Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter and Full Year and Provides Fiscal 2017 Guidance

MELVILLE, N.Y.--()--October 6, 2016--Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL) today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2016. The Company also announced financial targets for its 2017 fiscal year.

2016 Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales for the three months ended July 31, 2016 were $152.4 million compared to $77.5 million for the three months ended July 31, 2015. The period-over-period increase in net sales reflects incremental sales of approximately $85.4 million as a result of the acquisition of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. ("TCS"), partially offset by lower sales of legacy Comtech products. As previously announced, the TCS acquisition closed on February 23, 2016.
  • The Company achieved bookings of approximately $202.8 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 which translates into a book-to-bill ratio (bookings divided by net sales) for the quarter of 1.33 compared with an average book-to-bill ratio of 0.96 for the prior three quarters.
  • Backlog as of July 31, 2016 was $484.0 million.
  • Operating income was $7.5 million. During the fourth quarter, the Company expensed $0.6 million of pre-tax acquisition plan expenses, related to the Company's acquisition of TCS. Excluding these expenses, the Company would have reported operating income for the fourth quarter of $8.1 million.
  • GAAP net income was $2.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the three months ended July 31, 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $18.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure that the Company defines and reconciles to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure in the below table.
  • As of July 31, 2016 the Company had $66.8 million of cash and cash equivalents which does not reflect the quarterly dividend payment of $7.0 million that was paid on August 19, 2016. In June 2016, the Company sold an aggregate of 7,145,000 shares of its common stock in a public offering resulting in net proceeds to the Company of $95.0 million.

2016 Fiscal Year Highlights

  • Net sales for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016 were $411.0 million compared to $307.3 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2015. The year-over-year increase in net sales reflects incremental sales of approximately $151.4 million as a result of the acquisition of TCS in the third fiscal quarter, partially offset by lower sales of legacy Comtech products.
  • The Company achieved bookings of approximately $451.3 million during fiscal 2016 which translates into a book-to-bill ratio (bookings divided by net sales) for the year of 1.10.
  • Operating loss was $0.6 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016. During the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016, we expensed $21.3 million of pre-tax acquisition plan expenses, almost all of which relate to the Company's acquisition of TCS. Excluding these expenses, we would have reported operating income for fiscal year ended July 31, 2016 of $20.7 million.
  • GAAP net loss was $7.7 million, or $(0.46) per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $48.1 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016.

2017 Fiscal Year Financial Targets

  • Revenue goal of approximately $600.0 million.
  • GAAP diluted EPS goal of approximately $0.30.
  • Adjusted EBITDA goal of approximately $70.0 million.
  • Total annual amortization of intangibles is expected to range from $22.0 million to $24.0 million.
  • Total depreciation expense is expected to range from $16.0 million to $18.0 million.
  • Total amortization of stock-based compensation is expected to be approximately $5.0 million.
  • Interest expense is expected to reflect a rate (including amortization of deferred financing costs) of 5.0% to 6.0%.
  • The Company's effective income tax rate (excluding discrete tax items in fiscal 2017) is expected to approximate 33.0%.
  • Based on the anticipated timing of shipments and performance related to orders currently in backlog as well as expected orders, the Company anticipates its financial performance to be heavily weighted toward the second half of fiscal 2017 with fourth quarter net sales, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA expected to be the peak quarter, by far. As a result, the Company expects to report an operating loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 with each of the subsequent fiscal 2017 quarters being profitable.

The Company's fiscal 2017 Adjusted EBITDA target includes twelve full months of TCS operations and synergies obtained to date. The Company’s fiscal 2017 financial targets also reflect a tactical shift in strategy, particularly in the Government Solutions segment, as the Company intends to focus less on large commodity service contracts with more emphasis on winning small contracts for the Company's niche products with higher margins. The Company's fiscal 2017 targets also reflect costs associated with September 2016 leadership changes, as well as expected legal expenses associated with legacy TCS intellectual property matters which are discussed in more detail in the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") earlier today.

In commenting on the Company's performance during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, noted “The fourth quarter was an outstanding finish to a transformative year for Comtech. The fundamentals of our two business segments are solid and we see strong demand for our product and service offerings, as evidenced by recent order activity. I am excited about 2017 and believe it will be the first of many years of sustainable growth.”

