Dallas, Texas (November 18, 2011) – StockGuru Shines its Spotlight on Fusion Telecommunications International, Inc. (OTCBB: FSNN). It announced financial results yesterday for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. The Company closed on November 17, 2011, at $0.069, trading in a fifty-two week range of $0.25 – 0.046.
Fusion reported consolidated revenues of $9.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, a decrease of 11% when compared to revenues of $11.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. The decrease over the prior year was primarily attributable to a 13% decrease in revenues in the Carrier Services segment resulting from a decrease in the blended rate per minute of traffic transmitted over our network. Fusion also reported a 39% revenue increase to $0.6 million in the Corporate Services segment due to continued expansion of the customer base in this segment.
Consolidated gross margin was 11.2% in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to 9.3% in the third quarter of 2010. The increase in consolidated gross margin for the quarter was mainly the result of higher gross margins in the Carrier Services segment, as well as an increased contribution in 2011 from the higher margin Corporate Services segment, which achieved a gross margin of 37.2% for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses decreased by 7% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period a year ago.
Fusion reported a net loss of $1.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, which represents an 11% improvement over the net loss of $1.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. For the third quarter of 2011, the net loss applicable to common stockholders was $1.2 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss applicable to common stockholders of $1.4 million, or $0.01 per share, for the third quarter of 2010.
The Company’s adjusted EBITDA loss (earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and specific non-recurring and non-cash adjustments) of $0.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 was essentially unchanged from the same period of a year ago, but represents a sequential improvement of $0.1 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2011.
As of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, the Company had current assets of $2.9 million. Current liabilities as of September 30, 2011 were $14.6 million compared to $12.6 million at December 31, 2010. Stockholders’ deficit at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010 was $10.3 million and $8.1 million, respectively. Stockholders’ deficit at September 30, 2011 reflects $0.7 million of additional equity raised through private placements of common stock, and the conversion of debt to equity in the amount of $0.6 million.
Commenting on the third quarter results, Matthew Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of Fusion, said, “We are pleased to report significant growth in our Corporate Services business segment, as well as continued improvement in consolidated gross margin for the third quarter of 2011 and the first nine months of 2011. Despite the very limited availability of working capital, we are committed to growing the business organically, as well as through strategic partnerships and acquisitions.”
Expanding on Mr. Rosen’s comments, Don Hutchins, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fusion, said, “During the third quarter, we continued our strong focus on reducing expenses and increasing operating efficiencies. This ongoing initiative, coupled with our increased gross margin, has positioned us well to improve our bottom line and continue our progress toward achieving profitability.”
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measurements:
The Company believes that EBITDA (earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) is useful to investors because it is commonly used in the communications industry to evaluate companies on the basis of operating performance and leverage. The Company also believes that EBITDA provides investors with a measure of the Company’s operational and financial progress that corresponds with the measurements used by management as a basis for allocating resources and making other operating decisions. Adjusted EBITDA provides an adjusted view of EBITDA that takes into account certain significant non-recurring transactions, if any, such as impairment losses, which vary significantly between periods and are not recurring in nature, as well as certain recurring non-cash charges such as stock-based compensation. Although the Company uses adjusted EBITDA as one of several financial measures to assess its operating performance, its use is limited as it excludes certain significant operating expenses. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not intended to represent cash flows for the period presented, nor have they been presented as an alternative to operating income or as an indicator of operating performance and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”). In accordance with SEC Regulation G, the non-U.S. GAAP measurements in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest U.S. GAAP measurement, which can be viewed under the heading “Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA,” immediately following the Consolidated Balance Sheets included in this press release.
Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts, including statements regarding Fusion’s beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may be “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the Company’s ability to attract fresh and continued capital to execute its comprehensive business strategy, the impact of competitors with broader product lines and greater resources, the effects of our emergence into new markets, the impact of termination of any of the Company’s significant contracts or partnerships, the Company’s ability to maintain working capital requirements to fund current and future operations, the Company’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified management, technical and sales personnel, its ability to introduce products and services in a timely fashion, whether it achieves market acceptance of new products and services, the effects of cost increases, price and product competition, the impact of delays in obtaining regulatory approvals and the prospect of litigation. Risk factors, cautionary statements, and other conditions which could cause Fusion’s actual results to differ from management’s current expectations are contained in Fusion’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are available through http://www.sec.gov.
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