LendingTree, Inc.
Feb 5, 2010

Tree.com Reports Q409 Results

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb 5, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Tree.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:TREE) today announced Q4 2009 Adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million, an improvement of $3.9 million over the prior quarter and a $0.6 million decrease from Q408. Tree's Q409 revenue, including the impact of loan loss settlements, was $47.8 million, down from $50.7 million in Q309. Tree reported a GAAP loss, including all settlement, impairment and restructuring charges, of $1.92 per share on a net loss of $21 million.

Doug Lebda, Chairman and CEO of Tree.com stated, "Overall, we are pleased with our core business with each of the operating segments reporting positive results for the quarter. As previously announced, we settled some significant contingencies in the quarter and we are pleased to have those issues behind us. Looking forward, we are confident in our core business and our new verticals continue to produce solid results. As a result, we are well poised for 2010 and stand behind our previous guidance."

Tree.com CFO Matt Packey added, "Getting back to positive Adjusted EBITDA was a key step for us. We wanted to demonstrate that our prior restructurings and current initiatives were indeed working. Now, when the macro-economic conditions begin to improve, we are positioned to deliver more consistent results."

                   Tree.com Summary Financial Results
               $s in millions (except per share amounts)

                                               Q/Q              Y/Y

                                                 %                %
                            Q4 2009  Q3 2009  Change  Q4 2008  Change
                            -------  -------  ------  -------  ------
  Revenue                     $47.8    $50.7    (6%)    $48.1    (1%)

  Cost of Revenue *           $16.5    $18.7   (11%)    $16.1      3%

  Operating Expenses*         $30.9    $35.6   (13%)    $30.9    (0%)
  Litigation Settlements
   and
  Contingencies               $12.8     $0.0      NM     $1.8    593%

  Net Loss                  $(21.0)   $(7.4)  (183%)   $(7.0)  (199%)
  EBITDA **                 $(18.5)   $(4.7)  (294%)   $(3.2)  (482%)
  Adjusted EBITDA **           $0.4   $(3.5)    111%     $1.0   (64%)
  Net Loss Per Share        $(1.92)  $(0.68)  (181%)  $(0.75)  (156%)
  Diluted Net Loss Per
   Share                    $(1.92)  $(0.68)  (181%)  $(0.75)  (156%)

  NM = Not Meaningful
  * Does not include non-cash compensation, depreciation, gain/loss
   on disposal of assets, restructuring, amortization, impairment, or
   litigation settlements and contingencies.
  ** See separate reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA to
   GAAP Operating Income/Loss.

Information Regarding Q4 Results

  --  Q409 revenue decreased 1% from Q408 and decreased 6% from Q309.   The
      nominal year-over-year decrease and quarter-over-quarter decline were
      primarily driven by the previously announced loan loss settlements at
      LendingTree Loans as well as lower revenue in the real estate segment
      caused by continued declines in the value of homes being sold.
  --  Q409 Adjusted EBITDA improved $3.9 million quarter-over-quarter with all
      three operating segments reporting positive Adjusted EBITDA. Reductions
      in cost of revenue offset the seasonal impacts in the LendingTree Loans
      and Real Estate segments. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $0.6 million
      year-over-year, primarily due to incremental expenses associated with
      the new verticals within the Exchanges segment.


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Business Unit Discussion

LENDINGTREE LOANS SEGMENT

                     LendingTree Loans Segment Results
                               $s in millions
                                                    Q/Q              Y/Y

                                                      %                %
                                 Q4 2009  Q3 2009  Change  Q4 2008  Change
                                 -------  -------  ------  -------  ------
  Revenue - Direct Lending
   Origination and Sale of
    Loans                          $20.6    $22.5    (8%)    $20.2      2%

   Other                            $2.3     $1.6     43%     $1.7     36%
                                 -------  -------  ------  -------  ------
  Total Revenue - Direct
   Lending                         $22.9    $24.1    (5%)    $21.9      5%

  Cost of Revenue *                $10.2    $11.2    (9%)     $8.7     17%

  Operating Expenses*               $9.8    $11.2   (12%)     $8.5     16%
  Litigation Settlements and
  Contingencies                     $0.1     $0.0      NM     $1.8   (97%)
                                 -------  -------  ------  -------  ------

  EBITDA **                         $2.6     $1.7     55%     $2.4      6%
  Adjusted EBITDA **                $2.9     $1.7     74%     $4.7   (38%)

  Metrics - Direct Lending
   Purchased loan requests
    (000s)                          61.5     67.1    (8%)     76.3   (19%)
   Closed - units (000s)             2.7      2.8    (3%)      2.3     18%
   Closed - units (dollars)       $622.6   $620.2      0%   $477.6     30%

  NM = Not Meaningful
  * Does not include non-cash compensation, depreciation, gain/loss on
   disposal of assets, restructuring, amortization, impairment, or
   litigation settlements and contingencies.
  ** See separate reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA to GAAP
   Operating Income/Loss.

