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ARI Network Services, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Results

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIS), an award-winning provider of SaaS, software tools and marketing services that help dealers, distributors and manufacturers Sell More Stuff!™, reported financial results today for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2015.

Highlights for the fiscal year 2015 included:

  • Revenue increased 22.5% to $40.4 million, which compares with $33.0 million for the same period last year. Recurring revenue was $36.5 million, or 90.2% of revenue, compared with $30.9 million, or 93.6% of revenue, for the same period last year.

  • Operating income was $2.3 million, compared with $0.4 million for the same period last year, an increase of 550%. Net Income was $1.1 million, compared with a net loss of $0.1 million last year.

  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $6.6 million or 16.3% of revenue. This compares with Adjusted EBITDA of $4.4 million or 13.4% of revenue in the same period last year.

  • Cash generated from operations was $6.3 million, compared with $2.4 million for the same period last year, an increase of 165%.

  • The Company completed the acquisitions of TCS Technologies (“TCS”), TASCO Corporation and its affiliated company Signal Extraprise Corporation (collectively “TASCO”) and Direct Communications Inc. (“DCi”). These acquisitions expanded the ARI customer base by more than 2,000 customers and accelerated its growth in the auto tire and wheel aftermarket and the overall automotive aftermarket.

Highlights for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 included:

  • Revenue increased 27.7% to $10.9 million, which compares with $8.5 million for the same period last year and $10.3 million in 3Q15. Recurring revenue was $9.8 million, or 90.1% of revenue, which compares with $7.8 million for the same period last year and $9.3 million in 3Q15.

  • Operating income was $686,000, compared with $430,000 for the same period last year and $675,000 in 3Q15.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $1.8 million, or 16.5% of revenue. This compares with Adjusted EBITDA of $1.6 million, or 18.8% of revenue in the same period last year and $1.7 million, or 16.8% of revenue in 3Q15.

  • Cash generated from operations was $1.7 million, compared with $1.3 million for the same period last year and $1.9 million in 3Q15.

  • On July 13, 2015, the Company completed the acquisition of DCi, a leading provider of differentiated product content and electronic catalog software serving manufacturers, distributors, jobbers and independent retailers in the $300 billion automotive aftermarket.

Fiscal Year 2015 Financials

Fiscal 2015 was another record year for ARI. The Company achieved record results in total revenues, operating income, Adjusted EBITDA and cash flow from operations.

The Company also returned to a net operating profit, with net income of $1.1 million or $0.07 per share, compared with a net loss of $0.1 million or ($0.01) per share in the prior year.

Management Discussion

Roy W. Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARI, commented, “As a result of successfully executing on our strategy in fiscal 2015, it was a transformative year for ARI in many respects. In addition to another year of record results, we closed three acquisitions that complement ARI’s strategic opportunities and position us well for the future. Just a few years ago, we were effectively serving four vertical markets with two products and a total addressable market of about 25,000 dealers in the U.S. As a result of the actions we have taken in the past few years, we are now serving seven vertical markets with four products and services and a total addressable market of about 150,000 dealers in the U.S. I believe this better positions our Company for continued growth.”

William Nurthen, Chief Financial Officer of ARI, commented, “Our operating profit and Adjusted EBITDA performance for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 were especially strong considering the impact of costs related to acquisitions. The Q4 results were impacted by approximately $200,000 in transaction costs, and the fiscal year 2015 results were impacted by more than $500,000 in transactions costs related to the three acquisition completed in the year.”

Fiscal 2015 Conference Call

ARI will conduct a conference call on Wednesday October 28, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. EDT, to review the financial results for the year ended and fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2015. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing 877.359.3639 or 408.427.3725 and referring to Conference ID: 10333777. The conference call is also being webcast and is available via the Company’s investor relations website at investor.arinet.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company’s investor relations website for 60 days.

Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, excluding stock-based compensation. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA to be a meaningful indicator of our performance that provides useful information to investors regarding our financial condition and results of operations. While management considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure of comparative operating performance, it should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, net income and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Not all companies calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same manner and the measure as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. A reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA can be found in this release and at the Company’s investor relations website for all periods presented.

