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TRULIA, INC. (Form: 10-K, Received: 03/04/2013 06:23:18)
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

 

x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012

or

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission File Number: 001-35650

 

 

Trulia, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware   20-2958261

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

116 New Montgomery Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, California 94105

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

415.648.4358

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Common Stock, par value $0.00001 per share

 

The New York Stock Exchange

(Title of each class)   (Name of each exchange on which registered)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act:    Yes   ¨     No   x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act:    Yes   ¨     No   x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.     x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   x  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes   ¨     No   x

As of June 30, 2012, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, there was no established public market for the registrant’s common stock and, therefore, the registrant cannot calculate the aggregate market value of its common stock held by non-affiliates as of such date. At December 31, 2012, the aggregate market value of the registrant’s common stock held by non-affiliates based upon the closing price of such shares on the New York Stock Exchange on such date was approximately $184 million. Shares of common stock held by each executive officer, director and by each person who owns 5% or more of the outstanding common stock have been excluded in that such persons may be deemed to be affiliates. This determination of affiliate status is not necessarily a conclusive determination for other purposes

As of February 26, 2013, 27,652,276 shares of the registrant’s common stock were outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the registrant’s Proxy Statement for its 2013 Annual Meeting of stockholders are incorporated by reference in Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K where indicated. Such proxy statement will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days of the registrant’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

 

 

 


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TRULIA, INC.

Annual Report on Form 10-K

For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2012

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         Page  
  PART I   

Item 1.

  Business      2   

Item 1A.

  Risk Factors      16   

Item 1B.

  Unresolved Staff Comments      36   

Item 2.

  Properties      36   

Item 3.

  Legal Proceedings      36   

Item 4.

  Mine Safety Disclosures      37   
  PART II   

Item 5.

 

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

     38   

Item 6.

  Selected Financial Data      40   

Item 7.

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      42   

Item 7A.

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk      63   

Item 8.

  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data      64   

Item 9.

  Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure      95   

Item 9A.

  Controls and Procedures      95   

Item 9B.

  Other Information      96   
  PART III   

Item 10.

  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance      97   

Item 11.

  Executive Compensation      105   

Item 12.

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

     124   

Item 13.

  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence      127   

Item 14.

  Principal Accountant Fees and Services      129   
  PART IV   

Item 15.

  Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules      130   


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As used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the terms “the Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Trulia, Inc., unless the context indicates otherwise.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern our expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K include, but are not limited to, statements about:

 

   

our future financial performance, including our revenue, cost of revenue, gross profit or gross margin, operating expenses, ability to generate positive cash flow, and ability to achieve and maintain profitability;

 

   

the sufficiency of our cash and cash equivalents to meet our liquidity needs;

 

   

our ability to increase the number of consumers using our website and mobile applications;

 

   

our ability to attract and retain real estate professionals that subscribe to our products, and to optimize the pricing for such products;

 

   

our ability to attract and retain advertisers that purchase display advertising on our website;

 

   

the continued availability of home listing and other information relevant to the real estate industry;

 

   

the growth in the usage of our mobile applications and our ability to successfully monetize this usage;

 

   

our ability to innovate and provide a superior user experience;

 

   

our ability to capitalize on strategic and adjacent opportunities;

 

   

the effects of the market for real estate and general economic conditions on our business; and

 

   

the attraction and retention of qualified employees and key personnel.

We caution you that the foregoing list may not contain all of the forward-looking statements made in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. We have based the forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K primarily on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, and prospects. The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors described in the section titled “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We cannot assure you that the results, events, and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur, and actual results, events, or circumstances could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements made in this Annual Report on Form 10-K relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this Annual Report on Form 10-K to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. 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. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures, or investments we may make.

 

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PART I

 

Item 1. Business

Overview

Trulia is redefining the home search experience for consumers and changing the way that real estate professionals build their businesses. Our marketplace, delivered through the web and mobile applications, gives consumers powerful tools to research homes and neighborhoods and enables real estate professionals to efficiently market their listings and attract new clients. We believe we deliver the best home search experience by combining our superior user interface with our comprehensive database of real estate properties, local insights, and user-generated content. We offer free and subscription products that provide real estate professionals with access to transaction-ready consumers and help them enhance their online presence. In the year ended December 31, 2012, we had 23.1 million monthly unique visitors. As of December 31, 2012, we had more than 390,000 active real estate professionals in our marketplace, 24,443 of whom were paying subscribers.

We empower consumers to make more informed housing decisions by delivering the “inside scoop” on homes, neighborhoods, and real estate professionals through an intuitive and engaging user experience. Our large, continually refreshed, and searchable database contains more than 112 million properties, including 4.1 million homes for sale and rent. We supplement listings data with local information on schools, crime, and neighborhood amenities to provide unique insights into each community. In addition, we harness rich, insightful user-generated content from our active community of contributors, which includes consumers, local enthusiasts, and real estate professionals. With more than 7 million unique user contributions, we believe we have the largest collection of user-generated content on homes, neighborhoods, and real estate professionals.

We enable real estate professionals to better promote themselves and their listings and connect with transaction-ready consumers through our online and mobile marketing products. Our free products allow real estate professionals to build their personal brand by creating an online profile, contributing content to our marketplace, leveraging social media for endorsements, and establishing their presence through mobile features such as “check-ins.” Our subscription products enable real estate professionals to increase their visibility, promote their listings in search results, target mobile users, and generate more highly qualified leads from our large audience of transaction-ready consumers. We believe that our audience is highly motivated and ready to purchase homes, as supported by our surveys conducted between January 2012 and December 2012 in which 76% of over 543,000 respondents contacting real estate professionals through our marketplace indicated that they are planning to move in the next six months, and almost half of over 382,000 respondents stated that they are pre-approved for a mortgage. We believe that the combination of our compelling solution with our transaction-ready audience results in a high return on investment for real estate professionals who purchase our subscription products.

We benefit from powerful network effects and a vibrant user community. Consumers contribute content by posting questions, reviewing neighborhoods, and writing agent recommendations. Real estate professionals, seeking to connect with our consumers, engage in our community by sharing local knowledge, answering consumers’ questions, and contributing content to our marketplace. The breadth and quality of user-generated content contributed to our marketplace has helped to build our brand, deepen the engagement of our existing users, and attract more users.

We are a leading mobile platform for the home search process and mobile devices are increasingly critical to consumers and real estate professionals. We have introduced iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet, Kindle, and Windows 8 applications that provide tailored mobile experiences, which has led to rapid growth in mobile use of our solution. In the year ended December 31, 2012, we had over 5 million mobile monthly unique visitors, an increase of 144% over 2011. In addition, our mobile users are more likely than our web users to contact real estate professionals through our marketplace.

 

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Our online marketplace is experiencing rapid growth. Monthly unique visitors to our marketplace increased to 23.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from 7.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, or a 192% increase, and our subscribers increased to 24,443 as of December 31, 2012 from 10,070 as of December 31, 2010, or a 143% increase. We generate revenue primarily from sales of subscription products to real estate professionals. We also generate revenue from display advertising sold to leading real estate and consumer brand advertisers seeking to reach our attractive audience. For the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011, and 2010, we generated revenue of $68.1 million, $38.5 million and $19.8 million, respectively. During the same period, we had net losses of $10.9 million, $6.2 million and $3.8 million, respectively.

Industry and Challenges

The residential real estate industry, which we estimate accounts for more than a trillion dollars in annual spending in the United States, is undergoing a profound transformation. Technology is changing the way that consumers search for homes and the way in which real estate professionals attract clients and build their businesses. In addition, as the U.S. housing market recovers from its recent unprecedented downturn, real estate professionals are seeking more effective ways to market themselves and achieve a greater return on their marketing investment. These trends present significant opportunities to capitalize on shifts in behavior.

Historically, consumers lacked readily available access to detailed and comprehensive information essential to making housing decisions, relying instead on disparate sources of information such as real estate professionals, local newspapers, and word of mouth. Over time, more information has become available online and, as a result, the Internet has become a primary source of research for housing decisions. According to a November 2012 survey by the National Association of Realtors, a trade organization for real estate professionals, 90% of home buyers used the Internet to research homes. Additionally, the use of mobile devices for home searches has become more prevalent. According to a 2012 survey by The Real Estate Book, a real estate website, 52% of respondents reported using a mobile device to look for homes, with 85% of non-users stating that they would consider using a mobile device for their next search.

As consumers increasingly research homes online, real estate professionals are shifting their marketing expenditures online to reach prospective clients. While initially these real estate professionals focused their spending on email, search, and creating websites with listings, now these professionals are increasingly using online real estate marketplaces to generate leads.

With technology driving the home search process online, consumers, real estate professionals, and advertisers face distinct challenges. Consumers are challenged to effectively compile and use fragmented information, gain local insights, and obtain information on the go. Real estate professionals are challenged to reach today’s online consumers, target the right leads, manage their businesses while on the go, and optimize their marketing spend. Advertisers are challenged to efficiently reach the right consumers while maximizing the effectiveness of their advertising.

Market Opportunity

We believe that there are significant opportunities to address the challenges faced by consumers, real estate professionals, and advertisers. Borrell Associates, Inc., an advertising research and consulting firm, estimated in an August 2012 industry paper that $23.7 billion would be spent in 2012 on real estate-related marketing in the United States. According to a November 2012 survey by the National Association of Realtors, 90% of home buyers used the Internet to research homes. However, according to the Borrell Associates report, only 55% of the real estate marketing dollars in the United States were projected to be spent online in 2012. We believe that there is a disconnect between where marketing dollars are spent and where consumers research homes. Therefore, we expect that real estate-related marketing spend will continue to migrate online from traditional channels.

 

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The Trulia Marketplace

Our marketplace provides the following key benefits for consumers, real estate professionals, and advertisers:

Key benefits for consumers

 

   

Large, continually refreshed, searchable database of homes for sale and rent. We provide consumers with access to a large, continually refreshed, and searchable database of properties. We enable consumers to customize their searches with property-specific filters to obtain up-to-date listings that are rich with property facts, price, and sale data.

 

   

Trusted insights, social recommendations, and proprietary analytics that provide local context. We provide consumers with local insights, critical to a successful home search, not available elsewhere on an easy to use and comprehensive basis. These insights include information about schools, crime, neighborhood amenities, and real estate professionals.

 

   

Anytime and anywhere access . Our marketplace is accessible anytime and anywhere on the web and on major mobile platforms. Since the introduction of our first mobile application in 2008, mobile use of our marketplace has grown rapidly.

Key benefits for real estate professionals

 

   

Broad reach to transaction-ready consumers. We provide real estate professionals the ability to connect with our large audience of transaction-ready consumers at scale on the web and through our mobile applications. We believe that a large portion of consumers using Trulia do not use other real estate websites, and that this enables real estate professionals on Trulia to effectively identify and market themselves to consumers that they cannot find anywhere else.

 

   

Products that boost presence and deliver high-quality leads . Our free products enable real estate professionals to create and manage an online profile, promote their personal brand with consumers by contributing content to our marketplace, and leverage social media for endorsements. Our subscription products enable real estate professionals to boost their visibility, promote their listings in search results, and generate more high-quality leads from potential home buyers.

 

   

Anytime and anywhere access to critical information and tools . We offer mobile applications designed specifically for real estate professionals to take their business on the go. Using our mobile applications, real estate professionals can access critical information that they need to conduct their business, including listings details, contacts, driving directions, and local information about neighborhoods.

 

   

Significant return on investment . We believe that our subscription products deliver a high return on investment to real estate professionals.

Key benefits for advertisers

 

   

Attractive audience . We believe our audience is highly attractive to consumer brand advertisers. A substantial portion of our audience is either college educated, has a household income above $75,000, or is in the 25 to 54 age group. U.S. consumers with these characteristics tend to spend more of their annual income on home maintenance, insurance, household furnishings, apparel and services, and entertainment than the average consumer, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2011 Consumer Expenditure Survey, which makes our audience attractive for consumer brand advertisers.

 

   

Display advertising products that efficiently reach target consumers . We enable our advertisers to reach segments of our audience that are attractive to them. Advertisers benefit from improved reach, impact, relevancy, and measurement of their marketing campaigns in our marketplace.

 

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Our Strengths

We believe that our competitive advantage reflects the following strengths:

 

   

We deliver the “inside scoop.” We are one of the leading online real estate marketplaces and provide consumers with powerful tools and unique content that together deliver valuable insights into homes, neighborhoods, and real estate professionals. For example, our crime heat maps provide consumers with a view into neighborhood safety and our Facebook integration gives consumers recommendations on real estate professionals from people in their social network. Through our Trulia Voices forum, we also provide consumers with local content from our community of contributors, including consumers, local enthusiasts, and real estate professionals.

 

   

Superior products and user experience . We believe we have the best products in the industry for consumers and real estate professionals. We invest significant resources into technology development and product design to create a superior user interface that provides compelling features and rich functionality for our users.

 

   

Large, differentiated, transaction-ready audience . Our website and mobile applications have attracted 23.1 million monthly unique visitors in the year ended December 31, 2012 and, based on data from comScore, Inc., a marketing research company, a significant portion of our visitors do not visit our primary competitors’ websites. For instance, according to comScore, during each month in 2012 and 2011, more than 54% and 64%, respectively, of our audience did not visit Zillow.com. We believe that our audience is highly motivated and ready to purchase homes, as supported by our surveys conducted between January 2012 and December 2012 in which 76% of over 543,000 respondents contacting real estate professionals through our marketplace are planning to move in the next six months, and almost half of over 382,000 respondents stated that they are pre-approved for a mortgage.

 

   

Strong mobile monetization . We believe that we are one of the few companies that is monetizing its mobile products at a higher rate than web products. Since we launched our subscription product for mobile devices in May 2012, we have sold this product at prices that yield a higher average monthly revenue per subscriber than our subscription products that are not focused on mobile devices. In addition, our users are more likely to contact real estate professionals through our mobile applications than our website.

 

   

High ROI for real estate professionals . We believe our subscription products provide compelling value and a better return on investment than other marketing channels. On average, during the year ended December 31, 2012 paying subscribers received more than thirteen times the number of monthly leads compared to real estate professionals who only used our free products.

 

   

Powerful network effects driven by unique content . We benefit from a self-reinforcing network effect that helps build our brand, drives user engagement in our marketplace, and attracts more users to our website and mobile applications. Consumers post questions in our marketplace, attracting real estate professionals who add more content by answering these questions, which in turn attracts more consumers to our marketplace.

 

   

Big data and analytics platform . We employ proprietary advanced analytics and heuristics capabilities to aggregate, filter, and analyze large amounts of data from disparate sources that we have cultivated over the years. Our expertise in handling large amounts of externally-sourced data and combining it with user activity data collected from our marketplace allows us to improve the user experience by developing innovative new tools and new functionality.

Our Strategy

Our goal is to build the leading online real estate marketplace. We intend to focus on the following key strategies in pursuit of our goal:

 

   

Expand our audience and increase user engagement . We intend to grow our large, transaction-ready audience by continuing to offer superior products for consumers. We plan to continuously enhance and

 

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refresh our database of homes, partner with third parties to add new and relevant local content, and encourage our users to contribute useful content. We also plan to develop new features and tools that deepen our users’ engagement with our website and mobile applications, and to promote and foster interaction in our vibrant user community.

 

   

Grow the number of real estate professionals in our marketplace . We intend to further penetrate the large base of more than 2.8 million real estate professionals in the United States by communicating the value proposition of our free and subscription products, growing our audience of transaction-ready consumers, and creating additional products.

 

   

Increase revenue . We plan to increase our revenue by selling more subscription and advertising products and by optimizing our pricing.

 

   

Increase brand awareness . We have built a leading real estate and consumer brand with limited marketing spend to date. We plan to continue to grow our brand by providing our users with superior and innovative products.

 

   

Pursue strategic opportunities . We plan to pursue acquisitions of complementary businesses and strategic partnerships to help us execute on and accelerate our growth plans.

 

   

Pursue adjacent opportunities . We plan to pursue opportunities in a number of large adjacent markets, such as rentals, mortgages, home improvement, and agent tools, and to expand our business internationally.

Data

Management of data is a critical component of our solution. We manage over one terabyte of data on a daily basis. We organize data as listings data, local information, and user-generated content:

 

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Listings data

We refresh and supplement our listings database of over 112 million properties and for sale and for rent listings with data we receive from thousands of feeds on a daily basis. We receive feeds covering millions of new and existing for sale and for rent listings every day from MLSs, real estate brokerages, real estate agents, real estate listings aggregators, and other third parties. We also obtain detailed ownership and property data from vendors who collect and digitize information from public county records .

 

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We process this wealth of data through our proprietary algorithms and heuristic data validation engine to sort, augment, and select the most up-to-date and accurate data to display . As a next step, we apply our search logic to the data, and overlay additional local information on schools, crime, neighborhood amenities, home values, and other community information. The final product is a complete profile of a property or listing with property facts, price data, local information, and agent contact information, which we publish in our marketplace in an intuitive and engaging user experience.

Local information

We inform consumers on what it is like to live in a neighborhood by delivering insights on schools, crime, neighborhood amenities, home values, and other community information.

 

   

Schools. We provide information on schools by district, type, parent reviews, and ratings, which is based on data that we receive from third parties . We overlay this information onto our maps and color code the data points with a sliding color scale to differentiate between schools with low, medium, or high ratings.

 

   

Crime. We receive raw data from third parties about the occurrence, type, location, and description of non-violent and violent crime . We conduct proprietary analysis on the data and aggregate our findings into a tabular format or into our proprietary crime heat map . Our crime heat map provides an overview, visualized through a sliding color scale of the incidence of crime in the area and highlights in callout text boxes the number of violent crimes in the area .

 

   

Neighborhood amenities . We provide the location, names, and ratings of nearby restaurants, grocery stores, banks, and gas stations on our maps based on data that we receive from Yelp.

 

   

Home values. Based on our analysis of the sales records and property information in our database, we have developed market- and local-level views of the trends in price, number of sales, and number of listings by property type and location, which we publish on our listings pages and on the Local Info section of our website in interactive chart formats and in our proprietary heat map format.

 

   

Other community information. We analyze data from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide users with information on how the median household and family income, age of homes, and commute times of a neighborhood compare to those of the city.

Additionally, we have an agreement with Google to use its basic maps, over which we integrate our proprietary insights.

User-generated content

The user-generated data in our marketplace is organized under the Advice section of our website by type of content, questions and answers, blogs, real estate guides, and along topics relevant to our audience such as local information, tips on home buying and selling, and observed market trends . We also allow real estate professionals to publish their own profile and receive recommendations from their clients under the Find a Pro section of our website.

The content in our marketplace is generated by our vibrant community of users . Users can vote on the quality of content using our “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” icons and can follow the voting results . Additionally, users can “flag” inappropriate content on our site, which is escalated to our Trulia community team whose enforcement actions follow the terms and conditions for user-submitted content as published on our website.

Our Products for Consumers

Our products for consumers focus on helping them find the right home. Our consumer products are offered for free and provide a robust set of tools for evaluating where to live.

 

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Searchable database

Search

We maintain one of the largest searchable databases of homes for sale and rent in the United States. Our database includes more than 112 million properties with 4.1 million listings of homes for sale and rent. We provide users with the ability to search our database along a variety of parameters as described below:

 

All Properties

  

Sale properties only

  

Rentals only

  

Sold properties only

City

Bedrooms

Bathrooms

Price range

Square footage

Property type Keyword search

  

Open houses

Year built
Lot size

Foreclosure type

MLS ID
Price per square foot

  

Pets

Amenities

   Time since sale date

Our users can customize their search along as few or many features as they prefer and by keyword search of specific property attributes. From our search results, users have access to the detailed data on each home in our database, photos of the home, and the for sale or for rent listing information.

Additionally, we enhance our users’ experience by giving them the choice to display their search results in listings or map formats. The map format provides the added functionality of polygonal search, which enables users to delineate the precise area of their searches. We offer products that further enhance our users’ experience with visually impactful maps, graphics, and photos of homes and neighborhood characteristics.

Trulia Estimate

Trulia Estimate is our estimate of an off-market property’s value based on our proprietary analysis of relevant home data such as recent sales of similar homes and property facts. This search function allows users to conduct a precise search by street address to find our estimate of the value of that home. Additionally, home owners may claim their home in our database and edit their home’s specific facts and details so that our proprietary system can revise its estimated value.

