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Zillow Group, Inc. (Z)

  • Thu, Sep. 3, 5:19 PM
    • Zillow (Z, ZG) is selling its Market Leader real estate CRM software unit to a division of Canada's Constellation Software (OTCPK:CNSWF) for $23M. The deal is expected to close in early Q4.
    • The sale price is a small fraction of the $355M Trulia paid for Market Leader in 2013. Zillow announced last month Market Leader's sales fell 21% Y/Y in Q2 to $12.5M, and that it's "conducting a strategic review" for the business. Job cuts were carried out in 2014.
    | Thu, Sep. 3, 5:19 PM | 3 Comments
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  • Mon, Aug. 17, 11:44 AM
    • As first announced on July 21, Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) has distributed two non-voting Class C shares for each Class A or B share owned by investors. The C shares trade under the symbol Z, and the A shares under the symbol ZG.
    • The C shares currently trade at $24.87, and the A shares at $24.69 - B shares (have 10x the voting rights of A shares) are only held by Zillow's co-founders. Together, the shares are worth $74.43, above Friday's pre-split close of $73.21. They remain close to a split-adjusted low of $22.86.
    | Mon, Aug. 17, 11:44 AM | 6 Comments
  • Wed, Aug. 5, 9:19 AM
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  • Tue, Aug. 4, 5:38 PM
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  • Tue, Aug. 4, 5:34 PM
    • Low expectations have helped Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) jump to $79.80 following its Q2 beat. Shares were down 30% YTD going into earnings.
    • On its earnings call, the company has reiterated 2015 revenue guidance of $690M (above a $666.5M consensus). Adjusted EBITDA guidance has been hiked by $5M to $85M-$90M. Q3 revenue guidance is nonetheless at $175M-$177M, below a $180.9M consensus.
    • Pro forma revenue growth (accounts for the Trulia merger) was 20% in Q2, a slowdown from Q1's 35%. Marketplace revenue rose 29% to $145.5M, while display revenue (hurt by a weak display ad market, ask LinkedIn and Yelp) fell 15% to $25.8M.
    • With Marketplace, real estate revenue rose 37% to $122.6M, mortgage revenue rose 44% to $10.4M, and Market Leader (real estate CRM software) fell 21% to $12.5M. Zillow reiterates it's "conducting a strategic review" for Market Leader.
    • Advertisers/ARPA: The company had 101,297 agent advertisers at the end of Q2, down 2,118 Q/Q. On the other hand, average monthly revenue per advertiser (ARPA) rose to $375 from $354 in Q1 and $318 a year ago. Zillow notes it "strategically ended several of Trulia's short-term discounted products and changed the sales team's incentives to focus on net revenue rather than the number of advertisers." The company adds it's focusing on "high ARPA agents who provide a superior consumer experience."
    • GAAP sales/marketing spend equaled 51.3% of revenue, R&D 30%, and G&A 26%. Gross margin was 90%. Average monthly unique users totaled 141M. Zillow claims a 72% share of U.S. mobile exclusive real estate visitors (per comScore).
    • Q2 results, PR
    • Update (7:25PM ET): Zillow is now up 14.5% AH.
    | Tue, Aug. 4, 5:34 PM | 7 Comments
  • Tue, Aug. 4, 4:32 PM
    • Zillow (NASDAQ:Z): Q2 EPS of -$0.01 beats by $0.25.
    • Revenue of $171.27M (+117.7% Y/Y) beats by $2.58M.
    • Shares +2.5%.
    • Press Release
    | Tue, Aug. 4, 4:32 PM | 21 Comments
  • Mon, Aug. 3, 4:47 PM
    • Kathleen Philips, Zillow's (NASDAQ:Z) COO since 2013, is the company's new CFO. Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow's chief marketing officer for the last 4 years, is the new COO. Both will continue reporting to CEO Spencer Rascoff.
    • Zillow announced on July 9 CFO Chad Cohen is leaving to "pursue other business interests." Q2 results arrive tomorrow afternoon.
    | Mon, Aug. 3, 4:47 PM | 9 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 31, 9:29 AM
    • Cowen has downgraded Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) to Underperform ahead of Tuesday afternoon's Q2 report. Like others, the firm is worried about slowing subscriber and traffic growth. It also cites concerns about valuation and meeting 2016 expectations.
    • Shares have fallen to $81.00 premarket, and are now down 24% YTD. Barclays downgraded to Underweight on July 20, while Morgan Stanley launched at Overweight on July 14.
    | Fri, Jul. 31, 9:29 AM | Comment!
  • Fri, Jul. 24, 1:59 PM
    • Nearly 3 years after originally taking aim at Zillow (NASDAQ:Z), Citron Research has published a list (.pdf) of "Top 10 reasons why Zillow is going to trade below $40 next year."
    • Among Citron's arguments: The pending departure of CFO Chad Cohen; $13.7M worth of stock sales by CEO Spencer Rascoff over the last 12 months; Web scraping data that suggests Zillow/Trulia are collectively losing real estate agents; and a belief the company "can never be acquired at its current share price."
    • Of note: While Zillow has fallen considerably from a July 2014 high of $164.90 (hit amid Trulia merger euphoria), shares are still well above where they closed ($44.41) the day before Citron's original report. Q2 results arrive on Aug. 4.
    | Fri, Jul. 24, 1:59 PM | 28 Comments
  • Wed, Jul. 22, 5:29 PM
    • DotLoop provides tools (available via subscription) that enable real estate brokers, agents, and other industry service providers to create, sign, edit, and store digital documents. Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) is buying the startup for an undisclosed sum.
