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Priceline.com Reports Financial Results for 4th Quarter and Full-Year 2010

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Priceline.com Reports Financial Results for 4th Quarter and Full-Year 201016:01 EST Wednesday, February 23, 2011NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Priceline.com Incorporated (Nasdaq: PCLN) today reported 4th quarter and full-year 2010 financial results for the Priceline Group of Companies. Fourth quarter gross travel bookings for the group, which refers to the total dollar value, generally inclusive of all taxes and fees, of all travel services purchased by consumers, were $3.26 billion, an increase of 44.2% over a year ago. The Group had revenues in the 4th quarter of $731 million, a 35.0% increase over a year ago. The Group's international operations contributed revenues in the 4th quarter of $374.9 million, a 68.2% increase versus a year ago (approximately 75% on a local currency basis). The Group's gross profit for the 4th quarter was $478.4 million, a 52.8% increase from the prior year. International operations contributed gross profit in the 4th quarter of $374.0 million, a 68.4% increase versus a year ago (approximately 75% growth on a local currency basis). The Group's operating income in the 4th quarter was $189.0 million, a 60.3% increase from the prior year. The Group had GAAP net income applicable to common shareholders for the 4th quarter of $135.7 million, or $2.66 per diluted share, which compares to $78.4 million or $1.55 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. Non-GAAP net income in the 4th quarter was $175.0 million, a 72.2% increase versus the prior year.  Non-GAAP net income was $3.40 per diluted share, compared to $1.99 per diluted share a year ago. First Call analyst consensus for the 4th quarter 2010 was $3.10 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP EBITDA for the 4th quarter 2010 was $222.9 million, an increase of 67.4% over a year ago. The section below entitled "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" provides a definition and information about the use of non-GAAP financial measures in this press release and the attached financial and statistical supplement reconciles non-GAAP financial information with the Group's financial results under GAAP. For full-year 2010, the Group had revenues of $3.08 billion, a 31.9% increase over 2009. International operations contributed full-year revenues of $1.4 billion, a 69.5% increase versus a year ago (approximately 77% on a local currency basis).  Gross profit for the Group in 2010 was $1.9 billion, a 51.4% increase from the prior year. International operations contributed full-year gross profit of $1.4 billion, a 69.7% increase versus the prior year (approximately 77% growth on a local currency basis). The Group's 2010 operating income was $786.8 million, a 67.1% increase from the prior year.  The Group had GAAP net income for full-year 2010 of $527.5 million, or $10.35 per diluted share, which compares to $489.5 million or $9.88 per diluted share in 2009.  Net income for the full-year 2009 was positively affected by a $183.3 million non-cash tax benefit from reversing a portion of the valuation allowance related to the Group's net operating loss carry forwards. Non-GAAP EBITDA for 2010 was $901.4 million, an increase of 64.6% over a year ago. Non-GAAP net income for 2010 was $692.7 million or $13.49 per diluted share, compared to $8.52 per diluted share a year ago. First Call analyst consensus for full-year 2010 was $13.22 per diluted share. "The Group's worldwide hotel business performed well for the 4th quarter and full year 2010," said Jeffery H. Boyd, Priceline President and Chief Executive Officer. "High gross travel bookings growth rates were the result of continued penetration of new markets, like Asia-Pacific and South America, where economic growth and rapid online adoption are tailwinds for the business, and solid growth in core markets in Western Europe and North America.  The Group's air and rental car businesses also performed well under challenging market conditions and TravelJigsaw has made good progress with platform and website enhancements to grow our international rental car business." "Going forward, Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and TravelJigsaw intend to continue building their brands, extending the reach of the Group's global hotel network and working together to achieve benefits of integration where appropriate," said Mr. Boyd.Priceline.com said it was targeting the following for 1st quarter 2011:Year-over-year increase in total gross travel bookings of approximately 45% - 50%. Year-over-year increase in international gross travel bookings of approximately 64% - 69% (an increase of approximately 66% - 71% on a local currency basis). Year-over-year increase in domestic gross travel bookings of approximately 7% to 12%. Year-over-year increase in revenue of approximately 29% to 34%. Year-over-year increase in gross profit of approximately 47% to 52%. Non-GAAP EBITDA of approximately $147 million to $157 million. Non-GAAP net income of between $2.34 and $2.44 per diluted share.The Company noted that its first quarter guidance reflected sequentially higher levels of top line growth, and accordingly, higher