Aspen Technology's GAAP Loss of $0.05 Narrows in Fiscal Third Quarter
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 29, 2003-- Pro Forma earnings per share triples sequentially to $0.06, excluding one-time charges
Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2003 third quarter and the nine months ending March 31, 2003.
Total revenues for the third quarter were $79.7 million, with license revenues totaling $34.9 million, and services revenue of $44.8 million. On a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis, AspenTech reported a net loss to common shareholders of $2.0 million, or $0.05 per share, significantly better than the loss of $136.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2003, which reflected a $135.2 million restructuring and other charge related to goodwill impairment, asset write-downs, headcount reductions, and related facilities consolidation.
On a pro forma basis, AspenTech posted net income of $2.4 million, or $0.06 per share, a substantial improvement over pro forma net income of $643,000, or $0.02 in the second quarter of fiscal 2003.
Pro forma results in both periods exclude $2.3 million of preferred stock dividend and discount accretion. In addition, pro forma net income excludes restructuring and other charges, which in the third quarter totaled $2.1 million for anticipated professional services fees related to the previously announced Federal Trade Commission investigation.
"I am pleased to have met our financial objectives again this quarter, particularly in a difficult macroeconomic environment," said David McQuillin, President and CEO of AspenTech. "We hit our license revenue target, further reduced our operating expenses, and significantly improved pro forma profitability. This sequential improvement is solid evidence that the actions we took last autumn to streamline both our organization and our product focus are having a positive effect on our execution, which is enabling us to operate profitably.
"In terms of the key operational highlights, the geographic composition of our license revenue was well-balanced and our Engineering product line exceeded its objectives. We continue to see steady demand for our Manufacturing/Supply Chain solutions, although primarily for individual Foundation technologies. From an end-user perspective, the petroleum refining and oil and gas sectors were again important contributors in the third quarter, as integrated refiners sought to optimize their asset productivity and upstream divisions launched large engineering projects. Major customers continue to express their confidence in our solutions for Enterprise Operations Management, which provide proven, rapid, and substantial returns on investment, enabling customers to consistently improve their profitability."
During the third fiscal quarter, AspenTech signed significant license transactions with Air Liquide, Air Products, Borealis, PetroCanada, Shell and Lurgi. The company closed nine transactions of approximately $1 million or more, up from five transactions in the previous quarter.
The company will be holding a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results, business outlook, and related corporate and financial matters at 4:45 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, April 29, 2003. Interested parties may listen to a live webcast of the call by logging on to AspenTech's website: http://www.aspentech.com and clicking on the "Webcast" link under the Investor Relations section of the site. A replay of the call will be archived on AspenTech's website for the next twelve months and will also be available for forty-eight hours via telephone, beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern time on April 29, 2003, by dialing 719-457-0820 and entering in confirmation code: 146166.
Pro Forma Results
AspenTech reports pro forma financial results, which exclude certain non-operational, non-cash and other specified charges that management generally does not consider in evaluating the Company's ongoing operations. These results are provided as a complement to results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (known as "GAAP"). Management believes this pro forma measure helps indicate underlying trends in the Company's business, and uses this pro forma measure to establish budgets and operational goals that are communicated internally and externally, to manage the Company's business and to evaluate its performance. A reconciliation of pro forma to GAAP is included in the attached condensed consolidated financial statements.
Aspen Technology, Inc. is a leading supplier of enterprise software to the process industries, enabling its customers to increase their margins and optimize their business performance. AspenTech's engineering solutions, including Hyprotech's technologies, help companies design and improve their plants and processes, maximizing returns throughout their operational life. AspenTech's manufacturing/supply chain solutions allow companies to run their plants and supply chains more profitably, from customer demand through to the delivery of the finished products. Over 1,200 leading companies rely on AspenTech's software every day to drive improvements across their most important engineering and operational processes. AspenTech's customers include: Air Liquide, AstraZeneca, Bayer, BASF, BP, ChevronTexaco, Dow Chemical, DuPont, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Lyondell Equistar, Merck, Mitsubishi Chemical, Shell, Southern Company, TXU Energy and Unilever. For more information, visit www.aspentech.com.
