updated 11/10/2010 7:15:37 AM ET 2010-11-10T12:15:37

- Revenues were $8.4M, up 10.2% from $7.6M in 1QFY10

- Net Income was $1.6M, up from a $0.3M net loss in 1QFY10

- Gross margin was 62.1%, up from 53.3% in 1QFY10

CALABASAS, Calif., Nov. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NetSol Technologies, Inc. ("NetSol" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:NTWK) (Nasdaq Dubai:NTWK), a U.S. corporation providing global business services and enterprise application solutions to private and public sector organizations worldwide, today announced its financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2010. The Company posted revenues of $8.4 million and quarterly net income of $1.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $7.6 million and a quarterly net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the same period last year. Summary financial data is provided below:

First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 increased by 10.2% year-over-year to $8.4 million, up from $7.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2010
  • License fees totaled $3.5 million or 41% of total revenues
  • Maintenance fees totaled $1.7 million or 20% of total revenues
  • Service fees totaled $3.3 million or 39% of total revenues
  • Net income for the first quarter increased to $1.6 million, compared with a net loss of $0.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010
  • Gross margin for the first quarter was 62.1% based on gross profit of $5.2 million, compared with a 53.3% margin in the same period last year
  • Operating income and operating margin for the first quarter were $2.0 million and 24.1%, respectively, compared to $1.1 million and 15.0%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal 2010
  • EBITDA totaled $2.8 million or $0.06 per diluted share, versus EBITDA of $1.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the year-ago period
  • Earnings per diluted share were $0.04 for the quarter, compared with a loss per share of $0.01 in the same period a year ago

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company uses EBITDA as a measure of the Company's operating trends. Investors are cautioned that EBITDA is not a measure of liquidity or of financial performance under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The EBITDA numbers presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. EBITDA, while providing useful information, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined under GAAP. Consistent with the SEC's Regulation G, the non-GAAP measures in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure, and this reconciliation is located under the financial table heading "Reconciliation to GAAP."

Najeeb Ghauri, Chairman and CEO of NetSol Technologies, commented, "We are very pleased with the double-digit sales growth and improved margins we achieved during the first quarter, which reflect the successful execution of our business strategy. Our global client backlog continues to grow steadily, particularly in key emerging markets such as China and Thailand. We are poised to become a dominant IT force in China and other markets of Asia and to experience continued growth in North America and Europe. Additionally, both existing and prospective customers have expressed strong interest in our next-generation NetSol Financial Suite solution, R2, which we expect to begin contributing to our revenues by the end of fiscal 2011. We are very excited about this new product offering and believe it will offer our customers an even greater return on their IT investment." 

Mr. Ghauri continued, "We are on track to achieve our previously stated guidance of $40 million to $44 million in revenues and $0.15 to $0.20 EPS for the fiscal year. Economic indicators in both emerging and mature markets are very encouraging, and we are more bullish than ever in our outlook for fiscal 2011 and beyond."

First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results of Operations

Revenues

Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2010 were $8.4 million as compared to $7.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. The increase of $0.8 million, or 10.2%, was primarily due to an increase in global demand for the Company's flagship product, NetSol Financial Suite (NFS)™. Net revenues from license fees increased 36.3% year-over-year to $3.5 million as compared to $2.6 million for the same period a year ago. The first quarter is historically NetSol's softest quarter for sales due to seasonality. 

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the three months ended September 30, 2010 was $5.2 million as compared to $4.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. The increase of $1.1 million, or 28.5%, was primarily due to an increase in revenues and continued cost rationalization measures. Costs of sales for the three-month period were $3.2 million as compared to $3.6 million for the same period a year ago. The Company's gross margin was 62.1% and 53.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The increase in gross margin was primarily due to management's efforts to streamline the delivery and implementation of its products using its BestShoring® global delivery model.

Income from Operations

Operating income for the three months ended September 30, 2010 amounted to $2.0 million as compared to $1.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. The increase of $0.9 million was primarily due to improved revenues and gross margins. Operating expenses for the three-month period totaled $3.2 million as compared to $2.9 million for the same period a year ago.

