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Groupon Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Fourth quarter consolidated gross billings of $1.52 billion, up 24% year-over-year</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Fourth quarter consolidated revenue of $638.3 million, up 30% year-over-year</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Fourth quarter operating loss of $12.9 million, compared with an operating loss of $15.0 million in fourth quarter 2011</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Fourth quarter GAAP loss per share of $0.12, including $0.07 loss per share from a non-operating item, compared with a loss per share of $0.12 in fourth quarter 2011</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Full year 2012 gross billings grew 35% to $5.38 billion, revenue increased 45% to $2.33 billion, and operating income of $98.7 million compared to a loss of $233.4 million in 2011</b> </li> </ul>

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Groupon Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results16:05 EST Wednesday, February 27, 2013 CHICAGO (Business Wire) -- Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. Gross billings, which reflect the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding any applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds, increased 24% year-over-year to $1.52 billion in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $1.23 billion in the fourth quarter 2011. Excluding the $21.0 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, gross billings growth was 25% compared with fourth quarter 2011. Revenue increased 30% year-over-year to $638.3 million in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $492.2 million in the fourth quarter 2011. Excluding the $7.7 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, revenue growth was 31% compared with fourth quarter 2011. Growth was driven by an increase in direct revenue, which grew 1549% year-over-year to $225.2 million in the fourth quarter 2012, compared with $13.7 million in the fourth quarter 2011. Operating loss was $12.9 million in the fourth quarter 2012, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $26.6 million, and depreciation and amortization of $16.0 million. This compares with an operating loss of $15.0 million in the fourth quarter 2011, which included stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $32.9 million, and depreciation and amortization of $9.3 million. Year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates had a $0.1 million favorable impact on operating results. "Record billings growth this quarter is a clear signal that customers love Groupons," said Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon. "We will continue to invest in growth through 2013 as we see new opportunities to give our customers what they want." Operating cash flow decreased 61% year-over-year to $65.7 million, compared with $169.1 million in the fourth quarter 2011. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as operating cash flow less capital expenditures, decreased 83% year-over-year to $25.7 million, compared with $155.1 million in the fourth quarter 2011. At the end of the quarter, Groupon had $1.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents and no long-term borrowings. Fourth quarter 2012 net loss attributable to common stockholders was $81.1 million, or $0.12 per share, reflecting stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $26.6 million and share count of 655.7 million. Fourth quarter 2012 results included a pre-tax non-operating loss of $50.6 million ($45.5 million after tax) related to the impairment of a cost method investment in China. Net loss attributable to common stockholders increased by $15.7 million year-over-year, from a loss of $65.4 million, or $0.12 per share in the fourth quarter 2011, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $32.9 million. Full Year 2012 Gross billings increased 35% year-over-year to $5.38 billion in 2012, compared with $3.99 billion in 2011. Excluding the $183.5 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, gross billings growth was 40% compared with 2011. Revenue increased 45% year-over-year to $2.33 billion in 2012, compared with $1.61 billion in 2011. Excluding the $74.1 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates, revenue growth was 50% compared with 2011. Growth was driven by an increase in direct revenue, which grew 2083% to $454.7 million in 2012, compared with $20.8 million in 2011. Operating income was $98.7 million in 2012, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $105.0 million, and depreciation and amortization of $55.8 million. This compares with an operating loss of $233.4 million in 2011, which included stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $89.1 million, and depreciation and amortization of $32.1 million. Year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates had a $7.4 million unfavorable impact on operating income. Operating cash flow decreased 8% year-over-year to $266.8 million, compared with $290.4 million in 2011. Free cash flow decreased 31% year-over-year to $171.0 million, compared with $246.6 million in 2011. Full year 2012 net loss attributable to common stockholders was $67.4 million, or $0.10 per share, reflecting stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $105.0 million and share count of 650.2 million. Net loss attributable to common stockholders improved by $306.1 million year-over-year, from a loss of $373.5 million, or $1.03 per share in 2011, including stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expenses of $89.1 million.                     