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 CoStar Group Grows Annual Revenue 31% and Annual EBITDA 61%
   Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:33:09 PM ET

CoStar Group, Inc. (CSGP ), the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces, announced today that revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $575.9 million, an increase of 31% over revenue of $440.9 million for the full year of 2013. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 grew to $156.1 million versus $115.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which represents an increase of 35% year-over-year.

EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $151.3 million, which is an increase of 61% over EBITDA of $94.2 million for the full year of 2013. EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased to $43.0 million compared to $31.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which represents an increase of $11.5 million or 36% year-over-year.

"2014 was an exceptional year for CoStar Group," said Andrew C. Florance, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoStar Group. "In 2014, we increased annual revenue by $135 million and generated annual EBITDA of over $151 million. Our investment in expanding the sales force has really taken hold. In the fourth quarter of 2014, we achieved our highest annualized net new sales of $17.3 million. Annualized net new sales for CoStar information services grew 36% sequentially over the third quarter of 2014 and 26% year-over-year. I’m also pleased that the LoopNet core marketplace continues to thrive, having achieved a 20% increase in revenue year-over-year."

Florance added, "We launched the completely new Apartments.com site ten days ago to an incredibly positive reaction from both customers and renters. The site has dramatically more listings, vastly improved search tools and user experience, and state of the art search engine optimization (SEO). We are very pleased to report that we have seen a huge surge in organic traffic since the launch. For the important SEO keywords we track, 336 have now moved up into the top five positions in Google for a total of 1,407 keywords in the top five organic positions, or 47% more than our second closest competitor."

Year 2013-2014 Quarterly Results - Unaudited
(in millions, except per share data)
                                              2013                        2014
                                              Q1     Q2     Q3     Q4     Q1     Q2     Q3     Q4
Revenues                                      $104.0 $109.0 $112.3 $115.6 $119.1 $147.7 $153.1 $156.1
EBITDA                                        7.6    25.3   29.8   31.5   27.0   37.6   43.7   43.0
Net income (loss)                             (2.4)  8.3    11.1   12.8   9.7    8.2    13.0   13.9
Net income (loss) per share - diluted         (0.09) 0.29   0.39   0.45   0.34   0.28   0.40   0.43
Weighted average outstanding shares - diluted 27.4   28.2   28.3   28.4   28.8   29.5   32.1   32.1
Adjusted EBITDA                               25.7   32.6   37.7   40.8   37.0   45.3   51.8   54.3
Non-GAAP Net Income                           13.0   17.2   20.2   22.2   19.8   23.5   27.9   29.8
Non-GAAP Net Income per share - diluted       0.47   0.61   0.71   0.78   0.69   0.80   0.87   0.93

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $44.9 million or $1.46 per diluted share, which represents an increase of 51% over net income of $29.7 million or $1.05 per diluted share for the full year of 2013. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $13.9 million or $0.43 per diluted share, which represents an increase of $1.1 million or 9% year-over-year.

Non-GAAP net income (defined below) for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $101.0 million or $3.30 per diluted share, which represents an increase of 39% over non-GAAP net income of $72.6 million or $2.57 per diluted share for the full year of 2013. Non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $29.8 million or $0.93 per diluted share, compared to $22.2 million or $0.78 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA (which excludes stock-based compensation and other items as defined below) for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $188.5 million, up $51.7 million or 38% from $136.8 million for the full year of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA was $54.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 versus $40.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which is an increase of 33% year-over-year.

As of December 31, 2014, the Company had approximately $544.2 million in cash, cash equivalents and long-term investments, which is an increase of $36.9 million since September 30, 2014. Short and long-term debt outstanding totaled approximately $385.0 million as of December 31, 2014.

2015 Outlook

"We finished 2014 on a high note with strong fourth quarter and full-year financial results, significant progress integrating Apartments.com and steady growth in sales and margins enabling continued investment for future growth," stated Brian J. Radecki, Chief Financial Officer of CoStar Group. "We are looking forward to a productive 2015 in which we expect we will benefit from new product initiatives in CoStar information services, continued cross-selling with LoopNet and the relaunch of Apartments.com."

