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Absolute Software Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

Monday, November 05, 2012

Absolute Software Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results16:00 EST Monday, November 05, 2012Company continues to diversify sales, delivering growth in key expansion areas of the businessVANCOUVER, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Absolute® Software Corporation ("Absolute" or the "Company") (TSX: ABT), the leading provider of persistent endpoint security and management solutions for PCs, Macs, iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices, today announced its financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2012. All financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and reported in U.S. dollars.Key Financial MetricsQ1 F2013Q1 F2012%  changeSales Contracts(1)$20.6M$25.3M(19)%Cash from operating activities$5.3M$5.5M(3)%Operating cash per share(2)   (basic and diluted)$0.12$0.13(8)%Revenue$19.8M$18.2M+8%Adjusted Operating Income(3)$1.4M$2.7M(48)%Net income (loss)$0.5M$(1.9)MnmNet income (loss) per share    (basic and diluted)$0.01$(0.04)nmCash, cash equivalents  and investments   $72.5M$56.3M+29%Deferred revenue$126.0M$118.2M+7%(1)(2)(3) - Please refer to "Non-IFRS Measures and Definitions"Q1 F2013 HighlightsSales Contracts were $20.6 million, down 19% from Q1 F2012, reflecting challenging factors in the PC industry.Commercial Sales Contracts were $18.6 million, down 19% from Q1 F2012, reflecting the impact of challenging PC industry trends, most significantly within the education and government verticals.Company achieved year-over-year growth in key expansion areas of the business - corporate and healthcare verticals, the Absolute Manage product line and international sales.Sales of Theft Management Products(5) were $12.8 million, down 25% compared to Q1 F2012.Device Management and Data Security product sales were $5.8 million, a 1% decrease compared to Q1 F2012.Cash from operating activities was $5.3 million, down 3% from Q1 F2012.Adjusted Operating Income was $1.4 million, a 48% decrease compared to Q1 F2012.Announced Computrace embedded persistence for the Fujitsu STYLISTIC M532 Android Media Tablet.Released Absolute Manage support for Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.Announced availability of Absolute Data Protect for Android devices.Expanded data protection capabilities with new Absolute Secure Drive features.Opened a sales, marketing and customer support office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Repurchased 608,100 shares under the Company's Normal Course Issuer Bid at a cost of $2.8 million."We achieved year-over-year increases in the corporate and healthcare verticals, the Absolute Manage product line and in our international business, all of which are key expansion areas for Absolute," said John Livingston, CEO of Absolute. "However, we faced broader PC industry challenges in the quarter that placed downward pressure on our overall Q1 results. The magnitude of the impact of these challenges was unforeseen by our PC OEM and infrastructure partners, most of whom also underwent layoffs and reduced their guidance late in the September quarter. While we are disappointed with our overall results for the quarter, we are encouraged by industry forecasts, which are predicting a transition to an improved sales environment toward the end of the fiscal year."Mr. Livingston continued: "In response to our experience in the first quarter, we are taking a more measured approach to our investment levels. We are scaling back on our initial plans and partially offsetting spending increases with cost reductions in certain areas of the business.  We balanced these cost reductions against the long-term market opportunity for our unique product vision that we believe is well positioned within the key secular trends in the PC industry. This belief is founded in the growth we continued to generate in Q1 in our emerging products and markets, particularly in the mobile device management space where we continue to experience exciting growth."Q1 F2013 Financial ReviewQ1 F2013 Sales Contracts were $20.6 million, down 19% from $25.3 million in Q1 F2012. The year-over-year decline was a result of several PC industry factors, including a slowdown in PC sales due to the upcoming Windows 8 release, budget reallocations to iOS devices in the education sector and uncertainty in the US public sector as a result of the impending election. The negative impact these factors had on the Company's Q1 F2013 results was partially offset by growth in expansion areas of the business, including stronger year-over-year sales in the corporate and healthcare verticals, increased sales of the Company's Absolute Manage product line and expansion of the Company's international sales.Commercial Sales Contracts for Absolute's flagship theft management products(5)  were $12.8 million for Q1 F2013. This was down 25% from $17.1 million in Q1 F2012, as these product sales are heavily driven by PC sales, with an emphasis on the education market.Q1 F2013 Commercial Sales Contracts from Absolute's device management and data security products(6)  were $5.8 million, down 1% from Q1 F2012. In the quarter, Absolute had strong year-over-year sales gains for its Absolute Manage product line, in particular its Mobile Device Management offering.  