Tucows Reports Continuing Strong Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2014
Quarter Highlighted by Net Earnings of $0.16 Per Share, Continued Momentum at Ting Mobile
TORONTO, February 11, 2015 – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014. All figures are in U.S. dollars.
“The fourth quarter was a solid finish to a strong year for Tucows,” said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. “The continuing growth in contribution from Ting Mobile, combined with steady performance of our Domains business, enabled us to deliver net earnings per share of $0.16 for the fourth quarter, bringing EPS for the year to a record $0.57, an increase of 43% over 2013. Importantly, we continue to realize the benefit from the operating leverage in our business as consolidated gross margin for the quarter grew to 26% from 23%, excluding the Portfolio Group, for the same period last year.”
“Ting Mobile’s momentum continued in the fourth quarter, adding more than 11,000 accounts and more than 17,000 devices to end the year with approximately 94,000 active accounts and 147,000 active devices. Over the course of 2014, we essentially doubled the size of our customer base. We look forward to continued growth in Ting Mobile over the course of 2015 as we begin to leverage Ting’s world-leading customer experience for significant opportunity in the fixed access market.”
Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased 17% to $38.8 million from $33.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $1.9 million, or $0.16 per share, compared with $0.9 million, or $0.08 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2013.
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014 were $8.3 million, compared with $13.6 million at the end of the third quarter of 2014 and $12.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2014, Tucows generated cash flow in operating activities of $2.8 million. The Company also invested $8.2 million in the previously announced auction cost for the .online gTLD and registry seed capital for the joint venture, as well as in escrow accounts established to fund its previously announced acquisition of 70% ownership of an independent Internet service provider in Charlottesville, Virginia doing business primarily as Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI).
Tucows management will host a conference call today, Wednesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter 2014 results. Participants can access the conference call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450 or via the Internet at https://www.tucows.com/investors.
For those unable to participate in the conference call at the scheduled time, it will be archived for replay both by telephone and via the Internet beginning approximately one hour following completion of the call. To access the archived conference call by telephone, dial 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056 and enter the pass code 75735101 followed by the pound key. The telephone replay will be available until Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at midnight. To access the archived conference call as an MP3 via the Internet, go to https://www.tucows.com/investors.
Tucows is a provider of network access, domain name and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) is a mobile phone service provider dedicated to bringing clarity and control to US mobile phone users. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages over 13 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (https://www.tucows.com).
This release includes forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements regarding our expectations regarding our future financial results and, in particular, our expectations for Ting and its impact on our financial performance. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, including the acceptance of Ting in the market. Information about other potential factors that could affect Tucows’ business, results of operations and financial condition is included in the Risk Factors sections of Tucows’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Tucows as of the date they are made. Tucows assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.
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