Absolute Software Reports Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results
Device Management and Data Security products fueling top line growth
VANCOUVER, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Absolute® Software Corporation ("Absolute" or the "Company") (TSX: ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops and ultra-portable devices - and the data they contain, today announced its financial results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2012. All financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and are reported in U.S. dollars.
_____________________________________________________________________ |Key Financial | Q2 | Q2 | % | YTD | YTD | % | |Metrics | F2013 | F2012 | change | F2013 | F2012 | change | |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Sales Contracts| | | | | | | |((1)) | $22.5M| $20.7M| +8%| $43.1M| $46.1M| (6)%| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Cash from | | | | | | | |operating | | | | | | | |activities | $4.2M| $6.0M| (30)%| $9.6M| $11.5M| (17)%| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Operating cash | | | | | | | |per share((2)) | | | | | | | |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| | (basic) | $0.10| $0.14| (29)%| $0.22| $0.27| (19)%| | (diluted) | $0.10| $0.14| (29)%| $0.22| $0.26| (15)%| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Revenue | $20.6M| $18.4M| +12%| $40.3M| $36.6M| +10%| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Adjusted | | | | | | | |Operating | | | | | | | |Income((3)) | $3.5M| $2.9M| +23%| $4.9M| $5.6M| (11)%| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Net income | | | | | | | |(loss) | $1.3M| $1.5M| (15)%| $1.7M| $(0.4)M| nm| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Net income | | | | | | | |(loss) per | | | | | | | |share | | | | | | | | (basic and | | | | | | | |diluted) | $0.03| $0.03| -| $0.04| $(0.01)| nm| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Cash, cash | | | | | | | |equivalents | | | | | | | |and | | | | | | | |investments | $57.1M| $62.2M| (8)%| $57.1M| $62.2M| (8)%| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________| |Deferred | | | | | | | |revenue | $128.3M| $120.5M| +6%| $128.3M| $120.5M| +6%| |_______________|________|________|________|________|________|________|
(1)(2)(3) - Please refer to "Non-IFRS Measures and Definitions"
Q2 F2013 Highlights
-- Sales Contracts increased 8% to $22.5 million from $20.7 million in Q2 F2012. -- Commercial Sales Contracts increased 12% to $20.9 million from $18.7 million in Q2 F2012, driven primarily by strong healthcare and corporate sales activity. -- Sales of Device Management and Data Security products were up 36% compared to Q2 F2012, growing to 44% of total sales. -- Cash from Operating Activities was $4.2 million compared to $6.0 million in Q2 F2012. -- Adjusted Operating Income increased 23% to $3.5 million from $2.9 million in Q2 F2012. -- Signed a $3.5 million Computrace contract with a Fortune 100 healthcare customer. -- Announced expanded data protection capabilities with new Absolute Secure Drive features. -- Broadened management product line with the acquisition of LiveTime Software, a SaaS and on-premise IT Service Management provider for $8.0 million cash plus contingent consideration. -- Repurchased 2,186,600 common shares under the Company's Normal Course Issuer Bid ("NCIB") for a total cost of $10,612,000. Subsequent to quarter end, announced the renewal of Company's NCIB for the period of January 25, 2013 to January 24, 2014. -- Subsequent to quarter end, declared a quarterly dividend of CAD$0.05 per common share. "We continue to gain sales traction with corporate and healthcare customers, as they increasingly realize the benefits our offerings provide for governance, risk management and regulatory compliance," said John Livingston, CEO of Absolute. "This trend fueled our Sales Contract growth in the quarter, including the signing of the largest contract in our history with a Fortune 100 healthcare company. More broadly, the marketplace continues to go mobile. From inception, Absolute has focused on solving mobile computing security and management challenges. With the addition of Absolute Service and continuing wins for our persistence technology on Windows and Android tablets, we continue to expand our offerings to manage and protect any device on any platform. This remains unique in the new mobile IT paradigm." "Looking toward the remainder of fiscal 2013, while we are encouraged by our second quarter Device Management and Data Security growth, we believe the challenges we experienced in the education vertical in the first half of the year, mainly due to reduced PC shipments for one-to-one student programs, will persist. As such, our expectation for a slight year-over-year decline in Sales Contracts and cash from operations remains unchanged. However, as evidenced by our declaration of a quarterly dividend, we are confident in our strategic positioning and prospects for continued growth over the long-term." Q2 F2013 and F2013 YTD Financial