Groupon, Inc.Summary Consolidated and Segment Results(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)(unaudited)   Three Months EndedY/Y %Year EndedY/Y %December 31,GrowthDecember 31,Growth20122011Y/Y %GrowthFX Effect (2)excludingFX(2)20122011Y/Y %GrowthFX Effect (2)excludingFX(2) Gross Billings (1) North America $ 718,952 $ 475,807 51.1 % $ (2,569 ) 51.6 % $ 2,373,153 $ 1,561,927 51.9 % $ (2,780 ) 52.1 % International   801,500     755,061   6.2 %   (18,451 ) 8.6 %   3,007,031     2,423,574   24.1 %   (180,739 ) 31.5 % Consolidated Billings $ 1,520,452   $ 1,230,868   23.5 % $ (21,020 ) 25.2 % $ 5,380,184   $ 3,985,501   35.0 % $ (183,519 ) 39.6 %   Revenue North America $ 375,351 $ 179,638 108.9 % $ (1,082 ) 109.6 % $ 1,165,700 $ 634,980 83.6 % $ (1,156 ) 83.8 % International   262,951     312,526   (15.9 ) %   (6,629 ) (13.7 ) %   1,168,772     975,450   19.8 %   (72,960 ) 27.3 % Consolidated revenue $ 638,302   $ 492,164   29.7 % $ (7,711 ) 31.3 % $ 2,334,472   $ 1,610,430   45.0 % $ (74,116 ) 49.6 %   Operating (loss) income $ (12,861 ) $ (14,972 ) 14.1 % $ 135 13.2 % $ 98,701 $ (233,386 ) N/A $ (7,401 ) N/A   Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (81,089 ) $ (65,379 ) (24.0 ) % $ 1,102 (25.7 ) % $ (67,377 ) $ (373,494 ) 82.0 % $ (9,283 ) 84.4 %   Net loss per share Basic $ (0.12 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (1.03 ) Diluted $ (0.12 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (1.03 )   Weighted average basic shares outstanding 655,678,123 528,421,712 650,214,119 362,261,324 Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 655,678,123 528,421,712 650,214,119 362,261,324     (1)   Represents the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds. Includes direct billings and third party and other billings. (2) Represents change in financial measures that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reporting period been the same as those in effect in the three months and year ended December 31, 2011.   HighlightsLargest sequential gross billings increase in Groupon history. All categories contributed to the biggest sequential increase in platform growth on an absolute dollar basis in Groupon's history. Unit milestone. The Company surpassed the 50 million unit mark for the first time in the fourth quarter 2012. Consolidated units, defined as vouchers and products ordered before cancellations and refunds, grew 21% year-over-year. Seasonal strength in Groupon Goods. After a successful holiday season, Goods has now reached an annual run rate of about $2.0 billion in global billings, just five quarters after its launch. Growing merchant selection and quality. As of the end of the fourth quarter, the number of active deals in North America increased almost 300% year-over-year to nearly 37,000. Continued customer acquisition efficiencies. Marketing expense per new customer improved 61% year-over-year in the fourth quarter 2012, enabling the reduction of overall marketing spend by 61% compared with the fourth quarter 2011. As of December 31, 2012, Groupon had 41.0 million active customers, an increase of 22% year-over-year, with gross customer additions partially offset by higher customer inactivations. Substantial growth in mobile transaction activity. In January 2013, nearly 40% of North American transactions were completed on mobile devices, an increase of 44% compared with January 2012. This compares with about one third of transactions completed on mobile devices in October 2012. Launch of merchant services in 2012. Groupon launched a number of services in 2012 to strengthen relationships with local businesses, including Breadcrumb and Payments. Outlook Revenue for the first quarter 2013 is expected to be between $560 million and $610 million, an increase of between 0% and 9% compared with first quarter 2012. Operating (loss) income for the first quarter 2013 is expected to be between $(10) million and $10 million, compared with $39.6 million in the first quarter 2012. This outlook includes $30 million of stock-based compensation, and assumes no acquisitions or investments, or material changes in foreign exchange rates. For the full year 2013, operating income is expected to increase compared with 2012. A conference call will be webcast live today at 4:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. ET, and will be available on Groupon's investor relations website at http://investor.groupon.com. This call will contain forward-looking statements and other material information regarding the Company's financial and operating results. Non-GAAP Financial Measures In addition to financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we have provided the following non-GAAP financial measures in this release and the accompanying tables: foreign exchange rate neutral operating results, free cash flow and consolidated operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net. These non-GAAP financial measures are presented to aid investors in better understanding Groupon's performance. However, these measures are not intended to be a substitute for those reported in accordance with GAAP. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Foreign exchange rate neutral operating results show our current period operating results as if foreign currency exchange rates had remained the same as those in effect in the comparable period. These measures are intended to facilitate comparisons to our historical performance. For a reconciliation of foreign exchange rate neutral operating results to our GAAP operating results, see “Reconciliation of Foreign Exchange Rate Neutral Operating Results to U.S. GAAP Operating Results" and "Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics" included in the tables accompanying this release. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure that comprises net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software. We use free cash flow, and ratios based on it, to conduct and evaluate our business because, although it is similar to cash flow from operations, we believe that it typically represents a more useful measure of cash flows because purchases of fixed assets, software developed for internal use and website development costs are necessary components of our ongoing operations. Free cash flow is not intended to represent the total increase or decrease in Groupon's cash balance for the applicable period. For a reconciliation of free cash flow to cash flow from operations, see ''Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities'' included in the tables accompanying this release. Consolidated operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net is a non-GAAP measure that comprises the consolidated total of the segment operating income (loss) of our two segments, North America and International. Stock-based compensation expense and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net are excluded from segment operating income (loss) that we report under GAAP for our segments. Stock-based compensation expense is primarily a non-cash item. Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net represents the change in the fair value of contingent consideration arrangements related to business combinations. We use consolidated operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net to allocate resources and evaluate performance internally. For a reconciliation of consolidated operating income (loss) excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net to consolidated operating income (loss), see ''Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics'' included in the tables accompanying this release. Note on Forward Looking Statements The statements contained in this presentation that refer to plans and expectations for the next quarter or the future are forward- looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those discussed. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, volatility in our revenue and operating results; risks related to our business strategy; responding to changes in the market; effectively dealing with challenges arising from our international operations; retaining existing customers and adding new customers; retaining existing merchant partners and adding new merchant partners; incurring expenses as we expand our business; competing against smaller competitors and competitors with more financial resources than us; maintaining favorable terms with our business partners; maintaining a strong brand; managing inventory and order fulfillment; integrating our technology platforms; managing refund risks; retaining our executive team; litigation; regulations, including the CARD Act and regulation of the Internet; tax liabilities; tax legislation; maintaining our information technology infrastructure; security breaches; protecting our intellectual property; handling acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments effectively; seasonality; payment-related risks; customer and merchant partner fraud; global economic uncertainty; compliance with rules and regulations associated with being a public company; and our ability to raise capital if necessary. We urge you to refer to the factors included under the headings ''Risk Factors'' and ''Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations'' in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by visiting the company's Investor Relations web site at http://investor.groupon.com or the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Groupon's actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although Groupon believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. Moreover, neither the company nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect Groupon's expectations as of February 27, 2013. Groupon undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this presentation to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in its expectations. Groupon encourages investors to use its investor relations website as a way of easily finding information about the company. Groupon promptly makes available on this website, free of charge, the reports that the company files or furnishes with the SEC, corporate governance information (including Groupon's Global Code of Conduct), and select press releases and social media postings.             Groupon, Inc.