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Tue Aug 2 2016 16:32:24

Etsy Releases Second Quarter 2016 Earnings

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy's conference call with analysts is at 5:30 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing second quarter 2016 earnings, you can view the full release with tables on Etsy's investor relations website.

Etsy, Inc. Reports 39% Revenue Growth in the Second Quarter 2016
BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 2, 2016 - Etsy, Inc., (NASDAQ: ETSY) which operates a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods, today announced financial results for its second quarter 2016, ended June 30, 2016.

"During the second quarter, we expanded our global community to include approximately 1.7 million active sellers and 26.1 million active buyers," said Chad Dickerson, Etsy, Inc. CEO and Chair. "We accelerated our GMS growth and provided high impact services to help our creative entrepreneurs start, grow and manage their businesses. This continued focus and discipline led to growth across all of our key metrics and, as a result, we are raising our financial outlook for 2016."

(See Etsy press release for tables)

For information about how we define our key operating and financial metrics, see our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 filed with the SEC on May 5, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Operational Highlights

GMS was $669.7 million, up 22.6% compared with the second quarter of 2015. On a currency-neutral basis (excluding the direct impact of currency translation on GMS from goods that are not listed in U.S. dollars) GMS growth in the second quarter of 2016 would have been 23.1%, or approximately 0.5 percentage points higher than the as-reported 22.6% growth. Growth in GMS was supported by 11.5% year-over-year growth in active sellers and 20.3% year-over-year growth in active buyers.

Continuing the trend we've seen for multiple quarters, mobile visits once again grew faster than desktop visits. Percent mobile visits was approximately 64% compared with approximately 60% in the second quarter of 2015, and approximately 63% in the first quarter of 2016. Percent mobile GMS was slightly more than 47% compared with 43% in the second quarter of 2015, and in-line with the first quarter of 2016. During the second quarter, conversion rates increased across desktop, mobile web, and mobile app. Desktop conversion rates expanded at a pace similar to overall mobile conversion rates, and as a result, the gap between mobile visits and mobile GMS remained stable. Year-over-year, mobile app and mobile web GMS each continued to grow significantly faster than desktop GMS during the second quarter.

Percent international GMS was 30.7% in the second quarter of 2016, up from 30.2% in the second quarter of 2015, and 30.3% in the first quarter of 2016. Notably, this was the first year-over-year improvement in percent international GMS since 2014.  We continue to believe that we can grow international GMS, over time, to represent 50% of our total GMS.

The improved performance in percent international GMS was largely driven by continued robust GMS growth between U.S. buyers and international sellers and GMS growth between international buyers and sellers, both in the same country and cross-border. In addition, although GMS between U.S. sellers and international buyers declined 8% in the second quarter, this is the second consecutive quarter of improvement in this metric. We continue to believe that the decline of GMS between U.S. and international buyers is indicative of the indirect impact of fluctuating currency exchange rates on international buyer behavior, which is difficult to estimate. Finally, GMS growth between international buyers and sellers in the same country has been the fastest growing category of international GMS for several quarters. Excluding our French marketplace ALM, GMS growth between international buyers and sellers in the same country accelerated for the third consecutive quarter to 67% year-over-year during the second quarter.  Although this is still our smallest category of international GMS, it has grown in size, which we believe demonstrates the progress we are making on our strategy to build local marketplaces, globally.

Recent Launch Highlights:

Our product roadmap continues to focus on supporting Etsy sellers as they start, grow, and manage their businesses and enhancing the Etsy buyer journey. Second quarter highlights include:

- Additional enhancements to our newest paid seller service, Pattern by Etsy, which we launched in April, including: new site template options to expand Etsy sellers' choices for the look and feel of their sites; site preview capabilities; additional search functionality for Etsy buyers; and a PayPal checkout option.

- Localized search in France and Germany launched in April, making items from local Etsy sellers more prominent to buyers in each of those countries and supporting our efforts to nurture local markets around the world.

- New inventory added to Promoted Listings on mobile web and desktop in April, creating more opportunities for sellers to advertise their items.

- FedEx was integrated as a new carrier option for Shipping Labels in April, enabling Etsy sellers in the United States to purchase and print both FedEx and USPS labels directly from Etsy.com and reducing the amount of time and money spent on shipping.

