NEW YORK, NY - August 2, 2007 - LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), a provider of online conversion solutions, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Revenue for the second quarter was $11.7 million, a 57% increase from the second quarter of 2006, and a 6% sequential increase versus the first quarter of 2007. Sequential revenue growth was due primarily to strong growth from existing enterprise users of Timpani Sales & Marketing, as well as continued strong performance from the small business product line.
"The second quarter came in right in line with our expectations on a number of key measures," CEO Robert LoCascio said. "We signed a solid number of new clients, saw decreased enterprise attrition rates, and experienced strong bookings that will support our second half growth expectations."
LivePerson signed several new blue-chip clients during the quarter including Adobe and National City, as well as:
-- A leading global Internet destination brand, -- A leading US credit card issuer -- One of Canada's leading telecommunication service providers, -- A leading UK-based credit card issuer, and -- A leading UK online fashion brand. We expanded business with several existing customers including: -- Panasonic, -- JCWhitney, -- Verizon Wireless, and -- a leading regional telecommunication service provider.
Net income for the second quarter of 2007 was $0.9 million or $0.02 per share as compared to net income of $0.4 million or $0.01 per share in the second quarter of 2006, and net income of $0.9 million or $0.02 per share in the first quarter of 2007.
The Company's effective tax rate in the second quarter was zero resulting from a partial release of the company's valuation allowance against deferred tax assets based on current estimates of future taxable income.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock- based compensation (EBITDA) for the second quarter of 2007 was $2.2 million as compared to $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2006 and $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2007.
The difference between EBITDA per share, a non-GAAP measure, and GAAP EPS, is interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation. A reconciliation of the differences between EBITDA and the most comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) is located under the heading "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information to GAAP" immediately following the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income included in this press release.
LivePerson considers EBITDA and cash from operations to be important financial indicators of the company's operational strength and the performance of its business. EBITDA should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. The non-GAAP measures included in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure in the table below.
The company's cash balance increased by $2.6 million or 11% to $26.5 million at June 30, 2007 as compared to March 31, 2007.
The company currently expects the following financial results, excluding any impact from the expected acquisition of Kasamba, which is anticipated to close on or around October 1:
-- Revenue of $12.7 - $12.8 million for the third quarter of 2007, or approximately 9%-10% quarterly sequential revenue growth -- EBITDA of $0.05-$0.06 per share and GAAP EPS of $0.03 for the third quarter of 2007 -- Revenue of $48.5 - $49.5 million for the full year 2007 -- EBITDA of $0.22 - $0.24 per share and GAAP EPS of $0.11 - $0.12 for the full year 2007 -- An effective tax rate of 0% for the full year 2007
These GAAP EPS expectations already include the estimated impact of a change in accounting policy related to adopting SFAS 123® as of January 1, 2006. The impact is expected to decrease net income per share by $0.02 and $0.08, for the third quarter and the full year 2007, respectively. This impact may change based upon additional stock option grants, if any, methodology refinement or other factors.
The company expects the following impact from the Kasamba acquisition, assuming the transaction closes on or around October 1:
-- An increase in monthly revenue of approximately $1 million upon closing. -- A decrease in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $0.01 per share in the fourth quarter of 2007, due primarily to the impact of additional share issuances related to the anticipated transaction. -- A decrease in EPS in the fourth quarter of 2007, due primarily to deal related amortization and additional stock compensation expense of $0.01-$0.02.
The Kasamba related expectations are unchanged from the company's announcement on June 25.
