Continued improvement in quarterly revenues to $2.0 million; GAAP net income of $0.7 million
Herzlia, Israel – February 24, 2010 – VocalTec Communications Ltd. (NasdaqCM: VOCL) (the “Company” or “VocalTec”), a global provider of VoIP and convergence solutions for communication service providers, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2009.
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 were $2.0 million, an increase of 4% over the $1.9 million reported in the third quarter of 2009, resulting from continued growth in product sales.
Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2009 was 60% compared with 64% for the prior quarter, in line with the Company’s normal expected level of around 60%.
On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the amortization of intangible assets and share based compensation expenses, the operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $1.1 million compared with $1.6 in the prior quarter. Operating expenses were lower in the quarter primarily due to the recording of a R&D grant for 2009 from the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Trade, Industry and Labor amounting to $0.4 million.
The Company reported a non-GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of 2009 of $0.1 million compared to an operating loss of $0.4 million in the prior quarter.
On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the fourth quarter was $0.7 million or $0.12 per share, compared with a net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.07 per share, in the third quarter of 2009. Net income on a GAAP basis for the fourth quarter of 2009 was also $0.7 million or $0.12 per share, compared with a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.12 per share, in the third quarter of 2009. Both GAAP and non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2009 included a tax benefit of $0.6 million.
For the full year, 2009 revenues were $6.4 million compared with $6.1 million in 2008. Non-GAAP gross margin was 64% for 2009 compared with 58% in 2008. Non-GAAP operating loss for 2009 was $2.2 million, compared with an operating loss of $5.5 million in 2008 which excludes a one-time income from the sale of patents and an impairment of intangible assets. The improvement in 2009 was due to a higher gross profit and a significant reduction in operating expenses.
As of December 31, 2009, the Company had net cash and cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and restricted cash, in the amount of $10.6 million, or $1.82 per share.
Commenting on the results, Ido Gur, VocalTec’s President and CEO, said, “We are pleased with our results, especially since despite a tough year in the Telecom industry, we showed continued growth in revenue and a reduction in costs. This demonstrates that we are very much on the right track to achieving sustained profitability. We also saw a high level of bookings in 2009 and our year-end backlog going into 2010 is strong, providing us with an increased level of visibility.”
Mr. Gur continued, “Our fourth quarter was also eventful from an M&A standpoint. We purchased substantially all of the assets of Outsmart, and we are happy to already report a first order. The acquired technology enables us to capitalize on the convergence between mobile and VoIP - a trend that is becoming increasingly prevalent, with global mobile VoIP users expected to exceed 280 million by 2013.”
Mr. Gur concluded, “For 2010, we expect to continue growing our revenues organically compared to 2009, and also capitalize on sales into the convergence and mobile VoIP markets. While we expect the first quarter to show the normal seasonal decline in revenues, we believe that our 2010 revenues will show accelerated annual growth. At the same time, we continue exploring M&A opportunities that will provide us with additional growth engines for the long-term.”
Mr. Ido Gur, President and CEO of VocalTec, invites investors to participate in a conference call scheduled for later today, Wednesday, February 24, 2010. The conference call will be held at 9:00am ET. On the call, VocalTec's management will review and discuss the fourth quarter and full year results of operations and will be available to answer questions.
To participate, please call one of the following teleconferencing numbers, 5 minutes before the conference call commences. If you are unable to connect using the toll-free numbers, please try the international dial-in number.
US Dial-in Number: 1 888 281 1167
ISRAEL Dial-in Number: 03 918 0644
INTERNATIONAL Dial-in Number: +972 3 918 0664
For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay of the call will be available from a link in the investor relations section of VocalTec’s website, at: www.vocaltec.com
VocalTec Communications (NasdaqCM: VOCL) is a global provider of carrier-class Voice-over-IP and Convergence solutions for fixed and wireless service providers. A pioneer in VoIP technology since 1994, VocalTec develops and markets an extensive VoIP offering enabling the flexible deployment of next-generation networks (NGNs). Partnering with prominent system integrators and equipment manufacturers, VocalTec serves an installed base of dozens of leading carriers worldwide. VocalTec is led by a management team comprised of respected industry veterans.
Forward Looking Statements
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