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Asure Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

AUSTIN, Texas, May 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Asure (NASDAQ: ASUR), a leading provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) software solutions, reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

“After the Workspace sale in December, we relaunched our brand and focused on a new vision, mission, and values as a pure-play HCM SaaS company. We were ahead of our plan and very pleased with the first quarter’s progress before the COVID-19 pandemic struck,” said CEO Pat Goepel. “There is nothing more essential than a paycheck during a crisis and Asure quickly responded to the challenge, helping small businesses create safer workplaces, stay compliant with sweeping new legislation, and ensuring their employees got paid. Asure is an essential small business serving 50,000 indirect and 10,000 direct small-business customers and our mission is to help small businesses grow we are grateful to play such a critical role.”

First Quarter 2020 Key HCM Highlights

  • HCM revenue of $18.9 Million, above consensus of $18.3 Million

  • Non-GAAP EPS of $0.21, above consensus of $0.16

  • HCM bookings up 11% year-over-year through February, but down 3% for the quarter due to COVID-19

  • Launched COVID-19 Resource Center for small businesses, serving thousands of interested parties

  • COVID-19 related webinars, helping more than 5,000-plus attendees

  • Workspace Management transition on target to finish this month

  • Withdrawing prior 2020 guidance in light of the uncertain impact from COVID-19

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 Financial Summary

 For the three months ended March 31
In thousands, except per share data2020 2019 Change (%)
GAAP Revenue (HCM)*$18,947 $20,410 -7%
GAAP Gross Profit (HCM)*$11,107 $14,156 -22%
GAAP Gross Margin (HCM)* 58.6%  69.4% -15%
Non-GAAP HCM Gross Profit**$12,146 $15,032 -19%
Non-GAAP HCM Gross Margin** 64.1%  73.7% -13%
GAAP Net Income (Loss)*$(1,767) $(3,437) NM
Non-GAAP Net Income**$3,319 $2,032 63%
GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share*$(0.11) $(0.22) NM
Non-GAAP Net Earnings per share***$0.21 $0.13 58%
Non-GAAP HCM EBITDA**$4,289 $6,143 -30%
Non-GAAP HCM EBITDA Margin** 22.6%  30.1% -25%


*With the sale of the Workspace Management division on December 2, 2019, Asure has classified this business line as discontinued operations for the fiscal year 2019. As a result, Workspace Management is not included in GAAP revenue, GAAP gross profit, GAAP gross margin, and GAAP net income from continuing operations for the periods presented above. While discontinued operations are included in GAAP net income, it is not included in GAAP net income from continuing operations.
**Non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to GAAP in the tables set forth in this release. 
***Historical non-GAAP Net Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations adjusted for 0% effective tax rate for comparison purposes. 
NMNot Meaningful Information

Management Commentary

“We began the first quarter with significant progress on our strategic initiatives, but in mid-March the economic backdrop changed dramatically for the small businesses we serve. The COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home government mandates caused the demand for the services offered by many small businesses to decline precipitously. These unprecedented circumstances forced the SMBs to pause operations, reduce headcount, or go out of business,” stated Pat Goepel, CEO of Asure. “Still, I’m proud that our employees have continued to deliver excellent service levels during these challenging times. Asure remains committed to helping our 60,000 small business customers navigate quickly evolving payroll and HR complexities while making progresses on our strategic goals.”

“High unemployment at small businesses combined with lower interest rates present substantial financial headwinds. Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, we have taken actions to reduce expenses so we will be able to continue innovating as the economic environment stabilizes. We are committed to provide the resources and financial support necessary to serve our SMBs effectively while ensuring the safety of our people and our community,” said Kelyn Brannon, CFO of Asure.

Asure delivered the following results (HCM only) for its first quarter ended March 31, 2020:

Revenue: Total revenue for the first quarter of 2020 was $18.9 million, a decrease of 7.2% from $20.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Revenue mix for the quarter was comprised primarily of recurring revenue, which represented 97% of total revenue with professional services, hardware and other revenue representing the remaining 3%.

