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groupon, grpn, daily deal mediaGroupon numbers are out and I have been all over this one like a wet blanket! There was a massive short covering rally today sending GRPN shares up $1.84 or 18.5%. Share volume traded a crazy 12.8 million shares 522% above normal daily volume. Unless there is something I haven’t seen yet, there should be an excellent follow thru day tomorrow (at least at the opening) on the plus side.

Financial highlights

Revenue surged 89% to $559.3 million in the first quarter 2012, compared with $295.5 million in the first quarter 2011. Gross billings were HUGE. These reflect the gross amounts collected from customers for Groupons sold, excluding any applicable taxes and net of estimated refunds, increased 103% to $1.35 billion in the first quarter 2012, compared with $668.2 million in the first quarter 2011.

Operating income was $39.6 million in the first quarter 2012, which includes an expense of $28.0 million related to non-cash stock-based compensation. This compares with a loss from operations of $117.1 million in the first quarter 2011, which included stock-based expense of $18.9 million.

We are pleased to report a record quarter that demonstrates our progress in unlocking the opportunity in local commerce for merchants and customers worldwide,” said Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon. Andrew, you should be pleased. Kudos on an excellent quarter.

Operating cash flow increased 367% to $83.7 million, compared with $17.9 million for the prior-year quarter. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $70.6 million for the first quarter 2012. At the end of the quarter, Groupon had $1.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents and no long-term debt.

First quarter 2012 net loss attributable to common stockholders improved to $11.7 million, or a loss of $0.02 per share, from a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $146.5 million, or a loss of $0.48 per share, in the first quarter 2011. The net loss in the first quarter 2012 included $34.6 million in tax expense, or $0.05 per share. Non-GAAP earnings per share attributable to common stockholders for the first quarter 2012 improved to $0.02 versus a non-GAAP loss per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.41 for the first quarter 2011.

Second Quarter 2012 Outlook – forward looking statements

 Revenue for the second quarter 2012 is expected to be between $550 million and $590 million, an increase of between 40% and 50% compared with the second quarter 2011.

Income from operations for the second quarter 2012 is expected to be between $25 million and $45 million, compared with a loss from operations of $101.0 million in the second quarter 2011. This outlook includes approximately $35 million of stock-based compensation. Our outlook further assumes no acquisitions or investments, or material changes in foreign exchange rates.

Closing, all I can say is YEE HAWW. I have already seen printed trades go thru in the after market in excess of $13.20 per share. The after market is a weird entity. There is absolutely NO guarantee that GRPN will continue higher tomorrow morning, but as of this writing, it looks highly probably.

For those curious about that derivative position I mentioned in an earlier post, that MAY 10 call option closed UP 141% from Friday’s close. The loud thumping sound you may be hearing is me kicking myself as that position may have a shot at a 300% to 400% gain in the first hour of trading tomorrow.

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SOURCE:  Press release Groupon, Inc. On Monday May 14, 2012, 4:06 pm (EDT)


Don Young

Don Young, Jr. is a beat writer for Daily Deal Media, the number one resource for the Daily Deal Industry. Don has spent over a decade as a stock broker / advisor focusing on fundamental and technical analysis. Prior to that he was the sole proprietor of The Tile Guy , based in Portland,Or. completing multitudes of both residential and commercial projects in the Pacific Northwest. Don enjoys researching new businesses , market forecasting, traveling, cooking, volleyball , golf and relaxing with family and friends.
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