ARI Network Services Announces Fiscal 2014 Results

Milwaukee, Wis.,  October 28, 2014 – ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS), an award-winning provider of data-driven software tools and marketing services that help dealers, distributors and manufacturers Sell More Stuff!™, reported financial results today for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2014. 

Highlights for the fiscal year 2014 included:

  • The company reported record revenues of $33.0 million, a 9.7% increase over fiscal year 2013.
  • Recurring revenues for fiscal 2014 were $30.9 million, a 14.4% increase over fiscal year 2013. As a percentage of total revenues, recurring revenues were 93.6% in fiscal year 2014 versus 89.7% in fiscal year 2013.
  • EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, adjusted for non-cash charges, was $3.9 million, or 11.7% of revenue in fiscal year 2014, an increase of 10.4% from fiscal year 2013.

Highlights for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 included:

  • Revenues for the fourth quarter were $8.5 million, an increase of 4.5% over 3Q14 and 1.1% over the same period last year.
  • Gross margin was 81.6% in the fourth quarter compared with 80.9% in 3Q14 and 80.8% in the same period last year.
  • EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, adjusted for non-cash charges, was $1.4 million or 16.1% of revenue in the fourth quarter. This compares with EBITDA of $1.3 million or 15.4% of revenue in 3Q14 and $1.5 million or 17.7% of revenue in the same period last year.
  • Cash generated from operations was $1.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, compared with $1.0 million in 3Q14 and $0.9 million for the same period last year.

Fiscal Year 2014 Financials
Fiscal 2014 was a record year for ARI, with revenues of more than $33 million. Total revenue increased 9.7% or $2.9 million during fiscal 2014. Recurring revenues were $30.9 million, a $3.9 million increase over the prior year. The increase in revenue and recurring revenue was primarily driven by growth in the company’s website solution offerings, which in fiscal 2014 accounted for 51% of the firm’s revenues.

Gross margin for fiscal year 2014 was 80.7% versus 78.0% last year, with the increase being largely attributable to the growth in the firm’s recurring revenues which have a higher gross profit.

The company recorded an operating profit of $0.4 million in fiscal 2014 versus an operating loss of $0.2 million in fiscal 2013. Net loss for the fiscal year was $102, 000 or ($0.01) per share, compared with a net loss of $753, 000 or ($0.08) per share last year.

Financial Statements (Consolidated Statements of Operations, Consolidated Balance Sheets, Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures) 

Management Discussion
Roy W. Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARI, commented, “Fiscal 2014 was a year of growth and accomplishments for ARI. We recorded the highest revenue in company history and were able to grow EBITDA 10% versus the prior year. In the early part of our fiscal year, we acquired DUO Web Solutions and through that were able to re-launch our Digital Marketing Services offering, which we expect to be one of our key drivers of organic growth in fiscal 2015. In December of 2013, we successfully re-listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market and recently were added to the Russell Microcap Index. Throughout the year, we were also able to enhance our product offerings and expand our customer base in our primary growth verticals of automotive tire and wheel and home medical equipment, which we entered during fiscal 2013.”

Mr. Olivier continued, “Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year, we completed the acquisition of TCS Technologies. This acquisition further solidifies our leadership position in the automotive tire and wheel industry and expands our product offerings. We are excited about the growth prospects of this acquisition as we look ahead to fiscal 2015.”

William Nurthen, Chief Financial Officer of ARI, commented, “The company experienced marked improvement in profitability and cash flow in the back half of fiscal 2014. EBITDA for the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2014 were 15.4% and 16.1%, respectively, and the fourth quarter performance was inclusive of more than $100, 000 in charges related to the company’s acquisition of TCS. In addition, cash flow from operations for the last two quarters combined was $2.4 million which was the best six-month performance in the company’s history.”

Fiscal 2014 Conference Call
ARI will conduct a conference call on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm EDT to review the financial results for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2014. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (877) 359-3639 or (408) 427-3725 and referring to conference ID: 22267504. The conference call is also being webcast, which is available in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at investor.arinet.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the company’s website for 60 days.

Non-GAAP Measures
EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Management believes EBITDA, to be a meaningful indicator of our performance that provides useful information to investors regarding our financial condition and results of operations. While management considers EBITDA to be an important measure of comparative operating performance, it should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, net income and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Not all companies calculate EBITDA in the same manner and the measure as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA is included in this release and can be found on the investor relations section of our website for all periods presented.

About ARI
ARI Network Services, Inc. (ARI) (NASDAQ: ARIS) offers an award-winning suite of data-driven software tools and marketing services to help dealers, equipment manufacturers and distributors in selected vertical markets Sell More Stuff!™ – online and in-store. Our innovative products are powered by a proprietary data repository of enriched original equipment and aftermarket electronic content spanning more than 10.5 million active part and accessory SKUs, 469, 000 models and $1.7 billion in retail product value. Business is complicated, but we believe our customers’ technology tools don’t have to be. We remove the complexity of selling and servicing new and used vehicle inventory, parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) for customers in the automotive tire and wheel aftermarket, powersports, outdoor power equipment, marine, home medical equipment, recreational vehicles and white goods industries. More than 22, 000 equipment dealers, 195 distributors and 1, 500 manufacturers worldwide leverage our web and eCatalog platforms to Sell More Stuff!™ For more information on ARI, visit investor.arinet.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this news release contain “forward‐looking statements” regarding future events and our future results that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933. All statements other than statements of historical facts are statements that could be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projects about the markets in which we operate and the beliefs and assumptions of our management. Words such as “expects, ” “anticipates, ” “targets, ” “goals, ” “projects”, “intends, ” “plans, ” “believes, ” “seeks, ” “estimates, ” “endeavors, ” “strives, ” “may, ” or variations of such words, and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that these forward‐looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict, estimate or verify. Therefore, actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include those factors described in Part 1A of the company’s most recent annual report on Form 10‐K, as such may be amended or supplemented by subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, or other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward‐looking statements. The forward‐looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward‐looking statements. For more information, please refer to the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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For media inquiries, contact:
Colleen Brousil, Director of Marketing, ARI, +1.414.973.4323,  Colleen.Brousil@arinet.com

Investor inquiries, contact:
Steven Hooser, Three Part Advisors, +1.214.872.2710,  shooser@threepa.com

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