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MercadoLibre, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

MercadoLibre, Inc.

MercadoLibre, Inc.

Net Revenues of $2.1 billion, up 73.9% year-over-year on an FX neutral basis
$24.2 billion Total Payment Volume, up 72.8% year-over-year on an FX neutral basis
$8.0 billion Gross Merchandise Volume, up 32.2% year-over-year on an FX neutral basis

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Feb. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MercadoLibre, Inc. (Nasdaq: MELI) (https://www.mercadolibre.com), Latin America’s leading e-commerce technology company, today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2021.

Pedro Arnt, Chief Financial Officer of MercadoLibre, Inc., commented, “Last year presented us with challenges, and with those also came many more opportunities. With our teams’ resilience and focus on delivering on our strategic objectives, we have been able to overcome shifting pandemic lockdown measures, rising inflationary cost pressures and a highly competitive environment in the digital commerce space. The final outcome was a year with record results across the board, sustained strong growth in key business metrics and topline, and improving margins and operating income for a second consecutive year.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 Business Highlights

  • Considering our entire ecosystem, Unique active users reached 82.2 million.

  • Gross merchandise volume (“GMV”) grew to $8.0 billion, representing an increase of 21.2% in USD and 32.2% on an FX neutral basis.

  • Successful items sold reached 287.9 million, increasing by 25.5% year-over-year.

  • Live listings offered on MercadoLibre’s marketplace reached almost 300 million.

  • Mobile gross merchandise volume reached 75.5% of GMV.

  • Mercado Envios shipped 275.9 million items during the quarter, representing a 29.0% year-over-year increase. Managed network penetration was 89.5% in the fourth quarter.

  • Total payment volume (“TPV”) through Mercado Pago reached $24.2 billion, a year-over-year increase of 52.1% in USD and 72.8% on an FX neutral basis. Total payment transactions increased 56.1% year-over-year, totaling 1,028.9 million transactions for the quarter.

  • Off-platform TPV grew 75.1% year-over-year in USD and 96.5% year-over-year on an FX neutral basis, reaching $16.1 billion, while payment transactions reached 849.9 million, a year-over-year increase of 69.4%.

  • Acquiring TPV, which includes On-Platform, Online Payments, MPoS and QR payments, was $17.2 billion, growing 51.1% on an FX neutral basis.

  • Digital accounts TPV, which includes wallet payments, P2P transfers between Mercado Pago accounts and Cards transactions (debit, prepaid and credit), was $7.1 billion, growing 138.3% on an FX neutral basis.

  • Unique fintech active users reached 34.5 million.

  • Our asset management product, Mercado Fondo, has now over $1.2 billion under management and in the fourth quarter had 22.3 million users across Latin America.

  • Mercado Credito’s portfolio is now almost $1.7 billion, over 3x its size compared to the fourth quarter of 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues for the fourth quarter were $2.1 billion, a year-over-year increase of 60.5% in USD and 73.9% on an FX neutral basis.

  • Commerce revenues increased 55.6% year-over-year in USD reaching $1,357.8 million, while Fintech revenues increased 70.1% year-over-year in USD reaching $773.0 million.

  • Gross profit was $853.2 million with a margin of 40.0%, compared to 36.8% in the fourth quarter of 2020.

  • Total operating expenses were $829.8 million, an increase of 61.4% year-over-year in USD. As a percentage of revenues, operating expenses were 38.9%, mostly in line with the 38.7% in the fourth quarter of 2020.

  • Income from operations was $23.3 million, compared to a loss of $25.1 million during the same period of the prior year. As a percentage of revenues, income from operations was 1.1%.

  • Interest income and other financial gains was $53.4 million, a 135.7% increase year-over-year. We incurred $53.7 million in interest expense and other financial losses this quarter, an 69.8% increase year-over-year.

  • We had foreign currency losses of $56.9 million, mainly related to higher foreign exchange losses attributable to our own common stock acquisition in the Argentine market at a price that reflects the additional cost of accessing US dollars through an indirect mechanism due to restrictions imposed by the Argentine government for buying US dollars at the official exchange rate.

  • Net loss before income tax expense was $33.9 million, a 22.9% decrease from the $44.0 million net loss during the fourth quarter of 2020.