Additional information about the Company’s fiscal 2017 guidance is included in the Company’s fourth quarter investor presentation which is located on the Company’s website at www.comtechtel.com.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 8:30 AM (ET) on Friday, October 7, 2016. Investors and the public are invited to access a live webcast of the conference call from the Investor Relations section of the Comtech web site at www.comtechtel.com. Alternatively, investors can access the conference call by dialing (877) 876-9177 (domestic), or (785) 424-1666 (international) and using the conference I.D. "Comtech." A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days by dialing (800) 839-1198 or (402) 220-0458. In addition, an updated investor presentation, including earnings guidance, is available on the Company's web site.

About Comtech

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information in this press release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, information relating to the Company's future performance and financial condition, plans and objectives of the Company's management and the Company's assumptions regarding such future performance, financial condition, and plans and objectives that involve certain significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors not under the Company's control which may cause its actual results, future performance and financial condition, and achievement of plans and objectives of the Company's management to be materially different from the results, performance or other expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among other things: the possibility that the expected synergies from the acquisition of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. ("TCS") will not be fully realized, or will not be realized within the anticipated time period; the risk that Comtech’s and TCS’s businesses will not be integrated successfully; the possibility of disruption from the acquisition, making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships or retain key personnel; the nature and timing of receipt of, and the Company's performance on, new or existing orders that can cause significant fluctuations in net sales and operating results; the timing and funding of government contracts; adjustments to gross profits on long-term contracts; risks associated with international sales; rapid technological change; evolving industry standards; new product announcements and enhancements; changing customer demands; changes in prevailing economic and political conditions; changes in the price of oil in global markets; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; risks associated with the Company's and TCS's legacy legal proceedings, customer claims for indemnification, and other similar matters; risks associated with Comtech’s obligations under its Secured Credit Facility and acquisition debt; risks associated with the Company's large contracts; and other factors described in this and the Company's other filings with the SEC.

                 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

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Consolidated Statements of Operations

 
(Unaudited) (Audited)
Three months ended July 31, Twelve months ended July 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
 
Net sales $ 152,377,000 $ 77,463,000 $ 411,004,000 $ 307,289,000
Cost of sales 90,171,000   44,087,000   239,767,000   168,405,000  
Gross profit 62,206,000   33,376,000   171,237,000   138,884,000  
 
Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 34,114,000 16,123,000 94,932,000 62,680,000
Research and development 13,974,000 7,649,000 42,190,000 35,916,000
Acquisition plan expenses 587,000 21,276,000
Amortization of intangibles 6,067,000   1,529,000   13,415,000   6,211,000  
54,742,000   25,301,000   171,813,000   104,807,000  
 
Operating income (loss) 7,464,000 8,075,000 (576,000 ) 34,077,000
 
Other expenses (income):
Interest expense and other 4,129,000 73,000 7,750,000 479,000
Interest income and other 93,000   (124,000 ) (134,000 ) (405,000 )
 

Income (loss) before provision for
income taxes

3,242,000 8,126,000 (8,192,000 ) 34,003,000
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 540,000   2,651,000   (454,000 ) 10,758,000  
 
Net income (loss) $ 2,702,000   $ 5,475,000   $ (7,738,000 ) $ 23,245,000  
 
Net income (loss) per share:
Basic $ 0.14   $ 0.34   $ (0.46 ) $ 1.43  
Diluted $ 0.14   $ 0.34   $ (0.46 ) $ 1.42  
 

Weighted average number of common
shares outstanding – basic

19,318,000   16,153,000   16,972,000   16,203,000  
 

Weighted average number of common
and common equivalent shares
outstanding – diluted

19,341,000   16,277,000   16,972,000   16,418,000  
 

Dividends declared per issued and
outstanding common share as of the
applicable dividend record date

$ 0.30   $ 0.30   $ 1.20   $ 1.20  
 
         

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

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Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Audited)

 

