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Rosetta Stone Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a world leader in technology-based learning solutions, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Revenue in the second quarter 2017 totaled $45.9 million, up from $45.7 million in the year-ago period. The second quarter net loss totaled $1.1 million, or $(0.05) per diluted share. In the year-ago period, the Company had a net loss of $9.0 million, or $(0.41) per diluted share, which included (pre-tax) restructuring and impairment charges totaling $5.4 million.

Second Quarter 2017 Overview

  • Total revenue was essentially flat year-over-year at $45.9 million
  • Revenue at Lexia, the Company’s Literacy segment, grew 30% year-over-year to a record high $10.4 million. Adjusting for the impact of purchase accounting on Lexia's revenue, second quarter 2017 revenue would have been $10.9 million and growth would have been 19% year-over-year
  • Total operating expenses decreased $9.6 million or 20% year-over-year, representing the Company's tenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year expense reductions. Total operating expenses included a $2.9 million impairment charge in the second quarter 2016, and restructuring charges of $0.2 million and $2.0 million incurred in the second quarter 2017 and 2016, respectively
  • The Company had zero debt outstanding and ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $26.4 million at June 30, 2017

“The second quarter was a period of continued progress, with relatively flat year-over-year revenue for the second consecutive quarter, after substantial restructuring that characterized the past two years,” said John Hass, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Through our turnaround efforts we have focused the Company on our best products in our most attractive markets and establishing a more efficient infrastructure, which we believe has put us on the path to profitable future growth.

“To help accelerate our progress, I am excited to announce the hiring of Matt Hulett as President of Language,” Hass said. “Matt is an innovative business and product development executive with wide-ranging and relevant SaaS-experience in both consumer and enterprise businesses. Matt will oversee all areas of our language businesses working closely with our leadership team to continue to drive Rosetta Stone forward.”

Second Quarter 2017 Review

Revenue: Total revenue increased $0.2 million year-over-year to $45.9 million in the second quarter 2017. Revenue at Lexia, the Company's Literacy segment, grew 30% year-over-year to a record high $10.4 million. Adjusting for the impact of purchase accounting, Lexia's revenue would have been $10.9 million in the second quarter 2017 compared to $9.2 million in the year-ago period, and Lexia's pro forma revenue growth rate would have been 19% year-over-year.

Enterprise & Education ("E&E") Language segment revenue decreased 1% year-over-year to $17.3 million in the second quarter 2017. The strategic decision to exit certain geographies on a direct sales basis, which was part of the E&E Language restructuring announced in March 2016, represented a year-over-year decline of $0.8 million or 35%; revenue from continuing E&E Language geographies was up $0.6 million or 4% year-over-year.

Consumer segment revenue decreased $2.0 million or 10% year-over-year to $18.3 million in the second quarter 2017, reflecting an increased mix of shorter-duration subscriptions, which the Company began testing in the fall of 2016. The number of paid subscribers increased to 375,000, up 38% year-over-year. Subscriptions with a duration of one year or less totaled 42% of the units sold mix in the second quarter 2017, up from 5% in the same quarter last year.

US$ thousands, except for percentages

Three Months Ended June 30,
2017 Mix % 2016 Mix % % change
Revenue from:
Literacy $10,370 22% $7,950 17% 30%
E&E Language 17,260 38% 17,490 38% (1)%
Consumer 18,275 40% 20,276 45% (10)%
Total $45,905 100% $45,716 100% %

Net Loss: In the second quarter of 2017 the Company reported a net loss of $1.1 million or $(0.05) per diluted share, which included a pre-tax restructuring charge of $0.2 million. In the comparable period a year ago, the Company incurred a net loss of $9.0 million or $(0.41) per diluted share, which included pre-tax charges of $2.9 million for impairment (non-cash) and $2.5 million for restructuring.

Total operating expenses decreased $9.6 million or 20% year-over-year to $39.0 million in the second quarter 2017, which included $2.9 million of impairment in the second quarter 2016. Restructuring expenses of $0.2 million were incurred in the second quarter 2017 and $2.0 million of the total $2.5 million in restructuring expense was included in operating expense in the second quarter 2016. Year-over-year decreases were realized in all three major operating expense categories in the second quarter 2017, with sales and marketing expenses down $4.7 million or 16%, research and development expenses down $0.4 million or 6%, and general and administrative expenses down $1.5 million or 15%. Due to the timing of the E&E Language segment restructuring, the Company expects the magnitude of future operating expense reductions will narrow through the second half of 2017.

