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CoStar Group Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

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CoStar Group Inc. (CSGP) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Costar Grp Inc has a market cap of $1.51 billion; its shares were traded at around $60.37 with a P/E ratio of 69.1 and P/S ratio of 6.7. Costar Grp Inc had an annual average earning growth of 15.9% over the past 5 years.
This is the annual revenues and earnings per share of CSGP over the last 10 years. For detailed 10-year financial data and charts, go to 10-Year Financials of CSGP.


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Segment Revenues. CoStar Property Professional, CoStar Tenant, and CoStar COMPS Professional are generally sold as a suite of similar services and comprise our primary service offering in our U.S. operating segment. U.S. revenues increased to $233.4 million from $208.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. This increase in U.S. revenue was primarily due to further penetration of our subscription-based information services, and successful cross-selling of our services to our customers in existing markets, combined with continued high renewal rates. FOCUS is our primary service offering in our International operating segment. International revenues increased to $18.4 million from $17.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. This increase was primarily due to foreign currency fluctuations. Intersegment revenue remained relatively constant at $1.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to $1.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. Intersegment revenue is attributable to services performed for the Company s wholly owned subsidiary, PPR, by Property and Portfolio Research Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of PPR. Intersegment revenue is recorded at an amount the Company believes approximates fair value. Intersegment revenue is eliminated from total revenues.

Segment EBITDA. U.S. EBITDA decreased to $38.1 million from $39.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The decrease in U.S. EBITDA was due primarily to approximately $14.2 million in acquisition-related costs for the year ended December 31, 2011 as a result of the pending LoopNet acquisition, approximately $1.5 million in lease restructuring charges related to the consolidation of our White Marsh, Maryland office, approximately $3.4 million due to the marketing effort related to the launch of CoStarGo as well as increased personnel costs of approximately $11.0 million. These decreases in U.S. EBITDA are partially offset by an approximate $24.9 million increase in revenues for the year ended December 31, 2011 from the year ended December 31, 2010 and the deferred consideration adjustment of approximately $1.2 million in September 2011 related to the October 19, 2009 acquisition of Resolve Technology. Additionally, during 2010 we incurred expenses that did not recur in 2011, including approximately $800,000 accrued in anticipation of the settlement of the litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in June 2010 as well as the lease restructuring charges related to the consolidation of our Boston, Massachusetts office of approximately $1.3 million in September 2010. International EBITDA decreased to a higher loss of $3.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 from a $3.2 million loss for the year ended December 31, 2010. This higher loss was primarily due to increased personnel costs of approximately $1.5 million and other expenses of approximately $800,000 for the year ended December 31, 2011, partially offset by approximately $2.0 million connection with the settlement of our litigation with Nokia U.K. Limited in 2010 that did not recur in 2011. International EBITDA includes a corporate allocation of approximately $800,000 and $400,000 for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The corporate allocation represents costs incurred for U.S. employees involved in international management and expansion activities.

Advertising Costs The Company expenses advertising costs as incurred. E-commerce advertising expenses were approximately $3.3 million, $3.0 million and $2.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. Income Taxes Deferred income taxes result from temporary differences between the tax basis of assets and liabilities and the basis reported in the Company s consolidated financial statements. Deferred tax liabilities and assets are determined based on the difference between the financial statement and the tax basis of assets and liabilities using enacted rates expected to be in effect during the year in which the differences reverse. Valuation allowances are provided against assets, including net operating losses, if it is anticipated that some or all of an asset may not be realized through future taxable earnings or implementation of tax planning strategies. Interest and penalties related to income tax matters are recognized in income tax expense. Net Income Per Share Net income per share is computed by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period on a basic and diluted basis. The Company s potentially dilutive securities include stock options and restricted stock. Diluted net income per share considers the impact of potentially dilutive securities except in periods in which there is a net loss, as the inclusion of the potentially dilutive common shares would have an anti-dilutive effect. Stock-Based Compensation Equity instruments issued in exchange for employee services are accounted for using a fair-value based method and the fair value of such equity instruments is recognized as expense in the consolidated statements of operations. Stock-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date of the share-based awards based on their fair values, and is recognized on a straight line basis as expense over the vesting periods of the awards, net of an estimated forfeiture rate. F-9 COSTAR GROUP, INC. NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ¾ (CONTINUED) 2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES ¾ (CONTINUED) Stock-Based Compensation¾ (Continued) Cash flows resulting from excess tax benefits are classified as part of net cash flows from operating and financing activities. Excess tax benefits represent tax benefits related to stock-based compensation in excess of the associated deferred tax asset for such equity compensation. Net cash proceeds from the exercise of stock options and the purchase of shares under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”) were approximately $2.4 million, $4.0 million and $6.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. There were approximately $400,000, $900,000 and $2.5 million of excess tax benefits realized from stock option and award exercises for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Stock-based compensation expense for stock options and restricted stock under equity incentive plans and stock purchases under the ESPP included in the Company's results of operations was as follows (in thousands):

The realized gains on the Company s investments for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011 were approximately $4,000, $11,000 and $0, respectively. The realized losses on the Company s investments for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011 were approximately $5,000, $41,000 and $0, respectively. Unrealized holding gains and losses, net of the related tax effect, on available-for-sale securities are excluded from earnings and are reported as a separate component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) in stockholders equity until realized. Realized gains and losses from the sale of available-for-sale securities are determined on a specific-identification basis. A decline in market value of any available-for-sale security below cost that is deemed to be other-than-temporary results in a reduction in carrying amount to fair value. The impairment is charged to earnings and a new cost basis for the security is established. Dividend and interest income are recognized when earned. As of December 31, 2011, the amortized cost basis and fair value of investments classified as available-for-sale are as follows (in thousands):

Intersegment revenue is attributable to services performed for the Company s wholly owned subsidiary, Property and Portfolio Research, Inc. (“PPR”), by Property and Portfolio Research Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of PPR. Intersegment revenue is recorded at an amount the Company believes approximates fair value. U.S. EBITDA includes a corresponding cost for the services performed by Property and Portfolio Research Ltd. for PPR. International EBITDA includes a corporate allocation of approximately $500,000, $400,000 and $800,000 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. The corporate allocation represents costs incurred for U.S. employees involved in management and expansion activities of the Company s International operating segment. F-28

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