LivePerson Announces First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

-- Signs Liberty Global, the Largest International Cable Company --

-- LiveEngage Adoption and Mobile Usage Gains Momentum --

-- Enhances Integration with Facebook Messenger --

NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), a leading provider of mobile and online messaging, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

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Revenue

Total revenue was $55.5 million for the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of 7% as compared to the same period last year. Within total revenue, business operations revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $51.7 million, a decrease of 8%.  Revenue from consumer operations was $3.8 million, an increase of 2%.

LivePerson signed a total of 84 deals in the quarter, which includes the addition of 20 new customers. Trailing-twelve-months average revenue per enterprise and mid-market customer reached $200,000 for the first time in the first quarter of 2016, up from the $170,000 calculated for the comparable period ended in the first quarter of 2015. These figures are pro forma to exclude contributions from a previously disclosed customer contract that ended.

"Across the board we are making significant progress on our 2016 primary objectives," said CEO Robert LoCascio. "From advancing LiveEngage adoption and mobile usage, to adding new leading global brands to our platform, and enhancing integration with Facebook Messenger. With consumer behavior already shifted to mobile, and social media giants such as Facebook echoing our vision of digital connection, we are approaching a major opportunity that we have been building towards for several years."

Customer Expansion

During the first quarter, the Company signed contracts with the following new customers:

  • Liberty Global, the largest international cable company
  • A Japanese automotive insurance company
  • A global life sciences and materials company
  • A Latin American provider of telecommunication services
  • A provider of IT consulting and software to the Asia-Pacific region

The Company also expanded business with:

  • A global financial services company
  • A national apparel retailer
  • A national home improvement retailer
  • A leading software provider to the real estate industry
  • A Fortune 500 technology company

Net Loss

Net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $2.7 million or $0.05 per share, as compared to net loss of $2.1 million or $0.04 per share in the first quarter of 2015.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $0.1 million or $0.00 per share, as compared to adjusted net income of $2.4 million or $0.04 per share in the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted net income excludes amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring costs, acquisition costs, deferred tax asset valuation allowance, other non-cash charges and the related income tax effect of these adjustments.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2016 was $4.4 million or $0.08 per share, as compared to $5.5 million or $0.10 per share in the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA excludes provision for (benefit from) income taxes, other (income)/expense, net, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring costs, acquisition costs and other non-cash charges.

A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures has been provided in the financial tables included in this press release. An explanation of the non-GAAP financial measures and how they are calculated is included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company's cash balance was $48.5 million at March 31, 2016, including $4.0 million of cash being used as collateral for foreign currency hedging instruments.  The Company generated approximately $2.2 million of cash from operations despite first quarter seasonality and incurred capital expenditures of approximately $4.5 million. The Company also spent approximately $3.2 million to repurchase shares of its common stock during the first quarter of 2016. As of March 31, 2016, approximately $16.9 million remained available for purchases under the stock repurchase program.

Financial Expectations

Our year-to-date progress has been in line with our guidance and our 2016 financial expectations are unchanged.

The Company's detailed financial expectations are as follows:

Second Quarter 2016


Guidance

Revenue (in millions)

$56.0 - $57.0

Adjusted EBITDA (in millions)

$4.5 - $5.4

Diluted adjusted EBITDA per share

$0.08 - $0.10

Diluted adjusted net loss per share

$(0.03) - $(0.01)

GAAP net loss per share

$(0.09) - $(0.07)

Fully diluted share count

56.8 million

Full Year 2016




Guidance

Revenue (in millions)



$230.0 - $235.0

Adjusted EBITDA (in millions)



$23.0 - $26.0

Diluted adjusted EBITDA per share



$0.40 - $0.45

Diluted adjusted net income per share



$0.05 - $0.10

GAAP net loss per share



$(0.17) - $(0.12)

Fully diluted share count



57.5 million

Other Full Year 2016 Assumptions

  • A negative foreign exchange impact on revenue of approximately $1.5 million
  • GAAP gross margin of approximately 70%
  • Amortization of purchased intangibles of approximately $7.5 million
  • Stock-compensation expense of approximately $12.0 million
  • Depreciation of approximately $11.5 million
  • Cash taxes paid of $1.0 million to $3.0 million
  • Tax rate of approximately 35% on non-GAAP items used to calculate adjusted net income
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $11 million

Stock-Based Compensation

Included in the accompanying financial results are expenses related to stock-based compensation, as follows (in thousands):


Three Months Ended


March 31,


2016


2015

Cost of revenue

$

10



$

328


Sales and marketing

630



595


General and administrative

852



932


Product development

827



939


  Total

$

2,319



$

2,794


 

Amortization of Purchased Intangibles

Included in the accompanying financial results are expenses related to the amortization of purchased intangibles, as follows (in thousands):


Three Months Ended


March 31,


2016


2015

Cost of revenue

$

697



$

839


Amortization of purchased intangibles

924



1,313


  Total

$

1,621



$

2,152


 

Supplemental First Quarter 2016 Presentation

LivePerson will post a presentation providing supplemental information for the first quarter 2016 on the investor relations section of the Company's web site at http://www.liveperson.com/ir.

