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Ituran Location and Control Ltd. Presents Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2019
[March 04, 2020]

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. Presents Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2019


AZOUR, Israel, March 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (NASDAQ: ITRN), today announced its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

Highlights of full year 2019

  • Number of subscribers increased to 1,781,000 at year-end;
  • Revenue of $279.3 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $76.7 million;
  • Generated $59.7 million in full year operating cash flow;
  • Total dividends of $20 million declared to shareholders for 2019;

Highlights of the fourth quarter of 2019

  • Revenue of $65.5 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $16.5 million;
  • Generated $17.0 million in quarterly operating cash flow;
  • Dividend of $5 million declared for the quarter;
  • Net increase in aftermarket subscribers of 22,000;

Management Comment

Eyal Sheratzky, Co-CEO of Ituran said, "We are pleased with the growth of 22,000 aftermarket subscribers in the quarter, which for the last three quarters now, has been at our longer-term expected growth rate. We expect that this continued recovery in the aftermarket subscriber growth will translate into continually improving operating results on a sequential basis throughout 2020."

Continued Mr. Sheratzky, "Our OEM segment has been weak due to the difficult environment that the car manufacturers in Brazil and Argentina have faced throughout 2019. However, looking ahead to 2020, we believe the fourth quarter represents the bottom and we now expect to resume sequential growth in our results. This is due to the steps we have taken in reducing expenses in Brazil and Argentina, as well as the growth we expect in some of our other countries including Mexico, Ecuador and Columbia."

The results include the consolidated non-GAAP financial results of Ituran, which exclude revenues and costs related to the purchase price allocation. For further details with regard to the reconciliation between the non-GAAP and GAAP results please see the financial tables with the press release.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $65.5 million. Non-GAAP revenues for the quarter were $66.2 million, representing a decrease of 17% compared with Non-GAAP revenues of $79.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

76% of revenues were from location-based service subscription fees and 24% were from product revenues.

Non-GAAP revenues from subscription fees were $50.3 million, representing a decrease of 9% over the same period last year.

The subscriber base amounted to 1,781,000 as of December 31, 2019, the same level as at the end of the prior quarter. During the fourth quarter, Ituran added 22,000 aftermarket subscribers, while the OEM subscriber base declined by 22,000.

Product revenues were $15.8 million, representing a decrease of 34% compared with the same period last year.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $30.5 million (46.6% of revenues). Non-GAAP gross profit for the quarter was $31.2 million (47.1% of revenues). This represents a decrease of 22% compared with Non-GAAP gross profit of $39.8 million (50.1% of revenues) in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The non-GAAP gross margin in the fourth quarter on subscription fees was 55.0% compared with 56.0% in the same period last year. The lower margin was due to the lower level of revenue as well as a decrease in the gross margin from Brazil and Argentina.

The non-GAAP gross margin in the quarter on products was 22.2% compared with 36.7% in the same period last year. The variance in the gross margin between quarters was due to the product mix sold during the various periods.

Operating loss for the quarter was $16.4 million, which includes an impairment loss of $26.2 million related to the acquisition of Road Track Holdings, which was acquired in the third quarter of 2018. Excluding this impairment loss, the operating profit would have been $9.8 million (15.0% of revenues). It is important to note that this impairment is a non-cash charge.

Non-GAAP operating profit for the fourth quarter was $11.8 million (17.8% of revenues). This is a 38% decrease compared with Non-GAAP operating profit of $19.0 million (23.9% of revenues) in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $16.6 million (25.0% of revenues), a decrease of 34% compared to $25.2 million (31.7% of revenues) in the fourth quarter of 2018. Similar to that of the prior quarters in 2019, the decline was fully due to the decline in the OEM business.

GAAP net loss in the fourth quarter of 2019 was $15.3 million or loss per share of $0.73.

Net income on a non-GAAP basis in the fourth quarter of 2019 was $6.6 million (9.9% of revenues) or fully diluted earnings per share of $0.31. This is a 45% decrease compared to non-GAAP net income of $12.0 million (15.0% of revenues) or fully diluted earnings per share of $0.56.

