CALABASAS, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NETSOL Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTWK), a global business services and enterprise application solutions provider, reported results for the fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended June 30, 2017.

Recent Operational Highlights
  • Appointed former BMW, Mercedes and Tesla executive Georg Bauer and former Toyota Leasing executive Henry Tolentino to newly established advisory board.
  • Went live with new mobile point of sale system for PT. Mizuho Balimor Finance in Indonesia.
  • Released cloud version of LeasePak portfolio management solution in the U.S. market.
  • Went live with WFS Ascent for a global German auto manufacturing giant in Thailand.
  • Awarded "Best-Selling Finance and Leasing Solution Provider" in China for fifth consecutive year.

Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial ResultsTotal net revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 were $14.5 million, compared with $19.1 million in the prior year period. The decrease in total net revenues was primarily due to decreases in license fees of $1.1 million and services revenue of $3.4 million.
  • Total license fees were $3.3 million, compared with $4.4 million in the prior year period.
  • Total maintenance fees were $3.6 million, which were consistent with the prior year period.
  • Total services revenues were $7.6 million, compared with $11.0 million in the prior year period.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $4.6 million (or 31.7% of net revenues), which was down from $10.3 million (or 53.9% of net revenues) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. The decrease in gross profit was primarily due to a $4.6 million decrease in total net revenues and a $1.1 million increase in cost of revenues for the quarter. The increase in cost of revenues was due to an increase in salaries and consultant costs of $758,000 and business development-related travel expenses of $270,000.

Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 increased 9% to $7.9 million (or 54.7% of net revenues) from $7.3 million (or 38.0% of net revenues) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to an increase in the provision for bad debts.  

GAAP net loss attributable to NETSOL for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 totaled $3.1 million or $(0.28) per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.1 million or $0.19 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $851,000 or $(0.08) per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $3.6 million or $0.34 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 (see note regarding "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," below for further discussion of this non-GAAP measure).

At June 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $14.2 million, an increase from $11.6 million at June 30, 2016.

Full Year Fiscal 2017 Highlights
  • The first implementation with a long-standing customer to deploy NFS Ascent™ in 12 countries was completed in Australia and New Zealand. 
  • Secured $500,000 LeasePak license with Korean-based automotive captive for its U.S. operations.  
  • Went live with major implementation of NFS legacy system with Tri Petch Isuzu Leasing in Thailand.
  • Implemented cost-cutting and operational efficiency measures in December 2016, which are expected to result in approximately $5 million in savings in fiscal 2018.

Full Year Fiscal 2017 Financial ResultsTotal net revenues for fiscal 2017 were a record $65.4 million, compared to $64.6 million in fiscal 2016. The increase in total net revenues was primarily due to a $8.5 million increase in license fees, offset by a $8.5 million decrease in service revenues.
  • Total license fees were $18.5 million, compared with $10.0 million in the prior fiscal year.
  • Total maintenance fees were $14.5 million, compared with $13.7 million in the prior fiscal year.
  • Total services revenues were $32.4 million, compared with $40.9 million in the prior fiscal year.

Gross profit for fiscal 2017 decreased to $28.4 million (or 43.5% of net revenues) from $30.8 million (or 47.7% of net revenues) for fiscal 2016. The decrease in gross profit was primarily due to a $3.2 million increase in the cost of sales.

Operating expenses for fiscal 2017 increased to $29.4 million (or 45.0% of net revenues) from $24.5 million (or 38.0% of net revenues) for fiscal 2016. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to an increase in selling and marketing expenses of $1.9 million, an increase in the provision for bad debts of $1.2 million, and an increase in general and administrative expenses of $2.0 million.

GAAP net loss attributable to NETSOL for fiscal 2017 totaled $5.0 million or $(0.46) per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.4 million or $0.32 per diluted share for fiscal 2016. The GAAP net loss was primarily due to the increase in cost of sales of $3.2 million and the increase in total operating expenses of $4.9 million. 

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2017 totaled $2.8 million or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with $9.1 million or $0.86 per diluted share in fiscal 2016 (see note regarding "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," below for further discussion of this non-GAAP measure).

Stock Repurchase ProgramOn July 18, 2017, NETSOL's board of directors approved a stock repurchase program that authorizes repurchases of up to one million shares of its common stock through December 16, 2017. Under the program, the company may repurchase its common stock in the open market from time-to-time, in amounts, at prices, and at such times as the company deems appropriate, subject to market conditions and federal and state laws governing such transactions. NETSOL expects to fund the repurchase with its existing cash balance and cash generated from operations. As of August 31, 2017, the company had repurchased 111,780 shares of its common stock at an aggregate value of $500,000.

