Record Number of Framework Wins in Q4 Drives 14% Revenue Increase
Non-GAAP Income from Operations of $4.8 million and
GAAP Income from Operations of $3.6 million
WALTHAM, MA – April 6, 2020 – SeaChange International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC), a leading provider of cloud and on-premise video delivery platforms worldwide, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2020.
“The fourth quarter represented an incremental step forward and was a strong finish to a transformational year for SeaChange,” said CEO Yossi Aloni. “Our success in fiscal 2020 can be summed up best through a handful of key operating metrics and milestone achievements, most notably the 26 significant Framework deals we closed, our expanded gross margins at 65%, the more than $12 million in annualized cost savings we realized throughout the year, and the $4.8 million we recorded in non-GAAP operating income during the fourth quarter.
“As we completed our transition to becoming a pure software and cloud solutions provider, we faced a rapid decline in our legacy revenue, which we were prepared for and which is now behind us. However, with the Framework’s superior technology and disruptive value-based go-to-market strategy, we successfully grew in our core business segment and were able to deliver $36.8 million in new Framework revenue since we began selling the Framework solution in April 2019. In the fourth quarter, our Framework revenue made up 68% of total revenue, reflecting our transition to a software-centric business model, which we believe provides us with tremendous predictability and a favorable margin profile.
“We entered the new fiscal year with significant operating momentum and the most robust pipeline in our company’s history. Even prior to the advent of COVID-19, the TV and video industry was in the midst of an unprecedented shift in how content is being consumed at home. This shift has been accelerated as more consumers stay at home in the wake of COVID-19, and we believe SeaChange is ideally positioned to capitalize on this long-term trend with our managed, cloud-based video delivery service. SeaChange allows content providers to meet the growing demand for content by enabling them to launch direct-to-consumer video services in a matter of days. During Q4 we enhanced the Framework platform with the industry’s first end-to-end cloud advertisement management, placement and insertion solution for both live and on demand TV. This new feature allows TV providers to offer a web-online like workflow for its advertisers with real-time, dynamic and programmatic insertion, which enables TV providers to both better utilize their ad-inventory and win web-centric advertisers.
“While the current global economic uncertainty makes our near-term visibility with respect to new bookings challenging, we are seeing increased interest in our Framework solution as operators look to preserve their existing revenue base and to find new sources of revenue, and importantly, to reduce operating expenses. SeaChange’s Framework is the only solution in the industry that enables operators to lower costs by approximately 50% while helping them attract new subscribers and to better monetize their existing installed base. SeaChange is expanding upon its robust advertising solution with the development of a new module that will revolutionize how a customer’s unsold and underutilized ad inventory is sold. At this stage the company is testing it with a few customers, and more will be shared on this development in the near future. We believe that these factors, combined with the positive underlying industry trends bode exceptionally well for SeaChange for the foreseeable future.
“Looking ahead, the progress we achieved on our key financial and operational objectives in fiscal 2020 gives us confidence in our ability to realize our mid-term target model of driving sustainable, double-digit revenue growth and a non-GAAP operating income margin of over 15%.”
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 and Recent Operational Highlights
- Secured a record 11 customer wins with multi-year commitments for the Framework video delivery platform, amounting to more than $15 million in total contract value and bringing the total number of Framework customers to 26 with more than $54 million in total contract value.
- Completed the transition to a 100% software and cloud solutions provider.
- Achieved a 24% increase in bookings to $17.3 million from $13.9 million in the same period last year.
- Completed numerous cost-optimization initiatives, resulting in more than $12 million in annualized cost savings.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 Financial Results
- Total revenue increased 14% to $19.3 million from $17.0 million in the same period last year. Product revenue increased 69% to $13.2 million (69% of total revenue) from $7.8 million (46% of revenue) in the same period last year. Service revenue decreased 33% to $6.1 million (31% of total revenue) from $9.1 million (54% of total revenue) in the same period last year.
- Gross profit increased by 29% to $14.0 million (73% of total revenue) from $10.9 million (64% of total revenue) in the same period last year.
- GAAP income from operations totaled $3.6 million, an improvement from a loss of $19.9 million in the same period last year.
- Non-GAAP income from operations totaled $4.8 million, or $0.13 per basic share, an improvement from a loss of $1.2 million, or $(0.03) per basic share, in the same period last year.
