Zillow Group, Inc.
ZILLOW GROUP, INC. (Form: 10-Q, Received: 11/07/2017 16:35:14)
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

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

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2017

 

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

Commission File Number: 001-36853

 

 

ZILLOW GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Washington   47-1645716
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)

 

1301 Second Avenue, Floor 31, Seattle, Washington   98101
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(206) 470-7000

@ZillowGroup

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

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  ☒    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  ☒    No  ☐

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   ☐  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company  
    

Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

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

As of October 30, 2017, 56,306,369 shares of Class A common stock, 6,217,447 shares of Class B common stock, and 126,352,820 shares of Class C capital stock were outstanding.

 

 

 


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ZILLOW GROUP, INC.

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2017

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         Page  
  PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION   

Item 1.

  Financial Statements (unaudited)      2  
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets      2  
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations      3  
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)      4  
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows      5  
  Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements      6  

Item 2.

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      23  

Item 3.

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk      40  

Item 4.

  Controls and Procedures      41  
  PART II – OTHER INFORMATION   

Item 1.

  Legal Proceedings      42  

Item 1A.

  Risk Factors      43  

Item 2.

  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds      44  

Item 6.

  Exhibits      45  
  Signatures      46  

 

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As used in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the terms “Zillow Group,” “the Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Zillow Group, Inc., unless the context indicates otherwise.

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including Part I, Item 2 (Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations), contains forward-looking statements based on our management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and generally may be identified by terms such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “could,” “would,” “project,” “plan,” “expect” or the negative or plural of these words or similar expressions.

These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those risks, uncertainties and assumptions described in Part 1, Item 1A (Risk Factors) in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the effect of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this report may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

You should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. Moreover, except as required by law, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this report to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

Our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports are available on our website at www.zillowgroup.com, free of charge, as soon as reasonably practicable after the electronic filing of these reports with the SEC. The information contained on our website is not a part of this quarterly report on Form 10-Q or any other document we file with the SEC.

Investors and others should note that Zillow Group announces material financial information to its investors using its press releases, SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts. Zillow Group intends to also use the following channels as a means of disclosing information about Zillow Group, its services and other matters and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD:

 

    Zillow Group Investor Relations Webpage (http://investors.zillowgroup.com)

 

    Zillow Group Investor Relations Blog (http://www.zillowgroup.com/ir-blog)

 

    Zillow Group Twitter Account (https://twitter.com/zillowgroup)

The information Zillow Group posts through these channels may be deemed material. Accordingly, investors should monitor these channels, in addition to following Zillow Group’s press releases, SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts. This list may be updated from time to time. The information we post through these channels is not a part of this quarterly report on Form 10-Q or any other document we file with the SEC, and the inclusion of our website addresses and Twitter account are as inactive textual references only.

 

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements (unaudited)

ZILLOW GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share data, unaudited)

 

     September 30,
2017
    December 31,
2016
 

Assets

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 319,942     $ 243,592  

Short-term investments

     361,038       262,870  

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $3,990 and $1,337 at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively

     53,951       40,527  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     30,014       34,817  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     764,945       581,806  

Restricted cash

     1,053       1,053  

Property and equipment, net

     110,741       98,288  

Goodwill

     1,931,260       1,923,480  

Intangible assets, net

     505,696       527,464  

Other assets

     27,006       17,586  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 3,340,701     $ 3,149,677  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 4,915     $ 4,257  

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     55,598       38,427  

Accrued compensation and benefits

     25,252       24,057  

Deferred revenue

     31,060       29,154  

Deferred rent, current portion

     1,930       1,347  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     118,755       97,242  

Deferred rent, net of current portion

     17,787       15,298  

Long-term debt

     380,795       367,404  

Deferred tax liabilities and other long-term liabilities

     134,372       136,146  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     651,709       616,090  

Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)

    

Shareholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized as of September 30,
2017 and December 31, 2016; no shares issued and outstanding as of September 30,
2017 and December 31, 2016

     —         —    

Class A common stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,245,000,000 shares authorized as of
September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 56,280,716 and 54,402,809 shares issued
and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively

     6       5  

Class B common stock, $0.0001 par value; 15,000,000 shares authorized as of
September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 6,217,447 shares
issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016

     1       1  

Class C capital stock, $0.0001 par value; 600,000,000 shares authorized as of
September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 126,285,524 and 121,838,462 shares
issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively

     13       12  

Additional paid-in capital

     3,204,383       3,030,854  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (345     (242

Accumulated deficit

     (515,066     (497,043
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total shareholders’ equity

     2,688,992       2,533,587  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 3,340,701     $ 3,149,677  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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ZILLOW GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data, unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017     2016     2017     2016  

Revenue

   $ 281,839     $ 224,592     $ 794,464     $ 618,977  

Costs and expenses:

        

Cost of revenue (exclusive of amortization) (1)

     22,152       17,608       62,644       50,556  

Sales and marketing

     107,108       93,180       344,266       291,910  

Technology and development

     83,389       64,496       234,798       188,263  

General and administrative

     54,226       42,625       153,038       284,175  

Acquisition-related costs

     218       93       366       890  

Gain on divestiture of business

     —         (1,251     —         (1,251
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses

     267,093       216,751       795,112       814,543  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

     14,746       7,841       (648     (195,566

Other income

     1,407       561       3,970       1,995  

Interest expense

     (6,906     (1,595     (20,526     (4,740
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     9,247       6,807       (17,204     (198,311

Income tax benefit (expense)

     (41     —         (41     1,364  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

   $ 9,206     $ 6,807     $ (17,245   $ (196,947
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share — basic and diluted

   $ 0.05     $ 0.04     $ (0.09   $ (1.10

Weighted-average shares outstanding — basic

     187,692       180,583       185,447       179,577  

Weighted-average shares outstanding — diluted

     196,425       189,661       185,447       179,577  
             

 

(1) Amortization of website development costs and intangible assets included in technology and development

   $ 13,442     $ 22,006     $ 59,862     $ 64,931  

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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ZILLOW GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(in thousands, unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017      2016     2017     2016  

Net income (loss)

   $ 9,206      $ 6,807     $ (17,245   $ (196,947

Other comprehensive income (loss):

         

Unrealized gains (losses) on investments

     99        (179     (103     664  

Reclassification adjustment for net losses from investments included in net loss

     —          —         —         5  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net unrealized gains (losses) on investments

     99        (179     (103     669  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive income (loss)

     99        (179     (103     669  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss)

   $ 9,305      $ 6,628     $ (17,348   $ (196,278
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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ZILLOW GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands, unaudited)

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017     2016  

Operating activities

    

Net loss

   $ (17,245   $ (196,947

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, net of amounts assumed in connection with acquisitions:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     81,576       74,852  

Share-based compensation expense

     84,162       81,152  

Amortization of discount and issuance costs on 2021 Notes

     13,391       —    

Release of valuation allowance on certain deferred tax assets

     —         (1,364

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

     4,085       3,416  

Gain on divestiture of business

     —         (1,360

Bad debt expense

     5,861       1,715  

Deferred rent

     3,072       312  

Amortization of bond premium

     451       1,171  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     (19,272     (11,770

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     4,434       5,197  

Accounts payable

     224       3,296  

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     13,174       (8,746

Accrued compensation and benefits

     1,194       13,016  

Deferred revenue

     1,775       5,645  

Other long-term liabilities

     41       (21
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

     176,923       (30,436

Investing activities

    

Proceeds from maturities of investments

     204,520       158,828  

Purchases of investments

     (303,241     (126,986

Proceeds from sales of investments

     —         4,963  

Decrease in restricted cash

     —         1,962  

Purchases of property and equipment

     (51,580     (45,732

Purchases of intangible assets

     (9,377     (7,827

Purchase of cost method investment

     (10,000     —    

Proceeds from divestiture of a business

     579       3,200  

Cash paid for acquisitions, net

     (11,147     (16,319
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (180,246     (27,911

Financing activities

    

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

     80,010       20,461  

Value of equity awards withheld for tax liability

     (337     (492
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

     79,673       19,969  

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during period

     76,350       (38,378

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     243,592       229,138  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 319,942     $ 190,760  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
                 

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information

    

Cash paid for interest

   $ 4,458     $ 3,163  

Noncash transactions:

    

Capitalized share-based compensation

   $ 8,915     $ 7,809  

Write-off of fully depreciated property and equipment

   $ 12,685     $ 11,585  

Write-off of fully amortized intangible assets

   $ 5,454     $ —    

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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ZILLOW GROUP, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

Note 1. Organization and Description of Business

Zillow Group, Inc. operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products to help consumers find vital information about homes and connect with local professionals. Zillow Group’s brands focus on all stages of the home lifecycle: renting, buying, selling and financing. The Zillow Group portfolio of consumer brands includes real estate and rental marketplaces Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads, Naked Apartments and RealEstate.com. In addition, Zillow Group provides a comprehensive suite of marketing software and technology solutions to help real estate, rental and mortgage professionals maximize business opportunities and connect with millions of consumers. We also own and operate a number of business brands for real estate, rental and mortgage professionals, including Mortech, dotloop, Bridge Interactive and New Home Feed. Zillow, Inc. was incorporated as a Washington corporation in December 2004, and we launched the initial version of our website, Zillow.com, in February 2006. Zillow Group, Inc. was incorporated as a Washington corporation in July 2014 in connection with our acquisition of Trulia, Inc. (“Trulia”). Upon the closing of the Trulia acquisition in February 2015, each of Zillow, Inc. and Trulia became wholly owned subsidiaries of Zillow Group.

Certain Significant Risks and Uncertainties

We operate in a dynamic industry and, accordingly, can be affected by a variety of factors. For example, we believe that changes in any of the following areas could have a significant negative effect on us in terms of our future financial position, results of operations or cash flows: rates of revenue growth; engagement and usage of our products; competition in our market; outcomes of legal proceedings; changes in government regulation affecting our business; scaling and adaptation of existing technology and network infrastructure; management of our growth; our ability to attract and retain qualified employees and key personnel; our investment of resources to pursue strategies that may not prove effective; our ability to successfully integrate and realize the benefits of our past or future strategic acquisitions or investments; protection of customers’ information and other privacy concerns; protection of our brand and intellectual property; and intellectual property infringement and other claims, among other things.

Note 2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include Zillow Group, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. These condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regarding interim financial reporting. Certain information and note disclosures normally included in the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations. Accordingly, these interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and accompanying notes included in Zillow Group, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on February 7, 2017. The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2016, included herein, was derived from the audited financial statements of Zillow Group, Inc. as of that date.

The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements, in the opinion of management, reflect all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary to present fairly our financial position as of September 30, 2017, our results of operations and comprehensive income (loss) for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, and our cash flows for the nine month periods ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. The results of the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year ending December 31, 2017 or for any interim period or for any other future year.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make certain estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the related disclosures at the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the periods presented. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates, including those related to revenue recognition, website development costs, recoverability of long-lived assets and intangible assets with definite lives, share-based compensation, income taxes, business combinations and goodwill, among others. To the extent there are material differences between these estimates, judgments, or assumptions and actual results, our financial statements will be affected.

 

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Reclassifications

Certain immaterial reclassifications have been made in the condensed consolidated statements of operations to conform data for prior periods to the current format. The Company reclassified certain technology-related costs and expenses between expense categories. Amounts previously reported in the condensed consolidated statement of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2016 were revised herein as shown below (in thousands):

 

     As Reported      As Revised      Effect of Change  

Cost of revenue (exclusive of amortization)

   $ 18,254      $ 17,608      $ (646

Sales and marketing

     92,794        93,180        386  

Technology and development

     69,171        64,496        (4,675

General and administrative

     37,690        42,625        4,935  

Amounts previously reported in the condensed consolidated statement of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 were revised herein as shown below (in thousands):

 

     As Reported      As Revised      Effect of Change  

Cost of revenue (exclusive of amortization)

   $ 51,926      $ 50,556      $ (1,370

Sales and marketing

     290,810        291,910        1,100  

Technology and development

     201,009        188,263        (12,746

General and administrative

     271,159        284,175        13,016  

Certain immaterial reclassifications have been made in the statement of cash flows to conform data for prior periods to the current format.

Recently Issued Accounting Standards Not Yet Adopted

In March 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued guidance related to the premium amortization on purchased callable debt securities. This guidance shortens the amortization period for certain callable debt securities purchased at a premium by requiring that the premium be amortized to the earliest call date. This guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, and early adoption is permitted. This guidance must be applied on a modified retrospective basis through a cumulative-effect adjustment directly to retained earnings as of the beginning of the period of adoption. We expect to adopt this guidance on January 1, 2019. We have not yet determined the impact the adoption of this guidance will have on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

In December 2016, the FASB issued guidance to narrow the definition of a business. This guidance assists entities with evaluating when a set of transferred assets and activities is a business. This guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and early adoption is permitted. This guidance must be applied prospectively to transactions occurring within the period of adoption. We expect to adopt this guidance on January 1, 2018. We do not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

In November 2016, the FASB issued guidance on the classification and presentation of changes in restricted cash on the statement of cash flows. This guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and early adoption is permitted. The adoption of this guidance requires a retrospective transition method to each period presented. We expect to adopt this guidance on January 1, 2018. We do not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on our statements of cash flows.

In June 2016, the FASB issued guidance on the measurement of credit losses on financial instruments. This guidance requires the use of an expected loss impairment model for instruments measured at amortized cost. For available-for-sale debt securities, an entity is required to recognize credit losses through an allowance for credit losses rather than as a write-down. This guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, and early adoption is permitted for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018. The adoption of this guidance requires a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the first reporting period in which the guidance is effective. We expect to adopt this guidance on January 1, 2020. We have not yet determined the impact the adoption of this guidance will have on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

In February 2016, the FASB issued guidance on leases. This guidance requires the recognition of a right-of-use asset and lease liability on the balance sheet for all leases. This guidance also requires more detailed disclosures to enable users of financial statements to understand the amount, timing, and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases. This guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018 and should be applied through a modified retrospective transition approach for leases existing at, or entered into after, the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented in the financial statements, and early adoption is permitted. We expect to adopt this guidance on January 1, 2019. We anticipate this guidance will have a material impact on our financial position, primarily due to our office space operating leases, as we will be required to recognize lease assets and lease liabilities on our consolidated balance sheet. We continue to assess the potential impacts of this guidance, including the impact the adoption of this guidance will have on our results of operations and cash flows, if any.

 

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In January 2016, the FASB issued guidance on the recognition and measurement of financial instruments. This guidance generally requires equity investments, except those accounted for under the equity method of accounting or those that result in consolidation of the investee, to be measured at fair value with changes in fair value recognized in net income. This guidance also requires the separate presentation of financial assets and financial liabilities by measurement category and form of financial asset on the balance sheet or the accompanying notes to the financial statements. This guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, early adoption is permitted, and the guidance must be applied prospectively to equity investments that exist as of the adoption date. We expect to adopt this guidance on January 1, 2018. We do not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

In May 2014, the FASB issued new guidance on revenue recognition. The guidance states that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. This guidance also requires more detailed disclosures to enable users of financial statements to understand the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. The effective date of this guidance is for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, as the FASB approved an optional one-year deferral of the effective date, and the guidance must be applied retrospectively or modified retrospectively. We will adopt this guidance on January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective transition approach. This will result in an adjustment to accumulated deficit for the cumulative effect, if any, of applying the guidance as of the adoption date. Under this approach, we will not restate the prior financial statements presented. The guidance requires us to provide additional disclosures of the amount by which each financial statement line item is affected in the current reporting period during 2018 as compared to the guidance that was in effect before the change, and an explanation of the reasons for significant changes, if any. While we continue to assess all potential impacts of this new guidance, we currently expect a significant impact related to the accounting for the cost of sales commissions. Under the new guidance, the cost of certain sales commissions will be recorded as an asset and recognized as an operating expense over the period that we expect to recover the costs (the average customer life). Currently we expense the cost of all sales commissions as incurred. We also continue to assess the impact of the guidance on our current product offerings. We continue to implement key control activities related to the new guidance, particularly related to evaluating the impact of the standard on new products or products with more than one performance obligation, the determination of average customer life, and the new disclosure requirements. Further, we have concluded that upon adoption of the new guidance, we will not need to implement new information technology systems. We continue to assess the impact the adoption of this guidance will have on our financial position, results of operations, cash flows and disclosures.

Note 3. Fair Value Measurements

Accounting standards define fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. The standards also establish a fair value hierarchy, which requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. There are three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value:

 

    Level 1—Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

    Level 2—Assets and liabilities valued based on observable market data for similar instruments, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities.

 

    Level 3—Unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity; instruments valued based on the best available data, some of which is internally developed, and considers risk premiums that a market participant would require.

We applied the following methods and assumptions in estimating our fair value measurements:

Cash equivalents — Cash equivalents are comprised of highly liquid investments, including money market funds and certificates of deposit, with original maturities of three months or less. The fair value measurement of money market funds is based on quoted market prices in active markets, and the fair value measurement of certificates of deposit is based on observable market-based inputs or inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

Investments — Our investments consist of fixed income securities, which include U.S. and foreign government agency securities, corporate notes and bonds, municipal securities, commercial paper and certificates of deposit. The fair value measurement of these assets is based on observable market-based inputs or inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

 

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The following tables present the balances of assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis, by level within the fair value hierarchy, as of the dates presented (in thousands):

 

     September 30, 2017  
     Total      Level 1      Level 2  

Cash equivalents:

        

Money market funds

   $ 188,622      $ 188,622      $ —    

Certificates of deposit

     996        —          996  

Short-term investments:

        

U.S. government agency securities

     255,541        —          255,541  

Corporate notes and bonds

     44,759        —          44,759  

Commercial paper

     37,554        —          37,554  

Municipal securities

     8,836        —          8,836  

Certificates of deposit

     8,355        —          8,355  

Foreign government securities

     5,993        —          5,993  

Restricted cash

     1,053        —          1,053  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 551,709      $ 188,622      $ 363,087  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     December 31, 2016  
     Total      Level 1      Level 2  

Cash equivalents:

        

Money market funds

   $ 166,527      $ 166,527      $ —    

Certificates of deposit

     460        —          460  

Short-term investments:

        

U.S. government agency securities

     162,312        —          162,312  

Corporate notes and bonds

     61,483        —          61,483  

Commercial paper

     14,952        —          14,952  

Municipal securities

     11,912        —          11,912  

Certificates of deposit

     6,226        —          6,226  

Foreign government securities

     5,985        —          5,985  

Restricted cash

     1,053        —          1,053  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 430,910      $ 166,527      $ 264,383  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

See Note 9 for the carrying amount and estimated fair value of the Company’s Convertible Senior Notes due in 2021 and Trulia’s Convertible Senior Notes due in 2020.

We did not have any Level 3 assets as of September 30, 2017 or December 31, 2016. There were no liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2017 or December 31, 2016.

Note 4. Cash, Cash Equivalents, Investments and Restricted Cash

Our investments are classified as available-for-sale securities and are carried at fair value with unrealized gains and losses reported as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss in shareholders’ equity, while realized gains and losses and other-than-temporary impairments are reported as a component of net income (loss) based on specific identification.

 

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The following tables present the amortized cost, gross unrealized gains and losses, and estimated fair market value of our cash and cash equivalents, available-for-sale investments and restricted cash as of the dates presented (in thousands):

 

     September 30, 2017  
     Amortized
Cost
     Gross
Unrealized
Gains
     Gross
Unrealized
Losses
     Estimated
Fair Market
Value
 

Cash

   $ 130,324      $ —        $ —        $ 130,324  

Cash equivalents:

           

Money market funds

     188,622        —          —          188,622  

Certificates of deposit

     996        —          —          996  

Short-term investments:

           

U.S. government agency securities

     255,903        2        (364      255,541  

Corporate notes and bonds

     44,794        —          (35      44,759  

Commercial paper

     37,554        —          —          37,554  

Municipal securities

     8,840        —          (4      8,836  

Certificates of deposit

     8,353        2        —          8,355  

Foreign government securities

     5,998        —          (5      5,993  

Restricted cash

     1,053        —          —          1,053  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 682,437      $ 4      $ (408    $ 682,033  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     December 31, 2016  
     Amortized
Cost
     Gross
Unrealized
Gains
     Gross
Unrealized
Losses
     Estimated
Fair Market
Value
 

Cash

   $ 76,605      $ —        $ —        $ 76,605  

Cash equivalents:

           

Money market funds

     166,527        —          —          166,527  

Certificates of deposit

     460        —          —          460  

Short-term investments:

           

U.S. government agency securities

     162,438        31        (157      162,312  

Corporate notes and bonds

     61,530        3        (50      61,483  

Commercial paper

     14,952        —          —          14,952  

Municipal securities

     11,925        —          (13      11,912  

Certificates of deposit

     6,226        —          —          6,226  

Foreign government securities

     5,995        —          (10      5,985  

Restricted cash

     1,053        —          —          1,053  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 507,711      $ 34      $ (230    $ 507,515  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The following table presents available-for-sale investments by contractual maturity date as of September 30, 2017 (in thousands):

 

     Amortized
Cost
     Estimated Fair
Market Value
 

Due in one year or less

   $ 244,619      $ 244,436  

Due after one year through two years

     116,823        116,602  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 361,442      $ 361,038  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Note 5. Property and Equipment, net

The following table presents the detail of property and equipment as of the dates presented (in thousands):

 

     September 30,
2017
     December 31,
2016
 

Website development costs

   $ 121,966      $ 102,130  

Computer equipment

     28,462        28,175  

Leasehold improvements

     47,995        37,923  

Construction-in-progress

     23,688        19,470  

Office equipment, furniture and fixtures

     23,519        19,254  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Property and equipment

     245,630        206,952  

Less: accumulated amortization and depreciation

     (134,889      (108,664
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

   $ 110,741      $ 98,288  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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We recorded depreciation expense related to property and equipment (other than website development costs) of $14.0 million and $3.5 million, respectively, during the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, and $21.7 million and $9.9 million, respectively, during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.

We capitalized $13.4 million and $13.0 million, respectively, in website development costs during the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, and $39.8 million and $38.1 million, respectively, during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Amortization expense for website development costs included in technology and development expenses was $10.1 million and $10.4 million, respectively, during the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, and $30.0 million and $29.4 million, respectively, during the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.

Construction-in-progress primarily consists of website development costs that are capitalizable, but for which the associated applications had not been placed in service.

Note 6. Acquisition and Equity Investments

Acquisition

On September 6, 2017, Zillow, Inc. acquired New Home Feed, Inc. (formerly known as Graphic Language, Inc.), a California corporation which operates the New Home Feed business, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger for an immaterial amount. New Home Feed is a listing management technology that allows builders to input, manage and syndicate their listings across Zillow Group and partner sites. Our acquisition of New Home Feed has been accounted for as a business combination, and assets acquired and liabilities assumed were recorded at their estimated fair values as of September 6, 2017. We acquired goodwill of $3.8 million and an identifiable intangible asset of $1.9 million, and we recorded a deferred tax liability of $0.2 million.

Acquisition-related costs incurred related to the acquisition of New Home Feed, which primarily included legal and accounting fees and other external costs directly related to the acquisition, were expensed as incurred and were not material.

The results of operations related to the acquisition of New Home Feed have been included in our condensed consolidated financial statements since the date of acquisition, and are not significant. Pro forma financial information for the acquisition accounted for as a business combination has not been presented, as the effects were not material to our condensed consolidated financial statements.

Equity Investments

In June 2017, we purchased an equity interest in a privately held corporation for approximately $10.0 million, which is accounted for as a cost method investment and classified within other assets in the condensed consolidated balance sheet.

In October 2016, we purchased a 10% equity interest in a privately held variable interest entity within the real estate industry for $10.0 million, which is accounted for as a cost method investment and classified within other assets in the condensed consolidated balance sheet. In October 2016, we also entered into an immaterial commercial agreement with this entity. The entity is financed through its business operations. We are not the primary beneficiary of the entity, as we do not direct the activities that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance. Therefore, we do not consolidate the entity. Our maximum exposure to loss is $10.0 million, the carrying amount of the investment as of September 30, 2017.

As there were no identified events or changes in circumstances that may have a significant adverse effect on the fair values of our cost method investments as of September 30, 2017, and it is not practicable to estimate the fair values of the investments given the fair values of the investments are not readily determinable, an estimate of the fair values of the cost method investments was not performed.

Note 7. Goodwill

The following table presents the change in goodwill from December 31, 2016 through September 30, 2017 (in thousands):

 

Balance as of December 31, 2016

   $  1,923,480  

Goodwill recorded in connection with acquisitions

     7,780  
  

 

 

 

Balance as of September 30, 2017

   $ 1,931,260  
  

 

 

 

 

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Note 8. Intangible Assets, net

The following tables present the detail of intangible assets subject to amortization as of the dates presented (in thousands):

 

     September 30, 2017  
     Cost      Accumulated
Amortization
     Net  

Purchased content

   $ 34,010      $ (17,981    $ 16,029  

Software

     15,605        (7,556      8,049  

Customer relationships

     103,900        (42,555      61,345  

Developed technology

     113,380        (50,953      62,427  

Trade names and trademarks

     4,900        (3,679      1,221  

Advertising relationships

     9,000        (7,811      1,189  

MLS home data feeds

     1,100        (955      145  

Intangibles-in-progress

     4,291        —          4,291  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 286,186      $ (131,490    $ 154,696  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     December 31, 2016  
     Cost      Accumulated
Amortization
     Net  

Purchased content

   $ 35,205      $ (15,508    $ 19,697  

Software

     9,712        (4,773      4,939  

Customer relationships

     103,200        (30,952      72,248  

Developed technology

     110,080        (36,341      73,739  

Trade names and trademarks

     4,900        (2,877      2,023  

Advertising relationships

     9,000        (5,598      3,402  

MLS home data feeds

     1,100        (684      416  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 273,197      $ (96,733    $ 176,464  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Amortization expense recorded for intangible assets for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 was $13.4 million and $11.6 million, respectively. Amortization expense recorded for intangible assets for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 was $39.9 million and $35.5 million, respectively. These amounts are included in technology and development expenses.

As of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, we have an indefinite-lived intangible asset for $351.0 million that we recorded in connection with our February 2015 acquisition of Trulia for Trulia’s trade names and trademarks that is not subject to amortization.

Intangibles-in-progress consist of purchased content and software that are capitalizable but have not been placed in service.

Note 9. Convertible Senior Notes

Convertible Senior Notes due in 2021

On December 12, 2016, Zillow Group issued $460.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2021 (the “2021 Notes”), which amount includes the exercise in full of the $60.0 million over-allotment option, to Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as the initial purchaser of the 2021 Notes in a private offering to the initial purchaser in reliance on the exemption from the registration requirements provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) for resale to qualified institutional buyers as defined in, and pursuant to, Rule 144A under the Securities Act. The 2021 Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 2.00% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on June 1 and December 1 of each year, beginning on June 1, 2017. The 2021 Notes are convertible into cash, shares of our Class C capital stock or a combination thereof, at the Company’s election. The 2021 Notes will mature on December 1, 2021, unless earlier repurchased, redeemed, or converted in accordance with their terms.

The net proceeds from the issuance of the 2021 Notes were approximately $447.8 million, after deducting fees and expenses. The Company used approximately $370.2 million of the net proceeds from the issuance of the 2021 Notes to repurchase a portion of the outstanding 2020 Notes (see additional information below under “Trulia’s Convertible Senior Notes due 2020”) in privately negotiated transactions. In addition, the Company used approximately $36.6 million of the net proceeds from the issuance of the 2021 Notes to pay the cost of the capped call transactions with the initial purchaser of the 2021 Notes and two additional financial institutions (“Capped Call Confirmations”) as discussed further below. The Company used the remainder of the net proceeds for general corporate purposes.

 

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Prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding September 1, 2021, the 2021 Notes are convertible at the option of the holders of the 2021 Notes only under certain conditions, none of which conditions have been satisfied as of September 30, 2017. On or after September 1, 2021, until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date, holders of the 2021 Notes may convert their 2021 Notes at their option at the conversion rate then in effect, irrespective of these conditions. The Company will settle conversions of the 2021 Notes by paying or delivering, as the case may be, cash, shares of Class C capital stock, or a combination of cash and shares of Class C capital stock, at its election. The conversion rate will initially be 19.0985 shares of Class C capital stock per $1,000 principal amount of 2021 Notes (equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $52.36 per share of Class C capital stock). The conversion rate is subject to customary adjustments upon the occurrence of certain events. The Company may redeem for cash all or part of the 2021 Notes, at its option, on or after December 6, 2019, under certain circumstances at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2021 Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date (as defined in the indenture governing the 2021 Notes). The conversion option does not meet the criteria for separate accounting as a derivative as it is indexed to our own stock.

If the Company undergoes a fundamental change (as defined in the indenture governing the 2021 Notes), holders of the 2021 Notes may require the Company to repurchase for cash all or part of their 2021 Notes at a repurchase price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2021 Notes to be repurchased, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the fundamental change repurchase date (as defined in the indenture governing the 2021 Notes). In addition, if certain fundamental changes occur, the Company may be required in certain circumstances to increase the conversion rate for any 2021 Notes converted in connection with such fundamental changes by a specified number of shares of its Class C capital stock. Certain events are also considered “Events of Default,” which may result in the acceleration of the maturity of the 2021 Notes, as described in the indenture governing the notes. There are no financial covenants associated with the 2021 Notes.

