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Blackboard Inc. Reports First Quarter Revenue of $101.1 Million

Blackboard Raises Earnings and Revenue Guidance for Full Year 2010 -

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010 and updated guidance for the second quarter and the full year of 2010.

Total revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 was $101.1 million, an increase of 17 percent over the first quarter of 2009. Product revenues for the quarter were $93.7 million, an increase of 17 percent over the first quarter of 2009, while professional services revenues for the quarter were $7.3 million, an increase of 16 percent over the first quarter of 2009.

GAAP net income was $5.0 million, resulting in net income per basic and diluted share of $0.15 per share for the first quarter of 2010 compared to a net loss of $37,000 or a net loss per basic and diluted share of ($0.00) per share for the first quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2010, which excludes the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, stock-based compensation, and non-cash interest expense, all net of taxes, was $14.4 million, resulting in non-GAAP adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.42 compared to non-GAAP adjusted net income of $8.6 million or $0.27 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2009.

"I am pleased with our strong financial results in the first quarter. We experienced solid revenue growth, with particularly good performance in our U.S. higher education business," said Michael Chasen, chief executive officer and president of Blackboard. "We have strengthened our offerings with the introduction of Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 as well as mobile solutions like Blackboard Mobile Central and Blackboard Mobile Learn. We are well positioned to capture the expanding opportunity in global education."

Highlights from the First Quarter of 2010

  • Blackboard's new and expanding client relationships in the quarter included:
    • U.S. Higher Education Market: Arizona State University, Gonzaga University, Lindenwood University, Loyola Marymount University, Mountain View College, Oakland Community College, Rutgers University, Ryerson University, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama - Birmingham, University of Wisconsin System Administration and others.
    • International Markets: Charles Darwin University, Colegio de Posgraduados (COLPOS), Corporativa Colombia, Giordano Bruno, King Saud University, MondoBIOTECH AG, Northern Grid for Learning, St. Hilda's College, The European Commission, University of Amsterdam and others.
    • K-12 Market:Brunswick School (CT), ESSDACK (KS), Gilbert Christian Schools (AZ), Montgomery County Public Schools (MD), Passaic County Vocational Technical High School (NJ), Public Schools of Robeson County (NC), Shawano School District (WI), Thomasville County Schools (OH), Weld County School District (CO) and others.
  • Blackboard completed its acquisition of privately-held Saf-T-Net, Inc., provider of AlertNow, a leading messaging and mass notification solution. The acquisition was completed March 19, 2010 for $34.9 million in net cash, including transaction costs.
  • Blackboard announced plans for Blackboard Mobile Learn(TM), an application that will bring two-way teaching and learning to mobile devices, creating an interactive mobile learning experience for students and teachers on the go.
  • Blackboard announced a partnership with Sprint Corporation to offer Blackboard Mobile Learn(TM) to users of Sprint devices at no additional cost to institutions.
  • Blackboard announced the launch of Blackboard Pay(TM), an open-loop prepaid card program that lets educational institutions simplify the disbursement of financial aid credit balances -- as well as student payroll -- while cutting costs for institutions and lowering student fees.

Outlook for the Second Quarter and Full Year of 2010

Second Quarter of 2010:

  • Revenue of $104.2 million to $108.2 million;
  • Stock-based compensation expense of approximately $5.0 million;
  • Amortization of acquired intangibles of approximately $8.8 million;
  • GAAP net income of $2.6 million to $4.9 million,
  • GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.07 to $0.14, which is based on an estimated 35.1 million diluted shares and an estimated effective tax rate of approximately 33.0 percent;
  • Non-GAAP adjusted net income of $11.9 to $14.3 million, which excludes the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, and non-cash interest expense, all net of taxes; and
  • Non-GAAP adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.34 to $0.41 based on an estimated 35.1 million diluted shares and an estimated effective tax rate of approximately 38.0 percent.

