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Market Leader(R) Delivers Eleventh Consecutive Quarter of Revenue Growth

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:00 PM


KIRKLAND, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/12 -- Market Leader, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEDR), today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Strong Revenue Growth Continues
Market Leader demonstrated continued financial progress during the third quarter:

  • Revenue increased 30% to $11.7 million from $9.0 million in the third quarter of 2011.
  • Net loss decreased to $1.9 million from $2.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased to $0.9 million, up from $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments increased by $0.9 million to $22.1 million at September 30.

Enterprise Software Platform Driving Powerful Results for Customers
Market Leader's revenue growth has been driven in part by the success that customers are seeing with its SaaS based software products. Keller Williams Realty International -- the nation's second-largest real estate franchisor -- partnered with Market Leader to launch its now award-winning, end-to-end solution to more than 80,000 real estate professionals in the first quarter of last year, and this has played a key role in their recent productivity gains. By the end of the year, franchise-wide agent productivity increased by 17% over the previous year -- more than double the average productivity gain seen by other national franchises, according to the 2012 Real Trends 500 study.

Market Leader also provides customers with the opportunity to enhance their software by upgrading to its premium products and services. These offerings provide both brokerage companies and their agents with fully integrated solutions that help them further accelerate their growth. Keller Williams' agents who have upgraded to Market Leader's premium software, report doing four times the number of transactions as those on the base platform.

"Market Leader takes great pride in the proven results that our customers are seeing with our products," said CEO Ian Morris. "Our software leadership and relationships with leading franchise networks will be strong catalysts for continued top and bottom line growth in 2013 and beyond."

Click here to see Ian Morris discuss the quarter as well as the trends that are shaping the real estate industry. The video also can be viewed by visiting http://www.tinyurl.com/ledrq3.

New Enterprise Deployments Will Serve as Catalysts for Further Growth
Market Leader and CENTURY 21 Real Estate, franchisor of the world's largest real estate sales organization, announced yesterday that CENTURY 21 Real Estate had deployed CENTURY 21 Business Builder(SM), a state-of-the-art marketing and CRM platform powered by Market Leader, to all of its U.S.-based real estate professionals.

Additionally, earlier this year, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC chose Market Leader to provide customized and best-of-breed technology to its network of 7,600 brokers and agents across the United States.

"Market Leader continues to see strong interest from the nation's leading real estate companies for our SaaS platform thanks to the outstanding results it is delivering for our customers," said Morris.

Unmatched Access to Real Estate Professionals Provides Unique Competitive Advantage
These new enterprise partnerships are expected to extend Market Leader's already unmatched access to real estate professionals. The company's software and social media platforms -- both among the largest of their kind in real estate -- provide Market Leader with unmatched access to more than one out of every three real estate professionals in North America. Market Leader is only in the early stages of monetizing this unique advantage, and expects that increasing its share of the nearly $11 billion that these professionals spend on marketing and technology services each year will be a significant source of continued growth for years to come.

Business Outlook
Market Leader's strong third quarter results and the continued success of the company's enterprise relationships both reinforce the company's expectations of continued revenue growth and improved Adjusted EBITDA through 2013.

Conference Call
The company will host a conference call and live Webcast to discuss third quarter results on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. In order to assist investors who have been affected by severe weather conditions, toll-free numbers have been added to facilitate call participation. To listen to the live conference call, please dial (719) 325-2420, or toll-free (888) 481-2877. A live Webcast of the call will also be available from the Investor Relations section of the company's Web site at www.investor.marketleader.com and an audio replay of the call will also be available to investors beginning on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time and ending on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time by dialing (719) 457-0820 or toll-free (888) 203-1112 and entering the passcode 9971346#.

About Market Leader, Inc.
Market Leader, founded in 1999, provides innovative online technology and marketing solutions for real estate professionals across the United States and Canada. The company serves more than 100,000 real estate agents, brokerages and franchisors, offering complete end-to-end solutions that enable them to grow and manage their businesses. Market Leader's subscription-based real estate marketing software -- including websites, contact management, a marketing center, and lead generation services -- helps customers generate a steady stream of prospects, and provides the systems and training they need to convert those prospects into clients. In addition, the company's national consumer real estate sites, including www.RealEstate.com, give its customers access to millions of future home buyers and sellers, while providing consumers with free access to the information they seek.

