LendingTree Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

Momentum accelerating in Consumer segment as Home remains resilient - Consolidated revenue of $297.4 million - GAAP net loss from continuing operations of $4.4 million or $0.33 per diluted share - Variable marketing margin of $105.9 million - Adjusted EBITDA of $41.0 million - Adjusted net income per share of $0.75

October 28, 2021 7:00 AM EDT

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- LendingTree, Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE), operator of LendingTree.com, the nation's leading online financial services marketplace, today announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. The company has posted a letter to shareholders on the company's website at investors.lendingtree.com

"We are pleased to report another strong quarter as our business continues to rebound toward pre-pandemic revenue levels," said Doug Lebda, Chairman and CEO.  "Our Home segment produced record results in the quarter, and we remain encouraged with the ongoing recovery in our Consumer segment.  Despite industry headwinds impacting our insurance partners, we are operating that business from a position of strength, and are well positioned to grow market share as the industry rebounds."

Trent Ziegler, CFO, added, "The benefit of our diversification was apparent this quarter as strong results in our Home and Consumer segments helped offset headwinds in our Insurance business resulting from reduced partner spend. We view this insurance cycle as transitory and remain optimistic trends will normalize in the first half of next year.  Our balance sheet is as strong as ever, providing us flexibility to execute on our capital allocation strategy over the coming quarters."

Third Quarter 2021 Business Highlights  

  • Home segment revenue of $112.4 million grew 42% over third quarter 2020 and produced segment profit of $41.5 million, up 65% over the same period.
    • Within Home, mortgage products revenue of $92.6 million grew 31% over the prior year period.
  • Consumer segment revenue of $100.0 million grew 107% over third quarter 2020 as trends continued to improve in credit card, personal loans and small business. Segment profit improved to $44.7 million, up 107% year-over-year.
    • Within Consumer, personal loans revenue of $33.8 million increased 34% over second quarter 2021.
    • Credit card revenue of $26.9 million grew 20% over second quarter 2021.
    • Small business revenue of $14.8 million increased 53% over second quarter 2021.
  • Insurance segment revenue of $84.8 million declined 8% over third quarter 2020 and translated into Insurance segment profit of $26.6 million, down 28% over the same period.
  • Through September 30, 2021, 20.0 million consumers have signed up for My LendingTree.

 

LendingTree Summary Financial Metrics

(In millions, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Y/Y

Three Months Ended June 30,

Q/Q

2021

2020

% Change

2021

% Change

Total revenue

$

297.4

$

220.3

35

%

$

270.0

10

%

(Loss) income before income taxes

$

(4.4)

$

(32.7)

(87)

%

$

0.7

(729)

%

Income tax benefit

$

$

7.9

(100)

%

$

9.1

(100)

%

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

$

(4.4)

$

(24.8)

(82)

%

$

9.8

(145)

%

Net (loss) income from continuing operations % of revenue

(1)

%

(11)

%

4

%

(Loss) income per share from continuing operations

Basic

$

(0.33)

$

(1.90)

(83)

%

$

0.74

(145)

%

Diluted

$

(0.33)

$

(1.90)

(83)

%

$

0.71

(146)

%

Variable marketing margin

Total revenue

$

297.4

$

220.3

35

%

$

270.0

10

%

Variable marketing expense (1) (2)

$

(191.5)

$

(142.2)

35

%

$

(171.6)

12

%

Variable marketing margin (2)

$

105.9

$

78.1

36

%

$

98.4

8

%

Variable marketing margin % of revenue (2)

36

%

35

%

36

%

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$

41.0

$

21.7

89

%

$

38.2

7

%

Adjusted EBITDA % of revenue (2)

14

%

10

%

14

%

Adjusted net income (loss) (2)

$

10.3

$

(3.4)

403

%

$

10.4

(1)

%

Adjusted net income (loss) per share (2)

$

0.75

$

(0.26)

388

%

$

0.76

(1)

%

(1)

Represents the portion of selling and marketing expense attributable to variable costs paid for advertising, direct marketing and related expenses. Excludes overhead, fixed costs and personnel-related expenses. 

