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Sandvine Reports Q4 2012 Results

Waterloo, Canada; January 10, 2013 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC; AIM:SAND) a leading provider of intelligent network policy control solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today reported $27.5 million in revenue for its fourth quarter of 2012, non-IFRS income of $6.9 million and net income of $6.5 million. During the quarter the Company recorded a one-time, $3.8 million reduction in operating expenses for Ontario government funding related to its ongoing project under the Next Generation of Jobs Fund.

Full year results included revenue of $87.9 million and a non-IFRS loss of $2.7 million (net loss of $5.0 million). All results are reported in U.S. dollars under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), unless otherwise specified.

Q4 2012 highlights:

  • Revenue by access technology market: wireless 48%; DSL 35%; cable 17%
  • Revenue by geography: NA 44%; APAC 26%; EMEA 18%; CALA 12%
  • Revenue by sales channel: reseller 78%; direct 22%
  • Gross margin: 71%
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments balance: $74.6 million
  • Announced significant initial orders from new Tier 1 customers:
    • A converged North American operator deploying service creation, business intelligence and traffic optimization solutions in the fixed and mobile networks
    • A converged, multinational, Western European operator group deploying business intelligence and traffic optimization in the fixed line network of its home country
  • Since its Q3 results announcement, Sandvine has announced over $18.0 million in expansion orders from major existing customers
  • Won nine new service provider customers.

“We are pleased with fourth quarter results as they demonstrate ongoing progress in revenue growth and profitability,” said Dave Caputo, Sandvine’s President and CEO. “Total revenue and wireless market revenue were at record levels, driven by large initial orders from two new Tier 1 customers and large expansion orders from major existing customers, which has been a key area of focus for us in 2012.”

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (All amounts are in U.S. dollars)

Millions of dollars, except per share data and where otherwise indicated

Q4
2012

Q3
2012

 

Change

Q4
2011

 

Change

Revenue

27.5

21.8

26%

20.9

31%

Gross Margin percent

71%

70%

1pp

72%

-1pp

Expenses

12.9

16.8

-23%

17.6

-27%

Net Income (Loss)

6.5

(0.9)

 

(2.1)

 

Diluted Income (Loss) Per Share

0.046

(0.006)

 

(0.015)

 

 

Non-IFRS Income (Loss)1

 

6.9

 

(0.4)

 

 

(1.4)

 

Non-IFRS Diluted Income (Loss) Per Share1

0.049

(0.003)

 

(0.010)

 

1 See Table 1 in complete release linked below regarding non-IFRS financial measures

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company will discuss the financial results and business outlook on a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time (1:30 BST) today. A webcast will be available on Sandvine’s website.

Toll-free North America (888) 771-4371
Toll-free United Kingdom 0808 238 9578

To download the complete report in PDF format (~150kb) please click the link below:
[download release]

A replay of the call will be available at (888) 843-7419 (passcode 33987244#) from approximately 11:00 a.m. Eastern time today through January 20.

ABOUT SANDVINE

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks to enable services that can increase revenue and reduce network costs. Powered by Sandvine’s Policy Engine and SandScript policy language, Sandvine’s networking equipment provides end-to-end policy control functions including traffic classification, and policy decision and enforcement across the data, control and business planes.  Sandvine’s products provide actionable business insight, the ability to deploy new subscriber services and tools to optimize traffic while enhancing subscriber Internet quality of experience.

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 200 networks in over 85 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide, www.sandvine.com.
 
INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT
Rick Wadsworth
Sandvine
+1 519 880 2400 ext. 3503
rwadsworth@sandvine.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Sacha DeGroot
Sandvine
+1 519 880 2400 x 2232
sdegroot@sandvine.com

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Canaccord Genuity Limited
+44 0207 523 8000

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

Certain statements in this press release which are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). Statements related to Sandvine’s projected revenues, earnings, growth rates, revenue mix and product plans are forward-looking statements as are any statements relating to future events, conditions or circumstances. The use of terms such as “may”, “anticipated”, “expected”, “projected”, “targeting”, “estimate”, “intend” and similar terms are intended to assist in identification of these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees of future performance and involve both known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or developments of the Company to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.   Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change.

Many factors could cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, each of the following factors, and those factors which are further discussed in the Company’s Annual Information Form (“AIF”), a copy of which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

  • The Company’s revenues may fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending upon sales cycles, customer demand and the timing of customer purchase decisions;
  • The Company’s gross margins may fluctuate from period to period depending upon a variety of factors including product mix in the quarter, competitive pricing pressures and the level of sales generated through indirect channels;
  • The Company is dependent upon and expects to continue to derive a large percentage of its revenue from both a small number of key customers and key reseller partners, none of whom are bound to any fixed purchase commitment or exclusivity obligations and could change their buying patterns and/or source of supply at any time, which could have a material impact on the Company’s revenues.  In addition, the Company extends credit to its customers and resellers by virtue of agreed upon payment terms and could be exposed to collection risk on its receivables particularly if any key customer or key reseller were to face financial challenges. The Company’s reseller partners may also offer their own products which are competitive with the Company’s products;
  • The Company faces intense competition in markets where there are typically several different competing technologies and rapid technological changes.  The Company faces the risk of emergence of new technologies that may be either competitive to those of the Company or that change the requirements of the Company’s customers for solutions such as those offered by the Company;
  • The Company’s growth is dependent on the development of the market for network policy control solutions and the decisions of the Company’s target customers to deploy and further invest in those technologies, which decisions may be impacted upon by changing requirements in the area of broadband network management policies and/or changes in the regulatory framework to which the Company’s customers may be subject.  In particular, numerous telecommunications legislators and regulators in various jurisdictions have considered or are considering what, if any, regulations might be appropriate with respect to how internet service providers manage the impact of different types of traffic on their networks.  These ongoing processes may cause uncertainty in the network investment decisions of the Company’s target customers, and any new rules or regulations that result from these considerations may impact the demand for the Company’s products within various markets, including markets that may not be considering any new regulation but where the Company’s customers may look to other markets for future guidance or trends;
  • The Company has increased its dependence on certain third party sub-assembly manufacturers and any disruption in the operations or quality of those suppliers or any increase in expected lead times from those suppliers could result in lost or delayed revenue and/or reduced profits;
  • The majority of the Company’s operating expenses are denominated in Canadian dollars, U.S. dollars, New Israeli Shekels and Indian rupees. The Company’s earnings are impacted by fluctuations in the exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and these currencies.
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