Commtouch Sets the Stage for Renewed Growth
Ken Nagy, CFA
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On August 1, 2012, C
ommtouch Software Ltd. (CTCH),
a cloud-based Internet security provider, reported financial
results for its second quarter and six months ended June 30,
2012.Commtouch reported mixed second quarter financial results with
year over year revenues in line with second quarter 2011 sales.
Second quarter 2012 revenues amounted to $5.671 million compared to
$5.696 million for the comparable quarter of 2011.
Still, second quarter 2012 GAAP net income fell $611,000 to
$804,000 million from $1.415 million during the three months ended
June 30, 2011. The drop was primarily due to lower gross
margin and an increase in total operating expenses during the
Gross margin fell year over year to 82.1 percent from 83.5 percent
for the three months ended June 30, 2011 while total operating
expenses increased year over year by $337,000, which equates to
71.2 percent of revenues versus 64.9 percent during the second
quarter of 2011.
Based on a weighted average number of diluted common shares of
25.291 million, GAAP diluted net income per share resulted in $0.03
per share for the second quarter fiscal 2012. This compares
to diluted net income per share of $0.06 on a weighted average
number of diluted shares of 24.554 million during the three months
ended June 30, 2011.
Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2012 fell year over
year by $262,000 to $1.309 million and non-GAAP earnings per
diluted share for the second quarter of 2011 were down slightly at
$0.05 compared to $0.06 for the three months ended June 30, 2011.
For the six months ended June 30, 2012, year over year revenues
improved by $356,000 to $11.567 million from $11.211 million for
the first half of fiscal 2011.
Still, GAAP net income for the six months fell by $423,000 year
over year to $2.013 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012.
This compares to $2.436 million for the comparable six months ended
June 30, 2011.
Here again, the year over year drop in net income was a primarily a
result of slightly lower gross margin and increased total operating
Gross margin for the six months fell to 82.1 percent compared to
gross margin of 82.6 percent for the six months ended June 30, 2011
while total operating expenses increased year over year by
$549,000, which equates to 67.3 percent of revenues versus 64.5
percent during the first half of 2011.
Based on a weighted average number of diluted shares of 25.054
million shares, diluted net income per share resulted in net income
of $0.08 per diluted share during the first six months of fiscal
2012. This compared to a diluted net income per share of
$0.10 on a weighted average number of diluted shares of 24.653
million shares during the six months ended June 30, 2011.
On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the first six months of 2012
dropped year over year by $62,000 to $2.895 million and non-GAAP
earnings per diluted share for the first six months of 2012 was
steady at $0.12 compared to $0.12 for the six months ended June 30,
Commtouch's balance sheet continued to remain strong.
Although cash and equivalents dropped sequentially by $2.215
million to $19.823 million, working capital improved sequentially
by $969,000 to $20.168 million for the period ended June 30, 2012.
This compares to cash and equivalents of $22.038 million and
working capital of $19.199 million for the first quarter 2012.
Additionally, operating cash flow for the second quarter fiscal
2012 was $1.4 million compared to $1.9 million for the second
quarter ended June 30, 2011.
Commtouch's global sales and marketing infrastructure have now
begun to yield impressive results and have set the stage for
renewed revenue growth.
The Company's global sales team delivered its strongest quarter of
new business wins in more than two years with new multi-year
contracts consisting of both new customers as well as up sell
contracts with current Commtouch customers.
The combined value of these second quarter contract signings is
forecasted to represent approximately 5% annual revenue growth
based on full year 2011 revenues and are expected to begin coming
online and ramp and start to positively impacting Company revenues
in the second half of 2012 and 2013.
Similarly, Commtouch's reported that its launch of new offerings
continues to be on track, including enhanced mobile antivirus
support, a new advanced persistent threat offering later this year,
and its next generation cloud-based 'security as a service'
offerings targeted for rollout in early 2013.
However, based on the Company's first half revenues and the
anticipated ramp of recent contract wins, the company lowered its
full year guidance to increase between 2% and 6% over full year
2011 levels. This compares to previous guidance of double digit
revenue growth for its full year 2012 over 2011 heights.
Still, management continues to focus on internal cost efficiency
measures while simultaneously executing on its previously announced
strategy of making a higher level of investment in the areas of
research and development, sales, and marketing to support the
development and deployment of its next generation solutions.
As a result, Commtouch continues to expect non-GAAP net income for
the full year 2012 to be at, or above its previous guidance, $5.0
Still, it should be noted that this business outlook includes a
minimal contribution from the pending acquisition of the antivirus
business of FRISK.
This morning, Commtouch also announced it has signed a definitive
agreement to acquire Iceland-based FRISK Software International's
antivirus business. The acquisition will allow Commtouch to
utilize FRISK's staff and IP to dramatically accelerate its launch
of white label antivirus solutions for the OEM market as well as
provide more services and applications.
The acquisition is currently anticipated to close in the third
quarter of 2012.
Finally, In May 2012, Commtouch announced the authorized initiation
of a stock repurchase program of the Company's ordinary shares in
the open market, in an amount in cash of up to $2.5 million.
As of June 30, 2012, The Company had repurchased approximately
198,000 shares at an aggregate cost of approximately $0.6 million.