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Altair Announces Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

TROY, Mich., Nov. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altair Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ:ALTR) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

“We delivered a strong performance in the third quarter with software product revenue increasing 13% from a year ago to $63.2 million and total revenue increasing 9% to $84.9 million,” said James Scapa, Founder, Chairman, and CEO. “Equally important, we continue to shift our revenue mix toward software products where we achieve our highest gross margins, ultimately driving higher operating margins for the overall enterprise.

“During the third quarter we expanded our relationships with existing customers and broadened our reach with enhanced and new technology, including technologies from our acquisition of Runtime on September 28, which expands our market opportunity in the dynamic high-performance computing market.

“We reached another milestone for the company with the completion of our initial public offering. By further strengthening our balance sheet and providing additional resources to pursue our growth strategy, we believe we are well positioned to capture share and enhance our leadership in simulation-driven design, while further driving new opportunities in high-performance computing, as well as IoT and analytics. We believe this combination positions us to continue executing on our long-term goal of further scaling our software revenue while leveraging our business model to increase profitability in the years ahead.”

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Software product revenue was $63.2 million, an increase of 13% from $55.8 million for the third quarter of 2016.
  • Total revenue was $84.9 million, an increase of 9% compared to $78.1 million for the third quarter of 2016.
  • Including the impact of $25.3 million in non-cash stock-based compensation expenses in the third quarter of 2017, GAAP net loss was $29.6 million, compared to GAAP net income of $0.3 million for the third quarter of 2016. GAAP net loss per share was $(0.59), based on 50.6 million basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding, compared to $0.01 for the third quarter of 2016, based on 59.3 million diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $7.0 million, compared to $7.3 million for the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss) adjusted for income tax expense (benefit), interest expense, interest income and other, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, asset impairment charges and other special items as determined by management.
  • Cash flow from operations was an outflow of $(8.7) million, compared to an outflow of $(0.6) million for the third quarter of 2016. For the first nine months of 2017, cash flow from operations was $17.5 million, compared to $21.4 million for the same period in 2016. This change in cash flow for the quarter relates to the recognition of tax expense for income generated outside of the U.S. without a corresponding benefit for the losses in the U.S. resulting from stock compensation charges in the quarter.
  • Free cash flow, which consists of cash flow from operations less capital expenditures, was $(10.7) million compared to $(1.7) million for the third quarter of 2016. For the first nine months of 2017, free cash flow was $11.1 million, compared to $16.7 million for the first nine months of 2016 with the difference reflecting changes in operating cash flow and $2.0 million in cash used to acquire MODELiiS in the second quarter.

Business Outlook

Based on information available as of today, Altair is issuing forward-looking statements on guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2017 as indicated below.

Fourth Quarter 2017Full Year 2017
Software Product Revenue $66.5to$67.5$243.4to$244.4
Total Revenue $86.8 $88.4$330.3 $331.9
Adjusted EBITDA* $7.4 $9.0$21.5 $23.1
* Adjusted EBITDA includes impact of Runtime acquisition which is expected to reduce Adjusted EBITDA by $1.4 million.

(All figures in millions)

Conference Call Information
What: Altair Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results Conference Call
When: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Live Call: (866) 754-5204, domestic
(636) 812-6621, international
Replay: (855) 859-2056, passcode 8985778, domestic
(404) 537-3406, passcode 8985778, international

Webcast (live & replay): https://ir.Altair.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow. Altair believes that providing a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the comparable GAAP measure of Net Income would require unreasonable efforts as the Company cannot reasonably estimate income tax expense in the fourth quarter. Fourth quarter income tax expense will be significantly impacted by the expected valuation allowance and by the year-end results of our global organization. Altair expects fourth quarter stock-based compensation to be approximately $7.6 million and depreciation and amortization to be $2.8 million to $3.0 million.

Altair believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the Company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analysis, for purposes of determining executive and senior management incentive compensation and for budgeting and planning purposes. The Company also 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 companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors.

Management of the Company does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company’s financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgment by management about which expenses and income are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures. Altair 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 quarterly financial results, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company’s business.
Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are included with the financial tables at the end of this release.

