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Wayside Technology Group, Inc. Reports 2016 Fourth Quarter & Full Year Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

Q4 2016: Year 2016:
Revenue: $120.0 million $418.1 million
Income from operations: $2.9 million $8.6 million
Net income: $2.0 million $5.9 million
Diluted earnings per share: $0.45 per share $1.31 per share

Dividend declared - $0.17 per share

EATONTOWN, N.J., Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSTG) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. The results will be discussed in a conference call to be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST. The dial-in telephone number is (844) 683-0552 and the pass code is “WSTG.” This conference call will be webcast by NASDAQ OMX and can be accessed at Wayside Technology’s website at www.waysidetechnology.com/site/content/webcasts.

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 22% to $2.0 million, compared to $1.6 million during same period last year. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 1% to $5.9 million compared to $5.8 million during the prior year.

Diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 29% to $0.45, compared to $0.35, for the same period in 2015. Diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 5% to $1.31, compared to $1.25, for the year ended December 31, 2015.

On February 2, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share of its common stock payable February 27, 2017 to shareholders of record on February 16, 2017.

“With a strong fourth quarter finish, 2016 was an exciting and transformational year for Wayside. We continued to grow our company profitably and return value to our shareholders,” said Simon F. Nynens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Positioned as a leading specialty distributor of software in the dynamic markets of security, virtualization and cloud, we continue to differentiate ourselves by offering the flexible solutions our partners demand in these fast moving markets. We paid dividends for 56 consecutive quarters and bought back a total of approximately 309,000 shares in 2016. We will continue to utilize our capital to maximize our shareholder return in 2017.”

The Company paid $3.2 million in dividends and utilized $5.4 million in stock buybacks during 2016. Stockholders’ equity was $37.6 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $38.7 million at December 31, 2015. Total working capital plus accounts receivable-long term was $35.1 million at December 31, 2016, compared to $37.7 million at December 31, 2015. Cash and cash equivalents was $13.5 million at December 31, 2016 and $23.8 million at December 31, 2015, representing 36% and 62% of equity, respectively. Accounts receivable, including accounts receivable long term increased $28.0 million to $94.4 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $66.4 million in the prior year.

Operating Results:

Net sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 20% to $120.0 million compared to $99.8 million for the same period in 2015. Lifeboat Distribution segment net sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 15% to $102.4 million, compared to $89.4 million for the same period in 2015. TechXtend segment net sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 70% to $17.6 million, compared to $10.4 million for the same period in 2015. The increase in TechXtend sales was primarily driven by extended payment term sales.

Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 9% to $418.1 million compared to $382.1 million for the same period in 2015. Lifeboat Distribution segment net sales for the year ended December 31, 2016, increased 9% to $369.5 million, compared to $339.7 million for the same period in 2015. TechXtend segment net sales during the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 15% to $48.6 million, compared to $42.4 million, for the same period in 2015.

Gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 16% to $8.0 million compared to $6.9 million for the same period in 2015. Lifeboat Distribution segment gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 9% to $6.2 million, compared to $5.7 million in the same period in 2015. TechXtend segment gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 48% to $1.8 million, compared to $1.2 million in 2015.

Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 3% to $27.3 million, compared to $26.6 million for the same period in 2015. Lifeboat Distribution segment gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 4% to $22.3 million, compared to $21.5 million for the same period in 2015. TechXtend gross profit remained constant at approximately $5.0 million for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.

Gross profit margin (gross profit as a percentage of net sales) for the year ended December 31, 2016 decreased by 0.5 percentage points to 6.5%, compared to 7.0% for the year ended December 31, 2015. Lifeboat Distribution segment gross profit margin for the year ended December 31, 2016 decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 6.0%, compared to 6.3% for the year ended December 31, 2015. TechXtend segment gross profit margin for the year ended December 31, 2016 decreased 1.7 percentage points to 10.2%, compared to 11.9% for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Total selling, general, and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 14% to $5.1 million, compared to $4.5 million for the same quarter of 2015. Total SG&A expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 increased 4% to $18.7 million, compared to $18.1 million in the same period in 2015. The increase in general and administrative expenses is primarily due to increased stock based compensation and employee related expenses to support our growth, costs for our new office relocation in October 2016, and professional expenses related to public company compliance. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales were 4.5% in 2016 compared to 4.7% in 2015.