We may not redeem the 2021 Notes prior to December 6, 2019. We may redeem the 2021 Notes for cash, at our option, in whole or in part on or after December 6, 2019, if the last reported sale price per share of our Class C capital stock has been at least 130% of the conversion price then in effect for at least 20 trading days (whether or not consecutive) during any 30 consecutive trading day period.

In accounting for the issuance of the 2021 Notes, the Company separated the 2021 Notes into liability and equity components. The carrying amount of the liability component was calculated by measuring the fair value of a similar liability that does not have an associated convertible feature. The carrying amount of the equity component, representing the conversion option, was determined by deducting the fair value of the liability component from the par value of the 2021 Notes. The difference between the principal amount of the 2021 Notes and the liability component represents the debt discount, which is recorded as a direct deduction from the related debt liability in the consolidated balance sheet and amortized to interest expense using the effective interest method over the term of the 2021 Notes. The equity component of the 2021 Notes of approximately $91.4 million is included in additional paid-in capital in the condensed consolidated balance sheet and is not remeasured as long as it continues to meet the conditions for equity classification.

The Company incurred transaction costs of approximately $12.2 million related to the issuance of the 2021 Notes, including approximately $11.5 million in fees to the initial purchaser, which amount was paid out of the gross proceeds from the note offering. In accounting for the transaction costs, the Company allocated the total amount incurred to the liability and equity components using the same proportions as the proceeds from the 2021 Notes. Transaction costs attributable to the liability component were recorded as a direct deduction from the related debt liability in the condensed consolidated balance sheet and amortized to interest expense over the term of the 2021 Notes, and transaction costs attributable to the equity component were netted with the equity component in shareholders’ equity.

Interest expense related to the 2021 Notes for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $6.8 million, which is comprised of approximately $4.5 million related to the amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs and $2.3 million for the contractual coupon interest. Interest expense related to the 2021 Notes for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $20.3 million, which is comprised of approximately $13.4 million related to the amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs and $6.9 million for the contractual coupon interest. Accrued interest related to the 2021 Notes as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 was $3.1 million and $0.5 million, respectively, and is recorded in accrued expenses and other current liabilities in the condensed consolidated balance sheet.

The following table presents the outstanding principal amount and carrying value of the 2021 Notes as of the dates presented (in thousands):

 

     Outstanding
Principal
Amount
     Unamortized
Debt Discount
and Debt
Issuance Costs
     Carrying
Value
 

September 30, 2017

   $ 460,000      $ (89,342    $ 370,658  

December 31, 2016

   $ 460,000      $ (102,733    $ 357,267  

 

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As of September 30, 2017, the unamortized debt discount and debt issuance costs for the 2021 Notes will be amortized to interest expense over a remaining period of approximately 50 months.

The estimated fair value of the 2021 Notes was $498.1 million and $474.2 million, respectively, as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. The estimated fair value of the 2021 Notes was determined through consideration of quoted market prices. The fair value is classified as Level 3 due to the limited trading activity for the 2021 Notes.

The Capped Call Confirmations are expected generally to reduce the potential dilution of our Class C capital stock upon any conversion of 2021 Notes and/or offset the cash payments the Company is required to make in excess of the principal amount of the 2021 Notes in the event that the market price of the Class C capital stock is greater than the strike price of the Capped Call Confirmations (which initially corresponds to the initial conversion price of the 2021 Notes and is subject to certain adjustments under the terms of the Capped Call Confirmations), with such reduction and/or offset subject to a cap based on the cap price of the Capped Call Confirmations. The Capped Call Confirmations have an initial cap price of $69.19 per share, which represents a premium of approximately 85% over the closing price of the Company’s Class C capital stock on The NASDAQ Global Select Market on December 6, 2016, and is subject to certain adjustments under the terms of the Capped Call Confirmations. The Capped Call Confirmations will cover, subject to anti-dilution adjustments substantially similar to those applicable to the 2021 Notes, the number of shares of Class C capital stock that will underlie the 2021 Notes. In addition, the Capped Call Confirmations provide for the Company to elect, subject to certain conditions, for the Capped Call Confirmations to remain outstanding (with certain modifications) following its election to redeem the 2021 Notes, notwithstanding any conversions of 2021 Notes in connection with such redemption. The Capped Call Confirmations do not meet the criteria for separate accounting as a derivative as they are indexed to our own stock. The premiums paid for the Capped Call Confirmations have been included as a net reduction to additional paid-in capital within shareholders’ equity.

Trulia’s Convertible Senior Notes due in 2020

In connection with the February 2015 acquisition of Trulia, a portion of the total purchase price was allocated to Trulia’s Convertible Senior Notes due in 2020 (the “2020 Notes”), which are unsecured senior obligations. Pursuant to and in accordance with the Merger Agreement, Zillow Group entered into a supplemental indenture in respect of the 2020 Notes in the aggregate principal amount of $230.0 million, which supplemental indenture provides, among other things, that, at the effective time of the Trulia Merger, (i) each outstanding 2020 Note is no longer convertible into shares of Trulia common stock and is convertible solely into shares of Zillow Group Class A common stock, pursuant to, and in accordance with, the terms of the indenture governing the 2020 Notes, and (ii) Zillow Group guaranteed all of the obligations of Trulia under the 2020 Notes and related indenture. The aggregate principal amount of the 2020 Notes is due on December 15, 2020 if not earlier converted or redeemed. Interest is payable on the 2020 Notes at the rate of 2.75% semi-annually on June 15 and December 15 of each year.

In December 2016, the Company used approximately $370.2 million of the net proceeds from the issuance of the 2021 Notes discussed above to repurchase $219.9 million aggregate principal of the 2020 Notes in privately negotiated transactions. The repurchase of the 2020 Notes was accounted for as a debt extinguishment, and the consideration transferred was allocated between the liability and equity components by determining the intrinsic value of the conversion option immediately prior to the debt extinguishment and allocating that portion of the repurchase price to additional paid-in capital for $127.6 million with the residual repurchase price allocated to the liability component. The partial repurchase of the 2020 Notes resulted in the recognition of a $22.8 million loss on debt extinguishment for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Holders of the 2020 Notes may convert all or any portion of their notes, in multiples of $1,000 principal amount, at their option at any time prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the maturity date. Regarding the supplemental indenture in respect of the 2020 Notes, the conversion ratio immediately prior to the effective time of the Trulia Merger of 27.8303 shares of Trulia common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes was adjusted to 12.3567 shares of our Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes based on the exchange ratio of 0.444 per the Merger Agreement. This was equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $80.93 per share of our Class A common stock. Regarding the August 2015 distribution of shares of our Class C capital stock as a dividend to our Class A and Class B common shareholders, the conversion ratio has been further adjusted to 41.4550 shares of Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes, which is equivalent to a conversion price of approximately $24.12 per share of our Class A common stock. The conversion ratio will be adjusted for certain dilutive events and will be increased in the case of corporate events that constitute a “Make-Whole Fundamental Change” (as defined in the indenture governing the notes). The conversion option of the 2020 Notes has no cash settlement provisions. The conversion option does not meet the criteria for separate accounting as a derivative as it is indexed to our own stock.

The holders of the 2020 Notes will have the ability to require us to repurchase the notes in whole or in part upon the occurrence of an event that constitutes a “Fundamental Change” (as defined in the indenture governing the notes, including such events as a “change in control” or “termination of trading”, subject to certain exceptions). In such case, the repurchase price would be 100% of the principal amount of the 2020 Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to, but excluding, the Fundamental Change repurchase date. Certain events are also considered “Events of Default,” which may result in the acceleration of the maturity of the 2020 Notes, as described in the indenture governing the notes. There are no financial covenants associated with the 2020 Notes.

 

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The 2020 Notes are redeemable, at our option, in whole or in part on or after December 20, 2018, if the last reported sale price per share of our Class A common stock has been at least 130% of the conversion price then in effect for at least 20 trading days (whether or not consecutive) during any 30 consecutive trading day period.

Interest expense related to the 2020 Notes for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 was $0.1 million and $1.6 million, respectively. Interest expense related to the 2020 Notes for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 was $0.2 million and $4.7 million, respectively. Accrued interest related to the 2020 Notes as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 was not material.

The carrying value of the 2020 Notes was $10.1 million as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. The estimated fair value of the 2020 Notes was $17.6 million and $17.3 million, respectively, as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. The estimated fair value of the 2020 Notes was determined through consideration of quoted market prices. The fair value is classified as Level 3 due to the limited trading activity for the 2020 Notes.

Note 10. Income Taxes

We are subject to federal and state income taxes in the United States and in Canada. During the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, we did not have a material amount of current taxable income, and we are not projecting a material amount of current taxable income for the year ending December 31, 2017. We have provided a full valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 because, based on the weight of available evidence, it is more likely than not (a likelihood of more than 50%) that some or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Therefore, no material current tax liability or expense has been recorded in the condensed consolidated financial statements. We have accumulated federal tax losses of approximately $893.3 million as of December 31, 2016, which are available to reduce future taxable income. We have accumulated state tax losses of approximately $13.5 million (tax effected) as of December 31, 2016.

We recorded an income tax benefit of $1.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 primarily due to a deferred tax liability generated in connection with Zillow Group’s February 22, 2016 acquisition of Naked Apartments that can be used to realize certain deferred tax assets for which we had previously provided a full allowance.

Note 11. Shareholders’ Equity

Preferred Stock

Our board of directors has the authority to fix and determine and to amend the number of shares of any series of preferred stock that is wholly unissued or to be established and to fix and determine and to amend the designation, preferences, voting powers and limitations, and the relative, participating, optional or other rights, of any series of shares of preferred stock that is wholly unissued or to be established, subject in each case to certain approval rights of holders of our outstanding Class B common stock. There was no preferred stock issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 or December 31, 2016.

Common and Capital Stock

Our Class A common stock has no preferences or privileges and is not redeemable. Holders of Class A common stock are entitled to one vote for each share.

Our Class B common stock has no preferences or privileges and is not redeemable. At any time after the date of issuance, each share of Class B common stock, at the option of the holder, may be converted into one share of Class A common stock, or automatically converted into Class A common stock upon the affirmative vote by or written consent of holders of a majority of the shares of the Class B common stock. During the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and the year ended December 31, 2016, no shares of Class B common stock were converted into Class A common stock at the option of the holders. Holders of Class B common stock are entitled to 10 votes for each share.

Our Class C capital stock has no preferences or privileges, is not redeemable and, except in limited circumstances, is non-voting.

Note 12. Share-Based Awards

In connection with our February 2015 acquisition of Trulia, we assumed the obligations of Zillow, Inc. and Trulia outstanding under pre-existing stock plans. We intend that future equity grants will be made under Zillow Group’s 2011 Amended and Restated Incentive Plan (as amended and/or restated from time to time, the “2011 Plan”) only (or a successor thereto).

Zillow Group, Inc. Amended and Restated 2011 Incentive Plan

On July 19, 2011, the 2011 Plan became effective and serves as the successor to Zillow, Inc.’s 2005 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2005 Plan”). Shareholders last approved the 2011 Plan on June 15, 2016. In addition to the share reserve of 18,400,000 shares, the number of shares available for issuance under the 2011 Plan automatically increases on the first day of each of our fiscal years by a

 

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number of shares equal to the least of (a) 3.5% of our outstanding Class A common stock, Class B common stock, and Class C capital stock on a fully diluted basis as of the end of our immediately preceding fiscal year, (b) 10,500,000 shares, and (c) a lesser amount determined by our board of directors; provided, however, that any shares from any increases in previous years that are not actually issued will continue to be available for issuance under the 2011 Plan. In addition, shares previously available for grant under the 2005 Plan, but not issued or subject to outstanding awards under the 2005 Plan as of July 19, 2011, and shares subject to outstanding awards under the 2005 Plan that subsequently cease to be subject to such awards (other than by reason of exercise of the awards) are available for grant under the 2011 Plan. The 2011 Plan is administered by the compensation committee of the board of directors. Under the terms of the 2011 Plan, the compensation committee may grant equity awards, including incentive stock options, nonqualified stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units or restricted units to employees, officers, directors, consultants, agents, advisors and independent contractors. The board of directors has also authorized certain senior executive officers to grant equity awards under the 2011 Plan, within limits prescribed by our board of directors. The 2011 Plan provides that in the event of a stock dividend, stock split or similar event, the maximum number and kind of securities available for issuance under the plan will be proportionally adjusted.

Options under the 2011 Plan are granted with an exercise price per share not less than 100% of the fair market value of our stock on the date of grant, with the exception of substituted option awards granted in connection with acquisitions, and are exercisable at such times and under such conditions as determined by the compensation committee. Under the 2011 Plan, the maximum term of an option is ten years from the date of grant. Any portion of an option that is not vested and exercisable on the date of a participant’s termination of service expires on such date. Employees generally forfeit their rights to exercise vested options after 3 months following their termination of employment or 12 months in the event of termination by reason of death, disability or retirement. Options granted under the 2011 Plan typically expire seven or 10 years from the grant date and typically vest either 25% after 12 months and ratably thereafter over the next 36 months or quarterly over a period of four years, though certain options have been granted with alternative vesting schedules.

Restricted stock units granted under the 2011 Plan typically vest either 25% after 12 months and quarterly thereafter over the next three years or 12.5% after 6 months and quarterly thereafter for the next 3.5 years. Any portion of a restricted stock unit that is not vested on the date of a participant’s termination of service expires on such date.

In March 2016, Zillow Group established an equity choice program pursuant to which Zillow Group grants restricted stock units and option awards to acquire shares of Class C capital stock to certain employees to retain and recognize their efforts on behalf of Zillow Group.

Option Awards

The following table summarizes option award activity for the nine months ended September 30, 2017:

 

     Number
of Shares
Subject to
Existing
Options
     Weighted-
Average
Exercise
Price Per
Share
     Weighted-
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life (Years)
     Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value

(in thousands)
 

Outstanding at January 1, 2017

     29,628,443      $ 24.11        5.97      $ 376,004  

Granted

     4,330,797        35.83        

Exercised

     (5,260,391      15.21        

Forfeited or cancelled

     (1,172,856      32.27        
  

 

 

          

Outstanding at September 30, 2017

     27,525,993        27.31        5.87        359,650  

Vested and exercisable at September 30, 2017

     13,985,706        24.77        4.47        218,956  

The fair value of options granted is estimated at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes-Merton option-pricing model, assuming no dividends and with the following assumptions for the periods presented:

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2017   2016   2017   2016

Expected volatility

   46%   50%   46%-49%   50%-51%

Expected dividend yield

   —     —     —     —  

Risk-free interest rate

   1.70%   0.98%   1.67%-1.84%   0.98%-1.12%

Weighted-average expected life

   4.25 years   4.00 years   4.25-4.75 years   3.75-4.25 years

Weighted-average fair value of options granted

   $15.79   $14.29   $14.40   $9.20

 

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As of September 30, 2017, there was a total of $161.0 million in unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested stock options.

Restricted Stock Units

The following table summarizes activity for restricted stock units for the nine months ended September 30, 2017:

 

     Restricted
Stock Units
     Weighted-
Average Grant-
Date Fair
Value
 

Unvested outstanding at January 1, 2017

     3,780,577      $ 28.54  

Granted

     2,218,754        36.78  

Vested

     (1,059,105      29.04  

Forfeited or cancelled

     (721,000      31.34  
  

 

 

    

Unvested outstanding at September 30, 2017

     4,219,226        32.27  
  

 

 

    

The fair value of the outstanding restricted stock units will be recorded as share-based compensation expense over the vesting period. As of September 30, 2017, there was $126.1 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested restricted stock units.

Share-Based Compensation Expense

The following table presents the effects of share-based compensation in our condensed consolidated statements of operations during the periods presented (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017      2016      2017      2016  

Cost of revenue

   $ 1,014      $ 894      $ 2,942      $ 2,662  

Sales and marketing

     5,914        5,968        17,694        17,566  

Technology and development

     10,438        8,035        29,329        23,160  

General and administrative

     11,208        12,388        34,197        37,764  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 28,574      $ 27,285      $ 84,162      $ 81,152  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Note 13. Net Income (Loss) Per Share

Basic net income (loss) per share is computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted-average number of shares (including Class A common stock, Class B common stock and Class C capital stock) outstanding during the period. In the calculation of basic net income (loss) per share, undistributed earnings are allocated assuming all earnings during the period were distributed.

Diluted net income (loss) per share is computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted-average number of shares (including Class A common stock, Class B common stock and Class C capital stock) outstanding during the period and potentially dilutive Class A common stock and Class C capital stock equivalents, except in cases where the effect of the Class A common stock or Class C capital stock equivalent would be antidilutive. Potential Class A common stock and Class C capital stock equivalents consist of Class A common stock and Class C capital stock issuable upon exercise of stock options and Class A common stock and Class C capital stock underlying unvested restricted stock units using the treasury stock method. Potential Class A common stock equivalents also include Class A common stock issuable upon conversion of the 2020 Notes using the if-converted method.

 

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For the periods presented, the following table reconciles the denominators used in the basic and diluted net income (loss) per share calculations (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017      2016      2017      2016  

Denominator for basic calculation

     187,692        180,583        185,447        179,577  

Effect of dilutive securities:

           

Option awards

     7,401        7,928        —          —    

Unvested restricted stock units

     1,332        1,150        —          —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Denominator for dilutive calculation

     196,425        189,661        185,447        179,577  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

For the periods presented, the following Class A common stock and Class C capital stock equivalents were excluded from the calculations of diluted net income (loss) per share because their effect would have been antidilutive (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017      2016      2017      2016  

Weighted-average Class A common stock and Class C capital stock option awards outstanding

     6,542        8,456        28,671        17,874  

Weighted-average Class A common stock and Class C capital stock restricted stock units outstanding

     199        235        4,311        3,559  

Class A common stock issuable upon conversion of the 2020 Notes

     438        10,026        438        10,026  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Class A common stock and Class C capital stock equivalents

     7,179        18,717        33,420        31,459  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Since the Company expects to settle the principal amount of the outstanding 2021 Notes in cash, the Company uses the treasury stock method for calculating any potential dilutive effect of the conversion spread on diluted net income per share, if applicable. The conversion spread of approximately 8.8 million shares will have a dilutive impact on diluted net income per share when the market price of the Company’s Class C capital stock at the end of a period exceeds the conversion price of $52.36 per share for the 2021 Notes.

In the event of liquidation, dissolution, distribution of assets or winding-up of the Company, the holders of all classes of common and capital stock have equal rights to receive all the assets of the Company after the rights of the holders of preferred stock have been satisfied. We have not presented net income (loss) per share under the two-class method for our Class A common stock, Class B common stock and Class C capital stock because it would be the same for each class due to equal dividend and liquidation rights for each class.

Note 14. Commitments and Contingencies

Lease Commitments

We have entered into various non-cancelable operating lease agreements for certain of our office space and equipment with original lease periods expiring between 2017 and 2024. We are committed to pay a portion of the related operating expenses under certain of these lease agreements. Certain of these arrangements have free rent periods or escalating rent payment provisions, and we recognize rent expense under such arrangements on a straight-line basis. Operating lease expense for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 was $5.7 million and $4.3 million, respectively. Operating lease expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 was $15.8 million and $12.1 million, respectively.

Future minimum payments for all operating leases as of September 30, 2017 are as follows (in thousands):

 

Remainder of 2017

   $ 6,266  

2018

     25,510  

2019

     24,579  

2020

     25,006  

2021

     25,322  

All future years

     61,755  
  

 

 

 

Total future minimum lease payments

   $ 168,438  
  

 

 

 

 

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Purchase Commitments

We have entered into various non-cancelable purchase commitments for content related to our mobile applications and websites. License agreement terms vary by vendor. In some instances, we retain perpetual rights to this information after the contract ends; in other instances, the information and data are licensed only during the fixed term of the agreement. Additionally, certain data license agreements provide for uneven payment amounts throughout the contract term.

We capitalize payments made to third parties for data licenses that we expect to provide future economic benefit through the recovery of the costs of these arrangements via the generation of our revenue and margins. For data license contracts that include uneven payment amounts, we capitalize the payments as they are made as an intangible asset and amortize the total contract value over the estimated useful life. For contracts in which we have perpetual rights to the data and expect to utilize the data beyond the life of the contract, the total contract value is amortized on a straight-line basis over the life of the contract plus two years, which is equivalent to the estimated useful life of the asset. For contracts in which we either do not have access to the data beyond the contractual term or do not expect to utilize the data beyond the life of the contract, the total contract value is amortized on a straight-line basis over the term of the contract. We evaluate data content contracts for potential capitalization at the inception of the arrangement as well as each time periodic payments to third parties are made.

The amortization period for the capitalized purchased content is based on our best estimate of the useful life of the asset, which ranges from approximately five to nine years. The capitalized purchased data content is amortized on a straight-line basis as the pattern of delivery of the economic benefits of the data cannot reliably be determined because we do not have the ability to reliably predict future traffic to our mobile applications and websites.

Under certain other data agreements, the underlying data is obtained on a subscription basis with consistent monthly or quarterly recurring payment terms over the contractual period. Upon the expiration of such arrangements, we no longer have the right to access the related data, and therefore, the costs incurred under such contracts are not capitalized and are expensed as payments are made. We would immediately lose rights to data under these arrangements if we were to cancel the subscription and/or cease making payments under the subscription arrangements.

As of September 30, 2017, we had non-cancelable purchase commitments for content related to our mobile applications and websites totaling $144.4 million. The amounts due for this content as of September 30, 2017 are as follows (in thousands):

 

Remainder of 2017

   $ 8,265  

2018

     32,750  

2019

     33,500  

2020

     33,500  

2021

     32,000  

2022

     4,375  
  

 

 

 

Total future purchase commitments

   $ 144,390  
  

 

 

 

Letters of Credit

As of September 30, 2017, we have outstanding letters of credit of approximately $5.2 million, $1.8 million, $1.5 million and $1.1 million, respectively, which secure our lease obligations in connection with the operating leases of our San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Denver office spaces. Certain of the letters of credit are unsecured obligations, and certain of the letters of credit are secured by certificates of deposit held as collateral in our name at a financial institution. The secured letters of credit are classified as restricted cash in our consolidated balance sheet.

Surety Bonds

In the course of business, we are required to provide financial commitments in the form of surety bonds to third parties as a guarantee of our performance on and our compliance with certain obligations. If we were to fail to perform or comply with these obligations, any draws upon surety bonds issued on our behalf would then trigger our payment obligation to the surety bond issuer. We have outstanding surety bonds issued for our benefit of approximately $3.7 million and $3.6 million as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.

Legal Proceedings

We are involved in a number of legal proceedings concerning matters arising in connection with the conduct of our business activities, some of which are at preliminary stages and some of which seek an indeterminate amount of damages. We regularly evaluate the status of legal proceedings in which we are involved to assess whether a loss is probable or there is a reasonable possibility that a loss or additional loss may have been incurred to determine if accruals are appropriate. We further evaluate each legal proceeding to assess whether an estimate of possible loss or range of loss can be made if accruals are not appropriate. For certain

 

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cases described below, management is unable to provide a meaningful estimate of the possible loss or range of possible loss because, among other reasons, (i) the proceedings are in preliminary stages; (ii) specific damages have not been sought; (iii) damages sought are, in our view, unsupported and/or exaggerated; (iv) there is uncertainty as to the outcome of pending appeals or motions; (v) there are significant factual issues to be resolved; and/or (vi) there are novel legal issues or unsettled legal theories presented. For these cases, however, management does not believe, based on currently available information, that the outcomes of these proceedings will have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flow.

In March 2015, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) notified the Company that it was initiating a compliance review to determine the Company’s compliance with one or more federal labor laws enforced by the DOL. As discussed below, on May 5, 2016, Zillow, Inc. agreed to settle a class action lawsuit which alleged, among other things, claims that we failed to provide meal and rest breaks, failed to pay overtime, and failed to keep accurate records of employees’ hours worked. The settlement of the class action lawsuit, which was approved by the court on October 3, 2017, was contingent on Zillow, Inc.’s complete resolution of the DOL compliance review. On November 28, 2016, Zillow, Inc. entered into a settlement agreement with the DOL that resolved the DOL’s compliance review. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Zillow, Inc. agreed that it will make the voluntary payments contemplated by the class action lawsuit settlement and establish and maintain certain procedures to promote future compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The settlement agreement with the DOL does not require Zillow, Inc. to make any payments which are in addition to those contemplated by the class action lawsuit settlement. Zillow, Inc. has not admitted liability with respect to either the DOL settlement or the class action lawsuit settlement.

In November 2014, a former employee filed a putative class action lawsuit against us in the United States District Court, Central District of California, with the caption Ian Freeman v. Zillow, Inc. The complaint alleged, among other things, claims that we failed to provide meal and rest breaks, failed to pay overtime, and failed to keep accurate records of employees’ hours worked. After the court granted our two motions to dismiss certain claims, plaintiff filed a second amended complaint that includes claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. On November 20, 2015, plaintiff filed a motion for class certification. On February 26, 2016, the court granted the plaintiff’s motion for class certification. On May 5, 2016, the parties agreed to settle the lawsuit, which was later memorialized in a settlement agreement executed by the parties on December 2, 2016, with payment by Zillow, Inc. of up to $6.0 million. On June 9, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted our petition for permission to appeal the order granting class certification. The settlement does not contain any admission of liability, wrongdoing, or responsibility by any of the parties. On April 10, 2017, the parties executed an amendment to the settlement agreement providing that the settlement class includes all current and former inside sales consultants employed by Zillow, Inc. in (i) its California offices from November 19, 2010 through the date on which the court granted preliminary approval and (ii) its Washington offices from March 1, 2013 through the date on which the court granted preliminary approval. On May 26, 2017, the court granted preliminary approval of the settlement of the class action lawsuit, and on October 3, 2017, the court granted final approval of the settlement of the class action lawsuit. We made the voluntary payments contemplated by the class action settlement agreement in the amount of $6.0 million in October 2017. We have recorded a liability related to the settlement for $6.0 million as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016. We do not believe that any additional loss will be incurred related to this matter given the court granted final approval of the settlement of the class action lawsuit in October 2017.

In July 2015, VHT, Inc. (“VHT”) filed a complaint against us in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging copyright infringement of VHT’s images on the Zillow Digs site. In January 2016, VHT filed an amended complaint alleging copyright infringement of VHT’s images on the Zillow Digs site as well as the Zillow listing site. In December 2016, the court granted a motion for partial summary judgment that dismissed VHT’s claims with respect to the Zillow listing site. A federal jury trial began on January 23, 2017, and on February 9, 2017, the jury returned a verdict finding that the Company had infringed VHT’s copyrights in images displayed or saved to the Digs site. The jury awarded VHT $79,875 in actual damages and approximately $8.2 million in statutory damages. In March 2017, the Company filed motions in the district court seeking judgment for the Company on certain claims that are the subject of the verdict, and for a new trial on others. On June 20, 2017, the judge ruled and granted in part our motions, finding that VHT failed to present sufficient evidence to prove direct copyright infringement for a portion of the images, reducing the total damages to approximately $4.1 million. On October 26, 2017, the Company filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking review of the final judgment and certain prior rulings entered by the district court. We did not record an accrual related to this complaint as of December 31, 2016, as we did not believe a loss was probable. We have recorded an estimated liability for approximately $4.1 million as of September 30, 2017, which is classified in general and administrative expenses in our condensed consolidated statement of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. We do not believe there is a reasonable possibility that a material loss in excess of amounts accrued may be incurred.

In April 2017, we received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) requesting information related to our March 2017 response to the CFPB’s February 2017 Notice and Opportunity to Respond and Advise (“NORA”) letter. The NORA letter notified us that the CFPB’s Office of Enforcement was considering whether to recommend that the CFPB take legal action against us, alleging that we violated Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) and Section 1036 of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (“CFPA”). This notice stemmed from an inquiry that commenced in 2015 when we received and responded to an initial Civil Investigative Demand from the CFPB. We continue to cooperate with the CFPB in connection with requests for information. Based on correspondence from the CFPB in August 2017, we understand that it has

 

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concluded its investigation. The CFPB invited us to discuss a possible settlement and indicated that it intends to pursue further action if those discussions do not result in a settlement. We continue to believe that our acts and practices are lawful and that our co-marketing program allows lenders and agents to comply with RESPA, and we will vigorously defend against any allegations to the contrary. Should the CFPB commence an action against us, it may seek restitution, disgorgement, civil monetary penalties, injunctive relief or other corrective action. We cannot provide assurance that the CFPB will not commence a legal action against us in this matter, nor are we able to predict the likely outcome of any such action. As of September 30, 2017, we have recorded an accrual for an immaterial amount in connection with this matter. There is a reasonable possibility that a loss in excess of amounts accrued may be incurred; however, the possible loss or range of loss is not estimable. We did not record an accrual related to this matter as of December 31, 2016 because the possible loss or range of loss was not estimable.

In August and September 2017, two purported class action lawsuits were filed against us and certain of our executive officers, alleging, among other things, violations of federal securities laws on behalf of a class of those who purchased our common stock between February 12, 2016 and August 8, 2017. One of those purported class actions, captioned Vargosko v. Zillow Group, Inc. et al, was brought in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The other purported class action lawsuit, captioned Shotwell v. Zillow Group, Inc. et al, was brought in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaints allege, among other things, that during the period between February 12, 2016 and August 8, 2017, we issued materially false and misleading statements regarding our business practices. The complaints seek to recover, among other things, alleged damages sustained by the purported class members as a result of the alleged misconduct. We anticipate that a consolidated amended complaint will be filed in the first quarter of 2018. We intend to deny the allegations of wrongdoing and vigorously defend the claims in these lawsuits. We have not recorded an accrual related to these lawsuits as of September 30, 2017, as we do not believe a loss is probable.

In October 2017, a shareholder derivative lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against certain of our executive officers and directors seeking unspecified damages on behalf of the Company. The plaintiff in the derivative suit (in which the Company is a nominal defendant) alleges, among other things, that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties in connection with oversight of public statements and legal compliance, and that as a result of the breach of such fiduciary duties, the Company was damaged, and that defendants were unjustly enriched. The defendants intend to deny the allegations of wrongdoing and vigorously defend the claims in the lawsuit. We have not recorded an accrual related to this lawsuit as of September 30, 2017, as we do not believe a loss is probable.

In addition to the matters discussed above, from time to time, we are involved in litigation and claims that arise in the ordinary course of business. Although we cannot be certain of the outcome of any such litigation or claims, nor the amount of damages and exposure that we could incur, we currently believe that the final disposition of such matters will not have a material effect on our business, financial position, results of operations or cash flow. 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.

Indemnifications

In the ordinary course of business, we enter into contractual arrangements under which we agree to provide indemnification of varying scope and terms to business partners and other parties with respect to certain matters, including, but not limited to, losses arising out of the breach of such agreements and out of intellectual property infringement claims made by third parties. In addition, we have agreements that indemnify certain issuers of surety bonds against losses that they may incur as a result of executing surety bonds on our behalf. For our indemnification arrangements, payment may be conditional on the other party making a claim pursuant to the procedures specified in the particular contract. Further, our obligations under these agreements may be limited in terms of time and/or amount, and in some instances, we may have recourse against third parties for certain payments. In addition, we have indemnification agreements with certain of our directors and executive officers that require us, among other things, to indemnify them against certain liabilities that may arise by reason of their status or service as directors or officers. The terms of such obligations may vary.

Note 15. Related Party Transactions

In February 2016, we paid a total of approximately $0.2 million and $0.2 million, respectively, to Mr. Lloyd Frink, our Vice Chairman and President, and Mr. Richard Barton, our Executive Chairman, for reimbursement of costs incurred by Mr. Frink and Mr. Barton for use of private planes by certain of the Company’s employees and Mr. Frink and Mr. Barton for business travel in prior years.

In April 2016, we paid approximately $0.1 million for a tax “gross-up” payment to Mr. Barton to cover the imputed income associated with one of his Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 filings, which filing was required due to Mr. Barton’s ownership of Zillow, Inc.’s common stock.

 

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Note 16. Self-Insurance

Beginning on January 1, 2016, we are self-insured for medical benefits for all qualifying Zillow Group employees. The medical plan carries a stop-loss policy which will protect when cumulative medical claims exceed 125% of expected claims for the plan year with a limit of $1.0 million and from individual claims during the plan year exceeding $150,000. We record estimates of the total costs of claims incurred based on an analysis of historical data and independent estimates. Our liability for self-insured medical claims is included within accrued compensation and benefits in our consolidated balance sheet and was $2.6 million as of September 30, 2017 and $1.7 million as of December 31, 2016.

Note 17. Employee Benefit Plan

Effective January 1, 2016, we have a single defined contribution 401(k) retirement plan covering Zillow Group employees who have met certain eligibility requirements (“the Zillow Group 401(k) Plan”). Eligible employees may contribute pretax compensation up to a maximum amount allowable under the Internal Revenue Service limitations. Employee contributions and earnings thereon vest immediately. We currently match up to 4% of employee contributions under the Zillow Group 401(k) Plan. The total expense related to the Zillow Group 401(k) Plan for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 was $3.0 million and $2.4 million, respectively. The total expense related to the Zillow Group 401(k) Plan for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 was $8.9 million and $7.1 million, respectively.

Note 18. Segment Information and Revenue

We have one operating and reportable segment which has been identified based on how our chief operating decision-maker manages our business, makes operating decisions and evaluates operating performance. The chief executive officer acts as the chief operating decision-maker and reviews financial and operational information on an entity-wide basis. There are no segment managers who are held accountable for operations, operating results or plans for levels or components.

The chief executive officer reviews information about revenue categories, including marketplace revenue and display revenue. The following table presents our revenue categories during the periods presented (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017      2016      2017      2016  

Marketplace revenue:

           

Premier Agent

   $ 197,054      $ 158,322      $ 562,081      $ 439,957  

Other real estate

     44,778        28,799        117,427        72,847  

Mortgages

     20,869        19,775        62,075        54,621  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Marketplace revenue

     262,701        206,896        741,583        567,425  

Display revenue

     19,138        17,696        52,881        51,552  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenue

   $ 281,839      $ 224,592      $ 794,464      $ 618,977  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements and the related notes included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. In addition to historical financial information, the following discussion contains forward-looking statements that reflect our plans, estimates and beliefs. Our actual results may 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including in the section titled “Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements,” and also those factors discussed in Part I, Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Overview of our Business

Zillow Group, Inc. operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products to help consumers find vital information about homes and connect with local professionals. Zillow Group’s brands focus on all stages of the home lifecycle: renting, buying, selling and financing. The Zillow Group portfolio of consumer brands includes real estate and rental marketplaces Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads, Naked Apartments and RealEstate.com. In addition, Zillow Group provides a comprehensive suite of marketing software and technology solutions to help real estate, rental and mortgage professionals maximize business opportunities and connect with millions of consumers. We also own and operate a number of business brands for real estate, rental and mortgage professionals, including Mortech, dotloop, Bridge Interactive and New Home Feed.

Our living database of more than 110 million U.S. homes—including homes for sale, homes for rent and homes not currently on the market—attracts an active and vibrant community of users. Individuals and businesses that use Zillow’s mobile applications and websites have updated information on more than 74 million homes, creating exclusive home profiles not available anywhere else. These profiles include detailed information about homes, including property facts, listing information and purchase and sale data. Using complex, proprietary automated valuation models, we provide current home value estimates, or Zestimates, and current rental price estimates, or Rent Zestimates, on approximately 100 million U.S. homes. We provide this information to our users where, when and how they want it, through our industry-leading mobile applications that enable consumers to access our information when they are curbside, viewing homes, and through our websites. There were approximately 175.2 million average monthly unique users of our mobile applications and websites for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 164.5 million average monthly unique users for the three months ended September 30, 2016, representing year-over-year growth of 6%.

We generate revenue from the sale of advertising services and our suite of marketing software and technology solutions to businesses and professionals primarily associated with the residential real estate, mortgage and rental industries. These professionals include real estate, mortgage and rental professionals and brand advertisers. Our two primary revenue categories are marketplace revenue and display revenue.

Marketplace revenue consists of Premier Agent revenue, other real estate revenue and mortgages revenue. Premier Agent revenue is generated by the sale of advertising under our Premier Agent and Premier Broker programs, which offer a suite of marketing and business technology products and services to help real estate agents and brokers grow and manage their businesses and brands. We offer our flagship Premier Agent advertising product and our Premier Broker advertising product on a cost per impression basis. Impressions are delivered when a sold advertisement appears on pages viewed by users of our mobile applications and websites. Other real estate revenue primarily includes revenue generated by Zillow Group Rentals, through which we offer advertising products in our rentals marketplace and a suite of tools for rental professionals, New Construction, which includes advertising services for homebuilders, as well as revenue from the sale of various other advertising and business software solutions and services and technology solutions for real estate professionals. Mortgages revenue primarily includes advertising sold to mortgage lenders and other mortgage professionals, as well as revenue generated by Mortech, which provides subscription-based mortgage software solutions, including a product and pricing engine and lead management platform.

Display revenue primarily consists of graphical mobile and web advertising sold on a cost per thousand impressions or cost-per-click basis to advertisers promoting their brands on our mobile applications and websites and our partner websites.

During the three months ended September 30, 2017, we generated revenue of $281.8 million, as compared to $224.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of 25%. This increase was primarily the result of a $38.7 million, or 24%, increase in Premier Agent revenue, and a $16.0 million, or 55%, increase in other real estate revenue. There were approximately 175.2 million average monthly unique users of our mobile applications and websites for the three months ended September 30, 2017, representing year-over-year growth of 6%. Visits increased 19% to 1,667.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 from 1,403.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

In September 2017, we acquired New Home Feed. New Home Feed is a leading provider of listing management and syndication tools for the new construction industry. For additional information about the acquisition of New Home Feed, see Note 6 to our condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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As of September 30, 2017, we had 3,060 full-time employees compared to 2,776 full-time employees as of December 31, 2016.

Key Metrics

Management has identified unique users and visits as relevant to investors’ and others’ assessment of our financial condition and results of operations.

Unique Users

Measuring unique users is important to us because our marketplace revenue depends in part on our ability to enable real estate, rental and mortgage professionals to connect with our users, and our display revenue depends in part on the number of impressions delivered to our users. Growth in consumer traffic to our mobile applications and websites increases the number of impressions and clicks we can monetize in our marketplace and display revenue categories. In addition, our community of users improves the quality of our living database of homes with their contributions, which in turn attracts more users.

We count a unique user the first time an individual accesses one of our mobile applications using a mobile device during a calendar month and the first time an individual accesses one of our websites using a web browser during a calendar month. If an individual accesses our mobile applications using different mobile devices within a given month, the first instance of access by each such mobile device is counted as a separate unique user. If an individual accesses more than one of our mobile applications within a given month, the first access to each mobile application is counted as a separate unique user. If an individual accesses our websites using different web browsers within a given month, the first access by each such web browser is counted as a separate unique user. If an individual accesses more than one of our websites in a single month, the first access to each website is counted as a separate unique user since unique users are tracked separately for each domain. Zillow, StreetEasy, HotPads, Naked Apartments and RealEstate.com (as of June 2017) measure unique users with Google Analytics, and Trulia measures unique users with Adobe Analytics (formerly called Omniture analytical tools).

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in millions)         

Average Monthly Unique Users

     175.2        164.5        6

Visits

The number of visits is an important metric because it is an indicator of consumers’ level of engagement with our mobile applications and websites. We believe highly engaged consumers are more likely to be transaction-ready real estate market participants and therefore more sought-after by our agent and other real estate professional advertisers.

We define a visit as a group of interactions by users with the Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy (as of March 2017) and RealEstate.com (as of June 2017) mobile applications and websites, as we monetize our Premier Agent and Premier Broker products on these mobile applications and websites. A single visit can contain multiple page views and actions, and a single user can open multiple visits across domains, web browsers, desktop or mobile devices. Visits can occur on the same day, or over several days, weeks or months.

Zillow, StreetEasy and RealEstate.com measure visits with Google Analytics, and Trulia measures visits with Adobe Analytics. Visits to Trulia end after thirty minutes of user inactivity. Visits to Zillow, StreetEasy and RealEstate.com end either: (i) after thirty minutes of user inactivity or at midnight; or (ii) through a campaign change. A visit ends through a campaign change if a visitor arrives via one campaign or source (for example, via a search engine or referring link on a third-party website), leaves the mobile application or website, and then returns via another campaign or source.

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in millions)         

Visits

     1,667.1        1,403.8        19

Basis of Presentation

Revenue

We generate revenue from the sale of advertising services and our suite of marketing software and technology solutions to businesses and professionals primarily associated with the residential real estate, mortgage and rental industries. These professionals include real estate, mortgage and rental professionals and brand advertisers. Our two primary revenue categories are marketplace revenue and display revenue.

 

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Marketplace Revenue. Marketplace revenue for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 consisted of Premier Agent revenue, other real estate revenue and mortgages revenue.

Premier Agent revenue is derived from our Premier Agent and Premier Broker programs. Our Premier Agent and Premier Broker programs offer a suite of marketing and business technology products and services to help real estate agents and brokers achieve their advertising needs, while growing and managing their businesses and brands. All Premier Agents and Premier Brokers receive access to a dashboard portal on our website that provides individualized program performance analytics, self-service ad buying tools and our free customer relationship management, or CRM, tool that captures detailed information about each contact made with a Premier Agent or Premier Broker through our mobile and web platforms.

We offer our flagship Premier Agent advertising product and our Premier Broker advertising product on a cost per impression basis. Impressions are delivered when a sold advertisement appears on pages viewed by users of our mobile applications and websites. From 2012 through the end of the third quarter of 2016, we had primarily charged customers for our Premier Agent product based on the number of impressions delivered on our buyer’s agent list in zip codes purchased and a contracted maximum cost per impression. Our Premier Agent and Premier Broker products include multiple deliverables which are accounted for as a single unit of accounting, as the delivery or performance of the undelivered elements is based on traffic to our mobile applications and websites. With this pricing method, we recognized revenue related to our impression-based Premier Agent and Premier Broker products based on the lesser of (i) the actual number of impressions delivered on our buyer’s agent list during the period multiplied by the contracted maximum cost per impression, or (ii) the contractual maximum spend on a straight-line basis during the contractual period over which the services are delivered, typically over a period of six months or twelve months and then month-to-month thereafter.

In 2016, we began testing and implementation of a new auction-based pricing method for our Premier Agent product by which we determine the cost per impression delivered in each zip code based upon the total amount spent by Premier Agents to purchase impressions in the zip code during the month. The cost per impression that we charge is dynamic – as demand for impressions in a zip code increases or decreases, the cost per impression in that zip code may be increased or decreased. This new auction-based pricing method complements our self-serve account interface, which we introduced to Premier Agents over the course of 2016. The interface includes account management tools that allow agent advertisers to independently control their budgets, impression buys, and the duration of their advertising commitment. We began testing this auction-based pricing method for our Premier Agent product to better align our revenue opportunities with increasing traffic levels to our mobile and web platforms and leveraging increasing demand by real estate agents for access to home shoppers who use our mobile applications and websites. In the fourth quarter of 2016, we implemented this method broadly for all existing and new agent advertisers, including brokerages and other teams. With this auction-based pricing method, we recognize revenue related to our dynamic impression-based Premier Agent and Premier Broker products based on the contractual maximum spend on a straight-line basis during the contractual period over which the services are delivered. In our history of building our real estate and other information marketplaces and product offerings, we have continually evaluated and utilized various pricing and value delivery strategies in order to better align our revenue opportunities with the growth in usage of our mobile and web platforms.

We continue to support some legacy Trulia Premier Agent products, which are primarily sold on a fixed fee subscription basis for periods that generally range from six months to 12 months. Subscription advertising revenue for Trulia’s products included in Premier Agent revenue is recognized on a straight-line basis during the contractual period over which the services are delivered.