The company is reaffirming the forward-looking guidance released on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. These previously released outlook ranges already incorporated the Company’s fourth quarter 2014 results as well as expected 2015 investments in marketing and research. For the full year of 2015 the Company expects revenue of approximately $655 million to $660 million and approximately $157 million to $159 million for the first quarter of 2015. The Company expects non-GAAP net income per diluted share (defined below) in a range of $1.95 to $2.05 for the full year of 2015 and approximately $0.18 to $0.22 for the first quarter of 2015.

The preceding forward-looking statements reflect CoStar’s expectations as of February 25, 2015, including forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures on a consolidated basis. We are not able to forecast with certainty whether or when certain events, such as the exact amounts or timing of investments, transition, de-emphasis or discontinuation of services, acquisition-related costs, restructuring, settlements or impairments will occur in any given quarter. Given the risk factors, uncertainties and assumptions discussed above, actual results may differ materially. Other than in publicly available statements, the Company does not intend to update its forward-looking statements until its next quarterly results announcement.

Reconciliation of non-GAAP net income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and all of the disclosed non-GAAP financial measures to their GAAP basis results are shown in detail below, along with definitions for those terms.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

For information regarding the purpose for which management uses the non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this release and why management believes they provide useful information to investors regarding the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, please refer to the Company’s latest periodic report.

EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents GAAP net income attributable to CoStar Group before (i) interest income (expense), (ii) provision for income taxes, and (iii) depreciation and amortization.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents EBITDA before (i) stock-based compensation expense, (ii) acquisition and integration related costs, (iii) restructuring charges and related costs, and (iv) settlements and impairments incurred outside the Company’s normal business operations.

Non-GAAP net income is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents GAAP net income attributable to CoStar Group before (i) purchase amortization and other related costs, (ii) stock-based compensation expense, (iii) acquisition and integration related costs, (iv) purchase accounting adjustments, (v) restructuring charges and related costs, and (vi) settlements and impairments. From this figure, we then subtract an assumed provision for income taxes to arrive at non-GAAP net income. We assume a 38% tax rate in order to approximate our long-term effective corporate tax rate.

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share (also referred to as non-GAAP EPS) is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents non-GAAP net income divided by the number of diluted shares outstanding for the period used in the calculation of GAAP net income per diluted share.

Earnings Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday, February 26, 2015 to discuss earnings results for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the Company’s outlook. The audio portion of the conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://www.CoStargroup.com/investors.aspx . To join the conference call by telephone, please dial (800) 230-1059 (from the United States and Canada) or (612) 234-9960 (from all other countries) and refer to conference code 352633. An audio recording of the conference call will be available for replay approximately one hour after the call’s completion and will remain available for a period of time following the call. To access the recorded conference call, please dial (800) 475-6701 (from the U.S. and Canada) or (320) 365-3844 (from all other countries) using access code 352633. The webcast replay will also be available in the Investors section of CoStar Group’s website for a period of time following the call.

