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Sonic Foundry Announces Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Financial Results

MADISON, Wis. – May 12, 2016 – Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted leader for video creation and management solutions, today announced consolidated financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Highlights

  • Billings grew 12% to $10.1 million, compared to $9.1 million in the second quarter of 2015
  • Revenue of $9.6 million represented an increase of 19% over $8.1 million in the second quarter of 2015
  • Gross margin increased to $7.3 million, or 76% of sales compared to $6.2 million, or 77% of sales for the second quarter of 2015
  • Net loss of $711,000 or $(0.16) per share compared to a net loss of $1.4 million or $(0.31) per share in the second quarter of 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $461,000 compared to a loss of $301,000 in the second quarter of 2015, representing a positive swing of $762,000 year-over-year
  • Unearned revenue from services and products increased $2.7 million, or 27% to $12.6 million as of the end of second quarter 2016, compared to $9.9 million for the same period last year

Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Review

Robust international billings accounted for 53 percent of Sonic Foundry’s consolidated product and services billings overall. Performance in those segments were positively impacted by distribution activity and the growth in licensing of software products in China. Also, strong demand in Japan was driven in part by corporate training initiatives in highly-regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and health. On the domestic side, billings were positively impacted by several new construction projects and refreshes in higher education, and the expansion of new and repeat conferences in our events business.

The company had $12.6 million in unearned revenue at March 31, 2016, of which $3.9 million is expected to be recorded as revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.  Additionally there was a single international transaction of $2.1 million which was billed in September 2015, but did not meet the criteria for revenue recognition as of March 31, 2016. The company expects to record this revenue in the third quarter or soon thereafter. The remaining unearned revenue is a result of increased billings for services, which are recognized as revenues over the life of the respective contract terms. Consolidated gross margin of 76%, one percentage point below the same period last year, was led by greater software sales and efficiencies in our events business.  The company reported a net loss of $711,000 for the quarter and Adjusted EBITDA income of $461,000, which included continued year-over-year cost containment strategies in operating expenses and improved revenues year-over-year.

“We’re pleased with our results this quarter, including significant improvements to adjusted EBITDA and nearly every other measure of year-over-year operating performance.  Our ability to execute consistently across key verticals and geographies was driven by continued demand for our best-of-breed video solutions, winning larger and more strategic deals in higher education, and the diversification of our product to reach new markets,” said Gary Weis, chief executive officer of Sonic Foundry.

“Going forward we will build on several key partnership initiatives which are already producing strong early results, including strategic reseller partnerships in Japan with companies such as Sony, IMS Health, Toshiba, Hitachi Cable Network and NTT, and the Riverbed technology alliance which is proving to offer great value to our enterprise customers,” Weis continued.  “While we expect to see the typical seasonally-strong demand in the second-half of the fiscal year, our pipeline suggests a smoothing of demand between our fiscal third and fourth quarters. I remain confident our end-to-end video solution and commitment to innovation positions Sonic Foundry to continue the momentum of the first half of the year, and puts us on track to increase shareholder value.”


The company is reiterating the fiscal 2016 guidance of billings of between $42 and $45 million, adjusted EBITDA of between $3.5 and $4.5 million and bottom line results of between breakeven and $1.0 million.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement and enhance the reader’s understanding of our operating performance and our ability to satisfy lender requirements, we disclose adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (adjusted EBITDA), a non-GAAP measure of operating performance. Our adjusted EBITDA measure additionally includes stock compensation expense from the SEC definition of EBITDA. As such, our adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies, and should not be viewed as an alternative to net income as a measurement of our operating performance. Our credit agreement contains a minimum EBITDA calculation based, in part, on adjusted EBITDA since this measure is representative of adjusted income available for debt and interest payments. A reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA for the quarters ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 are included in the release. The company is unable to provide a reconciliation of projected EBITDA to projected net income due to the unknown effect, timing and potential significance of certain income statement items.


Sonic Foundry will host a corporate webcast today, May 12th, for analysts and investors to discuss its fiscal 2016 second quarter results at 3:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. ET. It will use its patented rich media communications system, Mediasite, to webcast the presentation for both live and on-demand viewing. To access the presentation, register at  Management will be taking questions live via the comment feature of the Mediasite player. An archive of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.

Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the trusted global leader for video capture, management and webcasting solutions in education, business and government. The patented Mediasite Video Platform transforms communications, training, education and events for more than 3,800 customers in over 65 countries. Sonic Foundry is a leader in Aragon Research’s Globe for Enterprise Video and Forrester’s Enterprise Video Platforms and Webcasting Wave, Frost & Sullivan’s lecture capture leader for seven consecutive years and a challenger in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management. Aragon also named it a Hot Vendor in Enterprise Video.

© 2016 Sonic Foundry, Inc. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements about the products and services of Sonic Foundry within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward looking statements include statements about our products and services, our customer base, strategic investments, new partnerships, our future operating results and any statements we make about the company’s future.  These types of statements address matters that are subject to many risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking guidance we provide.  Any forward-looking statements should be considered in context of the risk factors disclosed in our periodic forms 10Q, 10K and other filings with the SEC.  These filings can be accessed on-line at and other websites or can be obtained from the company’s investor relations department.  All of the information and disclosures we make in this news release regarding our business, including any forward looking guidance, are as of the date given and we assume no obligation to update or change this information, regardless of subsequent events.