LendingTree Loans

Q409 revenue increased 5% from the same period last year on an 18% increase in closed units and an 11% increase in the average loan amount. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, average loan amount increased 5% but closed units were down 3%, a factor of normal seasonal impacts. Revenue was down 5% quarter-over-quarter as a result of the loan loss settlements in the period.

Operating expenses increased $1.3 million year-over-year largely due to increased marketing spend, which was offset by the significantly lower litigation settlements and contingencies. Q409 operating expense was $1.4 million less than the prior quarter with improvements in general and administrative costs as well as slightly lower marketing expense.

EXCHANGES SEGMENT

                         Exchanges Segment Results
                               $s in millions
                                                 Q/Q                 Y/Y

                                                   %                   %
                             Q4 2009   Q3 2009  Change   Q4 2008    Change
                            --------  --------  ------  ----------  ------
  Revenue - Exchanges
   Match Fees                  $12.3     $12.4    (1%)       $11.8      4%
   Closed Loan Fees             $5.3      $5.3    (1%)        $6.5   (19%)
   Inter-segment Revenue        $5.1      $5.2    (2%)        $4.2     22%

   Other                        $0.4      $1.0   (51%)        $0.6   (34%)
                            --------  --------  ------  ----------  ------
  Total Revenue -
   Exchanges                   $23.1     $23.9    (3%)       $23.1    (0%)

  Cost of Revenue *             $1.9      $1.9    (1%)        $2.4   (22%)


  Operating Expenses*          $17.5     $18.3    (4%)       $16.6      5%
                            --------  --------  ------  ----------  ------

  EBITDA **                     $1.4      $3.6   (61%)        $4.0   (64%)
  Adjusted EBITDA **            $3.7      $3.7    (1%)        $4.1    (9%)

  Metrics - Exchanges
   Matched requests (000s)     279.3     340.7   (18%)       334.0   (16%)
   Closing - units (000s)       11.6      12.1    (4%)        15.7   (26%)
   Closing - units
    (dollars)                2,291.5   2,231.6      3%   $ 2,328.8    (2%)

  * Does not include non-cash compensation, depreciation, gain/loss on
   disposal of assets, restructuring, amortization, impairment, or
   litigation settlements and contingencies.
  ** See separate reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA to GAAP
   Operating Income/Loss.

Exchanges

Exchanges revenue in Q409 decreased 3% compared to Q309 and was flat to the same period in 2008. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, Exchanges revenue decreased largely due to lower other revenue that includes miscellaneous fees which were unusually high in Q309. The year-over-year increase in match fees is due to the addition of the education and home services verticals. The decrease in closed loan fees year-over-year continues to reflect the tight consumer credit markets, making it difficult for many consumers to qualify for a loan.

Operating expenses decreased $0.7 million quarter-over-quarter and increased $0.9 million year-over-year. The decrease quarter-over-quarter was largely due to lowering costs through restructuring efforts. On a year-over-year basis, increased operating expenses were driven primarily by marketing for the new verticals added in 2009.

REAL ESTATE SEGMENT

                       Real Estate Segment Results
                              $s in millions
                                                  Q/Q              Y/Y

                                                    %                %
                               Q4 2009  Q3 2009  Change  Q4 2008  Change
                               -------  -------  ------  -------  ------
  Total Revenue - Real Estate     $6.9     $8.0   (14%)     $7.5    (9%)

  Cost of Revenue *               $4.3     $5.0   (13%)     $4.5    (5%)


  Operating Expenses*             $2.5     $3.6   (31%)     $4.6   (46%)
                               -------  -------  ------  -------  ------

  EBITDA **                     $(2.5)   $(0.8)  (230%)   $(2.0)   (30%)
  Adjusted EBITDA **              $0.1   $(0.6)    117%   $(1.6)    107%

