Mercadolibre, Inc.
May 8, 2014

MercadoLibre, Inc. Reports Financial Results for First Quarter 2014

* Net Revenues of $115.4 million, growing 12.3% year-over-year in USD. In local currencies net revenues grew 50%, excluding Venezuela they grew 39%.

* Income from operations grew to $34.0 million, a year-over-year growth of 19.0% in USD and 67.8% in local currencies.

* Net Income grew 73.1% in USD resulting in a $ 0.69 EPS.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, May 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MercadoLibre, Inc. (Nasdaq:MELI) (http://www.mercadolibre.com), Latin America's leading e-commerce technology company, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Marcos Galperin, President and Chief Executive Officer of MercadoLibre, Inc., commented, "MercadoLibre's e-commerce ecosystem continued to strengthen in the first quarter of 2014. Solid first quarter results showed progress in key initiatives such as payments, mobile and customer experience, encouraging us to keep innovating, executing and seizing the huge potential of our region's e-commerce."

Q1'14 Operational Highlights

This growth was sustained by our strategic initiatives:

Q1'14 Financial Highlights

(*) Due to changes in Venezuelan regulation, since January 24, 2014 the exchange rate the Company uses to re-measure its net monetary asset position and local currency (BsF) transactions of its Venezuelan operations is the SICAD 1 exchange rate. As of March 31, 2014, the SICAD 1 exchange rate was 10.7 BsF per U.S. dollar. The average exchange rate of the first quarter of 2014 was 10.1 BsF per U.S. dollar.

(**) See note on "Non-GAAP Financial Measures"

The following table summarizes certain key performance metrics for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013.

 Three months ended March 31, (in MM) 20142013 %YoY  %YoY Constant USD 
 Total confirmed registered users at the end of period  103.7 85.7 21.1% --
 New confirmed registered users during the period  4.3 4.2 0.6% --
 Gross merchandise volume   $ 1,797.3  $ 1,563.3 15.0% 57.9%
 Items sold  21.7 18.1 20.1% --
 Total payments volume   $ 664.0  $ 532.1 24.8% 63.5%
 Total payments transactions  9.2 6.7 36.3% --

Table of Year-on-Year Local Currency Revenue Growth Rates by Quarter

  YoY Growth rates at previous years exchange rates 
      
 Consolidated Net Revenues       
   Q1'13   Q2'13   Q3'13   Q4'13   Q1'14 
 Brazil  28% 22% 28% 29% 30%
 Argentina  63% 66% 66% 69% 65%
 Mexico  15% 19% 19% 20% 9%
 Venezuela  49% 68% 92% 104% 116%
 Others  13% 19% 13% 15% 32%
 Total 36%38%45%50%50%

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast on May 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing +(970) 315-0420 or +(877) 303-7209 (Conference ID 37234714 ) and requesting inclusion in the call for MercadoLibre. The live conference call can be accessed via audio webcast at the investor relations section of the Company's website, at http://investor.mercadolibre.com. An archive of the webcast will be available for one week following the conclusion of the conference call.

Definition of Selected Operational Metrics

Total confirmed registered users - Measure of the cumulative number of users who have registered on the MercadoLibre platform (including MercadoPago) and confirmed their registration. Since July'12, registration and confirmation take place in the same step of the registration flow.

New confirmed registered users - Measure of the number of new users who have registered on the MercadoLibre platform (including MercadoPago) and confirmed their registration. Since July'12, registration and confirmation take place in the same step of the registration flow.

Gross merchandise volume - Measure of the total U.S. dollar sum of all transactions completed through the MercadoLibre Marketplace, excluding motor vehicles, vessels, aircraft, real estate, and services.

Items sold - Measure of the number of items sold/purchased through the MercadoLibre Marketplace.

Total payment volume - Measure of total U.S. dollar sum of all transactions paid for using MercadoPago.

Total payment transactions - Measure of the number of all transactions completed using MercadoPago.

