BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2014) - Hipcricket®, Inc. (
Fiscal Q1 2015 Highlights
- Revenue up 25% to record $7.3 million
- Gross profit increased 13% to $3.7 million
- Bookings increased 38% year-over-year to $8.8 million
- Backlog increased 7% to $20.4 million from the same year-ago period
Fiscal Q1 2015 Financial Results
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 increased 25% to $7.3 million from $5.9 million in the same year-ago period. The increase was driven by new customers and the expansion of existing customer activity.
Revenue mix for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was 42% from mobile marketing (derived from messaging, mobile web, and mobile applications) and 58% from mobile advertising (primarily derived from mobile brand advertising through agencies). This is compared to 64% from mobile marketing and 36% from mobile advertising in the same year-ago period.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, bookings (which the company defines as the dollar value of contracts signed, including new orders and renewals) were $8.8 million compared to $6.4 million in the same period of fiscal 2014. Approximately 73% of total bookings in fiscal Q1 2015 were new sales to existing and new customers, with the balance representing license renewals. The company's bookings can fluctuate from quarter-to-quarter, and renewals will vary primarily due to the timing of contract renewal dates.
Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $3.7 million or 50% of revenue, compared to $3.3 million or 56% of revenue in the same year-ago period. The increase in gross profit was primarily due to a larger percentage of sales from mobile advertising.
Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 decreased 2% to $9.1 million from $9.3 million in the same year-ago period.
To provide greater insight into its operating expenses, the company reports a non-GAAP operating expense metric, which it defines as total operating expenses less impairment of goodwill, impairment of intangible assets and investments, share-based compensation, severance and related costs, depreciation and amortization. On this basis, non-GAAP operating expenses in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 totaled $6.7 million compared to $6.3 million in the same year-ago period.
Net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 improved to $5.4 million or $(0.04) per share from a net loss of $6.0 million or $(0.05) per share in the same period of fiscal 2014. In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, earnings before non-cash charges (a non-GAAP term the company defines below) totaled a loss of $3.5 million, an improvement from a loss of $3.6 million in the same period of 2014. See further discussion of the company's use of non-GAAP terms and reconciliations to GAAP, below.
"This quarter's record revenue was driven by both new customers and the expansion of existing customer activity," said Todd Wilson, Hipcricket's chairman and CEO. "The results also reflect the strategic decisions we made late last year to strengthen our sales team and further enhance our product offerings, like the new analytics features of our AD LIFE platform.
"My first initiative as CEO is to ensure we quickly get to EBITDA positive operations. In doing this, we are focusing our sales efforts on higher value customers, leveraging our technology staff to maintain and enhance our product offering, as well as consolidate certain non-core personnel positions.
"We are now aggressively implementing this plan, and expect to begin seeing the full effect on a quarterly basis in our fiscal third quarter. Given our outlook for a strong second half, we continue to believe that fiscal 2015 has the potential to be a year of double-digit revenue growth. We see this being driven by continued industry expansion, new customer acquisitions, and increased activity within our existing customer base of global companies and brands. Our operating plan calls for sustainable revenue growth beyond 2015, as we realize operational efficiencies and achieve positive operating EBITDA in the second half of the fiscal year."
Hipcricket will hold a conference call later today (July 9, 2014) to discuss these financial results. The company's chairman and interim CEO, Todd Wilson, and president and COO, Doug Stovall, will host the call starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.
To participate, please dial the appropriate number at least 10 minutes prior to the start time and ask for the Hipcricket conference call.
U.S. dial-in: (888) 401-4669
International dial-in: (719) 457-1035
Conference ID: 2827380
The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously via a link available in the investors section of the company's website here. For the webcast, please access the link at least 15 minutes prior the call in order to register and install any necessary audio software. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call or webcast, please contact Liolios Group at (949) 574-3860.
A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time through July 23, 2014 via the same website link as well as by phone:
U.S. replay dial-in: (877) 870-5176
International replay dial-in: (858) 384-5517
Replay ID: 2827380
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes financial measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. We supplement our GAAP disclosures with Non-GAAP Operating Expenses and Non-GAAP Earnings (Losses). These amounts exclude non-cash items, including share-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization, acquisition related contingent consideration (including fair value adjustments and deferred income tax benefits), and impairment charges for goodwill and intangible assets and investments. Non-GAAP Operating Expenses also exclude severance and related costs. The following table reconciles Non-GAAP Operating Expenses and Non-GAAP Earnings (Losses) to the comparable GAAP measures (Unaudited):
|Non-GAAP Information and Reconcilation to Comparable GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited):|
|3 months ended|
|Non-GAAP Operating Expenses (in millions)||2014||2013|
|Total Operating Expense||9.1||9.3|
|Depreciation and amortization||(1.3||)||(1.3||)|
|Total Non-GAAP Operating Expenses:||6.7||6.3|
|3 months ended|
|Earnings before non-cash charges (in millions)||2014||2013|
|Net loss as reported (GAAP)||(5.4||)||(6.0||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||1.3||1.3|
|Earnings before non-cash charges||(3.5||)||(3.6||)|
Important Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and our future financial performance. All statements other than present and historical facts contained in this release, including any statements regarding our plans for future operations, anticipated future financial position, anticipated results of operations, financing plans, business strategy, competitive position, opportunities for growth and industry trends, are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. The company's actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, among others: overall economic and business conditions; the demand for our products and services; competitive factors in our industry; the emergence of new technologies; our cash position; the availability of funding sources; the strength of our intellectual property portfolio; and changes in government regulations in our industry. A more detailed discussion of these factors is set forth in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 28, 2014 and other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company does not intend, and undertakes no duty, to update any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.
|May 31, 2014||February 28, 2014|
|Cash & cash equivalents||$||1,598||$||3,002|
|Accounts receivable, net||6,853||6,808|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||438||416|
|Total current assets||9,104||10,441|
|Property and equipment, net||358||323|
|Intangible assets, net||19,954||21,203|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Line of credit||1,845||2,210|
|Total current liabilities||12,205||10,059|
|LONG TERM LIABILITIES|
|Deferred income tax liability||3,376||3,376|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Additional paid in capital||187,960||187,333|
|Total stockholders' equity||48,906||53,700|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$||64,635||$||67,190|
|Statements of Operations|
|(in thousands except Net Loss Per Share and Shares Outstanding)|
|3 months ended|
|COST OF REVENUES||3,638||2,603|
|Sales and Marketing||3,082||3,337|
|Technology and Development||1,769||1,988|
|General and Administrative||2,946||2,677|
|Depreciation and Amortization||1,288||1,275|
|Total operating expenses||9,085||9,277|
|LOSS FROM OPERATIONS||(5,392||)||(6,014||)|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)|
|Interest income (expense), net||(29||)||(1||)|
|NET LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES||(5,421||)||(6,015||)|
|Income tax benefit (expense)||-||-|
|BASIC AND DILUTED NET LOSS PER SHARE||$||(0.04||)||$||(0.05||)|
|WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING||154,751,590||129,595,547|
|Statements of Cash Flows|
|3 months ended|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,288||1,275|
|Bad debt expense and other||20||1|
|Common stock issued for services||-||46|
|Common stock issued for settlement||35||-|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(23||)||121|
|Accounts payable &accrued liabilities||2,678||(979||)|
|Long-term liabilites and other||93||(17||)|
|CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES||(965||)||(3,723||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Cash paid for purchase of patents||-||(46||)|
|Cash paid for patent defense costs||(3||)||(183||)|
|Additions to property and equipment||(71||)||-|
|CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES||(74||)||(229||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Proceeds received from line of credit||(365||)||1,000|
|Proceeds received from exercise of options /warrants||-||3|
|CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES||(365||)||1,003|
|NET DECREASE IN CASH||(1,404||)||(2,949||)|
|CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD||3,002||4,353|
|CASH AT END OF PERIOD||$||1,598||$||1,404|