Westell Technologies Reports Profit of $0.07 per Share
Westell Technologies Fiscal 2011 First Quarter Highlights
-- Fiscal first quarter net income was $4.6 million, compared with $2.0 million in the prior-year quarter - a 133% improvement. -- Earnings per share jumped to $0.07 per share for the quarter, compared with $0.03 per share in the same quarter of the prior year. -- Fiscal first quarter revenue was $41.3 million, compared with $53.5 million in the same quarter of the prior year and $37.8 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2010. -- Gross margin improved to 37.8% in the quarter, compared with 28.4% in the same quarter of the prior year. -- Cash and cash equivalents increased by $0.5 million during the quarter, to $61.8 million.
AURORA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), a leading provider of broadband products, outside plant telecommunications equipment and conferencing services, today announced results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter ended June 30, 2010. Total revenue for the quarter was $41.3 million, down 23% from $53.5 million in the fiscal first quarter of the prior year. Net income during the quarter was $4.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the same quarter of the prior year. Total cash and cash equivalents were $61.8 million at June 30, 2010, up $0.5 million during the quarter. Share repurchases during the quarter totaled approximately 247,000 shares at a cost of $0.4 million.
"Although total revenues declined year-over-year, they increased on a sequential basis, and we experienced strength in the more profitable areas of the business," said Chairman and CEO Rick Gilbert. "Gross margins were strong, and we maintained stringent cost control, even while we modestly increased product development efforts in Outside Plant Systems and Customer Networking Solutions."
Fiscal First Quarter Segment and Consolidated Results
The Customer Networking Solutions (CNS) segment reported revenue of $15.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, down 48% compared to $28.6 million in the same quarter of the prior year. The largest impact on revenue came from lower sales of the Company's UltraLine Series3 gateway product, which were $1.9 million in the quarter, compared with $13.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year. In spite of the significantly lower revenue, CNS gross profit was down only $0.2 million, with gross margin rising to 23.9%, compared with 13.1% in the prior-year quarter. CNS gross margin benefited from a more profitable product mix, including $0.9 million of higher-margin software revenue related to customer projects. Operating expenses dropped by $1.3 million, compared with the prior-year quarter. As a result, the CNS operating results improved to a loss of $0.4 million for the quarter, compared with a loss of $1.5 million in the same quarter of the prior year.
Revenue in the Outside Plant Systems (OSP) segment was $15.7 million in the quarter, up 14% compared to $13.8 million in the same quarter of the prior year. OSP revenue benefited from strong demand for its products that service the wireless backhaul market. Fiscal 2011 first quarter gross profit increased $0.9 million as a result of increased sales and stable gross margins, and operating expenses increased $0.6 million, to produce operating income for OSP of $3.7 million, up $0.3 million versus the same quarter of the prior year.
Conference Plus (CP) revenue was $10.5 million in the quarter, down 5% compared to $11.1 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Gross profit decreased by $0.3 million on stable gross margins, and operating expenses were $0.8 million lower, resulting in operating income of $1.4 million, up $0.5 million versus the same quarter of the prior year.
On a consolidated basis, fiscal first quarter revenue of $41.3 million was $12.3 million lower than in the same quarter of the prior year. Gross profit increased $0.4 million, and gross margins were 37.8%, compared with 28.4% in the same quarter of the prior year. Operating expenses decreased $1.6 million, compared with the same quarter of the prior year. Income taxes provided a benefit of $0.5 million in the quarter, compared to an expense of $0.2 million in the prior-year quarter. These changes drove a $2.6 million improvement in consolidated net income, which was $4.6 million, compared with $2.0 million in the same quarter of the prior year.
"This is our fifth consecutive profitable quarter - and our highest quarterly operating income since September 2006," continued Gilbert. "It gives us a great start to our fiscal year."
Conference Call Information
Management will address financial and business results during Westell's fiscal first quarter 2011 earnings conference call on Thursday, July 22, at 9:30 AM Eastern Time. Conference Plus, Inc. (ConferencePlus(R)), a Westell subsidiary, will manage Westell's earnings conference call using its EventManager(TM) Service.
Participants can register for the Westell conference by going to the URL: http://www.conferenceplus.com/westell.
With EventManager, participants can quickly register online in advance of the conference through a customizable web page that can be used to gather multiple pieces of information from each participant, as specified by the event arranger. After registering, participants receive dial-in numbers, a passcode, and a personal identification number (PIN) that is used to uniquely identify their presence and automatically join them into the audio conference. If a participant experiences any technical difficulties after joining the conference call on July 22, he or she can press *0 for support.
If a participant does not wish to register, he or she can participate in the call on July 22, by dialing ConferencePlus at 1-888-206-4073 no later than 9:15 AM, Eastern Time and using confirmation number 27335989. International participants may dial 1-847-413-9014. Westell's press release on earnings and related information that may be discussed on the earnings conference will be posted on the Investor Relations' section of Westell's website, http://www.westell.com. An archive of the entire conference will be available on Westell's website or via Digital Audio Replay following the conclusion of the conference until the fiscal second quarter results are released. The replay of the conference can be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-8996 or 1-630-652-3044 and entering 8946898.
