Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year and Provides Fiscal 2020 Guidance

MELVILLE, N.Y.--()--September 24, 2019--Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2019. The Company also announced financial targets for its 2020 fiscal year.

2019 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Highlights

  • Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 were $176.4 million as compared to $167.4 million achieved during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, representing an increase of $9.0 million, or 5.4%. Net sales for fiscal 2019 were $671.8 million as compared to $570.6 million achieved during fiscal 2018, representing a significant increase of $101.2 million, or 17.7%.
  • Bookings during fiscal 2019 were $724.1 million, with a company-wide book-to-bill ratio of 1.08 and Comtech finished the year with backlog of $683.0 million. When adding Comtech's backlog and the total unfunded value of multi-year contracts that Comtech has actually received and for which it expects future orders, its revenue visibility approximates $1.0 billion.
  • On a GAAP basis, fourth quarter fiscal 2019 operating income was $10.4 million, net income was $6.1 million and earnings per diluted share ("EPS") was $0.25. As shown in the table below, excluding acquisition plan expenses of $1.3 million or $0.04 per diluted share, Non-GAAP EPS was $0.29. Fiscal 2019 operating income was $41.4 million, net income was $25.0 million and EPS was $1.03. As shown in the table below, Non-GAAP EPS in fiscal 2019 was $1.34.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 was $28.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2019 was $93.5 million as compared to the $78.4 million achieved during fiscal 2018, representing a significant increase of $15.1 million, or 19.3%. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure which is reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and is more fully defined below.
  • During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, Comtech generated strong cash flows from operating activities of $14.2 million. Cash flows from operating activities in fiscal 2019 were $68.0 million.

In commenting on the Company's performance, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, noted, “The fourth quarter was an outstanding finish to a very successful year for Comtech. We generated robust financial results across the board and finished the year with a healthy backlog. We exceeded the guidance that we provided at the beginning of the year, completed two small complementary acquisitions and positioned Comtech for an even better fiscal 2020.”

Mr. Kornberg further added, “At this point, we have clear visibility, lots of optimism and have strong business momentum. We believe that in an environment of increasing market demand for global voice, video and data usage, customers will increasingly turn to us to fulfill their needs for secure wireless communications. With that wind to our backs, I am confident that Comtech will continue to strengthen its market leadership positions and grow for many years ahead.”

2020 Fiscal Year Financial Targets

Looking forward, the Company has established the following consolidated financial targets:

  • Net sales are expected to be in a range of approximately $710.0 million to $730.0 million with year-over-year growth in both Comtech's Commercial Solutions and Government Solutions segments and the achievement of a consolidated book-to-bill ratio in excess of 1.0.
  • Total depreciation expense is expected to approximate $13.0 million.
  • Total amortization of intangible assets is expected to approximate $21.0 million.
  • Total amortization of stock-based compensation expense is expected to range from approximately $12.0 million to $14.0 million.
  • GAAP operating income, as a percentage of net sales, is expected to approximate 7.0% as compared to the 6.2% Comtech achieved in fiscal 2019.
  • Comtech’s interest expense rate (including amortization of deferred financing costs) is expected to approximate 4.6% with total interest expense of approximately $7.5 million in fiscal 2020. Comtech's current cash borrowing rate is approximately 4.0%.
  • Comtech's effective income tax rate (excluding discrete tax items) is expected to approximate 23.0%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in a range of approximately $98.0 million to $102.0 million or approximately 14.0%.
  • Including Comtech's estimates of first quarter fiscal 2020 acquisition plan expenses of $1.5 million, GAAP EPS is expected to range from $1.30 to $1.45. Excluding first quarter fiscal 2020 acquisition plan expenses, Non-GAAP EPS is expected to approximate $1.35 to $1.50.