Rich insights and content

We provide users with rich insights and content that are critical to a successful home search and that cannot be discovered through home listings data alone. We deliver these insights through the following products:

 

   

Local Info . We aggregate local data from a variety of sources and make it more useful to our consumers through Google Maps overlays using our proprietary data visualization tools. These types of local insights include crime heat maps, school boundary and performance statistics, local amenity location and reviews through our integration with Yelp, and commute information.

 

   

Advice . We provide our users with the “inside scoop” on homes, neighborhoods, and real estate professionals based on the advice generated by our active community of contributors. Users of our marketplace can post questions and receive answers in the Trulia Voices portion of our website and also scour the collection of advice columns and blogs that other users post. With over 7 million unique user contributions and over 830,000 topics discussed on Trulia Voices , we believe we have amassed the largest online collection of user-generated content in the U.S. residential real estate market. This gives our users access to the insights of consumers, local enthusiasts, and real estate professionals who are knowledgeable about the neighborhoods in which our users are searching.

 

   

Find a Pro . We provide consumers with a directory of over 875,000 real estate professionals that is searchable by location, name, and type of professional. Our platform integrates with Facebook to leverage the power of social networks for clients to recommend real estate professionals and for real

 

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estate professionals to take advantage of online “word of mouth” referrals. For example, a consumer searching for a real estate agent in our marketplace can quickly find whether someone in their social network has recommended an agent in a particular area in which they are looking.

 

   

Value information . Each property detail page features information and analytics on the property value, including price comparisons of similar properties based on median home sale data by neighborhood, zip code and city, price history and trends, and property taxes based on assessed property values. We believe this information helps users better assess the value of the property beyond what can be gleaned from price data alone.

 

   

Mortgage . Given the significant cost of a home purchase, we provide our users with guides on how to finance their purchase, information on mortgage rate trends, and calculators to determine their estimated mortgage payment based on the rates and terms quoted.

Mobile

Our products are accessible anytime and anywhere online and on mobile devices. We provide the following differentiated Trulia mobile applications for consumers on several major mobile platforms and devices:

 

   

m.trulia.com, a mobile-optimized website accessible on mobile device browsers

 

   

Real Estate App : Our full-featured Trulia real estate mobile application, available. on iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 tablet.

 

   

Rental App : Our mobile application optimized for users looking to rent a home, available on iPhone, Android Phone, Android Tablet and Kindle Fire.

 

   

Agents App : Our mobile application optimized for real estate professionals, available on iPhone and Android Phone.

 

   

Mortgage App : Our mobile application optimized for users looking for mortgage information, available on iPhone and iPad.

Our Products for Real Estate Professionals

We offer real estate professionals a set of subscription and free products to promote themselves and their listings online and to connect with consumers searching for homes. We generally sell our subscription products on a one, three, six, or twelve-month basis, and therefore, our subscribers’ commitment periods may be short-term in nature. We also offer our subscription products at different price points. In addition to the pricing options, our subscribers can choose among different features and packages with each of our subscription products, as described below.

Our subscription products include:

 

   

Trulia Pro . Real estate agents can purchase one of three differently priced Trulia Pro packages to enhance their online presence, feature their listings in search results, and interact with potential clients more effectively. Benefits include enhanced lead generation, greater local lead rotation, featured listings, robust property pages, detailed contact information in search results, instant leads via mobile, and integrated recommendations with Facebook. We provide similar products to real estate brokers under the name Premium Listings .

 

   

Trulia Local Ads . Real estate professionals can purchase local advertising on Trulia’s website by zip code or city and by share of a given market. This functionality enables them to enhance their presence in their chosen market and generate more leads.

 

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Trulia Mobile Ads. Real estate professionals can purchase local advertising on our mobile applications and mobile website by zip code and by share of a given market. This functionality enables them to feature their profile and contact information on search results and listings, thereby enhancing their visibility with transaction-ready consumers.

Subscribers of Trulia Pro, Trulia Local Ads and Trulia Mobile Ads also have access to:

 

   

Trulia Insights . Real estate professionals receive more in-depth information about their leads to help them prioritize and respond to their best leads.

 

   

Trulia Instant Leads . We enable real estate professionals to respond to leads faster by connecting them with the consumer who sent the lead via phone or by notifying them via text message.

Our free products include:

 

   

Property listings. We offer real estate professionals the ability to reach a large, transaction-ready audience and the potential to acquire leads by listing their properties in our marketplace for free.

 

   

Mobile application. We have developed an Agent App for the iPhone and Android Phone that enables real estate professionals to manage their businesses anytime and anywhere.

 

   

Agent profile. Agents can create their own profile in our marketplace by posting contact information, photos, and qualifications, and can manage their brand by linking their profile to their activity on our forums and to Facebook. Agent profiles are posted on the Find a Pro section of our website.

 

   

Trulia Voices. Through our Trulia Voices forum, we enable real estate professionals to promote their presence by allowing them to connect meaningfully with consumers, network with other professionals, follow topics of interest to their audience, receive updates on neighborhoods, and broadcast their thoughts on our blogging platform.

 

   

Recommendations. We have built social search functionality into our Find a Pro database of agent profiles where users can sort agent profiles by number of recommendations . Additionally, real estate professionals can publish their recommendations on their Facebook Wall through integration with Facebook Connect.

 

   

Check-ins. Our real estate professionals can “check-in” on the Trulia mobile agent application to establish their presence at a property.

 

   

Agent training and advice blogs. We publish two blogs, Trulia Pro and Trulia Corporate , written by real estate industry experts with whom we partner to provide tips, advice, and education for buyers, sellers, and renters.

 

   

Tools and widgets. We offer real estate professionals a number of tools and widgets that they can incorporate into their personal websites to display local real estate information such as a slideshow widget to play photos of properties or a widget to broadcast their contributions on Trulia Voices on their blog or website.

Our Products for Advertisers

We sell display media advertising on a cost-per-impression and cost-per-click basis to national advertisers seeking to reach the large and attractive audience for our online properties and those of our publisher partners. We display their advertisements on our home page and on individual web pages through graphical displays and text links, and help these customers optimize their advertisements’ effectiveness through our robust targeting capabilities. We also offer display media advertising on our mobile website that is optimized for mobile device web browsers.

 

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Seasonality

From time to time, we experience seasonality in subscription revenue and display advertising due to fluctuations in traffic to our website and mobile applications. During the fourth quarter of each year, traffic to our marketplace has historically declined and our revenue has historically grown more slowly than in other quarters or has declined sequentially. Conversely, we typically experience higher growth in traffic and revenue during the spring and summer months, when consumers are more likely to buy new homes. We expect that seasonality will continue to affect traffic in our marketplace, as well as our revenue from subscriptions and advertising.

Technology and Engineering

Product development and innovation are core pillars of our engineering culture that aims to delight our users and customers with our products. We provide our web and mobile products using a combination of in-house and third-party technology and products.

Big data and proprietary algorithms. We have developed our technology platform to handle data at large scale. On a daily basis, we process several million home listings from thousands of data feeds through our proprietary algorithms and heuristic data validation engine to sort, augment, and select the most up-to-date and accurate data to display.

Infrastructure. We currently manage our platform from two locations. The primary location where we host our production environment, is within a shared data center environment in Santa Clara, California. We use a second hosted facility, located in Oakland, California, for production service backup and for our development environment. We are building out a third hosted facility in Denver, Colorado, for redundancy, backup and load balancing purposes. Our website and mobile applications are designed to have high availability, from the Internet connectivity providers we choose, to the servers, databases, and networking hardware that we deploy. We design our systems such that the failure of any individual component is not expected to affect the overall availability of our platform. We also leverage content delivery networks and use other third-party cloud computing services, including map-related and ad serving services, to ensure fast and local access to content. We employ a host of encryption, antivirus, firewall, monitoring, and patch-management technology to protect and maintain our systems.

Innovation. In addition to our new product development efforts, we encourage technological advances by directing a portion of our engineering team’s time towards organized innovation days. Each quarter, our product managers and engineers share ideas and experiments and recruit their peers to join their projects to bring a new concept to life. As progress is shared with the larger group, these new ideas receive additional input and product planning and are frequently the basis of new products and features we offer.

Agile methodology and quality focus. Our software development methodology is agile and promotes teamwork, collaboration, and process adaptability throughout the life cycle of a development project. We believe this methodology yields robust, high quality, efficient, and nimble software development. We also invest heavily in the quality of our technology with robust testing at each stage in our development process.

In June 2012, we entered into a Platform Services Agreement with Move Sales, Inc., or ListHub, which provides us with a substantial portion of the unique listings in our marketplace. This agreement supersedes our prior agreement with ListHub for the provision by ListHub of listings to us. Under the terms of this agreement, ListHub grants to us a nonexclusive license to display listings on our platform and use these listings for the purpose of providing real estate professionals with information relating to lead generation management and advertising products. This agreement contains a 48-month term and renews automatically for additional one year terms unless canceled upon the provision of 90 days prior notice by either party. This agreement is not cancelable by ListHub except in the case of material uncured breach by us or our filing for bankruptcy, insolvency or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or if a receiver is appointed on our behalf.

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service agreement. This agreement terminates on the earlier of the date that it is terminated by either party or the last order made under the agreement terminates or expires. This agreement is not cancelable by Equinix except in the case of material uncured breach by us, the suspension by Equinix three or more times during any 12 month period of its services pursuant to the terms of this agreement, our liquidation, cessation to do business or insolvency, or the condemnation of the physical space subject to this agreement.

Marketing

Our principal marketing strategy has been to develop a superior user experience that will drive audience growth and brand recognition. We have not historically spent significantly on marketing programs, but have focused on organic and viral growth driven by our user base. As our consumer audience has grown, real estate professionals have followed consumers to Trulia. We have also grown our brand among real estate professionals and the real estate industry through tradeshow participation, social engagement, and ongoing education via webinars, newsletters, and word of mouth.

In addition, our media outreach programs have been major drivers in growing our brand. We publish a series of blogs and actively use social media to share and spread content on a variety of topics to elevate our brand, including:

 

   

Trends in the real estate market. We analyze publicly available data in combination with the rich data and content in our marketplace to create unique and proprietary insights on real estate trends, which we publish on our Trulia Trends blog. Our regularly published blogs and reports include:

 

   

Trulia Price Monitor and Trulia Rent Monitor . Our view on asking home sale and rent prices that is published monthly.

 

   

Housing Barometer . Our view of the state of the housing market that is published monthly.

 

   

Rent vs. Buy . Our analysis comparing the economics of renting versus buying that is published quarterly.

 

   

Metro Movers . Our observations of search trends for homes within the United States that is published quarterly.

 

   

Foreign Buyers . Our report on search trends for homes by people outside the United States that is published semi-annually.

 

   

Consumer Surveys. Our survey of consumers covering topics such as the “American Dream” of homeownership, attitudes about housing, and public policy that is published quarterly.

These reports are used by, and our Chief Economist is quoted regularly in, major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report.

 

   

Advice for real estate professionals. Our blogs for real estate professionals, Trulia Pro and Trulia Corporate , written by well-known real estate industry experts with whom we partner, elevate Trulia’s brand awareness amongst the community of real estate professionals.

 

   

Celebrity and luxury homes. Luxe Living is our blog dedicated to the latest developments on celebrity and luxury homes . This blog and its content have been featured on ExtraTV, E! News, US Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, and more.

We also cultivate our brand awareness through social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Customers

Real estate professionals that pay for our subscription products include:

 

   

Agents, who collaborate with consumers, seek leads, and manage transactions;

 

 

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Brokers, which recruit, train, and provide core real estate services to agents; and

 

   

National real estate franchisors, which provide real estate services to franchisees to enable the growth of their brand.

The majority of our real estate professional subscribers are agents. As of December 31, 2012, we had more than 390,000 active real estate professionals in our marketplace, 24,443 of whom were paying subscribers. A key focus of our sales and marketing activities has been to further penetrate the large base of more than 2.8 million real estate professionals in the United States. If we are unable to increase the number of total subscribers in our marketplace, our revenue may not grow and our operating results could suffer.

Our advertising solutions are purchased by a diverse cross-section of brand advertisers that operate within the real estate ecosystem, and those that seek to reach our highly educated and affluent audience. In each of the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010, the ten largest advertising partners for the respective period accounted for more than 63%, 50% and 50%, respectively, of our media revenue.

No single customer accounted for 10% or more of our total revenues in any of the years ended December 31 2012, 2011, or 2010.

Sales and Customer Support

We have dedicated sales teams that support our marketplace business and our display advertising business.

For our marketplace business, the majority of our sales are made by our inside sales team that sells our subscription products to real estate professionals. Our inside sales team is located in our San Francisco and Denver offices and attracts new subscribers through a combination of outbound calling and inbound customer requests generated from our website and marketing activities. We also have a field sales team that sells our marketplace products at larger deal sizes to real estate brokers, franchisors, and builders.

For our display advertising business, we maintain a field sales team based in New York, to specifically target large advertising customers in the real estate and related content categories, such as insurance companies, mortgage providers, and home improvement companies, as well as other brand advertisers that seek to reach our audience. Our field sales team develops direct relationships with these advertisers and the agencies that serve them.

We place a high value on providing quality support to our users, marketplace subscribers, and advertisers. Our customer support team, based in San Francisco and Denver, responds to commercial and technical questions from our users and advertisers.

Competition

The markets in which we operate are highly competitive and fragmented. Consumers research homes through a variety of sources. Similarly, real estate professionals use a variety of marketing channels to promote themselves and find clients. Consequently, we face competition from a variety of direct and indirect channels, and we believe we compete favorably.

Competition for consumers

We compete to attract consumers to our website and mobile applications primarily on the basis of the breadth and quality of listings; user experience; the breadth, depth, and relevance of the insights on homes, neighborhoods, and real estate professionals; brand and reputation; and the quality of mobile products.

Our principal competitors for consumers include:

 

   

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Online real estate marketplaces such as Homes.com, MSN Real Estate, Realtor.com, Yahoo! Real Estate, and Zillow.com;

 

   

Online brokerage service providers such as Redfin and ZipRealty;

 

   

MLSs across the United States;

 

   

Full-service real estate brokerage service providers such as Century 21 and Coldwell Banker;

 

   

Online rental listing providers such as ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com;

 

   

General online classifieds such as Craigslist; and

 

   

Websites of real estate brokerages and individual agents.

Competition for real estate professionals

We compete for a share of real estate professionals’ overall marketing spend with traditional, offline media, and other online marketing channels. We compete primarily on the basis of the size and attractiveness of the consumer audience; quality and measurability of leads; perceived return on investment; effectiveness of marketing and workflow tools; and quality of mobile products.

Our principal competitors for real estate professionals include:

 

   

Print media, including local newspapers, magazines, and home/apartment guide publications;

 

   

Other traditional media, including television and radio;

 

   

Other online real estate marketplaces;

 

   

Social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter;

 

   

Search engines such as Bing, Google, and Yahoo!;

 

   

Websites offering display advertising; and

 

   

Email marketing software and tools.

Competition for advertisers

We face competition to attract advertisers to market their products on our website. The basis of competition includes size, demographics, and overall attractiveness of an audience; pricing; and the ability to target desired audience segments.

Intellectual Property

We protect our intellectual property through a combination of trademarks, domain names, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents, as well as contractual provisions and restrictions on access to our proprietary technology.

We registered “Trulia” as a trademark in the United States and several other jurisdictions. We also have filed other trademark applications in the United States and certain other jurisdictions, and will pursue additional trademark registrations to the extent we believe it would be beneficial and cost effective.

We have two patent applications pending in the United States, which seek to cover proprietary techniques relevant to our products. We intend to pursue additional patent protection to the extent we believe it would be beneficial and cost effective.

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In addition to the protection provided by our intellectual property rights, we enter into confidentiality and proprietary rights agreements with our employees, consultants, contractors, and business partners. Our employees and contractors are also subject to invention assignment agreements. We further control the use of our proprietary technology and intellectual property through provisions in both our general and product-specific terms of use on our website.

Employees

As of December 31, 2012, we had 519 full-time employees, with 112 in technology, 348 in sales, marketing, and customer support, and 49 in general and administrative functions. We had 282 full-time employees in our San Francisco headquarters, 206 in our Denver location, 24 in our New York office, and 7 of our employees work remotely. None of our employees is represented by a labor union with respect to his or her employment with us.

Additional Information

Trulia, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in June 2005. Our principal executive offices are located at 116 New Montgomery Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California 94105, and our telephone number is (415) 648-4358. Our website address is www.trulia.com . In addition, we maintain a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/trulia and aTtwitter feed at www.twitter.com/trulia . Information contained on, or that can be accessed through, our website, Facebook page or Twitter feed does not constitute part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Copies of annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to these reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) are available, free of charge, on our website as soon as reasonably practicable after we file such material electronically with or furnish it to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The SEC also maintains a website that contains our SEC filings. The address of the site is www.sec.gov .

 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors

RISK FACTORS

Investing in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described below, together with all of the other information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, before making a decision to invest in our common stock. If any of the risks actually occur, our business, financial condition, operating results, and prospects could be materially and adversely affected. In that event, the trading price of our common stock could decline, and you could lose part or all of your investment.

We have a limited operating history in an evolving industry, which makes it difficult to evaluate our future prospects and may increase the risk that we will not be successful.

We have a limited operating history in an evolving industry that may not develop as expected. Assessing our business and future prospects is challenging in light of the risks and difficulties we may encounter. These risks and difficulties include our ability to:

 

   

increase the number of consumers using our website and mobile applications;

 

   

continue to obtain home listing information, as well as information on schools, crime, and neighborhood amenities;

 

   

increase the number of real estate professionals subscribing to our products;

 

   

increase the revenue from real estate professionals subscribing to our products;

 

   

increase the revenue from advertisers on our website;

 

   

successfully develop and deploy new features and products;

 

   

encourage and foster the growth of user-generated content;

 

   

successfully compete with other companies that are currently in, or may in the future enter, the business of providing residential real estate information online and on mobile applications, as well as with companies that provide this information offline;

 

   

successfully compete with existing and future providers of other forms of offline, online, and mobile advertising;

 

   

successfully navigate fluctuations in the real estate market;

 

   

effectively manage the growth of our business;

 

   

successfully expand our business into adjacent markets, such as rentals, mortgages, and home improvement;

 

   

successfully integrate companies we may acquire; and

 

   

successfully expand internationally.

If the demand for residential real estate information online does not develop as we expect, or if we fail to address the needs of consumers, real estate professionals, or advertisers, our business will be harmed. We may not be able to successfully address these risks and difficulties, which could harm our business and cause our operating results to suffer.

We have a history of losses and we may not achieve or maintain profitability in the future.

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development and expansion of our business which may not result in increased revenue or growth. In addition, as a public company, we have incurred and expect that we will continue to incur significant legal, accounting, and other expenses that we did not incur as a private company. As a result of these increased expenditures, we must generate and sustain increased revenue to achieve and maintain future profitability. While our revenue has grown in recent periods, this growth may not be sustainable and we may not achieve sufficient revenue to achieve or maintain profitability. We may incur significant losses in the future for a number of reasons, including slowing demand for our products, increasing competition, weakness in the residential real estate market, as well as other risks described in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, and we may encounter unforeseen expenses, difficulties, complications and delays, and other unknown factors. Accordingly, we may not be able to achieve or maintain profitability and we may continue to incur significant losses in the future, and this could cause the price of our common stock to decline.

If real estate professionals do not continue to subscribe to our products, or we are unable to attract new subscribers, our business and operating results would be harmed.

We rely on subscriptions purchased by real estate professionals to generate a substantial portion of our revenue. Subscriptions accounted for 67%, 58%, and 47% of our revenue in 2012 , 2011 and 2010, respectively. We generally offer subscriptions for periods between one month to 12 months, with most real estate professionals preferring to subscribe for periods shorter than 12 months.

Our ability to attract and retain real estate professionals as subscribers, and to generate subscription revenue, depends on a number of factors, including:

 

   

our ability to attract transaction-ready consumers to our website and mobile applications;

 

   

the number of consumers using our website and mobile applications;

 

   

the quality of the leads that we provide to our subscribers;

 

   

the number of leads that we provide to our subscribers;

 

   

the strength of the real estate market;

 

   

the competition for real estate professionals’ marketing dollars; and

 

   

the strength of our brand.

