Sierra Wireless Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results; Receives TSX Approval for Normal Course Issuer Bid
Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today reported results for its fourth quarter and full year, ending December 31, 2015. All results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), except as otherwise indicated below.
"In 2015, we delivered year-over-year revenue growth of 10.8% to a record $607.8 million and our non-GAAP operating profit increased 42.0% to $32.4 million. We also completed three strategic managed connectivity acquisitions during the year, adding the technology, scale and talent to enable us to deliver fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for our customers," said Jason Cohenour, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In the fourth quarter of 2015, our revenue was slightly below our expectations, as we experienced softer demand at select OEM customers. We believe this reflects increased caution on the part of some customers in the face of an uncertain macro-economic environment. Notwithstanding the current environment, we expect our business to gain strength over the course of the year as we enter commercial production on a number of new customer programs, and continue to bring new industry-leading products and solutions to market."
In 2015, we significantly expanded our cloud and connectivity services business by successfully completing three managed connectivity acquisitions. As a result of these acquisitions and organizational changes designed to provide dedicated leadership and focus to our Enterprise Gateway and Cloud and Connectivity lines of businesses, we commenced operating the Company under three reportable segments, effective October 1, 2015. Our three reportable segments are: (i) OEM Solutions; (ii) Enterprise Solutions; and (iii) Cloud and Connectivity Services. Prior to October 1, our Enterprise Solutions segment included the business operations of both our Enterprise Gateways and our new Cloud and Connectivity Services segment. Comparative information for the Cloud and Connectivity Services segment is not disclosed as the related business prior to 2015 was not material.
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $144.8 million, a decrease of 2.8% compared to $149.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Revenue from OEM Solutions was $121.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down 6.2% compared to $129.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Revenue from Enterprise Solutions was $16.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down 15.3% compared to $19.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Revenue from Cloud and Connectivity Services was $6.8 million.
- Gross margin was $45.1 million, or 31.1% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $50.0 million, or 33.5% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2014.
- Operating expenses were $45.7 million and loss from operations was $0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to operating expenses of $46.6 million and earnings from operations of $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
- Net loss was $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.
- Gross margin was 31.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 33.6% in the fourth quarter of 2014.
- Operating expenses were $41.9 million and earnings from operations were $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to operating expenses of $40.1 million and earnings from operations of $10.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
- Net earnings were $2.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to net earnings of $9.1 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014. The non-GAAP tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 23.1%.
- Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") were $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $12.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of 2015 were $93.9 million, representing an increase of $5.5 million compared to the end of the third quarter of 2015. Cash generated from operations during the fourth quarter was $13.1 million.
Full Year 2015
Revenue for 2015 was $607.8 million, an increase of 10.8% compared to $548.5 million in 2014. Revenue from OEM Solutions was $523.4 million in 2015, up 9.8% compared to $476.6 million in 2014. Revenue from Enterprise Solutions was $63.0 million in 2015, down 12.2% compared to $71.9 million in 2014. Revenue from Cloud and Connectivity Services was $21.4 million in 2015.
- Gross margin was $193.8 million, or 31.9% of revenue, in 2015, compared to $179.0 million, or 32.6% of revenue, in 2014.
- Operating expenses were $183.7 million and earnings from operations were $10.1 million in 2015, compared to operating expenses of $185.6 million and a loss from operations of $6.6 million in 2014.
- Net loss was $2.7 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in 2015, compared to a net loss of $16.9 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in 2014.
- Gross margin was 32.0% in 2015, compared to 32.7% in 2014.
- Operating expenses were $162.1 million and earnings from operations were $32.4 million in 2015, compared to operating expenses of $156.7 million and earnings from operations of $22.8 million in 2014.
- Net earnings were $25.8 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, in 2015, compared to net earnings of $19.8 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, in 2014.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $42.9 million in 2015, compared to $35.4 million in 2014.
Cash and cash equivalents decreased $113.1 million during 2015, reflecting the use of funds for the acquisitions of Wireless Maingate AB, Accel Networks LLC and MobiquiThings SAS in 2015, as well as the purchase of an end of life 2G component in sufficient volume to support future sales of certain legacy products.
We disclose non-GAAP financial measures as we believe they provide useful information on actual operating results and assist in comparisons from one period to another. Readers are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.
Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock-based compensation expense and related social taxes, acquisition-related costs, restructuring costs, integration costs, acquisition amortization, impairment, foreign exchange gains or losses on translation of balance sheet accounts, and certain tax adjustments.
Adjusted EBITDA as defined equates to earnings (loss) from operations plus stock-based compensation expense and related social taxes, acquisition-related costs, restructuring costs, integration costs, impairment, and amortization. The reconciliation between our GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying schedules.
For the full year 2016, we expect revenue to be in the range of $630 million to $670 million and non-GAAP earnings per share to be in the range of $0.60 to $0.90. In the first quarter of 2016, we expect revenue to be in the range of $135 million and $145 million and non-GAAP earnings per share to be slightly negative to slightly positive.
This non-GAAP guidance for 2016 reflects current business indicators and expectations. Inherent in this guidance are risk factors that are described in greater detail in our regulatory filings. Our actual results could differ materially from those presented above. All figures are approximations based on management's current beliefs and assumptions.
TSX Approval for Normal Course Issuer Bid
Sierra Wireless has received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") of its Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid (the "Bid").
Pursuant to the Bid, Sierra Wireless may purchase for cancellation up to 3,149,199 of its common shares ("Common Shares"), or approximately 9.7% of the Common Shares outstanding as of the date of this announcement (representing 10% of the public float). As of January 31, 2016, there were 32,340,186 Common Shares of Sierra Wireless issued and outstanding, and the public float consisted of 31,491,993 Common Shares.
The purchases will be made by Sierra Wireless through the facilities and in accordance with the rules of the TSX and Rule 10b-18 under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Rule 10b-18"), and the price which Sierra Wireless will pay for any such Common Shares will be the market price at the time of acquisition. Sierra Wireless will make no purchases of Common Shares other than open market purchases or other means approved by the TSX. Other than block purchases allowable under the TSX rules, purchases will be subject to a daily restriction of 22,269 Common Shares, being 25% of the average daily trading volume for the preceding six months. In addition, purchases of Common Shares through the facilities of the Nasdaq Stock Market ("Nasdaq") will be made in compliance with Rule 10b-18, which contains similar restrictions on the number of shares that may be repurchased based on the average daily trading volumes of the Common Shares on Nasdaq, subject to certain exceptions for block purchases. In addition, purchases may also be made through other Canadian and U.S. marketplaces.
The actual number of Common Shares of the Company that are purchased for cancellation under the Bid, if any, and the timing of such purchases will be determined by the Company. The Board of Directors of Sierra Wireless believes that the proposed purchases are in the best interests of Sierra Wireless and are a desirable use of corporate funds.
To the knowledge of the Company, no director, senior officer or other insider of Sierra Wireless currently intends to sell any Common Shares under this Bid. However, sales by such persons through the facilities of the TSX or Nasdaq may occur if the personal circumstances of any such person changes or any such person makes a decision unrelated to these normal course purchases. The benefits to any such person whose shares are purchased would be the same as the benefits available to all other holders whose shares are purchased.
The Bid will commence on February 9, 2016 and will terminate on the earlier of: (i) February 8, 2017, (ii) the date Sierra Wireless completes its purchases pursuant to the notice of intention filed with the TSX, or (iii) the date of notice by Sierra Wireless of termination of the Bid. The Company has not made any purchases of Common Shares pursuant to a normal course issuer bid within the previous 12 months.
Board and Board Committee Changes
The Board of Directors of the Company today appointed Kent Thexton as Chair of the Board of Directors to succeed Charles Levine who will continue to serve as an independent Director. "On behalf of all Board members, I would like to thank Charles for his dedicated leadership during his 10 years of service as Chair of the Board of Directors", said Mr. Thexton. In conjunction with the appointment of Mr. Thexton as Board Chair and as part of an overall initiative to enhance Board effectiveness, the following Board Committee Chair appointments are being announced: Greg Aasen will become Chair of the Human Resources Committee succeeding Mr. Thexton; Robin Abrams will become Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee succeeding Paul Cataford; and Mr. Cataford will become Chair of the Audit Committee succeeding Ms. Abrams. Mr. Thexton's appointment is effective February 5, 2016 with the committee chairs transitioning their roles as the various scheduled Board committee meetings occur during the month of February.
