TORONTO – August 8, 2012 - Redknee Solutions, Inc. (TSX: RKN), a leading provider of business-critical software and solutions for communications service providers, reported results for its fiscal thirdquarter ended June 30, 2012. All figures below are in U.S. dollars.
FY Q3 2012 Financial Highlights as Compared to the Same Year-ago Quarter
• Revenue increased from $14.2 million to $14.8 million
• Gross margin increased from 61% to 71%
• Net income totaled $1.7 million or $0.03 per share versus a loss of $1.9 million or $(0.03) per share
• EBITDA totaled $2.5 million, improving from a loss of $1.4 million
• Recurring revenue as percent of total revenue increased from 44% to 47%
• Order backlog was $55.8 million versus $42.6 million
• Quarter-end cash totaled $20.3 million
FY Q3 2012 Operational Highlights
• The greater industry-wide adoption of 4G LTE, a new standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones, led to a multi-million dollar increase in Redknee's Tier 1 business in North America
• Subscriber growth in the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) segment led to an expansion of business in Americas with a multi-million dollar contract
• Need for advanced functionality drove upgrades to Redknee’s converged billing platform across Asia Pacific resulting in Redknee securing incremental, multi-million dollar, business in the region
• Initiated repurchase program for company’s common stock
• Achieved Microsoft Partner Gold status
• Recognized by Branham Group’s Top ICT Scorecard as one of Canada’s Top 10 wireless companies
FY Q3 2012 Financial Results
Revenue for the fiscal third quarter 2012 was $14.8 million, increasing 5% both sequentially and over the same year-ago quarter. The improvement was primarily due to increases in revenue from software upgrades and support.
Recurring revenue for the trailing 12 months increased to 49% of revenue from 41% in the same year-ago period. The improvement was due to increased sales and renewals of customer support services, software subscriptions and term licenses.
Gross margin for the fiscal third quarter 2012 increased to 71% from 61% in the same year-ago quarter. EBITDA (i.e., earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, including amortization of non-cash stock-based compensation) was $2.5 million or 17% of revenue in the fiscal third quarter, compared to a loss of $1.4 million in the year-ago quarter (see discussion about the presentation of EBITDA, a non-IFRS metric, below.)
Net income for the fiscal third quarter 2012 totaled $1.7 million or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, improving from a net loss of $1.9 million or $(0.03) per basic and diluted share in the year-ago quarter. The comparative increase was primarily attributed to disciplined cost management and ongoing improvements in the company’s cost structure.
At June 30, 2012, cash and investments totaled $20.3 million compared to $15.7 million as at September 30, 2011. Net cash was $14.6 million at June 30, 2012 compared to $7.6 million at September 30, 2011.
Please refer to the section regarding forward-looking statements which form an integral part of this release. These results, along with the unaudited consolidated financial statements and the company’s MD&A, are available on the company’s website at www.redknee.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
“Our fiscal third quarter results demonstrated our ability to grow with our customer base, continue to manage costs and improve operational efficiencies,” said Lucas Skoczkowski, CEO of Redknee. “This is particularly evidenced by our EBITDA increasing 60% to $2.5 million over the previous quarter, and especially compared to the year-ago loss. Our sales momentum continues to be encouraging, driving our order backlog to $55.8 million and giving us a clear pathway to profitable growth.
“Our growth has also been driven by mobile networks working to expand in order to handle the increasing number of users and their data usage. Redknee’s award-winning solutions provide a strong value proposition, allowing network operators around the world to differentiate their offerings and manage the complex, dynamic network environments. This has allowed us to secure new multi-million dollar orders in the Americas and Asia Pacific.
“Redknee is well positioned to capitalize on future opportunities as we look to further expand in North America with Tier 1 network operators. We are focused on growing recurring revenue by securing multi-year contracts, with high margins that ultimately result in sustained profitability over the long term.”
The company will host a conference call tomorrow (Thursday, August 9, 2012) to discuss these results. Redknee’s CEO Lucas Skoczkowski and CFO David Charron will host the presentation starting at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow the management's presentation.
Dial-in number: 1-877-941-4774
Conference ID#: 4551892
The presentation will be webcast live and available for replay via the Investors section of the company's website at www.redknee.com.
Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.
A replay of the call will be available after 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on the same day until September 9, 2012.
Toll-free replay number: 1-877-870-5176
International replay number: 1-858-384-5517
Replay PIN#: 4551892
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About Redknee Solutions, Inc.
Redknee is a leading global provider of innovative communication software products, solutions and services. Redknee's award-winning solutions enable operators to monetize the value of each subscriber transaction while personalizing the subscriber experience to meet mainstream, niche and individual market segment requirements. Redknee's revenue generating solutions provide advanced converged billing, rating, charging and policy for voice, messaging and new generation data services to over 90 network operators in over 50 countries. References to Redknee refer to the combined operations of the parent Redknee Solutions, Inc., and all wholly owned subsidiaries.
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