Pandora Revenue Up 117% in Second Quarter

Online music service Pandora saw its second quarter revenue jump to $67 million, a 117% increase, after its first quarter as a publicly traded company. Despite the increase, Pandora posted a net loss of $1.8 million, or 4 cents a share. Advertising revenue was $58.3 million, a 118% year-over-year increase. Subscription and other revenue was $8.7 million, a 112% year-over-year increase, the company announced. The company also said that total listener hours had increased to 1.8 billion hours during the second quarter.

PRESS RELEASE
Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading internet music service, today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

“Pandora is personalizing radio — and consumers are enthusiastically embracing the dramatically better experience,” said Joe Kennedy, President & CEO of Pandora. “At the same time, advertisers continue their adoption of Pandora’s multi-platform ad solutions, resulting in our 6th consecutive quarter of year-over-year triple digit revenue growth. In addition to continued high growth in web revenue, Pandora’s mobile advertising revenue for the first time comprised approximately half of total advertising revenue as we lead the way in the nascent but fast growing mobile advertising market. Pandora continues to grow our market share of U.S. radio as we fundamentally transform one of the last forms of traditional media.”

Fiscal 2Q12 Financial Results

Total Revenue: For the second quarter fiscal 2012, total revenue was $67 million, a 117% year over year increase. Advertising revenue was $58.3 million, a 118% year over year increase. Subscription and other revenue was $8.7 million, a 112% year over year increase.

Net Income (Loss) per Share: For the second quarter fiscal 2012, on a GAAP basis, the net loss per common share, basic and diluted, was $(0.04). For the basis of our GAAP net loss per common share calculation, there were approximately 82.4 million weighted average common shares outstanding during the quarter. These calculations assume minimal tax expense due to our net operating loss position.

The non-GAAP net income per fully diluted common share was $0.02, which excludes approximately $2.1 million in stock-based compensation and $3.0 million of other non-cash expense related to the fair value of our previously outstanding convertible preferred stock warrants. For the basis of our non-GAAP net income per common share calculation, there were approximately 187.8 million weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding during the quarter. These calculations assume minimal tax expense due to our net operating loss position.

Cash: For the second quarter fiscal 2012, Pandora generated approximately $0.6 million in cash from operating activities, compared to the $3 million used in the year-ago quarter. The company ended the second quarter of fiscal 2012 with $95.3 million in cash and equivalents, compared with $43.7 million at the end of the prior quarter. The increase in cash was primarily related to proceeds generated from the company’s initial public offering during the second quarter.

Other Business Metrics

Total listener hours: Total listener hours were approximately 1.8 billion for the second quarter fiscal 2012, an increase of 125% compared to approximately 0.8 billion for the second quarter fiscal 2011. Estimated share of total U.S. radio listening at the end of the second fiscal quarter was 3.6%, up from 1.8% a year prior.

Guidance

Based on information available as of August 25, 2011, Pandora is initiating financial guidance for the third quarter fiscal 2012 and full year fiscal 2012 as follows:

Q3 Fiscal 2012 Guidance: Revenue is expected to be in the range of $69.5 million to $72.5 million, representing year-over-year growth of between 84% and 92%. Non-GAAP earnings per common share is expected to be approximately negative $0.02 to breakeven. Non-GAAP earnings per common share excludes stock-based compensation expense, assumes minimal tax expense given our net operating loss position, and 159 million weighted average common shares outstanding for the third quarter fiscal 2012.

Full Year Fiscal 2012 Guidance: Revenue is expected to be in the range of $270 million to $275 million, representing year-over-year growth of between 96% and 100%. Non-GAAP net loss per common share is expected to be between negative $0.07 and negative $0.05. Non-GAAP net loss per common share excludes stock-based compensation expense, excludes $4.5 million of other expense related to the fair value of our previously outstanding convertible preferred stock warrants, assumes minimal tax expense given our net operating loss position, and 104 million weighted average common shares outstanding for fiscal 2012.

Q2 FY12 Financial Results Conference Call: Pandora will host a conference call today at 2 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. ET to discuss the second quarter fiscal 2012 financial results with the investment community. A live webcast of the event will be available on the Pandora Investor Relations website at http://investor.pandora.com. A live domestic dial-in is available at (877) 355-0067 or (443) 853-1239 internationally. A domestic replay will be available at (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 internationally, using passcode 86875317, and available via webcast until September 8, 2011.

About Pandora

Pandora gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. (OK, we’ve added comedy as well so we’re also up for playing some jokes you’ll love.) Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single “seed” – a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological “DNA” and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations from a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of recordings. Tens of millions of people in the U.S. turn on Pandora to hear music they love. www.pandora.com

“Safe harbor” Statement:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding expected GAAP revenue, non-GAAP EPS and market demand. These forward-looking statements are based on Pandora’s current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and involve substantial risks and uncertainties that may cause results, performance or achievement to materially differ from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: our operation in an emerging market and our relatively new and evolving business model; our ability to increase our listener base and listener hours; our ability to attract and retain advertisers; our ability to generate additional revenue on a cost-effective basis; competitive factors; our ability to continue operating under existing laws and licensing regimes; our ability to establish and maintain relationships with makers of mobile devices, consumer electronic products and automobiles; our ability to manage our growth; our ability to continue to innovate and keep pace with changes in technology and our competitors; risks related to service interruptions or security breaches; and general economic conditions worldwide.

Further information on these factors and other risks that may affect our business is included in filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including our Registration Statement on Form S-1, particularly under the heading “Risk Factors.”

These documents are or will be available online from the SEC or on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Relations section of our website at investor.pandora.com. Information on our website is not part of this release. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information currently available to us, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in light 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 accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), we use the following non-GAAP measures of financial performance: non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP historical diluted earnings (loss) per share. The presentation of this additional financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may be different from the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. Management compensates for these limitations by reconciling these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures within our earnings press releases.

These non-GAAP financial measures differ from GAAP in that they exclude stock-based compensation, which consists of expenses for stock options and other awards under our equity incentive plans. The non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP historical diluted earnings (loss) per share measures also exclude the applicable change in fair value of certain warrants issued by us. The change in fair value of certain warrants issued by us is included within Other expense, and stock-based compensation is included in the following cost and expense line items of our GAAP presentation:

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. Furthermore, determining the fair value of both stock-based compensation and stock-derived warrants involves a high degree of estimation and judgment such that the expense recorded may bear little resemblance to the actual value realized upon the future exercise or termination of the related stock-based instruments. 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.