Operating margin - Defined as income from operations as a percentage of net revenues.

Blended tax rate - Defined as income and asset tax expense as a percentage of income before income and assets tax.

Net income margin - Defined as net income as a percentage of net revenues.

Free Cash Flow - Defined as cash flows from operating activities less property, equipment, intangible assets and payment for acquired business net of cash acquired.

Local Currency Growth Rates - Calculated by using the average monthly exchange rate for each month during the previous year and applying it to the corresponding month in the current year, so as to calculate what the growth would have been had exchange rates been the same throughout both periods.

About MercadoLibre

Founded in 1999, MercadoLibre is Latin America's leading e-commerce technology company. Through its primary platforms, MercadoLibre.com and MercadoPago.com, it provides solutions to individuals and companies buying, selling, advertising, and paying for goods and services online.

MercadoLibre.com serves millions of users and creates a market for a wide variety of goods and services in an easy, safe and efficient way. The site is among the top 50 in the world in terms of page views and is the leading retail platform in unique visitors in the major countries in which it operates according to metrics provided by comScore Networks.  The Company is listed on NASDAQ (Nasdaq:MELI) following its initial public offering in 2007.

For more information about the company visit: http://investor.mercadolibre.com.

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Consolidated balance sheets
 March 31,
2014
December 31,
2013
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 131,139,549 $ 140,285,104
Short-term investments 87,390,844 76,593,214
Accounts receivable, net 30,331,297 25,884,260
Credit cards receivables, net 54,322,496 52,045,851
Prepaid expenses 4,554,266 3,836,081
Deferred tax assets 20,809,295 16,030,880
Other assets 8,663,385 11,488,845
Total current assets 337,211,132 326,164,235
Non-current assets:    
Long-term investments 45,001,998 45,719,737
Property and equipment, net 129,464,927 131,371,909
Goodwill 51,959,430 55,101,218
Intangible assets, net 6,393,604 6,591,585
Deferred tax assets 2,906,037 3,014,905
Other assets 24,921,540 24,399,184
Total non-current assets 260,647,536 266,198,538
     
Total assets $ 597,858,668 $ 592,362,773
     
Liabilities and Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 36,582,107 $ 34,405,333
Funds payable to customers 132,368,104 129,038,663
Salaries and social security payable 26,094,290 23,182,811
Taxes payable 16,788,250 17,854,110
Loans payable and other financial liabilities 7,677,659 13,370,823
Dividends payable 7,329,546 6,313,869
Total current liabilities 226,839,956 224,165,609
Non-current liabilities:    
Salaries and social security payable 6,054,510 9,185,269
Loans payable and other financial liabilities 1,812,047 2,489,819
Deferred tax liabilities 5,511,531 5,339,359
Other liabilities  3,775,268 3,699,109
Total non-current liabilities 17,153,356 20,713,556
Total liabilities $ 243,993,312 $ 244,879,165
     
Commitments and contingencies    
Redeemable noncontrolling interest $ 4,000,000 $ 4,000,000
Equity:    
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 110,000,000 shares authorized, 44,153,892 and 44,153,473 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively $ 44,154 $ 44,153
Additional paid-in capital 120,595,008 121,562,193
Treasury stock -- (1,012,216)
Retained earnings  333,404,534  310,345,448
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (104,178,340) (87,455,970)
Total Equity  349,865,356 343,483,608
     
Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest and Equity $ 597,858,668 $ 592,362,773
 
 
Consolidated statements of income
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 20142013
   
Net revenues $ 115,382,319 $ 102,725,747
Cost of net revenues (31,539,665) (28,649,167)
Gross profit 83,842,654 74,076,580
     
Operating expenses:    
Product and technology development (12,257,198) (9,382,389)
Sales and marketing  (22,351,958) (22,337,937)
General and administrative (15,232,411) (13,785,070)
    Total operating expenses  (49,841,567) (45,505,396)
Income from operations 34,001,087 28,571,184
     
