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TrueCar Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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  • First quarter total revenue up 6% from a year ago to $85.6 million.
  • First quarter net loss of $(14.4) million, or $(0.14) per share, compared to net loss of $(9.1) million, or $(0.09) per share, in the first quarter of 2018.
  • First quarter Non-GAAP net loss(1) of $(0.4) million, or $0.00 per share, compared to Non-GAAP net income of $0.8 million, or $0.01 per share, in the first quarter of 2018.
  • First quarter Adjusted EBITDA(2) of $5.1 million, representing an Adjusted EBITDA margin(3) of 5.9%, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $6.0 million, representing an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 7.4%, in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Units(4) were 232,781 in the first quarter of 2019, up 1% from 229,717 in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Franchise dealer count(5) was 12,675 as of March 31, 2019, compared to 12,674 as of December 31, 2018.
  • Independent dealer count(6) was 3,854 as of March 31, 2019, compared to 3,655 as of December 31, 2018.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Management Commentary

“Despite our revised outlook for the remainder of the year, we remain enthusiastic about the tremendous amount of innovation going on across the Company," said Chip Perry, TrueCar's President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We continue to make significant progress on product improvements, empowered by the completion of Capsela, that are designed to enhance the consumer experience, increase engagement, and fuel future revenue growth,” Mr. Perry continued.

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(1) Non-GAAP net (loss) income is a Non-GAAP financial measure.  Refer to its definition and accompanying reconciliation to GAAP net (loss) income below.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure.  Refer to its definition and accompanying reconciliation to GAAP net (loss) income below.

(3) Adjusted EBITDA margin is a Non-GAAP financial measure, calculated as Adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenue.

(4) We define units as the number of automobiles purchased from TrueCar Certified Dealers that are matched to users of TrueCar.com and our mobile applications or the car buying sites and mobile applications we maintain for our affinity group marketing partners.

(5) We define franchise dealer count as the number of franchise dealers in the network of TrueCar Certified Dealers at the end of a given period. This number is calculated by counting the number of brands of new cars sold at each individual location, or rooftop, regardless of the size of the dealership that owns the rooftop. Note that this number excludes Genesis franchises on our program due to Hyundai’s transition of Genesis to a standalone brand. In order to facilitate period over period comparisons, we have continued to count each Hyundai franchise that also has a Genesis franchise as one franchise dealer rather than two.

(6) We define independent dealer count as the number of dealers in the network of TrueCar Certified Dealers at the end of a given period that exclusively sell used vehicles and are not directly affiliated with a new car manufacturer. This number is calculated by counting the number of individual locations, or rooftops, regardless of the size of the dealership that owns the rooftop.

First Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue of $85.6 million.
  • Net loss of $(14.4) million, or $(0.14) per share, compared to a net loss of $(9.1) million, or $(0.09) per share, in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Non-GAAP net loss of $(0.4) million, or $0.00 per share, compared to Non-GAAP net income of $0.8 million, or $0.01 per share, in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $5.1 million, representing an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 5.9%, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $6.0 million, representing an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 7.4%, in the first quarter of 2018.

Key Operating Metrics

  • Average monthly unique visitors(7) decreased 9% to 7.1 million in the first quarter of 2019, down from 7.8 million in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Units were 232,781 in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 229,717 in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Monetization(8) was $348 during the first quarter of 2019, compared to $334 during the first quarter of 2018.
  • Franchise dealer count was 12,675 as of March 31, 2019, compared to 12,674 as of December 31, 2018.
  • Independent dealer count was 3,854 as of March 31, 2019, compared to 3,655 as of December 31, 2018.

 Business Outlook

Our guidance for the second quarter ending June 30, 2019 is as follows:

  • Revenues are expected to be in the range of $88.5 million to $90.5 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $4.0 million to $6.0 million.(9)

Our guidance for the full year ending December 31, 2019 is as follows:

  • Revenues are expected to be in the range of $361 million to $375 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $27.0 million to $36.0 million.(9)

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(7) We define a monthly unique visitor as an individual who has visited our website, our landing page on our affinity group marketing partner sites or our mobile applications within a calendar month. We calculate average monthly unique visitors as the sum of the monthly unique visitors divided by the number of months in that period.

(8) We define monetization as the average transaction revenue per unit, which we calculate by dividing all of our dealer revenue and OEM incentives revenue in a given period by the number of units in that period.

(9) We are unable to provide reconciliations of forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA without unreasonable effort because of the uncertainty and potential variability in amount and timing of stock-based compensation, certain transaction expenses and certain litigation costs, which are reconciling items between GAAP net (loss) income and Adjusted EBITDA and could significantly impact GAAP results.

Conference Call Information

Members of our management will host a conference call today, May 9, 2019, to discuss our first quarter 2019 results at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To participate, domestic callers should dial 1-877-407-0789 and international callers should dial 1-201-689-8562. A replay of the call may be accessed the same day from 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 9, 2019 until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 23, 2019 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering replay PIN 13690090. An archived version of the call will also be available upon completion on the Investor Relations section of our website at ir.truecar.com. We have used, and intend to continue to use, our Investor Relations website (ir.truecar.com), Twitter (@TrueCar) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TrueCar) as means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding our future revenue growth potential and opportunities; our outlook for the second quarter and full year 2019, including our expectations regarding future revenue and adjusted EBITDA; and our ability to make product improvements that enhance the consumer experience, increase engagement and grow revenue. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may prove incorrect, any of which could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including our ability to maintain and improve our relationships with, and perception among, car dealerships and grow our network of Certified Dealers, on an overall basis, among dealers representing high-volume brands and in important geographies; our ability to anticipate market needs and develop new and enhanced products and services to meet those needs, including new programs with automobile manufacturers, and our ability to successfully monetize them; our ability to increase the number of dealers participating in our automotive trade-in program, expand its geographic coverage and successfully monetize the TrueCar Trade product; our ability to attract significant OEMs to participate, and remain participants, in our OEM incentive programs; our dependence upon affinity group marketing partners, especially USAA; fluctuations in the quality of leads we provide to dealers; our ability to hire and retain a chief financial officer and integrate him or her and other recent and future additions to our management team; our ability to effectively and timely integrate our operations with those of any business we acquire and related factors, including the difficulties associated with the integration and the achievement of the anticipated benefits of the integration; our ability to comply with laws and regulations directly or indirectly applicable to our business, including newly-enacted and rapidly-changing data protection and net neutrality laws and regulations and changes in applicable tax laws and regulations; our ability to scale and compete effectively in an increasingly competitive market and to grow and enhance our brand; our ability to increase revenue from dealers on our subscription pricing model; our reliance on cloud services for much of our computing storage, bandwidth and other services; potential undetected errors or vulnerabilities in the software on which our products and internal systems rely; potential security breaches and improper access to or disclosure of our data or user data, or other hacking and phishing attacks on our systems; potential catastrophic events or geopolitical conditions that disrupt our business; political and macro-economic issues that affect the automobile industry, including changes in interest rates, consumer demand and import tariffs; our ability to attract, retain and integrate qualified personnel; our ability to successfully resolve litigation to which we are party; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 to be filed with the SEC. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can management assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to our management as of the date of this press release and except as required by law, management assumes no obligation to update those forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their respective dates.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release includes the following Non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Non-GAAP net (loss) income and Non-GAAP net (loss) income per share. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss adjusted to exclude interest income, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, severance charges, certain transaction expenses, certain litigation costs, and income taxes. We define Non-GAAP net (loss) income as net loss adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation, severance charges, certain transaction expenses, and certain litigation. We have provided below a reconciliation of each of Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Neither Adjusted EBITDA nor Non-GAAP net (loss) income should be considered as an alternative to net loss or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We use Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income as operating performance measures because each is (i) an integral part of our reporting and planning processes; (ii) used by our management and board of directors to assess our operational performance, and together with operational objectives, as a measure in evaluating employee compensation and bonuses; and (iii) used by our management to make financial and strategic planning decisions regarding future operating investments. We believe that using Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis because these measures exclude variations primarily caused by changes in the excluded items noted above. In addition, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP net (loss) income and similar measures are widely used by investors, securities analysts, rating agencies and other parties in evaluating companies as measures of financial performance and debt service capabilities.