About ARI

ARI Network Services, Inc. (ARI) (NASDAQ:ARIS) offers an award-winning suite of SaaS, software tools, and marketing services to help dealers, equipment manufacturers and distributors in selected vertical markets Sell More Stuff!™ – online and in-store. Our innovative products are powered by a proprietary data repository of enriched original equipment and aftermarket electronic content spanning more than 17 million active part and accessory SKUs and 750,000 equipment models. Business is complicated, but we believe our customers’ technology tools don’t have to be. We remove the complexity of selling and servicing new and used vehicle inventory, parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) for customers in the automotive tire and wheel aftermarket, powersports, outdoor power equipment, marine, home medical equipment, recreational vehicles and appliance industries. More than 23,500 equipment dealers, 195 distributors and 3,360 brands worldwide leverage our web and eCatalog platforms to Sell More Stuff!™ For more information on ARI, visit investor.arinet.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release contain "forward‐looking statements" regarding future events and our future results that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933. All statements other than statements of historical facts are statements that could be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projects about the markets in which we operate and the beliefs and assumptions of our management. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," “targets,” “goals,” “projects”, “intends,” “plans,” "believes," “seeks,” “estimates,” “endeavors,” “strives,” “may,” or variations of such words, and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that these forward‐looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict, estimate or verify. Therefore, actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include those factors described in Part 1A of the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10‐K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward‐looking statements. The forward‐looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward‐looking statements. For more information, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


ARI Network Services, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data)
Three months ended July 31Twelve months ended July 31
2015201420152014
(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Audited)
Net revenue$10,912 $8,548 $40,443 $33,019
Cost of revenue 1,911 1,572 7,302 6,378
Gross profit 9,001 6,976 33,141 26,641
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 2,499 2,154 10,427 9,344
Customer operations and support 2,419 1,616 7,811 6,645
Software development and technical support (net of capitalized software product costs) 1,153 701 4,199 2,717
General and administrative 1,731 1,732 6,634 6,222
Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of amortization of software product costs included in cost of revenue) 513 308 1,756 1,322
Loss on impairment of long-lived assets 35 35
Net operating expenses 8,315 6,546 30,827 26,285
Operating income 686 430 2,314 356
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (113) (70) (465) (286)
Loss on change in fair value of stock warrants (28)
Gain on change in fair value of contingent liabilities 41 67
Gain on change in fair value of contingent assets 28
Other, net 3 5 30
Total other income (expense) (113) (26) (432) (217)
Income before provision for income tax 573 404 1,882 139
Income tax expense (205) (230) (811) (241)
Net income (loss)$368 $174 $1,071 $(102)
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 16,721 13,455 14,849 13,290
Diluted 17,117 13,786 15,279 13,290
Net income (loss) per common share:
Basic$0.02 $0.01 $0.07 $(0.01)
Diluted$0.02 $0.01 $0.07 $(0.01)

ARI Network Services, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data)
July 31July 31
20152014
(Unaudited)(Audited)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents$2,284 $1,808
Trade receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $372
and $359 at July 31, 2015 and 2014 2,046 1,212
Work in process 165 294
Prepaid expenses and other 848 1,030
Deferred income taxes 3,092 2,655
Total current assets 8,435 6,999
Equipment and leasehold improvements:
Computer equipment and software for internal use 2,800 2,382
Leasehold improvements 629 626
Furniture and equipment 2,981 2,327
Total equipment and leasehold improvements 6,410 5,335
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (3,989) (3,564)
Net equipment and leasehold improvements 2,421 1,771
Capitalized software product costs:
Amounts capitalized for software product costs 25,463 22,676
Less accumulated amortization (20,337) (18,656)
Net capitalized software product costs 5,126 4,020
Deferred income taxes 2,398 3,507
Other long-term assets 84 72
Other intangible assets 10,116 3,612
Goodwill 21,168 12,367
Total non-current assets 41,313 25,349
Total assets$49,748 $32,348
ARI Network Services, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data)
July 31July 31
20152014
(Unaudited)(Audited)
LIABILITIES
Current portion of long-term debt$1,338 $675
Current portion of contingent liabilities 754 295
Accounts payable 708 656
Deferred revenue 7,327 7,415
Accrued payroll and related liabilities 1,752 1,336
Accrued sales, use and income taxes 140 123
Other accrued liabilities 748 472
Current portion of capital lease obligations 174 195
Total current liabilities 12,941 11,167
Long-term debt 9,191 3,375
Long-term portion of contingent liabilities 362 153
Capital lease obligations 106 233
Other long-term liabilities 199 214
Total non-current liabilities 9,858 3,975
Total liabilities 22,799 15,142
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Cumulative preferred stock, par value $.001 per share, 1,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2015 and 2014
Junior preferred stock, par value $.001 per share, 100,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2015 and 2014
Common stock, par value $.001 per share, 25,000,000 shares authorized; 17,097,426 and 13,506,316 shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2015 and 2014 17 14
Additional paid-in capital 114,700 106,077
Accumulated deficit (87,793) (88,864)
Other accumulated comprehensive income (loss) 25 (21)
Total shareholders' equity 26,949 17,206
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$49,748 $32,348

