SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telenav®, Inc. (NASDAQ:TNAV), a leader in connected car services, today announced its financial results for the first quarter that ended September 30, 2016.
"For the first quarter of fiscal 2017, Telenav delivered solid results," said HP Jin, chairman and CEO of Telenav. "We continued to make progress with our auto OEM customers by increasing the breadth and depth of our partnerships. Ford completed the transition from SYNC 2 to SYNC 3 and we began development work on connected services for Ford SYNC 3. We were also selected by General Motors to offer entry level embedded navigation in Europe and through our relationship with Toyota, we started offering our Scout GPS Link in Lexus vehicles. We believe the expansion of our offerings with these global auto OEMs is a proof point of our strengthening partnerships and market leadership within the connected carspace."
Financial Highlights for the first quarter ending September 30, 2016
For the quarter ending December 31, 2016, Telenav offers the following guidance, which is predicated on management's judgments:
The above information concerning guidance represents Telenav's outlook only as of the date hereof, and is subject to change as a result of amendments to material contracts and other changes in business conditions. Telenav undertakes no obligation to update or revise any financial forecast or other forward looking statements, as a result of new developments or otherwise.
The company will host an investor conference call and live webcast at2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) today. To access the conference call, dial 800-344-6491 (toll-free, domestic only) or 785-830-7988 (domestic and international toll) and enter pass code 9955989. The webcast will be accessible on Telenav's investor relations website at http://investor.telenav.com. A replay of the conference call will be available for two weeks beginning approximately two hours after its completion. To access the replay, dial 888-203-1112 (toll-free, domestic only) or 719-457-0820 (domestic and international toll) and enter pass code 9955989.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Telenav prepares its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for the United States, or GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures such as billings, change in deferred revenue, change in deferred costs, non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP net income (loss) per share, non-GAAP operating expenses, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow included in this press release are different from those otherwise presented under GAAP.
Telenav has provided these measures in addition to GAAP financial results because management believes these non-GAAP measures help provide a consistent basis for comparison between periods that are not influenced by certain items and therefore are helpful inunderstanding Telenav's underlying operating results. These non-GAAP measures are some of the primary measures Telenav's management uses for planning and forecasting. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP and these non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to information provided by other companies.
Billings measure revenue recognized plus the change in deferred revenue from the beginning to the end of the period. We consider billings to be a useful metric for management and investors because billings drive deferred revenue, which is an important indicator of the health and viability of our business. There are a number of limitations related to the use of billings versus revenue calculated in accordance with GAAP. First, billings include amounts that have not yet been recognized as revenue and may require additional services to be provided overcontracted service periods. For example, billings related to certain connected solutions cannot be fully recognized as revenue in a given period due to requirements for ongoing provisioning of services such as hosting, monitoring and customer support. Second, we may calculate billings in a manner that is different from peer companies that report similar financial measures. When we use these measures, we compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding revenue and evaluating billings together with revenue calculated in accordance with GAAP. We have also provided a breakdown of the calculation of the change in deferred revenue by segment, which is added to revenue in calculating our non-GAAP metric of billings. In connection with our presentation of the change in deferred revenue, we have provided a similar presentation of the change in the related deferredcosts. Such deferred costs primarily include costs associated with third party content and in connection with certain customized software solutions, the costs incurred to develop those solutions. As deferred revenue and deferred costs become larger components of our operating results, we believe these metrics are useful in evaluating cash flow.
Non-GAAP net loss excludes the impact of stock-based compensation expense, developed technology amortization expense, and other applicable items, net of tax. Stock-based compensation expense relates to equity incentive awards granted to our employees, directors, and consultants. Stock-based compensation expense has been and will continue to be a significant recurring non-cash expense for Telenav that we exclude from non-GAAP financial metrics. Developed technology amortization expenserelates to the amortization of acquired intangible assets. Our non-GAAP tax rate differs from the tax rate due to the elimination of any tax effect of stock-based compensation expense. Non-GAAP operating expenses exclude stock-based compensation and other applicable items.
Adjusted EBITDA measures our GAAP net loss excluding the impact of stock-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization, other income (expense), provision (benefit) for income taxes, and other applicable items such as legal contingencies, restructuring accruals and reversals, and deferred rent reversals due to lease termination, net of tax. We believe this is a useful measure of profitability before the impact of certain non-cash expenses, interest income, income taxes, and certain other items that management believes affect the comparability of operating results. Adjusted EBITDA, while generally ameasure of profitability, can also represent a loss.