Review Q2 F2013 Sales Contracts were $22.5 million, up 8% from $20.7 million in Q2 F2012. The year-over-year increase was largely driven by strength in the corporate and healthcare verticals, with Absolute closing a multi-million deal with a major healthcare customer in the quarter. F2013 Year-to-date ("YTD") Sales Contracts were $43.1 million, down 6% from $46.1 million for the same period in F2012, reflecting a challenging PC industry environment during the first half of the fiscal year, particularly in the education vertical. Commercial Sales Contracts for Absolute's flagship Theft Management products((5) )were $11.7 million for Q2 F2013. This was down 2% from $11.9 million in Q2 F2012. YTD Commercial Sales Contracts for theft management products were $24.6 million, down 15% from $29.0 million in YTD F2012. Demand for these products is correlated with PC sales in the education market, which led to the year-over-year declines. However, the softness in the education sector was partially offset by advances in the Corporate and Healthcare verticals, which Absolute has targeted as expansion opportunities. Q2 F2013 Commercial Sales Contracts from Absolute's Device Management and Data Security products((6)) were $9.2 million, up 36% from $6.8 million in Q2 F2012. For the YTD period, Commercial Sales Contracts from device management and data security products were $15.0 million, up 19% from $12.6 million for the same period in F2012. The year-over-year improvements for the quarter and the YTD period reflect an increase in sales across all of the Company's Device management and Security products, including the Company's multi-million dollar contract win in the healthcare space. International Sales Contracts were $2.5 million in Q2 F2013 (11% of total Sales Contracts) down 43% from $4.4 million in Q2 F2012 (21% of total Sales Contracts). YTD International Sales Contracts were $5.2 million (12% of total Sales Contracts), down 21% from $6.6 million (14% of total Sales Contracts) for the same period in F2012. The Q2 and YTD year-over-year reductions relate to a significant sale in Australia that was included in the Company's Q2 F2012 results. For Q2 F2013, Sales Contracts for consumer solutions were $1.6 million (7% of total Sales Contracts), down 24% from $2.1 million (10% of total Sales Contracts), in Q2 F2012. YTD consumer Sales Contracts were $3.5 million (8% of total Sales Contracts), down 20% from $4.4 million (10% of total Sales Contracts), for the same period in F2012. Revenue for Q2 F2013 was $20.6 million, a 12% increase from $18.4 million in Q2 F2012. Indicative of the Company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model, revenue primarily represents the amortization of deferred revenue balances from recurring term license sales. YTD revenue was $40.3 million, a 10% increase from $36.6 million for the same period in F2012. As a result of the SaaS business model, a majority of revenue (88% for the YTD period) was from the drawdown of deferred revenue balances accumulated to the end of the prior fiscal year. Adjusted Operating Expenses((3)) for Q2 F2013 were $17.1 million. This was up 10% from $15.5 million in Q2 F2012. The year-over-year change was due to increased investment levels, particularly in sales, marketing, and research and development. The Company initiated these increased spending levels near the end of F2012. YTD Adjusted Operating Expenses were $35.4 million, up 14% from $31.0 million for the same period in F2012. Absolute generated Adjusted Operating Income((4)) of $3.5 million in Q2 F2013. This was up 23% from $2.9 million in Q2 F2012 due to higher revenue, which was offset in part by increased investment in the business. YTD Adjusted Operating Income was $4.9 million, down 11% from $5.6 million for the same period in F2012, reflecting the net impact of higher YTD F2013 revenue and the Company's increased investment in the business. Absolute recorded net income of $1.3 million, or $0.03 per share, in Q2 F2013, compared to $1.5 million, or $0.03 per share, in Q2 F2012. YTD net income was $1.7 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to a net loss of $(0.4) million or $(0.01) per share for the same period in F2012. YTD net income included a foreign exchange gain of $0.5 million compared to a foreign exchange loss of $1.2 million for the same period in F2012. Cash from operating activities was $4.2 million for Q2 F2013, down 30% from $6.0 million in Q2 F2012. YTD cash from operating activities was $9.6 million, down 17% from $11.5 million for the same period in F2012. At December 31, 2012, Absolute had cash, cash equivalents and investments of $57.1 million compared to $69.9 million at June 30, 2012. Significant uses of cash in the quarter included the acquisition of LiveTime and the repurchase of stock under the Company's NCIB. Outlook The Company's F2013 outlook remains unchanged. Management believes that the Company will continue to face challenging market conditions through the remainder of F2013. As a result, management continues to expect sales contracts for F2013 to be