SmartPros Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

HAWTHORNE, N.Y., Nov. 05, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SmartPros Ltd. (Nasdaq:SPRO), a leader in the field of accredited professional education and corporate training, today announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2015, compared to 2014

  • Net revenues of approximately $2.8 million for both periods
  • Loss from continuing operations of $261,000 compared to a loss from continuing operations of $560,000
  • Net loss of $261,000 or $.06 per share, compared to a net loss of $632,000 or $.14 per share

Financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to 2014

  • Net revenues of approximately $9.1 million for both periods
  • Loss from continuing operations of $107,000 compared to a loss from continuing operations of of $1.1 million
  • Net loss of $140,000, or $.03 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million or $.27 per share

2015 2014 2015 2014
Net (loss)$ (140,293)$(1,249,610)$ (261,212)$ (632,055)
Income taxes 13,057 62,760 5,070 195,216
Depreciation and amortization 807,204 784,019 275,973 268,324
Interest and dividend income, (net) (13,017) (12,901) (4,793) (3,804)
EBITDA before adjustment for discontinued operations 666,951 (415,732) 15,038 (172,319)
Adjustment to EBITDA for discontinued operations 33,696 116,424 213 72,371
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations$ 700,647 $ (299,308)$ 15,251 $ (99,948)

As of September 30, 2015, the Company had approximately $4.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, $1.0 million in accounts receivable, $3.8 million in deferred revenue, stockholders' equity of $7.3 million, and no debt.

“SmartPros did a good job maintaining the momentum gained in our second quarter,” said Allen Greene, Chairman and CEO of SmartPros. “Our third quarter revenues remained similar to last year despite the fact that we cut out revenue opportunities from underperforming aspects of our business as part of our Back-to-Basics program. At nine months, our operating loss was narrowed by $1 million and our net loss year-to-date has narrowed by $1.1 million. Our nine month adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was also up $1.1 million over the comparable period last year. We look forward to carrying this momentum into our traditionally strong fourth quarter, and expect to finish the year in a good position.”

Greene added: “As per our announcement on October 22, 2015, Kaplan Inc., will acquire SmartPros Ltd. for approximately $16.9 million, or $3.57 per share. The transaction is expected to close by year-end, subject to SmartPros’ shareholder approval. We believe that combining SmartPros with Kaplan will strengthen our product offerings and allow the combined entity to better meet the needs of the changing professional development marketplace. We think this transaction is good for SmartPros’ customers, employees and shareholders. It is a marriage of two well-regarded leaders in continuing education for accountants and financial service professionals.”

Shareholders and other interested parties are encouraged to contact the Company with any specific questions relating to the Company’s public filings. Investor-related questions can be addressed by calling 914-829-4974, or by visiting SmartPros’ Investor Relations site at

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

September 30,
December 31,
(Unaudited) (Audited)
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$4,273,583 $4,810,982
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of approximately $20,000 and $20,000 at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively1,044,154 1,668,942
Prepaid expenses and other current assets357,987 406,173
Current assets of discontinued operations29,200 414,296
Total Current Assets5,704,924 7,300,393
Property and equipment, net423,316 427,241
Goodwill2,456,474 2,456,474
Other intangibles, net2,921,622 3,295,958
Other assets, including restricted cash of $75,00094,479 94,479
Deferred tax asset200,000 200,000
Non-current assets of discontinued operations 4,673
6,095,891 6,478,825
Total Assets$11,800,815 $13,779,218
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable$325,783 $875,019
Accrued expenses222,259 227,021
Dividend payable69,019 69,157
Deferred revenue3,799,194 4,752,356
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 120,066
Total Current Liabilities4,416,255 6,043,619
Other liabilities61,410 66,106
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ Equity:
Preferred stock, $.001 par value, authorized 1,000,000 shares, 0 shares issued and outstanding
Common stock, $.0001 par value, authorized 30,000,000 shares, 5,685,433 shares issued as of September 30, 2015 and 5,665,433 issued as of December 31, 2014, respectively; and 4,601,241 and 4,598,325 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively568 567
Additional paid-in capital16,808,600 16,985,235
Accumulated deficit(6,609,778) (6,469,484)
Common stock in treasury, at cost – 1,084,192 and 1,067,108 shares at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively(2,876,240) (2,846,825)
Total Stockholders’ Equity7,323,150 7,669,493
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity$11,800,815 $13,779,218

Condensed Consolidated Statements of
Operations (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net revenues$2,789,328 $2,773,580 $9,148,526 $9,122,894
Cost of revenues1,279,862 1,309,255 3,853,797 4,256,775
Gross profit1,509,466 1,464,325 5,294,729 4,866,119
Operating Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative1,494,215 1,564,273 4,594,082 5,165,427
Depreciation and amortization275,973 268,324 807,204 784,019
1,770,188 1,832,597 5,401,286 5,949,446
Operating (loss)(260,722) (368,272) (106,557) (1,083,327)
Other Income:
Interest and dividend income (net)4,793 3,804 13,017 12,901
4,793 3,804 13,017 12,901
(Loss) from continuing operations before income taxes(255,929) (364,468) (93,540) (1,070,426)
(Provision for) income taxes(5,070) (195,216) (13,057) (62,760)
(Loss) from continuing operations(260,999) (559,684) (106,597) (1,133,186)
(Loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes(213) (72,371) (33,696) (116,424)
Net (loss)$(261,212) $(632,055) $(140,293) $(1,249,610)
Net (loss) per common share, basic and diluted:
Net (loss) from continuing operations$(0.06) $(0.12) $(0.02) $(0.24)
Net (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes$ $(0.02) $(0.01) $(0.03)
Net (loss)$(0.06) $(0.14) $(0.03) $(0.27)
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding:
Basic4,597,328 4,684,441 4,596,480 4,681,325
Diluted4,597,328 4,684,441 4,596,480 4,681,325

About SmartPros
Founded in 1981, SmartPros Ltd. is an industry leader in the field of accredited professional education and corporate training. Its products and services are primarily focused in the accredited professional areas of corporate accounting, financial management, public accounting, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, financial services, banking, engineering, legal, ethics and compliance, and information technology. SmartPros is a leading provider of professional education products to Fortune 500 companies, as well as the major firms and associations in each of its professional markets. SmartPros provides education and content publishing and development services in a variety of media including Web, CD-ROM, video and live seminars and events. Our subscription libraries feature hundreds of course titles and 2,800+ hours of accredited education. SmartPros' proprietary Professional Education Center (PEC) Learning Management System (LMS) offers enterprise distribution and administration of education content and information. In addition, SmartPros produces a popular news and information portal for accounting and finance professionals serving more than one million ads and distributing more than 200,000 subscriber email newsletters each month. SmartPros' network of Web sites averages more than 1 million monthly visits, serving a user base of more than 1.5 million profiled members. Visit:

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