Ultimate Reports Q4 and Year-End 2012 Financial Results

Ultimate Reports Q4 and Year-End 2012 Financial Results

  • Record Q4 Recurring Revenues of $73.4 Million, Up by 28%

  • Record Q4 Total Revenues of $92.2 Million, Up by 27%

  • Record 2012 Recurring Revenues of $266.4 Million, Up by 25%

  • Record 2012 Total Revenues of $332.3 Million, Up by 23%

  • Q4 Non-GAAP Operating Income of $18.7 Million, Up by 64%

  • 2012 Non-GAAP Operating Income of $49.5 Million, Up by 57%

WESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ultimate Software (NAS: ULTI) , a leading cloud provider of people management solutions, announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, Ultimate reported recurring revenues of $73.4 million, a 28% increase, and total revenues of $92.2 million, a 27% increase, both compared with 2011's fourth quarter. GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $6.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, versus GAAP net income of $2.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011.


Non-GAAP net income, which excludes stock-based compensation and amortization of acquired intangible assets, was $10.8 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with non-GAAP net income of $6.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

For 2012, recurring revenues increased 25% to $266.4 million, and total revenues increased 23% to $332.3 million, both as compared with the prior year. For 2012, GAAP net income was $14.6 million or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $4.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for 2011. For 2012, non-GAAP net income was $28.5 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $18.1 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for 2011.

"Our fourth quarter and 2012 financial performance were in line with our expectations and our business plan. Our 2012 execution puts us in position to reach our 2013 goal of achieving more than $400 million in revenues, and it gives us a solid foundation for taking advantage of many future opportunities," said Scott Scherr, CEO, president, and founder of Ultimate.

"A year ago we were honored to have been ranked #25 on FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For list. This year we are honored to move up to #9. This recognition reflects our passion for putting our 'People First' and having them put our clients first through product development and customer services," added Scherr.

Ultimate's financial results teleconference will be held today, February 5, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, through Vcall at www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=170357. The call will be available for replay at the same address beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time the same day. Windows Media Player software is required to listen to the call and can be downloaded from the site. Forward-looking information about future company performance will be discussed during the teleconference call.

Financial Highlights

  • Recurring revenues grew by 28% for the fourth quarter of 2012 and by 25% for the 2012 year — both compared with 2011's comparable periods. The increase was primarily attributable to revenue growth from our Software-as-a-Service ("SaaS") offering. Recurring revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were 80% of total revenues as compared with 79% of total revenues for 2011's fourth quarter. Recurring revenues were 80% of total revenues for the 2012 year versus 79% for 2011.

  • Ultimate's total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 27% compared with those for the fourth quarter of 2011. Ultimate's total revenues for 2012 increased by 23% compared with those for 2011.

  • Our operating income increased 64%, on a non-GAAP basis, for the fourth quarter of 2012 to $18.7 million as compared with $11.4 million for the same period of 2011. Non-GAAP operating income for 2012 was $49.5 million compared with $31.5 million for 2011. Our non-GAAP operating margin was 20.3% for the fourth quarter of 2012 versus 15.7% for the fourth quarter of 2011. Our non-GAAP operating margin was 14.9% for 2012 versus 11.7% for 2011.

  • Ultimate's annualized retention rate exceeded 96% for its existing recurring revenue customer base as of December 31, 2012.

  • Net income, on a non-GAAP basis, for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased to $10.8 million compared with $6.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP net income for 2012 increased to $28.5 million compared with $18.1 million for 2011.

  • The combination of cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities was $69.4 million as of December 31, 2012, compared with $55.3 million as of December 31, 2011. Cash flows from operating activities for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 were $9.3 million, compared with $4.8 million for the same period of 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, Ultimate generated $41.7 million in cash from operations compared with $28.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.

  • Days sales outstanding were 71 days at December 31, 2012, which was consistent with days sales outstanding at December 31, 2011.

