Aspect Software Reports Final Third Quarter Results

Date: 11/15/2012, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

  • Revenue Increased 4% Sequentially
  • Net Income Improved $18.3 Million Sequentially
  • Pro Forma EBITDA Increased 35% Sequentially
  • Covenant Amendment Provides Greater Flexibility to Execute Strategy
Aspect Software, – Aspect Software today announced final results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, the closing of its credit facility amendment and the timing of its third quarter earnings call. Aspect's final results for the third quarter of 2012 were consistent with the preliminary results released on October 22, 2012.

Stewart Bloom, CEO of Aspect Software, commented, "Closing our credit facility amendment this week was an enormous step for Aspect as the amended covenants provide the appropriate level of flexibility needed to execute our transformational strategy and absorb the current volatility inherent in our business. Looking at the third quarter key performance measures, we remain encouraged about improvements attained during the quarter. We returned to revenue growth and improved our margins and pro forma EBITDA for the third quarter of 2012 when compared to the prior quarter."

Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was approximately $111.5 million, compared to $133.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. This is an increase of approximately 4% sequentially from $106.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012.

As expected, year over year, Q3 total revenue was down, driven heavily by unfavorable license revenue which was down 42% year over year, substantially due to extraordinarily large one time dialer migration deals in the prior year. Subscription maintenance revenues were down 8% for the third quarter over the prior year.

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $7.8 million, compared to net income of $10.3 million in the prior year's third quarter and a net loss of $10.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012.

Pro forma EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $33.6 million, compared to $48.3 million in the prior year's third quarter and $24.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012.

Robert Krakauer, Executive Vice President and CFO of Aspect Software, said, "We are pleased with how the third quarter developed. We achieved sequential improvements in revenue, gross margin, operating margin and net income. We generated positive cash flow during the quarter, ending with cash of $146.2 million on good progress in working capital management. In addition, we amended our credit facility on Tuesday to provide us the flexibility to expand our investments in new product offerings that meet the evolving needs of our customers."

In exchange for the covenant amendments, Aspect paid consent fees that totaled approximately $2.3 million with an increase in the credit facility interest rate of 75 basis points on a prospective basis. In addition, the Company paid down $50 million of principal as part of this amendment.

Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details
Aspect will host a conference call with lenders and analysts to discuss its third quarter 2012 results and the credit facility amendment today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern standard time. To listen to the conference call via telephone, please call 866-940-5308 (domestic) or 630-343-1248 (international), confirmation code: 5998.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those stated in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements made in this press release are made only as of the date hereof and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in any forward-looking statements are discussed in more detail under the caption Risk Factors in Aspect's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

This press release contains references to non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, depreciation, amortization, restructuring charges, employee separation costs, and certain other items that are allowed under the terms of Aspect's credit agreement. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial measures, please refer to the supplemental schedules below.

About Aspect
Aspect builds customer-company relationships through a combination of customer contact software and workforce optimization for the enterprise. For more information, visit www.aspect.com.

For more information, please contact:
Tim Dreyer
Aspect
Tel: 630 227 8312
tim.dreyer@aspect.com