Onstream Media Corporation Reports Fiscal 2009 Third Quarter Financial Results
Company Generates Positive Cash from Operating Activities
(Before Changes in Current Assets and Liabilities)
Gross Margin Increases to 70.5% from 65.6% (Prior Year Quarter)
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – August 14, 2009 - Onstream Media Corporation ( OTC: ONSM), an online service provider of live and on-demand internet video, announced today its financial results for the third fiscal quarter, the period ended June 30, 2009.
Third Quarter Highlights
- Third quarter fiscal 2009 revenues of approximately $4.4 million was $54,000 greater sequentially than revenues for the second fiscal quarter of 2009 and $46,000 less than revenues for the third fiscal quarter last year.
- Net cash provided by operating activities (before changes in current assets and liabilities) was approximately $91,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, a sequential improvement as compared to use of cash in operations of approximately $142,000 in the second fiscal quarter of 2009 as well as an improvement from a use of cash in operations of approximately $82,000 in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.
- Gross profit margin of 70.5% for fiscal 2009 third quarter, was up compared to 65.6% for the third quarter in the prior fiscal year and up sequentially from 68.5% in the second fiscal quarter of 2009.
- Operating expenses as a percent of sales decreased to approximately 89.6% from 101.5% in the prior-year third quarter and compared sequentially to 110.2% in the second fiscal quarter of 2009.
- The net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 was approximately $1.0 million (which included $1.1 million of non-cash expenses) compared to $1.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008.
- Onstream introduced the latest enhancements (Version 2) to its self-administered webcasting solution - iEncodeT, targeted to large, mid-size and small businesses worldwide during June 2009. The new product features easy set-up, on-premise encoding and the ability to facilitate and archive an unlimited number of webcasts. It can also serve as a front-end gateway to Onstream's full-featured Visual Webcaster solution.
- During the third quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company received $1 million in aggregate additional funding from an entity controlled by one of the Company's largest shareholders.
Revenue for the third fiscal quarter 2009 was $46,000 less than revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2008, primarily due to decreased revenues of the Audio and Web Conferencing Services Group, partially offset by increased revenues of the Digital Media Services Group. However, the third quarter fiscal 2009 revenues were $54,000 greater sequentially than revenues for the second fiscal quarter of 2009. Gross profit for the quarter was approximately $3.1 million versus $2.9 million in the year-ago period, an increase of 6.4%, and were also up by approximately 4.2% sequentially from $3.0 million for the fiscal second quarter of 2009.
Consolidated gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 represented 70.5% of revenues, compared with gross margin representing 65.6% of revenues in the third fiscal quarter last year. The gross margin percentage of revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 was approximately 74.4% for the Infinite Conferencing division and approximately 73.0% for the Webcasting division.
Total operating expenses for the fiscal 2009 third quarter were $4.0 million compared to $4.5 million in the prior-year third quarter, a decrease of 12.5%. This decrease is primarily due to lower non-cash expenses related to equity-based compensation (shares and options) paid for financial and other consulting services as well as a decline in depreciation and amortization expense.
The Company reported a loss from operations (before interest expense and other non operating items) of approximately $(848,000) for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to a loss from operations (before interest expense and other non operating items) of approximately $(1.6 million) for the third quarter last fiscal year. Included in this current quarter loss was approximately $544,000 of depreciation and amortization expense, which represents a 46.2% decrease compared to $1.0 million in the prior-year third quarter.
The consolidated net loss for the current quarter was approximately $(1.0) million, or $(0.02) loss per share (based on 43.7 million weighted average shares outstanding), as compared to a loss of approximately $(1.7 million), or $(0.04) loss per share (based on 42.4 million weighted average shares outstanding) for the prior-year third quarter. The net loss decreased primarily due to reduced professional fees expense and reduced depreciation and amortization expense, offset by a higher level of interest bearing debt and related interest expense during the quarter ended June 30, 2009, as compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2008.
Randy Selman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Onstream Media, commented, "I am generally pleased with the results of the quarter, as we generated approximately $91,000 in cash flow from operating activities (before changes in current assets and liabilities). This achievement is due to our ability to maintain revenue levels despite the challenging economy as well as the benefits of our cost reduction initiatives. We are encouraged, in particular, by increases in our DMSP and hosting revenues. Operationally, we continued to make steady progress in expanding our gross profit margins, which exceeded 70 percent of revenues for the quarter, and also showed continued ability to reduce our operating expenses as a percent of revenue. We remain focused on expanding gross margins and controlling operating expenses to enable us to remain operating cash flow positive going forward. With this as a base, we believe that our most recently announced product offerings, iEncodeT and MarketPlace365T, will contribute significantly to improving our revenue growth in the coming quarters."
