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Cbeyond Reports First Quarter 2012 Results
By: Business Wire
May. 2, 2012 04:03 PM
Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY), (“Cbeyond”), a managed services provider delivering integrated packages of IT infrastructure and communications services to small and medium sized businesses, including network services, virtual and dedicated servers and cloud PBX, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, including the highest quarterly adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow in its history.
Recent financial and operating highlights include:
Financial Overview and Key Operating Metrics
Financial and operating metrics, which include non-GAAP financial measures, for the three months ended March 31, 2012, include:
“We are pleased with our progress in the 'Cbeyond 2.0’ business transition that we outlined on our February 16, 2012, earnings call. In fact, the first quarter of 2012 showed our highest level of quarterly adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow in our history, as we re-focused a substantial portion of our sales force to address our Cbeyond 2.0 initiative,” said Jim Geiger, chief executive officer of Cbeyond, Inc. “Our early Cbeyond 2.0 efforts have been rewarded as our sequential ARPU decline was the lowest it has been in the previous 12 quarters. We are confident that we are taking the necessary steps to drive ARPU higher in future periods, as we target accounts with more complex business needs.”
Geiger added, “We recently signed major contracts with our fiber construction partners, Zayo and FiberLight, and have placed orders to deliver fiber to over 700 buildings. These relationships validate our delivery model and strategically positions Cbeyond to achieve our goal of having 1,000 buildings lit by the end of 2013. We are also nearly halfway toward reaching our full-year goal of hiring and ramping up 125 direct representatives focused on technology-dependent customers. We are encouraged by their early success in our area of focus - delivering high speed network access and data center services in a complete package to small and medium size businesses.”
First Quarter Financial and Business Summary
Revenues and ARPU
Cbeyond reported revenues of $123.8 million for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 4.1% from the first quarter of 2011, including $4.0 million of revenues generated through the Cloud Services segment, a 23.5% year-over-year increase. ARPU for the Core Managed Services was $642 in the first quarter of 2012, compared with $646 in the fourth quarter of 2011, and $668 in the first quarter of 2011.
Cost of Service and Gross Margin
Cbeyond’s gross margin was 67.3% in the first quarter of 2012, compared with 66.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011, and 66.7% in the first quarter of 2011. The Company continued to experience ongoing network cost savings associated with the Ethernet conversion initiative.
Adjusted EBITDA and Net Loss
Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2012 was $23.0 million, as compared with adjusted EBITDA of $22.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, and $19.4 million in the first quarter of 2011. Cbeyond reported a net loss of ($1.2) million for the first quarter of 2012 compared with a net loss of ($0.1) million for the first quarter of 2011. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily the result of higher gross margin.
Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Borrowings
Cash and cash equivalents amounted to $4.2 million at the end of the first quarter of 2012, as compared with $8.5 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company also had $4.0 million of outstanding borrowings under its credit facility at March 31, 2012.
Total capital expenditures were $17.2 million during the first quarter of 2012, of which $14.8 million were cash capital expenditures and $2.4 million were non-cash capital expenditures representing Cbeyond’s initial commitments to purchase fiber network assets, which are being paid for over time. Capital expenditures related to Ethernet-over-copper investment in the first quarter of 2012 totaled $0.7 million, as compared with $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, and cumulative capital expenditures relating to Ethernet-over-copper technology totaled $26.5 million as of March 31, 2012. Capital expenditures were $18.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and $21.0 million in the first quarter of 2011.
Free Cash Flow
Free cash flow, defined as adjusted EBITDA less cash capital expenditures, was $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared with $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and ($1.4) million in the first quarter of 2011. The increase was due to improved adjusted EBITDA and lower capital expenditures resulting from reduced levels of investment on Ethernet-over-copper technology in 2012, as planned.
Business Outlook for 2012
Cbeyond reiterates the following guidance for 2012:
Regarding capital expenditures, it should be noted that the guidance range of $55 million to $60 million, as well as the resulting $25 million to $35 million of free cash flow (adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures), relates to cash capital expenditures. Cbeyond has already and may continue to enter into agreements for fiber networks involving long-term commitments that will create additional non-cash capital expenditures this year not included in the guidance range provided above. The assets acquired under these agreements are excluded from the Company’s definition of cash capital expenditures because they do not require significant upfront outlays of cash.
Cbeyond will hold a conference call to discuss this press release Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available on-line at www.cbeyond.net. To listen to the live call, please go to the web site at least 10 minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. The conference call will also be available by dialing (877) 303-9219 (for domestic U.S. callers) and (760) 666-3559 (for international callers). For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an on-line replay will be available shortly after the call and continue to be available for one year.
Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) is a leading provider of IT and communications services to more than 62,000 small and medium sized businesses in the U.S. Combining industry-leading virtual and dedicated servers hosted in a fully compliant data center, cloud PBX, secure MPLS enterprise-class networks, robust security services, migration planning and best-in-class real-time management, Cbeyond provides a technology portfolio not generally available to the SMBs they serve. Winning the 2010 Windows Server Hyper-V Cloud Provider of the Year and Hosting Partner of the Year in 2009 and 2010, Cbeyond is an industry leader in delivering virtual and dedicated servers on Windows Server Hyper-V technology. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.net and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements identified by words such as "expectations," "guidance," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects" and similar expressions. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Cbeyond's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause future results to differ include, but are not limited to, the following: finalization of operating data, the significant reduction in economic activity, which particularly affects our target market of small businesses; the risk that we may be unable to continue to experience revenue growth at historical or anticipated levels; changes in business climate or other factors affecting our customer base; the risk of unexpected increases in customer churn levels; our ability to manage competitive pricing dynamics in our markets; changes in federal or state regulation or decisions by regulatory bodies that affect Cbeyond; periods of economic downturn or unusual volatility in the capital markets or other negative macroeconomic conditions that could harm our business, including our access to capital markets and the impact on certain of our customers to meet their payment obligations; the timing of the initiation, progress or cancellation of significant contracts or arrangements; the mix and timing of services sold in a particular period; our ability to recruit and maintain experienced management and personnel; rapid technological change and the timing and amount of start-up costs incurred in connection with the introduction of new services or the entrance into new markets; our ability to maintain or attract sufficient customers in existing or new markets; our ability to respond to increasing competition; our ability to manage the growth of our operations; changes in estimates of taxable income or utilization of deferred tax assets which could significantly affect the Company's effective tax rate; pending regulatory action relating to our compliance with customer proprietary network information; the risk that the anticipated benefits, growth prospects and synergies expected from our acquisitions may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the possibility that economic benefits of future opportunities in an emerging industry may never materialize, including unexpected variations in market growth and demand for the acquired products and technologies; delays, disruptions, costs and challenges associated with integrating acquired companies into our existing business, including changing relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; unfamiliarity with the economic characteristics of new geographic markets; ongoing personnel and logistical challenges of managing a larger organization; our ability to retain and motivate key employees from the acquired companies; external events outside of our control, including extreme weather, natural disasters, pandemics or terrorist attacks that could adversely affect our target markets; our ability to implement and execute successfully our new strategic focus; our ability to expand fiber availability; the extent to which small and medium sized businesses continue to spend on cloud, network and security services; our ability to recruit, maintain and grow a sales force focused exclusively on our technology-dependent customers; our ability to integrate new products into our existing infrastructure; the effects of realignment activities; the extent to which our customer mix becomes more technology-dependent; our ability to achieve future cost savings related to our capital expenditures and investment in Ethernet technology; and general economic and business conditions. You are advised to consult any further disclosures we make on related subjects in the reports we file with the SEC, including the "Risk Factors" in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, together with updates that may occur in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Such disclosure covers certain risks, uncertainties and possibly inaccurate assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. We undertake no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Key Operating Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release, the Company uses several key operating metrics and non-GAAP financial measures. The Company defines each of these metrics and provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, financial measure. These financial measures and operating metrics are a supplement to GAAP financial information and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income, cash flow or operating income as determined in accordance with GAAP.
Adjusted EBITDA is not a substitute for operating income, net income, or cash flow from operating activities as determined in accordance with GAAP, as a measure of performance or liquidity. The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. However, the Company uses adjusted EBITDA, also a non-GAAP financial measure, to further exclude, when applicable, non-cash share-based compensation, public offering or acquisition-related transaction costs, purchase accounting adjustments, gain or loss on asset dispositions and non-operating income or expense. On a less frequent basis, adjusted EBITDA may exclude charges for employee severances, asset or facility impairments, and other exit activity costs associated with a management directed plan. Information relating to adjusted EBITDA is provided so that investors have the same data that management employs in assessing the overall operation of the Company’s business.
Adjusted EBITDA allows the chief operating decision maker to assess the performance of the Company’s business on a consolidated basis that corresponds to the measure used to assess the ability of its operating segments to produce operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, to service debt obligations and to fund capital expenditures. In particular, adjusted EBITDA permits a comparative assessment of the Company’s operating performance, relative to a performance based on GAAP results, while isolating the effects of depreciation and amortization, which may vary among segments without any correlation to their underlying operating performance, and of non-cash share-based compensation, which is a non-cash expense that varies widely among similar companies.
Free cash flow represents the cash that a company is able to generate after cash expenses and capital expenditures necessary to maintain or expand its asset base. The Company defines free cash flow as adjusted EBITDA less cash capital expenditures. Cbeyond believes that free cash flow is an important metric for investors in evaluating how a company is currently using cash generated, and may indicate its ability to generate cash that can potentially be used by the business for capital investments, acquisitions, reduction of debt, payment of dividends or share repurchases. Internally, Cbeyond has also begun to focus on free cash flow as an important operating performance metric and has designed its corporate bonus compensation plan to utilize free cash flow as a component. However, free cash flow is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Additionally, the Company does not present or manage free cash flow on a segment basis.
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