Conference call and webcast details
Sierra Wireless President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, and CFO, David McLennan, will host a conference call and webcast with analysts and investors to review the results on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 5:30 PM Eastern Time (2:30 PM PT). A live slide presentation will be available for viewing during the call from the link provided below.
To participate in this conference call, please dial the following number approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call:
- Toll-free (Canada and US): 1-877-201-0168
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- Conference ID: 84399698
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements and information in this press release are not based on historical facts and constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws ("forward-looking statements") including statements and information relating to our financial guidance for the first quarter of 2016 and our fiscal year 2016, our business outlook for the short and longer term, statements regarding our strategy, plans and future operating performance and statements regarding the intention to acquire securities under the Bid and the number of shares that may be acquired under the Bid. Forward-looking statements are provided to help you understand our views of our short and longer term plans, expectations and prospects. We caution you that forward-looking statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. We do not intend to update or revise our forward-looking statements unless we are required to do so by securities laws.
- Typically include words and phrases about the future such as "outlook", "will", "may", "estimates", "intends", "believes", "plans", "anticipates" and "expects".
- Are not promises or guarantees of future performance. They represent our current views and may change significantly.
Are based on a number of material assumptions, including those listed
below, which could prove to be significantly incorrect:
- our ability to develop, manufacture and sell new products and services that meet the needs of our customers and gain commercial acceptance;
- our ability to continue to sell our products and services in the expected quantities at the expected prices and expected times;
- expected cost of goods sold;
- expected component supply constraints;
- our ability to "win" new business;
- our ability to integrate acquired businesses and realize expected benefits;
- expected deployment of next generation networks by wireless network operators;
- our operations not being adversely disrupted by component shortages or other development, operating or regulatory risks; and
- expected tax rates and foreign exchange rates.
Are subject to substantial known and unknown material risks and
uncertainties. Many factors could cause our actual results,
achievements and developments in our business to differ significantly
from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements,
including without limitation, the following factors. These risk
factors and others are discussed in our Annual Information Form and
Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
Results of Operations, which may be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com
and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov
and in our other regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission in the United States and the Provincial Securities
Commissions in Canada:
- competition from new or established service providers or from those with greater resources;
- disruption of, and demands on, our ongoing business and diversion of management's time and attention in connection with acquisitions or divestitures;
- the loss of any of our significant customers;
- cyber-attacks or other breaches of our information technology security;
- we may be found to infringe on intellectual property rights of others;
- we may not be able to obtain necessary rights to use software or components supplied by third parties;
- we may be unable to enforce our intellectual property rights;
- our ability to attract or retain key personnel;
- we may experience difficulty responding to changing technology, industry standards and customer requirements;
- our financial results are subject to fluctuation;
- difficult or uncertain global economic conditions;
- unanticipated costs associated with litigation or settlements;
