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Neustar Reports Revenue Growth of 16% for Second Quarter 2011
Jul 27, 2011 (04:07 PM EDT)
STERLING, Va., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), a provider of market-leading, innovative solutions and directory services that enable trusted communication across networks, applications and enterprises around the world, today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 and updated guidance for full-year 2011.
Summary of Consolidated Second Quarter Results Compared to Second Quarter of 2010
"With our exit from the Converged Messaging business and our purchase of Evolving Systems' numbering assets, Neustar continues to sharpen its strategic focus to drive growth and profitability," said Lisa Hook, Neustar's president and chief executive officer. "Evolving Systems' numbering assets expand our information analytics portfolio and enhance our ability to help our customers manage the transition to IP networks."
Paul Lalljie, Neustar's chief financial officer added, "Second quarter results reflect continued strength in revenues and solid profitability. We will continue to focus on increasing profitability by pursuing additional opportunities for cost savings and building upon operational efficiencies. Our consistently strong cash flow gives us the flexibility to execute on strategic acquisitions, like our purchase of Evolving Systems' Numbering Solutions assets, while also returning capital to shareholders."
Discussion of Second Quarter Results
Consolidated revenue totaled $147.7 million, a 16% increase from $127.7 million in the second quarter of 2010. This increase was driven by growth in both the Carrier Services and Enterprise Services business segments. In particular:
Total operating expense increased 24% to $92.4 million from $74.4 million in the second quarter of 2010. This increase of $18.0 million in cost of revenue, sales and marketing, and research and development was primarily driven by overall growth in the business which required higher levels of support. In particular, expenses for the second quarter of 2011 included expenses associated with the acquired IP geolocation assets, a customer service experience center, and higher royalty expense resulting from increased common short codes revenue. Increases in general and administrative expense reflect higher facilities costs and expenses related to the pursuit of new business opportunities.
Results related to the Company's Converged Messaging Services business for the second quarter and prior periods have been reclassified to discontinued operations following the completion of the Company's plan to exit its Converged Messaging Services business during the second quarter of 2011. Included in results from discontinued operations for the six months ended June 30, 2011 is an income tax benefit of $42.7 million related to a worthless stock deduction.
Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $432.1 million as of June 30, 2011, compared to $392.2 million as of March 31, 2011 and compared to $382.4 million as of December 31, 2010. During the second quarter, the Company purchased approximately 701,000 shares of its Class A common stock at an average price of $25.97 per share, for a total purchase price of $18.2 million.
Business Outlook for 2011
The Company's guidance includes approximately $5 million of revenue related to the assets acquired from Evolving Systems. This revenue will be reflected in the Carrier Services business segment within Order Management Services and replaces organic revenue for similar solutions. In addition, the guidance excludes the Company's Converged Messaging Services business, driving the change in the Company's guidance metric from EBITDA to EBITDA from continuing operations.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release and in other public statements, Neustar presents certain non-GAAP financial data. To place this data in an appropriate context, the following is a reconciliation of income from continuing operations to EBITDA from continuing operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2011 and the year ended December 31, 2010. Also provided is a reconciliation of projected income from continuing operations to projected EBITDA from continuing operations for the year ending December 31, 2011.
The reconciliation allows investors to appropriately consider each non-GAAP financial measure. These non-GAAP financial measures, however, should not be considered a substitute for or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. Management believes that these measures enhance investors' understanding of the Company's financial performance and the comparability of the Company's operating results to prior periods, as well as against the performance of other companies. However, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable with similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Prior disclosures of non-GAAP figures do not exclude the same items and as such should not be used for comparison purposes.
As announced on July 15, 2011, Neustar will conduct an investor conference call to discuss the Company's results today at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Prior to the call, investors may access the conference call over the Internet via the Investor Relations tab of the Company's website (www.neustar.biz). Those listening via the Internet should go to the site 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software.
The conference call is also accessible via telephone by dialing (888) 587-0627 (international callers dial (719) 325-2209). For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by dialing (877) 870-5176 (international callers dial (858) 384-5517) and entering replay PIN 5629974, or by going to the Investor Relations tab of the Company's website (www.neustar.biz).
Neustar will take live questions from securities analysts and institutional portfolio managers; the complete call is open to all other interested parties on a listen-only basis.
This press release, the financial tables and other supplemental information, including a reconciliation of segment contribution to the nearest comparable GAAP measure and reconciliations of certain other non-GAAP measures to their nearest comparable GAAP measures that may be used periodically by management when discussing the Company's financial results with investors and analysts, are available on the Company's website under the Investor Relations tab.
About Neustar, Inc.
Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) provides market-leading, innovative solutions and directory services that enable trusted communication across networks, applications, and enterprises around the world. Visit Neustar online at www.neustar.biz.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This press release includes information that constitutes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements about the Company's expectations, beliefs and business results in the future, such as guidance regarding its 2011 results. The Company has attempted, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as "may," "will," "should," "projects," "estimates," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "believes" and variations of these words and similar expressions. Similarly, statements herein that describe the Company's business strategy, prospects, opportunities, outlooks, objectives, plans, intentions or goals are also forward-looking statements. The Company cannot assure you that its expectations will be achieved or that any deviations will not be material. Forward-looking statements are subject to many assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated. These potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as disruptions to the Company's operations; modifications to or terminations of its material contracts; its ability to successfully identify and complete acquisitions; integrate and support the operations of businesses the Company acquires; increasing competition; market acceptance of its existing services; its ability to successfully develop and market new services; the uncertainty of whether new services will achieve market acceptance or result in any revenue; and business, regulatory and statutory changes in the communications industry. More information about potential factors that could affect the Company's business and financial results is included in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 and subsequent periodic and current reports. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company on the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.
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