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(in thousands)(unaudited)   Three Months EndedDecember 31,Year EndedDecember 31,2012201120122011Operating activities Net loss $ (80,047 ) $ (59,679 ) $ (51,031 ) $ (297,762 ) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 15,965 9,301 55,801 32,055 Stock-based compensation 26,411 32,668 104,117 93,590 Deferred income taxes (17,259 ) 31,601 (7,651 ) 32,203 Excess tax benefits on stock-based compensation (2,403 ) 1,145 (27,023 ) (10,178 ) Loss on equity method investees 1,231 6,678 9,925 26,652 Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net 153 256 897 (4,537 ) Gain on return of common stock - - - (4,916 ) Gain on E-Commerce transaction - - (56,032 ) - Impairment of cost method investment 50,553 - 50,553 - Change in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions: Restricted cash (2,517 ) (4,378 ) (4,372 ) (12,519 ) Accounts receivable 12,723 (686 ) 10,534 (70,376 ) Prepaid expenses and other current assets (45,922 ) 4,731 (70,859 ) (36,292 ) Accounts payable 5,537 927 18,711 (20,997 ) Accrued merchant and supplier payables 96,029 65,236 149,918 380,108 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (20,268 ) 80,164 47,742 189,127 Other, net   25,531     1,113     35,604     (5,711 ) Net cash provided by operating activities 65,717 169,077 266,834 290,447   Net cash used in investing activities (52,753 ) (34,907 ) (194,979 ) (147,433 )   Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (6,495 ) 746,913 12,095 867,205   Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   1,809     (2,083 )   2,404     (6,117 ) Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 8,278 879,000 86,354 1,004,102 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   1,201,011     243,935     1,122,935     118,833   Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period $ 1,209,289   $ 1,122,935   $ 1,209,289   $ 1,122,935         Groupon, Inc.Consolidated Statements of Operations(in thousands, except share and per share data)(unaudited)         Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,2012201120122011 Revenue: Third party and other revenue $ 413,127 $ 478,510 $ 1,879,729 $ 1,589,604 Direct revenue   225,175     13,654     454,743     20,826   Total revenue 638,302 492,164 2,334,472 1,610,430 Cost of revenue: Third party and other revenue 63,905 86,882 297,739 243,789 Direct revenue   218,567     9,383     421,201     15,090   Total cost of revenue   282,472     96,265     718,940     258,879   Gross Profit 355,830 395,899 1,615,532 1,351,551 Operating expenses: Marketing 60,913 155,299 336,854 768,472 Selling, general and administrative 307,625 255,316 1,179,080 821,002 Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net   153     256     897     (4,537 ) Total operating expenses   368,691     410,871     1,516,831     1,584,937   (Loss) income from operations (12,861 ) (14,972 ) 98,701 (233,386 ) Interest and other (expense) income, net (48,279 ) (3,835 ) 6,166 5,973 Loss on equity method investees   (1,231 )   (6,678 )   (9,925 )   (26,652 ) (Loss) income before provision for income taxes (62,371 ) (25,485 ) 94,942 (254,065 ) Provision for income taxes   17,676     34,194     145,973     43,697   Net loss (80,047 ) (59,679 ) (51,031 ) (297,762 ) Less: Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests   (936 )   (5,267 )   (3,742 )   18,335   Net loss attributable to Groupon, Inc. (80,983 ) (64,946 ) (54,773 ) (279,427 ) Redemption of preferred stock in excess of carrying value - - - (34,327 ) Adjustment of redeemable noncontrolling interests to redemption value   (106 )   (433 )   (12,604 )   (59,740 ) Net loss attributable to common stockholders $ (81,089 ) $ (65,379 ) $ (67,377 ) $ (373,494 )   Net loss per share Basic $ (0.12 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (1.03 ) Diluted $ (0.12 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.10 ) $ (1.03 )   Weighted average number of shares outstanding Basic 655,678,123 528,421,712 650,214,119 362,261,324 Diluted 655,678,123 528,421,712 650,214,119 362,261,324       Groupon, Inc.Consolidated Balance Sheets(in thousands, except share and per share data)(unaudited)     December 31,20122011Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,209,289 $ 1,122,935 Accounts receivable, net 96,713 108,747 Deferred income taxes 31,211 19,243 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   150,573     72,402   Total current assets 1,487,786 1,323,327 Property, equipment and software, net 121,072 51,800 Goodwill 206,684 166,903 Intangible assets, net 42,597 45,667 Investments 84,209 50,604 Deferred income taxes, non-current 29,916 46,104 Other non-current assets   59,210     90,071   Total Assets $ 2,031,474   $ 1,774,476   Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 59,865 $ 40,918 Accrued merchant and supplier payables 671,305 520,723 Accrued expenses 246,924 212,007 Deferred income taxes 53,700 76,841 Other current liabilities   136,647     144,673   Total current liabilities 1,168,441 995,162 Deferred income taxes, non-current 20,860 7,428 Other non-current liabilities   100,072     70,766   Total Liabilities   1,289,373     1,073,356   Commitments and contingencies Redeemable noncontrolling interests - 1,653 Stockholders' Equity Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 2,000,000,000 shares authorized, 654,523,706 and 641,745,225 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively 65 64 Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized, 2,399,976 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011 - - Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 2,010,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011 - - Additional paid-in capital 1,485,006 1,388,253 Accumulated deficit (753,477 ) (698,704 ) Accumulated other comprehensive income   12,446     12,928   Total Groupon, Inc. Stockholders' Equity 744,040 702,541 Noncontrolling interests   (1,939 )   (3,074 ) Total Equity   742,101     699,467   Total Liabilities and Equity $ 2,031,474   $ 1,774,476         Groupon, Inc.Segment Information(in thousands)(unaudited)         Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,2012201120122011North America Gross Billings (1) $ 718,952 $ 475,807 $ 2,373,153 $ 1,561,927 Revenue $ 375,351 $ 179,638 $ 1,165,700 $ 634,980 Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses(2)(3)   358,319     161,399     