Other income (expenses):    
Interest income and other financial gains 3,035,630 3,394,006
Interest expense and other financial losses (1,027,180) (360,352)
Foreign currency gains (losses) 3,093,471 (6,249,714)
Other losses, net  -- (3,733)
Net income before income / asset tax expense  39,103,008 25,351,391
     
Income / asset tax expense (8,775,055) (7,828,800)
Net income  $ 30,327,953 $ 17,522,591
     
Less: Net Income attributable to Redeemable    
     Noncontrolling Interest 63,980 42,338
Net income attributable to MercadoLibre, Inc. shareholders $ 30,263,973 $ 17,480,253
     
     
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 20142013
   
Basic EPS    
Basic net income attributable to MercadoLibre, Inc.    
Shareholders per common share $ 0.69 $ 0.40
     
Weighted average of outstanding common shares 44,153,818 44,151,323
     
     
Diluted EPS    
Diluted net income attributable to MercadoLibre, Inc.    
Shareholders per common share $ 0.69 $ 0.40
     
Weighted average of outstanding common shares 44,153,818 44,151,357
 
 
Consolidated statements of cash flows
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 20142013
Cash flows from operations:    
Net income attributable to MercadoLibre, Inc. Shareholders  $ 30,263,973  $ 17,480,253
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Net income attributable to Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest  63,980  42,338
Net Devaluation (Gain) Loss in Venezuela and Argentina  (2,657,792)  6,420,929
Depreciation and amortization  3,519,100  2,621,339
Accrued interest  (2,019,040)  (2,531,301)
LTRP accrued compensation   765,775  1,710,752
Deferred income taxes  (4,675,345)  (140,238)
Changes in assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable   (9,409,832)  (994,003)
Credit Card Receivables  (9,870,986)  (5,734,899)
Prepaid expenses  (961,907)  (1,069,904)
Other assets  924,587  (4,595,498)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  11,754,682  2,243,694
Funds payable to customers  7,365,588  8,854,986
Other liabilities  318,251  2,297,188
Interest received from investments  2,245,543  3,485,861
Net cash provided by operating activities  27,626,577 30,091,497
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Purchase of investments  (386,755,370)  (136,522,055)
Proceeds from sale and maturity of investments  379,720,253  146,413,859
Payment for acquired businesses, net of cash acquired  --   (3,224,162)
Purchases of intangible assets  (144,479)  -- 
Purchases of property and equipment  (6,966,127)  (2,861,295)
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities   (14,145,724) 3,806,347
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Payments on loans payable and other financial liabilities  (582,157) --
Dividends paid  (6,313,869) (4,812,396)
Stock options exercised  --  3,020
Net cash used in financing activities   (6,896,026) (4,809,376)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (15,730,383)  (8,410,089)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents  (9,145,555)  20,678,379
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period  140,285,104  101,489,002
     
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period  $ 131,139,549  $ 122,167,381
 
 
Financial results of reporting segments
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2014
 BrazilArgentinaMexicoVenezuelaOther CountriesTotal
             
Net revenues $ 52,434,098 $ 27,961,744 $ 8,083,185 $ 19,356,587 $ 7,546,705 $ 115,382,319
Direct costs (30,516,894) (16,915,878) (4,577,716) (5,634,981) (3,914,533) (61,560,002)
Direct contribution 21,917,204 11,045,866 3,505,469 13,721,606 3,632,172 53,822,317
             
Operating expenses and indirect costs of net revenues           (19,821,230)
Income from operations           34,001,087
             
Other income (expenses):            
Interest income and other financial gains           3,035,630
Interest expense and other financial losses           (1,027,180)
Foreign currency gain           3,093,471
Other losses, net           --
Net income before income / asset tax expense           $ 39,103,008
             
             
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2013
 BrazilArgentinaMexicoVenezuelaOther CountriesTotal
             