Mr. Selman continued, "We believe the latest enhancements to iEncodeT, will help drive adoption of this innovative product in the marketplace. Businesses, in an effort to reduce travel costs, are increasingly recognizing webcasts as a true 'killer app' and a viable method to interact with customers efficiently through the Internet. iEncodeT is designed to make usage of webcasting more common place and affordable. We received positive feedback after we recently unveiled version 2 of iEncodeT in June at InfoComm 09, a trade show which attracted more than 30,000 audio and visual professionals from over 80 countries. Our newest product offering, MarketPlace365T, primarily a lead generation application integrating several of Onstream's proprietary technologies, along with social networking, ecommerce and analytics, will debut in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and is expected to have a meaningful effect on revenues during the balance of fiscal 2010."
For the fiscal nine month period ended June 30, 2009, total revenue was $13.2 million, $22,000 less than the comparable fiscal 2008 period. The reduction was primarily due to decreased revenues from the Audio and Web Conferencing Services Group, partially offset by increased revenues from the Digital Media Services Group. Gross margin for the fiscal nine month period was approximately $9.1 million, representing 68.9% of revenues, compared to gross margin of approximately $8.9 million, representing 67.6% of revenues, for the comparable fiscal 2008 period. Total operating expenses for the fiscal nine month 2009 period were approximately $18.8 million compared to total operating expenses of $14.2 million for the comparable fiscal 2008 period. The approximate $4.6 million (32.6%) increase over the corresponding prior fiscal year period is primarily due to charges in the current fiscal year period for goodwill impairment and a write off of deferred acquisition costs, versus no comparable amounts in the corresponding prior fiscal year period. The effect of such charges, which totaled approximately $6.0 million, was partially offset by declines in professional fees expense and depreciation and amortization expense in the current fiscal year period as compared to those amounts in the prior fiscal year period. The loss from operations (before interest expense and other non operating items) for the fiscal nine month 2009 period was approximately $(9.7 million) compared to a loss from operations of approximately $(5.2 million) in the year-ago period. The net loss for the fiscal nine month 2009 period was approximately $(10.1 million), or $(0.23) loss per share (based on 43.3 million weighted average shares outstanding) compared to a net loss of approximately $(5.3 million), or $(0.13) loss per share (based on 42.2 million weighted average shares outstanding) in the prior-year period. The increased net loss was primarily due to a $5.5 million charge for impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets in the current fiscal year period (arising from the difference between our market capitalization, as adjusted, and our net book value - i.e., stockholders' equity, as reflected in our financial statements) versus no comparable amount in the corresponding prior fiscal year period.
Onstream generated approximately $91,000 in cash from operating activities, before changes in current assets and liabilities, during the three months ending June 30, 2009. Onstream's cash balance was approximately $586,000 as of June 30, 2009. During the quarter, the Company received $1 million in aggregate financing from an entity controlled by one of the Company's largest shareholders.
"The current economic uncertainty prevents us from giving a more detailed outlook but we remain confident in Onstream's longer term ability to capitalize on economically attractive opportunities. As I previously stated, we believe that growth in our core businesses, combined with our new iEncodeT and MarketPlace365T offerings, will positively affect our results in the coming quarters," Mr. Selman concluded.
Onstream Media will hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday August 17, 2009, to discuss its fiscal 2009 third quarter financial results for the period ended June 30, 2009 as well as information about Onstream's most recently announced product, MarketPlace365T. Interested parties may listen to the presentation live online at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=61408 or by calling 1-888-645-4404 or 201-604-0169. It is recommended to dial in approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. An audio rebroadcast of the conference call will be archived for one year online at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=61408.
About Onstream Media:
Onstream Media Corporation ( OTC: ONSM) is an online service provider of live and on-demand internet video, corporate web communications and content management applications. Onstream Media's pioneering Digital Media Services Platform (DMSP) provides customers with cost effective tools for encoding, managing, indexing, and publishing content via the Internet. The DMSP provides our clients with intelligent delivery and syndication of video advertising, and supports pay-per-view for online video and other rich media assets. The DMSP also provides an efficient workflow for transcoding and publishing user- generated content in combination with social networks and online video classifieds, utilizing Onstream Media's Auction VideoT (patent pending) technology. In addition, Onstream Media provides live and on-demand webcasting, webinars, web and audio conferencing services. In fact, almost half of the Fortune 1000 companies and 78% of the Fortune 100 CEOs and CFOs have used Onstream Media's services.
Select Onstream Media customers include: AAA, Bonnier Corporation, BT Conferencing, Dell, Disney, Georgetown University, National Press Club, PR Newswire, Shareholder.com (NASDAQ), Sony Pictures and the U.S. Government. Onstream Media's strategic relationships include Akamai, Adobe, eBay, FiveAcross/Cisco and Qwest. For more information, visit Onstream Media at http://www.onstreammedia.com or call 954-917-6655.
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