updated 10/20/2010 9:46:05 PM ET 2010-10-21T01:46:05

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT), provider of innovative business communications solutions, today announced financial operating results for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended September 30, 2010.

Total revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 was $17.4 million, an increase of 8% compared to revenue of $16 million for the same period of fiscal 2010. Total revenue for the six-month period ended September 30, 2010 was $34.2 million, an increase of 8% compared to revenue of $31.6 million for the same period of fiscal 2010.

Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 was $2 million, or $0.03 per share, an increase of 47% compared to net income of $1.3 million, or $0.02 per share, for the same period last year. Net income for the six-month period ended September 30, 2010 was $3 million, an increase of 71% compared to net income of $1.8 million for the same period of fiscal 2010.

Business customer churn decreased to 2.2%, compared to a churn rate of 2.7% for the same period last year. The Company ended the quarter with 22,167 business customers, up from 18,199 customers a year ago.

"The second quarter of fiscal 2011 was 8x8's strongest quarter ever and a pivotal period for the company and its shareholders as our business voice and managed hosting services delivered the highest revenue and net income levels in the Company's history as a publicly traded entity," said 8x8 Chairman and CEO Bryan Martin. "The record-setting results we reported this quarter, including the reduction in churn to the lowest level in 8x8's history, are a testament to the value our services are delivering to small and medium-sized businesses and a manifestation of the operational efficiency of our business model. In addition to these accomplishments, our results this quarter are a clear indication that a significant portion of each new dollar of recurring revenue is now falling directly to the bottom line due to our migration to higher margin revenue and the ongoing optimization of our cost structure."

During the second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended September 30, 2010, 8x8 repurchased 1,565,713 shares of its common stock under its share repurchase program at an average share price of $1.70 and a total cost of $2,668,182. Between July 2009 and September 30, 2010, the Company repurchased 1,945,789 shares at an average share price of $1.54 and a total cost of $2,999,984. 8x8 ended the second quarter of fiscal 2011 with $17.9 million in cash and cash equivalents.

With the completion of the initial share repurchase program, 8x8's Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase plan on October 19, 2010, authorizing the Company to repurchase up to $10 million of its outstanding common stock from time to time until October 19, 2011. Share repurchases, if any, will be funded with available cash. Repurchases of the Company's common stock may be made through open market purchases at prevailing market prices or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing, volume and nature of share repurchases are subject to market prices and conditions, applicable securities laws and other factors, and are at the discretion of the Company's management. Share repurchases may be commenced, suspended or discontinued at any time.

Q2FY'11 Business Highlights:

  • Grew top line revenue to a record $17.4 million, up 3% from $16.8 million for the previous quarter and 8% from $16 million for the same period of fiscal 2010
  • Posted net income of $2 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to $1 million, or $0.02 per share, for the prior quarter and $1.3 million, or $0.02 per share, for the same period last year
  • Reported record operating income of $2 million, up 132% compared sequentially to operating income of $842,000 in the first fiscal quarter and 41% compared to $1.4 million in the same period last year
  • Reported operating margin of 11% compared to 5% in the previous quarter and 9% in the same period last year
  • Reduced customer churn to 2.2% compared to 2.5% in the previous quarter and 2.7% in the same period last year
  • Repurchased 1,565,713 shares of its common stock under its share repurchase program at an average share price of $1.70 and a total cost of $2,668,182. As of September 30, 2010, the company had 62,570,250 shares outstanding
  • Approved new share repurchase plan in the amount of $10 million, bringing to $13 million the total dollar amount in the Company's stock repurchase plans since July 2009
  • Added an East coast data center location to service the Washington, DC area
  • Completed enhancements to 8x8's unified communications solution, which was released on October 4, 2010 as 8x8 Virtual Office Pro 2.0

Management will host a conference call to discuss these results and other matters related to the Company's business today, October 20, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. ET. The call is accessible via the following numbers and webcast links:

Supplemental financial slides will be presented through 8x8's Virtual Meeting web conferencing portal, which can be accessed at: http://virtualmeeting.8x8.com/Q2FY2011Earnings

About 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq:EGHT) leverages its patented software technologies to deliver high quality voice solutions and integrated messaging and video to businesses of any size with employees in any location on a wide variety of business telephony, web and mobile platforms.  8x8 also offers managed hosting and cloud-based computing services. For additional information, visit www.8x8.com .

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements include, without limitation, information about future events based on current expectations, potential product development efforts, near and long-term objectives, potential new business, strategies, organization changes, changing markets, future business performance and outlook. Such statements are predictions only, and actual events or results could differ materially from those made in any forward-looking statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those projected in any such forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, customer acceptance and demand for our products and services, the reliability of our services, the prices for our services, customer renewal rates, customer acquisition costs, actions by our competitors, including price reductions for their telephone services, potential federal and state regulatory actions, compliance costs, potential warranty claims and product defects, our needs for and the availability of adequate working capital, our ability to innovate technologically, the timely supply of products by our contract manufacturers, potential future intellectual property infringement claims that could adversely affect our business and operating results, and our ability to retain our listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, as well as other reports that 8x8, Inc. files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and 8x8, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason, except as required by law, even as new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

NOTE: 8x8, the 8x8 logo, 8x8 Virtual Office and 8x8 Virtual Office Pro are trademarks of 8x8, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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