MADISON, Wis. (Dec. 8, 2022) – Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted leader in video capture, management and streaming solutions, and virtual and hybrid events, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2022.
Highlights for the Fourth Quarter Ended September 30, 2022:
- Total revenue was $6.5 million compared to $8.6 million in the prior-year quarter primarily due to lower hardware sales, softness in the virtual and hybrid events industry, delays in renewals of support contracts due to macro concerns, global foreign currency impact and new pandemic related restrictions in Japan.
- Gross margin was 61% of sales versus 69% of sales in the comparable quarter primarily due to increased depreciation costs on cloud service assets. The depreciation increase is a result of one-time adjustment associated with the AWS transition to improve the hosting environment, limit long-term capital investment, and better position the company for growth.
- Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $0.25 per share compared to net loss of $0.06 per diluted share in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2021, reflecting investments made to enter new markets per previously disclosed strategy.
- Adjusted EBITDA was a negative $2.1 million compared to a negative $270 thousand in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2021, mostly attributable to investments in our new growth areas.
Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Highlights
- Total fiscal year revenues of $27.5 million compared to $35.2 million in fiscal year 2021, a $7.7 million or 22% decrease.
- Full fiscal year 2022 gross margin was $18.8 million, or 68% of sales, compared to $24.9 million, or 71% of sales, in fiscal year 2021.
- Full fiscal year net loss attributable to common stockholders of $7.1 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in fiscal year
- Full fiscal year 2022 Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $5.2 million compared to $2.7 million gain reported in fiscal year 2021.
“2022 was both challenging and exhilarating. Regarding our current financial results, our core Mediasite business continued to face headwinds throughout the fiscal year. While we were seeing a gradual improvement in our in-person Events business, it remained off pace from pre-pandemic levels. The widespread conversion to hybrid and virtual meeting formats, which filled the gap during the height of COVID, declined in 2022. Overall, there is uncertainty in the events market as organizations try to strike the right balance with their target audiences. In Japan, where we have a sizeable operation, unfavorable currency exchange rates and a rise in COVID infections which caused the government to mandate restrictions, greatly impacted our events business there. While we have proven that these two business lines can be profitable under more positive circumstances, the current environment is challenging. We expect to see improvements in our Mediasite business in 2023 as we capitalize on some favorable emerging trends in the space, while we continue to invest in new growth initiatives.” said Sonic Foundry CEO Joe Mozden, Jr.
“Our team recognized two years ago that the video market segment that Mediasite traditionally served has growth limitations. While we could confidently grow the Mediasite business inside a limited market, it did not have the dynamic growth opportunity we wanted. After carefully studying the video landscape, we developed a strategic plan that would leverage our video expertise, data analytics, customer base and reputation to launch new initiatives with tremendous and relevant market opportunity. I’m thrilled to report that in the timeframe of just one year, we added three business lines to our family of brands—Vidable™, Video Solutions, and Global Learning Exchange™ (GLX). Each one of these businesses achieved significant proof points in recent months including customer adoption, new strategic partnerships and, in the case of GLX, student enrollments. We are moving quickly for a rapid scaleup phase of all three brands, and our goal is to make these new business units profitable before we exit 2024. We now have the management, infrastructure, and most important the capital to continue transforming Sonic Foundry into a high-velocity, high- growth company.”
“As reported earlier, in April, we raised $4.3 million through a public offering of 1.7 million shares at $2.55 per share. In November, we secured $8.5 million in debt financing and raised an additional $1.2 million in an equity agreement. We also re-aligned our corporate structure and resources to accelerate the launch of our multi-brand strategy. Now all four brands— Mediasite, Vidable, Video Solutions and Global Learning Exchange—operate independently under the direction of a single GM while maintaining an efficient balance of shared services and dedicated resources.”
