Asure Software Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results; Improves P&L by $3.9M Year Over Year, Excluding 1-Time Items

/ Source: GlobeNewswire
  • Continued transition to fully recurring SaaS/cloud-based revenue model
  • Q4 earnings per share of $0.03 excluding 1-time items
  • Q4 2010 EBITDA of $0.3M, $0.11 per share
  • Net Earnings, excluding 1 time items, improvement of $3.9M Year over Year
  • Cash growth of 23% Quarter over Quarter, to $1.1M
  • Deferred Revenue Growth of 10% Year over Year
  • Formation of M&A Committee to advise on pursuit of accretive transactions

AUSTIN, Texas, March 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Asure Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASUR), a leading provider of workforce management software, announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Fourth quarter business results (excluding 1-time items) included earnings of $0.03 per share and EBITDA per share of $0.11. Total GAAP earnings per share of $0.02 met the range of Asure's earnings guidance of $0.02 to $0.04 earnings per share. Negative one-time items contributed ($0.01) per share to earnings, and consisted of severance expense associated with a continual review of our ongoing cost structure.

Fourth quarter revenue was $2.41M, a (7%) decrease over the prior period in 2009 of $2.59M. The revenue decrease was largely driven by both a $0.2M reduction in 1-time hardware sales and the continued transition from 1-time license revenue to a SaaS/cloud-based recurring model. Overall, Asure's percentage of recurring revenue grew by 5% compared to the prior period of 2009; from 71% to 76%. Compared to the prior quarter of Q3 2010, Asure's NetSimplicity line's recurring revenue increased 7% and its iEmployee line's Saas/Cloud-based bookings increased 22%. Additionally, total recurring revenue grew 3% sequentially over the prior quarter.

Pat Goepel, Asure's Chief Executive Officer began, "We have shown significant progress in the P&L and our continuing focus remains on improving revenue, particularly in the area of cloud-based offerings to maximize recurring, and thus predictable, revenue. In terms of earnings, we improved the P&L from break-even to a profitable result of $0.02 per share compared to last quarter. The changes we have implemented in the past year have really shown in the annual results. Excluding 1-time items, Asure lost $3.8M in 2009. In 2010, we drastically improved the business recording a net gain of $0.1M excluding 1-time items. Lastly, as discussed last quarter, our cash balances grew as expected to almost $1.1M in fourth quarter."

David Scoglio, Asure's Chief Financial Officer added, "As we close 2010, we can reflect on a pivotal turning point for Asure. Looking to 2011, we envision a company focused on delivering cloud based solutions on a scalable and efficient platform, with a predictable repetitive revenue stream. Due to the near-term revenue recognition differences associated with switching from a 1-time perpetual license focus to a cloud-based sales focus, we expect additional overall revenue decline in the upcoming quarter. Combined with our continued investments in sales and in our previously cited platform infrastructure, we expect Q1 2011 earnings to be within the range of a loss of ($0.04) to ($0.07) per share. Additionally, we expect Q1 2011 EBITDA to be between $0.01 and $0.04 per share. Mr. Goepel continued, "We are well on our way to building an Asure that is poised for scalable growth with a highly repetitive revenue model. We believe that our 2011 strategies will increase both long term shareholder value and firm valuation. Our revenue drop in the first quarter is expected and in line with our 2011 budget. As we focus on increasing our recurring revenue streams, the slower revenue recognition in the near term will facilitate long term predictability and recurrence of revenue as we build our base of repetitive customers. By late 2011, with an upgraded platform and with new and enhanced products, we believe our ability to close materially more customers will be greatly improved. As discussed previously, we are carefully progressing on this path to stabilize earnings while expecting to grow cash throughout the year. Lastly, we continue to explore multiple acquisition opportunities, as well as financing options while our platform technology is being upgraded. We have formed an M&A Committee as we seek to monetize our significant tax assets and realize additional corporate synergies."

Conference Call Details

Asure will follow this announcement with a conference call for the investment community on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 11:00 am EST, (10 a.m. CST) to further discuss the quarter and outlook. Participating in the call will be Pat Goepel, Chief Executive Officer and David Scoglio, Chief Financial Officer. To participate, dial (877) 853-5636 ten minutes before the call begins. International callers should dial (631) 291-4544. The pass code for all callers is 43810604.

Investors, analysts, media and the general public will also have the opportunity to listen to the conference call in listen-only mode via the Internet by visiting the investor relations page of Asure's web site at . To monitor the live call, please visit the web site at least 10 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an archived replay will be available shortly after the call at http://investor.asuresoftware.com/.

About Asure

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Asure Software (ASUR), empowers small to mid-size organizations and divisions of large enterprises to operate more efficiently, increase worker productivity and reduce costs through a comprehensive suite of global cloud based workforce management software and services. Asure's market-leading suite includes products that optimize workforce time and attendance tracking, benefits enrollment and tracking, pay stubs, W2 documentation, and room scheduling solutions focused on meeting rooms, equipment and other shared resources. With additional offices in Warwick, Rhode Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Mumbai, India, Asure serves 3,500 customers around the world. For more information, please visit .

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*Non-GAAP Financial Measures: EBITDA

This press release includes the following financial measure defined as a non-GAAP financial measure by the Securities and Exchange Commission: EBITDA. This supplemental financial measure is not required by GAAP, nor is the presentation of this financial information intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Management recognizes that non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the items associated with Asure's earnings results as determined in accordance with GAAP. However, for the reasons described below, management uses this non-GAAP measure to evaluate the performance of Asure's business. Asure's management believes that it is important to provide investors with these same tools, together with reconciliation to GAAP, for evaluating the performance of Asure's business, as it may provide additional insight into Asure's financial results. See "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Earnings to Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization and Stock Compensation Expense (EBITDA)" table included in this press release for further information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures. In addition, EBITDA is presented because management believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and others in the evaluation of companies.

EBITDA is calculated by adding income taxes, interest expense, depreciation and amortization and stock compensation expense to net earnings, EBITDA is not defined under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings and other consolidated earnings data prepared in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of Asure's profitability.

CONTACT: Asure Software, Inc. David Scoglio 512-437-2732