Yelp Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

First quarter Net Revenue of $232 million, Net Loss of $6 million
Adjusted EBITDA increased by 159% year over year to $44 million
Raises full year 2021 Business Outlook and now expects $1 billion to $1.02 billion of Net Revenue and $175 million to $195 million of Adjusted EBITDA*

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2021--Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), the company that connects people with great local businesses, today posted its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021 in the Q1 2021 Shareholder Letter available on its Investor Relations website at

“Yelp’s mission of connecting people with great local businesses has never been more important, as local economies begin to recover and people return to businesses in their community,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp co-founder and CEO. “At the same time, our strategic initiatives continued to gain momentum in the first quarter, achieving record retention and revenue from our Services categories and Self-serve channel. This progress reflects the success of our increased focus on product innovation and more efficient go-to-market approach, which together lay the foundation for our next stage of growth, and positions us well in 2021 and beyond.”

*Yelp has not reconciled its Adjusted EBITDA outlook to GAAP Net income (loss) because it does not provide an outlook for GAAP Net income (loss) due to the uncertainty and potential variability of Other income, net and Provision for (benefit from) income taxes, which are reconciling items between Adjusted EBITDA and GAAP Net income (loss). Because Yelp cannot reasonably predict such items, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure outlook to the corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable effort. We caution, however, that such items could have a significant impact on the calculation of GAAP Net income (loss). For more information regarding the non-GAAP financial measures discussed in this release, please see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Quarterly Conference Call
Yelp will host a live Q&A session today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the first quarter financial results and outlook for the second quarter and full year of 2021. The webcast of the Q&A can be accessed on the Yelp Investor Relations website at www.yelp-ir.com. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same website.
About Yelp
Yelp Inc. (www.yelp.com) connects people with great local businesses. With unmatched local business information, photos, and review content, Yelp provides a one-stop local platform for consumers to discover, connect, and transact with local businesses of all sizes by making it easy to request a quote, join a waitlist, and make a reservation, appointment, or purchase. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004.
Yelp intends to make future announcements of material financial and other information through its Investor Relations website. Yelp will also, from time to time, disclose this information through press releases, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, conference calls, or webcasts, as required by applicable law.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, Yelp’s future performance, including Yelp’s ability to deliver sustainable growth in 2021 and beyond, that are based on its current expectations, forecasts, and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties.

Yelp’s actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:

fluctuations in the number of COVID-19 cases, the pace at which vaccinations are administered in the United States, and the timeframe for the lifting of COVID-19-related shelter-in-place orders and business restrictions;
the pace of reopening and recovery by local economies and economic recovery in the United States generally;
Yelp’s ability to maintain and expand its base of advertisers, particularly as many businesses reduce spending on advertising in connection with COVID-19;
Yelp’s ability to continue to operate effectively with a primarily remote work force and attract and retain key talent;
Yelp’s limited operating history in an evolving industry;
Yelp’s ability to generate sufficient revenue to regain profitability, particularly in light of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and Yelp’s relief initiatives; and
Yelp’s ability to generate and maintain sufficient high-quality content from its users.

Investor Relations Contact
Kate Krieger

(In thousands)

March 31,
December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$588,592 $595,875 
Accounts receivable, net
88,750 88,400 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets26,004 28,450 
Total current assets703,346 712,725 
Property, equipment and software, net98,004 101,718 
Operating lease right-of-use assets161,967 168,209 
Goodwill106,914 109,261 
Intangibles, net12,806 13,521 
Restricted cash689 665 
Other non-current assets51,652 48,848 
Total assets$1,135,378 $1,154,947 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$97,292 $87,760 
Operating lease liabilities — current53,564 51,161 
Deferred revenue5,195 4,109 
Total current liabilities156,051 143,030 
Operating lease liabilities — long-term144,238 148,935 
Other long-term liabilities
7,989 8,448 
Total liabilities308,278 300,413 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock
— — 
Additional paid-in capital1,428,890 1,398,248 
Treasury stock(3,313)(2,964)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(9,559)(6,807)
Accumulated deficit(588,918)(533,943)
Total stockholders' equity827,100 854,534 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$1,135,378 $1,154,947 

