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Sonic Foundry Announces Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Financial Results

MADISON, Wis. – August 11, 2016 – Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted leader for video creation and management solutions, today announced consolidated financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Highlights

  • Billings of $11.1 million, flat with $11.1 million in the third quarter of 2015
  • Total revenues of $9.8 million, down 7% compared to the third quarter of 2015, were driven by a 16% increase in service revenues to $5.8 million in the quarter, offset by lower product revenues in the quarter
  • Gross margin increased to $7.2 million, or 74% of sales compared to $7.1 million, or 67% of sales for the third quarter of 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $240,000 represented a positive swing of $369,000 compared to a loss of $(129,000) in the third quarter of 2015
  • Net loss declined to $552,000 or $(0.13) per share compared to a net loss of $921,000 or $(0.21) per share in the third quarter of 2015
  • Unearned revenue from services and products increased $3.4 million, or 32% to $13.9 million in the third quarter 2016, compared to $10.5 million for the same period last year
  • Generated $767,000 in operating cash flow for the quarter

Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Review

While total revenue of $9.8 million represented a 7% year-over-year decline, services revenue was 16% higher, primarily due to an increase in event services and hosting contracts. The company had $13.9 million in unearned revenue at June 30, 2016, an increase of $3.4 million or 32% from June 30, 2015. Billings associated with the Company’s cloud hosting business at almost $2 million this quarter were 53% higher than the third quarter last year. Another significant impact to unearned revenue was a single large international transaction of $2.1 million billed in September 2015 that did not reach the criteria for revenue recognition in the current quarter. The remaining increase in unearned revenue is a result of increased billings for services, which are recognized as revenues over the life of the respective contract terms. The Company expects to recognize $3.9 million as revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, in addition to recorder revenue from a large international transaction that shipped in September 2015.

Consolidated gross margin of 74% was seven percentage points higher than the same period last year, and was the result of higher efficiencies in our events business and by recognizing a high volume, lower margin international transaction last year.  The company reported a net loss of $552,000 for the quarter and Adjusted EBITDA income of $240,000, which reflects the company’s continued efforts to maintain a lean operating structure.

“Several key trends in the third quarter aligned to support our position in the market, and point to a positive inflection point for our company. We expanded our addressable market by launching breakthrough solutions that help our customers solve global communication challenges, such as distributed video deployments in bandwidth-challenged areas. We’re also seeing significant momentum in the market with Mediasite Video Cloud as our customers commit to scaling their video education and training initiatives,” said Gary Weis, CEO of Sonic Foundry. “From an operations standpoint we made solid progress in streamlining our costs. We’re optimistic that these trends, coupled with the steady improvement in adjusted EBITDA, gross margins and unearned revenue, put us in the right position to achieve sustainable long term improvement in shareholder value.”

International product and service billings accounted for 34 percent of Sonic Foundry’s consolidated billings in the third quarter 2016, compared to 37 percent in the third quarter 2015. While performance in Japan was relatively flat over last year after realizing 37% growth year over year in the first half of the year, we expect stronger sales from Japan in the fourth quarter, driven by deals that we anticipate closing both in the education and corporate training markets.


The company’s full year outlook included large follow on transactions in the Middle East where construction delays are now causing some risk to closing in the fiscal year. Alternatively, there are several other large opportunities not included in our plan that now show promise for near term completion. Timing of these transactions are very difficult to predict but together provide a path toward achieving our guidance. The Company therefore is reiterating the fiscal 2016 guidance of billings between $42 and $45 million, adjusted EBITDA of between $3.5 and $4.5 million and net income 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 June 30, 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, August 11th, for analysts and investors to discuss its fiscal 2016 third 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 Enterprise 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 Video Content Management, Frost & Sullivan’s lecture capture leader for seven consecutive years, a leader in Forrester’s Enterprise Video Platforms and Webcasting Wave and a challenger in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for enterprise video content management.

© 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

Darrow Associates, Inc.