slightly below F2012 levels. Management remains committed to taking a balanced approach to operational investments, but also expects cash generated from operating activities to decline modestly compared to F2012. Quarterly Filings Management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A"), consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for Q2 F2013 can be obtained today from Absolute's corporate website at www.absolute.com. The documents will also be available at www.sedar.com. Notice of Conference Call Absolute Software will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's Q2 F2013 results on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET). All interested parties can join the call by dialing 647-427-7450, or 1-888-231-8191. Please dial-in 15 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. The conference call will be archived for replay until Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at midnight. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available at www.absolute.com and www.newswire.ca. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to join the webcast. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 365 days at www.newswire.ca. To access the archived conference call, please dial 416-849-0833, or 1-855-859-2056 and enter the reservation code 93075560. Non-IFRS Measures and Definitions Throughout this press release, we refer to a number of measures which we believe are meaningful in the assessment of the Company's performance. All these metrics are non-standard measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), and are unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Readers are cautioned that the disclosure of these items is meant to add to, and not replace, the discussion of financial results or cash flows from operations as determined in accordance with IFRS. For a discussion of the purpose of these non-IFRS measures, please refer to the Company's Fiscal 2013 Q2 MD&A on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com. These measures, as well as their method of calculation or reconciliation to IFRS measures, are as follows: 1) Sales Contracts See the "Subscription Business Model" section of the MD&A for a detailed discussion of why we believe Sales Contracts (also known as "bookings") provide a meaningful performance metric. Sales Contracts are included in deferred revenue (see Note 8 of the Notes to the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements), and result from invoiced sales of our products and services. 2) Basic and diluted Cash from Operating Activities per share As a result of the nature of our revenues (please refer to "Subscription Business Model" in the MD&A), we use Cash from Operating Activities as a measure of profitability. Accordingly, we believe that Cash from Operating Activities per share is a meaningful indicator of profitability per share. Cash from Operating Activities per share is calculated by dividing Cash from Operating Activities by the average number of shares outstanding for the period (basic), or using the treasury stock method (diluted). 3) Adjusted Operating Expenses A number of significant non-cash expenses are reported in our Cost of Revenue and Operating Expenses. Management believes that analyzing these expenses exclusive of these non-cash items provides a useful measure of the cash invested in the operations of its business. The non-cash items excluded in the determination of Adjusted Operating Expenses are share-based compensation and amortization of acquired intangible assets. For a description of the reasons these items are adjusted, please refer to the Fiscal 2013 Q2 MD&A. 4) Adjusted Operating Income Management believes that analyzing operating results exclusive of significant non-cash items provides a useful measure of the Company's performance. Adjusted Operating Income refers to IFRS operating (loss) income excluding charges for share-based compensation and amortization of acquired intangible assets. 5) Theft Management products Management defines the Company's theft management product line as Computrace products that include an investigations and recovery services component. 6) Device Management and Data Security products Management defines the Company's device management and data security product line as are defined as our Absolute Manage and Absolute Secure Drive products, as well as Computrace products that do not include an investigations and recovery services component (for example, Absolute Track and Computrace Data Protection). About Absolute Software Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the industry standard in persistent endpoint security and management for computers, laptops and ultra-portable devices. The Company, a leader in device security and management tracking for more than 18 years, has over 30,000 customers worldwide. Positioned as a Visionary vendor in Gartner, Inc.'s Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools, Absolute's solutions - Computrace, Absolute Manage, Absolute Secure Drive, and Computrace LoJack for Laptops - provide organizations with actionable intelligence to prove compliance, securely manage BYOD, and deliver comprehensive visibility and control over all of their devices and data. The Company's Computrace persistence technology is embedded in the firmware of computers, netbooks, and tablets by global leaders, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Motion, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling partnerships with these OEMs and others, including Apple. For more information about Absolute Software, visit www.absolute.