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724 Solutions Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2005 Results
Santa Barbara, CA (February 16, 2006) - 724 Solutions (NASDAQ: SVNX; TSX: SVN), a leading provider of next-generation IP-based network and data services, today reported unaudited results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2005 (all figures are in U.S. dollars).
724 Solutions total revenue in the fourth quarter was $3.4 million, compared to $4.5 million in the previous quarter and $5.5 million in the fourth quarter of the previous year.
The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2005, computed using United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), was $2.6 million, or $0.44 per share, compared to a loss of $1.5 million or $0.24 per share in the previous quarter and a loss of $308,000 or $0.05 per share in the fourth quarter of 2004. The Companys total GAAP cost of revenue and operating expenses were $5.9 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $5.8 million in the previous quarter, and $5.6 million in the same period a year ago.
Non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter was $1.8 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to $812,000, or $0.13 per share, in the previous quarter and a non-GAAP net income of $48,000, or $0.01 per share, in the fourth quarter of the previous year. The Companys total non-GAAP cost of revenue and operating expenses were $5.2 million in the fourth quarter compared to $5.3 million in the previous quarter, and $5.5 million in the same period a year ago. A reconciliation between net income on a GAAP basis and a non-GAAP basis is provided in a table immediately following the Summary of Operations.
For the year ended December 31, 2005, revenue was $18.3 million, compared to $15.1 million for the previous year. The net loss under GAAP was $6.1 million or $1.01 per share, compared to $8.0 million or $1.34 per share for the year ended December 31, 2004. Non-GAAP net loss was $3.3 million or $0.55 per share, compared to $5.6 million or $0.93 per share in the previous year.
In the fourth quarter we were successful in deploying capacity increases at existing customers and in signing our second contract with Swisscom Mobile, but these successes were not sufficient to replace the revenue that we lost as a result of the termination of the HP subcontract, said John Sims, Chief Executive Officer, 724 Solutions.
The Company will be providing no specific revenue guidance for the first quarter of 2006. Total GAAP costs are expected to be in the range of $5.9 million to $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2006. The Company said that it expects total non-GAAP cost of revenue and operating expenses to be in the range of $5.3 million to $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2006. The differences between these two sets of numbers reflect projected depreciation of $150,000, projected stock-based compensation expenses of $240,000, and projected net interest expense of $200,000.
As we look forward to 2006, we expect that our growth opportunities will come from MVNO/MVNEs, the emerging opportunity for content filtering capabilities and the desire on the part of mobile operators to simplify their network by eliminating infrastructure that is focused around a single service. In the longer run, we will continue to promote our offerings, like the recently announced Golden Gate and Thulean, that enable our Unwired Lifestyle vision of how service providers will deploy IP-based services in the converged world, added Sims.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call to discuss the results on February 16, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). The conference call will be available over the Internet through the companys web site at www.724.com or by telephone at +1-415-908-6295. A replay will be available for 30 days following the conference call and can be accessed by dialing 800-558-5253 or +1-416-626-4100 reservation number 21281447.
Non-GAAP Income (Loss) and Total Non-GAAP Operating Expenses
The non-GAAP income (loss) used by 724 Solutions excludes depreciation, amortization of intangibles, stock-based compensation, interest expense (income), restructuring charges, write down of goodwill, gain on sale of long-term investments, non-recurring transition charges (direct costs of terminated employees on a defined transition plan) and foreign exchange gains and losses. Non-GAAP operating expenses are GAAP expenses less depreciation, amortization of intangibles, stock-based compensation, interest expense (income), restructuring charges, write down of goodwill, gain on sale of long-term investments, non-recurring transition charges (direct costs of terminated employees on a defined transition plan) and foreign exchange gains and losses. The reduction in the market value of 724 Solutions and the significant changes undertaken by 724 Solutions over the past three years including the substantial reduction in personnel and the closing of offices, have resulted in restructuring charges, the write-down of goodwill and significant changes in other GAAP expenses such as depreciation, stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles and interest income (expense).
Management believes these non-GAAP metrics provide a meaningful measure of the Companys results to its investors by excluding items that are significantly different than those we experienced in historic periods as our historic costs are not indicative of our restructured cost structure and our expected costs on a forward looking basis or are not otherwise reflective of the Companys operational performance. Management believes these measures provide relevant and useful information to investors as these measures are an integral part of our internal management reporting and planning process and are the primary measures used by management to evaluate the operating performance of 724 Solutions. While management believes the non-GAAP measures allow investors to better compare 724 Solutions results in different periods, the non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to non-GAAP measures of other companies.
There are material limitations to using these non-GAAP measures, including the difficulty associated with comparing these performance measures, as we calculate them, to performance measures presented by other companies, and the fact that these performance measures do not take into account certain significant items, including depreciation, amortization of intangibles, stock-based compensation, interest expense (income), restructuring charges and non recurring and acquisition charges.
About 724 Solutions
724 Solutions (NASDAQ: SVNX; TSX: SVN) delivers reliable, scalable technology and solutions that allow mobile network operators and virtual network operators to rapidly deploy flexible and open next generation IP-based network and data services. The companys solutions enable the Unwired Lifestyle TM, 724s vision of how people will use mobile data services to enhance and enrich their professional and private lives with services relevant to their specific needs, with user communities preserved across generations of technology and with data services as reliable as voice. 724 Solutions is a global company with development operations in Canada and Switzerland with its corporate office in Santa Barbara, California. For more information, visit www.724.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include the statements herein regarding: the services and products that will be offered by 724 Solutions, the benefits that businesses and individuals will obtain from these services and products, future demand for these services and products, our future operating and cash performance, our plans and prospects and the sufficiency of our cash resources. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including the risk that 724 Solutions will be unable to deploy its solutions and products, the risk that the demand for these solutions and products, or for 2.5G and 3G networks, will not increase as presently anticipated, the risk that general economic conditions will not improve or deteriorate, the risk that 724 Solutions will be unable to retain its key customers, the risk that 724 Solutions will lose business to competitors with greater resources, and other risks described in 724 Solutions Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These risks are also described in 724 Solutions filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators. 724 Solutions does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under applicable law.
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