A key focus of our sales and marketing activities has been to further penetrate the large base of more than 2.8 million real estate professionals in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, we had more than 390,000 active real estate professionals in our marketplace and 24,443 total subscribers. We spend a considerable portion of our operating expenses on sales and marketing activities. Our sales and marketing expenses were our largest operating expenses in the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011. Sales and marketing expenses reflect many of the costs that we incur in acquiring new subscribers and retaining existing subscribers, and we expect that sales and marketing expenses will continue to increase in absolute dollars as we seek to grow the number of subscribers in our marketplace. If we are unable to increase the number of total subscribers in our marketplace, our revenue may not grow and our operating results could suffer.

Real estate professionals may not continue to subscribe with us if we do not deliver a strong return on their investment in subscriptions, and we may not be able to replace them with new subscribers. In addition, real estate professionals sometimes do not renew their subscriptions with us because of dissatisfaction with our service. This may occur for a number of reasons, including because we have made changes to our products or services, which we do periodically. If subscribers do not renew their subscriptions with us with the same or higher subscription fees, or at all, or if we are unable to attract new subscribers, our business and operating results would be harmed.

Further, although a majority of our revenue in the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 was generated from subscriptions purchased by real estate professionals, we cannot be certain that subscribers will renew their subscriptions with us and that we will be able to achieve the same or higher amounts of subscription revenue in the future.

 

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Our ability to increase the number of subscribers to our services also depends, to some degree, on whether we can increase the inventory of marketing products and services available for us to sell in different geographic markets. If we are unable to create additional inventory by offering new services or reconfiguring our existing services, we may not be able to grow the number of subscribers to our services quickly or at all.

In addition, if we need to reduce our subscription fees due to competition, our business, operating results, financial condition, and prospects would suffer if we are unable to offset any reductions in our fees by increasing our number of consumers and advertisers, reducing our costs, or successfully developing and deploying new features on a timely basis.

If we are not able to optimize our pricing and increase our average revenue per subscriber, we may not be able to grow our revenue over time.

Our ability to grow revenue depends, in part, on our ability to optimize pricing and increase average monthly revenue per subscriber over time. Since launching our first subscription product in 2007, we have continued to expand our products and optimize pricing of our products. In the year ended December 31, 2012, our average monthly revenue per subscriber was $156 compared to $110 in the year ended December 31, 2011. As we continue to optimize our pricing, real estate professionals may not accept these new prices, which may harm our business and growth prospects.

If advertisers reduce or end their advertising spending with us, or if we are unable to attract new advertisers, our business and operating results would be harmed.

Display advertising accounted for 33%, 42%, and 53% of our revenue in 2012, 2011, and 2010, respectively. Our advertisers can generally terminate their contracts with us at any time or on very short notice. Our ability to attract and retain advertisers, and to generate advertising revenue, depends on a number of factors, including:

 

   

the number of consumers using our website and mobile applications;

 

   

our ability to continue to attract an audience that advertisers find attractive;

 

   

our ability to compete effectively for advertising spending with other real estate marketplaces, offline companies, and online companies;

 

   

how advertisers value our advertising network, which consists of our online properties and those of our publishing partners;

 

   

the amount of spending on online advertising generally; and

 

   

our ability to deliver an attractive return on investment to advertisers.

We may not succeed in capturing more spending from advertisers if we are unable to demonstrate to advertisers the effectiveness of advertising in our marketplace as compared to alternatives, including traditional offline advertising media such as newspapers and magazines.

If advertisers reduce or terminate their advertising spending with us and we are unable to attract new advertisers, our revenue, business, operating results, and financial condition would be harmed. For example, although we experienced sequential increases in media revenue during each of the eight quarters ended December 31, 2011, media revenue growth slowed during the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2012. In our display advertising business, we also have a limited ability to replace the loss of revenue resulting from the loss of a customer during a particular quarter because of the significant time required to secure an alternative advertiser for such advertising inventory, run the alternative advertising campaign on our marketplace, and satisfy our revenue recognition criteria from such campaign. As a result, the loss of a customer during a quarter could result in our inability to replace the lost revenue from such customer within that quarter and, therefore, we will sometimes encounter variances in our media revenue.

 

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If we cannot obtain comprehensive and accurate real estate listing information, our business will suffer.

Our offerings are based on receiving current and accurate real estate listing data. We depend on, and expect to continue to depend on, relationships with various third parties to provide this data to us, including real estate listing aggregators, multiple listing services, real estate brokerages, apartment management companies, and other third parties. Many of our agreements with our listing sources are short-term agreements that may be terminated with limited or no notice. If our relationship with one or more of these parties is disrupted, the quality of the experience we provide to users would suffer.

We currently depend on a listing aggregator to provide us with a substantial portion of the unique listings in our database. While these listings are available from their original sources, it would take substantial time and effort for us to aggregate these listings from all of the original sources. Therefore, if the agreement with our largest listing aggregator is terminated, we may not be able to fully replace the listings in a timely manner or on terms favorable to us, or at all, which would adversely affect our business and operating results. In addition, as real estate brokers typically control the distribution and use of their listings, our business could suffer if real estate brokers withheld their listings from us. From time to time in the past, real estate brokers have refused to syndicate their listings to us, and we cannot assure you this will not happen in the future. If real estate brokers refuse to syndicate listings to us, the quality of our products would suffer due to the decline of timely and accurate information, which could adversely affect our business and operating results.

If use of our mobile products does not continue to grow or we are not able to successfully monetize them as we expect, our operating results could be harmed and our growth could be negatively affected.

Our future success depends in part on the continued growth in the use of our mobile products by our users and our ability to monetize them. During the year ended December 31, 2012, our mobile products accounted for 22% of our total traffic compared to 14% of our total traffic for the year ended December 31, 2011. We currently monetize our mobile offerings through our Trulia Mobile Ads subscription product for real estate professionals and through our mobile website, m.trulia.com . We monetize our mobile applications principally through our Trulia Mobile Ads subscription product through which real estate professionals can purchase local advertising on our mobile applications and our mobile website by zip code and by share of a given market. We monetize our mobile website through the sale of display advertisements and we also provide our subscribers rotational placement in a local lead form that appears on certain pages of our mobile website. The use of mobile technology may not continue to grow at historical rates, and consumers may not continue to use mobile technology for real estate research. Further, mobile technology may not be accepted as a viable long-term platform for a number of reasons, including actual or perceived lack of security of information and possible disruptions of service or connectivity. In addition, traffic on our mobile applications may not continue to grow if we do not continue to innovate and introduce enhanced products on mobile platforms, or if users believe that our competitors offer superior mobile products. The growth of traffic on our mobile products may also slow or decline if our mobile applications are no longer compatible with operating systems such as iOS, Android, Windows 8, or the devices they support. Additionally, real estate professionals and advertisers may choose to devote less of their spending to target mobile users for a number of reasons, including a perceived lack of effectiveness of display advertising on mobile devices. Although we have seen strong results in our mobile product monetization efforts with the launch of Trulia Mobile Ads in May 2012, we cannot assure you that we will continue to monetize our mobile products as effectively in the future. If use of our mobile products does not continue to grow, or if real estate professionals or advertisers decrease their spending on our mobile products, our business and operating results could be harmed.

If we do not continue to innovate and provide useful products, we may not remain competitive, and our business and financial performance could suffer.

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offerings and create new offerings for consumers, real estate professionals, and others involved in the residential real estate industry. If we are unable to continue to offer innovative products or to keep pace with our competitors’ offerings, our business and operating results will suffer.

We rely on Internet search engines to drive traffic to our website, and if we fail to appear high up in the search results, our traffic would decline and our business would be adversely affected.

We depend in part on Internet search engines, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo!, to drive traffic to our website. For example, when a user types a physical address into a search engine, we rely on a high organic search ranking of our webpages in these search results to refer the user to our website. However, our ability to maintain high organic search result rankings is not within our control. Our competitors’ search engine optimization, or SEO, efforts may result in their websites receiving a higher search result page ranking than ours, or Internet search engines could revise their methodologies in a way that would adversely affect our search result rankings. If Internet search engines modify their search algorithms in ways that are detrimental to us, or if our competitors’ SEO efforts are more successful than ours, overall growth in our user base could slow. Search engine providers could provide listings and other real estate information directly in search results or choose to align with our competitors. Our website has experienced fluctuations in search result rankings in the past, and we anticipate similar fluctuations in the future. Any reduction in the number of users directed to our website through search engines could harm our business and operating results.

Our recent revenue growth rates may not be indicative of our future growth, and we may not continue to grow at our recent pace, or at all.

From 2008 to 2012, our revenue grew from $8.1 million to $68.1 million, which represents a compounded annual growth rate of approximately 70%. In the future, our revenue may not grow as rapidly as it has over the past several years. We believe that our future revenue growth will depend, among other factors, on our ability to:

 

   

acquire additional subscribers and sell additional products to existing subscribers;

 

   

sell advertising to third parties;

 

   

attract a growing number of users to our website and mobile applications;

 

   

increase our brand awareness;

 

   

successfully develop and deploy new products for the residential real estate industry;

 

   

maximize our sales personnel’s productivity;

 

   

respond effectively to competitive threats;

 

   

successfully expand our business into adjacent markets, such as rentals, mortgages, and home improvement; and

 

   

successfully expand internationally.

We may not be successful in our efforts to do any of the foregoing, and any failure to be successful in these matters could materially and adversely affect our revenue growth. You should not consider our past revenue growth to be indicative of our future growth.

 

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Our revenue and operating results could vary significantly from period to period, which could cause the market price of our common stock to decline.

We generate revenue through sales of subscriptions to real estate professionals and sales of display advertising to advertisers. Our subscription and advertising sales can be difficult to predict and may result in fluctuations in our revenue from period to period. Our revenue and operating results have fluctuated in the past, and may continue to fluctuate in the future, as a result of a variety of factors, many of which are outside of our control. As a result, comparing our revenue and operating results on a period-to-period basis may not be meaningful, and you should not rely on past results as an indication of future performance.

Our revenue, operating results, or both, may be affected by a number of factors, including:

 

   

our subscription and advertising sales, particularly large advertising campaigns;

 

   

fluctuations in user activity on our website and mobile applications, including as a result of seasonal variations;

 

   

competition and the impact of offerings and pricing policies of our competitors;

 

   

the effects of changes in search engine placement and prominence of our website;

 

   

the amount and timing of operating expenses related to the maintenance and expansion of our business, operations, and infrastructure;

 

   

our ability to control costs, particularly those of third-party data providers;

 

   

our ability to reduce costs in a given period to compensate for unexpected shortfalls in revenue;

 

   

the timing of costs related to the development or acquisition of technologies or businesses;

 

   

our inability to complete or integrate efficiently any acquisitions that we may undertake;

 

   

our ability to collect amounts owed to us from advertisers;

 

   

changes in our tax rates or exposure to additional tax liabilities;

 

   

claims of intellectual property infringement against us and any resulting temporary or permanent injunction prohibiting us from selling our products or requirements to pay damages or expenses associated with any of those claims;

 

   

our ability to successfully expand in existing markets and enter new markets;

 

   

our ability to keep pace with changes in technology;

 

   

changes in government regulation affecting our business;

 

   

the effectiveness of our internal controls;

 

   

conditions in the real estate market; and

 

   

general economic conditions.

For example, individuals hired to join our sales team typically do not reach their maximum productivity until they have been employed for several months or more. Our fixed expenses related to the addition of personnel may not result in an increase in revenue in a given period or at all.

As a result of the foregoing factors and others discussed in this “Risk Factors” section, our operating results in one or more future periods may fail to meet or exceed our projections or the expectations of securities analysts or investors. In that event, the trading price of our common stock would likely decline.

 

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Seasonality may cause fluctuations in our traffic, revenue, and operating results.

From time to time, we experience seasonality in subscription revenue and display advertising due to fluctuations in traffic to our website and mobile applications. During the fourth quarter of each year, traffic to our marketplace has historically declined and our revenue has historically grown more slowly than in other quarters or has declined sequentially. Conversely, we typically experience higher growth in traffic and revenue during the spring and summer months, when consumers are more likely to buy new homes. We expect that seasonality will continue to affect traffic in our marketplace, as well as our revenue from subscriptions and advertising.

Declines in, or changes to, the real estate industry could adversely affect our business and financial performance.

Our business and financial performance are affected by the health of, and changes to, the residential real estate industry. Although we have built and grown our business during a worldwide economic downturn, home-buying patterns are sensitive to economic conditions and tend to decline or grow more slowly during these periods. A decrease in home purchases could lead to reductions in user traffic, reductions in subscriptions by real estate professionals, and a decline in marketing spend. Furthermore, online advertising products may be viewed by some existing and potential advertisers on our website and mobile applications as a lower priority, which could cause advertisers to reduce the amounts they spend on advertising, terminate their use of our products, or default on their payment obligations to us. In addition, we may become subject to rules and regulations in the real estate industry that may restrict or complicate our ability to deliver our products. These changes would harm our business and operating results.

Most recently, beginning in 2008, domestic and global economic conditions deteriorated rapidly, resulting in a dramatic slowdown in the housing market, which slowed advertising spending in the real estate industry. In addition, changes to the regulation of the real estate industry and related areas, including mortgage lending and the deductibility of home mortgage interest, may negatively affect the prevalence of home purchases. Real estate markets also may be negatively impacted by a significant natural disaster, such as earthquake, fire, flood, or other disruption. Declines or disruptions in the real estate market or increases in mortgage interest rates could reduce demand for our products and could harm our business and operating results.

We participate in a highly competitive market, and pressure from existing and new companies may adversely affect our business and operating results.

The market to provide home listings and marketing services for the residential real estate industry is highly competitive and fragmented. Homes are not typically marketed exclusively through any single channel. Consumers can access home listings and related data through more than one source. Accordingly, current and potential competitors could aggregate a set of listings similar to ours. We compete with online real estate marketplaces, such as Zillow.com, and Realtor.com, other real estate websites, and traditional offline media. We compete to attract consumers primarily on the basis of the number and quality of listings; user experience; the breadth, depth, and relevance of insights and other content on homes, neighborhoods, and professionals; brand and reputation; and the quality of mobile products. We compete to attract real estate professionals primarily on the basis of the quality of the website and mobile products, the size and attractiveness of the consumer audience, the quality and measurability of the leads we generate, the perceived return on investment we deliver, and the effectiveness of marketing and workflow tools. We also compete for advertisers against other media, including print media, television and radio, social networks, search engines, other websites, and email marketing. We compete primarily on the basis of the size and attractiveness of the audience; pricing; and the ability to target desired audiences.

Many of our existing and potential competitors have substantial competitive advantages, such as:

 

   

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longer operating histories;

 

   

more financial, research and development, sales and marketing, and other resources;

 

   

more extensive relationships with participants in the residential real estate industry, such as brokers, agents, and advertisers;

 

   

strong relationships with third-party data providers, such as multiple listing services and listing aggregators;

 

   

access to larger user bases; and

 

   

larger intellectual property portfolios.

The success of our competitors could result in fewer users visiting our website and mobile applications, the loss of subscribers and advertisers, price reductions for our subscriptions and display advertising, weaker operating results, and loss of market share. Our competitors also may be able to provide users with products that are different from or superior to those we can provide, or to provide users with a broader range of products and prices.

We expect increased competition if our market continues to expand. In addition, current or potential competitors may be acquired by third parties with greater resources than ours, which would further strengthen these current or potential competitors and enable them to compete more vigorously or broadly with us. If we are not able to compete effectively, our business and operating results will be materially and adversely affected.

If our users do not continue to contribute content or their contributions are not valuable to other users, our marketplace would be less attractive, which could negatively affect our unique visitor traffic and revenue.

Our success depends on our ability to provide consumers with the information they seek, which in turn depends in part on the content contributed by our users. We believe that one of our primary competitive advantages is the quality and quantity of the user-generated content in our marketplace, and that information is one of the main reasons consumers use our platform. If we are unable to provide consumers with the information they seek because our users do not contribute content, or because the content that they contribute is not helpful and reliable, the number of consumers visiting our website and using our mobile applications may decline. If we experience a decline in consumers visiting our website and using our mobile applications, real estate professionals and advertisers may not view our marketplace as attractive for their marketing expenditures, and may reduce their spending with us. Any decline in visits to our website and usage of our mobile applications by consumers and any decline in spending by real estate professionals and advertisers with us would harm our business and operating results.

In addition, we monitor new contributions to user-generated content because we believe this metric is a key indicator of our user engagement and the strength of our community. In the event that the number of new contributions to user-generated content declines, this metric may provide a leading indicator of the health of our business. However, if the quantity of new contributions to user-generated content continues to increase but the quality of user-generated content declines, this metric would not capture any corresponding declines in user engagement or the strength of our community as evidenced by the lower quality of user-generated content, and such data would be of limited use in those circumstances.

Our growth depends in part on our relationship with third parties to provide us with local information.

Third parties provide us with information that we use to provide users with insights that go beyond listings, such as information about schools, crime, and neighborhood amenities. Property descriptions and sale transactions obtained via third-party data providers also inform the valuations provided by our Trulia Estimates feature. If these third-party data providers terminate their relationships with us, the information that we provide to users may be limited or the quality of the information may suffer. If we are unable to renew our agreements with these data providers on favorable terms to us or to secure alternative sources for this information, our costs may increase and our business may be harmed.

 

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If we do not display accurate and complete information on a timely basis, our user traffic may decline, our reputation would suffer, and our business and operating results would be harmed.

We receive listing and other information provided by listing aggregators and other third parties that we include on our website and mobile applications. Our reputation with consumers depends on the accuracy and completeness of the information that we provide, although the accuracy and completeness of this data is often outside of our control. We cannot independently verify the accuracy or completeness of all of the information provided to us by third parties. If third parties provide us with inaccurate or incomplete information that we then display on our website and mobile applications, consumers may become dissatisfied with our products, our traffic may decrease, and our reputation may suffer. Real estate professionals also expect listings data and other information to be accurate and complete, and to the extent our information is incorrect or incomplete, our reputation and business relationships may suffer.

In addition, we update the listing information that we provide on our website and mobile applications on a daily basis. To the extent that we are no longer able to update information in our marketplace on a timely basis, or if consumers begin to expect updates in a more timely manner, we may be forced to make investments which allow us to update information with higher frequency. There can be no assurance that we will be able to provide information at a pace necessary to satisfy consumers in a cost-effective manner, or at all.

Growth of our business will depend on a strong brand, and any failure to maintain, protect, and enhance our brand would hurt our ability to retain or expand our base of users, or our ability to increase their level of engagement.

We believe that a strong brand is necessary to continue to attract and retain consumers and, in turn, the real estate professionals and others who choose to advertise on our websites and mobile applications. We need to maintain, protect, and enhance the “Trulia” brand in order to expand our base of users and increase their engagement with our website and mobile applications. This will depend largely on our ability to continue to provide high-value, differentiated products, and we may not be able to do so effectively. While we may choose to engage in a broader marketing campaign to further promote our brand, this effort may not be successful. Furthermore, negative publicity about our company, including our content, technology, sales practices, personnel, or customer service could diminish confidence in and the use of our products, which could harm our operating results. If we are unable to maintain or enhance user and advertiser awareness of our brand cost effectively, our business, operating results, and financial condition could be harmed. In addition, our website serves as a forum for expression by our users, and if some of our users contribute inappropriate content and offend other users, our reputation could be harmed.

We rely on a small number of advertising partners for a substantial portion of our media revenue, and we are subject to risks as a result of this advertiser concentration.

In the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010, the ten largest advertising partners accounted for more than 63%, 50% and 50% of our media revenue, respectively. One of our growth strategies is to increase the amount large advertisers spend in our marketplace, and we expect this revenue concentration to continue. If one or more of these large advertisers were to decrease or discontinue advertising with us, our business and operating results will be adversely affected.

Our operating results may be adversely affected by a failure to collect amounts owed to us by advertisers.

We often run display advertisements in our marketplace prior to receiving payment from an advertiser, which makes us subject to credit risks. In the past, certain advertisers have been unable to pay us due to bankruptcy or other reasons, and we cannot assure you that we will not experience collection issues in the future. If we have difficulty collecting amounts owed to us by advertisers, or fail to collect these amounts at all, our results of operations and financial condition would be adversely affected.