Mozden continued, “Now I’ll recap the significant progress we made this year in transforming Sonic Foundry. The first Vidable captioning services were deployed this summer on a limited availability trial to Mediasite customers, and later for general availability. The feedback we received from customers was outstanding and within a few weeks 100% had elected to move forward with Vidable as their primary captioning solution and we are now moving quickly to deploy several other new Vidable capabilities. We believe that the Vidable platform offers a compelling value proposition to current and future customers. Users will have access to the best AI toolsets in the market, and they can now monetize vast libraries of video content in ways that were formerly too costly or time consuming to transform and distribute without the AI power of Vidable.”
“For me personally, the high point of 2022 was seeing our innovative concept Global Learning Exchange become a reality. In July, we celebrated the opening of our first GLX Hub in the Bahamas where students can now choose from a wide range of available program options from our participating learning providers. We are also making substantial progress in moving the GLX model into the continent of Africa. In November, I had the honor of traveling to Abuja, Nigeria to officially announce GLX’s partnership with UNESCO and met with the office of President Buhari to discuss a fast rollout of our program within his country. In South Africa, we have recently secured a local partner who will provide a channel for government funding and access to its underserved student population. These partnerships have put us on the world stage of democratizing on-line higher education through a unique model, which brings accessibility and local support to on-line students who otherwise would not have the life-changing benefits of participating in higher education.”
“And finally, we transformed our Mediasite Events offering into Video Solutions that launched in November. Video Solutions incorporates many of the services previously offered under the umbrella of our Mediasite Events business, but it is targeted at the much broader enterprise market. Video Solutions addresses the challenges that organizations are facing when it comes to their video strategy and infrastructure. Our technical capabilities and knowledgeable project managers can design a customized distribution and engagement strategy that helps customers derive maximum value from the content they produce.”
“I am proud of what our team has accomplished this year, and highly optimistic about the road ahead. Given the strengths of our current team and the rich landscape of opportunities for our new ventures, I am confident that Sonic Foundry has a bright future in pioneering advances for video, AI technology, and global education.”
Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2022 Operating Results
Service revenue, which included support, cloud services, events, and professional services, was $4.8 million for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2022, compared to prior-year-quarter service revenue of $5.6 million. Product revenue was $1.7 million compared to $3.1 million during the same period last year. Cloud services revenue, which also includes event-related cloud services, decreased 8% to $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to $1.9 million in the same quarter last year. Event revenue in the fourth quarter of 2022 was $940 thousand, compared with $1.4 million reported in the comparable year-ago quarter. Gross margin was $3.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, compared with $5.9 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year. Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (SG&A) were $6.4 million, compared with $6.6 million in the fourth quarter last year Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $2.7 million, or a loss of $0.25 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, compared with net income attributable to common stockholders of $458 thousand, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.
Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Results
Service revenue, which included support, cloud services, events, and professional services, was $19.3 million for fiscal year 2022, compared to $24.7 million in the prior fiscal year. Product revenue was $8.1 million, compared to $10.5 million during the same period last year. Cloud services revenue decreased 15% to $7.0 million, compared to $8.3 million last fiscal year. Event revenue decreased 30% to $4.5 million versus $6.4 million last fiscal year. Gross margin was 68% for fiscal year 2022, compared with 71% in last fiscal year. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to a decrease in service revenue without a decrease in cost of goods sold expense in cost centers that support services revenue. Selling, general, administrative, and other expenses (SG&A) was $25.7 million for fiscal year 2022 compared with $24.1 million in the prior fiscal year. Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $7.1 million or a loss of $0.72 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2022, compared with a net income attributable to common stockholders of $3.1 million (including forgiveness of a PPP loan of $2.3 million), or $0.36 per diluted share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
To supplement and enhance the reader’s understanding of our operating performance, 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, and severance and subtracts gain from debt forgiveness 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. A reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2022, and 2021 are included in the release.
Forward Looking Statements
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About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the global leader for video capture, management and streaming solutions as well as virtual and hybrid events. Trusted by thousands of educational institutions, corporations, health organizations and government entities in over 65 countries, Sonic Foundry’s solutions include Mediasite®, Mediasite Connect, Vidable™ and Global Learning Exchange™.
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