VA Software Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2005 Results
First quarter software revenue grows 137% year-over-year
FREMONT, CA November 18, 2004 VA Software Corporation (Nasdaq: LNUX), provider of the award-winning SourceForge® Global Development Platform™ for optimizing distributed development, and parent company of OSTG, the leading online network of news and information sites for IT managers and development professionals, today announced financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2005, ended October 31, 2004.
Total first quarter fiscal 2005 revenue grew 21% to $7.0 million, compared to first quarter fiscal 2004 total revenue of $5.8 million. Revenue from the software business increased 137% to $1.9 million in first quarter fiscal 2005 from $0.8 million in first quarter fiscal 2004.
The first quarter fiscal 2005 loss from operations declined to $1.9 million from $2.4 million for the first quarter fiscal year 2004 due to the growth in revenue and gross margin, somewhat offset by higher operating expenses. On a GAAP basis, the first quarter fiscal 2005 net loss was $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to last year's first quarter fiscal 2004 GAAP net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per share. The first quarter of fiscal year 2004 was favorably impacted by reversals of legal expenses and legal settlements, totaling $2.2 million.
As specified in the attached reconciliation of net loss as reported to pro forma net loss, the first quarter fiscal 2005 net loss before non-recurring charges was $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to last year's first quarter fiscal 2004 net loss before non-recurring charges of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per share. Cash and investments remain strong at $43.6 million as of October 31, 2004.
"We are very pleased with the performance of our software business during the first quarter. We added 11 new customers, our average contract value tripled compared to last year's first quarter, and bookings reached an all-time high," said Ali Jenab, president and CEO. "We have also positioned our online business, OSTG, for accelerating growth later in the year by adding key management talent."
A conference call to review results will be held at 5:00 pm (Eastern) today. The call may be accessed via webcast at http://www.vasoftware.com or by dialing (800) 862-9098 or (785) 424-1051. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days by dialing (800) 934-3942 or (402) 220-1162.
Use of NonGAAP Financial Information
In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, VA Software uses non-GAAP financial results. Non-GAAP net income and earnings per share exclude amortization of intangible assets and deferred stock compensation, as well as restructuring costs and other special charges. These non-GAAP adjustments are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of current financial performance and prospects for the future. Specifically, VA believes the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain non-recurring expenses that VA believes are not indicative of core operating results. In addition, because VA has historically reported non-GAAP results to the investment community, VA believes the inclusion of non-GAAP numbers provides consistency in financial reporting. Further, these non-GAAP results are one of the primary indicators management uses for planning and forecasting in future periods. The method VA uses to produce non-GAAP results is not computed according to GAAP, is likely to differ from the methods used by other companies and should not be regarded as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.
About VA Software
VA Software (Nasdaq: LNUX) is at the center of today's technology revolution and incites innovation by empowering the IT and developer communities with information, community support and software. VA Software is the parent company of OSTG (Open Source Technology Group), and the creator of SourceForge. SourceForge.net is the global nexus for the Open Source community with 90,000+ Open Source projects and 950,000+ registered users. SourceForge Enterprise Edition optimizes distributed development for Fortune 500 companies.
OSTG, the cornerstone of the Open Source movement, is the leading online network for IT managers and development professionals. OSTG technology-focused sites include Slashdot.org, SourceForge.net, ITManagersJournal.com, NewsForge.com, Linux.com and freshmeat.net. OSTG also runs ThinkGeek.com, an online retailer of technology products, and the MediaBuilder network, featuring AnimationFactory.com. OSTG receives more than 250 million page views and nearly 16 million unique visitors monthly.
For more information about VA Software, visit www.vasoftware.com. For more information about OSTG, visit www.ostg.com.
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding VA's anticipated financial performance and continued progress as a company, including OSTG's anticipated online advertising growth. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including: VA's success in expanding its SourceForge enterprise software business; VA's ability to achieve and sustain higher levels of revenue; VA's reliance upon strategic relationships with other companies; VA's ability to protect and defend its intellectual property rights; the size and timing of execution of enterprise-level licenses; decreases or delays in online advertising spending; rapid technological and market change; future guidelines and interpretations regarding software revenue recognition; unforeseen expenses that VA may incur in future quarters; and competition with, and pricing pressures from more established competitors. Investors should consult VA's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2004, for further information regarding these and the other risks of the Company's business. These documents are available at the SEC Web site: www.sec.gov. VA assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this news release.
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
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