Evertz Technologies Limited
TSX : ET

Evertz Technologies Limited

December 03, 2013 16:00 ET

Evertz Technologies Reports Results for the Second Quarter Ended October 31, 2013

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 3, 2013) - Evertz Technologies Limited (TSX:ET), a global leader in video network innovation, today reported its results for the Second Quarter ended October 31, 2013 of its fiscal 2014 year.

Quarterly Highlights

  • Revenue of $81.2 million, up $17.3 million sequentially from prior quarter
  • Record high $43.1 million revenue in the International region, up 18% compared to the same quarter last year
  • Net earnings of $15.6 million for the quarter
  • Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.21
  • Cash and instruments held for trading in excess of $208 million
  • Over $100 million Special Dividend subsequent distribution of excess cash
Selected Financial Information
Consolidated Statement of Earnings Data
(in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
Q2 ' 14 Q2 ' 13
Revenue $ 81,244 $ 83,158
Gross Margin 46,652 48,860
Earnings from operations 20,855 25,894
Net earnings 15,620 19,092
Fully-diluted earnings per share $ 0.21 $ 0.26
Selected Financial Information
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands of dollars)
Q2 ' 14 YE ' 13
Cash and instruments held for trading $ 208,190 $ 220,668
Working capital 360,322 352,164
Total assets 465,388 465,307
Shareholders' equity 417,729 406,797

Revenue

For the quarter ended October 31, 2013, revenues were $81.2 million as compared to revenues of $83.2 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2012. For the quarter, revenues in the United States/Canada region were $38.1 million, compared to $46.7 million in the same quarter last year. The International region had revenues of $43.1 million, an increase of $6.7 million as compared to $36.4 million in the same quarter last year.

Gross Margin

For the quarter ended October 31, 2013 gross margin was $46.7 million compared to $48.9 million in the same quarter last year. Gross margin percentage was approximately 57.4% compared to 58.8% in the same quarter last year.

Earnings

For the quarter ended October 31, 2013 net earnings were $15.6 million as compared to $19.1 million in the corresponding period last year.

For the quarter ended October 31, 2013, earnings per share on a fully-diluted basis were $0.21 as compared to $0.26 in the same period in 2012.

Operating Expenses

For the quarter ended October 31, 2013 selling and administrative expenses were $13.7 million, an increase of $0.6 million or 4.4% compared to $13.1 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2012.

For the quarter ended October 31, 2013 gross research and development expenses increased by $2.0 million or 16.0% as compared to the corresponding period in 2012. Gross research and development expenses represented approximately 18.0% of revenue for the quarter ended October 31, 2013.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company's working capital as at October 31, 2013 was $360.3 million as compared to $352.2 million on April 30, 2013.

Cash and instruments held for trading were $208.2 million as at October 31, 2013 as compared to $220.7 million on April 30, 2013.

Cash provided by operations was $9.7 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2013 as compared to $46.5 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2012. Before taking into account taxes and the changes in non-cash working capital, the Company generated $19.4 million from operations for the quarter ended October 31, 2013 compared to $22.6 million for the same period last year.

The Company used $1.4 million in investing activities largely a result of purchases in capital assets during the quarter ended October 31, 2013, compared to $1.4 million in capital assets purchased for the quarter ended October 31, 2012.

For the quarter ended October 31, 2013, the Company used cash in financing activities of $11.8 million which was principally a result of the payment of dividends of $11.8 million offset by the issuance of capital stock of $0.2 million.

Shipments and Backlog

Purchase order backlog at the end of November 2013 was in excess of $43 million and shipments during the month of November 2013 were $28 million.

Dividend Declared

Evertz Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend on December 3, 2013 of $0.16 per share.

The dividend is payable to shareholders of record on December 13, 2013 and will be paid on or about December 20, 2013.

Special Dividend

As previously announced, Evertz Board of Directors declared a special dividend of $1.40 per common share payable on December 11, 2013 to shareholders of record on December 4, 2013.

The special dividend reflects both the strong long-term operating performance of the company and its solid balance sheet, thereby enabling a distribution of cash over and above what is considered necessary to meet known commitments and maintain adequate reserves.

Selected Consolidated Financial Information
(Unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars, except earnings per share and share data)
Three month period ended Six month period ended
October 31, October 31,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenue $ 81,244 $ 83,158 $ 145,102 $ 179,119
Cost of goods sold 34,592 34,298 61,736 74,604
Gross margin 46,652 48,860 83,366 104,515
Expenses
Selling and administrative 13,671 13,090 25,283 25,459
General 1,465 1,449 2,927 2,897
Research and development 14,625 12,612 28,084 24,404
Investment tax credits (3,008) (2,864) (5,865) (6,050)
Foreign exchange gain (956) (1,321) (3,465) (1,323)
25,797 22,966 46,964 45,387
Earnings before undernoted 20,855 25,894 36,402 59,128
Finance income 603 428 1,224 877
Finance costs (112) (78) (214) (166)
Other income and expenses (92) (119) (85) (4)
Earnings before income taxes 21,254 26,125 37,327 59,835
Provision for (recovery of) income taxes
Current 5,345 6,324 11,715 15,312
Deferred 289 709 (1,824) 672
5,634 7,033 9,891 15,984
Net earnings for the period $ 15,620 $ 19,092 $ 27,436 $ 43,851
Net earnings attributable to non-controlling interest 198 185 281 355
Net earnings attributable to shareholders 15,422 18,907 27,155 43,496
Net earnings for the period $ 15,620 $ 19,092 $ 27,436 $ 43,851
Earnings per share
Basic $ 0.21 $ 0.26 $ 0.37 $ 0.59
Diluted $ 0.21 $ 0.26 $ 0.37 $ 0.59
Consolidated Balance Sheet Data As at As at
October 31, 2013 April 30, 2013
Cash and instruments held for trading $ 208,190 $ 220,668
Inventory 119,312 111,619
Working capital 360,322 352,164
Total assets 465,388 465,307
Shareholders' equity 417,729 406,797
Number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 74,024,746 73,632,566
Fully-diluted 78,038,846 78,246,966
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic 73,900,859 73,300,647
Fully-diluted 74,231,689 73,816,338

Forward-Looking Statements

The report contains forward-looking statements reflecting Evertz's objectives, estimates and expectations. Such forward-looking statements use words such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "plan", "intend", "project", "continue" and other similar terminology of a forward-looking nature or negatives of those terms.

Although management of the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, all forward-looking statements address matters that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Accordingly, there are or will be a number of significant factors which could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results to be materially different from any future results performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the results on December 3, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Media and other interested parties are invited to join the conference call in listen-only mode. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-416-849-6166 or toll-free (North America) 1-866-250-6267.

For those unable to listen to the live call, a rebroadcast will also be available until January 3, 2014. The rebroadcast can be accessed at 1-416-915-1035 or toll-free 1-866-245-6755. The pass code for the rebroadcast is 912080.

About Evertz

Evertz Technologies Limited (TSX:ET) designs, manufactures and markets video and audio infrastructure solutions for the television, telecommunications and new-media industries. The Company's solutions are purchased by content creators, broadcasters, specialty channels and television service providers to support their increasingly complex multi-channel digital and high definition television ("HDTV") broadcast environments and by telecommunications and new-media companies. The Company's products allow its customers to generate additional revenue while reducing costs through the more efficient signal routing, distribution, monitoring and management of content as well as the automation of previously manual processes.

Contact Information

  • Evertz Technologies Limited
    Anthony Gridley
    Chief Financial Officer
    (905) 335-7580
    ir@evertz.com