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Liquidity Services, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>– Record fiscal year revenue of $475.3 million up 41% – Record Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) of $864.2 million up 55% - Record Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $110.1 million up 109% –</b> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <b>– Fourth quarter revenue of $122.3 million up 52% – Record GMV of $241.0 million up 65% - Adjusted EBITDA of $23.1 million up 85% –</b> </p>

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Liquidity Services, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results06:58 EST Thursday, November 29, 2012 WASHINGTON (Business Wire) -- Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT; www.liquidityservicesinc.com) today reported its financial results for its fiscal year (FY-12) and fourth quarter (Q4-12) ended September 30, 2012. Liquidity Services, Inc. provides business and government clients and buying customers transparent, innovative and effective online marketplaces and integrated services for surplus assets. Liquidity Services, Inc. (LSI or the Company) reported record consolidated FY-12 revenue of $475.3 million, an increase of approximately 41% from the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes stock-based compensation and acquisition costs including changes in acquisition earn out payment estimates, for FY-12 was a record $110.1 million, an increase of approximately 109% from the prior year. FY-12 GMV, the total sales volume of all merchandise sold through the Company's marketplaces, was a record $864.2 million, an increase of approximately 55% from the prior year. Comparisons to FY-11 results include our U.K. operations, which were shut down, effective September 30, 2011, and are accounted for as discontinued operations in our statement of operations. The Company reported consolidated Q4-12 revenue of $122.3 million, an increase of approximately 52% from the prior year's comparable period. Adjusted EBITDA for Q4-12 was $23.1 million, an increase of approximately 85% from the prior year's comparable period. GMV was a record $241.0 million for Q4-12, an increase of approximately 65% from the prior year's comparable period. These comparisons include the results of our U.K. operations, as noted above. Net income in FY-12 was $48.3 million or $1.47 diluted earnings per share. Adjusted net income in FY-12, which excludes stock-based compensation and acquisition costs including changes in acquisition earn out payment estimates, was a record $60.9 million, an increase of approximately 100% from the prior year, and was a record $1.86 adjusted diluted earnings per share. Net income in Q4-12 was $5.5 million or $0.17 diluted earnings per share. Adjusted net income in Q4-12 was $13.1 million, an increase of approximately 216% from the prior year's comparable period, and was $0.40 adjusted diluted earnings per share. Adjusted net income excludes stock-based compensation and acquisition costs including changes in acquisition earn out payment estimates, net of tax. These comparisons include the results of our U.K. operations, as noted above. Annual operating cash flow was a record $52.1 million during FY-12, an increase of approximately 31% from the prior year. Q4-12 operating cash flow was $12.9 million, an increase of approximately 13% from the prior year's comparable period. “Liquidity Services generated strong results during Q4-12 as we continued to grow our market share and build on our leadership position in the reverse supply chain market during a seasonally low quarter for the Company. We continued to benefit from large commercial and government clients placing their trust in us to handle more of their excess inventory and high value capital asset sales, which drove strong growth this quarter,” said Bill Angrick, Chairman and CEO of LSI. “Our recent acquisition, of NESA, further enhances our position as the leading reverse supply chain solution for large retailers and their suppliers, and we are excited by the numerous related opportunities to create value for our buyers and clients, which we plan to demonstrate during fiscal year 2013.” “During fiscal year 2012, we continued to advance our business strategy of building a defensible, leadership position in the reverse supply chain market and generated strong results for our clients and shareholders. With our large and growing buyer marketplace, integrated services and domain expertise, we are enabling retailers, manufacturers and government agencies to drive efficiencies in their global supply chains and better compete in an increasingly complex environment. We believe our continued focus on delivering the breadth of services, geographic coverage and