  Metrics - Real Estate
   Closing - units (000s)          1.3      1.4    (6%)      1.6   (16%)
   Closing - units (dollars)    $278.3   $330.4   (16%)   $395.0   (30%)
   Agents - RealEstate.com,
   REALTORS(R)                   1,145    1,304   (12%)    1,174    (2%)
   Markets - RealEstate.com,
   REALTORS(R)                      20       20      0%       20      0%

  * Does not include non-cash compensation, depreciation, gain/loss on
   disposal of assets, restructuring, amortization, impairment, or
   litigation settlements and contingencies.
  ** See separate reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA to GAAP
   Operating Income/Loss.

Real Estate

Q409 Real Estate revenue decreased $1.1 million or 14% from Q309 and decreased $0.6 million or 9% from Q408. The decrease quarter-over-quarter is primarily due to normal seasonality as we saw similar drop in closed units in 2008. The year-over-year decrease in Real Estate revenue is attributed to declines in our referral networks, which experienced decreases in closings and transaction values year-over-year from persistent negative market conditions.

Despite negative market conditions and normal seasonality, Adjusted EBITDA improved $0.7 million quarter-over-quarter and $1.7 million year-over-year. The primary driver of the improvement in Adjusted EBITDA is lower operating expenses which decreased $1.1 million quarter-over-quarter and $2.1 million year-over-year. The reductions in operating expense were across marketing as well as general and administrative, reflecting prior cost cutting initiatives.

CORPORATE

                Unallocated Corporate Costs and Eliminations
                               $s in millions
                                                     Q/Q             Y/Y

                                              Q3       %      Q4       %
                                   Q4 2009   2009   Change   2008   Change
                                   -------  ------  ------  ------  ------
  Inter-segment Revenue -
   elimination                      $(5.1)  $(5.2)      2%  $(4.4)   (16%)

  Cost of Revenue *                   $0.1    $0.5   (76%)    $0.5   (74%)

  Inter-segment Marketing -
   elimination                      $(5.1)  $(5.2)      2%  $(4.2)   (22%)

  Operating Expenses*                 $6.2    $7.8   (20%)    $5.4     15%
  Litigation Settlements and
  Contingencies                      $12.8     $--      NM     $--      NM
                                   -------  ------  ------  ------  ------

  EBITDA **                        $(19.9)  $(9.2)  (116%)  $(7.6)  (162%)
  Adjusted EBITDA **                $(6.3)  $(8.3)     24%  $(6.1)    (3%)

  NM = Not Meaningful
  * Does not include non-cash compensation, depreciation, gain/loss on
   disposal of assets, restructuring, amortization, impairment, or
   litigation settlements and contingencies.
  ** See separate reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA to GAAP
   Operating Income/Loss.

Corporate

The eliminations both in revenue and in marketing were primarily associated with the inter-segment transfer pricing charged from Exchanges to LendingTree Loans for leads. Operating expenses decreased $1.6 million quarter-over-quarter and increased $0.8 million year-over-year. The quarter-over-quarter decrease was largely due to lower employee costs and the year-over-year increases in operating expense were primarily related to increases in professional fees. Litigation settlements and contingencies reflect $12.8 million for matters related to intellectual property litigation.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2009, Tree.com had $86.1 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, compared to $86.9 million as of September 30, 2009. As of December 31, 2009, LendingTree Loans had three committed lines of credit totaling $175 million of borrowing capacity. Borrowings under these lines of credit are used to fund, and are secured by, consumer residential loans that are held for sale. Loans under these lines of credit are repaid from proceeds from the sales of loans held for sale by LendingTree Loans. The loans held for sale and warehouse lines of credit balances as of December 31, 2009 were $93.6 million and $78.5million, respectively.

Conference Call

Tree.com will audio cast its conference call with investors and analysts discussing the Company's fourth quarter financial results on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). This call will include the disclosure of certain information, including forward-looking information, which may be material to an investor's understanding of Tree.com's business. The live audio cast is open to the public at http://investor-relations.tree.com/.

