Autobytel Increases Revenue Guidance for 2014 First Quarter
Total Revenue Growth Expected in Range of 45% to 47%; Organic Growth Expected
in 22% to 24% Range
IRVINE, Calif., April 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc.
(Nasdaq:ABTL), pioneer of the automotive Internet and the company dedicated to
connecting automotive consumers with dealers and manufacturers, today
announced it has raised its revenue guidance for the first quarter of 2014.
Autobytel expects total revenue growth, including the contribution from its
recently completed acquisition of AutoUSA, of 45% to 47% for the first quarter
of 2014, compared with the first quarter of 2013. The company also now expects
organic revenue growth, excluding the contribution from AutoUSA, in the range
of 22% to 24% for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared with last
year. The company's original guidance range called for revenue growth of 18%
Additionally, Autobytel said it expects earnings per diluted share (EPS) of
approximately $0.03 for the 2014 first quarter, in line with analysts'
estimates. The company noted that EPS for the first quarter includes one-time
acquisition-related costs of approximately $1.0 million and does not include
cost synergy benefits related to the acquisition of AutoUSA, which are
expected to begin at the end of the 2014 second quarter. As a reminder, due to
the company's one-time benefit on the deferred tax asset allowance reversal in
the fourth quarter of 2013, Autobytel will begin recognizing a 40% book tax
provision on its pre-tax income prospectively, beginning with the first
quarter of 2014. However, due to the company's significant NOL's, there will
be minimal impact to cash from this recognition of a book tax provision.
The company provided AutoUSA's audited financial statements for the periods
ended December 31, 2012 and 2013, as well as unaudited pro forma financial
information for AutoUSA and Autobytel combined for 2013 in a March 26
amendment to its Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC) on January 17, 2014 in connection with the January 2014 acquisition of
AutoUSA, a Web-based auto leads and services provider, from AutoNation, Inc.
(NYSE:AN). AutoUSA generated 2013 revenues of approximately $30.0 million,
with positive operating income and cash flow.Autobytel reiterated that
AutoUSA's historical gross margins have been in the mid-20% range, and
believes that it will take several quarters to bring those margins closer to
current Autobytel gross margins.Autobytel expects the transaction to be
accretive to its 2014 results.
Autobytel also reiterated that it currently has no plans for raising
additional capital following its shelf registration statement on Form S-3
filed with the SEC on February 27, 2014. The filing allows the company to act
opportunistically in support of its longer-term growth objectives. When
declared effective by the SEC, the registration statement will allow Autobytel
to issue various types of securities, including common stock, preferred stock,
debt securities and warrants, from time to time.
About Autobytel Inc.
Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing
services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States
and offers consumers robust and original online automotive content to help
them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive
internet in 1995 with its flagship website www.autobytel.com and has since
helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected
thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every
major automaker market its brand online.
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Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer
The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts
are forward-looking statements under the federal securities laws.These
forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, expectations that
total first quarter 2014 revenue growth, including the contribution from
AutoUSA, will be in the range of 45% to 47% compared with the 2013 first
quarter, expectations regarding first quarter 2014 organic revenue growth
being in the range of 22% to 24%, expectations that EPS will be approximately
$0.03 for the 2014 first quarter, the company's belief that it will take
several quarters to bring AutoUSA gross margins closer to current Autobytel
margins, and expectations that the AutoUSA transaction will be accretive to
Autobytel's 2014 results, are not guarantees of future performance and involve
assumptions and risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict.Actual
outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed in, or
implied by, these forward-looking statements.Autobytel undertakes no
obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.Among the important
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements are changes in
general economic conditions; the financial condition of automobile
manufacturers and dealers; disruptions in automobile production; changes in
fuel prices; the economic impact of terrorist attacks, political revolutions
or military actions; failure of our internet security measures; dealer
attrition; pressure on dealer fees; increased or unexpected competition; the
failure of new products and services to meet expectations; failure to retain
key employees or attract and integrate new employees; actual costs and
expenses exceeding charges taken by Autobytel; changes in laws and
regulations; costs of legal matters, including, defending lawsuits and
undertaking investigations and related matters; and other matters disclosed in
Autobytel's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are
strongly encouraged to review the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
year ended December 31, 2013 and other filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission for a discussion of risks and uncertainties that could
affect the business, operating results or financial condition of Autobytel and
the market price of the company's stock.
CONTACT: Autobytel Inc. Investor Relations
Chief Financial Officer
Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman
Autobytel Inc. Media Relations
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