 

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We depend on our talented personnel to grow and operate our business, and if we are unable to hire, retain, manage, and motivate our personnel, or if our new personnel do not perform as we anticipate, we may not be able to grow effectively.

Our future success will depend upon our continued ability to identify, hire, develop, motivate, and retain talented personnel. We may not be able to retain the services of any of our employees or other members of senior management in the future. We do not have employment agreements other than offer letters with any key employee, and we do not maintain key person life insurance for any employee. In addition, from time to time, there may be changes in our senior management team that may be disruptive to our business. If our senior management team fails to work together effectively and to execute our plans and strategies, our business could be harmed.

Our growth strategy also depends on our ability to expand our organization by hiring high-quality personnel. Identifying, recruiting, training, integrating, managing, and motivating talented individuals will require significant time, expense, and attention. Competition for talent is intense, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, where our headquarters is located. If we are not able to effectively recruit and retain our talent, our business and our ability to achieve our strategic objectives would be harmed.

Growth may place significant demands on our management and our infrastructure.

We have experienced substantial growth in our business that has placed, and may continue to place, significant demands on our management and our operational and financial infrastructure. As our operations grow in size, scope, and complexity, we will need to improve and upgrade our systems and infrastructure. The expansion of our systems and infrastructure will require us to commit substantial financial, operational, and technical resources in advance of an increase in the volume of business, with no assurance that the volume of business will increase. Continued growth could also strain our ability to maintain reliable service levels for our users and advertisers, develop and improve our operational, financial, and management controls, enhance our reporting systems and procedures, and recruit, train, and retain highly skilled personnel.

Our products are accessed by a large number of users, often at the same time. If the use of our marketplace continues to expand, we may not be able to scale our technology to accommodate increased capacity requirements, which may result in interruptions or delays in service. The failure of our systems and operations to meet our capacity requirements could result in interruptions or delays in service or impede our ability to scale our operations.

Managing our growth will require significant expenditures and allocation of valuable management resources. If we fail to achieve the necessary level of efficiency in our organization as it grows, our business, operating results, and financial condition would be harmed.

Future acquisitions and investments could disrupt our business, cause dilution to our stockholders, and harm our financial condition and operating results.

Our success will depend, in part, on our ability to expand our products and markets, and grow our business in response to changing technologies, user, and advertiser demands, and competitive pressures. In some circumstances, we may determine to do so through the acquisition of complementary businesses and technologies rather than through internal development, including, for example, our acquisition of Movity, Inc., a geographic data company. The identification of suitable acquisition candidates can be difficult, time-consuming, and costly, and we may not be able to successfully complete identified acquisitions. The risks we face in connection with acquisitions include:

 

   

diversion of management time and focus from operating our business to addressing acquisition integration challenges;

 

   

coordination of research and development and sales and marketing functions;

 

   

transition of the acquired company’s users to our website and mobile applications;

 

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retention of employees from the acquired company;

 

   

cultural challenges associated with integrating employees from the acquired company into our organization;

 

   

failure to successfully continue the development of acquired technologies;

 

   

integration of the acquired company’s accounting, management information, human resources, and other administrative systems;

 

   

the need to implement or improve controls, procedures, and policies at a business that prior to the acquisition may have lacked effective controls, procedures, and policies;

 

   

liability for activities of the acquired company before the acquisition, including patent and trademark infringement claims, violations of laws, commercial disputes, tax liabilities, and other known and unknown liabilities;

 

   

litigation or other claims in connection with the acquired company, including claims from terminated employees, users, former stockholders, or other third parties;

 

   

substantial impairments to goodwill or intangible assets in the event that an acquisition proves to be less valuable than the price we paid for it; and

 

   

the possibility that any acquisition may be viewed negatively by our customers or investors or the financial markets.

Our failure to address these risks or other problems encountered in connection with our past or future acquisitions and investments could cause us to fail to realize the anticipated benefits of these acquisitions or investments, cause us to incur unanticipated liabilities, and harm our business generally. Also, the anticipated benefits of any acquisitions may not materialize.

Competition within our industry for acquisitions of businesses, technologies, assets and product lines has been, and is likely to continue to be, intense. As such, even if we are able to identify an acquisition that we would like to consummate, we may not be able to complete the acquisition on commercially reasonable terms or because the target chooses to be acquired by another company. Furthermore, in the event that we are able to identify and consummate any future acquisitions, we may, in each of those acquisitions:

 

   

issue equity securities which would dilute current stockholders’ percentage ownership;

 

   

incur substantial debt to finance the acquisition or assume substantial debt in the acquisition;

 

   

incur significant acquisition-related expenses;

 

   

assume substantial liabilities, contingent or otherwise; or

 

   

expend significant cash.

These financing activities or expenditures could harm our operating results, cash flows and financial condition or the price of our common stock. Alternatively, due to difficulties in the capital or credit markets, we may be unable to secure capital on reasonable terms, or at all, necessary to complete an acquisition.

A significant disruption in service on our website or of our mobile applications could damage our reputation and result in a loss of users of our products and of advertisers, which could harm our business, operating results, and financial condition.

Our brand, reputation, and ability to attract users and advertisers depend on the reliable performance of our network infrastructure and content delivery. We may experience significant interruptions with our systems in the future. Interruptions in these systems, whether due to system failures, computer viruses, or physical or electronic break-ins, could affect the security or availability of our products on our website and mobile applications, and prevent or inhibit the ability of users to access our products. Problems with the reliability or security of our systems could harm our reputation, result in a loss of users of our products and of advertisers, and result in additional costs.

 

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Substantially all of the communications, network, and computer hardware used to operate our website and mobile applications is located at a single colocation facility in Santa Clara, California. While we have made investments to back up our system in the event of a disruption involving this facility, our systems are not fully redundant. In addition, we do not own or control the operation of this facility. Our systems and operations are vulnerable to damage or interruption from fire, flood, power loss, telecommunications failure, terrorist attacks, acts of war, electronic and physical break-ins, computer viruses, earthquakes, and similar events. The occurrence of any of these events could result in damage to our systems and hardware or could cause them to fail.

Problems faced by our third-party web hosting providers could adversely affect the experience of our users. Our third-party web hosting providers could close their facilities without adequate notice. Any financial difficulties, up to and including bankruptcy, faced by our third-party web hosting providers or any of the service providers with whom they contract may have negative effects on our business, the nature and extent of which are difficult to predict. If our third-party web hosting providers are unable to keep up with our growing capacity needs, our business could be harmed.

Any errors, defects, disruptions, or other performance or reliability problems with our network operations could cause interruptions in access to our products as well as delays and additional expense in arranging new facilities and services and could harm our reputation, business, operating results, and financial condition.

Our failure to protect confidential information of our users against security breaches could damage our reputation and brand and harm our business and operating results.

We maintain sensitive information provided by users and advertisers. We rely on encryption and authentication technology licensed from third parties to effect secure transmission of confidential information, including personally identifiable information and credit card numbers. We may need to expend significant resources to protect against security breaches or to address problems caused by breaches. If we are unable to maintain the security of confidential information that is provided to us by our users, our reputation and brand could be harmed and we may be exposed to a risk of loss or litigation and possible liability, any of which could harm our business and operating results.

Failure to adequately protect our intellectual property could harm our business and operating results.

Our business depends on our intellectual property, the protection of which is crucial to the success of our business. We rely on a combination of patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright law and contractual restrictions to protect our intellectual property. In addition, we attempt to protect our intellectual property, technology, and confidential information by requiring our employees and consultants to enter into confidentiality and assignment of inventions agreements and third parties to enter into nondisclosure agreements. These agreements may not effectively prevent unauthorized use or disclosure of our confidential information, intellectual property, or technology and may not provide an adequate remedy in the event of unauthorized use or disclosure of our confidential information, intellectual property, or technology. Despite our efforts to protect our proprietary rights, unauthorized parties may attempt to copy aspects of our website features, software, and functionality or obtain and use information that we consider proprietary.

We have registered “Trulia” as a trademark in the United States, the European Union and Canada. Competitors may adopt service names similar to ours, thereby harming our ability to build brand identity and possibly leading to user confusion. In addition, there could be potential trade name or trademark infringement claims brought by owners of other registered trademarks or trademarks that incorporate variations of the term “Trulia.”

We currently hold the “Trulia.com” Internet domain name and various other related domain names. The regulation of domain names in the United States is subject to change. Regulatory bodies could establish additional top-level domains, appoint additional domain name registrars, or modify the requirements for holding domain names. As a result, we may not be able to acquire or maintain all domain names that use the name Trulia.

 

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Litigation or proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or other governmental authorities and administrative bodies in the United States and abroad may be necessary in the future to enforce our intellectual property rights, to protect our patent rights, trade secrets, and domain names and to determine the validity and scope of the proprietary rights of others. Our efforts to enforce or protect our proprietary rights may be ineffective and could result in substantial costs and diversion of resources, which could harm our business and operating results.

Intellectual property infringement assertions by third parties could result in significant costs and harm our business and operating results.

Other parties have asserted, and may in the future assert, that we have infringed their intellectual property rights. Such litigation may involve patent holding companies or other adverse patent owners who have no relevant product revenue, and therefore our own issued and pending patents may provide little or no deterrence. We could also be required to pay damages in an unspecified amount. For example, in September 2011, we entered into a settlement agreement with CIVIX-DDI LLC, or CIVIX, relating to a claim by CIVIX that we infringed two CIVIX patents relating to searching and locating real estate. Under the settlement agreement, we agreed to pay CIVIX to settle the litigation.

In addition, on September 12, 2012, Zillow, Inc., or Zillow, filed a lawsuit against us in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleging that we infringe on one U.S. patent held by it. The lawsuit alleges that one component of our Trulia Estimates feature infringes upon Zillow’s patent insofar as Trulia Estimates allows homeowners to claim their homes and provide additional information about the properties, which enables us to update the valuation estimates for such properties. We started offering our Trulia Estimates feature in 2011. Zillow is seeking a permanent injunction against the alleged infringement, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees. We filed a motion to dismiss Zillow’s complaint on December 19, 2012. The court deferred ruling on our motion to dismiss because the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to soon provide guidance on the question raised in our motion.

On January 10, 2013, Mortgage Grader, Inc., or Mortgage Grader, filed a lawsuit against us in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, alleging that we infringe on two U.S. patents held by it. The lawsuit alleges that our mortgage center infringes its patents insofar as we provide a method of assisting borrowers in obtaining mortgage loans. Mortgage Grader is seeking an injunction against the alleged infringement, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees.

The foregoing litigation matters could cause us to incur significant expenses and costs. In addition, the outcome of any litigation is inherently unpredictable, and as a result of these litigation matters, we may be required to pay damages, an injunction may be entered against us that requires us to change certain features in our marketplace, or a license or other right to continue to deliver an unmodified version of such features may not be made available to us at all or may require us to pay ongoing royalties and comply with unfavorable terms. Any of these outcomes could harm our business. Even if we were to prevail, these litigation matters could be costly and time-consuming, could divert the attention of our management and key personnel from our business operations, and may discourage consumers, real estate professionals, and advertisers from using our marketplace.

From time to time, we also have other claims brought against us by third parties alleging infringement of their intellectual property. We cannot predict whether other assertions of third-party intellectual property rights or claims arising from such assertions will substantially harm our business and operating results. The defense of these claims and any future infringement claims, whether they are with or without merit or are determined in our favor, may result in costly litigation and diversion of technical and management personnel. Furthermore, an adverse outcome of a dispute may require us to pay damages, potentially including treble damages and attorneys’ fees, if we are found to have willfully infringed a party’s patent or copyright rights; cease making, licensing or using products that are alleged to incorporate the intellectual property of others; expend additional development resources to redesign our products; and enter into potentially unfavorable royalty or license agreements in order to obtain the right to use necessary technologies. Royalty or licensing agreements, if required, may be unavailable on terms acceptable to us, or at all. In any event, we may need to license intellectual property which

 

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would require us to pay royalties or make one-time payments. Even if these matters do not result in litigation or are resolved in our favor or without significant cash settlements, the time and resources necessary to resolve them could harm our business, operating results, financial condition, and reputation.

Valuation and other proprietary data may be subject to disputes.

We provide data that is relevant to the decision to purchase a home and some of this data is subject to revision, interpretation, or dispute. For example, our Trulia Estimate s tool provides users with home valuations and is based on algorithms we have developed to analyze third-party data. We revise our algorithms regularly, which may cause valuations to differ from those previously provided. Consumers and real estate professionals sometimes disagree with our estimates. Any such variation in or disagreements about the estimates that we present could result in negative user feedback, harm our reputation, or lead to legal disputes.

We are subject to payments-related risks.

We accept payments using a variety of methods, including credit and debit cards. For certain payment methods, including credit and debit cards, we pay bank interchange and other fees, which may increase over time and raise our operating costs and lower profitability. We rely on third parties to provide payment processing services, including the processing of credit and debit cards, and our business would be disrupted if these companies become unwilling or unable to provide these services to us. We are also subject to payment card association operating rules, certification requirements, and rules governing electronic funds transfers, which could change or be reinterpreted to make it difficult or impossible for us to comply. If we fail to comply with these rules or requirements, we may be subject to fines and higher transaction fees and lose our ability to accept credit and debit card payments from consumers or facilitate other types of online payments, and our business and operating results could be adversely affected.

Our business is subject to a variety of state and federal laws, many of which are unsettled and still developing and which could subject us to claims or otherwise harm our business.

We are subject to a variety of federal and state laws, including laws regarding data retention, privacy, and consumer protection, that are continuously evolving and developing. The scope and interpretation of the laws that are or may be applicable to us are often uncertain and may be conflicting. For example, laws relating to the liability of providers of online services for activities of their users and other third parties are currently being tested by a number of claims, including actions based on invasion of privacy and other torts, unfair competition, copyright and trademark infringement, and other theories based on the nature and content of the materials searched, the ads posted, or the content provided by users. In addition, regulatory authorities are considering a number of legislative and regulatory proposals concerning data protection and other matters that may be applicable to our business. Changes to existing laws or regulations or the adoption of new laws or regulations could negatively affect our business. It is difficult to predict how existing laws will be applied to our business and the new laws to which we may become subject.

If we are unable to implement and maintain effective internal control over financial reporting in the future, the accuracy, and timeliness of our financial reporting may be adversely affected.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, requires, among other things, that we assess the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting annually and the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures quarterly. If we are not able to comply with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in a timely manner, the market price of our stock could decline and we could be subject to sanctions or investigations by the New York Stock Exchange, the SEC or other regulatory authorities, which would require additional financial and management resources. In connection with the audit of our financial statements for 2009, 2010, and 2011, we identified a material weakness in the design and operating effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting that was the result of a lack of a sufficient number of qualified personnel within

 

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our accounting department that possessed an appropriate level of expertise to perform certain accounting functions. A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, that creates a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of a company’s annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.

Although we have remediated this material weakness, we cannot assure you that there will not be material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting in the future.

We have not performed an evaluation of our internal control over financial reporting, such as required by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, nor have we engaged our independent registered public accounting firm to perform an audit of our internal control over financial reporting as of any balance sheet date or for any period reported in our financial statements. Had we performed such an evaluation or had our independent registered public accounting firm performed an audit of our internal control over financial reporting, control deficiencies, including material weaknesses and significant deficiencies in addition to those discussed above, may have been identified. In addition, we are an “emerging growth company” as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, and as such we may elect to avail ourselves of the exemption from the requirement that our independent registered public accounting firm audit our internal control over financial reporting under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act until we cease to be an “emerging growth company.” See “—We are an “emerging growth company,” and any decision on our part to comply only with certain reduced reporting and disclosure requirements applicable to emerging growth companies could make our common stock less attractive to investors,” for additional risks relating to our “emerging growth company” status.

If we are unable to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting to meet the demands placed upon us as a public company, including the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, we may be unable to accurately report our financial results, or report them within the timeframes required by law or exchange regulations.

Complying with the laws and regulations affecting public companies has increased and may continue to increase our costs and the demands on management and could harm our operating results.

As a public company, we have incurred and expect to continue to incur significant legal, accounting, and other expenses. In addition, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and rules subsequently implemented by the SEC and the New York Stock Exchange impose various requirements on public companies, including requiring changes in corporate governance practices. Our management and other personnel have devoted and will need to continue to devote a substantial amount of time to these compliance initiatives. Moreover, these rules and regulations have increased and will continue to increase our legal, accounting, and financial compliance costs and have made and will continue to make some activities more time-consuming and costly. These rules and regulations could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified persons to serve on our board of directors or our board committees or as executive officers.

In addition, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires, among other things, that we assess the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting annually and the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures quarterly. In particular, beginning with the year ending December 31, 2013, we will need to perform system and process evaluation and testing of our internal control over financial reporting to allow management to report on, and our independent registered public accounting firm potentially to attest to, the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting, as required by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or Section 404. As an “emerging growth company” we may elect to avail ourselves of the exemption from the requirement that our independent registered public accounting firm attest to the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. However, we may no longer avail ourselves of this exemption when we cease to be an “emerging growth company” and, when our independent registered public accounting firm is required to undertake an assessment of our internal control over financial reporting, the cost of our compliance with Section 404 will correspondingly increase. Our compliance with applicable provisions of

 

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Section 404 will require that we incur substantial accounting expense and expend significant management time on compliance-related issues as we implement additional corporate governance practices and comply with reporting requirements. Moreover, if we are not able to comply with the requirements of Section 404 applicable to us in a timely manner, or if we or our independent registered public accounting firm identifies deficiencies in our internal control over financial reporting that are deemed to be material weaknesses, the market price of our stock could decline and we could be subject to sanctions or investigations by the SEC or other regulatory authorities, which would require additional financial and management resources.

Furthermore, investor perceptions of our company may suffer if deficiencies are found, and this could cause a decline in the market price of our stock. Irrespective of compliance with Section 404, any failure of our internal control over financial reporting could have a material adverse effect on our stated operating results and harm our reputation. If we are unable to implement these changes effectively or efficiently, it could harm our operations, financial reporting, or financial results and could result in an adverse opinion on internal control from our independent registered public accounting firm.

We are an “emerging growth company,” and any decision on our part to comply only with certain reduced reporting and disclosure requirements applicable to emerging growth companies could make our common stock less attractive to investors.

We are an “emerging growth company,” as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act enacted in April 2012, and, for as long as we continue to be an “emerging growth company,” we may choose to take advantage of exemptions from various reporting requirements applicable to other public companies but not to “emerging growth companies,” including, but not limited to, not being required to have our independent registered public accounting firm audit our internal control over financial reporting under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. We could be an “emerging growth company” until December 31, 2017; however, if we have more than $1.0 billion in annual revenue, if the market value of our common stock that is held by non-affiliates exceeds $700 million as of June 30 of any year, or we issue more than $1.0 billion of non-convertible debt over a three-year period before the end of that five-year period, we would cease to be an “emerging growth company” as of the following December 31. We cannot predict if investors will find our common stock less attractive if we choose to rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our common stock less attractive as a result of any choices to reduce future disclosure, there may be a less active trading market for our common stock and our stock price may be more volatile.

Under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, emerging growth companies can delay adopting new or revised accounting standards until such time as those standards apply to private companies. We have irrevocably elected not to avail ourselves of this exemption from new or revised accounting standards, and, therefore, we will be subject to the same new or revised accounting standards as other public companies that are not emerging growth companies.

We have pledged substantially all of our assets to secure indebtedness.

On September 15, 2011, we entered into a loan and security agreement with Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc., or Hercules, providing for a secured term loan facility, or the credit facility, in an aggregate principal amount of up to $20.0 million to be used for general business purposes. Indebtedness we incur under this agreement is secured by substantially all of our assets. This agreement contains customary affirmative and negative covenants, including covenants that limit or restrict our ability to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, grant liens, make investments, repurchase stock, pay dividends, transfer assets, merge or consolidate, and make acquisitions. In May 2012, we failed to comply with the covenant that required delivery of audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011 within the time period set forth in the credit facility. Hercules granted a waiver arising from our failure to comply with this reporting covenant. If we default on our obligations under this agreement, Hercules may foreclose on our assets to repay our outstanding

 

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obligations to Hercules, which would materially and adversely impact our business. As of December 31, 2012, we had drawn $10.0 million in term loans under the credit facility, and the drawdown period for the remaining $10.0 million expired. If we default on payments due pursuant to the credit facility and are forced to sell assets to satisfy these obligations, our business would be materially and adversely affected.