QUARTERLY FINANCIALS

                     TREE.COM, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

                             Three Months Ended         Year Ended
                                 December 31,           December 31,

                               2009        2008       2009       2008
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------
                                 (unaudited)             (audited)
                              (In thousands, except per share amounts)
  Revenue
    LendingTree Loans           $22,932   $21,880   $117,670     $97,929
    Exchanges and other          17,998    18,709     70,660      94,716

    Real Estate                   6,896     7,549     28,445      35,927
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------
   Total revenue                 47,826    48,138    216,775     228,572
  Cost of revenue
    LendingTree Loans            10,211     8,749     47,315      41,156
    Exchanges and other           2,012     2,851      9,399      14,348

    Real Estate                   4,334     4,562     18,046      21,293
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------
   Total cost of revenue
    (exclusive of
    depreciation
   shown separately below)       16,557    16,162     74,760      76,797
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------
   Gross margin                  31,269    31,976    142,015     151,775
  Operating expenses
   Selling and marketing
    expense                      16,808    16,081     61,957      97,109
   General and
    administrative expense       13,971    14,721     64,901      72,932
   Product development            1,120     1,356      5,962       6,705
   Litigation settlements
    and contingencies            12,803     1,848     13,208       1,995
   Restructuring expense          2,848     1,147      2,690       5,704
   Amortization of
    intangibles                   1,211     1,451      4,847      10,983
   Depreciation                   1,617     1,705      6,666       7,042

   Asset impairments              2,194        --      6,097     164,335
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------
    Total operating
     expenses                    52,572    38,309    166,328     366,805
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------
    Operating loss             (21,303)   (6,333)   (24,313)   (215,030)
  Other income (expense)
   Interest income                    4       121         88         134
   Interest expense               (166)     (153)      (617)       (650)

   Other income (expense)            --        --         --         (4)
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------
  Total other income
   (expense), net                 (162)      (32)      (529)       (520)
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------
  Loss before income taxes     (21,465)   (6,365)   (24,842)   (215,550)
  Income tax benefit
   (provision)                      489     (641)        368      13,274
                            -----------  --------  ---------  ----------

  Net loss                    $(20,976)  $(7,006)  $(24,474)  $(202,276)
                            ===========  ========  =========  ==========
  Weighted average common
   shares outstanding            10,900     9,368     10,536       9,368
                            ===========  ========  =========  ==========
  Net loss per share
   available to common
   shareholders

   Basic                        $(1.92)   $(0.75)    $(2.32)    $(21.59)
                            ===========  ========  =========  ==========

   Diluted                      $(1.92)   $(0.75)    $(2.32)    $(21.59)
                            ===========  ========  =========  ==========

             TREE.COM, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
               CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


                                   December    December
                                   31, 2009    31, 2008
                                  ----------  ---------
                                  (In thousands, except
                                        par value
                                   and share amounts)
  ASSETS:
   Cash and cash equivalents         $86,093    $73,643
   Restricted cash and cash
    equivalents                       12,019     15,204
   Accounts receivable, net of
    allowance of $518 and $367,
    respectively                       6,835      7,234
   Loans held for sale ($92,236
    and $85,638 measured at fair
    value,
   respectively)                      93,596     87,835
   Prepaid and other current
    assets                            10,758      8,960
                                  ----------  ---------
    Total current assets             209,301    192,876
   Property and equipment, net        12,257     17,057
   Goodwill                           12,152      9,285
   Intangible assets, net             57,626     64,663

   Other non-current assets              496        202
                                  ----------  ---------

    Total assets                    $291,832   $284,083
                                  ==========  =========
  LIABILITIES:
   Warehouse lines of credit         $78,481    $76,186
   Accounts payable, trade             5,905      3,541
   Deferred revenue                    1,731      1,231
   Deferred income taxes               2,211      2,290
   Accrued expenses and other
    current liabilities               54,694     37,146
                                  ----------  ---------
    Total current liabilities        143,022    120,394
   Income taxes payable                  510        862
   Other long-term liabilities        12,010      9,016

   Deferred income taxes              15,380     15,683
                                  ----------  ---------
    Total liabilities                170,922    145,955

  SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
   Preferred stock $.01 par
    value; authorized 5,000,000
    shares; none
   issued or outstanding                  --         --
   Common stock $.01 par value;
    authorized 50,000,000
    shares; issued
   and outstanding 10,904,330
    and 9,369,381 shares,
    respectively                         109         94
   Additional paid-in capital        901,818    894,577

   Accumulated deficit             (781,017)  (756,543)
                                  ----------  ---------