- failures of our products or services due to design flaws and errors, component quality issues, manufacturing defects or other quality issues;
- our dependence on a limited number of third party manufacturers;
- our reliance on single source suppliers for certain components used in our products;
- our dependence on wireless network carriers to promote and offer acceptable wireless data services;
- risks related to contractual disputes with counterparties;
- we are subject to governmental regulation;
- the transmission, use and disclosure of user data and personal information could give rise to liability or additional costs; and
- we have operations outside of North America and therefore are subject to risks inherent in foreign jurisdictions.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. We offer the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
"AirPrime," "AirLink," and "AirVantage" are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS (LOSS)
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except where otherwise stated)
Three months ended
Twelve months ended
|Cost of goods sold||99,783||99,072||413,943||369,544|
|Sales and marketing||14,315||12,682||54,144||50,476|
|Research and development||18,539||21,012||74,020||80,937|
|Acquisition-related and integration||(616||)||1,273||1,945||2,670|
|Earnings (loss) from operations||(674||)||3,399||10,114||(6,594||)|
|Foreign exchange loss||(1,398||)||(3,852||)||(11,843||)||(12,390||)|
|Other income (expense)||(16||)||246||115||854|
|Loss before income taxes||(2,088||)||(207||)||(1,614||)||(18,130||)|
|Income tax expense (recovery)||(1,705||)||1,494||1,060||(1,277||)|
|Other comprehensive income (loss):|
|Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of taxes of $nil||(1,823||)||554||(2,013||)||893|
|Net loss per share (in dollars)|
|Basic and diluted||$||(0.01||)||$||(0.05||)||$||(0.08||)||$||(0.53||)|
|Weighted average number of shares outstanding (in thousands)|
|Basic and diluted||32,282||31,759||32,166||31,512|
SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except where otherwise stated)
|As at December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||93,936||$||207,062|
|Deferred income taxes||4,735||4,779|
|Prepaids and other||14,179||7,826|
|Property and equipment||28,947||20,717|
|Deferred income taxes||10,130||3,898|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||128,537||$||128,196|
|Deferred revenue and credits||3,479||3,245|
|Deferred income taxes||11,667||453|
|Common stock: no par value; unlimited shares authorized; issued and outstanding:|
|32,337,201 shares (December 31, 2014 — 31,868,541 shares)||346,453||339,640|
|Preferred stock: no par value; unlimited shares authorized; issued and outstanding: nil shares||—||—|
|Treasury stock: at cost; 240,613 shares (December 31, 2014 — 342,645 shares)||(4,017||)||(6,236||)|
|Additional paid-in capital||23,998||26,909|
|Retained earnings (deficit)||(160||)||2,514|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(7,978||)||(5,965||)|
SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
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Twelve months ended
|Cash flows provided by (used in):|
|Items not requiring (providing) cash|
|Deferred income taxes||(2,841||)||179||(2,841||)||771|
|Loss on disposal of property and equipment||7||14||92||21|
|Fair value adjustment of contingent consideration||(761||)||—||(761||)||—|
|Changes in non-cash working capital|
|Prepaid expenses and other||(81||)||2,473||(5,748||)||25,421|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||2,665||7,067||16,342||10,538|
|Deferred revenue and credits||(1,207||)||(435||)||(451||)||(510||)|
|Cash flows provided by operating activities||13,101||11,346||14,533||48,700|
|Acquisition of In Motion Technology, net of cash acquired||—||—||—||(23,853||)|
|Acquisition of Wireless Maingate AB, net of cash acquired||—||—||(88,449||)||—|
|Acquisition of Accel Networks LLC||(221||)||—||(9,471||)||—|
|Acquisition of MobiquiThings SAS, net of cash acquired||(94||)||—||(14,975||)||—|
|Additions to property and equipment||(4,789||)||(3,453||)||(14,003||)||(9,078||)|
|Proceeds from sale of property and equipment||—||68||5||130|
|Increase in intangible assets||(247||)||(378||)||(1,076||)||(1,751||)|
|Proceeds from sale of AirCard business||—||—||—||13,800|
|Net change in short-term investments||—||—||—||2,470|
|Increase in other assets||—||(500||)||—||(4,054||)|
|Cash flows used in investing activities||(5,351||)||(4,263||)||(127,969||)||(22,336||)|
|Issuance of common shares||580||1,640||3,837||6,404|
|Purchase of treasury shares for RSU distribution||(3,997||)||—||(6,584||)||(5,955||)|
|Taxes paid related to net settlement of equity awards||(87||)||(504||)||(2,344||)||(1,403||)|
|Excess tax benefits from equity awards||(3||)||1,376||2,270||1,376|
|Decrease in other long-term obligations||(54||)||(83||)||(226||)||(400||)|
|Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities||(3,561||)||2,429||(3,047||)||22|
|Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||1,378||1,464||3,357||3,260|
|Cash and cash equivalents, increase (decrease) in the period||5,567||10,976||(113,126||)||29,646|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period||88,369||196,086||207,062||177,416|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of period||$||93,936||$||207,062||$||93,936||$||207,062|
SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS
|(in thousands of U.S. dollars, except where otherwise stated)||Q4||Q3||Q2||Q1||Q4||Q3||Q2||Q1|
|Gross margin - GAAP||$||45,063||$||49,009||$||50,947||$||48,836||$||50,006||$||47,055||$||43,321||$||38,597|
|Stock-based compensation and related social taxes||106||146||147||248||131||134||130||160|
|Gross margin - Non-GAAP||$||45,169||$||49,155||$||51,094||$||49,084||$||50,137||$||47,189||$||43,451||$||38,757|
|Earnings (loss) from operations - GAAP||$||(674||)||$||4,202||$||4,112||$||2,474||$||3,399||$||2,943||$||(6,264||)||$||(6,672||)|
|Stock-based compensation and related social taxes||1,670||2,557||2,858||2,600||2,432||2,402||2,326||3,304|
|Acquisition-related and integration||(616||)||443||1,015||1,103||1,273||356||71||970|
|Acquisition related amortization||2,734||2,234||2,029||2,669||2,389||2,609||2,784||3,118|
|Earnings (loss) from operations - Non-GAAP||$||3,315||$||9,475||$||10,725||$||8,846||$||10,033||$||8,381||$||3,660||$||720|
|Amortization (excluding acquisition related amortization)||3,030||2,635||2,423||2,462||2,699||3,400||3,153||3,365|
|Net earnings (loss) - GAAP||$||(383||)||$||3,286||$||4,076||$||(9,653||)||$||(1,701||)||$||(2,904||)||$||(8,243||)||$||(4,005||)|
Stock-based compensation and related
|Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)||1,393||(51||)||(1,581||)||11,835||3,798||7,953||916||(382||)|
|Income tax adjustments||(2,490||)||(1,048||)||(301||)||(1,372||)||378||(2,781||)||1||(2,519||)|
|Net earnings (loss) - Non-GAAP||$||2,536||$||7,419||$||8,637||$||7,182||$||9,093||$||7,682||$||2,590||$||483|
|Diluted earnings (loss) per share|
|GAAP - (in dollars)||$||(0.01||)||$||0.10||$||0.12||$||(0.30||)||$||(0.05||)||$||(0.09||)||$||(0.26||)||$||(0.13||)|
|Non-GAAP - (in dollars)||$||0.08||$||0.23||$||0.26||$||0.22||$||0.29||$||0.24||$||0.08||$||0.02|
Q4 2015 RECONCILIATION OF GAAP AND NON-GAAP RESULTS
(In thousands of U.S. dollars,
|Cost of goods sold||99,783||106||99,677|
|Sales and marketing||14,315||298||14,017|
|Research and development||18,539||115||297||18,127|
|Acquisition-related and integration||(616||)||(616||)||—|
|Total operating expenses||45,737||2,734||(415||)||1,564||—||—||41,854|
|Earnings (loss) from operations||(674||)||(2,734||)||415||(1,670||)||—||—||3,315|
|Foreign exchange loss||(1,398||)||(1,398||)||—|
|Total other expense||(1,414||)||—||—||—||(1,398||)||—||(16||)|
|Earnings (loss) before income taxes||(2,088||)||(2,734||)||415||(1,670||)||(1,398||)||—||3,299|
|Income tax expense (recovery)||(1,705||)||27||(5||)||(2,490||)||763|
|Net earnings (loss)||(383||)||(2,734||)||388||(1,670||)||(1,393||)||2,490||2,536|
|Diluted earnings (loss) per share||(0.01||)||0.08|
|Weighted average diluted shares||32,282||32,282|
SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
(In thousands of U.S. dollars,
|- Non GAAP||$||152,368||$||33,506||$||37,563||$||41,119||$||40,180||$||141,001||$||39,558||$||36,993||$||33,782||$||30,668|
|Gross margin %|
|- Non GAAP||29.1||%||27.6||%||28.8||%||29.8||%||30.2||%||29.6||%||30.5||%||29.8||%||29.0||%||
|- Non GAAP||$||33,192||$||8,848||$||8,928||$||7,930||$||7,486||$||38,533||$||10,579||$||10,196||$||9,669||$||8,089|
|Gross margin %|
|- Non GAAP||52.6||%||53.6||%||50.3||%||52.6||%||54.4||%||53.6||%||54.3||%||53.8||%||52.5||%||53.9||
|- Non GAAP||$||8,942||$||2,815||$||2,664||$||2,045||$||1,418||$||—||$||—||$||—||$||—||$||—|
|Gross margin %|
|- Non GAAP||41.9||%||41.4||%||43.0||%||43.0||%||39.3||%||—||%||—||%||—||%||—||%||—||