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Zebra Technologies Announces Second-Quarter Results
[August 08, 2017]

Zebra Technologies Announces Second-Quarter Results


Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 1, 2017.

"Our solid second quarter results reflect excellent execution by our team and strong demand for Zebra's solutions. Sales exceeded our expectations led by exceptional performance in mobile computing. Profitable growth and disciplined cost management drove earnings per share near the top end of our guidance range," said Anders Gustafsson, chief executive officer of Zebra Technologies. "Given these results, we expect our full year organic sales growth to be at the top end of our prior outlook. Additionally, our robust free cash flow will allow us to pay down at least $300 million in debt principal in 2017, despite up-front costs associated with the recently announced successful refinancing efforts. With the integration of the Enterprise business complete, we'll continue to focus on extending our leadership position in growing markets and driving profitable growth."



 

$ in millions, except per share amounts     2Q17     2Q16     Change
Select reported measures:            
Net sales $ 896 $ 879 1.9 %
Gross profit 411 406 1.2 %
Net income (loss) 17 (45 ) 137.8 %
Net earnings (loss) per diluted share $ 0.32 $ (0.88 ) 136.4 %
 
Select Non-GAAP measures:
Adjusted net sales $ 897 $ 882 1.7 %
Organic net sales growth 6.4 %
Adjusted gross profit 413 409 1.0 %
Adjusted gross margin 46.0 % 46.4 % (40) bps
Adjusted EBITDA 159 144 10.4 %
Adjusted EBITDA margin 17.7 % 16.3 % 140 bps
Non-GAAP net income $ 80 $ 59 35.6 %
Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share     $ 1.51       $ 1.17       29.1 %
 

Reported (GAAP) results

Net sales were $896 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $879 million in the second quarter of 2016. Net sales in the Enterprise segment were $584 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $577 million in the second quarter of 2016. Legacy Zebra segment net sales were $313 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $305 million in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter 2017 gross profit was $411 million compared to $406 million in the comparable prior year period. Net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $17 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $45 million, or ($0.88) per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2016.

Adjusted (Non-GAAP) results

Consolidated adjusted net sales were $897 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $882 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 1.7%. Consolidated organic net sales growth for the second quarter was 6.4% reflecting growth across all regions, most notably North America and Latin America. Second-quarter year-over-year organic net sales grew 7.9% in the Enterprise segment and 3.7% in the Legacy Zebra segment.

Adjusted gross margin for the quarter was 46.0%, compared to 46.4% in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to changes in business mix. Adjusted operating expenses decreased in the second quarter to $274 million from $282 million in the prior year period, reflecting the company's continued focus on improving operating efficiency, controlling expenses, and the divestiture of the wireless LAN business.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2017 was $159 million, or 17.7% of adjusted net sales compared to $144 million, or 16.3% of adjusted net sales for the second quarter of 2016, primarily due to higher gross profit and lower operating expenses.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $80 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, compared with $59 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2016.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of July 1, 2017, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $95 million and total long-term debt of $2.4 billion.

Free cash flow was $181 million in the first six months of 2017. The company generated $203 million and incurred capital expenditures of $22 million. For the first six months of 2017, the company made $240 million in term loan payments and $70 million in scheduled cash interest payments.

Outlook

Third Quarter 2017

The company expects third-quarter 2017 adjusted net sales to change approximately (1)% to 2% from adjusted net sales of $906 million in the third quarter of 2016. The company expects organic net sales growth of approximately 2% to 5% in the third quarter. This expectation excludes a 4 percentage point adverse impact from wireless LAN business sales and 1 percentage point positive impact from foreign currency translation.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be approximately 18% to 19% for the third quarter 2017, favorable to the prior year period. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $1.65 to $1.85, assuming an effective tax rate in the low- to mid-20% range.

Full Year 2017

The company expects approximately 3% to 6% organic net sales growth for the full year 2017, which is at the higher end of our prior outlook. This expectation excludes a 3 percentage point adverse impact from wireless LAN business sales and assumes minimal foreign currency impact. The company expects organic net sales growth to moderate through 2017 considering year-over-year comparisons.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be in the range of 18% to 19% for the full year 2017, an improvement compared to the full year 2016.

For the full year 2017, the company expects to make debt principal payments totaling at least $300 million.

Conference Call Notification

Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of Zebra's conference call regarding the company's financial results for the second quarter of 2017. The conference call will be held today, Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 a.m. Central Time (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time). To view the webcast, visit the investor relations section of the company's website at investors.zebra.com.