1,025,974     630,184   Segment operating income(3) $ 17,032 $ 18,239 $ 139,726 $ 4,796 Segment income as a percent of segment revenue 4.5 % 10.2 % 12.0 % 0.8 %   International Gross Billings (1) $ 801,500 $ 755,061 $ 3,007,031 $ 2,423,574 Revenue $ 262,951 $ 312,526 $ 1,168,772 $ 975,450 Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses(2)(3)   266,280     312,813     1,104,783     1,124,579   Segment operating (loss) income(3) $ (3,329 ) $ (287 ) $ 63,989 $ (149,129 ) Segment (loss) income as a percent of segment revenue (1.3 ) % (0.1 ) % 5.5 % (15.3 ) %   Consolidated Gross Billings (1) $ 1,520,452 $ 1,230,868 $ 5,380,184 $ 3,985,501 Revenue $ 638,302 $ 492,164 $ 2,334,472 $ 1,610,430 Segment cost of revenue and operating expenses(2)   624,599     474,212     2,130,757     1,754,763   Segment operating income (loss) $ 13,703 $ 17,952 $ 203,715 $ (144,333 ) Segment income (loss) as a percent of segment revenue 2.1 % 3.6 % 8.7 % (9.0 ) %   Stock-based compensation 26,411 32,668 104,117 93,590 Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net   153     256     897     (4,537 ) Operating (loss) income (12,861 ) (14,972 ) 98,701 (233,386 )   Interest and other expense (income), net 48,279 3,835 (6,166 ) (5,973 ) Loss on equity method investees   1,231     6,678     9,925     26,652   (Loss) income before provision for income taxes (62,371 ) (25,485 ) 94,942 (254,065 ) Provision for income taxes   17,676     34,194     145,973     43,697   Net loss $ (80,047 ) $ (59,679 ) $ (51,031 ) $ (297,762 )   (1)   Represents the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds. Includes direct billings and third party and other billings. (2) Represents cost of revenue and operating expenses, excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net. (3) We record intercompany cross-charges every period for services provided by the United States to our international subsidiaries. We updated our intercompany allocations for those charges during the fourth quarter of 2012, which resulted in a one-time $8.5 million decrease to International Segment operating expenses (reduction to International Segment operating loss) and a corresponding increase to North America Segment operating expenses (reduction to North America Segment operating income).       Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities(in thousands)(unaudited)         The following is a reconciliation of free cash flow to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure, “Net cash provided by operating activities,” for the three months and years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively:   Three Months Ended December 31,Year Ended December 31,2012201120122011 Net cash provided by operating activities $ 65,717 $ 169,077 $ 266,834 $ 290,447 Purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software   (40,034 )   (13,986 )   (95,836 )   (43,811 ) Free cash flow $ 25,683   $ 155,091   $ 170,998   $ 246,636     Net cash used in investing activities $ (52,753 ) $ (34,907 ) $ (194,979 ) $ (147,433 ) Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities $ (6,495 ) $ 746,913 $ 12,095 $ 867,205       Reconciliation of Foreign Exchange Rate Neutral Operating Results to Revenue and (Loss) Income from Operations(in thousands)(unaudited)             The following is a reconciliation of foreign exchange rate neutral operating results to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measures, "Revenue" and "(Loss) Income from operations," for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012:   The effect on the Company's consolidated statements of operations from changes in exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar for the three months ended December 31, 2012 are as follows:   Three Months Ended December 31, 2012Three Months Ended December 31, 2012At Avg.ExchangeAt Avg.ExchangeQ4 2011Rates (1)RateEffect (2)AsReportedQ3 2012Rates (3)RateEffect (2)AsReported Revenue $ 646,013 $ (7,711 ) $ 638,302 $ 634,734 $ 3,568 $ 638,302 Loss from operations $ (12,996 ) $ 135 $ (12,861 ) $ (12,075 ) $ (786 ) $ (12,861 )   The effect on the Company's consolidated statements of operations from changes in exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar for the year ended December 31, 2012 are as follows:   Year Ended December 31, 2012Year Ended December 31, 2012At Avg.ExchangeAt Avg.Exchange2011Rates (1)RateEffect (2)AsReportedQ4'11 - Q3'12Rates (3)RateEffect (2)AsReported Revenue $ 2,408,588 $ (74,116 ) $ 2,334,472 $ 2,344,952 $ (10,480 ) $ 2,334,472 Income from operations $ 106,102 $ (7,401 ) $ 98,701 $ 105,467 $ (6,766 ) $ 98,701   (1)   Represents the outcome that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reported period been the same as those in effect during the three months and year ended December 31, 2011. (2) Represents the increase or decrease in reported amounts resulting from changes in exchange rates from those in effect in the comparable period. (3) Represents the outcome that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reported period been the same as those in effect during the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2012.       Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics(13)(in thousands, except per share and headcount data and TTMGross Billings / Average Active Customer)(unaudited)                 Q1 2011 (8)Q2 2011Q3 2011Q4 2011Q1 2012Q2 2012Q3 2012Q4 2012   SegmentsNorth America Segment: Gross Billings (1) $ 315,152 $ 369,990 $ 400,978 $ 475,807 $ 553,557 $ 548,275 $ 552,369 $ 718,952 Year-over-year growth610%359%204%118%76%48%38%51%% of Consolidated Gross Billings47%40%35%39%41%43%45%47% Gross Billings (1) Trailing Twelve Months (TTM) $ 745,772 $ 1,035,183 $ 1,304,128 $ 1,561,927 $ 1,800,332 $ 1,978,617 $ 2,130,008 $ 2,373,153   Revenue: Third Party and Other Revenue (2) $ 136,612 $ 157,205 $ 161,525 $ 179,638 $ 230,984 $ 207,119 $ 158,545 $ 165,776 Direct Revenue (2)   -     -     -     -     7,581     53,062   133,058     209,575   Total Revenue $ 136,612 $ 157,205 $ 161,525 $ 179,638 $ 238,565 $ 260,181 $ 291,603 $ 375,351 Year-over-year growth574%341%188%103%75%66%81%109%% of Consolidated Revenue46%40%38%36%43%46%51%59% Revenue TTM $ 316,752 $ 438,305 $ 543,705 $ 634,980 $ 736,933 $ 839,909 $ 969,987 $ 1,165,700   Cost of Revenue: Third Party and Other Cost of Revenue (3) $ 25,050 $ 32,169 $ 31,316 $ 51,419 $ 62,580 $ 40,155 $ 15,475 $ 27,002 Direct Cost of Revenue (3)   -     -     -     -     6,671     46,159   115,560     196,789   Total Cost of Revenue $ 25,050 $ 32,169 $ 31,316 $ 51,419 $ 69,251 $ 86,314 $ 131,035 $ 223,791 % of North America Total Revenue18%20%19%29%29%33%45%60%   Gross Profit Third Party and Other $ 111,562 $ 125,036 $ 130,209 $ 128,219 $ 168,404 $ 166,964 $ 143,070 $ 138,774 Direct   -     -     -     -     910     6,903   17,498     12,786   Total $ 111,562 $ 125,036 $ 130,209 $ 128,219 $ 169,314 $ 173,867 $ 160,568 $ 151,560 % of North America Total Revenue82%80%81%71%71%67%55%40%   Operating (Loss) Income Excl Stock-Based Compensation (SBC), Acquisition-Related Expenses $ (21,778 ) $ (10,501 ) $ 18,836 $ 18,239 $ 40,172 $ 43,429 $ 39,093 $ 17,032 Year-over-year growthN/A(2,678)%496%N/AN/AN/A108%(7)%% of Consolidated Operating (Loss) Income Excl SBC, Acq-Related22%17%1,113%102%59%60%77%124% Operating Margin Excl SBC, Acq-Related (% of North America Total revenue) (15.9 ) % (6.7 ) % 11.7 % 10.2 % 16.8 % 16.7 % 13.4 % 4.5 % Year-over-year growth (bps)(5,879)(562)6033,4943,2782,337170(570) Operating (Loss) Income TTM Excl SBC, Acq-Related $ (40,901 ) $ (51,024 ) $ (35,348 ) $ 4,796 $ 66,746 $ 120,676 $ 140,933 $ 139,726 Operating Margin TTM Excl SBC, Acq-Related (% of North America Total TTM revenue) (12.9 ) % (11.6 ) % (6.5 ) % 0.8 % 9.1 % 14.4 % 14.5 % 12.0 % Year-over-year growth (bps)(3,604)(2,266)(1,467)5962,1972,6012,1001,120   International Segment: Gross Billings (1) $ 353,022 $ 559,259 $ 756,232 $ 755,061 $ 801,243 $ 738,401 $ 665,887 $ 801,500 Year-over-year growthN/A5,057%1,115%283%127%32%(12)%6%Year-over-year growth, excluding FX (4)N/A4,587%1,021%287%138%45%(4)%9%% of Consolidated Gross Billings53%60%65%61%59%57%55%53% Gross Billings (1) TTM $ 623,367 $ 1,171,781 $ 1,865,774 $ 2,423,574 $ 2,871,795 $ 3,050,937 $ 2,960,592 $ 3,007,031   Revenue: Third Party and Other Revenue (2) $ 158,911 $ 235,377 $ 261,464 $ 298,872 $ 309,069 $ 295,866 $ 265,019 $ 247,351 Direct Revenue (2)   -     -     7,172     13,654     11,649     12,288   11,930     15,600   Total Revenue $ 158,911 $ 235,377 $ 268,636 $ 312,526 $ 320,718 $ 308,154 $ 276,949 $ 262,951 Year-over-year growthN/A7,709%947%273%102%31%3%(16)%Year-over-year growth, excluding FX (4)N/A7,013%868%276%112%44%13%(14)%% of Consolidated Revenue54%60%62%64%57%54%49%41% Revenue TTM $ 271,440 $ 503,803 $ 746,785 $ 975,450 $ 1,137,257 $ 1,210,034 $ 1,218,347 $ 1,168,772   Cost of Revenue: Third Party and Other Cost of Revenue (3) $ 14,715 $ 22,634 $ 31,023 $ 35,463 $ 40,049 $ 36,877 $ 38,698 $ 36,903 Direct Cost of Revenue (3)   -     -     5,707     9,383     10,198     11,993   12,053     21,778   Total Cost of Revenue $ 14,715 $ 22,634 $ 36,730 $ 44,846 $ 50,247 $ 48,870 $ 50,751 $ 58,681 % of International Total Revenue9%10%14%14%16%16%18%22%   Gross Profit Third Party and Other $ 144,196 $ 212,743 $ 230,441 $ 263,409 $ 269,020 $ 258,989 $ 226,321 $ 210,448 Direct   -     -     1,465     4,271     1,451     295   (123 )   (6,178 ) Total $ 144,196 $ 212,743 $ 231,906 $ 267,680 $ 270,471 $ 259,284 $ 226,198 $ 204,270 % of International Total Revenue91%90%86%86%84%84%82%78%   Operating (Loss) Income Excl SBC, Acq-Related $ (76,506 ) $ (51,808 ) $ (20,528 ) $ (287 ) $ 27,418 $ 28,505 $ 11,395 $ (3,329 ) Year-over-year growthN/A(125)%21%100%N/A155N/A1060%% of Consolidated Operating (Loss) Income Excl SBC, Acq-Related78%83%(1,213)%(2)%41%40%23%(24)% Operating Margin Excl SBC, Acq-Related (% of International Total revenue) (48.1 ) % (22.0 ) % (7.6 ) % (0.1 ) % 8.5 % 9.3 % 4.1 % (1.3 ) % Year-over-year growth (bps)N/A74,2659,39214,4745,6693,1261,170(120) Operating (Loss) Income TTM Excl SBC, Acq-Related $ (247,063 ) $ (275,824 ) $ (270,298 ) $ (149,129 ) $ (45,205 ) $ 35,108 $ 67,031 $ 63,989 Operating Margin TTM Excl SBC, Acq-Related (% of International Total TTM revenue) (91.0 ) % (54.7 ) % (36.2 ) % (15.3 ) % (4.0 ) % 2.9 % 5.5 % 5.5 % Year-over-year growth (bps)N/A70,99213,50813,6288,7045,7654,1702,080   Consolidated Results of Operations Gross Billings (1) $ 668,174 $ 929,249 $ 1,157,210 $ 1,230,868 $ 1,354,800 $ 1,286,676 $ 1,218,256 $ 1,520,452 Year-over-year growth1,405%916%496%196%103%38%5%24%Year-over-year growth, excluding FX (4)1,378%859%465%198%108%47%11%25% Gross Billings (1) (TTM) $ 1,369,139 $ 2,206,964 $ 3,169,902 $ 3,985,501 $ 4,672,127 $ 5,029,554 $ 5,090,600 $ 5,380,184 Year-over-year growth1,651%1,227%804%435%241%128%61%35%   Revenue: Third Party and Other Revenue (2) $ 295,523 $ 392,582 $ 422,989 $ 478,510 $ 540,053 $ 502,985 $ 423,564 $ 413,127 Direct Revenue (2)   -     -     7,172     13,654     19,230     65,350   144,988     225,175   Total Consolidated Revenue $ 295,523 $ 392,582 $ 430,161 $ 492,164 $ 559,283 $ 568,335 $ 568,552 $ 638,302 Year-over-year growth1,358%915%426%186%89%45%32%30%Year-over-year growth, excluding