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the expected performance, functionality and availability of our services and products, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. When used in this press release, the words "plan," "expect," "believe," and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and general market conditions. In light of the many risks and uncertainties you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized. ©2013 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace and Absolute are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation. LoJack is a registered trademark of LoJack Corporation, used under license by Absolute Software Corporation. LoJack Corporation is not responsible for any content herein. U.S. patents No. 5,715,174, No. 5,764,892, No. 5,802,280, No. 5,896,497, No. 6,087,937, No. 6,244,758, No. 6,269,392, No. 6,300,863, No. 6,507,914, No. 7,818,557, No. 7,818,803, No. 7,945,709, No. 8,062,380, No. 8,234,359, No. 8,241,369, No. 8,307,055 and No. 8,332,953. Canadian patents No. 2,211,735, No. 2,284,806, and No. 2,205,370. U.K. patents No. EP0793823, No. GB2298302, and No. GB2338101. German patent No. 69512534. Australian patent No. 699045. Japanese patent No. JP4067035. The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained in this news release. ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE CORPORATION Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited) December 31, 2012 June 30, 2012 ASSETS CURRENT Cash and cash $ 40,578,280 $ 45,412,147 equivalents Short-term 4,048,559 8,642,435 investments Trade and other 16,778,027 18,105,369 receivables Prepaid expenses and 1,669,101 2,010,165 other 63,073,967 74,170,116 INVESTMENTS 12,487,224 15,875,256 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT 1,493,486 1,561,495 DEFERRED INCOME TAX 20,818,708 19,848,221 ASSETS INTANGIBLE ASSETS AND 23,846,449 18,256,872 GOODWILL $ 121,719,834 $ 129,711,960 LIABILITIES CURRENT Trade and other $ 6,930,406 $ 7,016,921 payables Acquisition payable - - 1,657,949 LANrev Accrued warranty 520,000 590,000 Deferred revenue - 66,900,135 63,173,264 current 74,350,541 72,438,134 DEFERRED REVENUE 61,377,203 62,038,434 135,727,744 134,476,568 CONTINGENCIES SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY Share capital 36,870,729 38,625,463 Equity reserve 36,833,038 35,751,185 Deficit (87,711,677) (79,141,256) (14,007,910) (4,764,608) $ 121,719,834 $ 129,711,960 ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE CORPORATION Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) Three and six months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 (Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited) Three months ended Six months ended December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 2012 2011 REVENUE $ 20,570,200 $ 18,350,606 $ 40,337,120 $ 36,597,113 COST OF REVENUE 4,773,136 5,024,860 9,643,826 10,081,185 GROSS MARGIN 15,797,064 13,325,746 30,693,294 26,515,928 OPERATING EXPENSES Sales and marketing 9,528,431 7,947,965 19,029,972 15,731,775 Research and development 3,309,587 2,799,391 6,466,156 5,596,806 General and administration 1,278,330 1,649,845 3,916,446 3,464,671 Investment tax credits (300,000) (575,000) (700,000) (1,150,000) Share-based compensation 570,637 626,943 1,146,922 1,323,756 14,386,985 12,449,144 29,859,496 24,967,008 OPERATING INCOME 1,410,079 876,602 833,798 1,548,920 OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) Interest income, net 41,355 150,842 126,262 297,325 Foreign exchange (loss) gain 45,450 689,724 542,768 (1,173,024) (Loss) gain on investments - 192,615 (29,627) 192,615 86,805 1,033,181 639,403 (683,084) NET INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 1,496,884 1,909,783 1,473,201 865,836 INCOME TAX (EXPENSE) RECOVERY (223,964) (420,097) 270,487 (1,260,097) NET INCOME (LOSS) AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) $ 1,272,920 $ 1,489,686 $ 1,743,688 $ (394,261) BASIC AND DILUTED INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE $ 0.03 $ 0.03 $ 0.04 $ (0.01) WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON
SHARES OUTSTANDING, BASIC 42,525,098 43,199,412 43,084,300 43,302,821
ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE CORPORATION Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders' Deficiency (Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited) Share Capital Number of Common Equity shares Amount reserve Deficit Total BALANCE, JUNE $ $ $ 30, 2011 43,680,498 34,640,517 34,431,802 (74,766,754) $ (5,694,435) Shares issued on options exercised 203,125 699,661 (222,058) - 477,603 Shares issued under Employee Share Purchase Plan 93,502 308,313 - - 308,313 Shares repurchased and cancelled under the Normal Course Issuer Bid (742,500) (795,829) - (2,212,465) (3,008,294) Shares committed to be repurchased under the Normal Course Issuer Bid - (236,534) - (729,199) (965,733) Shares issued on acquisition payable 166,666 827,434 - - 827,434 Share-based compensation - - 1,323,756 - 1,323,756 Net loss and total comprehensive loss - - - (394,261) (394,261) BALANCE, $ $ $ DECEMBER 31, 2011 43,401,291 35,443,562 35,533,500 (78,102,679) $ (7,125,617) Shares issued on options exercised 535,912 3,013,771 (936,737) - 2,077,034 Shares issued under Employee Share Purchase Plan 81,600 289,218 - - 289,218 Shares repurchased and cancelled under the Normal Course Issuer Bid (261,000) (121,088) - (16,952) (138,040) Share-based compensation - - 1,154,422 - 1,154,422 Net loss and total comprehensive loss - - - (1,021,625) (1,021,625) BALANCE, JUNE $ $ $ 30, 2012 43,757,803 38,625,463 35,751,185 (79,141,256) $ (4,764,608) Shares issued on options exercised 36,075 197,724 (65,069) - 132,655 Shares issued under Employee Share Purchase Plan 77,610 321,493 - - 321,493 Shares repurchased and cancelled under the Normal Course Issuer Bid (2,794,700) (3,101,385) - (10,314,109) (13,415,494) Shares issued on acquisition payable 166,668 827,434 - - 827,434 Share-based compensation - - 1,146,922 - 1,146,922 Net income and total comprehensive income - - - 1,743,688 1,743,688 BALANCE, $ $ $ DECEMBER 31, 2012 41,243,456 36,870,729 36,833,038 (87,711,677) $ (14,007,910) ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE CORPORATION Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Three and six months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 (Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited) Three months ended Six months ended December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 2012 2011 OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ $ $ $ (loss) 1,272,920 1,489,686 1,743,688 (394,261) Items not involving cash Amortization of property and equipment 340,856 305,531 671,775 622,038 Amortization of acquired intangible assets 1,535,230 1,349,357 2,945,075 2,686,213 Amortization of intangible assets - contract costs and brand 1,486,016 1,339,807 2,906,191 2,808,710 Share-based compensation 570,637 626,943 1,146,922 1,323,756 Deferred income taxes (76,036) (154,903) (970,487) 110,097 Loss (gain) on investments - (192,615) 29,627 (192,615) Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) - (622,135) (277,892) 1,335,904 Non-cash interest and amortization of investment premium (8,814) 126,428 193,287 140,257 Change in non-cash working capital Trade and other receivables (1,431,282) 1,982,233 1,474,672 (594,667) Prepaid expenses and other 288,796 71,225 341,064 (40,996) Intangible assets - contract costs and brand additions (1,845,410) (1,562,115) (3,235,845) (3,222,499) Trade and other payables 225,139 (999,035) (105,592) (2,268,932) Accrued warranty (60,000) (80,000) (70,000) (110,000) Deferred revenue 1,948,375 2,366,944 2,780,639 9,339,150 CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES 4,246,429 6,047,351 9,573,126 11,542,155 INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchase of property and equipment (234,215) (140,037) (544,820) (263,568) Acquisition of LiveTime (8,000,000) - (8,000,000) - Purchase of intangible assets - (300,069) (25,000) (300,069) Acquisition payable (LANrev) (833,333) (833,333) (833,333) (833,333) Proceeds from sales and maturities of short-term investments - 1,851,614 8,039,727 1,851,614 CASH (USED IN) FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES (9,067,548) 578,175 (1,363,426) 454,644 FINANCING ACTIVITIES Repurchase of common shares for cancellation (10,612,354) (236,216) (13,415,494) (3,013,781) Issuance of common shares 116,558 366,695 454,126 785,916 CASH (USED IN) FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES (10,495,796) 130,479 (12,961,368) (2,227,865) FOREIGN EXCHANGE EFFECT ON CASH (112,905) 157,973 (82,199) (80,132) (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (15,429,820) 6,913,978 (4,833,867) 9,688,802 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 56,008,100 32,641,565 45,412,147 29,866,741 CASH AND CASH $ $ $ $ EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD 40,578,280 39,555,543 40,578,280 39,555,543 Public Relations: Andrea Holland, HORN Group email@example.com or 415-905-4009 or Marina Guy, Absolute Software firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.730.9851 x107 Investor Relations: Kristen Dickson, MSc, TMX | Equicom email@example.com or 416.815.0700 x273 or Dave Mason, CFA, TMX | Equicom firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.815.0700 x237 SOURCE: Absolute Software Corporation To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2013/12/c5010.html CO: Absolute Software Corporation ST: British Columbia NI: SOF ERN CONF -0- Feb/12/2013 21:00 GMT