    Total shareholders' equity       120,910    138,128
                                  ----------  ---------
    Total liabilities and
     shareholders' equity           $291,832   $284,083
                                  ==========  =========

                    TREE.COM, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


                                              Year Ended December 31,
                                             ------------------------

                                                2009         2008
                                             -----------  -----------
                                                  (In thousands)
  Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net loss                                     $(24,474)   $(202,276)
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net
   cash provided by (used in)
  operating activities:
   Loss on disposal of fixed assets                1,123           --
   Amortization of intangibles                     4,847       10,983
   Depreciation                                    6,666        7,042
   Intangible impairment                           6,097       33,378
   Goodwill impairment                                --      130,957
   Non-cash compensation expense                   3,892       11,237
   Non-cash restructuring expense                  1,191        1,260
   Deferred income taxes                           (382)     (13,274)
   Gain on origination and sale of loans       (110,320)     (88,968)
   Loss on impaired loans not sold                   647          361
   Loss on real estate acquired in
    satisfaction of loans                             51          218
   Bad debt expense                                  422          597
   Non-cash interest expense                          --           76
  Changes in current assets and
   liabilities:
   Accounts receivable                              (23)        4,605
   Origination of loans                      (2,855,246)  (2,206,065)
   Proceeds from sales of loans                2,969,658    2,291,022
   Principal payments received on loans            1,422          911
   Payments to investors for loan
    repurchases and early payoff
    obligations                                  (8,742)      (4,568)
   Prepaid and other current assets                (680)        3,775
   Accounts payable and other current
    liabilities                                   15,206     (23,329)
   Income taxes payable                            (402)          329
   Deferred revenue                                  151        (519)

   Other, net                                      2,113          328
                                             -----------  -----------
  Net cash provided by (used in) operating
   activities                                     13,217     (41,920)
                                             -----------  -----------
  Cash flows from investing activities:
   Contingent acquisition consideration               --     (14,487)
   Acquisitions                                  (5,726)           --
   Capital expenditures                          (3,865)      (4,131)

   Other, net                                      4,040        (143)
                                             -----------  -----------

  Net cash used in investing activities          (5,551)     (18,761)
                                             -----------  -----------
  Cash flows from financing activities:
   Borrowing under warehouse lines of
    credit                                     2,475,106    1,993,938
   Repayments of warehouse lines of credit   (2,472,811)  (1,997,179)
   Principal payments on long-term
    obligations                                       --     (20,045)
   Spin-off capital contributions from IAC            --      111,517
   Issuance of common stock, net of
    withholding taxes                              3,364           11
   Excess tax benefits from
    stock-based awards                          --          393

   Increase in restricted cash                     (875)        (251)
                                             -----------  -----------
  Net cash provided by (used in) financing
   activities                                      4,784       88,384
                                             -----------  -----------
  Net increase decrease in cash and cash
   equivalents                                    12,450       27,703
  Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
   period                                         73,643       45,940
                                             -----------  -----------
  Cash and cash equivalents at end of
   period                                        $86,093      $73,643
                                             ===========  ===========

        TREE'S RECONCILIATION OF SEGMENT RESULTS TO GAAP ($s in thousands):


                                     For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2009:
                                --------------------------------------------------------

                                LendingTree              Real    Unallocated--
                                   Loans     Exchanges   Estate    Corporate     Total
                                -----------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------
  Revenue                           $22,932    $23,128   $6,896       $(5,130)   $47,826
  Cost of revenue (exclusive
   of depreciation
  shown separately below)            10,211      1,880    4,334            132    16,557
                                -----------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------
   Gross Margin                      12,721     21,248    2,562        (5,262)    31,269
  Operating Expenses:
   Selling and marketing
    expense                           5,630     15,515      793        (5,130)    16,808
   General and administrative
    expense                           4,216      1,657    1,645          6,453    13,971
   Product development                  106        592      102            320     1,120
   Litigation settlements and
    contingencies                        53         --       --         12,750    12,803
   Restructuring expense                157      1,552      892            247     2,848
   Amortization of intangibles           70        429      699             13     1,211
   Depreciation                         625        300      311            381     1,617

   Asset impairments                     --        519    1,675             --     2,194
                                -----------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------

   Total operating expenses          10,857     20,564    6,117         15,034    52,572
                                -----------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------
  Operating income (loss)             1,864        684  (3,555)       (20,296)  (21,303)
  Adjustments to reconcile to
   EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
   Amortization of intangibles           70        429      699             13     1,211

