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CORRECTING and REPLACING Despegar.com Announces 4Q18 Year-over-Year Growth of 11% in Transactions and Gross Bookings up 28% on an FX Neutral Basis Driving Further Market Share Gains

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

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DESPEGAR.COM ANNOUNCES 4Q18 YEAR-OVER-YEAR GROWTH OF 11% IN TRANSACTIONS AND GROSS BOOKINGS UP 28% ON AN FX NEUTRAL BASIS DRIVING FURTHER MARKET SHARE GAINS

Despegar.com, Corp. (DESP), (“Despegar” or the “Company”) a leading online travel company in Latin America, today announced unaudited results for the three months- and fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. Financial results are expressed in U.S. dollars and are presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Key Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Transactions up 11% year-over-year
  • Room Nights up 8% YoY
  • Estimated Air Market share grew 130 basis points YoY
  • Gross bookings reached $1.2 billion, a year-over-year increase of 28% on an FX neutral basis (down 4% as reported)
  • Excluding Argentina, transactions, room nights and gross bookings increased 18%, 33%, and 16% YoY, respectively
  • Revenues totaled $133 million, up 9% on an FX neutral basis (down 13% as reported)
  • Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products accounted for 62% of total revenue in 4Q18, up 567 basis points from fourth quarter 2017
  • Mobile transactions up 34% year-over-year, accounting for 36% of total transactions in 4Q18
  • Approximately 49 million cumulative mobile application downloads as of December 31, 2018, up 27% year-over-year
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 58% year-over-year. Excluding Argentina, Adjusted EBITDA rose by $8.7 million year-over-year
  • Operating cash flow of ($5.4) million in 4Q18, compared to $25.2 million in 4Q17
  • Repurchased 605,458 shares in 4Q18 for a total cost of $10.2 million at an average price per share of $16.88
  • Net Promoter Score (NPS) up 780 bps YoY to 68%

Full Year 2018 Key Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Transactions up 15%
  • Room nights up 18%
  • Estimated Air market share up 100 basis points YoY
  • Gross bookings reached $4.7 billion, up 29% year-over-year on an FX neutral basis (+6% as reported)
  • Excluding Argentina, transactions, room nights and gross bookings increased 18%, 32%, and 16% YoY, respectively
  • Revenues of $531 million, up 19% on an FX neutral basis and flat as reported
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 29% year-over-year. Excluding Argentina, Adjusted EBITDA rose by $14.7 million year-over-year.
  • Operating cash flow of ($17.6) million, compared to $61.2 million in 2017
  • Repurchased a total of 1.5 million shares during 2018 for a total cost of $26.0 million
  • Opened sales call centers in its seven key markets during the year accounting for 1.5% of total gross bookings
  • Successfully launched Tour Operator activities in 4Q18

Operating and Financial Metrics Highlights

                                 
(In millions, except as noted)                                              
        4Q18    

Pro Forma
4Q17

    Adj.     4Q17     % Chg 2018FY    

Pro Forma
2017FY

    % Chg
Operating metrics                                              
Number of transactions 2.7 2.4 2.4 11% 10.4 9.1 15%
Gross bookings $1,207.2 $1,258.4 $1,258.4 (4%) $4,715.3 $4,454.5 6%
Mix of mobile transactions       36%     30%         30%     +645 bps 34%     28%     +532 bps
Financial metrics                                              
Revenues

$132.5

$151.6 $7.6 $144.0

(13%)

$530.6

$529.4

0%

Air

50.3

66.1 0.3 65.8 (24%)

$214.8

241.6 (11%)
Packages, Hotels & Other Travel Products

82.3

85.5 7.3 78.2

(4%)

$315.8

287.9

10%

Net income 3.0 18.8 6.5 12.4 (84%) 19.2 46.2 (59%)
Adjusted EBITDA

13.9

32.7 7.6 25.1

(58%)

67.6

94.9 (29%)
Adjusted EBITDA (Excl. one-time items)      

13.9

    31.9           24.3    

(56%)

68.4

    92.1     (26%)

Note: For comparison purposes, the Company has presented Pro-forma 4Q17 figures which include the adjustments required under the new revenue recognition standards adopted since the start of 2018. The YoY % change calculated against the adjusted figures.

 

Message from CEO

Commenting on the Company’s results, Damián Scokin, CEO stated: “We are pleased that our fourth quarter results show the successful execution of our strategy to gain market share and further improve our customer service. At that same time though these actions are impacting short term profitability. Although the Latin American markets, particularly Argentina, contracted during the quarter, our gross bookings, on a FX neutral basis, increased 28% and we continued to gain market share. Reflecting the actions taken and the resiliency of our business model, mobile transactions were up 34%, and Packages, Hotels and Other Products accounted for 62% of total revenue, an increase of more than 500 basis points from the same period in the prior year. Additionally, for the full year, we gained market share in air, grew our room nights by 18% and saw an increase in NPS. Strong execution of our strategic plan from pricing to new initiatives, is helping us address continued costs and foreign exchange pressures.

“We are also seeing the benefits of our investment in brand-building and our continuous customer improvement initiatives, including the opening of call center across our seven key markets and more recently our tour operation activities. We strategically invested in the most promising opportunities and functionalities which is attracting customers to our broad travel related options. In a dynamic and highly challenging operating environment in 2018, we grew our business while strategically invested for the future.