CoStar Group, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations-Unaudited
(in thousands, except per share data)
                                              For the Three Months    For the Twelve Months
                                              Ended December 31,      Ended December 31,
                                              2014        2013        2014        2013
Revenues                                      $156,096    $ 115,610   $575,936    $ 440,943
Cost of revenues                              42,923      31,754      156,979     129,185
Gross margin                                  113,173     83,856      418,957     311,758
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing                         41,003      24,569      150,305     98,708
Software development                          13,705      11,605      55,426      46,757
General and administrative                    27,381      22,499      103,916     96,956
Purchase amortization                         7,736       3,484       28,432      15,183
                                              89,825      62,157      338,079     257,604
Income from operations                        23,348      21,699      80,878      54,154
Interest and other income                     271         87          516         326
Interest and other expense                    (2,415)     (1,694)     (10,481)    (6,943)
Income before income taxes                    21,204      20,092      70,913      47,537
Income tax expense, net                       7,281       7,293       26,044      17,803
Net income                                    $ 13,923    $ 12,799    $ 44,869    $ 29,734
Net income per share - basic                  $ 0.44      $ 0.46      $ 1.48      $ 1.07
Net income per share - diluted                $ 0.43      $ 0.45      $ 1.46      $ 1.05
Weighted average outstanding shares - basic   31,761      27,857      30,215      27,670
Weighted average outstanding shares - diluted 32,142      28,438      30,641      28,212
CoStar Group, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures-Unaudited
(in thousands, except per share data)
Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income
                                                           For the Three Months                        For The Twelve Months
                                                           Ended December 31,                          Ended December 31,
                                                           2014                  2013                  2014                  2013
Net income                                                 $ 13,923              $ 12,799              $ 44,869              $ 29,734
Income tax expense, net                                    7,281                 7,293                 26,044                17,803
Income before income taxes                                 21,204                20,092                70,913                47,537
Purchase amortization and other related costs              15,479                6,360                 54,722                27,066
Stock-based compensation expense                           7,361                 9,279                 28,267                41,549
Acquisition and integration related costs                  624                   --                    3,802                 638
Restructuring and related costs                            1,976                 --                    1,976                 362
Settlements and impairments                                1,374                 --                    3,173                 --
Non-GAAP income before income taxes                        48,018                35,731                162,853               117,152
Assumed rate for income tax expense, net *                 38%                   38%                   38%                   38%
Assumed provision for income tax expense, net              (18,247)              (13,578)              (61,885)              (44,518)
Non-GAAP net income                                        $ 29,771              $ 22,153              $ 100,968             $ 72,634
Net income per share - diluted                             $ 0.43                $ 0.45                $ 1.46                $ 1.05
Non-GAAP net income per share - diluted                    $ 0.93                $ 0.78                $ 3.30                $ 2.57
Weighted average outstanding shares - diluted              32,142                28,438                30,641                28,212
* A 38% tax rate is assumed in order to approximate the Company’s long-term effective corporate tax rate.
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
                                                           For the Three Months                        For The Twelve Months
                                                           Ended December 31,                          Ended December 31,
                                                           2014                  2013                  2014                  2013
Net income                                                 $ 13,923              $ 12,799              $ 44,869              $ 29,734
Purchase amortization in cost of revenues                  7,743                 2,876                 26,290                11,883
Purchase amortization in operating expenses                7,736                 3,484                 28,432                15,183
Depreciation and other amortization                        4,160                 3,461                 15,650                12,992
Interest income                                            (271)                 (87)                  (516)                 (326)
Interest expense                                           2,415                 1,694                 10,481                6,943
Income tax expense, net                                    7,281                 7,293                 26,044                17,803
EBITDA                                                     $ 42,987              $ 31,520              $ 151,250             $ 94,212
Stock-based compensation expense                           7,361                 9,279                 28,267                41,549
Acquisition and integration related costs                  624                   --                    3,802                 638
Restructuring and related costs                            1,976                 --                    1,976                 362
Settlements and impairments                                1,374                 --                    3,173                 --
Adjusted EBITDA                                            $ 54,322              $ 40,799              $ 188,468             $ 136,761
CoStar Group, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets - Unaudited
(in thousands)
                                           December 31,     December 31,
                                           2014             2013
                                           (Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                  $ 527,012        $ 255,953
Accounts receivable, net                   38,694           20,761
Deferred and other income taxes, net       20,007           22,506
Income tax receivable                      1,027            --
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  9,736            6,597
Debt issuance costs, net                   3,335            2,649
