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Limelight Networks(R) Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2014

Company Release - 2/2/2015 4:01 PM ET
  • Q4 Revenue of $40.7 million and $0.05 net loss per basic share
  • Non-GAAP net loss of $0.02 per basic share
  • $93.1 million of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities
  • 2015 revenue expected to be between $156 and $164 million

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Limelight Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:LLNW) (Limelight), a global leader in digital content delivery, today reported revenue of $40.7 million for the fourth quarter which ended December 31, 2014, compared to $42.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $39.0 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Fourth quarter 2013 included $2.9 million of revenue from the Company’s Web Content Management (WCM) business divested in December 2013. Netflix revenue was $4.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2014. Revenue was negatively impacted by foreign exchange fluctuations of $0.4 million from the fourth quarter of 2013 and $0.5 million from the third quarter of 2014.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a loss from continuing operations of $5.0 million or $0.05 per basic share for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $4.7 million, or $0.05 per basic share in the fourth quarter of 2013. Fourth quarter 2013 included a $3.8 million gain from the sale of WCM.

Non-GAAP net loss was $2.1 million or $0.02 per basic share for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $5.1 million or $0.05 per basic share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

EBITDA from continuing operations was negative $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to negative $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA was positive $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to negative $0.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.

For the full year ending December 31, 2014, the Company reported revenue of $162.3 million compared to $173.4 million for the year ending on December 31, 2013. Revenue in 2013 included $12.5 million from the WCM business, and $20.2 million from Netflix. Revenue in 2014 included $11.3 million of Netflix revenues.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a loss from continuing operations of $24.9 million, or $0.25 per basic share for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $35.0 million, or $0.36 per basic share in the same period of 2013.

Non-GAAP net loss was $12.3 million, or $0.13 per basic share for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $23.0 million or $0.24 per basic share in the same period of 2013.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, Limelight purchased 0.8 million shares under its repurchase authorization in the open market at an average price of $2.83, for a total of $2.0 million. The Company has $10.3 million remaining under its previously announced repurchase authorization.

Limelight ended the fourth quarter with 520 employees, up from 509 employees at the end of the third quarter of 2014, and up from 482 employees in the year ago period.

Based on current conditions, the Company is providing revenue guidance of between $156 million and $164 million for 2015. To support the growth opportunities, the Company expects higher capital expenditures in 2015, compared to 2014. Non-GAAP net loss is expected to be between $0.10 and $0.20 per share.

Commenting on the fourth quarter and full year results, Chief Executive Officer Robert Lento said, “We ended the year on a strong note with rising confidence and positive business momentum. Our focus on revenue capture, operational efficiency, a customer centric engagement model, and employee retention is having a definite impact, and this is reflected in our improving performance.”

He added, “We are entering 2015 with an improved market position, a richer set of product capabilities, a stronger team to take these to the market, and a recovering set of business and financial metrics. As reflected in our guidance, we expect to build on this momentum and further advance our operational and financial profile. Our priorities remain unchanged and our resolve is stronger. We will be working hard to make 2015 materially better than 2014 for our customers, our employees and for our shareholders. Our industry is healthy and our position in it is advancing.”

Financial Tables

LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share data)
       
December 31, December 31,
2014 2013
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 57,767 $ 85,956
Marketable securities 35,317 32,506
Accounts receivable, net 22,622 21,430
Income taxes receivable 237 371
Deferred income taxes 78 93
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   9,625     8,192  
Total current assets 125,646 148,548
Property and equipment, net 32,636 32,905
Marketable securities, less current portion 40 46
Deferred income taxes, less current portion 1,364 1,307
Goodwill 76,133 77,035
Other intangible assets, net 1,071 2,354
Other assets   4,451     6,103  
Total assets $ 241,341   $ 268,298  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 7,065 $ 5,473
Deferred revenue 3,509 3,523
Capital lease obligations 223 466
Income taxes payable 248 799
Other current liabilities   14,383     15,022  
Total current liabilities 25,428 25,283
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 135 358
Deferred income taxes 170 321
Deferred revenue, less current portion 405 1,500
Other long-term liabilities   3,040     3,505  
Total liabilities 29,178 30,967
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:
Convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 7,500 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding - -

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013;
98,409 and 97,677 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively

98 98
Additional paid-in capital 464,294 458,748
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (7,786 ) (1,663 )
Accumulated deficit   (244,443 )   (219,852 )
Total stockholders' equity   212,163     237,331  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 241,341   $ 268,298  
 
 

LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
    Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
           
December 31, September 30, Percent December 31, Percent December 31, December 31, Percent
2014 2014 Change 2013 Change 2014 2013 Change
 
Revenues $ 40,727   $ 39,020   4 % $ 42,200   -3 % $ 162,259   $ 173,433   -6 %
Cost of revenue:
Cost of services (1) 20,613 18,672 10 % 22,061 -7 % 82,176 88,783 -7 %
Depreciation - network   3,985     4,207   -5 %   4,864   -18 %   16,673     22,942   -27 %
Total cost of revenue   24,598     22,879   8 %   26,925   -9 %   98,849     111,725   -12 %
Gross profit 16,129 16,141 0 % 15,275 6 % 63,410 61,708 3 %
Gross profit percentage 39.6 % 41.4 % 36.2 % 39.1 % 35.6 %
Operating expenses:
General and administrative (1) 6,210 7,295 -15 % 7,882 -21 % 28,176 31,904 -12 %
Sales and marketing (1) 9,103 8,731 4 % 9,929 -8 % 37,458 41,474 -10 %
Research & development (1) 6,014 5,514 9 % 5,189 16 % 20,965 22,003 -5 %
Depreciation and amortization   661     825   -20 %   1,479   -55 %   3,529     5,804   -39 %
Total operating expenses   21,988     22,365   -2 %   24,479   -10 %   90,128     101,185   -11 %
 
Operating loss (5,859 ) (6,224 ) -6 % (9,204 ) -36 % (26,718 ) (39,477 ) -32 %
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (6 ) (7 ) -14 % (12 ) -50 % (32 ) (76 ) -58 %
Interest income 73 66 11 % 82 -11 % 276 321 -14 %
Other, net   807     1,192   -32 %   4,489   -82 %   1,821     4,643   -61 %
Total other income (expense)   874     1,251   -30 %   4,559   -81 %   2,065     4,888   -58 %
 
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (4,985 ) (4,973 ) 0 % (4,645 ) 7 % (24,653 ) (34,589 ) -29 %
Income tax provision   22     98   -78 %   59   -63 %   203     387   -48 %
 
Loss from continuing operations (5,007 ) (5,071 ) -1 % (4,704 ) 6 % (24,856 ) (34,976 ) -29 %
 
Discontinued operations:
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   -     (4 ) -100 %   (411 ) -100 %   265     (426 ) -162 %
 
Net loss $ (5,007 ) $ (5,075 ) -1 % $ (5,115 ) -2 % $ (24,591 ) $ (35,402 ) -31 %
 
Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted
Continuing operations $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.25 ) $ (0.36 )
Discontinued operations $ -   $ (0.00 ) $ (0.00 ) $ 0.00   $ (0.01 )
Total $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.25 ) $ (0.37 )
 
Weighted average shares used in per share calculation:
Basic and diluted 98,637 98,458 97,380 98,365 96,851
 
 
(1) Includes share-based compensation (see supplemental table for figures)
 
 
LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
             
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 
December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
Supplemental financial data (in thousands):
 
Share-based compensation:
 
Cost of services $ 490 $ 464 $ 356 $ 1,956 $ 1,873
General and administrative 1,202 1,174 1,154 4,741 5,971
Sales and marketing 624 567 348 2,317 2,245
Research and development   375     382     687   1,477     2,256  
 
Total share-based compensation $ 2,691   $ 2,587   $ 2,545 $ 10,491   $ 12,345  
 
Depreciation and amortization:
 
Network-related depreciation $ 3,985 $ 4,207 $ 4,864 $ 16,673 $ 22,942
Other depreciation and amortization 457 566 797 2,391 2,961
Amortization of intangible assets   204     259     682   1,138     2,843  
 
Total depreciation and amortization $ 4,646   $ 5,032   $ 6,343 $ 20,202   $ 28,746  
 
 
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities: $ (8,172 ) $ (6,200 ) $ 6,237 $ (25,384 ) $ (9,465 )
 
 
End of period statistics:
 
