AUSTIN, TX, Mar 13, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Asure Software (NASDAQ: ASUR) today announced results for the 2008 fiscal second quarter ended January 31, 2008. Highlights for the quarter include:
"Our business continues to grow and our strategy is on track. We continue to watch expenses closely and work on integrating the iEmployee business we acquired in October 2007. Our recently acquired products are responding well to our web-based marketing model, which is clear evidence that there is healthy demand in the marketplace for these solutions. We believe we have the plans in place to continue our growth in this large and expanding workforce management market," said Richard N. Snyder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asure Software.
Software and Services Business
Software and services revenue for the three months ended January 31, 2008 was $2.7 million, an increase of $0.9 million, or 46 percent, from the $1.9 million reported for the three months ended October 31, 2007. Revenues include sales of the NetSimplicity scheduling and asset management software, including Meeting Room Manager ("MRM"), Visual Asset Manager ("VAM"), and sales of the Company's iEmployee workforce management software. Also included in these revenues are software maintenance and support services and professional services. Software and services revenue increased $1.7 million or 168% from the three months ended January 31, 2007 to the three months ended January 31, 2008.
Software and services gross margin for the 2008 fiscal second quarter was $2.1 million, an increase of $.6 million or 36 percent, versus $1.5 million achieved for the 2008 fiscal first quarter. Gross margin as a percentage of revenues was 77%, down slightly from historical levels, due to costs relating to the acquisition of iEmployee. Software and services gross margins increased $1.3 million or 148% for the three months ended January 31, 2007 versus the three months ended January 31, 2008.
Total operating expenses for the three months ended January 31, 2008, were $3.8 million, an increase of $1 million, or 36 percent, from the 2008 fiscal first quarter. This quarter's operating expenses reflect a full quarter of both iEmployee and NetSimplicity spending.
The Company reported a net loss of $1.5 million, or ($0.05) per share, during the three months ended January 31, 2008.
The Company continues to integrate the iEmployee operations, develop its sales force to increase sales performance, and release new software updates. Management believes its software and services revenues will continue to increase. Gross margins from the segment are expected to improve during the next fiscal quarter. Management will continue to evaluate additional operational synergies from the iEmployee acquisition and further extend its market reach both domestically and in the international markets.
The Company did not have any intellectual property licensing revenues for the three or six months ended January 31, 2008. Management does not anticipate any additional licensing revenues from the patents which have generated such revenues in prior fiscal years.
Conference Call and Webcast
Asure Software has scheduled a conference call with the investment community for Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET) to discuss the quarter and outlook. To take part in the call, please dial 888-713-4214 ten minutes before the conference call begins, ask for the Asure Software event, and use pass code 20424492. International callers should dial 617-213-4866 and reference the same pass code. Investors, analysts, media and the general public will also have the opportunity to listen to the conference call over the Internet by visiting the investor relations page of Asure's web site at www.asuresoftware.com. To listen to the live call, please visit the web site at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call on the investor relations page of our web site at www.asuresoftware.com.
About Asure Software
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Asure Software (ASUR), (a d/b/a of Forgent Networks, Inc.), empowers small to mid-size organizations and divisions of large enterprises to operate more efficiently, increase worker productivity and reduce costs through a suite of on-demand workforce management software and services. Asure's market-leading products include workforce time and attendance tracking, benefits enrollment and tracking, pay stubs and W2 documentation, expense management, meeting room management, and asset tracking. With additional offices in Seekonk, Mass., Vancouver, British Columbia, and Mumbai, India, Asure serves 3,500 customers around the world. For more information, please visit www.asuresoftware.com.
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