Ultimate Reports Q2 2012 Financial Results

  • Record Q2 Recurring Revenues of $64.6 Million, Up by 24%
  • Record Q2 Total Revenues of $79.2 Million, Up by 23%

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 4:04 pm EDT

Dateline:

WESTON, Fla.

Public Company Information:

NASDAQ:
ULTI
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"Our new Enterprise and Workplace customers continued to attach talent management products to their core purchases, and we continued our penetration into the Canadian market, signing our largest Canada-based customer to date."

WESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today its financial results for the second quarter of 2012. For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, Ultimate reported recurring revenues of $64.6 million, a 24% increase, and total revenues of $79.2 million, a 23% increase, both compared with 2011’s second quarter. GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2012 was $2.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, versus GAAP net income of $0.9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011.

Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation and amortization of acquired intangible assets, was $5.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012 compared with non-GAAP net income of $3.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information” below.

“We again executed according to plan for both our recurring and total revenues in this year's second quarter. Our customer retention rate remained consistent at greater than 96%, and our operating margin was on the positive side of our 10.0% target at 13.0%,” said Scott Scherr, CEO, president, and founder of Ultimate. “Our new Enterprise and Workplace customers continued to attach talent management products to their core purchases, and we continued our penetration into the Canadian market, signing our largest Canada-based customer to date."

Ultimate's financial results teleconference will be held today, July 31, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, through Vcall at http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=167837. The call will be available for replay at the same address beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time the same day. Windows Media Player software is required to listen to the call and can be downloaded from the site. Forward-looking information about future company performance will be discussed during the teleconference call.

Financial Highlights

  • Recurring revenues grew by 24% for the second quarter of 2012 compared with 2011's second quarter. The increase was primarily attributable to revenue growth from our Software-as-a-Service ("SaaS") offering. Recurring revenues for the second quarter of 2012 were 82% of total revenues as compared with 81% of total revenues for the same period of last year.
  • The operating income (or operating margin), on a non-GAAP basis, for the second quarter of 2012 was $10.3 million, or 13.0%, as compared with $6.6 million, or 10.3%, for the same period last year.
  • Ultimate's annualized retention rate exceeded 96% for its existing recurring revenue customer base as of June 30, 2012.
  • The combination of cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities was $73.1 million as of June 30, 2012, compared with $55.3 million as of December 31, 2011. Cash flows from operating activities for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, were $8.3 million, compared with $6.4 million for the same period last year. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, Ultimate generated $22.7 million in cash from operations compared with $15.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011.
  • Days sales outstanding were 62 days at June 30, 2012, representing a reduction of nine days compared with days sales outstanding at December 31, 2011.

Financial Outlook

Ultimate provides the following financial guidance for the third quarter ending September 30, 2012, and full year 2012:

For the third quarter of 2012:

  • Recurring revenues of approximately $68.0 million,
  • Total revenues of approximately $84.0 million, and
  • Operating margin, on a non-GAAP basis (discussed below), of approximately 16%.

For the year 2012:

  • Recurring revenues to increase by approximately 25% over 2011,
  • Total revenues to increase by approximately 23% over 2011, and
  • Operating margin, on a non-GAAP basis (discussed below), of approximately 15%.

Operating margin expectations were determined on a non-GAAP basis using the methodologies identified under the caption “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information” in this press release. Non-cash stock-based compensation expense for 2012 is expected to be approximately $20.0 million.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are, and certain statements on the teleconference call may be, forward-looking statements within the meaning provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Ultimate’s actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements, including risks and uncertainties associated with fluctuations in Ultimate’s quarterly operating results, concentration of Ultimate’s product offerings, development risks involved with new products and technologies, competition, contract renewals with business partners, compliance by our customers with the terms of their contracts with us, and other factors disclosed in Ultimate’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ultimate undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About Ultimate

Ultimate is a leading SaaS provider of people management solutions, with more than 7,000,000 people records in the cloud. Built on the belief that people are the most important ingredient of any business, Ultimate's award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, and talent management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information and resources they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and has more than 1,400 professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2012, Ultimate was ranked #25 on FORTUNE'S “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Ultimate has more than 2,300 customers with employees in 115 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, The Container Store, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, and Texas Roadhouse. More information on Ultimate's products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

THE ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

   

