Asure Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results
March 12, 2020 at 16:01 PM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas, March 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Asure (NASDAQ: ASUR), a leading provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) software solutions, reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Key HCM Financial Highlights
Fourth Quarter and Twelve Months Ended 2019 Financial Summary
* With the sale of the Workspace Management division on December 2, 2019, Asure has classified this business line as discontinued operations for the fiscal years 2018 and 2019. As a result, Workspace Management is not included in GAAP revenue, GAAP gross profit, GAAP operating income, and GAAP net income from continuing operations for the periods presented above. While our discontinued operations are included in GAAP net income, it is not included in GAAP net income from continuing operations.
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"We are delighted with our fourth quarter and 2019 results. Heading into 2020, with the successful sale of our Workspace Management division, Asure is 100% focused on providing innovative payroll and HCM SaaS solutions to small and midsize businesses. Nothing is more important to us than the trust and customer success we have with each of our 60,000 customers," stated Pat Goepel, CEO of Asure.
"We paid off the majority of our debt with Workspace-sale proceeds, amended our credit facility, and our financial predictability is enhanced as recurring revenue now represents more than 90% of total revenue," said Kelyn Brannon, CFO of Asure.
Asure delivered the following results (HCM only) for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019:
Revenue: Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $17.6 million, an increase of 1.4% from $17.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Revenue mix for the fourth quarter of 2019 was comprised primarily of recurring revenue, which represented 95% of total revenue with professional services, hardware and other revenue representing the remaining 5%.
Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $8.2 million (46.5% margin), a 22.7% decrease from $10.6 million (60.9% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP HCM gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $9.6 million (54.8% margin), a 14.9% decrease from $11.3 million (65.3% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Earnings (Loss) per Share: GAAP earnings per share was $2.66, compared with $0.11 in the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP HCM earnings per share* were $(0.10), as compared with $0.15 in the year-ago quarter.
Non-GAAP HCM EBITDA: Non-GAAP HCM EBITDA was $(0.7) million ((4.1)% margin), representing a decline from $2.8 million (16.3% margin) in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Announces Stock Repurchase Program
Asure also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new stock repurchase program, under which the Company may repurchase up to $5 million of its outstanding common stock. This new stock repurchase program is in addition to the approximately 66,000 shares available under the Company’s existing stock repurchase plan.
Under this new stock repurchase program, the Company may repurchase shares in accordance with all applicable securities laws and regulations, including Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The extent to which the Company repurchases its common stock, and the timing of such repurchases, will depend upon a variety of factors, including market conditions, regulatory requirements and other corporate considerations, as determined by the Company’s management. The repurchase program may be extended, suspended or discontinued at any time. The Company expects to finance the program from existing cash resources.
Recent Business Highlights
Sale of Workspace Management Business and New Brand Identity with Refreshed Logo and Website: These actions reinforce Asure’s mission of providing HCM software and services that help companies grow.
Amended Credit Agreement with Wells Fargo: This amended credit agreement provides $20 Million in term loans and a $10 Million revolver.
2020 BIG Innovation Award: Asure TC Elite Series was recognized as a top innovative product that takes time and attendance tracking to the next level for growing small and medium sized businesses.
Recognized as a Fastest Growing Company on Deloitte's 2019 Technology Fast 500™: Asure’s continued growth is attributed to our team’s ability to see HCM through the lens of entrepreneurs and executives with an owner’s mentality.
2020 Financial Guidance
Asure reiterates the following guidance for HCM only:
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*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, and non-GAAP EBITDA (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 items such as interest, tax, depreciation, amortization, stock compensation, and one-time expenses. Asure is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of these exclusions without unreasonable effort. Therefore, Asure 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 fourth quarter 2019 financial statements and for its non-GAAP estimates for the full fiscal year 2019:
Quarterly and annual GAAP income statements for 2018 and 2019 were recast as if the Workspace Management business, which was sold on December 2, 2019, was sold as of January 1, 2018. Further, the Workspace Management GAAP income statements were recast into income from discontinued operations.
Stock-Based Compensation 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 started 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 zero (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, proforma adjustments of the impact of post sale HCM restructuring, and relocation.
"Safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements about our financial results, which may include expected GAAP and non-GAAP financial and other operating and non-operating results, including revenue, net income, diluted earnings per share, operating cash flow growth, operating margin improvement, deferred revenue growth, expected revenue run rate, expected tax rates, stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of purchased intangibles, amortization of debt discount and shares outstanding. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If any such risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, the company's results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements we make.
The risks and uncertainties referred to above include -- but are not limited to -- risks associated with possible fluctuations in the company's financial and operating results; the company's rate of growth and anticipated revenue run rate, including impact of the current environment, the spread of major epidemics (including Coronavirus) and other related uncertainties such as government-imposed travel restrictions, interruptions to supply chains and extended shut down of businesses, the company's ability to convert deferred revenue and unbilled deferred revenue into revenue and cash flow, and ability to maintain continued growth of deferred revenue and unbilled deferred revenue; foreign currency exchange rates; errors, interruptions or delays in the company's services or the company's Web hosting; breaches of the company's security measures; domestic and international regulatory developments, including the adoption of new privacy laws; the financial and other impact of any previous and future acquisitions; the nature of the company's business model, including risks related to government contracts; the company's ability to continue to release, gain customer acceptance of and provide support for new and improved versions of the company's services; successful customer deployment and utilization of the company's existing and future services; changes in the company's sales cycle; competition; various financial aspects of the company's subscription model; unexpected increases in attrition or decreases in new business; the company's ability to realize benefits from strategic partnerships and strategic investments; the emerging markets in which the company operates; unique aspects of entering or expanding in international markets, including the compliance with United States export control laws, the company's ability to hire, retain and motivate employees and manage the company's growth; changes in the company's customer base; technological developments; litigation and any related claims, negotiations and settlements, including with respect to intellectual property matters or industry-specific regulations; unanticipated changes in the company's effective tax rate; factors affecting the company's outstanding convertible notes, term loan, and revolving credit facility; fluctuations in the number of company shares outstanding and the price of such shares; collection of receivables; interest rates; factors affecting the company's deferred tax assets and ability to value and utilize them; the potential negative impact of indirect tax exposure; the risks and expenses associated with the company's real estate and office facilities space; and general developments in the economy, financial markets, credit markets and the impact of current and future accounting pronouncements and other financial reporting standards.
Further information on these and other factors that could affect the company's financial results is included in the reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and in other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Information section of the company's website at investor.asuresoftware.com
Asure Software assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.
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