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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for Fiscal 2017 Fourth Quarter and Full Year and Provides Fiscal 2018 Guidance

September 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT

MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- September 27, 2017-- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2017. The Company also announced financial targets for its 2018 fiscal year.

2017 Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales for the three months ended July 31, 2017 were $147.8 million as compared to $152.4 million for the three months ended July 31, 2016.
  • Comtech achieved a company-wide book-to-bill ratio (a measure defined as bookings divided by net sales) of 0.90. As of July 31, 2017, the Company had backlog of $446.2 million.
  • GAAP operating income was $14.8 million and GAAP net income was $7.3 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the three months ended July 31, 2017, as compared to GAAP operating income of $7.5 million and a GAAP net income of $2.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the three months ended July 31, 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $29.1 million for the three months ended July 31, 2017. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure which is reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and is more fully defined in the below table.
  • As of July 31, 2017, the Company had $41.8 million of cash and cash equivalents. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company generated cash flows from operating activities of $23.0 million.

2017 Fiscal Year Highlights

  • Net sales for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2017 were $550.4 million as compared to $411.0 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016. The year-over-year increase in net sales reflects a full year of TCS operations, which contributed incremental net sales of $147.1 million for fiscal 2017.
  • Comtech achieved a company-wide book-to-bill ratio (a measure defined as bookings divided by net sales) of 0.93.
  • GAAP operating income was $37.0 million and GAAP net income was $15.8 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2017, as compared to a GAAP operating loss of $0.6 million and a GAAP net loss of $7.7 million, or $(0.46) per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $70.7 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2017, which reflects $6.7 million of benefit associated with a fee paid by the U.S. Army to use our BFT-1 intellectual property. Effective April 1, 2017, the U.S. Army retains a limited non-exclusive right to use this intellectual property for no additional payment.
  • During the fiscal year ended July 31, 2017, the Company generated cash flows from operating activities of $66.7 million and reduced the level of its total indebtedness by $63.7 million.

In commenting on the Company's performance during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, noted "Fiscal 2017 was a very busy year for our Company. With our fourth quarter fiscal 2017 performance, we solidified a strong finish to what turned out to be a successful year for Comtech. I am extremely optimistic about our growth prospects and believe that fiscal 2018 will be even better."

2018 Fiscal Year Financial Targets

  • Revenue goal with a range of approximately $550.0 million to $575.0 million.
  • GAAP diluted EPS goal with a range of approximately $0.41 to $0.44.
  • Despite the absence of BFT-1 intellectual property license fees in fiscal 2018, adjusted EBITDA goal in a range of approximately $68.0 million to $72.0 million.
  • Total annual amortization of intangibles of approximately $21.0 million.
  • Total depreciation expense is expected to range from $14.0 million to $16.0 million.
  • Total amortization of stock-based compensation is expected to range from approximately $9.0 million to $10.0 million.
  • Interest expense is expected to reflect a rate (including amortization of deferred financing costs) of 5.0%.
  • The Company's effective income tax rate (excluding discrete tax items in fiscal 2018) is expected to approximate 34.75%.
  • Based on the anticipated timing of shipments and performance related to orders currently in the Company's backlog and the timing of expected new orders, net sales and Adjusted EBITDA for its first and second quarters of fiscal 2018 are expected to be lower than the comparable operating quarters in fiscal 2017. Given the straight-line amortization expense associated with intangible assets with finite lives, the Company expects to report an operating loss in both the first and second quarters of fiscal 2018, with each of the third and fourth fiscal 2018 quarters achieving operating profits. The Company's fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 is expected to be the peak quarter for both net sales and Adjusted EBITDA.

Additional information about the Company's fiscal 2018 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 Thursday, September 28, 2017. 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 (866) 831-8713 (domestic), or (203) 518-9713 (international) and using the conference I.D. "Comtech." A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days by dialing (800) 839-2385 or (402) 220-7203. 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 acquisition of TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. ("TCS") will not be fully realized, or will not be realized within the anticipated time period; the possibility of disruption from the acquisition, 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 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 HEIGHTSTM Dynamic Network Access Technology ("HEIGHTS"); 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 the Company's obligations under its Secured Credit Facility, as amended; 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,
      2017   2016     2017   2016
                     
Net sales     $ 147,762,000     $ 152,377,000       $ 550,368,000     $ 411,004,000  
Cost of sales     87,350,000     90,171,000       332,183,000     239,767,000  
Gross profit     60,412,000     62,206,000       218,185,000     171,237,000  
                     
