LinkedIn's Q1 2016 Earnings

April 28, 2016

Editor’s Note: We’d like to share with you the announcement related to our 2016 first quarter earnings.

Today, we reported our financial results for first quarter 2016. We are off to a good start in 2016 with strength in our core and emerging businesses, and we continue to invest heavily in innovation and in our core products, while at the same time driving focus and scale to enable growth and leverage across the business.

Total revenue increased 35% year-over-year to $861 million.

Talent Solutions revenue increased 41% year-over-year to $558 million.

  • Hiring revenue contributed $502 million in revenue, up 27% year-over-year.
  • Learning & Development contributed $55 million in revenue.

Marketing Solutions revenue increased 29% year-over-year to $154 million.

Premium Subscriptions revenue increased 22% year-over-year to $149 million.

Adjusted EBITDA was $222 million, or 26% of revenue.

GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders was $46 million and non-GAAP net income was $99 million.

GAAP diluted EPS was $(0.35), compared to last year's performance of $(0.34). Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.74, compared to $0.57 last year.

I highly encourage you to review associated materials, including our GAAP and non-GAAP reconciliation. [1]

I will co-host a webcast/conference call with our CEO Jeff Weiner to discuss our financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015 and business outlook today at 2:00PM Pacific Time.

See slides below.

[1] Safe Harbor

“Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release and the accompanying conference call contain forward-looking statements about our products, including our investments in products, technology and other key strategic areas, certain non-financial metrics, such as member growth and engagement, and our expected financial metrics such as revenue, adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP EPS, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation and fully-diluted weighted shares for the second quarter of 2016 and the full fiscal year 2016. The achievement of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, the company’s results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements the company makes.

The risks and uncertainties referred to above include - but are not limited to - our core value of putting members first, which may conflict with the short-term interests of the business; engagement of our members; the price volatility of our Class A common stock; general economic conditions; expectations regarding the return on our strategic investments; execution of our plans and strategies, including with respect to mobile products and features and expansion into new areas and businesses; security measures and the risk that they may not be sufficient to secure our member data adequately or that we are subject to attacks that degrade or deny the ability of members to access our solutions; expectations regarding our ability to timely and effectively scale and adapt existing technology and network infrastructure to ensure that our solutions are accessible at all times with short or no perceptible load times; our ability to maintain our rate of revenue growth and manage our expenses and investment plans; our ability to accurately track our key metrics internally; members and customers curtailing or ceasing to use our solutions; privacy, security and data transfer concerns, as well as changes in regulations, which could impact our ability to serve our members or curtail our monetization efforts; litigation and regulatory issues; increasing competition; our ability to manage our growth; our international operations; our ability to recruit and retain our employees; the application of U.S. and international tax laws on our tax structure and any changes to such tax laws; acquisitions we have made or may make in the future; and the dual class structure of our Class A common stock.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect the company’s financial results is included in filings it makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and additional information will also be set forth in our Form 10-Q that will be filed for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, which should be read in conjunction with these financial results. These documents are or will be available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Relations page of the company's website at All information provided in this release and in the attachments is as of April 28, 2016, and LinkedIn undertakes no duty to update this information.