(2)

Variable marketing expense, variable marketing margin, variable marketing margin % of revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA % of revenue, adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share are non-GAAP measures. Please see "LendingTree's Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP" and "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" below for more information.

 

 

LendingTree Segment Results

(In millions)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Y/Y

Three Months Ended June 30,

Q/Q

2021

2020

% Change

2021

% Change

Home (1)

Revenue

$

112.4

$

78.9

42

%

$

104.9

7

%

Segment profit

$

41.5

$

25.2

65

%

$

39.0

6

%

Segment profit % of revenue

37

%

32

%

37

%

Consumer (2)

Revenue

$

100.0

$

48.4

107

%

$

75.7

32

%

Segment profit

$

44.7

$

21.6

107

%

$

33.4

34

%

Segment profit % of revenue

45

%

45

%

44

%

Insurance (3)

Revenue

$

84.8

$

92.5

(8)

%

$

89.3

(5)

%

Segment profit

$

26.6

$

37.0

(28)

%

$

33.2

(20)

%

Segment profit % of revenue

31

%

40

%

37

%

Other (4)

Revenue

$

0.2

$

0.5

(60)

%

$

0.2

%

Profit

$

0.1

$

100

%

$

100

%

Total revenue

$

297.4

$

220.3

35

%

$

270.0

10

%

Total segment profit

$

112.9

$

83.8

35

%

$

105.6

7

%

     Brand marketing expense (5)

$

(7.0)

$

(5.7)

23

%

$

(7.2)

(3)

%

Variable marketing margin

$

105.9

$

78.1

36

%

$

98.4

8

%

Variable marketing margin % of revenue

36

%

35

%

36

%

(1)

The Home segment includes the following products: purchase mortgage, refinance mortgage, home equity loans, reverse mortgage loans, and real estate.

(2)

The Consumer segment includes the following products: credit cards, personal loans, small business loans, student loans, auto loans, deposit accounts, and other credit products such as credit repair and debt settlement.

(3)

The Insurance segment consists of insurance quote products.

(4)

The Other category primarily includes marketing revenue and related expenses not allocated to a specific segment. 

(5)

Brand marketing expense represents the portion of selling and marketing expense attributable to variable costs paid for advertising, direct marketing and related expenses that are not assignable to the segments' products. This measure excludes overhead, fixed costs and personnel-related expenses.

 

Financial Outlook

Today we're issuing an outlook for the fourth quarter 2021.  Our assumptions reflect current trends and little change to the macroeconomic drivers we are currently experiencing.

Our guidance for Q4 2021 assumes the following:

  • As in prior years, we expect a seasonal slowdown across most of our businesses as consumers focus less on finances and media becomes more expensive around the holidays.
  • We expect Home to remain resilient, showing modest sequential declines, largely driven by seasonal factors.
  • In Consumer, we expect typical seasonal headwinds as fundamentals continue to strengthen.
  • In Insurance, well-publicized industry-wide challenges are expected to negatively impact our results.
  • Non-variable expenses are expected to remain stable compared to the preceding quarter.

Q4 2021 Outlook:

  • Revenue: $255 - $270 million
  • Variable Marketing Margin: $81 - $91 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA: $18 - $25 million

LendingTree is not able to provide a reconciliation of projected variable marketing margin or adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable expected GAAP results due to the unknown effect, timing and potential significance of the effects of legal matters, tax considerations, and income and expense from changes in fair value of contingent consideration from acquisitions. Expenses associated with legal matters, tax consequences, and income and expense from changes in fair value of contingent consideration from acquisitions have in the past, and may in the future, significantly affect GAAP results in a particular period.  

Quarterly Conference Call

A conference call to discuss LendingTree's third quarter 2021 financial results will be webcast live today, October 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (ET). The live audiocast is open to the public and will be available on LendingTree's investor relations website at investors.lendingtree.com. The call may also be accessed toll-free via phone at (877) 606-1416. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial (707) 287-9313. Following completion of the call, a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on LendingTree's investor relations website until 12:00 PM ET on Friday, November 5, 2021. To listen to the telephone replay, call toll-free (855) 859-2056 with passcode #5046948. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial (404) 537-3406 with passcode #5046948.

