Tucows Reports Strong Results From Wireless Services And Drops Domains From 2006

Tucows Inc. today reported strong financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. said that “We continue to see steady performance from our Domains Services business. Notably, Wholesale Domains gross margin for the second quarter was up 11% from a year ago on similar volumes due to our shifting sales mix to higher margin services. Retail delivered yet another quarter of year-over-year revenue growth in excess of 20%.”

Tucows announced under its normal portfolio review process that certain domains acquired in June 2006 were not renewed.

Here is the complete press release:

Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain name and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. All figures are in U.S. dollars.

Summary Financial Results
(In Thousands of US Dollars, Except Per Share Data)

3 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2014 (unaudited) 3 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2013 (unaudited) 6 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2014 (unaudited) 6 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2013 (unaudited)
Net revenue 35,588 31,173 69,990 61,158
Income before provision for income taxes and change in fair value of forward exchange contracts 2,110 948 3,389 1,379
Net income 1,347 588 1,824 664
Net earnings per common share¹ $0.12 $0.06 $0.16 $0.07
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 1,135 2,971 1,096 2,388

¹ Net earnings per common share reflects the 1-for-4 reverse split of common shares that became effective December 31, 2013.

Summary of Revenues and Cost of Revenues
(In Thousands of US Dollars)

Revenue Cost of Revenue
3 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2014 (unaudited) 3 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2013 (unaudited) 3 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2014 (unaudited) 3 Months Ended Jun. 30, 2013 (unaudited)
Domain Services
Wholesale
OpenSRS Domain Service 21,503 21,800 17,809 18,485
Value-Added Services 2,396 2,560 563 520
Total Wholesale 23,899 24,360 18,372 19,005
Retail 2,540 2,001 1,111 833
Portfolio 889 1,078 213 230
Total Domain Services 27,328 27,439 19,696 20,068
Network Access Services (Ting) 8,260 3,734 5,040 2,940
Network, other costs 1,145 1,270
Network, depreciation and amortization costs 174 187
Total revenue/cost of revenue 35,588 31,173 26,055 24,465

NOTE: To better reflect the manner in which these revenue streams are generated and assessed by management, beginning in the first quarter of 2014, Tucows reclassified its revenue streams into Domain Services and Network Access Services. Domain Services includes Wholesale OpenSRS (Domain Service and Value Added Services), Retail (Hover) and Portfolio. Network Access Services includes Ting.

“The strong momentum in our business, driven by the growing contribution of Ting, is evident in our bottom line as net earnings for the second quarter doubled year-over-year to $0.12 per share,” said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. “Ting saw another solid quarter of customer growth, adding more than 12,000 accounts and 18,000 devices to end the quarter at 73,000 accounts and 113,000 devices. Gross margin per account remains strong, customer acquisition costs remain low. Importantly, Ting’s contribution is really starting to show through in our overall results and was the primary reason for second quarter consolidated gross margin increasing by 5% to 27% from 22% a year earlier.”

Mr. Noss added, “We continue to see steady performance from our Domains Services business. Notably, Wholesale Domains gross margin for the second quarter was up 11% from a year ago on similar volumes due to our shifting sales mix to higher margin services. Retail delivered yet another quarter of year-over-year revenue growth in excess of 20%.”

Net revenue for the second quarter of 2014 increased 14% to $35.6 million from $31.2 million for the second quarter of 2013.

Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $1.3 million, or $0.12 per share, compared with $0.6 million, or $0.06 per share, for the second quarter of 2013. Included in net income for the second quarter of 2014 was a write-off of $0.3 million related to indefinite life intangible assets, the result of the Company’s assessment, under its normal portfolio review process, that certain domains acquired in June 2006 not be renewed. In addition, net income for the second quarter of the prior year included the benefit of a $0.5 million Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit from the Ontario government.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

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