SOURCE: Vecima Networks Inc.

Vecima Networks Inc.

September 26, 2016 06:00 ET

Vecima Reports Q4 and Fiscal 2016 Year-End Results

Annual Revenue & Adjusted EBITDA increase by 19% and 30%; Cash Balance Increases to Record $74.1 M

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - September 26, 2016) - Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM), an experienced designer and manufacturer of innovative technology in the broadband equipment market, today reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended June 30, 2016.

"Fiscal 2016 was an extraordinary year for Vecima," said Sumit Kumar, Vecima Networks' President and CEO. "We generated strong year-over-year growth in revenue and adjusted EBITDA as we met the needs of tier one cable MSO customers across numerous product lines and platforms. In particular, our Terrace Family, TerraceQAM and Digital Video Access Platform (DVAP) products had banner years as we supported our customers' network evolutions with well-received product solutions."

"I'm pleased to report that our full-year results set new records for the company and were at the high end of our guided range for revenue, gross margin and adjusted EBITDA, beating our initial guidance earlier in the year which was revised upwards."

"We achieved our highest-ever cash balance of $74.1 Million, a significant achievement given the major investments we made during the year to strengthen our business and support future growth. These investments included ramping up R&D spending on next-generation solutions, including our new DOCSIS 3.1 distributed access solution, Entra, which positions us for the cable industry's upcoming major shift in network architecture. We also expanded our presence in the fleet telematics market, financing our February 2016 acquisition of Contigo Systems with cash. And we invested $2.2 million in the upgrade of the YourLink network, net of the grant."

 
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(Canadian dollars in millions except percentages, employees, and per share data) Q4FY16
Q4FY15
FY2016
FY2015
Revenue $24.4 $23.2 $108.4 $90.9
Gross margin 56.5% 59.2% 57.0% 54.8%
Adjusted EBITDA1 $7.7 $8.3 $37.8 $29.0
Net income $3.4 $3.9 $22.0 $15.1
Earnings per share        
(based on weighted average number shares outstanding) $0.15 $0.17 $0.98 $0.68
Adjusted earnings per share1        
(based on weighted average number shares outstanding) $0.15 $0.20 $0.98 $0.68
Cash and short-term investments $74.1 $59.7 $74.1 $59.7
Employees 509 489 509 489
1 Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings Per Share do not have a standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures provided by other issuers. See "Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings Per Share" below.
     

Vecima's fourth quarter 2016 results were in line with expectations:

  • Video and Broadband Solutions sales of $20.5 million in the fourth quarter were on par with the $20.5 million in Q4 2015.
  • YourLink sales were virtually unchanged at $2.5 million in the fourth quarter versus $2.6 million in Q4 last year.
  • Telematics sales increased significantly to $1.4 million in Q4 fiscal 2016 compared to $0.2 million in Q4 2015, reflecting the newly acquired Contigo operations.

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

The cable industry is currently undergoing a major shift under the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard. Released by CableLabs, DOCSIS 3.1 supports very fast data transmission with 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) download speeds and 1Gbps upload speeds, comparable to the bandwidth provided by fiber optic connections without incurring the high costs of fiber to the home. Cable operators globally are starting to embrace DOCSIS 3.1 as an evolution of DOCSIS technology. The new standard also provides a flexible migration for cable operators, with the ability for DOCSIS 3.1 modems to coexist with older versions and build on top of the previously deployed capacity. The higher efficiency of DOCSIS 3.1 technology also enables significant cost per bit reductions relative to DOCSIS 3.0 network solutions.

Vecima is currently engaged in a period of intense focus on next-generation solutions as it prepares for the DOCSIS 3.1 transition. The Company is confident that its product timelines and feature sets are well aligned with customer needs and introduced its new gigabit speed broadband access platform, Entra, at the INTX conference in May 2016. Vecima also recently announced its new Bravura platform for multi-screen IP-based delivery of SD, HD and 4K Ultra-HD Premium content.

"We are very well positioned as we enter fiscal 2017 where both the industry as a whole and Vecima will transition," said Mr. Kumar. "We have strong, established relationships with the cable industry's largest operators and a robust R&D program that is closely aligned with our customers' needs and with the significant opportunities arising in broadband access and IP video. During this evolutionary period, we expect sales to temporarily pull back but overall financial performance to remain very strong. We are clear sighted about the future and our strong financial position enables us to pursue opportunities both organically and through acquisition as we execute on our longer-term strategy which will reignite growth."

As previously reported, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.055 per share for the period. The dividend will be payable on November 2, 2016 to shareholders of record on October 12, 2016.

OUTLOOK FOR FISCAL 2017

As noted previously, with the industry in transition we expect demand for our legacy products to slow in fiscal 2017. As sales for our next generation products are currently forecasted to begin towards the end of fiscal 2017, we expect overall 2017 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be lower than in fiscal 2016.

Vecima's outlook for fiscal 2017, which is based on our current visibility into customer demand both domestically and internationally, is:

  • Sales in the range of $85.0 million to $95.0 million;
  • Gross margins in the range of 54% to 58%; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $23 million and $28 million.

CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call and live audio webcast will be held today, September 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the Company's fourth quarter and year-end results. Vecima's audited consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three months and year ended June 30, 2016 are available under the Company's profile at www.SEDAR.com, and at www.vecima.com/financials/.

To participate in the teleconference, dial 1-800-319-4610 or 1-604-638-9020. The webcast will be available in real time at http://services.choruscall.ca/links/vecima20160926.html and will be archived on the Vecima website at www.vecima.com/shareholder-events/.

About Vecima Networks

Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) is a globally recognized leader in creating breakthrough technology solutions that empower network service providers to connect people and enterprises to information and entertainment worldwide. Vecima products for the cable industry allow service providers a cost-effective Last Mile Solution® for both video and broadband access, especially in the demanding business services market segment. Vecima also provides fleet managers the key information and analytics they require to optimally manage their business under the Contigo, Nero Global Tracking, and FleetLynx brands. More information is available at our website at www.vecima.com.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings Per Share

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings Per Share do not have a standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures provided by other issuers. Accordingly, investors are cautioned that Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted Earnings Per Share should not be construed as an alternative to net income, determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of the Company's financial performance or as a measure of its liquidity and cash flows. For a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted Earnings Per Share, investors should refer to Vecima's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the fourth quarter and year-end of fiscal 2016.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward- looking information is generally identifiable by use of the words "believes", "may", "plans", "will", "anticipates", "intends", "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "projects" and similar expressions, and the negative of such expressions.

Forward-looking information in this news release includes but is not limited to statements that in fiscal 2017 we believe that our current cash and short-term investments of $74.1 million and anticipated cash flow from operations will be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements and capital expenditure requirements for the foreseeable future. We believe our growth may be tied to the: development of next generation platforms such as Entra (currently in development); from strategic acquisitions; and from platform enhancements for customers. We believe that there could be decreased demand for our legacy products compared to fiscal 2016; and that overall revenue and adjusted EBITDA could be lower than in fiscal 2016.

In connection with the forward-looking information contained in this news release, we have made numerous assumptions, regarding, among other things: the present or potential value of our core technologies, business operations and asset holdings; we are able to continue our relationships with a few key customers; we are able to deliver products associated with key contracts; we can manage our business and growth successfully; we can meet customers' requirements for manufacturing capacity; we are able to develop new products and enhance its existing products; we can expand current distribution channels and can develop new distribution channels; we are able to recruit and retain management and other qualified personnel crucial to our business; we are not required to change our pricing models to compete successfully; our third party suppliers and contract manufacturers upon which we rely continue to meet our needs; our intellectual property is not infringed upon; we are not subject to warranty or product liability claims that harm our business; we are able to successfully implement acquisitions; we are able to manage risks associated with our international operations; currency fluctuations do not adversely affect us; growth in our key markets continues; we are able to adapt to technological change, new products and standards; we are not subject to increased competition that has an adverse effect on our business; continued growth in the converged wired solutions market; we are not subject to competition from new or existing technologies that adversely affect our business; we are not subject to any material new government regulation of our products; and, no third parties allege that we infringe on their intellectual property. While we consider these assumptions to be reasonable, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies.

A more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties facing Vecima is disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form dated September 26, 2016, as well as the Company's continuous disclosure filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities available at www.sedar.com. All forward-looking information herein is qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement, and Vecima disclaims any obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking information or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking information contained herein to reflect future results, events or developments, except as required by law.

 
 
VECIMA NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
 
   June 30,
2016
 June 30,
2015
Assets        
Current assets        
 Cash and cash equivalents  $22,222  $12,777
 Short-term investments   51,872   46,894
 Accounts receivable   4,674   13,114
 Income tax receivable   3,009   172
 Inventories   22,172   22,948
 Assets held for sale   1,486   -
 Prepaid expenses   1,359   1,297
    106,794   97,202
Non-current assets        
 Property, plant and equipment   20,214   20,011
 Goodwill   6,210   99
 Intangible assets   26,724   16,008
 Investment tax credit   20,031   24,261
 Deferred tax asset   6,272   10,491
   $186,245  $168,072
Liabilities        
Current liabilities        
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  $8,746  $9,186
 Provisions   927   716
 Deferred revenue   2,942   2,264
 Liabilities associated with assets held for sale   707   -
 Current portion of long-term debt   250   250
    13,572   12,416
Non-current liabilities        
 Other long-term liabilities   5   63
 Provisions   1,167   1,561
 Long-term debt   2,458   2,708
    17,202   16,748
Shareholders' equity        
 Share capital   739   488
 Reserves   3,662   3,228
 Retained earnings   164,642   147,608
    169,043   151,324
   $186,245  $168,072
 
 
VECIMA NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in thousands of Canadian dollars except net income and per share data)
 
   Years ended
June 30,
 
    
   2016   2015  
          
Sales  $108,421   $90,940  
Cost of sales   46,610    41,102  
Gross profit   61,811    49,838  
Operating expenses           
Research and development   10,856    9,344  
Sales and marketing   5,980    6,084  
General and administrative   14,175    13,361  
Impairment of intangible assets   -    1,192  
Impairment of property, plant and equipment   337    -  
Stock-based compensation   502    502  
Other expense (income)   37    (129 )
    31,887    30,354  
Operating income   29,924    19,484  
Finance income   878    761  
Foreign exchange gain   80    1,791  
Income before income taxes   30,882    22,036  
Income tax expense   8,320    5,972  
Net income and comprehensive income from continuing operations   
22,562
   
16,064
 
Net loss and comprehensive loss from discontinued operations   
(593
)  
(927
)
Net income and comprehensive income  $21,969   $15,137  
          
Net income per share           
Continuing operations   1.01    0.72  
Discontinued operations   (0.03 )  (0.04 )
Total basic net income per share  $0.98   $0.68  
Continuing operations   1.01    0.72  
Discontinued operations   (0.03 )  (0.04 )
Total diluted net income per share  $0.98   $0.68  
          
Weighted average number of common shares           
 Shares outstanding - basic   22,384,877    22,348,093  
 Shares outstanding - diluted   22,448,127    22,404,153  
 
 
VECIMA NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
   Share
Capital
 
Reserves
  Retained
Earnings
  
Total
 
Balance as at June 30, 2014  $171  $2,808   $136,494   $139,473  
Net income and total comprehensive income   -   -    15,137    15,137  
Dividends   -   -    (4,023 )  (4,023 )
Shares issued by exercising options   317   (82 )  -    235  
Share-based payment expense   -   502    -    502  
Balance as at June 30, 2015   488   3,228    147,608    151,324  
                 
Net income and total comprehensive income   -   -    21,969    21,969  
Dividends   -   -    (4,935 )  (4,935 )
Shares issued by exercising options   251   (68 )  -    183  
Share-based payment expense   -   502    -    502  
Balance as at June 30, 2016  $739  $3,662   $164,642   $169,043  
  
  
VECIMA NETWORKS INC. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) 
   Years ended
June 30,
 
   2016   2015  
Cash flows from operating activities           
Net income and total comprehensive income  $22,562   $16,064  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash from operating activities   14,766    12,226  
Decrease in other long-term liabilities   (58 )  (80 )
Decrease in provisions   (183 )  (183 )
Decrease (increase) in investment tax credit   2,891    (942 )
Net change in non-cash working capital relating to operations   8,059    303  
Interest paid   (108 )  (132 )
Interest received   823    735  
Income tax received   11    -  
Income tax paid   (13 )  (844 )
Net cash provided by continuing operations   48,750    27,147  
Net cash used by discontinued operations   (514 )  (9 )
Net cash provided by operations   48,236    27,138  
Cash flows used in investing activities           
Purchase of property, plant and equipment   (5,154 )  (2,057 )
Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment   20    19  
Proceeds from the sale of assets held for resale   -    500  
Purchase of short-term investments   (31,778 )  (27,362 )
Proceeds on sale of short-term investments   26,800    13,665  
Deferred development costs   (11,163 )  (8,807 )
Purchase of indefinite and finite-life intangible assets   (33 )  (1,366 )
Business acquisition   (13,479 )  -  
Net cash used by continuing operations   (34,787 )  (25,408 )
Net cash used by discontinued operations   (147 )  (197 )
Net cash used in investing   (34,934 )  (25,605 )
Cash flows used in financing activities           
Proceeds from shares issued through exercised options   183    235  
Proceeds from government grants   1,145    -  
Dividends paid   (4,935 )  (4,023 )
Repayment of long-term debt   (250 )  (250 )
Net cash used in financing   (3,857 )  (4,038 )
          
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents during the year   9,445    (2,505 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   12,777    15,282  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year  $22,222   $12,777  

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