 

LENDINGTREE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Revenue

$

297,450

$

220,251

$

840,214

$

687,661

Costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below) (1)

15,020

13,220

42,849

40,936

Selling and marketing expense (1)

206,475

154,670

589,143

464,129

General and administrative expense (1)

40,126

33,705

114,926

94,276

Product development (1)

13,384

11,477

39,142

33,252

Depreciation

4,808

3,535

12,969

10,463

Amortization of intangibles

10,345

13,090

32,967

40,603

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

(196)

6,658

(8,249)

7,711

Severance

47

47

190

Litigation settlements and contingencies

22

13

360

(983)

Total costs and expenses

290,031

236,368

824,154

690,577

Operating income (loss)

7,419

(16,117)

16,060

(2,916)

Other (expense) income, net:

Interest expense, net

(11,826)

(16,617)

(31,881)

(26,406)

Other income

40,072

7

(Loss) income before income taxes

(4,407)

(32,734)

24,251

(29,315)

Income tax benefit

1

7,925

455

14,866

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

(4,406)

(24,809)

24,706

(14,449)

(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax

(54)

166

(3,516)

(25,550)

Net (loss) income and comprehensive (loss) income

$

(4,460)

$

(24,643)

$

21,190

$

(39,999)

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

13,268

13,033

13,194

12,992

Diluted

13,268

13,033

13,797

12,992

(Loss) income per share from continuing operations:

Basic

$

(0.33)

$

(1.90)

$

1.87

$

(1.11)

Diluted

$

(0.33)

$

(1.90)

$

1.79

$

(1.11)

(Loss) income per share from discontinued operations:

Basic

$

$

0.01

$

(0.27)

$

(1.97)

Diluted

$

$

0.01

$

(0.25)

$

(1.97)

Net (loss) income per share:

Basic

$

(0.34)

$

(1.89)

$

1.61

$

(3.08)

Diluted

$

(0.34)

$

(1.89)

$

1.54

$

(3.08)

(1) Amounts include non-cash compensation, as follows:

Cost of revenue

$

371

$

372

$

1,231

$

947

Selling and marketing expense

1,805

1,678

5,583

4,431

General and administrative expense

13,233

10,356

38,658

29,208

Product development

1,665

1,755

6,332

4,650

 

 

LENDINGTREE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

September 30,2021

December 31, 2020

(in thousands, except par value and share amounts)

ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

215,277

$

169,932

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

108

117

Accounts receivable, net

131,705

89,841

Prepaid and other current assets

25,348

27,949

Current assets of discontinued operations

8,570

Total current assets

372,438

296,409

Property and equipment, net

74,929

62,381

Operating lease right-of-use assets

79,355

84,109

Goodwill

420,139

420,139

Intangible assets, net

95,534

128,502

Deferred income tax assets

96,679

96,224

Equity investment

121,253

80,000

Other non-current assets

7,109

5,334

Non-current assets of discontinued operations

17,093

15,892

Total assets

$

1,284,529

$

1,188,990

LIABILITIES:

Current portion of long-term debt

$

163,856

$

Accounts payable, trade

4,198

10,111

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

114,664

101,196

Current liabilities of discontinued operations

13

536

Total current liabilities

282,731

111,843

Long-term debt

471,991

611,412

Operating lease liabilities

98,314

92,363

Non-current contingent consideration

8,249

Other non-current liabilities

411

362

Total liabilities

853,447

824,229

Commitments and contingencies

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

Preferred stock $.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding

Common stock $.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 15,969,376 and 15,766,193 shares issued, respectively, and 13,328,058 and 13,124,875 shares outstanding, respectively

160

158

Additional paid-in capital

1,233,802

1,188,673

Accumulated deficit

(619,719)

(640,909)

Treasury stock; 2,641,318 shares

(183,161)

(183,161)

Total shareholders' equity

431,082

364,761

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

1,284,529

$

1,188,990

 