Total current assets                       599,811          308,466
Long-term investments                      17,151           21,990
Property and equipment, net                73,753           57,719
Goodwill                                   1,138,805        718,587
Intangible assets, net                     241,622          144,472
Deposits and other assets                  2,676            1,855
Debt issuance costs, net                   9,864            3,893
Total assets                               $ 2,083,682      $ 1,256,982
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses      $ 61,287         $ 53,128
Current portion of long-term debt          20,000           24,063
Deferred revenue                           38,003           34,362
Total current liabilities                  119,290          111,553
Long-term debt, less current portion       365,000          129,062
Deferred gain on sale of building          23,762           26,286
Deferred rent                              27,032           22,828
Deferred income taxes, net                 30,349           34,582
Income taxes payable                       4,703            4,809
Stockholders’ equity                       1,513,546        927,862
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 2,083,682      $ 1,256,982
CoStar Group, Inc.
Results of Segments-Unaudited
(in thousands)
                                                                                                                                                   For the Three Months          For the Twelve Months
                                                                                                                                                   Ended December 31,            Ended December 31,
                                                                                                                                                   2014                 2013     2014                  2013
Revenues
North America                                                                                                                                      $ 150,067            $110,055 $ 552,141             $420,817
International
External customers                                                                                                                                 6,029                5,555    23,795                20,126
Intersegment revenue *                                                                                                                             16                   62       57                    339
Total International revenue                                                                                                                        6,045                5,617    23,852                20,465
Intersegment eliminations                                                                                                                          (16)                 (62)     (57)                  (339)
Total revenues                                                                                                                                     $ 156,096            $115,610 $ 575,936             $440,943
EBITDA
North America**                                                                                                                                    $ 42,526             $ 30,739 $ 148,913             $ 97,348
International ***                                                                                                                                  461                  781      2,337                 (3,136)
Total EBITDA                                                                                                                                       $ 42,987             $ 31,520 $ 151,250             $ 94,212
*Intersegment revenue recorded during 2014 was attributable to services performed for the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, CoStar Portfolio Strategy by Grecam S.A.S. ("Grecam"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CoStar Limited, the Company’s wholly owned U.K. holding company. Intersegment revenue recorded during 2013 was attributable to services performed for CoStar Portfolio Strategy by Property and Portfolio Research Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of CoStar Portfolio Strategy. Intersegment revenue is recorded at an amount the Company believes approximates fair value. North America EBITDA includes a corresponding cost for the services performed by Grecam and Property and Portfolio Research Ltd. for CoStar Portfolio Strategy.
**North America EBITDA includes an allocation of approximately $200,000 for each of the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. North America EBITDA includes an allocation of approximately $1.1 million and $800,000 for the twelve months ended December, 2014 and 2013, respectively. This allocation represents costs incurred for International employees involved in development activities of the Company’s North America operating segment.
***International EBITDA includes a corporate allocation of approximately $100,000 for each of the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. International EBITDA includes a corporate allocation of approximately $300,000 and $400,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. This allocation represents costs incurred for North America employees involved in management and expansion activities of the Company’s International operating segment.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures with 2013-2014 Quarterly Results - Unaudited
(in millions, except per share data)
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income
                                                 2013                         2014
                                                 Q1      Q2     Q3     Q4     Q1     Q2     Q3     Q4
Net income (loss)                                $ (2.4) $ 8.3  $ 11.1 $ 12.8 $ 9.7  $ 8.2  $ 13.0 $ 13.9
Income tax expense (benefit), net                (1.8)   5.3    7.0    7.3    5.9    5.0    7.8    7.3
Income (loss) before income taxes                (4.2)   13.6   18.1   20.1   15.6   13.2   20.8   21.2
Purchase amortization and other related costs    7.1     6.9    6.6    6.4    6.2    17.0   16.1   15.5
Stock-based compensation expense                 17.3    7.2    7.8    9.3    7.9    6.3    6.7    7.4
Acquisition and integration related costs        0.5     0.1    --     --     1.1    1.4    0.7    0.6
Restructuring and related costs                  0.3     --     0.1    --     --     --     --     2.0
Settlements and impairments                      --      --     --     --     1.0    --     0.7    1.3
Non-GAAP income before income taxes              21.0    27.8   32.6   35.8   31.8   37.9   45.0   48.0
Assumed rate for income tax expense, net *       38%     38%    38%    38%    38%    38%    38%    38%
Assumed provision for income tax expense, net    (8.0)   (10.6) (12.4) (13.6) (12.0) (14.4) (17.1) (18.2)
Non-GAAP net income                              $ 13.0  $ 17.2 $ 20.2 $ 22.2 $ 19.8 $ 23.5 $ 27.9 $ 29.8
Non-GAAP net income per share - diluted          $ 0.47  $ 0.61 $ 0.71 $ 0.78 $ 0.69 $ 0.80 $ 0.87 $ 0.93
Weighted average outstanding shares - diluted**  27.9    28.2   28.3   28.4   28.8   29.5   32.1   32.1
* A 38% tax rate is assumed in order to approximate the Company’s long-term effective corporate tax rate.
