ShoreTel Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2010 Company Delivers Sequential Revenue Growth, Reaches All-Time High for Gross Margins and Cash Position

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ShoreTel® (Nasdaq: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated Unified Communications (UC), today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, which ended December 31, 2009.

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, revenue was $35.5 million, up 5 percent sequentially from the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and up slightly from the second quarter of fiscal year 2009. GAAP net loss was $(2.5) million, or $(0.06) per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $(2.3) million, or $(0.05) per share, reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. Excluding stock-based compensation expenses of $2.8 million and related tax adjustments, non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2010 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, reported in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009.  

GAAP gross margins for the second quarter of fiscal year 2010 were a record 64.5 percent, compared with 63.1 percent during the same quarter last year. GAAP gross margins in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010 included $0.3 million in stock-based compensation charges. Non-GAAP gross margins, which exclude stock-based compensation charges, were an all-time high of 65.3 percent in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, up from 63.8 percent in the year-ago quarter.

As of December 31, 2009, the company had $115.0 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, its highest level in company history. The company generated approximately $3 million in cash flow from operations during the quarter.

"We are seeing solid growth and an improving market even before the benefits of our strategic investments in sales, R&D, and branding are realized.  We are very pleased with our second quarter performance, having outperformed our revenue and earnings expectations, posted our all-time highest gross margins, and grown our cash and short-term investments by $3.5 million while making significant investments in our business. We also achieved double-digit growth from our national partners, and signed over 800 new customers.  Looking forward, we expect to build on this positive momentum," said John W. Combs, chairman and chief executive officer of ShoreTel.  "Our strong second quarter combined with forecasted growth for our industry reinforces the fact that we chose the right time to make these strategic investments in our business."

Operational Highlights for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010

ShoreTel 360 Legacy Migration Program Delivers Compelling Offering to Customers with Legacy PBX Systems

ShoreTel recently announced a growing number of enterprises have adopted its ShoreTel 360 Legacy Migration Program, choosing ShoreTel to integrate feature-rich UC capabilities in multi-vendor PBX environments. Customers have the flexibility to transition gradually and integrate ShoreTel's solution across their multi-site enterprise while salvaging their legacy PBX investment. ShoreTel's brilliantly simple cross-platform solutions have been proven in production deployments with ShoreTel front-ending legacy Nortel, Avaya, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Mitel and NEC platforms.

Introduction of ShoreTel 10, the Newest Version of its Unified Communications (UC) Software

The Company recently introduced ShoreTel 10, the latest version of its award-winning UC software. With support for T.38 fax integration, extended multi-site capabilities, and integration with Microsoft Exchange 2007 for messaging via SIP, ShoreTel 10 is ideal for large enterprises looking to increase user productivity and integrate communications into existing investments.

Named Best IP Provider for Sixth Year in a Row

For the sixth year in a row ShoreTel was named the Best IP Telephony Provider in the Nemertes PilotHouse Awards, an end-user survey of customer satisfaction by an independent research advisory firm. For 2009, ShoreTel was rated the highest in every category, including value, customer service, technology, management tools, installation, and overall, against every competitor, including Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Microsoft, Mitel and others. ShoreTel has rated highest in overall satisfaction every year since Nemertes began tracking IP-telephony vendor performance six years ago.

Completes Interoperability Testing with IBM Sametime Unified Telephony

During the quarter, the company completed interoperability testing with IBM Sametime Unified Telephony (SUT) to offer ShoreTel customers the option to access the advanced capabilities of SUT for collaboration and communications. With this validation, ShoreTel extends its feature-rich capabilities to organizations that use IBM SUT client and bridges the gap with seamless integration between the ShoreTel phone system and the IBM Sametime environment. UC features made available with IBM SUT include presence information so end-users can see if a contact is free to take a call, call alerts, and call routing for improved flexibility.

