Sonic Foundry Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

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MADISON, Wis., March 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: SOFO), the trusted leader for video creation and management solutions, today announced consolidated financial results for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2018.

Service billings, including support, hosting, events, and installs increased 10 percent to $6.5 million, compared to $5.9 million the prior year. Increases in support and hosting billings primarily drove the change in service billings. The company expects to recognize $4.6 million of the current unearned revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Recurring revenue of $5.6 million was 66 percent of total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018, up from $5.4 million, or 65 percent of total revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Product billings were $3.4 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, compared to $3.5 million in the same quarter last year. Product billings are $12.5 million year-to-date, compared to $14.2 million last year, reflecting the shift toward larger unit shipments of our lower cost recorders. Year-to-date, shipments of the Mediasite RL 220, RL 120 and RL Mini recorders increased 50 percent over the prior year (811 in fiscal 2018 vs. 541 in fiscal 2017).

Operating expenses were $7.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, up $262,000 or 4 percent, from the same period in 2017. Full impairment of the remaining balance of goodwill and intangible assets of $11.8 million was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $600,000 of goodwill impairment recorded in the same period last year. The net loss of $10 million increased from a net loss of $1.6 million in the same period in 2017, largely due to the impairment charge.

“Our strategic focus in fiscal 2018 to bolster our affordable line of products led to larger shipments of our newest recorder models. We’ve also updated our product mix to offer the most accessible and engaging video solutions on the market, and saw substantial growth of our cloud customers,” said Gary Weis, CEO, Sonic Foundry. “As I’ve said previously, we expect to realize the benefits of actions we’ve already taken to improve business efficiency. The executive team and I are focused on the fundamentals of the business, with the confidence that the strategic operational changes that we’ve put in place will result in efficiencies expected to drive significant improvement to adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2019 and beyond.”



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Globe Newswire: 20:05 GMT Friday 15th March 2019

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