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Media Advisory: Reports Paid Subscribers Exceed 766,000 at end of Q1 2003, Driving a 61 Percent Increase in Revenues Over Q1 2002

Wednesday, May 7, 2003 - 02:30

DALLAS, Texas -- May 7, 2003 -- reported first quarter results for its personals businesses, including a 45 percent increase in ending paid subscriber count over the year-ago quarter.


  ($ in thousands)                Q1 2003         Q1 2002    % Increase
  Revenue                         $40,895         $25,416           61%

  EBITA*                           $2,693          $5,626          -52%


  (in thousands)                     2003            2002        Change
  Paid Subscribers
    (at quarter end)                766.6           527.7           45%
  Registrations                   3,429.8         2,911.7           18%
  New Subscriptions
    (first time subs)               361.4           342.4            6%

   EBITA is defined as operating income plus (1) amortization of non-cash
   distribution, marketing, and compensation expense, (2) amortization of
   other intangibles, (3) pro forma adjustments and (4) non-recurring items.

   **The operating metrics and financial results presented for the Company
   include the impact of Soulmates Technology ("Soulmates"), acquired on
   April 12, 2002.  The Q1 2002 operating metrics and financial information
   do not include Soulmates.

  About is a leading subscription-based online dating site, offering adults worldwide a fun, private and secure environment for meeting other singles.'s personals businesses claim more than 766,000 paying subscribers and more than 8 million members with profiles posted or who are active users. The Company estimates it is responsible for arranging hundreds of thousands of relationships for its members. powers paid online dating on MSN, EarthLink; BET Interactive and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL, offering the service across AOL,, CompuServe and offers wireless dating with Match Mobile ( ), and events and vacation opportunities for singles through its sites, operated by its affiliate, MatchLive, L.L.C., and is a division of USA Interactive.

Contact: Trish McDermott - 925-254-2307,

PRNewswire -- May 7


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