November 13, 2012

LookSmart Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LookSmart, Ltd. (Nasdaq:LOOK), an online search advertising network solutions company, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Revenues for the third quarter of 2012 were $3.9 million, compared to $7.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2012. Revenues from the Company's Advertiser Networks were $3.7 million in the third quarter of 2012, $7.0 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2012. Revenues from the Company's Publisher Solutions were $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2012, $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, and $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2012 was $2.7 million, or ($0.15) per diluted share. This compares to a net loss for the third quarter of 2011 of $0.2 million, or ($0.01) per diluted share. Net loss for the second quarter of 2012 was $2.4 million, or ($0.14) per diluted share.

Commenting on the results, Dr. Jean-Yves Dexmier, Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are discontent with our performance and results in the third quarter. The Special Committee of the LookSmart Ltd. Board of Directors continues to seek and evaluate indications of interest and other strategic alternatives."

Gross margin was 35% in the third quarter of 2012, 43% in the third quarter of 2011, and 34% in the second quarter of 2012.

Total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2012 were $4.0 million, which included $0.6 million of expense related to the unsolicited tender offer by PEEK Investments LLC, $0.2 million in restructuring expenses, and $0.1 million of non-cash, share-based compensation charges. Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2011 were $3.4 million, which included $0.1 million of non-cash, share-based compensation charges. Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2012 were $3.6 million, which included $0.1 million of non-cash, share-based compensation.

Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2012 was $2.4 million compared to non-GAAP net loss of $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2012 was $2.3 million.

An explanation of LookSmart's use of non-GAAP financial measures, including the limitations of such measures relative to GAAP measures and reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP measures where appropriate, is included later in this release.

Capital expenditures, including capitalization of internally developed software, in the third quarter of 2012 were $0.4 million, compared to $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2011, and $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2012. Depreciation and amortization in the third quarter of 2012 was $0.5 million, compared to $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.

The Company ended the quarter with $17.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments, compared to $24.8 million at December 31, 2011.

Q3 2012 Key Metrics Performance

  • Total paid clicks for the third quarter of 2012 were 55 million, compared to 151 million for the third quarter of 2011 and 52 million for the second quarter of 2012.
  • Average Advertising Network RPC for the third quarter of 2012 was $0.066 compared to $0.047 in the third quarter of 2011 and $0.063 in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) for LookSmart's Ad Networks were 60% in the third quarter of 2012, 54% in third quarter of 2011 and 61% in the second quarter of 2012.

About LookSmart, Ltd.

LookSmart is a pioneer in online advertising. Founded in 1997, LookSmart has been connecting advertisers and agencies to high quality sources of inventory for performance marketing, and helps online publishers monetize their inventory through our award winning Ad Center platform. Our highly scalable technology processes billions of search queries on a daily basis, enabling marketers to bid in real time across search and display inventory, and leverage intent data to get performance that meets aggressive campaign goals. LookSmart is based in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Los Angeles and New York City. For more information, visit www.looksmart.com or call 415-348-7500.

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GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

We provide a reconciliation of GAAP net loss to non-GAAP net loss below:

  Three Months Ended
(000's) September
30, 2012
(unaudited)
June 30,
2012
(unaudited)
September
30, 2011
(unaudited)
GAAP net loss  $ (2,654)  $ (2,359)  $ (224)
Add: Share-based compensation  48  54  98
Add: Restructuring charges  159  --   -- 
Non-GAAP net loss  $ (2,447)  $ (2,305)  $ (126)

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," and other provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, define and prescribe the conditions for use of certain non-GAAP financial information. LookSmart provides "non-GAAP net income (loss)," which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP net income (loss) consists of net income (loss) before (a) share-based compensation expense and (b) restructuring charges.

The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to management and investors. This non-GAAP financial measure reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations that the Company believes, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides useful information regarding factors and trends affecting the Company's business and results of operations.

For the non-GAAP financial measure non-GAAP net loss, the adjustment provides management with information about LookSmart's operating performance that enables comparison of its operating financial results in different reporting periods. Additionally, our management uses non-GAAP net loss as a supplemental measure in the evaluation of our business, and believes that non-GAAP net loss provides visibility into our ability to meet our future capital expenditures and working capital requirements.

This non-GAAP financial measure is used in addition to, and in conjunction with, results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Management strongly encourages investors to review the Company's consolidated financial statements in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. In addition, the Company expects to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above, in particular share-based compensation expense, and exclusion of these items from the Company's non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, such as references to our business prospects. These statements, including their underlying assumptions, are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Results may differ due to various factors such as the possibility that the technology projects on which we are working or our anticipated releases are delayed for any reason. Additional risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected are discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's analysis only as of the date hereof.

The statements presented in this press release speak only as of the date of the release. Please note that except as required by applicable law we undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

NOTE: "LookSmart" is a trademark of LookSmart, Ltd., and/or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

 
LOOKSMART, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share data)
   
  September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
ASSETS  (Unaudited)   
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 6,506  $ 17,950
Short-term investments  11,118  6,809
Total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments  17,624  24,759
Trade accounts receivable, net   2,018  1,588
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  571  604
Total current assets  20,213  26,951
Property and equipment, net  1,179  1,941
Capitalized software and other assets, net  1,784  1,220
Total assets  $ 23,176  $ 30,112
     
LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Trade accounts payable  $ 1,909  $ 1,682
Accrued liabilities  1,207  895
Deferred revenue and customer deposits  1,125  1,143
Current portion of capital lease obligations  208  515
Total current liabilities  4,449  4,235
Capital lease and other obligations, net of current portion  150  296
Total liabilities  4,599  4,531
Stockholders' equity:    
Convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value; Authorized: 5,000 shares at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011; Issued and Outstanding: none at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011  --  --
Common stock, $0.001 par value; Authorized: 80,000 shares; Issued and Outstanding: 17,306 shares and 17,288 shares at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively  17  17
Additional paid-in capital  262,402  262,201
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (32)  (24)
Accumulated deficit  (243,776)  (236,613)
Treasury stock at cost: 40 shares at September 30, 2012  (34)  --
Total stockholders' equity  18,577  25,581
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 23,176  $ 30,112
 
LOOKSMART, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
         
         
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
 Revenue   $ 3,915  $ 7,356  $ 11,502  $ 22,350
 Cost of revenue   2,564  4,187  7,149  12,281
 Gross profit   1,351  3,169  4,353  10,069
 Operating expenses:         
 Sales and marketing   682  565  2,141  1,732
 Product development and technical operations   1,437  1,767  4,780  4,911
 General and administrative   1,743  1,066  4,468  3,528
 Restructuring charge   159  --  159  889
 Total operating expenses   4,021  3,398  11,548  11,060
 Loss from operations   (2,670)  (229)  (7,195)  (991)
 Non-operating income (expense), net         
 Interest income   23  21  64  68
 Interest expense   (7)  (11)  (28)  (64)
 Other income (expense), net   --  (1)  (4)  325
 Loss from operations before income taxes   (2,654)  (220)  (7,163)  (662)
 Income tax expense   --  (4)  --  (3)
 Net loss   $ (2,654)  $ (224)  $ (7,163)  $ (665)
 Net loss per share - Basic and Diluted   $ (0.15)  $ (0.01)  $ (0.41)  $ (0.04)
 Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share   17,306  17,284  17,306  17,265
CONTACT: Bill O'Kelly, Senior Vice President Operations

         and Chief Financial Officer

         (415) 348-7208

         bo'kelly@looksmart.net



         ICR, Inc.

         John Mills, Senior Managing Director

         (310) 954-1100

         john.mills@icrinc.com

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