One of the leading networks of forum communities on the Internet, CrowdGather (OTCBB:CRWG), today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2011.
The Company reported revenues of $407,741 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of 252% from the $115,630 reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. For the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011, the Company reported revenues of $1,580,957, an increase of 410% from the $309,781 reported for fiscal 2010. Gross profit for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011 was $805,443 an increase of 160% from the $309,781 reported for fiscal 2010.
“2011 was a watershed year for us,” said Sanjay Sabnani, CrowdGather’s Chairman and CEO. “During our fiscal year, we rapidly transitioned from being a fledging underfunded technology company into a significant publisher network comprised entirely of forums.”
Net loss for the 2011 fiscal year decreased to $2,812,228 or $.06 per share, versus a net loss of $3,429,694 or $.08 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2010.
The improved fiscal 2011 financial results are the result of higher fiscal 2011 revenue and gross profit along with lower interest and other expenses, offset by higher operating expenses. The increase in revenue and gross profit was primarily attributable to increasing advertising revenue from the Company’s branded and hosted forum properties plus revenue generated from Adisn’s display and per-action advertising campaigns. Acquired in June 2010, Adisn did not impact the Company’s fiscal 2010 results, but contributed significantly during fiscal 2011.
The decline in interest and other expenses for fiscal 2011 is the result of the conversion of approximately $2.0 million of debt and interest into equity during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The conversion resulted in a fiscal 2011 year-over-year decline in interest expense and debt amortization of $869,182. Additionally, fiscal 2010 results included a loss on the settlement of the debt of $563,571 versus a gain on the settlement of the debt of $73,628 for fiscal 2011.
A $1,286,962 year-over-year increase in general and administrative expenses for fiscal 2011 mostly offset the higher gross profit and improved other expense results. CrowdGather expects G&A to remain stable during fiscal 2012.
In an effort to continue expanding the Company’s reach and prominence as a leading network for forum members, owners and advertisers, CrowdGather completed a number of acquisitions during the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011. Management is constantly evaluating new opportunities that could immediately contribute to revenue and help the Company reach profitability. During the past fiscal year and since April 30, 2011, CrowdGather has completed the following acquisitions:
|June 2010:||Adisn, Inc. – provided both an advertising platform and ad server technology that we anticipate leveraging to optimize vertical delivery of ads throughout all of our forum properties.|
|July 2010:||Lefora Websites – remotely hosted forum platform that allows users to create a modern looking forum for free.|
|March 2011:||DigiShopTalk.com – one of the largest (non-store / product sales related) digital scrapbooking sites on the internet.|
|April 2011:||Forumer.com – free forum hosting company which serves 35 million monthly page views across 200,000 active forums.|
Pocketables.net – community provides relevant news, reviews and commentary about ultra mobile computers, internet devices and other handheld technology.
PbNation.com – one of the world’s largest online paintball communities.
Writers.net – acquired the domain name, website and other assets related to this community, a directory of writers, editors, publishers and literary agents.
The acquisition of Adisn was significant as its ad server technology should enable the efficient delivery of vertically targeted ads to all of the Company’s forum properties. This technology will help generate key analytics and tracking measures, and will enhance ad revenue by enabling higher value advertising campaigns. This technology is expected to go live by the end of January, 2012.
“In 2011, we subsidized our working capital deficit through a few non-core revenue opportunities. Part of these non-core revenue streams were opportunistic such as performing services for hire, or Adisn’s pay-per-action campaigns where we purchased advertising inventory speculatively in the hopes of generating a sufficient volume of actions in order to generate positive margin,” Sabnani continued. “We have learned a great deal from this experience, and subsequent to our financing round in February, we have streamlined our efforts into pursuing revenue primarily from our forum network and Adisn’s display ad server technology. As a result of this transition, we may experience a flatter revenue ramp in the near-term, but expect a much higher margin to contribute to overhead and work towards break-even. We currently have adequate cash available for additional acquisitions and day-to-day operations. We continue to source and identify acquisition opportunities that the Company believes can immediately contribute to revenue and gross profit.”
