Reports Fourth Quarter and 2019 Financial Results

SUNNYVALE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / March 18, 2020 /, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRT), a full-spectrum leader in outsourced call center, direct-to-consumer and small-business technical support solutions, today reported unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019.

Financial Summary

For the fourth quarter of 2019, total revenue was $13.3 million, a decrease of $4.2 million compared to revenues of $17.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 and a decrease of $1.9 million from total revenue of $15.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. Revenues for the full year 2019 were $63.3 million, a decrease of 9 percent against revenues of $69.5 million in 2018. The overall decreases in revenue reflect lower billable hours with one of our major customers although somewhat offset by new subscriber growth. The reduction in billable hours substantially reduced the overall headcount and related employee expenses including benefits, cost of recruiting, hiring, and training.

We recorded net income of $0.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, or $0.01 per share, compared to net income of $0.4 million, or $0.02 per share in the fourth quarter of 2018 and net income of $1.6 million, or $0.8 per share, in the third quarter of 2019. For the full year 2019, we recorded net income of $3.8 million, or $0.20 per share, as compared with a net loss of $(9.1) million, or $(0.48) per share for 2018. The 2018 amounts include a $10 million one-time legal settlement with the FTC.

Key changes in our net income from included the following:

  • Gross profit increased by $0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, but was down $1.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2019. Year-over-year, gross profit increased by $4.5 million which reflects lower recruiting and training costs and other operating efficiencies offset by higher labor costs.
  • Our gross profit margin in the fourth quarter of 2019 increased by 9.8 percentage points compared with the same quarter of 2018 and was down 3.1 percentage points relative to the third quarter of 2019. The increase from the year-ago period reflects lower recruiting and training costs and other operating efficiencies offset by higher labor costs.
  • Operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2019 of $3.7 million increased by $0.8 million over the year-ago quarter and increased by $0.4 million over the third quarter of 2019. For the full year 2019, operating expenses decreased by $8.5 million from 2018 levels with this decline primarily attributable to the $10 million one-time legal settlement charge reflected in 2018, offset by increased engineering and IT charges in 2019.

Balance Sheet Information

At December 31, 2019, cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $26.4 million, down from the $49.6 million of a year-ago. This decrease was primarily attributable to the aforementioned $10 million legal-settlement payment to the FTC and the $19 million special distribution to shareholders in 2019.

Total assets as of December 31, 2019, were $38.0 million and total shareholders' equity was $33.2 million. will not host a conference call discussing the Company's fourth quarter results. For more information, please visit the Investor Relations section of the website at

Annual Meeting of Shareholders

The Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of, Inc. will be held on June 5, 2020 at 1200 Crossman Ave., Suite 210, Sunnyvale, California at 8:00 a.m. PT. The Board of Directors has determined the close of business on April 9, 2020 as the record date for determination of the shareholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.

About, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPRT) is a full-spectrum leader in outsourced call center and direct-to-consumer and small business technical support solutions. With more than 20 years of providing high quality technical support services to consumers and small businesses through white-labeled partnerships or direct solutions, has the expertise, tools and software solutions to troubleshoot and maintain all the devices in the connected home and business. The company's skilled U.S.-based live agents and rich self-support tools troubleshoot more than 10,000 technical support issues consumers and small businesses face on an ongoing basis. delivers high quality, turnkey technical support solutions and digital support experiences that enable customers to get the most out of their technology. For more information, please visit, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, visit

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(in thousands)

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
Dec 31,
Sept 30,
Dec 31,
Dec 31,
Dec 31, 2018
$12,847 $14,327 $16,297 $59,545 $64,476
Software and other
478 922 1,245 3,788 5,073
Total revenue
13,325 15,249 17,542 63,333 69,549
Cost of revenue:
Cost of services
9,649 10,582 14,411 46,714 57,396
Cost of software and other
32 26 56 151 208
Total cost of revenue
9,681 10,608 14,467 46,865 57,604
Gross profit
3,644 4,641 3,075 16,468 11,945
Operating expenses:
Engineering and IT
1,282 1,132 698 4,078 2,780
Sales and marketing
445 485 440 1,760 1,823
General and administrative
2,008 1,685 1,785 7,679 7,408
Legal Settlement
- - - - 10,000
Total operating expenses
3,735 3,302 2,923 13,517 22,011
Income (loss) from operations
(91) 1,339 152 2,951 (10,066)
Interest income and other, net
232 265 289 1,049 965
Income (loss) before income taxes
141 1,604 441 4,000 (9,101)
Income tax provision (benefit)
(16) 11 23 154 (1)
Net income (loss)
$157 $1,593 $418 $3,846 $(9,100)
Net earnings (loss) per share
$0.01 $0.08 $0.02 $0.20 $(0.48)
$0.01 $0.08 $0.02 $0.20 $(0.48)
Shares used in computing per share amounts
19,048 19,011 18,923 18,977 18,826
19,093 19,045 18,983 19,026 18,826

(in thousands)

Dec 31, (1) December 31, (2)
2019 2018
Current assets:
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments
$26,414 $49,649
Accounts receivable, net
9,398 12,292
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
728 999
Total current assets
36,540 62,940
Property and equipment, net
533 703
Intangible assets, net
250 250
Other assets
717 707
Total assets
$38,040 $64,600
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued compensation
$1,887 $3,791
Other accrued liabilities
1,001 978
Acrued legal settlement
- 10,000
Short-term deferred revenue
1,193 1,135
Total current liabilities
4,081 15,904
Long-term deferred revenue
- -
Other long-term liabilities
792 800
Total liabilities
4,873 16,704
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock
2 2
Additional paid-in-capital
250,092 268,794
Treasury stock
(5,297) (5,297)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(2,380) (2,507)
Accumulated deficit
(209,250) (213,096)
Total stockholders' equity
33,167 47,896
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$38,040 $64,600
Note 1: Amounts are subject to completion of management's customary closing and review procedures.
Note 2: Derived from audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018.

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