Approximate number of active customers 1,095 1,134 1,295 1,095 1,295
 
Number of employees 520 509 482 520 482
 
 

LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
                 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 
December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
 
Operating activities
Net loss $ (5,007 ) $ (5,075 ) $ (5,115 ) $ (24,591 ) $ (35,402 )
(Loss) income from discontinued operations   -     (4 )   (411 )   265     (426 )
Net loss from continuing operations (5,007 ) (5,071 ) (4,704 ) (24,856 ) (34,976 )
 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from continuing operations to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities of continuing operations:
Depreciation and amortization 4,646 5,032 6,343 20,202 28,746
Share-based compensation 2,691 2,587 2,545 10,491 12,345
Deferred income taxes (174 ) 17 (119 ) (359 ) (328 )
Foreign currency remeasurement gain (1,100 ) (1,207 ) (27 ) (2,167 ) (531 )
Loss on disposal of property and equipment - - 417 - 442
Accounts receivable charges (75 ) (29 ) 206 408 965
Amortization of premium on marketable securities 85 88 176 459 639
Non cash tax benefit associated with sale of discontinued operations - - - (59 ) -
Gain on sale of the Web Content Management business - - (3,836 ) - (3,836 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (104 ) 1,652 2,404 (1,600 ) 2,581
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (747 ) (1,617 ) (707 ) (1,792 ) 1,222
Income taxes receivable 95 (53 ) (27 ) 150 105
Other assets 616 63 (390 ) 1,607 519
Accounts payable (2,486 ) 1,466 (3,293 ) 2,276 (2,192 )
Deferred revenue (216 ) (86 ) (252 ) (1,109 ) 4
Other current liabilities 1,509 (844 ) 822 (2,154 ) 384
Income taxes payable (19 ) (95 ) (149 ) (233 ) 305
Other long term liabilities   (251 )   (310 )   (350 )   (796 )   (798 )
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities of continuing operations   (537 )   1,593     (941 )   468     5,596  
 
Investing activities
Purchases of marketable securities (7,813 ) (2,986 ) (9,236 ) (25,482 ) (59,047 )
Maturities of marketable securities 6,600 2,685 9,580 22,150 44,901
Purchases of property and equipment (4,597 ) (5,075 ) (5,890 ) (18,581 ) (18,575 )
Proceeds from the sale of cost basis investment - - 1,237 - 1,237
Proceeds from sale of the Web Content Management business - - 12,341 - 12,341
Proceeds from the sale of discontinued operations   -     -     -     414     124  

Net cash (used in) provided by

investing activities of continuing operations

  (5,810 )   (5,376 )   8,032     (21,499 )   (19,019 )
 
Financing activities
Payments on capital lease obligations (54 ) (89 ) (177 ) (466 ) (1,301 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options and employee stock plan 414 233 234 1,381 263
Cash paid for purchase of common stock (2,042 ) (1,296 ) - (4,542 ) (5,512 )
Payment of employee tax withholdings related to restricted stock   (340 )   (284 )   (64 )   (1,795 )   (2,372 )
Net cash used in financing activities of continuing operations   (2,022 )   (1,436 )   (7 )   (5,422 )   (8,922 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (892 )   (1,153 )   (350 )   (1,732 )   (606 )
Discontinued Operations
Cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations   -     (4 )   -     (4 )   (8 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (9,261 ) (6,376 ) 6,734 (28,189 ) (22,959 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   67,028     73,404     79,222     85,956     108,915  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 57,767   $ 67,028   $ 85,956   $ 57,767   $ 85,956  
 
 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To evaluate our business, we consider and use Non-GAAP net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure of operating performance. These measures include the same adjustments that management takes into account when it reviews and assesses operating performance on a period-to-period basis. We consider Non-GAAP net income (loss) to be an important indicator of overall business performance because it allows us to illustrate the impact of the effects of share-based compensation, litigation expenses, amortization of intangibles, acquisition related expenses, gain (loss) on sale of WCM business and discontinued operations. We define EBITDA from continuing operations as GAAP net income (loss) before interest income, interest expense, gain (loss) on sale of WCM business, other income and expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and discontinued operations. We believe that EBITDA from continuing operations provides a useful metric to investors to compare us with other companies within our industry and across industries. We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA from continuing operations adjusted for share-based compensation, litigation expenses and acquisition related expenses. We use Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to review and assess operating performance. We also believe use of Adjusted EBITDA facilitates investors' use of operating performance comparisons from period to period as well as across companies.

