Aladdin Knowledge Systems Reports Third Quarter 2006 Financial Results
Revenues of $21.0 Million
GAAP Net Income of $3.3 Million or $0.22 Per Diluted Share
Non-GAAP Net Income of $3.9 Million or $0.26 Per Diluted Share
Company Announces Management Changes
CHICAGO and TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, October 23, 2006 - Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALDN), ), the leader in Software DRM, identity management and content security solutions, today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2006 ended September 30, 2006.
Revenues for the third quarter of 2006 were $21.0 million, an increase of 7 percent from $19.6 million for the same period in 2005. Software DRM revenues for the third quarter were $14.0 million, in line with the $14.0 million reported in the same period in 2005. Enterprise Security revenues for the third quarter of 2006 were $7.1 million, a 26 percent increase from $5.6 million recorded in the same period in 2005. Revenues for the first nine months of 2006 were $64.8 million, an increase of 8 percent from the $60.0 million recorded in the first nine months of 2005.
Net income in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the third quarter of 2006 was $3.3 million or $0.23 per basic and $0.22 per diluted share as compared with GAAP net income of $3.7 million or $0.25 per basic share and $0.24 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2005. For the first nine months of 2006, GAAP net income was $10.4 million or $0.71 per basic share and $0.69 per diluted share, as compared with net income of $8.5 million, or $0.62 per basic share and $0.59 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2005.
Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2006, excluding $0.6 million of stock-based compensation expense related to the Company’s adoption of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123R, was $3.9 million, or $0.27 per basic share and $0.26 per diluted share (Refer to the “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” section and accompanying financial table for reconciliation of GAAP financial information to Non-GAAP). For the first nine months of 2006, non-GAAP net income was $12.1 million or $0.83 per basic share and $0.80 per diluted share, excluding stock-based compensation expense of $1.7 million.
Yanki Margalit, Chairman and CEO of Aladdin Knowledge Systems stated, "Our combined portfolio of IT security solutions delivered a solid performance during the quarter with earnings per share coming in at the high end of our stated expectations and total revenues rising year-over-year, in line with our guidance range. Aladdin’s Enterprise Security business was a key driver for the quarter amid rising demand for strong authentication and proactive content security offerings.
“During the third quarter Aladdin expanded its global presence in high potential market geographies, such as Brazil and India where Aladdin recently established an enhanced local presence, as well as continued to take the appropriate steps to optimize our global sales and marketing reach, particularly in the United States. Our focus on financial and operational efficiency allowed Aladdin to post positive sequential improvements in operating margin and cash flow performance. Gains in these key areas, combined with the strength of our balance sheet, allow Aladdin to continue to invest in the development of innovative new product offerings to address complementary segments of the IT security market and provide additional growth drivers for Aladdin as we look out to 2007 and beyond,” continued Mr. Margalit.
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $85.1 million at September 30, 2006, up approximately $7.9 million from $77.2 million reported at the end of 2005, with no outstanding debt. The increase was primarily attributable to positive cash flow from operations during the first nine months of 2006 of $8.2 million.
In addition, the Company announced several management changes:
* Efrat Makov, Chief Financial Officer, has decided to leave the Company for personal reasons. Efrat will remain in her current position until after the Company reports its fiscal year 2006 financial results in order to facilitate a smooth succession process. The Company has commenced an executive search to appoint a new Chief Financial Officer.
* John Gunn has been promoted to General Manager of Aladdin North America. John will be assuming a larger management role within the Company, with responsibility for the North American operations of Aladdin. He will also continue to serve as Vice President of Global Marketing, reporting to Elinor Nissensohn, Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
* Steve Langerock will be stepping down as CEO of Aladdin North America in early 2007. He will continue to serve as an advisor to the Company on the North American business and markets.
Quarterly Product Highlights
* University of Wisconsin chose Aladdin eToken to ensure privacy and data integrity for its 40,000 students and staff; providing strong authentication and PKI support to help the University comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
* Launched enhancements to the eSafe and eToken Channel Partner Program focused on maximizing relationships with Aladdin’s core group of partners
* Announced enhancements to eSafe’s AppliFilter technology, blocking potentially harmful Instant Message file transfers
* Secured pilots and commitments from ISPs in multiple regions to implement the Aladdin eSafe SecureSurfing solution
* Announced that eToken will immediately support Windows Vista™, Microsoft’s upcoming operating system
* Announced that Aladdin HASP is supporting Microsoft’s .NET Framework Version 2.0
For further information on product highlights, please refer to the press room on the Company’s Web site which can be found at http://www.Aladdin.com/about/pressroom.asp.
Future Business Outlook
Based on current business activities and general economic conditions, Aladdin’s management believes revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 will be in the range of $22.5 million to $24.6 million. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2006 are expected to be in the range of $0.25 to $0.28, excluding the impact of stock-based compensation expense which is anticipated to be approximately $0.04 per diluted share. GAAP diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2006 are expected to be in the range of $0.21 to $0.24. The Company undertakes no obligation to update its estimates.
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
This press release provides financial measures for net income, basic and diluted earnings per share that exclude stock-based compensation expense and are therefore not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance that enhances management’s and investors’ ability to evaluate the Company’s net income and earnings per share and to compare it with historical net income and earnings per share prior to the adoption of FAS 123R by the Company effective January 1, 2006.
The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP measures when evaluating the business internally and therefore felt it important to make these non-GAAP adjustments available to investors.
The Company will hold a teleconference today, October 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. EDT to discuss the quarterly results. To participate in the call, please dial (800) 399-0427 in North America, or +1 (706) 643-1624 internationally, approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled call start time. The call is being simultaneously Web cast and can be accessed on the Aladdin Web site at www.Aladdin.com/investor. Please visit the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled call time to register for the Web cast and download any necessary audio software.
A replay of the call can also be accessed via telephone from 12:00 p.m. EDT on October 23rd through 11:59 p.m. on October 30th by calling (800) 642-1687 in North America, or +1 (706) 645-9291 internationally, and entering the following access code: 8169235. A Web cast replay of the call will also be made and can be accessed on the Aladdin Web site at www.Aladdin.com/investor.
About Aladdin Knowledge Systems
Aladdin (NASDAQ: ALDN) is a global provider of security solutions that reduce software theft, authenticate network users and protect against unwanted Internet and e-mail content, including spam, viruses and spyware. Its security products are organized into two segments: Software Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Enterprise Security. Aladdin’s Software DRM products allow software publishers to protect their intellectual property and increase revenues by reducing losses from software theft and piracy. Its Enterprise Security solutions enable organizations to secure their information technology assets by controlling who has access to their networks (authentication) and what content their users can utilize (content security). Visit the Aladdin Web site at www.Aladdin.com.
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