The fifth paragraph of this press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For this purpose, any statement using the term "will," "should," "could," "anticipates," "believes" or a comparable term is a forward-looking statement. Actual results may vary significantly from AspenTech's expectations based on a number of risks and uncertainties, including: AspenTech's lengthy sales cycle which makes it difficult to predict quarterly operating results; the FTC's investigation of AspenTech's acquisition of Hyprotech; fluctuations in AspenTech's quarterly operating results; AspenTech's dependence on customers in the cyclical chemicals, petrochemicals and petroleum industries; AspenTech's ability to raise additional capital as required; AspenTech's ability to integrate the operations of acquired companies; intense competition; AspenTech's need to develop and market products successfully; reliance on relationships with strategic partners; and other risk factors described from time to time in AspenTech's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AspenTech cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. Moreover, neither AspenTech nor anyone else assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any forward-looking statements. AspenTech undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.
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ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31, 2003 2002 2003 2002 REVENUES: Software licenses $34,883 $37,380 $101,310 $96,550 Services 44,846 46,086 138,642 140,102 Total revenues 79,729 83,466 239,952 236,652 EXPENSES: Cost of software licenses 2,891 3,165 9,737 8,663 Cost of services 25,745 29,969 80,576 90,372 Selling and marketing 24,455 29,521 80,640 84,597 Research and development 15,727 19,585 49,469 55,413 General and administrative 8,893 8,678 27,637 23,620 Restructuring and other charges 2,100 (500) 137,344 2,142 Total costs and expenses 79,811 90,418 385,403 264,807 Income (loss) from operations (82) (6,952) (145,451) (28,155) Other income (expense), net 64 (152) (750) (505) Interest income, net 349 103 1,198 999 Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes 331 (7,001) (145,003) (27,661) Provision for (benefit from) income taxes - (2,100) - (8,299) Net income (loss) 331 (4,901) (145,003) (19,362) Accretion of preferred stock discount and dividend (2,291) (4,140) (6,812) (4,140) Net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders $(1,960) $(9,041) $(151,815) $(23,502) Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders $(0.05) $(0.28) $(3.96) $(0.74) Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted 38,795 31,948 38,295 31,768 Pro Forma before Restructuring and other charges, and Preferred stock discount and dividend accretion: Net income (loss) $2,431 $(5,251) $(7,659) $(17,863) Diluted earnings (loss) per share $0.06 $(0.16) $(0.20) $(0.56) Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 40,938 31,948 38,295 31,768 Supplemental information - Reconciliation of net income (loss) to pro forma net income (loss) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31, 2003 2002 2003 2002 Net income (loss) $(1,960) $(9,041) $(151,815) $(23,502) Adjustments to net loss: Restructuring and other charges, net of tax effect 2,100 (350) 137,344 1,499 Preferred stock discount and dividend accretion 2,291 4,140 6,812 4,140 Pro forma net income (loss) $2,431 $(5,251) $(7,659) $(17,863) ASPEN TECHNOLOGY, INC. CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (in thousands) March 31, June 30, 2003 2002 ASSETS Current assets: Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments $53,414 $52,120 Accounts receivable and unbilled services, net 96,535 125,987 Current portion of long-term installments receivable, net 29,114 40,404 Deferred tax asset 2,929 2,929 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,494 18,699 Total current assets 196,486 240,139 Long-term installments receivable, net 68,829 68,318 Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 35,522 50,803 Computer software development costs, net 15,885 13,810 Intangible assets, net 43,481 125,363 Purchased intellectual property, net 2,002 27,626 Deferred tax asset 15,576 15,576 Other assets 5,867 6,708 Total assets $383,648 $548,343 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current portion of long-term debt $4,954 $5,334 Amount owed to Accenture 5,333 11,100 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 75,619 94,987 Unearned revenue 18,429 20,983 Deferred revenue 38,887 38,624 Total current liabilities 143,222 171,028 Long-term debt, less current maturities 90,334 92,135 Obligation subject to common stock settlement 5,006 1,810 Deferred revenue, less current portion 12,426 9,548 Deferred tax liability 14,496 15,003 Other liabilities 3,086 5,031 Total stockholders' equity 115,078 253,788 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $383,648 $548,343
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