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights

Total revenue was $85.3 million, up 39.1% year-over-year, driven by growth in both Marketplace and Seller Services revenue. Marketplace revenue grew 22.8%, primarily due to growth in transaction fee revenue and, to a lesser extent, growth in listing fee revenue. Seller Services revenue grew 58.1% year-over-year and was driven primarily by revenue growth in Direct Checkout, which continued to benefit from the integration of PayPal. Seller Services revenue also benefited from revenue growth from Promoted Listings and Shipping Labels, and to a lesser extent, a modest contribution from Pattern by Etsy, our seller service that we launched in April. As a reminder, we expect only modest contributions to GMS and revenue from Pattern over the next three years. Direct Checkout, Promoted Listings and Shipping Labels revenue each continued to grow faster than Marketplace revenue in the second quarter.

Gross profit for the second quarter was $56.3 million, up 42.6% year-over-year, and gross margin was 65.9%, up 160 bps compared with 64.3% in the second quarter of 2015. Gross profit grew faster than revenue in the second quarter due to the leverage we achieved in technology infrastructure and employee-related costs.

Total operating expenses were $51.6 million in the second quarter, up 19.3% year-over-year, and represented 60.4% of revenue, down from 70.5% of revenue in the second quarter of 2015. The decrease in operating expenses as a percent of revenue is primarily due to leverage in digital marketing expenses and, to a lesser extent, employee-related costs.

During the second quarter, we continued to gain leverage in our marketing expenses, which, for the second quarter in a row, grew more slowly than revenue. Marketing expenses grew 10.7% year-over-year and were driven by employee-related costs.

Product development expenses grew 17.6% year-over-year, primarily due to higher employee-related costs.

G&A expenses increased 27.8% year-over-year driven by increased employee-related costs, overhead related to new office locations, including depreciation expense related to our new Brooklyn headquarters, and professional services associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Based on build-to-suit accounting requirements, we recognized $0.6 million and $1.3 million in incremental depreciation and non-cash interest expense, respectively, in the second quarter related to our new headquarters, as expected. For more information on the cash impact of our build-to-suit lease agreement, please refer to "Note 14—Commitments and Contingencies" in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our 2015 Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As previously disclosed, we intend to invest up to a total of $50 million in build-out costs for our new Brooklyn headquarters by the end of 2016; to date, we have spent approximately $32 million.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $7.3 million, compared with a net loss of $6.4 million in the second quarter of 2015. Etsy's net loss in the second quarter of 2016 included a $6.4 million foreign exchange loss, an income tax provision of $4.3 million and interest expense associated with the build-to-suit lease accounting related to our new headquarters, all primarily non-cash.

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $14.0 million, and grew 245.7% year-over-year. Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA margin (i.e., non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue) was 16.5%, up from 6.6% in the second quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA performance was driven by high-margin incremental revenue growth and, to a lesser extent, leverage in digital marketing expenses and employee-related costs.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $17.2 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared with net cash generated of $4.7 million in the second quarter of 2015. The increase in net cash from operations for the quarter was mainly driven by revenue growth and leverage in operating expenses.

Cash, marketable securities and short-term investments were $278.2 million as of June 30, 2016.

Increasing 2016 Financial Guidance

We are increasing our full-year 2016 guidance for GMS, revenue and Adjusted EBITDA margin in light of our strong performance in the first half of the year and our expectations for the remainder of the year, and we are reiterating our gross margin guidance for 2016. We are also reiterating our 3-year guidance:

(See Etsy press release for tables)

We continue to anticipate that the key factors impacting revenue and GMS growth over the next three years will include:

- Further narrowing of the gap between mobile visits and mobile GMS
- Stable percent international GMS, assuming that currency remains stable compared to average levels in December 2015
- Continued revenue growth from our existing Seller Services, driven by both adoption and product enhancements
- Modest contributions from new product launches and new Seller Services, including Pattern by Etsy, which we launched in April

We continue to anticipate that the key factors impacting our gross margin forecast over the next three years will include:

 -Continued revenue growth from our existing Seller Services, driven by both adoption and product enhancements,
- The impact from new Seller Services, including Pattern by Etsy

We also continue to expect to gain leverage in our operating expense structure over the next three years, particularly within marketing spend.