    • DotLoop currently has 124 employees in Cincinnati and San Francisco, and has raised $14M over its history. Zillow notes DotLoop's platform is an end-to-end solution, covering everything from "the creation of a listing agreement to the submission of offers to the actual closing." Personal, Business, and Business+ subscription packages are offered.
    • Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff: "We're incredibly excited by DotLoop's innovation and leadership in making digital transactions a reality. Now we will be able to make their technology more readily available to Zillow Group's 10,000 broker partners and the agents they represent, as well as our approximately 100,000 real estate agent advertisers, resulting in a smoother and more efficient transaction process for everyone."
    • Yesterday: Zillow plans to issue non-voting Class C shares
    | Wed, Jul. 22, 5:29 PM | 6 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 21, 9:54 PM
    • Echoes of Google: Zillow's (NASDAQ:Z) board has approved the creation of Class C shares that carry no voting rights. On Aug. 14, Zillow will distribute two Class C shares for each Class A and Class B share owned by shareholders.
    • After the distribution, Class C shares will trade under the symbol Z, and Class A shares under the symbol ZG. Co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink are the sole holders of Class B shares, which carry 10x the voting rights of Class A shares
    • The move aims to further protect Barton/Frink and management from having to worry about shareholder revolts when making big decisions. Zillow, for its part, argues its action will enable the company to "continue its focus on long-term growth and innovation."
    | Tue, Jul. 21, 9:54 PM | 6 Comments
  • Mon, Jul. 20, 9:28 AM
    • Believing online local services competition is growing, Barclays' Chris Merwin has downgraded YELP to Equal Weight, and Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) to Underweight. His targets have respectively been cut to $36 and $70 and from $50 and $90.
    • Merwin: "VC-funded startups are able to undercut larger players on price or outspend on marketing, without the scrutiny of public investors ... Heading into earnings, we favor lower multiple names that we believe are at the beginning (or in the midst) of a positive earnings revision cycle, rather than challenged stocks with ostensibly 'cheap' multiples relative to consensus growth estimates that are probably too high," Both Yelp and Zillow have fended off a number of well-financed rivals over their histories.
    • He notes Yelp and Zillow have each seen traffic growth slow considerably, with Yelp's Q1 monthly unique visitors only up 8% Y/Y. Merwin argues each company needs to up its marketing spend to boost traffic, and believes the spending needed by Zillow isn't factored into consensus estimates.
    • Merwin also issued a downbeat note on Zillow on July 10, following news CFO Chad Cohen is resigning. Morgan Stanley launched at Overweight a few days later.
    • YELP -3.4% premarket to $33.79. Z -2.4% to $81.27. Yelp's Q2 report is due on July 28. Zillow is expected to report prior to Cohen's resignation date (Aug. 7).
    | Mon, Jul. 20, 9:28 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Jul. 14, 10:14 AM
    • Believing the company is expanding its addressable market by "shifting broker economics to advertising," Morgan Stanley's Dean Prissman has launched coverage on Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) with an Overweight rating and $108 target.
    • Prissman: "Low volume agents can’t afford to participate on Zillow. But since Zillow is gaining share of transactions, this is enabling more successful agents to take share from less successful agents. Since more successful agents have higher commission retention rates and invest more in advertising, Zillow is driving industry economics to advertising."
    • He adds the bottom 75% of agents account for only 40% of transactions and 16% of ad budgets. The launch comes 4 days after shares fell sharply on news CFO Chad Cohen is resigning.
    | Tue, Jul. 14, 10:14 AM | 3 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 10, 5:50 PM
    • "[W]e believe the timing of the CFO change is less than ideal, as Zillow (NASDAQ:Z) continues to navigate through its merger with Trulia, which we believe has so far led to disruption in both agent and traffic growth," writes Barclays' Chris Merwin (Equal Weight, $90 target) following news of CFO Chad Cohen's pending departure.
    • Merwin adds Trulia's agent sub growth has been hurt by salesforce departures and slowing traffic growth, and that management's decision to de-emphasize the Market Leader real estate CRM software platform (previous) is "another source of disruption to revenue."
    • He predicts integration pains will continue to weigh on Zillow's results in 2H15. Though Zillow didn't affirm/update Q2 guidance, Merwin's Q2 outlook is unchanged. However, he only forecasts Q3 and Q4 Y/Y sales growth of 15% and 14% - a sharp slowdown from Q4 2014's 47% - and thinks the company may once more need to up marketing spend.
    • SunTrust's Bob Peck (Buy, $130 target) is more positive, calling Cohen's departure a "minor disruption" and deeming it unlikely that he was fired or left due to accounting issues. He's still "comfortable" with a full-year sales estimate of $685M (above a $664.5M consensus).
    • Shares fell to new 52-week lows today. They now trade for 4.8x 2016E sales, after backing out cash/investments.
    | Fri, Jul. 10, 5:50 PM | 13 Comments
  • Thu, Jul. 9, 5:40 PM
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    • Top losers, as of 5.25 p.m.: Z -5%. HALO -4.7%. HELE -4.6%. DOV -3.9%. AQXP -2.4%.
    | Thu, Jul. 9, 5:40 PM | 1 Comment
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Company Description
Zillow Group Incoperates the real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products to help people find vital information about homes and connect with local professionals.