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Rosetta Stone Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results
Company Exceeds Revenue and Earnings Guidance

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 30, 2009-- Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based language learning solutions, today announced financial results for the company’s fiscal second quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Total revenue for the second quarter was $56.5 million, an increase of 18%, compared to $47.7 million in the prior year period. GAAP net loss for the second quarter was ($7.3) million, or ($0.42) per share, compared to GAAP net income of $3.4 million, or $0.20 per share, in the prior year period. Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles and IPO related compensation expense, was $4.7 million, or $0.23 per share, as compared to non-GAAP net income of $4.1 million, or $0.24 per share, in the prior year period. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

“We are very pleased with Rosetta Stone’s second quarter performance. Despite the on-going challenges in the global economic environment, customers continued to recognize the value of our language learning solutions,” said Tom Adams, president and chief executive officer. “We had solid execution across all lines of our business, which enabled the company to deliver better-than-expected revenue and adjusted EBITDA that was well above our expectations.”

Adams added, “Rosetta Stone continues to extend its product leadership position in the language learning market. During the second quarter, we saw high interest levels and adoption rates of the Level 4 & 5 editions that we launched for English and Spanish. In addition, earlier this week we announced the availability of Rosetta Stone® TOTALeTM, which enables Rosetta Stone users to practice speaking their new language with native speakers in an online manner, on our integrated language learning platform. Just as Rosetta Stone’s flagship solution dramatically changed the competitive landscape of the language learning solutions market years ago, we believe that Rosetta Stone TOTALeTM is equally disruptive and solidifies our market leadership position.”

Other Second Quarter 2009 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue Mix - Product revenue for the second quarter was $48.7 million, or 86% of total revenues, while subscription and service revenue was $7.8 million, representing the remaining 14% of total revenues. Consumer revenue was $42.9 million, or 76% of total revenues, while Institutional revenue was $13.6 million, representing the remaining 24% of total revenues.
  • Average Sales Per Unit and Unit Volume – Average sales price per unit increased 26% on a year-over-year basis, from $286 to $361. This increase was the result of a shift in the sales mix towards multi-level bundled products and the discontinuation of lower end offerings. Bundled solutions represented approximately 60% of second quarter total unit volume, an increase of approximately 12 percentage points compared to the prior year. Total unit volume decreased 9% on a year-over-year basis, however, it increased by approximately 15% after adjusting for two items in 2008. First, during the second quarter of 2008, Barnes & Noble placed a $2.6 million initial stocking order to support the expansion of our product line to over 650 of their stores. Second, 2008 included unit sales related to our 3-month online subscription offering, which was discontinued in October 2008.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP Operating Income - GAAP operating loss for the second quarter was ($11.7) million, compared to operating income of $6.8 million for the second quarter of 2008. Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles, and IPO related compensation expense, was $8.2 million for the second quarter of 2009, or 15% of revenues. As noted above GAAP net income (loss) for the corresponding periods was ($7.3) million and $3.4 million respectively.
  • Adjusted EBITDA - Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of stock-based compensation expense and IPO related compensation expense, was $9.5 million, or 17% of revenues, for the second quarter of 2009.
  • Cash - Cash and Cash Equivalents at June 30, 2009 were $66.2 million, an increase from $29.4 million at the end of the previous quarter due primarily to $34.2 million in net proceeds from the completion of the company’s initial public offering.

Financial Outlook

Rosetta Stone management is issuing guidance for the third quarter and full year 2009 as follows:

Third Quarter of 2009:

  • Total revenue of $64.5 to $66.5 million
  • GAAP net income of $6.5 to $6.9 million
  • GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.30 to $0.32
  • Non-GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.33 to $0.35
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $13.2 to $13.7 million
  • Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding of approximately 21.6 million

Full Year 2009:

  • Total revenue of $245.0 to $248.0 million
  • GAAP net income of $11.3 to $12.1 million
  • GAAP diluted net income per share of $0.56 to $0.60
  • Non-GAAP diluted net income per share of $1.22 to $1.26
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $46.5 to $47.5 million
  • Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding of approximately 20.2 million

The above statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains four non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share, adjusted EBITDA, and non-GAAP operating income. These measures differ from GAAP in that they exclude amortization primarily related to acquired intangibles, stock-based compensation expenses and IPO related compensation expenses. Adjusted EBITDA is GAAP net income or loss plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, amortization and stock-based and IPO related compensation expenses. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the company’s financial condition and results of operations. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the company's performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses, for purposes of determining executive incentive compensation, and for budgeting and planning purposes. These measures are used in monthly financial reports prepared for management and in quarterly financial reports presented to the company's Board of Directors. Management believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing the company's financial measures with other software companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors.