“We are fortunate to participate in a large, over $100 billion industry, with attractive long-term growth prospects. More and more people in Latin America are going online to plan their trips. We have built an omni-channel infrastructure that has the right products and services to ensure our consumers have a great travel booking experience no matter what platform they chose. Delivering superior value and customer service will continue to underpin everything we do. We are focused on further market share gains and driving long term profitable growth. We are taking a balanced and disciplined approach to further investing in the business. Looking ahead, we are very excited by the future we see for Despegar and believe we are on the right path to maximize our growth potential. We have a healthy balance sheet that gives us flexibility to make the necessary investments to drive long-term shareholder value. In summary, we believe we are well positioned for long-term marketplace success and confident Despegar’s sustained industry leadership and ability to gain market share will continue,” concluded Mr. Scokin.

Overview of Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

Operating Metrics

Key Operating Metrics                          
(In millions, except as noted)                                      
4Q18 4Q17

% Chg

FX Neutral
% Chg

        $     % of total     $     % of total        
Gross Bookings       $1,207.2           $1,258.4           (4%)     28%
Average selling price (ASP) (in $) $451 $520 (13%) 15%
Number of Transactions by Segment & Total
Air 1.6 58% 1.4 57% 12%
Packages, Hotels & Other Travel Products       1.1     42%     1.0     43%     8%      
Total Number of Transactions       2.7     100%     2.4     100%     11%      
 

Despegar continued to invest in driving share gains across its key markets during 4Q18, which generated a 130 bps increase in air market share during the quarter, led by Argentina and Brazil (as per management estimates based on GDS and OAG data).

Transactions rose 11% to 2.7 million from 2.4 million in 4Q17 and FX neutral gross bookings increased 28% year-over-year in 4Q18 and 29% in 2018. During the quarter, industry gross bookings declined and significant currency depreciation was noted across the Company’s key markets, particularly Argentina. As a result, as reported gross bookings decreased 4% year-on-year, to $1,207.2 million in 4Q18, from $1,258.4 million in the year-ago quarter. However, this performance was significantly better than the low teens contraction experienced by the travel industry in Latin America in the fourth quarter.

The Latin American travel market is large with significant opportunity for Despegar as customers migrate online. As the leading OTA in Latin America, the Company is in a unique position to leverage its strong competitive position and low-cost operating structure to further increase market share.

The Company’s business is organized into two segments: (1) Air, which consists of the sale of airline tickets, and (2) Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products, which consists of travel packages (the bundling of two or more products together which can include airline tickets and hotel rooms), as well as stand-alone sales of accommodations (including hotels and vacation rentals), car rentals, bus tickets, cruise tickets, travel insurance and destination services.

In 4Q18, Despegar successfully launched its proprietary activities (Tour Operations and allotments or “cupos”) offering customers the ability to purchase a full travel experience consisting of a charter flight, transportation, hotel and if the customer chooses, activities. This new seasonal service is currently offered in Argentina with trips to the south of Brazil. A total of 110 trips have taken place to-date, with a load factor of 99%.

The share of higher-margin Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products transactions in 4Q18 remained relatively unchanged year-on-year at 42% of total transactions. This metric is impacted by a contracting market in Argentina, which still accounts for the highest share of Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products.

Following continued investments in Customer Service, NPS continues to improve, up 780 bps YoY to 68% in 4Q18, as enhancing customer satisfaction remains a key priority.

The average selling price (“ASP”) reached $451 per transaction in 4Q18, a 15% year-over-year increase on an FX neutral basis, but 13% down as reported. This was mainly the result of year-on-year quarterly average currency devaluation of 51% in Argentina, one of Despegar’s key markets, which more than offset the successful continued mix-shift to higher ASP packages. This also reflects continued mix-shift from international to domestic travel across key markets.

Despegar continues to make solid progress in driving mobile transaction growth. During 4Q18 the number of transactions via mobile rose 34% year-over-year with 36% of all transactions completed on the mobile platform, up from 30% in 4Q17.

Geographic Breakdown

During 4Q18, Brazil, Despegar’s largest market, accounting for 41% of total transactions reported a year-over-year increase of 12.4% in transactions. On an FX neutral basis, gross bookings rose 31.8% year-over-year and ASPs increased 17.3%. However, as reported gross bookings increased 12.5% year-over-year and ASPs were flat at $457 as continued mix-shift from domestic to international travel and mix-shift to higher ASP packages more than offset the impact from the 15% currency depreciation in the period.

Argentina continued to experience challenging macro conditions with GDP for 2018 estimated to have contracted 2.5% year-over-year, inflation up 41% and the currency depreciating 51% against the U.S. dollar. The Company’s ability to adjust quickly to changing market dynamics, coupled with its leading market position, drove market share increase, despite reporting an 11.7% decline in transactions reflecting the overall market contraction. On an FX neutral basis, gross bookings increased year-over-year by 26.0% and ASPs rose 42.7%, in line with inflation. On a reported basis, gross bookings and ASPs in Argentina declined year-over-year by 40.4% and 32.5%, respectively.

Across the Rest of Latin America, Despegar reported increases of 28.8% in transactions and 20.5% in gross bookings, while ASPs declined 6.4% year-over-year. On an FX neutral basis, gross bookings rose 26.6%, while ASPs decreased 1.7% to $450.