For more information on Market Leader visit www.MarketLeader.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements relating to the company's anticipated plans, products, services, and financial performance. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean the statement is not forward-looking. These statements and, specifically, statements or predictions about the company's potential market, product development plans, and future financial performance, are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect the company's actual results include its ability to retain and increase its customer base, including enterprise customers, to sell premium products to real estate professionals associated with enterprise customers, to continue to grow revenues, to respond to competitive threats and real estate market conditions, to develop new products, and to develop new revenue sources from its RealEstate.com assets. Please refer to the company's most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more detailed description of these and other risks that could materially affect actual results. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are made as of today's date and the company assumes no obligation to update any such statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Non-GAAP Measure
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure provided as a complement to results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Adjusted EBITDA is not a substitute for measures determined in accordance with GAAP, and may not be comparable to Adjusted EBITDA as reported by other companies. Our use of the term "Adjusted EBITDA" refers to a financial measure defined as earnings or loss before net interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, net loss attributable to non-controlling interest, and stock-based compensation. We believe Adjusted EBITDA to be relevant and useful information to our investors as this measure is an integral part of our internal management reporting and planning process and is the primary measure used by our management to evaluate operating performance. Following is the reconciliation of net loss, the most comparable GAAP measure, to Adjusted EBITDA, for each of the periods presented (in thousands, unaudited):

                            Market Leader, Inc.
                              (In thousands)

                                              Three months ended
                                  September 30,    June 30,   September 30,
                                       2012          2012          2011
                                  ------------- ------------- -------------
Net loss available to
 shareholders                     $      (1,943)$      (2,146)$      (2,961)
  Stock-based compensation                1,274           802           337
  Depreciation and amortization
   of property and equipment                754           768           655
  Amortization of intangible
   assets                                   849           836           374
  Loss on asset disposition                   -             -           174
  Other expense (income)                      3             -           (12)
  Net loss attributable to
   noncontrolling interest                    -             -           (91)
                                  ------------- ------------- -------------
Adjusted EBITDA                   $         937 $         260 $      (1,524)
                                  ============= ============= =============

                           Market Leader, Inc.
                  (In thousands, except per share data)
                               Three months ended       Nine months ended
                                  September 30,           September 30,
                             ----------------------  ----------------------
                                2012        2011        2012        2011
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenues                     $   11,691  $    8,979  $   32,951  $   24,541
  Sales and marketing (1)         7,699       6,976      21,726      21,119
  Technology and product
   development (1)                2,265       2,207       7,366       5,937
  General and administrative
   (1)                            2,064       1,657       5,774       5,083
  Depreciation and
   amortization of property
   and equipment                    754         655       2,166       1,912
  Amortization of intangible
   assets                           849         374       2,508         898
  Loss on asset disposition           -         174           -         174
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
    Total expenses               13,631      12,043      39,540      35,123
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
  Loss from operations           (1,940)     (3,064)     (6,589)    (10,582)
  Interest income, net                7          15          24          59
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Loss before income tax
 expense                         (1,933)     (3,049)     (6,565)    (10,523)
  Income tax expense                 10           3          46           9
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net loss before
 noncontrolling interest         (1,943)     (3,052)     (6,611)    (10,532)
  Net loss attributable to
   noncontrolling interest            -         (91)          -        (381)
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net loss available to Market
 Leader                      $   (1,943) $   (2,961) $   (6,611) $  (10,151)
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Net loss per share - basic
 and diluted                 $    (0.07) $    (0.12) $    (0.26) $    (0.40)
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Number of shares used in per
 share calculations              26,099      25,273      25,761      25,169
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
(1) Stock-based compensation is included in the expense line items above in
 the following amounts:
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                                 2012        2011        2012        2011
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Sales and marketing        $      672  $      145  $    1,467  $      471
  Technology and product
   development                      132          52         249         140
  General and administrative        470         140         993         476
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
                             $    1,274  $      337  $    2,709  $    1,087
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

