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Sonic Foundry Announces Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Financial Results

MADISON, Wis. – August 9, 2018 – Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted leader for video creation and management solutions, today announced consolidated financial results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Highlights

  • Total revenues were $8.7 million compared to $9.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, or a decrease of 12%, primarily as a result of a large multi-year transaction completed in Japan last year
  • Gross margin was $6.4 million, or 74% of sales, compared to $7.2 million, or 74% of sales, in the third quarter of 2017
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $(343,000) compared to $246,000 in the third quarter of 2017
  • Net loss of $(1.0) million, or $(0.23) per share compared to $(489,000), or $(0.13) per share, in the third quarter of 2017
  • Billings totaled $9.0 million in the third quarter of 2018, a decrease of 12%, compared to the same period last year
  • Unearned revenue was $12.0 million as of June 30, 2018, down $2.4 million from September 30, 2017. The Company reduced unearned revenue for a China distributor by $1.5 million during the prior quarter due to an expectation that conversion to revenue would take an extended period of time and therefore was not fixed and determinable
  • Recurring services revenue contributed 68% of total revenues for the quarter
  • Successfully raised $3.0 million in privately negotiated transactions

Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Review

Service billings, including support, hosting, events, and installs recorded a decrease of 9% from prior year to a total of $5.7 million from $6.2 million. A decrease in events billings in Japan and the Netherlands were the primary driver of the change in service billings. The company expects to recognize $3.7 million of the current unearned revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Recurring revenue of $5.9 million was 68% of total revenue in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $6.0 million, or 61% of total revenue, in the third quarter of 2017.

Product billings were $3.3 million during the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, compared to $4.1 million last year and are $9.0 million year to date compared to $10.3 million last year. Product billings reflect the large transaction noted above in Japan as well as a shift toward larger unit shipments of our-lower cost recorders. Year to date, the Mediasite RL 220 and RL Mini recorder models reflect an increase of 46% over the prior year unit shipments.

Operating expenses were $7.3 million, down $309,000, or 4%, from the same period in 2017. The net loss of $1.0 million increased from a net loss of $489,000 in the same period in 2017.

“While we maintained our gross margins and reduced our operating expenses, thanks in part to cost savings initiatives we implemented earlier this year, the higher education market in North America and Europe continues to be challenging in the current climate. Educators continue to believe that video can improve both student outcomes and retention and CIOs at global modern campuses see video as a communication mainstay, but they are facing a backlog of budget and resources to meet their digital goals,” said Gary Weis, CEO of Sonic Foundry.

Weis continued, “We‘ve enhanced our strategy to make video creation more accessible, powerful and easy by increasing our product mix and removing the hurdles to wide-scale campus video adoption. This approach is resonating with new customers that have chosen Mediasite to be the focus of their digital campus initiatives, such as Iqra University in Pakistan, Deakin University in Australia and Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio. We believe other campuses will follow suit when they have appropriate funding. This strategy is also resonating with customers as they rapidly adopt our newest software release. And we’re buoyed by the strong demand for our affordable line of recorders. For the remainder of the year we will remain focused on new customer acquisitions and continuing to build relationships.”

 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 adds back 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 income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA for the quarters ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 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.


The company will hold its corporate webcast for analysts and investors at 4:30 p.m. ET today, August 9. Sonic Foundry will use its webcasting technology, Mediasite, to stream the presentation for live and on-demand viewing. To access the webcast register at on or before August 9, 2018. A video archive of the full earnings call, including Q&A, will be available for 90 days.

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.

Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the trusted global leader for video capture, management and streaming solutions. Trusted by more than 4,900 educational institutions, corporations, health organizations and government entities in over 65 countries, its Mediasite Video Platform quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos. Learn more at and @mediasite.

© 2018 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.

Nicole Wise
Director of Communications
Sonic Foundry

Peter Seltzberg, Managing Director
Darrow Associates, Inc.

Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except for share data)
June 30, September 30,
2018 2017
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $    2,129 $        1,211
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $475 and $375 7,084 7,903
Financing receivables, current, net of allowances of $400 and $200 229 925
Inventories 917 986
Investment in sales-type lease, current 154 148
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 803 1,085
      Total current assets 11,316 12,258
Property and equipment:
Leasehold improvements 1,045 1,041
Computer equipment 7,005 6,101
Furniture and fixtures 928 789
Total property and equipment 8,978 7,931
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 6,983 6,181
Property and equipment, net 1,995 1,750
Other assets:
Goodwill         10,486         10,455
Customer relationships, net of amortization of $1,189 and $990 1,337             1,505
Product rights, net of amortization of $504 and $411 169 261
Financing receivables, long-term 201 1,310
Investment in sales-type lease, long-term 290 407
Other long-term assets 463 410
Total assets $       26,257 $       28,356
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
Revolving line of credit $           2,239 $           2,065
Accounts payable 1,390        1,314
Accrued liabilities 1,417 1,387
Unearned revenue 10,325 11,332
Current portion of capital lease and financing arrangements 265 256
Current portion of notes payable and warrant debt, net of discounts 369 737
Total current liabilities 16,005 17,091
Long-term portion of unearned revenue 1,626 2,970
Long-term portion of capital lease and financing arrangements 241 244
Long-term portion of notes payable and warrant debt, net of discounts 1,540 123
Derivative liability, at fair value 26 12
Other liabilities 240 372
Deferred tax liability 3,051 4,426
Total liabilities 22,729  25,238
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $.01 par value, authorized 500,000 shares; none issued