For the Three Months
Ended June 30,

For the Six Months
Ended June 30,

2012   2011 2012   2011
Revenues:
Recurring $ 64,636 $ 52,002 $ 125,509 $ 101,950
Services 14,010 11,761 31,034 25,490
License 531   442   915   1,270  
Total revenues 79,177   64,205   157,458   128,710  
Cost of revenues:
Recurring 19,235 15,543 38,339 30,236
Services 14,843 12,104 31,366 26,033
License 120   100   208   273  
Total cost of revenues 34,198   27,747   69,913   56,542  
Gross profit 44,979   36,458   87,545   72,168  
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 17,472 15,524 36,109 32,647
Research and development 15,989 12,370 31,685 24,337
General and administrative 6,126   5,762   12,271   11,375  
Total operating expenses 39,587   33,656   80,065   68,359  
Operating income 5,392 2,802 7,480 3,809
Other (expense) income:
Interest and other expense (101 ) (143 ) (176 ) (301 )
Other income, net 30   26   43   60  
Total other expense, net (71 ) (117 ) (133 ) (241 )
Income before income taxes 5,321 2,685 7,347 3,568
Provision for income taxes (2,668 ) (1,792 ) (3,670 ) (2,347 )
Net income $ 2,653   $ 893   $ 3,677   $ 1,221  
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.10   $ 0.03   $ 0.14   $ 0.05  
Diluted $ 0.09   $ 0.03   $ 0.13   $ 0.04  
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 26,655   25,837   26,524   25,716  
Diluted 28,281   27,863   28,194   27,804  

The following table sets forth the stock-based compensation expense resulting from stock-based arrangements (excluding the income tax effect, or “gross”) and the amortization of acquired intangibles that are recorded in Ultimate’s unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for the periods indicated (in thousands):

 

For the Three Months
Ended June 30,

 

For the Six Months
Ended June 30,

2012   2011 2012   2011
Stock-based compensation expense:
Cost of recurring revenues $ 638 $ 350 $ 1,151 $ 679
Cost of services revenues 665 371 1,166 747
Sales and marketing 1,772 1,713 3,446 3,510
Research and development 692 410 1,316 794
General and administrative 1,096   925   2,138   1,889
Total non-cash stock-based compensation expense $ 4,863   $ 3,769   $ 9,217   $ 7,619
Amortization of acquired intangibles:
General and administrative $   $ 28   $   $ 56

THE ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
  As of   As of
June 30, December 31,
2012 2011
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 62,612 $ 46,149
Investments in marketable securities 9,439 7,584
Accounts receivable, net 53,667 56,186
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 25,580 22,944
Deferred tax assets, net 1,310   1,277
Total current assets before funds held for clients 152,608 134,140
Funds held for clients 157,684   118,660
Total current assets 310,292 252,800
Property and equipment, net 32,886 24,486
Capitalized software, net 1,090 1,765
Goodwill 3,025 3,025
Investments in marketable securities 1,076 1,546
Other assets, net 15,802 15,056
Deferred tax assets, net 19,886   20,142
Total assets $ 384,057   $ 318,820
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 7,642 $ 6,265
Accrued expenses 15,299 11,589
Deferred revenue 82,732 83,416
Capital lease obligations 3,078 2,694
Other borrowings 2,413  
Total current liabilities before client fund obligations 111,164 103,964
Client fund obligations 157,684   118,660
Total current liabilities 268,848 222,624
Deferred revenue 2,118 3,147
Deferred rent 2,995 3,384
Capital lease obligations 2,591 2,175
Other borrowings 2,928
Income taxes payable 1,866   1,866
Total liabilities 281,346   233,196
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred Stock, $.01 par value
Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, $.01 par value
Common Stock, $.01 par value 307 302
Additional paid-in capital 255,584 242,100
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (136 ) (57
Accumulated deficit (44,294 ) (47,971
211,461 194,374
Treasury stock, at cost (108,750 ) (108,750
Total stockholders’ equity 102,711   85,624
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 384,057   $ 318,820

THE ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
  For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
2012   2011
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 3,677 $ 1,221
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 6,352 5,743
Provision for doubtful accounts 411 1,115
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 9,217 7,619
Income taxes 3,525 2,290
Excess tax benefits from employee stock plan (3,302 ) (1,713 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 2,108 (278 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (1,511 ) (4,094 )
Other assets (746 ) (689 )
Accounts payable 1,377 1,693
Accrued expenses and deferred rent 3,321 2,379
Deferred revenue (1,713 ) (85 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 22,716   15,201  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of marketable securities (7,385 ) (7,700 )
Maturities of marketable securities 5,997 8,269
Net purchases of client funds securities (39,024 ) (92,593 )
Purchases of property and equipment (7,448 ) (7,609 )
Net cash used in investing activities (47,860 ) (99,633 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repurchases of Common Stock (7,925 )
Net proceeds from issuances of Common Stock 5,298 7,407
Excess tax benefits from employee stock plan 3,302 1,713
Shares acquired to settle employee tax withholding liability (4,328 ) (3,631 )
Principal payments on capital lease obligations (1,613 ) (1,432 )
Net increase in client fund obligations 39,024   92,593  
Net cash provided by financing activities 41,683   88,725  
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash (76 ) 52  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 16,463 4,345
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 46,149   40,889  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 62,612   $ 45,234  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Cash paid for interest $ 138   $ 126  
Cash paid for income taxes $ 272   $ 395  
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing activities:
 

Ultimate entered into capital lease obligations to acquire new equipment totaling $2.4 million and $1.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

Ultimate purchased perpetual licenses with third-party vendors, totaling $6.5 million, payable over a three year period, of which payments totaling $2.3 million were made during the six months ended June 30, 2012.