July 31, 2016

July 31, 2015
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 66,805,000 $ 150,953,000
Accounts receivable, net 150,967,000 69,255,000
Inventories, net 71,354,000 62,068,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,513,000 7,396,000
Deferred tax asset, net   11,084,000  
Total current assets 303,639,000 300,756,000
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 38,667,000 15,370,000
Goodwill 287,618,000 137,354,000
Intangibles with finite lives, net 284,694,000 20,009,000
Deferred financing costs, net 3,309,000
Other assets, net 3,269,000   388,000  
Total assets $ 921,196,000   $ 473,877,000  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 33,462,000 $ 15,708,000
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 98,034,000 29,470,000
Dividends payable 7,005,000 4,839,000
Customer advances and deposits, current 29,665,000 14,320,000
Current portion of long-term debt 11,067,000
Current portion of capital lease obligations 3,592,000
Interest payable 1,321,000    
Total current liabilities 184,146,000 64,337,000
 
Non-current portion of long-term debt, net 239,969,000
Non-current portion of capital lease obligations 4,021,000
Income taxes payable 2,992,000 1,573,000
Deferred tax liability, net 9,798,000 2,925,000
Customer advances and deposits, non-current 5,764,000
Other liabilities 4,105,000   3,633,000  
Total liabilities 450,795,000 72,468,000
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:

Preferred stock, par value $.10 per share; shares authorized and unissued
2,000,000

Common stock, par value $.10 per share; authorized 100,000,000 shares;
issued 38,367,997 shares and 31,165,401 shares at July 31, 2016 and
2015, respectively

3,837,000 3,117,000
Additional paid-in capital 524,797,000 427,083,000
Retained earnings 383,616,000   413,058,000  
912,250,000 843,258,000
Less:
Treasury stock, at cost (15,033,317 shares at July 31, 2016 and 2015) (441,849,000 ) (441,849,000 )
Total stockholders’ equity 470,401,000   401,409,000  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 921,196,000   $ 473,877,000  
 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In order to provide investors with additional information regarding its financial results, this press release contains "Non-GAAP financial measures" under the rules of the SEC. The Company's Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP measure that represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization of intangibles, amortization of stock-based compensation, acquisition plan expenses and strategic alternatives analysis expenses. The Company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the definition of EBITDA used by other companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies, including a similarly titled measure previously utilized by TCS. Adjusted EBITDA is also a measure frequently requested by the Company's investors and analysts. The Company believes that investors and analysts may use Adjusted EBITDA, along with other information contained in its SEC filings, in assessing its ability to generate cash flow and service debt. These Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool as they exclude the financial impact of transactions necessary to conduct Comtech’s business, such as the granting of equity compensation awards, and are not intended to be an alternative to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. These measures are adjusted as described in the reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP in the below table, but these adjustments should not be construed as an inference that all of these adjustments or costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Investors are advised to carefully review the GAAP financial results that are disclosed in Comtech’s SEC filings. The Company has not quantitatively reconciled its fiscal 2017 Adjusted EBITDA target to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because items such as stock-based compensation, adjustments to the provision for income taxes, amortization of intangibles, costs related to its acquisition plan and interest expense are certain items that impact these measures, have not yet occurred, are out of the Company's control, or cannot be predicted. For example, quantification of stock-based compensation expense requires inputs such as the number of shares granted and market price that are not currently ascertainable. Accordingly, reconciliations to the Non-GAAP forward looking metrics are not available without unreasonable effort and such unavailable reconciling items could significantly impact the Company's financial results.

                 
Three months ended July 31, Twelve months ended July 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
 

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to
Adjusted EBITDA:

GAAP net (loss) income $ 2,702,000 5,475,000 (7,738,000 ) 23,245,000
Income taxes 540,000 2,651,000 (454,000 ) 10,758,000
Net interest (income) expense and other 4,222,000 (51,000 ) 7,616,000 74,000
Amortization of stock-based compensation 951,000 721,000 4,117,000 4,363,000
Depreciation and other amortization 9,819,000 3,158,000 23,245,000 12,736,000
Acquisition plan expenses 587,000 21,276,000
Strategic alternatives analysis expenses       585,000
Adjusted EBITDA $ 18,821,000   11,954,000   48,062,000   51,761,000
 

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Contacts

Media:
Michael D. Porcelain, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(631) 962-7103
Info@comtechtel.com

Contacts

Media:
Michael D. Porcelain, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(631) 962-7103
Info@comtechtel.com