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Marchex Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial Results

SEATTLE - Aug. 5, 2009

Marchex, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHX), a leading local search and performance advertising company, today reported its results for the second quarter of 2009 ended June 30, 2009.

Second Quarter 2009 Consolidated Financial Results>

  • Revenue was $21.1 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $37.4 million for the same period of 2008.
  • GAAP net loss applicable to common stockholders was $1.2 million for the second quarter of 2009 or $0.04 loss per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net income applicable to common stockholders of $509,000 or $0.01 per diluted share for the same period of 2008. The second quarter 2009 results included non-cash stock-based compensation expense recorded under the fair value method of $2.5 million, compared to non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $2.7 million for the same period in 2008.
  • We provide a reconciliation of GAAP diluted EPS to Adjusted non-GAAP EPS in the financial tables attached to this press release and encourage investors to examine the reconciling adjustments between the GAAP and non-GAAP measures. Adjusted non-GAAP EPS for the second quarter of 2009 was $0.03, compared to $0.09 for the same period of 2008. Some Wall Street analysts use non-GAAP measures to analyze our operating results, which may include adjusted non-GAAP EPS, adjusted operating income before amortization and adjusted EBITDA. We present GAAP measures with equal or greater prominence than non-GAAP measures and such non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP measures.
  • Adjusted operating income before amortization was $1.5 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to $5.4 million for the same period of 2008. A reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted operating income before amortization to GAAP operating income and GAAP net income is included in the financial tables attached to this release.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $3.1 million in the second quarter of 2009, compared to $8.0 million for the same period of 2008. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net cash provided by operating activities is included in the financial tables attached to this release.

"While we continued to confront a difficult economic environment during the second quarter, by focusing on our products, our customers' needs and our cost structure, we continued to generate meaningful cash from our operations and win new customers," said Russell C. Horowitz, Marchex Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are reducing risks in our business and exercising financial discipline, while prudently investing in the areas key to our long-term growth. As a result, we believe Marchex is in a very good position to realize meaningful growth when the economy and advertiser budgets return to a more normalized state."

Operating Highlights>

Local Advertising Services: For the second quarter of 2009, revenue from Local Advertising Services was $14.6 million. Marchex ended the second quarter with more than 70,000 advertisers using its products and services. While it is more difficult to predict advertiser growth rates in the current economy, Marchex still expects to continue adding new advertisers in 2009.

Publishing (proprietary traffic sources): For the second quarter of 2009, revenue from Publishing was $6.5 million.

In addition, during the quarter, Marchex sold a small number of non-strategic domains that yielded approximately $900,000. There is still significant demand for high quality domains and Marchex believes that will remain the case in 2009 and beyond.

Non-Operating Highlights

During the second quarter of 2009, Marchex purchased 246,000 shares of its outstanding Class B common stock for a total price of $1 million, bringing its total shares repurchased under its stock repurchase program to 7.8 million shares, or 23% of its outstanding common stock.

Marchex Financial Guidance

"While there are some signs of stabilization in the economy, we continue to experience an uncertain economic environment that is impacting our near-term revenue outlook. Additionally, while we made significant progress in lowering our exposure to certain financially challenged customers, conversations with these customers are still ongoing. As a result, we believe it prudent to not issue guidance at this time," said Horowitz. "Despite these factors, Marchex continues to generate cash every quarter and has no debt. We have the right strategy with the right products, and we are winning the high value advertising relationships that will enable us to fully capitalize on the local advertising opportunity and create long-term value."

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Management will hold a conference call, starting at 5:00 p.m. ET on Wed., Aug. 5, 2009 to discuss its second quarter ended June 30, 2009 financial results, and other company updates.

About Marchex

Marchex (www.marchex.com) is a leading local search and performance advertising company. Marchex's innovative advertising platform delivers search- and call-based marketing products and services for local and national advertisers. Marchex's local search network, one of the largest online, helps consumers make better, more informed local decisions through its content-rich Web sites that reach tens of millions of unique visitors each month.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues and other financial guidance, acquisitions, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make. There are a number of important factors that could cause Marchex's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, which are described in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent periodic report and registration statement filed with the SEC. All of the information provided in this release is as of Aug. 5, 2009 and Marchex undertakes no duty to update the information provided herein.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement Marchex's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP and to provide clarity internally and externally, Marchex uses certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance and liquidity, including OIBA, Adjusted OIBA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted non-GAAP EPS.

OIBA represents income (loss) from operations plus (1) stock-based compensation expense and (2) amortization of acquired intangible assets. This measure, among other things, is one of the primary metrics by which Marchex evaluates the performance of its business. Additionally, Marchex's management uses Adjusted OIBA, which excludes any gain/loss on sales and disposals of intangible assets as these are viewed as non-recurring in nature. Adjusted OIBA is the basis on which Marchex's internal budgets are based and by which Marchex's management is currently evaluated. Marchex believes these measures are useful to investors because they represent Marchex's consolidated operating results, taking into account depreciation and other intangible amortization, which Marchex believes is an ongoing cost of doing business, but excluding the effects of certain other non-cash and non-recurring expenses. Adjusted EBITDA represents income before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock compensation expense and gain/loss on sales of intangible assets. Marchex believes that Adjusted EBITDA is another alternative measure of liquidity to GAAP net cash provided by operating activities that provides meaningful supplemental information regarding liquidity and is used by Marchex's management to measure its ability to fund operations and its financing obligations.

Adjusted non-GAAP EPS represents Adjusted Net Income divided by weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding for Adjusted non-GAAP EPS purposes. Adjusted Net Income generally captures those items on the statement of operations that have been, or ultimately will be, settled in cash exclusive of certain non-recurring items and represents net income (loss) available to common stockholders plus: (1) stock based compensation expense, (2) amortization of acquired intangible assets, (3) gain/loss on sales and disposals of intangible assets, (4) other income (expense), and less (5) discount on preferred stock redemption. Adjusted non-GAAP EPS includes dilution from options and warrants per the treasury stock method, includes the weighted average number of all potential common shares relating to convertible preferred stock and restricted stock and excludes the weighted average common share equivalents for redeemed preferred shares. Shares outstanding for Adjusted non-GAAP EPS purposes are therefore higher than shares outstanding for GAAP EPS purposes. Financial analysts and investors may use Adjusted non-GAAP EPS to analyze Marchex's financial performance since these groups have historically used EPS related measures, along with other measures, to estimate the value of a company, to make informed investment decisions, and to evaluate a company's operating performance compared to that of other companies in its industry.

Marchex's management believes that investors should have access to, and Marchex is obligated to provide, the same set of tools that management uses in analyzing the company's results. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered in isolation, as a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP terms, as defined by Marchex, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Marchex endeavors to compensate for the limitations of the non-GAAP measures presented by providing the comparable GAAP measure with equal or greater prominence, GAAP financial statements, and detailed descriptions of the reconciling items and adjustments, including quantifying such items, to derive the non-GAAP measure.

For further information, contact:

Marchex Investor Relations:
Trevor Caldwell
Telephone: 206.331.3600
Email: ir(at)marchex.com

Marchex Press:
Michelle Craig
Nyhus Communications for Marchex
Telephone: 206.323.3733
Email: michelle(at)nyhus.com

Click here to view Marchex's Second Quarter 2009 Financial Tables (.pdf format)