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure we define as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, less purchases of property and equipment. We consider free cash flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash (used in) generated by our business after purchases of property and equipment.
We determined that it would be meaningful to investors to develop a breakout of the operating results of the advertising business beyond the current GAAP segment reporting of revenue, cost of revenue and gross margin, and we are including such presentation in our non-GAAP reporting results. This presentation reflects operating expenses that are directly attributable to the advertising business. We are unable to provide a similar breakout of operatingresults for the automotive and mobile navigation businesses beyond the current GAAP segment reporting of revenue, cost of revenue and gross margin because these segments share many of the same technologies and resources and as such, have operating expenses which cannot be fully attributable to one versus the other segment. In addition, the reported non-GAAP operating results for the advertising business only include an allocation of certain shared corporate general and administrative costs that directly benefit the business, such as accounting and human resource services.
To reconcile the historical GAAP results to non-GAAP financial metrics, please refer to the reconciliations in the financial statements included in this earnings release.
In this earnings release, Telenav has provided guidance for the second quarterof fiscal 2017 on a non-GAAP basis, for billings and adjusted EBITDA. Beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, Telenav will no longer provide guidance for future periods on non-GAAP net loss and net loss per share, non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating expenses, as it believes these non-GAAP metrics are no longer meaningful. Telenav does not provide reconciliations of its forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures of billings and adjusted EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP measures due to the high variability and difficulty in making accurate forecasts and projections with respect to deferred revenue, deferred costs, stock-based compensation and tax provision (benefit), which are components of these non-GAAP financial measures. In particular, stock-based compensationis impacted by future hiring and retention needs, as well as the future fair market value of Telenav's common stock, all of which is difficult to predict and subject to constant change. The actual amounts of these items will have a significant impact on Telenav's GAAP net loss per diluted share and GAAP tax provision (benefit). Accordingly, reconciliations of Telenav's forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures are not available without unreasonable effort.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based on Telenav management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this document due to a number of risks anduncertainties. These potential risks and uncertainties include, among others; Telenav's ability to develop and implement products for Ford, GM and Toyota and to support Ford, GM and Toyota and their customers; adoption by vehicle purchasers of Scout for Cars; Telenav's dependence on a limited number of automotive manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") for a substantial portion of its revenue; Ford's announcement that it believes that the market for automobiles generally will not grow at the pace that it has been growing at recently as well actual declines in Ford's unit shipments; the timing of revenue recognition in connection with the Sync 3 due to different title transfer requirements,particularly outside of the U.S.; potential delays in new orders of Sync 3 as Ford uses its Sync 2 inventory in connection with the Sync 3 transition and the impact of the transition on order timing and delivery; potential impacts of OEM's including competitive capabilities in their vehicles such as Apple Car-Play and Android Auto; Telenav's success in achieving additional design wins from OEM and automotive manufacturers and the delivery dates of automobiles including Telenav's products; Telenav's ability to grow and scale its advertising business; Telenav's ability to develop new advertising products and technology while also achieving cash flow break even andultimately profitability in the advertising business; Telenav incurring losses; competition from other market participants who may provide comparable services to subscribers without charge; the timing of new product releases and vehicle production by Telenav's automotive customers, including inventory procurement and fulfillment; Telenav's ability to develop search products with Nuance; possible warranty claims, and the impact on consumer perception of its brand; Telenav's ability to develop and support products including Open Street Maps ("OSM"), as well as transition existing navigation products to OSM and any economic benefit anticipated from the use of OSM versus proprietary map products; the potential that we may not beable to realize our deferred tax assets and may have to take a reserve against them; and macroeconomic and political conditions in the U.S. and abroad, in particular China. We discuss these risks in greater detail in "Risk factors" and elsewhere in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Also, forward-looking statements represent our management's beliefs and assumptions only as of the date made. You should review our SEC filings carefully and with theunderstanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect.
Telenav is a leading provider of connected car and location-based platform services, focused on transforming life on the go for people — before, during, and after every drive. Leveraging our location platform, global brands such as GM, Toyota and AT&T deliver custom connected car and mobile experiences. Additionally, advertisers such as Nissan, Denny's, Walmart, and Best Buy reach millions of users with our highly-targeted advertising platform. To learn more about how Telenav's location platform powers personalized navigation, mapping, big data intelligence, social driving, and location-based ads, visit www.telenav.com.
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