Ituran reported a net impermanent loss related to the acquisition of Road Track Holdings, amounting to $20.2 million

Cash flow from operations for the fourth quarter was $17.0 million.

Full Year Results

Revenues for 2019 were $279.3 million. Non-GAAP revenues for the year were $283.0 million representing an increase of 12% compared with Non-GAAP revenues of $253.6 million in 2018.

The higher average level of the US dollar exchange rate versus the Brazilian real and the Argentinean peso, during the 2019 versus 2018 reduced the overall revenue level in US dollar terms and had a negative impact on the reported year-over-year revenue growth rate. In local currency terms, non-GAAP revenue grew 16% year over year.

74% of non-GAAP revenues were from location-based service subscription fees and 26% were from non-GAAP product revenues.

Non-GAAP revenues from subscription fees were $208.4 million, representing an increase of 15% over the same period last year. In local currency terms, subscription fees grew 21% over the same period last year.  

The subscriber base amounted to 1,781,000 as of December 31, 2019, an increase of 12,000 over December 31, 2018. During 2019, the OEM subscriber base declined by 58,000, while the retail aftermarket subscriber base increased by 70,000, which increased at a rate of 20,000 or more in the past three quarters.

Product revenues were $74.6 million, representing an increase of 4% compared with the same period last year.

Gross profit for the year was $130.5 million (46.7% of revenues). Non-GAAP gross profit for the year was $134.4 million (47.5% of revenues). This represents an increase of 4% compared with Non-GAAP gross profit of $129.1 million (50.9% of revenues) in 2018.

The non-GAAP gross margin for the year on subscription fees was 56.7% compared with 61.3% last year. The lower margin was due a decrease in the gross margin on the OEM business in Brazil and Argentina throughout 2019.

The non-GAAP gross margin in the year on products was 21.7% compared with 24.7% last year. The variance in the gross margin between quarters was due to the product mix sold during the year.

Operating profit for 2019 was $22.7 million (8.1% of revenues). The GAAP operating profit includes an impermanent loss amounting to $26.2 million, related to the acquisition of Road Track Holdings, which was acquired in the third quarter of 2018.  Excluding this impairment, the operating profit would have been $48.9 million.

Non-GAAP operating profit for 2019 was $57.1 million (20.2% of revenues). This is compared with Non-GAAP operating profit of $63.3 million (25.0% of revenues) in 2018. In local currency terms, the non-GAAP operating profit decreased by 4% compared with that of last year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the year was $76.7 million (27.1% of revenues), a decrease of 3% compared to $79.2 million (31.2% of revenues) in 2018. In local currency terms, the adjusted EBITDA increased by 3% year-over-year.

Net income in 2019 was $6.9 million (2.5% of revenues) or fully diluted earnings per share of $0.33. Net income on a non-GAAP basis was $33.3 million (11.8% of revenues) or fully diluted earnings per share of $1.58.

Net income in 2018 was $60.7 million (24.0% of revenues) or fully diluted earnings per share of $2.88. It is noted that the net income in 2018 included a one-time other income of $13.8 million (net of transaction related expenses), related to an accounting gain from an acquisition following the gain of control of Ituran's joint venture with Road Track Holdings, which under GAAP rules was revalued to market value. The net income on a non-GAAP basis in 2018 was $47.8 million (18.8% of revenues) or fully diluted earnings per share of $2.27.

Cash flow from operations for the year was $59.7 million.

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had cash, including marketable securities, of $54.3 million and debt of $67.9 million, amounting to a net debt of $13.6 million. This is compared with cash, including marketable securities, of $53.3 million and debt of $73.2 million, amounting to a net debt of $19.9 million, as of December 31, 2018.

Dividend

For the fourth quarter of 2019, a dividend of $5.0 million was declared in line with the Company's stated current policy of issuing at least $5 million on a quarterly basis.

Share Buy Back

On May 21, 2019, the board of directors approved a share buyback program, which Ituran has commenced. Under the program, the Company is able to repurchase Ituran shares in an amount up to $25 million by December 31, 2020.