variable expenses, which should benefit earnings in the second and third quarters when a high proportion of the related stays occur and commission revenue is recognized.Non-GAAP guidance for the 1st quarter 2011: excludes non-cash amortization expense of acquisition-related intangibles, excludes non-cash stock-based compensation expense, excludes non-cash interest expense and gains or losses on early debt extinguishment, if any, related to cash settled convertible debt, excludes the impact, if any, of charges or benefits associated with judgments, rulings and/or settlements related to hotel occupancy tax proceedings, excludes non-cash income tax expense and reflects the impact on income taxes of certain of the non-GAAP adjustments,        includes the additional impact of the non-GAAP adjustments described above on net income attributable to noncontrolling interests,includes the anti-dilutive impact of the "Conversion Spread Hedges" (see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below) on diluted common shares outstanding related to outstanding convertible notes, and includes the dilutive impact of additional shares of unvested restricted stock, restricted stock units and performance share units because non-GAAP net income has been adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation. In addition, non-GAAP EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization expense, interest income, interest expense, equity in income and loss of investees, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, income taxes and includes the impact of foreign currency transactions and other expenses. When aggregated, the non-GAAP adjustments are expected to increase non-GAAP EBITDA over GAAP net income by approximately $68 million in the 1st quarter 2011.  In addition, the non-GAAP adjustments are expected to increase non-GAAP net income over GAAP net income by approximately $35 million in the 1st quarter 2011. On a per share basis, the Group estimates GAAP net income of approximately $1.66 to $1.76 per diluted share for the 1st quarter 2011. Information About Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the views of the Group's management regarding current expectations and projections about future events and are based on currently available information and current foreign currency exchange rates. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict; therefore, actual results may differ materially from those expressed, implied or forecasted in any such forward-looking statements. Expressions of future goals and similar expressions including, without limitation, "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "does not currently expect," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "targets," or "continue," reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause the Group's actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: -- adverse changes in general market conditions for leisure and other travel services as a result of, among other things, decreased consumer spending, general economic downturn, terrorist attacks, natural disasters or adverse weather, the bankruptcy or insolvency of a major airline, or the outbreak of an epidemic or pandemic disease, such as the recent swine flu outbreak; -- adverse changes in the Group's relationships with airlines and other product and service providers and vendors which could include, without limitation, the withdrawal of suppliers from the Group's systems (either "retail" or "opaque" services, or both) and/or the loss or reduction of global distribution fees; -- fluctuations in foreign exchange rates and other risks associated with doing business in multiple currencies; -- the effects of increased competition, including the potential impact of increased pricing competition initiated by other on-line travel agents in the form of reduced booking fees and/or the launch by competitors of an "opaque" travel offering and the potential impact of "metasearch" initiatives by Google and other search engines upon which we rely for a significant amount of traffic; -- an adverse outcome in one or more of the hotel occupancy and other tax proceedings in which priceline.com is involved; -- a change by a major search engine to its search engine algorithms that negatively affects the search engine ranking of the company or its 3rd party distribution partners; -- our ability to expand successfully in international markets; -- the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; -- difficulties integrating recent or future acquisitions, such as the 2nd quarter 2010 acquisition of TravelJigsaw, including ensuring the effectiveness of the design and operation of internal controls and disclosure controls of acquired businesses; -- the occurrence of an external or internal security breach of our systems or other Internet based systems involving personal customer information, credit card information or other sensitive data; -- systems-related failures and/or security breaches, including without limitation, "denial-of-service" type attacks on our system, any security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer information, or the failure to comply with various state laws applicable to the company's obligations in the event of such a breach; and -- legal and regulatory risks. For a detailed discussion of these and other factors that could cause the Group's actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Group's most recent Form 10-Q, Form 10-K and Form 8-K filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless required by law, the Group undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Non-GAAP Financial Measures Non-GAAP EBITDA represents GAAP net income excluding depreciation and amortization expense, interest income, interest expense, equity in income and loss of investees, net income and loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, income taxes and is adjusted for the non-GAAP adjustments relating to stock-based compensation expense, gains and losses on early debt extinguishment and charges or benefits related to judgments, rulings, or settlements of hotel occupancy tax proceedings.  Additionally, favorable adjustments to franchise tax and sales and use tax and the favorable litigation settlement relating to credit card processing costs recorded in GAAP net income have been excluded from Non-GAAP EBITDA and Non-GAAP net income.Non-GAAP EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share are "non-GAAP financial measures," as such term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The Group believes that non-GAAP EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share that exclude certain non-cash or non-recurring income or expense items are useful for analysts and investors to evaluate the Group's future on-going performance because they enable a more meaningful comparison of the Group's projected cash earnings and performance with its historical results from prior periods and to those of its competitors. These non-GAAP metrics, in particular non-GAAP EBITDA and non-GAAP net income, are not intended to represent funds available for priceline.com's discretionary use and are not intended to represent or to be used as a substitute for operating income, net income or cash flows from operations data as measured under GAAP. The items excluded from these non-GAAP metrics, but included in the calculation of their closest GAAP equivalent, are significant components of consolidated statements of income and must be considered in performing a comprehensive assessment of overall financial performance. Non-GAAP financial information is adjusted for the following items: Amortization expense of acquisition-related intangibles is excluded because it does not impact cash earnings. Charges or benefits related to judgments, rulings, or settlements of hotel occupancy tax proceedings and favorable adjustments related to certain franchise and sales tax issues for our headquarters location are excluded because the amount and timing of these items are unpredictable, not driven by core operating results and render comparisons with prior periods less meaningful. Cash benefit associated with the favorable settlement of litigation related to credit card processing costs is excluded because the amount and timing of this item is unpredictable, not driven by core operating results and render comparisons with prior periods less meaningful.Stock-based compensation expense is excluded because it does not impact cash earnings and is reflected in earnings per share through increased share count. Interest expense related to the amortization of debt discount and gains or losses on early debt extinguishment related to convertible debt are excluded because they are non-cash in nature. Income tax expense is adjusted for the tax impact of certain of the non-GAAP adjustments described above and to exclude tax expense recorded where no actual tax payments are owed because of available net operating loss carry forwards.  Income tax expense for the full year 2009 was adjusted to exclude a $183.3 million non-cash tax benefit from reversing a portion of the valuation allowance related to the Group's net operating loss carry forwards.Net income and loss attributable to non-controlling interest is adjusted for the impact of certain of the non-GAAP adjustments described aboveFor calculating non-GAAP net income per share: net income is adjusted for the impact of the non-GAAP adjustments described above. fully diluted share count is adjusted to include the anti-dilutive impact of "Conversion Spread Hedges" which increases the effective conversion price of the currently outstanding 0.50% convertible notes due 2011 and 0.75% convertible notes due 2013 from their stated $40.38 conversion price to an effective conversion price of $50.47 per share.  Under GAAP, the anti-dilutive impact of the Conversion Spread Hedges is not reflected on the outstanding diluted share count until the end of the hedge in 2011 and 2013 if and when shares are delivered. all unvested shares of restricted common stock, restricted stock units and performance share units are included in the calculation of non-GAAP  net income per share because non-GAAP  net income has been adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expense. The presentation of this financial information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The attached financial and statistical supplement reconciles non-GAAP financial information with priceline.com's financial results under GAAP. About The Priceline Group of CompaniesThe Priceline Group of Companies (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global online hotel reservations, with over 150,000 participating hotels worldwide and 92.8 million room nights booked in 2010.  