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Cbeyond Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

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ATLANTA, July 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), ("Cbeyond"), the technology ally for small and mid-sized businesses, today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Recent financial and operating highlights include:

  • Second quarter 2013 total revenue of $118.2 million compared with $123.8 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $119.9 million in the first quarter of 2013;
  • Cbeyond 2.0 revenue was $16.1 million, or 13.6% of total revenue in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 100% from the second quarter of 2012 and an increase of 17% from the first quarter of 2013;
  • Average monthly revenue per customer (ARPU) of $662 during the second quarter of 2013 compared with $645 in the second quarter of 2012 and $656 in the first quarter of 2013 (see selected quarterly operating metrics table for an ARPU definition);
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $21.9 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared with $27.2 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $20.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 (see reconciliation tables for reconciliation to net loss);
  • Free cash flow (defined as adjusted EBITDA less cash capital expenditures) of $7.1 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared with $12.5 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $8.4 million in the first quarter of 2013;
  • Net loss of less than $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared with net income of $2.7 million in the second quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2013;
  • Revised annual guidance for 2013 of $464 million to $471 million of revenue, $76 million to $80 million of adjusted EBITDA, $56 million to $60 million of cash capital expenditures, and $18 million to $22 million of free cash flow;
  • Board approves up to $20 million share repurchase plan expiring June 30, 2015.

Financial Overview and Key Operating Metrics

Financial and operating metrics, which include non-GAAP financial measures, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, include:

For the Three Months Ended June 30,
2012 2013 Change % Change
Selected Financial Data (dollars in thousands)
Revenue (total) $ 123,762 $ 118,215 $ (5,547) (4.5%)
Operating expenses $ 118,119 $ 117,791 $ (328) (0.3%)
Operating income (loss) $ 5,643 $ 424 $ (5,219) (92.5%)
Net income (loss) $ 2,694 $ (41) $ (2,735) (101.5%)
Capital expenditures (total) $ 15,722 $ 20,065 $ 4,343 27.6%
Key Operating Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(dollars in thousands, except Average Monthly Revenue Per Network Access Customer)
Network Access Customers (At Period End) 62,015 57,013 (5,002) (8.1%)
Net Network Access Customer Additions (450) (1,421) (971) (215.8%)
Average Monthly Churn Rate 1.5% 1.6% 0.1% 6.7%
Average Monthly Revenue Per Network Access Customer $ 645 $ 662 $ 17 2.6%
Adjusted EBITDA $ 27,236 $ 21,929 $ (5,307) (19.5%)
Cash capital expenditures $ 14,765 $ 14,780 $ 15 0.1%
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
2012 2013 Change % Change
Selected Financial Data (dollars in thousands)
Revenue (total) $ 247,605 $ 238,161 $ (9,444) (3.8%)
Operating expenses $ 243,287 $ 237,955 $ (5,332) (2.2%)
Operating income (loss) $ 4,318 $ 206 $ (4,112) (95.2%)
Net income (loss) $ 1,500 $ (597) $ (2,097) (139.8%)
Capital expenditures (total) $ 32,958 $ 35,516 $ 2,558 7.8%
Key Operating Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(dollars in thousands, except Average Monthly Revenue Per Network Access Customer)
Network Access Customers (At Period End) 62,015 57,013 (5,002) (8.1%)
Net Network Access Customer Additions (154) (2,679) (2,525) N/M
Average Monthly Churn Rate 1.5% 1.6% 0.1% 6.7%
Average Monthly Revenue Per Network Access Customer $ 647 $ 660 $ 13 2.0%
Adjusted EBITDA $ 50,210 $ 42,762 $ (7,448) (14.8%)
Cash capital expenditures $ 29,601 $ 27,214 $ (2,387) (8.1%)

Management Comments

"I am pleased with the progress we are making at transitioning our company from a communications centric business to a cloud solutions provider for the small and mid-sized business segment," said Jim Geiger, chief executive officer of Cbeyond, Inc. "This quarter, our 2.0 revenue doubled from the second quarter last year and our 2.0 metrics, such as ARPU and sales productivity, are moving in the right direction."

