Positions NeuStar as an Essential Directory for IP Communications;
Delivers Cost Savings to Industry
STERLING, Va., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NeuStar, Inc. (NYSE:
NSR), a provider of essential clearinghouse services to the communications and
Internet industry, today announced the amendment of its contracts with the
North American Portability Management LLC (NAPM) under which NeuStar provides
telephone number portability services in the United States through the Number
Portability Administration Center (NPAC).
The amendment provides NeuStar's NPAC customers a new pricing model with
cost savings and predictability, and encourages the use of innovative NPAC
services. For NeuStar, the new amendment provides certainty of revenues and
growth after 2009. Most important, the amendment will enable NeuStar to
become as essential in the emerging world of IP communications as it is today
in the world of voice communications.
Under the amended contracts, the pricing model for use of existing NPAC
services changes from one that is transaction-based to an annual fixed fee
with escalators. The fixed-fee provisions of the amendment allow NeuStar's
NPAC customers to use existing fields and functionality within an established
range of transaction volumes. As new functionality is introduced, usage will
be priced incrementally to the fixed fee.
In addition, the amendment encourages the rapid implementation of new IP
services. These services will facilitate IP routing of Voice, Short Messaging
Text, and Multi-media messaging, enabling the communications industry to use
the NPAC as an essential source of trusted, reliable IP services. Use of
these first three IP services are included in the fixed fee pricing structure.
"This contract amendment provides meaningful financial benefit to our
customers while significantly enhancing NeuStar's future," said Jeff Ganek,
NeuStar's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our new contract paves the
way for the industry to benefit from the same efficiency and reliability
NeuStar delivers for routing and managing traditional voice calls as our
customers introduce new, innovative, and increasingly complex IP traffic. We
believe the NPAC will prove to be as essential to IP communications in the
future as it is to voice calls today."
Under the amendment, the base fee for use of NeuStar's NPAC is $340
million in 2009, which increases by 6.5% annually thereafter through June
2015. The amendment also provides a fixed credit which reduces the base fee
by $40 million in 2009, $25 million in 2010 and $5 million in 2011. The
industry can earn additional credits of up to $15 million annually in 2009,
2010 and 2011 by adding telephone numbers to the NPAC and implementing certain
IP fields and functionality.
Paul Lalljie, NeuStar's interim Chief Financial Officer, said, "For the
first time in our history, we have a predictable, recurring revenue stream for
our NPAC services, representing a majority of our consolidated results.
Coupled with our strong balance sheet and cash flows, NeuStar is well
positioned to deliver on its 2009 guidance and thrive during these current,
tumultuous market conditions. In addition, as the industry moves into the IP
world, NeuStar will be poised to seize growth opportunities as they present
Business Outlook for 2009
The amendment announced today resets NeuStar's business at a new level for
2009. From this new level, revenues from NPAC services will grow at a
predictable and reliable 10% CAGR through 2014. Also, this amendment
strengthens NeuStar's prospects for incremental growth beyond the 10% CAGR of
the fixed fee from offering new, innovative services that are essential to
emerging IP services. In addition, NeuStar continues to develop revenue
streams from services outside the NPAC, which in recent years, have produced
revenue growth rates in excess of the total company's growth rate. While
current market conditions may constrain growth from these services in 2009,
NeuStar's position in each of its markets remains strong. Concurrently, the
Company expects to manage costs to generate a strong EBITDA margin and high
NeuStar provided the following guidance for 2009 results:
-- Full year revenue to range between $460 million and $490 million.
-- Full year EBITDA margin to exceed 40%.
In this press release and from time to time, NeuStar describes its EBITDA,
EBITDA margin, and EBITDA per diluted share, which are not measures of
financial performance under GAAP and have no standardized measurement
prescribed by GAAP. Management believes that these measures will enhance
investors' understanding of the Company's financial performance and the
comparability of the Company's operating results to prior periods, as well as
against the performance of other companies. However, these non-GAAP financial
measures may not be comparable with similar non-GAAP financial measures used
by other companies and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a
substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.
The Company will report its fourth quarter and full year operating results
for 2008 on February 10, 2009, as previously announced.
Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Contract Amendments
NeuStar also announced that it will hold a teleconference and webcast to
discuss the contract amendments on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009, beginning at
5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Those wishing to participate in the teleconference
should call (888) 206-4913 (international callers should dial +1-913-312-6683)
a few minutes prior in order to register. A replay of the call will be
available through 12:00 midnight on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 (Eastern
Time) by dialing (888) 203-1112 (international callers should dial
+1-719-457-0820 and entering replay PIN 4807483.
NeuStar (NYSE: NSR) provides market-leading and innovative services that
enable trusted communication across networks, applications, and enterprises
around the world.
Visit NeuStar online at www.NeuStar.biz.
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SOURCE NeuStar, Inc.
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