Lexia sales grow 37%, biggest Q3 in its history and Consumer Language sales stabilize, driving consolidated sales growth for the first time since 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST), a world leader in technology-based learning solutions, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Revenue at Lexia, the Company’s Literacy segment, grew 20% year-over-year to a record high of $13.2 million.
  • Revenue within the Consumer Language segment declined 22% year-over-year to $14.5 million. The expected revenue decline reflects the transition to a full subscription model in which revenue is recognized ratably over the subscription period, which was completed in the first quarter 2018.
  • Total operating expenses increased 2% year-over-year, to $39.9 million.
  • At September 30, 2018, the Company had zero debt outstanding and cash and cash equivalents totaled $31.8 million.

“Our performance in the third quarter demonstrates our success in growing our K-12 Literacy business and stabilizing and enhancing the profitability of our Consumer language business, the combination of which is expected to contribute to a growing base of recurring revenues and improved cash flow generation over time,” said John Hass, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Lexia had another record quarter, led by strong sales and retention during our seasonally strongest "back to school" selling season, and benefiting from a maturing sales force, an expanded product portfolio and a track record of unmatched efficacy. We are also proud that, just last week, Lexia Core5 earned top platinum honors in THE Journal’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards, securing top honors in Best Reading Program, Favorite Adaptive/Personalized Learning Tool, and Top Gamified Learning Tool."

Mr. Hass added, "Looking ahead, we see a unique opportunity to further leverage two of Rosetta Stone’s most powerful assets - our growing presence in K-12 schools and our iconic Rosetta Stone brand - to deliver blended, personalized learning solutions across both of our businesses at scale."

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Review

Revenue: Total revenue decreased $3.5 million, or 7% year-over-year, to $42.8 million in the third quarter 2018, reflecting declines in the Company's Language segments as a result of the transition from perpetual product sales to subscription-based sales and ongoing restructuring efforts within its E&E Language segment.

Revenue at Lexia grew 20% year-over-year to a record high of $13.2 million in the third quarter 2018.  Literacy sales grew 37% over the prior year period benefiting from strong new business sales and renewal activity during the Company's seasonally strongest "back to school" selling season, which begins late in the second quarter and peaks in the third quarter.

Enterprise & Education ("E&E") Language segment revenue decreased $1.5 million, or 9% year-over-year, to $15.0 million in the third quarter 2018. E&E Language sales decreased $2.3 million, or 12% year-over-year, with $1.1 million of the decline due to the absence of custom content deals in the quarter plus $0.5 million unfavorable foreign exchange impacts year-over-year on sales in the U.K. and the reseller channel outside the U.S., along with lower sales from our affiliate channel.

Consumer Language segment revenue decreased $4.1 million, or 22% year-over-year, to $14.5 million in the third quarter 2018. The decline was due to a $3.0 million reduction in product revenue, reflecting both the shift to SaaS-based revenue in the DTC channel and lower unit sales in the retail channel following the conversion of various retail partners to sell the Company's subscriptions. Subscription and service revenue decreased $1.1 million, or 7% year-over-year, benefiting from a 17% year-over-year increase in subscribers to 447,000 at September 30, 2018, which was more than offset by the absence of $0.8 million in revenue from FitBrains that has been decommissioned.  Subscriber growth was largely driven by the inclusion of lower priced, shorter initial duration subscriptions in the Company’s portfolio. Subscriptions with a duration of one year or less totaled 44% of the subscription unit mix at the end of the third quarter 2018, up from 31% at the end of the same quarter last year.

US$ thousands, except for percentages

  Three Months Ended September 30,  
  2018 Mix % 2017 Mix % % change
Revenue from:          
Literacy $13,215  31% $11,028  24% 20%
E&E Language 14,990  35% 16,529  36% (9)%
Consumer Language 14,545  34% 18,649  40% (22)%
Total $42,750  100% $46,206  100% (7)%

Net Loss:  In the third quarter of 2018 the Company reported a net loss of $6.5 million or $(0.31) per diluted share. In the comparable period a year ago, the Company had a net loss of $3.2 million or $(0.14) per diluted share.

Total operating expenses increased $0.9 million, or 2% year-over-year, to $39.9 million in the third quarter 2018 as increased investment in sales and marketing and research and development expenses were partially offset by declines in general and administrative expense.

Balance Sheet:  As of September 30, 2018, the Company had zero debt and a cash and cash equivalents balance of $31.8 million.

Deferred revenue at September 30, 2018 totaled $164.5 million and includes $16.4 million from the SOURCENEXT transaction, of which $15.5 million is long-term. Short-term deferred revenue of $117.5 million at September 30, 2018, or approximately 71% of the total balance, will be recognized as revenue over the next 12 months. Before SOURCENEXT deferred revenue, approximately 79% of the total was current at September 30, 2018.

Free Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA:  Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $10.9 million in the third quarter 2018, compared to $13.8 million in the third quarter 2017. The year-over-year change in free cash flow primarily reflects the Company's higher net loss, compared to the same quarter last year.  Capital expenditures were largely flat year-over-year and primarily relate to capitalized labor on product and IT projects.  Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $(0.7) million in the third quarter 2018, compared to $2.7 million in the year ago period. The year-over-year change in Adjusted EBITDA primarily reflects the Company's higher net loss this quarter, compared to the same quarter last year. The Company's cash flow has historically been seasonal, with a net use of cash during the first half of the year and positive cash generation during the second half of the year. With the continued growth at Lexia and the increasing mix of sales from the education marketplace, which is seasonally strongest in the third quarter, it is expected that the majority of the Company's second half positive cash flow will be generated in the third quarter.

Investor Day Webcast

In conjunction with this announcement, Rosetta Stone will host an investor day which will be broadcast live today beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET, during which there will be a discussion of the Company's third quarter results and outlook for 2018.  The webcast will be available live on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at http://investors.rosettastone.com and a recorded replay of the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations page soon after the live presentation.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), the Company uses, and this press release contains references to, the non-GAAP financial measures of financial performance listed below.

  • Sales represents executed contracts received by the Company that are either recorded immediately as revenue or deferred revenue. Therefore, sales is an operational metric and in any one period is equal to revenue plus the change in deferred revenue.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is GAAP net income/loss plus interest income and expense, other income/expense, income tax benefit/expense, impairment, lease abandonment and termination, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring, and strategy and cost-reduction related consulting expenses. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA excludes "Other" items related to non-restructuring wind down and severance costs, and transaction and other costs associated with mergers and acquisitions, as well as all adjustments related to recording the non-cash tax valuation allowance for deferred tax assets. Adjusted EBITDA for prior periods has been revised to conform to current definition.
  • Free cash flow is cash flow from operating activities minus cash used in purchases of property and equipment.
  • Segment contribution is calculated as segment revenue less expenses directly incurred by or allocated to the segment. Direct segment expenses include costs and expenses that are directly incurred by or allocated to the segment and include materials costs, service costs, customer care and coaching costs, sales and marketing expenses, and bad debt expense. In addition to the previously referenced expenses, the Literacy segment includes direct research and development expenses and Combined Language includes shared research and development expenses, cost of revenue, and sales and marketing expenses applicable to the Consumer Language and E&E Language segments. Prior periods have been reclassified to reflect our current segment presentation and definition of segment contribution.

The definitions, GAAP comparisons, and reconciliation of those measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are available in this press release or in the corresponding earnings presentation, which are posted on our website at www.rosettastone.com.

Management believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, enabling a better understanding of the long-term performance of the Company’s business. Management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the Company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analysis, and for budgeting and planning purposes. Management believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing the Company’s financial measures with other software and education-technology companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors.

The presentation of this additional financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company urges investors to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures, which it includes in press releases announcing earnings information, including this press release, or in corresponding earnings presentations, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company’s business. The Company’s non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to those used by other companies, and we encourage you to review and understand all our financial reporting before making any investment decision.

About Rosetta Stone Inc.