 
Geographical Breakdown of Select Operating and Financial Metrics - Growth Analysis
(In %, except as noted)
4Q18 vs. 4Q17 - As Reported                    
                 

Argentina

Brazil

Rest of Latin America

Total

% Chg. % Chg. % Chg. % Chg.
Transactions ('000) (11.7%) 12.4% 28.8% 11.5%
Gross Bookings (40.4%) 12.5% 20.5% (4.1%)
ASP ($) (32.5%) 0.1% (6.4%) (14.0%)
Revenues (12.8%)
Gross Profit                         (26.7%)
4Q18 vs. 4Q17 - FX Neutral Basis                    

Argentina

Brazil

Rest of Latin America

Total

% Chg. % Chg. % Chg. % Chg.
Transactions ('000) (11.7%) 12.4% 28.8% 11.5%
Gross Bookings 26.0% 31.8% 26.6% 28.2%
ASP ($) 42.7% 17.3% (1.7%) 15.0%
Revenues 8.7%
Gross Profit                         (12.4%)
 

Revenue

Total FX neutral revenue in 4Q18 increased 9% year-on-year as the Company continued to gain market share. However, as reported revenue decreased 13% to $132.5 million in 4Q18, from pro forma $151.6 million in the year-ago period, driven mainly by the 13% year-on-year decline in ASP mainly reflecting the FX translation impact from currency depreciation and lower purchasing power resulting from challenging macro conditions in Argentina, and to a lesser extent by a continued mix-shift from international to domestic travel across some key markets.

Revenue margin declined 65 basis points year-on-year, to 11% in 4Q18, due to reductions earlier in the year in customer fees and discounts in package transactions to drive further share gains, along with the mix-shift from international to lower margin domestic destinations and a reduction in air supplier volume bonuses as a result of lower demand. This was partially offset by lower cancellations in the quarter.

The year-on-year decline in revenue was mainly the result of lower revenues from Air and to a lesser extent from Packages, Hotels & Other Travel Products segments.

  • Air segment revenue was $50.3 million in 4Q18, decreasing 24% year-over-year from pro forma $66.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Transactions rose 12% year-on-year resulting in market share gains despite slower overall market growth. Higher volumes were more than offset by a 32% decline in average revenue per transaction reflecting the Company’s strategy of lowering air customer fees in several markets earlier in 2018 to support share gains and drive additional cross-selling opportunities. A reduction in supplier volume bonuses as a result of lower than anticipated demand and a mix-shift from international to domestic travel resulting from local currency depreciation in Argentina also contributed to the decline in Air revenues.
  • Packages, Hotels & Other Travel Products segment revenue declined 4% in the fourth quarter of 2018 to $82.3 million, from pro forma $85.5 million in 4Q17. Transactions rose by 8% but were more than offset by an 11% decrease in revenue per transaction principally reflecting the weaker macro environment and price discounts, along with mix-shift from international to domestic travel given currency depreciation. The Packages, Hotels and Other Travel Products segment accounted for 62% of total revenue in 4Q18, up from 56% in the same period of the prior year
                                 
Revenue Breakdown1
                                                   
4Q18 Pro Forma 4Q17 Adj. 4Q17

% Chg2

        $     % of total     $     % of total     $     $     % of total    
Revenue by business segment (in $Ms)
Air 50.3

38%

66.1 44% 0.3 65.8 46%

(24%)

Packages, Hotels & Other Travel Products      

82.3

   

62%

    85.5     56%     7.3     78.2     54%    

(4%)

Total revenue      

$132.5

    100%     $151.6     100%     $7.6     $144.0     100%    

(13%)

Revenue per transaction (in $)
Air 32.3 47.7 0.2 47.5 (32%)
Packages, Hotels & Other Travel Products      

73.5

          82.7           7.1     75.7          

(11%)

Total revenue per transaction      

$49.5

          $62.7           $2.8     $59.5          

(21%)

                                                   
Total revenue margin      

11.0%

          11.6%                 11.4%          

(65) bps

1. Net of sales tax

2. For comparison purposes, the Company has presented Pro-forma 4Q17 figures which include the adjustments required under the new revenue recognition standards adopted since the start of 2018. The YoY % change calculated against the adjusted figures.

 

Cost of Revenue and Gross Profit

Cost of revenue, which mainly consists of credit card processing fees, bank fees related to customer financing installment plans offered and fulfillment center expenses, was $49.7 million in 4Q18 compared to $38.4 million in 4Q17, an increase of 29%. As a percentage of revenue, cost of revenue rose by 1,219 basis points to 37.5% from 25.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The year-on-year increase in cost of revenue was primarily driven by higher installment plan costs as Despegar increased the availability and duration of installments in the fourth quarter in Argentina, after a contraction in the prior quarter. Additionally, credit card merchant fee expense increased reflecting a higher mix of transactions where the Company was the credit card merchant of record rather than airline suppliers which allowed Despegar to offer more attractive customer financing options.

To a lesser extent, higher fulfillment costs also contributed to the increase in cost of revenue, while a continued reduction in fraud partially offset such increases. These customer-oriented initiatives allowed the Company to deliver a 780 basis points year-on-year increase in after trip NPS.

Gross Profit reached $82.8 million in 4Q18, declining 27% year-on-year. On an FX neutral basis, gross profit declined 12% to $99 million, reflecting lower revenue margins resulting from the Company’s initiatives to accelerate market share growth, along with investments in support of improving customer satisfaction levels.