  • Income tax expense was $3.6 million, mainly as a result of income tax expense as a consequence of pre-tax gains in our Argentine segment offset by income tax benefit in our Brazilian segment related to higher deferred tax assets due to tax loss carry forwards.

  • Net loss was $46.1 million, resulting in net loss per share of $0.92.

The following table summarizes certain key performance metrics for the twelve- and three-months periods ended December 31, 2021 and 2020.

Year Ended
December 31, (*)

Three-month Periods Ended
December 31, (*)

(in millions)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Unique active users

139.5

132.5

82.2

74.0

Gross merchandise volume

$

28,350.9

$

20,926.8

$

7,956.7

$

6,565.4

Number of successful items sold

1,014.3

719.3

287.9

229.4

Number of successful items shipped

962.3

649.2

275.9

214.0

Total payment volume

$

77,371.1

$

49,756.8

$

24,244.2

$

15,942.1

Total volume of payments on marketplace

$

27,432.4

$

19,951.4

$

7,759.3

$

6,336.0

Total payment transactions

3,254.5

1,914.5

1,028.9

659.3

Capital expenditures

$

630.1

$

254.1

$

196.3

$

87.3

Depreciation and amortization

$

203.9

$

105.0

$

67.2

$

32.6

(*)

Figures have been calculated using rounded amounts. Growth calculations based on this table may not total due to rounding.

Year-over-year USD Revenue Growth Rates by Quarter

Consolidated
Net Revenues

Q4’20

Q1’21

Q2’21

Q3’21

Q4’21

Brazil

68

%

93

%

104

%

74

%

51

%

Argentina

144

%

124

%

53

%

38

%

47

%

Mexico

141

%

143

%

105

%

94

%

92

%

Year-over-year Local Currency Revenue Growth Rates by Quarter

Consolidated
Net Revenues

Q4’20

Q1’21

Q2’21

Q3’21

Q4’21

Brazil

120

%

139

%

101

%

69

%

61

%

Argentina

229

%

223

%

112

%

83

%

84

%

Mexico

155

%

148

%

76

%

76

%

96

%

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast on February 22nd, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (877) 303-7209 / (970) 315-0420 (Conference ID – 2894134 –) and requesting inclusion in the call for MercadoLibre. The live conference call can be accessed via audio webcast at the investor relations section of the Company’s website, at https://investor.mercadolibre.com. An archive of the webcast will be available for one week following the conclusion of the conference call.

Definition of Selected Operational Metrics

Unique Active User – New or existing user who performed at least one of the following actions during the reported period: (1) made one purchase, or reservation, or asked one question on MercadoLibre Marketplace or Classified Marketplace (2) maintained an active listing on MercadoLibre Marketplace or Classified Marketplace (3) maintained an active account in Mercado Shops (4) made a payment, money transfer, collection and/or advance using Mercado Pago (5) maintained an outstanding credit line through Mercado Credito or (6) maintained a balance of more than $5 invested in a Mercado Fondo asset management account.

Foreign Exchange (“FX”) Neutral – Calculated by using the average monthly exchange rate of each month of 2020 and applying it to the corresponding months in the current year, so as to calculate what the results would have been had exchange rates remained constant. Intercompany allocations are excluded from this calculation. These calculations do not include any other macroeconomic effect such as local currency inflation effects or any price adjustment to compensate local currency inflation or devaluations.

Gross merchandise volume – Measure of the total U.S. dollar sum of all transactions completed through the Mercado Libre Marketplace, excluding Classifieds transactions.

Total payment transactions – Measure of the number of all transactions paid for using Mercado Pago.

Total volume of payments on marketplace – Measure of the total U.S. dollar sum of all marketplace transactions paid for using Mercado Pago, excluding shipping and financing fees.

Total payment volume – Measure of total U.S. dollar sum of all transactions paid for using Mercado Pago, including marketplace and non-marketplace transactions.

MPOS – Mobile point-of-sale is a dedicated wireless device that performs the functions of a cash register or electronic point-of-sale terminal wirelessly.