9% Preferred stock, Series A, voting, cumulative,  convertible, $.01 par value (liquidation preference of $1,000 per share), authorized 4,500 shares, 3,324 and 1,510 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at amounts paid in



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; 4,920,057 and 4,470,791 shares issued and 4,907,341 and 4,458,075 shares outstanding, respectively



Additional paid-in capital 199,471 197,836
Accumulated deficit (197,402) (195,253)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (538) (595)
Receivable for common stock issued (26) (26)
Treasury stock, at cost, 12,716 shares (169) (169)
Total stockholders’ equity 3,528 3,118
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $      26,257 $      28,356



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,  

  2018 2017 2018 2017
Product and other $          3,214 $       4,335 $       8,927 $          11,363
Services 5,485 5,498 17,127 16,337
Total revenue 8,699 9,833 26,054 27,700
Cost of revenue:
Product and other 1,388 1,475 3,814 4,548
Services 916 1,111 3,446 3,132
Total cost of revenue 2,304 2,586 7,260 7,680
Gross margin 6,395 7,247 18,794 20,020
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 3,882 4,368 11,859 13,186
General and administrative 1,631 1,482 4,713 4,400
Product development 1,796 1,768 5,361 5,581
Total operating expenses 7,309 7,618 21,933 23,167
Loss from operations (914) (371) (3,139) (3,147)
Non-operating income (expenses):
Interest expense, net (266) (130) (461) (396)
Other income (expense), net 88 34 98 (43)
Total non-operating expenses (178) (96) (363) (439)
Loss before incomes taxes (1,092)  (467)  (3,502) (3,586)
Benefit (provision) for income taxes 72 (22) 1,353 132
Net loss (1,020)  (489)  (2,149) (3,454)
Dividends on preferred stock (67) (75) (189) (75)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders (1,087) (564) (2,338) (3,529)
Loss per common share:
          -Basic $     (0.23) $      (0.13) $      (0.51)       $      (0.80)
          -Diluted $     (0.23) $      (0.13) $      (0.51) $      (0.80)
Weighted average common shares
          -Basic 4,709,516 4,449,893 4,542,955 4,429,006
          -Diluted 4,709,516 4,449,893 4,542,955 4,429,006


Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(in thousands)

Quarters Ended

June 30,

  Nine months ended

June 30,   

2018   2017       2018   2017
Net loss $    (1,020) $      (489) $    (2,149) $    (3,454)
   Depreciation and amortization 411 481 1,161 1,445
   Income tax expense (benefit) (72) 22 (1,353) (132)
   Interest expense 266 131 462 398
   Stock-based compensation expense 72 101 392 487
Adjusted EBITDA $       (343)   $        246    $   (1,487)   $        (1,256) 


Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
  Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2018   2017
Operating activities
Net loss $   (2,149) $   (3,454)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
   Amortization of other intangibles 482 420
   Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment 822 1,096
   Gain on sale of fixed assets 8
   Provision for doubtful accounts 300 150
   Deferred taxes (1,387) (42)
   Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options 392 487
   Conversion of accrued interest to preferred stock 31
   Beneficial conversion feature recognized on debt converted to     preferred stock 71
   Remeasurement gain on subordinated debt (6)
   Remeasurement gain on derivative liability (16) (42)
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
     Accounts receivable 834 2,365
     Financing receivables 1,614 (174)
     Inventories 70 771
     Prepaid expenses and other current assets 356 (190)
     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (126) (8)
     Other long-term liabilities (136) 158
     Unearned revenue (2,347) (823)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (1,189)   716
Investing activities
Purchases of property and equipment (657) (676)
Net cash used in investing activities (657)   (676)
Financing activities
Proceeds from notes payable 3,000
Proceeds from revolving lines of credit 16,706 17,531
Payments on notes payable (815) (1,317)
Payments to settle warrant debt (200)
Payments on revolving lines of credit (16,546) (16,999)
Payment of debt issuance costs (97) (26)
Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock, common stock and warrants 1,008 771
Payments on capital lease and financing arrangements (228) (255)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 2,828   (295)
Changes in cash and cash equivalents due to changes in foreign currency (64) 66
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents 918 (189)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 1,211 1,794
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $     2,129   $     1,605
 Supplemental cash flow information:      
      Interest paid 290 403
      Income taxes paid, foreign 48    27 
Non-cash financing and investing activities:      
 Property and equipment financed by capital lease or accounts payable 414    358 
 Stock issued for board of director’s fees   133
Debt Discount and warrant 127
 Deemed dividend for beneficial conversion feature of preferred stock 28   69
 Preferred stock dividends paid in additional shares 161    6
Subordinated note payable converted to preferred stock 1,000

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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