ePlus Reports Third Quarter Financial Results Earnings Conference Call Scheduled for February 7 HERNDON, Va., Feb. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ePlus inc. (Nasdaq:PLUS), a leading provider of technology solutions, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended December 31, 2012. Total revenues for the quarter increased 8.0% to $242.0 million compared to $224.0 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2011. During the quarter, the Company processed a number of advanced integration projects which were not scheduled to be shipped by quarter end, and as a result, deferred revenue increased to $51.3 million from $16.8 million reported on December 31, 2011. In addition, the Company had a larger than normal balance of open orders of $73.3 million at December 31, 2012, as compared to $56.0 million in the prior year. Net earnings increased 3.3% to $9.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, as compared to $8.7 million in the prior year. However, due to the amount of the special dividend declared during the quarter, fully diluted earnings per common share decreased to $1.05 per share compared from $1.07 per share in the prior period. For the nine months ended December 31, 2012, total revenue increased 23.1% to $746.8 million, and total costs and expenses increased 22.1% to $700.8 million. Net earnings were $27.1 million for the nine months or $3.35 per diluted share, an increase of 45.0%, as compared to $19.5 million, or $2.31 per diluted share, during the nine months ended December 31, 2011. "We are pleased with our financial results for the quarter," stated Phillip G. Norton, chairman, president and CEO of ePlus. "We are very focused on building ePlus-branded, value-added solutions to enhance and strengthen our customer relationships and gain incremental revenue and margin.These solutions include managed services, staff augmentation, and extending our OneSourceIT software such as the future release of the OneSource Asset Management module.Over the past several quarters, we have added staff and invested in these key ePlus-branded solutions, to both differentiate ePlus from our peers and maximize the value of our customer base." Mr. Norton continued, "In December, we declared and paid a special cash dividend of $2.50 per share.We are continuing to maintain a strong balance sheet, and ePlus is well positioned to take advantage of future opportunities as they arise." As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $42.2 million of cash and cash equivalents, as compared to $33.8 million on March 31, 2012.As of December 31, 2012, the Company had total stockholders' equity of $229.6 million and 8.2 million shares outstanding, as compared to $219.6 million and 8.0 million shares, respectively, as of March 31, 2012. Results of Operations The Company presents its financial results in two segments, the technology sales business segment and the financing business segment.The technology sales business segment sells information technology equipment, software, and related services primarily to corporate customers on a nationwide basis, and also provides Internet-based business-to-business supply chain management solutions for information technology and other operating resources. The financing business segment offers lease-financing solutions to corporations and governmental entities nationwide. Technology Sales Business Segment *Total revenues increased 7.2% to $229.4 million compared to $214.1 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2011. The increase in revenues was due to increases in customer demand, particularly from Fortune 100 companies, and investments we made over the last twelve months to improve our product and service offerings and expand our geographical footprint. Deferred costs and deferred revenues increased by $32.2 million and $35.4 million, respectively, from March 31, 2012, principally due to the advanced integration projects that were deferred as of December 31, 2012 because delivery had not occurred. Open orders as of December 31, 2012 totaled $73.3 million compared to $56.0 million as of December 31, 2011. *Total costs and expenses were $219.2 million compared to $203.7 million in the same quarter last year, an increase of 7.6%. The increase in costs and expenses was primarily due to increases in personnel, as we had 810 employees as of December 31, 2012, an increase of 112, or 16.0%, from December 31, 2011. Most of the increase relates to sales, marketing and engineering personnel, as we continue to invest in sales and support personnel through hiring and strategic acquisitions in order to expand our geographical presence and solutions offerings. *Gross margin on sales of products and services was 17.5% and 18.2% during the quarters ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and gross margin for the nine months ended December 31, 2012 was 17.5% as compared to 17.8% for the prior year period.The decreases in gross margin were primarily due to a decrease in the amount of vendor incentives