Lod, Israel – May 7, 2012 - AudioCodes (NasdaqGS: AUDC), a leading provider of Voice over IP (VoIP) technologies and Voice Network products, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.
Revenues for the first quarter of 2012 were $32.3 million compared to $37.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 and $41.0 million for the first quarter of 2011.
Net loss in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) was $1.6 million, or ($0.04) per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012 compared to net income of $670,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, and net income of $3.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011.
Non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2012 was $827,000, or ($0.02) per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $1.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011, and non-GAAP net income of $4.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2011.
Non-GAAP net income (loss) excludes (i) stock-based compensation expenses and (ii) amortization expenses related to intangible assets. A reconciliation between net income (loss) on a GAAP basis and on a non-GAAP basis is provided in the tables that accompany the condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this press release.
In October 2011, AudioCodes’ Board of Directors authorized a program to repurchase up to 4.0 million of the Company’s Ordinary Shares, NIS 0.01 nominal (par) value, which is approximately 10% of the Company’s outstanding shares. During the first quarter of 2012, the Company repurchased a total of approximately 692,000 shares at an aggregate cost of approximately $2.5 million. As of March 31, 2012, approximately 1.9 million shares have been repurchased through the program since its inception at an aggregate cost of approximately $6.5 million.
During the first quarter of 2012, net cash of $623,000 was provided by operating activities compared to net cash of $4.1 million provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2011 and net cash of $371,000 used in operating activities in the first quarter of 2011. Cash and cash equivalents, bank deposits and marketable securities were $70.3 million as of March 31, 2012, compared to $75.6 million as of December 31, 2011 and $62.0 million as of March 31, 2011. The year-over-year net increase in cash balances includes new bank loans made to the Company during the second half of 2011 in the aggregate amount of $23.8 million.
“AudioCodes’ first quarter revenues were below our original forecast and reflected a faster than anticipated decline in our legacy business, a trend we believe will become less significant in the second half of 2012. These lower revenues reflect weakness in sales in North America including, among others, a decline in legacy OEM business and lower than anticipated government and technology sales. Aside from these headwinds, we saw continued solid demand for our core networking business line which represents about 80% of our overall business. Favorable product mix contributed to strong gross margin performance during the quarter. Strength in AudioCodes’ cash flow from operations for the first quarter was also favorable, strengthening the balance sheet and allowing us to continue to execute on our active share repurchase program,” commented Shabtai Adlersberg, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AudioCodes.
“As we look out on the landscape for our markets, we continue to see good opportunities in unified communications, the contact center market and IP business communications services. In the first quarter of 2012, we continued to introduce innovative products and services into some of the fastest growing segments of the VoIP market, such as the Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) space where AudioCodes has seen good momentum in growing sales and was recently ranked among the top three global public providers in a leading independent analysis. On the partner front, we continue to collaborate with market leaders such as Microsoft and their unified communications Lync solution to leverage the long-term opportunity we see in the market for communication and collaboration and networked telephony,” concluded Mr. Adlersberg.
Conference Call & Web Cast Information
AudioCodes will conduct a conference call at 9:00 A.M., Eastern Time today to discuss the Company’s first quarter 2012 operating and financial results. The conference call will be simultaneously Web cast. Investors are invited to listen to the call live via Web cast at the AudioCodes corporate website at www.audiocodes.com.