Geiger added, "Our transformation is taking longer in some areas than originally planned but the many positive signs we're seeing in the business reinforce our conviction that we are on the right path strategically."

Geiger continued, "Because of these positive signs and our solid balance sheet and free cash flow generation, our Board has approved a $20 million share repurchase program supporting our goal of creating long-term shareholder value."

Share Repurchase Plan

Cbeyond's board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to $20 million of Cbeyond common shares expiring June 30, 2015. These repurchases, if any, will be made on an opportunistic basis depending on prevailing market conditions, liquidity requirements, contractual restrictions and other discretionary factors. Repurchases will be made from time to time in open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. Based on the closing stock price as of Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the repurchase plan would equate to more than 7% of total shares outstanding.

Second Quarter Financial and Business Summary

Revenue and ARPU

Cbeyond reported total revenue of $118.2 million for the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of 4.5% from the second quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 1.4% from the first quarter of 2013. Managed Hosting and Cloud revenue was $7.4 million during the quarter, an increase of 20.9% year-over-year. ARPU was $662 in the second quarter of 2013 compared with $645 in the second quarter of 2012 and $656 in the first quarter of 2013.

Cost of Service and Gross Margin

Cbeyond's gross margin was 66.6% in the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of 90 basis points from the 67.5% in the second quarter of 2012 and a 110 basis point decrease from the 67.7% in the first quarter of 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA and Net Loss

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2013 was $21.9 million compared with adjusted EBITDA of $27.2 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $20.8 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Cbeyond reported a net loss of less than $0.1 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared with net income of $2.7 million in the second quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Borrowings

Cash and cash equivalents amounted to $27.5 million at the end of the first quarter of 2013 compared with $23.8 million at the end of the first quarter of 2013. The Company currently has $2.0 million outstanding on its fiber loan while it does not have any outstanding borrowings under its $75.0 million revolving credit facility. The Company also has $13.7 million in outstanding capital lease obligations on its balance sheet as of June 30, 2013.

Capital Expenditures

Total capital expenditures were $20.1 million during the second quarter of 2013, of which $14.8 million were cash capital expenditures. The Company incurred $5.3 million in non-cash capital expenditures during the second quarter, consisting mainly of capital lease obligations related to its fiber assets. In the first quarter of 2013, capital expenditures were $15.5 million, of which $12.4 million were cash capital expenditures.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow, defined as adjusted EBITDA less cash capital expenditures, was $7.1 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared with $12.5 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $8.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Revised Business Outlook for 2013

Revised financial guidance for 2013:

  • Revenue of $464 million to $471 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $76 million to $80 million;
  • Cash capital expenditures of $56 million to $60 million; and
  • Free cash flow of $18 million to $22 million.

Regarding capital expenditures, it should be noted that the guidance range of $56 million to $60 million, as well as the resulting $18 million to $22 million of free cash flow (adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures), relates to cash capital expenditures. Cbeyond has already and may continue to enter into agreements for fiber network assets and data center equipment involving long-term capital leases that will create additional non-cash capital expenditures this year not included in the guidance range provided above. The assets acquired under these agreements are excluded from the Company's definition of cash capital expenditures because they do not require upfront outlays of cash.