                            Market Leader, Inc.
                     (In thousands, except share data)
                                               September 30,   December 31,
                                               -------------  -------------
                                                    2012           2011
                                               -------------  -------------
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                    $       7,081  $       7,958
  Short-term investments                              15,068         15,141
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $46
   and $36, respectively                                 678            729
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets            1,270          1,733
                                               -------------  -------------
  Total current assets                                24,097         25,561
Property and equipment, net of accumulated
 depreciation of $15,394 and $19,187,
 respectively                                          5,102          4,507
Intangible assets, net of accumulated
 amortization of $12,495 and $9,988,
 respectively                                          8,425         10,762
Goodwill                                               1,861          1,861
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total assets                               $      39,485  $      42,691
                                               =============  =============
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                             $         984  $       1,120
  Accrued compensation and benefits                    3,322          2,599
  Accrued expenses and other current
   liabilities                                         1,176          2,224
  Deferred rent, current portion                         249            230
  Deferred revenue                                     1,068          1,056
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total current liabilities                          6,799          7,229
Deferred rent, less current portion                        -            249
Other noncurrent liabilities                             968             95
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total liabilities                                  7,767          7,573
Shareholders' equity:
  Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share,
   stated at amounts paid in; authorized
   30,000,000 shares; none issued and
   outstanding                                             -              -
  Common stock, par value $0.001 per share,
   stated at amounts paid in; authorized
   120,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding
   26,393,146 and 25,397,448 shares at
   September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011,
   respectively                                       77,284         74,073
  Accumulated deficit                                (45,566)       (38,955)
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total shareholders' equity                        31,718         35,118
                                               -------------  -------------
      Total liabilities and shareholders'
       equity                                  $      39,485  $      42,691
                                               =============  =============

                            Market Leader, Inc.
                               (In thousands)
                                                        Nine months ended
                                                          September 30,
                                                        2012        2011
                                                     ----------  ----------
Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net loss                                           $   (6,611) $  (10,532)
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
   provided by (used in) operating activities:
    Depreciation and amortization of property and
     equipment                                            2,166       1,912
    Amortization of intangible assets                     2,508         898
    Stock-based compensation                              2,709       1,087
    Loss on asset disposition                                 -         174
    Changes in certain assets and liabilities, net
     of assets acquired and liabilities assumed
      Accounts receivable, net of allowance                  52        (567)
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets             570        (231)
      Accounts payable                                       (2)       (155)
      Accrued compensation and benefits                     723         711
      Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     (1,043)       (268)
      Deferred rent                                        (230)       (184)
      Deferred revenue                                       12         329
                                                     ----------  ----------
        Net cash provided by (used in) operating
         activities                                         854      (6,826)
                                                     ----------  ----------
Cash flows from investing activities:
  Purchases of short-term investments                   (18,102)    (20,329)
  Sales of short-term investments                        17,958      26,404
  Purchases of property and equipment                    (2,846)     (1,875)
  Cash paid for acquisition of RealEstate.com                 -      (8,250)
  Cash paid for acquisition of SharperAgent, net of
   cash acquired                                              -      (1,656)
  Cash paid for acquisition of kwkly                          -        (750)
                                                     ----------  ----------
        Net cash used in investing activities            (2,990)     (6,456)
                                                     ----------  ----------
Cash flows from financing activities:
  Value of equity awards withheld for tax liability
   and award exercises                                     (428)       (235)
  Proceeds from exercises of stock options                1,687          14
                                                     ----------  ----------
        Net cash provided by (used in) financing
         activities                                       1,259        (221)
                                                     ----------  ----------
        Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents          (877)    (13,503)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period          7,958      16,687
                                                     ----------  ----------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period           $    7,081  $    3,184
                                                     ==========  ==========

Investor Contact:
Mark Lamb
Director of Investor Relations
Market Leader, Inc.

Investor Relations Firm:
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman

Press Contact:
Matt Heinz
Heinz Marketing for Market Leader, Inc.

(Source: Market Wire )
(Source: Quotemedia)


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