|TRIVAGO N.V. filed this Form 20-F on 03/06/2018|
Our operating expenses include a related-party shared services fee, of €2.8 million, €4.2 million and €0.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. This shared service fee is comprised of allocations from Expedia for legal, tax, treasury, audit and corporate development costs and includes an allocation of employee compensation within these functions. These expenses were allocated based on a number of factors including headcount, estimated time spent and operating expenses which trivago considers reasonable estimates. These amounts may have been different had trivago operated as an unaffiliated entity. During 2017 a significant portion are now incurred directly by trivago.
The related party trade receivable balances with Expedia and its subsidiaries reflected in our consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2016 and 2017 were €16.5 million and €38.6 million. The increase in related party receivables was driven by a standardization of related party payment terms, which delayed our receipt of related party revenue until after month-end close.
On September 5, 2014, we entered into an uncommitted credit facility with Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Ltd., one of the underwriters of our initial public offering, with a maximum principal amount of €10.0 million. Advances under this facility bear interest at a rate of LIBOR, floored at zero, plus 1.0% per annum. This facility may be terminated at any time by the lender. Our obligations under this facility are guaranteed by Expedia.
On December 19, 2014, we entered into an amendment to this facility pursuant to which the maximum principal amount was increased to €50.0 million. We utilized €20.0 million of our €50.0 million credit facility to fund capital requirements in 2015. During the year ended December 31, 2016, we utilized €20.0 million under our credit facility and subsequently repaid all obligations outstanding. We did not utilize the credit facility during the year ended December 31, 2017.
On July 23, 2015, we entered into an agreement to design and build our new headquarters building in Düsseldorf, Germany. As part of that agreement, Expedia had guaranteed certain payments due by trivago under the contract . The guarantee by Expedia ended upon receipt of a bank guarantee by trivago, which we obtained in July 2017. As of December 31, 2017 there no longer is a guarantee by Expedia for certain payments made by us related to our new headquarters.
On May 1, 2013, we entered into an Assets Purchase Agreement, pursuant to which Expedia purchased certain computer hardware and software from us, and a Data Hosting Services Agreement, pursuant to which Expedia provides us with certain data hosting services relating to all of the servers we use that are located within the United States. Either party may terminate the Data Hosting Services Agreement upon 30 days’ prior written notice. For each of the years ended December 31, 2015, 2016 and 2017, we paid Expedia €21 thousand, €21 thousand and €68 thousand, respectively, for these data hosting services
Services and support agreement
On September 1, 2016, we entered into a Services and Support Agreement, pursuant to which Expedia agreed to provide us with certain services in connection with localizing content on our websites, such as translation services. Either party may terminate the Services and Support Agreement upon 90 days’ prior notice. We have not incurred material expenses under this agreement.
Beginning in the second quarter of 2016, management identified three reportable segments, which correspond to our three operating segments: the Americas, Developed Europe and Rest of World. The change from one to three reportable segments was the result of a shift in the Company’s focus on managing the business to reflect unique market opportunities and competitive dynamics inherent in our business within each of our operating segments. Our Americas segment is comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile,