, the company had approximately $81.7 million in repurchase authorization remaining.

Business Outlook - 2018
LendingTree is introducing Revenue, Variable Marketing Margin and Adjusted EBITDA guidance for third quarter 2018 and revising full-year 2018, as follows:

3Q 2018:
Revenue is anticipated to be in the range of $195 - $205 million.
Variable Marketing Margin is anticipated to be $76 - $81 million.
Adjusted EBITDA is anticipated to be in the range of $43 - $46 million. Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA guidance reflects an estimated $0.5 - $1.5 million of expense related to payroll taxes owed upon the exercise of employee stock options and vesting of restricted stock units.

Full-year 2018:
Revenue is now anticipated to be in the range of $745 - $765 million, down from prior range of $770 - $790 million.
Variable Marketing Margin is expected in the range of $275 - $285 million, up from prior range of $270 - $280.
Adjusted EBITDA is now anticipated in the range of $148 - $152 million, up from prior range of $145 - $150 million, and representing growth of 29% - 32% over 2017.

LendingTree is not able to provide a reconciliation of projected Variable Marketing Margin or Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable expected GAAP results due to the unknown effect, timing and potential significance of the effects of legal matters, tax considerations, and income and expense from changes in fair value of contingent consideration from acquisitions. Expenses associated with legal matters, tax consequences, and income and expense from changes in fair value of contingent consideration from acquisitions have in the past, and may in the future, significantly affect GAAP results in a particular period.

Quarterly Conference Call
A conference call to discuss LendingTree's second quarter 2018 financial results will be webcast live today, July 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (ET). The live audiocast is open to the public and will be available on LendingTree's investor relations website at http://investors.lendingtree.com/. The call may also be accessed toll-free via phone at (877) 606-1416. Callers





outside the United States and Canada may dial (707) 287-9313. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on LendingTree's investor relations website until 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, August 2, 2018. To listen to the telephone replay, call toll-free (855) 859-2056 with passcode #2058069. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial (404) 537-3406 with passcode #2058069.





LENDINGTREE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended 
 June 30,
 
Six Months Ended 
 June 30,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Revenue
$
184,101

 
$
152,773

 
$
365,136

 
$
285,288

Costs and expenses:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Cost of revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below) (1)
6,043

 
4,164

 
11,739

 
7,755

Selling and marketing expense (1)
123,946

 
109,141

 
249,990

 
202,392

General and administrative expense (1)
24,759

 
12,094

 
47,573

 
23,641

Product development (1)
5,967

 
4,064

 
12,227

 
7,687

Depreciation
1,633

 
1,808

 
3,304

 
3,511

Amortization of intangibles
3,964

 
2,608

 
7,927

 
5,217

Change in fair value of contingent consideration
(167
)
 
9,393

 
(908
)
 
18,139

Severance
3

 
247

 
3

 
404

Litigation settlements and contingencies
(170
)
 
285

 
(192
)
 
689

Total costs and expenses
165,978

 
143,804

 
331,663

 
269,435

Operating income
18,123

 
8,969

 
33,473

 
15,853

Other (expense) income, net:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interest expense, net
(2,924
)
 
(1,079
)
 
(5,912
)
 
(1,244
)
Other (expense) income
(71
)
 
13

 
(37
)
 
13

Income before income taxes
15,128

 
7,903

 
27,524

 
14,622

Income tax benefit
29,721

 
104

 
53,182

 
1,183

Net income from continuing operations
44,849

 
8,007

 
80,706

 
15,805

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax
(2,302
)
 
(689
)
 
(6,635
)
 
(1,621
)
Net income and comprehensive income
$
42,547

 
$
7,318

 
$
74,071

 
$
14,184

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
12,416

 
11,965

 
12,254

 
11,896

Diluted
14,147

 
13,604

 
14,527

 
13,552

Income per share from continuing operations:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Basic
$
3.61

 
$
0.67

 
$
6.59

 
$
1.33

Diluted
$
3.17

 
$
0.59

 
$
5.56

 
$
1.17

Loss per share from discontinued operations:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Basic
$
(0.19
)
 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
(0.54
)
 
$
(0.14
)
Diluted
$
(0.16
)
 
$
(0.05
)
 
$
(0.46
)
 
$
(0.12
)
Net income per share:
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Basic
$
3.43