Management typically excludes the amounts described above when evaluating the company’s operating performance and believes that the resulting non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and financial analysts in assessing the company’s operating performance due to the following factors:

  • Amortization of Acquired Intangibles. Amortization costs and the related tax effects are fixed at the time of an acquisition, and then amortized over a period of several years after the acquisition and generally cannot be changed or influenced by management after the acquisition.
  • Stock-based Compensation. Although stock-based compensation is an important aspect of compensation of the company’s employees and executives, stock-based compensation expense is generally fixed at the time of grant, then amortized over a period of several years after the grant of the stock-based instrument, and generally cannot be changed or influenced by management after the grant.
  • IPO related Compensation. Although the IPO related compensation was an important aspect of compensation for the company’s key employees that played a material role in the growth and success of the company, it was an award that was triggered by the company’s initial public offering which took place on April 16, 2009.

Management does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the company's financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgments by management about which expenses and income are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures and may not be calculated in the same manner as other companies’ similarly titled non-GAAP measures.

In order to compensate for these limitations, management presents its non-GAAP financial measures in connection with its GAAP results. Rosetta Stone urges investors to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures, which it includes in press releases announcing earnings information, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the company's business.

Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP measures used in this press release are included at the end of this release.

Webcast and Conference Call

This news release and the accompanying tables should be read in conjunction with the additional content that is available on the company’s website, which includes supplemental financial information as well as a webcast of a conference call that the company will host to discuss the second quarter 2009 financial results and its outlook for fiscal year 2009. The conference call is scheduled for July 30, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. eastern time (ET).

To access this call, dial 888-765-5559 (domestic) or 913-312-0675 (international). Additionally, a live webcast of the conference call will be available at http://investors.rosettastone.com. Please access the web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download and install any necessary software.

Following the conference call, a replay will be available until August 13, 2009 at 888-203-1112 (domestic) or 719-457-0820 (international). The replay pass code is 2330482. The web cast of this conference call will be archived. Individuals can access the webcast, as well as the press release and supplemental financial information, at http://investors.rosettastone.com.

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone provides interactive solutions that are acclaimed for the speed and power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. Available in more than 30 languages, Rosetta Stone language-learning solutions are used by schools, organizations and millions of individuals in over 150 countries throughout the world. The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning a language should be natural and instinctive and that interactive technology can replicate and activate the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. The company is based in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit RosettaStone.com.

“Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as “project,” “believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “potentially,” “seek,” “may,” or “will.” These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: demand for language learning software; the advantages of our products, technology, brand and business model as compared to others; our ability to maintain effective internal controls or to remediate material weaknesses; our cash needs and expectations regarding cash flow from operations; our product development plans, including our plans to develop new web-based services and expansion of our product portfolio; our plans regarding expansion of our marketing initiatives and sales force; our international expansion plans; our plans to increase our kiosks and retail relationships; our ability to manage and grow our business and execute our business strategy; our financial performance; and the costs associated with being a public company and the other factors described more fully in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 16, 2009. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this communication, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

We have assessed and will continue to assess the impact on our business of the general economic downturn and the related impact on consumer spending in particular. Approximately eighty percent of our revenue comes from the consumer segment. While we cannot predict what impact the general economic environment will have on our business, to date the impact has not been material to our balance sheet, results of operations or cash flows.

 
ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2009 2008 2009 2008
Revenue:
Product $ 48,672 $ 41,630 $ 91,512 $ 71,848
Subscription and service   7,788     6,112     15,233     11,479  
Total revenue 56,460 47,742 106,745 83,327
 
Cost of revenue:
Cost of product revenue 7,193 5,968 13,136 9,998
Cost of subscription and service revenue   509     577     994     1,083  
Total cost of revenue 7,702 6,545 14,130 11,081
       
Gross margin   48,758     41,197     92,615     72,246  
 
Operating expenses
Sales and marketing 27,147 21,737 50,759 39,782
Research and development 10,101 3,758 14,944 8,290
General and administrative   23,167     8,856     33,054     17,384  
Total operating expenses   60,415     34,351     98,757     65,456  
 
Income (loss) from operations (11,657 ) 6,846 (6,142 ) 6,790
 
Other income and expense:
Interest income 23 98 54 314
Interest expense (24 ) (225 ) (339 ) (521 )
Other income   (61 )   (175 )   35     112  
Total other income (expense) (62 ) (302 ) (250 ) (95 )
 
Income (loss) before income taxes (11,719 ) 6,544 (6,392 ) 6,695
Income tax provision (benefit)   (4,427 )   3,183     (2,295 )   3,766  
 