About Zebra

With the unparalleled operational visibility Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides, enterprises become as smart and connected as the world we live in. Real-time information - gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services - gives organizations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today's data-centric world. For more information, visit www.zebra.com or sign up for our news alerts. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, the statements regarding the company's outlook. Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in the company's forward-looking statements. These statements represent estimates only as of the date they were made. Zebra undertakes no obligation, other than as may be required by law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason after the date of this release.

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Zebra's industry, market conditions, general domestic and international economic conditions, and other factors. These factors include customer acceptance of Zebra's hardware and software products and competitors' product offerings, and the potential effects of technological changes. The continued uncertainty over future global economic conditions, the availability of credit and capital markets volatility may have adverse effects on Zebra, its suppliers and its customers. In addition, a disruption in our ability to obtain products from vendors as a result of supply chain constraints, natural disasters or other circumstances could restrict sales and negatively affect customer relationships. Profits and profitability will be affected by Zebra's ability to control manufacturing and operating costs. Because of its debt, interest rates and financial market conditions will also have an impact on results. Foreign exchange rates will have an effect on financial results because of the large percentage of our international sales. The outcome of litigation in which Zebra may be involved is another factor. The success of integrating acquisitions, including the Enterprise business, could also affect profitability, reported results and the company's competitive position in it industry. These and other factors could have an adverse effect on Zebra's sales, gross profit margins and results of operations and increase the volatility of our financial results. When used in this release and documents referenced, the words "anticipate," "believe," "outlook," and "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the company or its management, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. Descriptions of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect the company's future operations and results can be found in Zebra's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recent Form 10-K.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains certain Non-GAAP financial measures, consisting of "adjusted net sales," "adjusted gross profit," "EBITDA," "Adjusted EBITDA," "Non-GAAP net income," "Non-GAAP earnings per share," "free cash flow," "organic net sales growth," and "adjusted operating expenses." Management presents these measures to focus on the on-going operations and believes it is useful to investors because they enable them to perform meaningful comparisons of past and present operating results. The company believes it is useful to present Non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude certain significant items, as a means to understand the performance of its ongoing operations and how management views the business. Please see the "Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures" tables and accompanying disclosures at the end of this press release for more detailed information regarding non-GAAP financial measures herein, including the items reflected in adjusted net earnings calculations. These measures, however, should not be construed as an alternative to any other measure of performance determined in accordance with GAAP.

The company does not provide a reconciliation for non-GAAP estimates on a forward-looking basis (including the information under "Outlook" above) where it is unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort. This is due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing or amount of various items that have not yet occurred, are out of the company's control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, and that would impact diluted net earnings per share, the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measure. For the same reasons, the company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. Forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures provided without the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures may vary materially from the corresponding GAAP financial measures.

As a global company, Zebra's operating results reported in U.S. dollars are affected by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations because the underlying foreign currencies in which the company transacts change in value over time compared to the U.S. dollar; accordingly, the company presents certain organic growth financial information, which includes impacts of foreign currency translation, to provide a framework to assess how the company's businesses performed excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Foreign currency impact represents the difference in results that are attributable to fluctuations in the currency exchange rates used to convert the results for businesses where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. This impact is calculated by translating, for certain currencies, current period results at the currency exchange rates used in the comparable period in the prior year, rather than the exchange rates in effect during the current period. In addition, the company excludes the impact of its foreign currency hedging program in both the current year and prior year periods. The company believes these measures should be considered a supplement to and not in lieu of the company's performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

 
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

(In millions, except share data)

 
    July 1,     December 31,
2017 2016
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 95 $ 156
Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $3 527 625
Inventories, net 414 345
Income tax receivable 65 32
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 35   64  
Total Current assets 1,136   1,222  
Property, plant and equipment, net 273 292
Goodwill 2,464 2,458
Other intangibles, net 380 480
Long-term deferred income taxes 124 113
Other long-term assets 68   67  
Total Assets $ 4,445   $ 4,632  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 436 $ 413
Accrued liabilities 314 323
Deferred revenue 214 191
Income taxes payable 19   22  
Total Current liabilities 983 949
Long-term debt 2,418 2,648
Long-term deferred income taxes 2 3
Long-term deferred revenue 122 124
Other long-term liabilities 108   116  
Total Liabilities 3,633   3,840  
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; none issued - -
Class A common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 150,000,000 shares; issued 72,151,857 shares 1 1
Additional paid-in capital 234 210
Treasury stock at cost, 19,397,578 and 19,267,269 shares at July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively (622 ) (614 )
Retained earnings 1,256 1,240
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (57 ) (45 )
Total Stockholders' Equity 812   792  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 4,445   $ 4,632  
 