 
$
0.61

 
$
6.04

 
$
1.19

Diluted
$
3.01

 
$
0.54

 
$
5.10

 
$
1.05

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) Amounts include non-cash compensation, as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of revenue
$
79

 
$
45

 
$
137

 
$
88

Selling and marketing expense
1,433

 
692

 
2,934

 
1,177

General and administrative expense
8,490

 
1,601

 
17,229

 
2,820

Product development
1,176

 
562

 
1,987

 
1,045






LENDINGTREE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

 
June 30,
2018
 
December 31,
2017
 
(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)
ASSETS:
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
$
293,301

 
$
368,550

Restricted cash and cash equivalents
49

 
4,091

Accounts receivable, net
80,135

 
53,444

Prepaid and other current assets
13,856

 
11,881

Current assets of discontinued operations
175

 
75

Total current assets
387,516

 
438,041

Property and equipment, net
37,876

 
36,431

Goodwill
124,903

 
113,368

Intangible assets, net
81,654

 
81,125

Deferred income tax assets
73,163

 
20,156

Other non-current assets
1,793

 
1,910

Non-current assets of discontinued operations
2,428

 
2,428

Total assets
$
709,333

 
$
693,459

 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES:
 

 
 

Accounts payable, trade
$
11,066

 
$
9,250

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
70,721

 
77,183

Current contingent consideration
7,283

 
46,576

Current liabilities of discontinued operations
18,782

 
14,507

Total current liabilities
107,852

 
147,516

Long-term debt
244,480

 
238,199

Non-current contingent consideration
7,958

 
11,273

Other non-current liabilities
1,615

 
1,597

Total liabilities
361,905

 
398,585

Commitments and contingencies
 
 
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
 

 
 

Preferred stock $.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding

 

Common stock $.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 15,138,620 and 14,218,572 shares issued, respectively, and 12,742,751 and 11,979,434 shares outstanding, respectively
151

 
142

Additional paid-in capital
1,110,688

 
1,087,582

Accumulated deficit
(632,910
)
 
(708,354
)
Treasury stock; 2,395,869 and 2,239,138 shares, respectively
(131,088
)
 
(85,085
)
Noncontrolling interest
587

 
589

Total shareholders' equity
347,428

 
294,874

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
$
709,333

 
$
693,459







LENDINGTREE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 (Unaudited)
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2018
 
2017
 
(in thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities attributable to continuing operations:
 

 
 

Net income and comprehensive income
$
74,071

 
$
14,184

Less: Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax
6,635

 
1,621

Income from continuing operations
80,706

 
15,805

Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash provided by operating activities attributable to continuing operations:
 

 
 

Loss on impairments and disposal of assets
1,889

 
309

Amortization of intangibles
7,927

 
5,217

Depreciation
3,304

 
3,511

Rental amortization of intangibles and depreciation
396

 
525

Non-cash compensation expense
22,287

 
5,130

Deferred income taxes
(56,197
)
 
(6,319
)
Change in fair value of contingent consideration
(908
)
 
18,139

Bad debt expense
513

 
96

Amortization of debt issuance costs
865

 
231

Amortization of convertible debt discount
5,623

 
909

Changes in current assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
(26,841
)
 
(10,052
)
Prepaid and other current assets
(787
)
 
(323
)
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities
(3,970
)
 
16,852

Current contingent consideration
(21,900
)
 

Income taxes receivable
2,522

 
(1,524
)
Other, net
(165
)
 
(282
)
Net cash provided by operating activities attributable to continuing operations
15,264

 
48,224

Cash flows from investing activities attributable to continuing operations:
 

 
 

Capital expenditures
(6,747
)
 
(3,611
)
Acquisition of Ovation, net of cash acquired
(11,683
)
 

Acquisition of SnapCap
(10
)
 

Acquisition of DepositAccounts

 
(24,000
)
Acquisition of MagnifyMoney, net of cash acquired

 
(29,415
)
Other investing activities
(1
)
 

Net cash used in investing activities attributable to continuing operations
(18,441
)
 
(57,026
)
Cash flows from financing activities attributable to continuing operations:
 

 
 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options, net of payments related to net-share settlement of stock-based compensation
895

 
1,274

Contingent consideration payments
(25,600
)
 

