Facebook Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

- July 28th, 2021

Facebook, Inc. today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. “We had a strong quarter as we continue to help businesses grow and people stay connected,” said Mark Zuckerberg Facebook founder and CEO. “I’m excited to see our major initiatives around creators and community, commerce, and building the next computing platform coming together to start to bring the vision of the metaverse to …

– Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

“We had a strong quarter as we continue to help businesses grow and people stay connected,” said Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook founder and CEO. “I’m excited to see our major initiatives around creators and community, commerce, and building the next computing platform coming together to start to bring the vision of the metaverse to life.”

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended June 30,

Year-over-Year %
Change

In millions, except percentages and per share amounts

2021

2020

Revenue:

Advertising

$

28,580

$

18,321

56%

Other

497

366

36%

Total revenue

29,077

18,687

56%

Total costs and expenses

16,710

12,724

31%

Income from operations

$

12,367

$

5,963

107%

Operating margin

43%

32%

Provision for income taxes

$

2,119

$

953

122%

Effective tax rate

17%

16%

Net income

$

10,394

$

5,178

101%

Diluted earnings per share (EPS)

$

3.61

$

1.80

101%

Second Quarter 2021 Operational and Other Financial Highlights

  • Facebook daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.91 billion on average for June 2021 , an increase of 7% year-over-year.
  • Facebook monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 2.90 billion as of June 30, 2021 , an increase of 7% year-over-year.
  • Family daily active people (DAP) – DAP was 2.76 billion on average for June 2021 , an increase of 12% year-over-year.
  • Family monthly active people (MAP) – MAP was 3.51 billion as of June 30, 2021 , an increase of 12% year-over-year.
  • Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures, including principal payments on finance leases, were $4.74 billion for the second quarter of 2021.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities – Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $64.08 billion as of June 30, 2021 .
  • Headcount – Headcount was 63,404 as of June 30, 2021 , an increase of 21% year-over-year.

CFO Outlook Commentary

Advertising revenue growth in the second quarter of 2021 was driven by a 47% year-over-year increase in the average price per ad and a 6% increase in the number of ads delivered. Similar to the second quarter, we expect that advertising revenue growth will be driven primarily by year-over-year advertising price increases during the rest of 2021.

In the third and fourth quarters of 2021, we expect year-over-year total revenue growth rates to decelerate significantly on a sequential basis as we lap periods of increasingly strong growth. When viewing growth on a two-year basis to exclude the impacts from lapping the COVID-19 recovery, we expect year-over-two-year total revenue growth to decelerate modestly in the second half of 2021 compared to the second quarter growth rate.

We continue to expect increased ad targeting headwinds in 2021 from regulatory and platform changes, notably the recent iOS updates, which we expect to have a greater impact in the third quarter compared to the second quarter. This is factored into our outlook.

As noted in recent earnings calls, we continue to monitor developments regarding the viability of transatlantic data transfers and their potential impact on our European operations.

We expect 2021 total expenses to be in the range of $70 -73 billion, unchanged from our prior outlook. The year-over-year growth in expenses is driven primarily by investments in technical and product talent, infrastructure, and consumer hardware-related costs. Our expense outlook reflects our commitment to invest ahead of the compelling long-term growth opportunities we see across our product portfolio.

We expect 2021 capital expenditures to be in the range of $19 -21 billion, unchanged from our prior estimate. Our capital expenditures are driven primarily by our investments in data centers, servers, network infrastructure, and office facilities.

We expect our full-year 2021 tax rate to be in the high-teens.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Facebook will host a conference call to discuss the results at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET today. The live webcast of Facebook’s earnings conference call can be accessed at investor.fb.com , along with the earnings press release, financial tables, and slide presentation. Facebook uses the investor.fb.com and about.fb.com/news/ websites as well as Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/zuck ) and Instagram account ( https://www.instagram.com/zuck ) as means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.

Following the call, a replay will be available at the same website. A telephonic replay will be available for one week following the conference call at +1 (402) 977-9140 or +1 (800) 633-8284, conference ID 21995877.

Transcripts of conference calls with publishing equity research analysts held today will also be posted to the investor.fb.com website.

About Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook’s apps and technologies to connect with friends and family, find communities and grow businesses.

