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Sierra Wireless Reports First Quarter Results

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (SWIR) (SW.TO) today reported results for its first quarter ending March 31, 2016. All results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), except as otherwise indicated below.

“Revenue and non-GAAP earnings in the first quarter were slightly better than expected, and we continue to expect our business to gain strength over the course of the year as new customer programs move into production and we introduce new leading-edge IoT products and solutions,” said Jason Cohenour, President and CEO.

Revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $142.8 million, a decrease of 5.1% compared to $150.4 million in the first quarter of 2015. Revenue from OEM Solutions was $120.9 million in the first quarter of 2016, down 9.1% compared to $133.0 million in the first quarter of 2015. Revenue from Enterprise Solutions was $15.0 million in the first quarter of 2016, up 9.0% compared to $13.8 million in the first quarter of 2015. Revenue from Cloud and Connectivity Services was $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2016, up 92.0% compared to $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2015. Our gross margin in the first quarter of 2016 was 32.8%, compared to 32.5% in the same period of 2015. During the quarter, we received $2.3 million from a legal settlement with a supplier related to a quality issue with a component used in some of our gateway products. The settlement resulted in favorable impacts of $1.9 million in cost of goods sold and $0.4 million in administration expense.

GAAP RESULTS

  • Gross margin was $46.8 million, or 32.8% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $48.8 million, or 32.5% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Operating expenses were $48.1 million and loss from operations was $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to operating expenses of $46.4 million and earnings from operations of $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Net earnings were $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of $9.7 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2015.

NON-GAAP RESULTS

  • Gross margin was 32.9% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 32.6% in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Operating expenses were $43.3 million and earnings from operations were $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to operating expenses of $40.2 million and earnings from operations of $8.8 million in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Net earnings were $2.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to net earnings of $7.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2015. The non-GAAP tax rate in the first quarter of 2016 was 28.5%.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") were $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $11.3 million in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Excluding the previously mentioned recovery of $2.3 million in the quarter, gross margin was 31.5%; operating expenses were $43.7 million; adjusted EBITDA was $4.4 million; earnings from operations were $1.3 million; and EPS was $0.03 per share.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the first quarter of 2016 were $86.1 million, representing a decrease of $7.8 million compared to the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. Cash generated from operations during the first quarter was $7.6 million.

During the quarter, we received approval from the TSX of our Notice of Intention to make a Normal Course Issuer Bid and utilized $6.1 million to repurchase and cancel 549,583 shares. We also used $4.2 million to purchase shares for our Restricted Share Unit long term incentive plan.

We disclose non-GAAP financial measures as we believe they provide useful information on actual operating performance and assist in comparisons from one period to another. Readers are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock-based compensation expense and related social taxes, acquisition-related costs, restructuring costs, integration costs, acquisition amortization, impairment, foreign exchange gains or losses on translation of balance sheet accounts, and certain tax adjustments.

Adjusted EBITDA as defined equates to earnings (loss) from operations plus stock-based compensation expense and related social taxes, acquisition-related costs, restructuring costs, integration costs, impairment, and amortization. The reconciliation between our GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying schedules.

Financial Guidance

For the second quarter of 2016, we expect revenue to be in the range of $150 million to $160 million and non-GAAP earnings per share to be in the range of $0.09 to $0.17. For the full year 2016 we expect revenue to be in the range of $630 million to $670 million and non-GAAP earnings per share to be in the range of $0.60 to $0.90, which remains unchanged from the guidance that we provided on February 4, 2016.

This non-GAAP guidance for 2016 reflects current business indicators and expectations. Inherent in this guidance are risk factors that are described in greater detail in our regulatory filings. Our actual results could differ materially from those presented above. All figures are approximations based on management's current beliefs and assumptions.

Conference call and webcast details

Sierra Wireless President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, and CFO, David McLennan, will host a conference call and webcast with analysts and investors to review the results on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 5:30 PM Eastern Time (2:30 PM PT). A live slide presentation will be available for viewing during the call from the link provided below.

To participate in this conference call, please dial the following number approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call:

  • Toll-free (Canada and US): 1-877-201-0168
  • Alternate number: 1-647-788-4901
  • Conference ID: 56542837

To access the webcast, please follow the link below:

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The webcast will remain available at the above link for one year following the call.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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