SOURCE: Hipcricket, Inc.

Hipcricket, Inc.

July 09, 2014 16:00 ET

Hipcricket Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2015 Results

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2014) - Hipcricket®, Inc. (OTCBB: HIPP) (OTCQB: HIPP), a leader in mobile engagement and analytics, reported results for the first quarter ended May 31, 2014.

Fiscal Q1 2015 Highlights

  • Revenue up 25% to record $7.3 million

  • Gross profit increased 13% to $3.7 million

  • Bookings increased 38% year-over-year to $8.8 million

  • Backlog increased 7% to $20.4 million from the same year-ago period

Fiscal Q1 2015 Financial Results
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 increased 25% to $7.3 million from $5.9 million in the same year-ago period. The increase was driven by new customers and the expansion of existing customer activity.

Revenue mix for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was 42% from mobile marketing (derived from messaging, mobile web, and mobile applications) and 58% from mobile advertising (primarily derived from mobile brand advertising through agencies). This is compared to 64% from mobile marketing and 36% from mobile advertising in the same year-ago period.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, bookings (which the company defines as the dollar value of contracts signed, including new orders and renewals) were $8.8 million compared to $6.4 million in the same period of fiscal 2014. Approximately 73% of total bookings in fiscal Q1 2015 were new sales to existing and new customers, with the balance representing license renewals. The company's bookings can fluctuate from quarter-to-quarter, and renewals will vary primarily due to the timing of contract renewal dates.

Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $3.7 million or 50% of revenue, compared to $3.3 million or 56% of revenue in the same year-ago period. The increase in gross profit was primarily due to a larger percentage of sales from mobile advertising.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 decreased 2% to $9.1 million from $9.3 million in the same year-ago period.

To provide greater insight into its operating expenses, the company reports a non-GAAP operating expense metric, which it defines as total operating expenses less impairment of goodwill, impairment of intangible assets and investments, share-based compensation, severance and related costs, depreciation and amortization. On this basis, non-GAAP operating expenses in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 totaled $6.7 million compared to $6.3 million in the same year-ago period.

Net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 improved to $5.4 million or $(0.04) per share from a net loss of $6.0 million or $(0.05) per share in the same period of fiscal 2014. In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, earnings before non-cash charges (a non-GAAP term the company defines below) totaled a loss of $3.5 million, an improvement from a loss of $3.6 million in the same period of 2014. See further discussion of the company's use of non-GAAP terms and reconciliations to GAAP, below.

Management Commentary
"This quarter's record revenue was driven by both new customers and the expansion of existing customer activity," said Todd Wilson, Hipcricket's chairman and CEO. "The results also reflect the strategic decisions we made late last year to strengthen our sales team and further enhance our product offerings, like the new analytics features of our AD LIFE platform.

"My first initiative as CEO is to ensure we quickly get to EBITDA positive operations. In doing this, we are focusing our sales efforts on higher value customers, leveraging our technology staff to maintain and enhance our product offering, as well as consolidate certain non-core personnel positions.

"We are now aggressively implementing this plan, and expect to begin seeing the full effect on a quarterly basis in our fiscal third quarter. Given our outlook for a strong second half, we continue to believe that fiscal 2015 has the potential to be a year of double-digit revenue growth. We see this being driven by continued industry expansion, new customer acquisitions, and increased activity within our existing customer base of global companies and brands. Our operating plan calls for sustainable revenue growth beyond 2015, as we realize operational efficiencies and achieve positive operating EBITDA in the second half of the fiscal year."

Conference Call
Hipcricket will hold a conference call later today (July 9, 2014) to discuss these financial results. The company's chairman and interim CEO, Todd Wilson, and president and COO, Doug Stovall, will host the call starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.

To participate, please dial the appropriate number at least 10 minutes prior to the start time and ask for the Hipcricket conference call.

U.S. dial-in: (888) 401-4669
International dial-in: (719) 457-1035
Conference ID: 2827380

The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously via a link available in the investors section of the company's website here. For the webcast, please access the link at least 15 minutes prior the call in order to register and install any necessary audio software. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call or webcast, please contact Liolios Group at (949) 574-3860.

A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time through July 23, 2014 via the same website link as well as by phone:

U.S. replay dial-in: (877) 870-5176
International replay dial-in: (858) 384-5517
Replay ID: 2827380

About Hipcricket
Hipcricket, Inc. (OTCBB: HIPP) & (OTCQB: HIPP) provides a unified mobile engagement platform that drives awareness, sales and loyalty. Its AD LIFE® platform has been used by internationally recognized brands and agencies to power more than 400,000 campaigns across SMS, 2D/QR codes, mobile websites, advertising networks, social media and branded apps. For additional Hipcricket news and information, visit or text "NEWS" to 24474.