** For periods with GAAP net losses, the basic weighted-average outstanding shares are used to calculate the GAAP net loss per share as including the effect of the potentially dilutive securities would have an anti-dilutive effect. For periods with Non-GAAP net income, the diluted weighted-average outstanding shares are used to calculate Non-GAAP net income per share in order to reflect the impact of potentially dilutive securities.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
                                                 2013                         2014
                                                 Q1      Q2     Q3     Q4     Q1     Q2     Q3     Q4
Net income (loss)                                $ (2.4) $ 8.3  $ 11.1 $ 12.8 $ 9.7  $ 8.2  $ 13.0 $ 13.9
Purchase amortization                            7.1     6.9    6.6    6.4    6.2    17.0   16.1   15.5
Depreciation and other amortization              3.0     3.1    3.4    3.4    3.7    3.7    4.1    4.2
Interest income                                  (0.1)   (0.1)  (0.0)  (0.1)  (0.1)  (0.1)  (0.0)  (0.3)
Interest expense                                 1.8     1.8    1.7    1.7    1.6    3.8    2.7    2.4
Income tax expense (benefit), net                (1.8)   5.3    7.0    7.3    5.9    5.0    7.8    7.3
EBITDA                                           $ 7.6   $ 25.3 $ 29.8 $ 31.5 $ 27.0 $ 37.6 $ 43.7 $ 43.0
Stock-based compensation expense                 17.3    7.2    7.8    9.3    7.9    6.3    6.7    7.4
Acquisition and integration related costs        0.5     0.1    --     --     1.1    1.4    0.7    0.6
Restructuring and related costs                  0.3     --     0.1    --     --     --     --     2.0
Settlements and impairments                      --      --     --     --     1.0    --     0.7    1.3
Adjusted EBITDA                                  $ 25.7  $ 32.6 $ 37.7 $ 40.8 $ 37.0 $ 45.3 $ 51.8 $ 54.3
CoStar Group, Inc.
Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Guidance-Unaudited
(in thousands, except per share data)
Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Guidance, Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income
                                                                                                          Guidance Range                    Guidance Range
                                                                                                          For the Three Months              For the Twelve Months
                                                                                                          Ended March 31, 2015              Ended December 31, 2015
                                                                                                          Low              High             Low              High
Net income (loss)                                                                                         $ (9,300)        $ (7,100)        $ 8,200          $ 15,600
Income tax expense (benefit), net                                                                         (5,800)          (4,500)          5,000            9,600
Income (loss) before income taxes                                                                         (15,100)         (11,600)         13,200           25,200
Purchase amortization and other related costs                                                             15,000           15,000           48,100           48,100
Stock-based compensation expense                                                                          8,500            7,500            38,000           33,000
Acquisition and integration related costs                                                                 1,000            500              1,000            500
Restructuring and related costs                                                                           --               --               1,500            500
Non-GAAP income before income taxes                                                                       9,400            11,400           101,800          107,300
Assumed rate for income tax expense, net *                                                                38%              38%              38%              38%
Assumed provision for income tax expense, net                                                             (3,572)          (4,332)          (38,684)         (40,774)
Non-GAAP net income                                                                                       $ 5,828          $ 7,068          $ 63,116         $ 66,526
Net income (loss) per share - diluted                                                                     $ (0.29)         $ (0.22)         $ 0.25           $ 0.48
Non-GAAP net income per share - diluted                                                                   $ 0.18           $ 0.22           $ 1.95           $ 2.05
Weighted average outstanding shares - diluted                                                             32,200           32,200           32,400           32,400
* A 38% tax rate is assumed in order to approximate the Company’s long-term effective corporate tax rate.
Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Guidance, Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
                                                                                                          Guidance Range                    Guidance Range
                                                                                                          For the Three Months              For the Twelve Months
                                                                                                          Ended March 31, 2015              Ended December 31, 2015
                                                                                                          Low              High             Low              High
Net income (loss)                                                                                         $ (9,300)        $ (7,100)        $ 8,200          $ 15,600
Purchase amortization and other related costs                                                             15,000           15,000           48,100           48,100
Depreciation and other amortization                                                                       4,300            4,300            17,700           17,700
Interest and other expense (income), net                                                                  2,300            2,300            9,000            9,000
Income tax expense (benefit), net                                                                         (5,800)          (4,500)          5,000            9,600
Stock-based compensation expense                                                                          8,500            7,500            38,000           33,000
Acquisition and integration related costs                                                                 1,000            500              1,000            500
Restructuring and related costs                                                                           0                0                1,500            500
Adjusted EBITDA                                                                                           $ 16,000         $ 18,000         $ 128,500        $ 134,000

