SOURCE: Stamps.com

Stamps.com

February 25, 2016 16:30 ET

Stamps.com Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Results

Revenue up 67% to $69.9M; Non-GAAP EPS up 119% to $1.57

EL SEGUNDO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2016) - Stamps.com® (NASDAQ: STMP), the leading provider of postage online and shipping software solutions to over 600 thousand customers, today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. All 2015 financial results include Endicia's results from our November 18 closing of that acquisition through the end of the year.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue was $69.9 million, up 67% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $30.2 million, up 136% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Non-GAAP net income per fully-diluted share was $1.57, up 119% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

"We were very pleased with our financial performance in the fourth quarter and for 2015 as a whole," said Ken McBride, Stamps.com's chairman and CEO. "This was another exceptional year for Stamps.com with strong execution on our business goals, including the integration of our 2014 acquisitions of ShipStation and ShipWorks where we began to realize the synergies we expected from those deal. This year we completed the Endicia acquisition, and we have begun working on the process of integrating their businesses into ours. Together, our three acquisitions have significantly strengthened our position in shipping, and we are excited about our opportunities in 2016 and beyond."

Fourth Quarter 2015 Detailed Results

Mailing and Shipping revenue (which includes service, product and insurance revenue from all customers but excludes Customized Postage revenue) was $67.2 million, up 67% versus the fourth quarter of 2014. Customized Postage revenue was $2.7 million, up 78% versus the fourth quarter of 2014. The growth in Customized Postage was primarily the result of increased high volume business orders, and also included the addition of Endicia's Customized Postage revenue. Mailing and Shipping gross margin was 84.2%, Customized Postage gross margin was 18.8% and total gross margin was 81.7%.

On a GAAP basis, the Company recorded a net loss for the fourth quarter of $71 thousand. On a per share basis, total fourth quarter 2015 GAAP net loss was $0.00 based on 16.6 million basic shares outstanding. Fourth quarter 2015 GAAP net income was reduced by $8.1 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, $1.5 million of non-cash intangible amortization expense, $0.5 million of non-recurring acquisition related expenses, $20.1 million of non-cash contingent consideration charges and $31 thousand of non-cash amortization of capitalized debt issuance costs, and increased by $1.9 million of non-cash income tax benefit. The contingent consideration charge resulted from changes in the fair value of the contingent consideration related to the ShipStation acquisition that was driven primarily by the increase in the Company's stock price during the fourth quarter. 

Excluding the stock-based compensation expense, intangible amortization expense, non-recurring expenses, contingent consideration charges, amortization of capitalized debt issuance costs and the non-cash income tax benefit, fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP operating income was $29.1 million and non-GAAP net income was $28.1 million or $1.57 per share based on 17.9 million fully-diluted shares outstanding. This compares to fourth quarter 2014 non-GAAP operating income of $11.9 million and non-GAAP net income of $11.7 million or $0.72 per share based on fully-diluted shares outstanding of 16.4 million. Therefore, fourth quarter non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP fully-diluted earnings per share increased by 144%, 140% and 119% year-over-year, respectively.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

                                                 
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2015                                                
All amounts in millions except per share or margin data:   Non-GAAP
Amounts
    Stock-Based
Compensation
Expense
    Intangible
Amortization
Expense
    Non-Recurring
Expenses
    Contingent
Consideration
Charge
    Debt
Amortization
    Income Tax
Benefit
(Expense)
  GAAP
Amounts
   
                                                                 
Cost of Revenues   $ 12.78     $ 0.41     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -   $ 13.18    
Research & Development     5.65       1.34       -       -       -       -       -     6.99    
Sales & Marketing     16.04       2.21       -       -       -       -       -     18.25    
General & Administrative     6.29       4.17       1.47       0.47       -       -       -     12.39    
Contingent Consideration Charge     -       -       -       -       20.06       -       -     20.06    
                                                                 
Total Expenses     40.76       8.12       1.47       0.47       20.06       -       -     70.88    
                                                                 