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

(In millions, except share data)

 
    Three Months Ended    

Six Months Ended

July 1,
2017
  July 2,
2016
July 1,
2017
  July 2,
2016
Net sales:
Net sales of tangible products $ 779 $ 753 $ 1,514 $ 1,469
Revenue from services and software 117   126   247   259  
Total Net sales 896 879 1,761 1,728
Cost of sales:
Cost of sales of tangible products 408 387 787 762
Cost of services and software 77   86   162   170  
Total Cost of sales 485   473   949   932  
Gross profit 411 406 812 796
Operating expenses:
Selling and marketing 114 112 223 225
Research and development 99 95 195 188
General and administrative 68 77 143 151
Amortization of intangible assets 52 60 102 119
Acquisition and integration costs 19 34 46 70
Exit and restructuring costs 1   5   5   10  
Total Operating expenses 353   383   714   763  
Operating income 58 23 98 33
Other (expenses) income:
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 2 (5 ) 1 (3 )
Interest expense, net (40 ) (49 ) (81 ) (99 )
Other, net (1 ) (2 ) (1 ) (3 )
Total Other expenses (39 ) (56 ) (81 ) (105 )
Income (loss) before income taxes 19 (33 ) 17 (72 )
Income tax expense (benefit) 2   12   (8 ) (1 )
Net income (loss) $ 17   $ (45 ) $ 25   $ (71 )
Basic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.33 $ (0.88 ) $ 0.49 $ (1.38 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.32 $ (0.88 ) $ 0.48 $ (1.38 )
 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 51,996,353 51,533,236 51,928,911 51,405,373
Diluted weighted average and equivalent shares outstanding 53,128,657 51,533,236 53,037,956 51,405,373
 
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

(In millions)

 
    Six Months Ended
July 1,     July 2,
2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ 25 $ (71 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 141 154
Amortization of debt issuance cost and discount 10 11
Share-based compensation 15 12
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation
Deferred income taxes (10 ) 3
Unrealized gain on forward interest rate swaps (1 ) (2 )
Other, net 2 4
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net 104 43
Inventories, net (68 ) 35
Other assets 15 21
Accounts payable 22 51
Accrued liabilities (30 ) (74 )
Deferred revenue 20 4
Income taxes (35 ) (61 )
Other operating activities (7 ) (6 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 203   124  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (22 ) (35 )
Purchases of long-term investments -   (1 )
Net cash used in investing activities (22 ) (36 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt - 68
Payment of long-term debt (240 ) (213 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options and stock purchase plan purchases 7 5
Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards (5 ) (6 )
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation -   -  
Net cash used in financing activities (238 ) (146 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (4 ) 7  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (61 ) (51 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 156   192  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 95   $ 141  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
Income taxes paid $ 43 $ 52
Interest paid $ 70 $ 99
 
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF ORGANIC NET SALES GROWTH

(UNAUDITED)

(In millions, except share data)

 

Consolidated Organic Net Sales Growth

       
Three Months Six Months
Ended Ended
July 1, July 1,
2017 2017
Reported GAAP Consolidated Net sales growth 1.9 % 1.9 %
Adjustments:
Impact of Wireless LAN Net sales(1) 3.9 % 4.0 %
Impact of foreign currency translation(2) 0.8 % 1.0 %
Corporate, eliminations (3) (0.2 )% (0.2 )%
Consolidated Organic Net sales growth 6.4 % 6.7 %
 

Organic Net Sales Growth by Segment

Three Months Six Months
Ended   Ended
July 1, July 1,
2017 2017
Reported GAAP Net sales growth
Legacy Zebra Reported GAAP Net sales growth 2.6 % 2.6 %
Adjustments:
Impact of foreign currency translations(2) 1.1 % 1.1 %
Legacy Zebra Organic Net sales growth 3.7 % 3.7 %
 
Enterprise Reported GAAP Net sales growth 1.2 % 1.2 %
Adjustments:
Impact of Wireless LAN Net sales(1) 6.0 % 6.3 %
Impact of foreign currency translation(2) 0.7 % 1.0 %
Enterprise Organic Net sales growth 7.9 % 8.5 %
(1) The Company sold the wireless LAN business in October 2016. We are excluding the impact of the net sales of this business in the prior year period when computing organic net sales growth.
 
