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Quotesmith.com, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2004 Financial Results

Quotesmith.com, Inc. (ticker: QUOT, exchange: NASDAQ) News Release - 2/02/2005


Quotesmith.com, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2004 Financial Results

 

  • Q4 revenues surge 100 percent to $4.4 million vs. $2.2 million for Q4 2003
  • Q4 cash flow from operations rises to $966,000 vs. $63,000 in Q4 2003
  • Q4 net loss narrows to $116,000 vs. loss of $241,000 in Q4 2003
  • Full year revenues rise 63 percent to record $15.9 million vs. $9.7 million in 2003
  • Full year net loss equals $1.8 million vs. $1.3 million net loss for 2003
  • Full year cash flow from operations was positive $503,000 vs. negative $770,000 in 2003

DARIEN, Illinois (February 2, 2005) -- Quotesmith.com, Inc., (Nasdaq SmallCap: QUOT), the only place on earth where you can get instant insurance quotes from over 200 leading companies and have the freedom to buy from the company of your choice, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2004.

Financial Results

Quotesmith.com reported revenues of $4.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2004, an increase of 100 percent over revenues of $2.2 million for the same quarter of last year, with almost 90% of the increase coming from the May 2004 asset acquisition of Life Quotes, Inc. The net loss for the quarter was $116,000 or $.02 per share, compared to a loss of $241,000, or $.05 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2003.

For the year ended December 31, 2004, the Company reported record revenues of $15.9 million, up $6.2 million, or 63% from the prior year. The net loss for the year was $1.8 million or $0.31 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.28 million, or $0.26 per share, for 2003. Financial results for the year include eight months' worth of revenues and expenses from the Life Quotes acquisition.

"Despite disappointing commission revenues for us in 2004, caused by a longer-than-expected systems integration within our new Life Quotes division, Quotesmith.com achieved progressively better financial performance throughout the year as the synergies from the Life Quotes acquisition began to take root," remarked Robert Bland, chairman and CEO. "And after ten years of steady declines, term life insurance prices are now firming and even increasing in some cases. We expect that this industry trend will bolster our business in 2005 as self-directed insurance shoppers seek to lock-in historically low rates."

Phil Perillo, chief financial officer, remarked, "Customer acquisition cost proved to be a bright spot in 2004 as total marketing expenses decreased to 43 percent of total revenue, compared to 49 percent in 2003. Cash flow from operations gained momentum and reached a healthy $966,000 in the fourth quarter vs. $63,000 in the like quarter of 2003. Cash flow from operations was a positive $503,000 for the full year, compared to negative cash flow from operations of $770,000 in 2003. Our business model implementation is now completed at Life Quotes and we expect to achieve further financial improvements in 2005 as compared to 2004."

Cash and investments at December 31, 2004 amounted to $9.3 million vs. $15.2 million at year-end 2003. During 2004, the Company used almost $6 million of its cash in connection with the Life Quotes acquisition.

Stockholders' equity amounted to $27.6 million on December 31, 2004 as compared to $16.8 million on December 31, 2003.

About Quotesmith.com

Originally founded in 1984, Quotesmith.com owns and operates a comprehensive consumer information service and companion insurance brokerage service that caters to the needs of self-directed insurance shoppers. Visitors to the Company's flagship Web site, www.insure.com, are able to obtain free instant quotes from more than 200 leading insurers and have the freedom to buy from any company shown in an online environment free of any commercial advertisements. Insure.com also plays home to over 3,000 originally authored articles on various insurance topics and also provides free insurance decision-making tools that are not available from any other single source. Our Life Quotes division provides quotes, personal advice and brokerage services primarily by telephone using in-house licensed agents. Quotesmith.com generates revenues from receipt of industry-standard commissions, including back-end bonus commissions and volume-based contingent bonus commissions that are paid by participating insurance companies. Shares of Quotesmith.com trade on the Nasdaq SmallCap Market under the symbol "QUOT."

Cautions about Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This announcement also contains forward-looking statements about events and circumstances that have not yet occurred and may not occur. These forward-looking statements are inherently difficult to predict. Expressions of future goals and similar expressions including, without limitation, "intend," "may," "plans," "will," "believe," "should," "could," "hope," "expects," "expected," "does not currently expect," "anticipates," "predicts," "potential" and "forecast," reflecting something other than historical fact, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Investors should be aware that actual results may differ materially from the results predicted and reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance. Reported Web site activity and/or quotes are not necessarily indicative of any present or future revenue. The Company will not necessarily update the information in this press release if any forward-looking statement later turns out to be inaccurate. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, concentration of common stock holdings, integration and management of the Life Quotes operation, declines in the life insurance industry, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, competition, the evolving nature of its business model, risks associated with capacity constraints and the management of growth as well as the risks associated with the results of investigations of insurance company practices and potential terrorism threats. More information about potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results are included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 which is on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Quotesmith.com and insure.com are service marks of Quotesmith.com, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright 2005. All rights reserved. Quotesmith.com, Inc.

QUOTESMITH.COM, INC.
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  Quarter Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
  2004 2003   2004 2003
Revenues:  
Commissions and fees
$4,438 $2,222   $15,894 $9,718
Other
10 3   16 19
Total revenues 4,448 2,225   15,910 9,737
 
Expenses:  
Selling & marketing
1,658 1,001   6,866 4,735
Operations
1,765 669   6,531 3,034
General & admin.
862 630   3,148 2,656
Depreciation & amort.
332 253   1,279 1,053
Total expenses 4,617 2,553   17,824 11,478
Operating loss (169) (328)   (1,914) (1,741)
 
Investment income 53 87   93 460
 
Net loss $(116) $(241)   $(1,821) $(1,281)
 
Net loss per common
share, basic
and diluted
$(0.02) $(0.05)   $(0.31) $(0.26)
 
Weighted average common
shares and equivalents
outstanding, basic and
diluted
7,328 4,937   5,851 4,917
 

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA
(In thousands)

  December 31,
2004       
  December 31,
2003
 
Cash and equivalents
$  1,356   $  677  
Investments
7,974   14,550  
Commissions receivable
2,736   1,062  
Land and building, net.
5,422   --  
Intangibles and goodwill
10,579   --  
Other assets
776   1,237  
Total assets
$28,843   $17,526  
 
Total current liabilities
$1,228   $760  
Total stockholders' equity
27,615   16,766  
Total liabilities &
  stockholders' equity
$28,843   $17,526  

SOURCE Quotesmith.com, Inc.

 

CONTACT: Phillip A. Perillo, CFO, (630)515-0170, ext. 295,phil@insure.com

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