Our use of each of Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider either in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the payment or receipt of interest or the payment of income taxes; 
  • neither Adjusted EBITDA nor Non-GAAP net (loss) income reflects changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; 
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditures or any other contractual commitments;
  • neither Adjusted EBITDA nor Non-GAAP net (loss) income reflects the severance charges associated with a restructuring plan initiated and completed in the first quarter of 2019 to improve efficiency and reduce expenses;
  • neither Adjusted EBITDA nor Non-GAAP net (loss) income reflects the legal, accounting, consulting and other third-party fees and costs we incurred in connection with the evaluation and negotiation of potential merger and acquisition transactions;
  • neither Adjusted EBITDA nor Non-GAAP net (loss) income reflects the costs to advance our claims in certain litigation or the costs to defend ourselves in various complaints filed against us;
  • neither Adjusted EBITDA nor Non-GAAP net (loss) income considers the potentially dilutive impact of shares issued or to be issued in connection with stock-based compensation; and
  • other companies, including companies in our own industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income alongside other financial performance measures, including our net loss, our other GAAP results and various cash flow metrics. In addition, in evaluating Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income, you should be aware that in the future we will incur expenses such as those that are the subject of adjustments in deriving Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income and you should not infer from our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net (loss) income that our future results will not be affected by these expenses or any unusual or non-recurring items.

About TrueCar

TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE) is a digital automotive marketplace that provides comprehensive pricing transparency about what other people paid for their cars and enables consumers to engage with TrueCar Certified Dealers who are committed to providing a superior purchase experience. TrueCar operates its own branded site and its nationwide network of more than 16,000 Certified Dealers, and also powers car-buying programs for some of the largest U.S. membership and service organizations, including USAA, AARP, American Express, AAA and Sam's Club. Over one-half of all new car buyers engage with the TrueCar network during their purchasing process. TrueCar is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, with an office in Austin, Texas. For more information, go to www.truecar.com. Follow TrueCar on Facebook or Twitter.

Investor/Media Contact:
Alison Sternberg
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
424-258-8771
asternberg@truecar.com


TRUECAR, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2019   2018
Revenues $ 85,582     $ 81,061  
Costs and operating expenses:      
Cost of revenue 8,936     7,452  
Sales and marketing 54,738     48,418  
Technology and development 15,654     15,594  
General and administrative 15,104     13,481  
Depreciation and amortization 6,415     5,175  
Total costs and operating expenses 100,847     90,120  
Loss from operations (15,265 )   (9,059 )
Interest income 1,001     604  
Interest expense     (661 )
Loss before income taxes (14,264 )   (9,116 )
(Benefit from) / provision for income taxes 101     (61 )
Net loss $ (14,365 )   $ (9,055 )
Net loss per share:      
Basic and diluted $ (0.14 )   $ (0.09 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 104,788     100,571  
           


TRUECAR, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  March 31,
 2019
  December 31,
2018
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 179,898     $ 196,128  
Accounts receivable, net 38,368     47,760  
Prepaid expenses 7,084     7,468  
Other current assets 7,777     4,103  
Total current assets 233,127     255,459  
Property and equipment, net 34,427     61,511  
Operating lease right-of-use assets 40,545      
Goodwill 73,311     73,311  
Intangible assets, net 21,901     23,451  
Equity method investment 23,174      
Other assets 7,112     7,228  
Total assets $ 433,597     $ 420,960  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $ 20,609     $ 26,305  
Accrued employee expenses 4,652     4,349  
Operating lease liabilities, current 6,849      
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 13,724     10,908  
Total current liabilities 45,834     41,562  
Deferred tax liabilities 640     568  
Lease financing obligations, net of current portion     22,987  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion 41,601      
Other liabilities 5,655     9,290  
Total liabilities 93,730     74,407  
Stockholders’ Equity      
Common stock 10     10  
Additional paid-in capital 731,394     720,025  
Accumulated deficit (391,537 )   (373,482 )
Total stockholders’ equity 339,867     346,553  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 433,597     $ 420,960  
               


TRUECAR, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED EBITDA
 (In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019   2018
Net loss $ (14,365 )   $ (9,055 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:      
Interest income (1,001 )   (604 )
Interest expense     661  
Depreciation and amortization 6,415     5,175  
Stock-based compensation 8,635     9,097  
Certain litigation costs (1) 928     799  
Severance charges (2) 3,280      
Transaction costs (3) 1,094      
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 101     (61 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 5,087     $ 6,012  
               

(1) The excluded amounts relate to legal costs incurred in connection with complaints filed by non-TrueCar dealers and the California New Car Dealers Association against us and consumer class action lawsuits. We believe the exclusion of these costs is appropriate to facilitate comparisons of our core operating performance on a period-to-period basis. Based on the nature of the specific claims underlying the excluded litigation matters, once these matters are resolved, we do not believe our operations are likely to entail defending against the types of claims raised by these matters. We expect the cost of defending these claims may be significant pending resolution.

(2) The excluded amounts represent severance costs associated with a restructuring plan initiated and completed in the first quarter of 2019 to improve efficiency and reduce expenses. We believe excluding the impact of these terminations is consistent with our use of these non-GAAP measures as we do not believe they are a useful indicator of our ongoing operating results.

(3) The excluded amounts represent external legal, accounting, consulting and other third-party fees and costs we incurred in connection with the evaluation and negotiation of potential merger and acquisition transactions. These expenses are included in general and administrative expenses in our consolidated statements of comprehensive loss.  We consider these fees and costs, which are associated with potential merger and acquisition transactions outside the normal course of our operations, to be unrelated to our underlying results of operations and believe that their exclusion provides investors with a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business operations. We also incurred $0.6 million of such transaction expenses in the three months ended December 31, 2018 and will recast our prior-period Adjusted EBITDA presented in previous filings to reflect the exclusion of such expenses in future filings that present Adjusted EBITDA figures for such three-month period.


TRUECAR, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO NON-GAAP NET (LOSS) INCOME
 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019   2018
Net loss $ (14,365 )   $ (9,055 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:      
Stock-based compensation 8,635     9,097  
Certain litigation costs (1) 928     799  
Severance charges (2) 3,280      
Transaction costs (3) 1,094      
Non-GAAP net (loss) income (4) $ (428 )   $ 841  
       
Non-GAAP net (loss) income per share:      
Basic $ 0.00     $ 0.01  
Diluted $ 0.00     $ 0.01  
       
Weighted average common shares outstanding:      
Basic 104,788     100,571  
Diluted 104,788     103,001  

(1) The excluded amounts relate to legal costs incurred in connection with complaints filed by non-TrueCar dealers and the California New Car Dealers Association against us and consumer class action lawsuits. We believe the exclusion of these costs is appropriate to facilitate comparisons of our core operating performance on a period-to-period basis. Based on the nature of the specific claims underlying the excluded litigation matters, once these matters are resolved, we do not believe our operations are likely to entail defending against the types of claims raised by these matters. We expect the cost of defending these claims may be significant pending resolution.

(2) The excluded amounts represent severance costs associated with a restructuring plan initiated and completed in the first quarter of 2019 to improve efficiency and reduce expenses. We believe excluding the impact of these terminations is consistent with our use of these non-GAAP measures as we do not believe they are a useful indicator of our ongoing operating results.

(3) The excluded amounts represent external legal, accounting, consulting and other third-party fees and costs we incurred in connection with the evaluation and negotiation of potential merger and acquisition transactions. These expenses are included in general and administrative expenses in our consolidated statements of comprehensive loss.  We consider these fees and costs, which are associated with potential merger and acquisition transactions outside the normal course of our operations, to be unrelated to our underlying results of operations and believe that their exclusion provides investors with a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business operations. We also incurred $0.6 million of such transaction expenses in the three months ended December 31, 2018 and will recast our prior-period Non-GAAP net (loss) income presented in previous filings to reflect the exclusion of such expenses in future filings that present Non-GAAP net (loss) income figures for such three-month period.

(4) There is no income tax impact related to the adjustments made to calculate Non-GAAP net (loss) income because of our available net operating loss carryforwards and the full valuation allowance recorded against our net deferred tax assets at March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018.

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