- Q1 Earnings Breakeven excluding one-time Items
- Recurring Cloud-based Bookings Growth of 73% Quarter over Quarter, and 83% Year over Year
- Q1 EBITDA of $0.2M
- Cash growth of 29% Quarter over Quarter, to ~$1.4M
- Deferred Revenue Growth of 26% Year over Year; 4% Quarter over Quarter
- Total GAAP earnings per share of ($0.02) compared to guidance of ($0.04) to ($0.07) earnings per share
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Asure Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASUR), a leading provider of workforce management software, announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.
First quarter results (excluding one-time items) included earnings of ($0.00) per share, EBITDA of $0.2 million, and GAAP earnings per share of ($0.02). Negative one-time items contributed ($0.02) per share to earnings, and consisted of severance expense associated with a continual review of our ongoing cost structure.
First quarter revenue was $2.36M, a (4%) decrease over the prior period in 2010 of $2.46M. The revenue decrease of ($0.10) was largely driven by both a ($0.10M) reduction in one-time hardware sales and the one time effect of the settlement agreement with a major reseller in May of 2010, ($0.08M); offset by an increase of $0.05M in recurring revenue. Asure's recurring revenue as a percentage of overall revenue increased by 3 percentage points compared to the prior period of 2010; from 77% to 80%. From a recurring, cloud-based bookings (Asure defines bookings as net new revenue to the firm in terms of total contract value booked during a specified time period) perspective, Asure posted increases in both product lines. Compared to the prior quarter of Q4 2010, Asure's NetSimplicity Cloud-based bookings grew 88% while iEmployee line's Cloud-based bookings grew by 34%
Pat Goepel, Asure's Chief Executive Officer, remarked, "We are pleased with how this quarter played out. Despite a two cent loss due to one time items, we were able to exceed our earnings guidance by the same amount. Our recurring revenue and related booking metrics have shown significant improvement as well. Recurring revenue in both the NetSimplicity and iEmployee product lines exhibited growth over the prior quarter, at 2% and 4% respectively, and overall recurring revenue hit the 80% mark this first quarter. Cloud-based bookings showed significant progress as well. NetSimplicity cloud bookings grew by 108% over the comparable quarter in 2010 while iEmployee cloud bookings increased by 27% over the same period. Our goal is to continue to grow our recurring base of revenue in coming quarters, which will increase the predictability of our business. Although the focus on repetitive revenue adversely affects revenue recognition in the short term, we believe it is what this business needs to facilitate long term shareholder value and predictable profitability."
David Scoglio, Asure's Chief Financial Officer, added, "Our balance sheet continues to improve. Due to EBITDA of $0.2M and a focus on working capital improvement, we posted a 29% improvement in cash, which was up $0.3M to $1.375 M this quarter. Other improvements included a 26% growth in deferred revenue over the comparable quarter in 2010; and an increase in our quick ratio to 0.9 from 0.8 compared to Q4 2010."
For the rest of 2011, we are committed to continue to focus on these Key Performance Indicators, drive repetitive revenue and tactically invest in the future of Asure. As we move forward, we are providing the below table of earnings and EBITDA estimates for the remainder of 2011.
Mr. Goepel, in closing, remarked: "Asure is continuing to build on our cloud-based offerings, recurring revenue growth has been positive, and revenue retention is improving. We are looking to complement organic growth with accretive acquisitions to enhance shareholder value. Asure is well on its way to continued improvements and the metrics shared today are a reflection of the progress made over the past 18 months."
Conference Call Details
Asure will follow this announcement with a conference call for the investment community on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 11:00 am EDT, (10 a.m. CDT) 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 64578470.
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/.
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: Dave Scoglio 512-437-2732