LivePerson, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data) Unaudited Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Total revenue $11,661 $7,416 $22,630 $14,293 Operating expenses: Cost of revenue 3,105 1,642 5,894 3,103 Product development 2,044 1,018 3,864 1,898 Sales and marketing 3,512 2,856 6,914 5,502 General and administrative 2,057 1,437 4,079 2,939 Amortization of other intangibles 242 232 483 464 Total operating expenses 10,960 7,185 21,234 13,906 Income from operations 701 231 1,396 387 Other income, net 212 170 435 313 Net income $913 $401 $1,831 $700 Basic net income per common share $0.02 $0.01 $0.04 $0.02 Diluted net income per common share $0.02 $0.01 $0.04 $0.02 Weighted average shares outstanding used in basic net income per common share calculation 43,011,309 38,900,328 42,159,146 38,578,791 Weighted average shares outstanding used in diluted net income per common share calculation 46,726,357 42,818,687 45,757,843 42,471,432 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 Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles $913 $401 $1,831 $700 Add/(less): (a) Amortization of intangibles 325 232 650 464 (b) Stock-based compensation 898 439 1,712 1,022 (c) Depreciation/Loss on disposal of fixed assets 229 130 438 192 (d) Interest income, net (212) (170) (435) (313) EBITDA(1) $2,153 $1,032 $4,196 $2,065 Diluted EBITDA per common share $0.05 $0.02 $0.09 $0.05 Weighted average shares used in diluted EBITDA per common share 46,726,357 42,818,687 45,757,843 42,471,432 EBITDA $2,153 $1,032 4,196 $2,065 Add/(less): Changes in operating assets and liabilities 191 (766) (386) (559) Provision for doubtful accounts - - 20 - Deferred income taxes (1,054) - (2,084) - Interest income, net 212 170 435 313 Net cash provided by operating activities $1,502 $436 $2,181 $1,819
(1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock- based compensation.
LivePerson, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In Thousands) Unaudited June 30, 2007 December 31, 2006 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $26,534 $21,729 Accounts receivable, net 5,037 4,269 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,302 1,317 Total current assets 32,873 27,315 Property and equipment, net 1,216 1,124 Prepaid expenses 508 - Intangibles, net 1,990 2,640 Goodwill 18,405 9,673 Deferred tax assets, net 3,479 1,580 Security deposits 272 299 Other assets 790 684 Total assets $59,533 $43,315 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $419 $813 Accrued expenses 4,212 3,754 Deferred revenue 3,804 3,256 Deferred tax liabilities, net 74 259 Total current liabilities 8,509 8,082 Other liabilities 790 684 Commitments and contingencies Total stockholders' equity 50,234 34,549 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $59,533 $43,315 About LivePerson
LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN) is a provider of online conversion solutions. Our hosted software enables companies to identify and proactively engage online visitors-increasing sales, satisfaction and loyalty while reducing service costs. Combining web-interaction technology (chat, email, voice and a self-service knowledgebase) with a deep understanding of consumer behavior and industry best practices, LivePerson's Timpani™ platform engages the right customer, at the right time, with the right communications channel. This Engagement Marketing platform creates more relevant, compelling and personalized experiences-converting traffic into revenues, and facilitating real-time sales and customer service. More than 5,000 companies, including EarthLink, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Qwest and Verizon, rely on LivePerson to help maximize the return on their marketing and e-commerce investments. LivePerson is headquartered in New York City.
EBITDA Financial Disclosure
Investors are cautioned that the EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation, information contained in this press release is not a financial measure under generally accepted accounting principles. In addition, it should not be construed as an alternative to any other measures of performance determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, 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 performance. We caution investors that non-GAAP financial information such as EBITDA, 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 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 progresses, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations may change prior to the end of the quarter. Although these expectations may change, we are under no obligation to inform you if they do. Our company policy is generally to provide our expectations only once per quarter, and not to update that information until the next quarter. 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: risks related to the operational integration of acquisitions; risks related to our international operations, particularly our operations in Israel, and the civil and political unrest in that region; our history of losses; potential fluctuations in our quarterly and annual results; impairments to goodwill that result in significant charges to earnings; responding to rapid technological change and changing client preferences; competition in the real-time sales, marketing and customer service solutions market; continued use by our clients of the LivePerson services and their purchase of additional services; technology systems beyond our control and technology-related defects that could disrupt the LivePerson services; risks related to adverse business conditions experienced by our clients; our dependence on key employees; competition for qualified personnel; the impact of new accounting rules, including the requirement to expense stock options; the possible unavailability of financing as and if needed; risks related to protecting our intellectual property rights or potential infringement of the intellectual property rights of third parties; our dependence on the continued use of the Internet as a medium for commerce and the viability of the infrastructure of the Internet; and risks related to the regulation or possible misappropriation of personal information. 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 risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in forward-looking statements.
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