Asure Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results
March 11, 2021 at 16:10 PM EST
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11, 2021 (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, 2020.
“Our increased focus on small business is paying off as new customer additions exceeded losses with broader adoption of multiple solutions, driving revenue growth in the fourth quarter. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our top line, resulting in unfavorable year-over-year comparisons, revenue, non-GAAP HCM EBITDA, and non-GAAP HCM EPS all increased from third-quarter 2020. The high-caliber sales representatives we added in the second half of 2020 helped us achieve encouraging results during a difficult economic landscape. We are particularly pleased with the growth in number of customers added and are cautiously optimistic that gradually improving unemployment rates will serve as a tailwind, leading to increased revenue over time. Furthermore, we hope to generate positive organic growth in 2021 and have not changed our strategic goal of targeting 10% organic and 10% acquired growth. As an essential small business, Asure remains committed to helping our more than 70,000 indirect and 10,000 direct small-business customers grow in this challenging environment,” said Chairman and CEO Pat Goepel.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Key HCM Highlights
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Summary
“While our view on the overall U.S. economy’s impact on small business remains tempered, fourth quarter’s sequential improvements in financial results were encouraging. Asure has a clear strategy for growth and we are focused on its execution. Prior to filing today’s earnings release, we filed S-3 and S-4 registrations, which are not yet effective. While we have no immediate plans to raise capital under the universal shelf or to utilize the acquisition shelf for any particular transaction, these registration statements, once effective, will benefit the company and our stockholders by allowing us to quickly and opportunistically consummate strategic acquisitions," said CFO John Pence.
Asure delivered the following results (HCM only) for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020:
Revenue: Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $16.4 million, a decrease of 7% from $17.6 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 fourth quarter of 2020 was $9.8 million (59.7% margin), an increase from $8.2 million (46.4% margin) in the year-ago period. Non-GAAP HCM gross profit for the third quarter of 2020 was $10.9 million (66.4% margin), an increase from $9.6 million (54.7% margin) in the year-ago period.
Earnings (Loss) per Share: GAAP loss per share were $(0.36), compared with $(1.72) in the year-ago period. Non-GAAP HCM earnings per share were $0.00, compared with $(0.16) in the year-ago period.
Non-GAAP HCM EBITDA: Non-GAAP HCM EBITDA was $1.1 million (7.0% margin), representing an increase from $(0.3) million (-1.9% margin) in the year-ago period.
Closed Reseller Acquisition. On December 31, 2020, Asure purchased a small reseller focused on the northeast market.
Key Leadership Additions. Chief of Staff Todd Waletzki and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Tax & Compliance Yasmine Rodriguez each come to Asure with impressive track records and HCM expertise.
Public Offering of Common Stock. In December 2020, we received gross proceeds of approximately $21.7 million before deducting underwriting discounts and offering expenses from the sale of approximately 3.0 million shares of common stock.
Recent Business Events
S-3 and S-4 Registrations. Prior to filing today’s earnings release, Asure filed a universal shelf Registration Statement on Form S-3 and an acquisition shelf Registration Statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, neither of which have yet been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company has no immediate plans to raise capital under the shelf Form S-3 or to utilize the shelf Form S-4 for an acquisition transaction and we cannot sell any securities or accept any offer to buy securities under these registration statements until they become effective.
Once declared effective, the universal shelf on Form S-3 will permit Asure to sell, in one or more public offerings, shares of newly issued common stock, shares of newly issued preferred stock, warrants or debt securities, or any combination of such securities, for proceeds in an aggregate amount of up to $150 million.
The acquisition shelf registration statement on Form S-4, once declared effective, will enable Asure to issue up to 12.5 million shares of its common stock in one or more acquisition transactions that the Company may make from time to time. These transactions may include the acquisition of assets, businesses or securities, whether by purchase, merger or any other form of business combination.
Special Note from Chairman and CEO
“It is with a heavy heart that we learned about the recent passing of our former board member and friend Charlie Lathrop. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s family,” said Mr. Goepel.
Conference Call Details
Asure management will host a conference call today, Thursday, March 11, at 4:30pm Eastern time (3:30pm Central time). Asure CEO Pat Goepel and CFO John Pence will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer session.
U.S. dial-in: (877) 853-5636
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 HCM Net Earnings (Loss), non-GAAP HCM Net Earnings (Loss) per share, non-GAAP EPS, non-GAAP tax rates, non-GAAP HCM gross profit, and non-GAAP HCM 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 HCM EBITDA differs from GAAP net loss 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.
Non-GAAP HCM earnings (loss) per share differs from GAAP earnings per share in that it assumes a 0% non-GAAP tax rate, uses diluted share counts, and excludes items such as amortization, stock compensation, and one-time expenses.
Non-GAAP HCM gross profit differs from GAAP gross profit in that it excludes amortization, stock compensation, and one-time items.
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 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. 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.
Asure (NASDAQ: ASUR) sees Human Capital Management (HCM) through the lens of entrepreneurs and executives with an owner’s mentality. We help more than 80,000 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 HR Services offering ranges from online compliance tools to a fully outsourced HR department. Visit us at asuresoftware.com.
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Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP
*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, totaling $68,961 for the full year 2019.
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