                     
Cost of Revenue and Gross Profit
(In millions, except as noted)
        4Q18    

Pro Forma
4Q17

    Adj.     4Q17     % Chg1
Revenue $132.5 $151.6 $7.6 $144.0 (13%)
Cost of Revenue $49.7 $38.4 $38.4 29%
% of revenues       37.5%     25.3%           26.7%     +1,219 bps
Gross Profit       82.8     113.2     7.6     105.6     (27%)
Gross Profit Margin       62.5%     74.7%           73.3%     (1,219) bps

1. For comparison purposes, the Company has presented Pro-forma 4Q17 figures which include the adjustments required under the new revenue recognition standards adopted since the start of 2018. The YoY % change calculated against the adjusted figures.

 

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses in 4Q18 decreased 10% year-over-year to $76.9 million, mainly benefitting from regional currency depreciation, principally in Argentina which accounts for approximately half of total operating expenses. This more than offset more difficult comps from a one-time tax recovery gains in 4Q17. As a percentage of revenues, however, total operating expenses increased by 161 bps to 58.0%. Excluding the one-time item in 4Q17, total operating costs decreased 11% year-on-year in 4Q18 but rose 108 basis points as a percentage of revenues to 58.0%.

  • Selling and marketing (S&M) expenses declined 7% year-over-year to $42.9 million, from $46.4 million in 4Q17. On a per transaction basis, Despegar achieved savings of 16.3%, with S&M declining to $16.0 million from $19.2 in 4Q17. Measured as a percentage of revenues, however, these expenses increased to 32.4% in 4Q18 from 30.6% in 4Q17, mainly reflecting lower ASPs resulting from local currency devaluation in Argentina and the continued mix-shift from international to domestic travel across key markets. This more than offset the benefit from regional currency depreciation on costs, the lower level of marketing investments and improving efficiencies.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses declined 11% year-over-year to $17.6 million, from $19.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, benefitting from currency depreciation, mainly in Argentina. As a percentage of revenues, G&A increased 21 basis points to 13.3% in 4Q18 from 13.1% in the prior year quarter reflecting the 7.8% year-over-year increase in headcount, personnel expenses, a $2.0 million increase in stock-based compensation, and $363 thousands of the Venezuela impairment. Excluding a one-time time tax recovery gain of $0.8 million in 4Q17, comparable G&A declined 14.7% year-over-year, but increased 32 basis points as % of revenues on a lower revenue base.
  • Technology and product development expenses declined 15% year-over-year to $16.4 million in 4Q18, from $19.3 million in 4Q17 reflecting lower USD expenses from currency depreciation in Argentina where the majority of headcount is based, partially offset the 17.7% year-over-year increase in headcount as the Company continues to introduce new services and functionalities to its platform. As a percentage of revenue, technology and product expenses declined by 41 basis points year-over-year to 12.4% despite continued investments in technology and product development platform.
                 
Operating Expenses
(In millions, except as noted)                          
        4Q18    

Pro Forma
4Q17

    4Q17     % Chg1
Selling and marketing $42.9 $46.4 $46.4 (7%)
% of revenues 32.4% 30.6% 32.2% +181 bps
General and administrative2 $17.6 $19.8 $19.8 (11%)
% of revenues 13.3% 13.1% 13.8% +21 bps
Technology and product development $16.4 $19.3 $19.3 (15%)
% of revenues       12.4%     12.8%     13.4%     (41) bps
Total operating expenses       $76.9     $85.5     $85.5     (10%)
Total operating expenses as a % of revenues       58.0%     56.4%     59.4%     +161 bps
Total operating expenses (Excl. one-time items)       $76.9     $86.3     $86.3     (11%)
Total operating expenses (Excl. one time items) as a % of revenues       58.0%     56.9%     59.9%     +108 bps

1. For comparison purposes, the Company has presented Pro-forma 4Q17 figures which include the adjustments required under the new revenue recognition standards adopted since the start of 2018. The YoY % change calculated against the adjusted figures.

2. Includes $363 thousands impairment loss for fixed assets in Venezuela in 4Q 2018.

 

Financial Income/Expenses

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company reported a net financial expense of $0.0 million compared to $6.2 million in 4Q17. The decrease was primarily due to foreign exchange gain from currency revaluation in Argentina and Brazil and higher interest income from invested cash balances. Savings were partially offset by higher credit card receivable factoring expenses in Brazil as a result of the increase in the Company’s own merchant gross bookings in 4Q18. Net financial expense for 4Q18 also includes a $1.0 million FX gain resulting from the adoption of the U.S. dollar as the functional currency of the Company’s Argentine subsidiary starting July 1, 2018 following the guidance of ASC 830 as Argentina is recognized as a hyperinflationary economy.

Income Taxes

The Company reported an income tax expense of $2.9 million in 4Q18, compared to $2.6 million pro-forma in 4Q17. The effective tax rate in 4Q18 was 48,6%, compared to pro-forma 12.2% 4Q17. The higher rate in 4Q18 is primarily driven by the decrease in non-taxable income during 2018. The lower effective tax rate in 4Q17 was mainly due to the recognition of deferred tax assets and by a reversal of a tax contingency due to the expiration of the statutory limitations.

Adjusted EBITDA & Margin

Adjusted EBITDA declined by 58%, or $19.2 million, to $13.9 million in 4Q18 from pro forma $32.7 million in the prior year-quarter. Excluding Argentine operations, Adjusted EBITDA, increased by $8.7 million in the quarter, which highlights the resilience of the Company’s business model and diversification value.

