NEW YORK, NY - February 2, 2006 - LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), a provider of online conversion solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2005.
Revenue for the fourth quarter was $6.3 million, a 37% increase from the fourth quarter of 2004, and a 10% sequential increase versus the third quarter of 2005. Revenue for the full year 2005 was $22.3 million, a 28% increase from $17.4 million in the prior year. Revenue growth was due primarily to new deployments of Timpani™ Sales & Marketing, and continuing strong sales of LivePerson Pro to small and mid-size business customers. Timpani Sales & Marketing analyzes website traffic in real time, enabling LivePerson clients to proactively engage high-value buyers based on their shopping behavior, thereby increasing online customer conversion rates.
"We are very pleased with the results for the quarter," CEO Robert LoCascio said. "We attained our goal of double-digit sequential revenue growth in the fourth quarter to cap off a very strong year. The continued acceptance of Timpani Sales & Marketing by some of the world's leading companies reflects the growing importance these organizations place on engaging their online customers. We are also pleased with the continued expansion of the LivePerson Pro customer base of small and mid-size businesses."
LivePerson signed several new blue-chip clients during the quarter, adding two more of the ten largest financial institutions in the US, and currently counts six of the 12 largest US financial institutions among its clients. LivePerson also recently added one of the four leading online travel companies, another of the leading search technology providers, and two of the world's leading theme park operating companies to its client roster.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2005 was $1.1 million or $0.03 per share as compared to net income of $0.3 million or $0.01 per share in the fourth quarter of 2004, and net income of $0.7 million or $0.02 per share in the third quarter of 2005. Net income for the year was $2.5 million or $0.07 per share, as compared to $2.1 million or $0.06 per share in the prior year.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash compensation (EBITDA) for the fourth quarter of 2005 was $1.3 million as compared to $0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2004 and $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2005. EBITDA for the year was $4.0 million as compared to $3.3 million in the prior year.
The Company's cash balance increased by $4.7 million or 38% to $17.1 million at December 31, 2005 as compared to the prior year. The Company's effective book tax rate for the year was 21%.
The difference between EBITDA per share, a non-GAAP measure, and GAAP EPS, is interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash 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.
Financial Expectations The company currently expects the following financial results: * Revenue of $6.75 - $6.85 million for the first quarter of 2006 * EBITDA of $0.03 per share and GAAP EPS of $0.01 for the first quarter of 2006 * Revenue of $30.0 - $30.5 million for the full year 2006 * EBITDA of $0.16 per share and GAAP EPS of $0.05 for the full year 2006 * An effective tax rate of 40% for the full year 2006
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. This change is expected to decrease net income per share by $0.05 and $0.01, for the full year 2006 and the first quarter of 2006, respectively, based upon the number of options outstanding as of December 31, 2005. This impact may change based upon additional stock option grants, if any, methodology refinement or other factors.
LivePerson, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data) Unaudited Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2005 2004 2005 2004 Total revenue $ 6,316 $ 4,596 $ 22,277 $ 17,392 Operating expenses: Cost of revenue 1,300 771 4,297 2,888 Product development 672 530 2,699 2,000 Sales and marketing 2,086 1,462 6,975 5,183 General and administrative 1,058 1,325 4,458 4,456 Amortization of other intangibles 232 230 931 792 Total operating expenses 5,348 4,318 19,360 15,319 Income from operations 968 278 2,917 2,073 Other income, net 117 36 300 77 Income before provision for income taxes 1,085 314 3,217 2,150 Provision for income taxes (63) - 675 58 Net income $ 1,148 $ 314 $ 2,542 $ 2,092 Basic net income per common share $ 0.03 $ 0.01 $ 0.07 $ 0.06 Diluted net income per common share $ 0.03 $ 0.01 $ 0.06 $ 0.05 Weighted average shares outstanding used in basic net income per common share calculation 37,750,875 37,370,093 37,557,722 37,263,378 Weighted average shares outstanding used in diluted net income per common share calculation 40,616,738 39,410,072 39,885,328 39,680,304 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 Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2005 2004 2005 2004 Net income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles $ 1,148 $ 314 $ 2,542 $ 2,092 Add/(less): (a) Amortization of other intangibles 232 230 931 792 (b) Non-cash compensation - 59 - 246 (c) Depreciation 56 46 171 217 (d) Provision for income taxes (63) - 675 58 (e) Interest income, net (117) (36) (300) (77) EBITDA (1) $ 1,256 $ 613 $ 4,019 $ 3,328 Diluted EBITDA per common share $ 0.03 $ 0.02 $ 0.10 $ 0.08 Weighted average shares used in diluted EBITDA per common share 40,616,738 39,410,072 39,885,328 39,680,304 EBITDA $ 1,256 $ 613 $ 4,019 $ 3,328 Add/(less): Changes in operating assets and liabilities 255 (396) 263 (1,318) Provision for doubtful accounts - 15 30 30 Provision for income taxes 63 - (675) (58) Deferred income taxes (32) 8 666 8 Interest income, net 117 36 300 77 Net cash provided by operating activities $ 1,659 $ 276 $ 4,603 $ 2,067 (1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. LivePerson, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data) Unaudited December 31, 2005 December 31, 2004 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 17,117 $ 12,425 Accounts receivable, net 1,727 1,641 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 591 475 Total current assets 19,435 14,541 Property and equipment, net 575 384 Intangibles, net 790 1,721 Security deposits 180 166 Other assets 446 338 Total assets $ 21,426 $ 17,150 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 346 $ 262 Accrued expenses 1,803 1,666 Deferred revenue 1,618 1,330 Total current liabilities 3,767 3,258 Other liabilities 446 338 Commitments and contingencies Total stockholders' equity 17,213 13,554 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 21,426 $ 17,150 About LivePerson
LivePerson 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 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 4,000 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 non-cash 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.
Forward Looking Statements
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. The following factors, among others, could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in a forward-looking statement: our history of losses; potential fluctuations in our quarterly and annual results; 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 the operational integration of acquisitions; risks related to our international operations, particularly our operations in Israel, and the current civil and political unrest in that region; 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.
SOURCE: LivePerson, Inc.
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