Facebook Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

Announces New Financial Reporting Segment Structure Beginning in Fourth Quarter 2021

October 25, 2021 4:05 PM EDT

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MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

"We made good progress this quarter and our community continues to grow," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "I'm excited about our roadmap, especially around creators, commerce, and helping to build the metaverse."

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended September 30,

Year-over-Year %Change

In millions, except percentages and per share amounts

2021

2020(1)

Revenue:

Advertising

$

28,276

$

21,221

33%

Other

734

249

195%

Total revenue

29,010

21,470

35%

Total costs and expenses

18,587

13,430

38%

Income from operations

$

10,423

$

8,040

30%

Operating margin

36%

37%

Provision for income taxes

$

1,371

$

287

378%

Effective tax rate

13%

4%

Net income

$

9,194

$

7,846

17%

Diluted earnings per share (EPS)

$

3.22

$

2.71

19%

(1) Our third quarter 2020 effective tax rate was 4%, which reflects a one-time income tax benefit of $913 million related to the effects of a tax election to capitalize and amortize certain research and development expenses for U.S. income tax purposes. Excluding this tax benefit, our effective tax rate would have been 11 percentage points higher and our diluted EPS would have been $0.31 lower.

Third Quarter 2021 Operational and Other Financial Highlights

  • Facebook daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.93 billion on average for September 2021, an increase of 6% year-over-year.
  • Facebook monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 2.91 billion as of September 30, 2021, an increase of 6% year-over-year.
  • Family daily active people (DAP) – DAP was 2.81 billion on average for September 2021, an increase of 11% year-over-year.
  • Family monthly active people (MAP) – MAP was 3.58 billion as of September 30, 2021, an increase of 12% year-over-year.
  • Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures, including principal payments on finance leases, were $4.54 billion for the third quarter of 2021.
  • Share repurchases – We repurchased $14.37 billion of our Class A common stock in the third quarter and had $7.97 billion remaining on our prior share repurchase authorization as of September 30, 2021. We also announced today a $50 billion increase in our share repurchase authorization.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities – Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $58.08 billion as of September 30, 2021.
  • Headcount – Headcount was 68,177 as of September 30, 2021, an increase of 20% year-over-year.

CFO Outlook Commentary

Starting with our results for the fourth quarter of 2021, we plan to break out Facebook Reality Labs, or FRL, as a separate reporting segment. As we have discussed, we are dedicating significant resources toward our augmented and virtual reality products and services, which are an important part of our work to develop the next generation of online social experiences. The new segment disclosures will provide additional information on the performance of FRL and the investments we are making.

Under this reporting structure, we will provide revenue and operating profit for two segments: The first segment, Family of Apps, will include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and other services. The second segment, Facebook Reality Labs, will include augmented and virtual reality related hardware, software and content. We expect our investment in Facebook Reality Labs to reduce our overall operating profit in 2021 by approximately $10 billion. We are committed to bringing this long-term vision to life and we expect to increase our investments for the next several years.

Ahead of the fourth quarter earnings call, we will share additional details about the reporting format of our segmented financials.

We expect fourth quarter 2021 total revenue to be in a range of $31.5 billion to $34 billion. Our outlook reflects the significant uncertainty we face in the fourth quarter in light of continued headwinds from Apple's iOS 14 changes, and macroeconomic and COVID-related factors. In addition, we expect non-ads revenue to be down year-over-year in the fourth quarter as we lap the strong launch of Quest 2 during last year's holiday shopping season.

As previously noted, we also continue to monitor developments regarding the viability of transatlantic data transfers and their potential impact on our European operations.

We expect 2021 total expenses to be in the range of $70-71 billion, updated from our prior outlook of $70-73 billion. We anticipate our full-year 2022 total expenses will be in the range of $91-97 billion, driven by investments in technical and product talent and infrastructure-related costs.

We expect 2021 capital expenditures to be approximately $19 billion, updated from our prior estimate of $19-21 billion. For 2022, we expect capital expenditures to be in the range of $29-34 billion, driven by our investments in data centers, servers, network infrastructure, and office facilities.

We expect our fourth quarter 2021 tax rate to be in the high-teens. Absent any changes to U.S. tax law, we would expect our full-year tax rate in 2022 to be similar to the full-year 2021 rate.

Please note that our outlook for 2022 expenses, capital expenditures and tax rate are preliminary estimates as we have not finalized our 2022 budget.