Expenses:                    
Selling, general and administrative     26,484,000     34,114,000       116,080,000     94,932,000  
Research and development     13,889,000     13,974,000       54,260,000     42,190,000  
Amortization of intangibles     5,268,000     6,067,000       22,823,000     13,415,000  
Settlement of intellectual property litigation               (12,020,000 )    
Acquisition plan expenses         587,000           21,276,000  
      45,641,000     54,742,000       181,143,000     171,813,000  
                     
Operating income (loss)     14,771,000     7,464,000       37,042,000     (576,000 )
                     
Other expenses (income):                    
Interest expense and other     2,691,000     4,129,000       11,629,000     7,750,000  
Interest income and other     (80,000 )   93,000       (68,000 )   (134,000 )
                     

Income (loss) before provision for
(benefit from) income taxes

    12,160,000     3,242,000       25,481,000     (8,192,000 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     4,846,000     540,000       9,654,000     (454,000 )
                     
Net income (loss)     $ 7,314,000     $ 2,702,000       $ 15,827,000     $ (7,738,000 )
                     
Net income (loss) per share:                    
Basic     $ 0.31     $ 0.14       $ 0.68     $ (0.46 )
Diluted     $ 0.31     $ 0.14       $ 0.67     $ (0.46 )
                     

Weighted average number of common
shares outstanding - basic

    23,470,000     19,318,000       23,433,000     16,972,000  
                     

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

    23,566,000     19,341,000       23,489,000     16,972,000  
                     

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

    $ 0.10     $ 0.30       $ 0.60     $ 1.20  
 

 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

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Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Audited)

 
      July 31, 2017     July 31, 2016
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 41,844,000       $ 66,805,000  
Accounts receivable, net     124,962,000       150,967,000  
Inventories, net     60,603,000       71,354,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     13,635,000       14,513,000  
Total current assets     241,044,000       303,639,000  
             
Property, plant and equipment, net     32,847,000       38,667,000  
Goodwill     290,633,000       287,618,000  
Intangibles with finite lives, net     261,871,000       284,694,000  
Deferred financing costs, net     3,065,000       3,309,000  
Other assets, net     2,603,000       3,269,000  
Total assets     $ 832,063,000       $ 921,196,000  
             
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable     $ 29,402,000       $ 33,462,000  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     68,610,000       98,034,000  
Dividends payable     2,343,000       7,005,000  
Customer advances and deposits, current     25,771,000       29,665,000  
Current portion of long-term debt     15,494,000       11,067,000  
Current portion of capital lease obligations     2,309,000       3,592,000  
Interest payable     282,000       1,321,000  
Total current liabilities     144,211,000       184,146,000  
             
Non-current portion of long-term debt, net     176,228,000       239,969,000  
Non-current portion of capital lease obligations     1,771,000       4,021,000  
Income taxes payable     2,515,000       2,992,000  
Deferred tax liability, net     17,306,000       9,798,000  
Customer advances and deposits, non-current     7,227,000       5,764,000  
Other liabilities     2,655,000       4,105,000  
Total liabilities     351,913,000       450,795,000  
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 38,619,467 shares and 38,367,997 shares at July 31, 2017 and
2016, respectively

    3,862,000       3,837,000  
Additional paid-in capital     533,001,000       524,797,000  
Retained earnings     385,136,000       383,616,000  
      921,999,000       912,250,000  
Less:            
Treasury stock, at cost (15,033,317 shares at July 31, 2017 and 2016)     (441,849,000 )     (441,849,000 )
Total stockholders' equity     480,150,000       470,401,000  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity     $ 832,063,000       $ 921,196,000  
 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.
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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 income taxes, interest (income) and other expense, interest expense, amortization of stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles, depreciation expense, acquisition plan expenses and settlement of intellectual property litigation. 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, 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 SECfilings, in assessing our performance and comparability of our results with other companies. 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 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 the Company's SEC filings. The Company has not quantitatively reconciled its fiscal 2018 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, settlement of intellectual property litigation and interest expense 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,
      2017   2016     2017   2016
                     

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to
Adjusted EBITDA:

                   
Net income (loss)     $ 7,314,000     2,702,000       15,827,000     (7,738,000 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes     4,846,000     540,000       9,654,000     (454,000 )
Interest (income) and other expense     (80,000 )   93,000       (68,000 )   (134,000 )
Interest expense     2,691,000     4,129,000       11,629,000     7,750,000  
Amortization of stock-based compensation     5,526,000     951,000       8,506,000     4,117,000  
Amortization of intangibles     5,268,000     6,067,000       22,823,000     13,415,000  
Depreciation     3,505,000     3,752,000       14,354,000     9,830,000  
Acquisition plan expenses         587,000           21,276,000  
Settlement of intellectual property litigation               (12,020,000 )    
Adjusted EBITDA     $ 29,070,000     18,821,000       70,705,000     48,062,000  

ECMTL

 

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

Source: Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

 

 

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