Gross Margin     81.7 %     (0.6 %)     -       -       -       -       -     81.1 %  
                                                                 
Income (Loss) from Operations     29.12       (8.12 )     (1.47 )     (0.47 )     (20.06 )     -       -     (1.00 )  
                                                                 
Operating Margin     41.7 %     (11.6 %)     (2.1 %)     (0.7 %)     (28.7 %)     -       -     (1.4 %)  
                                                                 
Interest and Other Income     (0.32 )     -       -       -       -       (0.03 )     -     (0.35 )  
                                                                 
Pre-Tax Income (Loss)     28.80       (8.12 )     (1.47 )     (0.47 )     (20.06 )     (0.03 )     -     (1.35 )  
                                                                 
Benefit (Expense) for Income Taxes     (0.66 )     -       -       -       -       -       1.94     1.28    
                                                                 
Net Income (Loss)     28.14       (8.12 )     (1.47 )     (0.47 )     (20.06 )     (0.03 )     1.94     (0.07 )  
                                                                 
On a diluted per share basis   $ 1.57     $ (0.49 )   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (1.21 )   $ (0.00 )   $ 0.12   $ (0.00 )  
                                                                 
Shares used in per share calculation     17.88       16.64       16.64       16.64       16.64       16.64       16.64     16.64   *
 
* Common equivalent shares are excluded from the GAAP diluted earnings per share calculation as their effect is anti-dillutive
 

2015 Detailed Results

Total 2015 revenue was $214.0 million, an increase of 45% versus $147.3 million in 2014. Mailing and Shipping revenue was $206.7 million, up 46% versus 2014. Customized Postage revenue was $7.2 million, up 33% versus 2014.

Total 2015 GAAP net loss was $4.2 million, including approximately $17.2 million of stock-based compensation expense, $3.6 million of amortization expense of acquired intangibles, $46.1 million of contingent consideration charges resulting from changes to the fair value of the contingent consideration for the ShipStation acquisition, $17.2 million of non-recurring expenses, including expenses related to acquisitions and litigation settlements, $31 thousand of amortization of capitalized debt issuance costs, and a non-cash income tax benefit of $2.8 million resulting from the GAAP net loss. On a per share basis, total 2015 GAAP net loss was $0.26 based on basic shares outstanding of 16.4 million.

2015 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

                                                       
Fiscal Year 2015                                                      
All amounts in millions except per share or margin data:   Non-GAAP
Amounts
    Stock-Based
Compensation
Expense
    Intangible
Amortization
Expense
    Non-Recurring
Expenses
    Contingent
Consideration
Charge
    Debt
Amortization
    Litigation
Settlement
Expense
    Income Tax
Benefit
(Expense)
  GAAP
Amounts
   
                                                                         
Cost of Revenues   $ 42.94     $ 0.99     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -   $ 43.94    
Research & Development     17.56       3.15       -       -       -       -       -       -     20.71    
Sales & Marketing     51.60       4.55       -       -       -       -       -       -     56.14    
General & Administrative     23.04       8.53       3.60       7.22       -       -       -       -     42.40    
Contingent Consideration Charge     -       -       -       -       46.09       -       -       -     46.09    
Litigation Settlement     -       -       -       -       -       -       10.00       -     10.00    
                                                                         
Total Expenses     135.14       17.23       3.60       7.22       46.09       -       10.00       -     219.28    
                                                                         
Gross Margin     79.9 %     (0.5 %)     -       -       -       -       -       -     79.5 %  
                                                                         
Income (Loss) from Operations     78.82       (17.23 )     (3.60 )     (7.22 )     (46.09 )     -       (10.00 )     -     (5.32 )  
                                                                         
Operating Margin     36.8 %     (8.1 %)     (1.7 %)     (3.4 %)     (21.5 %)     -       (4.7 %)     -     (2.5 %)  
                                                                         
