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Single Touch Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Financial Results

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SOURCE Single Touch Systems, Inc.

Q1 Revenues up nearly 50%, Core Business Cash Flow Positive and Adjusted EBITDA Profitable

Conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET on Tuesday, Feb. 11

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Single Touch Systems, Inc. (OTC BB: SITO), a technology-based mobile media solutions provider, today announced results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2013.  

Financial Highlights:

  • Operating Profits: For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, on a pro-forma basis when separating out intellectual property (IP) related initiatives, Single Touch's core, underlying business operations were profitable on an adjusted EBITDA basis, a trend that has been established for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2013.
  • Cash Flow: Cash flow from operations was positive for Single Touch's core business for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 as a result of increased core revenue growth and decreased costs directly associated with revenues.
  • Revenue: For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, revenues increased to $2.9 million from $1.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, representing a year-over-year increase of 49%. Growth in the first quarter was attributed to one-time licensing revenues of $750,000 earned from the transaction with Zoove Corporation and organic growth from continuing mobile adoption and new programs for existing and new client relationships.
  • Gross Margins: For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the gross margin on Single Touch's core business improved to 60% from 55% in the same period of the prior year and improved to 70% overall when including the gross margin on the one-time IP licensing transaction with Zoove Corporation.
  • Adjusted EBITDA: For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, on an adjusted EBITDA basis, a non-GAAP financial measure, profits were $0.1 million.
  • Net Loss: For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, net loss, on a GAAP basis, was $1.1 million or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.2 million or $0.02 per basic and diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Messaging Volume: In the first quarter of fiscal 2014, Single Touch sent 87 million messages to mobile phone users. This is up 13% from messages sent in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Messaging volume is one of the key business metrics for the Company.

"We saw a strong start into the new fiscal year with increases in revenues and gross margins," reported Single Touch's President and CEO, James Orsini. "During this past quarter, on a pro-forma basis, our core underlying business generated positive cash flows, a trend that the Company established for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2013.  In October, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) went into effect and introduced new SMS guidelines requiring mandatory written consent from customers prior to allowing businesses and marketers to send marketing messages via SMS. This new regulation, although adversely affecting the industry's messaging volume and revenues, has had some minimal impact on our business."

Mr. Orsini continued, "We saw a seven-fold spike in messaging around retailer layaway programs this past holiday season. Looking ahead, we believe we are on track this fiscal year to have cumulatively sent over 1 billion messages since inception on behalf of our clients. This is another key milestone achievement in our core business. Our FollowMe product continues to gain traction as well, and we anticipate revenue bookings of FollowMe to accelerate this year as brands begin to deploy larger mobile marketing budgets."

Conference call information:

Date:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time:  4:30 P.M. Eastern Time (ET)
Dial in Number for U.S. & Canadian Callers: 877-407-8629
Dial in Number for International Callers (Outside of the U.S. & Canada): 201-493-6715

Participating in the call will be Single Touch's Chief Executive Officer James Orsini, Chief Financial Officer Kurt Streams, and Executive Vice President Corporate Development Jerry Hug. To join the live conference call, please dial into the above referenced telephone numbers five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. A live webcast and archive of the call will also be available on Single Touch's website at: http://singletouch.equisolvewebcast.com/q1-2014.

If you are unable to participate in the call at this time, a replay will be available for 7 days starting on February 11, 2014 at approximately 8:00 P.M. ET. To access the replay, please dial 877-660-6853 in the U.S. and 201-612-7415 for international callers. The conference ID# is 414392.

About Single Touch Systems, Inc.
Single Touch Systems, Inc. is a technology based mobile solutions provider serving businesses, advertisers and brands. Through patented technologies and a modular, adaptable platform, Single Touch's multi-channel messaging gateway enables marketers to reach consumers on all types of connected devices, with information that engages interest, drives transactions and strengthens relationships and loyalty. For more information about Single Touch Systems, Inc. visit: www.singletouch.net

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Our actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, our reliance on brand owners and wireless carriers, the possible need for additional capital as well other risks identified in our filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

[Financial Tables to Follow]


SINGLE TOUCH SYSTEMS INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS


























For the Three Months Ended





December 31,





2013


2012








Revenue






Wireless applications

$

2,147,128

$

1,947,278


Licensing and royalties


750,000


-


Media placement


10,000


-












2,907,128


1,947,278








Operating Expenses






Royalties and application costs


868,093


883,793


Research and development


24,093


8,706


Compensation expense (including stock based







compensation of $317,795 in 2013 and $1,109,720 in 2012)


1,380,674


1,755,338


Depreciation and amortization


149,757


154,786


General and administrative (including stock based







compensation of $523,911 in 2013 and $296,821 in 2012)


1,343,524


1,068,324












3,766,141


3,870,947








Loss from operations



(859,013)


(1,923,669)








Other Income (Expenses)






Interest expense


(192,720)


(308,486)










Net (loss) before income taxes


(1,051,733)


(2,232,155)










Provision for income taxes


-


-










   Net loss

$

(1,051,733)

$

(2,232,155)









Basic and diluted loss per share

$

(0.01)

$

(0.02)









Weighted average shares outstanding


140,815,604


132,472,392















 


SINGLE TOUCH SYSTEMS INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS












December 31,


September 30,





2013


2013








Assets







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,291,619

$

1,146,995



Accounts receivable, net - current portion


1,737,432


1,347,827



Prepaid consulting


890,489


1,081,553



Other prepaid expenses


120,153


150,183










    Total current assets


5,039,693


3,726,558









Property and equipment, net


262,337


238,815









Other assets







Accounts receivable, net


450,000


-



Prepaid consulting


-


81,547



Capitalized software development costs, net


346,909


343,575



Intangible assets:







  Patents


434,282


467,837



  Patent applications cost


793,417


768,646



  Software license


831,000


831,000



Other assets including security deposits


65,530


65,228










    Total other assets


2,921,138


2,557,833










    Total assets

$

8,223,168

$

6,523,206








 

SINGLE TOUCH SYSTEMS INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS












December 31,


September 30,





2013


2013















Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity






Current liabilities







Accounts payable

$

1,031,709

$

1,352,203



Accrued expenses


464,810


209,323



Accrued compensation - related party


481,442


72,736



Current obligation under capital lease


16,412


16,331



Convertible debenture - related party


600,472


585,708



Convertible debentures - unrelated  parties


3,286,566


2,692,570










    Total current liabilities


5,881,411


4,928,871









Long-term liabilities







Obligation under capital lease


25,245


29,378



Convertible debentures - unrelated parties


-


440,593










    Total long-term liabilities


25,245


469,971










    Total liabilities


5,906,656


5,398,842
















Stockholders' Equity







Preferred stock,  $.0001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized;







  none outstanding


-


-



Common stock, $.001 par value; 300,000,000 shares authorized,







142,430,717 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 







  and 137,220,331 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2013


142,431


137,220



Additional paid-in capital


133,124,831


130,886,161



Accumulated deficit


(130,950,750)


(129,899,017)










    Total stockholders' equity


2,316,512


1,124,364










    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

8,223,168

$

6,523,206








Investor and Media Contact:
Robert Haag
Hampton Growth IR
877-368-3566
sito@hamptongrowth.com

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