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ShoreTel Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2013

Company Delivers 28 Percent Year-Over-Year Growth in Cloud, Solid Performance in Premise and Returns to Non-GAAP Operating Profit
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SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 30, 2013– ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications, and mobile UC solutions, today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended March 31, 2013.

Revenue of $78.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 was up 39 percent from the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. The non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter was $0.3 million, or a loss of $0.01 per share, which excludes stock-based compensation charges, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, other charges and related tax adjustments. This compares with a non-GAAP net loss of $1.5 million, or a loss of $0.03 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

“Rapid expansion in the cloud market this quarter was complemented by steady growth in our premise business. With both of our business lines thriving, we delivered non-GAAP operating profitability for the company,” said Peter Blackmore, CEO of ShoreTel. “ShoreTel Sky generated a 28 percent year-over-year increase in revenue, signed a record number of new customers, and continues to have a best-in-class customer retention rate.”

Blackmore continued, “Our premise business generated nine percent year-over-year revenue growth, delivered strong improvement in gross margins and added nearly 1,100 new customers in the quarter. As the result of the actions we took in early January to streamline our sales team, our sales productivity increased to its highest level in over two years. These changes, as well as other actions to reduce costs in the premise business, contributed to our non-GAAP operating profit. Looking forward, we remain committed to delivering a profitable fourth quarter and fiscal 2014.”

Third Quarter of Fiscal 2013 Financial Highlights

GAAP gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 was 60.6 percent, compared with 66.2 percent in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. This year-over-year decline was primarily due to the addition of the ShoreTel Sky® line of business, which was only included for eight days of operating results in the prior year.

Non-GAAP gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, which excludes stock-based compensation charges, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, other charges and related tax adjustments, was 62.1 percent, compared with 67.2 percent in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. GAAP net loss was $5.0 million, or $0.09 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, compared with a GAAP net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.17 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

As of March 31, 2013, the company had $48.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.

Line of Business Results

ShoreTel Sky

ShoreTel Sky revenues of $18.2 million were up seven percent sequentially over the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The total number of installed customer seats increased 45 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Additionally, a number of previously cloud-only partners added the ShoreTel premise solution to their portfolio during the quarter, giving their end customers additional choice in UC systems.

Premise

Revenues from the premise business were $60.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, up nine percent from the prior year. Premise business non-GAAP gross margin improved 100 basis points sequentially to 68.3 percent. The premise business rebounded well with a number of all-time highs, including highest-ever service margins, record revenues from service providers and its best sales productivity in more than two years.  

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Business Highlights

Introduced Newest Version of Contact Center with Enterprise Contact Center 8

The company introduced ShoreTel Enterprise Contact Center 8 with enhancements to the email and chat channels within the contact center. This enhanced release makes it easier for enterprises to meet the needs of today’s multi-device, multi-channel consumer by removing barriers and offering more avenues for communication. Agents can now more effectively handle emails, chats and calls, both inbound and outbound. Customers can also schedule callbacks so they can be contacted at a time that is convenient.

Launched ShoreTel Mobility 6 and Newest ShoreTel Conferencing Products

With the introduction of ShoreTel Mobility 6 and the latest release of ShoreTel Conferencing, customers can make the Apple iPad into a business communications tool. ShoreTel Mobility 6 enables iPad users to place and receive calls with their business persona, exchange instant messages, listen to voicemail messages and create multi-party calls. ShoreTel Conferencing for iOS further extends the communications experience with application collaboration capabilities, allowing users to share presentations controlled by their iPad or iPhone with remote participants as well as view shared desktops of their colleagues’ PCs and Macs.

ShoreTel Sky Awarded Telephony Product of the Year by TMC

TMC, a global, integrated media company, awarded ShoreTel Sky Mobility with its 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year. TMC noted that the award was based on the product’s innovation and quality, as well as its ability to provide solutions to real business communications challenges.

Business Outlook

ShoreTel is providing the following outlook for the quarter ending June 30, 2013:

  • Revenue is expected to be in the range of $80 million to $86 million.
  • GAAP gross margin is expected to be in the range of 60 percent to 61 percent, including approximately $1.2 million in stock-based compensation charges and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles. Non-GAAP gross margin, which excludes stock-based compensation and other charges, is expected to be in the range of 61.5 percent to 62.5 percent.
  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be in the range of $52 million to $53 million, including approximately $3.0 million in stock-based compensation charges, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles and other charges. Non-GAAP operating expenses, which exclude stock-based compensation and other charges listed above, are expected to be in the range of $49 million to $50 million.

Conference Call Information

The company will host a corresponding conference call and live webcast today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. To access the conference call, dial +1-877-317-6789 for callers in the U.S. and +1-412-317-6789 for international callers and provide the operator with the conference identification number of 10027198. A live webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's corporate website at http://ir.shoretel.com/ and an archived recording will be available beginning approximately two hours after the completion of the call until the company's announcement of its financial results for the next quarter. An audio telephonic replay of the conference call will also be available beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time today until approximately 6:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on May 7, 2013, by dialing +1-877-344-7529 or +1-412-317-0088 for callers outside the U.S. and providing the conference identification number of 10027198.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

ShoreTel reports all required financial information in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), but it believes that evaluating its ongoing operating results may be difficult to understand if limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Many investors have requested that ShoreTel disclose this non-GAAP information because it is useful in understanding the company’s performance as it excludes non-cash charges, other non-recurring adjustments and related tax adjustments, that many investors feel may obscure the company’s true operating performance. Likewise, management uses these non-GAAP measures to manage and assess the profitability of its business and does not consider stock-based compensation charges and amortization charges related to acquisition-related intangible assets, which are non-cash charges, or other non-recurring items in managing its core operations. ShoreTel has provided a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures following the text of this press release. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

ShoreTel assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this release. This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements by Peter Blackmore, statements regarding future financial results and statements in the “Business Outlook” section regarding ShoreTel’s anticipated future revenues, gross margins, operating expenses and other financial information. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. The risks and uncertainties include the intense competition in our industry, our reliance on third parties to sell and support our products, our ability to grow our ShoreTel Sky business, our ability to maintain our premise business in a profitable manner, supply and manufacturing risks, our ability to control costs as we expand our business, increased risk of intellectual property litigation by entering into new markets, our ability to attract, retain and ramp new sales personnel, uncertainties inherent in the product development cycle, uncertainty as to market acceptance of new products and services, the potential for litigation in our industry, risks related to our acquisition of M5 Networks, including technology and product integration risks, our ability to retain key personnel and customers and the risk of assuming unknown liabilities, and other risk factors set forth in ShoreTel’s Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2012, and in its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.

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About ShoreTel

ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a provider of business communication solutions whose brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, applications and mobile UC solutions promise a new rhythm of workforce engagement and collaboration. With costly complexity eliminated by design from its award-winning, all-in-one IP phone system, UC and contact center solution, and its industry-leading hosted phone system, workers enjoy a freedom and self-reliance that other providers can’t match. Users have full control to engage and collaborate, no matter the time, place or device, for the lowest cost and demand on IT resources in the industry. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit shoretel.com or shoretelsky.com.

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