Full Year 2010:

  • Revenue of $433.4 to $445.4 million;
  • Amortization of acquired intangibles of approximately $34.5 million;
  • Stock-based compensation expense of approximately $20.7 million;
  • GAAP net income of $22.7 to $29.7 million,
  • GAAP net income per diluted share of $0.64 to $0.84, which is based on an estimated 35.2 million diluted shares and an estimated effective tax rate of approximately 33.0 percent;
  • Non-GAAP adjusted net income of $59.8 to $66.8 million, which excludes the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, and non-cash interest expense, all net of taxes;
  • Non-GAAP adjusted net income per diluted share of $1.70 to $1.90 based on an estimated 35.2 million diluted shares and an estimated effective tax rate of approximately 37.0 percent;
  • Free cash flow from operations (cash flow from operations less purchases of property and equipment) of $80.0 to $90.0 million.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2010, Blackboard will be reporting its revenue in the following two categories: recurring revenue and non-recurring revenue. These new categories replace recurring ratable revenue, non-recurring ratable revenue and other revenue which the Company had previously provided. Blackboard is combining non-recurring-ratable revenues and other revenues in the new non-recurring revenue category. For the purpose of future comparisons, Blackboard is providing recurring revenue and non-recurring revenue for 2009 below:



                                Three Months Ended March
                                        31, 2009
                                 ------------------------
                            Product    Professional  Total
                            Revenue      Services    -----
                            -------      Revenue
                                         -------
                            (unaudited and denoted in thousands)
             Recurring
               revenue         $70.4           $1.2   $71.6
         Non-recurring
               revenue           9.7            5.1    14.8
                                 ---            ---    ----
         Total revenue         $80.1           $6.3   $86.4
                               =====           ====   =====



                                 Three Months Ended June
                                        30, 2009
                                  -----------------------
                            Product    Professional  Total
                            Revenue      Services    -----
                            -------      Revenue
                                         -------
                            (unaudited and denoted in thousands)
             Recurring
               revenue         $73.6           $1.2   $74.8
         Non-recurring
               revenue           9.8            7.5    17.3
                                 ---            ---    ----
         Total revenue         $83.4           $8.7   $92.1
                               =====           ====   =====



                               Three Months Ended September
                                         30, 2009
                               ----------------------------
                            Product    Professional    Total
                            Revenue      Services      -----
                            -------      Revenue
                                         -------
                            (unaudited and denoted in thousands)
             Recurring
               revenue         $77.6           $1.6     $79.2
         Non-recurring
               revenue          10.3            8.9      19.2
                                ----            ---      ----
         Total revenue         $87.9          $10.5     $98.4
                               =====          =====     =====



                               Three Months Ended December
                                         31, 2009
                               ---------------------------
                            Product    Professional   Total
                            Revenue      Services     -----
                            -------      Revenue
                                         -------
                            (unaudited and denoted in thousands)
             Recurring
               revenue         $79.8           $1.7    $81.5
         Non-recurring
               revenue          10.9            7.7     18.6
                                ----            ---     ----
         Total revenue         $90.7           $9.4   $100.1
                               =====           ====   ======



                                 Year Ended December 31,
                                           2009
                                ------------------------
                            Product    Professional  Total
                            Revenue      Services    -----
                            -------      Revenue
                                         -------
                                (unaudited and denoted in
                                       thousands)
             Recurring
               revenue        $301.4           $5.7  $307.1
         Non-recurring
               revenue          40.7           29.2    69.9
                                ----           ----    ----
         Total revenue        $342.1          $34.9  $377.0
                              ======          =====  ======


Conference Call

Blackboard will broadcast its first quarter conference call live over the Internet today beginning at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern). Interested parties can access the webcast through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at http://investor.blackboard.com. Please access the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary software.

A replay of the call will be available via telephone from approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Pacific) on May 5, 2010 until 11:30 p.m. Eastern (8:30 p.m. Pacific) on May 12, 2010. To listen to the replay, participants in the U.S. and Canada should dial 888-286-8010, and international participants should dial +1 (617) 801-6888. The conference ID for the replay is 62015517.


                                 BLACKBOARD INC.