Net Income

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2010 was $1.6 million as compared to a net loss of $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009, due to the reasons set forth above. Earnings per basic and diluted share were $0.04 for the quarter, compared with a loss per share of $0.01 for the same period a year ago.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2010, the Company had current assets of $36.4 million and current liabilities of $23.8 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $2.2 million as of September 30, 2010. The Company's shareholders' equity at September 30, 2010 was $50.6 million. The Company used $0.1 million in cash for operating activities during the three months ended September 30, 2010, as compared to $0.7 million in cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended September 30, 2009. The Company used $2.7 million in cash for investing activities during the three months ended September 30, 2010, as compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2009. The Company generated $0.95 million in cash from financing activities for the three months ended September 30, 2010, as compared to $0.6 million for the same period in 2009.

First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Business Highlights

-- NetSol agreed upon terms for a new global framework agreement with a major captive auto finance company. Under the terms, NetSol would expand its service delivery to the client in nine countries and install the complete NFS™ software solution in Japan, Korea and India.

-- Existing Chinese clients have made a record number of requests for enhancements to their NFS™ platforms, indicating an increasing need to perform complex transactions. NetSol plans to move its Beijing office to larger premises and implement an accelerated local hiring program to service its growing support, sales and marketing needs in China.

-- NetSol achieved CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) Level 5 recertification from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. CMMI is an internationally recognized quality assurance standard for enhancing and evaluating an organization's software development processes. Maturity Levels range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest ranking.

-- In July, NetSol received a proposal to transfer ownership of its two wholly owned subsidiaries, NetSol Technologies Europe ("NTE") and NetSol Technologies North America, Inc. ("NTNA"), to NetSol Technologies Ltd. ("NTPK"), the Company's majority-owned subsidiary in Pakistan. NTPK is proposing to purchase the two subsidiaries from its parent company at a premium to book value in an all-stock transaction. If approved, the internal sale of both NTE and NTNA would increase NetSol's ownership stake in NTPK from 58% to 76%. The planned acquisition is currently under review by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

-- The Company signed a LeaseSoft license upgrade agreement with Singers Healthcare Finance Ltd., one of the UK's leading providers of leasing solutions to the healthcare industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Singers Healthcare Finance Ltd. will upgrade to the latest version of NetSol's LeaseSoft asset management solution.

-- NetSol announced that North American sales of enhancements to its LeasePak lease management solution had increased significantly from the quarter ended in June 2010 into the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Enhancements include the purchase of additional services and software upgrades.

-- NetSol announced the successful implementation of its NFS™ solution by Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., a leading financial leasing company in China. The implementation marks NetSol's entry into China's financial leasing sector, which experienced a growth rate of 138.7% in 2009.

Financial Outlook for Fiscal Year 2011

The company reaffirms its previously stated guidance for its fiscal year 2011 financial results, projecting revenues of $40 million to $44 million and diluted EPS of $0.15 to $0.20 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

NetSol will host a conference call today, November 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. EST (8:00 a.m. Pacific) to review the Company's quarterly financial and operational performance. Najeeb Ghauri, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NetSol Technologies, will host the call.

To participate in the call please dial (877) 941-2068, or (480) 629-9712 for international calls, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Interested parties can also listen via a live Internet webcast, which can be found at the Company's website at http://www.netsoltech.com .

A replay of the call will be available for two weeks from 2:00 p.m. EST on November 10, 2010 until 11:59 p.m. EST on November 24, 2010. The number for the replay is (877) 870-5176, or (858) 384-5517 for international calls; the passcode for the replay is 4383287. In addition, a recording of the call will be available via the Company's website at http://www.netsoltech.com for one year.

About NetSol Technologies, Inc.

NetSol Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:NTWK) (Nasdaq Dubai:NTWK) is a worldwide provider of global IT and enterprise application solutions. Since its inception in 1995, NetSol has used its BestShoring™ practices and highly experienced resources in analysis, development, quality assurance, and implementation to deliver high-quality, cost-effective solutions. Specialized by industry, these product and services offerings include credit and finance portfolio management systems, SAP consulting and services, custom development, systems integration, and technical services for the global Financial, Leasing, Insurance, Energy, and Technology markets. NetSol's commitment to quality is demonstrated by its achievement of the ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and SEI (Software Engineering Institute) CMMI (Capability Maturity Model) Maturity Level 5 assessments, a distinction shared by 162 companies worldwide. NetSol Technologies' clients include Fortune 500 manufacturers, global automakers, financial institutions, utilities, technology providers, and government agencies. Headquartered in Calabasas, California, NetSol Technologies has operations and offices in Alameda, Adelaide, Bangkok, Beijing, Karachi, Lahore, London, and Riyadh.

To learn more about NetSol, visit www.netsoltech.com

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NetSol Technologies, Inc. Forward-looking Statements

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