These gains were offset by a decline in Computrace Data Protection sales, which were negatively affected by the same factors as the Company's theft management products.International Sales Contracts grew 21% to $2.7 million in Q1 F2013 from $2.2 million in Q1 F2012. This reflects the benefits of the Company's strategy to invest in expansion into markets outside of North America that have the same needs for all of Absolute's products, but with lower current levels of penetration.For Q1 F2013, Sales Contracts for consumer solutions were $2.0 million, or 10% of Sales Contracts, down 17% from $2.4 million, or 9% of Sales Contracts, in Q1 F2012. The year-over-year decline was a result of delays in PC purchases in anticipation of the Windows 8 launch and some displacement of PC purchases by tablets.Revenue for Q1 F2013 was $19.8 million, an 8% increase from $18.2 million in Q1 F2012. Indicative of the Company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model, revenue primarily represents the amortization of deferred revenue balances from recurring term license sales. For Q1 F2013, 94% of revenue was related to the drawdown of deferred revenue balances accumulated to the end of the prior fiscal year. Adjusted Operating Expenses(3) for Q1 F2013 were $18.4 million. This was up 18% from $15.5 million in Q1 F2012 and up 3% from $17.9 million in Q4 F2012. The year-over-year change was due to increased investment levels, particularly in sales, marketing, and research and development. These increased spending levels were initiated near the end of F2012.Absolute generated Adjusted Operating Income(4) of $1.4 million in Q1 F2013, down 48% from an Adjusted Operating Income of  $2.7 million in Q1 F2012, due to the combination of lower sales contracts and increased investment in the business in Q1 F2013.Absolute recorded net income of $0.5 million in Q1 F2013, compared to a net loss of $1.9 million in Q1 F2012. Q1 F2013 net income included a foreign exchanges gain of $0.5 million compared to a foreign exchange loss of $1.9 million in Q1 F2012.Cash from operating activities was $5.3 million for Q1 F2013, down 3% from $5.5 million in Q1 F2012.At September 30, 2012, Absolute had cash, cash equivalents and investments of $72.5 million compared to $69.9 million at June 30, 2012.OutlookManagement believes that many of the negative PC industry factors the Company experienced in Q1 F2013 will persist through to the end of fiscal 2013.  As a result, management expects sales contracts for F2013 to be slightly below F2012 levels. Given the current challenging market conditions and the outlook for improved conditions toward the end of the fiscal year, management is taking a balanced approach to spending and expects cash generated from operating activities to decline moderately compared to F2012.  As part of the Company's overall growth plans, management also anticipates completing one, or more acquisitions during F2013.  The Company is targeting acquisitions with a purchase price of $25 million or less.Quarterly FilingsManagement's discussion and analysis ("MD&A"), consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for Q1 F2013 can be obtained today from Absolute's corporate website at www.absolute.com. The documents will also be available at www.sedar.com.Notice of Conference CallAbsolute Software will hold a conference call to discuss the Company's Q1 F2013 results on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET). All interested parties can join the call by dialing 647-427-7450, or 1-888-231-8191. Please dial-in 15 minutes prior to the call to secure a line.  The conference call will be archived for replay until Monday, November 12, 2012 at midnight.A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available at www.absolute.com and www.newswire.ca.  Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to join the webcast.  An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 365 days at www.newswire.ca. To access the archived conference call, please dial 416-849-0833, or 1-855-859-2056and enter the reservation code 43441455.Non-IFRS Measures and DefinitionsThroughout this press release, we refer to a number of measures which we believe are meaningful in the assessment of the Company's performance. All these metrics are non-standard measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), and are unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Readers are cautioned that the disclosure of these items is meant to add to, and not replace, the discussion of financial results or cash flows from operations as determined in accordance with IFRS.  For a discussion of the purpose of these non-IFRS measures, please refer to the Company's Fiscal 2013 Q1 MD&A on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com.These measures, as well as their method of calculation or reconciliation to IFRS measures, are as follows:1)     Sales Contracts See the "Subscription Business Model" section of the MD&A for a detailed discussion of why we believe Sales Contracts (also known as "bookings") provide a meaningful performance metric.  Sales Contracts are included in deferred revenue (see Note 7 of the Notes to the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements), and result from invoiced sales of our products and services.  2)     Basic and diluted Cash from Operating Activities per share As a result of the nature of our revenues (please refer to "Subscription Business Model" in the MD&A), we use Cash from Operating Activities as a measure of profitability. Accordingly, we believe that Cash from Operating Activities per share is a meaningful indicator of profitability per share. Cash from Operating Activities per share is calculated by dividing Cash from Operating Activities by the average number of shares outstanding for the period (basic), or using the treasury stock method (diluted).  