   Depreciation                         625        300      311            381     1,617
                                -----------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------
  EBITDA                              2,559      1,413  (2,545)       (19,902)  (18,475)
   Restructuring expense                157      1,552      892            247     2,848
   Asset impairments                     --        519    1,675             --     2,194
   Loss on disposal of assets            90         --       16             68       174
   Non-cash compensation                 46        202       71            513       832
   Litigation settlements and
    contingencies                        53         --       --         12,750    12,803
                                -----------  ---------  -------  -------------  --------

  Adjusted EBITDA                    $2,905     $3,686     $109       $(6,324)      $376
                                ===========  =========  =======  =============  ========


                                     For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2008:
                                --------------------------------------------------------

                                LendingTree               Real    Unallocated--
                                   Loans     Exchanges   Estate     Corporate     Total
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  -------
  Revenue                           $21,880    $23,149    $7,549       $(4,440)  $48,138
  Cost of revenue (exclusive
   of depreciation
  shown separately below)             8,749      2,355     4,562            496   16,162
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  -------
   Gross Margin                      13,131     20,794     2,987        (4,936)   31,976
  Operating Expenses:
   Selling and marketing
    expense                           4,338     14,780     1,172        (4,209)   16,081
   General and administrative
    expense                           4,045      1,581     3,346          5,749   14,721
   Product development                  161        479       486            230    1,356
   Litigation settlements and
    contingencies                     1,848         --        --             --    1,848
   Restructuring expense                321         --      (60)            886    1,147
   Amortization of intangibles           70        318     1,063             --    1,451

   Depreciation                         818        198       252            437    1,705
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  -------

   Total operating expenses          11,601     17,356     6,259          3,093   38,309
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  -------
  Operating income (loss)             1,530      3,438   (3,272)        (8,029)  (6,333)
  Adjustments to reconcile to
   EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
   Amortization of intangibles           70        318     1,063             --    1,451

   Depreciation                         818        198       252            437    1,705
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  -------
  EBITDA                              2,418      3,954   (1,957)        (7,592)  (3,177)
   Restructuring expense                321         --      (60)            886    1,147
   Asset impairments
   Loss on disposal of assets             4         --        --             --        4
   Non-cash compensation                 91        113       427            582    1,213
   Litigation settlements and
    contingencies                     1,848         --        --             --    1,848
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  -------

  Adjusted EBITDA                    $4,682     $4,067  $(1,590)       $(6,124)   $1,035
                                ===========  =========  ========  =============  =======


                                          For the Year Ended December 31, 2009:
                                ---------------------------------------------------------

                                LendingTree               Real    Unallocated--
                                   Loans     Exchanges   Estate     Corporate     Total
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  --------
  Revenue                          $117,670    $86,679   $28,445      $(16,019)  $216,775
  Cost of revenue (exclusive
   of depreciation
  shown separately below)            47,315      7,640    18,046          1,759    74,760
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  --------
   Gross Margin                      70,355     79,039    10,399       (17,778)   142,015
  Operating Expenses:
   Selling and marketing
    expense                          17,662     55,594     4,712       (16,011)    61,957
   General and administrative
    expense                          20,374      9,041     8,742         26,744    64,901
   Product development                  518      2,793     1,346          1,305     5,962
   Litigation settlements and
    contingencies                       419          6        33         12,750    13,208
   Restructuring expense            (1,089)      1,660     1,684            435     2,690
   Amortization of intangibles          280        922     3,625             20     4,847
   Depreciation                       2,912        943     1,160          1,651     6,666

   Asset impairments                     --        519     5,578             --     6,097
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  --------

   Total operating expenses          41,076     71,478    26,880         26,894   166,328
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  --------
  Operating income (loss)            29,279      7,561  (16,481)       (44,672)  (24,313)
  Adjustments to reconcile to
   EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
   Amortization of intangibles          280        922     3,625             20     4,847

   Depreciation                       2,912        943     1,160          1,651     6,666
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  --------
  EBITDA                             32,471      9,426  (11,696)       (43,001)  (12,800)
   Restructuring expense            (1,089)      1,660     1,684            435     2,690
   Asset impairments                     --        519     5,578             --     6,097
   Loss on disposal of assets            90        949        16             68     1,123
   Non-cash compensation                245        669       281          2,697     3,892
   Litigation settlements and
    contingencies                       419          6        33         12,750    13,208
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  --------

