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Travelzoo Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Results and Discusses Impact of Acquisition of Jack’s Flight Club on 2020 Results

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Travelzoo Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Results and Discusses Impact of Acquisition of Jack’s Flight Club on 2020 Results

NEW YORK, March 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Travelzoo® (NASDAQ: TZOO):

  • Revenue of $26.9 million; consistent year-over-year in constant currencies
  • Cash flow from operations of $9.4 million
  • GAAP operating profit of $0.8 million
  • Earnings per share (EPS) of ($0.05)
  • New Travelzoo® members growth 18% higher
  • Acquisition of fast-growing, highly profitable Jack’s Flight Club completed on January 13.

Travelzoo, a global Internet media company that publishes exclusive offers and experiences for members, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019. Global consolidated revenue was $26.9 million, a decrease of $164,000 year-over-year. In constant currencies, revenue was consistent year-over-year. Travelzoo's reported revenue consists of advertising revenues and commissions, derived from and generated in connection with a much larger amount of purchases made by Travelzoo® members. The operating profit was $818,000. Operating profit was impacted by three factors: special marketing initiatives, including a TV advertising campaign with partner Deutsche Bahn in Germany; one-time HR expenses; and one-time restructuring expenses in Asia Pacific. After increased tax provisions, the reported net loss was $636,000. EPS was ($0.05), down from $0.13 in the prior-year period.

"I would like to thank all Travelzoo employees worldwide who contributed to our solid financial results throughout 2019,” said Holger Bartel, Global CEO of Travelzoo. “We are excited about the prospects of our recent acquisition of Jack’s Flight Club, a highly profitable, best in class subscription service, on Travelzoo’s financial performance going forward. During the month of February alone, about 100,000 Travelzoo members in the UK signed up for Jack’s Flight Club. We will see an immediate contribution to Q1 2020 revenue and EPS. Then, throughout 2020, we plan to introduce Jack’s Flight Club to 30 million Travelzoo members.”

Core Business versus Development Business
Our businesses in Europe and North America (the "Core Business") and our business in Asia Pacific (the "Development Business") are in very different situations. The following table illustrates how the Core Business compares to the Development Business:

  Core Business   Development Business
Q4 2019 Operating profit/loss +$2.9 million   -$2.0 million
Q4 2019 Operating margin  11%   N/A
Contribution to Q4 2019 EPS +$0.15   -$0.20
Contribution to twelve months EPS +$1.01   -$0.67

Europe
Europe business segment revenue increased 2% year-over-year to $9.1 million. In constant currencies, revenue increased 3% year-over-year. Operating profit for the fourth quarter was $823,000, or 9% of revenue, compared to an operating profit of $1.6 million, or 18% of revenue in the prior-year period.

North America
North America business segment revenue decreased 1% year-over-year to $16.2 million. Operating profit for the fourth quarter was $2.0 million, or 13% of revenue, compared to an operating profit of $2.7 million, or 16% of revenue in the prior-year period.

Asia Pacific
During the fourth quarter, our Asia Pacific segment saw a decrease in revenue of 12% year-over-year, a smaller decrease than in previous periods. Segment revenue was $1.6 million. Revenue from China increased by 11% quarter-over-quarter. The operating loss for the fourth quarter was $2.0 million, compared to $1.5 million in the prior-year period. Asia Pacific Q4 2019 operating loss includes one-time restructuring costs primarily related to Japan and Asia Pacific regional headquarters. As a result of the restructuring, fixed costs are expected to be substantially less going forward.

Members
As of December 31, 2019, Travelzoo had a worldwide unduplicated number of members of 30.3 million. In Asia Pacific, unduplicated number of members was 3.6 million as of December 31, 2019, consistent with December 31, 2018. In Europe, unduplicated number of members was 9.1 million as of December 31, 2019, up 4% from December 31, 2018. In North America, unduplicated number of members was 17.7 million as of December 31, 2019, up 1% from December 31, 2018.

The number of new members in Q4 2019 was 609,000, compared to 515,000 in Q4 2018. This represents an increase of 18% in new member growth.

