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Absolute Software Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results

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Company delivers record cash from operations of $17 million

Enterprise and Government ARR growth accelerates to record 18% year over year, and total ARR breaks $200 million

VANCOUVER, British Columbia & SAN JOSE, Calif., May 10, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Absolute Software Corporation (Nasdaq: ABST) (TSX: ABST) (the "Company"), a leader in self-healing endpoint and secure access solutions, today announced its financial results for its third quarter fiscal 2022 ended March 31, 2022. All dollar figures are stated in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

"We continued to deliver strong financial results in Q3, achieving record Enterprise and Government ARR growth and breaking the $200 million ARR mark while meeting the Rule of 40 for the seventh consecutive quarter," said Christy Wyatt, Absolute Software’s President and CEO. "The momentum we are seeing is a direct result of our integrated product strategy resonating with customers, and the steady cadence of product innovation we are bringing to market. As more organizations adopt a robust endpoint-centric security posture in this next chapter of hybrid work, we are strongly positioned to address their top priorities and challenges with our unique self-healing endpoint and secure access solutions."

Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 ("Q3 F2022") Financial Highlights

  • Revenue for Q3 F2022 was $52.0 million, representing 69% growth compared to Q3 of fiscal year 2021 ("Q3 F2021").

  • Adjusted Revenue(1) for Q3 F2022 was $54.5 million, representing 78% growth compared to Q3 F2021 Adjusted Revenue, and 18% growth compared to Q3 F2021 revenue on an as-if combined basis without factoring in acquisition related adjustments(2).

  • Net loss for Q3 F2022 was $6.5 million, compared to net income of $2.2 million for Q3 F2021.

  • Total ARR(4) at March 31, 2022 was $202.9 million, representing 68% growth over the prior year reported ARR, and growth of 16% compared to an as-if combined basis for Q3 F2021(3).

  • The Enterprise & Government portions of Total ARR grew by 101% over the prior year, and by 18% compared to an as-if combined basis for Q3 F2021(3). The Enterprise & Government portion represented 78% of Total ARR at March 31, 2022.

  • The Education sector portion of Total ARR grew by 8% year over year, and by 7% compared to an as-if combined basis for Q3 F2021(3). The Education sector portion represented 22% of Total ARR at March 31, 2022.

  • New Logo ARR(4) was $3.2 million for Q3 F2022, compared to $2.6 million for Q3 F2021. New Logo ARR grew by 5% compared to an as-if combined basis for Q3 F2021.

  • Net Dollar Retention(4) was 107% for Q3 F2022, compared to 110% in Q3 F2021.

  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) for Q3 F2022 was $13.8 million or 25% of Adjusted Revenue(1), compared to $7.7 million or 25% of Adjusted Revenue for Q3 F2021.

  • Cash from operating activities was $17.0 million for Q3 F2022, an increase from $7.3 million for Q3 F2021.

  • A quarterly dividend of CAD$0.08 per outstanding common share was paid in Q3 F2022.

Notes:

(1)

Adjusted Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS measures. Refer to the "Use of non-IFRS measures and key metrics" section of the Q3 F2022 MD&A for further discussion of these measures and the "Results of Operations" section of the MD&A for reconciliation to the nearest IFRS measure.

(2)

Q3 F2021 revenue on an as-if combined basis includes the combined revenue of Absolute and NetMotion for Q3 F2021, as if the acquisition of NetMotion occurred on July 1, 2020. Revenue attributable to Absolute Software is reported under IFRS and revenue attributable to NetMotion is reported under US GAAP. The amount does not include US GAAP to IFRS adjustments, which are deemed immaterial.

(3)

Q3 F2021 ARR on an as-if combined basis combines the historical ARR of Absolute and NetMotion at March 31, 2021, as if the acquisition of NetMotion occurred on July 1, 2020.

(4)

Total ARR, New Logo ARR and Net Dollar Retention are key metrics. Refer to the "Use of non-IFRS measures and key metrics" section of the Q3 F2022 MD&A for further discussion of these measures.

Selected Quarterly Information

USD millions, except percentages, number of shares, and per share amounts

Q3 F2022

Q3 F2021

Change

YTD F2022

YTD F2021

Change

Revenue

Cloud and subscription services

$

49.5

$

28.6

73

%

$

137.5

$

82.6

66

%

Managed professional services

1.0

1.1

(9

%)

3.0

3.6

(17

%)

Recurring revenue(1)

$

50.5

$

29.7

70

%

$

140.5

$

86.2

63

%

Other(1)

1.5

1.0

50

%

4.3

2.8

54

%

Total revenue

$

52.0

$

30.7

69

%

$

144.8

$

89.0

63

%

Adjusted Revenue(2)

$

54.5

$

30.7

78

%

$

156.4

$

89.0

76

%

Total annual recurring revenue ("ARR")(3)

$

202.9

$

120.4

68

%

Net income (loss)

$

(6.5

)

$

2.2

(395

%)

$

(19.1

)

$

6.7

(385

%)

Per share – basic

(0.13

)

0.05

(0.38

)

0.15

Per share – diluted

(0.13

)

0.04

(0.38

)

0.14

As a percentage of revenue

(13

%)

7

%

(13

%)

8

%

Adjusted EBITDA(2)

$

13.8

$

7.7

79

%

$

40.4

$

23.9

69

%

As a percentage of Adjusted Revenue

25

%

25

%

26

%

27

%

Cash from operating activities

$

17.0

$

7.3

134

%

$

31.1

$

35.4

(12

%)

Dividends paid

$

3.2

$

3.1

3

%

$

9.5

$

8.7

9

%

Per share (CAD)

0.08

0.08

0.24

0.24

As at

March 31,
2022

June 30,
2021

Change

Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments

$

69.1

$

140.5

(51

%)

Total assets

543.4

232.6

134

%

Deferred revenue(4)

194.3

160.2

21

%

Total non-current financial liabilities(5)

272.6

9.0

2929

%

Common shares outstanding (millions)

51.0

49.6

3

%

Notes:

(1)

Recurring revenue represents revenue derived from cloud services, term-based subscription licenses, maintenance services and recurring managed professional services. Other revenue represents revenue derived from perpetual software licenses, non-recurring professional services and ancillary product lines, including consumer products.

(2)

Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Adjusted Revenue are non-IFRS measures. Refer to the "Use of non-IFRS measures and key metrics" section of the Q3 F2022 MD&A for further discussion of these measures.

(3)

Total ARR is a key metric. Refer to the "Use of non-IFRS measures and key metrics" section of the Q3 F2022 MD&A for further discussion of this measure.

(4)

Deferred revenue includes current and non-current amounts.

(5)

Total non-current financial liabilities include non-current portion of lease liabilities and long-term debt.

Q3 F2022 Business Highlights

Business and organizational developments:

  • In February, Absolute was featured as a Representative Vendor in the 2022 Gartner Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA).

  • In February, we were named to G2’s 2022 Best Software Awards for Best Security Products list in the Endpoint Security category – driven by continued customer satisfaction and significant market presence.

  • In March, we announced the appointment of Ron Fior as Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Product and service highlights:

  • In Q3, we reached nearly 13.6 million active endpoints across our global customer base – an increase of 17% year over year.

  • In Q3, we grew our catalogue of Application Persistence™ titles by 81% year over year.

  • In February, our Secure Access product (NetMotion Mobility 12.14) achieved Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+, the highest certification level recognized internationally under the Common Criteria program for software products. Absolute is the only network solutions provider to achieve this certification across Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows for its Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology.

  • In February, we successfully completed the System and Organization Controls (SOC 2) Type I audit for our Secure Access cloud platform (formerly NetMotion by Absolute).

  • In March, we launched Absolute Insights™ for Endpoints and Networks – enabling organizations to track and analyze critical performance metrics spanning endpoints, users, applications, and network connections.

Partner and other highlights:

  • In Q3, OEM partners included Absolute as a core component of their Net New and Expansion Education Programs, focused on enabling K-12 organizations to leverage the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) and end of year device reclamation capabilities.

  • In March, we appointed the Nuvias Group as distributor in the DACH region, expanding on previous distribution agreements in the UK and Benelux.

  • In March, we were recognized by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, with a 5-star rating in its 2022 Partner Program Guide for the second consecutive year. The 5-star rating is awarded to select vendors that help push growth and positive change through their partner programs.

F2022 Financial Outlook

The Company’s updated financial outlook for its 2022 fiscal year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) is as follows(1):

  • Increased full-year F2022 adjusted revenue(2) to be in the range of $209.5 million to $210.5 million; this equates to a full-year F2022 adjusted revenue growth of approximately 14.9% to 15.4% (3).

  • Increased full-year F2022 Adjusted EBITDA(2) margin, calculated on adjusted revenue, to be in the range of 24.5% to 25.5%.

Notes:

1.

The Company does not provide a reconciliation of forward-looking non-IFRS financial measures to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measure because it is unable to predict certain items contained in the IFRS measures without unreasonable efforts.

2.

Adjusted revenue and adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS measures. Please refer to "Use of non-IFRS measures and key metrics" section in this earnings release or our most recent MD&A for further discussion of these measures.

3.

Adjusted revenue growth rate guidance for F2022 is based on an as-if combined basis without factoring in acquisition related adjustments and includes the combined revenue of Absolute and NetMotion for F2021. Revenue attributable to Absolute is reported under IFRS and revenue attributable to NetMotion is reported under US GAAP. The amount does not include US GAAP to IFRS adjustments, which are deemed immaterial.

The foregoing outlook and expectations constitute forward-looking statements and financial outlook and are qualified in their entirety by the "Forward-Looking Statements" cautionary statement below. The purpose of this financial outlook is to provide readers with disclosure regarding management’s current reasonable expectations and plans for F2022. Readers are cautioned that this financial outlook may not be appropriate for other purposes.

Quarterly Dividend

On April 20, 2022, we declared a quarterly dividend of CAD$0.08 per share on its common shares, payable in cash on May 25, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 12, 2022.

Quarterly Filings and Related Quarterly Financial Information

Management’s Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") and Consolidated Financial Statements and the notes thereto for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2022 can be obtained today from Absolute’s corporate website at www.absolute.com. The documents will also be available under Absolute’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Additionally, the Company today will publish on the Investor Relations section of its website (www.absolute.com/company/investors/) a Q3 F2022 Earnings Presentation and a dashboard of Selected Operating and Financial Metrics.

Conference Call

Absolute Software will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss its results and business outlook. The call will be accessible by dialing 1-844-763-8274 or 1-412-717-9224; participants should ask to join the Absolute Software call. A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available via the Absolute Investor Relations website.

The conference call will be archived for replay until Tuesday, May 17, 2022. To access the archived conference call, please dial 855-669-9658 or 1-877-344-7529 and enter the reservation code 1508130. To access the replay using an international dial-in number, please use this link. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for one year.

About Absolute Software

Absolute Software (NASDAQ: ABST) (TSX: ABST) is a leading provider of self-healing endpoint and secure access solutions, delivering truly resilient zero trust security for today’s distributed workforces. Absolute is the only endpoint platform embedded in more than half a billion devices, offering a permanent digital connection that intelligently and dynamically applies visibility, control and self-healing capabilities to endpoints, applications, and network connections - enabling customers to strengthen cyber resilience against the escalating threat of ransomware and malicious attacks. Trusted by nearly 16,000 customers, G2 recognized Absolute as a leader in Zero Trust Networking and Endpoint Management in the Winter of 2022.

©2022 Absolute ©2022 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. ABSOLUTE, the ABSOLUTE logo, and NETMOTION are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation. Other names or logos mentioned herein may be the trademarks of Absolute or their respective owners. The absence of the symbols ™ and ® in proximity to each trademark, or at all, herein is not a disclaimer of ownership of the related trademark.

Use of non-IFRS measures and key metrics

Throughout this press release we refer to a number of measures and metrics which we believe are meaningful in the assessment of the Company’s performance. Many of these measures and metrics do not have any standardized meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board 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.

The purpose of these non-IFRS measures and key metrics is to provide supplemental information that may prove useful to readers who wish to consider the impact of certain non-cash or non-recurring items on the Company’s operating performance, and assist in comparison of our operating results over historical periods. Supplementing IFRS disclosures with non-IFRS measures outlined below provides management with an additional view of operational performance by excluding expenses that are not directly related to performance in any particular period. Management uses both IFRS and non-IFRS measures when planning, monitoring and evaluating the Company’s performance.

These measures and metrics are as follows.

Key Metrics

a) Total ARR, Net Dollar Retention, and New Logo ARR

As the majority of our customer contracts are sold under prepaid multi-year term licenses, there is typically a significant lag between the timing of the invoice and the associated revenue recognition. As a result, we focus on the annualized recurring value of all active contracts, measured by Annual Recurring Revenue ("ARR"), as an indicator of our future recurring revenues. ARR includes multi-year and short-term subscriptions for cloud-based services, as well as, managed professional services and professional services with terms greater than one year. Both multi-year contracts and contracts with terms less than one year are annualized by dividing the total committed contract value by the number of months in the subscription term and then multiplying by twelve. We believe that increases in the amount of New Logo ARR, and improvement in our Net Dollar Retention, will accelerate the growth of Total ARR and, in turn, our future revenues. We provide these metrics as they are used to manage the business, however we believe there is no similar measure under IFRS to which they would be reconciled.

Total ARR is a key metric and measures the aggregate annualized recurring revenues of all active contracts at the end of a reporting period, and therefore is an indicator of our future revenue streams. Total ARR will change over a period through the retention, attrition and expansion of existing customers and the acquisition of new customers.

Net Dollar Retention (previously "Net ARR Retention") is a key metric and measures the percentage increase or decrease in Total ARR at the end of a year for customers that comprised Total ARR at the beginning of the year. This metric provides insight into the effectiveness of our activities to retain and expand the ARR of our existing customers.

New Logo ARR (previously "ARR from New Customers") is a key metric and measures the addition to Total ARR from sales to new customers during a period.

Non-IFRS Measures

a) Adjusted Revenue

Adjusted Revenue is defined as revenue, excluding fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred revenue. In connection with the acquisition of NetMotion, NetMotion’s deferred revenue was written down to its fair value at the acquisition date. As a result, related revenue in the post acquisition period does not reflect the full amount of revenue that would otherwise be recognized. We believe excluding fair value adjustments relating to deferred revenue provides a useful measure of the Company’s performance as it allows for comparability across future periods, where revenue recognized would reflect the transaction price, without acquisition-related fair value adjustments.

b) Adjusted Gross Margin and Gross Margin %

Adjusted Gross Margin is defined as gross margin, adjusted for depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expense, fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred revenue, and non-recurring items. Adjusted Gross Margin % is defined as Adjusted Gross Margin, as a percentage of Adjusted Revenue.

c) Adjusted Operating Expenses

Adjusted Operating Expenses is defined as sales and marketing expense, research and development expense, and general and administrative expense, excluding depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expense, fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred commission expense, restructuring or reorganization charges and post-retirement benefits, and non-recurring items.

d) Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA")

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest income or expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, foreign exchange gains or losses, share-based compensation expense, fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred revenue, fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred commission expense, restructuring or reorganization charges and post-retirement benefits, and non-recurring items.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides a useful measure of the Company’s performance, as it helps illustrate underlying trends in our business that could otherwise be masked by the effect of the income or expenses that are not indicative of the core operating performance of our business.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and it should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of other IFRS financial measures. Some of the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA are that it excludes recurring expenses for interest payments, does not reflect the dilution that results from share-based compensation, and does not reflect the cost to replace amortized property and equipment and right-of-use assets. It may be calculated differently by other companies in our industry, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Reconciliation of non-IFRS measures from IFRS measures are presented below.

Adjusted Revenue

(USD millions)

Q3 F2022

Q3 F2021

YTD F2022

YTD F2021

Revenue

$

52.0

$

30.7

$

144.8

$

89.0

Adjustments:

Fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred revenue

2.5

11.6

Adjusted Revenue

$

54.5

$

30.7

$

156.4

$

89.0

Adjusted Gross Margin

(USD millions)

Q3 F2022

Q3 F2021

YTD F2022

YTD F2021

Gross margin

$

42.9

$

26.4

$

117.8

$

77.6

Adjustments:

Depreciation and amortization(1)

2.8

0.2

8.4

0.5

Share-based compensation

0.2

0.4

1.5

1.0

Fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred revenue

2.5

11.6

Adjusted Gross Margin

$

48.4

$

27.0

$

139.3

$

79.1

Adjusted Gross Margin %

89

%

88

%

89

%

89

%

Adjusted Operating Expenses

(USD millions)

Q3 F2022

Q3 F2021

YTD F2022

YTD F2021

Total Operating Expense

$

44.5

$

23.2

$

126.8

$

67.1

Adjustments:

Depreciation and amortization(1)

(3.3

)

(1.4

)

(10.6

)

(3.8

)

Share-based compensation

(4.3

)

(2.4

)

(11.1

)

(6.9

)

Fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred commission

0.3

1.6

Non-recurring items(2)

(2.6

)

(0.2

)

(7.9

)

(1.2

)

Adjusted Operating Expense

$

34.6

$

19.2

$

98.8

$

55.2

(1)

Depreciation and amortization includes depreciation of property and equipment, amortization of right-of-use assets, and amortization of acquired intangible assets.

(2)

Non-recurring items for Q3 F2022 includes professional fees and other costs relating to the acquisition of NetMotion, integration costs, and legal expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA

(USD millions)

Q3 F2022

Q3 F2021

YTD F2022

YTD F2021

Net (loss) income

$

(6.5

)

$

2.2

$

(19.1

)

$

6.7

Adjustments:

Depreciation and amortization(1)

6.1

1.5

19.0

4.3

Share-based compensation

4.6

2.8

12.6

8.0

Interest expense

5.1

0.2

15.4

0.4

Foreign exchange loss

0.3

0.1

0.5

0.6

Income tax (recovery) expense

(0.6

)

0.7

(5.9

)

2.7

Fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred revenue

2.5

11.6

Fair value adjustments relating to acquired deferred commission

(0.3

)

(1.6

)

Non-recurring items(2)

2.6

0.2

7.9

1.2

Adjusted EBITDA

$

13.8

$

7.7

$

40.4

$

23.9

(1)

Depreciation and amortization includes depreciation of property and equipment, amortization of right-of-use assets, and amortization of acquired intangible assets.

(2)

Non-recurring items for Q3 F2022 includes professional fees and other costs relating to the acquisition of NetMotion, integration costs, and legal expenses.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information, as defined under applicable securities laws, including, without limitation, the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, "forward-looking statements"), which relate to future events or Absolute’s future business, operations, and financial performance and condition. Forward-looking statements normally contain words like "will", "intend", "anticipate", "could", "should", "may", "might", "expect", "estimate", "forecast", "plan", "potential", "project", "assume", "contemplate", "believe", "shall", "scheduled", and similar terms and, within this press release, include, without limitation: the information under the heading "F2022 Financial Outlook", statements regarding the NetMotion acquisition and integration, statements regarding Absolute’s market opportunity and ability to accelerate growth, and any statements (express or implied) respecting: Absolute’s future plans, strategies, and objectives, including plans, strategies, and objectives arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the NetMotion acquisition; projected revenues, expenses, margins, and profitability; anticipated strategic, operational, and financial benefits and synergies of the NetMotion acquisition and integration; future trends, opportunities, challenges, and growth in Absolute’s industry; the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Absolute’s business, operations, prospects, and financial results; Absolute’s ability to grow revenue by selling to new customers and increasing subscriptions with existing customers; Absolute’s ability to renew customers’ subscriptions; Absolute’s ability to maintain and enhance its competitive advantages within its industry and in certain markets; the maintenance and development of Absolute’s PC OEM and other partner networks, including APaaS; existing and new product functionality and suitability; Absolute’s product and research and development strategies and plans; increases to brand awareness and market penetration; international operations and growth; and other aspects of Absolute’s operations or operating results. Forward-looking statements, including the F2022 Financial Outlook, are provided as of the date hereof for the purpose of presenting information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of our anticipated financial position, results of operations, and operating environment. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, actions, or developments and are based on expectations, assumptions and other factors that management currently believes are relevant, reasonable, and appropriate in the circumstances. The material expectations, assumptions, and other factors used in developing the forward-looking statements set out herein include or relate to the following, without limitation: Absolute will be able to successfully execute its plans, strategies, and objectives; Absolute will be able to successfully manage cash flow, operating expenses, interest expenses, capital expenditures, and working capital and credit, liquidity, and market risks; Absolute will be able to leverage its past, current, and planned investments to support growth and increase profitability; Absolute will be able to successfully complete the integration of NetMotion’s operations and fully realize the expected benefits to and synergies from Absolute from the acquisition; Absolute will be able to implement its plans, forecasts, and other expectations with respect to the NetMotion acquisition and realize expected synergies; Absolute will be able to successfully manage the impacts of COVID-19 on its business, operations, prospects, and financial results; there will continue to be a trend toward mobile computing and remote working and/or distance learning, in the short, medium, and/or long-term, and resulting demand for Absolute’s solutions; Absolute will be able to grow revenue by selling to new customers and increasing subscriptions with existing customers at or above the rates currently anticipated; Absolute will be able to renew customers’ subscriptions efficiently and cost effectively; Absolute will maintain and enhance its competitive advantages within its industry and certain markets; Absolute will keep pace with or outpace the growth, direction, and technological advancement in its industry; industry data and projections are accurate and reliable; Absolute will be able to adapt its technology to be compatible with changes to existing and new PC and other device operating systems; Absolute will be able to maintain and develop its PC OEM and other channel partner networks; Absolute’s current and future (if any) PC OEM partners will continue to permit embedding of its firmware technology and/or provide distribution and resale support; Absolute’s business development strategies and plans will be successful as currently expected; Absolute’s APaaS initiative will expand successfully and deliver anticipated benefits; Absolute will be able to maintain or grow its sales to education customers; Absolute’s existing and new products will function as intended and will be suitable for the intended end users; Absolute will be able to design, develop,...