 

THE ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 

For the Three Months
Ended June 30,

 

For the Six Months
Ended June 30,

2012   2011   2012   2011
Non-GAAP operating income reconciliation:
Operating income $ 5,392 $ 2,802 $ 7,480 $ 3,809
Operating income, as a % of total revenues 6.8 % 4.4 % 4.8 % 3.0 %
Add back:
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 4,863 3,769 9,217 7,619
Non-cash amortization of acquired intangible assets   28     56  
Non-GAAP operating income $ 10,255   $ 6,599   $ 16,697   $ 11,484  
Non-GAAP operating income, as a % of total revenues 13.0 % 10.3 % 10.6 % 8.9 %
Non-GAAP net income reconciliation:
Net income $ 2,653 $ 893 $ 3,677 $ 1,221
Add back:
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 4,863 3,769 9,217 7,619
Non-cash amortization of acquired intangible assets 28 56
Income tax effect (1,608 ) (867 ) (3,286 ) (2,262 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 5,908   $ 3,823   $ 9,608   $ 6,634  
Non-GAAP net income, per diluted share, reconciliation: (1)
Net income, per diluted share $ 0.09 $ 0.03 $ 0.13 $ 0.04
Add back:
Non-cash stock-based compensation expense 0.17 0.14 0.33 0.27
Non-cash amortization of acquired intangible assets 0.01
Income tax effect (0.05 ) (0.03 ) (0.12 ) (0.08 )
Non-GAAP net income, per diluted share $ 0.21   $ 0.14   $ 0.34   $ 0.24  
Shares used in calculation of GAAP and non-GAAP net income per share:
Basic 26,655   25,837   26,524   25,716  
Diluted 28,281   27,863   28,194   27,804  
(1) The non-GAAP net income per diluted share reconciliation is calculated on a diluted weighted average share basis for GAAP net income periods.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Ultimate believes that non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to Ultimate’s financial condition and results of operations. Ultimate’s management uses these non-GAAP results to compare Ultimate’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses, for purposes of determining executive incentive compensation, and for budget and planning purposes. These measures are used in monthly financial reports prepared for management and in quarterly financial reports presented to Ultimate’s Board of Directors. These measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to such measures determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgment by management about which expenses are excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures.

To compensate for these limitations, Ultimate presents its non-GAAP financial measures in connection with its GAAP results. Ultimate strongly urges investors and potential investors in Ultimate’s securities to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures that are included in this press release (under the caption “Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures”) and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate its business.

Ultimate presents the following non-GAAP financial measures in this press release: non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income, per diluted share. We exclude the following items from these non-GAAP financial measures as appropriate:

Stock-based compensation expense. Ultimate’s non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation expense, which consists of expenses for stock options and stock and stock unit awards recorded in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification 718, “Compensation – Stock Compensation.” For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, stock-based compensation expense was $4.9 million and $9.2 million, respectively, on a pre-tax basis. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, stock-based compensation expense was $3.8 million and $7.6 million, respectively, on a pre-tax basis. Stock-based compensation expense is excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures because it is a non-cash expense that Ultimate does not consider part of ongoing operations when assessing its financial performance. Ultimate believes that such exclusion facilitates the comparison of results of ongoing operations for current and future periods with such results from past periods. For GAAP net income periods, non-GAAP reconciliations are calculated on a diluted weighted average share basis.

Amortization of acquired intangible assets. In accordance with GAAP, operating expenses include amortization of acquired intangible assets over the estimated useful lives of such assets. There was no amortization of acquired intangible assets for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, the amortization of acquired intangible assets was $28 thousand and $56 thousand, respectively. Amortization of acquired intangible assets is excluded from Ultimate’s non-GAAP financial measures because it is a non-cash expense that Ultimate does not consider part of ongoing operations when assessing its financial performance. Ultimate believes that such exclusion facilitates comparisons to its historical operating results and to the results of other companies in the same industry, which have their own unique acquisition histories.

Contact:

Ultimate Software
Mitchell K. Dauerman, 954-331-7369
Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations
Email: IR@ultimatesoftware.com