3)     Adjusted Operating Expenses  A number of significant non-cash expenses are reported in our Cost of Revenue and Operating Expenses.  Management believes that analyzing these expenses exclusive of these non-cash items provides a useful measure of the cash invested in the operations of its business. The non-cash items excluded in the determination of Adjusted Operating Expenses are share-based compensation and amortization of acquired intangible assets. For a description of the reasons these items are adjusted, please refer to the Fiscal 2013 Q1 MD&A.  4)     Adjusted Operating Income  Management believes that analyzing operating results exclusive of significant non-cash items provides a useful measure of the Company's performance. Adjusted Operating Income refers to IFRS operating (loss) income excluding charges for share-based compensation and amortization of acquired intangible assets.  5)     Theft Management products  Management defines the Company's theft management product line as Computrace products that include an investigations and recovery services component.  6)     Device Management and Data Security products  Management defines the Company's device management and data security product line as are defined as our Absolute Manage and Absolute Secure Drive products, as well as Computrace products that do not include an investigations and recovery services component (for example, Absolute Track and Computrace Data Protection).About Absolute SoftwareAbsolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the world leader in persistent endpoint security and management solutions for computers and ultra-portable devices and the data they contain. Positioned as a Visionary vendor in Gartner, Inc.'s Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools in 2012, Absolute's solutions -  Absolute Computrace, Absolute Manage, Absolute Secure Drive, and Computrace LoJack for Laptops -  provide organizations with actionable intelligence to track, manage and secure both employee and corporate liable devices accessing their network and restore trust, visibility and control over all of their devices and data, ensuring best practices for governance, risk mitigation and compliance. The Company's persistence technology is pre-built into the firmware of laptop, Ultrabook, desktop, netbook, and tablet computers by global leaders, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Motion, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling partnerships with these OEMs and others, including Apple. For more information about Absolute Software, visit www.absolute.com and http://blog.absolute.com.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the expected performance, functionality and availability of our services and products, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. When used in this press release, the words "plan," "expect," "believe," and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and general market conditions. In light of the many risks and uncertainties you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.©2012 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace and Absolute are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation. LoJack is a registered trademark of LoJack Corporation, used under license by Absolute Software Corporation. LoJack Corporation is not responsible for any content herein. U.S. patents No. 5,715,174, No. 5,764,892, No. 5,802,280, No. 5,896,497, No. 6,087,937, No. 6,244,758, No. 6,269,392, No. 6,300,863, No. 6,507,914, No. 7,818,557, No. 7,818,803, No. 7,945,709 and No. 8,062,380. Canadian patents No. 2,211,735, No. 2,284,806, and No. 2,205,370. U.K. patents No. EP0793823, No. GB2298302, and No. GB2338101. German patent No. 69512534. Australian patent No. 699045. Japanese patent No. JP4067035. The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the information contained in this news release.ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE CORPORATIONConsolidated Statements of Financial Position(Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited)   September 30, 2012 June 30, 2012       ASSETS             CURRENT       Cash and cash equivalents $56,008,100 $45,412,147 Short-term investments  4,049,087  8,642,435 Trade and other receivables  15,194,809  18,105,369 Prepaid expenses and other  1,957,897  2,010,165   77,209,893  74,170,116INVESTMENTS  12,477,882  15,875,256PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT  1,500,772  1,561,495DEFERRED INCOME TAX ASSETS  20,742,672  19,848,221INTANGIBLE ASSETS  16,842,287  18,256,872  $128,773,506 $129,711,960       LIABILITIES             CURRENT       Trade and other payables $7,688,968 $7,016,921 Acquisition payable - current  1,660,789  1,657,949 Accrued warranty  580,000  590,000 Deferred revenue - current  64,573,135  63,173,264   74,502,892  72,438,134DEFERRED REVENUE  61,470,828  62,038,434   135,973,720  134,476,568CONTINGENCIES             SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY       Share capital  38,035,661  38,625,463 Equity reserve  36,317,182  35,751,185 Deficit  (81,553,057)  (79,141,256)   (7,200,214)  (4,764,608)  $128,773,506 $129,711,960ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE CORPORATIONConsolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)Three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011(Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited)   2012 2011       REVENUE $19,766,920 $18,246,507       