The terms Non-GAAP net income (loss), EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA are not defined under United States generally accepted accounting principles, or United States GAAP, and are not measures of operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with United States GAAP. Our Non-GAAP net income (loss), EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and when assessing our operating performance, Non-GAAP net income (loss), EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for net income (loss) or other consolidated income statement data prepared in accordance with United States GAAP. Some of these limitations include, but are not limited to:

  • EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • they do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • they do not reflect the cash requirements necessary for litigation costs;
  • they do not reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debt that we may incur;
  • they do not reflect income taxes or the cash requirements for any tax payments;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will be replaced sometime in the future, and EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • while share-based compensation is a component of operating expense, the impact on our financial statements compared to other companies can vary significantly due to such factors as the assumed life of the options and the assumed volatility of our common stock; and
  • other companies may calculate EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Non-GAAP net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA only as supplemental support for management's analysis of business performance. Non-GAAP net income (loss), EBITDA from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA are calculated as follows for the periods presented in thousands:

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company is presenting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and reconciling the non-GAAP financial metrics to the comparable GAAP measures.

LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC.
Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
             
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 
December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
 
U.S. GAAP net loss $ (5,007 ) $ (5,075 ) $ (5,115 ) $ (24,591 ) $ (35,402 )
 
Share-based compensation 2,691 2,587 2,545 10,491 12,345
Litigation defense expenses (3 ) 10 151 817 450
Amortization of intangible assets 204 259 682 1,138 2,843
(Gain) loss on sale of the Web Content Management business - - (3,836 ) 62 (3,836 )
Acquisition related expenses - - 63 - 176
Loss (income) from discontinued operations   -     4     411     (265 )   426  
 
Non-GAAP net loss $ (2,115 ) $ (2,215 ) $ (5,099 ) $ (12,348 ) $ (22,998 )
 
 
LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC.
Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP Net Loss to EBITDA to Adjusted EBITDA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
               
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 
December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
 
U.S. GAAP net loss $ (5,007 ) $ (5,075 ) $ (5,115 ) $ (24,591 ) $ (35,402 )
 
Depreciation and amortization 4,646 5,032 6,343 20,202 28,746
Interest expense 6 7 12 32 76
(Gain) loss on sale of the Web Content Management business - - (3,836 ) 62 (3,836 )
Interest and other (income) expense (880 ) (1,258 ) (735 ) (2,159 ) (1,128 )
Income tax provision 22 98 59 203 387
Loss (income) from discontinued operations   -     4     411     (265 )   426  
 
EBITDA from continuing operations (1,213 ) (1,192 ) (2,861 ) (6,516 ) (10,731 )
 
Share-based compensation 2,691 2,587 2,545 10,491 12,345
Litigation defense expenses (3 ) 10 151 817 450
Acquisition related expenses   -     -     63     -     176  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,475   $ 1,405   $ (102 ) $ 4,792   $ 2,240  
 
 

Conference Call

At approximately 4:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. PST) today, management will host a quarterly conference call for investors. Investors can access this call toll-free at 877-388-8480 within the United States or +1 678-809-1592 outside of the U.S. The conference call will also be audiocast live from http://www.limelight.com and a replay will be available following the call from the Company's website.

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning, among other things, the outlook for the Company's revenues, net loss and stock-based compensation expenses, customer growth, market growth, pricing pressures, expansion into additional market segments, product and services improvements, the integration of acquired businesses and litigation and acquisition related expenses. Forward-looking statements represent the current judgment and expectations of Limelight Networks and are not guarantees and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the final review of the results and amendments and preparation of quarterly or annual financial statements, including consultation with our outside auditors. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no duty or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

About Limelight

Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW), a global leader in digital content delivery, empowers customers to better engage digital audiences by enabling them to manage and deliver digital content on any device, anywhere in the world. The Company's award winning Limelight Orchestrate™ platform includes an integrated suite of content delivery technology and services that helps organizations deliver exceptional multi-screen experiences, improve brand awareness, drive revenue, and enhance customer relationships — all while reducing costs. For more information, please visit www.limelight.com, read our blog, and be sure to follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/llnw.

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