Balance Sheet: The Company had zero debt and a cash and cash equivalents balance of $26.4 million at June 30, 2017, which included the receipt of $11.5 million from the previously announced strategic partnership agreement in Japan. Deferred revenue decreased to $134.5 million at June 30, 2017, compared to $141.5 million at December 31, 2016. Short-term deferred revenue, which will be recognized as revenue over the next 12 months, totaled $98.6 million or approximately 73% of the total June 30, 2017 balance.

Free Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA: Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $(13.5) million in the second quarter 2017, compared to $(13.2) million in the second quarter 2016. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, improved to $3.9 million in the second quarter, compared to $0.1 million in the year-ago period. The Company's cash flow has historically been seasonal, with a net use of cash during the first half of the year and positive cash generation during the second half of the year.

Earnings Conference Call

In conjunction with this announcement, Rosetta Stone will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET during which time there will be a discussion of the results and the Company's 2017 outlook. Investors may dial into the live conference call using 1-201-689-8470 (toll / international) or 1-877-407-9039 (toll-free). A live webcast will also be available on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at http://investors.rosettastone.com. A replay will be made available soon after the live conference call is completed and will remain available until midnight on August 15. Investors may dial into the replay using 1-412-317-6671 and passcode 13667313.

Caution on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by non-historical statements and often include words such as "outlook," "potential," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "seeks" or words of similar meaning, or future-looking or conditional verbs, such as "will," "should," "could," "may," "might, " "aims," "intends," "projects," or similar words or phrases. These statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to: our business strategy; guidance or projections related to revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, bookings, and other measures of future economic performance; the contributions and performance of our businesses including acquired businesses and international operations; projections for future capital expenditures; and other guidance, projections, plans, objectives, and related estimates and assumptions. A forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances. In addition, forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our present expectations or projections. Some important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievement to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the risk that we are unable to execute our business strategy; declining demand for our language learning solutions; the risk that we are not able to manage and grow our business; the impact of any revisions to our pricing strategy; the risk that we might not succeed in introducing and producing new products and services; the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations; the adequacy of internally generated funds and existing sources of liquidity, such as bank financing, as well as our ability to raise additional funds; the risk that we cannot effectively adapt to and manage complex and numerous technologies; the risk that businesses acquired by us might not perform as expected; and the risk that we are not able to successfully expand internationally. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements, risks and uncertainties that are more fully described in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including those described under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent quarterly Form 10-Q filings and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and those updated from time to time in our future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), the Company uses, and this press release contains references to, the non-GAAP financial measures of financial performance listed below.

  • Bookings represent executed sales contracts received by the Company that are either recorded immediately as revenue or as deferred revenue.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is GAAP net income/loss plus interest income and expense, other income/expense, income tax benefit/expense, impairment, lease abandonment and termination, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring, and strategy and cost-reduction related consulting expenses. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA excludes "Other" items related to non-restructuring wind down and severance costs, and transaction and other costs associated with mergers and acquisitions, as well as all adjustments related to recording the non-cash tax valuation allowance for deferred tax assets. Adjusted EBITDA for prior periods has been revised to conform to current definition.
  • Free cash flow is cash flow from operating activities minus cash used in purchases of property and equipment.
  • Segment contribution is calculated as segment revenue less expenses directly incurred by or allocated to the segment. Direct segment expenses include costs and expenses that are directly incurred by or allocated to the segment and include materials costs, service costs, customer care and coaching costs, sales and marketing expenses, and bad debt expense. In addition to the previously referenced expenses, the Literacy segment includes direct research and development expenses and Combined Language includes shared research and development expenses, cost of revenue, and sales and marketing expenses applicable to the Consumer Language and Enterprise & Education Language segments.

The definitions, GAAP comparisons, and reconciliation of those measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are available in this press release or in the corresponding earnings presentation, which are posted on our website at www.rosettastone.com.

Management believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, enabling a better understanding of the long-term performance of the Company’s business. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the Company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analysis, and for budgeting and planning purposes. Management believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing the Company’s financial measures with other software and education-technology companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors.

The presentation of this additional financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company urges investors to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures, which it includes in press releases announcing earnings information, including this press release, or in corresponding earnings presentations, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company’s business. The Company’s non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to those used by other companies, and we encourage you to review and understand all our financial reporting before making any investment decision.