The Group is composed of four primary brands ? Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and TravelJigsaw. The Priceline Group provides online travel services in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. Based in Amsterdam, Booking.com is a leading international online hotel reservation service operating in 99 countries in 41 languages.  Booking.com offers its customers access to over 120,000 participating hotels worldwide.In the U.S., priceline.com gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com's famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available. Priceline.com also operates the following travel websites: Travelweb.com, Lowestfare.com, RentalCars.com and BreezeNet.com.Singapore-based Agoda.com is an Asian online hotel reservation service that offers hotel rooms around the world and is available in 32 languages.  With headquarters in Manchester, UK, TravelJigsaw is a multinational car hire service, offering its reservation services in more than 4,000 locations in 115 countries.  Customer support is provided in 20 languages.priceline.com Incorporated UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except share and per share data) December 31,December 31,ASSETS20102009 Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $        358,967$        202,141 Restricted cash 1,0501,319 Short-term investments 1,303,251598,014 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of   $6,353 and $5,023, respectively 162,426118,659 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 61,21136,828 Deferred income taxes 70,55965,980 Total current assets 1,957,4641,022,941 Property and equipment, net 39,73930,489 Intangible assets, net 232,030172,080 Goodwill 510,894350,630 Deferred taxes 151,408253,700 Other assets 14,4184,384 Total assets $     2,905,953$     1,834,224 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $          90,311$          60,568 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 243,767127,561 Deferred merchant bookings 136,91560,758 Convertible debt 175159,878 Total current liabilities 471,168408,765 Deferred income taxes 56,44043,793 Other long-term liabilities 42,99024,052 Convertible debt 476,230- Total liabilities 1,046,828476,610 Redeemable noncontrolling interests 45,751- Convertible debt 3835,985 Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $0.008 par value, authorized 1,000,000,000 shares,   56,567,236, and 52,446,173 shares issued, respectively 438405 Treasury stock 7,421,128 and 6,865,119 shares, respectively (640,415)(510,970) Additional paid-in capital 2,417,0922,289,867 Accumulated earnings (deficit) 69,110(454,673) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (32,889)(3,000) Total stockholders' equity 1,813,3361,321,629 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $     2,905,953$     1,834,224priceline.com IncorporatedUNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In thousands, except per share data)Three Months EndedTwelve Months EndedDecember 31,December 31,2010200920102009Merchant revenues$ 382,234$ 317,407$ 1,691,640$ 1,447,576Agency revenues345,838220,4961,380,603868,395Other revenues3,2443,85012,66222,241     Total revenues731,316541,7533,084,9052,338,212Cost of revenues252,903228,5641,175,9341,077,449Gross profit 478,413313,1891,908,9711,260,763Operating expenses:Advertising - Offline6,0305,97835,71436,270Advertising - Online133,78692,054552,140365,381Sales and marketing30,64117,655116,30381,238      Personnel, including stock-based compensation      of $19,650, $7,944, $68,200 and $40,671 for      the three and twelve months ended      December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively75,43744,819270,071180,152General and administrative24,96119,67381,18568,555Information technology6,1485,13720,99819,139Depreciation and amortization12,45110,01145,76339,193     Total operating expenses289,454195,3271,122,174789,928Operating income188,959117,862786,797470,835Other income (expense):Interest income1,1445283,8572,223Interest expense(7,578)(4,863)(29,944)(24,084)Foreign currency transactions and other(1,620)(5,389)(14,427)(6,672)     Total other income (expense)(8,054)(9,724)(40,514)(28,533)Earnings before income taxes and equity in income of investees180,905108,138746,283442,302Income tax (expense) benefit(45,794)(29,683)(218,141)47,168Equity in income of investees---2Net income135,11178,455528,142489,472Less: net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interests(618)-601-Net income applicable to common stockholders$ 135,729$   78,455$    527,541$    489,472Net income applicable to common stockholders per basic common share$       2.76$       1.77$        11.00$        11.54Weighted average number of basic common shares outstanding49,11144,35047,95542,406Net income applicable to common stockholders per diluted common share$       2.66$       1.55$        10.35$          9.88Weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding51,03550,57050,98849,522priceline.com IncorporatedUNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands)Twelve Months EndedDecember 31,OPERATING ACTIVITIES:201020092008Net income$   528,142$ 489,472$      