About Altair
Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. With more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates 69 offices throughout 24 countries. Today, Altair serves approximately 5,000 customers across broad industry segments.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to, statements regarding our financial outlook, market positioning and future investments. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release and are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “believe,” “hope,” “target,” “project,” “goals,” “estimate,” “potential,” “predict,” “may,” “will,” “might,” “could,” “intend,” variations of these terms or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which involve factors or circumstances that are beyond Altair’s control. Altair’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to, risks detailed in Altair’s prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as other documents that may be filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Altair’s views as of the date of this press release. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. Altair undertakes no intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Altair’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Investor Relations
Garo Toomajanian
ICR
248-614-2400 ext. 346
ir@altair.com

Media Relations
Dave Simon
Altair
248-614-2400 ext. 332
pr@altair.com

Altair Engineering Inc. and subsidiaries
Consolidated balance sheets
September 30, December 31,
2017 2016
(In thousands)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents$ 16,667 $ 16,874
Accounts receivable - net 63,530 70,498
Inventory - net 1,797 1,227
Income tax receivable 6,868 9,069
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,492 7,435
Total current assets 99,354 105,103
Property and equipment - net 29,892 29,708
Goodwill 68,891 36,625
Other intangible assets - net 15,379 11,168
Deferred tax assets 69,135 62,896
Other long-term assets 18,843 5,276
TOTAL ASSETS$ 301,494 $ 250,776
LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Current portion of long-term debt$ 10,147 $ 10,435
Accounts payable 3,987 5,009
Accrued compensation and benefits 23,946 22,955
Other accrued expenses and current liabilities 35,737 18,945
Deferred revenue 117,969 100,661
Total current liabilities 191,786 158,005
Long-term debt, net of current portion 81,939 74,806
Deferred revenue - non-current 12,495 13,268
Stock-based compensation awards 59,076 22,236
Other long-term liabilities 16,402 17,114
TOTAL LIABILITIES 361,698 285,429
Commitments and contingencies
MEZZANINE EQUITY 2,352
STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT:
Common stock ($0.0001 par value)
Class A common stock, authorized 76,000 shares; issued and outstanding 10,096 and 8,900 as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 1 1
Class B common stock, authorized 44,000 shares; issued and outstanding 41,204 and 41,204 as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 4 4
Additional paid-in capital 49,347 39,688
Accumulated deficit (106,152) (67,092)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,756) (7,264)
Total Altair Engineering Inc. stockholders' deficit (62,556) (34,663)
Noncontrolling interest - 10
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT (62,556) (34,653)
TOTAL LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND
STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT$ 301,494 $ 250,776


Altair Engineering Inc. and subsidiaries
Consolidated statements of operations
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
(in thousands, except per share data)
Revenue
Software$ 63,208 $ 55,804 $ 176,905 $ 162,733
Software related services 8,574 8,676 25,749 26,466
Total software 71,782 64,480 202,654 189,199
Client engineering services 11,477 12,146 36,071 36,435
Other 1,679 1,426 4,741 4,758
Total revenue 84,938 78,052 243,466 230,392
Cost of revenue
Software* 9,166 8,479 26,799 23,500
Software related services 6,457 6,527 20,230 20,365
Total software 15,623 15,006 47,029 43,865
Client engineering services 9,231 9,579 29,200 28,786
Other 1,448 1,036 3,745 3,728
Total cost of revenue 26,302 25,621 79,974 76,379
Gross profit 58,636 52,431 163,492 154,013
Operating expenses:
Research and development* 27,590 19,401 69,198 53,413
Sales and marketing* 22,345 16,961 58,683 49,054
General and administrative* 29,175 15,793 66,465 43,675
Amortization of intangible assets 1,189 875 3,287 2,352
Other operating income (735) (823) (4,065) (1,952)
Total operating expenses 79,564 52,207 193,568 146,542
Operating (loss) income (20,928) 224 (30,076) 7,471
Interest expense 634 507 1,793 1,754
Other expense (income), net 52 148 838 (504)
(Loss) income before taxes (21,614) (431) (32,707) 6,221
Income tax expense (benefit) 8,012 (745) 6,353 1,954
Net (loss) income$ (29,626) $ 314 $ (39,060) $ 4,267
(Loss) income per share:
Net (loss) income per share attributable
to common stockholders, basic$ (0.59) $ 0.01 $ (0.78) $ 0.09
Net (loss) income per share attributable
to common stockholders, diluted$ (0.59) $ 0.01 $ (0.78) $ 0.07
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Weighted average number of shares
used in computing net (loss) income
per share, basic 50,606 49,761 50,374 48,521
Weighted average number of shares
used in computing net (loss) income
per share, diluted 50,606 59,326 50,374 58,086


*Amounts include stock-based compensation expense as follows (in thousands):
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Cost of revenue – software$ 326 $ 1 $ 342 $ 15
Research and development 6,711 1,320 10,495 1,361
Sales and marketing 4,045 728 6,160 763
General and administrative 14,183 2,826 22,305 2,911
Total stock-based compensation expense$ 25,265 $ 4,875 $ 39,302 $ 5,050


Altair Engineering Inc. and subsidiaries
Consolidated statements of cash flows
(Unaudited)
Nine months ended
September 30,
(In thousands) 2017 2016
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net (loss) income$ (39,060) $ 4,267
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 7,895 7,300
Provision for bad debt 517 354
Stock-based compensation expense 39,302 5,050
Deferred income taxes (4,793) (2,170)
Other, net 149
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 12,016 11,483
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 431 (3,243)
Other long-term assets (11,024) (719)
Accounts payable (1,583) (871)
Accrued compensation and benefits (211) 736
Other accrued expenses and current liabilities 6,122 (6,102)
Deferred revenue 7,694 5,277
Net cash provided by operating activities 17,455 21,362
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Payments for acquisition of businesses (15,582) (6,499)
Capital expenditures (6,367) (4,722)
Purchase of noncontrolling interests (29)
Other investing activities, net (100) (61)
Net cash used in investing activities (22,078) (11,282)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Borrowings under revolving commitment 86,270 126,203
Payments on revolving commitment (71,676) (117,919)
Principal payments on long-term debt (8,392) (13,628)
Payments of deferred offering costs (2,595)
Payments for redemption of common stock (918) (1,828)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 476 302
Principal payments on capital leases (31) (10)
Payment for return of capital (724)
Proceeds from issuance of debt 2,030
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 3,134 (5,574)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 1,301 841
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (188) 5,347
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year 17,139 14,013
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period$ 16,951 $ 19,360
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow:
Interest paid$ 1,722 $ 1,547
Income taxes paid$ 4,154 $ 2,103
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:
Promissory notes issued and deferred payment obligations for acquisitions$ 12,440 $ 4,171
Issuance of common stock in connection with acquisitions$ 8,712 $
Issuance of common stock with put rights$ 2,352 $
Deferred offering costs in other long-term assets$ 866 $
Property and equipment in accounts payable, other accrued expenses
and current liabilities, and other liabilities$ 144 $ 1,918
Notes issued for stock redemptions$ $ 577


Altair Engineering Inc. and subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The following table provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most comparable GAAP financial measure (in thousands):
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net (loss) income$ (29,626) $ 314 $ (39,060) $ 4,267
Income tax expense (benefit) 8,012 (745) 6,353 1,954
Stock-based compensation expense 25,265 4,875 39,302 5,050
Interest expense 634 507 1,793 1,754
Interest income and other (53) (93) (2,184) (81)
Depreciation and amortization 2,811 2,453 7,895 7,300
Adjusted EBITDA$ 7,043 $ 7,311 $ 14,099 $ 20,244


The following table provides a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the most comparable GAAP financial measure (in thousands):
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net cash provided by operating activities$ (8,622) $ (644) $ 17,455 $ 21,362
Capital expenditures (2,032) (53) (6,367) (4,722)
Free cash flow$ (10,654) $ (697) $ 11,088 $ 16,640

Source:Altair Engineering Inc.