 

LENDINGTREE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 (Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

(in thousands)

Cash flows from operating activities attributable to continuing operations:

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

21,190

$

(39,999)

Less: Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

3,516

25,550

Income (loss) from continuing operations

24,706

(14,449)

Adjustments to reconcile income (loss) from continuing operations to net cash provided by operating activities attributable to continuing operations:

   Loss on impairments and disposal of assets

2,651

686

   Amortization of intangibles

32,967

40,603

   Depreciation

12,969

10,463

   Non-cash compensation expense

51,804

39,236

   Deferred income taxes

(455)

(15,489)

   Change in fair value of contingent consideration

(8,249)

7,711

   Unrealized gain on investments

(40,072)

   Bad debt expense

1,823

1,314

   Amortization of debt issuance costs

3,756

2,241

   Write-off of previously-capitalized debt issuance costs

1,066

   Amortization of debt discount

22,297

12,429

   Loss on extinguishment of debt

7,768

   Reduction in carrying amount of ROU asset, offset by change in operating lease liabilities

13,015

2,490

Changes in current assets and liabilities:

   Accounts receivable

(43,688)

15,541

   Prepaid and other current assets

(2,762)

(335)

   Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

7,537

(9,733)

   Current contingent consideration

(2,670)

   Income taxes receivable

10,322

65

Other, net

(794)

(1,655)

Net cash provided by operating activities attributable to continuing operations

88,893

96,216

Cash flows from investing activities attributable to continuing operations:

Capital expenditures

(30,515)

(20,386)

Equity investment

(1,180)

(80,000)

Net cash used in investing activities attributable to continuing operations

(31,695)

(100,386)

Cash flows from financing activities attributable to continuing operations:

Payments related to net-share settlement of stock-based compensation, net of proceeds from exercise of stock options

(6,666)

(1,421)

Proceeds from the issuance of 0.50% Convertible Senior Notes

575,000

Repurchase of 0.625% Convertible Senior Notes

(233,862)

Payment for convertible note hedge on the 0.50% Convertible Senior Notes

(124,200)

Termination of convertible note hedge on the 0.625% Convertible Senior Notes

109,881

Proceeds from the sale of warrants related to the 0.50% Convertible Senior Notes

61,180

Termination of warrants related to the 0.625% Convertible Senior Notes

(94,292)

Net repayment of revolving credit facility

(75,000)

Payment of debt issuance costs

(5,995)

(16,398)

Payment of original issue discount on undrawn term loan

(2,500)

Contingent consideration payments

(3,330)

Other financing activities

(31)

(183)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities attributable to continuing operations

(15,192)

197,375

Total cash provided by continuing operations

42,006

193,205

Discontinued operations:

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities attributable to discontinued operations

3,330

(66,171)

Total cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations

3,330

(66,171)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents

45,336

127,034

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

170,049

60,339

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

$

215,385

$

187,373

 

 

LENDINGTREE'S RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO GAAP

Variable Marketing Expense

Below is a reconciliation of selling and marketing expense to variable marketing expense. See "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" for further discussion of the Company's use of this non-GAAP measure.

Three Months Ended

September 30,2021

June 30,2021

September 30,2020

(in thousands)

Selling and marketing expense

$

206,475

$

185,206

$

154,670

Non-variable selling and marketing expense (1)

(14,928)

(13,610)

(12,541)

Variable marketing expense

$

191,547

$

171,596

$

142,129

(1)

Represents the portion of selling and marketing expense not attributable to variable costs paid for advertising, direct marketing and related expenses. Includes overhead, fixed costs and personnel-related expenses.

 

 

LENDINGTREE'S RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO GAAP

Variable Marketing Margin

Below is a reconciliation of net (loss) income from continuing operations to variable marketing margin and net (loss) income from continuing operations % of revenue to variable marketing margin % of revenue. See "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" for further discussion of the Company's use of these non-GAAP measures.