About CoStar Group, Inc.

CoStar Group (CSGP ) is the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. Through LoopNet, the Company operates the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online with more than 9 million registered members. Apartments.com is a premier online apartment resource for renters that matches apartment seekers with great apartment homes and provides property managers and owners a proven platform for marketing their properties. CoStar operates websites with over 19 million unique monthly visitors in aggregate during January 2015. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar maintains offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe with a staff of over 2,400 worldwide, including the industry’s largest professional research organization. For more information, visit www.costargroup.com.

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about CoStar’s financial expectations, the company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements including words such as "hope," "anticipate," "may," "believe," "expect," "intend," "will," "should," "plan," "estimate," "predict," "continue" and "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of management of CoStar and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause or contribute to such differences: the risk that the trends stated or implied by this release cannot or will not be sustained at the current pace, including trends related to sales, revenue, earnings, and investments; the risk that investments in the company, including investments in research, sales, marketing and product development, do not produce the expected results; the risk that new product initiatives in CoStar information services, continued cross-selling with LoopNet and the relaunch of Apartments.com do not produce the expected benefits in 2015; the risk that current investment and marketing plans and expected amounts to support Apartments.com, or the timing of any such investments, may change; the risk that the company is unable to sustain current growth rates or increase them; the risk that the businesses of Apartments.com and CoStar Group may not be combined successfully or in a timely and cost-efficient manner; the risk that revenues for the first quarter and full year 2015 will not be as stated in this press release; the risk that net income for the first quarter and full year 2015 will not be as stated in this press release; the risk that non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share for the first quarter and full year 2015 will not be as stated in this press release; the risk that Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter and full year 2015 will not be as stated in this press release; the risk that the impact of investments on earnings will not be as stated in this release; and the risk that synergies from the acquisition of Apartments.com will not be as expected, occur within the expected timeframe or drive revenue and earnings growth as expected. Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements can be found in CoStar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, each of which is filed with the SEC, including in the "Risk Factors" section of those filings, and the company’s other filings with the SEC available at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). CoStar assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Brian J. Radecki
         Chief Financial Officer
         (202) 336-6920
         bradecki@costargroup.com

         Richard Simonelli
         Vice President Investor Relations
         (202) 346-6394
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