HOLMDEL, N.J., Feb 15, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG), a leading provider of broadband telephone service, today announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2006.
For the fourth quarter of 2006, the Company's net loss narrowed to $65 million, or $0.42 per share, from a net loss of $72 million reported in the fourth quarter 2005. Adjusted loss from operations(1) was $53 million in the quarter, down 21% from $68 million in the year-ago quarter.
For the year, Vonage reported a net loss of $286 million, or $3.04 per share, versus $261 million in 2005. Adjusted loss from operations(1) improved 6% to $238 million from $253 million in 2005.
Revenue for the quarter was a record $181 million, a 91% increase from $95 million in the year-ago quarter. For the year, revenue was $607 million, or 126% above 2005 revenue of $269 million.
Vonage added 955,000 net subscriber lines in 2006, including 166,000 in the fourth quarter. The Company finished 2006 with 2,224,000 lines, 75% above the year-ago level of 1,269,000.
Mike Snyder, Vonage CEO, said, "In 2006, the build-out of the business was clearly seen through the growth of our customer base and the resulting impact of scale benefits. We more than doubled our revenue to $607 million and added nearly one million net subscriber lines while expanding margins and improving our overall operating position. Our existing user base continues to generate significant and increasing cash flow resulting in an improvement in adjusted loss from operations of 21% from the fourth quarter 2005. Our investments for growth are principally funded by this cash flow."
Mr. Snyder added, "We continue to make progress toward our goal of positive adjusted operating profits as early as the first quarter 2008."
Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2006 Financial and Operating Highlights
Fourth quarter 2006 revenue grew to $181 million, up 91% from $95 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year increase is a result of growth in subscriber lines and an increase in average monthly revenue per line.
Average monthly revenue per line for the quarter was $28.25, an increase of $1.03 from $27.22 in the year-ago quarter. Average monthly telephony services revenue per line for the quarter was $27.41, an increase of $1.41 from the fourth quarter 2005. These results were primarily driven by regulatory recovery fees and the impact of the Universal Service Fund, which became effective October 1, 2006.
In the fourth quarter of 2006, cost of telephony services increased to $52 million from $30 million in the fourth quarter 2005. As a percent of revenue, however, cost of telephony services declined to 30%, down from 33% in the fourth quarter 2005. On a per line basis, cost of telephony services, which includes USF fees of $1.24, fell to $8.13 from $8.50 in the year-ago period.
Cost of goods sold was $12 million, up from $10 million in 2005's fourth quarter reflecting higher gross line additions. Continued cost management and the resulting benefits of scale led to a record direct margin(2) of 65% for the fourth quarter 2006 versus 58% a year ago.
For the fourth quarter 2006, adjusted SG&A(3), which includes intellectual property litigation costs of $6 million, declined to 41% of revenue, or $75 million, from 59% of revenue, or $56 million, in the fourth quarter 2005. For fiscal year 2006 -- the first full year in which the Company reported FAS 123R expenses totaling $27 million -- adjusted SG&A(3) as a percent of revenue declined to 40% from 57% in 2005.
During the fourth quarter 2006, the Company continued to pursue its strategy of investing in marketing for customer acquisition and retention. Marketing costs for the quarter were 53% of revenue, or $96 million, versus 71% of revenue, or $67 million, in the year-ago quarter. Marketing expense for the year was $365 million, a 50% increase from $243 million in 2005. As a percent of revenue, however, marketing declined to 60% in 2006 from 90% in 2005. Marketing costs per gross subscriber line addition were $306 for the fourth quarter 2006 and $249 for the year.
Average monthly customer churn improved sequentially to 2.3% in the fourth quarter 2006, down from 2.6% in the third quarter 2006. As part of our effort to improve customer satisfaction and increase retention, we extended our customer grace period for non-payment in order to better resolve customer accounts that may be past due. This increase had a one-time positive impact of 10 basis points on our average monthly customer churn for the fourth quarter.
Pre-marketing operating income(1), which is a measure of the cash flow from the Company's existing customer base, was $49 million in the fourth quarter 2006, up from $5 million in the fourth quarter 2005. For the year, pre-marketing operating income(1) was $164 million versus $19 million in 2005.
Adjusted loss from operations(1) was $53 million in the fourth quarter 2006, a 21% improvement from $68 million in the fourth quarter 2005. For the year 2006, adjusted loss from operations(1) was $238 million, a 6% improvement from the $253 million loss in 2005.
GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter 2006 fell to $65 million, or $0.42 per share, from $72 million last year. For 2006, the net loss was $286 million versus $261 million in 2005.Guidance
|-- Fiscal Year 2007 Ending Subscriber Lines (in millions):||2.9 to 3.1|
|-- Fiscal Year 2007 Total Revenue (in millions):||$850 to $900|
|-- Fiscal Year 2007 Marketing Expense (in millions):||$400 to $425|
|-- Fiscal Year 2007 Adjusted Operating Loss(1) (in millions):||$170 to $150|
|-- Positive Adjusted Operating Income(1)||As early as First Quarter 2008|
|(1)||This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer below to Table 3, Reconciliation of GAAP Loss from Operations to Adjusted Loss from Operations and Pre-Marketing Operating Income.|
|(2)||Direct margin is defined as operating revenues less direct costs.|
|(3)||This is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer below to Table 4, Reconciliation of GAAP SG&A to Adjusted SG&A.|
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release, including the selected financial information to follow, includes the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the Securities and Exchange Commission: adjusted SG&A, adjusted loss from operations and pre-marketing operating income.
Vonage uses adjusted loss from operations, pre-marketing operating income and adjusted SG&A as principal indicators of the operating performance of our business. We believe that adjusted loss from operations permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance, relative to our performance based on our GAAP results, while isolating the effects of depreciation and amortization, which may vary from period to period without any correlation to underlying operating performance, and of non-cash stock compensation expense, which is a non-cash expense that also varies from period to period. Further, non-cash stock compensation is included in our results of operations for periods beginning January 1, 2006 but is excluded from prior periods, which makes comparisons with prior periods more difficult. In addition, as we are currently growing both our revenue and customer base and enhancing the awareness of our brand, we have chosen to invest significant amounts on our marketing activities, and we intend to continue to do so. A portion of our marketing expense, however, is necessary to retain our existing subscriber base due to churn. Adjusted SG&A permits a comparative assessment of our SG&A expenses by excluding non-cash stock compensation expense.
Given that this strategy currently results in operating losses, we believe that pre-marketing operating income is an important metric to evaluate the profitability of the existing customer base to justify the level of continued investment in growing that customer base. We provide information relating to our adjusted loss from operations and pre-marketing operating income so that investors have the same data that we employ in assessing our overall operations. We believe that trends in our total adjusted loss from operations and pre-marketing operating income are valuable indicators of the operating performance of our company on a consolidated basis and of our ability to produce operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, to service debt obligations and to fund capital expenditures.
Adjusted loss from operations, pre-marketing operating income and adjusted SG&A as used by us may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in accounting policies and items excluded or included in the adjustments, which limits its usefulness as a comparative measure. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.
Vonage defines adjusted SG&A as GAAP selling, general and administrative expense less non-cash stock compensation expense.
Vonage defines adjusted loss from operations as GAAP loss from operations less depreciation and amortization and non-cash stock compensation expense.
Vonage defines pre-marketing operating income as GAAP loss from operations excluding customer equipment and shipping revenue less direct cost of goods sold, depreciation and amortization, marketing and non-cash stock compensation expense.
Conference Call and Webcast
Vonage will hold a conference call on February 15, 2007 at 10:00 AM ET to discuss operating and financial results. The call will be simultaneously webcast and accessible via Vonage's Investor Relations website at http://ir.vonage.com. A replay of the call will be available on Vonage's Investor Relations website shortly following the webcast for two weeks and will then be archived.
VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP. TABLE 1. SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended For the Years Ended December 31, December 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Statement of Operations Data: (unaudited) Operating Revenues: Telephony services $176,074 $90,885 $581,806 $258,165 Customer equipment and shipping 5,389 4,295 25,591 11,031 181,463 95,180 607,397 269,196 Operating Expenses: Direct cost of telephony services (excluding depreciation and amortization of $2,161, $2,266, $10,868 and $6,671, respectively) 52,206 29,709 171,958 84,050 Direct cost of goods sold 12,169 9,990 62,730 40,441 Selling, general and administrative 81,790 55,908 272,826 154,716 Marketing 95,581 67,125 365,349 243,404 Depreciation and amortization 7,032 4,096 23,677 11,122 248,778 166,828 896,540 533,733 Loss from operations (67,315) (71,648) (289,143) (264,537) Other income (expense), net 2,521 (456) 2,870 2,813 Loss before income tax benefit (64,794) (72,104) (286,273) (261,724) Income tax benefit 215 390 215 390 Net loss $(64,579) $(71,714) $(286,058) $(261,334) Net loss per common share calculation: Net loss $(64,579) $(71,714) $(286,058) $(261,334) Imputed dividend on preferred shares - (605) - (605) Net loss attributable to common shareholders $(64,579) $(72,319) $(286,058) $(261,939) Net loss per common share: Basic and diluted $(0.42) $(51.55) $(3.04) $(189.67) Weighted-average common shares outstanding: Basic and diluted 154,962 1,403 94,207 1,381 Statement of Cash Flow Data: Net cash used in operating activities $(28,207) $(58,610) $(188,898) $(189,765) Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 86,402 (89,724) (210,798) (154,638) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (1,920) 238,012 477,429 434,006 Dec 31, Dec 31, 2006 2005 Balance Sheet Data (at period end): Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $499,736 $266,379 Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation 131,842 103,638 Total assets 757,524 446,562 Convertible notes, net 253,430 247,958 Capital lease obligations 24,255 22,431 Total liabilities 521,808 426,620 Total redeemable preferred stock - 388,427 Total stockholders' equity (deficit) 235,716 (368,485) VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP. TABLE 2. SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED OPERATING DATA (unaudited) Three Months Ended For the Years Ended December 31, December 31, 2006 2005 2006 2005 Operating and Other Data: Gross subscriber line additions 312,094 275,032 1,470,138 1,099,641 Net subscriber line additions 166,267 207,252 955,073 878,472 Subscriber lines (at period end) 2,224,111 1,269,038 2,224,111 1,269,038 Average monthly customer churn 2.3% 1.9% 2.5% 2.0% Average monthly revenue per line $28.25 $27.22 $28.98 $27.03 Average monthly telephony services revenue per line $27.41 $26.00 $27.76 $25.93 Average monthly direct cost of telephony services per line $8.13 $8.50 $8.20 $8.44 Marketing costs per gross subscriber line addition $306.26 $244.06 $248.51 $221.35 Employees (excluding temporary help) (at period end) 1,790 1,355 1,790 1,355 CPE subsidy $21.72 $20.71 $25.26 $26.75 Direct margin as a % of total revenue 64.5% 58.3% 61.4% 53.8% Adjusted SG&A as a % of total revenue 41.2% 58.7% 40.5% 57.5% VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP. TABLE 3. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP LOSS FROM OPERATIONS TO ADJUSTED LOSS FROM OPERATIONS AND PRE-MARKETING OPERATING INCOME (Dollars in thousands) (unaudited) Three Months Ended For the Years Ended December 31, September 30, December 31, 2006 2005 2006 2006 2005 Reconciliation of Loss from Operations to Adjusted Loss from Operations and Pre-Marketing Operating Income: Loss from operations $(67,315) $(71,648) $(65,797) $(289,143) $(264,537) Depreciation and amortization 7,032 4,096 5,946 23,677 11,122 Non-cash stock compensation 7,000 15 7,338 26,980 15 Adjusted loss from operations (53,283) (67,537) (52,513) (238,486) (253,400) Marketing 95,581 67,125 91,316 365,349 243,404 Customer equipment and shipping (5,389) (4,295) (6,235) (25,591) (11,031) Direct cost of goods sold 12,169 9,990 16,934 62,730 40,441 Pre-marketing operating income $49,078 $5,283 $49,502 $164,002 $19,414 as a % of telephony services revenue 27.9% 5.8% 31.8% 28.2% 7.5% VONAGE HOLDINGS CORP. TABLE 4. RECONCILIATION OF GAAP SG&A TO ADJUSTED SG&A (Dollars in thousands) (unaudited) Three Months Ended For the Years Ended September December 31, 30, December 31, 2006 2005 2006 2006 2005 Reconciliation of SG&A to Adjusted SG&A: Selling, general and administrative $81,790 $55,908 $72,052 $272,826 $154,716 Non-cash stock compensation (7,000) (15) (7,338) (26,980) (15) Adjusted SG&A $74,790 $55,893 $64,714 $245,846 $154,701 Adjusted SG&A as a % of revenue 41.2% 58.7% 40.0% 40.5% 57.5%
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements on 2007 subscriber lines, total revenue, marketing expense, direct margin and adjusted SG&A and 2008 adjusted operating income. In addition, statements in this press release that are not historical facts or information may be forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available at the time the statements are made and/or management's belief as of that time with respect to future events and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to be materially different. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, our history of net operating losses and our need for cash to finance our growth; the competition we face; our dependence on our customers' existing broadband connections; differences between our service and traditional phone services, including our 911 service; uncertainties relating to regulation of VoIP services; system disruptions or flaws in our technology; our ability to manage our growth; the risk that VoIP does not gain broader acceptance; and other factors described in the "Risk Factors" section of our registration statement on Form S-1, as amended (File No. 333-136773), and in our subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, and therefore, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to today.
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of broadband telephone services with over 2.2 million subscriber lines. Our award-winning technology enables anyone to make and receive phone calls with a touch tone telephone almost anywhere a broadband Internet connection is available. We offer feature-rich and cost-effective communication services that offer users an experience similar to traditional telephone services.
Our Residential Premium Unlimited and Small Business Unlimited calling plans offer consumers unlimited local and long distance calling, and popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and voicemail -- for one low, flat monthly rate. Vonage's service is sold on the web and through national retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target and is available to customers in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information about Vonage's products and services, please visit http://www.vonage.com.
Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing Inc., a subsidiary of Vonage Holdings Corp.
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