                 UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

               (in thousands, except share and per share amounts)


                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                         March 31
                                                         --------
                                                      2009            2010
                                                       ---             ---
    Revenues:
      Product                                      $80,126         $93,730
      Professional services                          6,322           7,336
                                                     -----           -----
    Total revenues                                  86,448         101,066
    Operating expenses:
      Cost of product revenues, excludes $3,638
       and $2,508 for the three months ended
       March 31, 2008 and 2009, respectively,
       in amortization of acquired technology
       included in amortization of intangibles
       resulting from acquisitions shown below
       (1)                                          21,444       24,534
      Cost of professional services revenues
       (1)                                           4,767           4,479
      Research and development (1)                  10,827          12,205
      Sales and marketing (1)                       23,941          25,315
      General and administrative (1)                13,602          14,705
      Amortization of intangibles resulting
       from acquisitions                             8,585           8,978
                                                     -----           -----
    Total operating expenses                        83,166          90,216
                                                    ------          ------
    Income from operations                           3,282          10,850
    Other (expense) income:
      Interest expense                              (2,891)         (2,888)
      Interest income                                  107              21
      Other expense                                   (558)           (527)
                                                      ----            ----
    Loss (income) before benefit (provision)
     for income taxes                                  (60)          7,456
    Benefit (provision) for income taxes                23          (2,420)
                                                       ---
    Net (loss) income                                 $(37)         $5,036
                                                      ====          ======
    Net (loss) income per common share:
      Basic                                         $(0.00)          $0.15
                                                    ======           =====
      Diluted                                       $(0.00)          $0.15
                                                    ======           =====
    Weighted average number of common shares:
      Basic                                     31,503,578      33,432,192
                                                ==========      ==========
      Diluted                                   31,503,578      34,397,711
                                                ==========      ==========

    (1) Includes the following amounts
     related to stock-based compensation:
      Cost of product revenues                        $270            $337
      Cost of professional services revenues            90             148
      Research and development                         227             268
      Sales and marketing                            1,582           1,868
      General and administrative                     1,818           2,335

    Reconciliation of GAAP Net (loss) income
     before benefit (provision) for income
     taxes to Non-GAAP adjusted net income
     (2):

    GAAP Net loss before benefit for income
     taxes                                            $(60)         $7,456
    Add: Amortization of intangibles
     resulting from acquisitions                     8,585           8,978
    Add: Stock-based compensation                    3,987           4,956
    Add: Non-cash interest expense                   1,555           1,528
    Adjusted provision for income taxes (3)         (5,462)         (8,527)
                                                    ------          ------
    Non-GAAP adjusted net income                    $8,605         $14,391
                                                    ======         =======
    Non-GAAP adjusted net income per common
     share - diluted                                 $0.27           $0.42
                                                     =====           =====
    Weighted average number of diluted common
     shares                                     32,019,009      34,397,711
                                                ==========      ==========



    (2) Non-GAAP adjusted net income and non-GAAP adjusted net income
    per share are non-GAAP financial measures and have no standardized
    measurement prescribed by GAAP.  Management believes that both
    measures provide additional useful information to investors
    regarding the Company's ongoing financial condition and results of
    operations and since the Company has historically reported these
    non-GAAP results they provide an additional basis for comparisons
    to prior periods.  The 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 provides the above reconciliation to the most
    directly comparable GAAP financial measure to allow investors to
    appropriately consider each non-GAAP financial measure.
    (3) Adjusted provision for income taxes is applied at an effective
    rate of approximately 38.8% and 37.2% for the three months ended
    March 31, 2009 and 2010, respectively.

                          BLACKBOARD INC.

          UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



                                       December 31,       March 31,
                                                2009            2010
                                                ----            ----
                                                (in thousands,
                                          except per share amounts)
                                  ASSETS
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents             $167,353        $146,276
      Accounts receivable, net                69,098          51,394
      Inventories                              1,557             378
      Prepaid expenses and other
       current assets                         14,803          14,477
      Deferred tax asset, current
       portion                                 2,692               -
      Deferred cost of revenues                7,664           6,553
                                               -----           -----
        Total current assets                 263,167         219,078

    Deferred tax asset, noncurrent
     portion                                  18,188          18,800
    Investment in common stock
     warrant                                   3,124           3,124
    Restricted cash                            3,923           3,896
    Property and equipment, net               34,483          33,044
    Other assets                               1,453           1,180
    Goodwill and intangible assets,
     net                                     400,596         433,583
                                             -------         -------
    Total assets                            $724,934        $712,705
                                            ========        ========

                 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable                        $2,360          $2,192
      Accrued expenses                        28,264          21,999
      Deferred rent, current portion           1,021             475
      Deferred tax liability, current
       portion                                     -             478
      Deferred revenues, current
       portion                               186,702         151,347
                                             -------         -------
        Total current liabilities            218,347         176,491

