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Asure Software
Type
Public
Traded as NASDAQ: ASUR
Industry Patent monetization
Headquarters Austin, TX, United States
Key people
Pat Goepel, Chief Executive Officer
Number of employees
265
Website asuresoftware.com

Asure Software is a software company offering Software As A Service (SaaS) solutions to approximately 5,000 clients worldwide. In recent years, the company has acquired several businesses, spurring the organization's revenue growth, which now exceeds $20 million annually. Prior to September 13, 2007, the company was known as Forgent Networks. Critics claim Asure profits primarily as a patent troll. It also has a software division, NetSimplicity, which specializes in room scheduling and fixed assets management software.

In 2002, while known as Forgent, the company claimed that through its subsidiary, Compression Labs, it owned the patent rights on the JPEG image compression standard, which is widely used on the World Wide Web.

Critics claim that the legal principle of laches, hence not asserting one's rights in a timely manner, invalidates Forgent's claims on the patent. Critics also noted the similarity to Unisys' attempts to assert rights over the GIF image compression standard via LZW patent enforcement. The JPEG committee responded to Forgent's claims, stating that it believes prior art exists that would invalidate Forgent's claims, and launched a search for prior art evidence.

In April 2004, Forgent stated that 30 companies had already paid US$90 million in royalties. On April 23, lawsuits were filed against 31 companies, including Adobe Systems, Apple Computer and IBM, for infringement of their patent. On September 26, 2005, Axis Communications, one of the defendants, announced a settlement with Compression Labs Inc.; the terms were not disclosed. As of late October 2005, six companies were known to have licensed the patent from Forgent including Adobe, Macromedia, Axis, Color Dreams, and Research In Motion.

On May 25, 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected the broadest part of Forgent Networks claims, stating prior art submitted by the Public Patent Foundation invalidated those claims. PubPat's Executive Director, Dan Ravicher, says that the submitters knew about the prior art but failed to tell the USPTO about it. On August 11, 2006 Forgent Networks received notice from the NASDAQ stock market regarding non-compliance with the minimum bid price rule, which can lead to delisting, before coming back into compliance in January 2007.

The company issued a press release on November 1, 2006 stating that they settled their remaining claims against roughly 60 companies. It was reported that the settlement came to $8 million and was paid by, among other companies, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems.

Forgent Networks shifted its focus to a computer controlled video system allowing playback during recording. This technology is very common in modern-day digital video recorders. While the patent was filed in 1991, the first litigation was initiated in 2005. On May 21, 2007, U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas ruled in favor of EchoStar Communications Corporation, on grounds that the patent is invalid.

After Forgent Networks acquired iEmployee and subsequently changed its name to Asure Software, the website of the combined company no longer listed information related to the two patents - '672 and '746, compared to the old Forgent Networks website.

In 2008, the company was the target of a proxy fight launched by Pinnacle Fund ("Pinnacle") and Red Oak Partners, managed by David Sandberg, who initially proposed a slate of 6 directors to replace the company's board. After a period of negotiations which included the unrelated resignation of one member of the board, a slate of 5 new directors was elected on August 28, 2009 to replace the previous board.

On September 13, 2007, Forgent acquired iEmployee.

On March 21, 2016, Asure Software announced that it had acquired Mangrove Employer Services, which developed software relating to human resource management. Asure began massive layoffs in June 2016 of previous Mangrove employees.

In May 2017, Asure Software acquired the Tampa-based company Compass HRM Inc., for $6 million. Compass HRM Inc. provides services focused on human resources and payroll.

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Q reports

Period Date Adjusted Actuals EPS GAAP EPS
Q3 2020 2020-11-12 Future report Set alerts
Q1 2020 2020-05-07 0.21 -0.11
Q4 2019 2020-03-12 -0.10 -2.00
Q3 2019 2019-11-11 0.11 -0.22
Q2 2019 2019-08-08 0.08 -0.32
Q1 2019 2019-05-09 0.22 -0.22
Q4 2018 2019-03-14 0.15 0.11
Q3 2018 2018-11-09 0.14 -0.24
Q2 2018 2018-08-08 0.14 -0.29
Q1 2018 2018-05-09 0.13 -0.15

Ratings

2015-11-17 Lower Price Target Barrington Research Outperform $8.00 to $7.00
2015-11-17 Lower Price Target Northland Securities Outperform $8.00 to $7.00
2015-07-08 Initiated Coverage Northland Securities Outperform $8.00
2013-11-26 Initiated Coverage Barrington Research Outperform
2015-11-17 Lower Price Target Barrington Research Outperform $8.00 to $7.00
2015-11-17 Lower Price Target Northland Securities Outperform $8.00 to $7.00
2015-07-08 Initiated Coverage Northland Securities Outperform $8.00
2013-11-26 Initiated Coverage Barrington Research Outperform

There is presents forecasts of rating agencies and recommendations for investors about this ticker

Major Shareholders

Name Relationship Total Shares Holding stocks
Red Oak Partners, LLC 12.59%  (752970) ASUR / ELMD / ISDR / PLNR / RFIL / SMTX /
Goepel Patrick 11.04%  (660097) ASUR / CLFD /
Waterfield John Randall 2.35%  (140511) ASUR / RFIL / SMTX /
Rodriguez Steven Wayne Chief Operating Officer 2.26%  (135000) ASUR /
Wolfe Charles Bradford Chief Financial Officer 1.29%  (77243) ASUR /
AGNICH RICHARD J 1.05%  (62772) ASUR /
PETERSON JAY VP DEVELOPMENT, CTO 0.94%  (55923) ASUR / THR /
WELLS JAMES H 0.85%  (50672) ASUR /
Harris Nancy L Executive VP - Software 0.56%  (33292) ASUR /
Vogel Jeffrey 0.52%  (31000) ASUR /
COTE KATHLEEN A 0.40%  (23772) ASUR / GTAT / VRSN / WDC /
Karbowski James Joseph Chief Operating Officer 0.35%  (20901) ASUR /
CACCAMISI HARRY R SENIOR VP OF SALES 0.29%  (17454) ASUR /
MILOVANOVIC RAJKO 0.28%  (16772) ASUR /
Behrent Matthew K 0.26%  (15564) ASUR / TGC /
Pertierra Adrian Justin 0.23%  (13822) ASUR /
MASSUCCHELLI LOU 0.21%  (12772) ASUR /
Scoglio David Michael Chief Financial Officer 0.09%  (5369) ASUR /

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