  Adjusted EBITDA                   $32,136    $13,229  $(4,104)      $(27,051)   $14,210
                                ===========  =========  ========  =============  ========


                                           For the Year Ended December 31, 2008:
                                ----------------------------------------------------------

                                LendingTree               Real    Unallocated--
                                   Loans     Exchanges   Estate     Corporate      Total
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ---------
  Revenue                           $97,929   $115,962   $35,927      $(21,246)   $228,572
  Cost of revenue (exclusive
   of depreciation
  shown separately below)            41,156     12,219    21,293          2,129     76,797
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ---------
   Gross Margin                      56,773    103,743    14,634       (23,375)    151,775
  Operating Expenses:
   Selling and marketing
    expense                          20,999     88,761     7,389       (20,040)     97,109
   General and administrative
    expense                          21,853      8,410    15,308         27,361     72,932
   Product development                  736      3,331     2,245            393      6,705
   Litigation settlements and
    contingencies                     3,063    (1,079)        11             --      1,995
   Restructuring expense              3,463        173       425          1,643      5,704
   Amortization of intangibles          280      6,356     4,347             --     10,983
   Depreciation                       3,362        775       954          1,951      7,042

   Asset impairments                    898    102,630    60,807             --    164,335
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ---------

   Total operating expenses          54,654    209,357    91,486         11,308    366,805
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ---------
  Operating income (loss)             2,119  (105,614)  (76,852)       (34,683)  (215,030)
  Adjustments to reconcile to
   EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
   Amortization of intangibles          280      6,356     4,347             --     10,983

   Depreciation                       3,362        775       954          1,951      7,042
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ---------
  EBITDA                              5,761   (98,483)  (71,551)       (32,732)  (197,005)
   Restructuring expense              3,463        173       425          1,643      5,704
   Asset impairments                    898    102,630    60,807             --    164,335
   Loss on disposal of assets             4         --        --             --          4
   Non-cash compensation                 91      1,632     3,859          5,655     11,237
   Litigation settlements and
    contingencies                     3,063    (1,079)        11             --      1,995
                                -----------  ---------  --------  -------------  ---------

  Adjusted EBITDA                   $13,280     $4,873  $(6,449)      $(25,434)  $(13,730)
                                ===========  =========  ========  =============  =========

About Tree.com, Inc.

Tree.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:TREE) is the parent of several brands and businesses that provide information, tools, advice, products and services for critical transactions in our customers' lives. Our family of brands includes: LendingTree.com(R), GetSmart.com(R), RealEstate.com(R), DegreeTree.com(SM), HealthTree.com(SM), LendingTreeAutos.com, DoneRight.com, and InsuranceTree.com(SM). Together, these brands serve as an ally for consumers who are looking to comparison shop for loans, real estate and other services from multiple businesses and professionals who will compete for their business.

Tree.com, Inc. is the parent company of wholly owned operating subsidiaries: LendingTree, LLC and Home Loan Center, Inc.

Tree.com, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. and maintains operations solely in the United States. For more information, please visit www.tree.com.

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Segment Information

The overall concept that Tree.com employs in determining its reportable segments and related financial information is to present them in a manner consistent with how the chief operating decision maker and executive management view the businesses, how the businesses are organized as to segment management, and the focus of the businesses with regards to the types of products or services offered or the target market.

Following the spin-off from IAC, the new chief operating decision maker began to realign the Tree.com businesses into new operating segments. In the first quarter of 2009, management completed its realignment of staffing and direct revenue and costs for each new segment and created reporting structures to enable the chief operating decision maker and management to evaluate the results of operations for each of these new segments on a comparative basis with prior periods. In prior periods, the segments "Lending" and "Real Estate" were presented, which have been changed to "LendingTree Loans", "Exchanges", and "Real Estate" segments. Additionally, certain shared indirect costs that are described below are reported as "Unallocated -- Corporate". All items of segment information for prior periods have been restated to conform to the new reportable segment presentation.

The expenses presented for each of the business segments include an allocation of certain corporate expenses that are identifiable and directly benefit those segments. The unallocated expenses are those corporate overhead expenses that are not directly attributable to a segment and include: corporate expenses such as finance, legal, executive, technology support, and human resources, as well as elimination of inter-segment revenue and costs.

