AUSTIN, TX, May 30, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Forgent™ Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORG) today announced results for the 2007 fiscal third quarter ended April 30, 2007. For the quarter, the company reported net income of approximately $6.0 million. Highlights for the quarter include:
"We are pleased to report the first revenue related to the '746 patent. This was a strong validation of the merit of the program. While we are disappointed by the verdict in the jury trial, we believe that the patent is valid and continue to weigh our options. Additionally, our NetSimplicity software business reported strong bookings growth of 10%. The growth on NetSimplicity revenues year over year is significant and we have made investments to secure the continued growth prospects for this business," commented Richard Snyder, chairman and CEO of Forgent.
U.S. Patent No. 6,285,746 (the '746 Patent)
Forgent received $20.0M in Intellectual Property related revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2007 related to settlements with six cable television defendants and three related equipment and software manufacturers. The Company has reached an agreement in principal to settle with one satellite television defendant for $8.0M and expects to reach a final definitive settlement agreement in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. Cost of sales for the Intellectual Property business includes contingency fees to attorneys associated with the '746 Patent litigation. Gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2007 was approximately $9.4M compared to $0.03M for the prior quarter.
Forgent went to trial against the two remaining defendants for infringement of its '746 Patent in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. The jury trial concluded on May 21, 2007 with a finding that the asserted claims of the patent are invalid. The '746 Patent relates to a computer controlled video system that allows playback during recording.
NetSimplicity software revenue remained flat at approximately $1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2007, as compared to the prior quarter. While revenue was flat, this was the second consecutive quarter of bookings growth for NetSimplicity. Timing was such that the revenue associated with these bookings will not be reported until later periods. NetSimplicity's bookings growth can be attributed to several factors including investments in the sales and marketing organization, an overall strong performance by the sales team, the growing customer base investing further with additional purchases and upgrades, and a growing average sales price due to the penetration of larger accounts.
Fiscal Third Quarter Results
Revenue was approximately $21.0 million for the 2007 fiscal third quarter compared to $1.0 million for the 2007 fiscal second quarter. Total operating expenses of $4.2 million increased by approximately $1.5M from the prior quarter. The company reported net income of $6.0 million or $0.23 per share for the third fiscal quarter of 2007, as compared to net income $1.3 million or $0.05 per share for the second quarter of 2007. Cash and investments were $26.1 million for the quarter.
Forgent expects to generate IP licensing revenue in the 2007 fiscal fourth quarter, as discussed. In addition, we believe NetSimplicity will continue to be a growth business for Forgent.
Conference Call and Webcast
Forgent has scheduled a conference call with the investment community for Wed, May 30, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET) to discuss the quarter and outlook. To take part, dial 888-396-2384 ten minutes before the conference call begins, ask for the Forgent event, and use a pass code of 46370923. International callers should dial 617-847-8711 and use a pass code of 46370923. 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 Forgent's web site at www.forgent.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.forgent.com.
Forgent™ Networks (NASDAQ: FORG) develops and licenses intellectual property and provides scheduling and asset management software to a wide variety of organizations. Forgent's intellectual property licensing program is related to communication technologies developed from its patent portfolio. Forgent's software division, NetSimplicity, develops software that simplifies day-to-day office administration tasks. The products are specifically designed for the management and scheduling of rooms, equipment, assets and resources. For additional information please visit www.forgent.com.
This release may include projections and other forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results in future periods may differ materially from those currently expected. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include changes in the general economy or in our industry, rapid changes in technology; sales cycle and product implementations; risks associated with transitioning to a new business model and the subsequent limited operating history; the possibility of new entrants into our software markets, the possibility that the market for the sale of certain software and services may not develop as expected; or that development of these software and services may not proceed as planned; the risks associated with the company's license program, and including risks of litigation involving intellectual property, patents and trademarks. Additional discussion of these and other risk factors affecting the company's business and prospects is contained in the company's periodic filings with the SEC.
SOURCE: Forgent Networks