Adjusted EBITDA margin contracted to 10.5% from 21.6% in the prior year quarter, primarily resulting from the mix-shift from international to domestic travel driven by currency devaluation across the region, lower year-on-year customer fees in air and price discounts in packages introduced earlier in the year to support top line growth and lower supplier bonuses resulting from softer volumes. Higher installment expense to drive top line growth also impacted Adjusted EBITDA margin. This was partially offset by lower operating expenses.

Excluding one-time tax recoveries of $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, comparable Adjusted EBITDA would have decreased 56%.

 
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation & Adjusted EBITDA Margin
(In millions, except as noted)
        4Q18    

Pro Forma
4Q17

    Adj.     4Q17     % Chg1
Net income/ (loss)       $3.0     $18.8     $6.5     $12.4     (84%)
Add (deduct):                      
Financial expense, net 0.0 6.2 6.2 (100%)
Income tax expense 2.9 2.6 1.1 1.5 9%
Depreciation expense 1.7 1.0 - 1.0

62%

Amortization of intangible assets 3.2 2.7 - 2.7 15%
Share-based compensation expense       3.1     1.2     -     1.2     155%
Adjusted EBITDA $13.9 $32.7 $7.6 $25.1

(58%)

Adjusted EBITDA Margin       10.5%     21.6%           17.4%    

(1,109) bps

One-time items - 0.8 0.8 (100%)
Adjusted EBITDA (Excl. one-time items) 13.9 31.9 24.3

(56%)

Adjusted EBITDA Mg. (Excl. one-time items)       10.5%     21.0%           16.9%    

(1,056) bps

1. For comparison purposes, the Company has presented Pro-forma 4Q17 figures which include the adjustments required under the new revenue recognition standards adopted since the start of 2018. The YoY % change calculated against the adjusted figures.

 

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2018 was $352.2 million, compared to $410.8 million at December 31, 2017, reflecting lower cash flow generated during the twelve-months ended December 31, 2018. Additionally, during the quarter, the Company repurchased $10.2 million shares under a previously announced share buyback program totaling $26 million in the year.

Despegar reported a use of cash flow from operating activities of $5.4 million in 4Q18 compared to cash generation of $25.2 million in 4Q17. This usage of cash resulted mainly from an increase in inventories and cash advances to travel suppliers, lower net income and slower growth in the Company’s supplier and related party payables resulting from lower year-over-year sales. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 the Company reported a net use of cash from operating activities of $17.6 million versus cash flow generation from operating activities of $61.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.

During 4Q18, the Company’s capital expenditures were $8.9 million compared to $6.3 million during the comparable quarter in 2017. Funds were primarily used for technology hardware and office expansion.

Argentina Considered Hyperinflationary Market

As of July 1, 2018, as a result of a three-year cumulative inflation rate greater than 100% and following the guidance of ASC 830 the U.S. dollar became the functional currency of the Company’s Argentine subsidiary. This change in functional currency is being recognized prospectively in the financial statements. As a result, starting 3Q18 the impact of any change in currency exchange rate on the Company’s balance sheet accounts is reported in the Net financial income/(expense) line of the income statement instead of Other comprehensive income.

 

4Q18 Earnings Conference Call

     
When: 8:00 a.m. Eastern time, March 7, 2019
 
Who:

Mr. Damián Scokin, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Alberto López-Gaffney, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Javier Kelly Grinner, Investor Relations
 

Dial-in:

1-866-270-1533 (U.S. domestic); 1-412-317-0797 (international)

 
Webcast:

CLICK HERE

 

Definitions and concepts

Average Selling Price (ASP): reflects gross bookings divided by the total number of transactions.

Gross Bookings: Gross bookings is an operating measure that represents the aggregate purchase price of all travel products booked by the Company’s customers through its platform during a given period. The Company generates substantially all of its revenue from commissions and other incentive payments paid by its suppliers and service fees paid by its customers for transactions through its platform, and, as a result, it monitors gross bookings as an important indicator of its ability to generate revenue.

Foreign Exchange (“FX”) Neutral: calculated by using the average monthly exchange rate of each month of 2017 and applying it to the corresponding months in the current year, so as to calculate what the results would have been had exchange rates remained constant. These calculations do not include any other macroeconomic effect such as local currency inflation effects.

Number of Transactions: The number of transactions for a period is an operating measure that represents the total number of customer orders completed on our platform in such period. The number of transactions is an important metric because it is an indicator of the level of engagement with the Company’s customers and the scale of its business from period to period but, unlike gross bookings, the number of transactions is independent of the average selling price of each transaction, which can be influenced by fluctuations in currency exchange rates among other factors.

Revenue: The Company reports its revenue on a net basis, deducting cancellations and amounts that it collects as sales taxes. Despegar derives substantially all of its revenue from commissions and other incentive payments paid by its suppliers and service fees paid by its customers for transactions through its platform. To a lesser extent, Despegar also derives revenue from the sale of third-party advertisements on its websites and from certain suppliers when their brands appears in the Company advertisements in mass media.

Revenue Margin: calculated as revenue divided by gross bookings.