    Notes payable, net of debt
     discount                                156,177         157,706
    Deferred rent, noncurrent portion         11,507          11,879
    Deferred tax liability,
     noncurrent portion                        1,474           1,694
    Deferred revenues, noncurrent
     portion                                   5,957           5,269
    Stockholders' equity:
      Common stock, $0.01 par value              331             340
      Additional paid-in capital             406,751         429,900
      Accumulated deficit                    (75,610)        (70,574)
                                             -------         -------
    Total stockholders' equity               331,472         359,666
                                             -------         -------
    Total liabilities and
     stockholders' equity                   $724,934        $712,705
                                            ========        ========





                             BLACKBOARD INC.

             UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS


                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                             March 31
                                                             --------
                                                         2009         2010
                                                          ---          ---
                                                          (in thousands)
    Cash flows from operating activities
    Net (loss) income                                    $(37)      $5,036
    Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to
     net cash provided by (used in) operating
     activities:
      Deferred income tax benefit                      (1,856)        (398)
      Excess tax benefits from stock-based
       compensation                                      (182)      (2,800)
      Amortization of debt discount                     1,555        1,528
      Depreciation and amortization                     4,719        4,629
      Amortization of intangibles resulting from
       acquisitions                                     8,585        8,978
      Change in allowance for doubtful accounts           289         (316)
      Stock-based compensation                          3,987        4,956
      Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
        Accounts receivable                            35,786       18,488
        Inventories                                      (178)       1,178
        Prepaid expenses and other current assets      (3,858)         629
        Deferred cost of revenues                       1,344        1,112
        Accounts payable                                   73       (1,628)
        Accrued expenses                               (6,914)      (3,571)
        Deferred rent                                     658         (173)
        Deferred revenues                            (39,585)     (38,877)
                                                      -------      -------
    Net cash provided by (used in) operating
     activities                                         4,386       (1,229)

    Cash flows from investing activities
      Purchases of property and equipment              (5,287)      (3,165)
      Payments for patent enforcement costs               (41)           -
      Purchase of available-for-sale investments       (6,586)           -
      Acquisitions, net of cash acquired                    -     (34,912)
                                                          ---      -------
    Net cash used in investing activities            (11,914)     (38,077)

    Cash flows from financing activities
      Release of letter of credit                          80           27
      Excess tax benefits from stock-based
       compensation                                       182        2,800
      Proceeds from exercise of stock options           1,684       15,402
                                                        -----       ------
    Net cash provided by financing activities           1,946       18,229
                                                        -----       ------
    Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents          (5,582)    (21,077)
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year    141,746      167,353
                                                      -------      -------
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of year         $136,164     $146,276
                                                     ========     ========


About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our Form 10-K filed on February 17, 2010 with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of May 5, 2010. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to May 5, 2010.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release includes information about the Company's non-GAAP adjusted net income and non-GAAP adjusted net income per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that both measures, which exclude the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, stock-based compensation, and non-cash interest expense, all net of taxes, provide additional useful information to investors regarding the Company's ongoing financial condition and results of operations and aspects of current operating performance that can be effectively managed. Because the Company has historically reported these non-GAAP results to the investment community, management also believes the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures provides enhanced comparability in its financial reporting and facilitates investors' understanding of the Company's historic operating trends by providing an additional basis for comparisons to prior periods. In addition, the Company's internal reporting, including information provided to the Company's Audit Committee and Board of Directors, contains non-GAAP measures. The Company has also adopted internal compensation metrics in 2010 that are determined on a basis that excludes amortization of acquired intangibles, stock-based compensation expense and non-cash interest expense, all net of taxes.

A material limitation associated with the use of the above non-GAAP financial measures is that they have no standardized measurement prescribed by GAAP and may not be comparable with similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing full disclosure of each non-GAAP financial measure and reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure which investors can use to appropriately consider each financial measure determined under GAAP as well as on the adjusted non-GAAP basis. However, the non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition to the information contained in this release, investors should also review information contained in the Company's Form 10-K dated February 17, 2010, as well as other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission when assessing the Company's financial condition and results of operations.

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