Gross Profit: GAAP gross profit for the first quarter of 2020 was $11.1 million (58.6% margin), a decline from $14.2 million (69.4% margin) in the year-ago period. Non-GAAP HCM gross profit for the first quarter of 2020 was $12.1 million (64.1% margin), a decline from $15.0 million (73.7% margin) in the first quarter of 2019.

Earnings (Loss) per Share: GAAP earnings per share were $(0.11), compared with $(0.22) in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP HCM earnings per share* were $0.21, as compared with $0.13 in the year-ago quarter.

Non-GAAP HCM EBITDA: Non-GAAP HCM EBITDA was $4.3 million (22.6% margin), representing a decline from $6.1 million (30.1% margin) in the first quarter of 2019.

Recent Business Highlights

Launched COVID-19 Resource Center. This initiative is helping SMBs survive the pandemic and rebound in the aftermath of the pandemic. These resources include disaster-proof payroll with paycards, free emergency HR services, stimulus package for businesses questions answered, and multiple free educational webinars.

Announced Executive and Board Member Changes. Highlights include the appointment of two new board members, each with deep HCM industry experience: Bjorn Reynolds, Founder and CEO of Safeguard Global, and Carl Drew, CFO of Harvard Maintenance.

Financial Outlook

Asure is withdrawing its previously issued full-year 2020 guidance in light of macroeconomic uncertainties, particularly unemployment, arising from the current COVID-19 crisis. “Our large market opportunity, recurring business and attractive value proposition will help us mitigate the impact of headcount reductions across our customer base,” said Asure’s CFO, Kelyn Brannon. “We continue to analyze the impact the pandemic is having on our customers and plan to return to providing guidance once we have more visibility into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, specifically as unemployment numbers become more predictable.”

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beginning in February 2020, we took proactive measures to ensure the safety of our employees and shore up business continuity processes in light of the increasing risks from COVID-19. We believe that these actions will ensure that our small-business customers continue to receive the same level of service they have come to expect.

Macro Observations. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant economic and operational headwinds, including higher unemployment and out-of-business rates as well as lower same-store sales, customer fund balances, and interest rates.

Our People. We successfully executed our business resiliency plan while transitioning 98% of our workforce to a work-from-home model. We also made the difficult decision to right size our overall workforce, primarily related to the Workspace Management business sale, and furlough some of our valued personnel. Still, we continued to employ enough of our talented personnel to maintain excellent support levels for our SMB customers.

Small-Business Customers. We launched the COVID-19 Response Center for customer and non-customer small businesses and increased customer engagement. We also redirected development resources to integrate new legislation in our products, including CARES-specific reports designed to help small businesses apply for and receive PPP loan forgiveness.

Financials. We experienced a significant impact to new business bookings and dollar retention. In response, we implemented significant client outreach and expense reduction.

Conference Call Details

Asure management will host a conference call today, Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 4:30pm Eastern time (3:30pm Central time). Asure CEO Pat Goepel and CFO Kelyn Brannon will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer session.

U.S. dial-in: (877) 853-5636
International dial-in: (631) 291-4544
Conference ID: 8771207

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay via the investor relations 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, 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 first quarter 2020 financial statements:

Quarterly and annual GAAP income statements for 2019 were recast as if the Workspace Management business, which was sold on December 2, 2019, was sold as of January 1, 2019. 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.

About Asure

Asure (NASDAQ: ASUR) sees Human Capital Management (HCM) through the lens of entrepreneurs and executives with an owner’s mentality. We help more than 60,000 small and mid-sized businesses develop their “Human Capital” to get to the next level, stay compliant, and allocate their time, money and technology toward growth. Asure HCM solution includes Asure Payroll & Tax, Asure HR, and Asure Time & Attendance. Our Asure HRServices offering ranges from online compliance tools to a fully outsourced HR department. Visit us at

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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

Asure Software assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

© 2020 Asure Software, Inc. All rights reserved.