About Rosetta Stone Inc.

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone's literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
June 30,
2017
December 31, 2016
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $26,367 $36,195
Restricted cash 41 402
Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $547 and $1,072, at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively) 27,980 31,788
Inventory 5,851 6,767
Deferred sales commissions 12,631 14,085
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,626 3,813
Total current assets 77,496 93,050
Deferred sales commissions 3,488 4,143
Property and equipment, net 26,670 24,795
Goodwill 49,197 48,251
Intangible assets, net 21,037 22,753
Other assets 1,014 1,318
Total assets $178,902 $194,310
Liabilities and stockholders' deficit
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $9,476 $10,684
Accrued compensation 7,444 10,777
Income tax payable 564 785
Obligations under capital lease 422 532
Other current liabilities 16,943 22,150
Deferred revenue 98,582 113,821
Total current liabilities 133,431 158,749
Deferred revenue 35,965 27,636
Deferred income taxes 6,801 6,173
Obligations under capital lease 1,975 2,027
Other long-term liabilities 789 1,384
Total liabilities 178,961 195,969
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' deficit:
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 and 10,000 shares authorized, zero and zero shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively
Non-designated common stock, $0.00005 par value, 190,000 and 190,000 shares authorized, 23,790 and 23,451 shares issued and 22,790 and 22,451 shares outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 2 2
Additional paid-in capital 192,774 190,827
Accumulated loss (178,025) (177,344)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,375) (3,709)
Treasury stock, at cost, 1,000 and 1,000 shares at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively (11,435) (11,435)
Total stockholders' deficit (59) (1,659)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $178,902 $194,310






ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenue:
Subscription and service $41,985 $37,757 $83,435 $75,728
Product 3,920 7,959 10,163 17,990
Total revenue 45,905 45,716 93,598 93,718
Cost of revenue:
Cost of subscription and service revenue 6,058 5,575 12,592 10,978
Cost of product revenue 1,533 2,389 3,140 5,034
Total cost of revenue 7,591 7,964 15,732 16,012
Gross profit 38,314 37,752 77,866 77,706
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 24,037 28,740 48,205 59,533
Research and development 6,348 6,748 12,762 13,319
General and administrative 8,594 10,118 16,619 20,895
Impairment 2,902 2,902
Lease abandonment and termination 30 30
Total operating expenses 38,979 48,538 77,586 96,679
Income (loss) from operations (665) (10,786) 280 (18,973)
Other income and (expense):
Interest income 17 10 30 23
Interest expense (130) (121) (245) (233)
Other income and (expense) 425 927 736 2,155
Total other income and (expense) 312 816 521 1,945
Income (loss) before income taxes (353) (9,970) 801 (17,028)
Income tax expense (benefit) 782 (992) 1,482 (543)
Net loss $(1,135) $(8,978) $(681) $(16,485)
Loss per share:
Basic $(0.05) $(0.41) $(0.03) $(0.75)
Diluted $(0.05) $(0.41) $(0.03) $(0.75)
Common shares and equivalents outstanding:
Basic weighted average shares 22,248 21,948 22,187 21,908
Diluted weighted average shares 22,248 21,948 22,187 21,908






ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net loss $(1,135) $(8,978) $(681) $(16,485)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:
Stock-based compensation expense 1,359 1,397 1,506 1,818
Gain on foreign currency transactions (175) (818) (452) (2,343)
Bad debt (recovery) expense 64 89 (300) 280
Depreciation and amortization 2,987 3,178 6,062 6,586
Deferred income tax expense 330 336 630 508
Loss on disposal of equipment 1 36 36
Amortization of deferred financing fees 85 70 156 132
Loss on impairment 2,902 2,902
Loss from equity method investments 105 13 100 40
Gain on sale of subsidiary (506) (506)
Net change in:
Restricted cash 359 (401) 372 (360)
Accounts receivable (6,993) (5,466) 4,195 12,089
Inventory 571 (738) 932 (622)
Deferred sales commissions 539 198 2,127 1,981
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 136 (372) (671) (1,703)
Income tax receivable or payable 292 (1,527) (245) (1,190)
Other assets 190 238 192 326
Accounts payable 426 (2,199) (1,254) (1,630)
Accrued compensation (5,128) (649) (3,397) 1,661
Other current liabilities (2,663) 2,268 (5,652) (5,921)
Other long-term liabilities (9,247) (64) (485) (163)
Deferred revenue 8,006 608 (7,257) (10,367)
Net cash used in operating activities (10,397) (9,879) (4,628) (12,425)
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment (3,080) (3,348) (5,393) (5,934)
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets 38 2 38
Proceeds from the sale of subsidiary 110 110
Net cash used in investing activities (2,970) (3,310) (5,281) (5,896)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options 367 8 441 37
Payment of deferred financing costs (143) (143) (100)
Payments under capital lease obligations (102) (94) (344) (338)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities 122 (86) (46) (401)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (13,245) (13,275) (9,955) (18,722)
Effect of exchange rate changes in cash and cash equivalents (101) (15) 127 645
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (13,346) (13,290) (9,828) (18,077)
Cash and cash equivalents—beginning of period 39,713 42,995 36,195 47,782
Cash and cash equivalents—end of period $26,367 $29,705 $26,367 $29,705