Stock Repurchases

During the year ended December 31, 2012, we paid $9.8 million to repurchase 112,022 shares of our issued and outstanding $0.01 par value common stock ("Common Stock"), under our previously announced stock repurchase plan ("Stock Repurchase Plan"). As of December 31, 2012, we had 946,165 shares available for repurchase in the future under our Stock Repurchase Plan.

During the year ended December 31, 2012, unrelated to the Stock Repurchase Plan, we also paid $20.4 million to acquire 228,044 shares of our Common Stock to settle the employee tax withholding liability resulting from the vesting of our employees' restricted stock holdings.

Business Highlights

  • We expanded UltiPro's global HCM capabilities, made significant advances in payroll processing speed for very large organizations, increased configurability of our talent management solutions, and extended our partnership ecosystem with partners such as Yammer, a leading provider of Enterprise Social Networks; CERTPOINT, a recognized leader in Learning Management Systems; Ping Identity, a leader in identity security and single sign-on connection; and Informatica, an industry-leading data integration platform that makes UltiPro's connectivity more flexible, reliable, and efficient.

  • We held our Ultimate Partner Forum, known as Connections, in March 2012 and had the largest attendance in our history — more than 1,200 attendees. Our customers, partners, and HR industry influencers came to learn about our product roadmap, industry best practices, and how to implement our product enhancements into their businesses. Ultimate's 2013 Connections conference will be held on March 12-15, 2013, in Las Vegas. Keynote speakers will be Pat Riley, president and former head coach of the Miami Heat and author of the book, The Winner Within; Shawn Achor, author of the best-selling book, The Happiness Advantage; and Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, co-creators of the Results-Only Work Environment and authors of the book, Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It.

  • Our customer support services were awarded Service Capability & Performance (SCP) certification for best practices for the 14th consecutive year. The SCP Standards represent the global benchmark for service excellence and are recognized by leading technology companies around the world.

  • InformationWeek magazine honored Ultimate by selecting us as one of the top 100 most innovative users of information technology in the United States.

  • Ultimate was recognized by Achievers as one of Achievers' 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States.

  • In January 2013, Ultimate was ranked #9 on FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Ultimate is the only human capital management provider and the highest ranked cloud vendor on the 2013 list. This honor builds on our #25 rank on FORTUNE's 2012 list and our previous recognition twice as the #1 medium-size company to work for in America by The Great Place to Work Institute.

Financial Outlook

Ultimate provides the following financial guidance for 2013:

For the first quarter of 2013:

  • Recurring revenues of approximately $77.0 million,

  • Total revenues of approximately $98.0 million, and

  • Operating margin, on a non-GAAP basis (discussed below), of approximately 13%.

For the year 2013:

  • Recurring revenues to increase by approximately 25% over 2012,

  • Total revenues to increase by approximately 23% over 2012, and

  • Operating margin, on a non-GAAP basis (discussed below), of approximately 17%.

Operating margin expectations were determined on a non-GAAP basis using the methodologies identified under the caption "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" in this press release. Non-cash stock-based compensation expense for 2013 is expected to be approximately $37.5 million.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are, and certain statements on the teleconference call may be, forward-looking statements within the meaning provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Ultimate's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements, including risks and uncertainties associated with fluctuations in Ultimate's quarterly operating results, concentration of Ultimate's product offerings, development risks involved with new products and technologies, competition, contract renewals with business partners, compliance by our customers with the terms of their contracts with us, and other factors disclosed in Ultimate's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ultimate undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About Ultimate

Ultimate is a leading cloud-based provider of people management solutions, with more than 10 million people records in the cloud. Built on the belief that people are the most important ingredient of any business, Ultimate's award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, and talent management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information and resources they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and has more than 1,600 professionals focused on developing the highest quality solutions and services. In 2013, Ultimate was ranked #9 on FORTUNE'S "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Ultimate has more than 2,500 customers with employees in 115 countries, including Adobe Systems Incorporated, Culligan International, Major League Baseball, The New York Yankees Baseball Team, Pep Boys, and Texas Roadhouse. More information on Ultimate's products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

