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ARI Network Services Reports Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Results

Record Quarterly Revenue of $13.2 Million, Cash Flow From Operations of Over $2.0 Million

/EINPresswire.com/ -- MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - March 09, 2017) - ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS), an award-winning provider of SaaS, software tools and marketing services that help dealers, distributors and manufacturers Sell More Stuff!™, reported financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended January 31, 2017.

Highlights for the fiscal second quarter included:

  • Revenue increased for the 12th consecutive quarter to $13.2 million, which compares to $11.8 for the same period last year, a 12.7% increase. Recurring revenue increased 12.5% to $12.1 million, which compares to $10.8 million for the same period last year.
  • Operating income was $672,000 compared to $873,000 in the same period last year and included approximately $250,000 in non-cash depreciation and amortization charges related to the Company's acquisition of Auction 123 in November 2016, and approximately $200,000 in proxy contest and acquisition-related costs.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was up 6% to a new record of $2.2 million despite the proxy contest and acquisition-related charges noted above. This compares to adjusted EBITDA of $2.1 million in the same period last year.
  • Cash generated from operations was $2.0 million compared to $1.2 million for the same period last year.
  • Annualized churn for the quarter was 12.2% compared to 15.6% for the same period last year. Excluding the impact of the newly acquired Auction 123 business, which tends to run at a higher churn rate, the annualized churn for the quarter would have been 11.3%.

Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Financials

Revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 increased 13% to $13.2 million compared to $11.8 million in the same period last year. Recurring revenue comprised 91.4% of total revenue versus 91.6% for the same period last year.

Gross margin for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 was 80.3% compared to 82.4% last year. Gross margin was negatively impacted by the gross margin of Auction 123 which, inclusive of the acquired amortization expense, is lower than ARI's historically.

The company reported net income of $242,000 or $0.01 per diluted share for the quarter, compared to net income of $448,000 or $0.03 per share last year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 increased to $2.2 million compared to $2.1 million in the same period last year.

Management Discussion

"We are pleased with where we stand halfway through our fiscal year," said Roy W. Olivier, President and CEO of ARI. "With our proxy matter concluded and several one-time charges behind us, we are well-positioned to expand adjusted EBITDA margins in the back half of the year. In addition, the initiatives we have put forth to address churn are working as we experienced our third straight quarter of year-over-year churn improvement. Combined with the strong second quarter bookings, we expect stronger organic revenue growth in the second half of the year, complemented by the revenue we are driving through our acquisition of Auction 123."

William Nurthen, CFO of ARI, commented: "Our adjusted EBITDA and cash flow performance in the quarter exceeded our expectations. Further, we believe the second half of the year sets up well for us to show significant improvement in both these areas. We remain on track to finish the second half of the year with an annualized adjusted EBITDA run rate of over $10 million and with adjusted EBITDA margins such that our fiscal 2017 performance should be equal to or above fiscal 2016, despite the proxy and acquisition-related expenses incurred in the first half of the year. Lastly, while our operating income and EPS results for the quarter were impacted by the non-cash charges associated with the Auction 123 acquisition, we believe that there is still an opportunity for us to show improvement in both these items for fiscal 2017 over fiscal 2016."

Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Conference Call

ARI will conduct a conference call on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. EST to review the financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended January 31, 2017. Investors and interested parties can access the conference call by dialing 877.359.3639 or 408.427.3725 and referring to conference ID 51526443. The conference call is also being webcast and is available via the Company's investor relations website at investor.arinet.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Company's investor relations website for 60 days.

Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, excluding stock-based compensation. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA to be a meaningful indicator of our performance that provides useful information to investors regarding our financial condition and results of operations. While management considers Adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure of comparative operating performance, it should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, net income and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Not all companies calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same manner and the measure as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. A reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA can be found in this release and at the Company's investor relations website for all periods presented.

About ARI

ARI Network Services, Inc. (ARI) (NASDAQ: ARIS) offers an award-winning suite of SaaS, software tools, and marketing services to help dealers, equipment manufacturers and distributors in selected vertical markets Sell More Stuff!™ -- online and in-store. Our innovative products are powered by a proprietary data repository of enriched original equipment and aftermarket electronic content spanning more than 17 million active part and accessory SKUs and 750,000 equipment models. Business is complicated, but we believe our customers' technology tools don't have to be. We remove the complexity of selling and servicing new and used vehicle inventory, parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) for customers in the automotive tire and wheel aftermarket, powersports, outdoor power equipment, marine, home medical equipment, recreational vehicles and appliance industries. More than 23,500 equipment dealers, 195 distributors and 3,360 brands worldwide leverage our web and eCatalog platforms to Sell More Stuff!™ For more information on ARI, visit investor.arinet.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release contain "forward‐looking statements" regarding future events and our future results that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933. All statements other than statements of historical facts are statements that could be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projects about the markets in which we operate and the beliefs and assumptions of our management. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "targets," "goals," "projects", "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "endeavors," "strives," "may," or variations of such words, and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that these forward‐looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict, estimate or verify. Therefore, actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include those factors described in Part 1A of the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10‐K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward‐looking statements. The forward‐looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward‐looking statements. For more information, please refer to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

                               
                               
ARI Network Services, Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data)  
(Unaudited)  
                       
    Three months ended January 31       Six months ended January 31  
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
Net revenue $ 13,244     $ 11,752     $ 25,516     $ 23,489  
Cost of revenue   2,603       2,064       4,892       4,133  
Gross profit   10,641       9,688       20,624       19,356  
Operating expenses:                              
  Sales and marketing   2,822       2,748       5,509       5,513  
  Customer operations and support   2,885       2,428       5,640       4,874  
  Software development and technical support (net of capitalized software product costs)   1,560       1,319       2,816       2,574  
  General and administrative   1,964       1,730       3,906       3,515  
  Depreciation and amortization (exclusive of amortization of software product costs included in cost of revenue)   738       590       1,313       1,199  
Net operating expenses   9,969       8,815       19,184       17,675  
Operating income   672       873       1,440       1,681  
Other income (expense):                              
  Interest expense   (218 )     (120 )     (326 )     (232 )
  Other, net   1       -       2       (8 )
Total other income (expense)   (217 )     (120 )     (324 )     (240 )
Income before provision for income tax   455       753       1,116       1,441  
  Income tax expense   (213 )     (305 )     (518 )     (604 )
Net income $ 242     $ 448     $ 598     $ 837  
                               
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                              
  Basic   17,468       17,188       17,446       17,170  
  Diluted   18,002       17,695       17,956       17,655  
                               
Net income per common share:                            
  Basic $ 0.01     $ 0.03     $ 0.03     $ 0.05  
  Diluted $ 0.01     $ 0.03     $ 0.03     $ 0.05  
             
             
             
ARI Network Services, Inc.  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(Dollars in Thousands, Except per Share Data)  
             
  (Unaudited)   (Audited)  
  January 31   July 31  
  2017   2016  
ASSETS            
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,555   $ 5,118  
  Trade receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $225            
  and $211 at January 31, 2017 and July 31, 2016, respectively   2,660     1,942  
  Work in process   145     132  
  Prepaid expenses and other   695     781  
  Deferred income taxes   2,827     3,182  
    Total current assets   10,882     11,155  
  Equipment and leasehold improvements:            
    Computer equipment and software for internal use   3,648     3,575  
    Leasehold improvements   724     639  
    Furniture and equipment   2,643     2,544  
      Total equipment and leasehold improvements   7,015     6,758  
    Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   (4,649 )   (4,237 )
      Net equipment and leasehold improvements   2,366     2,521  
  Capitalized software product costs:            
    Amounts capitalized for software product costs   27,801     24,774  
    Less accumulated amortization   (20,893 )   (19,743 )
      Net capitalized software product costs   6,908     5,031  
  Deferred income taxes   968     1,112  
  Other intangible assets   10,225     7,890  
  Goodwill   28,034     21,634  
    Total non-current assets   48,501     38,188  
    Total assets $ 59,383   $ 49,343  
   
