Company records GAAP net income of $0.13, a $0.26 improvement from the prior year net loss
MINNEAPOLIS, April 23, 2003 --Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a global leader in e-commerce outsourcing, today reported revenue of $24.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003. This represents a year-over-year increase of 36 percent from revenue of $18.1 million in the first quarter of last year, and a more than 14 percent sequential increase from the $21.5 million in net revenue generated in the fourth quarter of 2002. This performance exceeded the Company`s previous first quarter 2003 guidance of $21.5 million. Gross margins were 84.2 percent in the first quarter 2003, approximately 260 basis points higher than the same period last year, and 54 basis points higher than the fourth quarter of 2002.
In the first quarter, net income totaled $4.0 million, or $0.13 per share, as reflected under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This compares to a net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.13 per share for the same period last year, and net income of $3.3 million, or $0.11 per share for the fourth quarter of 2002. These results exceeded guidance previously provided by the Company.
"We had a tremendous first quarter, exceeding both revenue and earnings-per-share expectations," said Joel Ronning, Digital River`s CEO. "Digital River continues to demonstrate strong revenue growth and maximize savings from cost efficiency initiatives. We managed record-breaking transaction levels through our data centers, capitalized on our e-marketing services, rolled out new enterprise software and e-subscription service offerings, and completed two small but strategic acquisitions. We are pleased with the solid performance and the direction of the company. With a strong balance sheet and increasing profitability, we believe we are well-positioned for the remainder of 2003."
In prior periods, Digital River has reported pro forma measures, which excluded certain expenses from net income to provide information regarding our core operating results. For purposes of comparison to historical information, Digital River`s net income in the first quarter of 2003, prior to the amortization of acquisition-related expenses was $5.2 million, or $0.17 per share. This compares to net income, prior to the amortization of acquisition-related expenses and litigation and other charges of $519,000, or $0.02 per share for the first quarter of 2002. This also compares to net income, prior to the amortization of acquisition-related expenses, of $4.5 million or $0.15 per share in the fourth quarter of 2002.
As of March 31, 2003, cash and investments totaled $49.2 million, an $8.4 million increase from December 31, 2002, and an $18.4 million increase from the same period in the prior year. Net working capital grew $4.1 million from year-end levels to $18.6 million as of March 31, 2003.
Segmented Financial Results
Digital River`s software services segment generated $21.0 million in revenue in the first quarter, a 43 percent increase over the first quarter of last year and a 17 percent sequential increase over revenue of $18.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2002. The segment had earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $7.4 million for the quarter.
"Digital River continues to leverage growing market opportunities," said Jay Kerutis, president of Digital River`s software and digital commerce services. "In the first quarter, our company`s growth was generated through new client contracts and expanded relationships with existing clients. In the near term, we plan to intensify our sales efforts in the channel and in the international arena, particularly in the APAC region. We also plan to expand into the enterprise software and subscription markets with new e-commerce offerings."
The e-business services segment generated $3.6 million in revenue in the quarter. This represents a six percent increase over revenue of $3.4 million in the same period last year and a slight sequential increase over revenue of $3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2002. The e-business services segment`s EBITDA loss was $598,000 for the quarter, down from a loss of $1.3 million in the prior quarter.
"As anticipated, the performance of the e-business services segment continues to improve primarily due to the previously announced operations consolidation and increased efficiencies," said Carter Hicks, Digital River`s CFO. "This consolidation is unifying the organization in its delivery of e-commerce solutions. In addition, we are moving away from complex custom development projects in favor of our templated, revenue-share model. As a result, the expenses attributable to the e-business services segment have declined."
Based on Digital River`s first quarter performance, the Company is increasing its 2003 guidance. The Company currently expects total revenue for the year to be approximately $94 - $98 million. This is a $3 - $5 million increase over its previous guidance. The Company expects its software services segment revenue to comprise approximately 80-85 percent of total company revenue for the year. Based on the new revenue projection, the Company currently expects earnings per share to be $0.41 - $0.45 on a GAAP basis, and $0.57 - $0.61, prior to the amortization of acquisition-related expenses. The Company`s previous guidance was $0.35 - $0.37 on a GAAP basis and $0.50 - $0.52, prior to the amortization of acquisition-related expenses.
"While we are very encouraged by the seasonal activity and transaction levels in the first quarter and we are raising our annual revenue and earnings per share guidance, we still believe it is prudent to remain guarded about the economy and technology spending patterns over the next few quarters," said Ronning. "Our revised guidance continues to reflect guarded optimism."
Consistent with historical seasonal patterns, for the second quarter Digital River currently expects to generate revenue of $22.5 million, a 16 percent improvement over the second quarter of 2002. The software services segment revenue is expected to comprise approximately 80 - 85 percent of revenue in the quarter. The Company currently expects earnings per share for the second quarter of $0.08 on a GAAP basis and $0.12, prior to the amortization of acquisition-related costs.