Proceeds from the issuance of 0.625% Convertible Senior Notes

 
300,000

Payment of convertible note hedge transactions

 
(61,500
)
Proceeds from the sale of warrants

 
43,410

Payment of debt issuance costs
(84
)
 
(8,572
)
Purchase of treasury stock
(47,101
)
 






Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities attributable to continuing operations
(71,890
)
 
274,612

Total cash (used in) provided by continuing operations
(75,067
)
 
265,810

Discontinued operations:
 
 
 
Net cash used in operating activities attributable to discontinued operations
(4,224
)
 
(1,305
)
Total cash used in discontinued operations
(4,224
)
 
(1,305
)
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents
(79,291
)
 
264,505

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of period
372,641

 
95,220

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents at end of period
$
293,350

 
$
359,725








LENDINGTREE'S RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO GAAP

Below is a reconciliation of net income from continuing operations to Variable Marketing Margin and net income from continuing operations % of revenue to Variable Marketing Margin % of revenue. See "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" for further discussion of the Company's use of these non-GAAP measures.

 
Three Months Ended
 
June 30,
2018
March 31,
2018
June 30,
2017
 
 
 
 
Net income from continuing operations
$
44,849

$
35,857

$
8,007

Net income from continuing operations % of revenue
24
%
20
%
5
%
 
 
 
 
Adjustments to reconcile to Variable Marketing Margin:
 
 
 
Cost of revenue
6,043

5,696

4,164

Non-variable selling and marketing expense (1)
7,571

8,016

4,681

General and administrative expense
24,759

22,814

12,094

Product development
5,967

6,260

4,064

Depreciation
1,633

1,671

1,808

Amortization of intangibles
3,964

3,963

2,608

Change in fair value of contingent consideration
(167
)
(741
)
9,393

Severance
3


247

Litigation settlements and contingencies (2)
(170
)
(22
)
285

Interest expense, net
2,924

2,988

1,079

Other expense (income)
71

(34
)
(13
)
Income tax benefit
(29,721
)
(23,461
)
(104
)
Variable Marketing Margin
$
67,726

$
63,007

$
48,313

Variable Marketing Margin % of revenue
37
%
35
%
32
%
(1
)
Defined as the portion of selling and marketing expense not attributable to variable costs paid for advertising, direct marketing and related expenses. Includes overhead, fixed costs and personnel-related expenses.
(2
)
Includes legal fees for certain patent litigation.


























Below is a reconciliation of net income from continuing operations to adjusted EBITDA and net income from continuing operations % of revenue to adjusted EBITDA % of revenue. See "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" for further discussion of the Company's use of these non-GAAP measures.

 
Three Months Ended
 
June 30,
2018
March 31,
2018
June 30,
2017
 
 
 
 
Net income from continuing operations
$
44,849

$
35,857

$
8,007

Net income from continuing operations % of revenue
24
%
20
%
5
%
Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:
 

 
 
Amortization of intangibles
3,964

3,963

2,608

Depreciation
1,633

1,671

1,808

Severance
3


247

Loss on impairments and disposal of assets
1,797

92

36

Non-cash compensation
11,178

11,109

2,900

Change in fair value of contingent consideration
(167
)
(741
)
9,393

Acquisition expense
625

62

488

Litigation settlements and contingencies (1)
(170
)
(22
)
285

Interest expense, net
2,924

2,988

1,079

Rental depreciation and amortization of intangibles
194

202

263

Income tax benefit
(29,721
)
(23,461
)
(104
)
Adjusted EBITDA
$
37,109

$
31,720

$
27,010

Adjusted EBITDA % of revenue
20
%
18
%
18
%

(1)
Includes legal fees for certain patent litigation.































Below is a reconciliation of net income from continuing operations to Adjusted Net Income and net income per diluted share from continuing operations to Adjusted Net Income per share. See "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" for further discussion of the Company's use of these non-GAAP measures.

 
Three Months Ended
 
June 30,
2018
March 31,
2018
June 30,
2017
 
 
 
 
Net income from continuing operations
$
44,849

$
35,857

$
8,007

Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted Net Income:
 
 
 
Non-cash compensation
11,178

11,109

2,900

Loss on impairments and disposal of assets
1,797

92

36

Acquisition expense
625

62

488

Change in fair value of contingent consideration
(167
)
(741
)
9,393

Severance
3


247

Litigation settlements and contingencies (1)
(170
)
(22
)
285

Income tax benefit from adjusted items
(3,639
)
(2,892
)
(5,340
)
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation
(33,667
)
(27,203
)
(3,840
)
Adjusted net income
$
20,809

$
16,262

$
12,176

 
 
 
 
Net income per diluted share from continuing operations
$
3.17

$
2.41

$
0.59

Adjustments to reconcile net income from continuing operations to Adjusted Net Income
(1.70
)
(1.31
)
0.31

Adjusted net income per share
$
1.47

$
1.10

$
0.90

 
 
 
 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding
14,147

14,848

13,604

(1
)
Includes legal fees for certain patent litigation.






LENDINGTREE’S PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL REPORTING

LendingTree reports the following non-GAAP measures as supplemental to GAAP:

Variable Marketing Margin
Variable Marketing Margin % of revenue
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, as adjusted for certain items discussed below ("Adjusted EBITDA")
Adjusted EBITDA % of revenue
Adjusted Net Income
Adjusted Net Income per share

Variable Marketing Margin is a measure of the operating efficiency of the Company’s operating model, measuring revenue after subtracting variable marketing costs that directly influence revenue. The Company’s operating model is highly sensitive to the amount and efficiency of variable marketing expenditures, and the Company’s proprietary systems are able to make rapidly changing decisions concerning the deployment of variable marketing expenditures (primarily but not exclusively online and mobile advertising placement) based on proprietary and sophisticated analytics. Variable Marketing Margin and Variable Marketing Margin % of revenue are primary metrics by which the Company measures the effectiveness of its marketing efforts.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA % of revenue are primary metrics by which LendingTree evaluates the operating performance of its businesses, on which its marketing expenditures and internal budgets are based and, in the case of Adjusted EBITDA, by which management and many employees are compensated.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share supplement GAAP income from continuing operations and GAAP income per diluted share from continuing operations by enabling investors to make period to period comparisons of those components of the nearest comparable GAAP measures that management believes better reflect the underlying financial performance of the Company’s business operations during particular financial reporting periods. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share exclude certain amounts, such as non-cash compensation, non-cash asset impairment charges, gain/loss on disposal of assets, severance, litigation settlements, contingencies and legal fees for certain patent litigation, acquisition and disposition income or expenses including with respect to changes in fair value of contingent consideration, one-time items which are recognized and recorded under GAAP in particular periods but which might be viewed as not necessarily coinciding with the underlying business operations for the periods in which they are so recognized and recorded, the effects to income taxes of the aforementioned adjustments and any excess tax benefit or expense associated with stock-based compensation recorded in net income in conjunction with FASB pronouncement ASU 2016-09. LendingTree believes that Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share are useful financial indicators that provide a different view of the financial performance of the Company than Adjusted EBITDA (the primary metric by which LendingTree evaluates the operating performance of its businesses) and the GAAP measures of net income from continuing operations and GAAP income per diluted share from continuing operations.

These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. LendingTree provides and encourages investors to examine the reconciling adjustments between the GAAP and non-GAAP measures set forth above.

Definition of LendingTree's Non-GAAP Measures

Variable Marketing Margin is defined as revenue less the portion of selling & marketing expense attributable to variable costs paid for advertising, direct marketing and related expenses, which excludes overhead, fixed costs and personnel-related expenses.

EBITDA is defined as net income from continuing operations excluding interest, income taxes, amortization of intangibles and depreciation.






Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding (1) non-cash compensation expense, (2) non-cash impairment charges, (3) gain/loss on disposal of assets, (4) severance expenses, (5) litigation settlements, contingencies and legal fees for certain patent litigation, (6) acquisitions and dispositions income or expense (including with respect to changes in fair value of contingent consideration), and (7) one-time items.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income (loss) from continuing operations excluding (1) non-cash compensation expense, (2) non-cash impairment charges, (3) gain/loss on disposal of assets, (4) severance expenses, (5) litigation settlements, contingencies and legal fees for certain patent litigation,
(6) acquisitions and dispositions income or expense (including with respect to changes in fair value of contingent consideration), (7) one-time items, (8) the effects to income taxes of the aforementioned adjustments, and (9) any excess tax benefit or expense associated with stock-based compensation recorded in net income in conjunction with FASB pronouncement ASU 2016-09.

