AUSTIN, TX, Feb. 25, 2005 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Forgent™ Networks (NASDAQ: FORG) today announced results for the 2005 fiscal second quarter ended Jan. 31, 2005. During the quarter, the company attained $0.01 earnings per share on total revenues of approximately $1.6 million. Other highlights for the quarter include:
"During the second quarter we divested some non-core assets and continued to refine our intellectual property strategy by bringing on new legal counsel to handle the licensing and litigation of the intellectual property program," said Richard Snyder, chairman and CEO of Forgent. "Most importantly, we continued to license our technology, grow software sales, and improve our cash position."
The intellectual property program revenues were approximately $0.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2005 compared to $5.9 million for the fiscal first quarter of 2005, as a result of licensing Forgent's still-image compression technology, embodied in U.S. Patent No. 4,698,672 ('672 Patent). During the quarter Forgent engaged new law firms and embarked on the next phase of the intellectual property program where it will be more aggressive in pursuing licensees and if necessary, litigation in order to protect its assets. The change in law firms was primarily responsible for the increase in operating expenses.
During the past year, Forgent initiated litigation against 44 companies for infringement of the '672 Patent in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. Three of the defendant companies have entered into license or settlement agreements and as a result, have been dismissed from the civil action.
Subsequent to the quarter end, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL Panel") ordered that eight actions, including litigation launched by Forgent in the Eastern District of Texas, be centralized and transferred to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Since its inception, the intellectual property program has generated more than $100 million from licensing the '672 Patent to more than 35 different companies in Asia, Europe and the United States. The '672 Patent relates to digital image compression, and fields of use include digital still image devices used to compress, store, manipulate, print or transmit digital still images such as digital cameras, personal digital assistants, cellular telephones, printers, scanners, and certain software applications. The company's patent portfolio includes the combined inventions of Compression Labs, Inc., VTEL Corporation, and Forgent Networks, Inc.
NetSimplicity revenues increased by approximately 10% for the second quarter of fiscal 2005 compared to the prior quarter. The NetSimplicity software business continued to show progress and now has more than 1,400 customers worldwide, and provides a low-cost, high-value software application to small and medium businesses and divisions of large enterprises. NetSimplicity's flagship product, Meeting Room Manager, enables customers to schedule conference rooms, catering and other resources with a few clicks of the mouse, thereby increasing productivity and reducing costs. In addition, NetSimplicity sells other high-value business applications, such as IT asset management, via its same low-cost e-marketing and telesales model.
Subsequent to the quarter end, NetSimplicity announced the availability of MRM Team, MRM Web, and MRM Enterprise as three new editions of its popular Meeting Room Manager scheduling software. The new packaging is designed to help businesses and organizations of any size choose the exact Meeting Room Manager product that meets their unique needs.
During the quarter, Forgent announced the sale of its ALLIANCE™ software suite and related patents and documentation to Tandberg Telecom AS (OSLO: TAA.OL) for approximately $3.75 million in cash.
Forgent received approximately $1 million from GTG Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of Gores Technology Group, as full payment of the final escrow as per the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement related to the sale of its videoconferencing hardware services business, based in King of Prussia, PA.
Fiscal Second Quarter Results
Revenue was $1.6 million for the fiscal second quarter compared to $6.5 million for the 2005 fiscal first quarter, reflecting the inherent unpredictability of intellectual property licensing revenues. Overall expenses increased to approximately $4.0 million compared to $3.0 million for the 2005 fiscal first quarter primarily due to increased legal expenses. Net income was $0.2 million or $0.01 per share for the second fiscal quarter of 2005 compared to net income of $0.4 million or $0.02 per share for the first fiscal quarter of 2005. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments grew to approximately $23.3 million.
Forgent expects to continue to generate license revenues in the 2005 fiscal year and fiscal third quarter. However, predicting the timing and amounts will be complicated because of the uncertainty of licensing negotiations and due to the pending litigation.
Conference Call and Webcast
Forgent has scheduled a conference call with the investment community for Fri, Feb. 25, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET) to discuss the quarter and outlook.
To participate, dial 800-591-6945 ten minutes before the conference call begins, ask for the Forgent event, and use a pass code of 54055188. International callers should dial 617-614-4911 and use a pass code of 54055188. 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 software to a wide variety of customers. Forgent's intellectual property licensing program is related to communication technologies developed from a diverse and growing patent portfolio. Forgent's software division, NetSimplicity provides a spectrum of scheduling software that enables all sizes of organizations to streamline the scheduling of people, places and things. 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 as such, actual results in future periods may differ materially from those currently expected or desired. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include changes in the general economy and the technology 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 the collaboration management market, the possibility that the market for the sale of certain software and services may not develop as expected; that development of these software and services may not proceed as planned, risks associated with the company's license program, including risks of litigation involving intellectual property, patents and trademarks, acquisition integration, and the ability to consummate certain divestiture transactions. 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