Business Outlook

The company is providing the following outlook for the quarter ending March 31, 2010:

  • Revenue is expected to be in the range of $33 to $36 million.
  • GAAP gross margins are expected to be in the range of 63 to 64 percent, including approximately $300,000 in stock-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be in the range of 63.5 to 64.5 percent.
  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $28.0 to $29.0 million, which includes approximately $2.5 million in stock-based compensation expenses. Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $25.5 to $26.5 million.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

ShoreTel reports all financial information required in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but it believes that evaluating its ongoing operating results may be difficult to understand if limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Many investors have requested that ShoreTel disclose this non-GAAP information because it is useful in understanding the company's performance as it excludes non-cash and other special charges that many investors feel may obscure the company's true operating performance. Likewise, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to manage and assess the profitability of its business and does not consider stock-based compensation expenses and other special charges and related tax adjustments in managing its core operations. ShoreTel has provided a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures in the tables of this press release. Investors are encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures with their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Conference Call Details for January 27, 2010

ShoreTel will host a corresponding conference call and live Webcast at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on January 27, 2010. To access the conference call, dial +1-877-584-6502 for the U.S. and Canada or +1-706-679-0430 for international callers and provide the operator with the conference identification number 50727804. The Webcast will be available live in the Investor Relations section of the company's corporate Web site at www.shoretel.com, and via replay beginning approximately two hours after the completion of the call until the company's announcement of its financial results for the next quarter.

An audio replay of the call will also be available to investors beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on January 27, 2010 until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 3, 2010, by dialing +1-800-642-1687 or +1-706-645-9291 for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, and entering the conference identification number 50727804.

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

ShoreTel assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this release. This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements by John W. Combs relating to ShoreTel's business momentum, industry outlook, and statements in the "Business Outlook" section regarding ShoreTel's anticipated future revenues, gross margins, operating expenses and other financial information. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. The risks and uncertainties include the global economic downturn, particularly in the United States, and the uncertain impact thereof on information technology spending, the intense competition in our industry, our reliance on third parties to sell and support our products, our dependence on key suppliers and other supply and manufacturing risks, our ability to control costs, our ability to attract, retain and ramp new sales personnel, uncertainties inherent in the product development cycle, including unforeseen delays and unknown defects, uncertainty as to market acceptance of new products and services, and other risk factors set forth in ShoreTel's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 and Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, as amended.

About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel, Inc., (Nasdaq: SHOR) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated, voice, video, data, and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, United Kingdom, Sydney, Australia and Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.

Investor Contact:

Tonya Chin


408-962-2573


tchin@shoretel.com


(TABLES TO FOLLOW)

SHORETEL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)






As of


As of


As of






December 31,


September 30,


June 30,






2009


2009


2009





















                                                             ASSETS

Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents

$            78,778


$       82,192


$            73,819


Short-term investments

              36,177


         29,306


              33,847


Accounts receivable - net

              18,750


         18,973


              21,454


Inventories


              14,498


         13,068


              11,805


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

                3,416


           3,536


                3,110




Total current assets

            151,619


       147,075


            144,035

Property and equipment - net

                4,287


           4,140


                3,475

Other assets



                8,054


           7,925


                8,114




Total assets

$          163,960


$     159,140


$          155,624





















                                  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY











Current liabilities:








Accounts payable

$              8,800


$         6,819


$              7,774


Accrued liabilities and other

                5,451


           5,503


                4,494


Accrued employee compensation

                7,280


           7,070


                4,895


Deferred revenue

              16,601


         16,033


              15,255




Total current liabilities

              38,132


         35,425


              32,418











Long-term liabilities:







Long-term deferred revenue

                8,058


           7,581


                7,236


Other long-term liabilities

                2,250


           2,227


                2,198




Total liabilities

              48,440


         45,233


              41,852











Stockholders' equity:

















Common stock


            215,568


       211,478


            209,238


Deferred stock compensation

                   (14)


              (33)


                   (54)


Accumulated deficit

          (100,034)


       (97,538)


            (95,412)



Total stockholders' equity

            115,520


       113,907


            113,772














Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$          163,960


$     159,140


$          155,624


SHORETEL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)














Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended




December 31,


December 31,




2009


2008


2009


2008











Revenue:









Product

$                       27,897   


$                  29,096   


$            54,740   


$                 59,110   


Support and services

7,560   


6,239   


14,467   


12,085   



Total revenues

35,457   


35,335   


69,207   


71,195   

Cost of revenue









Product (1)

9,787   


10,112   


19,320   


20,102   


Support and services (1)

2,806   


2,941   


5,390   


5,859   



Total cost of revenue

12,593   


13,053   


24,710   


25,961   

Gross profit

22,864   


22,282   


44,497   


45,234   


Gross profit %

64.5%


63.1%


64.3%


63.5%











Operating expenses:









Research and development (1)

7,835   


8,423   


15,032   


16,217   


Sales and marketing (1) (2)

12,910   


11,839   


24,927   


23,012   


General and administrative (1)