Interest and Other Income     (0.22 )     -       -       -       -       (0.03 )     -       -     (0.25 )  
                                                                         
Pre-Tax Income (Loss)     78.60       (17.23 )     (3.60 )     (7.22 )     (46.09 )     (0.03 )     (10.00 )     -     (5.57 )  
                                                                         
Benefit (Expense) for Income Taxes     (1.44 )     -       -       -       -       -       -       2.82     1.37    
                                                                         
Net Income (Loss)     77.15       (17.23 )     (3.60 )     (7.22 )     (46.09 )     (0.03 )     (10.00 )     2.82     (4.20 )  
                                                                         
On a diluted per share basis   $ 4.43     $ (1.05 )   $ (0.22 )   $ (0.44 )   $ (2.80 )   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.61 )   $ 0.17   $ (0.26 )  
                                                                         
Shares used in per share calculation     17.42       16.44       16.44       16.44       16.44       16.44       16.44       16.44     16.44   *
 
* Common equivalent shares are excluded from the GAAP diluted earnings per share calculation as their effect is anti-dillutive
 

Excluding the stock-based compensation expense, intangible amortization expense, contingent consideration charge, non-recurring expenses, litigation settlement expense, amortization of capitalized debt issuance costs, and the non-cash income tax benefit, 2015 non-GAAP operating income was $78.8 million and non-GAAP net income was $77.2 million or $4.43 per share based on fully diluted shares outstanding of 17.4 million. This compares to 2014 non-GAAP operating income of $41.1 million, non-GAAP net income of $40.6 million and non-GAAP net income per fully diluted share of $2.47. Therefore 2015 non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share increased by 92%, 90% and 79% year-over-year, respectively. 

Adjusted EBITDA

Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA was $30.2 million which was up 136% compared to the $12.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA margin was 43.2%, up compared to 30.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014. 2015 adjusted EBITDA was $82.6 million which was up 87% compared to the $44.2 million in the 2014. 2015 adjusted EBITDA margin was 38.6%, up compared to 30.0% in 2014. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and certain items used to reconcile GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures are shown in the reconciliation table below.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

               
Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Three Months ended   Twelve Months ended
All amounts in millions except margin data December 31,   December 31,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
               
GAAP Net Income (Loss) ($0.07)   $8.90   ($4.20)   $36.88
               
Depreciation and Amortization expense $2.53   $1.64   $7.70   $4.83
Interest & Other Expense (Income), net $0.35   ($0.14)   ($0.07)   ($0.65)
Income Tax Expense (Benefit), net ($1.28)   ($9.32)   ($1.37)   ($12.70)
               
Stock-based Compensation Expense $8.12   $2.73   $17.23   $5.13
Contingent Consideration Charge $20.06   $7.58   $46.09   $8.44
Non-Recurring Expenses $0.47   $1.39   $17.22   $2.31
               
Adjusted EBITDA $30.18   $12.78   $82.59   $44.24
               
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 43.2%   30.5%   38.6%   30.0%
               

Taxes

As of December 31, 2015, the Company had a $57 million deferred tax asset resulting from past net operating losses and other tax credits. For the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company reported a GAAP income tax benefit of $1.3 million which was composed of a cash income tax expense of $0.7 million and a non-cash income tax benefit of $1.9 million. The Company expects to be able to continue to utilize its deferred tax assets in future periods and thus expects to incur cash tax expenses for 2016 consistent with prior years.

Share Repurchase

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company did not repurchase any shares. On February 22, 2016, the Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase program that authorizes the Company to repurchase up to $20 million of shares of stock during the next six months.

Business Outlook

For 2016, the Company estimates revenue to be in a range of $290 to $310 million and non-GAAP net income per fully-diluted share to be in a range of $5.00 to $5.50. Non-GAAP measures exclude certain non-cash items such as stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangibles and capitalized debt issuance costs and non-cash income tax adjustments, and certain non-recurring expenses such as acquisition and integration related corporate development expenses.

