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WebMD Announces First Quarter Financial Results

NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WebMD Health Corp. WBMD, -0.83% the leading source of health information, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

"WebMD continues to attract larger, higher-quality and more deeply engaged audiences than any of our competitors. Our strong first quarter results reflect our market leadership and position as a key digital partner to leading health advertisers," said David Schlanger, Chief Executive Officer, WebMD. "We are pleased to be making a modest increase to our financial expectations for the full year 2016 as the positive momentum we are experiencing with our advertisers continues."

Financial Highlights For the three months ended March 31, 2016:

  • Revenue was $158.6 million, compared to $143.3 million in the prior year period, an increase of 11%. Advertising and sponsorship revenue was $122.4 million compared to $105.8 million in the prior year period. Private portal services revenue was $28.3 million compared to $29.3 million in the prior year period. Information services revenue was $7.9 million compared to $8.2 million in the prior year period.
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, non-cash and other items ("Adjusted EBITDA") increased 21% to $47.1 million, or 30% of revenue, compared to $38.9 million, or 27% of revenue, in the prior year period.
  • Net income was $15.7 million or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to $10.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share in the prior year period.

Traffic Highlights Traffic to the WebMD Health Network during the first quarter of 2016 reached an average of 210.8 million unique users per month generating 4.40 billion page views for the quarter, increases of 1% and 4%, respectively, from the prior year period.

Balance Sheet Highlights As of March 31, 2016, WebMD had: approximately $593 million in cash and cash equivalents; $700 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible notes outstanding; and approximately 38.6 million shares of its common stock outstanding (including approximately 0.8 million unvested shares of restricted stock).

As of March 31, 2016, approximately $34 million remained available for repurchases under WebMD's stock repurchase program. Under its stock repurchase program, WebMD may repurchase shares from time to time in the open market, through block trades or in private transactions, depending on market conditions and other factors.

Financial Guidance Today, WebMD increased its financial guidance for 2016.

For the full year ending December 31, 2016, WebMD expects:

  • Revenue to be approximately $695 million to $708 million, an increase of 9% to 11% from the prior year.
    • $559 million to $570 million of revenue is expected to be from advertising and sponsorship, an increase of 12% to 14% from the prior year. Growth in advertising and sponsorship revenue is expected to be driven by growth in revenue from biopharma customers of approximately 15% to 17%.
    • $109 million to $110 million of revenue is expected to be from private portals services, compared to $110.4 million in 2015.
    • $27 million to $28 million of revenue is expected to be from information services, compared to $26.9 million in 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be approximately $224 million to $232 million, an increase of 16% to 20% from the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA, as a percentage of revenue, is expected to be approximately 32% to 33%, compared to 30% in the prior year.
  • Net income to be approximately $83 million to $91 million, or $1.81 to $1.93 per diluted share, compared to $64 million, or $1.48 per diluted share, in 2015.

For the second quarter of 2016, WebMD expects:

  • Revenue to be approximately $163 million to $166 million, an increase of 10% to 12% from the prior year period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be approximately $48 million to $50 million, an increase of approximately 18% to 23% from the prior year period.
  • Net income to be approximately $16.5 million to $18 million, an increase of approximately 23% to 35% from the prior year period.

A schedule summarizing the Company's financial guidance is attached to this press release.

Analyst and Investor Conference Call WebMD will hold a conference call with investors and analysts at 4:45 p.m. (Eastern) today. The call can be accessed at www.wbmd.com (in the Investor Relations section). A replay of the audio webcast will be available at the same web address.

About WebMD WebMD Health Corp. WBMD, -0.83% is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans through our public and private online portals, mobile platforms and health-focused publications.

The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD.com, Medscape.com, MedicineNet.com, eMedicineHealth.com, RxList.com, Medscape Education (Medscape.org) and other WebMD owned sites and apps.

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All statements contained in this press release and the related analyst and investor conference call, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including those regarding: guidance on our future financial results and other projections or measures of our future performance; market opportunities or momentum and our ability to capitalize on them; and the benefits expected from new or expected contracts with customers, from new or updated products or services and from other potential sources of additional revenue. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release, are based on our current plans and expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to be different than those described in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those relating to: market acceptance of our products and services; our relationships with customers and other factors affecting their use of our services and the timing of entry into and implementation of specific contracts with customers, including regulatory matters affecting their products and services; our ability to deploy new or updated services and to create new or enhanced revenue streams from those services; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; and changes in economic, political or regulatory conditions or other trends affecting the healthcare, Internet and information technology industries. Further information about these matters can be found in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and this press release is intended to be read in conjunction with information contained in those filings. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, we do not undertake any obligation to update our forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

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This press release, and the accompanying tables, include both financial measures in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or GAAP, as well as certain non-GAAP financial measures. The tables attached to this press release include reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures. In addition, an "Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" is attached to this press release as Annex A.

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WebMD®, Medscape®, CME Circle®, Medpulse®, eMedicine®, MedicineNet®, theheart.org® and RxList® are among the trademarks of WebMD Health Corp. or its subsidiaries.

WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data, unaudited)






Three Months Ended


March 31,


2016


2015





Revenue

$ 158,553


$ 143,343

Cost of operations

62,513


57,877

Sales and marketing

33,756


32,476

General and administrative

23,756


21,453

Depreciation and amortization

7,487


8,245

Interest income

206


17

Interest expense

5,100


6,172









Income before income tax provision

26,147


17,137


Income tax provision

10,429


7,133

Net income

$ 15,718


$ 10,004









Net income per common share:





Basic

$ 0.42


$ 0.27


Diluted

$ 0.36


$ 0.25





Weighted-average shares outstanding used in





computing income per common share:





Basic


37,267


36,393


Diluted


52,335


43,465








WEBMD HEALTH CORP.

CONSOLIDATED SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(In thousands, unaudited)













Three Months Ended



March 31,



2016


2015

Revenue





Advertising and sponsorship






Biopharma and medical device

$ 88,685


$ 75,845


OTC, CPG and other

33,754


29,948


122,439


105,793

Private portal services

28,255


29,322

Information services

7,859


8,228


$ 158,553


$ 143,343





Earnings before interest, taxes, non-cash





and other items ("Adjusted EBITDA") (a)

$ 47,056


$ 38,918





Interest, taxes, non-cash and other items (b)





Interest income

206


17


Interest expense

(5,100)


(6,172)


Income tax provision

(10,429)


(7,133)


Depreciation and...


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