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Wayfair Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

02/22/2018

Q4 Direct Retail Net Revenue Growth of 48% Year over Year to $1,419 million

Q4 Total Net Revenue Growth of 46% Year over Year to $1,439 million

Full Year 2017 Total Net Revenue Growth of 40% to $4.7 billion

11.0 million Active Customers, up 33% Year over Year

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Wayfair Inc. (NYSE: W), one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Direct Retail net revenue, consisting of sales generated primarily through Wayfair's five distinct sites, increased $460.2 million to $1,419.2 million, up 48.0% year over year
  • Total net revenue increased $454.5 million to $1,439.0 million, up 46.2% year over year
  • Gross profit was $332.2 million or 23.1% of total net revenue
  • GAAP net loss was $72.8 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $(21.2) million or (1.5)% of total net revenue
  • GAAP basic and diluted net loss per share was $0.83
  • Non-GAAP diluted net loss per share was $0.58
  • Non-GAAP free cash flow was $1.4 million
  • At the end of the fourth quarter, cash, cash equivalents, and short-term and long-term investments totaled $641.6 million

Full Year 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Direct Retail net revenue increased $1.4 billion to $4.6 billion, up 42.5% year over year
  • Total net revenue increased $1.3 billion to $4.7 billion, up 39.7% year over year
  • GAAP net loss was $244.6 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $(67.0) million or (1.4)% of total net revenue
  • Non-GAAP free cash flow was $(113.2) million

"We are pleased to report another year of incredible growth with total net revenue up $1.3 billion to $4.7 billion in 2017, as well as a record fourth quarter with the largest year-over-year increase in Direct Retail dollars in company history," said Niraj Shah, CEO, co-founder and co-chairman, Wayfair. "Our long-term investing approach and customer-centric mentality continue to pay off as we outpace the shift to online spending in our category and gain significant market share. Technology, combined with continuous testing and innovation, allows us to constantly enhance the shopping experience while quickly scaling our operations. From developing tools and features that help shoppers find just the right item among millions of options to providing design inspiration, product visualization and delivery tracking - we are redefining what is possible in the home category. This experience is resonating with our customers across the U.S. and in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany with our international business completing a particularly strong year. Across North America and Europe, we continue to expand the footprint of our Wayfair Delivery Network and CastleGate, offering faster and more seamless delivery across more products and regions than ever before. As we enter 2018 with tremendous strength, we look forward to building upon this momentum as we lead the way in creating the best possible shopping experience for home."

Other Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • The number of active customers in our Direct Retail business reached 11.0 million as of December 31, 2017, an increase of 33.2% year over year
  • LTM net revenue per active customer was $422 as of December 31, 2017, an increase of 6.8% year over year
  • Orders per customer, measured as LTM orders divided by active customers, was 1.77 for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to 1.71 for the fourth quarter of 2016
  • Repeat customers placed 62.4% of total orders in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to 58.0% in the fourth quarter of 2016
  • Repeat customers placed 3.9 million orders in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 41.3% year over year
  • Orders delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017 were 6.2 million, an increase of 31.3% year over year
  • Average order value was $229 for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $203 in the fourth quarter of 2016
  • In the fourth quarter of 2017, 47.3% of total orders delivered for our Direct Retail business were placed via a mobile device, compared to 43.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016

Webcast and Conference Call

Wayfair will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial results today at 8 a.m. (ET). Investors and participants can access the call by dialing (833) 286-5803 in the U.S. and (647) 689-4448 internationally. The passcode for the conference line is 9874508. The call will also be available via live webcast at investor.wayfair.com along with supporting slides. An archive of the webcast conference call will be available shortly after the call ends. The archived webcast will be available at investor.wayfair.com.

About Wayfair

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a home they love. Through technology and innovation, Wayfair makes it possible for shoppers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want from a selection of more than 10 million items across home furnishings, décor, home improvement, housewares and more. Committed to delighting its customers every step of the way, Wayfair is reinventing the way people shop for their homes – from product discovery to final delivery.

The Wayfair family of sites includes:

  • Wayfair, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, unbelievable prices on everything modern
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor
  • Perigold, unparalleled access to the finest home décor and furnishings

Wayfair generated $4.7 billion in net revenue for full year 2017. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe, the company employs more than 7,700 people.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, business strategy and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "could," "intends," "target," "projects," "contemplates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations of future events. We cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will be accurate, although we believe that we have been reasonable in our expectations and assumptions. Investors should realize that if underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or that known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from our expectations and projections. Investors are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, whether as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise.