Net revenues $ 47,765,683 $ 25,620,747 $ 7,790,301 $ 15,130,551 $ 6,418,465 $ 102,725,747
Direct costs (30,993,544) (13,475,710) (4,116,828) (6,008,108) (2,867,981) (57,462,171)
Direct contribution 16,772,139 12,145,037 3,673,473 9,122,443 3,550,484 45,263,576
             
Operating expenses and indirect costs of net revenues           (16,692,392)
Income from operations           28,571,184
             
Other income (expenses):            
Interest income and other financial gains           3,394,006
Interest expense and other financial losses           (360,352)
Foreign currency loss           (6,249,714)
Other losses, net           (3,733)
Net income before income / asset tax expense           $ 25,351,391

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our interim condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S. GAAP), we use free cash flows, adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share as non-GAAP measures.

These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are 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 GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the most comparable GAAP financial measures.

Reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures can be found in the tables included in this press release.

Non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of our current financial performance. Specifically, we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to both management and investors by excluding payments for the acquisition of property, equipment, of intangible assets and of acquired businesses net of cash acquired, that may not be indicative of our core operating results. In addition, we report free cash flows to investors because we believe that the inclusion of this measure provides consistency in our financial reporting.

Free cash flow represents cash from operating activities less payment for the acquisition of property, equipment and intangible assets and acquired businesses net of cash acquired. We consider free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by our operations after the purchase of property, equipment, of intangible assets and of acquired businesses net of cash acquired. A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in our cash balance for the period.

Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flows to Free Cash Flows:

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 20142013
     
     
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities  $ 27.6  $ 30.1
     
Payment for acquired businesses, net of cash acquired   --   (3.2)
     
Purchase of intangible assets  (0.1)  -- 
     
Purchases of property and equipment  (7.0)  (2.9)
     
Free cash flows  $ 20.5  $ 24.0
     
The table above may not total due to rounding.

Moreover, we believe that adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding the foreign exchange loss attributable to the devaluation in Venezuela, because it may not be indicative of our results of operations. In addition, we report adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share to investors because we believe that the inclusion of these measures provides consistency in the Company's financial reporting and because these financial measures provide useful information to management and investors about what our adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share, would have been, had the foreign exchange loss in Venezuela not occurred. A limitation of the utility of adjusted net income before income / asset tax, adjusted income / asset tax, adjusted net income, adjusted blended tax rate and adjusted earnings per share, as measures of financial performance, is that these measures do not represent the total foreign exchange effect in our Income Statement for the three month period ended March 31, 2014. Additionally, we present these non-gaap financial measures compared to the three months period ended March 31, 2013:

 Three-months period ended (**)
 March 31,
2014
March 31,
2013
Net income before income / asset tax expense  $ 39.1  $ 25.4
Devaluation loss in Venezuela  1.3  6.4
     
Adjusted Net income before income / asset tax expense  $ 40.4  $ 31.7
     
     
Income and asset tax expense $ (8.8) $ (7.8)
Income tax effect on devaluation loss in Venezuela  (3.9)  (0.5) (1)
     
Adjusted Income and asset tax $ (12.7) $ (8.4)
     
     
Net Income  $ 30.3  $ 17.5
Devaluation loss in Venezuela  1.3 6.4
Income tax effect on devaluation loss in Venezuela  (3.9)  (0.5) (1)
     
Adjusted Net Income  $ 27.7  $ 23.4
     
     
Adjusted Blended Tax Rate 31.4% 26.4%
     
Weighted average of outstanding common shares 44,153,818 44,151,323
Adjusted Earnings per share  $ 0.63  $ 0.53
     
     
(**) Stated in millions of U.S. dollars.
(1) Income tax charge related to the Venezuela devaluation under local tax norms.
     
The table above may not total due to rounding.