185,624Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation 16,20914,49114,388Amortization34,25524,70228,680Provision for uncollectible accounts, net7,1023,22713,113Reversal of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets-(183,272)-Other deferred income taxes37,54030,99019,899Stock-based compensation and other stock-based payments68,39640,67140,522Amortization of debt issuance costs3,3322,4652,525Amortization of debt discount20,11018,20326,669Loss (gain) on early extinguishment of debt11,3341,048(6,014)Equity in (income) loss of investees-(2)310Loss on impairment of investment--843Changes in assets and liabilities:Accounts receivable(29,275)(22,767)(42,888)Prepaid expenses and other current assets(22,373)(979)(5,153)Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities84,75086,79232,245Other17,7754,6244,790Net cash provided by operating activities777,297509,665315,553INVESTING ACTIVITIES:Purchase of investments(1,813,032)(922,163)(196,308)Proceeds from sale of investments1,071,669432,184218,555Purchase of shares held by noncontrolling interests--(154,034)Additions to property and equipment(22,593)(15,106)(18,322)Acquisitions and other equity investments, net of cash acquired(112,405)(1,500)(599)Proceeds from redemption of equity investment in pricelinemortgage.com-8,921-Proceeds from foreign currency contracts44,564--Payments on foreign currency contracts(9,561)(5,025)-Change in restricted cash 2601,229(1,197)Net cash used in investing activities(841,098)(501,460)(151,905)FINANCING ACTIVITIES:Proceeds from the issuance of convertible senior notes575,000--Payment of debt issuance costs(13,334)--Payments related to conversion of senior notes(295,401)(197,122)(176,943)Repurchase of common stock(129,445)(17,415)(4,449)Proceeds from the sale of subsidiary shares to noncontrolling interests4,311--Proceeds from exercise of stock options25,75143,4285,507Proceeds from termination of conversion spread hedges42,984--Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation3,0912,1497,037Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities212,957(168,960)(168,848)Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents7,670(1,654)(15,609)Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents156,826(162,409)(20,809)Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period202,141364,550385,359Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$   358,967$ 202,141$      364,550SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:Cash paid during the period for income taxes$   169,320$   95,512$        66,948Cash paid during the period for interest$       4,901$     4,448$          6,353Non-cash fair value adjustment for redeemable noncontrolling interests$       7,876$           -$                -priceline.com IncorporatedUNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION(In thousands, except per share data)Three Months Ended December 31,Twelve Months Ended December 31,RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP EBITDA2010200920102009GAAP Net income applicable to common stockholders$ 135,729$   78,455$ 527,541$ 489,472(a)Amortization of acquired intangible assets in Merchant revenues1,753-4,702-(b)Favorable litigation settlement related to credit card processing costs-(1,049)-(1,049)(c)Stock-based compensation 19,6507,94468,20040,671(d)Favorable adjustments related to franchise tax and sales and use tax for headquarters location--(2,720)-(e)Charges related to hotel margin tax rulings and judgments1,732-1,7323,680(f)Depreciation and amortization12,45110,01145,76339,193(g)Interest income(1,144)(528)(3,857)(2,223)(g)Interest expense7,5784,86329,94424,084(h)Loss on early extinguishment of debt-3,78411,3341,048(i)Income tax expense (benefit)45,79429,683218,141(47,168)(k)Equity in income of investees---(2)(l)Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interests(618)-601-Non-GAAP EBITDA$ 222,925$ 133,163$ 901,381$ 547,706Three Months Ended December 31,Twelve Months Ended December 31,RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME2010200920102009GAAP Net income applicable to common stockholders$ 135,729$   78,455$ 527,541$ 489,472(a)Amortization of acquired intangible assets in Merchant revenues1,753-4,702-(b)Favorable litigation settlement related to credit card processing costs-(1,049)-(1,049)(c)Stock-based compensation 19,6507,94468,20040,671(d)Favorable adjustments related to franchise tax and sales and use tax for headquarters location--(2,720)-(e)Charges related to hotel margin tax rulings and judgments1,732-1,7323,680(h)Debt discount amortization related to convertible debt5,1613,45120,11018,203(h)Loss (gain) on early extinguishment of debt-3,78411,3341,048(j)Adjustments for the tax impact of certain of the non-GAAP adjustments and to exclude non-cash income taxes (including the non-cash benefit of $183.3 million, primarily in 3rd quarter 2009, from the reversal of a portion of the valuation allowance on the Company's deferred tax asset)3,6332,94934,361(151,433)(a)Amortization of acquired intangible assets in Depreciation and amortization8,2716,11529,47224,657(m)Impact on noncontrolling interests of certain other pro forma adjustments(919)-(2,073)-Non-GAAP Net income applicable to common stockholders$ 175,010$ 101,649$ 692,659$ 425,249Three Months Ended December 31,Twelve Months Ended December 31,RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME PER DILUTED COMMON SHARE2010200920102009GAAP weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding51,03550,57050,98849,522(n)Adjustment for Conversion Spread Hedges-(284)(56)(505)(o)Adjustment for restricted stock, restricted stock units and performance units396787397886Non-GAAP weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding51,43151,07351,32949,903Net income applicable to common stockholders per diluted common shareGAAP$       2.66$       1.55$     10.35$       9.88Non-GAAP$       3.40$       1.99$     13.49$       8.52 (a)   Amortization of acquired intangible assets is recorded in Merchant revenues and Depreciation and amortization.   (b)   Cash benefit associated with the favorable resolution of litigation related to credit card processing costs is excluded because of the nonrecurring nature of the settlement.   (c)   Stock-based compensation is recorded in Personnel expense.   (d)   Favorable adjustments related to franchise tax and sales and use tax for headquarters location are recorded in General and administrative expense.   (e)   Charges related to South Carolina hotel margin tax ruling in fourth quarter 2010 and Texas hotel margin tax litigation judgment in 3rd quarter 2009 are recorded in General and administrative expense.   (f)   Depreciation and amortization are excluded from Net income to calculate non-GAAP EBITDA.   (g)   Interest income and Interest expense are excluded from Net income to calculate non-GAAP EBITDA.   (h)   Non-cash interest expense related to the amortization of debt discount and loss on early debt extinguishment are recorded in Interest expense and Foreign currency transactions and other, respectively.   (i)   Income tax expense (benefit) is excluded from Net income to calculate non-GAAP EBITDA.   (j)   Adjustments for the tax impact of certain of the non-GAAP adjustments and to exclude non-cash income taxes (including the non-cash benefit of $183.3 million in 2009 from the reversal of a portion of the valuation allowance on the Company's deferred tax asset).   (k)   Equity in income of investees is excluded from Net income to calculate non-GAAP EBITDA.   (l)   Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interests is excluded from Net income to calculate non-GAAP EBITDA.   (m)   Impact of other non-GAAP adjustments on Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests.   (n)   Reflects the impact of the Conversion Spread Hedges that increase the effective conversion price of the currently outstanding Convertible Senior Notes due September 30, 2011 and the Convertible Senior Notes due September 30, 2013 from their stated $40.38 conversion price to an effective conversion price of $50.47 per share.  Under GAAP, the anti-dilutive impact of the Conversion Spread Hedges is not reflected on the outstanding diluted share count until the end of the hedge when shares are delivered.   (o)   All shares of restricted common stock, restricted stock units and performance share units are included in the calculation of non-GAAP net income per share because non-GAAP net income has been adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expense.   priceline.com Incorporated Statistical DataIn millions(Unaudited)Gross Bookings3Q084Q081Q092Q093Q094Q091Q102Q103Q104Q10Domestic$800$689$851$964$999$831$989$1,154$1,121$902International**1,2517921,0921,4151,7241,4331,9752,2562,8852,363Total$2,050$1,481$1,944$2,379$2,723$2,264$2,965$3,410$4,006$3,265Agency$1,604$1,108$1,470$1,825$2,131$1,766$2,374$2,683$3,168$2,557Merchant**447373474555592498591727838708Total$2,050$1,481$1,944$2,379$2,723$2,264$2,965$3,410$4,006$3,265Year/Year GrowthDomestic32.8%31.1%18.1%10.6%24.9%20.6%16.2%19.6%12.2%8.5%International58.6%16.5%5.3%14.3%37.8%81.0%80.8%59.5%67.3%64.9%excluding F/X impact44.7%27.6%23.5%32.4%48.5%69.5%72.8%67.1%78.0%70.7%Agency53.8%21.4%7.3%10.1%32.9%59.4%61.5%47.0%48.7%44.8%Merchant28.3%27.5%21.9%22.4%32.6%33.5%24.8%31.1%41.4%42.1%Total47.4%22.9%10.5%12.8%32.8%52.9%52.5%43.3%47.1%44.2%Units Sold3Q084Q081Q092Q093Q094Q091Q102Q103Q104Q10Hotel Room-Nights11.49.112.815.717.914.620.023.227.522.0Year/Year Growth43.6%38.0%36.4%44.0%56.3%59.9%56.8%48.2%54.1%50.6%Rental Car Days2.32.23.03.22.62.43.04.35.13.9Year/Year Growth-0.2%11.1%15.4%15.0%11.6%6.6%-0.9%32.0%97.3%65.4%Airline Tickets1.21.11.51.61.51.31.51.61.51.3Year/Year Growth44.8%43.7%28.0%13.9%30.2%16.2%2.8%4.1%-4.6%-2.3%3Q084Q081Q092Q093Q094Q091Q102Q103Q104Q10Revenue$561.6$406.0$462.1$603.7$730.7$541.8$584.4$767.4$1,001.8$731.3Year/Year Growth34.6%21.3%14.6%17.5%30.1%33.4%26.5%27.1%37.1%35.0%Gross Profit$316.1$205.1$208.3$305.2$434.0$313.2$319.1$445.3$666.2$478.4Year/Year Growth56.2%28.0%15.0%20.3%37.3%52.7%53.2%45.9%53.5%52.8%Gross bookings is an operating and statistical metric that captures the total dollar value, generally inclusive of taxes and fees, of all travel services booked by customers.** Includes $55.0 million, $85.8 million and $43.9 million of Travel Jigsaw gross bookings in 4Q10, 3Q10 and 2Q10 since acquisition on May 18, 2010, respectively.  Includes $37.5 million and $32.4 million of Agoda gross bookings in 4Q08 and 3Q08, respectively.SOURCE Priceline.com IncorporatedFor further information: Brian Ek, +1-203-299-8167, brian.ek@priceline.com; Investors, Matthew Tynan, +1-203-299-8487, matt.tynan@priceline.com