global market data that large enterprises require in the reverse supply chain positions us well for fiscal year 2013 and continued long term profitable growth and market leadership,” said Mr. Angrick. “Operationally, Liquidity Services continued to build on the process improvements and scale efficiencies started last fiscal year resulting in overall improved cycle times and margins. Adjusted EBITDA margins improved significantly from 15.6% of revenue and 9.4% of GMV in FY-11 to 23.2% and 12.7%, respectively for FY-12. Liquidity Services remains focused on executing our long term growth strategy to ensure the Company is well positioned to drive attractive returns for shareholders.” Business Outlook While economic conditions have improved, our overall outlook remains cautious due to the volatility in the macro environment and its potential impact on the retail and industrial supply chains and GDP growth. Additionally, we plan to further invest in our technology infrastructure and product roadmap to support further expansion and integration of our existing businesses and online marketplaces which are proceeding according to our original plan. In the longer term, we expect our business to continue to benefit from the following trends: (i) as consumers trade down and seek greater value, we anticipate stronger buyer demand for the surplus merchandise sold in our marketplaces, (ii) as corporations and public sector agencies focus on reducing costs, improving transparency and working capital flows by outsourcing reverse supply chain activities, we expect our seller base to increase, and (iii) as corporations and public sector agencies increasingly prefer service providers with a proven track record, innovative technology solutions and demonstrated financial strength, we expect our seller base to increase. The following forward looking statements reflect trends and assumptions for the next quarter and FY 2013: (i) stable commodity prices in our scrap business; (ii) stable average sales prices realized in our capital assets marketplaces; (iii) an effective income tax rate of 40%; and (iv) improved operations and service levels in our retail goods marketplaces. Our results may also be materially affected by changes in business trends and our operating environment, and by other factors, such as: (i) investments in infrastructure and value-added services to support new business in both commercial and public sector markets; and (ii) pricing pressure from buyers in selected categories of our retail goods marketplaces, which can result in lower than optimal margins. Our Scrap Contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) includes an incentive feature, which can increase the amount of profit sharing distribution we receive from 23% up to 25%. Payments under this incentive feature are based on the amount of scrap we sell for the DoD to small businesses during the preceding 12 months as of June 30th of each year. We are eligible to receive this incentive in each year of the term of the Scrap Contract and have assumed for purposes of providing guidance regarding our projected financial results for fiscal year 2013 that we will again receive this incentive payment. In addition, we estimate that we will make investments totaling several million dollars to fully integrate GoIndustry into Liquidity Services over the next year resulting in a drag on our earnings during the first half of fiscal year 2013. This is a change in our expectation that GoIndustry would be accretive to the bottom line throughout fiscal year 2013. We believe this investment is required to fully realize the synergies available across the Company's buyer marketplaces and clients and to position us for growth within the $100 billion global market for capital assets. GMV – We expect GMV for fiscal year 2013 to range from $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion. We expect GMV for Q1-13 to range from $240 million to $250 million. Adjusted EBITDA – We expect Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2013 to range from $123 million to $133 million. We expect Adjusted EBITDA for Q1-13 to range from $22.0 million to $24.0 million. Adjusted Diluted EPS – We estimate Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share for fiscal year 2013 to range from $2.05 to $2.23. In Q1-13, we estimate Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share to be $0.36 to $0.40. This guidance assumes that we have an average fully diluted number of shares outstanding for the year of 33.4 million, and that we will not repurchase shares with the approximately $18.1 million yet to be expended under the share repurchase program. Our guidance adjusts EBITDA and Diluted EPS for (i) acquisition costs including transaction costs and changes in earn out