Company Customer Metrics and Conference Call

A complete set of the quarterly customer metrics for the past three fiscal years is available at http://investor.stamps.com (under a tab on the left side called Company Information, Metrics).

The Stamps.com financial results conference call will be webcast today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and may be accessed at http://investor.stamps.com. The Company plans to discuss its business outlook during the conference call. Following the conclusion of the webcast, a replay of the call will be available at the same website.

About Stamps.com, Endicia, ShipStation and ShipWorks

Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) is the leading provider of Internet-based postage services to a broad range of users, including consumers, small businesses, eCommerce shippers, enterprises, and higher volume shippers. Stamps.com's service enables customers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage using only a computer, printer and an Internet Connection, right from their homes or offices. 

Endicia is the leading provider of high volume shipping technologies and services for U.S. Postal Service shipping. Endicia offers solutions that help businesses run their shipping operations more smoothly and function more successfully. Endicia also provides seamless access to USPS shipping services through integration with more than 250 partner applications. Endicia has printed more than $14 billion in postage since inception. For more information on Endicia products and services, visit www.endicia.com.

ShipStation is the leading web-based shipping solution that helps eCommerce retailers import, organize, process, package, and ship their orders quickly and easily from any web browser. ShipStation features the most integrations of any eCommerce web-based solution with approximately 100 shopping carts, marketplaces, package carriers, and fulfillment services. Integration partners include eBay, PayPal, Amazon, Etsy, Square, Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion, Magento, Squarespace, and carriers such as USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL. ShipStation has sophisticated automation features such as automated order importing, custom hierarchical rules, product profiles, and fulfillment solutions that enable its customers to complete their orders, wherever they sell, and however they ship.

ShipWorks is the leading client-based shipping solution that helps high volume shippers import, organize process, fulfill, and ship their orders quickly and easily from any standard PC. With integrations to approximately 65 shopping carts, marketplaces, package carriers, and fulfillment services, ShipWorks has the most integrations of any high-volume client shipping solution. Package carriers include USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, OnTrac and many more. Marketplace and shopping cart integrations include eBay, PayPal, Amazon, Etsy, Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion, Channel Advisor, Magento, and many more. ShipWorks has sophisticated automation features such as a custom rules engine, automated order importing, automatic product profile detection, and fulfillment automation, which enable high volume shippers to complete their orders, quickly and efficiently.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, Stamps.com uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP pre-tax income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin. Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measures of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release can be found in the financial tables of this earnings release.

Non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors' overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance, prospects for the future and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding financial performance by excluding certain expenses and benefits that may not be indicative of recurring core business operating results. The Company believes the non-GAAP measures that exclude certain non-cash items such as stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangibles and capitalized debt issuance costs, contingent consideration charges and income tax adjustments, and certain non-recurring expenses such as acquisition and integration related corporate development expenses and litigation settlement expenses, when viewed with GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation, enhance the comparability of results against prior periods and allow for greater transparency of financial results. The Company believes non-GAAP measures facilitate management's internal comparison of the Company's financial performance to that of prior periods as well as trend analysis for budgeting and planning purposes. The presentation of non-GAAP measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. 

Adjusted EBITDA as calculated in this release represents earnings before interest and other expense, net, interest and other income, net, income tax expense, income tax benefit, depreciation and amortization and certain items described in this release used to reconcile GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by total GAAP revenue for the period.

Share Repurchase Timing

The timing of share repurchases, if any, and the number of shares to be bought at any one time will depend on market conditions, the Company's compliance with the covenants in its Credit Agreement and the Company's assessment of the risk that its net operating loss asset could be impaired if such repurchases were undertaken. Share repurchases may be made from time-to-time on the open market or in negotiated transactions at the Company's discretion in compliance with Rule 10b-18 of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company's purchase of any of its shares may be subject to limitations imposed on such purchases by applicable securities laws and regulations and the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release includes forward-looking statements about anticipated results and our planned acquisition of Endicia, all of which involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors, including the Company's ability to successfully integrate and realize the benefits of its past or future strategic acquisitions or investments, including its proposed acquisition of Endicia, complete and ship its products, maintain desirable economics for its products and obtain or maintain regulatory approval, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, are detailed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made from time to time by STAMPS.COM, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. STAMPS.COM undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Stamps.com, the Stamps.com logo, Endicia, ShipStation and ShipWorks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Stamps.com Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other brands and names are property of their respective owners.