ROSETTA STONE INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
GAAP net loss $(1,135) $(8,978) $(681) $(16,485)
Total other non-operating income, net (312) (816) (521) (1,945)
Income tax expense (benefit) 782 (992) 1,482 (543)
Impairment 2,902 2,902
Depreciation and amortization 2,987 3,178 6,062 6,586
Stock-based compensation 1,359 1,397 1,506 1,818
Restructuring expenses 205 2,512 985 5,021
Lease abandonment and termination 30 30
Strategy consulting expense 519 169 921
Other EBITDA adjustments 16 304 55 187
Adjusted EBITDA* $3,902 $56 $9,057 $(1,508)

* Adjusted EBITDA is GAAP net income/loss plus interest income and expense, other income/expense, income tax benefit/expense, impairment, lease abandonment and termination, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring, and strategy and cost-reduction related consulting expenses. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA excludes “Other” items related to non-restructuring wind down and severance costs, and transaction and other costs associated with mergers and acquisitions, as well as all adjustments related to recording the non-cash tax valuation allowance for deferred tax assets. Adjusted EBITDA for prior periods has been revised to conform to current definition.



ROSETTA STONE INC.
Reconciliation of Cash Used in Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net cash used in operating activities $(10,397) $(9,879) $(4,628) $(12,425)
Purchases of property and equipment (3,080) (3,348) (5,393) (5,934)
Free cash flow* $(13,477) $(13,227) $(10,021) $(18,359)

* Free cash flow is cash flow from operations minus cash used in purchases of property and equipment.


Rosetta Stone Inc.
Supplemental Information
(unaudited)

Quarter-Ended Year
Ended
Quarter-Ended
Mar 31
2016
Jun 30
2016
Sep 30
2016
Dec 31
2016
Dec 31
2016
Mar 31
2017
Jun 30
2017
Revenue by Segment (in thousands, except percentages)
Literacy 7,577 7,950 8,786 9,810 34,123 10,170 10,370
Enterprise & Education Language 18,331 17,490 18,336 17,926 72,083 16,500 17,260
Consumer 22,094 20,276 21,571 23,942 87,883 21,023 18,275
Total 48,002 45,716 48,693 51,678 194,089 47,693 45,905
YoY Growth (%)
Literacy 82% 68% 52% 35% 56% 34% 30%
Enterprise & Education Language (4)% (6)% (6)% (6)% (5)% (10)% (1)%
Consumer (37)% (28)% (12)% (25)% (27)% (5)% (10)%
Total (18)% (11)% (2)% (11)% (11)% (1)% %
% of Total Revenue
Literacy 16% 17% 18% 19% 18% 21% 22%
Enterprise & Education Language 38% 38% 38% 35% 37% 35% 38%
Consumer 46% 45% 44% 46% 45% 44% 40%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Revenues by Geography
United States 39,795 37,626 41,042 44,352 162,815 41,241 39,384
International 8,207 8,090 7,651 7,326 31,274 6,452 6,521
Total 48,002 45,716 48,693 51,678 194,089 47,693 45,905
Revenues by Geography (as a %)
United States 83% 82% 84% 86% 84% 86% 86%
International 17% 18% 16% 14% 16% 14% 14%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Prior period data has been modified where applicable to conform to current presentation for comparative purposes. Immaterial rounding differences may be present in this data in order to conform to Financial Statement totals.

Investors: Frank Milano ir@rosettastone.com 703-387-5876 Media Contact: Michelle Alvarez malvarez@rosettastone.com 703-387-5862

Source:Rosetta Stone Ltd.