- GAAP net loss totaled $43,000, or $(0.00) per basic share, a significant improvement from a loss of $19.6 million, or $(0.55) per basic share, in the same period last year.
- Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and marketable securities totaled $13.9 million at year-end, and no debt.
Fiscal 2020 Financial Results
- Total revenue increased 8% to $67.2 million from $62.4 million in fiscal 2019. Product revenue increased 93% to $39.9 million (59% of total revenue) from $20.7 million (33% of revenue) in fiscal 2019. Service revenue decreased 35% to $27.2 million (41% of total revenue) from $41.7 million (67% of total revenue) in fiscal 2019.
- Gross profit increased by 17% to $43.5 million (65% of total revenue) from $37.3 million (60% of total revenue) in fiscal 2019.
- GAAP loss from operations totaled $3.5 million, a significant improvement from a loss of $35.8 million in fiscal 2019.
- Non-GAAP income from operations totaled $3.6 million, or $0.10 per basic share, an improvement from a loss of $11.7 million, or $(0.33) per basic share, in fiscal 2019.
- GAAP net loss totaled $8.9 million, or $(0.24) per basic share, a significant improvement from a loss of $38.0 million, or $(1.06) per basic share, in fiscal 2019. Included in the net loss for fiscal 2020 was a one-time, non-cash charge of $5.4 million related to the loss on the sale of the company’s prior headquarters in Acton, MA.
Fiscal 2020 Key Financial and Operational Objectives
- Goal: Close 20-25 significant deals for multiple product/service offerings on an annual basis.
Result: Exceeded the target by closing 26 significant deals since the rollout of the company’s Framework solution in April 2019.
- Goal: Increase total annual revenue in the low to mid double digits percentage range to $70 million to $80 million, despite lower year-over-year service revenue.
Result: Generated $67.2 million in revenue for fiscal 2020, an increase of 8% compared to fiscal 2019. The lower than expected revenue was due to certain Framework deals that management anticipated closing in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, which were pushed into fiscal 2021. The 8% year-over-year revenue growth in fiscal 2020 was driven by a $36.8 million increase in Framework revenue compared to no Framework revenue in fiscal 2019, offset by a 51% decrease in legacy revenue to $30.4 million compared to $62.4 million in fiscal 2019.
- Goal: Maintain GAAP gross margin in the low 60% range.
Result: GAAP gross margin was 65%, exceeding the target range and the 60% GAAP gross margin in fiscal 2019.
- Goal: Complete the development of three significant new product offerings.
Result: Released four new product offerings in fiscal 2020, including the next-generation Framework Back Office, Virtualized Orchestrator, Predictive Analytics 1.0, and the industry’s first, true end-to-end container-based advertisement management, insertion and placement solution.
- Goal: Continue to reduce costs by focusing on reducing third-party costs and eliminating non-essential costs.
Result: Reduced third-party and non-essential costs by over $12 million on an annualized basis.
- Goal: Deliver GAAP operating results between $(0.09) per basic share to income of $0.07 per fully diluted share and non-GAAP operating income between $0.03 to $0.19 per fully diluted share.
Result: For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, GAAP operating income totaled $0.10 per basic share and non-GAAP operating income totaled $0.13 per basic share. For fiscal 2020, GAAP operating loss totaled $(0.09) per basic share and non-GAAP operating income totaled $0.10 per fully diluted share.
- Goal: End the year with between $14 million to $16 million in cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities.
Result: Finished the fiscal year with $13.9 million in cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities.
Fiscal 2021 Outlook
Prior to the onset of COVID-19, we were prepared to provide guidance representing meaningful revenue growth in fiscal 2021. Based on our pipeline, we believed revenue guidance of $80 million to $90 million for fiscal 2021 with operating metrics consistent with our previous guidance was achievable. We are working to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and will provide our formal fiscal 2021 guidance as COVID’s impact on our business becomes clearer.
SeaChange will host a conference call today, April 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss these results.
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About SeaChange International, Inc.
SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC) powers hundreds of cloud and on-premises platforms with live TV and video on demand (VOD) for more than 50 million subscribers worldwide. SeaChange’s end-to-end solution, the Framework, enables operators and content owners to cost-effectively launch a direct-to-consumer video service. This includes back-office, media asset management, ad management, analytics and a client application for set-top boxes (STB), Smart-TVs and mobile devices. Framework is available as a product, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or managed service, and can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud or as a hybrid. For more information, please visit www.seachange.com.
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