Income Taxes
Income tax expense was $1.3 million, compared to a $1.2 million income tax expense in the prior-year period. Travelzoo saw an unusually high income tax provision recorded for Q4 2019 of 167%, up from 43% in the prior-year period, primarily due to a one-time adjustment to pre-tax profit estimates for North America and Europe. Operating losses from the Development Business were not used to offset operating income from the Core Business.

Asset Management
During the fourth quarter of 2019, Travelzoo generated $9.4 million of cash from operating activities. Accounts payable increased by $7.0 million to $20.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Cash used in investing activities was $124,000. Cash used in financing activities of $2.0 million was for share repurchases. As of December 31, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were $19.5 million.

Jack’s Flight Club 
On January 13, 2020, Travelzoo completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Jack’s Flight Club. Jack’s Flight Club is a highly profitable, fast-growing and best in class subscription service that monitors flight prices and informs its members about airfare sales and cheap flights. It offers a free subscription as well as a premium service, for which members pay between $40 to $60 annually.

At the time of the acquisition, the immediate contribution to Travelzoo’s financial performance was an additional 5% revenue growth and an additional EPS of $0.20 for 2020. In 2019, the number of premium members of Jack’s Flight Club grew 93% compared to 2018. Travelzoo’s plan is to accelerate this growth by introducing Jack’s Flight Club to Travelzoo members worldwide. Since January 30, more than 100,000 Travelzoo members in the UK alone signed up for Jack’s Flight Club.

Conference Call
Travelzoo will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results today at 11:00 a.m. ET. Please visit http://ir.travelzoo.com/events-presentations to

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

About Travelzoo
Travelzoo® provides our 30 million members insider deals and one-of-a-kind experiences personally reviewed by one of our deal experts around the globe. With 22 offices worldwide, we have our finger on the pulse of outstanding travel, entertainment, and lifestyle experiences. For over 20 years we have worked in partnership with more than 5,000 top travel suppliers-our long-standing relationships give Travelzoo members access to irresistible deals.

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

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Travelzoo
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three months ended       Twelve months ended  
    December 31,       December 31,  
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Revenues $ 26,898     $ 27,062     $ 111,412     $ 111,322  
Cost of revenues 3,206     2,880     11,889     12,268  
Gross profit 23,692     24,182     99,523     99,054  
Operating expenses:              
Sales and marketing 14,753     13,974     59,949     58,519  
Product development 1,905     1,799     6,885     8,993  
General and administrative 6,216     5,620     23,262     23,304  
Total operating expenses 22,874     21,393     90,096     90,816  
Income from operations 818     2,789     9,427     8,238  
Other income (loss), net (135 )   (52 )   (515 )   48  
Income before income taxes 683     2,737     8,912     8,286  
Income tax expense 1,319     1,173     4,794     3,625  
Net income (loss) $ (636 )   $ 1,564     $ 4,118     $ 4,661  
               
Basic income (loss) per share $ (0.05 )   $ 0.13     $ 0.35     $ 0.38  
Diluted income (loss) per share $ (0.05 )   $ 0.13     $ 0.34     0.37  
               
Weighted average shares:              
Basic 11,559     12,059     11,809     12,323  
Diluted 11,559     12,151     12,035     12,510  


 

Travelzoo
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

  December 31,
 2019
  December 31,
 2018
Assets
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 19,505     $ 18,017  
Accounts receivable, net 13,006     12,646  
Income taxes receivable 989     389  
Deposits 114     167  
Prepaid expenses and other 2,496     1,947  
Total current assets 36,110     33,166  
Deposits and other 702     685  
Deferred tax assets 2,051     1,645  
Restricted cash 1,323     1,444  
Investment in WeekenGO 2,484     2,694  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 9,287      
Property and equipment, net 2,982     3,790  
Total assets $ 54,939     $ 43,424  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 20,406     $ 17,129  
Accrued expenses and other 7,477     7,853  
Deferred revenue 896     1,339  
Operating lease liabilities 5,301      
Income tax payable 914     489  
Total current liabilities 34,994     26,810  
Long-term tax liabilities 359     418  
Long-term operating lease liabilities 8,238      
Other long-term liabilities 84     2,137  
Total liabilities 43,675     29,365  
Common stock 115     120  
Additional paid-in capital      
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,452 )   (4,214 )
Retained earnings 14,601     18,153  
Total stockholders’ equity 11,264     14,059  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 54,939     $ 43,424  