In March 2011, the Company raised over $7.85 million as part of its strategy to continue expanding its forum footprint by acquiring valuable properties, while also maintaining the appropriate resources to conduct operations. Management believes it has sufficient working capital to maintain operations and conduct further acquisitions to reach break-even without additional financing. CrowdGather ended fiscal 2011 with approximately $6.7 million of cash and as of July 28, 2011 had a cash balance of approximately $4.5 million, net of recent acquisitions.
During April 2011, the Company reached over 140 million monthly page views across all properties compared to 78 million monthly page views during April 2010, and had 15 million monthly unique visitors compared to 7 million monthly uniques a year earlier. As of April 30, 2011, approximately 15.5 million users have registered on Company network sites, with 24.8 million total discussions and over 262 million individual replies. Based upon current statistics from Google analytics, CrowdGather’s network of forums is currently generating approximately 150 to 155 million monthly page views and 15 to 17 million monthly unique visitors. Additionally, approximately 16 million users have registered on CrowdGather Network sites to date with 28 million total discussions comprising over 350 million individual replies.
As of today, the Company anticipates generating baseline fiscal 2012 advertising revenue of at least $1.9 million driven by current monthly page views and unique visitors. Although the Company believes it has a strong pipeline of potential acquisition candidates for fiscal 2012, revenue guidance is exclusive of any potential acquisition contribution. The Company anticipates using the majority of its current cash reserves for acquisitions and anticipates additional leverage of approximately $2 to $3 million in equity to allocate towards acquisitions depending on the share price at the time a transaction is consummated. Based upon the anticipated timing for these acquisitions, the Company believes that their contribution could drive a steeper increase in revenues towards the third and fourth fiscal quarters of 2012. Additional factors that could contribute to better than anticipated revenue include the successful integration of the Adisn ad server with the Company’s hosted forums or the successful social media launch of a product in partnership with Human Pheromone Sciences.
For an additional overview of the Company and other details, please join us for our financial results conference call on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 2:00 PT. The live call-in information is: 1-877-941-4775, passcode 4460195 and the replay, which will be available until 11:59pm on August 4, 2011, can be reached by dialing 1-800-406-7325, passcode 4460195#.
About CrowdGather, Inc.
With its growing portfolio of special interest forums and enthusiast message board communities, CrowdGather (www.crowdgather.com) has created a centralized network to benefit forum members, forum owners and forum advertisers. CrowdGather provides a highly interactive and informational social network for members, a management and revenue-sharing resource for third-party forum owners, and a largely untapped advertising network for marketers worldwide.
This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and the Company’s growth and business strategy. Words such as “expects,” “will,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “hopes,” “estimates,” and variations on such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, changes in the Company’s business; competitive factors in the market(s) in which the Company operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|April 30, 2011|
April 30, 2010
|Advance to employee||-||25,615|
|Prepaid expenses and deposits||49,729||17,224|
|Total current assets||6,961,547||632,247|
Property and equipment, net of accumulated
depreciation of $140,804 and $62,849, respectively
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of
$30,940 and $0, respectively
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
|Other accrued liabilities||64,035||63,871|
|Total current liabilities||159,951||207,697|
Preferred Series A stock, $0.001 par value, 25,000,000
shares authorized,-0- shares issued and
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 975,000,000 shares
authorized, 57,089,408 and 39,822,748 issued and
|Common stock obligation||3,784,322||-|
|Additional paid-in capital||22,432,597||8,763,661|
|Total stockholders’ equity||17,146,230||2,487,934|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||17,306,181||$||2,695,631|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED APRIL 30, 2011 AND 2010
|Cost of revenue||775,514||-|
|Payroll and related expenses||881,857||783,636|
|General and administrative||2,806,827||1,519,865|
|Total operating expenses||3,688,684||2,303,501|
Loss from operations
|Other income (expense):|
Interest expense, debt discount amortization
|Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt||73,628||(563,571||)|
|Other income (expense), net||71,813||(1,435,174||)|
|Net loss before provision for income taxes||(2,811,428||)||(3,428,894||)|
|Provision for income taxes||800||800|
Weighted average shares outstanding- basic and diluted
Net loss per share – basic and diluted