Venezuelan currency status

During December 2013, the Venezuelan regulation that created the SICAD 1 was amended to expand its use, and to require publication of the average exchange rate implied by transactions settled in SICAD 1 auctions. Additionally, on January 23, 2014, the exchange regulation was amended to include foreign currency sales for certain transactions, such us but not limited to: contracts for leasing and services, use and exploitation of patents, trademarks, foreign investments and payments of royalties, contracts for technology import and technical assistance. Due to the change in rules that provided for the creation of the SICAD 1 system, the official exchange rate remains only available to obtain foreign currency to pay for a limited list of goods considered to be of high priority by the Government, which does not include those relating to the company´s business. So, SICAD 1 is now the primary system to which the company will have to request US dollars to settle its transactions. As a result, the exchange rate the Company uses to re-measure its net monetary asset position and BsF transactions of our Venezuelan operations from January 24, 2014 is the SICAD 1 exchange rate. As of March 31, 2014, the SICAD 1 exchange rate was 10.7 BsF per U.S. dollar. The average exchange rate of the first quarter of 2014 was 10.1 BsF per U.S. dollar. At the date of this release, the published SICAD 1 exchange rate is 10.0 BsF per U.S. dollar.

Foreign Currency Sensitivity Analysis - Venezuela Segment

In order to assist investors in their overall understanding of the impact on our Venezuelan segment reporting of a hypothetical additional Venezuelan devaluation, we developed a scenario that considers an exchange rate of 50 BsF per U.S. dollar. Under this analysis, the assumed exchange rate was applied starting on January 1, 2014. These disclosures may help investors to project sensitivities, on segment information captions, to devaluations of whatever order of magnitude they choose by simple arithmetic calculations. The information is just a scenario and does not represent a forward-looking statement about our expectations or projections related to future events in Venezuela. The investors and other readers or users of the financial information presented in this caption are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this scenario. This information is not a guarantee of future events.

The information disclosed below does not include any inflation effect, nor the one-time devaluation impact related to the assumed devaluation or any other effect derived from the assumed devaluation. The information below should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, this information is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles.

The evolution of the Venezuelan economy and any future governmental interventions in the Venezuelan economy are beyond our ability to control or predict. New events could happen in the future in Venezuela and it is not possible for management to predict all such events, nor can it assess the impact of all such events on our Venezuelan business.

The table below provides specific sensitivity information of our Venezuelan segment reporting for the period indicated assuming an exchange rate of 50 BsF per U.S. dollar, applied for the period starting on January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014:

 Three-month period ended March 31, 2014
 Actual (*)
 BrazilArgentinaMexicoVenezuelaOther CountriesTotal
             
Net revenues $ 52,434,098 $ 27,961,744 $ 8,083,185 $ 19,356,587 $ 7,546,705 $ 115,382,319
Direct costs $ (30,516,894) $ (16,915,878) $ (4,577,716) $ (5,634,981) $ (3,914,533) $ (61,560,002)
Direct contribution $ 21,917,204 $ 11,045,866 $ 3,505,469 $ 13,721,606 $ 3,632,172 $ 53,822,317
Direct Contribution Margin %41.8%39.5%43.4%70.9%48.1%46.6%
             
Operating expenses and indirect costs of net revenues           $ (19,821,230)
             
Income from operations          $ 34,001,087
             
             
 Three-month period ended March 31, 2014
 Sensitivity (**)
 BrazilArgentinaMexicoVenezuelaOther CountriesTotal
             
Net revenues $ 52,434,098 $ 27,961,744 $ 8,083,185 $ 3,820,537 $ 7,546,705 $ 99,846,269
Direct costs $ (30,516,894) $ (16,915,878) $ (4,577,716) $ (1,808,818) $ (3,914,533) $ (57,733,839)
Direct contribution $ 21,917,204 $ 11,045,866 $ 3,505,469 $ 2,011,719 $ 3,632,172 $ 42,112,430
Direct Contribution Margin %41.8%39.5%43.4%52.7%48.1%42.2%
             
Operating expenses and indirect costs of net revenues           $ (19,821,230)
             
Income from operations          $ 22,291,200
             
(*) As reported            
(**) Computing a hypothetical devaluation of the Venezuelan Segment (50 BsF per U.S. dollar).            
 
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