Three Months Ended

September 30,2021

June 30,2021

September 30,2020

(in thousands, except percentages)

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

$

(4,406)

$

9,800

$

(24,809)

Net (loss) income from continuing operations % of revenue

(1)%

4%

(11)%

Adjustments to reconcile to variable marketing margin:

Cost of revenue

15,020

13,934

13,220

Non-variable selling and marketing expense (1)

14,928

13,610

12,541

General and administrative expense

40,126

39,811

33,705

Product development

13,384

13,290

11,477

Depreciation

4,808

4,443

3,535

Amortization of intangibles

10,345

11,310

13,090

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

(196)

(8,850)

6,658

Severance

47

Litigation settlements and contingencies

22

322

13

Interest expense, net

11,826

9,840

16,617

Income tax benefit

(1)

(9,092)

(7,925)

Variable marketing margin

$

105,903

$

98,418

$

78,122

Variable marketing margin % of revenue

36%

36%

35%

(1)

Represents the portion of selling and marketing expense not attributable to variable costs paid for advertising, direct marketing and related expenses. Includes overhead, fixed costs and personnel-related expenses.

 

 

LENDINGTREE'S RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO GAAP

Adjusted EBITDA

Below is a reconciliation of net (loss) income from continuing operations to adjusted EBITDA and net (loss) income from continuing operations % of revenue to adjusted EBITDA % of revenue. See "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" for further discussion of the Company's use of these non-GAAP measures.

Three Months Ended

September 30,2021

June 30,2021

September 30,2020

(in thousands, except percentages)

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

$

(4,406)

$

9,800

$

(24,809)

Net (loss) income from continuing operations % of revenue

(1)%

4%

(11)%

Adjustments to reconcile to adjusted EBITDA:

Amortization of intangibles

10,345

11,310

13,090

Depreciation

4,808

4,443

3,535

Severance

47

Loss on impairments and disposal of assets

1,251

1,052

134

Non-cash compensation

17,074

18,294

14,161

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

(196)

(8,850)

6,658

Acquisition expense

227

1,110

205

Litigation settlements and contingencies

22

322

13

Interest expense, net

11,826

9,840

16,617

Income tax benefit

(1)

(9,092)

(7,925)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

40,997

$

38,229

$

21,679

Adjusted EBITDA % of revenue

14%

14%

10%

 

 

LENDINGTREE'S RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO GAAP

Adjusted Net Income

Below is a reconciliation of net (loss) income from continuing operations to adjusted net income (loss) and net (loss) income per diluted share from continuing operations to adjusted net income (loss) per share. See "LendingTree's Principles of Financial Reporting" for further discussion of the Company's use of these non-GAAP measures.

Three Months Ended

September 30,2021

June 30,2021

September 30,2020

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

$

(4,406)

$

9,800

$

(24,809)

Adjustments to reconcile to adjusted net income (loss):

Severance

47

Loss on impairments and disposal of assets

1,251

1,052

134

Non-cash compensation

17,074

18,294

14,161

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

(196)

(8,850)

6,658

Acquisition expense

227

1,110

205

Litigation settlements and contingencies

22

322

13

Loss on extinguishment of debt

7,768

Income tax benefit from adjusted items

(4,687)

(3,024)

(7,361)

Excess tax deficit (benefit) on stock compensation

938

(8,261)

(175)

Adjusted net income (loss)

$

10,270

$

10,443

$

(3,406)

Net (loss) income per diluted share from continuing operations

$

(0.33)

$

0.71

$

(1.90)

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income from continuing operations to adjusted net income (loss)

1.10

0.05

1.64

Adjustments to reconcile effect of dilutive securities

(0.02)

Adjusted net income (loss) per share

$

0.75

$

0.76

$

(0.26)

Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding

13,707

13,719

13,033

Effect of dilutive securities

439

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

13,268

13,719

13,033

Effect of dilutive securities

476

Weighted average basic shares outstanding

13,268

13,243

13,033

 

LENDINGTREE'S PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL REPORTING

LendingTree reports the following non-GAAP measures as supplemental to GAAP:

  • Variable marketing margin, including variable marketing expense
  • Variable marketing margin % of revenue
  • Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, as adjusted for certain items discussed below ("Adjusted EBITDA")
  • Adjusted EBITDA % of revenue
  • Adjusted net income
  • Adjusted net income per share