Other real estate revenue primarily includes revenue generated by Zillow Group Rentals, as well as revenue from the sale of various other marketing and business products and services to real estate professionals, including our new construction marketing solutions. Zillow Group Rentals includes our rentals marketplace and suite of tools for rental professionals. Rentals revenue primarily includes revenue generated by advertising sold to property managers and other rental professionals on a cost per lead, cost per lease and cost per click generated basis whereby we recognize revenue as leads are delivered to rental professionals or as qualified leases are confirmed. Our new construction marketing solutions allow homebuilders to showcase their available inventory to home shoppers. New construction revenue primarily includes revenue generated by advertising sold to builders on a cost per residential community basis whereby revenue is recognized based on the contractual spend on a straight-line basis during the contractual period over which the services are delivered.

Mortgages revenue primarily includes marketing products sold to mortgage professionals on a cost per lead basis, including our Long Form and Custom Quote services. Mortgages revenue also includes revenue generated by Mortech, which provides subscription-based mortgage software solutions, including a product and pricing engine and lead management platform, for which we recognize revenue on a straight-line basis during the contractual period over which the services are delivered. For our Long Form and Custom Quote cost per lead mortgage marketing products, generally, participating qualified mortgage professionals make a prepayment to gain access to consumers interested in connecting with mortgage professionals. Through Long Form, consumers answer a series of

 

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questions to find a local lender, and mortgage professionals receive consumer contact information. Consumers who request rates for mortgage loans in Custom Quotes are presented with customized quotes from participating mortgage professionals. We only charge mortgage professionals a fee when users contact mortgage professionals through Long Form or Custom Quotes. Mortgage professionals who exhaust their initial prepayment can then prepay additional funds to continue to participate in the marketplace. We recognize revenue when a user contacts a mortgage professional through Zillow Group’s mortgages platform.

Display Revenue. Display revenue primarily consists of graphical mobile and web advertising sold on a cost per thousand impressions or cost-per-click basis to advertisers promoting their brands on our mobile applications and websites and our partner websites and mobile applications, primarily in the real estate industry, including real estate brokerages, multi-family rental professionals, mortgage professionals and home services providers. Our advertising customers also include telecommunications, automotive, insurance and consumer products companies. Impressions are the number of times an advertisement is loaded on a web page and clicks are the number of times users click on an advertisement. Pricing is primarily based on advertisement size and position on our mobile applications and websites or on our partner websites and mobile applications, and fees are generally billed monthly. We recognize display revenue as clicks occur or as impressions are delivered to users interacting with our mobile applications or websites.

Costs and Expenses

Cost of Revenue. Our cost of revenue consists of expenses related to operating our mobile applications and websites, including associated headcount expenses, such as salaries, benefits, share-based compensation expense and bonuses, as well as credit card fees, ad serving costs paid to third parties, revenue-sharing costs related to our commercial business relationships, depreciation expense and costs associated with the operation of our data center and mobile applications and websites.

Sales and Marketing. Sales and marketing expenses consist of advertising costs and other sales expenses related to promotional and marketing activities, as well as headcount expenses, including salaries, commissions, benefits, share-based compensation expense and bonuses for sales, sales support, customer support, marketing and public relations employees, and depreciation expense.

Technology and Development. Technology and development expenses consist of headcount expenses, including salaries, benefits, share-based compensation expense and bonuses for salaried employees and contractors engaged in the design, development and testing of our mobile applications and websites, and equipment and maintenance costs. Technology and development expenses also include amortization costs related to capitalized website and development activities, amortization of software, amortization of certain intangibles and other data agreement costs related to the purchase of data used to populate our mobile applications and websites, and amortization of intangible assets recorded in connection with acquisitions, including developed technology and customer relationships, amongst others. Technology and development expenses also include depreciation expense.

General and Administrative. General and administrative expenses consist of headcount expenses, including salaries, benefits, share-based compensation expense and bonuses for executive, finance, accounting, legal, human resources, recruiting, corporate information technology costs and other administrative support. General and administrative expenses also include legal settlement costs, legal, accounting and other third-party professional service fees, rent expense, depreciation expense and bad debt expense.

Acquisition-related Costs. Acquisition-related costs consist of investment banking, legal, accounting, tax, and regulatory filing fees associated with acquisitions.

Other Income

Other income consists primarily of interest income earned on our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.

Interest Expense

Interest expense consists of interest on the 2020 Notes we guaranteed in connection with our February 2015 acquisition of Trulia and interest on the 2021 Notes we issued in December 2016. Interest is payable on the 2020 Notes at the rate of 2.75% semi-annually on June 15 and December 15 of each year. Interest is payable on the 2021 Notes at the rate of 2.00% semi-annually on June 1 and December 1 of each year.

Income Taxes

We are subject to federal and state income taxes in the United States and in Canada. During the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017, and 2016, we did not have a material amount of current taxable income. We have provided a full valuation allowance against our deferred tax assets as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 because, based on the weight of available evidence, it is more likely than not (a likelihood of more than 50%) that some or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Therefore, no material related tax liability or expense has been recorded in the financial statements.

 

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Results of Operations

The following tables present our results of operations for the periods indicated and as a percentage of total revenue:

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017      2016      2017      2016  
     (in thousands, except per share data, unaudited)  

Statements of Operations Data:

           

Revenue

   $ 281,839      $ 224,592      $ 794,464      $ 618,977  

Costs and expenses:

           

Cost of revenue (exclusive of amortization) (1)(2)

     22,152        17,608        62,644        50,556  

Sales and marketing (1)

     107,108        93,180        344,266        291,910  

Technology and development (1)

     83,389        64,496        234,798        188,263  

General and administrative (1)

     54,226        42,625        153,038        284,175  

Acquisition-related costs

     218        93        366        890  

Gain on divestiture of business

     —          (1,251      —          (1,251
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses

     267,093        216,751        795,112        814,543  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

     14,746        7,841        (648      (195,566

Other income

     1,407        561        3,970        1,995  

Interest expense

     (6,906      (1,595      (20,526      (4,740
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     9,247        6,807        (17,204      (198,311

Income tax benefit (expense)

     (41      —          (41      1,364  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

   $ 9,206      $ 6,807      $ (17,245    $ (196,947
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share — basic and diluted

   $ 0.05      $ 0.04      $ (0.09    $ (1.10

Weighted-average shares outstanding — basic

     187,692        180,583        185,447        179,577  

Weighted-average shares outstanding — diluted

     196,425        189,661        185,447        179,577  

Other Financial Data:

           

Adjusted EBITDA (3)

   $ 70,957      $ 59,463      $ 165,456      $ (39,923
   Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017      2016      2017      2016  
     (in thousands, unaudited)  

(1) Includes share-based compensation as follows:

           

Cost of revenue

   $ 1,014      $ 894      $ 2,942      $ 2,662  

Sales and marketing

     5,914        5,968        17,694        17,566  

Technology and development

     10,438        8,035        29,329        23,160  

General and administrative

     11,208        12,388        34,197        37,764  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 28,574      $ 27,285      $ 84,162      $ 81,152  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

(2) Amortization of website development costs and intangible assets included in technology and development

   $ 13,442      $ 22,006      $ 59,862      $ 64,931  

(3)    See “Adjusted EBITDA” below for more information and for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 includes the impact of the settlement of a lawsuit in June 2016 whereby the Company paid $130.0 million in connection with a release of all claims.

     

 

 

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     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017     2016     2017     2016  
     (unaudited)  

Percentage of Revenue:

        

Revenue

     100     100     100     100

Costs and expenses:

        

Cost of revenue (exclusive of amortization)

     8       8       8       8  

Sales and marketing

     38       41       43       47  

Technology and development

     30       29       30       30  

General and administrative

     19       19       19       46  

Acquisition-related costs

     —         —         —         —    

Gain on divestiture of business

     0       (1     0       —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses

     95       97       100       132  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

     5       3       —         (32

Other income

     —         —         —         —    

Interest expense

     (2     (1     (3     (1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     3       3       (2     (32

Income tax benefit (expense)

     —         0       —         —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     3     3     (2 %)      (32 %) 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, we have disclosed Adjusted EBITDA within this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, a non-GAAP financial measure. We have provided a reconciliation below of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

We have included Adjusted EBITDA in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q because it is a key metric used by our management and board of directors to measure operating performance and trends and to prepare and approve our annual budget. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA facilitates operating performance comparisons on a period-to-period basis.

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 or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

 

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

 

    Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potentially dilutive impact of share-based compensation;

 

    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 cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements;

 

    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect acquisition-related costs;

 

    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the gain on divestiture of business;

 

    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect interest expense or other income;

 

    Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect income taxes; and

 

    Other companies, including companies in our own industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including various cash flow metrics, net income (loss) and our other GAAP results.

 

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The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) for each of the periods presented:

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     September 30,      September 30,  
     2017      2016      2017      2016  
     (in thousands, unaudited)  

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss):

           

Net income (loss)

   $ 9,206      $ 6,807      $ (17,245    $ (196,947

Other income

     (1,407      (561      (3,970      (1,995

Depreciation and amortization expense

     27,419        25,495        81,576        74,852  

Share-based compensation expense

     28,574        27,285        84,162        81,152  

Acquisition-related costs

     218        93        366        890  

Gain on divestiture of business

     —          (1,251      —          (1,251

Interest expense

     6,906        1,595        20,526        4,740  

Income tax benefit (expense)

     41        —          41        (1,364
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

   $ 70,957      $ 59,463      $ 165,456      $ (39,923
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

  (1) Adjusted EBITDA for the nine month period ended September 30, 2016 includes the impact of the settlement of a lawsuit in June 2016 whereby the Company paid $130.0 million in connection with a release of all claims.

Three Months Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to Three Months Ended September 30, 2016

Revenue

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Revenue:

        

Marketplace revenue:

        

Premier Agent

   $ 197,054      $ 158,322        24

Other real estate

     44,778        28,799        55

Mortgages

     20,869      19,775        6
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total Marketplace revenue

     262,701        206,896        27

Display revenue

     19,138        17,696        8
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenue

   $ 281,839      $ 224,592        25
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017     2016  

Percentage of Total Revenue:

    

Marketplace revenue:

    

Premier Agent

     70     70

Other real estate

     16       13  

Mortgages

     7     9  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Marketplace revenue

     93       92  

Display revenue

     7       8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     100     100
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Overall revenue increased by $57.2 million, or 25%, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016. Marketplace revenue increased by 27%, and display revenue increased by 8%. There were approximately 175.2 million average monthly unique users of our mobile applications and websites for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 164.5 million average monthly unique users for the three months ended September 30, 2016, representing year-over-year growth of 6%. This increase in unique users increased the number of impressions and clicks we monetized in our marketplace and display revenue categories. In connection with the hurricanes that occurred during the summer of 2017, we worked closely with our Premier Agents and other advertisers in affected areas to help manage their advertising budgets. We estimate that relief initiatives, which included billing credits and other forms of advertiser assistance, as well as lost sales, impacted Premier Agent revenue by more than $0.8 million for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2017. We expect Premier Agent revenue for

 

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the three months ended December 31, 2017 will be impacted by approximately $1.0 million due to relief initiatives. We also experienced a temporary decline in traffic to our mobile applications and websites from consumers in impacted areas during September 2017, which may have impacted the number of unique users and visits for the three months ended September 30, 2017, and may impact the number of unique users and visits for the three months ended December 31, 2017.

Marketplace revenue grew to $262.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $206.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $55.8 million. Marketplace revenue represented 93% of total revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 92% of total revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in marketplace revenue was primarily attributable to the $38.7 million, or 24%, increase in Premier Agent revenue. Premier Agent revenue was positively impacted by an increase in visits. Visits increased 19% to 1,667.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 from 1,403.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. This increase in visits increased the number of impressions we could monetize in our Premier Agent marketplace. Premier Agent revenue per visit increased by 5% to $0.118 for the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $0.113 for the three months ended September 30, 2016. We calculate Premier Agent revenue per visit by dividing the revenue generated by our Premier Agent and Premier Broker programs in the period by the number of visits in the period. We believe Premier Agent revenue was also positively impacted by the full implementation of the new pricing method for our Premier Agent product, which may have increased the demand for our advertising platform. As discussed above, during the year ended December 31, 2016, we began meaningful testing and implementation of a new auction-based pricing method for our Premier Agent product, our flagship advertising product, by which we determine the cost per impression delivered in each zip code in a dynamic way based on demand for impressions in that zip code. We continue to evaluate this pricing method, and in the fourth quarter of 2016, we implemented this method broadly for all existing and new agent advertisers, including brokerages and other teams. We believe the increase in Premier Agent revenue was also due in part to increased advertising sales to current Premier Agents, including brokerages and other teams. Revenue generated from Premier Agent accounts which have advertised with Zillow Group for more than one year grew by 45% for the three months ended September 30, 2017 as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016.

The increase in marketplace revenue was also attributable to growth in other real estate revenue, which increased by $16.0 million, or 55%, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in other real estate revenue was primarily a result of a 56% increase in revenue generated by Zillow Group Rentals. Growth in Zillow Group Rentals revenue was primarily attributable to increases in consumer adoption of our rentals information marketplaces, which in turn increased the likelihood of a lead, lease, or click that we monetize, and advertiser adoption of our cost per lead, cost per lease and cost per click advertising products, as well as enhancements to our marketing products that improve the ways in which consumers and advertisers connect through the Zillow Group Rentals marketplace. Other real estate revenue was also positively impacted by increased advertising sales to new home builders through our New Construction platform.

The increase in marketplace revenue was also attributable to growth in mortgages revenue, which increased by $1.1 million, or 6%, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in mortgages revenue was primarily a result of a 31% increase in our average revenue per loan information request for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in average revenue per loan information request was primarily a result of our flagship mortgage advertising platform, Long Form, which yields higher revenue than our other mortgage advertising products, and increased consumer adoption of Long Form, which was driven by product enhancements that allow us to monetize our mortgages products more efficiently. There were approximately 5.5 million mortgage loan information requests submitted by consumers for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 6.9 million mortgage loan information requests submitted by consumers for the three months ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of 20%. We believe the decrease in the number of loan information requests submitted by consumers is due to our strategic decision to improve loan information request quality by requiring consumers to provide more information before a loan information request is submitted. We believe our mortgage product feature change creates a better experience for consumers and more valuable loan information requests for our lender advertisers.

Display revenue was $19.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $17.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $1.4 million. Display revenue represented 7% of total revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 8% of total revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in display revenue was primarily a result of the increase in unique users, which resulted in a greater number of impressions and clicks we monetized.

 

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Cost of Revenue

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Cost of revenue

   $ 22,152      $ 17,608        26

Cost of revenue was $22.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $17.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $4.5 million, or 26%. The increase in cost of revenue was primarily attributable to a $2.2 million increase in revenue share costs, a $1.4 million increase in data center and connectivity costs, a $0.4 million increase in headcount-related expenses, including share-based compensation expense, and a $0.5 million increase in various miscellaneous expenses. We expect our cost of revenue to increase in absolute dollars in future years as we continue to incur more expenses that are associated with growth in revenue.

Sales and Marketing

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Sales and marketing

   $ 107,108      $ 93,180        15

Sales and marketing expenses were $107.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $93.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $13.9 million, or 15%. The increase in sales and marketing expenses was primarily attributable to increased marketing and advertising expenses of $6.8 million, primarily related to advertising spend during the peak residential real estate transaction period to attract consumers across online and offline channels, which supports our growth initiatives.

In addition to the increases in marketing and advertising, headcount-related expenses increased $5.0 million, including share-based compensation expense, due primarily to significant growth in the size of our sales team. The increase in sales and marketing expenses was also attributable to a $1.4 million increase in consulting costs to support our advertising initiatives and a $0.7 million increase in various miscellaneous expenses. We expect our sales and marketing expenses to increase in absolute dollars in future years as we continue to expand our sales team and invest more resources in extending our audience through marketing and advertising initiatives.

Technology and Development

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Technology and development

   $ 83,389      $ 64,496        29

Technology and development expenses, which include research and development costs, were $83.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $64.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $18.9 million, or 29%. Approximately $13.2 million of the increase related to growth in headcount-related expenses, including share-based compensation expense, as we continue to grow our engineering teams to support current and future product initiatives. In addition, there was a $3.6 million increase in other non-capitalizable data content expense, a $1.4 million increase in the amortization of purchased data content intangible assets, and a $0.7 million increase in various miscellaneous expenses.

Amortization expense included in technology and development for capitalized website development costs and software was $11.2 million and $11.3 million, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Amortization expense included in technology and development related to intangible assets recorded in connection with acquisitions was $9.8 million and $9.6 million, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Other data content expense was $10.1 million and $6.5 million, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Amortization expense included in technology and development for purchased data content intangible assets was $2.5 million and $1.1 million, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. We expect our technology and development expenses to increase in absolute dollars over time as we continue to build new mobile and website functionality.

 

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General and Administrative

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

General and administrative

   $ 54,226      $ 42,625        27

General and administrative expenses were $54.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $42.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $11.6 million, or 27%. The increase in general and administrative expenses was due in part to a $3.6 million increase in estimated legal liabilities, a $1.9 million increase in city and state taxes, a $1.8 million increase in building lease-related expenses including rent, utilities and insurance, a $1.4 million increase in travel and meals expense, a $1.1 million increase in bad debt expense, a $1.1 million increase in headcount-related expenses, including share-based compensation expense, driven primarily by growth in headcount in shared corporate services to support our engineering and other teams, and a $0.7 million increase in miscellaneous general and administrative expenses. We expect general and administrative expenses to increase over time in absolute dollars as we continue to expand our business.

Acquisition-Related Costs

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Acquisition-related costs

   $ 218      $ 93        134

Acquisition-related costs were $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, primarily as a result of our September 2017 acquisition of New Home Feed, including legal and accounting fees. Acquisition-related costs were $0.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, primarily as a result of our August 2016 acquisition of Bridge Interactive Group, including legal and accounting fees.

Gain on Divestiture of Business

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Gain on divestiture of business

   $      $ 1,251        N/A  

There was no gain on divestiture of business for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The gain on divestiture of business of $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 relates to the August 2016 sale of our Diverse Solutions business.

Interest Expense

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Interest expense

   $ 6,906      $ 1,595        333

Interest expense was $6.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to $1.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, interest expense primarily relates to the 2021 Notes that were issued on December 12, 2016. The 2021 Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 2.00% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on June 1 and December 1 of each year, beginning on June 1, 2017.

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, interest expense relates to the 2020 Notes that we guaranteed in connection with the February 2015 acquisition of Trulia, which accrue interest at a fixed rate of 2.75% annually.

For additional information regarding the 2020 Notes and the 2021 Notes, see Note 9 to our condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

Revenue

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Revenue:

        

Marketplace revenue:

        

Premier Agent

   $ 562,081      $ 439,957        28

Other real estate

     117,427        72,847        61

Mortgages

     62,075      54,621        14
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total Marketplace revenue

     741,583        567,425        31

Display revenue

     52,881        51,552        3
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenue

   $ 794,464      $ 618,977        28
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017     2016  

Percentage of Total Revenue:

    

Marketplace revenue:

    

Premier Agent

     71     71

Other real estate

     15       12  

Mortgages

     8     9  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Marketplace revenue

     93       92  

Display revenue

     7       8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     100     100
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Overall revenue increased by $175.5 million, or 28%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Marketplace revenue increased by 31%, and display revenue increased by 3%.

Marketplace revenue grew to $741.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 from $567.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $174.2 million. Marketplace revenue represented 93% of total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 92% of total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in marketplace revenue was primarily attributable to the $122.1 million, or 28%, increase in Premier Agent revenue. Premier Agent revenue was positively impacted by an increase in visits. Visits increased 18% to 4,878.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 from 4,133.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. This increase in visits increased the number of impressions we could monetize in our Premier Agent marketplace. Premier Agent revenue per visit increased by 8% to $0.115 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 from $0.106 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. We believe Premier Agent revenue was also positively impacted by the full implementation of the new pricing method for our Premier Agent product, which may have increased the demand for our advertising platform. As discussed above, during the year ended December 31, 2016, we began meaningful testing and implementation of a new auction-based pricing method for our Premier Agent product, our flagship advertising product, by which we determine the cost per impression delivered in each zip code in a dynamic way based on demand for impressions in that zip code. We continue to evaluate this pricing method, and in the fourth quarter of 2016, we implemented this method broadly for all existing and new agent advertisers, including brokerages and other teams.

The increase in marketplace revenue was also attributable to growth in other real estate revenue, which increased by $44.6 million, or 61%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in other real estate revenue was primarily a result of a 73% increase in revenue generated by Zillow Group Rentals. Growth in Zillow Group Rentals revenue was primarily attributable to increases in consumer adoption of our rentals information marketplaces, which in turn increased the likelihood of a lead, lease, or click that we monetize, and advertiser adoption of our cost per lead, cost per lease and cost per click advertising products, as well as enhancements to our marketing products that improve the ways in which consumers and advertisers connect through the Zillow Group Rentals marketplace. Other real estate revenue was also positively impacted by increased advertising sales to new home builders through our New Construction platform.

The increase in marketplace revenue was also attributable to growth in mortgages revenue, which increased by $7.5 million, or 14%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in mortgages revenue was primarily a result of a 62% increase in our average revenue per loan information request for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in average revenue per loan

 

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information request was primarily a result of our flagship mortgage advertising platform, Long Form, which yields higher revenue than our other mortgage advertising products, and increased consumer adoption of Long Form, which was driven by product enhancements that allow us to monetize our mortgages products more efficiently. There were approximately 17.3 million mortgage loan information requests submitted by consumers for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 24.8 million mortgage loan information requests submitted by consumers for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of 30%. We believe the decrease in the number of loan information requests submitted by consumers is due to our strategic decision to improve loan information request quality by requiring consumers to provide more information before a loan information request is submitted. We believe our mortgage product feature change creates a better experience for consumers and more valuable loan information requests for our lender advertisers.

Display revenue was $52.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $51.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $1.3 million. Display revenue represented 6% of total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 8% of total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in display revenue was primarily a result of the increase in unique users, which resulted in a greater number of impressions and clicks we monetized.

Cost of Revenue

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Cost of revenue

   $ 62,644      $ 50,556        24

Cost of revenue was $62.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $50.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $12.1 million, or 24%. The increase in cost of revenue was primarily attributable to a $6.6 million increase in revenue share costs, a $3.1 million increase in data center and connectivity costs, a $0.9 million increase in headcount-related expenses, including share-based compensation expense, a $0.6 million increase in software and hardware costs, and a $0.9 million increase in various miscellaneous expenses.

Sales and Marketing

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Sales and marketing

   $ 344,266      $ 291,910        18

Sales and marketing expenses were $344.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $291.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $52.4 million, or 18%. The increase in sales and marketing expenses was primarily attributable to increased marketing and advertising expenses $30.5 million, primarily related to advertising spend to attract consumers across online and offline channels, which supports our growth initiatives.

In addition to the increases in marketing and advertising, headcount-related expenses increased $15.1 million, including share-based compensation expense, due primarily to significant growth in the size of our sales team. The increase in sales and marketing expenses was also attributable to a $2.4 million increase in tradeshows and conferences expense and related travel costs, a $1.9 million increase in consulting costs to support our advertising initiatives, a $1.0 million increase in software, hardware and connectivity costs, and a $1.5 million increase in various miscellaneous expenses.

Technology and Development

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Technology and development

   $ 234,798      $ 188,263        25

Technology and development expenses, which include research and development costs, were $234.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $188.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, an increase of $46.5 million, or 25%. Approximately $33.1 million of the increase related to growth in headcount-related expenses, including share-based compensation expense, as we continue to grow our engineering teams to support current and future product initiatives. In addition, there was a $7.0 million increase in other non-capitalizable data content expense, a $3.8 million increase in amortization of purchased data content intangible assets, and a $2.6 million increase in various miscellaneous expenses.

 

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Amortization expense included in technology and development for capitalized website development costs and software was $33.0 million and $32.4 million, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Amortization expense included in technology and development related to intangible assets recorded in connection with acquisitions was $29.5 million and $28.9 million, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Other data content expense was $25.8 million and $18.8 million, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016. Amortization expense included in technology and development for purchased data content intangible assets was $7.5 million and $3.6 million, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.

General and Administrative

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

General and administrative

   $ 153,038      $ 284,175        (46 %) 

General and administrative expenses were $153.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $284.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of $131.1 million, or 46%. The decrease in general and administrative expenses was primarily a result of the settlement of a lawsuit with Move Inc. and certain related entities (collectively, “Move”) in June 2016 whereby the Company paid $130.0 million in connection with a release of all claims. In addition, there was a $30.4 million decrease in professional services fees, primarily as a result of our settlement of litigation with Move, as we incurred $28.8 million in legal costs related to our litigation with Move for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. These decreases were partially offset by a $5.7 million increase in estimated legal liabilities, a $5.6 million increase in building lease-related expenses including rent, utilities and insurance, a $4.5 million increase in headcount-related expenses, including share-based compensation expense, driven primarily by growth in headcount in shared corporate services to support our engineering and other teams, a $4.3 million increase in city and state taxes, a $4.1 million increase in bad debt expense, a $1.5 million increase in software and hardware costs, a $1.3 million increase in the loss on disposal of assets, and a $2.3 million increase in miscellaneous general and administrative expenses.

Acquisition-Related Costs

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Acquisition-related costs

   $ 366      $ 890        (59 %) 

Acquisition-related costs were approximately $0.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, primarily as a result of our January 2017 acquisition of HREO and our September 2017 acquisition of New Home Feed, including legal and accounting fees. Acquisition-related costs were $0.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, primarily as a result of our February 2016 acquisition of Naked Apartments and our August 2016 acquisition of Bridge Interactive Group, including legal and accounting fees.

Gain on Divestiture of Business

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Gain on divestiture of business

   $      $ 1,251        N/A  

There was no gain on divestiture of business for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The gain on divestiture of business was $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and relates to the August 2016 sale of our Diverse Solutions business.

Interest Expense

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2016 to 2017
% Change
 
     2017      2016     
     (in thousands, unaudited)         

Interest expense

   $ 20,526      $ 4,740        333

 

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Interest expense was $20.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to $4.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, interest expense primarily relates to the 2021 Notes that were issued on December 12, 2016. The 2021 Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 2.00% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on June 1 and December 1 of each year, beginning on June 1, 2017.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, interest expense relates to the 2020 Notes that we guaranteed in connection with the February 2015 acquisition of Trulia, which accrue interest at a fixed rate of 2.75% annually.

For additional information regarding the 2020 Notes and the 2021 Notes, see Note 9 to our condensed consolidated financial statements.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, we had cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and investments of $682.0 million and $507.5 million, respectively. Cash and cash equivalents balances consist of operating cash on deposit with financial institutions, money market funds and certificates of deposit with original maturities of three months or less. Investments as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 consisted of fixed income securities, which include U.S. government agency securities, corporate notes and bonds, municipal securities, foreign government securities, commercial paper and certificates of deposit. Amounts on deposit with third-party financial institutions exceed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation insurance limits, as applicable. We believe that cash from operations and cash, cash equivalents and investment balances will be sufficient to meet our ongoing operating activities, working capital, capital expenditures and other capital requirements for at least the next 12 months.

On February 17, 2015, we acquired Trulia in a stock-for-stock transaction. The total purchase price of Trulia was approximately $2.0 billion. Our February 2015 acquisition of Trulia had a significant impact on our liquidity, financial position and results of operations.

Further, as a result of the acquisition, Zillow Group entered into a supplemental indenture in respect of the 2020 Notes in the aggregate principal amount of $230.0 million, which supplemental indenture provides, among other things, that, at the effective time of the Trulia acquisition, (i) each outstanding 2020 Note is no longer convertible into shares of Trulia common stock and is convertible solely into shares of Zillow Group Class A common stock, pursuant to, and in accordance with, the terms of the indenture governing the 2020 Notes, and (ii) Zillow Group guaranteed all of the obligations of Trulia under the 2020 Notes and related indenture. The aggregate principal amount of the 2020 Notes is due on December 15, 2020 if not earlier converted or redeemed. Interest is payable on the 2020 Notes at the rate of 2.75% semi-annually on June 15 and December 15 of each year. In December 2016, the Company used approximately $370.2 million of the net proceeds from the issuance of the 2021 Notes discussed below to repurchase $219.9 million aggregate principal of the 2020 Notes in privately negotiated transactions.

Holders of the 2020 Notes may convert all or any portion of their notes, in multiples of $1,000 principal amount, at their option at any time prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the maturity date. In connection with the supplemental indenture in respect of the 2020 Notes, the conversion ratio immediately prior to the effective time of the Trulia Merger of 27.8303 shares of Trulia common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes was adjusted to 12.3567 shares of our Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes based on the exchange ratio of 0.444 per the Merger Agreement. This was equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $80.93 per share of our Class A common stock. In connection with the August 2015 distribution of shares of our Class C capital stock as a dividend to our Class A and Class B common shareholders, the conversion ratio has been further adjusted to 41.4550 shares of Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes, which is equivalent to a conversion price of approximately $24.12 per share of our Class A common stock. The conversion ratio will be adjusted for certain dilutive events and will be increased in the case of corporate events that constitute a “Make-Whole Fundamental Change” (as defined in the indenture governing the notes). The conversion option of the 2020 Notes has no cash settlement provisions. The conversion option does not meet the criteria for separate accounting as a derivative as it is indexed to our own stock.

