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Stamps.com Announces Record Non-GAAP Earnings per Share of $0.60

EL SEGUNDO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 31, 2013) - Stamps.com® ( NASDAQ : STMP ), the leading provider of postage online and shipping software solutions, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Highlights for the second quarter:

  • Core PC Postage revenue was $30.1 million, up 15% from the second quarter of 2012. 
  • Total revenue was $32.1 million, up 14% compared to the second quarter of 2012.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin was 30.0% compared to 24.1% in the second quarter of 2012.
  • GAAP net income was $8.6 million or $0.53 per fully diluted share, including $1.1 million in stock-based compensation expense.
  • On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the stock-based compensation expense, income from operations was $9.6 million, net income was $9.7 million and net income per fully diluted share was $0.60, up 42%, 41% and 50%, respectively, versus the second quarter of 2012.

"We are very pleased with our continued strong revenue and earnings growth this quarter," said Ken McBride, Stamps.com Chairman and CEO. "In addition to our overall revenue and earnings growth, during the second quarter we achieved our highest level ever of paid customers in our core PC Postage business, and we saw continued strong growth in our enterprise and high volume shipping businesses. As a result of our second quarter performance and the strength of our businesses, we raised our 2013 guidance today."

Second Quarter 2013 Detailed Results

Core PC Postage revenue -- including our small business, enterprise and high volume shipping customer segments, and excluding enhanced promotion and PhotoStamps revenue -- was $30.1 million, up 15% versus the second quarter of 2012. Non-core PC Postage revenue from the enhanced promotion channel which includes online programs where additional promotions are provided directly by marketing partners, was $0.7 million which was flat versus the second quarter of 2012. PhotoStamps revenue was $1.2 million which was down 5% versus the second quarter of 2012 as the Company continues to minimize its investment in this area. PC Postage gross margin was 80.3%, PhotoStamps gross margin was 17.4% and total gross margin was 77.9%.

Second quarter GAAP net income was $8.6 million. On a per share basis, total second quarter 2013 GAAP net income was $0.53 based on 16.2 million fully diluted shares outstanding. Second quarter 2013 GAAP net income was reduced by $1.1 million of stock-based compensation expense. Non-GAAP and GAAP amounts are reconciled in the following table:

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013                  
All amounts in millions except   Non-GAAP     Stock-Based     GAAP  
per share or margin data:   Amounts     Comp. Exp.     Amounts  
Cost of Sales   $ 7.01     $ 0.08     $ 7.09  
Research & Development     2.55       0.17       2.72  
Sales & Marketing     9.61       0.18       9.79  
General & Administrative     3.31       0.65       3.97  
Total Expenses     22.48       1.08       23.56  
Gross Margin     78.2 %     (0.2 %)     77.9 %
Income (Loss) from Operations     9.63       (1.08 )     8.55  
Operating Margin     30.0 %     (3.4 %)     26.6 %
Interest and Other Income     0.10       -       0.10  
Pre-Tax Income (Loss)     9.72       (1.08 )     8.64  
Provision for Income Taxes     (0.03 )     -       (0.03 )
Net Income     9.69       (1.08 )     8.61  
On a diluted per share basis   $ 0.60     $ (0.07 )   $ 0.53  
Shares used in per share calculation     16.16       16.16       16.16  

Excluding the stock-based compensation expense, second quarter 2013 non-GAAP operating income was $9.6 million and non-GAAP net income was $9.7 million or $0.60 per share based on 16.2 million fully diluted shares outstanding. This compares to second quarter 2012 non-GAAP operating income of $6.8 million and non-GAAP net income of $6.9 million or $0.40 per share based on fully diluted shares outstanding of 17.2 million. Thus, second quarter non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share increased by 42%, 41% and 50% year-over-year, respectively. 

Stamps.com has approximately $200 million in Federal Net Operating Losses (NOLs) and $100 million in State NOLs. The Company estimates its ownership shift was approximately 20% as of June 30, 2013, which is below the 50% level that could trigger impairment of its NOL asset under Internal Revenue Code Section 382 rules. As part of its ongoing program to preserve future use of its NOL asset, the Company requests that any shareholder contemplating becoming a 5% shareholder contact the Company before doing so.

Share Repurchase

During the second quarter of 2013, the Company repurchased 105 thousand shares at a total cost of $2.5 million. The Company's current repurchase plan remains in effect through October 2013 with an authorization of up to 1 million shares. 

Business Outlook

Stamps.com expects 2013 total revenue to be in a range of $125 to $135 million. GAAP net income per share for 2013 is expected to be in a range of $1.73 to $1.93; this compares to previous guidance of $1.68 to $1.88. GAAP net income per share includes approximately $4.5 million of stock-based compensation expense. Excluding the stock-based compensation expense, 2013 non-GAAP net income per fully diluted share is expected to be in a range of $2.00 to $2.20; this compares to previous guidance of $1.95 to $2.15.

Company Customer Metrics

A complete set of the quarterly customer metrics for the past seven years and current year-to-date is available at http://investor.stamps.com (under a tab on the left side called Company Information, Metrics). 

Quarterly Conference Call

The Stamps.com financial results conference call will be web cast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and may be accessed at http://investor.stamps.com. The Company plans to discuss its business outlook during the conference call. Following the conclusion of the web cast, a replay of the call will be available at the same website. 

About Stamps.com and PhotoStamps

Stamps.com ( NASDAQ : STMP ) is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Stamps.com's service enables small businesses, enterprises, advanced shippers, and consumers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection, right from their home or office. The Company currently has PC Postage partnerships with Avery Dennison, Microsoft, HP, the U.S. Postal Service and others.

PhotoStamps is a patented Stamps.com product that couples the technology of PC Postage with the simplicity of a web-based image upload and order process. Customers may create full custom PhotoStamps with their own digital photograph, or they may choose a licensed image from one of many PhotoStamps collections such as the collegiate collection. Stamps.com currently has PhotoStamps partnerships with HP/Snapfish and others.

About Non-GAAP Measures and Share Repurchase Timing

To supplement the Company's condensed financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, Stamps.com uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP pre-tax income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, and non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin. Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measures of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release can be found in the financial tables of this earnings release.

Non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance, prospects for the future and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding financial performance by excluding certain expenses and benefits that may not be indicative of recurring core business operating results. The Company believes the non-GAAP measures that exclude items such as stock-based compensation, asset write-offs, dividend-related compensation expense, legal settlements and reserves, one-time expenses such as those associated with the relocation of our corporate headquarters and income tax adjustments, when viewed with GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation, enhance the comparability of results against prior periods and allow for greater transparency of financial results. The Company believes non-GAAP measures facilitate management's internal comparison of the Company's financial performance to that of prior periods as well as trend analysis for budgeting and planning purposes. The presentation of non-GAAP measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

The timing of share repurchases, if any, and the number of shares to be bought at any one time will depend on market conditions and the Company's assessment of the risk that its net operating loss asset could be impaired if such repurchases were undertaken. Share repurchases may be made from time-to-time on the open market or in negotiated transactions at the Company's discretion in compliance with Rule 10b-18 of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company's purchase of any of its shares may be subject to limitations imposed on such purchases by applicable securities laws and regulations and the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release includes forward-looking statements about our anticipated results that involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors, including the Company's ability to complete and ship its products, maintain desirable economics for its products and obtain or maintain regulatory approval, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, are detailed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made from time to time by STAMPS.COM, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. STAMPS.COM undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Stamps.com, the Stamps.com logo and PhotoStamps are trademarks or registered trademarks of Stamps.com Inc. All other brands and names are property of their respective owners.

(in thousands, except per share data: unaudited)  
    Three Months ended
June 30,
  Six Months ended
June 30,
    2013   2012   2013   2012  
  Service   $ 24,888   $ 21,781   $ 49,736   $ 43,168  
  Product     4,075     3,452     8,551     7,381  
  Insurance     1,917     1,702     3,663     3,364  
  PhotoStamps     1,229     1,289     2,259     2,601  
  Other     -     3     1     6  
    Total revenues     32,109     28,227     64,210     56,520  
Cost of revenues:                          
  Service     4,015     3,829     8,570     8,068  
  Product     1,382     1,278     3,007     2,738  
  Insurance     676     562     1,317     1,097  
  PhotoStamps     1,015     969     1,846     1,998  
    Total cost of revenues     7,088     6,638     14,740     13,901  
    Gross profit     25,021     21,589     49,470     42,619  
Operating expenses:                          
  Sales and marketing     9,792     9,775     20,175     19,882  
  Research and development     2,718     2,555     5,343     5,212  
  General and administrative     3,966     3,435     7,592     7,280  
    Total operating expenses     16,476     15,765     33,110     32,374  
    Income from operations     8,545     5,824     16,360     10,245  
Interest and other income, net     95     163     249     287  
Income before income taxes     8,640     5,987     16,609     10,532  
Income tax expense (benefit)     27     64     90     (11,751 )
Net income   $ 8,613   $ 5,923   $ 16,519   $ 22,283  
Net income per share:                          
  Basic   $ 0.56   $ 0.36   $ 1.07   $ 1.36  
  Diluted   $ 0.53   $ 0.34   $ 1.03   $ 1.30  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                          
  Basic     15,486     16,468     15,407     16,359  
  Diluted     16,163     17,196     16,082     17,184  
(in thousands, unaudited)  
    June 30,     December 31,  
    2013     2012  
Cash and investments   $ 65,916     $ 46,619  
Accounts receivable     11,254       14,432  
Other current assets     6,506       5,602  
Property and equipment, net     28,763       28,631  
Intangible assets, net     1,147       1,262  
Deferred tax     30,549       30,549  
Other assets     4,477       3,757  
    Total assets   $ 148,612     $ 130,852  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 13,665     $ 16,366  
  Deferred revenue     1,422       1,532  
    Total liabilities     15,087       17,898  
Stockholders' equity:                
  Common stock     50       50  
  Additional paid-in capital     658,111       649,694  
  Treasury Stock     (159,522 )     (155,260 )
  Accumulated deficit     (365,262 )     (381,781 )
  Unrealized gain on investments     148       251  
    Total stockholders' equity     133,525       112,954  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 148,612     $ 130,852