Aviat Networks Announces Second Quarter of Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

February 8, 2018 4:05 PM

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW), ("Aviat Networks" or "the Company"), the leading expert in microwave networking solutions, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended December 29, 2017.

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Commenting on the Company's fiscal 2018 second quarter results, Michael Pangia, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aviat Networks stated, "I'm very pleased with our results this quarter, as we exceeded our gross margin, adjusted EBITDA and cash generation targets. Our success was primarily driven by continued strength in our private networks business and in North America, which also led to a significant sequential improvement in bookings. Our balance sheet continues to strengthen, as evidenced by strong performance in cash from operations and increases in our cash position. With our year-to-date results and our expectations in the second half of the year, we remain on track to meet both our top- and bottom-line guidance."

Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Results Comparisons

The Company reported total revenues of $61.7 million for its fiscal 2018 second quarter as compared to $68.5 million in the comparable fiscal 2017 period, a decline of $6.8 million or 9.9%. The year-over-year decline in revenue is primarily related to a decline in international revenue offset in part by an increase in North America revenue. On a sequential basis, total revenues increased $5.5 million or 9.9%, as compared to the prior fiscal 2018 first quarter.

GAAP gross margins for the fiscal 2018 second quarter were 35.5% as compared to 30.8% in the fiscal 2017 second quarter, an improvement of approximately 470 basis points. Non-GAAP gross margins for the fiscal 2018 second quarter were 35.3% as compared to 31.3% in the fiscal 2017 second quarter, an increase of 400 basis points. Both GAAP and Non-GAAP gross margin percentage improvements were primarily driven by improved product and service margins and increased share of business in North America.

GAAP total operating expenses for the fiscal 2018 second quarter were $19.0 million as compared to $18.6 million reported in the fiscal 2017 second quarter, an increase of $0.4 million or 2.1%. Non-GAAP total operating expenses for the fiscal 2018 second quarter, excluding the impact of share-based compensation and strategic alternative costs, were $18.2 million as compared to $18.1 million reported in the fiscal 2017 second quarter, an increase of $0.1 million or 0.8%. The increases in both GAAP and Non-GAAP operating expenses are related to a one-time bad debt recovery in fiscal 2017 that did not repeat in the fiscal 2018 second quarter.

GAAP operating income was $2.9 million for the fiscal 2018 second quarter as compared to $2.5 million for the comparable fiscal 2017 period. Non-GAAP operating income was $3.5 million for the fiscal 2018 second quarter as compared to $3.4 million for the comparable fiscal 2017 period. The Company reported a GAAP net income from continuing operations of $5.1 million, or an income of $0.90 per diluted share and Non-GAAP income from continuing operations of $3.0 million, or income of $0.53 per diluted share. This compares to a GAAP income from continuing operations of $1.7 million, or an income of $0.31 per diluted share for the comparable year-ago period, and a Non-GAAP income from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks of $3.1 million or an income of $0.57 per diluted share for the comparable fiscal 2017 period.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal 2018 second quarter was $4.6 million, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA of $4.8 million in the comparable fiscal 2017 period.

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were $42.1 million as of December 29, 2017 as compared to $36.2 million as of June 30, 2017, an improvement of $5.9 million.

A reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial measures for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 along with the accompanying notes is provided in Table 3 below.

Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Outlook

The Company anticipates revenue to be in the range of $62.0 to $65.0 million. Non-GAAP gross margins are anticipated to be in the range of 30.0% and 32.0% based on geographic mix and the anticipated split between products and services. Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be between $18.3 and $18.7 million, in line with the Company's prior outlook, with the range dependent upon the top-line. This would result in positive operating income and positive Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

Fiscal 2018 Full Year Outlook

The Company today reaffirmed its previously announced fiscal 2018 full year outlook. The Company still anticipates fiscal 2018 revenue to be in the range of $245.0 to $255.0 million, with Non-GAAP gross margins between 31.5% to 32.5% and Non-GAAP operating expenses to be in the range of $72.0 million to $75.0 million. The Company anticipates it will meet its bottom-line objectives and generate Non-GAAP operating income of approximately $5.0 million to $7.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $11.0 million to $13.0 million in fiscal 2018.

Conference Call Details

Aviat Networks will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on February 8, 2018 to discuss its financial results for the fiscal 2018 second quarter. To listen to the live conference call, please dial toll free (US/CAN) (866) 562-9910, (INTL) (661) 378-9805, conference ID: 1898977. Investors are invited to listen via webcast, which will be broadcasted live and via replay approximately two hours after the call at http://investors.aviatnetworks.com/events.cfm.

