Asure Software Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Asure Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASUR), a leading provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) and workspace management software, reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Key Financial Highlights

  • Third Quarter Total Revenue of $23.5 Million, up 51% Year-Over-Year
  • Cloud Bookings were up 49% Year-Over-Year
  • Third Quarter Cloud Revenue of $18.4 Million, up 66% Year-Over-Year
  • Short-term Backlog (within a 12-month period) was $24.9 Million
  • Total Backlog (short and long-term) Currently Exceeds $50.0 Million
 
Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2018 Financial Summary
 
  For the three months ended   For the nine months ended
In thousands, except per share data September 30,
2017
September 30,
2018
Change (%)   September 30,
2017
September 30,
2018
Change (%)
Revenue $15,527 $23,458 51%   $39,134 $64,529 65%
               
GAAP Gross Profit $12,131 $14,987 24%   $30,474 $43,281 42%
GAAP Gross Margin 78.1% 63.9% -18%   77.9% 67.1% -14%
               
Non-GAAP Gross Profit* $12,235 $15,934 30%   $30,795 $45,019 46%
Non-GAAP Gross Margin* 78.8% 67.9% -14%   78.7% 69.8% -11%
               
GAAP Net Loss ($1,281) ($3,584) NMF   ($4,177) ($9,277) NMF
Non-GAAP Net Income* $1,976 $2,221 12%   $3,770 $5,673 50%
               
GAAP Net Loss per Share ($0.10) ($0.24) NMF   ($0.40) ($0.68) NMF
Non-GAAP Net Earnings per Share** $0.16 $0.14 -13%   $0.36 $0.37 4%
               
Non-GAAP EBITDA* $3,960 $5,365 35%   $7,842 $14,029 79%
Non-GAAP EBITDA Margin* 25.5% 22.9% -10%   20.0% 21.7% 9%
 
* Non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to GAAP in the tables set forth in this release.
** Historical non-GAAP Net Earnings Per Share adjusted for 0% effective tax rate for comparison purposes.
NMF = Not Meaningful
 

Management Commentary

“The third quarter continued to experience good momentum, highlighted by new client additions, expansion within our existing client base, growth of our pipeline and solid traction with multi-year contracts. We experienced good growth in repetitive revenue, however hardware sales were below our internal plan,” stated Pat Goepel. “We are particularly excited about our workspace management software as the deal pipeline for this software solution grew 4x year-over-year.”

CFO Kelyn Brannon noted, “We continue to focus on driving the business towards a visible, recurring-revenue cloud company. Recurring revenue represented 84% of total in the third quarter. Furthermore, cloud revenue represented 78% of total.”

“We still expect to close acquisitions at a tempered pace as we focus on integration, cross-selling and new product features,” concluded CEO Pat Goepel.

Asure delivered the following results for its third quarter 2018:

Cloud Bookings: Cloud bookings were up 49% year-over-year.

Revenue: Total revenue was $23.5 million, an increase of 51% from $15.5 million in the third quarter of 2017. Recurring revenue represented 84% of total revenue, up from 79% in the year-ago quarter. Cloud revenue represented 78% of total, up from 71% in the year-ago quarter.

Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit was $15.0 million (63.9% margin), a 24% increase from $12.1 million (78.1% margin) in the third quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP gross profit* was $15.9 million (67.9% margin), up 30% from $12.2 million (78.8% margin) in the year-ago quarter.

Earnings (Loss) per Share: GAAP loss per share was $(0.24) compared with $(0.10) in the third quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP earnings per share* was $0.14, as compared to $0.16 in the year-ago quarter.

Non-GAAP EBITDA*: Non-GAAP EBITDA was $5.4 million (22.9% margin), an increase of 35% from $4.0 million (25.5% margin) in the third quarter of 2017.

Recent Business Highlights

New Wins: During the third quarter, Asure secured wins across a range of companies including Chiawana Orchards, Google, Ministry of Justice, PSSI, Primark, CIBC, Canadian Imperial Bank, Wolters Kluwer and Discovery Communications.

Selected by New York Law School (NYLS): Asure Software was selected by NYLS to provide a centralized and streamlined room and resource scheduling solution that integrates with the school's existing Banner course scheduling platform. The higher education industry has historically struggled with a labor-intensive scheduling and room booking process. This integration will do away with the need for duplicate data entry and manual intervention.

Won Silver for HR Technology Solution Provider for Great Employers: Asure was named a winner of the silver Stevie Award for its SmartView workspace technology product. Unlike other workplace utilization software systems, Asure Software's SmartView provides empirical data that help companies discern the type of spaces their people need to do their best, most productive work. Stevie Award competitions receive more than 10,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.

Selected for a stop for the Austin Local Project Tour during FlexOffice Conference 2018: The event highlights innovative shared workspaces and best-in-class office amenities and offers visitors the chance to experience our integrated technology and how it be used to design workplaces that are more productive, collaborative, and engaging.

Resource Scheduler and SmartView Approved by FedRAMP: Asure became authorized by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program making our software solutions approved by meeting the rigorous security and privacy standards required by government agencies. Not only is FedRAMP authorization significant to government agencies, but is also significant to our current customers knowing that our solutions have passed the most stringent cloud based data security.

Acquisition in July 2018: Successfully acquired USA Payroll, Inc. (“USA Payroll”), headquartered in Rochester, NY. USA Payroll resells Asure Software's industry leading HRIS platform, Evolution, working with companies to reduce payroll compliance risk and manage time through comprehensive workforce management solution. The addition of USA Payroll not only expands our national reach but also enables us to provide clients with access to greater breadth and depth of solutions.