Our operating results may be harmed if we are required to collect sales taxes for our products.

There is general uncertainty in the industry about the obligation of Internet-based businesses to collect and remit sales taxes in jurisdictions where their commerce is solely virtual. In the current climate, it is possible that one or more states or countries could seek to impose sales or other tax collection obligations on us or our subscribers with regards to our products, which taxes may be applicable to past sales. A successful assertion that we should be collecting additional sales or other taxes on our products could result in substantial tax liabilities for past sales, discourage subscribers from purchasing our products, or otherwise harm our business and operating results.

If we fail to expand effectively into adjacent markets, our growth prospects could be harmed.

We intend to expand our operations into adjacent markets, such as rentals, mortgages, and home improvement, and into international geographies. We may incur losses or otherwise fail to enter these markets successfully. Our expansion into these markets will place us in competitive environments with which we are unfamiliar and involves various risks, including the need to invest significant resources and the possibility that returns on such investments will not be achieved for several years, or at all. In attempting to establish a presence in new markets, we expect to incur significant expenses and face various other challenges, such as expanding our sales force and management personnel to cover these markets. For example, in September 2012, we introduced a mortgage product through which we provide real-time mortgage quotes to our users. We currently obtain mortgage quotes from a single third party partner. While the third party partner is obligated under our agreement to continue to provide real-time mortgage quotes and to support us until August 2013, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to continue to obtain mortgage quotes from this third party partner beyond August 2013. If we are unable to add additional real-time mortgage quote providers, find replacement real-time mortgage quote providers on similar or better terms or we are unable to integrate with other providers, our expansion into the mortgage market will be hindered and our business and operating results may suffer.

We may require additional capital to support business growth, and this capital might not be available on acceptable terms, if at all.

We intend to continue to make investments to support our business growth and may require additional funds to respond to business challenges, including the need to develop new features and products or enhance our existing products, improve our operating infrastructure, or acquire complementary businesses and technologies. Accordingly, we may need to engage in equity or debt financings to secure additional funds. If we raise additional funds through future issuances of equity or convertible debt securities, our existing stockholders could suffer significant ownership dilution, and any new equity securities we issue could have rights, preferences, and privileges superior to those of holders of our common stock. Any debt financing we secure in the future could involve restrictive covenants relating to our capital raising activities and other financial and operational matters, which may make it more difficult for us to obtain additional capital and to pursue business opportunities, including potential acquisitions. We may not be able to obtain additional financing on terms favorable to us, if at all. If we are unable to obtain adequate financing or financing on terms satisfactory to us when we require it, our ability to continue to support our business growth and to respond to business challenges could be impaired, and our business may be harmed.

Risks Related to Ownership of Our Common Stock

Our actual operating results may differ significantly from our guidance.

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management’s estimates as of the date of release. This guidance, which includes forward-looking statements, has been and will be based on projections prepared by our management. These projections are not prepared with a view toward compliance with published guidelines of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and neither our registered public accountants nor any other independent expert or outside party compiles or examines the projections. Accordingly, no such person expresses any opinion or any other form of assurance with respect to the projections.

Projections are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while presented with numerical specificity, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control and are based upon specific assumptions with respect to future business decisions, some of which will change. We intend to state possible outcomes as high and low ranges which are intended to provide a sensitivity analysis as variables are changed but are not intended to imply that actual results could not fall outside of the suggested ranges. The principal reason that we release guidance is to provide a basis for our management to discuss our business outlook with analysts and investors. We do not accept any responsibility for any projections or reports published by any such third parties.

Guidance is necessarily speculative in nature, and it can be expected that some or all of the assumptions underlying the guidance furnished by us will not materialize or will vary significantly from actual results. Accordingly, our guidance is only an estimate of what management believes is realizable as of the date of release. Actual results may vary from our guidance and the variations may be material. In light of the foregoing, investors are urged not to rely upon our guidance in making an investment decision regarding our common stock.

Any failure to successfully implement our operating strategy or the occurrence of any of the events or circumstances set forth in this “Risk Factors” section in this Annual Report on Form 10-K could result in the actual operating results being different from our guidance, and the differences may be adverse and material.

Concentration of ownership among our existing executive officers, directors, and their affiliates may prevent new investors from influencing significant corporate decisions.

As of December 31, 2012, our executive officers, directors, and holders of 5% or more of our outstanding common stock beneficially own, in the aggregate, a majority of our outstanding shares of common stock. Some of these persons or entities may have interests that are different from yours. For example, these stockholders may support proposals and actions with which you may disagree or which are not in your interests. These stockholders will be able to exercise a significant level of control over all matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of directors, amendment of our certificate of incorporation, and approval of significant corporate transactions. This control could have the effect of delaying or preventing a change of control of our company or changes in management and will make the approval of certain transactions difficult or impossible without the support of these stockholders, which in turn could reduce the price of our common stock.

The price of our common stock may be volatile, and you could lose all or part of your investment.

The trading price of our common stock has fluctuated and may continue to fluctuate substantially. Since shares of our common stock were sold in our initial public offering, or the IPO, in September 2012 at a price of $17.00 per share, the reported high and low sales prices of our common stock have ranged from $14.69 to $38.22 through February 28, 2013. The trading price of our common stock depends on a number of factors, including those described in this “Risk Factors” section, many of which are beyond our control and may not be related to our operating performance. These fluctuations could cause you to lose all or part of your investment in our common stock since you might be unable to sell your shares at or above the price you paid. Factors that could cause fluctuations in the trading price of our common stock include the following:

 

   

price and volume fluctuations in the overall stock market from time to time;

 

   

volatility in the market prices and trading volumes of high technology stocks;

 

   

changes in operating performance and stock market valuations of other technology companies generally, or those in our industry in particular;

 

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sales of shares of our common stock by us or our stockholders;

 

   

failure of securities analysts to maintain coverage of us, changes in financial estimates by any securities analysts who follow our company, or our failure to meet these estimates or the expectations of investors;

 

   

the financial projections we may provide to the public, any changes in those projections, or our failure to meet those projections;

 

   

announcements by us or our competitors of new products;

 

   

the public’s reaction to our press releases, other public announcements, and filings with the SEC;

 

   

rumors and market speculation involving us or other companies in our industry;

 

   

actual or anticipated changes in our operating results or fluctuations in our operating results;

 

   

actual or anticipated developments in our business, our competitors’ businesses, or the competitive landscape generally;

 

   

litigation involving us, our industry or both, or investigations by regulators into our operations or those of our competitors;

 

   

developments or disputes concerning our intellectual property or other proprietary rights;

 

   

announced or completed acquisitions of businesses or technologies by us or our competitors;

 

   

new laws or regulations or new interpretations of existing laws or regulations applicable to our business;

 

   

changes in accounting standards, policies, guidelines, interpretations, or principles;

 

   

any significant change in our management;

 

   

conditions in the real estate industry or changes in mortgage interest rates; and

 

   

general economic conditions and slow or negative growth of our markets.

In addition, the stock market in general, and the market for technology companies in particular, have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of those companies. Broad market and industry factors may seriously affect the market price of our common stock, regardless of our actual operating performance. In addition, in the past, following periods of volatility in the overall market and the market prices of a particular companies’ securities, securities class action litigations have often been instituted against these companies. Litigation of this type, if instituted against us, could result in substantial costs and a diversion of our management’s attention and resources.

A substantial majority of our total outstanding shares are restricted from immediate resale, but may be sold on a stock exchange in the near future. The large number of shares eligible for public sale or subject to rights requiring us to register them for public sale could depress the market price of our common stock.

The market price of our common stock could decline as a result of sales of a large number of shares of our common stock in the market, and the perception that these sales could occur may also depress the market price of our common stock. As of December 31, 2012, we had 27,552,818 shares of common stock outstanding. Certain holders of shares of outstanding common stock have agreed with the underwriters of our initial public offering, subject to certain exceptions, not to dispose of or hedge any of their common stock before March 19, 2013, except with the prior written consent of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. However, on February 21, 2013, the early release feature of the agreement with the underwriters had been triggered, an on February 22, 2013, 25% of each holder’s shares of our common stock subject to the agreement with the underwriters became available for sale in the public market in the United States, subject to prior registration in the

 

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United States, if required, or reliance upon an exemption from United States registration, including in the case of shares held by affiliates or control persons, compliance with the volume restrictions of Rule 144. This early release was triggered because the closing price of our common stock on the New York Stock Exchange was equal to or greater than $23.80 for 20 out of 30 trading days ending on or after December 18, 2012. Beginning on March 19, 2013, the balance of these shares may be sold in the public market in the United States, subject to prior registration in the United States, if required, or reliance upon an exemption from United States registration, including, in the case of shares held by affiliates or control persons, compliance with the volume restrictions of Rule 144.

An aggregate of 15,694,006 shares are entitled, under contracts providing for registration rights, to require us to register shares of our common stock owned by them for public sale in the United States. In addition, we filed a registration statement to register the approximately 6,112,904 shares reserved for future issuance under our equity compensation plans. Subject to the satisfaction of applicable exercise periods and, in certain cases, lock-up agreements with the representatives of the underwriters referred to above, the shares of common stock issued upon exercise of outstanding options will be available for immediate resale in the United States in the open market.

Sales of our common stock as restrictions end or pursuant to registration rights may make it more difficult for us to sell equity securities in the future at a time and at a price that we deem appropriate. These sales also could cause our stock price to fall and make it more difficult for you to sell shares of our common stock.

Anti-takeover provisions contained in our certificate of incorporation and bylaws, as well as provisions of Delaware law, could impair a takeover attempt.

Our certificate of incorporation, bylaws, and Delaware law contain provisions which could have the effect of rendering more difficult, delaying, or preventing an acquisition deemed undesirable by our board of directors. Our corporate governance documents include provisions:

 

   

providing for a classified board of directors whose members serve staggered three-year terms;

 

   

authorizing “blank check” preferred stock, which could be issued by our board of directors without stockholder approval and may contain voting, liquidation, dividend, and other rights superior to our common stock;

 

   

limiting the liability of, and providing indemnification to, our directors and officers;

 

   

limiting the ability of our stockholders to call and bring business before special meetings;

 

   

requiring advance notice of stockholder proposals for business to be conducted at meetings of our stockholders and for nominations of candidates for election to our board of directors;

 

   

controlling the procedures for the conduct and scheduling of board of directors and stockholder meetings; and

 

   

providing our board of directors with the express power to postpone previously scheduled annual meetings and to cancel previously scheduled special meetings.

These provisions, alone or together, could delay or prevent hostile takeovers and changes in control or changes in our management.

As a Delaware corporation, we are also subject to provisions of Delaware law, including Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation law, which prevents some stockholders holding more than 15% of our outstanding common stock from engaging in certain business combinations without approval of the holders of substantially all of our outstanding common stock.

Any provision of our certificate of incorporation, bylaws or Delaware law that has the effect of delaying or deterring a change in control could limit the opportunity for our stockholders to receive a premium for their shares of our common stock, and could also affect the price that some investors are willing to pay for our common stock.

 

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If securities or industry analysts do not publish or cease publishing research or reports about us, our business or our market, or if they change their recommendations regarding our stock adversely, our stock price and trading volume could decline.

The trading market for our common stock has been and may continue to be influenced by the research and reports that industry or securities analysts may publish about us, our business, our market, or our competitors. If any of the analysts who covers us change their recommendation regarding our stock adversely, or provide more favorable relative recommendations about our competitors, our stock price would likely decline. If any analyst who covers us were to cease coverage of our company or fail to regularly publish reports on us, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which in turn could cause our stock price or trading volume to decline.

We do not expect to declare any dividends in the foreseeable future.

We do not anticipate declaring any cash dividends to holders of our common stock in the foreseeable future. In addition, the terms of our credit facility currently prohibit us from paying cash dividends on our capital stock. Consequently, investors may need to rely on sales of their common stock after price appreciation, which may never occur, as the only way to realize any future gains on their investment. Investors seeking cash dividends should not purchase our common stock.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

 

Item 2. Properties

In May 2010, we entered into a lease effective through May 2014 for approximately 32,000 square feet of office space that houses our principal offices in San Francisco. In March 2012, we entered into a sublease effective through March 2013 for approximately 9,500 square feet of additional office space in San Francisco. In October 2012, we entered into a lease to extend our occupancy of this additional space in San Francisco and to add, effective April 2013, an additional 9,500 square feet of office space. The lease for this combined 19,000 square feet of office space runs through September 30, 2015. We lease additional office space in Denver and New York. We believe our facilities are sufficient for our current needs.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

From time to time, we are subject to legal proceedings and claims in the ordinary course of business. We have received, and may in the future continue to receive, claims from third parties asserting, among other things, infringement of their intellectual property rights.

On September 12, 2012, Zillow filed a lawsuit against us in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleging that we infringe on one U.S. patent held by it. The lawsuit alleges that one component of our Trulia Estimates feature infringes Zillow’s patent insofar as Trulia Estimates allows homeowners to claim their homes and provide additional information about the properties, which enables us to update the valuation estimates for such properties. We started offering our Trulia Estimates feature in 2011. Zillow is seeking a permanent injunction against the alleged infringement, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees. We believe we have meritorious defenses to Zillow’s claims. We filed a motion to dismiss Zillow’s complaint on December 19, 2012. The court deferred ruling on our motion to dismiss because the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to soon provide guidance on the question raised in our motion. We intend to continue to vigorously defend the lawsuit.

On January 10, 2013, Mortgage Grader, Inc., or Mortgage Grader, filed a lawsuit against us in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, alleging that we infringe on two U.S. patents held by it. The lawsuit alleges that our mortgage center infringes its patents insofar as we provide a method of assisting

 

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borrowers in obtaining mortgage loans. Mortgage Grader is seeking an injunction against the alleged infringement, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees. Mortgage Grader is seeking an injunction against the alleged infringement, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees.

The foregoing litigation matters could cause us to incur significant expenses and costs. In addition, the outcome of any litigation is inherently unpredictable, and as a result of these litigation matters, we may be required to pay damages; an injunction may be entered against us that requires us to change our certain features in our marketplace; or a license or other right to continue to deliver an unmodified version of these features may not be made available to us at all or may require us to pay ongoing royalties and comply with unfavorable terms. Any of these outcomes could harm our business. Even if we were to prevail, these litigation matters could be costly and time-consuming, could divert the attention of our management and key personnel from our business operations, and may discourage consumers, real estate professionals, and advertisers from using our marketplace.

Current and future litigation may be necessary to defend ourselves, our partners and our customers by determining the scope, enforceability, and validity of third-party proprietary rights or to establish our proprietary rights. The results of any current or future litigation cannot be predicted with certainty, and regardless of the outcome, litigation can have an adverse impact on us because of defense and settlement costs, diversion of management resources, and other factors.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

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PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Market Information and Holders of Record

Our common stock has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “TRLA” September 20, 2012. Prior to that date, there was no public trading market for our common stock. The following table sets forth for the periods indicated the high and low sales price per share of our common stock as reported on the NYSE for the periods indicated:

 

Year Ended December 31, 2012:    High      Low  

Third Quarter (from September 20, 2012)

   $ 26.57       $ 20.44   

Fourth Quarter

   $ 23.88       $ 14.69   

As of February 26, 2013, we had 179 holders of record of our common stock. The actual number of stockholders is greater than this number of record holders and includes stockholders who are beneficial owners but whose shares are held in street name by brokers and other nominees. This number of holders of record also does not include stockholders whose shares may be held in trust by other entities.

Dividends

We have never declared or paid a cash dividend on our capital stock. We currently intend to retain any future earnings and do not expect to pay any dividends in the foreseeable future. Any future determinations to pay cash dividends will be made at the discretion of our board of directors, subject to applicable laws, and will depend on a number of factors, including our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements, contractual restrictions, general business conditions, and any other factors that our board of directors may deem relevant. In addition, the terms of our credit facility currently prohibit us from paying cash dividends on our capital stock.

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities and Use of Proceeds from Registered Securities

a) Sales of Unregistered Securities

From January 1, 2012 until December 31, 2012, we granted stock options under our 2005 Plan to purchase 810,528 shares of our common stock to certain of our employees and directors at exercise prices ranging from $6.81 to $16.53 per share. In addition, from January 1, 2012 until December 31, 2012, we granted stock options under our 2012 Plan to purchase 231,444 shares of our common stock to certain of our employees and directors at exercise prices ranging from $15.56 to $22.44 per share. During such period we issued an aggregate of 541,445 shares of common stock that were not registered under the Securities Act to our directors and employees pursuant to the exercise of stock options for cash consideration with aggregate exercise proceeds of approximately $1.7 million. These issuances were undertaken in reliance upon the exemption from registration requirements available under Rule 701 of the Securities Act.

From January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012, we issued 33,380 shares of common stock pursuant to the cashless net exercise of a warrant to purchase our common stock without registration under the Securities Act. The shares of common stock issued pursuant to the cashless net exercise of the warrant were not registered under the Securities Act in reliance upon an exemption from registration available under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act.

 

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(b) Use of Proceeds

On September 25, 2012, we closed our initial public offering (“IPO”) pursuant to which we sold 5,900,000 shares of our common stock, which includes 900,000 shares sold pursuant to the exercise by the underwriters of an over-allotment option, at a public offering price of $17.00 per share, resulting in net proceeds to us of $89.4 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by us. In addition, another 1,000,000 shares were sold by certain selling stockholders. We did not receive any proceeds from sales by the selling stockholders. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Needham & Company, LLC, and William Blair & Company, L.L.C acted as underwriters. No payments were made by us to directors, officers or persons owning ten percent or more of our common stock or to their associates, or to our affiliates. We maintain the funds received in cash and cash equivalents. There has been no material change in the planned use of proceeds from our initial public offering as described in our final prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 19, 2012. From the effective date of the registration statement through December 31, 2012, we have used the net proceeds of the offering for working capital purposes and other general corporate purposes.

c) Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

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Item 6. Selected Financial and Other Data

The following selected historical financial data below should be read in conjunction with Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” our financial statements, and the related notes appearing in Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data”, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K to fully understand factors that may affect the comparability of the information presented below.

The statements of operations data for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010 and the balance sheet data as of December 31, 2012 and 2011 are derived from our audited financial statements appearing in Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data”, of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The statements of operations for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 and the balance sheet data as of December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 are derived from audited financial statements not included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Our historical results are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected in the future.

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008  
     (In thousands, except share and per share data)  

Statement of Operations Data:

          

Revenue

   $ 68,085      $ 38,518      $ 19,785      $ 10,338      $ 8,066   

Cost and operating expenses: (1)

          

Cost of revenue (exclusive of amortization)  (2)

     9,999        5,795        3,657        2,855        2,680   

Technology and development

     20,199        14,650        8,803        7,056        5,202   

Sales and marketing

     33,747        17,717        8,638        5,532        5,194   

General and administrative

     13,659        6,123        2,501        1,912        3,143   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cost and operating expenses

     77,604        44,285        23,599        17,355        16,219   

Loss from operations

     (9,519     (5,767     (3,814     (7,017     (8,153

Interest income

     50        17        15        55        298   

Interest expense

     (1,016     (389     (39     (21     (11

Change in fair value of warrant liability

     (369     (16     —          —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss before provision for income taxes

     (10,854     (6,155     (3,838     (6,983     (7,866

Provision for income taxes

     (67     —          —          —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

   $ (10,921   $ (6,155   $ (3,838   $ (6,983   $ (7,866
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted (3)

   $ (0.87   $ (0.92   $ (0.64   $ (1.21   $ (1.40
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted (3)

     12,538,769        6,657,045        6,016,550        5,752,478        5,606,337   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other Financial Information:

          

Adjusted EBITDA (4)

   $ (3,364   $ (1,787   $ (2,497   $ (5,857   $ (6,890
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1)

Stock-based compensation was allocated as follows:

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2012      2011      2010      2009      2008  
     (In thousands)  

Cost of revenue

   $ 32       $ 11       $ 8       $ 10       $ 22   

Technology and development

     930         482         176         177         166   

Sales and marketing

     398         183         97         105         119   

General and administrative

     1,210         808         73         13         446   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total stock-based compensation

   $ 2,570       $ 1,484       $ 354       $ 305       $ 753   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

(2)        Amortization of product development costs were included in technology and development as follows:

   $ 1,108       $ 708       $ 366       $ 179       $ 321   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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(3)

See Note 11 to our audited financial statements for an explanation of the method used to calculate basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to common stockholders and the weighted average number of shares used in the computation of the per share amounts.