Tammy Jackson

Director of Communications

Sonic Foundry




Peter Seltzberg, Managing Director

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Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except for share data)
March 31, September 30,
2016 2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $   1,884 $        1,976
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $100 and $150 10,751          12,659
Inventories 2,103          2,385
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,107             927
      Total current assets 15,845        17,947
Property and equipment:
Leasehold improvements 936             904
Computer equipment 6,147          5,852
Furniture and fixtures 1,031             837
Total property and equipment 8,114          7,593
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 5,635          4,785
Property and equipment, net 2,479          2,808
Other assets:
Goodwill         11,024          10,853
Customer relationships, net of amortization of $590 and $457             1,852             1,872
Software development costs, net of amortization of $518 and $429 15 104
Product rights, net of amortization of $226 and $164 446 508
Other intangibles, net of amortization of $226 and $190 86 112
Other long-term assets 547 599
Total assets $       32,294 $       34,803
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Revolving line of credit $           1,358 $           1,818
Accounts payable        906        2,026
Accrued liabilities 1,815 1,666
Unearned revenue 10,426 11,359
Current portion of capital lease and financing arrangements 268 211
Current portion of notes payable, net of discounts 1,579 1,299
Current portion of subordinated note payable 94 186
Total current liabilities 16,446 18,565
Long-term portion of unearned revenue 2,220 1,325
Long-term portion of capital lease and financing arrangements 257 196
Long-term portion of notes payable and warrant debt, net of discounts 1,645 2,080
Long-term portion of subordinated note payable 92
Derivative liability, at fair value 92 109
Other liabilities 270 311
Deferred tax liability 4,450 4,322
Total liabilities  25,380 27,000
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
5% preferred stock, Series B, voting, cumulative,  convertible, $.01 par value (liquidation preference at par), authorized 1,000,000 shares, none issued

Common stock, $.01 par value, authorized 10,000,000 shares; 4,413,499 and 4,376,456 shares issued and 4,400,783 and 4,363,740  shares outstanding, respectively



Additional paid-in capital 196,689 195,973
Accumulated deficit (188,815) (186,897)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (809) (1,122)
Receivable for common stock issued (26) (26)
Treasury stock, at cost, 12,716 shares (169) (169)
Total stockholders’ equity 6,914 7,803
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $      32,294 $      34,803



Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except for share and per share data)

  Three Months Ended March 31, Six Months Ended March 31,
  2016 2015 2016 2015
Product $         4,112 $          3,215 $          7,903 $          6,589
Services 5,403 4,805 10,602 10,049
Other 97 86 198 209
Total revenue 9,612 8,106 18,703 16,847
Cost of revenue:
Product 1,410 1,260 3,275 2,888
Services 929 630 1,775 1,673
Total cost of revenue 2,339 1,890 5,050 4,561
Gross margin 7,273 6,216 13,653 12,286
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 4,467 4,311 8,879 8,705
General and administrative 1,376 1,433 2,847 2,803
Product development 1,644 1,544 3,258 3,077
Total operating expenses 7,487 7,288 14,984 14,585
Loss from operations (214) (1,072) (1,331) (2,299)
Non-operating income (expenses):
Interest expense, net (154) (66) (303) (129)
Other income (expense), net (61) (4) 4 164
Total non-operating income (expenses) (215) (70) (299) 35
Loss before incomes taxes (429) (1,142) (1,630) (2,264)
Provision for income taxes (282) (208) (288) (118)
Net loss (711) (1,350) (1,918) (2,382)
Loss per common share:
          -basic $     (0.16)    $      (0.31)    $      (0.44) $      (0.55)
          -diluted $     (0.16) $      (0.31)    $      (0.44) $      (0.55)
Weighted average common shares
          -basic 4,379,943 4,348,511 4,371,797 4,309,776
          -diluted 4,379,943 4,348,511 4,371,797 4,309,776


Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(in thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31, Six Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Net loss $     (711) $     (1,350) $     (1,918) $     (2,382)
   Depreciation and amortization 549 553 1,085 1,114
   Income tax expense 282 208 288 118
   Interest expense 154 66 303 129
   Stock-based compensation expense 187 222 521 538
Adjusted EBITDA      $       461 $       (301) $      279 $       (483)


Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

  Six Months Ended March 31,
  2016   2015
Operating activities
Net loss $   (1,918) $   (2,382)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
   Amortization of other intangibles 170 180
   Amortization of software development costs 89 89
   Amortization of product rights 62 62
   Amortization of debt discount 41
   Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment 801 783
   Provision for doubtful accounts (50) 30
   Deferred taxes 178 3
   Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options 521 538
   Remeasurement gain on subordinated debt (2) (212)
   Remeasurement gain on derivative liability (33)
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
     Accounts receivable 2,077 157
     Inventories 284 (526)
     Prepaid expenses and other current assets (61) (191)
     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (1,002) (868)
     Other long-term liabilities (43) (43)
     Unearned revenue (73) 78
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 1,041   (2,302)
Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment (149) (465)
Net cash used in investing activities (149)   (465)
Financing activities
Proceeds from notes payable 500 833
Proceeds from line of credit 5,445 5,027
Payments on notes payable (862) (2,417)
Payments on line of credit (5,932) (2,800)
Payment of debt issuance costs (10) (30)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants 31 663
Proceeds from exercise of common stock options 8
Payments on capital lease and financing arrangements (129) (120)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (957)   1,164
Changes in cash and cash equivalents due to changes in foreign currency (27) (131)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (92) (1,734)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,976 4,344
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $     1,884   $     2,610










About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Madison, Wis., Sonic Foundry (OTC: SOFO) is dedicated to transforming how the world works and learns through innovative and scalable technology solutions. Sonic Foundry’s brands include Vidable® and Global Learning Exchange® which help unlock a smarter, more connected world for learners, workers, and entrepreneurs everywhere. For more information visit


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