Adjusted Net Income per share is defined as Adjusted Net Income divided by the adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding. For periods which the Company reports GAAP loss from continuing operations, the effects of potentially dilutive securities are excluded from the calculation of net loss per diluted share from continuing operations because their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive. In periods where the Company reports GAAP loss from continuing operations but reports positive non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income, the effects of potentially dilutive securities are included in the denominator for calculating Adjusted Net Income per share.

LendingTree endeavors to compensate for the limitations of these non-GAAP measures by also providing the comparable GAAP measures with equal or greater prominence and descriptions of the reconciling items, including quantifying such items, to derive the non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

One-Time Items

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income are adjusted for one-time items, if applicable. Items are considered one-time in nature if they are non-recurring, infrequent or unusual, and have not occurred in the past two years or are not expected to recur in the next two years, in accordance with SEC rules. For the periods presented in this report, there are no adjustments for one-time items.
 
Non-Cash Expenses That Are Excluded From LendingTree's Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income

Non-cash compensation expense consists principally of expense associated with the grants of restricted stock, restricted stock units and stock options. These expenses are not paid in cash and LendingTree includes the related shares in its calculations of fully diluted shares outstanding. Upon settlement of restricted stock units, exercise of certain stock options or vesting of restricted stock awards, the awards may be settled on a net basis, with LendingTree remitting the required tax withholding amounts from its current funds. Cash expenditures for employer payroll taxes on non-cash compensation are included within Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income.

Amortization of intangibles are non-cash expenses relating primarily to acquisitions. At the time of an acquisition, the intangible assets of the acquired company, such as purchase agreements, technology and customer relationships, are valued and amortized over their estimated lives. Amortization of intangibles are only excluded from Adjusted EBITDA.






Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

The matters contained in the discussion above may be considered to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations or anticipations of LendingTree and members of our management team. Factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include the following: adverse conditions in the primary and secondary mortgage markets and in the economy, particularly interest rates; default rates on loans, particularly unsecured loans; demand by investors for unsecured personal loans; the effect of such demand on interest rates for personal loans and consumer demand for personal loans; seasonality of results; potential liabilities to secondary market purchasers; changes in the Company's relationships with network lenders, including dependence on certain key network lenders; breaches of network security or the misappropriation or misuse of personal consumer information; failure to provide competitive service; failure to maintain brand recognition; ability to attract and retain consumers in a cost-effective manner; the effects of potential acquisitions of other businesses, including the ability to integrate them successfully with LendingTree’s existing operations; accounting rules related to contingent consideration and excess tax benefits or expenses on stock-based compensation that could materially affect earnings in future periods; ability to develop new products and services and enhance existing ones; competition; allegations of failure to comply with existing or changing laws, rules or regulations, or to obtain and maintain required licenses; failure of network lenders or other affiliated parties to comply with regulatory requirements; failure to maintain the integrity of systems and infrastructure; liabilities as a result of privacy regulations; failure to adequately protect intellectual property rights or allegations of infringement of intellectual property rights; and changes in management. These and additional factors to be considered are set forth under “Risk Factors” in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2018, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2017 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. LendingTree undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results or expectations.

About LendingTree, Inc.
LendingTree (NASDAQ: TREE) is the nation's leading online marketplace that connects consumers with the choices they need to be confident in their financial decisions. LendingTree empowers consumers to shop for financial services the same way they would shop for airline tickets or hotel stays, comparing multiple offers from a nationwide network of over 500 partners in one simple search, and can choose the option that best fits their financial needs. Services include mortgage loans, mortgage refinances, auto loans, personal loans, business loans, student refinances, credit cards and more. Through the My LendingTree platform, consumers receive free credit scores, credit monitoring and recommendations to improve credit health. My LendingTree proactively compares consumers' credit accounts against offers on our network, and notifies consumers when there is an opportunity to save money. In short, LendingTree's purpose is to help simplify financial decisions for life's meaningful moments through choice, education and support.

LendingTree, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC and maintains operations solely in the United States. For more information, please visit www.lendingtree.com.

Investor Relations Contact:
Trent Ziegler
trent.ziegler@lendingtree.com
704-943-8294

Media Contact:
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megan.greuling@lendingtree.com
704-943-8208