FX (4)1,332%858%401%188%95%53%38%31% Total Consolidated Revenue TTMYear-over-year growth, excluding FX (1) $ 588,192 $ 942,108 $ 1,290,490 $ 1,610,430 $ 1,874,190 $ 2,049,943 $ 2,188,334 $ 2,334,472 Year-over-year growth1,594%1,205%761%415%219%118%70%45%   Cost of Revenue: Third Party and Other Cost of Revenue (3) $ 39,765 $ 54,803 $ 62,339 $ 86,882 $ 102,629 $ 77,032 $ 54,173 $ 63,905 Direct Cost of Revenue (3)   -     -     5,707     9,383     16,869     58,152   127,613     218,567   Total Consolidated Cost of Revenue $ 39,765 $ 54,803 $ 68,046 $ 96,265 $ 119,498 $ 135,184 $ 181,786 $ 282,472 % of Total Consolidated Revenue 13 % 14 % 16 % 20 % 21 % 24 % 32 % 44 %   Gross Profit Third Party and Other $ 255,758 $ 337,779 $ 360,650 $ 391,628 $ 437,424 $ 425,953 $ 369,391 $ 349,222 Direct   -     -     1,465     4,271     2,361     7,198   17,375     6,608   Total $ 255,758 $ 337,779 $ 362,115 $ 395,899 $ 439,785 $ 433,151 $ 386,766 $ 355,830 % of Total Consolidated Revenue 87 % 86 % 84 % 80 % 79 % 76 % 68 % 56 %   Operating (Loss) Income Excl SBC, Acq-Related $ (98,284 ) $ (62,309 ) $ (1,692 ) $ 17,952 $ 67,590 $ 71,934 $ 50,488 $ 13,703 Year-over-year growthN/A(166)%93.%N/AN/AN/AN/A(24)% Operating Margin Excl SBC, Acq-Related (% of Total Consolidated revenue) (33.3 ) % (15.9 ) % (0.4 ) % 3.6 % 12.1 % 12.7 % 8.9 % 2.1 % Year-over-year growth (bps)(7,611)4,4712,7608,6894,5342,853930(150) Operating (Loss) Income TTM Excl SBC, Acq-Related $ (287,964 ) $ (326,848 ) $ (305,646 ) $ (144,333 ) $ 21,541 $ 155,784 $ 207,964 $ 203,715 Operating Margin TTM Excl SBC, Acq-Related (% of Total Consolidated TTM revenue) (49.0 ) % (34.7 ) % (23.7 ) % (9.0 ) % 1.1 % 7.6 % 9.5 % 8.7 % Year-over-year growth (bps)(7,208)(1,333)2454,8875,0114,2293,3201,770   Operating (Loss) Income $ (117,148 ) $ (101,027 ) $ (239 ) $ (14,972 ) $ 39,639 $ 46,485 $ 25,438 $ (12,861 ) Year-over-year growthN/A(174)%100%96.%N/AN/AN/A14% Operating Margin (% of Total Consolidated revenue) (39.6 ) % (25.7 ) % (0.1 ) % (3.0 ) % 7.1 % 8.2 % 4.5 % (2.0 ) % Year-over-year growth (bps)(8,192)6,9496,83819,2134,6733,391457100 Operating (Loss) Income TTM $ (546,064 ) $ (610,272 ) $ (554,543 ) $ (233,386 ) $ (76,599 ) $ 70,913 $ 96,590 $ 98,701 Operating Margin TTM (% of Total Consolidated TTM revenue) (92.8 ) % (64.8 ) % (43.0 ) % (14.5 ) % (4.1 ) % 3.5 % 4.4 % 4.2 % Year-over-year growth (bps)(11,533)(2,457)1,42711,9838,8756,8244,7401,870   Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Common Stockholders (146,480 ) (107,406 ) (54,229 ) (65,379 ) (11,695 ) 28,386 (2,979 ) (81,089 ) Weighted Average Basic Shares Outstanding 307,849 303,415 307,605 528,422 644,097 647,150 653,224 655,678 Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding (5) 307,849 303,415 307,605 528,422 644,097 663,123 653,224 655,678 Net (Loss) Earnings per Share Basic $ (0.48 ) $ (0.35 ) $ (0.18 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.02 ) $ 0.04 $ (0.00 ) $ (0.12 ) Diluted $ (0.48 ) $ (0.35 ) $ (0.18 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.02 ) $ 0.04 $ (0.00 ) $ (0.12 )       Supplemental Financial Information and Business Metrics(13)(in thousands, except per share and headcount data and TTMGross Billings / Average Active Customer)(unaudited)                 Q1 2011 (8)Q2 2011Q3 2011Q4 2011Q1 2012Q2 2012Q3 2012Q4 2012   Depreciation and Amortization North America $ 1,273 $ 1,910 $ 2,817 $ 4,515 $ 5,004 $ 6,669 $ 8,153 $ 10,754 International   6,325     6,188     4,241     4,786     6,712     6,141     7,157     5,211   Consolidated $ 7,598 $ 8,098 $ 7,058 $ 9,301 $ 11,716 $ 12,810 $ 15,310 $ 15,965   The following is a quarterly reconciliation of Operating (Loss) Income, excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net, to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure, “Operating (Loss) Income." (6) Operating (Loss) Income, excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense $ (98,284 ) $ (62,309 ) $ (1,692 ) $ 17,952 $ 67,590 $ 71,934 $ 50,488 $ 13,703 Stock-based Compensation (18,864 ) (38,718 ) (3,340 ) (32,668 ) (28,003 ) (27,084 ) (22,619 ) (26,411 ) Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net   -     -     4,793     (256 )   52     1,635     (2,431 )   (153 ) Operating (Loss) Income $ (117,148 ) $ (101,027 ) $ (239 ) $ (14,972 ) $ 39,639 $ 46,485 $ 25,438 $ (12,861 )   The following is a trailing twelve months reconciliation of Operating (Loss) Income, excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense (benefit), net, to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure, “Operating (Loss) Income." (6) Operating (Loss) Income, excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related expense TTM $ (287,964 ) $ (326,848 ) $ (305,646 ) $ (144,333 ) $ 21,541 $ 155,784 $ 207,964 $ 203,715 Stock-based Compensation (54,916 ) (89,674 ) (88,351 ) (93,590 ) (102,729 ) (91,095 ) (110,374 ) (104,117 ) Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net   (203,184 )   (193,750 )   (160,546 )   4,537     4,589     6,224     (1,000 )   (897 ) Operating (Loss) Income TTM $ (546,064 ) $ (610,272 ) $ (554,543 ) $ (233,386 ) $ (76,599 ) $ 70,913 $ 96,590 $ 98,701   The following is a quarterly reconciliation of foreign exchange rate neutral Gross Billings growth from the comprable quarterly periods of the prior year to reported Gross billings growth from the comprable quarterly periods of the prior year.