Conference Call

Cbeyond will hold a conference call to discuss this press release on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available on-line at http://ir.cbeyond.net/events.cfm. To listen to the live call, please go to the web site at least 10 minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. The conference call will also be available by dialing (877) 303-9219 (for domestic U.S. callers) and (760) 666-3559 (for international callers). For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an on-line replay will be available shortly after the call and continue to be available for one year.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), a cloud and communications services provider, is the technology ally for small and mid-sized business. Our private, proactively-managed IP network connects customers to voice, data and enterprise applications hosted in our award-winning cloud data centers. Since 1999, Cbeyond has served the unmet needs of businesses through technology and service innovation. We were the first company to build an all-IP network specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer consultative sales and service professionals onsite. Today, our expanded portfolio helps customers reduce the burden of outlaying capital and manpower to manage infrastructure. Creating an exceptional customer experience is in our DNA. It's why more than a third of our approximately 60,000 customers come from referrals. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.com and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cbeyond.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements identified by words such as "expectations," "guidance," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects" and similar expressions. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Cbeyond's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause future results to differ include, but are not limited to, the following: finalization of operating data, the significant reduction in economic activity, which particularly affects our target market of small to mid-sized businesses; the risk that we may be unable to experience revenue growth at anticipated levels; changes in business climate or other factors affecting our customer base; the risk of unexpected increases in customer churn levels; our ability to manage competitive pricing dynamics in our markets; changes in federal or state regulation or decisions by regulatory bodies that affect Cbeyond; periods of economic downturn or unusual volatility in the capital markets or other negative macroeconomic conditions that could harm our business, including our access to capital markets and the impact on certain of our customers to meet their payment obligations; the timing of the initiation, progress or cancellation of significant contracts or arrangements; the mix and timing of services sold in a particular period; our ability to recruit and maintain experienced management and personnel; rapid technological change and the timing and amount of start-up costs incurred in connection with the introduction of new services or the entrance into new markets; our ability to maintain or attract sufficient customers in existing or new markets; our ability to respond to increasing competition; our ability to manage the growth of our operations; changes in estimates of taxable income or utilization of deferred tax assets which could significantly affect the Company's effective tax rate; regulatory action relating to our compliance with customer proprietary network information; the possibility that economic benefits of future opportunities in an emerging industry may never materialize, including unexpected variations in market growth and demand for products and technologies; unfamiliarity with the economic characteristics of new geographic markets; ongoing personnel and logistical challenges of managing a larger organization; external events outside of our control, including extreme weather, natural disasters, pandemics or terrorist attacks that could adversely affect our target markets; our ability to implement and execute successfully our new strategic focus; our ability to expand fiber availability; the extent to which small and medium sized businesses continue to spend on cloud, network and security services; our ability to recruit, maintain and grow a sales force focused exclusively on our technology-dependent customers; our ability to integrate new products into our existing infrastructure; the effects of realignment activities; the extent to which our customer mix becomes more technology-dependent; our ability to achieve future cost savings related to our capital expenditures and investment in Ethernet technology; and general economic and business conditions. You are advised to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in the reports we file with the SEC, including the "Risk Factors" in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, together with updates that may occur in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8‑K. Such disclosure covers certain risks, uncertainties and possibly inaccurate assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. We undertake no obligation to correct or update any forward‑looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Key Operating Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, the Company uses several key operating metrics and non-GAAP financial measures. The Company defines each of these metrics and provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, financial measure. These financial measures and operating metrics are a supplement to GAAP financial information and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income, cash flow or operating income as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a substitute for operating income, net income, or cash flow from operating activities as determined in accordance with GAAP, as a measure of performance or liquidity. The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. However, we use adjusted EBITDA, also a non-GAAP financial measure, to further exclude, when applicable, non-cash share-based compensation, public offering or acquisition-related transaction costs, purchase accounting adjustments, gain or loss on asset dispositions and non-operating income or expense. Adjusted EBITDA may exclude charges for employee severances, asset or facility impairments, and other exit activity costs associated with a management directed plan (including realignment costs). Information relating to adjusted EBITDA is provided so that investors have the same data that management employs in assessing the overall operation of the Company's business.

Adjusted EBITDA allows the chief operating decision maker to assess the performance of the Company's business on a consolidated basis to assess the ability to produce operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, to service debt obligations and to fund capital expenditures. In particular, adjusted EBITDA permits a comparative assessment of the Company's operating performance, relative to a performance based on GAAP results, while isolating the effects of depreciation and amortization, which may vary among segments without any correlation to their underlying operating performance, and of non-cash share-based compensation, which is a non-cash expense that varies widely among similar companies.

Free cash flow represents the cash that a company is able to generate after cash expenses and capital expenditures necessary to maintain or expand its asset base. The Company defines free cash flow as adjusted EBITDA less cash capital expenditures. Cbeyond believes that free cash flow is an important metric for investors in evaluating how a company is currently using cash generated, and may indicate its ability to generate cash that can potentially be used by the business for capital investments, acquisitions, reduction of debt, payment of dividends or share repurchases. Internally, Cbeyond has also begun to focus on free cash flow as an important operating performance metric and has designed its corporate bonus compensation plan to utilize free cash flow as a component. However, free cash flow is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Additionally, the Company does not present or manage free cash flow on a segment basis.

