ATLANTA & SHANGHAI — CDC Software Corporation (NASDAQ:CDCS ), a hybrid enterprise software provider of on-premise and cloud deployments, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010. Non-GAAP revenue(a) was $54.2 million and Non-GAAP net income(a) was $7.0 million, or $0.25 in Non-GAAP earnings per share(a) (Non-GAAP EPS), compared to Non-GAAP revenue of $48.6 million and Non-GAAP net income of $9.6 million, or $0.33 in Non-GAAP earnings per share, in the third quarter of 2009. Operating cash flow in the third quarter of 2010 was $12.0 million.
Third quarter 2010 Adjusted EBITDA(a) was $10.1 million, compared to $13.2 million in the third quarter of 2009. The company’s third quarter 2010 Non-GAAP EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP revenue exceeded current First Call consensus estimates of $0.22 per share for Non-GAAP EPS, $9.0 million for Adjusted EBITDA and $53.9 million for Non-GAAP revenue. CDC Software’s cash and cash equivalents totaled $36.4 million as of September 30, 2010. Third quarter 2010 Adjusted EBITDA margin(a) was 19 percent, compared to 27 percent in the third quarter of 2009.
Third quarter 2010 license revenue increased by 18 percent to $9.0 million, compared to $7.6 million in the third quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP SaaS revenue(a) increased 48 percent to $3.9 million, compared to $2.6 million in the second quarter of 2010. The number of enterprise sales deals increased to 348 in the third quarter of 2010, compared to 247 in the third quarter of 2009. Approximately 54 percent of CDC Software’s total license revenue was derived from North America, 30 percent from EMEA, and 16 percent from Asia/Pacific.
“Overall, we are pleased with third quarter 2010 results including our 18 percent growth in license revenue, 12 percent increase in Non GAAP revenue compared to the third quarter of 2009, significant expansion in application sales, and solid cash flow from operations of $12.0 million,” said Bruce Cameron, president of CDC Software. “Our third quarter Non-GAAP revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP EPS beat consensus estimates despite the company’s transition to its hybrid software model, which required increased upfront costs for sales, marketing and R&D. Therefore, we believe we are on track to meet Non-GAAP EPS estimates of $1.02-$1.08 for 2010 and consider our EPS to be among the highest in our selected software peer group.
“Specifically, our European business saw significant growth in the third quarter, with the U.K. region achieving its best quarter in two years for software license sales. We have also achieved our highest cross-sell revenue in more than two years, which was highlighted by a recent six figure deal with a CDC Supply Chain customer that selected our CDC eCommerce cloud solution. For our on-premise solutions, we had the highest number of new logo sales for Ross ERP in two years, significant new logo sales with our CDC Platinum HRM solutions and the CDC Factory product line generated the highest dollar revenue of new logo business of all the CDC Software Business units and product lines. We believe these recent sales achievements illustrate the success of our hybrid business model, especially with our performance in cross-sell deals between our SaaS and on-premise solutions.”
Third quarter 2010 application sales increased 84 percent to $14.0 million, from $7.6 million in the third quarter of 2009. Application sales are comprised of license revenue plus new secured total contract value (STCV) of SaaS contracts. STCV is the contract dollar amount for the duration of the contracts for all SaaS contracts secured, including new logo contracts, upsell, rental, as well as all renewals received by the end of the quarter.
The strong growth in application sales was primarily due to organic growth in the company’s core on-premise and acquired SaaS product lines, especially in new logo customers. The third quarter was highlighted by several large deals that included two seven digit sales and services deals (one for the CDC TradeBeam cloud solution and the other for the CDC Factory on-premise plant floor solution), another three-quarters of a million dollar sale for CDC TradeBeam and a sizeable Pivotal CRM on-premise license sale in Russia.
Third quarter 2010 Total Contracted Backlog (TCB) was $133.9 million, compared to $99.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. TCB is the sum of the remaining revenue value of SaaS and term license or rental contracts through the end of their respective terms, the value of contracted renewals for current SaaS and rental contracts based on 12 months of value, plus annualized maintenance revenues from existing on-premise contracts based on the rolling average of the previous 12 months. The company’s third quarter 2010 SaaS renewal rate was approximately 94 percent.
Total Non-GAAP recurring revenue(a), which CDC Software defines as Non-GAAP maintenance revenue(a) plus Non-GAAP SaaS revenue, was $29.8 million in the third quarter of 2010, compared to $25.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. CDC Software did not begin separately reporting SaaS revenue until the fourth quarter of 2009. Third quarter 2010 Non-GAAP maintenance revenue was $26.0 million, compared to $25.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. CDC Software has also continued to achieve a maintenance retention rate of approximately 90 percent. Third quarter 2010 Non-GAAP services revenue was $14.8 million, compared to $14.9 million in the third quarter of 2009.
During the third quarter of 2010, Non-GAAP EPS was impacted by several factors, including those related to the company’s transition to its hybrid software model where SaaS implementation costs are recognized when incurred, while the related professional service revenue typically is recognized over the estimated customer life. In addition, profitability was also affected by higher sales and marketing and R&D expenses.
CDC Software has shown a strong track record in successfully integrating acquisitions that can be largely attributed to its global technology and business infrastructure that offers compelling economies of scale, especially when utilizing the company’s global sales and back office shared services center.
For example, the CDC gomembers business, which was acquired late in the fourth quarter of 2009, recorded more than $1.0 million in total application sales for the third quarter 2010 and has continued to invest in business development initiatives. The company has also seen solid growth in its SaaS business, which included an increase in SaaS renewals and upselling.
CDC TradeBeam reported its best quarter in closed business for the year that included a Fortune 500 company, a seven digit multi-year expansion contract with a leading global manufacturer and a new logo sale with a multi-billion dollar technology company. CDC eCommerce, with its multi-channel commerce offerings, will soon be integrated with the CDC Supply Chain fulfillment platform at a leading retailing customer. This integration was the result of a cross-sell worth more than $700,000.
During the third quarter of 2010, CDC Software introduced several new products and version upgrades for its core on-premise ERP, supply chain management and complaint management applications including Ross PLM, its new product lifecycle management application, CDC Supply Chain’s iWMS v7 for extended warehouse and delivery management and Advance Order Management v10.1 and Respond 5.4, featuring additional multi-language support for Chinese, French, and Spanish. The company also delivered major versions of its Public and Not-for-Profit SaaS solutions with the launch of CDC gomembers version 4 and 4gov version 10, and a major upgrade of its multi-tenant, cloud-based CDC eCommerce platform with a new solution supporting mobile browsing and shopping. With the new CDC eCommerce upgrade, CDC Software delivers another channel to its multichannel commerce strategy that includes innovative technology directly addressing the call center, public marketplaces like eBay, the web and now mobile communications.
As we previously announced, CDC Software was recently recognized by Forrester Research as one of four companies cited as “Emerging Players to Watch” in the October 21, 2010 report: “The Forrester Wave™: B2C eCommerce Platforms, Q4 2010.”
CDC Software’s growth in its business is highlighted by increases in license revenue, new logo sales, application sales, and record cross-selling.
Sales highlights in the third quarter included new SaaS sales accounting for 43 percent of Total Contract Value (TCV); a balanced mix of sales in key verticals such as food and beverage, manufacturing, financial services, retail/wholesale and the not-for-profit/public sector; the highest number of new logo sales for Ross ERP products in two years; the CDC Factory product line, which generated 12 percent of total license revenues; and SaaS deals including a seven figure contract and two other separate deals between $700,000 and $750,000 each, one of which was a cross-sale with CDC Supply Chain and CDC eCommerce.
Another key part of CDC Software’s growth strategy is its Strategic Alliance Program. During the third quarter of 2010, CDC Software added one new original equipment manufacturer (OEM). CDC Software’s OEM sales pipeline has grown from $150,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009 to $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2010. In addition, partner revenue increased 21 percent to $5.8 million for the first nine months of 2010, compared to $4.8 million in the first nine months of 2009.
CDC Software is continuing to focus on emerging economies such as India, China and Russia since the company believes those regions present significant growth opportunities in the future. The Strategic Alliance Program is expected to be instrumental in expanding in those markets, and already through this program, a sizeable Pivotal CRM sale was completed in Russia during the third quarter of this year.
In addition, CDC Software is adding Beijing Hinge Xin Yuan Software Co, as its new franchise partner in China, which will help the company expand its CDC Platinum HRM solution into the large state-owned enterprise market. Through its Franchise Partner Program, CDC Software funds investments through the acquisition of majority control or minority stakes in strategic partners located in high growth geographies.
Since August 2010, CDC Software has purchased a total of 161,122 shares at an average price of $5.66 per share. To date, CDC Software, management and certain affiliates of the company, have purchased an aggregate of approximately 986,769 shares at an average price of $8.58 per share.
Peter Yip, CEO of CDC Software, said, “CDC Software was one of the first on-premise enterprise software companies to aggressively launch a hybrid software strategy last year and our third quarter results show not only healthy growth in our top line revenue, but also remarkable progress in expansion of our hybrid business. With an impressive 35 percent improvement in third quarter Total Contracted Backlog of $133.9 million compared to $99.3 million in the third quarter 2009, and increases in our recurring revenue for the third quarter, we expect to accomplish our previously announced goal to develop recurring revenue streams reaching closer to 70 percent of total revenue over the next few years.
“While the transition to this hybrid model, which includes increased R&D and sales and marketing spending, will impact profitability in the short-term, we believe we are headed in the right direction for resuming healthy topline revenue growth, and maintaining above industry average profitability with a more predictable recurring revenue stream. We expect to continue to expand our hybrid business model through organic growth, accelerating cross sell, expansion in emerging markets, as well as strategic investments and acquisitions.”
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About CDC Software
CDC Software (NASDAQ:CDCS), The Customer-Driven Company™, is a hybrid enterprise software provider of on-premise and cloud deployments. Leveraging a service-oriented architecture (SOA), CDC Software offers multiple delivery options for their solutions including on-premise, hosted, cloud-based SaaS or blended-hybrid deployment offerings. CDC Software’s solutions include enterprise requirements planning (ERP), manufacturing operations management, enterprise manufacturing intelligence, supply chain management (demand management, order management and warehouse and transportation management), global trade management, eCommerce, human capital management, government and not-for-profit, customer relationship management (CRM), complaint management, business intelligence/analytics and aged care solutions.
CDC Software’s recent acquisitions are part of its “integrate, innovate and grow” strategy. Fueling the success of this strategy is the company’s global scalable business and technology infrastructure featuring multiple complementary applications and services, domain expertise in vertical markets, cost effective product engineering centers in India and China, a highly collaborative and fast product development process utilizing Agile methodologies, and a worldwide network of direct sales and channel operations. This strategy has helped CDC Software deliver innovative and industry-specific solutions to more than 10,000 customers worldwide within the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, retail, government, real estate, financial services, health care, and not-for-profit industries. For more information, please visit www.cdcsoftware.com.
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