VASCO Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2007
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., and ZURICH, Switzerland, February 21, 2008 - VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI) ( www.vasco.com), today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2007.
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 increased 24% to $31.2 million from $25.2 million in 2006 and, for the full-year 2007, increased 58% to $120.0 million from $76.1 million in 2006.
Net income available to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $3.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share and compares to $5.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share in 2006. Net income available to common shareholders for the full-year 2007 was $21.0 million, or $0.55 per diluted share compared to income of $12.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share in 2006.
- Gross profit was $20.9 million or 67% of revenue for the fourth quarter and $79.1 million or 66% of revenue for the full-year 2007. Gross profit was $17.6 million or 70% of revenue for the fourth quarter and $51.7 million or 68% of revenue for the full-year 2006.
- Operating expenses for the fourth quarter and full-year 2007 were $14.6 million and $48.2 million, respectively, an increase of 38% from $10.6 million reported for the fourth quarter 2006 and an increase of 47% from $32.8 million reported for the full-year 2006. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter and full-year 2007 included $0.7 million and $2.2 million, respectively, related to stock-based incentives. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter and full-year 2006 included $0.4 million and $1.6 million, respectively, related to stock-based incentives.
- Operating income for the fourth quarter and full-year 2007 was $6.3 million and $30.9 million, respectively, a decrease of $0.7 million, or 10%, from $7.0 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2006 and an increase of $12.0 million, or 63%, from the $18.9 million reported for the full-year 2006. Operating income as a percentage of revenue for the fourth quarter and full-year 2007 was 20.3% and 25.7%, respectively, compared to 27.8% and 24.9% for the comparable periods in 2006.
- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization was $7.0 million and $33.5 million for the fourth quarter and for the full-year 2007, respectively, a decrease of 8% from $7.6 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2006 and an increase of 69% from $19.8 million reported for the full-year 2006.
- Net cash balances, total cash and cash equivalents less bank borrowings, at December 31, 2007 totaled $38.8 million compared to $36.7 million and $12.6 million at September 30, 2007 and December 31, 2006, respectively.
Operational and Other Highlights:
- VASCO won 651 new customers in Q4 2007 (66 banks and 585 Enterprise Security customers) and 2,509 for full-year 2007. Year-to-date new customers include 379 new banks and 2,130 Enterprise Security customers.
- RBC Centura to use VASCO's VACMAN Controller & Digipass GO6 for corporate banking
- VASCO expands aXs GUARD product offering to include the aXs GUARD Authentication appliance
- VASCO introduces UK banking market card readers, the Digipass 830 and “Speaking” Digipass 840, both of which are APACS compliant
- VASCO launches ultra-portable Digipass 270
- VASCO opens subsidiary in Brazil
- VASCO named among Top 100 providers of financial technology by American Banker and Financial Insights (“FinTech 100”)
- Fortis wins VASCO's Market Vision Award for the Benelux
Guidance for full-year 2008:
VASCO is providing guidance for the full-year 2008 as follows:
- Revenue growth of 25% to 35% for the full-year 2008 over full-year 2007,
- Gross margins as a percentage of revenue for full-year 2008 are projected to be in the range of 60% to 68%, and
- Operating margins as a percentage of revenue for full-year 2008 are projected to be in the range of 20% to 25%.
“Overall, 2007 was the most successful year in VASCO’s history. Results for 2007 fell within the Company’s annual guidance for revenue, gross margin, and operating margin that we reaffirmed on October 25th, 2007. We are very proud of our performance for 2007, particularly the year over year revenue growth of 58% coupled with operating income of 26% of revenue,” stated T. Kendall Hunt, Chairman & CEO. “VASCO’s management, however, was not happy with its results in the 4th quarter of 2007 as three relatively large transactions moved from the 4th quarter of 2007 into 2008. None of these delays was connected with the sub-prime loan problems, which are so visible today, and none of these orders was lost, just delayed for various reasons. The timing differences notwithstanding, as evidenced by our 2008 guidance, we believe that we have the right products and strategies for today’s market and are very comfortable with our long-term growth prospects.”
"The results for the quarter and full year reflect our continued investment in our infrastructure and our evolution into a more software-centric company, both of which, we believe, will benefit VASCO in the longer term. Deferred revenues increased by $2.1 million, or more than 50%, from the end of the third quarter and by $4.0 million from the prior year end. Demand for our products and solutions is strong worldwide and we expect growth to accelerate in the second half of 2008," said Jan Valcke, VASCO's President and COO. "For 2008, we plan on improving our business mix by reinforcing our banking vertical market and investing aggressively in our Enterprise Security, E-commerce and E-government markets. We believe strongly that our Full Option, All-Terrain strategy will lead us further on the path to worldwide leadership in authentication."
Cliff Bown, Executive Vice President and CFO added, “Our balance sheet continues to improve as a result of the strong operating performance. Our net cash balance increased $2.1 million or 6% and our working capital increased $5.8 million or 12% from September 30, 2007, respectively. For the full year, our net cash balance increased $26.2 million or 208% and our working capital increased $30.4 million or 138% from December 31, 2006, respectively. Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) in net accounts receivable increased to approximately 76 days at December 31, 2007 from 55 days at September 30, 2007 due in large part to the significant amount of shipments in the month of December. DSO at December 31, 2006 was 72 days.”
Conference Call Details
In conjunction with this announcement, VASCO Data Security International, Inc. will host a conference call today, February 21, 2008, at 8:00 a.m. EST - 14:00h CET. During the Conference Call, Mr. Ken Hunt, CEO, Mr. Jan Valcke, President and COO, and Mr. Cliff Bown, CFO, will discuss VASCO’s Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full-year 2007.
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About VASCO: VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet Security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as a global software company for Internet Security serving a customer base of close to 6,500 companies in more than 100 countries, including approximately 1,000 international financial institutions. VASCO’s prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.
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