New Financial Reporting Segment Structure

Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2021, we will implement a new financial reporting segment structure with the following two reportable segments:

  • Family of Apps (FoA), which includes Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and other services.
  • Facebook Reality Labs (FRL), which includes augmented and virtual reality related consumer hardware, software and content.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Facebook will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET today. The live webcast of Facebook's earnings conference call can be accessed at investor.fb.com, along with the earnings press release, financial tables, and slide presentation. Facebook uses the investor.fb.com and about.fb.com/news/ websites as well as Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/zuck) and Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/zuck) as means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Following the call, a replay will be available at the same website. A telephonic replay will be available for one week following the conference call at +1 (402) 977-9140 or +1 (800) 633-8284, conference ID 21997795.

Transcripts of conference calls with publishing equity research analysts held today will also be posted to the investor.fb.com website.

About Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook's apps and technologies to connect with friends and family, find communities and grow businesses.

Contacts

Investors: Deborah Crawford[email protected] / investor.fb.com

Press: Ryan Moore[email protected] / about.fb.com/news/

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our future business plans and expectations. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and financial results; our ability to retain or increase users and engagement levels; our reliance on advertising revenue; our dependency on data signals and mobile operating systems, networks, and standards that we do not control; risks associated with new products and changes to existing products as well as other new business initiatives; our emphasis on community growth and engagement and the user experience over short-term financial results; maintaining and enhancing our brand and reputation; our ongoing privacy, safety, security, and content review efforts; competition; risks associated with government actions that could restrict access to our products or impair our ability to sell advertising in certain countries; litigation and government inquiries; privacy and regulatory concerns; risks associated with acquisitions; security breaches; and our ability to manage growth and geographically-dispersed operations. These and other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted are more fully detailed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on July 29, 2021, which is available on our Investor Relations website at investor.fb.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will also be set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. In addition, please note that the date of this press release is October 25, 2021, and any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date. We undertake no obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: revenue excluding foreign exchange effect, advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect and free cash flow. The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures.

We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating our business.

We exclude the following items from our non-GAAP financial measures:

Foreign exchange effect on revenue. We translated revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 using the prior year's monthly exchange rates for our settlement or billing currencies other than the U.S. dollar, which we believe is a useful metric that facilitates comparison to our historical performance.

Purchases of property and equipment; Principal payments on finance leases. We subtract both purchases of property and equipment and principal payments on finance leases in our calculation of free cash flow because we believe that these two items collectively represent the amount of property and equipment we need to procure to support our business, regardless of whether we procure such property or equipment with a finance lease. We believe that this methodology can provide useful supplemental information to help investors better understand underlying trends in our business. Free cash flow is not intended to represent our residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures.

For more information on our non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures, please see the "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results" table in this press release.

FACEBOOK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In millions, except for per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue

$

29,010

$

21,470

$

84,258

$

57,893

Costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue

5,771

4,194

16,301

11,482

Research and development

6,316

4,763

17,609

13,240

Marketing and sales

3,554

2,683

9,656

8,310

General and administrative

2,946

1,790

6,524

4,965

Total costs and expenses

18,587

13,430

50,090

37,997

Income from operations

10,423

8,040

34,168

19,896

Interest and other income, net

142

93

413

229

Income before provision for income taxes

10,565

8,133

34,581

20,125

Provision for income taxes

1,371

287

5,496

2,198

Net income

$

9,194

$

7,846

$

29,085

$

17,927

Earnings per share attributable to Class A and Class B common stockholders:

Basic

$

3.27

$

2.75

$

10.27

$

6.29

Diluted

$

3.22

$

2.71

$

10.11

$

6.22

Weighted-average shares used to compute earnings per share attributable to

Class A and Class B common stockholders:

Basic

2,814

2,850

2,832

2,850

Diluted

2,859

2,891

2,876

2,883

Share-based compensation expense included in costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue

$

147

$

116

$

428

$

327

Research and development

1,849

1,297

5,224

3,557

Marketing and sales

218

180

631

516

General and administrative

165

129

474

352

Total share-based compensation expense

$

2,379

$

1,722

$

6,757

$

4,752

 

FACEBOOK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

14,496

$

17,576

Marketable securities

43,579

44,378

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $110 and $114 as of September 30, 2021

        and December 31, 2020, respectively

12,088

11,335

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,258

2,381

Total current assets

75,421

75,670

Equity investments

6,758

6,234

Property and equipment, net

53,726

45,633

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

11,063

9,348

Intangible assets, net

365

623

Goodwill

19,065

19,050

Other assets

3,187

2,758

Total assets

$

169,585

$

159,316

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

2,195

$

1,331

Partners payable

909

1,093

Operating lease liabilities, current

1,086

1,023

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

13,158

11,152

Deferred revenue and deposits

464

382

Total current liabilities

17,812

14,981

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

11,554

9,631

Other liabilities

6,859

6,414

Total liabilities

36,225

31,026

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock and additional paid-in capital

54,334

50,018

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(207)

927

Retained earnings

79,233

77,345

Total stockholders' equity

133,360

128,290

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

169,585

$

159,316

 

FACEBOOK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

Three Months EndedSeptember 30,

Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income

$

9,194

$

7,846

$

29,085

$

17,927

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

1,995

1,698

5,953

4,999

Share-based compensation

2,379

1,722

6,757

4,752

Deferred income taxes

(786)

(1,506)

(139)

(816)

Other

(73)

7

(161)

56

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(555)

(377)

(1,072)

1,547

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(253)

264

(2,566)

(89)

Other assets

11

6

(184)

(8)

Accounts payable

694

139

560

39

Partners payable

(30)

58

(163)

(100)

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

1,094

(258)

895

(3,273)

Deferred revenue and deposits

78

112

87

111

Other liabilities

343

117

527

(438)

Net cash provided by operating activities

14,091

9,828

39,579

24,707

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchases of property and equipment

(4,313)

(3,689)

(13,198)

(10,502)

Purchases of marketable securities

(7,786)

(14,130)

(24,314)

(28,193)

Sales of marketable securities

8,993

4,398

15,331

9,779

Maturities of marketable securities

2,991

2,857

9,318

10,725

Purchases of equity investments

(27)

(6,020)

(46)

(6,302)

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired, and purchases of intangible assets

(71)

(12)

(330)

(384)

Other investing activities

(117)

(3)

(160)

(9)

Net cash used in investing activities

(330)

(16,599)

(13,399)

(24,886)

Cash flows from financing activities

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

(1,576)

(1,000)

(4,007)

(2,444)

Repurchases of Class A common stock

(13,457)

(1,725)

(24,476)

(4,343)

Principal payments on finance leases

(231)

(189)

(505)

(398)

Net change in overdraft in cash pooling entities

11

(8)

15

(24)

Other financing activities

10

(13)

124

Net cash used in financing activities

(15,253)

(2,912)

(28,986)

(7,085)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(215)

93

(344)

(36)

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(1,707)

(9,590)

(3,150)

(7,300)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period

16,511

21,569

17,954

19,279

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of the period

$

14,804

$

11,979

$

14,804

$

11,979

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash to the

condensed consolidated balance sheets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

14,496

$

11,617

$

14,496

$

11,617

Restricted cash, included in prepaid expenses and other current assets

195

222

195

222

Restricted cash, included in other assets

113

140

113

140

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

$

14,804

$

11,979

$

14,804

$

11,979

 

FACEBOOK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

Three Months EndedSeptember 30,

Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Supplemental cash flow data

Cash paid for income taxes

$

1,625

$

1,872

$

7,919

$

3,122

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

Property and equipment in accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

2,635

$

2,137

$

2,635

$

2,137

                and other current liabilities

Acquisition of businesses in accrued expenses and other current

$

73

$

118

$

73

$

118

                liabilities and other liabilities

Other current assets through financing arrangement in accrued expenses

$

491

$

$

491

$

                and other current liabilities

Repurchases of Class A common stock in accrued expenses and other

$

1,223

$

55

$

1,223

$

55

                current liabilities

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(In millions, except percentages)

(Unaudited)

Three Months EndedSeptember 30,

Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

GAAP revenue

$

29,010

$

21,470

$

84,258

$

57,893

Foreign exchange effect on 2021 revenue using 2020 rates

(259)

(1,947)

Revenue excluding foreign exchange effect

$

28,751

$

82,311

GAAP revenue year-over-year change %

35%

46%

Revenue excluding foreign exchange effect year-over-year change %

34%

42%

GAAP advertising revenue

$

28,276

$

21,221

$

82,294

$

56,981

Foreign exchange effect on 2021 advertising revenue using 2020 rates

(256)

(1,926)

Advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect

$

28,020

$

80,368

GAAP advertising revenue year-over-year change %

33%

44%

Advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect year-over-year change %

32%

41%

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

14,091

$

9,828

$

39,579

$

24,707

Purchases of property and equipment

(4,313)

(3,689)

(13,198)

(10,502)

Principal payments on finance leases

(231)

(189)

(505)

(398)

Free cash flow(1)

$

9,547

$

5,950

$

25,876

$

13,807

(1) Free cash flow in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 reflects the $5.0 billion FTC settlement that was paid in April 2020.

 

(PRNewsfoto/Facebook)

 

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