As of December 31, 2019, Ituran had repurchased a total of 227,800 shares amounting to approximately $6.0 million.  

Conference Call Information

The Company will also be hosting a conference call later today, March 4, 2020 at 9am Eastern Time.

On the call, management will review and discuss the results, and will be available to answer investor questions.

To participate, please call one of the following teleconferencing numbers. Please begin placing your calls a few minutes before the conference call commences. If you are unable to connect using the toll-free numbers, please try the international dial-in number.

US Dial-in Number: 1 888 407 2553
ISRAEL Dial-in Number: 03 918 0610
CANADA Dial-in Number: 1 866 485 2399
INTERNATIONAL Dial-in Number:  +972 3 918 0610
at:
9:00am Eastern Time, 6:00am Pacific Time, 4:00pm Israel Time

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay of the call will be available from the day after the call in the investor relations section of Ituran's website.

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this report that are not historical facts as well as statements identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "believes", "seeks", "estimates" or words of similar meaning. These statements are based on our current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and changes in circumstances, many of which are beyond our control. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors.

About Ituran

Ituran is a leader in the emerging mobility technology field, providing value-added location-based services, including a full suite of services for the connected-car. Ituran offers Stolen Vehicle Recovery, fleet management as well as mobile asset location, management & control services for vehicles, cargo and personal security for the retail, insurance industry and car manufacturers. Ituran is the largest OEM telematics provider in Latin America. Its products and applications are used by customers in over 20 countries. Ituran is also the founder of the Tel-Aviv based DRIVE startup incubator to promote the development of smart mobility technology.

Ituran's subscriber base has been growing significantly since the Company's inception to approaching 2 million subscribers using its location based services with a market leading position in Israel and Latin America. Established in 1995, Ituran has approximately 3,000 employees worldwide, with offices in Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Columbia, India, Canada and the United States.

For more information, please visit Ituran's website, at: www.ituran.com

 

 





ITURAN LOCATION AND CONTROL LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



US dollars


December 31,

(in thousands)

2019

2018










Current assets

 



Cash and cash equivalents

53,964

51,398

Investments in marketable securities

358

1,897

Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts)

45,090

54,261

Other current assets

49,201

52,983

Inventories

25,537

28,367


174,150

188,906




Long-term investments and other assets



Investments in affiliated companies

1,666

4,872

Investments in other companies

3,260

2,772

Other non-current assets

3,365

3,222

Deferred income taxes

10,385

12,127

Funds in respect of employee rights upon retirement

11,476

9,497


30,152

32,490




Property and equipment, net

48,866

50,460

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

 

12,626

 

-




Intangible assets, net

23,355

39,040




      Goodwill

50,086

62,896



















Total assets

339,235

373,792







 

 

 

 

ITURAN LOCATION AND CONTROL LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (cont.)



US dollars


December 31,

(in thousands)

2019

2018




 

Current liabilities



Credit from banking institutions

18,110

10,559

Accounts payable

22,656

23,987

Deferred revenues

29,146

37,671

Operating lease liabilities, current               

1,787

-

Other current liabilities

29,366

32,475


101,065

104,692




Long-term liabilities



Long term loan

49,803

62,622

Liability for employee rights upon retirement

17,000

14,801

Provision for contingencies

140

201

Deferred income taxes

2,867

6,458

Deferred revenues

9,763

8,221

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

10,839

-

Others non-current liabilities

101

325

Obligation to purchase non-controlling interests

11,743

16,272


102,256

108,900










Stockholders' equity

129,330

153,693

Non-controlling interests

6,584

6,507

Total equity

135,914

160,200
















Total liabilities and equity

339,235

373,792




 

 

ITURAN LOCATION AND CONTROL LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME



US dollars

US dollars


(in thousands

Year ended
December 31,

Three months period
ended December 31 ,


except per share data)

2019

2018

2019

2018









 

Revenues:






Telematics services

204,728

181,357

49,642

55,042


Telematics products

74,604

71,978

15,849

24,123



279,332

253,335

65,491

79,165








Cost of revenues:






Telematics services

90,158

70,329

22,661

24,335


Telematics products

58,656

55,678

12,338

16,779



148,814

126,007

34,999

41,114








Gross profit

130,518

127,328

30,492

38,051


Research and development expenses

13,913

6,223

3,578

2,496


Selling and marketing expenses

12,778

11,340

3,185

2,917


General and administrative expenses

55,166

47,693

14,011

14,308


Impairment of goodwill

12,292

-

12,292

-


Impairment of intangible assets and Other expenses (income), net

13,715

(306)

13,787

2


Operating income (loss)

22,654

62,378

(16,361)

18,328


Other income (expenses), net

(26)

13,138

11

(695)


Financing income (expenses), net

576

717

3,277

(1,417)


Income (loss) before income tax

23,204

76,233

(13,073)

16,216


Income tax expenses

(12,234)

(17,273)

(1,365)

(4,857)


Share in gains (losses) of affiliated companies ,net

(3,203)

4,219

(422)

351


Net income (loss) for the period

7,767

63,179

(14,860)

11,710


Less: Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest

(878)

(2,504)

(401)

(380)


Net income (loss) attributable to the Company

6,889

60,675

(15,261)

11,330








Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to Company's stockholders

0.33

2.88

(0.73)

0.53


Basic and diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding (in thousands)

21,037

21,077

20,875

21,342










 

 

ITURAN LOCATION AND CONTROL LTD.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP RESULTS



US dollars

US dollars


Year ended
December 31,

Three months period
ended December 31 ,

(in thousands)

2019

2018

2019

2018











GAAP Revenues

279,332

253,335

65,491

79,165

Valuation adjustment on acquired deferred revenue

3,676

263

687

263

Non –GAAP revenue

283,008

253,598

66,178

79,428











GAAP gross profit

130,518

127,328

30,492

38,051

Gross profit adjustment

3,896

1,773

687

1,773

Non –GAAP gross profit

134,414

129,101

31,179

39,824











 

 

GAAP operating income (loss)

22,654

62,378

(16,361)

18,328

Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets

26,154

-

26,154

-

Amortization of other intangible assets

8,315

936

1,961

626

    Non-GAAP operating income

57,123

63,314

11,754

18,954






Depreciation and amortization

19,607

15,917

4,797

6,261

Adjusted EBITDA

76,730

79,231

16,551

25,215











Net income (loss) attribute to the company's shareholders

6,889

60,675

(15,261)

11,330

Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, net

20,188

-

20,188

-

Operation income adjustment  

8,315

936

1,961

626

Other adjustments, net

(2,112)

(13,833)

(336)

-

Non-GAAP net income attributable to

 Iturans' shareholders        

33,280

47,778

6,552

11,956

 

 


Summary of NON –GAAP Financial Information



US dollars

US dollars

(in thousands

Year ended
December 31,

Three months period
ended December 31 ,

except per share data)

2019

2018

2019

2018











revenue

283,008

253,598

66,178

79,428

Gross profit

134,414

129,101

31,179

39,824

Operation income

57,123

63,314

11,754

18,954

Net income attribute to shareholders

33,280

47,778

6,552

11,956

Adjusted EBITDA

76,730

79,231

16,551

25,215






Basic and diluted earnings per share

1.58

2.27

0.31

0.56






 

 

ITURAN LOCATION AND CONTROL LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS



US dollars

US dollars


Year ended
December 31,

Three months period
ended December 31 ,

(in thousands)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Cash flows from operating activities





Net income for the period

7,767

63,179

(14,860)

11,710

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization

22,843

14,608

5,633

4,642

Interest on long term credit

26

88

3

88

Loss (gains) in respect of trading marketable securities

241

(166)

31

155

Increase (decrease) in liability for employee rights upon retirement

1,094

491

(200)

201

Share in losses in (gains of) affiliated company, net

3,203

(4,219)

422

(351)

Deferred income taxes

(1,590)

2,346

(1,842)

935

Capital (gain) losses  on sale of property and equipment, net

112

85

65

(22)

Capital gain on acquisition of non-controlling interests

-

(14,677)

-

-

Decrease in accounts receivable

10,704

6,182

4,178

8,313

Decrease (increase) in other current and non-current assets

1,365

(10,656)

250

(5,391)

Decrease in inventories

3,815

3,580

197

6,432

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable

(1,125)

(3,837)

2,434

(4,028)

Increase (decrease) in deferred revenues

(7,392)

(3,479)

(302)

(1,414)

Increase (decrease) in obligation for purchase non-controlling interests

(3,215)

519

(4,182)

519

Operating lease right-of-use assets

4,140

-

1,885

-

Operating lease liabilities

(4,140)

-

(1,885)

-

Impairment of goodwill and other intangible

12,292

-

12,292

-

Impairment of other intangible assets

13,862

-

13,862

-

Increase (decrease) in other current and non-current liabilities

(4,323)

(780)

(982)

(3,245)

Net cash provided by operating activities

59,679

53,264

16,999

18,544






Cash flows from investment activities





Increase in funds in respect of employee rights upon





retirement, net of withdrawals

(1,191)

(576)

(74)

(204)

Capital expenditures

(18,310)

(21,744)

(4,652)

(6,433)

Acquisition of subsidiary (Appendix A)

-

(68,969)

-

-

Investments in affiliated companies

(55)

(1,250)

-

-

Investments in other companies

(229)

(1,517)

(100)

(420)

Repayment of  loans from affiliated companies

-

7,317

-

-

Proceed from (repayment of) long term deposit

(16)

10

67

185

Sale of (investment in) marketable securities

1,298

1,494

(156)

66

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

216

381

13

40

Net cash used in investment activities

(18,287)

(84,854)

(4,902)

(6,766)






Cash flows from financing activities





Repayment of long term credit

(8,938)

(7,994)

(4,502)

(7,994)

Receipt of long term credit from bank institution

-

81,695

-

-

Short term credit from banking institutions, net

(2,167)

(1,004)

(2,554)

(970)

Acquisition of company shares purchased by a wholly owned subsidiary

(6,001)

-

(2,500)

-

Dividend paid

(19,848)

(20,219)

(5,050)

(5,122)

Dividend paid to non-controlling interest

(1,973)

(2,709)

(416)

(1,192)

Net cash provided by (used in)  in financing activities

(38,927)

49,769

(15,022)

(15,278)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

101

(3,687)

635

(845)

Net Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

2,566

14,492

(2,290)

(4,345)

Balance of cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

51,398

36,906

56,254

55,743

Balance of cash and cash equivalents at end of period

53,964

51,398

53,964

51,398

 

Supplementary information on financing and investing activities not involving cash flows:

During the years, 2019 and 2018, the Company purchased property and equipment in an amount US$ 166 thousand and US$ 11 thousand, respectively, using a directly related liability.

In November 2019 the Company declared a dividend in the amount of US$ 5 million. The dividend was paid in January 2020

 

Appendix A - Acquisitions of a subsidiary

 

ITURAN LOCATION AND CONTROL LTD.



US dollars


Year ended

December 31,

(in thousands)

2018



Working capital (excluding cash and cash equivalents), net

2,084

Related parties

2,855

Intangible assets, net (*)

38,583

Property and equipment , net

11,014

Liability for employee rights upon retirement

(1,337)

Goodwill (*)

66,380

Consideration paid by issues of treasury stock   

(12,038)

Deferred income taxes

4,585

Other non-current assets

2,132

Previous investments in acquired companies

(24,734)

Deferred revenues

(4,411)

Obligation to purchase non-controlling interests(*)

(16,144)



Net cash used to pay for the Acquisition 

68,969





 

 

(*) based on provisional measurement

 

 

Company Contact

Udi Mizrahi

udi_m@ituran.com

Deputy CEO & VP Finance, Ituran

(Israel) +972-3-557-1348

International Investor Relations

Ehud Helft

ituran@gkir.com

GK Investor & Public Relations

(US) +1-646-201-9246 

 

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