For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, Avatech expects to report total revenue of approximately $11.5 million, compared to $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. Preliminary net income increased to $741,000, or $0.03 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(873,000), or $(0.05) per fully diluted share, in the same period of the prior year. EBITDA as adjusted (as defined) increased to $807,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, from a loss of $(607,000) in the prior year period.
For the full year ended June 30, 2008, Avatech expects to report revenues of approximately $49.6 million, compared to $50.5 million in the prior year. Preliminary net income is expected to increase to approximately $3,090,000, or $0.15 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(555,000), or $(0.04) per fully diluted share in fiscal 2007. EBITDA as adjusted increased to $4,678,000 in fiscal 2008, compared to $1,236,000 in fiscal 2007.
George Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avatech Solutions, said, “Our strong preliminary net income and Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2008 indicate the successful execution of our business strategy and continued cash flow generation throughout the entire year. Over the last 12 months, we have focused intently on reducing costs and achieving consistent profitability, in the face of a weakening economic environment. As a direct result of these cost-saving initiatives, we have delivered record net income, increased our cash balance by 225% to approximately $5.5 million and increased shareholder equity by 38% to $13.2 million. Looking forward to 2009, we are concentrating on top line growth by expanding our go to market (sales) and implementation (engineering) teams with a continued focus on growing the services component of our business. Additionally, we will continue to expand our offerings through new initiatives, including expanding the marketing efforts for our new Manufacturing Consulting Division.”
These expected operating results are preliminary and subject to management and the Company's auditors completing their quarterly closing review procedures.
The Company plans to release its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2008 on September 29, 2008 and will host a conference call that day to discuss in detail the quarter’s results.
Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measure
This news release contains the non-GAAP measure EBITDA as adjusted. EBITDA as adjusted represents earnings (or losses) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and stock-based compensation expense.
EBITDA as adjusted 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
Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO) is America’s leading professional services company for design and engineering technologies. Avatech 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 Avatech to gain a competitive advantage through technology consulting, implementation, training, and support services. One of the world’s largest integrators of Autodesk software, Avatech designs systems that accelerate innovation while improving quality and profitability. For more information please visit www.avatech.com.
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can be no assurance that the actual results anticipated will be
realized, or, if substantially realized, will have the expected
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