(2) Operating results reported in U.S. dollars are affected by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Foreign currency impact represents the difference in results that are attributable to fluctuations in the currency exchange rates used to convert the results for businesses where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. This impact is calculated by translating, for certain currencies, the current period results at the currency exchange rates used in the comparable prior year period, rather than the exchange rates in effect during the current period. In addition, we exclude the impact of the company's foreign currency hedging program in both the current and prior year periods.
 
(3) Amounts included in Corporate, eliminations consist of purchase accounting adjustments not reported in segments related to the Enterprise Acquisition in October 2014.
 
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME

(UNAUDITED)

(In millions, except share data)

 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
July 1,   July 2, July 1,   July 2,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income (loss) $ 17   $ (45 ) $ 25   $ (71 )
Adjustments to Net sales(1)
Purchase accounting adjustments 1   3   2   6  
Total adjustment to Net sales 1   3   2   6  
Adjustments to Cost of sales(1)
Share-based compensation 1   -   1   1  
Total adjustments to Cost of sales 1   -   1   1  
Adjustments to Operating expenses(1)
Amortization of intangible assets 52 60 102 119
Acquisition and integration costs 19 34 46 70
Share-based compensation 7 2 15 10
Exit and restructuring costs 1   5   5   10  
Total adjustments to Operating expenses 79   101   168   209  
Adjustments to Other expense (income)(1)
Amortization of debt issuance cost and discount 6 6 10 11
Foreign exchange (gain) loss (2 ) 5 (1 ) 3
Forward interest rate swaps gain (1 ) (1 ) (1 ) (2 )
Total adjustments to Other expense (income) 3   10   8   12  
Income tax effect of adjustments(2)
Reported Income tax expense (benefit) 2 12 (8 ) (1 )
Adjusted income tax expense (23 ) (22 ) (44 ) (41 )
Total adjustments to income tax (21 ) (10 ) (52 ) (42 )
Total adjustments 63   104   127   186  
Non-GAAP Net income $ 80   $ 59   $ 152   $ 115  
 
GAAP earnings (loss) per share        
Basic $ 0.33   $ (0.88 ) $ 0.49   $ (1.38 )
Diluted $ 0.32   $ (0.88 ) $ 0.48   $ (1.38 )
Non-GAAP earnings per share
Basic $ 1.54   $ 1.18   $ 2.93   $ 2.25  
Diluted $ 1.51   $ 1.17   $ 2.87   $ 2.18  
 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 51,996,353 51,533,236 51,928,911 51,405,373
Diluted weighted average and equivalent shares outstanding 53,128,657 52,114,954 53,037,956 52,971,905
 
(1) Presented on a pre-tax basis.
(2) Represents the adjustment to the GAAP basis tax provision commensurate with non-GAAP adjustments.
 
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
GAAP to NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

(UNAUDITED)

(In millions)

 

EBITDA

 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
July 1,   July 2, July 1,   July 2,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income (loss) $ 17   $ (45 ) $ 25   $ (71 )
 
Depreciation 20 17 39 35
Amortization of intangible assets 52 60 102 119
Total Other expense 39 56 81 105
Income tax expense (benefit) 2   12   (8 ) (1 )
EBITDA (Non-GAAP) 130   100   239   187  
 
Adjustments to Net sales
Purchase accounting adjustments 1   3   2   6  
Total adjustments to Net sales 1   3   2   6  
Adjustments to Cost of sales
Share-based compensation 1   -   1   1  
Total adjustments to Cost of sales 1   -   1   1  
Adjustments to Operating expenses
Acquisition and integration costs 19 34 46 70
Share-based compensation 7 2 15 10
Exit and restructuring costs 1   5   5   10  
Total adjustments to Operating expenses 27   41   66   90  
Total adjustments to EBITDA 29   44   69   97  
       
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $ 159   $ 144   $ 308   $ 284  
 
Net income (loss) % Net sales 1.9 % (5.1 )% 1.4 % (4.1 )%
Adjusted EBITDA % of Non-GAAP Sales 17.7 % 16.3 % 17.5 % 16.4 %
 

FREE CASH FLOW

 
    Six Months Ended
July 1,     July 2,
2017 2016
Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP) $ 203 $ 124
Less: Purchases of property, plant and equipment (22 ) (35 )
Free cash flow (Non-GAAP measure)(1) $ 181 $ 89
(1) Free cash flow is defined as Net cash provided by operating activities in a period minus purchases of property, plant and equipment (capital expenditures) made in that period. This measure does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures as the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations or payments for future business acquisitions. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to our entire statements of cash flows.
 


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