Like Comtech's business cycle for the past several years, the financial performance in the second half of fiscal 2020 is anticipated to be higher than the first half, with its first quarter of fiscal 2020 being the lowest in terms of consolidated net sales and Adjusted EBITDA. Comtech's GAAP operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 is expected to be lower than the $7.3 million it achieved during its first quarter in fiscal 2019, primarily due to incremental amortization of intangible assets associated with its fiscal 2019 acquisitions. In addition, in order to take advantage of additional growth opportunities and meet Comtech's strategic objectives, its GAAP operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 is expected to reflect approximately $1.5 million of acquisition plan expenses for companies whose offerings are complementary to its business. Based on all of the aforementioned, Comtech expects its first quarter consolidated net sales to approximate $168.0 million with Adjusted EBITDA at $18.1 million or slightly better than the $160.8 million of consolidated net sales and $18.0 million of Adjusted EBITDA it achieved in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. For the remaining quarters of fiscal 2020, Comtech does expect consolidated net sales and Adjusted EBITDA to be better than the comparative quarters of fiscal 2019 with the fourth quarter being the peak quarter of the year. Regardless of timing, fiscal 2020 is expected to be a better year than fiscal 2019.

Except as discussed, the aforementioned fiscal 2020 financial targets do not include the impact of any acquisitions or the impact of any other expense Comtech may incur in order to achieve its strategic objectives. Total acquisition plan expenses in fiscal 2020 may ultimately be higher than the $1.5 million Comtech expects to incur in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. If order flow remains strong and Comtech can achieve all of its fiscal 2020 business goals, it is possible that net sales and Adjusted EBITDA could be higher than Comtech’s targeted amounts.

Additional information about the Company’s fiscal 2020 guidance is included in the Company’s fourth quarter investor presentation which is available on the Company’s website at www.comtechtel.com.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 4:30 PM (ET) on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Investors and the public are invited to access a live webcast of the conference call from the Investor Relations section of the Comtech website at www.comtechtel.com. Alternatively, investors can access the conference call by dialing (800) 894-5910 (domestic), or (785) 424-1052 (international) and using the conference I.D. "Comtech." A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days by dialing (800) 839-4013 or (402) 220-2982. In addition, an updated investor presentation, including earnings guidance, is available on the Company's website.

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 recent acquisitions will not be fully realized, or will not be realized within the anticipated time periods; the risk that the acquired businesses will not be integrated with Comtech successfully; the possibility of disruption from the recent acquisitions, making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships or retain key personnel; the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in implementing a tactical shift in its Government Solutions segment away from bidding on large commodity service contracts and toward pursuing contracts for its niche products with higher margins; the risks associated with Comtech's ongoing evaluation and repositioning of its enterprise technology solutions offering in its Commercial Solutions segment; 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, including the risks associated with the Company's recent launch of HeightsNetworking Platform ("Heights"); changing customer demands and or procurement strategies; 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 legacy legal proceedings, customer claims for indemnification and other similar matters; risks associated with the Company’s obligations under its Credit Facility; risks associated with the Company's large contracts; the impact of H.R.1, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("Tax Reform"), which was enacted in December 2017 in the U.S.; and other factors described in this and the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Audited)

 

Three months ended July 31,

 

Twelve months ended July 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

$

176,372,000

 

 

$

167,435,000

 

 

$

671,797,000

 

 

$

570,589,000

 

Cost of sales

112,362,000

 

 

104,447,000

 

 

424,357,000

 

 

346,648,000

 

Gross profit

64,010,000

 

 

62,988,000

 

 

247,440,000

 

 

223,941,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

31,396,000

 

 

27,822,000

 

 

128,639,000

 

 

113,922,000

 

Research and development

15,743,000

 

 

13,906,000

 

 

56,407,000

 

 

53,869,000

 

Amortization of intangibles

5,207,000

 

 

5,269,000

 

 

18,320,000

 

 

21,075,000

 

Settlement of intellectual property litigation

 

 

 

 

(3,204,000

)

 

 

Acquisition plan expenses

1,259,000

 

 

 

 

5,871,000

 

 

 

 

53,605,000

 

 

46,997,000

 

 

206,033,000

 

 

188,866,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

10,405,000

 

 

15,991,000

 

 

41,407,000

 

 

35,075,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expenses (income):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

2,150,000

 

 

2,588,000

 

 

9,245,000

 

 

10,195,000

 

Write-off of deferred financing costs

 

 

 

 

3,217,000

 

 

 

Interest (income) and other

42,000

 

 

65,000

 

 

35,000

 

 

254,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before provision for (benefit from) income taxes

8,213,000

 

 

13,338,000

 

 

28,910,000

 

 

24,626,000

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

2,078,000

 

 

5,880,000

 

 

3,869,000

 

 

(5,143,000

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

6,135,000

 

 

$

7,458,000

 

 

$

25,041,000

 

 

$

29,769,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.31

 

 

$

1.04

 

 

$

1.25

 

Diluted

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.31

 

 

$

1.03

 

 

$

1.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – basic

24,270,000

 

 

23,857,000

 

 

24,124,000

 

 

23,825,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

24,428,000

 

 

24,270,000

 

 

24,302,000

 

 

24,040,000

 

 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Audited)

 

 

July 31, 2019

 

July 31, 2018

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

45,576,000

 

 

$

43,484,000

 

Accounts receivable, net

145,032,000

 

 

147,439,000

 

Inventories, net

74,839,000

 

 

75,076,000

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

14,867,000

 

 

13,794,000

 

Total current assets

280,314,000

 

 

279,793,000

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

28,026,000

 

 

28,987,000

 

Goodwill

310,489,000

 

 

290,633,000

 

Intangibles with finite lives, net

261,890,000

 

 

240,796,000

 

Deferred financing costs, net

3,128,000

 

 

2,205,000

 

Other assets, net

3,864,000

 

 

2,743,000

 

Total assets

$

887,711,000

 

 

$

845,157,000

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

24,330,000

 

 

$

43,928,000

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

78,584,000

 

 

65,034,000

 

Dividends payable

2,406,000

 

 

2,356,000

 

Contract liabilities

38,682,000

 

 

34,452,000

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

17,211,000

 

Current portion of capital lease and other obligations

757,000

 

 

1,836,000

 

Interest payable

588,000

 

 

499,000

 

Total current liabilities

145,347,000

 

 

165,316,000

 

Non-current portion of long-term debt, net

165,000,000

 

 

148,087,000

 

Non-current portion of capital lease and other obligations

 

 

765,000

 

Income taxes payable

325,000

 

 

2,572,000

 

Deferred tax liability, net

12,481,000

 

 

10,927,000

 

Long-term contract liabilities

10,654,000

 

 

7,689,000

 

Other liabilities

18,822,000

 

 

4,117,000

 

Total liabilities

352,629,000

 

 

339,473,000

 

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 39,276,161 shares and 38,860,571 shares at July 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively

3,928,000

 

 

3,886,000

 

Additional paid-in capital

552,670,000

 

 

538,453,000

 

Retained earnings

420,333,000

 

 

405,194,000

 

 

976,931,000

 

 

947,533,000

 

Less:

 

 

 

Treasury stock, at cost (15,033,317 shares at July 31, 2019 and 2018)

(441,849,000

)

 

(441,849,000

)

Total stockholders’ equity

535,082,000

 

 

505,684,000

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

887,711,000

 

 

$

845,157,000

 

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 (loss) before income taxes, interest (income) and other, write-off of deferred financing costs, interest expense, amortization of stock-based compensation, amortization of intangible assets, depreciation expense, estimated contract settlement costs, settlement of intellectual property litigation, acquisition plan expenses, facility exit costs and strategic alternatives analysis expenses and other. The Company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the definition of EBITDA used by other companies and therefore may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. 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 the Company's performance and comparability of its results with other companies. The Company's Non-GAAP measures for consolidated operating income, net income and net income per diluted share reflect the GAAP measures as reported, adjusted for certain items as discussed below. These Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool as they exclude the financial impact of transactions necessary to conduct the Company’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 tables, 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 the Company’s SEC filings. The Company has not quantitatively reconciled its fiscal 2020 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 intangible assets and interest expense, which are specific 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,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