estimates; (ii) amortization of contract intangible assets of $33.3 million from our acquisition of Jacobs Trading; and (iii) for stock based compensation costs, which we estimate to be approximately $3.0 million to $3.5 million per quarter for fiscal year 2013. These stock based compensation costs are consistent with fiscal year 2012. Key FY-12 and Q4-12 Operating MetricsRegistered Buyers — At the end of FY-12, registered buyers totaled approximately 2,186,000, representing a 36% increase over the approximately 1,604,000 registered buyers at the end of FY-11. Auction Participants — Auction participants, defined as registered buyers who have bid in an auction during the period (a registered buyer who bids in more than one auction is counted as an auction participant in each auction in which he or she bids), increased to approximately 2,105,000 in FY-12, an approximately 9% increase over the approximately 1,936,000 auction participants in FY-11. Auction participants increased to approximately 565,000 in Q4-12, an approximately 28% increase over the approximately 442,000 auction participants in Q4-11. Completed Transactions — Completed transactions increased to approximately 501,000, an approximately 5% increase for FY-12 from the approximately 475,000 completed transactions in FY-11. Completed transactions increased to approximately 140,000, an approximately 35% increase for Q4-12 from the approximately 104,000 completed transactions in Q4-11. Average transaction sizes increased approximately 47% from $1,175 in FY-11 to $1,725 in FY-12, and 23% from $1,400 in Q4-11 to $1,716 in Q4-12, due to our lotting and merchandising strategies. GMV and Revenue Mix — GMV continues to diversify due to the continued growth in our commercial business and state and local government business (the GovDeals.com marketplace). As a result, the percentage of GMV derived from our DoD Contracts during FY-12 decreased to 23.7% compared to 33.9% in the prior year and in Q4-12 decreased to 20.7% compared to 35.1% in the prior year period. The table below summarizes GMV and revenue by pricing model. The purchase model revenue mix has increased, as a result of the Jacobs Trading acquisition. GMV Mix                 FY-12   FY-11   Q4-12   Q4-11 Profit-Sharing Model:       Scrap Contract 8.9 %   15.4 %   6.7 %   16.8 % Total Profit Sharing 8.9 % 15.4 % 6.7 % 16.8 % Consignment Model: GovDeals 15.2 % 20.0 % 13.2 % 20.2 % Commercial 37.1 %   24.7 %   45.0 %   30.1 % Total Consignment 52.3 % 44.7 % 58.2 % 50.3 % Purchase Model: Commercial 24.0 % 21.1 % 21.1 % 14.6 % Surplus Contract 14.8 %   18.5 %   14.0 %   18.3 % Total Purchase 38.8 % 39.6 % 35.1 % 32.9 %   Other 0.0 %   0.3 %   0.0 %   0.0 % Total 100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 % Revenue Mix Profit-Sharing Model: Scrap Contract 16.1 %   25.5 %   13.3 %   30.3 % Total Profit Sharing 16.1 % 25.5 % 13.3 % 30.3 % Consignment Model: GovDeals 2.6 % 3.0 % 2.5 % 3.4 % Commercial 9.9 %   5.8 %   13.7 %   6.9 % Total Consignment 12.5 % 8.8 % 16.2 % 10.3 % Purchase Model: Commercial 44.5 % 34.9 % 42.9 % 26.4 % Surplus Contract 26.9 %   30.3 %   27.6 %   32.9 % Total Purchase 71.4 % 65.2 % 70.5 % 59.3 %   Other 0.0 %   0.5 %   0.0 %   0.1 % Total 100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 % Liquidity Services, Inc.Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP MeasuresEBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure and is equal to net income plus interest expense and other expense, net; provision for income taxes; amortization of contract intangibles; and depreciation and amortization. Our definition of Adjusted EBITDA differs from EBITDA because we further adjust EBITDA for stock based compensation expense, and acquisition costs including changes in earn out estimates and goodwill impairment. Adjusted EBITDA for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2011 includes the operating losses generated by our UK operations, which were closed down as of September 30, 2011.   Three MonthsEnded September 30,   Twelve MonthsEnded September 30,2012   20112012   2011(In thousands) Net income $ 5,545 $ 3,126 $ 48,296 $ 8,512 Interest and other expense, net 593 62 2,218 111 Provision for income taxes 2,627 2,527 31,652 4,419 Amortization of contract intangibles 1,884 203 7,943 813 Depreciation and amortization   1,715   1,587   6,223   5,519   EBITDA 12,364 7,505 96,332 19,374 Stock compensation expense 3,462 2,387 12,117 9,136 Acquisition costs and goodwill impairment   7,256   2,578   1,695   24,167   Adjusted EBITDA $ 23,082 $ 12,470 $ 110,144 $ 52,677 Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share. Adjusted net income is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure and is equal to net income plus tax effected stock compensation expense, amortization of contract-related intangible assets associated with the Jacobs Trading acquisition and acquisition costs including changes in earn out estimates and goodwill impairment. Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share are determined using Adjusted Net Income. Adjusted net income for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2011 includes the operating losses generated by our UK operations, which were closed down as of September 30, 2011.   Three Months Ended September 30,Twelve Months Ended September 30,2012   20112012   2011(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Net income $ 5,545 $ 3,126 $ 48,296 $ 8,512 Stock compensation expense (net of tax) 2,077 1,034 7,270 6,029 Amortization of contract intangibles (net of tax) 1,090 — 4,359 — Acquisition costs and goodwill impairment (net of tax)   4,354   (26 )   1,017   15,950   Adjusted net income $ 13,066 $ 4,134 $ 60,942 $ 30,491   Adjusted basic earnings per common share $ 0.42 $ 0.15 $ 1.98 $ 1.10   Adjusted diluted earnings per common share $ 0.40 $ 0.14 $ 1.86 $ 1.05   Basic weighted average shares outstanding   31,045,293   28,512,433   30,854,796   27,736,865   Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   32,788,205   30,527,438   32,783,079   29,081,933 Conference Call The Company will host a conference call to discuss the fiscal 2012 and fourth quarter 2012 results at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time today. Investors and other interested parties may access the teleconference by dialing 800-561-2731 or 617-614-3528 and providing the participant pass code 20943794. A live web cast of the conference call will be provided on the Company's investor relations website at http://www.liquidityservicesinc.com. A replay of the web cast will be available on the Company's website for 30 calendar days ending December 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET. An audio replay of the teleconference will also be available until December 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To listen to the replay, dial 888-286-8010 or 617-801-6888 and provide pass code 18384625. Both replays will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. today. Non-GAAP Measures To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share. These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of our current financial performance and prospects for the future. We use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA: (a) as measurements of operating performance because they assist us in comparing our operating performance on a consistent basis as they do not reflect the impact of items not directly resulting from our core operations; (b) for planning purposes, including the preparation of our internal annual operating budget; (c) to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of our business; (d) to evaluate the effectiveness of our operational strategies; and (e) to evaluate our capacity to fund capital expenditures and expand our business. We believe these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of our core operating measures. In addition, because we have historically reported certain non-GAAP measures to investors, we believe the inclusion of non-GAAP measures provides consistency in our financial reporting. These measures should be considered in addition to financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. A reconciliation of all historical non-GAAP measures included in this press release, to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, may be found in the financial tables included in this press release. Supplemental Operating Data To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain supplemental operating data as a measure of certain components of operating performance. We review GMV because it provides a measure of the volume of goods being sold in our marketplaces and thus the activity of those marketplaces. GMV and our other supplemental operating data, including registered buyers, auction participants and completed transactions, also provide a means to evaluate the effectiveness of investments that we have made and continue to make in the areas of customer support, value-added services, product development, sales and marketing and operations. Therefore, we believe this supplemental operating data provides useful information to both management and investors. In addition, because we have historically reported certain supplemental operating data to investors, we believe the inclusion of this supplemental operating data provides consistency in our financial reporting. This data should be considered in addition to financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. Forward-Looking Statements This document contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are only predictions. The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company's business outlook and expected future effective tax rates. You can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continues" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this document. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed as forward-looking statements are set forth in our filings with the SEC from time to time, and include, among others, our dependence on our contracts with the DoD and Walmart for a significant portion of our revenue and profitability; our ability to successfully expand the supply of merchandise available for sale on our online marketplaces; our ability to attract and retain active professional buyers to purchase this merchandise; the timing and success of upgrades to our technology infrastructure; our ability to successfully complete the integration of any acquired companies, including NESA, GoIndustry, Jacobs Trading and Truckcenter.com, into our existing operations and our ability to realize any anticipated benefits of these or other acquisitions; and our ability to recognize any expected tax benefits as a result of closing our U.K. operations. There may be other factors of which we are currently unaware or deem immaterial that may cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf apply only as of the date of this document and are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements included in this document. Except as may be required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. About LSI Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) provides leading corporations, public sector agencies and buying customers the world's most transparent, innovative and effective online marketplaces and integrated services for surplus assets. On behalf of its clients, Liquidity Services has completed the sale of over $3.0 billion of surplus, returned and end-of-life assets, in over 500 product categories, including consumer goods, capital assets and industrial equipment. The Company is based in Washington, D.C. and has nearly 1,200 employees. Additional information can be found at: http://www.liquidityservicesinc.com. Liquidity Services, Inc. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Balance Sheets(Dollars in Thousands)   September 30,2012   2011Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 104,782 $ 128,984 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,248 and $514 in 2012 and 2011, respectively 16,226 6,049 Inventory 20,669 15,065 Prepaid and deferred taxes 16,927 16,073 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,973 4,805 Current assets of discontinued operations   —   277 Total current assets 162,577 171,253 Property and equipment, net 10,382 7,042 Intangible assets, net 34,204 2,993 Goodwill 185,771 40,549 Other assets   7,474   5,970 Total assets $ 400,408 $ 227,807 Liabilities and stockholders' equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 9,997 $ 8,590 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 36,425 23,411 Profit-sharing distributions payable 4,041 7,267 Current portion of acquisition earn out payable 14,511 5,410 Customer payables 34,255 12,728 Current portion of note payable 10,000 — Current liabilities of discontinued operations   154   2,160 Total current liabilities 109,383 59,566 Acquisition earn out payable — 4,741 Note payable, net of current portion 32,000 — Deferred taxes and other long-term liabilities   9,022   2,087 Total liabilities 150,405 66,394 Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $0.001 par value; 120,000,000 shares authorized; 31,138,111 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012; 31,192,608 shares issued and 29,030,552 shares outstanding at September 30, 2011 31 29 Additional paid-in capital 182,361 124,886 Treasury stock, at cost — (21,884 ) Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,246 52 Retained earnings   66,365   58,330 Total stockholders' equity   250,003   161,413 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 400,408 $ 227,807 Liquidity Services, Inc. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Statements of Operations(Dollars in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)   Three Months Ended September 30,Twelve Months Ended September 30,2012   20112012   2011 Revenue $ 102,424 $ 70,814 $ 415,829 $ 297,584 Fee revenue   19,851   8,391   59,475   29,794 Total revenue from continuing operations 122,275 79,205 475,304 327,378   Costs and expenses from continuing operations: Cost of goods sold (excluding amortization) 50,626 25,440 198,123 126,395 Profit-sharing distributions 9,125 14,788 43,242 49,318 Technology and operations 20,025 13,239 67,553 52,178 Sales and marketing 10,444 5,970 31,252 23,279 General and administrative 12,435 6,849 37,107 26,484 Amortization of contract intangibles 1,884 203 7,943 813 Depreciation and amortization 1,715 1,342 6,223 4,881 Acquisition costs   7,256   1,762   1,695   6,702   Total costs and expenses   113,510   69,593   393,138   290,050   Income from continuing operations 8,765 9,612 82,166 37,328 Interest and other expense, net   593   401   2,218   1,190   Income before provision for income taxes from continuing operations 8,172 9,211 79,948 36,138 Provision for income taxes   2,627   2,528   31,652   15,459 Income from continuing operations 5,545 6,683 48,296 20,679 Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   —   (3,557 )   —   (12,167 ) Net income $ 5,545 $ 3,126 $ 48,296 $ 8,512   Basic earnings (loss) per common share: From continuing operations $ 0.18 $ 0.23 $ 1.57 $ 0.75 From discontinued operations   —   (0.12 )   —   (0.44 ) Basic earnings per common share $ 0.18 $ 0.11 $ 1.57 $ 0.31   Diluted earnings (loss) per common share: From continuing operations $ 0.17 $ 0.22 $ 1.47 $ 0.71 From discontinued operations   —   (0.12 )   —   (0.42 ) Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.17 $ 0.10 $ 1.47 $ 0.29   Basic weighted average shares outstanding   31,045,293   28,512,433   30,854,796   27,736,865   Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   32,788,205   30,527,438   32,783,079   29,081,933 Liquidity Services, Inc. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Statements of Cash Flows(In Thousands)   Three Months Ended September 30,Twelve Months Ended September 30,2012   2011   2012   2011Operating activities Net income $ 5,545 $ 3,126 $ 48,296 $ 8,512 Less: Discontinued operations, net of tax   —   (3,557   )   —   (12,167 )   Income from continuing operations 5,545 6,683 48,296 20,679 Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to net cash provided by operating activities from continued operations: Depreciation and amortization 3,599 1,545 14,166 5,694 Stock compensation expense 3,462 2,386 12,117 9,136 Provision (benefit) for inventory allowance 1,660 (73 ) 884 (22 ) Provision (benefit) for doubtful accounts 334 90 117 221 Deferred tax (benefit) provision (1,719 ) 66 (1,719 ) 66 Incremental tax benefit from exercise of common stock options (1,765 ) (4,146 ) (16,953 ) (6,597 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (483 ) (883 ) (1,596 ) (1,809 ) Inventory 4,384 (1,693 ) (132 ) (392 ) Prepaid expenses and other assets 4,490 1,480 17,890 7,815 Accounts payable (1,331 ) 2,582 (7,570 ) 1,552 Accrued expenses and other (15,298 ) 4,312 (8,534 ) (691 ) Profit-sharing distributions payable 1,103 1,909 (3,226 ) 1,671 Customer payables 2,677 (608 ) 2,510 2,945 Acquisition earn out payable 6,242 (1,838 ) (3,826 ) 358 Other liabilities   77   (21 )   205   (1 )   Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing activities 12,977 11,791 52,629 40,625 Net cash used in operating activities from discontinued operations   (102 )   (405   )   (483 )   (739 ) Net cash provided by operating activities 12,875 11,386 52,146 39,886 Investing activities Purchases of short-term investments — (1,462 ) — (10,292 ) Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments — 12,392 — 43,812 Cash paid for acquisitions and decrease (increase) in goodwill and intangibles 8,267 (62 ) (71,796 ) (9,092 ) Purchases of property and equipment   (3,965 )   (423   )   (6,793 )   (4,822 )   Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 4,302 10,445 (78,589 ) 19,606 Financing activities Proceeds from exercise of common stock options (net of tax) 1,469 10,590 15,491 23,639 Incremental tax benefit from exercise of common stock options 1,765 4,146 16,953 6,597 Repurchases of common stock   —   —     (29,999 )   (3,541 )   Net cash provided by financing activities 3,234 14,736 2,445 26,695 Effect of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents   (288 )   (990   )   (309 )   (476 )   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 20,123 35,577 (24,307 ) 85,711 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period   84,659   93,512     129,089   43,378   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 104,782 $ 129,089 $ 104,782 $ 129,089 Less: Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations at end of year   —   105     —   105 Cash and cash equivalents of continuing operations at end of year $ 104,782 $ 128,984 $ 104,782 $ 128,984 Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information Cash paid for income taxes $ 2,721 $ 12 $ 14,482 $ 6,245 Cash paid for interest 65 14 117 62 Contingent purchase price accrued 6,242 — 7,438 6,989 Note payable issued in connection with acquisition — — 40,000 — Liquidity Services, Inc.Julie Davis, 202-467-6868 ext. 2234Director, Investor Relationsjulie.davis@liquidityservicesinc.com