Commerce – Revenues from core marketplace fees, shipping fees, first-party sales, ad sales, classified fees and other ancillary services.

Fintech – Revenues includes fees from off-platform transactions, financing fees, interest earned from merchant and consumer credits and sale of MPOS.

Successful items sold – Measure of the number of items that were sold/purchased through the Mercado Libre Marketplace, excluding Classifieds items.

Successful items shipped – Measure of the number of items that were shipped through our shipping service.

Local Currency Growth Rates – Refer to FX Neutral definition.

Net income margin – Defined as net income as a percentage of net revenues.

Operating margin – Defined as income from operations as a percentage of net revenues.

About MercadoLibre

Founded in 1999, MercadoLibre is the largest online commerce ecosystem in Latin America, serving as an integrated regional platform and as a provider of the necessary digital and technology-based tools that allow businesses and individuals to trade products and services in the region. The Company enables commerce through its marketplace platform which allows users to buy and sell in most of Latin America.

The Company is listed on NASDAQ (Nasdaq: MELI) following its initial public offering in 2007.

For more information about the Company visit: https://investor.mercadolibre.com.

The MercadoLibre, Inc. logo is available at https://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/6ab227b7-693f-4b17-b80c-552ae45c76bf?size=0

Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements herein regarding MercadoLibre, Inc. that are not historical or current facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements convey MercadoLibre, Inc.’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. Forward-looking statements regarding MercadoLibre, Inc. involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause MercadoLibre, Inc.’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are described in the “Risk Factors,” “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” sections of MercadoLibre, Inc.’s annual report on the upcoming Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and any of MercadoLibre, Inc.’s other applicable filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless required by law, MercadoLibre, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events after the date hereof.

MercadoLibre, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except par value)

December 31,

2021

2020

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,584,586

$

1,856,394

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

1,063,377

651,830

Short-term investments (602,193 and 636,949 held in guarantee)

809,522

1,241,306

Accounts receivable, net

98,193

49,691

Credit cards receivable and other means of payments, net

1,839,389

863,073

Loans receivable, net

1,199,059

385,036

Prepaid expenses

40,426

28,378

Inventories

253,077

118,140

Other assets

287,350

152,959

Total current assets

8,174,979

5,346,807

Non-current assets:

Long-term investments

88,598

166,111

Loans receivable, net

61,011

16,619

Property and equipment, net

807,367

391,684

Operating lease right-of-use assets

461,175

303,214

Goodwill

148,243

85,211

Intangible assets, net

44,974

14,155

Deferred tax assets

181,266

134,916

Other assets

133,545

67,615

Total non-current assets

1,926,179

1,179,525

Total assets

$

10,101,158

$

6,526,332

Liabilities

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

1,035,860

$

767,336

Funds payable to customers

2,393,179

1,695,424

Amounts payable due to credit and debit card transactions

336,863

37,671

Salaries and social security payable

313,192

207,358

Taxes payable

291,456

215,918

Loans payable and other financial liabilities

1,285,416

548,393

Operating lease liabilities

92,343

55,246

Other liabilities

88,393

108,534

Total current liabilities

5,836,702

3,635,880

Non-current liabilities:

Amounts payable due to credit and debit card transactions

3,893

Salaries and social security payable

20,215

49,852

Loans payable and other financial liabilities

2,233,255

860,876

Operating lease liabilities

371,614

243,601

Deferred tax liabilities

62,496

64,354

Other liabilities

41,292

20,191

Total non-current liabilities

2,732,765

1,238,874

Total liabilities

$

8,569,467

$

4,874,754

Commitments and contingencies

Equity

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 110,000,000 shares authorized,

50,418,980 and 49,869,727 shares issued and outstanding at December 31,

2021 and December 31, 2020

$

50

$

50

Additional paid-in capital

2,439,345

1,860,502

Treasury stock

(789,982

)

(54,805

)

Retained earnings

397,419

314,115

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(515,141

)

(468,284

)

Total Equity

1,531,691

1,651,578

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

10,101,158

$

6,526,332

MercadoLibre, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
For the twelve and three-month periods ended December 31, 2021 and 2020
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except for share data)

Year Ended December 31,

Three Months Ended December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net service revenues

