Pandora Leading the Pack

Pandora - Leading The Pack

Pandora, which has headquarters in Oakland, Ca recently announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. For the second quarter of 2014, total revenue was $218.9 million, a 38% year-over-year increase on a non-GAAP basis1. Advertising revenue was $177.3 million, a 39% year-over-year increase. Subscription and other revenue was $41.6 million, a 35% year-over-year increase on a non-GAAP basis. “Our better than expected second quarter results demonstrate success and continued business acceleration as a result of our investments in mobile and local advertising. Mobile advertising reached a record 76% of total ad revenue grew at 144% year-over-year,” stated Brian McAndrews Chairman, President and CEO of Pandora. “As a company, we are united by Pandora’s clear sense of purpose to unleash the infinite power of music, and we’re attracting the brightest stars in the advertising, technology and music industries to help drive our business forward. For the second quarter of 2014, GAAP basic and diluted EPS were a loss of $0.06. Non-GAAP basic and diluted EPS were $0.04, both excluding $20.6 million in expense from stock-based compensation and $0.2 million in amortization of intangible assets. GAAP basic and diluted EPS and non-GAAP basic EPS were based on 205.7 million weighted average shares outstanding and non-GAAP diluted EPS was based on 218.6 million weighted average shares outstanding. For the second quarter of 2014, the Company ended with $437.9 million in cash and investments compared to $445.9 million at the end of the prior quarter. Cash used in operating activities was $7.1 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $4.6 million in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP revenue is now expected to be in the range of $895 million to $915 million, up from prior full-year guidance of $880 million to $900 million. Non-GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be between $0.16 and $0.19, up from prior full-year guidance of $0.14 and $0.18. Non-GAAP EPS excludes revenue relating to our subscription return reserve, stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangible assets, assumes minimal tax expense given our net operating loss position, and is based on 219 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the twelve months ending December 31, 2014. Although stock-based compensation is an expense for us and is viewed as a form of compensation, management excludes stock-based compensation from our non-GAAP measures for purposes of evaluating our continuing operating performance primarily because it is a non-cash expense not believed by management to be reflective of our core business, ongoing operating results or future outlook.
In addition, the value of stock-based instruments is determined using formulas that incorporate variables, such as market volatility, that are beyond our control. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures serve as useful metrics for our management and investors because they enable a better understanding of the long-term performance of our core business and facilitate comparisons of our operating results over multiple periods and to those of peer companies, and, when taken together with the corresponding GAAP financial measures and our reconciliations, enhance investors' overall understanding of our current financial performance. We estimate revenue generated through both our mobile and other connected devices platform as well as our traditional computer platform. While we believe that such disaggregated revenue estimates provide directional insight for evaluating our efforts to monetize our service through these platforms, we do not validate such disaggregated revenue to the level of financial statement reporting. Such metrics should be seen as indicative only and as management's best estimate.