The 2020 Notes are redeemable, at our option, in whole or in part on or after December 20, 2018, if the last reported sale price per share of our Class A common stock has been at least 130% of the conversion price then in effect for at least 20 trading days (whether or not consecutive) during any 30 consecutive trading day period.

 

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For additional information regarding the 2020 Notes, see Note 9 to our condensed consolidated financial statements.

In December 2016, Zillow Group issued $460.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2021 Notes, which amount includes the exercise in full of the $60.0 million over-allotment option, to Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as the initial purchaser of the 2021 Notes in a private offering to the initial purchaser in reliance on the exemption from the registration requirements provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) for resale to qualified institutional buyers as defined in, and pursuant to, Rule 144A under the Securities Act. The 2021 Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 2.00% per year, payable semiannually in arrears on June 1 and December 1 of each year, beginning on June 1, 2017. The 2021 Notes are convertible into cash, shares of our Class C capital stock or a combination thereof, at the Company’s election. The 2021 Notes will mature on December 1, 2021, unless earlier repurchased, redeemed, or converted in accordance with their terms. The Company incurred transaction costs of approximately $12.2 million related to the issuance of the 2021 Notes, including approximately $11.5 million in fees to the initial purchaser, which amount was paid out of the gross proceeds from the note offering.

The net proceeds from the issuance of the 2021 Notes were approximately $447.8 million, after deducting fees and expenses. The Company used approximately $370.2 million of the net proceeds from the issuance of the 2021 Notes to repurchase a portion of the outstanding 2020 Notes in privately negotiated transactions. In addition, the Company used approximately $36.6 million of the net proceeds from the issuance of the 2021 Notes to pay the cost of Capped Call Confirmations as discussed in Note 9 to our condensed consolidated financial statements. The Company used the remainder of the net proceeds for general corporate purposes.

Prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding September 1, 2021, the 2021 Notes are convertible at the option of the holders of the 2021 Notes only under certain conditions, none of which conditions have been satisfied as of September 30, 2017. On or after September 1, 2021, until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date, holders of the 2021 Notes may convert their 2021 Notes at their option at the conversion rate then in effect, irrespective of these conditions. The Company will settle conversions of the 2021 Notes by paying or delivering, as the case may be, cash, shares of Class C capital stock, or a combination of cash and shares of Class C capital stock, at its election. The conversion rate will initially be 19.0985 shares of Class C capital stock per $1,000 principal amount of 2021 Notes (equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $52.36 per share of Class C capital stock). The conversion rate is subject to customary adjustments upon the occurrence of certain events. The Company may redeem for cash all or part of the 2021 Notes, at its option, on or after December 6, 2019, under certain circumstances at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 2021 Notes to be redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding, the redemption date (as defined in the indenture governing the 2021 Notes).

We may not redeem the 2021 Notes prior to December 6, 2019. We may redeem the 2021 Notes for cash, at our option, in whole or in part on or after December 6, 2019, if the last reported sale price per share of our Class C capital stock has been at least 130% of the conversion price then in effect for at least 20 trading days (whether or not consecutive) during any 30 consecutive trading day period.

For additional information regarding the 2021 Notes, see Note 9 to our condensed consolidated financial statements.

In September 2017, we acquired New Home Feed for an immaterial amount. A substantial majority of the purchase price for New Home Feed has been allocated to goodwill and an intangible asset.

The following table presents selected cash flow data for the periods presented:

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2017      2016  
     (in thousands, unaudited)  

Cash Flow Data:

     

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

   $ 176,923      $ (30,436

Net cash used in investing activities

     (180,246      (27,911

Net cash provided by financing activities

     79,673        19,969  

Cash Flows Provided By (Used In) Operating Activities

Our operating cash flows result primarily from cash received from real estate professionals, mortgage professionals, rental professionals and brand advertisers. Our primary uses of cash from operating activities include payments for marketing and advertising activities and employee benefits and compensation. Additionally, uses of cash from operating activities include costs associated with operating our mobile applications and websites and other general corporate expenditures.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, net cash provided by operating activities was $176.9 million. This was primarily driven by a net loss of $17.2 million, adjusted by depreciation and amortization expense of $81.6 million, share-based compensation expense of $84.2 million, amortization of the discount and issuance costs on the 2021 Notes of $13.4 million, an increase in bad debt expense of $5.9 million, a loss on disposal of property and equipment of $4.1 million, and a change in deferred

 

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rent of $3.1 million. Changes in operating assets and liabilities increased cash provided by operating activities by $1.6 million. The changes in operating assets and liabilities are primarily due to a $19.3 million increase in accounts receivable due primarily to an increase in revenue, a $13.2 million increase in accrued expenses and other current liabilities and a $4.4 million decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets driven primarily by the timing of payments.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net cash used in operating activities was $30.4 million. This was primarily driven by a net loss of $196.9 million, including the impact of the settlement of a lawsuit for $130.0 million in June 2016, adjusted by share-based compensation expense of $81.2 million, depreciation and amortization expense of $74.9 million, a loss on disposal of property and equipment of $3.4 million, bad debt expense of $1.7 million, a $1.4 million gain on the divestiture of a business and a $1.4 million non-cash change in the valuation allowance related to a deferred tax liability generated in connection with our February 2016 acquisition of Naked Apartments. Changes in operating assets and liabilities increased cash provided by operating activities by $6.6 million. The increase in operating assets and liabilities is primarily due to a $13.0 million increase in accrued compensation and benefits due primarily to an increase in sales commissions and the timing of payroll, an $11.8 million increase in accounts receivable driven by an increase in revenue and a $5.6 million increase in deferred revenue driven by an increase in revenue.

Cash Flows Used In Investing Activities

Our primary investing activities include the purchase and sale or maturity of investments, the purchase of property and equipment and intangible assets, the purchase of cost method investments, net cash paid in connection with acquisitions and proceeds from divestiture of a business.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, net cash used in investing activities was $180.2 million. This was primarily the result of $98.7 million of net purchases of investments, $61.0 million of purchases for property and equipment and intangible assets, $11.1 million paid in connection with acquisitions, and approximately $10.0 million related to the purchase of a cost method investment, partially offset by $0.6 million in proceeds from our August 2016 sale of our Diverse Solutions business.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net cash used in investing activities was $27.9 million. This was primarily the result of $53.6 million of purchases for property and equipment and intangible assets and $16.3 million paid in connection with our February 2016 acquisition of Naked Apartments and our August 2016 acquisition of Bridge Interactive Group, partially offset by $36.8 million of net maturities and sales of investments, $3.2 million in proceeds from the divestiture of a business and a $2.0 million decrease in restricted cash.

Cash Flows Provided By Financing Activities

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, our financing activities primarily related to the exercise of employee option awards. The proceeds from the exercise of option awards for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 were $80.0 million and $20.5 million, respectively.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We did not have any off-balance sheet arrangements other than outstanding surety bonds issued for our benefit of approximately $3.7 million as of September 30, 2017. We do not believe that the surety bonds will have a material effect on our liquidity, capital resources, market risk support or credit risk support. For additional information regarding the surety bonds, see Note 14 to our condensed consolidated financial statements under the subsection titled “Surety Bonds”.

 

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Contractual Obligations and Other Commitments

The following table provides a summary of our contractual obligations as of September 30, 2017:

 

     Payment Due By Period  
     Total      Less Than
1 Year
     1-3 Years      3-5 Years      More Than
5 Years
 
     (in thousands, unaudited)  

2021 Notes (1)

   $ 460,000      $ —        $ —        $ 460,000      $ —    

Interest on 2021 Notes (2)

     38,333        9,200        18,400        10,733        —    

2020 Notes (3)

     10,137        —          —          10,137        —    

Interest on 2020 Notes (4)

     976        279        558        139        —    

Operating lease obligations (5)

     168,438        25,521        49,569        49,086        44,262  

Purchase obligations (6)

     144,390        32,640        67,000        44,750        —    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total contractual obligations

   $ 822,274      $ 67,640      $ 135,527      $ 574,845      $ 44,262  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) The aggregate principal amount of the 2021 Notes is due on December 1, 2021 if not earlier converted or redeemed.
(2) The stated interest rate on the 2021 Notes is 2.00%.
(3) The aggregate principal amount of the 2020 Notes is due on December 15, 2020 if not earlier converted or redeemed.
(4) The stated interest rate on the 2020 Notes is 2.75%.
(5) Our operating lease obligations consist of various operating leases for office space under noncancelable operating lease agreements. For additional information regarding our operating leases, see Note 14 to our condensed consolidated financial statements.
(6) We have noncancelable purchase obligations for content related to our mobile applications and websites. For additional information regarding our purchase obligations, see Note 14 to our condensed consolidated financial statements.

We have excluded unrecognized tax benefits from the contractual obligations table above because we cannot make a reasonably reliable estimate of the amount and period of payment due primarily to our significant net operating loss carryforwards.

As of September 30, 2017, we have outstanding letters of credit of approximately $5.2 million, $1.8 million, $1.5 million and $1.1 million, respectively, which secure our lease obligations in connection with the operating leases of our San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Denver office spaces. Certain of the letters of credit are unsecured obligations, and certain of the letters of credit are secured by certificates of deposit held as collateral in our name at a financial institution.

In the course of business, we are required to provide financial commitments in the form of surety bonds to third parties as a guarantee of our performance on and our compliance with certain obligations. If we were to fail to perform or comply with these obligations, any draws upon surety bonds issued on our behalf would then trigger our payment obligation to the surety bond issuer. We have outstanding surety bonds issued for our benefit of approximately $3.7 million as of September 30, 2017.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Our condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue, expenses and related disclosures. We evaluate our estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis. Our estimates are based on historical experience and various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Our actual results could differ from these estimates. For information on our critical accounting policies and estimates, see Part II, Item 7 (Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. There have been no material changes to our critical accounting policies and estimates as previously disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

 

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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

We are exposed to market risks in the ordinary course of our business. These risks primarily consist of fluctuations in interest rates.

Interest Rate Risk

Under our current investment policy, we invest our excess cash in money market funds, certificates of deposit, U.S. government agency securities, foreign government securities, municipal securities, and corporate notes and bonds. Our current investment policy seeks first to preserve principal, second to provide liquidity for our operating and capital needs and third to maximize yield without putting our principal at risk.

Our investments are exposed to market risk due to the fluctuation of prevailing interest rates that may reduce the yield on our investments or their fair value. As our investment portfolio is short-term in nature, we do not believe an immediate 10% increase in interest rates would have a material effect on the fair market value of our portfolio.

As of September 30, 2017, we have outstanding $460.0 million aggregate principal Convertible Senior Notes due in 2021 (the “2021 Notes”). The 2021 Notes were issued in December 2016 and carry a fixed interest rate of 2.00% per year. As of September 30, 2017, we also have outstanding $10.1 million aggregate principal Convertible Senior Notes due in 2020 (the “2020 Notes”). The 2020 Notes were guaranteed by Zillow Group in connection with our February 2015 acquisition of Trulia, Inc. The 2020 Notes carry a fixed interest rate of 2.75% per year. Since the 2020 Notes and 2021 Notes bear interest at fixed rates, we have no direct financial statement risk associated with changes in interest rates. However, the fair values of the 2020 Notes and 2021 Notes change primarily when the market price of our stock fluctuates or interest rates change.

For these reasons, we do not expect our results of operations or cash flows would be materially affected by a sudden change in market interest rates.

Inflation Risk

We do not believe that inflation has had a material effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition. If our costs were to become subject to significant inflationary pressures, we may not be able to fully offset such higher costs through price increases. Our inability or failure to do so could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Foreign Currency Exchange Risk

We do not believe that foreign currency exchange risk has had a material effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition. As we do not maintain a significant balance of foreign currency, we do not believe an immediate 10% increase or decrease in foreign currency exchange rates relative to the U.S. dollar would have a material effect on our business, results of operations or financial condition.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The Company maintains disclosure controls and procedures (as defined under Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). Management, under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(b) as of September 30, 2017. Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer concluded that these disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of September 30, 2017.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

During the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company implemented a new enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system to support our procurement and financial reporting processes. We implemented this new ERP system to enhance our overall system of internal control over financial reporting through further automation and integration of business processes. The ERP system was not implemented in response to any identified deficiency or material weakness in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. As a result of this implementation, we have modified the design and documentation of certain internal control processes and procedures relating to the ERP system.

Other than the ERP system implementation described above, there were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting identified in connection with the evaluation required by Rule 13a-15(d) and 15d-15(d) of the Exchange Act that occurred during the three months ended September 30, 2017 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

For information regarding legal proceedings in which we are involved, see Note 14 under the subsection titled “Legal Proceedings” in our Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in Part I, Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have not been any material changes to the risk factors affecting our business, financial condition or future results from those set forth in Part I, Item 1A (Risk Factors) in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. However, you should carefully consider the factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which could materially affect our business, financial condition or future results. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and/or operating results.

 

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Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

There were no unregistered sales of equity securities during the three months ended September 30, 2017.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

The exhibits listed below are filed as part of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Description

  31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  32.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document.
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document.
101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document.
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document.
101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Dated: November 7, 2017     ZILLOW GROUP, INC.
    By:  

/s/ K ATHLEEN P HILIPS

    Name:   Kathleen Philips
    Title:  

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary

 

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EXHIBIT 31.1

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13-14(A) OF THE SECURITIES

EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, Spencer M. Rascoff, certify that:

1. I have reviewed this report on Form 10-Q of Zillow Group, Inc. for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2017;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

By:  

/s/ S PENCER M. R ASCOFF

Name:   Spencer M. Rascoff
Title:   Chief Executive Officer
Date:   November 7, 2017

EXHIBIT 31.2

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13-14(A) OF THE SECURITIES

EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, Kathleen Philips, certify that:

1. I have reviewed this report on Form 10-Q of Zillow Group, Inc. for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2017;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

By:  

/s/ K ATHLEEN P HILIPS

Name:   Kathleen Philips
Title:   Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary
Date:   November 7, 2017

EXHIBIT 32.1

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 906

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Zillow Group, Inc. (the “Company”) for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2017 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, Spencer M. Rascoff, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

1. The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

 

2. The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

By:  

/s/ S PENCER M. R ASCOFF

Name:   Spencer M. Rascoff
Title:   Chief Executive Officer
Date:   November 7, 2017

EXHIBIT 32.2

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 906

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of Zillow Group, Inc. (the “Company”) for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2017 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, Kathleen Philips, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary of the Company, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

1. The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

 

2. The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company.

 

By:  

/s/ K ATHLEEN P HILIPS

Name:   Kathleen Philips
Title:   Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary
Date:   November 7, 2017