$

6,149,270

$

3,690,002

$

1,782,732

$

1,165,654

Net product revenues

920,139

283,463

348,034

161,650

Net revenues

7,069,409

3,973,465

2,130,766

1,327,304

Cost of net revenues

(4,064,357

)

(2,264,255

)

(1,277,601

)

(838,270

)

Gross profit

3,005,052

1,709,210

853,165

489,034

Operating expenses:

Product and technology development

(590,328

)

(352,474

)

(179,637

)

(116,989

)

Sales and marketing

(1,509,493

)

(902,554

)

(502,704

)

(282,350

)

General and administrative

(464,528

)

(326,490

)

(147,508

)

(114,821

)

Total operating expenses

(2,564,349

)

(1,581,518

)

(829,849

)

(514,160

)

Income (loss) from operations

440,703

127,692

23,316

(25,126

)

Other income (expenses):

Interest income and other financial gains

137,962

102,767

53,374

22,648

Interest expense and other financial losses (*)

(228,704

)

(106,690

)

(53,678

)

(31,607

)

Foreign currency losses

(109,333

)

(42,454

)

(56,951

)

(9,930

)

Net income (loss) before income tax expense

240,628

81,315

(33,939

)

(44,015

)

Income tax expense

(148,802

)

(82,022

)

(3,643

)

(6,565

)

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entity

(8,522

)

(8,522

)

Net income (loss)

$

83,304

$

(707

)

$

(46,104

)

$

(50,580

)

(*)

Includes $49,247 thousands of loss on debt extinguishment and premium related to the 2028 Notes repurchase recognized in January 2021.

Year Ended December 31,

Three Months Ended December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Basic EPS

Basic net income (loss)

Available to shareholders per common share

$

1.67

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.92

)

$

(1.02

)

Weighted average of outstanding common shares

49,802,993

49,740,407

49,926,533

49,820,185

Diluted EPS

Diluted net income (loss)

Available to shareholders per common share

$

1.67

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.92

)

$

(1.02

)

Weighted average of outstanding common shares

49,802,993

49,740,407

49,926,533

49,820,185

MercadoLibre, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020

Year Ended December 31,

2021

2020

Cash flows from operations:

Net income (loss)

$

83,304

$

(707

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entity

8,522

Unrealized devaluation loss, net

90,629

89,329

Impairment of digital assets

8,647

Depreciation and amortization

203,942

104,992

Accrued interest income

(35,880

)

(45,593

)

Non cash interest, convertible notes amortization of debt discount and amortization of debt issuance costs and other charges

86,038

15,033

Bad debt charges

435,314

132,944

Financial results on derivative instruments

429

(1,935

)

Settlement of the call option

(10,674

)

Stock-based compensation expense – restricted shares

755

730

Sale of fixed assets and intangible assets

3,814

LTRP accrued compensation

88,698

129,575

Deferred income taxes

(29,481

)

(70,315

)

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(26,331

)

12,069

Credit cards receivable and other means of payments

(1,062,794

)

(521,979

)

Prepaid expenses

(12,715

)

16,204

Inventories

(142,382

)

(106,981

)

Other assets

(174,682

)

(113,819

)

Payables and accrued expenses

379,767

584,281

Funds payable to customers

808,754

900,513

Amounts payable due to credit and debit card transactions

309,078

37,126

Other liabilities

(79,007

)

(34,586

)

Interest received from investments

35,112

51,857

Net cash provided by operating activities

965,043

1,182,552

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchase of investments

(7,370,742

)

(5,199,875

)

Proceeds from sale and maturity of investments

7,800,545

5,532,463

Payment for acquired businesses, net of cash acquired

(50,615

)

(6,937

)

Capital contributions in joint ventures

(5,113

)

Receipts from settlements of derivative instruments

6,345

17,779

Payment from settlements of derivative instruments

(19,747

)

(4,136

)

Receipts from the sale of fixed assets and intangible assets

274

Purchases of intangible assets

(36,567

)

(93

)

Changes in principal loans receivable, net

(1,347,710

)

(344,608

)

Purchases of property and equipment

(572,929

)

(247,048

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,596,533

)

(252,181

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Purchase of convertible note capped calls

(100,769

)

(306,789

)

Excercise of Convertible Notes

(3,137

)

Payments on repurchase of the 2028 Notes

(1,865,076

)

Unwind of convertible note capped calls

396,739

Proceeds from loans payable and other financial liabilities

9,261,703

2,396,717

Payments on loans payable and other financing liabilities

(6,781,612

)

(1,785,272

)

Payment of finance lease obligations

(16,524

)

(4,949

)

Common Stock repurchased

(485,886

)

(54,085

)

Dividends paid of preferred stock

(3,356

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net

1,519,545

Net cash provided by financing activities

1,924,983

242,266

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

(153,754

)

(115,837

)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash equivalents

1,139,739

1,056,800

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the year

2,508,224

1,451,424

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash equivalents, end of the year

$

3,647,963

$

2,508,224

Financial results of reporting segments

Three Months Ended December 31, 2021

Brazil

Argentina

Mexico

Other Countries

Total

Net revenues

$

1,127,152

$

474,617

$

392,289

$

136,708

$

2,130,766

Direct costs

(1,063,045

)

(323,591

)

(371,770

)

(133,072

)

(1,891,478

)

Direct contribution

64,107

151,026

20,519

3,636

239,288

Operating expenses and indirect costs of net revenues

(215,972

)

Income from operations

23,316

Other income (expenses):

Interest income and other financial gains

53,374

Interest expense and other financial losses

(53,678

)

Foreign currency losses

(56,951

)

Net Loss before income tax expense

$

(33,939

)

Three Months Ended December 31, 2020

Brazil

Argentina

Mexico

Other Countries

Total

Net revenues

$

720,575

$

323,451

$

204,088

$

79,190

$

1,327,304

Direct costs

(617,055

)

(242,855

)

(215,793

)

(70,676

)

(1,146,379

)

Direct contribution

103,520

80,596

(11,705

)

8,514

180,925

Operating expenses and indirect costs of net revenues

(206,051

)

Loss from operations

(25,126

)

Other income (expenses):

Interest income and other financial gains

22,648

Interest expense and other financial losses

(31,607

)

Foreign currency losses

(9,930

)

Net loss before income tax expense

$

(44,015

)

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our audited consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we present foreign exchange (“FX”) neutral measures as a non-GAAP measure. Reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure can be found in the tables below.

This non-GAAP measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, this non-GAAP measure is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures.

We provide this non-GAAP financial measure to enhance overall understanding of our current financial performance and its prospects for the future, and we understand that this measure provides useful information to both Management and investors. In particular, we believe that FX neutral measures provide useful information to both Management and investors by excluding the foreign currency exchange rate impact that may not be indicative of our core operating results and business outlook.

The FX neutral measures were calculated by using the average monthly exchange rates for each month during 2020 and applying them to the corresponding months in 2021, so as to calculate what our results would have been had exchange rates remained stable from one year to the next. The table below excludes intercompany allocation FX effects. Finally, these measures do not include any other macroeconomic effect such as local currency inflation effects, the impact on impairment calculations or any price adjustment to compensate local currency inflation or devaluations.

The following table sets forth the FX neutral measures related to our reported results of the operations for the three-months period ended December 31, 2021:

Three-month Periods Ended
December 31, (*)

As reported

FX Neutral Measures

As reported

(In millions, except percentages)

2021

2020

Percentage
Change

2021

2020

Percentage
Change

Net revenues

$

2,130.8

$

1,327.3

60.5

%

$

2,308.8

$

1,327.3

73.9

%

Cost of net revenues

(1,277.6

)

(838.3

)

52.4

%

(1,372.5

)

(838.3

)

63.7

%

Gross profit

853.2

489.0

74.5

%

936.3

489.0

91.5

%

Operating expenses

(829.8

)

(514.2

)

61.4

%

(897.0

)

(514.2

)

74.5

%

Income (loss) from operations

23.3

(25.1

)

192.8

%

39.2

(25.1

)

256.2

%

(*)

The table above may not total due to rounding.

CONTACT: MercadoLibre, Inc.

Investor Relations

[email protected]

https://investor.mercadolibre.com