Provides outlook for approximately 18-20% revenue growth and 50-60% non-GAAP earnings expansion in 2015, reflecting organic growth and benefits of the company’s acquisition of CLS Communication
WALTHAM, Mass. – February 5, 2015 – Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIOX), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.
Financial highlights for FY 2014 include:
Business highlights for FY 2014 include:
“Despite a $17 million spend reduction from our largest client, we continued to deliver solid growth among most of our top clients, expand our new business momentum, accelerate our vertical market expansion strategy, expand gross margins, and generate strong cash flows,” said Rory Cowan, CEO of Lionbridge. “As we enter 2015 it appears the pace of organic growth is accelerating. Our largest account seems to have stabilised at current revenue levels. Unlike most US companies, our earnings model has a favourable strong US dollar bias. We are well on path to recognise the planned synergies of the CLS acquisition. As a result, we continue to expect organic revenue, earnings and cash flow growth in 2015, as well as strong revenue and earnings contribution from CLS.”
Highlights for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014 include:
The Company also provided expectations for FY 2015 revenue growth of approximately 18-20% and non-GAAP earnings growth of approximately 50-60% year on year, depending on currency as well as the timing of synergies and tax matters.
Lionbridge management will conduct a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET this morning to discuss financial performance for the quarter and other matters, including matters related to its future performance. To participate, callers within the United States can dial 888-790-1711 and international callers can dial 517-308-9317. The pass code for the call is “Lionbridge”. The conference call will also be available on the financial events page of the investor relations section of the Lionbridge website at www.lionbridge.com.
In this release, the Company’s adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are not intended to be used in lieu of GAAP presentations of results of operations. These measures are presented because management believes they provide additional information to investors with respect to the performance of our fundamental business activities. “Adjusted earnings” and “Adjusted Earnings per Share (EPS)” are Non-GAAP financial measures and should not be viewed as alternatives to GAAP measures of performance. Management believes the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure for these measures are net income and diluted net income per share and has provided a reconciliation of GAAP net income to adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share at the end of this release.
Lionbridge enables more than 800 world-leading brands to increase international market share, speed adoption of products, and effectively engage their customers in local markets worldwide. Using our innovative cloud technology platforms and our global crowd of more than 100,000 professional cloud workers, we provide translation, online marketing, global content management, and application testing solutions that ensure global brand consistency, local relevancy, and technical usability across all touch points of the customer lifecycle. Based in Waltham, Mass., Lionbridge maintains solution centres in 27 countries. To learn more, visit http://www.lionbridge.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including expected financial performance, expected revenue and profit growth, and the momentum, pace, and strengthening of such growth in CLS 2015, FY 2015, and FY 2016 as well as expected revenue from Lionbridge’s largest customer and synergies from Lionbridge’s acquisition of SEC Communication (“SEC”). These forward-looking statements reflect management’s current views and Lionbridge does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect a change in its views or events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof except as required by law. Lionbridge’s actual experiences, actions, financial, and operating results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include Lionbridge’s ability to fully integrate CLS and the pace of such integration actions; the timing of the realisation of any synergies associated with the acquisition of CLS; the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on revenue, margins, costs, operating results, and profitability, and the Company’s ability to successfully manage this exposure through hedge instruments and other strategies; its ability to provide and maintain high quality services at a competitive price and related customer satisfaction with such service delivery; the loss of or reduction in demand from one or more major client or customer, which would materially affect Lionbridge’s business; Lionbridge’s ability to expand its relationships with existing clients; Lionbridge’s ability to broaden its client base; the Company’s dependence on clients’ product releases, production schedules, and procurement strategies to generate revenues; the anticipated benefits of expansion of global language workflow technologies; the impact of competing language technology on the Company’s existing customer relationships and ability to secure new customers; the ability of Lionbridge to realise the expected benefits of its technology initiatives and acquisitions and the timing of the realisation of such benefits; errors, interruptions, or delays in cloud-based technology; breaches of security measures; the termination of customer contracts or engagements prior to the end of their term; the size, timing, and recognition of revenue from clients; the ability of Lionbridge to integrate acquisitions and expand its customer relationships and the timing and success of such activities; the portion of the Company’s service engagements that are subject to the impact of foreign currency fluctuations; continued uncertainty and volatility in global economic conditions that could negatively affect demand for the Company’s services and technologies; reduced demand for the Company’s services that adversely impacts Lionbridge’s future revenues, cash flows, results of operations, and financial condition; Lionbridge’s ability to perform services in lower cost operational locations and the timing of its transfer of service execution to such locations, and customer acceptance of service execution in such locations; risks associated with conducting business outside of the United States, including compliance with changing and potentially conflicting laws and regulations and expenses and delays associated with any such activities; longer collection cycles in particular jurisdictions; risks associated with competition; Lionbridge’s ability to forecast revenue, profitability, technology adoption, customer demand, and operating results; changes in tax rates applicable to the Company and changes to the interpretations of applicable tax rates; changes in interpretation of statutory and regulatory positions by international tax authorities in countries in which Lionbridge conducts business; changes in interpretation of employment and tax positions by U.S. state and federal authorities; the failure of Lionbridge to keep pace with technological changes or changing customer needs; the risk of claims by third parties of intellectual property claims; the ability of Lionbridge to respond to fluctuations in the complexity, timing, and mix of services required by customers; and Lionbridge being held liable for defects or errors in its service offerings. For a more detailed description of the risk factors associated with Lionbridge, please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and subsequent filings with the SEC (copies of which may be accessed through the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov).