Avatech Solutions Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Earnings

BALTIMORE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Nov 15, 2010 -- Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO), a Rand Worldwide and a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.

On August 17, 2010, Avatech acquired all the outstanding common stock of Rand Worldwide, Inc. ("Rand Worldwide") in a reverse merger transaction. As a result of this merger and in accordance with US GAAP, the consolidated financial statements represent a continuation of Rand Worldwide and thus include the results of Rand Worldwide for the full quarter ended September 30, 2010 and the results of Avatech from the date of acquisition through September 30, 2010. The balances reported for prior years reflect the accounts of Rand Worldwide only.

The Company reported total consolidated revenues of $16.8 million for the three months ending September 30, 2010 compared with $13.7 million in the prior period. The overall gross margin percentage for the quarter was 42.8% which is slightly lower than the 45.0% reported in the same period in the prior fiscal year largely due to changes in revenue mix and lower achievement of sales rebates from its principal supplier, Autodesk. The Company also reported that the first quarter results include approximately $1.7 million of one-time merger-related costs consisting primarily of legal, accounting and investment banking fees and severance and other restructuring costs. Therefore, for the first fiscal quarter, the Company realized a net loss from continuing operations of $2.2 million, or $(0.06) per fully diluted share, as compared with a net loss from continuing operations of $530,000, or $(0.04) per fully diluted share in the same period in the prior year.

"As we move forward, we remain very positive about the impact that this merger will have on our business and operations and we continue to make significant progress on executing our integration and restructuring plans," commented Lawrence Rychlak, President and Chief Financial Officer of Avatech. "We expect that the integration of the companies will continue through March of 2011 at which time we expect to begin realizing the operating results that we projected for the combined operations," continued Mr. Rychlak. "Beginning in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, we should see the full benefits of the merged operations including an expanded scope of products and services to our customers and a leaner, more efficient organization."

Company CEO Marc Dulude added, "I am very pleased with the pace at which our integration is progressing. We have fully integrated our Sales and Services organizations as well as most of our administrative groups and have made major advances in combining our internal business systems for managing and reporting on financial, sales and marketing data. Immediately following the merger, we began to see significant, tangible benefits of the merger and as the integration process continues, we see continuing validation of the reasons for putting these two great companies together."

Conference Call Information

Avatech Solutions will hold a conference call to discuss its first quarter results at 11:00 am ET on November 15, 2010. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are 1 (866) 356-3095 (domestic) or 1 (617) 597-5391 (International), and enter the passcode (47851272). A live, listen-only Webcast of the conference call will be available to all investors in the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This news release contains the non-GAAP measure Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings (or losses) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and stock-based compensation expense.

Adjusted EBITDA is used by management, analysts, investors and other interested parties in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry, as the calculation of EBITDA as adjusted eliminates the effect of financing, income taxes, stock-based compensation costs, the accounting effects of capital spending and certain other merger related expenses, which items may vary from different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

Avatech believes this non-GAAP measure provides useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of its core operating results. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. The non-GAAP measure included in this press release has been reconciled to the GAAP results in the accompanying table.

About Avatech Solutions and Rand Worldwide

Rand Worldwide and Avatech Solutions have combined to form one of the world's leading professional services and technology companies for the engineering community, targeting organizations in the building, infrastructure, and manufacturing industries. The combined company advances the way organizations design, develop, and manage building, infrastructure, and manufacturing projects. Fortune 500 and Engineering News Record's Top 100 companies work with the company to gain a competitive advantage through technology consulting, implementation, training, and support services. One of the world's largest integrators of Autodesk software, the company designs systems that accelerate innovation while improving quality and profitability. For more information see ( www.avatech.com) and ( www.rand.com)

Forward-looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements about the expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions, and strategies of Avatech Solutions, Inc. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by any forward-looking information. Statements that are not historical in nature, including those that include the words "goal," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "should," "believe," "intend," and similar expressions, are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about, among other things, the industry and the markets in which Avatech operates, and they are not guarantees of future performance. Whether actual results will conform to expectations and predictions is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including risks and uncertainties discussed in this report; general economic, market, or business conditions; changes in interest rates, and demand for our products and services; changes in our competitive position or competitive actions by other companies; the ability to manage growth; changes in laws or regulations or policies of federal and state regulators and agencies; and other circumstances beyond our control. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this document are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results anticipated will be realized, or, if substantially realized, will have the expected consequences on our business or operations.

                         Avatech Solutions, Inc.
                 Summary Consolidated Financial Data

                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                      September 30,

                                                    2010          2009
                                                ------------  ------------

  Product sales                                 $  9,328,000  $  7,547,000
  Service revenue                                  4,495,000     4,102,000
  Commission revenue                               2,999,000     2,016,000
  Total revenues                                  16,822,000    13,665,000

Cost of revenues-
  Cost of product sales                            6,363,000     4,529,000
  Cost of service revenue                                            3,256,000          3,037,000
    Total  cost  of  revenues                                                      9,619,000          7,566,000

Gross  margin                                                                              7,203,000          6,099,000
Operating  income  (loss)                                                      (1,794,000)          (320,000)
Income  (loss)  from  continuing  operations                    (2,171,000)          (530,000)
Net  income  (loss)                                                                  (2,171,000)        2,384,000

Earnings  (loss)  per  share  from  continuing
        Basic                                                                              $            (0.06)  $            (0.04)
        Diluted                                                                          $            (0.06)  $            (0.04)

Earnings  (loss)  per  share:
        Basic                                                                              $            (0.06)  $              0.05
        Diluted                                                                          $            (0.06)  $              0.05

Weighted  average  common  shares  outstanding:
        Basic                                                                                  42,701,339        34,232,672
        Diluted                                                                              42,701,339        34,232,672

                                                                                                September  30,        June  30,
                                                                                                          2010                    2010
                                                                                                ------------    ------------
Current  assets                                                                    $  17,925,000    $  11,016,000
Property  and  equipment                                                          2,289,000          1,823,000
Other  long-term  assets                                                        22,709,000          9,276,000
    Total  assets                                                                    $  42,923,000    $  22,115,000

Current  liabilities                                                          $  22,436,000    $  22,563,000
Other  long-term  liabilities                                                2,052,000          6,210,000
Series  A  redeemable  preferred  stock                                                -        38,086,000
Stockholders'  equity                                                            18,435,000      (44,744,000)
Total  liabilities  and  stockholders'  equity            $  42,923,000    $  22,115,000


Company Contact:

Chantale Marchand
Rand Worldwide
Phone: (508) 663-1411
Email Contact

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