Factors that could cause or contribute to differences in our future results include, but are not limited to: economic factors, such as interest rates and currency exchange fluctuations; our ability to acquire new customers; our ability to sustain and/or manage our growth, including the expansion of our Wayfair Delivery Network; our ability to increase our net revenue per active customer; and our ability to build and maintain strong brands. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found under Part I, Item 1A, Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and the Company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Wayfair’s unaudited consolidated and condensed financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), this earnings release and the accompanying tables and the related earnings conference call contain certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total net revenue ("Adjusted EBITDA Margin"), free cash flow and non-GAAP net loss and diluted net loss per share. Wayfair uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating Wayfair’s ongoing operational performance. Wayfair has provided a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure in this earnings release.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP financial measures that are calculated as loss before depreciation and amortization, equity-based compensation and related taxes, interest and other income and expense, (benefit from) provision for income taxes, and non-recurring items. Wayfair has included Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin in this earnings release because they are key measures used by its management and its board of directors to evaluate its operating performance, generate future operating plans and make strategic decisions regarding the allocation of capital. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin facilitate operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis and, in the case of exclusion of the impact of equity-based compensation and related taxes, excludes an item that we do not consider to be indicative of our core operating performance. Investors should, however, understand that equity-based compensation will be a significant recurring expense in our business and an important part of the compensation provided to our employees. Accordingly, Wayfair believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities less net cash used to purchase property and equipment and site and software development costs. Wayfair believes free cash flow is an important indicator of Wayfair’s business performance, as it measures the amount of cash it generates. Accordingly, Wayfair believes that free cash flow provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating its operating results in the same manner as its management.

Non-GAAP diluted net loss per share is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as GAAP net loss plus equity-based compensation and related taxes, (benefit from) provision for income taxes, and non-recurring items divided by weighted average shares. Wayfair believes that adding back equity-based compensation expense and related taxes and (benefit from) provision for income taxes, and non-recurring items as adjustments to its GAAP diluted net loss before calculating per share amounts for all periods presented provides a more meaningful comparison between our operating results from period to period.

Wayfair does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors should also note that the non-GAAP financial measures used by Wayfair may not be the same non-GAAP financial measures, and may not be calculated in the same manner, as that of other companies, including other companies in its industry.

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin for each of the periods indicated (in thousands):

   
Three months ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2017   2016 2017   2016
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA
Net loss $ (72,771 ) $ (43,956 ) $ (244,614 ) $ (194,375 )
Depreciation and amortization (1) 24,432 17,044 87,020 55,572
Equity based compensation and related taxes 22,087 14,688 72,626 51,953
Interest expense (income), net 5,576 97 9,433 (694 )
Other (income) expense, net (358 ) 48 (758 ) (1,756 )
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes (185 ) 53 486 608
Other (1)     8,774    
Adjusted EBITDA $ (21,219 ) $ (12,026 ) $ (67,033 ) $ (88,692 )
 
Net revenue $ 1,439,016 $ 984,559 $ 4,720,895 $ 3,380,360
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (1.5 )% (1.2 )% (1.4 )% (2.6 )%
 

(1) We recorded $9.6 million of one-time charges in the year ended December 31, 2017 in "Selling, operations, technology, general and administrative" in the consolidated and condensed statements of operations related to a warehouse we vacated in July 2017. Of the $9.6 million charges, $8.8 million was included in "Other" and related primarily to the excess of our estimated future remaining lease commitments through 2023 over our expected sublease income over the same period, and $0.8 million was included in "Depreciation and amortization" related to accelerated depreciation of leasehold improvements in the warehouse.

The following table presents Adjusted EBITDA attributable to our segments, and the reconciliation of net loss to consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is presented in the preceding table (in thousands):

   
Three months ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2017   2016 2017   2016
Segment Adjusted EBITDA
U.S. $ 7,204 $ 11,992 $ 35,888 $ 176
International (28,423 ) (24,018 ) (102,921 ) (88,868 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ (21,219 ) $ (12,026 ) $ (67,033 ) $ (88,692 )
 

A reconciliation of GAAP net loss to non-GAAP diluted net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, in order to calculate non-GAAP diluted net loss per share, is as follows (in thousands, except per share data):

   
Three months ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2017   2016 2017   2016
Net loss $ (72,771 ) $ (43,956 ) $ (244,614 ) $ (194,375 )
Equity based compensation and related taxes 22,087 14,688 72,626 51,953
Provision for income taxes (185 ) 53   486   608  
Non-GAAP net loss $ (50,869 ) $ (29,215 ) $ (171,502 ) $ (141,814 )
Non-GAAP net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.58 ) $ (0.34 ) $ (1.97 ) $ (1.67 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic and diluted 87,893   85,567   86,983   84,977  
 