Contacts

Investors:
Deborah Crawford
investor@fb.com / investor.fb.com

Press:
Ryan Moore
press@fb.com / about.fb.com/news/

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our future business plans and expectations. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and financial results; our ability to retain or increase users and engagement levels; our reliance on advertising revenue; our dependency on data signals and mobile operating systems, networks, and standards that we do not control; risks associated with new products and changes to existing products as well as other new business initiatives; our emphasis on community growth and engagement and the user experience over short-term financial results; maintaining and enhancing our brand and reputation; our ongoing privacy, safety, security, and content review efforts; competition; risks associated with government actions that could restrict access to our products or impair our ability to sell advertising in certain countries; litigation and government inquiries; privacy and regulatory concerns; risks associated with acquisitions; security breaches; and our ability to manage growth and geographically-dispersed operations. These and other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted are more fully detailed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on April 29, 2021 , which is available on our Investor Relations website at investor.fb.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov . Additional information will also be set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. In addition, please note that the date of this press release is July 28, 2021, and any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date. We undertake no obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), we use the following non-GAAP financial measures: revenue excluding foreign exchange effect, advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect and free cash flow. The presentation of these financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures.

We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful supplemental information about the financial performance of our business, enable comparison of financial results between periods where certain items may vary independent of business performance, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in operating our business.

We exclude the following items from our non-GAAP financial measures:

Foreign exchange effect on revenue . We translated revenue for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 using the prior year’s monthly exchange rates for our settlement or billing currencies other than the U.S. dollar, which we believe is a useful metric that facilitates comparison to our historical performance.

Purchases of property and equipment; Principal payments on finance leases. We subtract both purchases of property and equipment and principal payments on finance leases in our calculation of free cash flow because we believe that these two items collectively represent the amount of property and equipment we need to procure to support our business, regardless of whether we procure such property or equipment with a finance lease. We believe that this methodology can provide useful supplemental information to help investors better understand underlying trends in our business. Free cash flow is not intended to represent our residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures.

For more information on our non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures, please see the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results” table in this press release.

FACEBOOK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In millions, except for per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue

$

29,077

$

18,687

$

55,248

$

36,423

Costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue

5,399

3,829

10,530

7,288

Research and development

6,096

4,462

11,293

8,477

Marketing and sales

3,259

2,840

6,102

5,627

General and administrative

1,956

1,593

3,578

3,175

Total costs and expenses

16,710

12,724

31,503

24,567

Income from operations

12,367

5,963

23,745

11,856

Interest and other income, net

146

168

271

136

Income before provision for income taxes

12,513

6,131

24,016

11,992

Provision for income taxes

2,119

953

4,124

1,911

Net income

$

10,394

$

5,178

$

19,892

$

10,081

Earnings per share attributable to Class A and Class B common stockholders:

Basic

$

3.67

$

1.82

$

7.00

$

3.54

Diluted

$

3.61

$

1.80

$

6.90

$

3.51

Weighted-average shares used to compute earnings per share attributable to

Class A and Class B common stockholders:

Basic

2,834

2,850

2,841

2,851

Diluted

2,877

2,879

2,881

2,876

Share-based compensation expense included in costs and expenses:

Cost of revenue

$

163

$

117

$

281

$

211

Research and development

1,967

1,261

3,376

2,260

Marketing and sales

239

187

413

336

General and administrative

179

130

309

223

Total share-based compensation expense

$

2,548

$

1,695

$

4,379

$

3,030

FACEBOOK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

June 30, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

16,186

$

17,576

Marketable securities

47,894

44,378

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $108 and $114 as of June 30, 2021

and December 31, 2020, respectively

11,698

11,335

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,919

2,381

Total current assets

80,697

75,670

Equity investments

6,393

6,234

Property and equipment, net

50,909

45,633

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

10,525

9,348

Intangible assets, net

514

623

Goodwill

19,219

19,050

Other assets

2,352

2,758

Total assets

$

170,609

$

159,316

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

973

$

1,331

Partners payable

949

1,093

Operating lease liabilities, current

1,051

1,023

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

11,510

11,152

Deferred revenue and deposits

391

382

Total current liabilities

14,874

14,981

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

10,956

9,631

Other liabilities

6,552

6,414

Total liabilities

32,382

31,026

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock and additional paid-in capital