ARI Network Services, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in Thousands)
Twelve months ended July 31
20152014
Operating activities:(Unaudited)(Audited)
Net income (loss)$1,071 $(102)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Amortization of software products 2,023 2,052
Amortization of discount related to present value of earn-out (10) (15)
Amortization of bank loan fees 38 26
Interest expense related to earn-out payable 49 76
Depreciation and other amortization 1,756 1,322
Loss on impairment of long-lived assets - 35
Gain on change in fair value of earn-out receivable (28) -
Loss on change in fair value of stock warrants - 28
Gain on change in fair value of earn-out payable - (67)
Provision for bad debt allowance 168 279
Deferred income taxes 720 227
Stock based compensation 301 340
Stock based director fees 145 220
Net change in assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables 114 (545)
Work in process 129 (140)
Prepaid expenses and other 24 (41)
Other long-term assets (50) -
Accounts payable (75) (40)
Deferred revenue (584) (1,156)
Accrued payroll and related liabilities 266 (229)
Accrued sales, use and income taxes 8 (24)
Other accrued liabilities 248 137
Net cash provided by operating activities$6,313 $2,383
Investing activities:
Purchase of equipment, software and leasehold improvements (692) (631)
Cash received on earn-out from disposition of a component of the business 111 101
Cash paid for contingent liabilities related to acquisitions (250) (249)
Cash paid for net assets related to acquisitions (9,700) (241)
Software developed for internal use - (29)
Software development costs capitalized (1,411) (1,769)
Net cash used in investing activities$(11,942)$(2,818)
Financing activities:
Payments on long-term debt$(622)$(450)
Borrowings under long-term debt 2,168 -
Proceeds from capital lease obligations incurred - 312
Payments of capital lease obligations (253) (100)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 4,834 289
Net cash provided by financing activities$6,127 $51
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash (22) (3)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 476 (387)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,808 2,195
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$2,284 $1,808
Cash paid for interest$350 $292
Cash paid for income taxes$64 $106

Reconciliation of Non-Gaap Measures
(Unaudited)
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA for the
three and twelve months ended July 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively:
Adjusted EBITDA:FY2015FY2014FY2015FY2014
Q4Q4YTDYTD
Net Income (loss)$368 $174 $1,071 $(102)
Interest 113 70 465 286
Amortization of software products 463 558 2,023 2,052
Other depreciation and amortization 511 308 1,756 1,322
Loss on FMV of Warrant Derivatives - - - 28
Loss on impairment of long-lived assets - 35 - 35
Income taxes 205 230 811 241
EBITDA$1,660 $1,375 $6,126 $3,862
Stock-based compensation 141 231 446 560
Adjusted EBITDA$1,801 $1,606 $6,572 $4,422

Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is helpful in understanding period-over-period operating results separate and apart from non-operating expenses and expenses pertaining to prior period investing activities, particularly given the Company’s significant investments in capitalized software and its continuing efforts in completing acquisitions, which typically result in significant depreciation and amortization expense in subsequent periods. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA as a factor in evaluating potential acquisition targets and analyzing the pro forma impact of the acquisition on the Company. However, Adjusted EBITDA has significant limitations as an analytical tool and should only be used cautiously in addition to, and never as a substitute for, operating income, cash flows or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may not necessarily be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

The Company began using EBITDA, adjusted to add back non-cash, stock-based compensation, as a performance measure during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. All prior periods have been updated to reflect this presentation.

For media inquiries, contact: Colleen Malloy, Director of Marketing, ARI, +1.414.973.4323, colleen.malloy@arinet.com Investor inquiries, contact: Steven Hooser, Three Part Advisors, +1.214.872.2710, shooser@threepa.com

Source: ARI Networks