Historically, we have defined free cash flow as adjusted EBITDA less total capital expenditures. During the first quarter of 2012, we refined our definition of capital expenditures for purposes of calculating free cash flow to distinguish capital expenditures that require the up-front outlay of cash from those where payment is deferred on a longer-term basis. This distinction is primarily driven by the significant investments we are making to lease fiber network assets that have an expected useful life of 20 years, which is substantially longer than our typical asset lives. We believe this distinction is warranted and appropriate since these investments are expected to yield meaningful positive cash flows in future periods when the debt and lease payments occur. These favorable future cash flows will result from fiber infrastructure replacing a significant portion of the access and transport circuits we currently lease from incumbent local exchange carriers (or "ILECs"). We have recast all historical disclosures of capital expenditures as well as free cash flow for all periods presented in this Current Report on Form 8-K to be consistent with this delineation between cash and non-cash capital expenditures.

CBEYOND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2012 2013 2012 2013
Revenue $ 123,762 $ 118,215 $ 247,605 $ 238,161
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortization) 40,164 39,491 80,648 78,279
Selling, general and administrative (excluding depreciation and amortization) 59,585 59,840 125,393 123,611
Depreciation and amortization 18,370 18,460 37,246 36,065
Total operating expenses 118,119 117,791 243,287 237,955
Operating income (loss) 5,643 424 4,318 206
Other income (expense):
Interest expense, net (144) (196) (271) (349)
Income (loss) before income taxes 5,499 228 4,047 (143)
Income tax (expense) benefit (2,805) (269) (2,547) (454)
Net income (loss) $ 2,694 $ (41) $ 1,500 $ (597)
Net Income (loss) per common share:
Basic $ 0.09 $ (0.00) $ 0.05 $ (0.02)
Diluted $ 0.09 $ (0.00) $ 0.05 $ (0.02)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 29,275 30,427 29,244 30,302
Diluted 29,900 30,427 29,860 30,302
CBEYOND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
December 31,
2012
June 30,
2013
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 30,620 $ 27,515
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 23,328 23,050
Other current assets 12,423 15,573
Total current assets 66,371 66,138
Property and equipment, net 157,624 157,769
Other non-current assets, net 31,053 29,969
Total assets $ 255,048 $ 253,876
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 15,870 $ 12,485
Other current liabilities 52,623 45,527
Total current liabilities 68,493 58,012
Non-current portion of long-term debt 6,947 12,759
Other Non-current liabilities 7,722 7,167
Stockholders' equity
Common stock 299 308
Additional paid-in capital 323,584 328,224
Accumulated deficit (151,997) (152,594)
Total stockholders' equity 171,886 175,938
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 255,048 $ 253,876
CBEYOND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2012 2013
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income (loss) $ 1,500 $ (597)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 37,246 36,065
Deferred taxes 1,762 232
Provision for doubtful accounts 3,227 2,073
Non-cash shares-based compensation 6,722 6,024
Change in acquisition-related contingent consideration 23 --
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (2,140) (1,795)
Other current assets (1,756) (3,150)
Other assets (330) 592
Accounts payable (2,691) (3,385)
Other liabilities (4,739) (9,475)
Net cash provided by operating activities 38,824 26,584
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment (29,601) (27,214)
Additional acquisition consideration (4,950) --
Decrease in restricted cash 1,295 --
Net cash used in investing activities (33,256) (27,214)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Taxes paid on vested restricted shares (1,272) (1,605)
Principal payments of capital lease obligations -- (872)
Proceeds from short-term borrowings 4,250 --
Repayment of short-term borrowings (4,250) --
Financing issuance costs (149) (130)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 16 132
Repurchase of common stock (2,005) --
Net cash used in financing activities (3,410) (2,475)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2,158 (3,105)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 8,521 30,620
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 10,679 $ 27,515
CBEYOND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Selected Quarterly Financial Data and Operating Metrics
(Dollars in thousands, except for Network Access Customer Data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended,
Jun. 30 Sep. 30 Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30
2012 2012 2012 2013 2013
Revenues
Network, Voice and Data $ 117,674 $ 115,164 $ 112,364 $ 113,352 $ 110,852
Managed Hosting and Cloud 6,088 6,327 6,506 6,594 7,363
Total Revenue $ 123,762 $ 121,491 $ 118,870 $ 119,946 $ 118,215
Adjusted EBITDA $ 27,236 $ 25,207 $ 18,828 $ 20,833 $ 21,929
Adjusted EBITDA margin (As % of Total Revenue) 22.0% 20.7% 15.8% 17.4% 18.6%
Cash Capital Expenditures $ 14,765 $ 17,516 $ 14,488 $ 12,434 $ 14,780
Non-cash Capital Expenditures
Capital Leases $ 957 $ -- $ 4,976 $ 3,017 $ 5,264
Leasehold Improvements $ -- $ -- $ -- $ -- $ 21
Total Capital Expenditures $ 15,722 $ 17,516 $ 19,464 $ 15,451 $ 20,065
Free cash flow $ 12,471 $ 7,691 $ 4,340 $ 8,399 $ 7,149
Network Access Customer Data
Network Access Customers (At Period End) 62,015 60,876 59,692 58,434 57,013
Net Network Access Customer Additions (450) (1,139) (1,184) (1,258) (1,421)
Average Monthly Churn Rate (1) 1.5% 1.6% 1.6% 1.6% 1.6%
Average Monthly Revenue Per Network Access Customer (2) $ 645 $ 640 $ 638 $ 656 $ 662
(1) Calculated for each period as the average of monthly churn, which is defined for a given month as the number of network access customers disconnected in that month divided by the number of network access customers on the Company's network at the beginning of that month.
(2) Calculated as the revenue for a period divided by the average of the number of network access customers at the beginning of the period and the number of network access customers at the end of the period, divided by the number of months in the period. Revenue used to calculate ARPU is defined as the revenue associated with customers where Cbeyond provides network access and includes all Network, Voice and Data revenue and the portion of Managed Hosting and Cloud revenue where Cbeyond provides network access.
CBEYOND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure to GAAP Financial Measure
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended,
Jun. 30 Sep. 30 Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30
2012 2012 2012 2013 2013
Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA to Net income (loss):
Free Cash Flow $ 12,471 $ 7,691 $ 4,340 $ 8,399 $ 7,149
Cash capital expenditures 14,765 17,516 14,488 12,434 14,780
Adjusted EBITDA $ 27,236 $ 25,207 $ 18,828 $ 20,833 $ 21,929
Depreciation and amortization (18,370) (18,172) (18,605) (17,605) (18,460)
Non-cash share-based compensation (2,939) (2,975) (3,443) (2,979) (3,045)
Realignment costs (284) -- (312) (467) --
Interest expense, net (144) (138) (168) (153) (196)
Income (loss) before income taxes 5,499 3,922 (3,700) (371) 228
Income tax (expense) benefit (2,805) (1,969) (2,075) (185) (269)
Net income (loss) $ 2,694 $ 1,953 $ (5,775) $ (556) $ (41)
CBEYOND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure to GAAP Financial Measure
(Dollars in thousands, except for ARPU)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended,
Jun. 30 Sep. 30 Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30
2012 2012 2012 2013 2013
Calculation of ARPU:
Total revenue $ 123,762 $ 121,491 $ 118,870 $ 119,946 $ 118,215
Cloud only revenue (3,367) (3,486) (3,483) (3,650) (3,558)
(A) Network access customer revenue $ 120,395 $ 118,005 $ 115,387 $ 116,296 $ 114,657
(B) Average Network access customers 62,240 61,446 60,284 59,063 57,724
ARPU (A / B / number of months in period) $ 645 $ 640 $ 638 $ 656 $ 662

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Cbeyond, Inc. Rob Clancy Vice President of Investor Relations 678-486-8023 rob.clancy@cbeyond.com

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