4,731   


4,051   


9,382   


10,098   



Total operating expenses

25,476   


24,313   


49,341   


49,327   

Loss from operations

(2,612)  


(2,031)  


(4,844)  


(4,093)  

Other income, net

160   


(14)  


288   


418   

Loss before provision for income taxes

(2,452)  


(2,045)  


(4,556)  


(3,675)  

Provision for income taxes

(44)  


(294)  


(66)  


(902)  

Net loss


$                       (2,496)  


$                  (2,339)  


$             (4,622)  


$                 (4,577)  

Net loss per share available to common stockholders:









Basic

$                         (0.06)  


$                    (0.05)  


$               (0.10)  


$                   (0.11)  


Diluted (3)

$                         (0.06)  


$                    (0.05)  


$               (0.10)  


$                   (0.11)  











Shares used in computing net income (loss) per share available to common stockholders



















Basic

44,683   


43,622   


44,533   


43,470   


Diluted (3)

44,683   


43,622   


44,533   


43,470   












(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:










Cost of product revenue

$                              38   


$                         37   


$                   65   


$                        63   



Cost of support and services revenue

235   


224   


346   


422   



Research and development

805   


854   


1,443   


1,584   



Sales and marketing

918   


1,014   


1,617   


2,012   



General and administrative

844   


469   


1,459   


1,307   




$                         2,840   


$                    2,598   


$              4,930   


$                   5,388   












(2) Includes restructuring benefit as follows:










Sales and marketing

$                               -   


$                         -   


$                   27   


$                         -   




$                               -   


$                         -   


$                   27   


$                         -   












 (3) Diluted net income per share and share count reflect the weighted average number of common shares used in the    

 basic net income per share calculation plus the effects of all potentially dilutive securities.  Potentially dilutive securities  

 were not included in the compilation of diluted net loss per share for the periods which had a net loss because to do so  

 would have been anti-dilutive.  





SHORETEL, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2009


2008


2009


2008










GAAP gross profit

$ 22,864   


$ 22,282   


$ 44,497   


$ 45,234   


Stock-based compensation included in cost of revenue

273   


261   


411   


485   

Non-GAAP gross profit

$ 23,137   


$ 22,543   


$ 44,908   


$ 45,719   










GAAP gross profit %

64.5%


63.1%


64.3%


63.5%


Stock-based compensation included in cost of revenue

0.8%


0.7%


0.6%


0.7%

Non-GAAP gross profit %

65.3%


63.8%


64.9%


64.2%










Total GAAP operating expenses

$ 25,476   


$ 24,313   


$ 49,341   


$ 49,327   


Stock-based compensation included in operating expenses

(2,567)  


(2,337)  


(4,519)  


(4,903)  


Restructuring benefit included in operating expenses

-   


-   


27   


-   

Total non-GAAP operating expenses

$ 22,909   


$ 21,976   


$ 44,849   


$ 44,424   










GAAP net loss available to stockholders:

$ (2,496)  


$ (2,339)  


$ (4,622)  


$ (4,577)  


Adjustments for non-GAAP items

2,840   


2,598   


4,903   


5,388   


Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

(4)  


(33)  


(32)  


(58)  

Non-GAAP net income available to stockholders

$      340   


$      226   


$      249   


$      753   










GAAP diluted net loss per share (a):

$   (0.06)  


$   (0.05)  


$   (0.10)  


$   (0.11)  


Adjustments for non-GAAP items

0.07   


0.06   


0.11   


0.13   


Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

0.00   


0.00   


0.00   


0.00   

Non-GAAP diluted net income per share (a):

$     0.01   


$     0.01   


$     0.01   


$     0.02   

Shares Used in Non-GAAP diluted per share calculation

46,127   


44,862   


46,100   


44,766   










(a)  Diluted net income per share and share count reflect the weighted average number of common shares used in the    

 basic net income per share calculation plus the effects of all potentially dilutive securities.    


SHORETEL, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP Q3 PROJECTIONS

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)








Three Months Ending



March 31, 2010








High


Low


GAAP gross profit %

64.0%


63.0%


Adjustments for stock-based compensation

0.5%


0.5%


Non-GAAP gross profit %

64.5%


63.5%







Total GAAP operating expenses

$          29,000   


$          28,000   


Adjustments for stock-based compensation

(2,500)  


$          (2,500)  


Total non-GAAP operating expenses

$          26,500   


$          25,500   


SOURCE ShoreTel, Inc.



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