For the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded a provision for income taxes of $1.0 million and $3.0 million, respectively.

About Wayside Technology Group, Inc.

Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSTG) was founded in 1982 and is a unified and integrated technology company providing products and solutions for corporate resellers, VARs, and developers as well as business, government and educational entities. The company offers technology products from software publishers and manufacturers including Bluebeam Software, Dell/Dell Software, erwin, ExaGrid Systems, Flexera Software, Hewlett Packard, Infragistics, Intel Software, Lenovo, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Mindjet, Samsung, SmartBear Software, SolarWinds, Sophos, StorageCraft Technology, Super Micro Computer, Inc., TechSmith, Unitrends, Veeam Software and VMware.

Additional information can be found by visiting www.waysidetechnology.com

The statements in this release concerning the Company’s future prospects are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, and include, without limitation, the continued acceptance of the Company’s distribution channel by vendors and customers, the timely availability and acceptance of new products, product mix, market conditions, contribution of key vendor relationships and support programs, as well as factors that affect the software industry in general and other factors. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as otherwise required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

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Investor Relations Contact:
Michael Vesey, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Wayside Technology Group, Inc.
(732) 389-0932
michael.vesey@waysidetechnology.com

WAYSIDE TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
December 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
(unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$ 13,524 $ 23,823
Accounts receivable, net 83,317 58,965
Inventory, net 2,324 1,954
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 948 989
Total current assets 100,113 85,731
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 1,937 362
Accounts receivable long-term 11,119 7,386
Other assets 113 82
Deferred income taxes 416 521
Total assets$ 113,698 $ 94,082
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$ 76,087 $ 55,423
Total current liabilities 76,087 55,423
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity
Common stock, $.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized, 5,284,500 shares
issued, and 4,555,434 and 4,700,812 shares outstanding, respectively 53 53
Additional paid-in capital 30,683 32,540
Treasury stock, at cost, 729,066 and 583,688 shares, respectively (12,029) (10,296)
Retained earnings 20,515 17,813
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,611) (1,451)
Total stockholders' equity 37,611 38,659
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$ 113,698 $ 94,082



WAYSIDE TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Year ended Three months ended
December 31, December 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Revenues
Lifeboat segment$ 369,519 $ 339,708 $ 102,406 $ 89,421
TechXtend segment 48,612 42,382 17,559 10,355
Total Revenue 418,131 382,090 119,965 99,776
Cost of sales
Lifeboat segment 347,170 318,178 96,197 83,728
TechXtend segment 43,630 37,339 15,762 9,137
Total Cost of sales 390,800 355,517 111,959 92,865
Gross Profit 27,331 26,573 8,006 6,911
Operating expenses
Selling costs 9,576 9,988 2,582 2,504
Share-based compensation 1,666 1,213 498 416
Other general and administrative expenses 7,473 6,862 2,068 1,610
Total Selling, general and administrative expenses 18,715 18,063 5,148 4,530
Income from operations 8,616 8,510 2,858 2,381
Interest income, net 318 368 135 71
Foreign currency transaction loss (1) (20) (1) (11)
Income before provision for income taxes 8,933 8,858 2,992 2,441
Provision for income taxes 3,032 3,028 1,025 829
Net income$ 5,901 $ 5,830 $ 1,967 $ 1,612
Income per common share - Basic$ 1.31 $ 1.26 $ 0.45 $ 0.35
Income per common share - Diluted$ 1.31 $ 1.25 $ 0.45 $ 0.35
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Basic 4,503 4,634 4,402 4,592
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted 4,514 4,653 4,411 4,598

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