Zillow Group logo, April 2019 (PRNewsfoto/Zillow Group)

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SEATTLE, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG), which is transforming the way people buy, sell, rent and finance homes, today announced its consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Complete financial results, and outlook for the second quarter of 2021, can be found in the company's shareholder letter on the Investor Relations section of Zillow Group's website at https://investors.zillowgroup.com/investors/financials/quarterly-results/default.aspx.

"Zillow's first-quarter results exceeded expectations and showed our momentum toward delivering a seamless, end-to-end real estate transaction," said Zillow Group co-founder and CEO Rich Barton. "Across the country, Millennials are moving up, Baby Boomers are downsizing, and in between, people of all generations are rethinking their lives in a cultural phenomenon we have termed the Great Reshuffling. Millions come to Zillow to surf and dream, and when they are ready to transact, they can get a mortgage from Zillow Home Loans, connect to a Zillow Premier Agent, and may even find an initial offer from Zillow Offers to buy their home for their Zestimate."

Recent highlights include:

  • Consolidated first-quarter revenue of $1.2 billion and revenue for each segment exceeded the high end of the company's outlook for the first quarter.
  • Consolidated net income was $52 million for the first quarter. Segment income (loss) before income taxes was $144 million, $(58) million and $(2) million for the IMT, Homes and Mortgages segments, respectively, for the first quarter.
  • First-quarter Adjusted EBITDA exceeded the high end of the company's outlook for all three segments, resulting in consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $181 million.
  • Traffic to Zillow Group's mobile apps and websites in the first quarter reached 221 million average monthly unique users, an increase of 15% year over year, driving 2.5 billion visits during the quarter, up 19% year over year.
  • The company ended the first quarter of 2021 with cash and investments of $4.7 billion.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

The following table sets forth Zillow Group's financial highlights for the periods presented (in thousands, unaudited):



Three Months Ended

March 31,



2020 to 2021

% Change



2021



2020



Revenue:











Homes segment:











     Zillow Offers

$

700,974





$

769,112





(9)%

     Other (1)

3,178





761





318%

Total Homes segment revenue

704,152





769,873





(9)%

IMT segment:











     Premier Agent

334,318





242,106





38%

     Other (2)

112,010





88,560





26%

Total IMT segment revenue

446,328





330,666





35%

Mortgages segment

67,960





25,282





169%

Total revenue

$

1,218,440





$

1,125,821





8%

Other Financial Data:



















Income (loss) before income taxes:



















     Homes segment

$

(58,474)





$

(97,958)







     IMT segment

143,575





(41,507)







     Mortgages segment

(1,820)





(13,145)







     Corporate items (3)

(34,207)





(19,891)







Total income (loss) before



















 income taxes

$

49,074





$

(172,501)

Net income (loss)

$

51,964





$

(163,273)







Adjusted EBITDA (4):



















     Homes segment

$

(33,948)





$

(74,995)







     IMT segment

208,583





85,717







     Mortgages segment

6,347





(5,603)







Total Adjusted EBITDA

$

180,982





$

5,119







Percentage of Revenue:



















Income (loss) before income taxes:



















     Homes segment

(8)%





(13)%







     IMT segment

32%





(13)%







     Mortgages segment

(3)%





(52)%







     Corporate items (3)

N/A





N/A







Total income (loss) before income taxes

4%





(15)%







Net income (loss)

4%





(15)%







Adjusted EBITDA:















     Homes segment

(5)%





(10)%







     IMT segment

47%





26%







     Mortgages segment

9%





(22)%







Total Adjusted EBITDA

15%





—%









(1) Other Homes segment revenue relates to revenue associated with the title and escrow services provided through Zillow Closing Services.

(2) Other IMT segment revenue includes revenue generated by rentals, new construction and display advertising, as well as revenue from the sale of various other advertising and business technology solutions for real estate professionals, including dotloop.

(3) Certain corporate items are not directly attributable to any of our segments, including the loss on extinguishment of debt, interest income earned on our short-term investments included in other income and interest costs on our convertible senior notes included in interest expense.

(4) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure; it is not calculated or presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. See below for more information regarding our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, which is net income (loss) on a consolidated basis and income (loss) before income taxes for each segment, for each of the periods presented.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Zillow Group co-founder and CEO Rich Barton and CFO Allen Parker will host a live conference call to discuss the results today at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. Eastern Time). A shareholder letter and link to both the live webcast and recorded replay of the call may be accessed on the Quarterly Results section of Zillow Group's Investor Relations website. Participants must register for the live call in advance at: https://dpregister.com/sreg/10155301/e727098685 to receive emailed instructions. This pre-registration process is designed to reduce delays due to operator congestion when accessing the live call.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, statements regarding the future performance and operation of our business and the current and future health and stability of the residential housing market and economy and our expectations regarding future shifts in behavior by consumers and employees. Statements containing words such as "may," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "predict," "will," "projections," "continue," "estimate," "outlook," "guidance," "would," "could," or similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are made based on assumptions as of May 4, 2021, and although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee these results. Differences in Zillow Group's actual results from those described in these forward-looking statements may result from actions taken by Zillow Group as well as from risks and uncertainties beyond Zillow Group's control.

Factors that may contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or other public health crises and any associated economic downturn on Zillow Group's future financial position, operations and financial performance; the magnitude, duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the availability and widespread distribution and use of effective vaccines; the impact of actions taken by governments, businesses and individuals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in laws or regulations that limit our ability to operate; the current and future health and stability of the economy, financial conditions and residential housing market, including any extended slowdown in the real estate markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes in laws or regulations applicable to our business, employees, products or services, including current and future laws, regulations and orders that limit Zillow Group's ability to operate in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; the satisfaction of conditions precedent to the closing of Zillow Group's proposed acquisition of ShowingTime.com, Inc., including expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act; changes in general economic and financial conditions that reduce demand for our products and services, lower our profitability or reduce Zillow Group's access to credit; actual or anticipated fluctuations in our financial condition and results of operations; changes in projected operational and financial results; addition or loss of significant customers; actual or anticipated changes in Zillow Group's growth rate relative to that of our competitors; acquisitions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, capital-raising activities or other corporate transactions or commitments by us or our competitors; actual or anticipated changes in technology, products, markets or services by us or our competitors; ability to obtain or maintain licenses and permits to support Zillow Group's current and future businesses; ability to comply with MLS rules and requirements to access and use listing data, and to maintain or establish relationships with listings and data providers; ability to operate Zillow Group's mortgage originations business, including the ability to obtain sufficient financing; fluctuations in the valuation of companies perceived by investors to be comparable to Zillow Group; the impact of natural disasters and other catastrophic events; the impact of pending or future litigation; and the issuance of new or updated research or reports by securities analysts.

The foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is illustrative but not exhaustive. For more information about potential factors that could affect Zillow Group's business and financial results, please review the "Risk Factors" described in Zillow Group's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. Except as may be required by law, Zillow Group does not intend and undertakes no duty to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, this press release includes references to Adjusted EBITDA in total and for each segment, each a non-GAAP financial measure. We have provided a reconciliation below of Adjusted EBITDA in total to net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA by segment to income (loss) before income taxes for each segment, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric used by our management and board of directors to measure operating performance and trends and to prepare and approve our annual budget. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis.

Our use of Adjusted EBITDA in total and for each segment has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potentially dilutive impact of share-based compensation;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect impairment costs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect acquisition-related costs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the loss on extinguishment of debt;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect interest expense or other income;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect income taxes; and
  • Other companies, including companies in our own industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA in total and for each segment alongside other financial performance measures, including various cash flow metrics, net income (loss), income (loss) before income taxes for each segment and our other GAAP results.

About Zillow Group, Inc.

Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make it easier to unlock life's next chapter.

As the most-visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow® and its affiliates offer customers an on-demand experience for selling, buying, renting or financing with transparency and nearly seamless end-to-end service. Zillow Offers® buys and sells homes directly in dozens of markets across the country, allowing sellers control over their timeline. Zillow Home Loans™, our affiliate lender, provides our customers with an easy option to get pre-approved and secure financing for their next home purchase. Zillow recently launched  Zillow Homes, Inc., a licensed brokerage entity, to streamline Zillow Offers transactions.

Zillow Group's brands, affiliates and subsidiaries include Zillow®; Zillow Offers®; Zillow Premier Agent®; Zillow Home Loans™; Zillow Closing Services™; Zillow Homes, Inc.; Trulia®; Out East®; StreetEasy® and HotPads®. Zillow Home Loans, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #10287 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org).

Please visit http://investors.zillowgroup.com, www.zillowgroup.com/ir-blog, and www.twitter.com/zillowgroup, where Zillow Group discloses information about the company, its financial information, and its business that may be deemed material.

The Zillow Group logo is available at http://zillowgroup.mediaroom.com/logos-photos.

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Adjusted EBITDA

The following tables present a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, which is net income (loss) on a consolidated basis and income (loss) before income taxes for each segment, for each of the periods presented (in thousands, unaudited):



Three Months Ended

March 31, 2021



Homes



IMT



Mortgages



Corporate

Items (2)



Consolidated

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income and Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes:



















Net income (1)

N/A



N/A



N/A



N/A



$       51,964

Income tax benefit

N/A



N/A



N/A



N/A



(2,890)

Income (loss) before income taxes

$    (58,474)



$     143,575



$      (1,820)



$     (34,207)



$       49,074

Other income





(1,732)



(707)



(2,439)

Depreciation and amortization expense

4,293



22,799



1,807





28,899

Share-based compensation expense

15,921



41,392



6,360





63,673

Acquisition-related costs



817







817

Loss on extinguishment of debt







1,403



1,403

Interest expense

4,312





1,732



33,511



39,555

Adjusted EBITDA

$    (33,948)



$     208,583



$       6,347



$              —



$     180,982





































Three Months Ended

March 31, 2020



Homes



IMT



Mortgages



Corporate

Items (2)



Consolidated

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss and Loss Before Income Taxes:



















Net loss (1)

N/A



N/A



N/A



N/A



$    (163,273)

Income tax benefit

N/A



N/A



N/A



N/A



(9,228)

Loss before income taxes

$     (97,958)



$     (41,507)



$     (13,145)



$     (19,891)



$    (172,501)

Other income





(202)



(9,391)



(9,593)

Depreciation and amortization expense

3,575



23,777



1,674





29,026

Share-based compensation expense

11,304



29,547



2,944





43,795

Impairment costs



73,900



2,900





76,800

Interest expense

8,084





226



29,282



37,592

Adjusted EBITDA

$     (74,995)



$      85,717



$       (5,603)



$              —



$          5,119



(1) We use income (loss) before income taxes as our profitability measure in making operating decisions and assessing the performance of our segments, therefore, net income (loss) and income tax benefit are calculated and presented only on a consolidated basis within our financial statements.

(2) Certain corporate items are not directly attributable to any of our segments, including the loss on extinguishment of debt, interest income earned on our short-term investments included in other income and interest costs on our convertible senior notes included in interest expense.

 

SOURCE Zillow Group

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