 

Travelzoo
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

    Three months ended       Twelve months ended  
    December 31,       December 31,  
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:                              
Net income (loss) $ (636 )   $ 1,564     $ 4,118     $ 4,661  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization 319     438     1,318     1,828  
Stock-based compensation 539     152     1,414     915  
Deferred income tax (173 )   (240 )   258     (336 )
Loss on equity investment in WeekenGO 210     133     821     218  
Net foreign currency effects 21     119     80     42  
Other 210     (53 )   342     (119 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable (601 )   (433 )   (728 )   (1,519 )
Income tax receivable (60 )   479     (600 )   129  
Prepaid expenses and other (505 )   (316 )   (508 )   104  
Accounts payable 7,032     3,575     3,061     (25 )
Accrued expenses and other 200     248     (242 )    
Income tax payable 409     (327 )   373     (392 )
Other liabilities 2,463     (58 )   1,647     (189 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 9,428     5,281     11,354     5,317  
Cash flows from investing activities:              
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment             150  
Investment in WeekenGO         (673 )   (3,083 )
Purchases of property and equipment (124 )   (86 )   (474 )   (752 )
Net cash used in investing activities (124 )   (86 )   (1,147 )   (3,685 )
Cash flows from financing activities:              
Repurchase of common stock (2,040 )   (2,419 )   (10,808 )   (5,292 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options, net of taxes paid for net share settlement of equity awards         1,712      
Net cash used in financing activities (2,040 )   (2,419 )   (9,096 )   (5,292 )
Effect of exchange rate on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 651     (547 )   256     (880 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 7,915     2,229     1,367     (4,540 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period 12,913     17,232     19,461     24,001  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 20,828     $ 19,461     $ 20,828     $ 19,461  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:              
Cash paid for income taxes, net $ 944     $ 1,313     $ 4,720     $ 4,276  

 

Travelzoo
Segment Information
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

Three months ended December 31, 2019 Asia
Pacific
  Europe   North
America
  Consolidated
Revenue from unaffiliated customers  $ 1,580     $ 9,937     $ 15,381     $ 26,898
Intersegment revenue (8 )   (788 )   796      
Total net revenues 1,572     9,149     16,177     26,898  
Operating income (loss) $ (2,042 )   $ 823     $ 2,037     $ 818  
               
Three months ended December 31, 2018 Asia
Pacific
  Europe   North
America
  Consolidated
Revenue from unaffiliated customers  $ 1,777     $ 9,213     $ 16,072     $ 27,062
Intersegment revenue 9     (222 )   213      
Total net revenues 1,786     8,991     16,285     27,062  
Operating income (loss) $ (1,510 )   $ 1,626     $ 2,673     $ 2,789  

 

Twelve months ended December 31, 2019 Asia
Pacific
  Europe   North
America
  Consolidated
Revenue from unaffiliated customers  $ 6,402     $ 39,556     $ 65,454     $ 111,412
Intersegment revenue 88     (2,658 )   2,570      
Total net revenues 6,490     36,898     68,024     111,412  
Operating income (loss) $ (7,511 )   $ 4,359     $ 12,579     $ 9,427  
               
Twelve months ended December 31, 2018 Asia
Pacific
  Europe   North
America
  Consolidated
Revenue from unaffiliated customers  $ 7,869     $ 36,468     $ 66,985     $ 111,322
Intersegment revenue (10 )   (319 )   329      
Total net revenues 7,859     36,149     67,314     111,322  
Operating income (loss) $ (6,322 )   $ 4,973     $ 9,587     $ 8,238  

 

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