August 4, 2016

Autobytel Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

Second Quarter Total Revenues up 19% to a Q2 Record $36.1 Million, with Click Revenues up 459% to $3.7 Million

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Autobytel Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTL), a pioneer and leading provider of online automotive services connecting consumers with dealers, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Summary vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Total revenues increased 19% to a Q2 record $36.1 million.
  • Advertising revenues increased 159% to $5.3 million, with click revenues up 459% to $3.7 million.
  • Net income was $0.4 million or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to $0.9 million or $0.08 per diluted share.
  • Non-GAAP income was $3.2 million or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to $3.5 million or $0.31 per diluted share.

Management Commentary

"We are reporting record Q2 revenues, driven by the continued growth in our click business, lead program expansion with nearly all of our OEM customers and full quarter contribution from Dealix, which we acquired in late May 2015," said Jeff Coats, president and CEO of Autobytel. "Our focus on lead quality continues to produce the intended results as we once again experienced record demand from our dealer and OEM customers. This also led to greater customer retention and a higher ROI for our customers, which we believe is a vital component to consistent growth over the long-term.

"The integration of AutoWeb remains on track and its performance continues to exceed our expectations. In fact, click revenues increased 459% year-over-year to $3.7 million, and clicks continue to ramp at an accelerating rate. We continue to expect the launch of our new click-enhanced product solution by the end of the third quarter, along with the beta version of our brand new usedcars.com site.

"With several near-term catalysts ahead, as well as expected growth in our core leads business, we intend to carry this momentum and deliver strong growth and profitability in the back half of the year. Most importantly, we intend to continue providing dealers and OEMs with high-intent car buyers, regardless of the channel, to ultimately help them sell more cars and trucks."

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Total revenues in the second quarter of 2016 increased 19% to a Q2 record $36.1 million compared to $30.4 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was partially driven by the acquisitions of Dealix and AutoWeb, as well as the expansion of nearly all OEM programs. Revenues generated from automotive leads and services increased 9% to $29.3 million compared to $26.8 million one year ago. Retail revenues were roughly flat at $12.9 million compared to last year, and wholesale revenues increased 18% to $16.4 million compared to $13.9 million.

Advertising revenues increased 159% to $5.3 million compared to $2.0 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was due to growth in display and other advertising, as well as a significant increase in click revenue. The increase in click revenue was driven by AutoWeb, which was acquired on October 1, 2015.

Gross profit in the second quarter increased 18% to $13.9 million compared to $11.8 million in the year-ago quarter. As expected, gross margin decreased slightly to 38.5% compared to 38.7% one year ago due to the increase in amortization of intangible assets associated with the acquisitions of Dealix and AutoWeb.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter were $13.0 million compared to $10.1 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of revenues, total operating expenses were 35.9% compared to 33.1% in the second quarter of 2015. The increase was attributable to last year's acquisitions of Dealix and AutoWeb.

Net income in the second quarter of 2016 was $0.4 million or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to $0.9 million or $0.08 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter.

Non-GAAP income was $3.2 million or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to $3.5 million or $0.31 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015 (see "Note about Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for further discussion).

Business Outlook

Autobytel is reiterating its 2016 business outlook, expecting revenue to range between $151 million and $155 million, representing an increase of approximately 13% to 16% from 2015. The company also expects its 2016 non-GAAP diluted EPS to range between $1.39 and $1.43, an increase of approximately 14% to 17% from 2015.

The company has not provided a reconciliation of its 2016 non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure because the effect, timing and potential significance of the effects of tax considerations, primarily related to the company's net operating loss carryforwards, are out of the company's control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. Consequently, a reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP financial measure is not available without unreasonable effort.

Conference Call

Autobytel will hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its second quarter 2016 results, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-877-852-2929
International dial-in number: 1-404-991-3925
Conference ID: 36348774

During the call, Autobytel management will refer to a supplementary slide presentation, which will be available for download in the Investor Relations section of the company's website.

The conference call will also be broadcast live at www.autobytel.com (click on "Investor Relations" and then click on "Events & Presentations"). Please visit the website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary software. For those who will be joining the call by phone, please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time, and an operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 11, 2016. The call will also be archived in the Investor Relations section of Autobytel's website for one year.

Toll-free replay number: 1-855-859-2056
International replay number: 1-404-537-3406
Replay ID: 36348774

Tax Benefit Preservation Plan

At December 31, 2015, the company had approximately $88.2 million in available net operating loss carryforwards ("NOLs") for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The company's Tax Benefit Preservation Plan ("Plan") was adopted by the company's Board of Directors to preserve the company's NOLs and other tax attributes and thus reduce the risk of a possible change of ownership under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code. Any such change of ownership under Section 382 would limit or eliminate the ability of the company to use its existing NOLs for federal income tax purposes. Rights issued under the Plan could be triggered upon the acquisition by any person or group of 4.9% or more of the company's outstanding common stock and could result in substantial dilution of the acquirer's percentage ownership in the company. As of August 1, 2016, there were 10,785, 097 shares of the Company's common stock outstanding. There is no guarantee that the Plan will achieve the objective of preserving the value of the company's NOLs. For more information, please visit http://investor.autobytel.com/tax.cfm.

About Autobytel Inc. 

Autobytel Inc. provides high quality consumer leads and associated marketing services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States. The company also provides consumers with robust and original online automotive content to help them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive Internet in 1995 with its flagship website www.autobytel.com and has since helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and has helped every major automaker market its brand online.

Investors and other interested parties can receive Autobytel news alerts and special event invitations by accessing the online registration form at investor.autobytel.com/alerts.cfm.
               
Note about Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, Autobytel has disclosed non-GAAP income and non-GAAP EPS, which are non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G, for the 2016 and 2015 second quarter. The company defines (i) non-GAAP income as GAAP net income before amortization of acquired intangibles, non-cash stock-based compensation, acquisition costs, severance costs, gain on investment, litigation settlements and income taxes; and (ii) non-GAAP EPS as non-GAAP income divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding. The company's management believes that presenting non-GAAP income and non-GAAP EPS provides useful information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of the company's ongoing operations and are better metrics for monitoring the company's performance given the effects of the company's NOLs, acquisitions and non-cash stock based compensation. These non-GAAP financial measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Management strongly encourages investors to review the company's consolidated financial statements in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure. A table providing a reconciliation of non-GAAP income and non-GAAP EPS is included at the end of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements under the federal securities laws. Words such as "anticipates," "could," "may," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "intends," pending," "plans," "believes," "will" and words of similar substance, or the negative of those words, used in connection with any discussion of future operations or financial performance identify forward-looking statements. In particular, statements regarding expectations and opportunities, new product expectations and capabilities, and our outlook regarding our performance and growth are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, including, that (i) the company believes that its continued focus on lead quality, which led to greater customer retention and a higher ROI for our customers, is a vital component to consistent growth over the long-term; (ii) the company continues to expect the launch of its new click-enhanced product solution by the end of the third quarter, as well as the beta version of our new usedcars.com site; (iii) with several near-term catalysts ahead, as well as expected growth in our core leads business, the company intends to carry its momentum and deliver strong growth and profitability in the back half of the year; (iv) the company intends to continue providing dealers and OEMs with high-intent car buyers, regardless of the channel, to ultimately the dealers and OEMs sell more cars and trucks; (v) the company expects its 2016 revenue to range between $151 million and $155 million, representing an increase of approximately 13% to 16% from 2015; and (vi) the company expects its 2016 non-GAAP diluted EPS to range between $1.39 and $1.43, an increase of approximately 14% to 17%, are not guarantees of future performance and involve assumptions and risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Autobytel undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward- looking statements are changes in general economic conditions; the financial condition of automobile manufacturers and dealers; disruptions in automobile production; changes in fuel prices; the economic impact of terrorist attacks, political revolutions or military actions; failure of our internet security measures; dealer attrition; pressure on dealer fees; increased or unexpected competition; the failure of new products and services to meet expectations; failure to retain key employees or attract and integrate new employees; actual costs and expenses exceeding charges taken by Autobytel; changes in laws and regulations; costs of legal matters, including, defending lawsuits and undertaking investigations and related matters; and other matters disclosed in Autobytel's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are strongly encouraged to review the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risks and uncertainties that could affect the business, operating results or financial condition of Autobytel and the market price of the company's stock.