(Amounts in thousands)

 March 31, 2020 (unaudited)  December 31, 2019 
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$20,780  $28,826 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $986 and $904 at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively 4,900   4,808 
Inventory 572   656 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,829   12,218 
Total current assets before funds held for clients 33,081   46,508 
Funds held for clients 116,433   137,935 
Total current assets 149,514   184,443 
Property and equipment, net 8,475   7,867 
Goodwill 68,697   68,697 
Intangible assets, net 63,223   63,850 
Operating lease assets, net 6,578   6,963 
Other assets, net 3,651   3,224 
Total assets$300,138  $335,044 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity       
Current liabilities:       
Current portion of notes payable$2,816  $2,571 
Accounts payable 755   1,736 
Accrued compensation and benefits 3,220   3,424 
Operating lease liabilities, current 1,553   1,575 
Other accrued liabilities 5,685   6,556 
Deferred revenue 3,526   5,500 
Total current liabilities before client fund obligations 17,555   21,362 
Client fund obligations 117,476   145,227 
Total current liabilities 135,031   166,589 
Long-term liabilities:       
Deferred revenue 254   322 
Deferred tax liability 344   336 
Notes payable, net of current portion 22,461   24,142 
Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent 5,554   5,937 
Other liabilities 73   139 
Total long-term liabilities 28,686   30,876 
Total liabilities 163,717   197,465 
Stockholders’ equity:       
Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 1,500 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding -   - 
Common stock, $.01 par value; 22,000 and 22,000 shares authorized; 16,127 and 16,098 shares issued, 15,743 and 15,714 shares outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively 161   161 
Treasury stock at cost, 384 shares at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 (5,017)  (5,017)
Additional paid-in capital 396,646   396,102 
Accumulated deficit (255,409)  (253,642)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 40   (25)
Total stockholders’ equity 136,421   137,579 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$299,060  $335,044 

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 2020  2019 
Recurring$18,436  $19,791 
Professional services, hardware and other 511   619 
Total revenue 18,947   20,410 
Cost of Sales 7,840   6,254 
Gross profit 11,107   14,156 
Operating expenses:       
Sales and marketing 3,575   2,705 
General and administrative 6,453   8,189 
Research and development 1,174   1,321 
Amortization of intangible assets 2,349   2,418 
Total operating expenses 13,551   14,633 
Loss from operations (2,444)  (477)
Interest expense and other, net 696   (2,714)
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (1,748)  (3,191)
Income tax expense 19   246 
Loss from continuing operations (1,767)  (3,437)
Discontinued operations       
Income from operations of discontinued operations -   601 
Income tax expense -   58 
Gain on discontinued operations, net of taxes -   543 
Net loss (1,767)  (2,894)
Other comprehensive income:       
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities 65   (52)
Foreign currency translation gain (loss) -   319 
Comprehensive loss$(1,702) $(2,627)
Basic and diluted loss per share from continuing operations       
Basic$(0.11) $(0.22)
Diluted$(0.11) $(0.22)
Basic and diluted loss net income (loss) per share       
Basic$(0.11) $(0.19)
Diluted$(0.11) $(0.19)
Weighted average basic and diluted shares        
Basic 15,727,000   15,405,000 
Diluted 15,727,000   15,405,000 

(Amounts in thousands)

 Three Months Ended March 31, 
 2020  2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:       
Net income (loss)$(1,767) $(2,894)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operations:       
Depreciation and amortization 3,516   3,993 
Amortization of operating lease assets 386   386 
Amortization of debt financing costs and discount 75   419 
Provision for doubtful accounts 75   (318)
Benefit from deferred income taxes 8   216 
Gain on modification of debt (36)  - 
Share-based compensation 438   611 
Loss on disposals of fixed assets -   6 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
Accounts receivable (462)  1,676 
Inventory 84   (925)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (900)  (966)
Accounts payable (982)  2,052 
Accrued expenses and other long-term obligations (1,392)  1,010 
Operating lease liabilities (405)  (396)
Deferred revenue (2,041)  (623)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (3,403)  4,247  
Cash flows from investing activities:       
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired -   (7,495)
Acquisition of intangible asset (1,823)  - 
Purchases of property and equipment (241)  (926)
Software capitalization costs (844)  (1,027)
Net change in funds held for clients 27,714   12,761 
Net cash provided by investing activities 24,806   3,313  
Cash flows from financing activities:       
Proceeds from notes payable -   8,000 
Payments of notes payable (1,784)  (687)
Proceeds from revolving line of credit -   283 
Debt financing fees (20)  (1,102)
Payments of finance leases -   (34)
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 106   - 
Net change in client fund obligations (27,751)  (12,862)
Net cash used in financing activities (29,449)  (6,402)
Effect of foreign exchange rates -    (11)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (8,046)  1,147  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 28,826    15,444  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$20,780  $16,591  
Supplemental information:       
Cash paid for:       
Interest$99  $2,304 
Income taxes -   - 
Non-cash Investing and Financing Activities:       
Subordinated notes payable –acquisitions$-  $2,000 
Equity issued in connection with acquisitions -   555 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP
(In thousands, except for per share data)