(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
Net revenue$232,096 $249,901 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenue (1)
14,874 16,847 
Sales and marketing (1)
112,909 137,297 
Product development (1)
67,992 67,113 
General and administrative (1)
31,861 43,536 
Depreciation and amortization13,083 12,358 
Restructuring20 — 
Total costs and expenses240,739 277,151 
Loss from operations(8,643)(27,250)
Other income, net705 2,383 
Loss before income taxes(7,938)(24,867)
Benefit from income taxes(2,142)(9,364)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders$(5,796)$(15,503)
Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders
Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share attributable to common stockholders
Basic75,245 71,548 
Diluted75,245 71,548 
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Cost of revenue$1,108 $1,043 
Sales and marketing8,397 7,696 
Product development20,753 17,755 
General and administrative8,987 5,256 
Total stock-based compensation$39,245 $31,750 

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
Operating Activities
Net loss$(5,796)$(15,503)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization13,083 12,358 
Provision for doubtful accounts3,289 15,933 
Stock-based compensation39,245 31,750 
Noncash lease cost10,779 10,378 
Deferred income taxes(2,406)(7,450)
Other adjustments, net14 (287)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable(3,639)5,024 
Prepaid expenses and other assets3,892 (4,118)
Operating lease liabilities(6,871)(6,663)
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities7,341 (636)
Net cash provided by operating activities58,931 40,786 
Investing Activities
Sales and maturities of marketable securities — available-for-sale— 164,215 
Purchases of marketable securities — held-to-maturity— (87,438)
Maturities of marketable securities — held-to-maturity— 93,200 
Purchases of property, equipment and software(6,005)(7,053)
Other investing activities29 295 
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities(5,976)163,219 
Financing Activities
Proceeds from issuance of common stock for employee stock-based plans6,049 2,585 
Taxes paid related to the net share settlement of equity awards(16,803)(11,514)
Repurchases of common stock(49,528)— 
Net cash used in financing activities(60,282)(8,929)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash68 (486)
Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash(7,259)194,590 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — Beginning of period596,540 192,318 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash — End of period$589,281 $386,908 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and statements made during the above referenced webcast may include information relating to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin, each of which the Securities and Exchange Commission has defined as a "non-GAAP financial measure."

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss), adjusted to exclude: provision for (benefit from) income taxes; other income, net; depreciation and amortization; stock-based compensation expense; and, in certain periods, certain other income and expense items, such as restructuring costs. We define Adjusted EBITDA margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by net revenue.

Adjusted EBITDA, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, has limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of Yelp’s financial results as reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). In particular, Adjusted EBITDA should not be viewed as a substitute for, or superior to, net income (loss) prepared in accordance with GAAP as a measure of profitability or liquidity. Some of these limitations are:

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 all cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements;
Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, Yelp's working capital needs;
Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the impact of the recording or release of valuation allowances or tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to Yelp;
Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potentially dilutive impact of equity-based compensation;
Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account any income or costs that management determines are not indicative of ongoing operating performance, such as restructuring costs; and
other companies, including those in Yelp’s industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin alongside other financial performance measures, net income (loss) and Yelp’s other GAAP results.
The following is a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, as well as the calculation of net loss margin and Adjusted EBITDA margin, for each of the periods indicated (in thousands, except percentages; unaudited):
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA:
Net loss$(5,796)$(15,503)
Benefit from income taxes(2,142)(9,364)
Other income, net(705)(2,383)
Depreciation and amortization13,083 12,358 
Stock-based compensation39,245 31,750 
Restructuring20 — 
Adjusted EBITDA$43,705 $16,858 
Net revenue$232,096 $249,901 
Net loss margin(2)%(6)%
Adjusted EBITDA margin19 %%

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