(4)

See “—Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for more information and a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP.

 

     As of December 31,  
     2012      2011      2010     2009      2008  
     (In thousands)  

Balance Sheet Data:

             

Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments

   $ 100,017       $ 11,341       $ 4,395      $ 7,587       $ 14,012   

Working capital (deficit)

     82,632         4,165         (132     6,881         14,137   

Property and equipment, net

     7,069         5,548         3,465        847         1,131   

Total assets

     118,964         24,195         15,710        11,162         16,843   

Deferred revenue

     13,296         4,827         1,810        546         212   

Total indebtedness

     9,759         9,592         1,955        517         640   

Preferred stock warrant liability

     —           297         —          —           —     

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

     86,534         3,039         7,142        8,262         14,912   

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss adjusted to exclude interest income, interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization, change in the fair value of our warrant liability, and stock-based compensation. Below, we have provided a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to our net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net loss or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Our Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other organizations because other organizations may not calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same manner as we calculate the measure.

We include Adjusted EBITDA in this Annual Report on Form 10-K because it is an important measure upon which our management assesses our operating performance. We use Adjusted EBITDA as a key performance measure because we believe it facilitates operating performance comparisons from period to period by excluding potential differences primarily caused by variations in capital structures, tax positions, the impact of depreciation and amortization expense on our fixed assets, changes related to the fair value remeasurements of our preferred stock warrant, and the impact of stock-based compensation expense. Because Adjusted EBITDA facilitates internal comparisons of our historical operating performance on a more consistent basis, we also use Adjusted EBITDA for business planning purposes, to incentivize and compensate our management personnel, and in evaluating acquisition opportunities. In addition, we believe Adjusted EBITDA and similar measures are widely used by investors, securities analysts, ratings agencies, and other parties in evaluating companies in our industry as a measure of financial performance and debt-service capabilities.

Our use of Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

 

   

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures for capital equipment or other contractual commitments;

 

   

Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect capital expenditure requirements for such replacements;

 

   

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;

 

 

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Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our indebtedness; and

 

   

Other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA measures differently, which reduces their usefulness as a comparative measure.

In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we will incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by these expenses or any unusual or non-recurring items. When evaluating our performance, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including our net loss and other GAAP results.

The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to our net loss, the most comparable GAAP measure, for each of the periods indicated:

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2012     2011     2010     2009     2008  
     (In thousands)  

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

   $ (10,921   $ (6,155   $ (3,838   $ (6,983   $ (7,866

Non-GAAP adjustments:

          

Interest income

     (50     (17     (15     (55     (298

Interest expense

     1,016        389        39        21        11   

Depreciation and amortization

     3,585        2,496        963        855        510   

Change in fair value of warrant liability

     369        16        —          —          —     

Stock-based compensation

     2,570        1,484        354        305        753   

Provision for income taxes

     67        —          —          —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ (3,364   $ (1,787   $ (2,497   $ (5,857   $ (6,890
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and related notes appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. In addition to historical financial information, the following discussion contains forward-looking statements that reflect our plans, estimates and beliefs. Statements containing words such as “may,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “projections,” “business outlook,” “estimate,” or similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Our actual results could differ materially from those contained in or implied by any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to these differences include those discussed below and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Overview

Trulia is redefining the home search experience for consumers and changing the way that real estate professionals build their businesses. Our marketplace, delivered through the web and mobile applications, gives consumers powerful tools to research homes and neighborhoods and enables real estate professionals to efficiently market their listings and attract new clients. We believe we deliver the best home search experience by combining our superior user interface with our comprehensive database of real estate properties, local insights, and user-generated content. We offer products that provide real estate professionals with access to transaction-ready consumers and help them enhance their online presence.

Key elements of our marketplace are extensive consumer reach, an engaged base of real estate professionals and a comprehensive database of real estate information and local insights. In the year ended December 31, 2012, we had 23.1 million monthly unique visitors, and as of December 31, 2012, we had more than 390,000 active real estate professionals, 24,443 of which were paying subscribers in our marketplace. Our large, continually

 

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refreshed, and searchable database contains more than 112 million properties, including 4.1 million homes for sale and rent. We supplement listings data with local information on schools, crime and neighborhood amenities to provide unique insights into each community. In addition, we harness rich, insightful user-generated content from our active community of contributors, including consumers, local enthusiasts, and real estate professionals. With more than 7 million unique user contributions, we believe we have the largest collection of user-generated content on homes, neighborhoods, and real estate professionals. We deliver this information on mobile devices through our iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android tablet, Kindle, and Windows 8 applications and also provide tailored mobile experiences, such as GPS-based search.

We offer our products free to consumers. We deliver the “inside scoop” on homes, neighborhoods, and real estate professionals in an intuitive and engaging way, helping consumers make more informed housing decisions. For real estate professionals, we offer a suite of free and subscription products to promote themselves and their listings online, and to connect with consumers searching for homes. Our free products attract users to our marketplace and the quality of our products drives the growth of our audience and promotes deep engagement by our users. We believe this leads real estate professionals to convert to paying subscribers and brand advertisers to purchase our advertising products.

We generate revenue primarily from sales of subscription marketing products that we offer to real estate professionals. Our Trulia Pro product allows real estate professionals to receive prominent placement of their listings in our search results. With our Trulia Local Ads and Trulia Mobile Ads products, real estate professionals can purchase local advertising on our website and mobile applications, respectively, by locale and by share of a given market. We also generate revenue from display advertising we sell to leading real estate advertisers and consumer brands seeking to reach our attractive audience. Pricing for our display advertisements is based on advertisement size and position on our web page, and fees are based on a per-impression or on a per-click basis.

To date, we have focused our efforts and investments on developing and delivering superior products and user experiences, attracting consumers and real estate professionals to our marketplace, and growing our revenue. We have invested heavily to build our robust data and analytics platform, and continue to spend significantly on technology and engineering.

We believe that the growth of our business and our future success are dependent upon many factors including our ability to increase our audience size and user engagement, grow the number of subscribers in our marketplace, increase the value of our advertising products, and successfully invest in our growth. While each of these areas presents significant opportunities for us, they also pose important challenges that we must successfully address in order to sustain the growth of our business and improve our operating results.

Key Business Metrics

To analyze our business performance, determine financial forecasts, and help develop long-term strategic plans, we review the following key business metrics:

 

   

Monthly Unique Visitors . We count a unique visitor the first time a computer or mobile device with a unique IP address accesses our website or our mobile applications during a calendar month. If an individual accesses our website or mobile applications using different IP addresses within a given month, the first access by each such IP address is counted as a separate unique visitor. Our number of monthly unique visitors includes mobile monthly unique visitors. We calculate our monthly unique visitors based on the monthly average over the applicable period. We view monthly unique visitors as a key indicator of the growth in our business and audience reach, the quality of our products, and the strength of our brand awareness. In the year ended December 31, 2012, the number of monthly unique visitors increased to 23.1 million from 14.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, a 56% increase. We attribute the growth in our monthly unique visitors principally to our increasing brand awareness, the popularity of our mobile products and the overall industry trend of more consumers using the web and mobile applications to research housing decisions.

 

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Mobile Monthly Unique Visitors . We count a unique mobile visitor the first time a mobile device with a unique IP address accesses our website or our mobile applications during a calendar month. We calculate our mobile monthly unique visitors based on the monthly average over the applicable period. These mobile monthly unique visitors are included in the monthly unique visitors metric. We view mobile monthly unique visitors as a key indicator of the growth in our business and audience reach, and believe that having more unique visitors using our mobile applications will drive faster growth in our revenue. We plan to expand our mobile products to support our rapidly growing mobile user base. In the year ended December 31, 2012, the number of mobile monthly unique visitors increased to 5.1 million from 2.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, a 143% increase. We attribute this growth to the overall adoption of smartphones and the growth of mobile applications and mobile web use by consumers. We also attribute the growth in our mobile monthly unique visitors to our increased efforts in developing a mobile website and mobile applications. Due to the significant growth rate of usage of our mobile products and solutions, our mobile monthly unique visitors has grown as a percentage of our monthly unique visitors over recent periods and we expect this trend to continue.

 

   

New Contributions to User-Generated Content . We define user-generated content as any content contributed by a user through our website or mobile applications, such as Q&A discussions, blogs, blog comments, user votes, recommendations, and neighborhood ratings and reviews. We view the changes in the volume of new contributions to user-generated content as a key indicator of our user engagement and the strength of our community. In the year ended December 31, 2012, new contributions to user-generated content increased by 3.1 million contributions, and we now have over 7 million cumulative contributions on our marketplace. We expect new contributions to user-generated content to continue to grow as our monthly unique visitors and total subscribers grow and as we introduce new features to our marketplace. While the absolute number of new contributions to user-generated content may continue to grow period-over-period, the rate of growth has slowed and we expect that the rate of growth may continue to slow as the aggregate size of our user-generated content increases. We believe the slowing growth rate of new contributions to user-generated content is a function of the large historical number of new contributions to user-generated content on our marketplace, which makes achievement of increasing rates of growth more challenging. We continue to focus on promoting new contributions to user-generated content to increase the engagement of our users with our marketplace.

 

   

Total Subscribers . We define a subscriber as a real estate professional with a paid subscription at the end of a period. Total subscribers has been, and we expect will continue to be, a key driver of revenue growth. It is also an indicator of our market penetration, the value of our products, and the attractiveness of our consumer audience to real estate professionals. As of December 31, 2012, we had 24,443 total subscribers, a 45% increase from 16,849 total subscribers as of December 31, 2011. We attribute this growth to our increasing sales and marketing efforts, principally from the launch and growth of our inside sales team, as well as growth in monthly unique visitors. Although our total subscribers are growing period-over-period and we expect total subscribers to continue to grow, the rate of growth may slow as we increase efforts to sell more products to existing subscribers. In addition, subscribers often purchase subscriptions for limited periods as a result of seasonality, as part of their advertising campaigns, and other factors.

 

   

Average Monthly Revenue per Subscriber . We calculate our average monthly revenue per subscriber by dividing the revenue generated from subscriptions in a period by the average number of subscribers in the period, divided again by the number of months in the period. Our average number of subscribers is calculated by taking the average of the beginning and ending number of subscribers for the period. Our average monthly revenue per subscriber is a key indicator of our ability to monetize our marketplace, and we monitor changes in this metric to measure the effectiveness of our marketplace monetization strategy. In the year ended December 31, 2012, our average monthly revenue per subscriber increased to $156 from $110 in the year ended December 31, 2011, a 42% increase. We have been able to increase our average monthly revenue per subscriber by launching new products to sell to existing customers, raising prices in certain geographic markets, and selling to existing subscribers the

 

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additional advertising inventory created by traffic growth to our marketplace. In addition, in geographic markets that show strong demand for our subscription products—those where inventory is sold out and wait lists to purchase our products exist—average monthly revenue per subscriber is higher than in markets with less demand for our products. While the average monthly revenue per subscriber has increased and may continue to increase in absolute dollars period-over-period, the rate of increase has slowed and we expect that the rate of increase may continue to slow as the average monthly revenue per subscriber increases. We believe that the slowing growth rate of our average monthly revenue per subscriber is the result of our larger subscriber base and the resulting challenge associated with achieving higher growth rates. Despite this slowing growth rate, we believe we have significant opportunities to continue to increase average monthly revenue per subscriber by further penetrating markets and by offering new products to existing subscribers.

Our key business metrics are as follows:

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2012      2011      2010  

Monthly unique visitors (in thousands)

     23,145         14,776         7,935   

Mobile monthly unique visitors (in thousands)

     5,090         2,088         484   

New contributions to user-generated content (in thousands)

     3,050         1,991         1,386   

Total subscribers (at period end)

     24,443         16,849         10,070   

Average monthly revenue per subscriber ($)

     156         110         80   

Components of Statements of Operations

Revenue

Our revenue is comprised of marketplace revenue and media revenue.

Marketplace Revenue. Marketplace revenue primarily consists of our fixed-fee subscription products. We currently provide two sets of products to real estate professionals on a subscription basis. The first set of products, which include Trulia Local Ads and Trulia Mobile Ads , enables real estate professionals to promote themselves on our search results pages and property details pages for a local market area. Real estate professionals purchase subscriptions to this product based upon their specified market share for a city or zip code, at a fixed monthly price, for periods ranging from one month to one year, with pricing depending on the location and the percentage of market share purchased. We price Trulia Local Ads and Trulia Mobile Ads subscriptions similarly based on geography, the share of a market, and demand. Our second set of products allows real estate professionals to receive prominent placement of their listings in our search results. Real estate professionals sign up for subscriptions to this service at a fixed monthly price for periods that generally range from one month to 12 months. We recognize our subscription revenue ratably over the term of the subscription.

Media Revenue. We derive media revenue from sales of display advertisements to real estate advertisers, such as home improvement companies and mortgage lenders. We also derive media revenue from sales of display advertisements to leading consumer brands, such as home furnishings, cable, and automotive companies. Our media products enable our customers to display advertisements to promote their brand on our website and mobile website, m.trulia.com . Pricing is based on advertisement size and position on our web page, and fees are billed monthly, based on a per impressions or a per click basis. Impressions are the number of times an advertisement is loaded on our web page, and prices are measured on a cost per thousand, or CPM, basis. Clicks are the number of times users click on an advertisement, and prices are measured on a cost per click, or CPC, basis. CPC is based on the number of times a user clicks an advertisement. This media revenue is recognized in the periods the clicks or impressions are delivered. Our media revenue is generated primarily through advertisements placed on our website, although we do generate some media revenue from display advertising on our mobile website. We price display advertisements on our mobile website on a per-impression basis. We also

 

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ran one display advertising campaign for an advertiser in November and December 2011 on our iPad mobile application, and we may offer display advertising on our other mobile applications in the future. We do not currently generate any media revenue from our mobile applications. As our mobile web pages offer less space on which to display advertising, a shift in user traffic from our website to mobile products could decrease our advertising inventory and negatively affect our media revenue. We do not believe that we have experienced a shift in user traffic from our website to our mobile applications, as our monthly unique visitors and mobile monthly unique visitors each continued to grow at a rapid pace.

Cost and Operating Expenses

Cost of Revenue. Cost of revenue consists primarily of expenses related to operating our website and mobile applications, including those associated with the operation of our data center, hosting fees, customer service related headcount expenses including salaries, bonuses, benefits and stock-based compensation expense, licensed content, credit card processing fees, third-party contractor fees, and allocated overhead.

Technology and Development. Technology and development expenses consist primarily of headcount related expenses including salaries, bonuses, benefits and stock-based compensation expense, third-party contractor fees, and allocated overhead primarily associated with developing new technologies. Technology and development also includes amortization expenses related to capitalized costs from internal and external development activities for our marketplace. We expect our technology and development expenses to increase in absolute dollars as we continue to invest in the development of our products.

Sales and Marketing. Sales and marketing expenses consist primarily of headcount-related expenses including salaries, bonuses, commissions, benefits and stock-based compensation expense for sales, customer service, marketing, and public relations employees and third-party contractor fees. Sales and marketing expenses also include other sales expenses related to promotional and marketing activities, and allocated overhead. We expect sales and marketing expenses to increase in absolute dollars as we hire additional employees to expand our sales force and to support our direct marketing initiatives.

General and Administrative. General and administrative expenses consist primarily of headcount related expenses including salaries, bonuses, and benefits and stock-based compensation expense for executive, finance, accounting, legal, human resources, recruiting, and administrative support personnel. General and administrative expenses also include legal, accounting, and other third-party professional service fees, bad debt, and allocated overhead. We expect our general and administrative expenses to increase in absolute dollars as we expand our financial, accounting, and legal personnel and resources to support our public reporting requirement.

Interest Income

Interest income consists primarily of interest earned on our cash and cash equivalent and short-term investment balances.

Interest Expense

Interest expense consists primarily of interest on our outstanding long-term debt and capital lease obligations. See Note 6 of our audited financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for more information about our long-term debt and Note 7 for more information about our capital lease obligations.

Change in Fair Value of Warrant Liability

Change in the fair value of the warrant liability includes charges from the remeasurement of our preferred stock warrant liability on a mark-to-market basis as of each period end. These preferred stock warrants became warrants to purchase common stock upon the completion of our IPO, at which time the warrant liability was remeasured to fair value and the remaining liability was reclassified to additional paid-in capital. See Note 9 of the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for more information about our preferred stock warrants.

 

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Provision for Income Taxes

Our provision for income taxes has not been historically significant to our business as we have incurred losses to date. We currently have federal and state net operating loss carryforwards of $43.4 million and $43.7 million, which expire at various dates beginning in 2025 and 2015, respectively. See Note 12 of our audited financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for more information about our provision for income taxes.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Our financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue, costs and expenses, and related disclosures. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable. In many instances, we could have reasonably used different accounting estimates, and in other instances changes in the accounting estimates are reasonably likely to occur from period-to-period. Actual results could differ significantly from our estimates. To the extent that there are material differences between these estimates and actual results, our future financial statement presentation, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows will be affected. We believe that the accounting policies discussed below are critical to understanding our historical and future performance, as these policies relate to the more significant areas involving our judgments and estimates.

Revenue Recognition

We recognize revenue when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred, the price to the buyer is fixed or determinable, and collection is reasonably assured. We consider a signed agreement, a binding insertion order, or other similar documentation reflecting the terms and conditions under which products will be provided to be persuasive evidence of an arrangement. Collectability is assessed based on a number of factors, including payment history and the creditworthiness of a customer. If it is determined that collection is not reasonably assured, revenue is not recognized until collection becomes reasonably assured, which is generally upon receipt of cash.

Our revenue includes marketplace revenue and media revenue. Marketplace revenue consists primarily of subscription revenue, which is recognized ratably over the term of the subscription. Media revenue consists primarily of advertisement sales, which is recognized in the periods the clicks or impressions are delivered.

We also enter into arrangements with customers that include combinations of cost per thousand impressions, or CPM, media placement, cost per click, or CPC, media placements, and subscription products. Beginning on January 1, 2011, we adopted new authoritative guidance on multiple-element arrangements, using the prospective method for all arrangements entered into or materially modified from the date of adoption. Under this new guidance, we allocate arrangement consideration in multiple-element revenue arrangements at the inception of an arrangement to all deliverables or those packages in which all components of the package are delivered at the same time, based on the relative selling price method in accordance with the selling price hierarchy, which includes: (i) vendor-specific objective evidence, or VSOE, if available; (ii) third-party evidence, or TPE, if VSOE is not available, and (iii) best estimate of selling price, or BESP, if neither VSOE nor TPE is available.

VSOE - We determine VSOE based on our historical pricing and discounting practices for the specific product when sold separately. In determining VSOE, we require that a substantial majority of the standalone selling prices for these products fall within a reasonably narrow pricing range. For certain subscription products, we have been able to establish VSOE.

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on competitor prices for similar deliverables when sold separately. Generally, our go-to-market strategy differs from that of our peers and our offerings contain a significant level of differentiation such that the comparable pricing of our products cannot be obtained. Furthermore, we are unable to reliably determine what similar competitor selling prices are on a standalone basis. As a result, we have not been able to establish selling price based on TPE.

BESP - When we are unable to establish selling price using VSOE or TPE, we use BESP in the allocation of arrangement consideration. The objective of BESP is to determine the price which we would transact a sale if the service were sold regularly on a standalone basis. As we have not been able to establish VSOE or TPE for CPM media placements, CPC media placements, and certain subscription products, we determine BESP for these deliverables based on the following:

 

   

The list price represents a component of our go-to-market strategy established by senior management. Our list prices are based on the features of the products offered. These features, which consist of the size and placement of the advertisements on our website, impact the list prices which vary depending on the specifications of the features. In addition, the list prices are impacted by market conditions, including the conditions of the real estate market and economy in general, and our competitive landscape; and

 

   

Analysis of our selling prices for these deliverables.

We limit the amount of allocable arrangement consideration to amounts that are fixed or determinable and that are not contingent on future performance or future deliverables. We regularly review BESP. Changes in assumptions or judgments or changes to the elements in the arrangement could cause a material increase or decrease in the amount of revenue that we report in a particular period.

