• Revenue – $110.7 million Adjusted; $126.6 million GAAP
  • Adjusted EBITDA – $10.4 million
  • Net Income – $1.7 million Adjusted; $9.3 million GAAP

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014.

"SMART exceeded Adjusted Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA guidance in the third quarter," said Neil Gaydon, president and CEO of SMART. "Although revenues from interactive whiteboards continue to decline, we have made progress on our new solutions, shipping SMART kapp 42, launching our new premium kapp app and announcing the larger kapp 84 would begin shipping in the spring of 2015. We also announced new volume distributors for kapp in North America and the U.K., and we expect to announce distribution agreements for other markets in the coming months. As well, we recently strengthened our leadership position in interactive flat panels with a range of new models for the education market."

Mr. Gaydon continued, "Our fourth fiscal quarter is typically our seasonally quietest quarter. Given the inherent limited visibility of the education business, we expect Adjusted Revenue to be in the $80 million to $90 million range and we expect Adjusted EBITDA to be between minus $5 million and breakeven in the fourth quarter. Our guidance for the fiscal year remains unchanged. The key to our turnaround will be sustained progress against our new solutions as we head into the next financial year."
 
GAAP Results
(US$ millions except Three months ended December 31, Nine months ended December 31,
per share amounts) 2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue  $ 126.6  $ 158.0  $ 393.3  $ 464.9
Net income  $ 9.3  $ 4.0  $ 33.7  $ 24.1
EPS (diluted)  $ 0.07  $ 0.03  $ 0.27  $ 0.19
 
Non-GAAP Results
(US$ millions except Three months ended December 31, Nine months ended December 31,
per share amounts) 2014 2013  2014  2013
Adjusted Revenue  $ 110.7  $ 143.4  $ 347.0  $ 449.6
Adjusted Gross Margin  $ 41.3  $ 53.1  $ 136.2  $ 181.5
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 10.4  $ 19.2  $ 34.0  $ 71.2
Adjusted Net Income  $ 1.7  $ 9.0  $ 6.5  $ 33.0
Adjusted EPS (diluted)  $ 0.01  $ 0.07  $ 0.05  $ 0.26

The following table reconciles third quarter fiscal 2015 financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to certain non-GAAP financial measures. We have provided this non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the company's true operational performance.
 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2014
(US$ millions except per share amounts) As Reported (GAAP) Change in Deferred  Revenue(1) Other Adjustments(2) Adjusted (Non-GAAP)
Revenue  $ 126.6  $ (15.8)  $ --  $ 110.7
Net income  $ 9.3  $ (11.9)  $ 4.3  $ 1.7
EPS (diluted)  $ 0.07  $ (0.09)  $ 0.03  $ 0.01
(1) In September of 2013, SMART moved to an annual software licensing model, resulting in a change to the software revenue deferral period from seven years to one year. As a result, SMART is accelerating the amortization of deferred revenue over 18 months on a straight-line basis. This has a significant impact on SMART's results for six consecutive quarters, from Q3 of fiscal 2014 through to March 31, 2015. 
(2) A full reconciliation of non-GAAP measures is available in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2014.
(3) Amounts in this table may not sum due to rounding.

 
 
(US$ millions) Three months ended December 31, Nine months ended December 31,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Adjusted Revenue(1) by Segment        
Education  $ 84.3  $ 96.7  $ 273.2  $ 334.0
Enterprise  $ 26.4  $ 33.6  $ 67.5  $ 67.6
NextWindow  $ --  $ 13.1  $ 6.2  $ 48.0
Adjusted Revenue  $ 110.7  $ 143.4  $  347.0  $ 449.6
         
Adjusted EBITDA(1) by Segment        
Education  $ 23.3  $ 32.6  $ 83.2  $ 125.2
Enterprise  $ 5.4  $ 9.9  $ 7.8  $ 10.6
NextWindow  $ 0.4  $ (1.3)  $ 3.3  $ 5.1
Corporate(2)  $ (18.7)  $ (22.0)  $ (60.3)  $ (69.7)
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 10.4  $ 19.2  $ 34.0  $ 71.2
(1) This is a non-GAAP measure. See non-GAAP measures section below for additional information.
(2) Certain corporate level activity is not allocated to segments including research and development, corporate marketing expenses, and general and administrative costs such as management, finance, legal, information systems and human resources, and restructuring costs.
(3) Amounts in this table may not sum due to rounding.

Conference Call Information

SMART will host a conference call today, Feb. 5, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. ET) to discuss the company's financial results. To access this call, dial 877.312.5844 (North America) or 253.237.1152 (outside North America).  A replay of this call will be available through Feb. 15, 2015, by dialing 855.859.2056 or 800.585.8367 (North America), or 404.537.3406 (outside North America). The conference ID and replay pass code is 61691461. A live webcast of the conference call and supplemental slides will be accessible from the investor relations page of SMART's website at http://investor.smarttech.com/index.cfm, and a replay will be archived and accessible at http://investor.smarttech.com/events.cfm

About SMART

SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA) is a world leader in collaboration solutions that are redefining the way the world works and learns. We are an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that inspire collaboration in both education and businesses around the globe. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal and applicable Canadian securities laws. Statements that include the words "expect", "intend", "plan", "believe", "project", "estimate", "anticipate", "may", "will", "continue" and similar words or statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements. In particular and without limitation, this press release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to future distribution agreements for SMART kapp, our expectations regarding the fourth fiscal quarter being our seasonally quietest quarter, our fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial outlook and guidance (including Adjusted Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA).

All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors and assumptions that could cause our actual results and other circumstances and events to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. We believe that these factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to, those described under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Information Form (AIF) and in our Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, both of which form part of our Annual Report on Form 40-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 and can be located on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com or on the EDGAR section of the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

Although we believe that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements contained in this presentation and the accompanying verbal presentation are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP measures

We define Adjusted Revenue as revenue adjusted for the change in deferred revenue balances during the period.

We define Adjusted Gross Margin as gross margin adjusted for the change in deferred revenue balances during the period.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, as well as adjusting for the following items: foreign exchange gains or losses, net change in deferred revenue, stock-based compensation, costs of restructuring, impairment of goodwill, impairment of property and equipment, other income and gains or losses related to the sales of long-lived assets.

We define Adjusted Net Income as net income before stock-based compensation, costs of restructuring, foreign exchange gains or losses, net change in deferred revenue, amortization of intangible assets, impairment of goodwill, impairment of property and equipment, gains or losses related to the liquidation of foreign subsidiaries and gains or losses related to the sale of long-lived assets, all net of tax.

Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Gross Margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income are non-GAAP measures and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Gross Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and other non-GAAP measures have inherent limitations and therefore, you should not place undue reliance on them.

Due to the change in accounting estimate as a result of the reduction in the support period for previously sold products, discussed in Note 1(a) in the consolidated financial statements, management shows the non-GAAP measures, Adjusted Revenue and Adjusted Gross Margin. We use Adjusted Revenue and Adjusted Gross Margin as key measures to provide additional insights into the operational performance of the Company and to help clarify trends affecting the Company's business.

We use Adjusted EBITDA as a key measure to assess the core operating performance of our business removing the effects of our leveraged capital structure and the volatility associated with the foreign exchange on our U.S. dollar-denominated debt. We also use Adjusted Net Income to assess the performance of the business removing the after-tax impact of stock-based compensation, costs of restructuring, impairment of goodwill, impairment of property and equipment, foreign exchange gains and losses, revenue deferral, amortization of intangible assets, and gains or losses related to the sale of long-lived assets. We use both of these measures to assess business performance when we evaluate our results in comparison to budgets, forecasts, prior-year financial results and other companies in our industry. Many of these companies use similar non-GAAP measures to supplement their GAAP disclosures but such measures may not be directly comparable. In addition to its use by management in the assessment of business performance, Adjusted EBITDA is used by our Board of Directors in assessing management's performance and is a key metric in the determination of incentive plan payments. We believe Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income may be useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because securities analysts use metrics similar to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income as supplemental measures to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income are not impacted by the change in accounting estimate related to revenue recognition.

