Aspect Medical Systems 8-K 2006
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 26, 2006
ASPECT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (617) 559-7000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition
On April 26, 2006, Aspect Medical Systems, Inc. announced its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended April 1, 2006. The full text of the press release issued in connection with the announcement is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, the Companys earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the effects of share-based compensation and the requirements of Statements of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123(R) or SFAS No. 123R.
The non-GAAP financial measures used by management and disclosed by the Company exclude the income statement effects of all forms of share-based compensation. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company may be different from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similar measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of the GAAP to non-GAAP income statement financial measures for the first quarter of 2006 and expected net income per diluted share for the second quarter of 2006 are set forth in the financial tables attached to the earnings release and the reconciliations to those GAAP financial statements should be carefully considered.
The Company applied the modified prospective method of adoption of SFAS No. 123R, under which the effects of SFAS No. 123R are reflected in the Companys GAAP financial statement presentations for and after the first quarter 2006, but are not reflected in results for prior periods. Gross profit margin, costs of revenue, expenses (research and development, sales and marketing, general and administrative), operating income, net income and net income per share (referred to as earnings per share, or EPS) are the primary financial measures management uses for planning and forecasting future periods that are affected by shared-based compensation. Because management reviews these financial measures calculated without taking into account the effects of the new requirements under SFAS No.123R, these financial measures are treated as non-GAAP financial measures under Securities and Exchange Commission rules. Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures for internal managerial purposes, including as a means to compare period-to-period results on a consolidated basis and as a means to evaluate the Companys results on a consolidated basis compared to those of other companies. In addition, management uses certain of these measures when publicly providing forward-looking statements on expectations regarding future consolidated basis financial results.
Management and the Board of Directors will continue to compare the Companys historical consolidated results of operations (revenue, costs of revenue, gross profit margin, research and development expenses, sales and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses, operating income as well as net income and EPS), excluding stock-based compensation, to financial information prepared on the same basis during the companys budget and planning process, to assess the business and to compare consolidated results to the objectives identified for the company. The Companys budget and planning process culminates with the preparation of
a consolidated annual budget that includes these non-GAAP financial measures (gross profit margin, costs of revenue research and development expenses, sales and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses, operating income, net income and EPS). This budget, once finalized and approved, serves as the basis for allocation of resources and management of operations. While share-based compensation is a significant expense affecting the Companys results of operations, management excludes share-based compensation from the Companys consolidated budget and planning process to facilitate period to period comparisons and to assess changes in gross margin, net income and earnings per share targets in relation to changes in forecast revenue.
Profit-dependent cash incentive pay to employees, including senior management, also is calculated using formulae that incorporate the Companys annual results excluding share-based compensation expense.
The Company discloses this information to the public to enable investors who wish to more easily assess the Companys performance on the same basis applied by management and to ease comparison on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis among other companies that separately identify share-based compensation expenses. In particular, as the Company begins to apply SFAS No. 123R, the Company believes that it is useful to investors to understand how the expenses and other adjustments associated with the application of SFAS No. 123R are being reflected on the Companys income statements.
Although these non-GAAP financial measures adjust expense, and diluted share items to exclude the accounting treatment of share-based compensation, they should not be viewed as a pro-forma presentation reflecting the elimination of the underlying share-based compensation programs, as those programs are an important element of the Companys compensation structure and generally accepted accounting principles indicate that all forms of share-based payments should be valued and included as appropriate in results of operations. Management takes into consideration this aspect of the non-GAAP financial measures by evaluating the dilutive effect of the Companys share-based compensation arrangements on the Companys basic and diluted earnings per share calculations and by reviewing other quantitative and qualitative information regarding the Companys share-based compensation arrangements.
The information in this Form 8-K and the exhibit attached hereto shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
99.1 Press release dated April 26, 2006
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.