Sonic Foundry Announces Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Financial Results

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MADISON, Wis., Feb. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ:SOFO), the trusted leader for video creation and management solutions, today announced consolidated financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended December 31, 2017.

Service billings, including support, hosting, events, and installs saw an increase of 5% from prior year to a total of $4.7 million. Product billings saw an increase of 4% to $2.9 million during the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. The company expects to recognize $3.8 million of the current unearned revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

Recurring revenue of $6.2 million was 70% of total revenue in the first quarter of 2018, up from $5.9 million, or 64% of total revenue in the first quarter of 2017. These increases were driven by the strong demand for our cloud offering and annual software licenses, strength in support services, and continued customer repeat purchases and renewals.

The loss before income taxes decreased by $573,000 due in large part to efforts made by the company to reduce operating expenses, including certain headcount reductions made in the third quarter of 2017. Operating expenses were $7.4 million, down $776 thousand or 9% from the same period in 2017. The net loss in the prior year of $1.5 million improved to income of $320,000 due to a tax credit of $1.3 million related to the recent reduction in Federal tax rates.

“In the first quarter we saw our right-sized video solutions continue to extend the value of Mediasite product and services technologies to a broadening customer base. This allows customers to ‘mix and match’ capture solutions ranging from software only to our most capable recorders. Our strategy to address low-technology rooms and grow the market for our affordable hardware solutions is an area of increased interest from customers. This has resulted in a 50% increase in recorders shipped over Q1 of 2017,” said Gary Weis, CEO of Sonic Foundry.

Mr. Weis continued, “We continue to invest in technology partnerships based on value to our customers, such as the recently announced integration of our platform with NewTek NDI, which are geared to enabling our customers to harness the power of Mediasite for their specific video creation and management needs. In 2018 we will remain focused on customer acquisition, higher levels of sales and operating performance, and technology development."


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Globe Newswire: 21:05 GMT Tuesday 13th February 2018

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