SMART Technologies Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
(millions of U.S. dollars, except for shares and per share amounts)
  Three months ended Dec. 31, Nine months ended Dec. 31,
    2014    2013      2014    2013
Consolidated Statements of Operations        
Revenue  $  126.6  $  158.0  $  393.3  $   464.9
Cost of sales  69.5   90.3  210.8  268.1
Gross margin   57.1    67.7   182.5 196.9
Operating expenses        
Selling, marketing and administration  23.2  29.3  76.4   90.1
Research and development  9.8  9.1  32.6   29.5
Depreciation and amortization  2.8 12.6  8.9  25.9
Restructuring costs  (0.0)  3.7  2.3  3.0
Loss (gain) on sale of long-lived assets  0.0  (0.0)  (0.1)  (0.0)
Operating income  21.4  13.0  62.5  48.4
Non-operating expenses (income)        
Interest expense  5.0 5.5  15.2   16.1
Foreign exchange loss   3.9 3.7    3.9     6.6
Other expenses (income)  0.1    (0.2)    (0.5)    (0.4)
Income before income taxes   12.4  4.1   43.9    26.1
Income tax expense (recovery)  3.1   0.1 10.1     2.1
Net income  $  9.3  $ 4.0  $  33.7  $    24.1
Earnings per share        
Basic  $    0.08  $ 0.03  $  0.28  $   0.20
Diluted  $    0.07  $   0.03  $     0.27  $   0.19
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding        
Basic 121,664,950 121,082,799 121,517,441   120,942,301
Diluted   126,326,724 126,930,349 126,631,956   126,600,777
Period end number of shares outstanding   121,775,411 121,136,286   121,775,411   121,136,286
(1) Amounts in this table may not sum due to rounding.  
 
SMART Technologies Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(millions of U.S. dollars) 
    Dec. 31, 2014 March 31, 2014 
ASSETS    
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $  74.4  $ 58.1
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $4.8 and $3.2   69.4  86.8
Other current assets    6.5  9.2
Income taxes recoverable     9.4   3.0
Inventory   49.4  78.2
Deferred income taxes   14.0  27.0
    223.0  262.4
     
Property and equipment   61.1  73.6
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $50.6 and $50.6    0.3   0.4
Deferred income taxes    7.2  6.8
Deferred financing fees     2.9   3.9
Other long-term assets   0.4  0.4
   $   295.0  $ 347.5
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable  $   26.6  $ 31.1
Accrued and other current liabilities   48.4  82.9
Deferred revenue    26.9  74.1
Current portion of capital lease obligation    1.2  1.2
Current portion of long-term debt    9.4  9.4
     112.4  198.7
     
Long-term debt   99.1  104.9
Capital lease obligation    59.1  63.0
Deferred revenue      15.4  9.7
Other long-term liabilities    0.2  0.2
    286.1  376.5
Shareholders' equity (deficit)    
Share capital    695.2   694.0
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (0.3)   (1.5)
Additional paid-in capital   45.5    43.7
Deficit    (731.5)   (765.3)
      8.9  (29.0)
   $     295.0  $   347.5
(1) Amounts in this table may not sum due to rounding.  
 
SMART Technologies Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(millions of U.S. dollars)
  Nine months ended Dec. 31,
  2014 2013
     
Cash provided by (used in)    
Operations    
Net income  $ 33.7 $  24.1
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities    
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment  12.8 19.6
Amortization of intangible assets  0.1 13.3
Amortization of deferred financing fees  0.8 3.1
Non-cash interest expense (recovery) on long-term debt  0.9 (0.1)
Non-cash restructuring costs in other long-term liabilities   (0.0) (3.9)
Stock-based compensation expense  2.7 2.3
Unrealized loss on foreign exchange  3.7 6.1
Deferred income tax expense (recovery)   11.7 (1.7)
Gain on liquidation of foreign subsidiary  (0.4) --
Gain on sale of long-lived assets (0.1) (0.0)
Trade receivables  15.4 (36.9)
Other current assets   2.7 (0.8)
Inventory  26.2 (18.8)
Income taxes recoverable and payable  (7.1) 17.3
Accounts payable, accrued and other current liabilities  (33.4)  7.2
Deferred revenue  (39.4)  (14.7)
Other long-term assets  -- (0.8)
Cash provided by operating activities  30.5 15.5
     
Investing    
Proceeds from sale of long-lived assets  0.1  0.0
Capital expenditures  (4.6) (8.1)
Proceeds from sale-leaseback, net   -- 76.2
Cash (used in) provided by investing activities  (4.4) 68.2
     
Financing    
Proceeds from credit facilities and long-term borrowings  5.0 128.0
Repayment of credit facilities and long-term borrowings   (12.0) (300.6)
Financing fees paid   (0.0) (4.8)
Repayment of capital lease obligation  (0.9) (1.1)
Common shares issued  0.0  0.0
Participant equity loan plan, net  0.2  0.5
Cash used in financing activities  (7.7) (177.9)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (2.1) (1.1)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  16.3 (95.4)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  58.1 141.4
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 74.4  $  46.0
(1) Amounts in this table may not sum due to rounding.

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