Asure Announces First Quarter 2021 Results
May 10, 2021 at 16:05 PM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas, May 10, 2021 (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, 2021.
“Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our top line, our focus on helping small and mid-sized businesses grow is paying off, driving first quarter revenue up 20.5% sequentially, including recurring year-end W2/ACA revenue, and 4.5% year-over-year in a challenging environment. We are cautiously optimistic that momentum with our business will continue as economic conditions improve. Furthermore, visibility into our business outlook has improved to a point where we are comfortable reintroducing quarterly guidance. Our strategy has not changed, and we are still striving to generate 10% organic and 10% acquired revenue growth,” said Chairman and CEO Pat Goepel.
First Quarter 2021 Key Highlights
First Quarter 2021 Financial Summary
“First quarter’s financial results were encouraging. While our view on the overall U.S. economy’s impact on small business remains tempered, Asure has a clear strategy for growth and we remain focused on its execution. We feel that we are well positioned for growth as the economy transitions back to normal conditions," said CFO John Pence.
Asure delivered the following results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2021:
Revenue: Total revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $19.8 million, an increase of 4.5% from $18.9 million in the year-ago period and an increase of 20.5% from $16.4 million in fourth-quarter 2020. Recurring year-end W2/ACA revenue of $3.6 million was up from $0 in fourth-quarter 2020 and $3.2 million year-over-year. 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 2021 was $12.5 million (63.1% margin), an increase from $11.1 million (58.6% margin) in the year-ago period. Non-GAAP gross profit for the first quarter of 2021 was $13.7 million (69.0% margin), an increase from $12.1 million (64.1% margin) in the year-ago period.
Earnings (Loss) per Share: GAAP loss per share was $(0.08), compared with $(0.11) in the year-ago period. Non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.12, compared with $0.21 in the year-ago period.
EBITDA: EBITDA was $2.6 million (13.1% margin), representing an increase from $2.0 million (10.6% margin) in the year-ago period. Non-GAAP EBITDA was $3.4 million (17.3% margin), representing a decline from $4.3 million (22.6% margin) in the year-ago period.
New Customer Initiative:
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) Solution: As part of our efforts to help our 80,000 SMB clients maximize the COVID stimulus available to them, we recently introduced an ERTC solution so they can begin growing again. ERTC became law as part of the CARES Act and included tax credits for businesses to retain employees during the pandemic. The ERTC is a refundable tax credit that can be claimed when eligible employers report their total qualified wages for purposes of the ERTC for each calendar quarter on their federal employment tax returns. Due to new legislation, employers can now retroactively claim the ERTC even if they previously received PPP funds.
For more information, please visit www.asuresoftware.com/ERTC.
Second Quarter 2021 Guidance
We are providing the following guidance after delivering our first quarter results. This outlook reflects our current view regarding the speed and timing of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conference Call Details
Asure management will host a conference call today, Monday, May 10, at 4:30pm Eastern time (3:30pm Central time). Asure Chairman and CEO Pat Goepel as well as 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 Net Income (Loss), non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share, non-GAAP tax rates, non-GAAP gross profit, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, non-GAAP EBITDA, and non-GAAP EBITDA margin (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 financial measures are reconciled to GAAP in the tables set forth in this release.
EBITDA differs from GAAP Net Income (Loss) in that it excludes items such as interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization. Asure is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of these exclusions without unreasonable effort.
Non-GAAP EBITDA differs from EBITDA in that it excludes share-based compensation, and one-time expenses. Asure is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of these exclusions without unreasonable effort.
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share differs from GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share in that it assumes a 0% non-GAAP tax rate, uses diluted share counts, and excludes items such as amortization, share-based compensation, and one-time expenses.
Non-GAAP gross profit differs from GAAP gross profit in that it excludes amortization, share-based 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 first quarter 2021 financial statements:
Share-Based Compensation Expenses. The company's compensation strategy includes the use of share-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, share-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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