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NETSOL Technologies Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

NETSOL Technologies Inc.
·18 min read
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CALABASAS, Calif., Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NETSOL Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTWK), a global business services and enterprise application solutions provider, reported results for the fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended June 30, 2020.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2020 and Recent Operational Highlights

  • Introduced Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription-based pricing for new and existing customers as an alternative to the traditional license model, which is now available for all cloud-based NETSOL products and services globally, including NETSOL’s flagship offering NFS Ascent®.

  • Announced the successful implementation of the Company’s first North American cloud-based NFS Ascent Contract Management System (CMS) for SCI Lease Corp, a Canadian-based national automotive leasing company.

  • Generated $800,000 in SaaS subscription revenues within the Company’s NETSOL Technologies Americas (NTA) region from contracts with new and existing customers.

  • Appointed Peter Minshall as Executive Vice President (EVP) of NTA. The EVP role will report directly to the Company CEO and is responsible for the entire NTA portion of NETSOL’s business operations.

  • Appointed industry veteran Chris Mobley as the new Head of NFS Ascent Wholesale operations in Europe with the goal of leading the rollout of NETSOL’s new, subscription-based pricing strategy, orchestrating the company’s European-focused growth plans and leading pre-sales of the company’s Wholesale operations globally.

  • In response to the economic slowdown caused by the current global pandemic, implemented a series of cost reduction initiatives and temporary salary reductions.

  • Made further advancements in certain Otoz Innovation Lab initiatives, leading to multiple discussions, demonstrations, and potential engagements with a several tier one customers in the U.S. and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions.

  • Acquired the remaining 49% stake of Virtual Lease Services (VLS), a UK-based portfolio and risk management servicing partner for business and consumer finance providers, after initially acquiring a 51% majority stake in VLS through a joint venture partnership with Investec in 2011.

  • Successfully implemented NFS Ascent Retail Platform, including Omni-Point of Sale (Omni-POS) and CMS, for a major American auto captive in China, as part of a previously announced multi-million-dollar contract.

  • Successfully implemented and launched NFS Ascent Wholesale platform with a tier-one German auto captive finance company in China as part of $30 million contract signed in September 2018.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Total net revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 were $13.6 million, compared to $17.3 million in the prior year period. The decrease in total net revenues was primarily due to a decrease in total license fees of $2.3 million and a decrease in total services revenues of $1.8 million, which was offset by an increase in total maintenance fees of $312,000.

  • Total license fees were $1.2 million, compared with $3.5 million in the prior year period.

  • Total maintenance fees were $4.7 million, compared with $4.4 million in the prior year period.

  • Total services revenues were $7.7 million, compared with $9.4 million in the prior year period.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $7.0 million (or 51.8% of net revenues), compared to $8.9 million (or 51.5% of net revenues) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. The increase in gross profit as a percentage of net revenues was primarily due to a decrease in cost of revenues of $1.8 million compared to the prior year period. The decrease in cost of revenues was predominantly driven by decreases in salaries and consultants, travel, and depreciation and amortization.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 decreased 26.4% to $5.9 million (or 43.2% of net revenues) from $8.0 million (or 46.0% of net revenues) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to a decrease in selling and marketing as well as general and administrative expenses.

GAAP net income attributable to NETSOL for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 totaled $1.2 million or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $3.5 million or $0.30 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 totaled $2.0 million or $0.17 per diluted share, compared with $4.4 million or $0.38 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 (see note regarding “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” below for further discussion of this non-GAAP measure).

At June 30, 2020, cash and cash equivalents were $20.2 million, an increase from $17.4 million at June 30, 2019.

Full Year Fiscal 2020 Financial Results
Total net revenues for fiscal 2020 were $56.4 million, compared to $67.8 million in fiscal 2019. The decrease in total net revenues was primarily due to a decrease in total license fees of $12.2 million and a decrease in total service fees of $2.7 million, which was offset by an increase in total maintenance fees of $3.4 million.

  • Total license fees were $4.6 million, compared with $16.8 million in the prior fiscal year.

  • Total maintenance fees were $19.0 million, compared with $15.5 million in the prior fiscal year.

  • Total services revenues were $32.9 million, compared with $35.5 million in the prior fiscal year.