Allowances for Doubtful Accounts

We record a provision for doubtful accounts based on historical experience and a detailed assessment of the collectability of our accounts receivable. To assist with the estimate, our management considers certain factors such as historical experience, industry data, credit quality, age of accounts receivable balances, and current economic conditions that may affect a customer’s ability to pay. In cases where we become aware of circumstances that may impair a specific customer’s ability to meet its financial obligations, we record a specific allowance against amounts due from the customer and thereby reduce the net recognized receivable to the amount we reasonably believe will be collected. There is significant judgment involved in estimating the allowance for doubtful accounts.

Goodwill

Goodwill represents the excess of the aggregate purchase price paid over the fair value of the net tangible assets acquired. Goodwill is not amortized and is tested for impairment at least annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. We have determined that we operate as one reporting unit and have selected December 1 as the date to perform our annual impairment test. The first step of the impairment test involves comparing the fair value of the reporting unit to its net book value, including goodwill. If the net book value exceeds its fair value, then we would perform the second step of the goodwill impairment test to determine the amount of the impairment loss. When performing the valuation of our goodwill, we make assumptions regarding our estimated future cash flows to determine the fair value of our business. If our estimates or related assumptions change in the future, we may be required to record impairment loss related to our goodwill. We have not recognized any goodwill impairments since our inception.

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measured first by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to the future undiscounted net cash flows expected to be generated by the asset. If such assets are considered to be impaired, an impairment loss would be recognized. When measuring the recoverability of these assets, we will make assumptions regarding our estimated future cash flows expected to be generated by the assets. If our estimates or related assumptions change in the future, we may be required to impair these assets. We have not recognized any impairment of long-lived assets to date.

Product Development Costs

Costs incurred in connection with the development of our marketplace are accounted for as follows: all costs incurred in the preliminary project and post-implementation stages are expensed as incurred. Certain costs incurred in the application development stage of a new product or projects to provide significant additional functionality to existing products are capitalized if certain criteria are met. Maintenance and enhancement costs are typically expensed as incurred. Such costs are amortized on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the related assets, which was estimated to be two years. Amortization expense is included in technology and development expense in the statements of operations.

Stock-Based Compensation

We recognize compensation costs related to stock-based awards granted to employees based on the estimated fair value of the awards on the date of grant, net of estimated forfeitures. For the stock options we estimate the grant date fair value, and the resulting stock-based compensation expense using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. For the restricted stock units, the grant date fair value equals the market value of the underlying stock. The grant date fair value of the stock-based awards is recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period, which is the vesting period of the respective awards.

The fair value of the awards granted during the years ended December 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012 was calculated using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the following weighted average assumptions:

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
       2012          2011          2010    

Expected term (in years)

     5.5         5.5         5.5   

Expected volatility

     53%         55%         55%   

Risk-free interest rate

     0.9%         1.9%         1.7%   

Dividend rate

     0%         0%         0%   

The Black-Scholes option-pricing model requires the use of highly subjective and complex assumptions, including the expected term and the price volatility of the underlying stock, which determine the fair value of stock-based awards. These assumptions include:

 

   

Expected term . The expected term represents the period that the stock-based awards are expected to be outstanding. We estimate the expected term of the options based on a study of publicly traded industry peer companies and the historical data on employee exercises and post-vesting employment termination behavior taking into account the contractual life of the stock-based awards;

 

   

Expected volatility . The expected volatility is derived from the historical stock volatilities of several comparable publicly listed peers over a period approximately equal to the expected term of the stock-based awards. We use this method because we have limited information on the volatility of our common stock because of our short trading history. When making the selections of our comparable industry peers to be used in the volatility calculation, we considered the size, operational and economic similarities to our principle business operations;

 

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Risk-free interest rate . The risk-free interest rate is based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant for zero coupon U.S. Treasury notes with maturities approximately equal the expected term of the stock-based awards; and

 

   

Expected dividend . The expected dividend is assumed to be zero as we have never paid dividends and have no current plans to pay any dividends on our common stock.

In addition to the assumptions used in the Black-Scholes option-pricing model, we must also estimate a forfeiture rate to calculate the stock-based compensation for our awards. Our forfeiture rate is based on an analysis of our actual forfeitures. We will continue to evaluate the appropriateness of the forfeiture rate based on actual forfeiture experience, analysis of employee turnover, and other factors. Quarterly changes in the estimated forfeiture rate can have a significant impact on our stock-based compensation expense as the cumulative effect of adjusting the rate is recognized in the period the forfeiture estimate is changed. If a revised forfeiture rate is higher than the previously estimated forfeiture rate, an adjustment is made that will result in a decrease to the stock-based compensation expense recognized in our financial statements. If a revised forfeiture rate is lower than the previously estimated forfeiture rate, an adjustment is made that will result in an increase to the stock-based compensation expense recognized in our financial statements.

We will continue to use judgment in evaluating the expected volatility, expected terms, and forfeiture rates utilized for our stock-based compensation calculations on a prospective basis. As we continue to accumulate additional data related to our common stock, we may have refinements to the estimates of our expected volatility, expected terms, and forfeiture rates, which could materially impact our future stock-based compensation expense.

Income Taxes

We account for our income taxes in accordance with the asset and liability method. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the expected future tax consequences of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities, and for operating losses and tax credit carryforwards. Management must make assumptions, judgments, and estimates to determine our current provision for income taxes and also our deferred tax assets and liabilities as well as any valuation allowance to be recorded against a deferred tax asset.

Our assumptions, judgments, and estimates relative to the current provision for income taxes take into account current tax laws, our interpretation of current tax laws, and possible outcomes of current and future audits conducted by domestic tax authorities. We have established reserves for income taxes to address potential exposures involving tax positions that could be challenged by tax authorities. Although we believe our assumptions, judgments, and estimates are reasonable, changes in tax laws or our interpretation of tax laws, and the resolution of potential tax audits could significantly impact the amounts provided for income taxes in our financial statements.

Our assumptions, judgments, and estimates relative to the value of a deferred tax asset take into account predictions of the amount and category of future taxable income, such as income from operations or capital gains income. Actual operating results and the underlying amount and category of income in future years could render our current assumptions, judgments and, estimates of recoverable net deferred taxes inaccurate. Any of the assumptions, judgments, and estimates mentioned above could cause our actual income tax obligations to differ from our estimates, thus materially impacting our financial position and results of operations.

Since inception, we have incurred operating losses, and accordingly, we have not recorded significant provisions for income taxes for any of the periods presented. We do not expect any significant changes until we are no longer incurring losses.

We have provided a full valuation allowance for net operating losses, credits, and other deferred tax assets for federal and state income tax purposes. A valuation allowance is provided when based upon the available evidence management concludes that it is more likely than not that some portion of the deferred tax assets will

 

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not be realized. We maintained a full valuation allowance as of December 31, 2012 due to the uncertainty of realizing future tax benefits from its net operating loss carryforwards and other deferred tax assets. As of December 31, 2012, we had federal and state net operating loss carry forwards of $43.4 million and $43.7 million. The federal net operating loss carry forward will expire at various dates beginning in 2025, if not utilized. If not used, the state net operating loss carry forward will expire at various dates beginning in the 2015.

Recently Issued and Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

Under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, we meet the definition of an “emerging growth company.” We have irrevocably elected to opt out of the extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards pursuant to Section 107(b) of the JOBS Act.

In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-04, Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards, or IFRS . This pronouncement was issued to provide a consistent definition of fair value and ensure that the fair value measurement and disclosure requirements are similar between U.S. GAAP and IFRS. ASU 2011-04 changes certain fair value measurement principles and enhances the disclosure requirements particularly for Level III fair value measurements. This pronouncement is effective for reporting periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011, with early adoption prohibited. The adoption of this guidance did not have any impact on the Company’s results of operations or financial position.

In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-05,  Presentation of Comprehensive   Income , which requires an entity to present total comprehensive income, the components of net income, and the components of other comprehensive income either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements and eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity. In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-12, Deferral of the Effective Date for Amendments to the Presentation of Reclassifications of Items Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income in Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05 , which defers the requirement within ASU 2011-05 to present on the face of the financial statements the effects of reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income on the components of net income and other comprehensive income for all periods presented. During the deferral period, entities should continue to report reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income consistent with the presentation requirements in effect prior to the issuance of ASU 2011-05. We early adopted this guidance on January 1, 2012, retrospectively. During the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010, we did not have any other comprehensive income and, therefore, the net loss and comprehensive loss was the same for all periods presented.

In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-08, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Topic 350) . The amended guidance will allow companies to assess qualitative factors to determine if it is more-likely-than-not that goodwill might be impaired and whether it is necessary to perform the two-step goodwill impairment test required. This pronouncement is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company adopted this standard on January 1, 2012. The adoption of this accounting standard update did not have any material impact on operating results or financial position.

 

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Results of Operations

The following tables set forth our results of operations for the periods presented in dollars and as a percentage of our total revenue:

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2012     2011     2010  
     (In thousands)  

Statement of Operations Data:

      

Revenue

   $ 68,085      $ 38,518      $ 19,785   

Cost and operating expenses : (1)

      

Cost of revenue (2)

     9,999        5,795        3,657   

Technology and development

     20,199        14,650        8,803   

Sales and marketing

     33,747        17,717        8,638   

General and administrative

     13,659        6,123        2,501   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cost and operating expenses

     77,604        44,285        23,599   

Loss from operations

     (9,519     (5,767     (3,814

Interest income

     50        17        15   

Interest expense

     (1,016     (389     (39

Change in fair value of warrant liability

     (369     (16     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss before provision for income taxes

     (10,854     (6,155     (3,838

Provision for income taxes

     (67     —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

   $ (10,921   $ (6,155   $ (3,838
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1)

Stock-based compensation was allocated as follows:

 

                                         
     Year Ended December 31,  
     2012      2011      2010  
     (In thousands)  

Cost of revenue

   $ 32       $ 11       $ 8   

Technology and development

     930         482         176   

Sales and marketing

     398         183         97   

General and administrative

     1,210         808         73   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total stock-based compensation

   $ 2,570       $ 1,484       $ 354   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
                                         

(2)      Amortization of product development costs was included in technology and development as follows

   $ 1,108       $    708       $ 366   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     Year Ended December 31,  
     2012     2011     2010  

Percentage of Revenue:

  

Revenue

     100     100     100

Cost and operating expenses:

      

Cost of revenue

     15        15        18   

Technology and development

     30        38        44   

Sales and marketing

     49        46        44   

General and administrative

     20        16        13   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cost and operating expenses

     114        115        119   

Loss from operations

     (14     (15     (19

Interest income

     *        *        *   

Interest expense

     (2     (1     *   

Change in fair value of warrant liability

     *        *        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss before provision for income taxes

     (16     (16     (19

Provision for income taxes

     —          —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

     (16 )%      (16 )%      (19 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

* Less than 0.5% of revenue.

Comparison of the Years Ended December 31, 2012, 2011, and 2010

Revenue

 

     Year Ended December 31,      2011 to 2012
% Change
    2010 to 2011
% Change
 
     2012      2011      2010       
     (In thousands)               

Revenue

   $ 68,085       $ 38,518       $ 19,785         77     95

2012 Compared to 2011

Revenue increased to $68.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $38.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $29.6 million, or 77%. Marketplace revenue and media revenue represented 67% and 33%, respectively, of total revenue in the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to 58% and 42%, respectively, of total revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase in total revenue was attributable to the significant growth of our subscriber base, an increase in our unique monthly visitors, and increased prices.

2011 Compared to 2010

Revenue increased to $38.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2011 from $19.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $18.7 million, or 95%. Marketplace revenue and media revenue represented 58% and 42%, respectively, of total revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to 47% and 53%, respectively, of total revenue in the year ended December 31, 2010. The increase in marketplace revenue as a percentage of total revenue was the result of significant growth in our subscription business, driven by increases in total subscribers and average monthly revenue per subscriber, which outpaced the growth of our advertising business.

 

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During the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011, and 2010, we recognized marketplace revenue and media revenue as follows:

 

     Year Ended December 31,      2011 to 2012
% Change
    2010 to 2011
% Change
 
     2012      2011      2010 (1)       
     (In thousands)               

Marketplace revenue

   $ 45,475       $ 22,252       $ 9,358         104     138

Media revenue

     22,610         16,266         10,427         39     56
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

      

Total revenue

   $ 68,085       $ 38,518       $ 19,785         77     95
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

(1)

For the year ended December 31, 2010, because we had not yet established the fair value for each element, revenue for multiple element arrangements was recognized ratably over the contract term for financial reporting purposes. However, in order to provide added transparency and help facilitate the discussion herein, we have separated marketplace and media revenue based on selling prices, which management has determined to be a reasonable separation methodology.

2012 Compared to 2011

Marketplace revenue increased to $45.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $22.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $23.2 million, or 104%. This was primarily attributable to growth in the number of subscribers, price increases, and sales of our mobile subscription product. The overall subscriber base grew by 45% to 24,443 subscribers as of the year ended December 31, 2012 from 16,849 subscribers as of the year ended December 31, 2011. In May 2012, we launched our most significant mobile subscription product for agents, Trulia Mobile Ads , that resulted in an additional $4.4 million of marketplace revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012. Much of the 42% increase in average monthly revenue per subscriber, from $110 in the year ended December 31, 2011 to $156 in the year ended December 31, 2012 was attributable to increased sales and higher pricing for our Trulia Local Ads product as well as sales of our Trulia Mobile Ads product.

Media revenue increased to $22.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $16.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $6.3 million, or 39%. This increase was primarily attributable to the strong year over year growth in our average monthly unique visitors from 14.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, to 23.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2012, an increase of 57%. We also experienced a significant increase in display advertisement sales to home builders as a result of the improving real estate market. Although there is a correlation between monthly unique visitors and our media revenue, it is not a direct correlation. The growth rate in our monthly unique visitors has outpaced the growth rate of our media revenue, as well as sales of our Trulia Mobile Ads product.

2011 Compared to 2010

Marketplace revenue increased to $22.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2011 from $9.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $12.9 million, or 138%. This increase in marketplace revenue was primarily attributable to the 67% increase in the number of total subscribers from 10,070 as of December 31, 2010 to 16,849 as of December 31, 2011. This increase in total subscribers resulted in a $5.8 million increase in marketplace revenue during the year ended December 31, 2011 when compared to the year ended December 31, 2010. The increase in marketplace revenue was also partly attributable to a 38% increase in the average monthly revenue per subscriber from $80 in the year ended December 31, 2010 to $110 in the year ended December 31, 2011. This increase in average revenue per subscriber resulted in a $4.9 million increase in marketplace revenue during the year ended December 31, 2011 when compared to the year ended December 31, 2010.

Media revenue increased to $16.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2011 from $10.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $5.9 million, or 56%. This increase in media revenue was primarily the result of the increase in the number of impressions sold on a CPM or CPC basis as we recognized an increase in overall advertiser demand for our display advertising inventory during the year ended

 

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December 31, 2011. These increases were primarily driven by an increase in our average monthly unique visitors from 7.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2010 to 14.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of 86%.

Cost of Revenue

 

     Year Ended December 31,      2011 to 2012
% Change
    2010 to 2011
% Change
 
     2012      2011      2010       
     (In thousands)               

Cost of revenue

   $ 9,999       $ 5,795       $ 3,657         73     58

2012 Compared to 2011

Cost of revenue increased to $10.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $5.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $4.2 million, or 73%. This increase in cost of revenue was primarily the result of a $1.9 million increase in headcount and related benefits due primarily to the growth in sales and expansion of the business overall, and a $1.5 million increase attributable to content license fees, hosting fees, and credit card fees due to higher subscription revenue. Cost of revenue remained at 15% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011.

2011 Compared to 2010

Cost of revenue increased to $5.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2011 from $3.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $2.1 million, or 58%. This increase in cost of revenue was primarily the result of a $0.8 million increase in headcount and related benefits due to growth in customer service headcount following the establishment of our new facility in Denver in February 2011 and a $0.3 million increase in our credit card fees, a $0.2 million increase in content license fees, and a $0.4 million increase in hosting fees, due to growth in our subscriptions and additional traffic. Cost of revenue declined to 15% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011 from 18% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2010.

Technology and Development Expenses

 

     Year Ended December 31,      2011 to 2012
% Change
    2010 to 2011
% Change
 
     2012      2011      2010       
     (In thousands)               

Technology and development

   $ 20,199       $ 14,650       $ 8,803         38     66

2012 Compared to 2011

Technology and development expenses increased to $20.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $14.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $5.5 million, or 38%. This increase was comprised primarily of a $4.1 million increase in headcount and related benefits, a $0.5 million increase in stock-based compensation expenses, a $0.4 million increase attributable to higher facilities related expenses in the current year due to significant leasehold improvements completed in the year ended December 31, 2012 in our Denver facility, as well an increase in capitalized product development costs. Technology and development expenses decreased to 30% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2012 from 38% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011, reflecting the increase in our revenue.

2011 Compared to 2010

Technology and development expenses increased to $14.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2011 from $8.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $5.9 million, or 66%. This increase was

 

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primarily the result of a $3.4 million increase in headcount and related benefits a $0.3 million increase in stock-based compensation expenses, a $0.6 million increase in equipment and facilities related costs to support the headcount growth, a $0.6 million increase related to additional recruiting and travel expenses, and a $0.3 million increase related to amortization of capitalized product development costs. Technology and development expenses declined to 38% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011 from 44% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2010, reflecting the increase in our revenue.

Sales and Marketing Expenses

 

     Year Ended December 31,      2011 to 2012
% Change
    2010 to 2011
% Change
 
     2012      2011      2010       
     (In thousands)               

Sales and marketing

   $ 33,747       $ 17,717       $ 8,638         90     105

2012 Compared to 2011

Sales and marketing expenses increased to $33.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $17.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $16.0 million, or 90%. This increase was primarily the result of a $12.4 million increase in headcount and related benefits associated with the expansion of our sales personnel to support our revenue growth, a $0.2 million increase in stock-based compensation, and a $2.5 million increase in marketing and advertising expenses due to the increased marketing activities for Trulia Mobile Ads. These increases were partially offset by a $1.2 million decrease in external contractor fees as we decreased usage of external contractors and hired more full time employees. Sales and marketing expenses increased to 49% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2012 from 46% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011, due to substantial headcount growth in our sales and marketing function and marketing expense associated with the launch of our Trulia Mobile Ad product in May 2012.

2011 Compared to 2010

Sales and marketing expenses increased to $17.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2011 from $8.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $9.1 million, or 105%. This increase was primarily the result of a $4.1 million increase in headcount and related benefits, a $2.7 million increase in consulting costs largely for temporary contractors when we opened our new Denver facility, where we subsequently hired to expand our sales team, a $1.0 million increase in facilities related costs, a $0.5 million increase in depreciation due to our growth and a $0.4 million increase in marketing and advertising expenses. Sales and marketing expenses increased to 46% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011 from 44% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2010.

General and Administrative Expenses

 

     Year Ended December 31,      2011 to 2012
% Change
    2010 to 2011
% Change
 
     2012      2011      2010       
     (In thousands)               

General and administrative

   $ 13,659       $ 6,123       $ 2,501         123     145

2012 Compared to 2011

General and administrative expenses increased to $13.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $6.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $7.5 million, or 123%. This increase was primarily the result of a $2.9 million increase in headcount and related benefits, a $0.4 million increase in stock-based compensation expenses, a $0.3 million increase in facilities related expenses due to headcount growth, and a $2.5 million increase in the outside accounting services related to our IPO in September 2012. General and

 

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administrative expenses increased to 20% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2012 from 16% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011 primarily due to the significant increase in our financial, accounting, and legal headcount and increased expenses for third party service providers to support our transition to being a public reporting company.

2011 Compared to 2010

General and administrative expenses increased to $6.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2011 from $2.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $3.6 million, or 145%. This increase was primarily the result of a $1.5 million increase in headcount and related benefits, a $0.8 million increase in professional services related to legal, recruiting, and accounting as we scaled our business, and a $0.7 million increase in stock-based compensation expenses. General and administrative expenses increased to 16% of revenue in the year ended December 31, 2011 from 13% in the year ended December 31, 2010.