Variable marketing margin is a measure of the efficiency of the Company's operating model, measuring revenue after subtracting variable marketing and advertising costs that directly influence revenue. The Company's operating model is highly sensitive to the amount and efficiency of variable marketing expenditures, and the Company's proprietary systems are able to make rapidly changing decisions concerning the deployment of variable marketing expenditures (primarily but not exclusively online and mobile advertising placement) based on proprietary and sophisticated analytics. Variable marketing margin and variable marketing margin % of revenue are primary metrics by which the Company measures the effectiveness of its marketing efforts.

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA % of revenue are primary metrics by which LendingTree evaluates the operating performance of its businesses, on which its marketing expenditures and internal budgets are based and, in the case of adjusted EBITDA, by which management and many employees are compensated in most years.

Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share supplement GAAP income from continuing operations and GAAP income per diluted share from continuing operations by enabling investors to make period to period comparisons of those components of the nearest comparable GAAP measures that management believes better reflect the underlying financial performance of the Company's business operations during particular financial reporting periods. Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share exclude certain amounts, such as non-cash compensation, non-cash asset impairment charges, gain/loss on disposal of assets, gain/loss on investments, severance, litigation settlements and contingencies, acquisition and disposition income or expenses including with respect to changes in fair value of contingent consideration, gain/loss on extinguishment of debt, one-time items which are recognized and recorded under GAAP in particular periods but which might be viewed as not necessarily coinciding with the underlying business operations for the periods in which they are so recognized and recorded, the effects to income taxes of the aforementioned adjustments and any excess tax benefit or expense associated with stock-based compensation recorded in net income in conjunction with FASB pronouncement ASU 2016-09. LendingTree believes that adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share are useful financial indicators that provide a different view of the financial performance of the Company than adjusted EBITDA (the primary metric by which LendingTree evaluates the operating performance of its businesses) and the GAAP measures of net income from continuing operations and GAAP income per diluted share from continuing operations.

These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. LendingTree provides and encourages investors to examine the reconciling adjustments between the GAAP and non-GAAP measures set forth above.

Definition of LendingTree's Non-GAAP Measures

Variable marketing margin is defined as revenue less variable marketing expense. Variable marketing expense is defined as the expense attributable to variable costs paid for advertising, direct marketing and related expenses, and excluding overhead, fixed costs and personnel-related expenses. The majority of these variable advertising costs are expressly intended to drive traffic to our websites and these variable advertising costs are included in selling and marketing expense on the Company's consolidated statements of operations and consolidated income. 

EBITDA is defined as net income from continuing operations excluding interest, income taxes, amortization of intangibles and depreciation.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding (1) non-cash compensation expense, (2) non-cash impairment charges, (3) gain/loss on disposal of assets, (4) gain/loss on investments, (5) restructuring and severance expenses, (6) litigation settlements and contingencies, (7) acquisitions and dispositions income or expense (including with respect to changes in fair value of contingent consideration), and (8) one-time items.

Adjusted net income is defined as net income (loss) from continuing operations excluding (1) non-cash compensation expense, (2) non-cash impairment charges, (3) gain/loss on disposal of assets, (4) gain/loss on investments, (5) restructuring and severance expenses, (6) litigation settlements and contingencies, (7) acquisitions and dispositions income or expense (including with respect to changes in fair value of contingent consideration), (8) gain/loss on extinguishment of debt, (9) one-time items, (10) the effects to income taxes of the aforementioned adjustments, and (11) any excess tax benefit or expense associated with stock-based compensation recorded in net income in conjunction with FASB pronouncement ASU 2016-09.

Adjusted net income per share is defined as adjusted net income divided by the adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding. For periods which the Company reports GAAP loss from continuing operations, the effects of potentially dilutive securities are excluded from the calculation of net loss per diluted share from continuing operations because their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive. In periods where the Company reports GAAP loss from continuing operations but reports positive non-GAAP adjusted net income, the effects of potentially dilutive securities are included in the denominator for calculating adjusted net income per share.

