Yelp Loss Widens As Revenue Soars, Rising Costs

Posted on May 3 2012 - 7:21am by Editorial Staff

Yelp, the company which runs a popular website on which users can post reviews of local businesses sees its first-quarter loss widened as the local-business review-website company posted its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. For the year, Yelp projected revenue of $128 million to $132 million, well above recent estimates of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters for $124 million.

For the current quarter, the company forecast revenue of $29 million to $31 million, while analysts expected revenue of $29 million. The company maximum revenue is generated by selling advertising on its website to local business and national brands. Yelp reported a first-quarter loss of $9.8 million, or 31 cents a share, up from a year-earlier loss of $2.8 million, or 19 cents a share, a year earlier.

The latest period included stock-based compensation of $7.4 million, while the year-earlier period includes $1.1 million. Revenue surged 66% to $27.4 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters most recently projected revenue of $25 million. Sales and marketing expenses also soared, up 67% to $18.8 million. Overhead costs nearly tripled to $10.7 million. On a monthly average basis, the number of unique users visiting its website was up 53% at 71.4 million.

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