THE ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

For the Three Months

Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months

Ended December 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Revenues:

Recurring

$

73,416

$

57,146

$

266,430

$

213,785

Services

18,402

14,911

64,563

53,195

License

360

681

1,275

2,218

Total revenues

92,178

72,738

332,268

269,198

Cost of revenues:

Recurring

20,392

16,748

78,121

63,505

Services

18,243

13,235

66,063

52,341

License

72

154

280

488

Total cost of revenues

38,707

30,137

144,464

116,334

Gross profit

53,471

42,601

187,804

152,864

Operating expenses:

Sales and marketing

19,238

15,496

72,565

63,145

Research and development

14,943

13,763

60,693

51,356

General and administrative

6,857

5,561

25,433

21,931

Total operating expenses

41,038

34,820

158,691

136,432

Operating income

12,433

7,781

29,113

16,432

Other (expense) income:

Interest and other expense

(122

)

(36

)

(476

)

(401

)

Other income, net

12

14

102

91

Total other expense, net

(110

)

(22

)

(374

)

(310

)

Income before income taxes

12,323

7,759

28,739

16,122

Provision for income taxes

(6,025

)

(5,783

)

(14,107

)

(11,840

)

Net income

$

6,298

$

1,976

$

14,632

$

4,282

Net income per share:

Basic

$

0.23

$

0.08

$

0.55

$

0.17

Diluted

$

0.22

$

0.07

$

0.52

$

0.15

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

27,207

26,055

26,778

25,814

Diluted

28,571

27,838

28,375

27,806

The following table sets forth the stock-based compensation expense resulting from stock-based arrangements (excluding the income tax effect, or "gross") and the amortization of acquired intangibles that are recorded in Ultimate's unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for the periods indicated (in thousands):

For the Three Months

Ended December 31,

For the Twelve Months

Ended December 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Stock-based compensation expense:

Cost of recurring revenues

$

699

$

382

$

2,508

$

1,402

Cost of services revenues

875

357

2,729

1,464

Sales and marketing

2,529

1,580

7,861

6,824

Research and development

603

428

2,451

1,625

General and administrative

1,589

903

4,863

3,694

Total non-cash stock-based compensation expense

$

6,295

$

3,650

$

20,412

$

15,009

Amortization of acquired intangibles:

General and administrative

$

$

$

$

83

THE ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

As of

As of

December 31,

December 31,

2012

2011

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

58,817

$

46,149

Investments in marketable securities

9,223

7,584

Accounts receivable, net

70,774

56,186

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

25,949

22,944

Deferred tax assets, net

1,372

1,277

Total current assets before funds held for clients

166,135

134,140

Funds held for clients

281,007

118,660

Total current assets

447,142

252,800

Property and equipment, net

38,068

24,486

Capitalized software, net

508

1,765

Goodwill

3,025

3,025

Investments in marketable securities

1,311

1,546

Other assets, net

16,687

15,056

Deferred tax assets, net

18,543

20,142

Total assets

$

525,284

$

318,820

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

7,584

$

6,265

Accrued expenses

15,055

11,589

Deferred revenue

90,674

83,416

Capital lease obligations

2,968

2,694

Other borrowings

2,311

-

Total current liabilities before client fund obligations

118,592

103,964

Client fund obligations

281,007

118,660

Total current liabilities

399,599

222,624

Deferred revenue

1,302

3,147

Deferred rent

2,777

3,384

Capital lease obligations

2,469

2,175

Other borrowings

2,601

-

Income taxes payable

1,866

1,866

Total liabilities

410,614

233,196

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred Stock, $.01 par value

-

-

Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, $.01 par value

-

-

Common Stock, $.01 par value

314

302

Additional paid-in capital

266,130

242,100

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

109

(57)

Accumulated deficit

(33,339)

(47,971)

233,214

194,374

Treasury stock, at cost

(118,544)

(108,750)

Total stockholders' equity

114,670

85,624

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

525,284

$

318,820

THE ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDA