Stamps.Com Announces First Quarter 2005 Results
Q1 EPS of $0.07; Q1 Revenue of $11.8 Million, Up 56% Versus Last Year
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – April 28, 2005 – Stamps.com® Inc. (Nasdaq: STMP) today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005.
First quarter results include the following:
- Total revenue was $11.8 million, an increase of 56% versus the same quarter last year.
- Gross margin was 73% versus a gross margin of 61% in the same quarter last year.
- GAAP net income was $1.6 million, or $0.07 per fully diluted share.
- Subscription service revenue was $9.1 million and online store revenue was $1.9 million, up 52% and 43%, respectively, versus the first quarter of 2004. Insurance fees, licensing fees, and other revenue contributed an additional $0.8 million.
“We were very pleased with our strong first quarter revenue and earnings growth,” said president and CEO Ken McBride. “The momentum we have built in our core PC Postage business continued in the first quarter and carried us to our eleventh straight quarter of sequential revenue growth and our third quarter of profitability. We are also today revising upward our outlook for fiscal year 2005 revenue and net income.”
Stamps.com reported net income of $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2005 compared to a net loss of $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2004 and net income of $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2004. On a per share basis, net income was $0.07 in the first quarter of 2005 based on fully diluted shares outstanding of 23.4 million. This compares to a net loss of $0.20 in the first quarter of 2004, based on shares outstanding of 22.2 million.
Stamps.com recently announced the return of PhotoStamps, the popular form of postage that allows consumers to turn digital photos, designs or images into valid U.S. postage. PhotoStamps is expected to be available under authorization of the U.S. Postal Service for a year-long market test beginning May 17, 2005. On April 26, Stamps.com began taking pre-orders for the second market test of PhotoStamps at its web site www.photostamps.com.
For the second quarter of 2005, Stamps.com anticipates that revenue will be approximately $13 million. Second quarter gross margin is expected to be approximately 70%. Net income for the second quarter is anticipated to be approximately $0.06 per fully diluted share. For the entire fiscal 2005, Stamps.com anticipates that revenue will be $56 million–an increase from the previous Company guidance of $48.5 million. Total 2005 gross margin is expected to be approximately 70%. Net income per share for fiscal 2005 is anticipated to be $0.31–an increase from the previous Company guidance of $0.26. Guidance for 2005 net income per share, and previous Company guidance, does not reflect any impact from the new accounting pronouncement relating to the expensing of stock options, FASB 123( R ). Stamps.com currently expects to adopt 123( R ) at the beginning of fiscal 2006.
The Stamps.com financial results conference call will be web cast today at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time and may be accessed at investor.stamps.com. The Company plans to discuss its business outlook during the conference call. Following the conclusion of the web cast, a replay of the call will be available at the same location.
About Stamps.com and PhotoStamps
Stamps.com (Nasdaq: STMP) is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Stamps.com enables over 375,000 customers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection, right from their home or office. The Company targets its services to small businesses and home offices, and currently has partnerships with companies including Microsoft, CompUSA, EarthLink, HP, NCR, Office Depot, Vendio and the U.S. Postal Service.
PhotoStamps is a patented Stamps.com product that couples the technology of PC Postage with the simplicity of a web-based image upload and order process. PhotoStamps was extremely popular during the initial market test which was announced on Aug. 10, and ran through Sept. 30, 2004. During that 7 1/2 week period, more than 2.75 million individual PhotoStamps were ordered. PhotoStamps is expected to be available under authorization of the U.S. Postal Service for a second, year-long market test beginning May 17, 2005.
“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release includes forward-looking statements about our anticipated results that involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors, including the Company’s ability to complete and ship its products and obtain or maintain regulatory approval, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, are detailed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made from time to time by Stamps.com, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Stamps.com undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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