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Westell Reports Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Results

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AURORA, ll., Feb. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSTL), a leading provider of high-performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced results for its fiscal 2020 third quarter ended December 31, 2019 (FY20 3Q).  Management will host a conference call to discuss financial and business results tomorrow, Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 9:30 AM Eastern Time.

Cash increased to $22.0 million at December 31, 2019, compared to $21.7 million at September 30, 2019, driven by improved working capital.  Revenue was $7.2 million, compared with $7.6 million in the prior quarter.  Net loss in FY20 3Q was $1.5 million, an improvement from a net loss of $3.6 million in the prior quarter.  Prior quarter loss included charges for excess and obsolete inventory of $1.3 million.  Excess and obsolete expense was insignificant in FY20 3Q.

"Our third quarter results exceeded our expectations and showed some early traction with our turn-around plans," said Tim Duitsman, Westell's President and CEO. "While revenue remained soft, we made progress with some of our new products. We reset our cost base to help preserve our cash and facilitate our expected return to profitability in fiscal 2021. In addition, we continue to drive our product development strategy, with a sharp focus on public safety, fiber connectivity solutions and remote monitoring, to support a return to profitable revenue growth."

Consolidated Results FY20 3Q
3 months ended
12/31/19
FY20 2Q
3 months ended
9/30/19
+ increase /
- decrease
Revenue $7.2M $7.6M -$0.4M
Gross Margin   38.8%     20.9%     +17.9%  
Operating Expenses $4.4M $5.3M -$0.9M
Net Income (Loss) ($1.5M) ($3.6M) +$2.1M
Earnings (Loss) Per Share   ($0.10)     ($0.23)     +$0.13  
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses (1) $3.7M $4.8M -$1.1M
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) (1) ($0.9M) ($3.1M) +$2.2M
Non-GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share (1)   ($0.05)     ($0.20)     +$0.15  
Ending Cash $22.0M $21.7M +$0.3M
(1)  Please refer to the schedule at the end of this press release for a complete GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation and other information related to non-GAAP financial measures.

In-Building Wireless (IBW) Segment

IBW revenue from public safety products, which are a strategic focus, continued to grow during FY20 3Q.  Sales of commercial repeaters also increased, while lower sales of DAS conditioners offset the increases.  Segment gross margin and profit improved primarily as a result of much lower charges for excess and obsolete inventory compared to the prior quarter.

($ in thousands) FY20 3Q
3 months ended
12/31/19
FY20 2Q
3 months ended
9/30/19
 + increase /
- decrease
IBW Segment Revenue   $2,466     $2,618     -$152  
IBW Segment Gross Margin   32.8%     15.8%     +17.0%  
IBW Segment R&D Expense   $470     $403     $67  
IBW Segment Profit   $339     $10     +$329  

Intelligent Site Management (ISM) Segment

ISM revenue decreased, reflecting lower sales of remote units.  Segment gross margin improved based on much lower charges for excess and obsolete inventory and other cost reductions.  These effects, combined with lower R&D expense, improved profitability for the quarter.

($ in thousands) FY20 3Q
3 months ended
12/31/19
FY20 2Q
3 months ended
9/30/19
 + increase /
- decrease
ISM Segment Revenue   $2,456     $2,646     -$190  
ISM Segment Gross Margin   59.6%     39.4%     +20.2%  
ISM Segment R&D Expense   $505     $619     -$114  
ISM Segment Profit   $960     $423     $537  

Communication Network Solutions (CNS) Segment

Growth in revenue from fiber connectivity products, a strategic focus, was more than offset by lower sales across most other CNS product lines.  The turnaround in CNS segment profit was driven primarily by lower charges for excess and obsolete inventory and lower R&D expense.

($ in thousands) FY20 3Q
3 months ended
12/31/19
FY20 2Q
3 months ended
9/30/19
 + increase /
- decrease
CNS Segment Revenue   $2,237     $2,305     -$68  
CNS Segment Gross Margin   22.6%     5.4%     +17.2%  
CNS Segment R&D Expense   $247     $427     -$180  
CNS Segment Profit (Loss)   $259     $(303)     $562  

Conference Call Information
Management will discuss financial and business results during the quarterly conference call on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 9:30 AM Eastern Time.  Investors may quickly register online in advance of the call at www.conferenceplus.com/Westell.  After registering, participants receive dial-in numbers, a passcode and a registration ID that is used to uniquely identify their presence and automatically join them into the audio conference.  A participant may also register by telephone on February 6, 2020, by calling (888) 206-4073 and providing the operator confirmation number 49338781.

This news release and related information that may be discussed on the conference call will be posted on the Investor Relations section of Westell's website: ir.westell.com.  A digital recording of the entire conference will be available for replay on Westell's website by approximately 12:00 PM Eastern Time following the conclusion of the conference.

About Westell Technologies
Westell is a leading provider of high-performance network infrastructure solutions focused on innovation and differentiation at the edge of communication networks where end users connect.  The Company's portfolio of products and solutions enable service providers and network operators to improve performance and reduce operating expenses.  With millions of products successfully deployed worldwide, Westell is a trusted partner for transforming networks into high-quality reliable systems. For more information, please visit www.westell.com.

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Certain statements contained herein that are not historical facts or that contain the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "may," "will," "plan," "should," or derivatives thereof and other words of similar meaning are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, product demand and market acceptance risks, customer spending patterns, need for financing and capital, economic weakness in the United States ("U.S.") economy and telecommunications market, the effect of international economic conditions and trade, legal, social and economic risks (such as import, licensing and trade restrictions), the impact of competitive products or technologies, competitive pricing pressures, customer product selection decisions, product cost increases, component supply shortages, new product development, excess and obsolete inventory, commercialization and technological delays or difficulties (including delays or difficulties in developing, producing, testing and selling new products and technologies), the ability to successfully consolidate and rationalize operations, the ability to successfully identify, acquire and integrate acquisitions, the effect of the Company's accounting policies, retention of key personnel and other risks more fully described in the Company's SEC filings, including the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, under Item 1A - Risk Factors.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect current events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Westell Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

    Three months ended   Nine months ended  
    December 31,   September 30   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,  
    2019   2019   2018   2019   2018  
Revenue   $ 7,159     $ 7,569     $ 10,722     $ 23,730     $ 33,865    
Cost of revenue   4,379     5,990     6,132     16,125     19,147    
Gross profit   2,780     1,579     4,590     7,605     14,718    
Gross margin   38.8 %   20.9 %   42.8 %   32.0 %   43.5 %  
Operating expenses:                      
Research & Development   1,222     1,449     1,736     4,227     5,011    
Sales and marketing   1,556     2,259     1,999     6,147     6,012    
General and administrative   1,093     1,249     1,738     3,706     4,672    
Intangible amortization   308     308     830     924     2,652    
Restructuring (1)   234             234        
Total operating expenses   4,413     5,265     6,303     15,238     18,347    
Operating profit (loss)   (1,633 )   (3,686 )   (1,713 )   (7,633 )   (3,629 )  
Other income, net   109     125     158     398     442    
Income (loss) before income taxes   (1,524 )   (3,561 )   (1,555 )   (7,235 )   (3,187 )  
Income tax benefit (expense)   (20 )       (1 )   (27 )   (11 )  
Net income (loss) from continuing operations   (1,544 )   (3,561 )   (1,556 )   (7,262 )   (3,198 )  
Income (loss) from discontinued operations (2)                   (138 )  
Net income (loss)   $ (1,544 )   $ (3,561 )   $ (1,556 )   $ (7,262 )   $ (3,336 )  
                       
Net income (loss) per share:                      
Basic net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.47 )   $ (0.21 )  
Basic net income (loss) from discontinued operations                   (0.01 )  
Basic net income (loss)   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.47 )   $ (0.21 ) (3)
Diluted net income (loss) per share:                      
Diluted net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.47 )   $ (0.21 )  
Diluted net income (loss) from discontinued operations                   (0.01 )  
Diluted net income (loss)   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.47 )   $ (0.21 ) (3)
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:                      
Basic   15,575     15,512     15,524     15,514     15,576    
Diluted   15,575     15,512     15,524     15,514     15,576    

(1)  Restructuring expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, related to severance costs for terminated employees.
(2) During the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the Company recorded indemnification expense related to probable loss contingencies associated with a major customer contract related to a business which was previously sold and therefore is presented as discontinued operations.  On July 24, 2019, the Company signed a settlement agreement related to this matter.  The $345K settlement, which was fully covered by the accrual on March 31, 2019, was paid in the quarter ended December 31, 2019.
(3)  Per share amounts may not sum to totals due to rounding.

Westell Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(Amounts in thousands)

    December 31, 2019 (Unaudited)   March 31, 2019
Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 21,990     $ 25,457  
Accounts receivable, net   4,933     6,865  
Inventories   7,622     9,801  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,703     1,706  
Total current assets   36,248     43,829  
Land, property and equipment, net   1,073     1,298  
Intangible assets, net   4,141     3,278  
Right-of-use assets on operating leases, net   810      
Other non-current assets   257     492  
Total assets   $ 42,529     $ 48,897  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity        
Accounts payable   $ 2,821     $ 2,313  
Accrued expenses   3,422     3,567  
Deferred revenue   1,314     1,217  
Total current liabilities   7,557     7,097  
Deferred revenue non-current   268     444  
Other non-current liabilities   379     176  
Total liabilities   8,204     7,717  
Total stockholders' equity   34,325     41,180  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 42,529     $ 48,897  
                 

Westell Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

      Three months
ended
December 31,
  Nine months 
ended
 December 30,
 
      2019   2019   2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:                        
Net income (loss)     $ (1,544 )   $ (7,262 )   $ (3,336 )  
Reconciliation of net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     484     1,426     3,092    
Stock-based compensation     152     597     889    
Loss (gain) on sale of fixed assets         (11 )   1    
Restructuring     234     234        
Exchange rate loss (gain)     (5 )   (2 )   3    
Changes in assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     105     1,934     1,892    
Inventory     696     2,179     (941 )  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     (618 )   332     494    
Deferred revenue     628     (79 )   (1,114 )  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     125     3     (353 )  
Other assets     63     (575 )   11    
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     320     (1,224 )   638    
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Net maturity (purchase) of short-term investments             2,779    
Purchase of product licensing rights (1)         (1,950 )      
Purchases of property and equipment, net     (54 )   (113 )   (273 )  
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets     11     11        
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     (43 )   (2,052 )   2,506    
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Purchase of treasury stock     (2 )   (191 )   (1,038 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     (2 )   (191 )   (1,038 )  
Gain (loss) of exchange rate changes on cash     (1 )       (4 )  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     274     (3,467 )   2,102    
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     21,716     25,457     24,963   (2)
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period     $ 21,990     $ 21,990     $ 27,065    
                             

(1) During the quarter ended September 30, 2019, the Company made a partial payment for the purchase of product licensing rights.  The remaining $1.0 million due is recorded in Accounts Payable as of December 31, 2019.  The corresponding asset is recorded in intangible assets.
(2) As of March 31, 2018, the Company had $2.8 million of short-term investments in addition to cash and cash equivalents.


Westell Technologies, Inc.
Segment Statement of Operations
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Sequential Quarter Comparison

    Three months ended December 31, 2019   Three months ended September 30, 2019
    IBW   ISM   CNS   Total   IBW   ISM   CNS   Total
Total revenue   $ 2,466     $ 2,456     $ 2,237     $ 7,159     $ 2,618     $ 2,646     $ 2,305     $ 7,569  
Gross profit   809     1,465     506     2,780     413     1,042     124     1,579  
Gross margin   32.8 %   59.6 %   22.6 %   38.8 %   15.8 %   39.4 %   5.4 %   20.9 %
R&D expenses   470     505     247     1,222     403     619     427     1,449  
Segment profit (loss)   $ 339     $ 960     $ 259     $ 1,558     $ 10     $ 423     $ (303 )   $ 130  

Year-over-Year Quarter Comparison

    Three months ended December 31, 2019   Three months ended December 31, 2018
    IBW   ISM   CNS   Total   IBW   ISM   CNS   Total
Total revenue   $ 2,466     $ 2,456     $ 2,237     $ 7,159     $ 2,794     $ 5,116     $ 2,812     $ 10,722  
Gross profit   809     1,465     506     2,780     1,069     2,899     622     4,590  
Gross margin   32.8 %   59.6 %   22.6 %   38.8 %   38.3 %   56.7 %   22.1 %   42.8 %
R&D expenses   470     505     247     1,222     682     570     484     1,736  
Segment profit (loss)   $ 339     $ 960     $ 259     $ 1,558     $ 387     $ 2,329     $ 138     $ 2,854  
                                                                 

Westell Technologies, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

                     
    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
    2019   2019   2018   2019   2018
GAAP consolidated operating expenses   $ 4,413     $ 5,265     $ 6,303     $ 15,238     $ 18,347  
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   (132 )   (181 )   (291 )   (547 )   (854 )
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (2)   (308 )   (308 )   (830 )   (924 )   (2,652 )
Restructuring, separation, and transition (3)   (234 )           (234 )    
Total adjustments   (674 )   (489 )   (1,121 )   (1,705 )   (3,506 )
Non-GAAP consolidated operating expenses   $ 3,739     $ 4,776     $ 5,182     $ 13,533     $ 14,841  
                                         


    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
    2019   2019   2018   2019   2018
GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (1,544 )   $ (3,561 )   $ (1,556 )   $ (7,262 )   $ (3,336 )
Less:                    
Income tax benefit (expense)   (20 )       (1 )   (27 )   (11 )
Other income, net   109     125     158     398     442  
Discontinued operations (4)                   (138 )
GAAP consolidated operating profit (loss)   $ (1,633 )   $ (3,686 )   $ (1,713 )   $ (7,633 )   $ (3,629 )
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   152     201     303     597     889  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (2)   308     308     830     924     2,652  
Restructuring, separation, and transition (3)   234             234      
Total adjustments   694     509     1,133     1,755     3,541  
Non-GAAP consolidated operating profit (loss)   $ (939 )   $ (3,177 )   $ (580 )   $ (5,878 )   $ (88 )
Amortization of product licensing rights (5)   98     65         163      
Depreciation   78     118     149     339     440  
Non-GAAP consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (6)   $ (763 )   $ (2,994 )   $ (431 )   $ (5,376 )   $ 352  
                                         


    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
    2019   2019   2018   2019   2018
GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (1,544 )   $ (3,561 )   $ (1,556 )   $ (7,262 )   $ (3,336 )
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   152     201     303     597     889  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (2)   308     308     830     924     2,652  
Restructuring, separation, and transition (3)   234             234      
Discontinued operations (4)                   138  
Total adjustments   694     509     1,133     1,755     3,679  
Non-GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (850 )   $ (3,052 )   $ (423 )   $ (5,507 )   $ 343  
GAAP consolidated net income (loss) per common share:                    
Diluted   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.47 )   $ (0.21 )
Non-GAAP consolidated net income (loss) per common share:                    
Diluted   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.20 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.35 )   $ 0.02  
Average number of common shares outstanding:                    
Diluted   15,575     15,512     15,524     15,514     15,663  
                               













The Company conforms to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the preparation of its financial statements.  The schedules above reconcile the Company's non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.  The adjustments share one or more of the following characteristics: they are unusual and the Company does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business; they do not involve the expenditure of cash; they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course; or their magnitude and timing is largely outside of the Company's control.  Management believes that the non-GAAP financial information provides meaningful supplemental information to investors.  Management also believes the non-GAAP financial information reflects the Company's core ongoing operating performance and facilitates comparisons across reporting periods.  The Company uses these non-GAAP measures when evaluating its financial results.  Non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as a substitute for the Company's GAAP results.

Footnotes:

(1)  Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense incurred in accordance with share-based compensation accounting standards.
(2)  Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles is a non-cash expense arising from intangible assets previously acquired as a result of a business acquisition.
(3)  Restructuring expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, related to severance costs for terminated employees. 
(4) The Company recorded indemnification expense related to probable loss contingencies associated with a major customer contract related to a business which was previously sold and therefore is presented as discontinued operations.  On July 24, 2019, the Company signed a settlement agreement related to this matter.  The amount to be paid under the settlement agreement is fully covered by the accrual. 
(5) Amortization of the recently acquired product licensing rights are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA, but included in the Non-GAAP consolidated net income (loss), because the amortization is related to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course. 
(6) EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that represents Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization.  The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA.

For additional information, contact:

Tim Duitsman
Chief Executive Officer
Westell Technologies, Inc.
+1 (630) 898 2500
tduitsman@westell.com 

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