   
STAMPS.COM INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
                         
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  
(in thousands, except per share data: unaudited)  
                         
  Three Months ended
December 31,
  Twelve Months ended
December 31,
 
  2015       2014   2015       2014  
Revenues:                                
  Service $ 58,175       $ 33,075   $ 176,672       $ 115,696  
  Product   5,077         4,440     18,283         16,883  
  Insurance   3,926         2,817     11,732         9,217  
  Customized postage   2,684         1,510     7,229         5,450  
  Other   14         11     41         23  
    Total revenues   69,876         41,853     213,957         147,269  
Cost of revenues:                                
  Service   8,192         5,746     27,967         19,687  
  Product   1,571         1,397     5,971         5,516  
  Insurance   1,238         962     3,984         3,210  
  Customized postage   2,182         1,196     6,013         4,493  
    Total cost of revenues   13,183         9,301     43,935         32,906  
    Gross profit   56,693         32,552     170,022         114,363  
Operating expenses:                                
  Sales and marketing   18,246         12,110     56,144         43,659  
  Research and development   6,991         3,950     20,711         13,309  
  General and administrative   12,395         9,409     42,399         25,147  
  Contingent consideration charges   20,061         7,578     46,088         8,438  
  Litigation settlement   -         -     10,000         -  
    Total operating expenses   57,693         33,047     175,342         90,553  
    (Loss) income from operations   (1,000 )       (495 )   (5,320 )       23,810  
                                 
Interest expense, net   (397 )       -     (397 )       -  
Interest income and other income, net   43         79     146         375  
(Loss) income before income taxes   (1,354 )       (416 )   (5,571 )       24,185  
Income tax benefit   (1,283 )       (9,318 )   (1,373 )       (12,697 )
Net (loss) income $ (71 )     $ 8,902   $ (4,198 )     $ 36,882  
Net (loss) income per share:                                
  Basic $ (0.00 )     $ 0.56   $ (0.26 )     $ 2.30  
  Diluted $ (0.00 )     $ 0.54   $ (0.26 )     $ 2.25  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                                
  Basic   16,642         15,952     16,436         16,011  
  Diluted   16,642   (1)     16,372     16,436   (1)   16,417  
                                 
(1) - Common equivalent shares are excluded from the diluted (loss) earnings per share calculation as their effect is anti-dilutive  
                                 
           
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(in thousands, unaudited)  
           
  December 31,     December 31,  
  2015     2014  
               
ASSETS              
Cash and investments $ 75,208     $ 57,630  
Accounts receivable   55,052       12,325  
Other current assets   8,345       6,071  
Property and equipment, net   31,707       30,427  
Goodwill and intangible assets, net   293,757       86,463  
Deferred tax   57,224       53,816  
Other assets   7,321       7,999  
    Total assets $ 528,614     $ 254,731  
               
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY              
Liabilities:              
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 60,816     $ 22,521  
  Debt, net of capitalized debt issuance costs   161,620       -  
  Contingent consideration   63,209       25,015  
  Deferred revenue   4,000       2,164  
    Total liabilities   289,645       49,700  
               
Stockholders' equity:              
  Common stock   52       51  
  Additional paid-in capital   716,253       678,075  
  Treasury stock   (172,410 )     (172,410 )
  Accumulated deficit   (304,944 )     (300,746 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income   18       61  
    Total stockholders' equity   238,969       205,031  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 528,614     $ 254,731