LIABILITIES            
  Current portion of long-term debt $ 2,921   $ 2,417  
  Current portion of contingent liabilities   206     331  
  Accounts payable   1,150     718  
  Deferred revenue   5,329     6,763  
  Accrued payroll and related liabilities   2,308     1,817  
  Accrued sales, use and income taxes   336     297  
  Other accrued liabilities   1,641     677  
  Current portion of capital lease obligations   50     50  
    Total current liabilities   13,941     13,070  
  Long-term debt   13,319     6,658  
  Long-term portion of contingent liabilities   1,420     60  
  Capital lease obligations   39     63  
  Other long-term liabilities   142     166  
    Total non-current liabilities   14,920     6,947  
  Total liabilities   28,861     20,017  
             
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY            
  Cumulative preferred stock, par value $.001 per share, 1,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding at January 31, 2017 and July 31, 2016, respectively   -     -  
  Junior preferred stock, par value $.001 per share, 100,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding at January 31, 2017 and July 31, 2016, respectively   -     -  
  Common stock, par value $.001 per share, 25,000,000 shares authorized; 17,526,856 and 17,310,763 shares issued and outstanding at January 31, 2017 and July 31, 2016, respectively   17     17  
  Additional paid-in capital   115,957     115,364  
  Accumulated deficit   (85,452 )   (86,050 )
  Other accumulated comprehensive income   -     (5 )
    Total shareholders' equity   30,522     29,326  
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 59,383   $ 49,343  
   
   
ARI Network Services, Inc.  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
(Dollars in Thousands)  
   
  Six months ended January 31  
  2017     2016  
Operating activities:              
Net income $ 598     $ 837  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:              
    Amortization of software products   1,150       1,040  
    Amortization of deferred loan fees and imputed interest expense   35       19  
    Depreciation and other amortization   1,310       1,199  
    Gain on change in fair value of earn-out receivable and payable   -       8  
    Provision for bad debt allowance   (6 )     78  
    Deferred income taxes   499       592  
    Stock based compensation   323       203  
  Net change in assets and liabilities:              
    Trade receivables   171       (166 )
    Work in process, prepaid expenses and other   113       107  
    Accounts payable   377       4  
    Deferred revenue   (1,482 )     (1,207 )
    Accrued payroll and related liabilities   606       144  
    Accrued taxes and other accrued liabilities   121       93  
      Net cash provided by operating activities $ 3,815     $ 2,951  
Investing activities:              
Purchase of equipment, software and leasehold improvements   (117 )     (324 )
Cash paid for net assets related to acquisitions   (10,205 )     -  
Cash paid for contingent liabilities related to acquisitions   (191 )     (322 )
Software development costs capitalized   (1,087 )     (827 )
      Net cash used in investing activities $ (11,600 )   $ (1,473 )
Financing activities:              
Payments on long-term debt $ (935 )   $ (530 )
Borrowings under long-term debt   8,081       -  
Payments of capital lease obligations   (24 )     (121 )
Proceeds from exercise of common stock options and warrants   103       56  
      Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities $ 7,225     $ (595 )
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash   (3 )     (1 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents   (563 )     882  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   5,118       2,284  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 4,555     $ 3,166  
      Cash paid for interest $ 200     $ 227  
      Cash paid for income taxes $ 63     $ 43  
   
   
ARI Network Services, Inc.  
Non-Gaap Disclosure of EBITDA  
(Dollars in Thousands)  
   
                             
  Three months ended January 31 Six months ended January 31 Twelve months ended January 31
  2017 2016 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income $ 242   $ 448   $ 598   $ 837   $ 1,504   $ 1,544  
Interest expense   218     120     326     232     554     468  
Stock-based compensation expense   174     88     323     203     547     439  
Amortization included in cost of sales   628     544     1,150     1,040     2,218     1,961  
Depreciation and amortization   738     590     1,313     1,199     2,521     2,175  
Income tax expense   213     305     518     604     1,265     1,052  
  Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,213   $ 2,095   $ 4,228   $ 4,115   $ 8,609   $ 7,639  
                                     
Revenue $ 13,244   $ 11,752   $ 25,516   $ 23,489   $ 49,720   $ 44,681  
Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenue   16.7 %   17.8 %   16.6 %   17.5 %   17.3 %   17.1 %

For media inquiries, contact:
Colleen Malloy
Director of Marketing, ARI
414.973.4323
colleen.malloy@arinet.com

Investor inquiries, contact:
Cody Slach or Sean Mansouri
Liolios
949.574.3860
ARIS@liolios.com

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