Seasonality: Despegar’s financial results experience fluctuations due to seasonal variations in demand for travel services. Bookings for vacation and leisure travel are generally higher during the fourth quarter, although to date and prior to the revenue recognition change beginning in the first quarter of 2018, the Company has recognized more revenue associated with those bookings in the fourth quarter of each year. Latin American travelers, particularly leisure travelers, who are Despegar’s primary customers, tend to travel most frequently at the end of the fourth quarter and during the first quarter of each year.

About Despegar.com
Despegar is the leading online travel company in Latin America. With over two decades of business experience and operating in 20 countries in the region, Despegar accompanies Latin American travelers from the moment they dream of taking a trip until they share their memories of that trip. Thanks to the strong commitment to technological development and customer service, Despegar offers a tailor-made experience to more than 18 million customers.

Despegar’s websites and leading mobile apps, offer products from over 300 airlines, more than 520,000 accommodation options, as well as approximately 1,100 car rental agencies and approximately 240 destination services suppliers with more than 8,700 activities throughout Latin America. The Company owns and operates two well-recognized brands, Despegar, its global brand, and Decolar, its Brazilian brand. Despegar is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (DESP). For more information, please visit www.despegar.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements. We base these forward-looking statements on our current beliefs, expectations and projections about future events and financial trends affecting our business and our market. Many important factors could cause our actual results to differ substantially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly or to revise any forward-looking statements.

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Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and twelve - month periods ended December 31, 2018

(in thousands U.S. dollars, except as noted)

                                 
        4Q18    

Pro Forma
4Q17

    Adj.     4Q17     % Chg2
Revenue $132,515 $151,589 $7,578 $144,011 (13%)
Cost of revenue       49,703     38,383           38,383     29%
Gross profit       82,812     113,206     7,578     105,628     (27%)
Operating expenses
Selling and marketing 42,925 46,356 46,356 (7%)
General and administrative 17,599 19,821 19,821 (11%)
Technology and product development       16,376     19,349           19,349     (15%)
Total operating expenses       76,900     85,526           85,526     (10%)
                                 
Operating income       5,912     27,680     7,578     20,102     (79%)
Net financial income (expense)       (18)     (6,232)           (6,232)     (100%)
Net income before income taxes       5,894     21,448     7,578     13,870     (73%)
Income tax expense       2,864     2,617     1,105     1,512     9%
Net income       3,030     18,831     6,473     12,358     (84%)
Basic EPS (in $) 0.04 0.27 0.18 (84%)
Diluted EPS (in $) 0.04 0.27 0.18 (84%)
Basic shares weighted average1 69,187 69,098 69,098
Diluted shares weighted average1       71,287     69,189           69,189      
As a % of Revenues
Cost of revenue 37.5% 25.3% 26.7% +1,219 bps
Gross profit 62.5% 74.7% 73.3% (1,219) bps
Operating expenses
Selling and marketing 32.4% 30.6% 32.2% +181 bps
General and administrative 13.3% 13.1% 13.8% +21 bps
Technology and product development 12.4% 12.8% 13.4% (41) bps
Total operating expenses 58.0% 56.4% 59.4% +161 bps
Operating income 4.5% 18.3% 14.0% (1,380) bps
Net income before income taxes 4.4% 14.1% 9.6% (970) bps
Net income       2.3%     12.4%           8.6%     (1,014) bps

1. In thousands

2. For comparison purposes, the Company has presented Pro-forma 4Q17 figures which include the adjustments required under the new revenue recognition standards adopted since the start of 2018. The YoY % change calculated against the adjusted figures.

 
                             

Key Financial & Operating Trended Metrics

(in thousands U.S. dollars, except as noted)
                                         
Pro Forma
        1Q17     2Q17     3Q17     4Q17 1Q18     2Q18     3Q18     4Q18
FINANCIAL RESULTS                                              
Revenue $124,999     $123,462 $131,468 $144,011 $148,593 $128,259 $121,247 $132,515
Revenue Recognition Adjustment ($3,321) ($59) $1,310 $7,578
Cost of revenue       31,140     35,087     37,869     38,383 43,646     42,088     36,673     49,703
Gross profit       90,538     88,316     94,909     113,206 104,947     86,171     84,574     82,812
Operating expenses
Selling and marketing 35,546 43,289 41,097 46,356 46,410 43,450 41,572 42,925
General and administrative 18,869 18,618 15,318 19,821 15,888 16,986 17,130 17,599
Technology and product development       15,408     17,644     18,907     19,349 19,225     18,732     16,821     16,376
Total operating expenses       69,823     79,551     75,322     85,526 81,523     79,168     75,523     76,900
                                               
Operating income       20,715     8,765     19,587     27,680 23,424     7,003     9,051     5,912
Net financial income (expense)       (6,156)     (1,611)     (2,880)     (6,232) (2,831)     (5,292)     (11,026)     (18)
Net income before income taxes       14,559     7,154     16,707     21,448 20,593     1,711     (1,975)     5,894
Adj. Net Income tax expense 2,418 4,254 4,373 2,617 4,235 471 (501) 2,864
Income tax expense 2,486 3,806 4,190 1,512 4,235 471 (501) 2,864
Adjustment       $68     ($448)     ($183)     ($1,105)                    
Net income /(loss)       12,141     2,900     12,334     18,831 16,358     1,240     (1,474)     3,030
                                               