- In 2016, we now also expect operating expenses as a percent of revenue to decline rather than increase.
- We expect to accelerate marketing expense in the second half compared with the first half, but overall as a percent of revenue marketing will decrease in 2016.
- As a reminder, G&A expense will increase due to additional overhead expenses related to our new Brooklyn headquarters, including depreciation expense, which we will recognize in lieu of rent expense in line with build-to-suit accounting requirements. We continue to expect to recognize, on average, $3 million in additional depreciation and interest expense per quarter for the duration of our lease for our new Brooklyn headquarters. 

Finally, from an Adjusted EBITDA margin perspective, we continue to expect to deliver a full year margin in the high teens by 2018.

Etsy is not able, at this time, to provide GAAP targets for net income margin for 2016 and 2016-2018 because of the difficulty of estimating certain items that are excluded from non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA margin, including provision for income taxes, acquisition-related stock-based compensation expense and foreign exchange gain or loss, the effect of which may be significant.

Webcast and Conference Call Replay Information

Etsy will host a webcast to discuss these results at 5:30 p.m. ET today. To access the live webcast, please visit the Etsy Investor Relations website, investors.etsy.com and go to the Investor Events section.




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by: HappyOne This user has validated their user name.

Tue Aug 2 19:52:05 2016

It reads like Etsy is doing very good. I wonder how the sellers are doing. I sold two or three supply items a month for three years until Nov 2015; when sales just stopped and Etsy added/made changes that I could not keep up with. Same supply items have sold on Ebay with the same regularity but fees are more. I dislike they do not have a price selling history. Maybe time for me to revisit and try to get a handle on changes and watch for their sort of hidden extra fees.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Tue Aug 2 20:18:48 2016

People are still reporting issues with order processing in the bugs forum.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: White Rabbit

Tue Aug 2 21:26:30 2016

crap site that steals from their sellers and buyers. Best to close your shops totally and move on.

total shop closure is needed to get off the google/etsy train as far as SEO and your name and products are concerned. Don't be duped by Etsy claiming to be doing well.. most that are trying to sell on that garbage site knows better. get as far away from them as the internet permits. they are poison as far as SEO and your internet future.

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by: Biglouis This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 3 05:19:22 2016

If Etsy is to continue it will need a more sustainable business model. Revenue growth is concentrated in seller services rather than expanding sales figures and that is very worrying. With sales stagnating and competition increasing more and more sellers are scrambling to use Etsy ''promoted listings'' in a desperate search to be noticed and bring in sales. Etsy should forget about ''re-imagining e-commerce'' and get back to the basics of providing a stable platform where sellers can make money. Sellers make money = Etsy makes money.

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by: Flying Childers This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 3 07:47:59 2016

Is there no justice in this world?

How the hell do they keep getting away with all the shenanigans?

I guess that they have figured out some kind of formula because the money just never stops, at least for Chad and the boys (and girls).  I would love to know who in the Government Media complex is protecting these people.  By any metric half of them should be under investigation by the federal prosecutor, yet they just go on their merry way while the money rolls in.

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by: FeelingFroggy This user has validated their user name.

Wed Aug 3 10:23:54 2016

Etsy + Ebay = Wallstreet Darlings.

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by: DazedandConfused This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 4 07:13:00 2016

Quarterly Financial Results are
Unaudited. Make a note to check Unaudited Q3 results, and the Year End "Audited" results.

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by: maxmad This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 4 14:19:11 2016

Standard etsy profit formula,,,,

etsy  = more money

sellers = less money

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by: Ilka This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 4 16:25:43 2016

I agree with White Rabbit and Flying Childers' comments. This is the worst scum of the earth eCommerce site. BE VERY CAREFUL of buying or selling on Etsy. Tons of people have lost lots and lots of money this month on their site. They are totally irresponsible, threatening and disrespectful to both buyers and sellers and their money, as this link proves: https://www.etsy.com/teams/7720/bugs/discuss/17917356/page/47?post_id=
353936251

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by: Ilka This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 4 16:28:39 2016

Let's try again: https://www.etsy.com/teams/7720/bugs/discuss/17917356/page/47?post_id=

353936251

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by: Ilka This user has validated their user name.

Thu Aug 4 16:34:32 2016

Sorry about overposting, but I wanted to thank Dazed and Confused for the post. Follow that advice, "Quarterly Financial Results are
Unaudited. Make a note to check Unaudited Q3 results, and the Year End "Audited" results." and you'll see the real picture behind this facade.  



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