LendingTree endeavors to compensate for the limitations of these non-GAAP measures by also providing the comparable GAAP measures with equal or greater prominence and descriptions of the reconciling items, including quantifying such items, to derive the non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

One-Time Items

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income are adjusted for one-time items, if applicable. Items are considered one-time in nature if they are non-recurring, infrequent or unusual, and have not occurred in the past two years or are not expected to recur in the next two years, in accordance with SEC rules. For the periods presented in this report, there are no adjustments for one-time items.

Non-Cash Expenses That Are Excluded From LendingTree's Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income

Non-cash compensation expense consists principally of expense associated with the grants of restricted stock, restricted stock units and stock options. Non-cash compensation expense also includes expense associated with employee stock purchase plans. These expenses are not paid in cash and LendingTree includes the related shares in its calculations of fully diluted shares outstanding. Upon settlement of restricted stock units, exercise of certain stock options or vesting of restricted stock awards, the awards may be settled on a net basis, with LendingTree remitting the required tax withholding amounts from its current funds. Cash expenditures for employer payroll taxes on non-cash compensation are included within adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income.

Amortization of intangibles are non-cash expenses relating primarily to acquisitions. At the time of an acquisition, the intangible assets of the acquired company, such as purchase agreements, technology and customer relationships, are valued and amortized over their estimated lives.  Amortization of intangibles are only excluded from adjusted EBITDA.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

The matters contained in the discussion above may be considered to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations or anticipations of LendingTree and members of our management team. Factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include the following: uncertainty regarding the duration and scope of the coronavirus referred to as COVID-19 pandemic; actions governments and businesses take in response to the pandemic, including actions that could affect levels of advertising activity; the impact of the pandemic and actions taken in response to the pandemic on national and regional economies and economic activity; the pace of recovery when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides; adverse conditions in the primary and secondary mortgage markets and in the economy, particularly interest rates; default rates on loans, particularly unsecured loans; demand by investors for unsecured personal loans; the effect of such demand on interest rates for personal loans and consumer demand for personal loans; seasonality of results; potential liabilities to secondary market purchasers; changes in the Company's relationships with network lenders, including dependence on certain key network lenders; breaches of network security or the misappropriation or misuse of personal consumer information; failure to provide competitive service; failure to maintain brand recognition; ability to attract and retain consumers in a cost-effective manner; the effects of potential acquisitions of other businesses, including the ability to integrate them successfully with LendingTree's existing operations; accounting rules related to contingent consideration and excess tax benefits or expenses on stock-based compensation that could materially affect earnings in future periods; ability to develop new products and services and enhance existing ones; competition; allegations of failure to comply with existing or changing laws, rules or regulations, or to obtain and maintain required licenses; failure of network lenders or other affiliated parties to comply with regulatory requirements; failure to maintain the integrity of systems and infrastructure; liabilities as a result of privacy regulations; failure to adequately protect intellectual property rights or allegations of infringement of intellectual property rights; and changes in management. These and additional factors to be considered are set forth under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2020, in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2021, and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. LendingTree undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results or expectations.

About LendingTree, Inc.

LendingTree, Inc. is the parent of LendingTree, LLC and several companies owned by LendingTree, LLC (collectively, "LendingTree" or the "Company").

LendingTree operates what it believes to be the leading online consumer platform that connects consumers with the choices they need to be confident in their financial decisions. The Company offers consumers tools and resources, including free credit scores, that facilitate comparison-shopping for mortgage loans, home equity loans, reverse mortgage loans, auto loans, credit cards, deposit accounts, personal loans, student loans, small business loans, insurance quotes and other related offerings. The Company primarily seeks to match in-market consumers with multiple providers on its marketplace who can provide them with competing quotes for loans, deposit products, insurance or other related offerings they are seeking. The Company also serves as a valued partner to partners and other providers seeking an efficient, scalable and flexible source of customer acquisition with directly measurable benefits, by matching the consumer inquiries it generates with these providers.

LendingTree, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit www.lendingtree.com.

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