Revenue from license and transaction fees, which is driven primarily by monthly ePort Connect service fees, JumpStart fees and transaction processing fees, grew to $7.4 million for the second quarter on a total ePort Connect service base of 186,000 connections as of December 31, 2012.
Gross profit was $3.6 million in the second quarter, an 86 percent improvement from $1.9 million for the same period in the prior year. Gross profit margin improved to 41 percent in the second quarter, from 28 percent for the prior year. Stronger revenues, actions taken by USAT to address the impact of the Durbin Amendment that became effective during the second quarter of the prior year and other actions taken to strengthen major supplier contracts and streamline network operations over the course of 2012 contributed to the improvement. Gross profit margin on revenues from license and transaction fees, which were 83 percent of total revenues, reached 41 percent in the quarter, a record high for USAT.
Operating expenses compared to the comparable period a year ago declined by $0.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, to $3.0 million. Stronger revenues, improved gross margins and reduced operating expenses resulted in operating margin of 6.4 percent for the second quarter on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, compared to (28.1 percent) and (14.0 percent), respectively, for the same period a year ago.
GAAP net income was $153,758 for the second quarter compared to a GAAP net loss of ($1.8 million) in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income was $557,393, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of ($997,820) for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Non-GAAP net income (loss) for the second quarter excludes fair value of warrant liability adjustments for both years and CEO separation expenses for the prior year in order to track the operational progress of the business (see non-GAAP Reconciliation table).
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share was $.00 for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to ($.06) for the same period in fiscal 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings (loss) per common share was $.02 for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to ($.03) for the same period in fiscal 2012.
"Our crossover into profitability marks a new beginning for USAT," said Herbert. "Perhaps more importantly, it comes at a time when, in our view, there are numerous developments that will continue to attract consumers to cashless forms of payment. Emerging trends such as mobile payments, including loyalty, couponing and other consumer engagement applications, for example, should continue to raise awareness that we believe will further drive adoption of cashless payment and telemetry capabilities in the small-ticket, unattended market.
"In this light, we continue to work toward our target of 60,000 new connections for the year, for 224,000 in total connections to our ePort Connect service by the end of our June 30, 2013 fiscal year," continued Herbert. "In this regard, we expect connection growth to be driven by further penetration of the 4,100 customers on our ePort Connect service, in addition to activity with partners and further expansion into new vertical markets. As such, we also remain committed to achieving over 30% revenue growth for the year, as well as cash generated from operations in the $4-$5 million range.
"In addition, given the improved financial performance in the second quarter and the recurring nature of the majority of our revenues, we believe non-GAAP net income is sustainable; therefore, we also expect to achieve non-GAAP net income for the full fiscal year as well," concluded Herbert.