1951 Lowell Lane

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Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except for share data)
June 30, September 30,
2016 2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $   2,329 $        1,976
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $100 and $150 11,899          12,659
Inventories 2,177          2,385
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 985             927
      Total current assets 17,390        17,947
Property and equipment:
Leasehold improvements 948             904
Computer equipment 6,308          5,852
Furniture and fixtures 1,072             837
Total property and equipment 8,328          7,593
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 6,036          4,785
Property and equipment, net 2,292          2,808
Other assets:
Goodwill         11,255          10,853
Customer relationships, net of amortization of $657 and $457             1,917             1,872
Software development costs, net of amortization of $533 and $429 104
Product rights, net of amortization of $257 and $164 415 508
Other intangibles, net of amortization of $244 and $190 94 112
Other long-term assets 598 599
Total assets $       33,961 $       34,803
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Revolving line of credit $           1,651 $           1,818
Accounts payable        1,063        2,026
Accrued liabilities 1,989 1,666
Unearned revenue 11,728 11,359
Current portion of capital lease and financing arrangements 289 211
Current portion of notes payable, net of discounts 1,572 1,299
Current portion of subordinated note payable 92 186
Total current liabilities 18,384 18,565
Long-term portion of unearned revenue 2,200 1,325
Long-term portion of capital lease and financing arrangements 276 196
Long-term portion of notes payable and warrant debt, net of discounts 1,258 2,080
Long-term portion of subordinated note payable 92
Derivative liability, at fair value 72 109
Other liabilities 252 311
Deferred tax liability 4,520 4,322
Total liabilities  26,962 27,000
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $.01 par value, authorized 500,000 shares; none issued

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; 4,416,467 and 4,376,456 shares issued and 4,403,751 and 4,363,740  shares outstanding, respectively



Additional paid-in capital 196,839 195,973
Accumulated deficit (189,367) (186,897)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (322) (1,122)
Receivable for common stock issued (26) (26)
Treasury stock, at cost, 12,716 shares (169) (169)
Total stockholders’ equity 6,999 7,803
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $      33,961 $      34,803



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

  Three Months Ended June 30, Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2016 2015 2016 2015
Product $         3,937 $          5,441 $         11,840 $        12,030
Services 5,755 4,957 16,356 15,006
Other 125 158 322 367
Total revenue 9,817 10,556 28,518 27,403
Cost of revenue:
Product 1,547 2,656 4,823 5,544
Services 1,035 812 2,811 2,485
Total cost of revenue 2,582 3,468 7,634 8,029
Gross margin 7,235 7,088 20,884 19,374
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 4,575 4,798 13,449 13,503
General and administrative 1,371 1,530 4,218 4,333
Product development 1,741 1,645 4,999 4,722
Total operating expenses 7,687 7,973 22,666 22,558
Loss from operations (452) (885) (1,782) (3,184)
Non-operating income (expenses):
Interest expense, net (149) (100) (452) (229)
Other income (expense), net 31 (21) 34 143
Total non-operating income (expenses) (118) (121) (418) (86)
Loss before incomes taxes (570) (1,006) (2,200) (3,270)
Benefit (provision) for income taxes 18 85 (270) (33)
Net loss (552) (921) (2,470) (3,303)
Loss per common share:
          -basic $     (0.13)    $      (0.21)    $      (0.56) $      (0.76)
          -diluted $     (0.13) $      (0.21)    $      (0.56) $      (0.76)
Weighted average common shares
          -basic 4,402,479 4,355,049 4,381,987 4,324,868
          -diluted 4,402,479 4,355,049 4,381,987 4,324,868


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

Three Months Ended June 30, Nine Months Ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Net loss $     (552) $     (921) $     (2,470) $     (3,303)
   Depreciation and amortization 533 570 1,619 1,684
   Income tax expense (18) (85) 270 33
   Interest expense 127 100 430 229
   Stock-based compensation expense 150 207 671 746
Adjusted EBITDA      $       240 $       (129) $      520 $       (611)


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

  Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2016   2015
Operating activities
Net loss $   (2,470) $   (3,303)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
   Amortization of other intangibles 255 259
   Amortization of software development costs 104 133
   Amortization of product rights 93 92
   Amortization of debt discount 63 9
   Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment 1,181 1,199
   Provision for doubtful accounts (50) 27
   Deferred taxes 253 36
   Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options 671 745
   Remeasurement gain on subordinated debt (4) (205)
   Remeasurement gain on derivative liability (53) (62)
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
     Accounts receivable 1,165 (1,597)
     Inventories 239 (32)
     Prepaid expenses and other current assets 43 54
     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (717) (333)
     Other long-term liabilities (66) (65)
     Unearned revenue 1,101 680
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 1,808   (2,363)
Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment (208) (611)
Net cash used in investing activities (208)   (611)
Financing activities
Proceeds from notes payable 500 2,336
Proceeds from line of credit 11,845 6,927
Payments on notes payable (1,279) (2,661)
Payments on line of credit (12,076) (5,677)
Payment of debt issuance costs (36) (122)
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants 31 663
Proceeds from exercise of common stock options and warrants 41
Payments on capital lease and financing arrangements (202) (187)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (1,217)   1,320
Changes in cash and cash equivalents due to changes in foreign currency (30) (129)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 353 (1,783)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,976 4,344
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $     2,329   $     2,561










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


© 2024 Sonic Foundry, Inc. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners.

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