LendingTree Loans

The LendingTree Loans segment originates, processes, approves and funds various residential real estate loans through Home Loan Center, Inc. ("HLC") (d/b/a LendingTree Loans). The HLC and LendingTree Loans brand names are collectively referred to as "LendingTree Loans."

Exchanges

The Exchanges segment consists of online lead generation networks and call centers (principally LendingTree.com and GetSmart.com) that connect consumers and service providers principally in the lending and higher education marketplaces.

Real Estate

Real Estate consists of a proprietary full service real estate brokerage (RealEstate.com, REALTORS(R)) that operates in 20 U.S. markets, as well as an online lead generation network accessed at www.RealEstate.com, that connects consumers with real estate brokerages around the country.

              TREE.COM'S PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL REPORTING


Tree.com reports Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA"), and adjusted for certain items discussed below ("Adjusted EBITDA"), as supplemental measures to GAAP. These measures are two of the primary metrics by which Tree.com evaluates the performance of its businesses, on which its internal budgets are based and by which management is compensated. Tree.com believes that investors should have access to the same set of tools that it uses in analyzing its results. 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. Tree.com provides and encourages investors to examine the reconciling adjustments between the GAAP and non-GAAP measure which are discussed below.

Definition of Tree.com's Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding (1) non-cash compensation expense, (2) non-cash intangible asset impairment charges, (3) gain/loss on disposal of assets, (4) restructuring expenses, (5) litigation settlements and contingencies, (6) pro forma adjustments for significant acquisitions, and (7) one-time items. Tree.com believes this measure is useful to investors because it represents the operating results from Tree.com's segments, but excludes the effects of any other non-cash expenses. Adjusted EBITDA has certain limitations in that it does not take into account the impact to Tree.com's statement of operations of certain expenses, including depreciation, non-cash compensation and acquisition related accounting. Tree.com endeavors to compensate for the limitations of the non-GAAP measure presented by also providing the comparable GAAP measure with equal or greater prominence and descriptions of the reconciling items, including quantifying such items, to derive the non-GAAP measure.

Pro Forma Results

Tree.com will only present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA on a pro forma basis if it views a particular transaction as significant in size or transformational in nature. For the periods presented in this report, there are no transactions that Tree.com has included on a pro forma basis.

One-Time Items

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented before one-time items, if applicable. These items are truly one-time in nature and 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 one-time items.

Non-Cash Expenses That Are Excluded From Tree.com's Non-GAAP Measures

Non-cash compensation expense consists principally of expense associated with the grants of restricted stock units and stock options. These expenses are not paid in cash, and Tree.com will include the related shares in its future calculations of fully diluted shares outstanding. Upon vesting of restricted stock units and the exercise of certain stock options, the awards will be settled, at Tree.com's discretion, on a net basis, with Tree.com remitting the required tax withholding amount from its current funds.

Amortization and impairment 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.

                        RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA


For a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to operating income (loss) for Tree.com's operating segments for the quarters and years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, see tables above.

                                  OTHER


REALTORS(R) -- a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS(R) and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

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 the Company 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: our ability to operate effectively as a separate public entity following our spin-off from IAC in August 2008; additional costs associated with operating as an independent company; volatility in our stock price and trading volume; our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms; limitations on our ability to enter into transactions due to spin-related restrictions; adverse conditions in the primary and secondary mortgage markets and in the economy; adverse conditions in our industries; adverse conditions in the credit markets and the inability to renew or replace warehouse lines of credit; seasonality in our businesses; potential liabilities to secondary market purchasers; changes in our relationships with network lenders, real estate professionals, credit providers and secondary market purchasers; breaches of our network security or the misappropriation or misuse of personal consumer information; our failure to provide competitive service; our failure to maintain brand recognition; our ability to attract and retain customers in a cost-effective manner; our ability to develop new products and services and enhance existing ones; competition from our network lenders and affiliated real estate professionals; our failure to comply with existing or changing laws, rules or regulations, or to obtain and maintain required licenses; failure of our network lenders or other affiliated parties to comply with regulatory requirements; failure to maintain the integrity of our systems and infrastructure; liabilities as a result of privacy regulations; failure to adequately protect our intellectual property rights or allegations of infringement of intellectual property rights; changes in our management; and deficiencies in our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting. These and additional factors to be considered are set forth under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2008, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2009, June 30, 2009, September 30, 2009, and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake 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.

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