Net income (loss) $ (7,292 ) $ 3,361   $ (4,097 ) $ 2,929  
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ (0.42 ) $ 1.77   $ (0.42 ) $ 1.56  
Diluted $ (0.42 ) $ 0.20   $ (0.42 ) $ 0.17  
 
Common shares and equivalents outstanding:
Basic weighted average shares   17,370     1,899     9,698     1,881  
Diluted weighted average shares   17,370     16,827     9,698     16,815  
 
 
ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
  June 30,   December 31,
2009 2008
(unaudited)
 
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 66,173 $ 30,626
Restricted cash 62 34
Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,137 and $1,103, respectively) 25,172 26,497
Inventory, net 6,581 4,912
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,117 6,598
Income tax receivable 7,133 -
Deferred income taxes   2,282     2,282  
Total current assets 114,520 70,949
 
Property and equipment, net 17,962 15,727
Goodwill 34,199 34,199
Intangible assets, net 10,611 10,645
Deferred income taxes 6,828 6,828
Other assets   753     470  
Total assets $ 184,873   $ 138,818  
 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 3,229 $ 3,207
Accrued compensation 6,352 8,570
Other current liabilities 19,888 21,353
Deferred revenue 16,379 14,382
Current maturities of long-term debt - related party   -     4,250  
Total current liabilities 45,848 51,762
 
Long-term debt - related parties - 5,660
Deferred revenue 1,841 1,362
Other long-term liabilities   818     963  
Total liabilities 48,507 59,747
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders' equity:
Class A, Series A-1 Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value; zero and 269 shares authorized; zero and 269 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively
- 26,876
Class A, Series A-2 Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value; zero and 178 shares authorized; zero and 178 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively
- 17,820
Class B Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value; zero and 115 shares authorized; and zero and 111 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively
- 11,341
Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 and zero shares authorized; and zero shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively
- -
Class A Convertible Common Stock, $0.00005 par value; zero and 900 shares authorized; and zero shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively
- -
Class B Convertible Common Stock,$0.00005 par value; zero and 20,000 shares authorized; and zero shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively
- -
Non-designated common stock, $0.00005 par value; 190,000 and 39,100 shares authorized; 20,174 and 1,936 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively
2 1
Additional paid-in capital 128,264 10,814
Accumulated income 8,326 12,422
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (226 )   (203 )
Total stockholders' equity   136,366     79,071  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 184,873   $ 138,818  
 
ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
           
 
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
June 30, 2009 June 30, 2008
GAAP Adjustments non-GAAP GAAP Adjustments non-GAAP
Revenue:
Product $ 48,672 $ 48,672 $ 41,630 $ - $ 41,630
Subscription and service   7,788       7,788     6,112     -     6,112  
Total revenue 56,460 56,460 47,742 - 47,742
 
Cost of revenue:
Cost of product revenue (1) 7,193 (9 ) 7,184 5,968 - 5,968
Cost of subscription and service revenue   509       509     577     -     577  
Total cost of revenue 7,702 (9 ) 7,693 6,545 - 6,545
           
Gross margin   48,758     9     48,767     41,197     -     41,197  
 
Operating expenses
Sales and marketing(2) 27,147 (586 ) 26,561 21,737 (786 ) 20,951
Research and development(3) 10,101 (5,300 ) 4,801 3,758 (137 ) 3,621
General and administrative(4)   23,167     (14,011 )   9,156     8,856     (236 )   8,620  
Total operating expenses   60,415     (19,897 )   40,518     34,351     (1,159 )   33,192  
 
Income (loss) from operations (11,657 ) 19,906 8,249 6,846 1,159 8,005
 
Other income and expense:
Interest income 23 - 23 98 - 98
Interest expense (24 ) - (24 ) (225 ) - (225 )
Other income   (61 )   -     (61 )   (175 )   -     (175 )
Total other income (expense) (62 ) - (62 ) (302 ) - (302 )
 
Income (loss) before income taxes (11,719 ) 19,906 8,187 6,544 1,159 7,703
Income tax provision (benefit)(5)   (4,427 )   7,962     3,535     3,183     464     3,647  
 
Net income (loss) $ (7,292 ) $ 11,944   $ 4,652   $ 3,361   $ 695   $ 4,056  
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ (0.42 ) $ 0.27   $ 1.77   $ 2.14  
Diluted $ (0.42 ) $ 0.23   $ 0.20   $ 0.24  
 
Common shares and equivalents outstanding:
Basic weighted average shares   17,370     17,370     1,899     1,899  
Diluted weighted average shares   17,370     20,365     16,827     16,827  
 
____________________

(1)

 

Represents stock based compensation expense of $9 and $0 in 2009 and 2008, respectively

(2)

Represents stock based compensation expense of $209 and $36 in 2009 and 2008, respectively as well as $377 of IPO related compensation expense in 2009 and amortization of intangible expense of $0 and $750 in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

(3)

Represents stock based compensation expense of $267 and $137 in 2009 and 2008, respectively, as well as $5,033 of IPO related compensation expense in 2009.