Fiscal 2018 Financial Guidance
Asure management revised its revenue and non-GAAP EBITDA guidance for fiscal 2018 ending December 31, 2018.

   
  Range
Revenue $88.0 million to $89.0 million
Non-GAAP EBITDA $19.0 million to $20.0 million
   

Additional 2018 Guidance:

   
Interest expense $9.0 million to $9.5 million
Depreciation $2.0 million to $2.5 million
Amortization $9.5 million to $10.5 million
Stock compensation expense $1.2 million to $1.8 million
Acquisition costs and other one-time expenses $8.0 million to $9.0 million
Basic average shares outstanding* 13.9 million to 14.3 million
Non-GAAP diluted shares outstanding* 14.3 million to 14.7 million
Non-GAAP Effective Tax Rate* 0.0%
   
  • Basic average shares outstanding guidance is 15.1 million to 15.5 million in fourth-quarter 2018.
  • Non-GAAP diluted shares outstanding guidance is 15.6 million to 15.9 million in fourth-quarter 2018.
  • Non-GAAP effective tax rate guidance is projected to be 0.0%.

Initial Fiscal 2019 Financial Outlook
Looking ahead to 2019, we expect to generate $110 million to $113 million in revenue and non-GAAP EBITDA margin of 22% to 24%, which includes approximately $10 million in complementary accretive acquisitions expected to close in the first half of 2019.

Conference Call Details
Asure management will host a conference call today (Friday, November 9, 2018) at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time (7:00 a.m. Central time) to discuss these financial results and outlook. Asure CEO Pat Goepel and CFO Kelyn Brannon will host the presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

U.S. dial-in: 877-853-5636
International dial-in: 631-291-4544
Conference ID: 1389800

The conference call will be broadcasted live and available for replay via the investor section of the company's website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures: This press release includes information about non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, non-GAAP tax rates, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP EBITDA, and non-GAAP free cash flow (collectively the "non-GAAP financial measures"). These non-GAAP financial measures are measurements of financial performance that are not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and computational methods may differ from those used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with the company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Non-GAAP EBITDA differs from GAAP net loss in that it excludes things such as interest, tax, depreciation, amortization, stock compensation, and one-time expenses. Asure Software is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of these exclusions without unreasonable effort. Therefore, Asure Software has not provided guidance for GAAP net loss or a reconciliation of the foregoing forward-looking Non-GAAP EBITDA guidance to GAAP net loss.

Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP measures when planning, monitoring, and evaluating the company's performance.

The primary purpose of using non-GAAP measures is to provide supplemental information that may prove useful to investors and to enable investors to evaluate the company's results in the same way management does.

Management believes that supplementing GAAP disclosure with non-GAAP disclosure provides investors with a more complete view of the company's operational performance and allows for meaningful period-to-period comparisons and analysis of trends in the company's business. Further, to the extent that other companies use similar methods in calculating non-GAAP measures, the provision of supplemental non-GAAP information can allow for a comparison of the company's relative performance against other companies that also report non-GAAP operating results.

Specifically, management is excluding the following items from its non-GAAP earnings per share, as applicable, for the periods presented in the third quarter 2018 financial statements and for its non-GAAP estimates for 2018:

Stock-Based Expenses: The company's compensation strategy includes the use of stock-based compensation to attract and retain employees and executives. It is principally aimed at aligning their interests with those of our stockholders and at long-term employee retention, rather than to motivate or reward operational performance for any particular period. Thus, stock-based compensation expense varies for reasons that are generally unrelated to operational decisions and performance in any particular period.

Amortization of Purchased Intangibles: The company views amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, such as the amortization of the cost associated with an acquired company's research and development efforts, trade names, customer lists and customer relationships, and acquired lease intangibles, as items arising from pre-acquisition activities determined at the time of an acquisition. While these intangible assets are continually evaluated for impairment, amortization of the cost of purchased intangibles is a static expense, one that is not typically affected by operations during any particular period.

Income Tax Effects and Adjustments: Beginning in first quarter 2018, the company is using a fixed projected non-GAAP tax rate in order to provide better consistency across the interim reporting periods by eliminating the effects of items such as changes in the tax valuation allowance and non-cash tax effects of acquired goodwill and amortization, since each of these can vary in size and frequency. This tax rate could be subject to change for a variety of reasons, such as significant changes in the acquisition activity or fundamental tax law changes in major jurisdictions where the company operates. The company re-evaluates this tax rate on an annual basis or when any significant events that may materially affect this rate occur. The non-GAAP tax rate is currently projected to be approximately 0.0 percent.

Amortization of Capitalized Internal-Use Software, Acquisition-Related, and One-Time Expenses: The company's non-GAAP financial measures exclude amortization of internal-use capitalized software costs and acquisition-related expenses as well as one-time expenses, such as material tax credits, material interest-expense credits, severance, recruitment, and relocation.

About Asure Software
Asure Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASUR), headquartered in Austin, Texas, offers intuitive and innovative solutions designed to help organizations of all sizes and complexities build companies of the future. Our cloud platforms enables clients direct and indirect, worldwide to better manage their people and space in a mobile, digital, multi-generational, and global workplace. Asure Software's offerings include a fully-integrated HCM platform, flexible benefits and compliance administration, HR consulting, and time and labor management as well as a full suite of workspace management solutions for conference room scheduling, desk sharing programs, and real estate optimization. For more information, please visit www.asuresoftware.com.

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