Hipcricket®, AD LIFE® and the Hipcricket logo are trademarks of Hipcricket, Inc. All rights reserved. 2009-14.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes financial measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. We supplement our GAAP disclosures with Non-GAAP Operating Expenses and Non-GAAP Earnings (Losses). These amounts exclude non-cash items, including share-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization, acquisition related contingent consideration (including fair value adjustments and deferred income tax benefits), and impairment charges for goodwill and intangible assets and investments. Non-GAAP Operating Expenses also exclude severance and related costs. The following table reconciles Non-GAAP Operating Expenses and Non-GAAP Earnings (Losses) to the comparable GAAP measures (Unaudited):

Non-GAAP Information and Reconcilation to Comparable GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited):  
    3 months ended  
    May 31,  
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses (in millions)   2014     2013  
Total Operating Expense   9.1     9.3  
  Severance expense   (0.5 )   (0.6 )
  Share-based payments   (0.6 )   (1.1 )
  Depreciation and amortization   (1.3 )   (1.3 )
  Total Non-GAAP Operating Expenses:   6.7     6.3  
    3 months ended  
    May 31,  
Earnings before non-cash charges (in millions)   2014     2013  
Net loss as reported (GAAP)   (5.4 )   (6.0 )
  Share-based payments   0.6     1.1  
  Depreciation and amortization   1.3     1.3  
  Earnings before non-cash charges   (3.5 )   (3.6 )

Important Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and our future financial performance. All statements other than present and historical facts contained in this release, including any statements regarding our plans for future operations, anticipated future financial position, anticipated results of operations, financing plans, business strategy, competitive position, opportunities for growth and industry trends, are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. The company's actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, among others: overall economic and business conditions; the demand for our products and services; competitive factors in our industry; the emergence of new technologies; our cash position; the availability of funding sources; the strength of our intellectual property portfolio; and changes in government regulations in our industry. A more detailed discussion of these factors is set forth in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 28, 2014 and other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company does not intend, and undertakes no duty, to update any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.

Balance Sheets  
(in thousands)  
    May 31, 2014     February 28, 2014  
CURRENT ASSETS                
  Cash & cash equivalents   $ 1,598     $ 3,002  
  Restricted cash     215       215  
  Accounts receivable, net     6,853       6,808  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     438       416  
Total current assets     9,104       10,441  
Property and equipment, net     358       323  
Goodwill     35,060       35,060  
Intangible assets, net     19,954       21,203  
Deposits     159       163  
TOTAL ASSETS     64,635       67,190  
  Accounts payable     6,552       4,412  
  Accrued liabilities     3,166       2,629  
  Deferred revenues     642       808  
  Line of credit     1,845       2,210  
Total current liabilities     12,205       10,059  
  Deferred income tax liability     3,376       3,376  
  Accrued liabilities     148       55  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     15,729       13,490  
Commitments and contingencies                
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Common stock     15       15  
Additional paid in capital     187,960       187,333  
Accumulated deficit     (139,069 )     (133,648 )
Total stockholders' equity     48,906       53,700  
Statements of Operations  
(in thousands except Net Loss Per Share and Shares Outstanding)  
    3 months ended  
    May 31,  
    2014     2013  
REVENUE     7,331       5,866  
COST OF REVENUES     3,638       2,603  
OPERATING EXPENSES                
  Sales and Marketing     3,082       3,337  
  Technology and Development     1,769       1,988  
  General and Administrative     2,946       2,677  
  Depreciation and Amortization     1,288       1,275  
Total operating expenses     9,085       9,277  
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS     (5,392 )     (6,014 )
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                
  Interest income (expense), net     (29 )     (1 )
NET LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES     (5,421 )     (6,015 )
Income tax benefit (expense)     -       -  
NET LOSS     (5,421 )     (6,015 )
BASIC AND DILUTED NET LOSS PER SHARE   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.05 )
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING     154,751,590       129,595,547  
Statements of Cash Flows  
(in thousands)  
    3 months ended  
    May 31,  
    2014     2013  
Net loss   $ (5,421 )   $ (6,015 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
  Depreciation and amortization     1,288       1,275  
  Bad debt expense and other     20       1  
  Common stock issued for services     -       46  
  Common stock issued for settlement     35       -  
  Share-based payments     592       1,052  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
    Accounts receivable     (64 )     546  
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (23 )     121  
    Deposits     3       (13 )
    Accounts payable &accrued liabilities     2,678       (979 )
    Deferred revenue     (166 )     260  
    Long-term liabilites and other     93       (17 )
    CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES     (965 )     (3,723 )
    Cash paid for purchase of patents     -       (46 )
    Cash paid for patent defense costs     (3 )     (183 )
    Additions to property and equipment     (71 )     -  
    CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES     (74 )     (229 )
    Proceeds received from line of credit     (365 )     1,000  
    Proceeds received from exercise of options /warrants     -       3  
NET DECREASE IN CASH     (1,404 )     (2,949 )
CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD     3,002       4,353  
CASH AT END OF PERIOD   $ 1,598     $ 1,404  

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