52,845

50,018

Accumulated other comprehensive income

285

927

Retained earnings

85,097

77,345

Total stockholders’ equity

138,227

128,290

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

170,609

$

159,316

FACEBOOK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income

$

10,394

$

5,178

$

19,892

$

10,081

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

1,985

1,704

3,958

3,301

Share-based compensation

2,548

1,695

4,379

3,030

Deferred income taxes

229

214

647

690

Other

(21)

43

(88)

49

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(1,366)

(122)

(517)

1,924

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(1,852)

(325)

(2,313)

(353)

Other assets

(185)

3

(195)

(15)

Accounts payable

116

(56)

(134)

(100)

Partners payable

(61)

11

(133)

(158)

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

1,482

(3,995)

(200)

(3,016)

Deferred revenue and deposits

3

15

9

(1)

Other liabilities

(26)

(487)

184

(554)

Net cash provided by operating activities

13,246

3,878

25,489

14,878

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchases of property and equipment

(4,612)

(3,255)

(8,884)

(6,813)

Purchases of marketable securities

(10,297)

(6,179)

(16,528)

(14,063)

Sales of marketable securities

4,687

2,617

6,337

5,381

Maturities of marketable securities

2,347

3,224

6,327

7,868

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired, and purchases of intangible assets

(259)

(339)

(259)

(372)

Other investing activities

(61)

(245)

(62)

(288)

Net cash used in investing activities

(8,195)

(4,177)

(13,069)

(8,287)

Cash flows from financing activities

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

(1,354)

(753)

(2,432)

(1,444)

Repurchases of Class A common stock

(7,079)

(1,369)

(11,018)

(2,618)

Principal payments on finance leases

(123)

(109)

(274)

(209)

Net change in overdraft in cash pooling entities

53

63

3

(17)

Other financing activities

(45)

16

(13)

114

Net cash used in financing activities

(8,548)

(2,152)

(13,734)

(4,174)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

117

93

(129)

(127)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(3,380)

(2,358)

(1,443)

2,290

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of the period

19,891

23,927

17,954

19,279

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of the period

$

16,511

$

21,569

$

16,511

$

21,569

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash to the

condensed consolidated balance sheets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

16,186

$

21,045

$

16,186

$

21,045

Restricted cash, included in prepaid expenses and other current assets

201

308

201

308

Restricted cash, included in other assets

124

216

124

216

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

$

16,511

$

21,569

$

16,511

$

21,569

FACEBOOK, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Supplemental cash flow data

Cash paid for income taxes

$

3,387

$

1,041

$

6,294

$

1,250

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

Property and equipment in accounts payable and accrued expenses

and other current liabilities

$

2,249

$

1,592

$

2,249

$

1,592

Acquisition of businesses and other investments in accrued expenses

and other current liabilities and other liabilities

$

73

$

316

$

73

$

316

Other current assets through financing arrangements in accrued expenses

and other current liabilities

$

381

$

$

381

$

Repurchases of Class A common stock in accrued expenses and other

current liabilities

$

310

$

46

$

310

$

46

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(In millions, except percentages)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

GAAP revenue

$

29,077

$

18,687

$

55,248

$

36,423

Foreign exchange effect on 2021 revenue using 2020 rates

(982)

(1,688)

Revenue excluding foreign exchange effect

$

28,095

$

53,560

GAAP revenue year-over-year change %

56%

52%

Revenue excluding foreign exchange effect year-over-year change %

50%

47%

GAAP advertising revenue

$

28,580

$

18,321

$

54,018

$

35,760

Foreign exchange effect on 2021 advertising revenue using 2020 rates

(975)

(1,670)

Advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect

$

27,605

$

52,348

GAAP advertising revenue year-over-year change %

56%

51%

Advertising revenue excluding foreign exchange effect year-over-year change %

51%

46%

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

13,246

$

3,878

$

25,489

$

14,878

Purchases of property and equipment

(4,612)

(3,255)

(8,884)

(6,813)

Principal payments on finance leases

(123)

(109)

(274)

(209)

Free cash flow (1)

$

8,511

$

514

$

16,331

$

7,856

(1)

Free cash flow in the second quarter and the first six months of 2020 reflects the $5.0 billion FTC settlement that was paid in April 2020.

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