The following table presents a reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities for each of the periods indicated (in thousands):

   
Three months ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2017   2016 2017   2016
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 36,879 $ 73,494 $ 33,634 $ 62,814
Purchase of property, and equipment (23,923 ) (14,863 ) (100,451 ) (96,707 )
Site and software development costs (11,543 ) (9,935 ) (46,428 ) (31,379 )
Free cash flow $ 1,413   $ 48,696   $ (113,245 ) $ (65,272 )
 

Key Financial and Operating Metrics (in thousands, except LTM Net Revenue per Active Customer and Average Order Value)

   
Three months ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2017   2016 2017   2016
Consolidated Financial Metrics
Net Revenue $ 1,439,016 $ 984,559 $ 4,720,895 $ 3,380,360
Adjusted EBITDA $ (21,219 ) $ (12,026 ) $ (67,033 ) $ (88,692 )
Free cash flow $ 1,413 $ 48,696 $ (113,245 ) $ (65,272 )
Direct Retail Financial and Operating Metrics
Direct Retail Net Revenue $ 1,419,207 $ 959,008 $ 4,643,243 $ 3,258,909
Active Customers 10,990 8,250 10,990 8,250
LTM Net Revenue per Active Customer $ 422 $ 395 $ 422 $ 395
Orders Delivered 6,202 4,722 19,411 14,064
Average Order Value $ 229 $ 203 $ 239 $ 232
 

Quarterly Financial Metrics

The following tables set forth selected financial quarterly metrics and other financial and operations data for the eight quarters ended December 31, 2017 (in thousands):

 
Three months ended
March 31,
2016
  June 30,
2016
  September 30,
2016
  December 31,
2016
  March 31,
2017
  June 30,
2017
  September 30,
2017
  December 31,
2017
Segment Financial Metrics
U.S. Direct Retail Net Revenue $ 672,700 $ 702,408 $ 759,674 $ 858,583 $ 837,556 $ 976,673 $ 1,033,669 $ 1,227,507
U.S. Other Net Revenue $ 33,221 $ 30,265 $ 28,127 $ 25,519 $ 20,473 $ 20,395 $ 16,975 $ 19,809
U.S. Adjusted EBITDA $ (1,039 ) $ (2,920 ) $ (7,857 ) $ 11,992 $ 3,728 $ 20,425 $ 4,531 $ 7,204
International Direct Retail Net Revenue $ 39,146 $ 53,249 $ 72,724 $ 100,425 $ 102,796 $ 125,788 $ 147,554 $ 191,700
International Other Net Revenue $ 2,281 $ 1,006 $ 1,000 $ 32 $ $ $ $
International Adjusted EBITDA $ (19,921 ) $ (21,937 ) $ (22,992 ) $ (24,018 ) $ (24,624 ) $ (22,671 ) $ (27,203 ) $ (28,423 )
 

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for each of the periods indicated (in thousands):

 
Three months ended
March 31,
2016
  June 30,
2016
  September 30,
2016
  December 31,
2016
  March 31,
2017
  June 30,
2017
  September 30,
2017
  December 31,
2017
Net loss $ (41,205 ) $ (48,274 ) $ (60,940 ) $ (43,956 ) $ (56,539 ) $ (38,875 ) $ (76,429 ) $ (72,771 )
Depreciation and amortization (1) 10,487 12,578 15,463 17,044 20,352 19,323 22,913 24,432
Equity based compensation and related taxes 10,662 11,295 15,308 14,688 14,958 15,983 19,598 22,087
Interest (income) expense, net (552 ) (531 ) 292 97 299 1,550 2,008 5,576
Other (income) expense, net (669 ) (246 ) (889 ) 48 (176 ) (451 ) 227 (358 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 317 321 (83 ) 53 210 224 237 (185 )
Other (1)             8,774    
Adjusted EBITDA $ (20,960 ) $ (24,857 ) $ (30,849 ) $ (12,026 ) $ (20,896 ) $ (2,246 ) $ (22,672 ) $ (21,219 )
 

(1) We recorded $9.6 million of one-time charges in the three months ended September 30, 2017 in "Selling, operations, technology, general and administrative" in the consolidated and condensed statements of operations related to a warehouse we vacated in July 2017. Of the $9.6 million charges, $8.8 million was included in "Other" and related primarily to the excess of our estimated future remaining lease commitments through 2023 over our expected sublease income over the same period, and $0.8 million was included in "Depreciation and amortization" related to accelerated depreciation of leasehold improvements in the warehouse.

 

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CONSOLIDATED AND CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
  December 31,
2017   2016
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 558,960 $ 279,840
Short-term investments 61,032 68,743
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $7,000 and $3,115 at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 37,948 19,113
Inventories 28,042 18,550
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 130,838   90,845  
Total current assets 816,820 477,091
Property and equipment, net 361,141 239,354
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 3,105 4,230
Long-term investments 21,561 30,967
Other noncurrent assets 10,776   10,041  
Total assets $ 1,213,403   $ 761,683  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 440,366 $ 379,493
Accrued expenses 120,247 67,807
Deferred revenue 94,116 65,892
Other current liabilities 85,026   44,028  
Total current liabilities 739,755 557,220
Lease financing obligation, net of current portion 82,580 28,900
Long-term debt 332,905
Other liabilities 106,492   96,179  
Total liabilities 1,261,732   682,299  
 
Convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value per share: 10,000,000 shares authorized and none issued at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016
Stockholders’ equity:
Class A common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 57,398,983 and 49,945,202 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 57 50
Class B common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 164,000,000 shares authorized, 30,809,627 and 35,885,692 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 31 36
Additional paid-in capital 537,212 409,225
Accumulated deficit (583,266 ) (329,940 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) gain (2,363 ) 13  
Total stockholders' (deficit) equity (48,329 ) 79,384  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,213,403   $ 761,683  
 
 

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CONSOLIDATED AND CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
  Three months ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
2017   2016 2017   2016
Net revenue $ 1,439,016 $ 984,559 $ 4,720,895 $ 3,380,360
Cost of goods sold (1)   1,106,851     745,979     3,602,072     2,572,549  
Gross profit 332,165 238,580 1,118,823 807,811
Operating expenses:
Customer service and merchant fees (1) 52,384 36,597 169,516 127,883
Advertising 165,739 115,689 549,959 409,125
Selling, operations, technology, general and administrative (1)   181,780     130,052     634,801     467,020  
Total operating expenses   399,903     282,338     1,354,276     1,004,028  
Loss from operations (67,738 ) (43,758 ) (235,453 ) (196,217 )
Interest (expense) income, net (5,576 ) (97 ) (9,433 ) 694
Other income (expense), net   358     (48 )   758     1,756  
Loss before income taxes (72,956 ) (43,903 ) (244,128 ) (193,767 )
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes   (185 )   53     486     608  
Net loss $ (72,771 ) $ (43,956 ) $ (244,614 ) $ (194,375 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $ (0.83 ) $ (0.51 )   $ (2.81 ) $ (2.29 )
Weighted average number of common stock outstanding used in computer per share amounts, basic and diluted   87,893     85,567     86,983     84,977  
 

(1) Includes equity based compensation and related taxes as follows:

Cost of goods sold $ 459 $ 117 $ 1,091 $ 474
Customer service and merchant fees 770 620 2,636 2,108
Selling, operations, technology, general and administrative   20,858     13,951     68,899     49,371  
$ 22,087   $ 14,688   $ 72,626   $ 51,953  
 
 

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CONSOLIDATED AND CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

  Year Ended December 31,
2017   2016
Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss $ (244,614 ) $ (194,375 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities
Depreciation and amortization 87,020 55,572
Equity based compensation 67,840 49,402
Amortization of discount and issuance costs on convertible notes 5,830
Other non-cash adjustments 1,198 331
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (18,172 ) (9,217 )
Inventories (9,454 ) 1,351
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (39,124 ) (16,179 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 104,184 126,013
Deferred revenue and other liabilities 81,354 51,914
Other assets (2,428 ) (1,998 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 33,634   62,814  
 
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of short-term and long-term investments (54,551 ) (88,112 )
Sale and maturities of short-term investments 71,095 119,810
Purchase of property and equipment (100,451 ) (96,707 )
Site and software development costs (46,428 ) (31,379 )
Cash received from the sale of a business (net of cash sold) 1,508
Other investing activities, net   (1,000 )
Net cash used in investing activities (130,335 ) (95,880 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from issuance of convertible notes, net of issuance costs 420,449
Premiums paid for capped call confirmations (44,160 )
Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards (1,562 ) (21,092 )
Net proceeds from exercise of stock options 244   209  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 374,971   (20,883 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 850   (387 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 279,120 (54,336 )
Cash and cash equivalents
Beginning of year 279,840   334,176  
End of year $ 558,960   $ 279,840  

Source: Wayfair Inc.

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