Yelp Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results

Net Revenue Grew 8% in 2019 Year-Over-Year to $1 Billion, and Grew 10% in Q4 Compared to Prior Year
Net Income of $41 Million Compared to $55 Million in 2018, Reflecting Higher Income Taxes in 2019
Adjusted EBITDA Margin Expanded to 21% in 2019, Up From 19% in 2018
Board Authorized $250 Million Increase to Stock Repurchase Program
David Schwarzbach to join as Chief Financial Officer
Christine Barone to join Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 13, 2020--Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), the company that connects people with great local businesses, today posted its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019 in the Q4 2019 Shareholder Letter available on its Investor Relations website at

“2019 marked a pivotal year for Yelp as we embarked on an ambitious, multi-year business transformation plan,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “We are pleased to have reaccelerated revenue growth in the second half of 2019, while also increasing adjusted EBITDA margin year-over-year. We ended the year with double-digit revenue growth in the fourth quarter and that momentum has continued into 2020, giving us confidence in our ability to achieve our long-term financial targets.”

Financial Highlights & Business Outlook

Net revenue was $269 million, up 10% from the fourth quarter of 2018, a one percentage point increase from the third quarter’s growth rate. Greater-than-expected seasonal reductions by small- and medium-sized business customers resulted in reported growth slightly below our outlook for the quarter; this seasonal activity reversed in January, when our non-term advertising business saw record monthly advertiser acquisitions and budget retention
Net income was $17 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to $32 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2018, reflecting higher income taxes in the fourth quarter of 2019 and a valuation allowance release in the fourth quarter of 2018
Adjusted EBITDA1 grew to $61 million, an increase of $8 million, or 15%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased one percentage point to 23% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018
Cash provided by operating activities was $56 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, and we ended the fourth quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $466 million
We repurchased a total of 14 million shares in 2019 at an aggregate cost of $481 million, which drove a 12% reduction of our diluted shares outstanding since the start of the year
We expect to accelerate revenue growth and expand margins again in 2020. Specifically, we expect Net revenue to grow 10-12% compared to 2019, with Adjusted EBITDA margin increasing by 1-2 percentage points compared to 2019
1 Refer to the accompanying financial tables for further details and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures presented to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

The following information was filed by Yelp Inc (YELP) on Thursday, February 13, 2020 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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