Miranda Technologies Inc.
TSX : MT

Miranda Technologies Inc.

October 30, 2009 06:00 ET

Miranda Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX:MT), a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of high-performance hardware and software for the television broadcast industry, today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

Third Quarter Highlights: Q3 2009/2008

- Sales of $31.8 million, versus $37.6 million in 2008

- EBITDA(1) of $3.3 million, compared to $12.2 million last year

- Net income of $1.1 million, or 5 cents per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $7.7 million and 32 cents per share last year

(1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is a non-GAAP financial measure. See comment on non-GAAP financial measures which follows.

Revenues strengthened slightly over Q2 this year, increasing 2% to $31.8M. Compared to last year, markets remained soft, with revenues declining 16%. Net income came in at $1.1 million, versus $7.7 million in 2008. Quarterly results were impacted by a restructuring charge of $0.4 million related to on-going productivity measures. Excluding this, net income was $1.3 million.

"A stronger Canadian dollar weighed on overall results, although sales activity was more robust compared to Q2 2009," commented Strath Goodship, Miranda's President and Chief Executive Officer. "While, we believe that the broadcast equipment market has bottomed, the timing of a recovery remains uncertain. We are beginning to see momentum build in our sales funnel, bolstered by improving levels of demand and new products."

"During the quarter, we continued to strengthen the Company operationally and financially, laying the groundwork to consolidate some manufacturing operations and appointing new sales leadership in the US," said Mr. Goodship. The Company plans to merge the electronic assembly manufacturing operations from its Grass Valley facility with its Montreal operations. The transfer, which is expected to be completed by January 2010, will improve operational efficiencies. Final Assembly, Testing, Order Fulfilment and New Product Introduction functions will remain in Grass Valley, where local knowledge is essential to ensure the reputation for quality and speed that NVISION has built over the years remains intact.

The ability to move the electronic assembly manufacturing to Montreal was made possible by the recent completion of Miranda's building expansion project. The extra 55% of surface area provides additional space for foreseeable growth in R&D, manufacturing and support.

On the sales side, Richard Brice was appointed to the role of Senior Vice President US Sales. "Richard is a highly experienced and successful sales and engineering executive, with a deep understanding of the television industry and Miranda's product lines," commented Mr. Goodship. He is also well known to many of Miranda's key US clients. Based in New York, Richard is well placed to promote both business development and client relations, and strengthen the development of NVISION's router business in the US.

Miranda recently promoted a number of new and enhanced products at IBC, a leading international forum for the electronic media industry. Among others, they included the Kaleido-Modular card-based multi-viewer; the ultra-resilient NVISION Enterprise Class routers; the XVP-3901 up, down and cross converter with advanced audio processing; and the LGK-3901 modular channel branding processor. At the event, Miranda's Kaleido-Modular multi-viewer won a STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award from TV Technology Europe magazine. The award is designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the broadcast industry. "The Kaleido-Modular offers outstanding space and energy efficiency and complements our Kaleido-X multiviewers," highlighted Mr. Goodship. "IBC marked the first European showing of our newly acquired NVISION line of routers and we were pleased with the strong customer interest received. The broader solutions being offered with NVISION enhance our product portfolio, and are helping us to win a number of combined deals."

Year-over-year operating highlights: Q3 2009 versus Q3 2008

Revenue

Quarterly revenues totalled $31.8 million, down 16% from last year. Excluding foreign exchange, quarterly sales volumes were down 18% from 2008, although they were up 7% compared with Q2 this year.

On a regional basis, revenues in the United States and Canada were down 43% and 27% respectively versus last year. Other Countries fared better, increasing 27% over 2008. Canada, the United States and Other Countries generated 5%, 39% and 56% of quarterly sales respectively.

Gross Margin

Gross margin as a percentage of sales for the current quarter of 55% was negatively impacted by 3 percentage points, due to certain adjustments relating to the second quarter of 2009. Excluding this, the gross margin for the quarter was 58%, which would have been the resulting margin in Q2 2009, had the adjustments been booked then. On a year-to-date basis, these adjustments have no impact on the reported gross margin of 58%.

Operating Expenses

Selling, General & Administrative expenses (SG&A) were $9.7 million for the quarter, up 9% from last year. The increase continued to be driven by the addition of NVISION's operations, partially offset by lower provisions for incentive bonuses. SG&A as a percentage of sales was 30%. This is down from the 37% and 35% seen in Q1 and Q2 respectively this year, reflecting on-going productivity initiatives and tight cost controls. Compared to last year SG&A as a percentage of sales grew 6 points, reflecting the lower revenue base.

Research and Development (R&D) investments were $5.1 million, up 18% from $4.3 million in 2008. As in past quarters, the increase is largely due to the NVISION acquisition. R&D as a percentage of sales declined from levels seen earlier this year, coming in at 16%, which is more in line with historical levels. The Company is committed to R&D and will continue to make the necessary investments so that it is well positioned when broadcast markets improve.

A foreign exchange loss of $1.0 million was recorded for the quarter, compared to a gain of $0.8 million in 2008. The loss largely reflects the impact of the stronger Canadian dollar in the translation of foreign currencies.

Net Income and EBITDA

Net income was $1.1 million, translating into fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) of 5 cents. This compares to $7.7 million and 32 cents per share respectively in 2008.

EBITDA came in at $3.3M or 10% of sales, compared to $12.2 million or 32% of sales in 2008.

Excluding restructuring charges, net income was $1.3 million, fully diluted EPS were 6 cents and EBITDA was $3.6 million or 11% of sales.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Quarterly cash flows from operating activities were up $1.0 million. As of September 30, 2009, cash and cash equivalents were $48.4 million. This is down from $72.5 million in Q2 2009, largely due to a $20.3 million Canadian repayment of the Company's US credit facility relating to the NVISION acquisition and a $3.8 million payment relating to the Montreal facility building expansion project.

During the quarter, Miranda announced that its Board of Directors approved a new normal course issuer bid (NCIB) program, to purchase up to 1,799,662 or approximately 8% of the Company's common shares for cancellation. The NCIB lasts for one year, ending on August 25, 2010 or on such earlier date as the Company has purchased the maximum shares permissible. To date, no shares have been purchased in connection with the NCIB, nor is the Company required to purchase any shares over the life of the program. This new share buyback initiative is in addition to the one completed earlier this year, which resulted in the cancellation of 2.0 million shares.

Outlook

"While, markets remain well below last year's levels, we are beginning to see an increase in sales activity," commented Mr. Goodship. "However, it is still too early to predict a market recovery and we remain cautious about our short term growth expectations. Nevertheless, supported by a solid balance sheet and a strengthening product portfolio, we will continue to position ourselves for growth, targeting acquisition opportunities, investing strategically and maintaining disciplined cost controls."

Conference call

Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX:MT) will hold a conference call with financial analysts to present its third quarter 2009 results on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. (ET). Media and other interested parties are invited to join the conference call in listen-only mode.



DATE: Friday, October 30, 2009
TIME: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time

CALL: (514) 807-8791 (for all Montreal and overseas participants)
(800) 587-1893 (for all other North American callers)
(Please dial in 15 minutes before the conference begins)

WEBCAST: On line at www.miranda.com or www.marketwire.com.


The webcast of the conference call will be available for a period of 90 days at www.miranda.com and www.marketwire.com. A recording of the conference call will also be available from 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2009 to 11:59 PM on Friday, November 6, 2009 and can be accessed by dialling 1-877-289-8525and entering the pass code 4169895# on your telephone keyboard.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) to compare our operating results from one period to another. EBITDA is not an earnings measure recognized by GAAP and does not carry standard prescribed significance for GAAP. Our method for calculating EBITDA may differ from that used by other companies under the same designation. The reader is advised that EBITDA should not be substituted for determining net income as an indicator of operating results in line with GAAP, neither for cash flows from operating and investing activities as a measure of liquidity and cash flows. The financial indicator that conforms with GAAP and is the closest to EBITDA is net income. Please refer to the reconciliation of net income to EBITDA in the following table.

Reconciliation of net income to EBITDA



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Quarters ended September 30,
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(in thousands of Canadian dollars) 2009 2008
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Net income 1,070 7,746
Interest expense (income) (42) (435)
Income taxes expense 329 3,881
Amortization of property, plant & equipment 859 592
Amortization of intangible assets 1,069 448
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EBITDA 3,285 12,232
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Forward-looking Statements

This media release contains forward-looking statements reflecting Miranda's objectives, estimates and expectations. Such statements may be marked by the use of verbs such as "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "looking ahead" and "expect", as well as the use of the conditional or future tense. By their very nature, such statements involve risks and uncertainties. Consequently, results could differ materially from the Company's expectations. Risks that could cause results to differ materially from Miranda's expectations are discussed under the heading Risk Factors in the Company's Annual Information Form, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent Miranda's current expectations and, accordingly, are subject to change. However, the Company disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information or events or otherwise, unless required to do so by the applicable securities legislation.

About Miranda

Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX:MT) develops, manufactures and markets high-performance hardware and software for the television broadcast industry. Its solutions are purchased by content creators, broadcasters, specialty channels and television service providers to enable and enhance the transition to a complex multi-channel digital and HD broadcast environment. This equipment allows customers to generate additional revenue while reducing costs through more efficient distribution and management of content as well as the automation of previously manual processes. Miranda employs approximately 560 people at its Montreal headquarters and in its facilities located in Wallingford (UK), Grass Valley (California, USA), Springfield (New Jersey, USA), Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), Zaltbommel (Netherlands), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Beijing (China) and Hong Kong. Miranda is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.miranda.com.



MIRANDA TECHNOLOGIES INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets

September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)

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September 30, December 31,
2009 2008
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(Unaudited) (Audited)

Assets

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $48,353 $46,449
Temporary investments - 2,047
Accounts receivable 22,665 24,440
Inventories 16,568 23,798
Income taxes and tax credits receivable 6,024 3,810
Prepaid expenses 1,469 1,446
Future income taxes 2,084 1,967
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97,163 103,957

Restricted cash - 25,000
Tax credits receivable - 1,098
Property, plant and equipment 30,164 25,432
Intangible assets 21,307 25,729
Goodwill 22,226 20,977

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$170,860 $202,193
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Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued charges $17,563 $21,357
Deferred revenue 2,397 2,495
Income taxes payable 3,006 5,517
Current portion of long-term debt (note 4) 9 2,932
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22,975 32,301

Deferred revenue 3,790 3,627
Long-term debt (note 4) 142 21,608
Future income taxes 9,893 11,183

Shareholders' equity:
Share capital (note 5) 103,131 105,883
Contributed surplus (note 5) 4,374 3,826
Retained earnings 26,555 23,765
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134,060 133,474

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$170,860 $202,193
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MIRANDA TECHNOLOGIES INC.
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)

Three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2009 and 2008
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

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Three-month periods ended Nine-month periods ended
September 30, September 30,
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2009 2008 2009 2008
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Sales $31,768 $37,649 $96,041 $97,306

Cost of sales 14,373 14,343 40,185 39,120
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17,395 23,306 55,856 58,186

Operating expenses:
Selling, general
and administrative 9,671 8,886 32,923 26,456
Research and
development 5,107 4,326 16,945 13,137
Research and
development
tax credits (1,156) (1,143) (2,940) (3,241)
Interest expense
(income) (42) (435) 441 (1,850)
Foreign exchange
loss (gain) 981 (775) 858 (2,271)
Stock-based
compensation
(note 5 (b)(i)) 125 339 548 1,022
Other stock-based
compensation
(note 5 (b)(ii)
and (iii)) 241 33 299 253
Amortization
of intangible
assets 1,069 448 3,202 1,342
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15,996 11,679 52,276 34,848

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Income before
income taxes 1,399 11,627 3,580 23,338

Income taxes
(recovery) expense
(note 7):
Current 588 3,597 1,070 7,432
Future (259) 284 (918) 587
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329 3,881 152 8,019

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Net income and
comprehensive
income $1,070 $7,746 $3,428 $15,319
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Net earnings per
share
(note 5 (c)):
Basic $0.05 $0.32 $0.15 $0.62
Diluted 0.05 0.32 0.15 0.62
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Basic weighted
average
number of shares
outstanding
(note 5 (c)) 22,206,248 24,261,848 22,999,405 24,635,412
Diluted weighted
average number
of shares
outstanding
(note 5 (c)) 22,391,547 24,513,135 23,184,192 24,904,474
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MIRANDA TECHNOLOGIES INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

Three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2009 and 2008
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)

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September 30, September 30,
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2009 2008 2009 2008
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Cash flows from
operating activities:
Net income $1,070 $7,746 $3,428 $15,319
Adjustments for:
Amortization of
property, plant
and equipment 859 592 2,568 1,723
Amortization of
intangible assets 1,069 448 3,202 1,342
Stock-based
compensation
(note 5 (b)(i)) 125 339 548 1,022
Future income
taxes (recovery) (259) 284 (918) 587
Change in fair
value of
financial
instruments (79) - (2) -
Effect of exchange
rates on
long-term debt (1,576) - (2,618) -
Effect of exchange
rates on cash
and cash
equivalents 1,088 (143) 1,539 (889)
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2,297 9,266 7,747 19,104

Net change in
non-cash balances
related to
operations (1,260) 4,402 484 730
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1,037 13,668 8,231 19,834

Cash flows from
financing activities:
Repayment of
long-term debt (20,303) - (21,769) -
Redemption of shares - (4,733) (3,390) (6,513)
Issuance of common
shares - 2 - 45
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(20,303) (4,731) (25,159) (6,468)

Cash flows from
investing
activities:
Net (increase)
decrease in
temporary
investments - (15) 2,047 25,858
Restricted cash - - 25,000 -
Additions to
property, plant
and equipment (3,777) (696) (6,612) (3,109)
Business
acquisition,
excluding cash
adjustment (note 3) - - (64) -
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(3,777) (711) 20,371 22,749

Effect of exchange
rates on cash
and cash
equivalents (1,088) 143 (1,539) 889
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Net increase in
cash and cash
equivalents (24,131) 8,369 1,904 37,004

Cash and cash
equivalents,
beginning of period 72,484 75,781 46,449 47,146
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Cash and cash
equivalents,
end of period $48,353 $84,150 $48,353 $84,150
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Cash and cash
equivalents are
comprised of:
Cash $48,353 $36,680 $48,353 $36,680
Cash equivalents - 47,470 - 47,470
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$48,353 $84,150 $48,353 $84,150
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Contact Information

  • Investors and Media
    Miranda Technologies Inc.
    Mario Settino
    Chief Financial Officer
    514-333-1772