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone's language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone's literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. "Rosetta Stone" is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

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ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)

  September 30,
 2018
 December 31,
 2017
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $31,802  $42,964 
Restricted cash 95  72 
Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $341 and $375, at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively) 32,597  24,517 
Inventory 1,681  3,536 
Deferred sales commissions 11,727  14,466 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,530  4,543 
Total current assets 81,432  90,098 
Deferred sales commissions 7,214  3,306 
Property and equipment, net 34,765  30,649 
Goodwill 49,424  49,857 
Intangible assets, net 16,600  19,184 
Other assets 2,020  1,661 
Total assets $191,455  $194,755 
Liabilities and stockholders' (deficit) equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $8,910  $8,984 
Accrued compensation 9,942  10,948 
Income tax payable 1  384 
Obligations under capital lease 454  450 
Other current liabilities 12,863  16,454 
Deferred revenue 117,478  110,670 
Total current liabilities 149,648  147,890 
Deferred revenue 47,047  40,593 
Deferred income taxes 2,404  1,968 
Obligations under capital lease 1,469  1,850 
Other long-term liabilities 32  31 
Total liabilities 200,600  192,332 
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' (deficit) equity:    
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 and 10,000 shares authorized, zero and zero shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively    
Non-designated common stock, $0.00005 par value, 190,000 and 190,000 shares authorized, 24,277 and 23,783 shares issued and 23,277 and 22,783 shares outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively 2  2 
Additional paid-in capital 200,579  195,644 
Accumulated loss (195,168) (178,890)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,123) (2,898)
Treasury stock, at cost, 1,000 and 1,000 shares at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively (11,435) (11,435)
Total stockholders' (deficit) equity (9,145) 2,423 
Total liabilities and stockholders' (deficit) equity $191,455  $194,755 


ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenue:        
Subscription and service $42,526  $42,117  $126,702  $125,552 
Product 224  4,089  2,358  14,252 
Total revenue 42,750  46,206  129,060  139,804 
Cost of revenue:        
Cost of subscription and service revenue 8,204  6,499  22,836  19,091 
Cost of product revenue 564  2,949  3,296  6,089 
Total cost of revenue 8,768  9,448  26,132  25,180 
Gross profit 33,982  36,758  102,928  114,624 
Operating expenses:        
Sales and marketing 24,948  23,654  74,013  71,859 
Research and development 6,465  6,381  18,790  19,143 
General and administrative 8,510  9,035  25,366  25,654 
Total operating expenses 39,923  39,070  118,169  116,656 
Loss from operations (5,941) (2,312) (15,241) (2,032)
Other income and (expense):        
Interest income 23  13  71  43 
Interest expense (82) (138) (246) (383)
Other income and (expense) 99  85  (130) 821 
Total other income and (expense) 40  (40) (305) 481 
Loss before income taxes (5,901) (2,352) (15,546) (1,551)
Income tax expense 588  879  1,503  2,361 
Net loss $(6,489) $(3,231) $(17,049) $(3,912)
Loss per share:        
Basic $(0.31) $(0.14) $(0.75) $(0.18)
Diluted $(0.31) $(0.14) $(0.75) $(0.18)
Common shares and equivalents outstanding:        
Basic weighted average shares 20,831  22,285  22,647  22,220 
Diluted weighted average shares 20,831  22,285  22,647  22,220 



ROSETTA STONE INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)(unaudited) 

  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Net loss $(6,489) $(3,231) $(17,049) $(3,912)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash (used in) provided by operating activities:        
Stock-based compensation expense 1,452  1,552  3,388  3,058 
(Gain) loss on foreign currency transactions (94) (9) 26  (461)
Bad debt expense (recovery) 49  157  110  (143)
Depreciation and amortization 3,802  3,015  10,891  9,077 
Deferred income tax expense 320  333  437  963 
Loss on disposal of equipment 29  5  12  5 
Amortization of deferred financing fees 34  82  102  238 
Loss from equity method investments       100 
Gain on sale of subsidiary       (506)
Net change in:        
Accounts receivable (9,445) (1,837) (8,314) 2,358 
Inventory 433  1,673  1,856  2,605 
Deferred sales commissions (2,841) (1,806) (1,193) 321 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 785  (209) 875  (880)
Income tax receivable or payable (50) (51) (397) (296)
Other assets (6) (125) (407) 67 
Accounts payable (1,645) (830) (36) (2,084)
Accrued compensation 3,609  3,842  (979) 445 
Other current liabilities (421) (849) (3,969) (6,501)
Other long-term liabilities   (265)   (750)
Deferred revenue 24,949  15,865  14,384  8,608 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 14,471  17,312  (263) 12,312 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
Purchases of property and equipment (3,564) (3,510) (11,700) (8,903)
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets     17  2 
Proceeds from the sale of subsidiary       110 
Net cash used in investing activities (3,564) (3,510) (11,683) (8,791)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options 231  22  1,547  463 
Payment of deferred financing costs (4) (89) (4) (232)
Payments under capital lease obligations (111) (109) (336) (453)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 116  (176) 1,207  (222)
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 11,023  13,626  (10,739) 3,299 
Effect of exchange rate changes in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash (124) 162  (400) 300 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 10,899  13,788  (11,139) 3,599 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash - beginning of period 20,998  26,408  43,036  36,597 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash - end of period $31,897  $40,196  $31,897  $40,196 