  
AUTOBYTEL INC. 
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS 
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per-share data) 
       
       
    June 30,   December 31,  
     2016     2015   
Assets    
Current assets:    
 Cash and cash equivalents $27,137  $23,993  
 Accounts receivable (net of allowances for bad debts and customer credits of $1,001 and $1,045 at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively)  28,687   28,091  
 Deferred tax asset  4,163   3,642   
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,004    1,276  
 Total current assets  60,991   57,002  
Property and equipment, net 4,976   4,296  
Investments 680   680  
Intangible assets, net 26,681   29,515  
Goodwill 42,821   42,903  
Long-term deferred tax asset 17,820   17,820  
Other assets 1,631   1,372  
 Total assets $155,600  $153,588  
        
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities:    
 Accounts payable $9,857  $7,643  
 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  9,707   10,744  
 Current portion of term loan payable  5,250   5,250  
 Total current liabilities  24,814   23,637  
Convertible note payable 1,000   1,000  
Long-term portion of term loan payable 10,125   12,750  
Borrowings under revolving credit facility 8,000   8,000  
 Total liabilities 43,939   45,387  
       
Commitments and contingencies -   -  
       
Stockholders' equity:    
 Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 11,445,187 shares authorized     
 Series A Preferred stock, none issued and outstanding  -   -  
 Series B Preferred stock, 168,007 shares issued and outstanding  -   -  
 Common stock, $0.001 par value; 55,000,000 shares authorized;  10,785,097 and 10,626,624 shares issued and outstanding, as of June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively  11   11  
 Additional paid-in capital   346,190   342,485  
 Accumulated deficit  (234,540)  (234,295) 
 Total stockholders' equity  111,661   108,201  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$155,600  $153,588   
       

 

 
 AUTOBYTEL INC. 
 UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) 
 (Amounts in thousands, except per-share data) 
           
          
          
   Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended 
   June 30, June 30,
          
    2016   2015   2016   2015 
          
Revenues:        
 Lead fees $30,508  $27,854  $62,504  $52,022 
 Advertising  5,275   2,036   9,041   3,635 
 Other revenues  365   497   850   973 
Total revenues  36,148   30,387   72,395   56,630 
Cost of revenues  22,227   18,617   44,839   34,762 
Gross profit   13,921   11,770   27,556   21,868 
          
Operating expenses:        
 Sales and marketing  4,384   3,736   10,061    7,320 
 Technology support  3,645   2,546   7,832   4,377 
 General and administrative  3,686   3,208   7,059   6,254 
 Depreciation and amortization  1,254   604   2,540   1,089 
 Litigation settlements  4   (25)  (1)   (50)
 Total operating expenses  12,973   10,069   27,491   18,990 
Operating income  948   1,701   65   2,878 
 Interest and other income (expense), net  (213)  (183)   (437)  (330)
 Income tax provision (benefit)  305   647   (127)  903 
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) $430  $871  $(245) $1,645 
           
          
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $0.04  $0.09  $(0.02) $0.17 
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $0.03  $0.08  $(0.02) $0.16 
          
           
Shares used in computing earnings (loss) per common share (in thousands):      
 Basic  10,593   9,924   10,551   9,405 
 Diluted  13,295   11,057   10,551   10,419 
          

 

 
AUTOBYTEL INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INCOME / EPS
 (Amounts in thousands, except per-share data) 
          
  Three Months Ended  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended 
  March 31, June 30, June 30,
   2016  2015    2016  2015   2016  2015 
          
           
Net income (loss) $(676)$773  $430 $871  $(245)$1,645 
Amortization of acquired intangibles  1,426  376   1,403  512   2,829  900 
Non-cash stock based compensation         
Cost of revenues  14  25   15  38   28  63 
Sales and marketing  633  140   341  146   974  287 
Technology support  329   71   92  151   422  221 
General and administrative  388  417   418  217   806  634 
Total non-cash stock-based compensation  1,364  653   866  552    2,230  1,205 
Acquisition costs   429  -   148  925   577  925 
Severance costs  839  330   -  -   839  330 
Litigation settlements  (5) (25)  4  (25)  (1) (50)
Income taxes  (432) 257   305  647   (127) 903 
          
Non-GAAP income $2,945 $2,364  $3,156 $3,482  $6,102 $5,858 
           
Weighted average diluted shares  13,346  11,097    13,295  11,057   13,412  10,419 
          
          
Diluted GAAP EPS $(0.06)$0.07  $0.03 $0.08  $(0.02)$0.16 
EPS impact of adjustments  0.27  0.14   0.21  0.24   0.47  0.40 
Non-GAAP EPS $0.22 $0.21  $0.24 $0.31  $0.45 $0.56 
          

 

 

Company Contact

Kimberly Boren

Chief Financial Officer

949-862-1396

kimb@autobytel.com



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