Non-GAAP Measures and Comparative Financial Information

Aviat Networks, Inc. reports information in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Management of Aviat Networks monitors gross margin, research and development expenses, selling and administrative expenses, operating income (loss), income tax provision (benefit), income from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks, diluted net income per share from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks, adjusted income before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") attributable to Aviat Networks adjusted to exclude certain costs, charges, gains and losses, on a non-GAAP basis for planning and forecasting results in future periods, and may use these measures for some management compensation purposes. These measures exclude certain costs, expenses, gains and losses as shown on the attached Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures table (Table 3). As a result, management is presenting these non-GAAP measures in addition to results reported in accordance with GAAP to better communicate underlying operational and financial performance in each period. Management believes these non-GAAP measures provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionate positive or negative impact on results in any given period. Management also believes that these non-GAAP measures enhance the ability of an investor to analyze trends in Aviat Networks' business and to better understand its performance. Aviat Networks' management does not, nor does it suggest that investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Aviat Networks presents these non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial results to provide investors with an additional tool to evaluate its financial performance. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP are included in the tables below.

About Aviat Networks

Aviat Networks, Inc. works to provide dependable products, services and support to our customers. With more than one million systems sold into 170 countries worldwide, communications service providers and private network operators including state/local government, utility, federal government and defense organizations trust Aviat Networks with their critical applications. Coupled with a long history of microwave innovations, Aviat Networks provides a comprehensive suite of localized professional and support services enabling customers to drastically simplify both their networks and their lives. For more than 50 years, the experts at Aviat Networks have delivered high performance products, simplified operations and the best overall customer experience. Aviat Networks is headquartered in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit www.aviatnetworks.com or connect with Aviat Networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

The information contained in this document includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 including Aviat Networks' beliefs and expectations regarding business conditions, new product solutions, customer positioning, revenue, future orders, bookings, new contracts, cost structure, operating income, profitability in fiscal 2018, process improvements, realignment plans and review of strategic alternatives. All statements, trend analyses and other information contained herein regarding the foregoing beliefs and expectations, as well as about the markets for the services and products of Aviat Networks and trends in revenue, and other statements identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "goal," "will," "see," "continue," "delivering," "view," and "intend," or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, forward-looking statements are based on estimates reflecting the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the senior management of Aviat Networks regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should therefore be considered in light of various important factors, including those set forth in this document. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include the following:

  • continued price and margin erosion as a result of increased competition in the microwave transmission industry;
  • the impact of the volume, timing and customer, product and geographic mix of our product orders;
  • our ability to meet financial covenant requirements which could impact, among other things, our liquidity;
  • the timing of our receipt of payment for products or services from our customers;
  • our ability to meet projected new product development dates or anticipated cost reductions of new products;
  • our suppliers' inability to perform and deliver on time as a result of their financial condition, component shortages, or other supply chain constraints;
  • customer acceptance of new products;
  • the ability of our subcontractors to timely perform;
  • continued weakness in the global economy affecting customer spending;
  • retention of our key personnel;
  • our ability to manage and maintain key customer relationships;
  • uncertain economic conditions in the telecommunications sector combined with operator and supplier consolidation;
  • our failure to protect our intellectual property rights or defend against intellectual property infringement claims by others;
  • the results of restructuring efforts;
  • the ability to preserve and use our net operating loss carryforwards;
  • the effects of currency and interest rate risks;
  • the conduct of unethical business practices in developing countries; and
  • the impact of political turmoil in countries where we have significant business.

For more information regarding the risks and uncertainties for our business, see "Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on September 6, 2017 as well as other reports filed by Aviat Networks, Inc. with the SEC from time to time. Aviat Networks undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, for any reason, except as required by law, even as new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

Investor Relations:

Glenn Wiener, GW Communications for Aviat Networks, Inc.

Tel: 212-786-6011 / Investorinfo@aviatnet.com or GWiener@GWCco.com

Financial Tables to Follow:

Table 1AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.Fiscal Year 2018 Second Quarter Summary CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

December 29, 2017

December 30, 2016

December 29, 2017

December 30, 2016

Revenues:

Revenue from product sales

$

37,719

$

45,958

$

72,786

$

80,682

Revenue from services

24,004

22,578

45,119

46,061

Total revenues

61,723

68,536

117,905

126,743

Cost of revenues:

Cost of product sales

23,784

31,003

47,447

55,863

Cost of services

16,049

16,417

31,272

32,399

Total cost of revenues

39,833

47,420

78,719

88,262

Gross margin

21,890

21,116

39,186

38,481

Operating expenses:

Research and development expenses

5,144

4,475

9,942

9,418

Selling and administrative expenses

14,104

14,056

27,826

29,243

Restructuring (recovery) charges

(252)

72

(250)

232

Total operating expenses

18,996

18,603

37,518

38,893

Operating income (loss)

2,894

2,513

1,668

(412)

Interest income

42

72

100

126

Interest expense

(13)

(3)

(19)

(21)

Other (expense) income

(136)

5

(166)

(177)

Income (loss) before income taxes

2,787

2,587

1,583

(484)

(Benefit from) provision for income taxes

(2,564)

865

(3,203)

(1,605)

Net income

5,351

1,722

4,786

1,121

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax

280

44

372

72

Net income attributable to Aviat Networks' common stockholders

$

5,071

$

1,678

$

4,414

$

1,049

Net income per share of common stock outstanding:

Basic

$

0.95

$

0.32

$

0.83

$

0.20

Diluted

$

0.90

$

0.31

$

0.79

$

0.20

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

5,329

5,284

5,323

5,273

Diluted

5,624

5,400

5,616

5,328

Table 2AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.Fiscal Year 2018 Second Quarter Summary CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

December 29, 2017

June 30, 2017

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

40,352

$

35,658

Restricted cash

1,772

541

Short-term investments

276

264

Accounts receivable, net

43,098

45,945

Unbilled receivables

9,487

12,110

Inventories

24,556

21,794

Customer service inventories

1,637

1,871

Other current assets

7,065

6,402

Total current assets

128,243

124,585

Property, plant and equipment, net

16,931

16,406

Deferred income taxes

5,705

6,178

Other assets

9,331

5,407

Total long-term assets

31,967

27,991

TOTAL ASSETS

$

160,210

$

152,576

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Short-term debt

$

9,000

$

9,000

Accounts payable

33,098

33,606

Accrued expenses

19,842

21,933

Advanced payments and unearned income

25,273

20,004

Restructuring liabilities

308

1,475

Total current liabilities

87,521

86,018

Unearned income

6,509

7,062

Other long-term liabilities

1,052

1,022

Reserve for uncertain tax positions

2,473

2,453

Deferred income taxes

1,743

1,681

Total liabilities

99,298

98,236

Equity:

Preferred stock

Common stock

53

53

Additional paid-in-capital

814,898

813,733

Accumulated deficit

(743,790)

(748,204)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(11,164)

(11,785)

Total Aviat Networks stockholders' equity

59,997

53,797

Noncontrolling interests

915

543

Total equity

60,912

54,340

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

160,210

$

152,576

AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.

Fiscal Year 2018 Second Quarter Summary

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES AND REGULATION G DISCLOSURE

To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), we provide additional measures of gross margin, research and development expenses, selling and administrative expenses, operating income (loss), provision for or benefit from income taxes, income from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks, diluted net income per share from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks, and adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") attributable to Aviat Networks, adjusted to exclude certain costs, charges, gains and losses, as set forth below. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP financial measures provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionate positive or negative impact on results in any particular period. We also believe these non-GAAP measures enhance the ability of investors to analyze trends in our business and to understand our performance. In addition, we may utilize non-GAAP financial measures as a guide in our forecasting, budgeting and long-term planning process and to measure operating performance for some management compensation purposes. Any analysis of non-GAAP financial measures should be used only in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP follow.

Table 3AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.Fiscal Year 2018 Second Quarter Summary RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (1)Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

December 29, 2017

% ofRevenue

December 30, 2016

% ofRevenue

December 29, 2017

% ofRevenue

December 30, 2016

% ofRevenue

(In thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)

GAAP gross margin

$

21,890

35.5

%

$

21,116

30.8

%

$

39,186

33.2

%

$

38,481

30.4

%

WTM inventory write-down recovery

(181)

(83)

(190)

(83)

Performance bond expense

365

365

Share-based compensation

55

62

99

102

Non-GAAP gross margin

21,764

35.3

%

21,460

31.3

%

39,095

33.2

%

38,865

30.7

%

GAAP research and development expenses

$

5,144

8.3

%

$

4,475

6.5

%

$

9,942

8.4

%

$

9,418

7.4

%

Share-based compensation

(39)

(38)

(78)

(62)

Non-GAAP research and development expenses

5,105

8.3

%

4,437

6.5

%

9,864

8.4

%

9,356

7.4

%

GAAP selling and administrative expenses

$

14,104

22.9

%

$

14,056

20.5

%

$

27,826

23.6

%

$

29,243

23.1

%

Share-based compensation

(486)