 ROSETTA STONE INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
GAAP net loss $(6,489) $(3,231) $(17,049) $(3,912)
Total other non-operating expense (income), net (40) 40  305  (481)
Income tax expense 588  879  1,503  2,361 
Depreciation and amortization 3,802  3,015  10,891  9,077 
Stock-based compensation 1,452  1,552  3,388  3,058 
Restructuring expenses (8) 196    1,181 
Strategy consulting expense       169 
Other EBITDA adjustments 27  248  429  303 
Adjusted EBITDA* $(668) $2,699  $(533) $11,756 

* Adjusted EBITDA is GAAP net income/loss plus interest income and expense, other income/expense, income tax benefit/expense, impairment, lease abandonment and termination, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring, and strategy and cost-reduction related consulting expenses. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA excludes “Other” items related to non-restructuring wind down and severance costs, and transaction and other costs associated with mergers and acquisitions, as well as all adjustments related to recording the non-cash tax valuation allowance for deferred tax assets. Adjusted EBITDA for prior periods has been revised to conform to current definition.


ROSETTA STONE INC.
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $14,471  $17,312  $(263) $12,312 
Purchases of property and equipment (3,564) (3,510) (11,700) (8,903)
Free cash flow* $10,907  $13,802  $(11,963) $3,409 

* Free cash flow is cash flow from operations minus cash used in purchases of property and equipment.


Rosetta Stone Inc.
Supplemental Information
(unaudited)

  Quarter-Ended Year
Ended
 Quarter-Ended
  Mar 31
2017
 Jun 30
2017
 Sep 30
2017
 Dec 31
2017
 Dec 31
2017
 Mar 31
2018
 Jun 30
2018
 Sep 30
2018
Revenue by Segment (in thousands, except percentages)        
                 
Literacy 10,170  10,370  11,028  12,040  43,608  12,384  12,695  13,215 
E&E Language 16,500  17,260  16,529  14,978  65,267  15,436  15,356  14,990 
Consumer Language 21,023  18,275  18,649  17,771  75,718  14,988  15,451  14,545 
Total 47,693  45,905  46,206  44,789  184,593  42,808  43,502  42,750 
                 
YoY Growth (%)                
Literacy 34% 30% 26% 23% 28% 22% 22% 20%
E&E Language (10)% (1)% (10)% (16)% (9)% (6)% (11)% (9)%
Consumer Language (5)% (10)% (14)% (26)% (14)% (29)% (15)% (22)%
Total (1)% % (5)% (13)% (5)% (10)% (5)% (7)%
                 
% of Total Revenue                
Literacy 21% 22% 24% 27% 24% 29% 29% 31%
E&E Language 35% 38% 36% 33% 35% 36% 35% 35%
Consumer Language 44% 40% 40% 40% 41% 35% 36% 34%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
                 
Revenues by Geography        
                 
United States 41,241  39,384  39,661  38,539  158,825  36,965  37,759  37,747 
International 6,452  6,521  6,545  6,250  25,768  5,843  5,743  5,003 
Total 47,693  45,905  46,206  44,789  184,593  42,808  43,502  42,750 
                 
Revenues by Geography (as a %)              
United States 86% 86% 86% 86% 86% 86% 87% 88%
International 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 13% 12%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%