earned during the periods as well as the product mix of sales to our customers.Gross margin on sales of products and services was 18.0% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 and the sequential decrease in margins was primarily due to a decrease in the amount of third party software assurance, maintenance and services sold, which are presented on a net basis. *Segment earnings before tax decreased $0.2 million to $10.2 million for the quarter. Financing Business Segment *Total revenues increased 26.6% to $12.6 million compared to $10.0 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2011. The increase in revenues was driven by higher financing revenue, primarily as result of net gains realized from the early termination and buyout of certain leases. *Total costs and expenses increased $1.4 million, or 23.0%, to $7.3 million, due to increases in depreciation expense for equipment under operating leases and commission expense as a result of the increase in revenues. *Segment earnings before tax were $5.3 million compared to $4.1 million for the same quarter prior year. Restatement On May 31, 2012, the Company announced that it would restate its consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2010 and 2011, and the quarterly financial statements for the three quarters ended June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2011, and all of the quarters in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.The restatement had no effect on the Company's previously reported earnings, earnings per share, or consolidated statements of cash flows. The restated results for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2011 are presented in this release. A more detailed description of the restatement was included in the annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Conference Call Information The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time to review and discuss the Company's results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013.The call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 870-9226, or for international callers, (973) 890-8320. Passcode 92711842. A live webcast will be available via the Company's investor relations Web site at http://www.eplus.com/investors. A replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056, or for international callers, (404) 537-3406.Passcode 92711842.The replay will be available until February 11, 2013, and the webcast will also remain available for replay via the Company's investor relations page of its Web site. About ePlus inc. ePlus is a leading integrator of technology solutions. ePlus enables organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering world-class IT products from top manufacturers, managed and professional services, flexible lease financing, proprietary software, and patented business methods and systems.Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 850 associates serving federal, state, municipal, and commercial customers nationally.The Company is headquartered in Herndon, VA.For more information, visit www.eplus.com, call 888-482-1122, or email email@example.com. Connect with ePlus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ePlusinc and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ePlusinc. ePlus^® and ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Forward-Looking Statements Statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements."Actual and anticipated future results may vary materially due to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, possible adverse effects resulting from financial market disruption and general slowdown of the U.S. economy such as our current and potential customers' delaying or reducing technology purchases, increasing credit risk associated with our customers and vendors, reduction of vendor incentive programs, the possibility of additional goodwill impairment charges, and restrictions on our access to capital necessary to fund our operations; our ability to design, improve or remediate, as necessary, internal controls to address identified issues; the demand for and acceptance of, our products and services; our ability to adapt our services to meet changes in market developments; our ability to adapt to changes in the IT industry and/or rapid change in product standards; our ability to hire and retain sufficient personnel; our ability to realize our investment in leased equipment; our ability to protect our intellectual property; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions; the creditworthiness of our customers; our ability to raise capital and obtain non-recourse financing for our transactions; our ability to reserve adequately for credit losses; the impact of competition in our markets; the possibility of defects in our products or catalog content data; and other risks or uncertainties detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.All information set forth in this press release is current as of the date of this release and ePlus undertakes no duty or obligation to update this information. ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS As of As of December 31, 2012 March 31, 2012 ASSETS (amounts in thousands) Cash and cash equivalents $42,153 $33,778 Short-term investments 1,228 7,396 Accounts receivable—net 221,917 174,599 Notes receivable—net 21,763 24,337 Inventories—net 23,866 23,514 Investment in leases and leased equipment—net 101,316 115,974 Property and equipment—net 2,244 2,086 Deferred costs 41,600 9,391 Other assets 14,999 14,169 Goodwill 28,787 28,444 TOTAL ASSETS $499,873 $433,688 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY LIABILITIES Accounts payable—equipment $8,850 $17,268 Accounts payable—trade 53,522 26,719 Accounts payable—floor plan 81,748 85,911 Salaries and commissions payable 10,639 9,500 Deferred revenue 51,342 15,935 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 22,247 24,887 Recourse notes payable 1,542 1,727 Non-recourse notes payable 34,648 26,328 Deferred tax liability 5,781 5,786 Total Liabilities 270,319 214,061 COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or -- -- outstanding Common stock, $.01 par value; 25,000,000 shares authorized; 12,900,881 issued and 8,151,201 outstanding at December 31, 2012 129 127 and 12,692,224 issued and 7,999,895 outstanding at March 31, 2012 Additional paid-in capital 98,595 93,545 Treasury stock, at cost, 4,749,680 and (67,306) (65,416) 4,692,329 shares, respectively Retained earnings 197,656 190,906 Accumulated other comprehensive income—foreign currency translation 480 465 adjustment Total Stockholders' Equity 229,554 219,627 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $499,873 $433,688 ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 2012 2011 As restated As restated (amounts in thousands, except shares and per share data) Sales of product and $228,053 $212,314 $712,513 $575,128 services Financing revenue 12,510 9,028 27,823 23,767 Fee and other income 1,462 2,686 6,464 7,687 TOTAL REVENUES 242,025 224,028 746,800 606,582 COSTS AND EXPENSES Cost of sales, product and 188,103 173,603 587,693 472,706 services Direct lease costs 2,934 2,245 7,638 6,419 191,037 175,848 595,331 479,125 Professional and other fees 2,498 2,938 8,318 7,718 Salaries and benefits 27,535 25,596 80,808 72,692 General and administrative 4,909 4,878 14,975 13,418 expenses Interest and financing 517 334 1,368 1,064 costs 35,459 33,746 105,469 94,892 TOTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES 226,496 209,594 700,800 574,017 EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION 15,529 14,434 46,000 32,565 FOR INCOME TAXES PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 6,496 5,691 18,872 13,055 NET EARNINGS $9,033 $8,743 $27,128 $19,510 NET EARNINGS PER COMMON $1.05 $1.08 $3.35 $2.33 SHARE—BASIC NET EARNINGS PER COMMON $1.05 $1.07 $3.35 $2.31 SHARE—DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES 7,843,153 7,818,666 7,778,174 8,092,404 OUTSTANDING—BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES 7,843,153 7,898,041 7,778,174 8,184,382 OUTSTANDING—DILUTED ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS BY SEGMENT Three months ended December 31, 2012 2011 Technology Financing Technology Financing Sales Business Business Sales Business Business Segment Segment Segment Segment (amounts in thousands) Sales of product and $228,053 $-- $212,314 $-- services Financing revenue -- 12,510 -- 9,028 Fee and other income 1,360 102 1,755 931 TOTAL REVENUE 229,413 12,612 214,069 9,959 Cost of sales, product and 188,103 -- 173,603 -- services Direct lease costs -- 2,934 -- 2,245 Professional and other fees 2,041 457 2,546 392 Salaries and benefits 24,330 3,205 22,923 2,673 General and administrative 4,733 176 4,594 284 expenses Interest and financing costs 19 498 19 315 TOTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES 219,226 7,270 203,685 5,909 EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION $10,187 $5,342 $10,384 $4,050 FOR INCOME TAXES Nine months ended December 31, 2012 2011 Technology Financing Technology Financing Sales Business Business Sales Business Business Segment Segment Segment Segment (amounts in thousands) Sales of product and $712,513 $-- $575,128 $-- services Financing revenues -- 27,823 -- 23,767 Fee and other income 4,953 1,511 5,792 1,895 TOTAL REVENUES 717,466 29,334 580,920 25,662 Cost of sales, product and 587,693 -- 472,706 -- services Direct lease costs -- 7,638 -- 6,419 Professional and other fees 6,804 1,514 6,607 1,111 Salaries and benefits 72,826 7,982 65,303 7,389 General and administrative 14,183 792 12,629 789 expenses Interest and financing costs 70 1,298 57 1,007 TOTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES 681,576 19,224 557,302 16,715 EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION $35,890 $10,110 $23,618 $8,947 FOR INCOME TAXES CONTACT: Kleyton Parkhurst, SVP ePlus inc. firstname.lastname@example.org 703-984-8150
ePlus Reports Third Quarter Financial Results
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