Gross profit for fiscal 2020 decreased to $27.0 million (or 47.8% of net revenues) from $34.9 million (or 51.4% of net revenues) for fiscal 2019. The decrease in gross profit as a percentage of net revenues was primarily due to a greater rate of decrease in total net revenues compared to the related total cost of revenues.

Operating expenses for fiscal 2020 decreased to $25.9 million (or 45.9% of net revenues) from $28.1 million (or 41.4% of net revenues) for fiscal 2019. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to decreases in selling and marketing expenses, salaries and wages and research and development cost, offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses.

GAAP net income attributable to NETSOL for fiscal 2020 totaled $937,000 or $0.08 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $8.6 million or $0.74 per diluted share for fiscal 2019.

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2020 totaled $4.3 million or $0.37 per diluted share, compared with $12.9 million or $1.11 per diluted share in fiscal 2019 (see note regarding “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” below for further discussion of this non-GAAP measure).

Management Commentary
“While we are still working through a challenging market environment, during the fiscal fourth quarter we recorded meaningful sales milestones, drove incrementally improved results and were able to generate another year of profitability,” said NETSOL Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Najeeb Ghauri. “We entered fiscal 2020 coming off a record top and bottom line performance and in the strongest position in our history. At that same time, we introduced a multi-pronged growth strategy designed, during regular economic conditions, to diversify and expand our total and recurring revenue streams, ultimately propelling NETSOL to its next phase of commercial prosperity. Over the past few months, we, like most businesses, were forced to adapt to a radically different working environment than we had planned. Despite these unfavorable conditions, we have continued to forge a path ahead and, in the meantime, have taken decisive actions to reduce costs, which will support our long-term sustainability.

“Looking ahead to fiscal 2021, we have many reasons for cautious optimism. We’ve made encouraging progress in expanding our sales footprint in North America and Europe, driving year-over-year growth, respectively, and have also made key leadership additions to head up both regions. Last month, we went live with the first North American customer for our subscription, cloud-based NFS Ascent offering, which we expect to leverage toward additional agreements in the future. With several COVID-19 driven purchasing delays beginning to move ahead, we also have a significant pipeline of opportunities in the coming year. As our global operations conservatively pick back up, we will look to regain the prior year’s momentum and resume our plans for a diversified, progressive growth strategy. NETSOL remains a digital-first and SaaS-focused organization, and we will continue to lead with our technology to deliver innovative ways to help our customers improve their operations today and prepare for the many, disruptive challenges of the new mobility economy.”

Sales Outlook
Ghauri continued: “While we continue to see strong traction and engagement globally for Ascent, our SaaS offering has been particularly well received in Europe and North America. Our platform is being validated with initial sales in both regions and a number of deals that are currently in our pipeline. The overall sales environment remains challenging due to the travel restrictions in place and uncertainty around the global economy, which has, in some cases, delayed our ability to close deals over the last quarters, but we are continuing to move forward.”

Conference Call
NETSOL Technologies management will hold a conference call today (September 28, 2020) at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time (6:00 a.m. Pacific time) to discuss these financial results. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.

U.S. dial-in: 1-877-407-0789
International dial-in: 1-201-689-8562

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcasted live and available for replay here and via the Investor Relations section of NETSOL’s website.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 12:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through October 12, 2020.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13710936

About NETSOL Technologies
NETSOL Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTWK) is a worldwide provider of IT and enterprise software solutions primarily serving the global leasing and finance industry. The Company’s suite of applications is backed by 40 years of domain expertise and supported by a committed team of more than 1300 professionals placed in eight strategically located support and delivery centers throughout the world. NFS, LeasePak, LeaseSoft or NFS Ascent® – help companies transform their Finance and Leasing operations, providing a fully automated asset-based finance solution covering the complete finance and leasing lifecycle.

About Otoz
Otoz provides business-to-business, white-label technology solutions for new mobility. Our suite of agile and customizable mobility solutions ranges from car sharing and subscription products to AI-enabled chatbots, allowing businesses to engage consumers and facilitate the complete transaction lifecycle intelligently and digitally. Otoz technologies empower automotive companies and start-ups to launch new mobility models quickly and efficiently. The technology Otoz has developed is cloud-native and supported by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), internet of things (IoT) and blockchain. Our technology drives utilization, while supporting robust and efficient operations.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to the development of the Company's products and services and future operating results, including statements regarding the Company that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties such as the effect of stay at home orders and social distancing imposed by COVID-19 and its resultant impact on our financials and the world economy that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. The words “expects,” “anticipates,” variations of such words, and similar expressions, identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, but their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Factors that could affect the Company's actual results include the progress and costs of the development of products and services and the timing of the market acceptance, as well as the delay in recovery or a prolonged economic downturn that effects our Company, our customers and the world economy. The subject Companies expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances upon which any statement is based.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most comparable financial measure based upon GAAP, as well as a further explanation of adjusted EBITDA, is included in the financial tables in Schedule 4 of this press release.

Investor Relations Contact:

Matt Glover and Tom Colton
Gateway Investor Relations
1-949-574-3860
investors@netsoltech.com


NETSOL Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Schedule 1: Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of

As of

ASSETS

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

20,166,830

$

17,366,364

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $435,611 and $192,786

10,131,752

12,332,714

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $90,594 and $166,075 - related party

1,282,505

3,266,600

Revenues in excess of billings, net of allowance of $188,914 and $194,684

17,198,281

14,719,047

Revenues in excess of billings - related party

8,163

110,827

Other current assets

3,108,180

3,146,264

Total current assets

51,895,711

50,941,816

Revenues in excess of billings, net - long term

1,300,289

1,281,492

Convertible note receivable - related party

4,250,000

3,650,000

Property and equipment, net

11,329,631

12,096,855

Right of use of assets - operating leases

2,360,129

-

Long term investment

2,387,692

2,653,769

Other assets

41,992

23,569

Intangible assets, net

5,391,077

7,332,950

Goodwill

9,516,568

9,516,568

Total assets

$

88,473,089

$

87,497,019

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

5,680,837

$

7,476,560

Current portion of loans and obligations under finance leases

9,139,561

6,905,597

Current portion of operating lease obligations

1,111,912

-

Unearned revenues

4,095,472

5,977,736

Common stock to be issued

88,324

88,324

Total current liabilities

20,116,106

20,448,217

Loans and obligations under finance leases; less current maturities

1,539,975

564,572

Operating lease obligations; less current maturities

1,339,965

-

Total liabilities

22,996,046

21,012,789

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 500,000 shares authorized;

-

-

Common stock, $.01 par value; 14,500,000 shares authorized;

12,122,149 shares issued and 11,874,646 outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and

11,911,742 shares issued and 11,664,239 outstanding as of June 30, 2019

121,222

119,117

Additional paid-in-capital

128,677,754

127,737,999

Unexpected eval class (org.apache.poi.ss.formula.eval.MissingArgEval)

as of June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019, respectively)

(1,455,969

)

(1,455,969

)

Accumulated deficit

(34,269,817

)

(35,206,898

)

Other comprehensive loss

(34,085,047

)

(33,125,006

)

Total NetSol stockholders' equity

58,988,143

58,069,243

Non-controlling interest

6,488,900

8,414,987

Total stockholders' equity

65,477,043

66,484,230

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

88,473,089

$

87,497,019


NETSOL Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Schedule 2: Consolidated Statement of Operations

For the Years

Ended June 30,

2020

2019

Net Revenues:

License fees

$

4,564,560

$

16,768,749

Maintenance fees

18,951,248

15,521,413

Services

32,555,690

34,892,290

Services - related party

300,821

636,731

Total net revenues

56,372,319

67,819,183

Cost of revenues:

Salaries and consultants

18,821,738

19,253,364

Travel

4,181,742

6,527,868

Depreciation and amortization

2,897,371

3,525,857

Other

3,508,098

3,625,478

Total cost of revenues

29,408,949

32,932,567

Gross profit

26,963,370

34,886,616

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing

6,450,663

7,831,758

Depreciation and amortization

834,583

897,800

General and administrative

17,138,832

17,357,918

Research and development cost

1,468,954

1,971,228

Total operating expenses

25,893,032

28,058,704

Income from operations

1,070,338

6,827,912

Other income and (expenses)

Gain on sale of assets

23,103

81,455

Interest expense

(346,856

)

(311,798

)

Interest income

1,569,536

955,061

Gain on foreign currency exchange transactions

398,610

6,345,859

Share of net loss from equity investment

(605,864

)

(841,845

)

Other income

224,224

18,680

Total other income (expenses)

1,262,753

6,247,412

Net income before income taxes

2,333,091

13,075,324

Income tax provision

(1,141,068

)

(1,057,784

)

Net income

1,192,023

12,017,540

Non-controlling interest

(254,942

)

(3,434,141

)

Net income attributable to NetSol

$

937,081

$

8,583,399

-

Net income per share:

Net income per common share

Basic

$

0.08

$

0.74

Diluted

$

0.08

$

0.74

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

Basic

11,734,648

11,599,290

Diluted

11,784,414

11,621,990


NETSOL Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Schedule 3: Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the Years

Ended June 30,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

1,192,023

$

12,017,540

Adjustments to reconcile net income

to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

3,731,954

4,423,657

Provision for bad debts

184,944

474,516

Share of net loss from investment under equity method

605,864

841,845

Gain on sale of assets

(23,103

)

(80,470

)

Stock based compensation

808,616

1,131,013

Fair market value of stock options

-

43,612

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

2,035,843

(1,836,962

)

Accounts receivable - related party

1,957,864

(977,445

)

Revenues in excess of billing

(3,252,704

)

(10,764,428

)

Revenues in excess of billing - related party

105,441

(122,810

)

Other current assets

(132,175

)

(861,128

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(1,399,828

)

(47,819

)

Unearned revenue

(1,842,313

)

692,089

Net cash provided by operating activities

3,972,426

4,933,210

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(1,377,145

)

(2,726,558

)

Sales of property and equipment

106,180

1,170,878

Convertible note receivable - related party

(600,000

)

(1,526,500

)

Investment in associates

(94,500

)

(250,000

)

Purchase of subsidiary shares

(89,425

)

(317,500

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,054,890

)

(3,649,680

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and warrants

-

85,000

Proceeds from exercise of subsidiary options

11,621

2,650

Purchase of treasury stock

-

(250,945

)

Dividend paid by subsidiary to non-controlling interest

(1,920,618

)

(566,465

)

Proceeds from bank loans

4,221,203

1,227,158

Payments on finance lease obligations and loans - net

(611,913

)

(480,231

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

1,700,293

17,167

Effect of exchange rate changes

(817,363

)

(6,023,186

)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

2,800,466

(4,722,489

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

17,366,364

22,088,853

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

20,166,830

$

17,366,364


NETSOL Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Schedule 4: Reconciliation to GAAP

For the Year Ended

For the Year Ended

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Net Income (loss) attributable to NetSol

$

937,081

$

8,583,399

Non-controlling interest

254,942

3,434,141

Income taxes

1,141,068

1,057,784

Depreciation and amortization

3,731,954

4,423,657

Interest expense

346,856

311,798

Interest (income)

(1,569,536

)

(955,061

)

EBITDA

$

4,842,365

$

16,855,718

Add back:

Non-cash stock-based compensation

808,616

1,174,625

Adjusted EBITDA, gross

$

5,650,981

$

18,030,343

Less non-controlling interest (a)

(1,330,352

)

(5,140,004

)

Adjusted EBITDA, net

$

4,320,629

$

12,890,339

Weighted Average number of shares outstanding

Basic

11,734,648

11,599,290

Diluted

11,784,414

11,621,990

Basic adjusted EBITDA

$

0.37

$

1.11

Diluted adjusted EBITDA

$

0.37

$

1.11

(a)The reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA of non-controlling interest

to net income attributable to non-controlling interest is as follows

Net Income attributable to non-controlling interest

$

254,942

$

3,434,141

Income Taxes

223,675

351,778

Depreciation and amortization

1,060,605

1,397,613

Interest expense

100,373

99,696

Interest (income)

(391,644

)

(229,802

)

EBITDA

$

1,247,951

$

5,053,426

Add back:

Non-cash stock-based compensation

82,401

86,578

Adjusted EBITDA of non-controlling interest

$

1,330,352

$

5,140,004