COST OF REVENUE  4,870,689  5,056,325       GROSS MARGIN  14,896,231  13,190,182       OPERATING EXPENSES       Sales and marketing  9,501,541  7,783,810 Research and development  3,156,569  2,797,415 General and administration  2,638,116  1,814,828 Investment tax credits  (400,000)  (575,000) Share-based compensation  576,285  696,813   15,472,511  12,517,866       OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME  (576,280)  672,316       OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)       Interest income, net  84,906  146,484 Foreign exchange gain (loss)  497,318  (1,862,747) Loss on investments  (29,627)  -   552,597  (1,716,263)       NET LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES  (23,683)  (1,043,947)       INCOME TAX RECOVERY (EXPENSE)  494,451  (840,000)       NET INCOME (LOSS) AND TOTAL   COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) $470,768 $(1,883,947)       BASIC AND DILUTED INCOME (LOSS)    PER SHARE $0.01 $(0.04)       WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON    SHARES OUTSTANDING, BASIC  43,643,501  43,406,230ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE CORPORATIONConsolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders' Deficiency(Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited)  Share Capital          Number ofCommonshares Amount Equityreserve Deficit Total               BALANCE, JUNE 30, 2011 43,680,498 $34,640,517 $34,431,802 $  (74,766,754) $(5,694,435)Shares issued on options exercised 85,250  164,173  (53,265)  -  110,908Shares issued under Employee Share Purchase Plan 93,502  308,313  -  -  308,313Shares repurchased and cancelled   under the Normal Course Issuer Bid (683,000)  (735,284)  -  (2,042,281)  (2,777,565)Share-based compensation -  -  696,813  -  696,813Net loss and total comprehensive loss -  -  -  (1,883,947)  (1,883,947)BALANCE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 43,176,250 $34,377,719 $35,075,350 $(78,692,982) $(9,239,913)Shares issued on options exercised 653,787  3,549,259  (1,105,530)  -  2,443,729Shares issued under Employee Share   Purchase Plan 81,600  289,218  -  -  289,218Shares repurchased and cancelled   under the Normal Course Issuer Bid (320,500)  (418,167)  -  (916,335)  (1,334,502)Shares issued on acquisition 166,666  827,434  -         -  827,434Share-based compensation -  -  1,781,365  -  1,781,365Net income and total comprehensive income -  -  -  468,061  468,061BALANCE, JUNE 30, 2012 43,757,803 $38,625,463 $35,751,185 $(79,141,256) $(4,764,608)Shares issued on options exercised 6,825  26,363  (10,288)  -  16,075Shares issued under Employee Share   Purchase Plan 77,610  321,493  -  -  321,493Shares repurchased and cancelled   under the Normal Course Issuer Bid (608,100)  (690,847)  -  (2,112,293)  (2,803,140)Shares committed to be repurchased   under the Normal Course Issuer Bid -  (246,811)  -  (770,276)  (1,017,087)Share-based compensation -  -  576,285  -  576,285Net income and total comprehensive income -  -  -  470,768  470,768BALANCE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 43,234,138 $38,035,661 $36,317,182 $(81,553,057) $(7,200,214)ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE CORPORATIONConsolidated Statements of Cash FlowsThree months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011(Expressed in United States dollars) (Unaudited)   2012 2011OPERATING ACTIVITIES             Net income (loss) $470,768 $  (1,883,947)Items not involving cash       Amortization of property and equipment  330,919  316,507 Amortization of acquired intangible assets  1,409,845  1,336,856 Amortization of intangible assets - contract costs and brand  1,420,175  1,468,903 Share-based compensation  576,285  696,813 Deferred income taxes  (894,451)  265,000 Loss on investments  29,627  - Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss  (277,892)  1,958,039 Non-cash interest and amortizationof investment premium  202,101  13,829Change in non-cash working capital       Trade and other receivables  2,905,954  (2,576,900) Prepaid expenses and other  52,268  (112,221) Intangible assets - contract costs and brand additions  (1,390,435)  (1,660,385) Trade and other payables  (330,731)  (1,269,897) Accrued warranty  (10,000)  (30,000) Deferred revenue  832,264  6,972,207       CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES  5,326,697  5,494,804       INVESTING ACTIVITIES              Purchase of property and equipment  (310,605)  (123,531) Purchase of intangible assets  (25,000)  - Proceeds from maturities of short-term investments  8,039,727  -       CASH FROM (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES  7,704,122  (123,531)       FINANCING ACTIVITIES              Repurchase of common shares for cancellation  (2,803,140)  (2,777,565) Issuance of common shares  337,568  419,221       CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES  (2,465,572)  (2,358,344)       FOREIGN EXCHANGE EFFECT ON CASH  30,706  (238,105)       INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS  10,595,953  2,774,824       CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING   OF PERIOD  45,412,147  29,866,741       CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $56,008,100 $32,641,565  SOURCE: Absolute Software CorporationFor further information: Public Relations: Chris Michaels, HORN Group chris.michaels@horngroup.com 415.905.4030 805.390.0819 Investor Relations: Kristen Dickson, MSc,  TMX|Equicom kdickson@tmxequicom.com or 416.815.0700 x273 or Dave Mason, CFA, TMX|Equicom dmason@tmxequicom.com or 416.815.0700 x237