INTERNET.COM REPORTS RECORD REVENUES FOR FOURTH QUARTER WITH REVENUES INCREASING BY 383% OVER PRIOR YEAR(Darien, CT January 20, 2000)-- internet.com Corporation (Nasdaq: INTM), the E-Business and Internet Technology Network, today reported results for the quarter ended December 31, 1999. Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 1999 increased to a record $7.5 million, a 383% increase over revenues of $1.6 million for the same period last year. Net loss for the fourth quarter, excluding amortization of intangibles, was $482,000, or $0.02 per share, compared to $723,000, or $0.04 per share, for the same period last year. Including amortization of intangibles, net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 1999 was $ 3.9 million, or $0.17 per share.
For the year ended December 31, 1999, revenues were $16.1 million, a 272% increase over revenues of $4.3 million for the comparable period in 1998. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 1999, excluding amortization of intangibles and a non-cash compensation charge, was $4.2 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to $2.3 million, or $0.14 per share, for the same period in the prior year. Including amortization of intangibles and the non-cash compensation charge, net loss for the year ended December 31, 1999 was $22.0 million, or $1.08 per share.
"It was an extraordinary quarter for internet.com," stated internet.com Chairman and CEO Alan M. Meckler. "We continued to expand our multiple revenue streams. The acquisition of InternetNewsBureau.com, which provides online press distribution services, adds yet another significant revenue opportunity for internet.com as we expand our e-business service offerings. We also completed the formation of internet.com Venture Fund II LLC in November 1999. In addition, we continued to expand our world-class proprietary content. Our strategic acquisitions of LinuxToday.com, LinuxCentral.com and LinuxStart.com mark our commitment to the needs of the important Linux and Open Source communities. On December 1, 1999, we filed a registration statement for a proposed follow-on public offering of common stock to raise additional capital to continue the expansion of our business. We plan to use the net proceeds primarily for potential strategic acquisitions, venture capital investments and general corporate purposes. We are pleased that Chase H&Q, Robertson Stephens, U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Inc. and William Blair & Company are managing the underwriting group for this offering."
Acquisitions and International Expansion
During the fourth quarter, internet.com completed the acquisitions of: devWire.com (its network of sites include: ASPWire.com, CEWire.com, SQLWire.com and VBWire.com), InternetNewsBureau.com, LinuxStart.com, LinuxToday.com, LinuxCentral.com, SharkyExtreme.com and Solarisguide.com. Internationally, the Company launched Germany.internet.com and SouthAfrica.internet.com, bringing the total number of international editions to 11. A joint venture agreement was formed with VNU International to jointly operate local internet.com branded Web sites in the U.K., Scandinavia, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. The two companies plan to work together to launch additional internet.com country-specific Web sites in the near future. In addition, a content agreement with Yahoo! Asia, Yahoo! Singapore and Yahoo! Hong Kong was announced in November. In January 2000, internet.com announced plans to launch additional international sites in Korea and Taiwan. These acquisitions, international expansion and continued organic growth have increased total monthly views for internet.coms network of Web sites and related Internet media properties to over 150 million.
Venture Fund Investments
internet.com Venture Fund I LLC and internet.com Venture Fund II LLC continued to expand their portfolios of early stage business-to-business content Internet companies. Venture Fund I made the following investments during the fourth quarter: AuctionRover.com, GoPDA.com network, BuyBuddy.com and workz.com. Venture Fund II made the following investments during the fourth quarter: AdvertisingConcepts.com, B2BExplorer.com, FoodService.com, Gourmetnet.com, HowStuffWorks.com, Jinvestor.com, LatinVision.com, LawBooks.com, List-Universe.com, Milesandpoints.com, NationalContractors.com, Psylum.com and the-sticks.com. internet.com will continue to follow the path of CMGI (Nasdaq: CMGI) and Internet Capital Group (Nasdaq: ICGE) with the added benefit of being a public operating company in the Internet space that also extends value to its stockholders by having a successful Internet venture capital arm.
New Content Areas and Services
E-Commerce Agreements and Offerings
internet.com continued to expand its e-commerce partners with the addition of: Advanced Commerce Technologies, Inc., AdvertisingConcepts.com, Cyveillance, DXSTORM.com, ePromos.com, Fax4Free, 411Now.com Business Association, iRaves.com, Nexchange.com and ScreamingMedia during the fourth quarter. "We have experienced tremendous success with our growing Commerce Partner Program and these additions continue to demonstrate that internet.com is ripe with opportunities to increase traffic, strengthen brands and generate commerce revenue for our partners," said Alan M. Meckler.
internet.com Corporation (http://www.internet.com), based in Darien, CT, is a leading provider of global real-time news and information resources for Internet industry and Internet technology professionals, Web developers and experienced Internet users. internet.com operates a network of 90 Web sites, 71 e-mail newsletters, 101 online discussion forums and 75 moderated e-mail discussion lists with over 2 million unique visitors that generate more than 90 million page views monthly. Total "views", which include Web site page views, e-mail newsletter views and e-mail discussion list views, are now over 150 million per month. internet.com's global presence includes editions in Arabia, Asia, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In addition, internet.com with its related internet.com Venture Fund I and Venture Fund II is an investor in a growing number of business-to-business content sites and related Internet media properties.
Due to the proposed follow-on public offering of its common stock, internet.com will not hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter 1999 financial results.
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