(4)

Represents stock based compensation expense of $618 and $236 in 2009 and 2008, respectively, as well as $13,393 of IPO related compensation expense in 2009.

(5)

Non-GAAP tax rate of 40%

 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2009
  Stock IPO related
Compensation Compensation
Expense Expense
Cost of product revenue 9 -
Sales and marketing 209 377
Research and development 267 5,033
General and administrative   618   13,393
Total   1,103   18,803
 
 

ROSETTA STONE INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
           
 
Six Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, 2009 June 30, 2008
GAAP Adjustments non-GAAP GAAP Adjustments non-GAAP
Revenue:
Product $ 91,512 $ 91,512 $ 71,848 $ - $ 71,848
Subscription and service   15,233       15,233     11,479     -     11,479  
Total revenue 106,745 106,745 83,327 - 83,327
 
Cost of revenue:
Cost of product revenue (1) 13,136 (11 ) 13,125 9,998 (14 ) 9,984
Cost of subscription and service revenue   994       994     1,083     -     1,083  
Total cost of revenue 14,130 (11 ) 14,119 11,081 (14 ) 11,067
           
Gross margin   92,615     11     92,626     72,246     14     72,260  
 
Operating expenses
Sales and marketing(2) 50,759 (673 ) 50,086 39,782 (1,570 ) 38,212
Research and development(3) 14,944 (5,447 ) 9,497 8,290 (217 ) 8,073
General and administrative(4)   33,054     (14,284 )   18,770     17,384     (455 )   16,929  
Total operating expenses   98,757     (20,404 )   78,353     65,456     (2,242 )   63,214  
 
Income (loss) from operations (6,142 ) 20,415 14,273 6,790 2,256 9,046
 
Other income and expense:
Interest income 54 - 54 314 - 314
Interest expense (339 ) - (339 ) (521 ) - (521 )
Other income   35     -     35     112     -     112  
Total other income (expense) (250 ) - (250 ) (95 ) - (95 )
 
Income (loss) before income taxes (6,392 ) 20,415 14,023 6,695 2,256 8,951
Income tax provision (benefit)(5)   (2,295 )   8,166     5,871     3,766     902     4,668  
 
Net income (loss) $ (4,097 ) $ 12,249   $ 8,152   $ 2,929   $ 1,354   $ 4,283  
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ (0.42 ) $ 0.84   $ 1.56   $ 2.28  
Diluted $ (0.42 ) $ 0.44   $ 0.17   $ 0.25  
 
Common shares and equivalents outstanding:
Basic weighted average shares   9,698     9,698     1,881     1,881  
Diluted weighted average shares   9,698     18,701     16,815     16,815  
 

 

(1)

 

Represents stock based compensation expense of $11 and $1 in 2009 and 2008, respectively as well as amortization of intangibles expense of $13 in 2008.

(2)

Represents stock based compensation expense of $263 and $69 in 2009 and 2008, respectively as well as IPO related compensation expense of $377 in 2009 and amortization of intangibles expense of $33 and $1501 in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

(3)

Represents stock based compensation expense of $414 and $217 in 2009 and 2008, respectively as well as IPO related compensation expense of $5,033 in 2009.

(4)

Represents stock based compensation expense of $891 and $455 in 2009 and 2008, respectively, as well as IPO related compensation expense of $13,393 in 2009.

(5)

Non-GAAP tax rate of 40%

 
Six Months Ended June 30, 2009
  Stock   IPO related
Compensation Compensation
Expense Expense
Cost of product revenue 11 -
Sales and marketing 263 377
Research and development 414 5,033
General and administrative   891   13,393
Total   1,579   18,803
 
 
ROSETTA STONE INC.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
       
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, 2009 June 30, 2009
  2009     2008   2009     2008
 
Net income (loss) $ (7,292 ) $ 3,361 $ (4,097 ) $ 2,929
Interest expense, net 1 127 285 207
Income tax expense (4,427 ) 3,183 (2,295 ) 3,766
Depreciation and amortization 1,269 1,709 2,493 3,376
Stock-based and IPO-related compensation 19,906 409 20,382 742
       
Adjusted EBITDA $ 9,457   $ 8,789 $ 16,768   $ 11,020

Source: Rosetta Stone Inc.

Rosetta Stone Inc.
Investor Contact:
Christopher Martin, 703-387-5927
cmartin@rosettastone.com
or
Media Contact:
Reilly Brennan, 703-387-5863
rbrennan@rosettastone.com

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Rosetta Stone PR's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.
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