(7) International Gross Billings, excluding FX N/A 4,587 % 1,021 % 287 % 138 % 45 % (4 ) % 9 % FX Effect   N/A     470   %   94   %   (4 ) %   (11 ) %   (13 ) %   (8 ) %   (3 ) % International Gross Billings N/A 5,057 % 1,115 % 283 % 127 % 32 % (12 ) % 6 %   Consolidated Gross Billings, excluding FX 1,378 % 859 % 465 % 198 % 108 % 47 % 11 % 25 % FX Effect   27   %   57   %   31   %   (2 ) %   (5 ) %   (9 ) %   (6 ) %   (1 ) % Condolidated Gross Billings 1,405 % 916 % 496 % 196 % 103 % 38 % 5 % 24 %   The following is a quarterly reconciliation of foreign exchange rate neutral Revenue growth from the comprable quarterly periods of the prior year to reported Revenue growth from the comprable quarterly periods of the prior year.(7) International Revenue, excluding FX N/A 7,013 % 868 % 276 % 112 % 44 % 13 % (14 ) % FX Effect   N/A     696   %   79   %   (3 ) %   (10 ) %   (13 ) %   (10 ) %   (2 ) % International Revenue N/A 7,709 % 947 % 273 % 102 % 31 % 3 % (16 ) %   Consolidated Revenue, excluding FX 1,332 % 858 % 401 % 188 % 95 % 53 % 38 % 31 % FX Effect   26   %   57   %   25   %   (2 ) %   (6 ) %   (8 ) %   (6 ) %   (1 ) % Consolidated Revenue 1,358 % 915 % 426 % 186 % 89 % 45 % 32 % 30 %   Cash Flow Operating cash flow (TTM) $ 91,928 $ 128,316 $ 173,291 $ 290,447 $ 356,221 $ 392,517 $ 370,194 $ 266,834 Purchases of property, equipment and capitalized software, net (TTM)   (24,780 )   (31,949 )   (38,414 )   (43,811 )   (45,932 )   (62,401 )   (69,788 )   (95,836 ) Free cash flow (TTM) (9) $ 67,148 $ 96,367 $ 134,877 $ 246,636 $ 310,289 $ 330,116 $ 300,406 $ 170,998   Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (TTM) $ (55,510 ) $ (83,226 ) $ (124,301 ) $ (147,433 ) $ (149,583 ) $ (184,552 ) $ (177,133 ) $ (194,979 ) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (TTM) $ 142,549 $ 125,404 $ 130,593 $ 867,205 $ 746,824 $ 771,404 $ 765,503 $ 12,095   Other Metrics: Active Customers (10) North America 8,213 11,039 12,823 14,084 14,876 15,121 15,983 17,215 International   7,163     11,998     16,083     19,658     21,974     22,925     23,542     23,834   Total Active Customers 15,376 23,037 28,906 33,742 36,850 38,046 39,525 41,049   TTM Gross Billings / Average Active Customer (11) $ 169 $ 174 $ 189 $ 187 $ 179 $ 165 $ 149 $ 144   Headcount Sales (12) 3,556 4,850 4,853 5,196 5,735 5,587 5,087 4,677 % North America19%20%21%20%21%20%24%25%% International81%80%79%80%79%80%76%75% Other   3,551     4,775     5,565     6,275     6,813     7,233     6,779     6,717   Total Headcount 7,107 9,625 10,418 11,471 12,548 12,820 11,866 11,394   (1)   Represents the total dollar value of customer purchases of goods and services, excluding applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds. Includes direct billings and third party and other billings. (2) Third party revenue is related to sales for which the company acts as a marketing agent for the merchant. This revenue is recorded on a net basis. Direct revenue is related to the sale of products for which the Company is the merchant of record. These revenues are accounted for on a gross basis, with the cost of inventory included in cost of revenue. (3) Cost of revenue is comprised of direct and indirect costs incurred to generate revenue. Direct cost of revenue includes the purchase price of consumer products, warehousing, shipping costs and inventory markdowns. Third party cost of revenue includes estimated refunds for which the merchant's share is not recoverable. Other costs incurred to generate revenue are allocated to cost of third party revenue, direct revenue and other revenue in proportion to relative gross billings during the period. (4) Represents change in financial measures that would have resulted had average exchange rates in the reported period been the same as those in effect in the prior year period. (5) The weighted-average diluted shares outstanding is calculated using the weighted-average number of common shares and, if dilutive, potential common shares outstanding during the period. Potential common shares consist of the incremental common shares issuable upon the exercise of stock options and vesting of restricted stock units and restricted shares, as calculated using the treasury stock method. (6) Operating income excluding stock-based compensation and acquisition-related activities is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company reconciles this measure to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure, ‘‘Operating Income,” for the periods presented. (7) Foreign Exchange Rate neutral operating results are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company reconciles these measures to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measures, ‘‘Gross Billings” and "Revenue," for the periods presented. (8) Year-over-year growth is unavailable for select international growth measures as Groupon did not commence international operations until the second quarter of 2010. (9) Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company reconciles this measure to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure, ‘‘Net cash provided by operating activities,” for the periods presented. See "Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities." (10) Reflects the total number of unique accounts who have purchased Groupons during the trailing twelve months. (11) Reflects the total gross billings generated in the trailing twelve months per average active customer over that period. (12) Includes inside and outside merchant sales representatives, as well as sales support. (13) The definition, methodology, and appropriateness of each of our supplemental metrics is reviewed periodically. As a result, metrics are subject to removal and/or change. Groupon Investor RelationsGenny Konz, 312-999-3098ir@groupon.comorGroupon Public RelationsPaul Taaffe, 312-999-3964