KEY METRICS                                              
Operational                                              
Gross bookings $1,019,102 $1,061,026 $1,116,022 $1,258,398 $1,231,497 $1,184,355 $1,092,287 $1,207,186
- YoY growth 54% 40% 32% 26% 21% 12% (2%) (4%)
Number of transactions 2,129 2,210 2,298 2,419 2,514 2,607 2,596 2,676
- YoY growth 30% 30% 25% 19% 18% 18% 13% 11%
Air 1,246 1,324 1,328 1,386 1,362 1,513 1,512 1,557
- YoY growth 34% 31% 22% 13% 9% 14% 14% 12%
Packages, Hotels & Other Travel Products 883 886 970 1,033 1,152 1,094 1,085 1,119
- YoY growth 25% 27% 29% 28% 30% 23% 12% 8%
Revenue per transaction $57.2 $55.8 $57.8 $62.7 $59.1 $49.2 $46.7 $47.8
- YoY growth 3% (12%) (18%) (20%)
Air $45.6 $45.2 $44.3 $47.7 $44.7 $35.1 $33.4 $32.3
- YoY growth (2%) (22%) (25%) (32%)
Packages, Hotels & Other Travel Products $73.5 $71.7 $76.2 $82.7 $76.2 $68.6 $65.2 $69.3
- YoY growth 4% (4%) (14%) (16%)
ASPs $479 $480 $486 $520 $490 $454 $421 $451
- YoY growth       18%     8%     6%     6% 2%     (5%)     (13%)     (13%)
                                               
Net income/ (loss)       $12,141     $2,900     $12,334     $18,831 $16,358     $1,240     ($1,474)     $3,030
Add (deduct):
Financial expense, net 6,156 1,611 2,880 6,232 2,831 5,292 11,026 18
Income tax expense 2,418 4,254 4,373 2,617 4,235 471 (501) 2,864
Depreciation expense 1,343 1,362 1,337 1,033 859 1,475 1,338 1,676
Amortization of intangible assets 1,517 2,039 2,454 2,741 2,018 2,228 2,738 3,156
Share-based compensation expense       1,176     930     959     1,224 983     1,266     1,393     3,124
Adjusted EBITDA       $24,751     $13,096     $24,337     $32,678 $27,284     $11,972     $14,520     $13,868
 
         

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2018

(in thousands U.S. dollars, except as noted)
           
        As of December 31, 2018 As of December 31, 2017
ASSETS          
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $346,480 $371,013
Restricted cash and cash equivalents $5,709 $29,764
Accounts receivable, net of allowances $225,019 $198,273
Related party receivable 8,653 5,253
Other current assets and prepaid expenses       68,471 29,405
Total current assets       654,332 633,708
Non-current assets
Other Assets 12,751 4,658
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 10,000
Property and equipment net 19,716 16,171
Intangible assets, net 37,512 35,424
Goodwill       36,207 38,733
Total non-current assets       106,186 104,986
TOTAL ASSETS       760,518 738,694
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT          
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 42,353 45,609
Travel suppliers payable 185,450 174,817
Related party payable 83,904 84,364
Loans and other financial liabilities 31,162 8,220
Deferred Revenue 4,800 30,113
Other liabilities 33,270 39,751
Contingent liabilities       4,794 4,732
Total current liabilities       385,733 387,606
Non-current liabilities
Other liabilities 243 1,015
Contingent liabilities 1,968 7,115
Related party liability       125,000 125,000
Total non-current liabilities       127,211 133,130
TOTAL LIABILITIES       512,944 520,736
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)
Common stock 255,254 253,535
Additional paid-in capital 321,627 316,444
Other reserves (728) (728)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 3,051 16,323
Accumulated losses (305,600) (367,616)
Treasury Stock       (26,030)
Total Shareholders' Equity Attributable / (Deficit) to Despegar.com Corp       247,574 217,958
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY       760,518 738,694
 
         

Unaudited Statements of Cash Flows for the three and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

(in thousands U.S. dollars, except as noted)

               

3 months ended December 31,

Twelve months ended December 31,

        2018     2017     2018     2017
Cash flows from operating activities                  
Net income       $3,030     $12,358     $19,154     $42,366
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flow from operating activities
Unrealized foreign currency translation losses (2,565)     (1,088)     457
Depreciation expense 1,313 1,033 4,985 5,075
Amortization of intangible assets 3,156 2,741 10,140 8,751
Impairment of long-lived assets 363 363
Stock based compensation expense 3,124 1,224 6,766 4,289
Interest and penalties (103) (675) 494 (65)
Income taxes 1,589 (369) 2,876 5,507
Allowance for doubtful accounts 749 130 1,062 818
Provision / (recovery) for contingencies       1,079     (97)     2,021     (603)
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of non-cash transactions
(Increase) / Decrease in accounts receivable, net of allowances (36,805) (45,783) (51,277) (85,383)
(Increase) / Decrease in related party receivables (2,137) (671) (3,406) (3,013)
(Increase) / Decrease in other assets and prepaid expenses (15,914) (3,599) (61,302) (10,090)
Increase / (Decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses (4,062) 7,878 4,277 22,363
Increase / (Decrease) in travel suppliers payable 42,253 50,005 42,789 78,835
Increase / (Decrease) in other liabilities (4,783) (9,086) 3,309 (12,323)
Increase / (Decrease) in contingencies (181) (2,062) (5,567) (12,183)
Increase / (Decrease) in related party liabilities (530) 4,621 4,203 13,964
Increase / (Decrease) in deferred revenue 4,989 7,584 2,581 2,461
Net cash flows provided by / (used in) operating activities       (5,435)     25,232     (17,620)     61,226
Cash flows from investing activities
Payments for short-term investments
Acquisition of property and equipment (4,692) (2,392) (13,085) (8,746)
Increase of intangible assets including internal-use software and website development (4,247) (3,942) (13,494) (12,929)
(Increase) / Decrease in restricted cash and cash equivalents
Net cash (used in) /provided by investing activities       (8,939)     (6,334)     (26,579)     (21,675)
Cash flows from financing activities                  
Increase / (Decrease) in loans and other financial liabilities 621 (374) 24,637 585
Capital contributions (776) 136 253,529
Treasury Stock       (10,234)           (26,030)      
Net cash (used in) / provided by financing activities       (9,613)     (1,150)     (1,257)     254,114
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (518) (3,009) (13,132) (2,053)
Net increase / (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash       (24,505)     14,739     (58,588)     291,612
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of beginning of the period 376,694 396,038 410,777 119,165
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of end of the period       352,189     410,777     352,189     410,777
 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This announcement includes certain references to Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP financial measures. The Company defines:

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income/(loss) exclusive of financial income/(expense), income tax, depreciation, amortization and share-based compensation expense.

Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures including capitalized software.

Adjusted EBITDA and Free cash flow are not measures recognized under U.S. GAAP. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this information and should note that these measures as calculated by the Company, differ materially from similarly titled measures reported by other companies, including its competitors. Adjusted EBITDA margin refers to Adjusted EBITDA as defined above divided by revenue.

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we use foreign exchange (“FX”) neutral measures.

This non-GAAP measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, this non-GAAP measure is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures.

Reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures can be found in the tables included in this quarterly report.

The Company believes that reconciliation of FX neutral measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure provides investors an overall understanding of our current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, we believe this non-GAAP measure provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding the foreign currency exchange rate impact that may not be indicative of our core operating results and business outlook.

The FX neutral measures were calculated by using the average monthly exchange rates for each month during 2017 and applying them to the corresponding months in 2018, so as to calculate what our results would have been had exchange rates remained stable from one year to the next. The table below excludes intercompany allocation FX effects. Finally, this measure does not include any other macroeconomic effect such as local currency inflation effects, the impact on impairment calculations or any price adjustment to compensate local currency inflation or devaluations.

The following table sets forth the FX neutral measures related to our reported results of the operations for the three-month period ended December 31, 2018:

 
Geographical Breakdown of Select Operating and Financial Metrics
(In millions, except as noted)
4Q18 vs. 4Q17 - As Reported
      Argentina     Brazil     Rest of Latin America     Total
4Q18     4Q17     % Chg. 4Q18     4Q17     % Chg. 4Q18     4Q17     % Chg. 4Q18     4Q17     % Chg.
Transactions ('000) 558     632     (11.7%) 1,085     966     12.4% 1,033     802     28.8% 2,676     2,400     11.5%
Gross Bookings 269 451 (40.4%) 496 441 12.5% 443 367 20.5% 1,207 1,258 (4.1%)
ASP ($) 481 713 (32.5%) 457 456 0.1% 429 458 (6.4%) 451 524 (14.0%)
Revenues 133 152 (12.8%)
Gross Profit                                                             83     113     (26.7%)
4Q18 vs. 4Q17 - FX Neutral Basis
Argentina Brazil Rest of Latin America Total
4Q18     4Q17     % Chg. 4Q18     4Q17     % Chg. 4Q18     4Q17     % Chg. 4Q18     4Q17     % Chg.
Transactions ('000) 558 632 (11.7%) 1,085 966 12.4% 1,033 802 28.8% 2,676 2,400 11.5%
Gross Bookings 568 451 26.0% 581 441 31.8% 465 367 26.6% 1,614 1,258 28.2%
ASP ($) 1,017 713 42.7% 535 456 17.3% 450 458 (1.7%) 603 524 15.0%
Revenues 179 152 8.7%
Gross Profit                                                             99     113     (12.4%)
2018 vs. 2017 - As Reported
Argentina Brazil Rest of Latin America Total
2018     2017     % Chg. 2018     2017     % Chg. 2018     2017     % Chg. 2018     2017     % Chg.
Transactions ('000) 2,378 2,253 5.5% 4,230 3,698 14.4% 3,786 3,102 22.0% 10,394 9,056 14.8%
Gross Bookings 1,250 1,462 (14.5%) 1,790 1,628 10.0% 1,675 1,365 22.8% 4,715 4,454 5.9%
ASP ($) 525 648 (19.0%) 423 440 (3.8%) 443 440 0.6% 454 492 (7.8%)
Revenues 531 529 0.4%
Gross Profit                                                             359     387     (7.2%)
2018 vs. 2017 - FX Neutral Basis
Argentina Brazil Rest of Latin America Total
2018     2017     % change 2018     2017     % change 2018     2017     % change 2018     2017     % change
Transactions ('000) 2,378 2,253 5.5% 4,230 3,698 14.4% 3,786 3,102 22.0% 10,394 9,056 14.8%
Gross Bookings 2,013 1,462 37.7% 2,044 1,628 25.6% 1,688 1,365 23.7% 5,745 4,454 29.0%
ASP ($) 846 648 30.6% 483 440 9.8% 446 440 1.4% 553 492 12.4%
Revenues 645 529 19.2%
Gross Profit                                                             230     142     7.2%
 

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