Management Commentary"Fiscal 2017 was a pivotal year in NETSOL's development, as we made meaningful progress on key initiatives designed to optimize our internal processes, reduce costs and accelerate growth," said Najeeb Ghauri, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NETSOL. "These measures have not only strengthened our organization in the near-term, but they have also laid the necessary foundation for profitable growth over the long run, all while making NETSOL a much more efficient organization as well.

"From an operational standpoint, these cost reduction and optimization initiatives we implemented in fiscal 2017 are expected to result in approximately $5 million of annualized cost savings beginning in fiscal 2018. And while we are continuing to lean out our operations in certain areas, we are also vigilantly looking to make key strategic additions to further strengthen our company. Our recent appointments of industry leaders Georg Bauer and Henry Tolentino to our newly formed advisory board are prime examples of this plan in action. The advisory board allows us to leverage proven industry experts like Georg and Henry to both refine and enhance our business and sales strategies.

"While we are encouraged with the operational progress we made throughout the year, our revenues came in lower than expected despite a significant increase in license fee revenues from NFS Ascent, our next-gen finance and leasing enterprise solution. Our topline was impacted because of two primary reasons: first, we experienced—and continue to experience—the effects of prolonged sales cycles related to our core NFS Ascent solution. Second, we experienced certain implementation delays associated with the increased customization required for certain large-scale rollouts with a tier one customer. Together, these two developments have also led us to focus our near-term sales efforts on nurturing and converting the highest priority prospects in our sales pipeline.

"We believe the evolution to our next-gen NFS Ascent provides the greatest near- and long-term opportunity for NETSOL. Ultimately, we believe the end result from these delays will be worth enduring. These early growing pains, while never easy, mark the beginning of our long-term growth strategy to profitably scale our business. There has been a general shift in our business whereby customers are now buying for longer terms and are also willing to pay for a premium product that will last. In this new environment, our existing client base of mostly Fortune 500 companies, presents the most immediate, cost-effective, and logical growth opportunity, which will also lead to long-term gross margin and adjusted EBITDA expansion.  

"Looking ahead, we remain very optimistic about NETSOL's prospects. The goal of our cost reductions, personnel enhancements and process optimization is to ensure that we are ideally positioned to capitalize on the significant long-term opportunity in the massive global asset finance and leasing industry. What is equally important to note is that through this period, we have—and will continue to maintain—our leadership position in the large and growing Asia Pacific region, and are increasingly optimistic about furthering our penetration within the North American market as well. As we work diligently to advance in these growth markets, we expect to continue to reward shareholders along the way through proactive actions like our stock repurchase program, which we believe demonstrates our confidence in the strength and future growth potential of NETSOL. For nearly twenty years, NETSOL has been about global reach, consistent innovation, and quality people. The NETSOL of the future will not be created in a day, but, as we execute on our initiatives, we have the potential to transform into a healthy and sustainable growth company built to last for many more years."

Conference CallNETSOL Technologies management will hold a conference call today (September 27, 2017) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss these financial results. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.

U.S. dial-in number: 1-877-407-0789International number: 1-201-689-8562

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcasted live and available for replay here and via the Investor Relations section of NETSOL's website.

A replay of the call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time through October 11, 2017.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921International replay number: 1-412-317-6671Conference ID: 13670574

About NETSOL Technologies NETSOL Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTWK) is a worldwide provider of IT and enterprise software solutions primarily serving the global Leasing and Finance industry. The Company's suite of applications is backed by 40 years of domain expertise and supported by a committed team of more than 1000 professionals placed in eight strategically located support and delivery centers throughout the world. NFS, LeasePak, LeaseSoft or NFS Ascent - help companies transform their Finance and Leasing operations, providing a fully automated asset-based finance solution covering the complete leasing and finance lifecycle.

Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this press release are forward-looking in nature, including, but not limited to, expected net revenue and the demand for and sales lifecycle of NFS Ascent and the benefit of certain cost savings undertaken in the past fiscal year, and accordingly, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. The words "expects," "anticipates," variations of such words, and similar expressions, identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, but their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Factors that could affect the Company's actual results include the progress and costs of the development of products and services and the timing of the market acceptance. The subject Companies expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances upon which any statement is based.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThe reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most comparable financial measure based upon GAAP, as well as a further explanation of adjusted EBITDA, is included in the financial tables in Schedule 4 of this press release. Beginning with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, NETSOL has revised its calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to exclude the portion of Adjusted EBITDA that is attributable to its subsidiaries that have a minority interest.

