Third Quarter Highlights:
- Quarterly revenues increased by 5.4% year-over-year to $39.2 million;
- Quarterly service revenues increased by 12.4% year-over-year to $12.7 million;
- Quarterly UC-SIP revenues increased more than 15% year-over-year;
- Quarterly GAAP gross margin was 62.8%; quarterly Non-GAAP gross margin was 63.2%;
- Quarterly GAAP operating margin was 6.6%; quarterly Non-GAAP operating margin was 8.8%;
- Quarterly cash flow from operating activities was $6.2 million;
- Quarterly GAAP net income was $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to $971,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the prior year period;
- Quarterly Non-GAAP net income was $3.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to $2.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the prior year period; and
- AudioCodes repurchased 940,000 of its ordinary shares during the quarter at an aggregate cost of $6.4 million.
AudioCodes (Nasdaq: AUDC), a leading provider of voice networking solutions that enable enterprises and service providers to transition to all-IP voice networks, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
Revenues for the third quarter of 2017 were $39.2 million, compared to $38.7 million for the second quarter of 2017 and $37.2 million for the third quarter of 2016.
Net income was $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017, compared to $971,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2016.
On a Non-GAAP basis, the Company reported quarterly net income of $3.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to $2.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016.
Non-GAAP net income excludes: (i) stock-based compensation expenses; (ii) amortization expenses related to intangible assets; (iii) expenses related to deferred payments in connection with the acquisition of Active Communications Europe; and (iv) non-cash deferred tax benefit or expenses. A reconciliation of net income on a GAAP basis to a non-GAAP basis is provided in the tables that accompany the condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this press release.
Net cash provided by operating activities for the third quarter of 2017 totaled $6.2 million. Cash and cash equivalents, long- and short-term bank deposits and long- and short-term marketable securities were $60.1 million as of September 30, 2017, compared to $65.1 million as of September 30, 2016. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents, long and short-term bank deposits and long and short-term marketable securities was the result of the use of cash for the continued repurchasing of the Company’s ordinary shares pursuant to its share repurchase program.
“We are pleased to report strong financial results for the third quarter of 2017,” said Shabtai Adlersberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of AudioCodes. “As demonstrated over the past 5 years, we continued to execute on our UC-SIP strategic plan, and grew sales of UC-SIP solutions, products and services in the third quarter by more than 15% compared to the year ago quarter. We believe we are now on track to deliver about 15% annual growth for the UC-SIP business which is expected to reach $100 million of annual revenues by 2020. Our performance continues to rely primarily on collaboration with our application and system integration partners worldwide, as well as through winning enterprise voice deployments and service provider network transformation projects on a global basis.
“Along with our higher sales, we continued to improve the efficiency of our operations. We increased gross margin to a record 63.2%, grew quarterly operating margin to a record 8.8% and had quarterly net income of $3.4 million, an 18% increase over the year ago quarter. We are now expecting to deliver about 25% growth in net income for 2017 compared to 2016. At the same time, we continued to invest in our new intelligent voice applications which we believe will start to contribute to improved revenues and profits in coming years. Finally, as in recent previous quarters, we continued to buy back shares to return value to our shareholders,” concluded Mr. Adlersberg.
Share Buy Back Program
During the quarter ended September 30, 2017, AudioCodes acquired 940,000 of its ordinary shares under its share repurchase program for a total consideration of approximately $6.4 million. As of September 30, 2017, AudioCodes had acquired an aggregate of 14.5 million of its ordinary shares since August 2014 for an aggregate consideration of approximately $70.7 million.
In May 2017, AudioCodes received court approval in Israel to purchase up to an aggregate of $15 million of additional ordinary shares pursuant to its share repurchase program. As of September 30, 2017, $5.8 million remained available to the Company for repurchasing shares under this court approval. The current court approval for share repurchases expires on November 15, 2017.
On October 24, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors approved filing a new application with the court in Israel requesting approval for an additional repurchase program for up to $20 million of Ordinary Shares. The Company expects to file a new application shortly and receive a decision from the court in the coming weeks.
Conference Call & Web Cast Information
AudioCodes will conduct a conference call at 8:00 A.M., Eastern Time today to discuss the Company’s third quarter operating performance, financial results and outlook. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing one the following numbers:
- United States Participants: +1 (877) 407-0778
- International Participants: +1 (201) 689-8565
The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast. Investors are invited to listen to the call live via webcast at the AudioCodes investor website at http://www.audiocodes.com/investors-lobby.