(388)

(977)

(782)

Strategic alternative costs

(483)

(877)

Non-GAAP selling and administrative expenses

13,135

21.3

%

13,668

19.9

%

25,972

22.0

%

28,461

22.5

%

GAAP operating income (loss)

$

2,894

4.7

%

$

2,513

3.7

%

$

1,668

1.4

%

$

(412)

(0.3)

%

WTM inventory write-down recovery

(181)

(83)

(190)

(83)

Performance bond expense

365

365

Share-based compensation

580

488

1,154

946

Strategic alternative costs

483

877

Restructuring (recovery) charges

(252)

72

(250)

232

Non-GAAP operating income

3,524

5.7

%

3,355

4.9

%

3,259

2.8

%

1,048

0.8

%

GAAP income tax (benefit) provision

$

(2,564)

(4.2)

%

$

865

1.3

%

$

(3,203)

(2.7)

%

$

(1,605)

(1.3)

%

Tax refund from Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

1,322

3,741

AMT credit related to valuation allowance release

3,303

3,303

Adjustment to reflect pro forma tax rate

(439)

(565)

(822)

(1,536)

Non-GAAP income tax provision

300

0.5

%

300

0.4

%

600

0.5

%

600

0.5

%

GAAP income from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks

$

5,071

8.2

%

$

1,678

2.4

%

$

4,414

3.7

%

$

1,049

0.8

%

Share-based compensation

580

488

1,154

946

Strategic alternative costs

483

877

Restructuring (recovery) charges

(252)

72

(250)

232

Nigeria FX loss (income) on dividend receivable

136

(2)

137

208

WTM inventory write-down recovery

(181)

(83)

(190)

(83)

Performance bond expense

365

365

Tax refund from Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

(1,322)

(3,741)

AMT credit related to valuation allowance release

(3,303)

(3,303)

Adjustment to reflect pro forma tax rate

439

565

822

1,536

Non-GAAP income from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks

$

2,973

4.8

%

$

3,083

4.5

%

$

2,339

2.0

%

$

512

0.4

%

Diluted income per share of common stock

GAAP

$

0.90

$

0.31

$

0.79

$

0.20

Non-GAAP

$

0.53

$

0.57

$

0.42

$

0.10

Shares used in computing diluted income per share of common stock

GAAP

5,624

5,400

5,616

5,328

Non-GAAP

5,624

5,400

5,616

5,328

ADJUSTED EBITDA:

GAAP income from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks

$

5,071

8.2

%

$

1,678

2.4

%

$

4,414

3.7

%

$

1,049

0.8

%

Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment

1,308

1,466

2,590

3,136

Interest

(29)

(69)

(81)

(105)

Share-based compensation

580

488

1,154

946

Strategic alternative costs

483

877

Restructuring (recovery) charges

(252)

72

(250)

232

Nigeria FX loss (income) on dividend receivable

136

(2)

137

208

WTM inventory write-down recovery

(181)

(83)

(190)

(83)

Performance bond expense

365

365

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(2,564)

865

(3,203)

(1,605)

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Aviat Networks

$

4,552

7.4

%

$

4,780

7.0

%

$

5,448

4.6

%

$

4,143

3.3

%

(1)

The adjustments above reconcile our GAAP financial results to the non-GAAP financial measures used by us. Our non-GAAP income from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks excluded share-based compensation, and other non-recurring charges (recovery). Adjusted EBITDA was determined by excluding depreciation and amortization on property, plant and equipment, interest, provision for or benefit from income taxes, and non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments, as set forth above, from the GAAP income from continuing operations attributable to Aviat Networks. We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP items provides meaningful supplemental information to investors, when viewed in conjunction with, and not in lieu of, our GAAP results. However, the non-GAAP financial measures have not been prepared under a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Non-GAAP information should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures.

Table 4AVIAT NETWORKS, INC.Fiscal Year 2018 Second Quarter Summary SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF REVENUE BY GEOGRAPHICAL AREA(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

December 29, 2017

December 30, 2016

December 29, 2017

December 30, 2016

(In thousands)

North America

$

36,985

$

39,353

$

67,987

$

67,937

International:

Africa and Middle East

12,682

16,770

26,144

31,119

Europe and Russia

3,814

2,810

8,260

7,317

Latin America and Asia Pacific

8,242

9,603

15,514

20,370

24,738

29,183

$

49,918

$

58,806

Total Revenue

$

61,723

$

68,536

$

117,905

$

126,743

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