Investor Relations Contact:

Matt Glover and Najim Mostamand, CFALiolios Group, Inc.949-574-3860 investors@netsoltech.com
 
NETSOL Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Schedule 1: Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
      As of June 30,   As of June 30,
  ASSETS   2017       2016  
Current assets:      
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,172,954     $ 11,557,527  
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $571,511  and $492,498   6,583,199       9,691,229  
  Accounts receivable, net - related party   1,644,942       5,691,178  
  Revenues in excess of billings   19,126,389       10,493,096  
  Revenues in excess of billings - related party   80,705       804,168  
  Convertible note receivable - related party   200,000       -  
  Other current assets   2,463,886       2,214,628  
    Total current assets   44,272,075       40,451,826  
Restricted cash   90,000       90,000  
Revenues in excess of billings, net - long term   5,173,538       -  
Property and equipment, net   20,370,703       22,774,435  
Other assets   3,211,295       842,553  
Intangible assets, net   17,043,151       19,674,033  
Goodwill   9,516,568       9,516,568  
    Total assets $ 99,677,330     $ 93,349,415  
           
  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 6,880,194     $ 5,962,770  
  Current portion of loans and obligations under capitalized leases   10,222,795       4,440,084  
  Unearned revenues   3,925,702       4,739,214  
  Common stock to be issued   88,324       88,324  
    Total current liabilities   21,117,015       15,230,392  
Loans and obligations under capitalized leases; less current maturities   366,762       477,692  
    Total liabilities   21,483,777       15,708,084  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders' equity:      
  Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 500,000 shares authorized;   -       -  
  Common stock, $.01 par value; 14,500,000 shares authorized;      
    11,225,385  shares issued and 11,190,606  outstanding as of June 30, 2017  and          
    10,713,372  shares issued and 10,686,093  outstanding as of June 30, 2016   112,254       107,134  
  Additional paid-in-capital   124,409,998       121,448,946  
  Treasury stock (At cost, 34,779 shares and 27,279 shares      
    as of June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively)   (454,310 )     (415,425 )
  Accumulated deficit   (42,301,390 )     (37,323,360 )
  Stock subscription receivable   (297,511 )     (783,172 )
  Other comprehensive loss   (18,074,570 )     (18,730,494 )
    Total NetSol stockholders' equity   63,394,471       64,303,629  
  Non-controlling interest   14,799,082       13,337,702  
    Total stockholders' equity   78,193,553       77,641,331  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 99,677,330     $ 93,349,415  
           

NETSOL Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Schedule 2: Consolidated Statement of Operations
 
      For the Year
      Ended June 30,
        2017       2016  
Net Revenues:      
  License fees $ 18,218,912     $ 8,352,441  
  Maintenance fees   14,157,367       13,310,591  
  Services   24,798,899       30,037,459  
  License fees - related party   246,957       1,616,138  
  Maintenance fees - related party   311,359       365,772  
  Services - related party   7,632,774       10,867,792  
    Total net revenues   65,366,268       64,550,193  
           
Cost of revenues:      
  Salaries and consultants   24,645,223       21,789,329  
  Travel   3,137,671       2,334,019  
  Depreciation and amortization   5,448,059       5,926,969  
  Other   3,727,379       3,698,290  
    Total cost of revenues   36,958,332       33,748,607  
           
Gross profit   28,407,936       30,801,586  
           
Operating expenses:      
  Selling and marketing   9,746,229       7,823,916  
  Depreciation and amortization   1,114,275       1,225,170  
  Provision for bad debts   1,407,751       237,703  
  General and administrative   16,747,550       14,727,313  
  Research and development cost   393,345       485,783  
    Total operating expenses   29,409,150       24,499,885  
           
Income from operations   (1,001,214 )     6,301,701  
           
Other income and (expenses)      
  Gain (loss) on sale of assets   (30,147 )     23,930  
  Interest expense   (310,044 )     (264,511 )
  Interest income   179,723       161,794  
  Gain (loss) on foreign currency exchange transactions   306,819       (738,158 )
  Other income (expense)   50,378       224,931  
    Total other income (expenses)   196,729       (592,014 )
           
Net income (loss) before  income taxes   (804,485 )     5,709,687  
Income tax provision   (931,951 )     (652,546 )
Net income (loss)   (1,736,436 )     5,057,141  
  Non-controlling interest   (3,241,594 )     (1,654,380 )
Net income (loss) attributable to NetSol $ (4,978,030 )   $ 3,402,761  
           
           
           
Net income (loss) per share:      
  Net income (loss) per common share      
    Basic $ (0.46 )   $ 0.33  
    Diluted $ (0.46 )   $ 0.32  
           
Weighted average number of shares outstanding      
  Basic   10,912,284       10,391,157  
  Diluted   10,912,284       10,584,835  
           

NETSOL Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Schedule 3: Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
 
        For the Year
        Ended June 30,
          2017       2016  
Cash flows from operating activities:      
  Net income (loss) $ (1,736,436 )   $ 5,057,141  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income      
  to net cash provided by operating activities:        
  Depreciation and amortization   6,562,334       7,152,139  
  Provision for bad debts   1,407,751       237,703  
  (Gain) Loss on sale of assets   30,147       (23,930 )
  Stock issued for services   2,522,158       1,264,618  
  Fair market value of warrants and stock options granted   241,165       268,591  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
  Accounts receivable     2,292,980       (3,758,422 )
  Accounts receivable - related party     2,803,520       (2,564,819 )
  Revenues in excess of billing     (13,966,522 )     (4,987,772 )
  Revenues in excess of billing - related party     211,615       (884,738 )
  Other current assets     72,522       (729,359 )
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses     751,835       558,033  
  Unearned revenue     (738,704 )     69,851  
  Net cash provided by operating activities   454,365       1,659,036  
             
Cash flows from investing activities:      
  Purchases of property and equipment   (2,203,203 )     (3,335,921 )
  Sales of property and equipment   781,018       986,433  
  Convertible note receivable - related party   (200,000 )     -  
  Investment in WRLD3D   (1,105,555 )     (555,556 )
  Purchase of subsidiary shares from open market   -       (767,397 )
  Net cash used in investing activities   (2,727,740 )     (3,672,441 )
             
Cash flows from financing activities:      
  Proceeds from sale of common stock   -       64,931  
  Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and warrants   866,438       1,137,480  
  Proceeds from exercise of subsidiary options       75,382       16,744  
  Purchase of treasury stock   (38,885 )     -  
  Dividend paid by subsidiary to non-controlling interest   (2,156,273 )     (1,003,853 )
  Proceeds from bank loans   6,184,635       1,333,406  
  Payments on capital lease obligations and loans - net   (554,048 )     (950,529 )
  Net cash provided by financing activities   4,377,249       598,179  
Effect of exchange rate changes   511,553       (1,196,204 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   2,615,427       (2,611,430 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period   11,557,527       14,168,957  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 14,172,954     $ 11,557,527  
             

NETSOL Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Schedule 4: Reconciliation to GAAP
 
    Year   Year
    Ended   Ended
    June 30, 2017   June 30, 2016
         
Net Income (loss) before preferred dividend, per GAAP   $ (4,978,030 )   $ 3,402,761  
Non-controlling interest     3,241,594       1,654,380  
Income taxes     931,951       652,546  
Depreciation and amortization     6,562,334       7,152,139  
Interest expense     310,044       264,511  
Interest (income)     (179,723 )     (161,794 )
EBITDA   $ 5,888,170     $ 12,964,543  
Add back:        
Non-cash stock-based compensation     2,763,323       1,533,209  
Adjusted EBITDA, gross   $ 8,651,493     $ 14,497,752  
Less non-controlling interest (a)     (5,841,143 )     (5,363,326 )
Adjusted EBITDA, net   $ 2,810,350     $ 9,134,426  
         
         
Weighted Average number of shares outstanding        
Basic     10,912,284       10,391,157  
Diluted     10,919,169       10,584,835  
         
Basic adjusted EBITDA   $ 0.26     $ 0.88  
Diluted adjusted EBITDA   $ 0.26     $ 0.86  
         
         
(a)The reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA of non-controlling interest        
to net income attributable to non-controlling interest is as follows        
         
Net Income attributable to non-controlling interest   $ 3,241,594     $ 1,654,380  
Income Taxes     140,499       178,689  
Depreciation and amortization     2,168,249       3,442,235  
Interest expense     98,331       51,023  
Interest (income)     (60,042 )     (98,638 )
EBITDA   $ 5,588,631     $ 5,227,689  
Add back:        
Non-cash stock-based compensation     252,512       135,637  
Adjusted EBITDA of non-controlling interest   $ 5,841,143     $ 5,363,326  
         

 

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