Renaissance Learning, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter, 2009 Results

Jan 25, 2010, 16:00 ET from Renaissance Learning, Inc.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Renaissance Learning™, Inc. (Nasdaq: RLRN), a leading provider of technology to support personalized practice, differentiated instruction, and progress monitoring in reading, math, and writing for pre-K-12 schools and districts, today announced financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 were $32.4 million, an increase of 9.6% from fourth quarter 2008 revenues of $29.6 million. Net income was $6.7 million, or $.23 per share, an increase of 64% from fourth quarter 2008 income of $4.1 million or $.14 per share adjusted to exclude the charges for impairment of intangible assets and restructuring, which resulted in a fourth quarter loss last year of $43.0 million or $1.47 per share.  

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Revenues for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2009 were $121.5 million, up 5.5% from 2008 revenues of $115.2 million. Net income was $19.9 million, or $.68 per share, for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2009.  The net loss for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2008 was $34.4 million, or $1.18 per share.  Excluding the fourth quarter charge for impairment and restructuring costs, net income in 2008 was $12.6 million, or $.43 per share.  

"The momentum from the third quarter continued and we achieved very solid fourth quarter results," commented Terrance D. Paul, Chief Executive Officer.  "Fourth quarter order rates grew by 20%, revenue is the highest quarterly revenue since 2003, and net income was up 64% excluding last year's charge for intangible asset impairment and restructuring.  In addition, cash flow continues to be strong.

"While we are pleased with our recent results, we are moving ahead aggressively with initiatives to drive further growth.  These include significantly reducing the price of our NEO 2 laptop, a focused effort to better serve large urban accounts, and the introduction of the SetPoint™ program aimed at transforming low performing schools," continued Paul.  "The one area of concern continues to be the weak state revenue situation that will likely force states to reduce educational spending. However, we believe that our current product offerings and financial strength, along with the new initiatives, should position us well over the next several years, even in the face of a more difficult school funding environment."  

Renaissance Learning added approximately 500 new customer schools during the quarter, bringing total schools worldwide that are actively using the Company's products to over 73,000. Of these, more than 31,000 are actively using at least one product running on the Renaissance Place platform.  

The Company will hold a conference call at 5:00 p.m. EST today to discuss its financial results, quarterly highlights, and business outlook. The teleconference may be accessed in listen-only mode by dialing 877-869-3847 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please call a few minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure a proper connection.

A digital recording of the conference call will be made available on January 25, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. through February 1, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. The replay dial-in is 877-660-6853. The conference account number to access the replay is 350 and replay ID number is 342271.

Renaissance Learning, Inc.

Renaissance Learning, Inc. is the world's leading provider of computer-based assessment technology for pre-K–12 schools. Adopted by more than 73,000 schools, Renaissance Learning's tools provide daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance core curriculum, support differentiated instruction, and personalize practice in reading, writing and math. Renaissance Learning products help educators make the practice component of their existing curriculum more effective by providing tools to personalize practice and easily manage the daily activities for students of all levels. As a result, teachers using Renaissance Learning products accelerate learning, get more satisfaction from teaching, and help students achieve higher test scores on state and national tests. Renaissance Learning has seven U.S. locations and subsidiaries in Canada and the United Kingdom.

This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding management's expectations for future periods.  These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and various assumptions which management believes are reasonable.  However, these statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results encompassed within the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include the failure of AR and AM Enterprise and laptop orders to achieve expected growth targets, a decline in quiz sales that exceeds forecasts, risks associated with the implementation of the Company's growth initiatives, dependence on educational institutions and government funding, our ability to successfully implement cost savings measures and achieve cost reductions, and other risks affecting the Company's business as described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K and later filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, which factors are incorporated herein by reference.  The Company expressly disclaims a duty to provide updates to forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or other occurrences.

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RENAISSANCE LEARNING®, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months

Twelve Months

Ended December 31,

Ended December 31,

2009

2008

2009

2008

Net sales:

   Products

$        22,220 

$        21,007 

$        86,030 

$        84,540 

   Services

10,205 

8,583 

35,483 

30,683 

       Total net sales

32,425 

29,590 

121,513 

115,223 

Cost of sales:

   Products

3,127 

3,319 

13,730 

14,494 

   Services

2,921 

3,269 

11,691 

13,263 

       Total cost of sales

6,048 

6,588 

25,421 

27,757 

Gross profit

26,377 

23,002 

96,092 

87,466 

Operating expenses:

   Product development

4,006 

4,574 

16,494 

17,396 

   Selling and marketing

9,078 

9,023 

35,960 

36,253 

   General and administrative

3,083 

3,501 

13,113 

15,283 

   Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets

47,945 

47,945 

Total operating expenses

16,167 

65,043 

65,567 

116,877 

Operating income (loss)

10,210 

(42,041)

30,525 

(29,411)

Other income, net

50 

204 

452 

819 

Income (loss) before income taxes

10,260 

(41,837)

30,977 

(28,592)

Income taxes

3,579 

1,125 

11,054 

5,848 

Net income (loss)

$          6,681 

$      (42,962)

$        19,923 

$      (34,440)

Income (loss) per share:

 Basic and Diluted

$            0.23 

$          (1.47)

$            0.68 

$          (1.18)

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 Basic

29,261,998 

29,160,429 

29,222,327 

29,101,765 

 Diluted

29,262,154 

29,160,429 

29,222,387 

29,103,795 

RENAISSANCE LEARNING™, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollar amounts in thousands)

(unaudited)

December 31,

December 31,

2009

2008

ASSETS:

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$           36,207 

$            9,509 

Investment securities

3,278 

4,894 

Accounts receivable, net

10,535 

8,083 

Inventories

4,290 

5,504 

Prepaid expenses

1,962 

1,999 

Income taxes receivable

3,679 

3,301 

Deferred tax asset

3,827 

4,183 

Other current assets

629 

144 

 Total current assets

64,407 

37,617 

Investment securities

4,650 

3,383 

Property, plant and equipment, net

6,848 

8,621 

Goodwill

2,827 

2,750 

Other non-current assets

4,534 

4,555 

 Total assets

$           83,266 

$          56,926 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$                921 

$            1,712 

Deferred revenue

54,224 

43,975 

Payroll and employee benefits

5,404 

3,981 

Other current liabilities

2,648 

3,284 

 Total current liabilities

63,197 

52,952 

Deferred revenue  

5,262 

2,950 

Deferred compensation and other employee benefits

1,871 

1,342 

Income taxes payable

4,801 

4,868 

Other non-current liabilities

184 

133 

 Total liabilities

75,315 

62,245 

 Total shareholders' equity

7,951 

(5,319)

 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$           83,266 

$          56,926 

SOURCE Renaissance Learning, Inc.



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