Earnings Teleconference and Video Discussion Information

The Company will discuss its first quarter 2016 financial results during a teleconference today, May 4, 2016.  To participate via telephone, callers should dial in five to ten minutes prior to the 5:00 p.m. Eastern start time; domestic callers (U.S. and Canada) should dial 877-507-3684, while international callers should dial 928-328-1244, and both should reference the conference ID "93590480."  The conference call will also be simulcast live on the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto the investor relations section of the Company's web site at http://www.liveperson.com/company/ir.

If you are unable to participate in the live call, the teleconference will be available for replay approximately two hours after the call.  To access the replay, please call 855-859-2056 (U.S. and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (international).  Please reference the conference ID "93590480."  A replay will also be available on the investor relations section of the Company's web site at http://www.liveperson.com/company/ir.

The Company will also post a video discussion of its first quarter results on YouTube.  To view, click on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/myliveperson.

About LivePerson

LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) is a leading provider of mobile and online messaging, enabling a meaningful connection between brands and consumers. LiveEngage, the Company's enterprise-class, cloud-based platform, empowers consumers to stop wasting time on hold with 1-800 numbers, and instead message their favorite brands, just as they do with friends and family. More than 18,000 businesses, including Adobe, Citibank, EE, HSBC, IBM, Orbitz, PNC, The Home Depot, and Walt Disney rely on the unparalleled intelligence, security and scalability of LiveEngage to reduce costs, increase lifetime value and create meaningful connections with consumers.

For more information, please visit www.liveperson.com.  To view other global press releases about LivePerson, please visit pr.liveperson.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Investors are cautioned that the following financial measures used in this press release are defined as "non-GAAP financial measures" by the Securities and Exchange Commission: adjusted EBITDA, or earnings/(loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes, other (income)/expense, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring costs, acquisition costs and other non-cash charges; and adjusted net income, or net income excluding amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring costs, acquisition costs,  deferred tax asset valuation allowance, other non-cash charges and the related income tax effect of these adjustments.  These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation.  In addition, although we have provided a reconciliation of these measures to the nearest comparable GAAP measures, they should not be construed as alternatives to any other measures of performance determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or as indicators of our operating performance, liquidity or cash flows generated by operating, investing and financing activities, as there may be significant factors or trends that they fail to address.  We present this financial information because we believe that it is helpful to some investors as a measure of our performance.  We caution investors that non-GAAP financial information, by its nature, departs from traditional accounting conventions; accordingly, its use can make it difficult to compare our current results with our results from other reporting periods and with the results of other companies.

Safe Harbor Provision

Statements in this press release regarding LivePerson that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to differ materially from such statements.  Any such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to financial guidance, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  It is routine for our internal projections and expectations to change as the quarter and year progress, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations may change.  Although these expectations may change, we are under no obligation to inform you if they do.  Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the projections or forward-looking statements.  Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein include, without limitation: potential fluctuations in our quarterly revenue and operating results; competition in the markets for digital engagement technology, and web and mobile based consumer-facing services, and online consumer services; our ability to retain existing clients and attract new clients; potential adverse impact due to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; privacy concerns relating to the Internet that could result in new legislation or negative public perception; risks related to new regulatory or other legal requirements that could materially impact our business; our ability to effective operate on mobile devices; responding to rapid technological change and changing client preferences; additional regulatory requirements, tax liabilities, currency exchange rate fluctuations and other risks as we expand internationally and/or as we expand into direct-to-consumer services; impairments to goodwill that result in significant charges to earnings; the adverse effect that the global economic downturn may have on our business and results of operations; our ability to retain key personnel, attract new personnel and to manage staff attrition; risks related to the ability to successfully integrate past or potential future acquisitions; our ability to expand our operations internationally; failures or security breaches in our services, those of our third party providers, or in the websites of our customers; risks related to the regulation or possible misappropriation of personal information belonging to our customers' Internet users; potential failure to meeting service level commitments to certain customers; technology systems beyond our control and technology-related defects that could disrupt the LivePerson services; risks related to protecting our intellectual property rights or potential infringement of the intellectual property rights of third parties; legal liability and/or negative publicity for the services provided to consumers via our technology platforms; risks related to technological or other defects disrupting our services; errors, failures or "bugs" in our products may be difficult to correct; increased allowances for doubtful accounts as a result of an increasing amount of receivables due from customers with greater credit risk; payment-related risks; delays in our implementation cycles; risks associated with the recent volatility in the capital markets; our ability to secure additional financing to execute our business strategy; risks associated with our current or any future stock repurchase programs, including whether such programs will enhance long-term stockholder value, and whether such stock repurchases could increase the volatility of the price of our common stock and diminish our cash reserves; our ability to license necessary third party software for use in our products and services, and our ability to successfully integrate third party software; changes in accounting principles generally accepted in the United States; our ability to maintain our reputation; risks related to our recognition of revenue from subscriptions; our lengthy sales cycles; risks related to our operations in Israel, and the civil and political unrest in that region; natural catastrophic events and interruption to our business by man-made problems; the high volatility of our stock price; and risks related to our common stock being traded on more than one securities exchange. This list is intended to identify only certain of the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.  Readers are referred to the reports and documents filed from time to time by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of these and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in forward-looking statements.

 

LivePerson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

 







Three Months Ended







March 31,







2016


2015

Revenue




$

55,464



$

59,770











Costs and expenses:






Cost of revenue


15,864



16,254



Sales and marketing


22,676



24,294



General and administrative


9,529



10,164



Product development


9,214



9,800



Amortization of purchased intangibles


924



1,313




Total costs and expenses


58,207



61,825











Loss from operations


(2,743)



(2,055)











Other income (expense), net


634



(231)











Loss before provision for (benefit from) income taxes


(2,109)



(2,286)











Provision for (benefit from) income taxes


554



(228)











Net loss


$

(2,663)



$

(2,058)











Net loss per share of common stock:






Basic



$

(0.05)



$

(0.04)



Diluted



$

(0.05)



$

(0.04)











Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per share:






Basic



56,386,003



56,291,383



Diluted



56,386,003



56,291,383


 

 

LivePerson, Inc.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information to GAAP

(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data)

(Unaudited) 

Unaudited Supplemental Data

 

The following information is not a financial measure under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). In addition, it should not be construed as an alternative to any other measures of performance determined in accordance with GAAP, or as an indicator of our operating performance, liquidity or cash flows generated by operating, investing and financing activities as there may be significant factors or trends that it fails to address. We present this financial information because we believe that it is helpful to some investors as one measure of our operations. We caution investors that non-GAAP financial information, by its nature, departs from traditional accounting conventions; accordingly, its use can make it difficult to compare our results with our results from other reporting periods and with the results of other companies.

 




Three Months Ended





March 31





2016


2015


Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA:






Net loss in accordance with GAAP


$

(2,663)



$

(2,058)




Add/(less):







Amortization of purchased intangibles


1,621



2,152




Stock-based compensation


2,319



2,794




Depreciation


3,167



2,578




(Benefit from) provision for income taxes


554



(228)




Other (income) expense, net


(634)



231



Adjusted EBITDA (1)


$

4,364



$

5,469



Diluted adjusted EBITDA per common share


$

0.08



$

0.10










Weighted average shares used in diluted adjusted EBITDA per common share


56,590,125



57,158,454










Reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss) Income:






Net loss in accordance with GAAP


$

(2,663)



$

(2,058)




Add/(less):







Amortization of purchased intangibles


1,621



2,152




Stock-based compensation


2,319



2,794




Income tax effect of non-GAAP items


(1,379)


(2)

(526)


(3)

Adjusted net (loss) income


$

(102)



$

2,362



Diluted adjusted net (loss) income per common share


$

0.00



$

0.04










Weighted average shares used in diluted adjusted net (loss) income per common share


56,590,125



57,158,454










Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Operating Activities:






Adjusted EBITDA (1)


$

4,364



$

5,469




Add/(less):







Changes in operating assets and liabilities


(2,498)



(14,269)




Provision for doubtful accounts


385



403




(Provision for) benefit from income taxes


(554)



228




Deferred income taxes


(181)



820




Other income (expense), net


634



(231)



Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


$

2,150



$

(7,580)










 

(1)  Earnings/(loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes, other (income)/expense, net, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring costs, acquisition costs and other non-cash charges.

(2) The Company's non-GAAP income tax effect uses a long-term projected tax rate of 35%.

(3)  The Company's non-GAAP income tax effect was based on the effective tax rate, excluding discrete items.

 


 

LivePerson, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited) 






March 31, 2016


December 31, 2015









ASSETS













CURRENT ASSETS:





Cash and cash equivalents

$

44,556



$

48,803



Cash held as collateral

3,969



5,409



Accounts receivable, net

30,209



30,388



Prepaid expenses and other current assets

11,999



9,327



Deferred tax assets, net

427



455




Total current assets

91,160



94,382











Property and equipment, net

24,841



24,129



Intangibles, net

23,034



24,619



Goodwill

80,409



80,322



Deferred tax assets, net

994



785



Other assets

2,118



1,957




Total assets

$

222,556



$

226,194










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY












CURRENT LIABILITIES:





Accounts payable

$

7,188



$

7,102



Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

25,977



34,296



Deferred revenue

21,893



13,862




Total current liabilities

55,058



55,260











Other liabilities

3,151



3,270



Deferred tax liability

3,585



2,359




Total liabilities

61,794



60,889










Commitments and contingencies





Total stockholders' equity

160,762



165,305




Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

222,556



$

226,194


 

Investor contact:
Matthew Kempler
212-609-4214
mkempler@liveperson.com

Media contact:
Erin Kang
212-609-4256
ekang@liveperson.com

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