(In thousands except per share data)1Q19  2Q19  3Q19  4Q19  1Q20 
Revenues*$20,410   $17,274   $17,854   $17,612   $18,947  
Reconciliation from GAAP gross profit to non-GAAP gross profit:                   
GAAP Gross profit$14,156   $10,215   $10,768   $8,175   $11,107  
Stock compensation 12   8   13   18   22 
Depreciation and amortization 675   670   685   999   926 
One-time hardware reserve and other          321    
One-time product royalties 189   188   168   129   91 
Non-GAAP gross profit$15,032   $11,081   $11,634   $9,642   $12,146  
 Non-GAAP gross margin 73.7%  64.1%  65.2%  54.7%  64.1%
(In thousands except per share data)1Q19  2Q19  3Q19  4Q19  1Q20 
Reconciliation from net income from continuing operations to non-GAAP EBITDA:                   
GAAP Net income (loss) - HCM$(3,446) $(6,298) $(5,624) $(26,923) $(1,768)
Stock compensation 502   323   481   678   442 
Amortization - intangibles 2,779   2,762   2,738   5,074   2,781 
Acquisition costs and other one-time expenses 1,942   1,903   1,510   1,277   1,845 
Taxes based on a 0% tax rate 255   396   (130)  (24,632)  19 
Depreciation 576   582   528   805   735 
Impairment          35,060    
Restructuring lookback 821   821   821   821    
Interest expense and other, net 2,714   3,069   2,712   6,952   235 
Non-GAAP EBITDA$6,143   $3,558   $3,036   $(888) $4,289  
 Non-GAAP EBITDA margin 30.1%  20.6%  17.0%  -5.0%  22.6%
(In thousands except per share data)1Q19  2Q19  3Q19  4Q19  1Q20 
Reconciliation from GAAP income (loss) from continuing operations to non-GAAP net income                   
GAAP Net income (loss) - HCM$(3,446) $(6,298) $(5,624) $(26,923) $(1,768)
Stock compensation 502   323   481   678   442 
Amortization - intangibles 2,779   2,762   2,738   5,074   2,781 
Acquisition costs and other one-time expenses 1,942   1,903   1,510   1,277   1,845 
Taxes based on a 0% tax rate 255   396   (130)  (24,632)  19 
Impairment          35,060    
Loss on extinguishment of debt          5,705    
Restructuring lookback          821    
One-time tax penalty related to prior periods    86          
Non-GAAP net income$2,032   $(828) $(1,025) $(2,940) $3,319  
(In thousands except per share data)1Q19  2Q19  3Q19  4Q19  1Q20 
Calculation of non-GAAP net income per share                   
Non-GAAP net income$2,032   $(828) $(1,025) $(2,940) $3,319  
Pro forma diluted weighted-average number of common shares 15,436   15,502   15,648   15,803   15,914 
Non-GAAP EPS$0.13   $(0.05) $(0.07) $(0.19) $0.21  

*For comparison purposes, excluding non-strategic customer contracts, revenue would have been $19,258 in 1Q19, $16,245 in 2Q19, $16,830 in 3Q19, and $16,628 in 4Q19

Investor Relations Contact:
Jeff Houston
Corporate Development
(512) 437-2349

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