Westell Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is a holding company for Westell, Inc. and Conference Plus, Inc. Westell, Inc. designs, distributes, markets and services a broad range of broadband customer-premises equipment, digital transmission, remote monitoring, power distribution and demarcation products used by telephone companies and other telecommunications service providers. Conference Plus, Inc. is a leading global provider of audio, web, video and IP conferencing services. Additional information can be obtained by visiting http://www.westell.com and http://www.conferenceplus.com.
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Financial Tables to Follow:
Westell Technologies, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations (Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months ended June 30, 2010 2009 Revenue $ 41,258 $ 53,513 Gross profit 15,615 15,207 Gross margin 37.8 % 28.4 % Operating expenses: Sales & marketing 4,488 4,938 Research & development 3,538 3,687 General & administrative 3,349 3,772 Restructuring - 609 Intangibles amortization 163 157 Total operating expenses 11,538 13,163 Operating income 4,077 2,044 Other income 53 91 Interest (expense) (1 ) (2 ) Income before taxes 4,129 2,133 Income taxes 473 (155 ) Net income $ 4,602 $ 1,978 Net income per common share: Basic $ 0.07 $ 0.03 Diluted $ 0.07 $ 0.03 Average number of common shares outstanding: Basic 67,367 68,356 Diluted 68,070 68,442
Westell Technologies, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) June 30, March 31, 2010 2010 Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 61,771 $ 61,315 Accounts receivable, net 17,726 17,683 Inventories 21,448 21,258 Prepaids and other current assets 3,546 4,276 Total current assets 104,491 104,532 Property and equipment, net 4,084 4,665 Goodwill 2,129 2,162 Intangibles, net 3,830 4,063 Deferred income taxes and other assets 6,258 6,412 Total assets $ 120,792 $ 121,834 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity: Accounts payable $ 13,420 $ 15,195 Accrued liabilities 6,063 9,203 Deferred revenue 912 860 Total current liabilities 20,395 25,258 Deferred revenue, long-term 145 174 Other long-term liabilities 8,068 8,671 Total liabilities 28,608 34,103 Total stockholders' equity 92,184 87,731 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 120,792 $ 121,834
Westell Technologies, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months ended June 30, 2010 2009 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 4,602 $ 1,978 Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 782 978 Stock-based compensation 268 189 Restructuring - 609 Other, net 24 (100 ) Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (200 ) (1,372 ) Inventory (249 ) 3,321 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (5,166 ) (4,164 ) Deferred revenue 22 312 Prepaid and other current assets 712 1,562 Other 212 119 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 1,007 3,432 Cash flows from investing activities: Purchases of property and equipment (142 ) (331 ) Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (142 ) (331 ) Cash flows from financing activities: Borrowing (repayment) of debt and leases payable - (14 ) Proceeds from stock options exercised 48 - Purchase of treasury stock (370 ) - Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (322 ) (14 ) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (87 ) 93 Net increase in cash 456 3,180 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 61,315 46,058 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 61,771 $ 49,238
Westell Technologies, Inc. Segment Statement of Operations (Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited) Three months ended June 30, 2010 CNS OSP CP Unallocated Total Revenue $ 15,022 $ 15,724 $ 10,512 $ - $ 41,258 Gross profit 3,590 6,911 5,114 - 15,615 Gross margin 23.9 % 44.0 % 48.6 % 37.8 % Operating expenses: Sales & marketing 1,312 1,441 1,735 - 4,488 Research & 1,974 981 583 - 3,538 development General & 740 638 1,359 612 3,349 administrative Restructuring - - - - Intangibles 1 134 28 - 163 amortization Operating expenses 4,027 3,194 3,705 612 11,538 (1) Operating income (437 ) 3,717 1,409 (612 ) 4,077 (loss) Other income - - - 53 53 Interest (expense) - - - (1 ) (1 ) Income taxes - - - 473 473 Net income (loss) $ (437 ) $ 3,717 $ 1,409 $ (87 ) $ 4,602 Three months ended June 30, 2009 CNS OSP CP Unallocated Total Revenue $ 28,624 $ 13,776 $ 11,113 $ - $ 53,513 Gross profit 3,764 5,994 5,449 - 15,207 Gross margin 13.1 % 43.5 % 49.0 % 28.4 % Operating expenses: Sales & marketing 1,552 1,276 2,110 - 4,938 Research & 2,528 590 569 - 3,687 development General & 819 535 1,657 761 3,772 administrative Restructuring 414 46 149 - 609 Intangibles - 129 28 - 157 amortization Operating expenses 5,313 2,576 4,513 761 13,163 (2) Operating income (1,549 ) 3,418 936 (761 ) 2,044 (loss) Other income - - - 91 91 Interest (expense) - - - (2 ) (2 ) Income taxes - - - (155 ) (155 ) Net income (loss) $ (1,549 ) $ 3,418 $ 936 $ (827 ) $ 1,978 (1) Includes $0.2 million, $0.2 million and $0.4 million of depreciation and amortization expense in the CNS, OSP and CP segments, respectively. (2) Includes $0.3 million, $0.4 million and $0.3 million of depreciation and amortization expense in the CNS, OSP and CP segments, respectively.
Source: Westell Technologies, Inc.
Released July 21, 2010