6,135,000

 

 

7,458,000

 

 

$

25,041,000

 

 

29,769,000

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

2,078,000

 

 

5,880,000

 

 

3,869,000

 

 

(5,143,000

)

Interest (income) and other

42,000

 

 

65,000

 

 

35,000

 

 

254,000

 

Write-off of deferred financing costs

 

 

 

 

3,217,000

 

 

 

Interest expense

2,150,000

 

 

2,588,000

 

 

9,245,000

 

 

10,195,000

 

Amortization of stock-based compensation

8,071,000

 

 

5,638,000

 

 

11,427,000

 

 

8,569,000

 

Amortization of intangibles

5,207,000

 

 

5,269,000

 

 

18,320,000

 

 

21,075,000

 

Depreciation

3,309,000

 

 

3,822,000

 

 

11,927,000

 

 

13,655,000

 

Estimated contract settlement costs

 

 

 

 

6,351,000

 

 

 

Settlement of intellectual property litigation

 

 

 

 

(3,204,000

)

 

 

Acquisition plan expenses

1,259,000

 

 

 

 

5,871,000

 

 

 

Facility exit costs

 

 

 

 

1,373,000

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

28,251,000

 

 

30,720,000

 

 

$

93,472,000

 

 

78,374,000

 

In addition, a reconciliation of Comtech's GAAP consolidated operating income, net income and net income per diluted share to the corresponding non-GAAP measures is shown in the tables below for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2019 and 2018:

 

July 31, 2019

 

Three months ended

 

Twelve months ended

 

Operating
Income

 

Net Income

 

Net Income per
Diluted Share*

 

Operating
Income

 

Net Income

 

Net Income per
Diluted Share*

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP measures, as reported

$

10,405,000

 

 

$

6,135,000

 

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

41,407,000

 

 

$

25,041,000

 

 

$

1.03

 

Estimated contract settlement costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,351,000

 

 

4,874,000

 

 

0.20

 

Settlement of intellectual property litigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3,204,000

)

 

(2,459,000

)

 

(0.10

)

Facility exit costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,373,000

 

 

1,054,000

 

 

0.04

 

Acquisition plan expenses

1,259,000

 

 

966,000

 

 

0.04

 

 

5,871,000

 

 

4,506,000

 

 

0.19

 

Write-off of deferred financing costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,469,000

 

 

0.10

 

Net discrete tax expense (benefit)

 

 

116,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,875,000

)

 

(0.12

)

Non-GAAP measures

$

11,664,000

 

 

$

7,217,000

 

 

$

0.29

 

 

$

51,798,000

 

 

$

32,610,000

 

 

$

1.34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 31, 2018

 

Three months ended

 

Twelve months ended

 

Operating
Income

 

Net Income

 

Net Income per
Diluted Share*

 

Operating
Income

 

Net Income

 

Net Income per
Diluted Share*

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP measures, as reported

$

15,991,000

 

 

$

7,458,000

 

 

$

0.31

 

 

$

35,075,000

 

 

$

29,769,000

 

 

$

1.24

 

Net discrete tax expense (benefit)

 

 

2,279,000

 

 

0.09

 

 

 

 

(11,792,000

)

 

(0.49

)

Non-GAAP measures

$

15,991,000

 

 

$

9,737,000

 

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

35,075,000

 

 

$

17,977,000

 

 

$

0.75

 

* Per share amounts may not foot due to rounding.

ECMTL

Contacts

Media:
Michael D. Porcelain, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
(631) 962-7000
Info@comtechtel.com

Contacts

Media:
Michael D. Porcelain, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
(631) 962-7000
Info@comtechtel.com