Twitter, Inc.
TWITTER, INC. (Form: 8-K, Received: 10/13/2015 08:29:52)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

October 12, 2015

 

 

Twitter, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

 

001-36164

 

20-8913779

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

 

(Commission File Number)

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

1355 Market Street, Suite 900

San Francisco, California 94103

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(415) 222-9670

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On October 13, 2015, in connection with the announcement of a restructuring described further below, Twitter, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that it expects revenue and adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015 to be at or above the high end of the previously forecasted ranges of $545 million to $560 million and $110 million to $115 million, respectively. The foregoing information is preliminary and subject to completion of the Company’s quarter-end financial reporting processes and review. More information about the Company’s financial performance in the third quarter of 2015 will be provided when the Company reports final results on October 27, 2015, after market close.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, the Company considers certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, including adjusted EBITDA. The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as net loss adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization expense, interest and other expenses, net and provision (benefit) for income taxes.

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure of adjusted EBITDA in evaluating its operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA helps identify underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the expenses that the Company excludes in adjusted EBITDA. The Company also believes that adjusted EBITDA provides useful information about its operating results, enhance the overall understanding of the Company’s past performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by the Company’s management in its financial and operational decision-making. The Company uses this measure to establish budgets and operational goals for managing its business and evaluating its performance. The Company is unable to reconcile adjusted EBITDA to net loss at this time as it is has not completed its financial reporting and review process for the third quarter of 2015.

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any standardized methodology prescribed by GAAP and are not necessarily comparable to similarly-titled measures presented by other companies.

The information furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 of this Form 8-K shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any other filing under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 2.05 Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

On October 12, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Company approved a restructuring and reduction in force plan of up to 336 employees, constituting approximately 8% of the Company’s global workforce.  The restructuring is part of an overall plan to organize around the Company’s top product priorities and drive efficiencies throughout the Company.  The Company intends to reinvest savings in its most important priorities to drive growth.  

The Company estimates it will incur approximately $10 million to $20 million of cash expenditures, substantially all of which will be severance costs. Total restructuring expenses are estimated at $5M to $15M, which is lower than cash restructuring costs due to a credit related to non-cash stock-based compensation expense reversals for unvested stock awards. The Company expects to recognize most of these pre-tax restructuring charges in the quarter ended December 31, 2015.  

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On October 13, 2015, the Company began notifying employees affected by the restructuring and communicated the changes to the entire Company with a letter from Jack Dorsey, CEO, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


The information furnished pursuant to Item 7.01 on this Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any other filing under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)  Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

99.1

 

Letter from Jack Dorsey to Company Employees, dated October 13, 2015.

 

Forward Looking Statements

This Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or the Company’s future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "could," "intends," "target," "projects," "contemplates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern the Company’s expectations, strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements in this Form 8-K  include, but are not limited to, expectations regarding revenue and adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015, estimates of employee headcount reductions, cash expenditures that may be made by the Company in connection with the restructuring plan and intentions to reinvest savings. The Company’s expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could contribute to such differences include the Company’s ability to implement the restructuring in various jurisdictions; possible changes in the size and components of the expected costs and charges associated with the restructuring; risks associated with the Company’s ability to achieve the benefits of the restructuring; completion of quarter-end financial reporting processes and review and the risks more fully described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this Form 8-K are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

TWITTER, INC.

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Vijaya Gadde

 

 

Vijaya Gadde

 

 

General Counsel & Secretary

 

Date:  October 13, 2015

 



 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

99.1

 

Letter from Jack Dorsey to Company Employees, dated October 13, 2015.

 

Exhibit 99.1

From:         Jack Dorsey

To:             All Employees

Date:         October 13, 2015

Subject:     A more focused Twitter

 

Team,

 

We are moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow. Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so I'm going to give it to you straight.

 

The team has been working around the clock to produce streamlined roadmap for Twitter, Vine, and Periscope and they are shaping up to be strong. The roadmap is focused on the experiences which will have the greatest impact. We launched the first of these experiences last week with Moments, a great beginning, and a bold peek into the future of how people will see what's going on in the world.

 

The roadmap is also a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work. Product and Engineering are going to make the most significant structural changes to reflect our plan ahead. We feel strongly that Engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce. And the rest of the organization will be streamlined in parallel.

 

So we have made an extremely tough decision: we plan to part ways with up to 336 people from across the company. We are doing this with the utmost respect for each and every person. Twitter will go to great lengths to take care of each individual by providing generous exit packages and help finding a new job.

 

Let's take this time to express our gratitude to all of those who are leaving us. We will honor them by doing our best to serve all the people that use Twitter. We do so with a more purpose-built team, which we'll continue to build strength into over time, as we are now enabled to reinvest in our most impactful priorities.

 

Thank you all for your trust and understanding here. This isn't easy. But it is right. The world needs a strong Twitter, and this is another step to get there. As always, please reach out to me directly with any ideas or questions.

 

Jack