Interest Expense

 

 

     Year Ended December 31,      2011 to 2012
% Change
    2010 to 2011
% Change
 
         2012              2011              2010           
     (In thousands)               

Interest expense

   $ 1,016       $ 389       $ 39         161     897

2012 Compared to 2011

Interest expense increased to $1.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $0.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $0.6 million, or 161%. The increase is attributable to an incremental interest expense associated with our outstanding indebtedness.

2011 Compared to 2010

Interest expense increased to $0.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2011 from $39,000 in the year ended December 31, 2010. This increase was primarily the result of the incremental interest expense associated with the increased principal amount of our outstanding indebtedness, which increased from $2.0 million as of December 31, 2010 to $9.6 million as of December 31, 2011.

Change in Fair Value of Warrant Liability

 

     Year Ended December 31,      2012 to 2011
% Change
    2011 to 2010
% Change
 
     2012     2011     2010       
     (In thousands)        

Change in fair value of warrant liability

   $ (369   $ (16   $  —         2,206     N/A   

2012 Compared to 2011

Change in fair value of warrant liability increased to ($368,766) in the year ended December 31, 2012 from ($15,938) in the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $ 352,828, or 2,206%. This increase is attributable to an increase in the fair value of the warrant to purchase convertible preferred stock. We issued this warrant when a new credit facility was established in September 2011. Upon the first public filing of our registration statement in August 2012, the anti-dilution provisions in this warrant terminated. As a result, the preferred stock warrant liability was remeasured to fair value and the remaining liability was reclassified to additional paid-in capital. Immediately prior to completion of our initial public offering in September 2012, the

 

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preferred stock converted to common stock and this warrant to purchase preferred stock converted into a warrant to purchase common stock. Because this warrant no longer contains anti-dilution provisions, this warrant will no longer be remeasured to fair value on an ongoing basis.

Quarterly Results of Operations

The following unaudited quarterly statements of operations data for each of the eight quarters in the year ended December 31, 2012 have been prepared on a basis consistent with our audited annual financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and include, in our opinion, all normal recurring adjustments necessary for the fair presentation of the financial information contained in those statements. Our historical results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected in the future. The following quarterly financial data should be read in conjunction with our audited financial statements and the related notes included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

      Three Months Ended  
    Dec. 31,
2012
    Sept. 30,
2012
    June 30,
2012
    March 31,
2012
    Dec. 31,
2011
    Sept. 30,
2011
    June 30,
2011
    March 31,
2011
 
    (In thousands, except share and per share data)  

Statement of Operations Data:

               

Revenue

  $ 20,554      $ 18,544      $ 16,825      $ 12,162      $ 11,737      $ 10,533      $ 9,302      $ 6,946   

Cost and operating expenses: (1)

               

Cost of revenue (exclusive of amortization) (2)

    2,692        2,615        2,488        2,205        1,794        1,642        1,343        1,016   

Technology and development

    5,059        5,235        5,259        4,646        4,373        3,626        3,613        3,038   

Sales and marketing

    10,109        8,441        9,122        6,075        5,429        5,010        4,086        3,192   

General and administrative

    4,003        3,631        3,054        2,971        1,932        1,660        1,166        1,365   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cost and operating expenses

    21,863        19,922        19,923        15,897        13,528        11,938        10,208        8,611   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss from operations

    (1,309     (1,378     (3,098     (3,735     (1,791     (1,405     (906     (1,665

Interest income

    26        3        4        3        7        4        3        3   

Interest expense

    (242     (268     (239     (252     (254     (94     (13     (28

Change in fair value of warrant liability

           (46     (107     (216     (16                     
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss before provision for income taxes

    (1,525     (1,689     (3,440     (4,200     (2,054     (1,495     (916     (1,690

Provision for income taxes

    (67                                                 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

  $ (1,592   $ (1,689   $ (3,440   $ (4,200   $ (2,054   $ (1,495   $ (916   $ (1,690
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

  $ (0.06   $ (0.19   $ (0.49   $ (0.61   $ (0.30   $ (0.22   $ (0.14   $ (0.26
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares used in computing net loss per share attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted

    27,328,415        8,805,722        7,017,449        6,882,065        6,772,664        6,720,268        6,579,642        6,552,492   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other Financial Information:

               

Adjusted EBITDA (3)

  $ 564      $ 301      $ (1,758   $ (2,473   $ (673   $ (400   $ (91   $ (623
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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(1)  

Stock-based compensation was allocated as follows:

 

       Three Months Ended  
     Dec. 31,
2012
     Sept. 30,
2012
     June 30,
2012
     March 31,
2012
     Dec. 31,
2011
     Sept. 30,
2011
     June 30,
2011
     March 31,
2011
 
     (In thousands)         

Cost of revenue

   $ 12       $ 6       $ 9       $ 5       $ 4       $ 4       $ 1       $ 2   

Technology and development

     301         253         184         192         163         160         100         59   

Sales and marketing

     122         97         124         55         47         44         42         50   

General and administrative

     326         437         234         213         129         96         96         487   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total stock-based compensation

   $ 761       $ 793       $ 551       $ 465       $ 343       $ 304       $ 239       $ 598   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

(2)       Amortization of product development costs was included in technology and development as follows:

   $ 361       $ 266       $ 207       $ 274       $ 261       $ 183       $ 146       $ 118   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
(3)  

See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for more information and a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

 

       Three Months Ended  
     Dec. 31,
2012
    Sept. 30,
2012
    June 30,
2012
    March 31,
2012
    Dec. 31,
2011
    Sept. 30,
2011
    June 30,
2011
    March 31,
2011
 
     (In thousands)  

Marketplace revenue

   $ 13,852      $ 11,890      $ 11,049      $ 8,684      $ 7,299      $ 6,236      $ 5,053      $ 3,664   

Media revenue

     6,702        6,654        5,776        3,478        4,438        4,297        4,249        3,282   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

   $ 20,554      $ 18,544      $ 16,825      $ 12,162      $ 11,737      $ 10,533      $ 9,302      $ 6,946   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     Dec. 31,
2012
    Sept. 30,
2012
    June 30,
2012
    March 31,
2012
    Dec. 31,
2011
    Sept. 30,
2011
    June 30,
2011
    March 31,
2011
 

Percentage of Revenue:

                

Revenue

     100     100     100     100     100     100     100     100

Cost and operating expenses:

                

Cost of revenue

     13        14        15        18        15        16        14        15   

Technology and development

     25        28        31        38        37        34        39        44   

Sales and marketing

     49        46        54        50        46        48        44        46   

General and administrative

     19        20        18        24        16        16        13        20   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cost and operating expenses

     106        107        118        131        115        113        110        124   

Loss from operations

     (7     (7     (18     (31     (15     (13     (10     (24

Interest income

     *        *        *        *        *        *        *        *   

Interest expense

     (1     (1     (1     (2     (2     (1     *        *   

Change in fair value of warrant liability

            *        (1     (2     *        *        *          
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss before provision for income taxes

     (8     (9     (20     (35     (18     (14     (10     (24

Provision for income taxes

     *                                                    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

     (8 )%      (9 )%      (20 )%      (35 )%      (18 )%      (14 )%      (10 )%      (24 )% 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
* Less than 0.5% of revenue

 

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Adjusted EBITDA

The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to our net loss, the most comparable GAAP measure, for each of the periods indicated below. See the section titled “Selected Financial and Other Data” for the detailed reconciliation to our net loss and for more information on our use and the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of our financial performance.

 

     Three Months Ended  
     Dec. 31,
2012
    Sept. 30,
2012
    June 30,
2012
    March 31,
2012
    Dec. 31,
2011
    Sept. 30,
2011
    June 30,
2011
    March 31,
2011
 
     (In thousands)  

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

   $ (1,592   $ (1,689   $ (3,440   $ (4,200   $ (2,054   $ (1,495   $ (916   $ (1,690

Non-GAAP adjustments:

                

Interest income

     (26     (3     (4     (3     (7     (4     (3     (3

Other expense

     242        268        239        252        254        94        13        28   

Depreciation and amortization

     1,112        886        789        797        775        701        576        444   

Change in fair value of warrant liability

            46        107        216        16                        

Stock-based compensation

     761        793        551        465        343        304        239        598   

Provision for income taxes

     67                                                    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 564      $ 301      $ (1,758   $ (2,473   $ (673   $ (400   $ (91   $ (623
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2012, our principal sources of liquidity were cash and cash equivalents totaling $100.0 million which consists of bank deposits and money market funds. On September 25, 2012, we completed our IPO pursuant to which we sold 5,900,000 shares of our common stock, which includes 900,000 shares sold pursuant to the exercise by the underwriters of an option to purchase additional shares, at a public offering price of $17.00 per share, resulting in net proceeds to us of $89.4 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by us. In addition, another 1,000,000 shares were sold by certain selling stockholders. We did not receive any proceeds from sales by the selling stockholders. Prior to the IPO, our operations were financed primarily by the net proceeds of $32.6 million from the sales of shares of our convertible preferred stock and $15.2 million in proceeds from the issuance of indebtedness. As of December 31, 2012, we had $9.8 million of outstanding debt from a credit facility, which reflects a debt discount of $241,000.

We have incurred cumulative losses of $47.1 million from our operations to date, and expect to incur additional losses in the future. We believe that our cash balances and the cash flows generated by operations will be sufficient to satisfy our anticipated cash needs for working capital and capital expenditures for at least the next 12 months. However, our future capital requirements will depend on many factors, including our rate of revenue growth, the cash that may be used in connection with acquisitions or other investments, the expansion of our sales and marketing activities, and the timing and extent of our spending to support our technology and development efforts. To the extent that existing cash and cash equivalents, and cash from operations are insufficient to fund our future activities, we may need to raise additional funds through public or private equity or debt financing. Additional funds may not be available on terms favorable to us or at all.

 

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Credit Facility

In September 2011, we entered into a loan and security agreement with Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc., or Hercules, providing for a secured term loan facility, or the credit facility, in an aggregate principal amount of up to $20.0 million to be used for general business purposes. The indebtedness we incurred under this agreement is secured by substantially all of our assets. This agreement contains customary affirmative and negative covenants, including covenants that limit or restrict our ability to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, grant liens, make investments, repurchase stock, pay dividends, transfer assets, merge or consolidate, and make acquisitions. As of December 31, 2012, we had drawn $10.0 million in term loans under the credit facility. Our ability to draw additional funds under the credit facility expired on December 31, 2012.

Cash Flows

The following table summarizes our cash flows for the periods indicated:

 

     Year Ended December 31,  
     2012     2011     2010  
     (In thousands)  

Cash provided by (used in) operating activities

   $ 4,153      $ 1,132      $ (1,120

Cash used in investing activities

     (1,970     (6,638     (3,479

Cash provided by financing activities

     90,793        8,152        1,407   

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $4.2 million. The primary component of our cash flows during the year ended December 31, 2012 was our net loss of $10.9 million. The cash flows from our net loss were more than offset by our non-cash operating activities and net cash flows provided through changes in certain of our operating assets and liabilities. Specifically, we recognized non-cash charges of $3.6 million for depreciation and amortization of our property and equipment, $2.6 million for stock-based compensation, and $0.4 million for the fair value remeasurement of the preferred stock warrant liability. We also recognized changes in operating assets and liabilities which provided $8.3 million of cash from operating activities. Of this $8.3 million, $1.0 million related to an accrued withholding tax from stock options exercise collected from a former employee, which we remitted to the appropriate tax authorities after December 31, 2012. The primary driver of the changes in our operating assets and liabilities was an $8.5 million increase in deferred revenue due to the increase in the number of total subscribers and average monthly revenue per subscriber during the year. Changes in our operating assets and liabilities were also affected by an increase in accrued liabilities in the amount of $1.8 million, due primarily to the overall growth in our business during the year; increases in accrued compensation and benefits of $2.5 million due to the growth in our headcount, an increase in accounts receivable of $2.5 million, primarily due to our revenue growth but also to timing of collections; and increases in prepaid expenses and other current assets of $0.9 million mainly due to expansion of our facilities in Denver and overall growth in our business.

Cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $1.1 million. The primary component of our cash flows during the year ended December 31, 2011 was our net loss of $6.2 million. The cash flows from our net loss were more than offset by our non-cash operating activities and net cash flows provided through changes in certain of our operating assets and liabilities. Specifically, we recognized non-cash charges of $2.5 million for depreciation and amortization of our property and equipment, $1.5 million for stock-based compensation, and $0.2 million provision for doubtful accounts. We also recognized changes in operating assets and liabilities which provided $3.0 million of cash from operating activities. The primary driver of the changes in our operating assets and liabilities was a $3.0 million increase in deferred revenue due to the increase in the number of total subscribers and average monthly revenue per subscriber during the year. Changes in our operating assets and liabilities were also significantly affected by an increase in accounts receivable of $1.4 million, primarily due to our revenue growth but also to timing of certain payments related to generally

 

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slower collections during the year. Changes in our operating assets and liabilities were also affected by increases in accrued compensation and benefits of $0.7 million and deferred rent of $0.7 million due to the growth in our headcount and expanded facilities during the year. Changes in our operating assets and liabilities were also affected by an increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities in the amount of $0.4 million, due primarily to the overall growth in our business during the year.

Cash used in operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $1.1 million. The primary component of our cash flows during the year ended December 31, 2010 was our net loss of $3.8 million. The cash flows from our net loss were partially offset by our non-cash operating activities and net cash flows provided through changes in certain of our operating assets and liabilities. Specifically, we recognized non-cash charges of $1.0 million for depreciation and amortization of our property and equipment, $0.4 million for stock-based compensation, and $0.1 million for provision for doubtful accounts. We also recognized changes in operating assets and liabilities which provided $1.3 million of cash from operating activities. The primary driver of the changes in our operating assets and liabilities was a $1.3 million increase in deferred revenue due to the increase the number of total subscribers and average monthly revenue per subscriber during the year. Changes in our operating assets and liabilities were also significantly affected by increases in accrued compensation and benefits in the amount of $0.7 million and accounts receivable of $0.7 million due primarily to our growth in headcount and revenue, respectively, during the year. Changes in our operating assets and liabilities were also affected by an increase in deferred rent of $0.4 million due primarily to the growth of our business during the year and by an increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities of $0.3 million.

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

Cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2012 was primarily related to the maturity of short-term investments in the amount of $4.3 million, which was more than offset by the acquisition of property and equipment in the amount of $5.5 million.

Historically, cash used in investing activities was primarily related to the acquisition of property and equipment and patents, which amounted to $4.8 million and $2.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010. Cash used in investing activities was also attributable to the increases in our restricted cash and deposit balance of $2.2 million and $2.1 million in the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

Cash flows from financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2012 of $90.8 million was comprised of net proceeds of $89.4 million from our IPO in September 2012 and proceeds of $1.7 million from the exercise of stock options, partially offset by $0.3 million of capital lease payments.

Cash provided by financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2011 of $8.2 million was primarily comprised of proceeds of $12.0 million from additional borrowings and $0.4 million from exercise of stock options, which were partially offset by $4.2 million of capital lease and long-term debt repayments.

Cash provided by financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2010 of $1.4 million was primarily comprised of proceeds of $2.1 million from additional borrowings which were partially offset by $0.8 million of capital lease and long-term debt repayments.

 

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Contractual Obligations and Other Commitments

The following table summarizes our contractual obligations as of December 31, 2012:

 

     Payments Due by Period  

Contractual Obligations:

   Less Than
1 Year
     1 to 3
Years
     3 to 5
Years
     More Than
5 Years
     Total  
     (In thousands)  

Long-term debt

   $ 2,800       $ 7,200       $  —         $  —         $ 10,000   

Interest on long-term debt (1)

     679         505         —           —           1,184   

Operating leases (2)

     2,528         2,662         —           —           5,190   

Capital leases

     225         16         —           —           241   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total contractual obligations

   $ 6,232      $ 10,383       $ —         $ —         $ 16,615   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1)  

The Credit Facility carries an interest rate equal to the greater of the prime rate plus 2.75% or 6% for the first tranche, and a rate equal to the greater of the prime rate plus 5.5% or 8.75% for the second and third tranches.

 

(2)  

Operating leases include total future minimum rent payments under noncancelable operating lease agreements.

We had unrecognized tax benefits in the amount of $20,000 as of December 31, 2012 related to uncertain tax positions. However, there is uncertainty regarding when these liabilities will require settlement so these amounts were not included in the contractual obligations table above.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have not entered into any off-balance sheet arrangements and do not have any holdings in variable interest entities.

Segment Information

We have one business activity and operate in one reportable segment.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

We are exposed to certain market risks in the ordinary course of our business. These risks primarily include interest rate sensitivities as follows:

Interest Rate Risk

We had cash and cash equivalents of $100.0 million as of December 31, 2012, which consists of bank deposits and money market funds. Such interest-earning instruments carry a degree of interest rate risk. To date, fluctuations in interest income have not been significant. We also had total outstanding debt of $9.8 million as of December 31, 2012, of which $2.7 million is due within 12 months. Amounts outstanding under our credit facility carry variable interest rates ranging from 6.0% to 8.75%.

The primary objective of our investment activities is to preserve principal while maximizing income without significantly increasing risk. We do not enter into investments for trading or speculative purposes and have not used any derivative financial instruments to manage our interest rate risk exposure. Due to the short-term nature of our investments, we have not been exposed to, nor do we anticipate being exposed to, material risks due to changes in interest rates. The interest rate on our outstanding debt is variable. A hypothetical 10% change in interest rates during any of the periods presented would not have had a material impact on our financial statements.

 

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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

     Page  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     65   

Balance Sheets

     66   

Statements of Operations

     67   

Statements of Stockholders’ Equity

     68   

Statements of Cash Flows

     69   

Notes to Financial Statements

     70   

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of

Trulia, Inc.

San Francisco, California

We have audited the accompanying balance sheets of Trulia, Inc. (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, and the related statements of operations, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2012. Our audits also included the financial statement schedule listed in Part IV, Item 15. These financial statements and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial statement schedule based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, such financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Trulia, Inc. as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2012, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, such financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

San Jose, California

March 3, 2013

 

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TRULIA, INC.

Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

     As of December 31,  
     2012     2011  

ASSETS

    

CURRENT ASSETS:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 100,017      $ 7,041   

Short-term investments

     —          4,300   

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $142 and $80 as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively

     6,095        3,715   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     1,413        524   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     107,525        15,580   

Restricted cash

     385        —     

Property and equipment, net

     7,069        5,548   

Goodwill

     2,155        2,155   

Other assets

     1,830        912   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 118,964      $ 24,195   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 525      $ 1,335   

Accrued liabilities

     2,916        1,505   

Accrued compensation and benefits

     4,500        2,042   

Deferred revenue

     13,296        4,827   

Deferred rent, current portion

     444        387   

Capital lease liability, current portion

     217        292   

Long-term debt, current portion

     2,665        730   

Other current liabilities

     330        297   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     24,893        11,415   

Deferred rent, net of current portion

     407        638   

Capital lease liability, net of current portion

     16        156   

Long-term debt, net of current portion

     7,094        8,862   

Other long-term liabilities

     20        85   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     32,430        21,156   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (NOTE 7)

    

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

    

Convertible preferred stock, par value of $0.000033 per share, issuable in Series A, B, C and D, no shares and 42,897,601 shares authorized as of December 31, 2012 and 2011; no shares and 14,161,444 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2012 and 2011; aggregate liquidation preferences of nil and $33,609 as of December 31, 2012 and 2011

     —          —     

Preferred stock, par value of $0.00001 per share as of December 31, 2012, 20,000,000 and zero shares authorized as of December 31, 2012 and 2011; no shares issued or outstanding as of December 31, 2012 and 2011

     —          —     

Common stock, par value of $0.00001 and $0.000033 per share as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, 1,000,000,000 and 77,200,000 shares authorized as of December 31, 2012 and 2011; 27,552,818 and 6,919,892 shares issued as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively; 27,552,818 and 6,919,892 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively

     —          —     

Additional paid-in capital

     133,659        39,243   

Accumulated deficit

     (47,125     (36,204
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     86,534        3,039   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

   $ 118,964      $ 24,195   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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TRULIA, INC.

Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2012     2011     2010  

Revenue

  $ 68,085      $ 38,518      $ 19,785   

Cost and operating expenses:

     

Cost of revenue (exclusive of amortization of product development cost)

    9,999        5,795        3,657   

Technology and development

    20,199        14,650        8,803   

Sales and marketing

    33,747 &n