Westell Technologies Reports Earnings of $0.30 per Share
Westell Technologies Fiscal 2012 First Quarter Highlights
-- Completed the previously announced sale of certain assets of the CNS division to NETGEAR on April 15, 2011, with a pre-tax gain of $31.6 million. -- Fiscal first quarter net income was $21.1 million, or $0.30 per share, compared to $4.6 million, or $0.07 per share, in the prior-year first quarter. -- Adjusted for the effects of the CNS asset sale and taxes, non-GAAP net income for the fiscal first quarter was $2.2 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to $2.6 million, or $0.04 per share, in the prior-year first quarter. -- Cash and short-term investments increased by $23.9 million during the quarter, to $110.8 million. -- Repurchased 1.7 million shares under the Company's board authorization at a cost of $5.9 million during the quarter.
AURORA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), a leading provider of broadband networking products, outside plant telecommunications equipment and conferencing services, today announced results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter ended June 30, 2011. Consolidated revenue for the quarter was $34.4 million, down from $41.3 million in the fiscal first quarter of the prior year. Most of the revenue decrease resulted from the sale of certain assets of the Company's Customer Networking Solutions (CNS) division early in the quarter. Net income during the quarter was $21.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the same quarter of the prior year.
As previously reported, the Company released valuation allowance on deferred tax assets in the fiscal 2011 fourth quarter. The first quarter of fiscal 2012 therefore reflects an income tax rate of 39%, whereas the year-ago quarter reflects an income tax benefit. Most of the reported taxes in the current quarter do not correspond to a use of cash to pay taxes because they are offset by use of the deferred tax assets (primarily in the form of net operating loss carry-forwards).
Net income in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") for the first quarter ended June 30, 2011 includes a gain of $31.6 million on the sale of certain assets of the Company's CNS division to NETGEAR, Inc. Excluding the gain and certain one-time expenses related to the sale, non-GAAP net income for the fiscal 2012 first quarter was $2.2 million or $0.03 per share. This compares to non-GAAP net income for the same quarter of the prior year, excluding certain non-recurring tax benefits, of $2.6 million or $0.04 per share. Non-GAAP net income is reconciled to GAAP net income in the attached financial tables.
Total cash and short-term investments were $110.8 million at June 30, 2011, up $23.9 million during the quarter. The increase primarily reflects proceeds from the CNS asset sale, partially offset by share repurchases and changes in working capital. During the quarter, the Company repurchased 1.7 million shares under the existing authorization by the Company's board of directors at a cost of $5.9 million. As of June 30, 2011, there was approximately $3.5 million remaining for share repurchases under the authorization.
"With the completion of the sale transaction to NETGEAR, we have been managing the transition of the core CNS business, and it has been going well," said Chairman and CEO Rick Gilbert. "ConferencePlus turned in another solid quarter and, despite the fact that Outside Plant Systems experienced some softness in the quarter, we remain focused on growing the OSP business."
Fiscal First Quarter Segment and Consolidated Results
Revenue in the OSPlant Systems (OSP) segment was $14.8 million in the first quarter, down 6% compared to $15.7 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Gross profit was $6.5 million, a reduction of $0.4 million compared to the prior-year quarter, and gross margin was 43.8%, approximately matching the prior-year quarter. Operating expenses increased $0.5 million, reflecting ongoing investment in the development and marketing of new products. The net result for OSP was operating income of $2.8 million, down $0.9 million versus the same quarter of the prior year.
ConferencePlus (CP) revenue was $11.2 million in the first quarter, up 6% compared to $10.5 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Gross profit increased by $0.4 million and operating expenses were $0.3 million higher, resulting in operating income of $1.5 million, an increase of $0.1 million versus the same quarter of the prior year.
The CNS segment reported revenue of $8.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $15.0 million in the same quarter of the prior year. CNS gross profit was $1.9 million, compared to $3.6 million in the prior-year quarter. Gross margin was 22.2% for the current quarter, down slightly from a year ago. Operating expenses were $1.9 million for the quarter, compared with $4.0 million in the prior-year quarter. The reductions in revenue, gross profit and operating expense reflect the transfer of most customers and operations of CNS to NETGEAR as of April 15, 2011 in connection with the sale. While CNS continues to invest in the development of Homecloud, the retained business is otherwise significantly reduced as a result of the sale. The CNS operating loss for the quarter was reduced to approximately break-even, compared with a loss of $0.4 million in the same quarter in the prior year.
On a consolidated basis, revenue for the first quarter was $34.4 million, compared to $41.3 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Gross profit decreased $1.8 million and operating expenses decreased $1.0 million, compared to the prior-year quarter. Operating expenses for the quarter included $0.4 million of one-time costs related to the sale and transition of the CNS Division. These costs include severance expense for certain employees and expense associated with establishing a sublease with NETGEAR. On this basis, operating income was $3.3 million for the first quarter, down $0.8 million compared to the same quarter in the prior year.
"With two profitable businesses, new products coming to market, exciting potential in Homecloud, and significant cash resources, Westell is well positioned to drive profitable growth," concluded Gilbert.
Conference Call Information
Management will address financial and business results during Westell's fiscal 2012 first quarter earnings conference call on Thursday, July 21, 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 21, 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 21, by dialing ConferencePlus at 1-888-206-4073 no later than 9:15 AM, Eastern Time and using confirmation number 30193804. 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 1-888-843-7419 or 1-630-652-3042 and entering 7702527.
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 networking equipment, digital transmission products, remote monitoring tools, power distribution equipment, industrial-grade edge switches and demarcation products used by telecommunications service providers, utilities and other enterprises. 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, 2011 2010 Revenue $ 34,356 $ 41,258 Gross profit 13,836 15,615 Gross margin 40.3 % 37.8 % Operating expenses: Sales & marketing 3,897 4,488 Research & development 2,741 3,538 General & administrative 3,517 (1) 3,349 Restructuring 245 (2) - Intangibles amortization 167 163 Total operating expenses 10,567 11,538 Operating income 3,269 4,077 Other income 31,598 (3) 53 Interest (expense) 0 (1 ) Income before taxes 34,867 4,129 Income taxes (13,736 ) (4) 473 Net income $ 21,131 $ 4,602 Net income per common share: Basic $ 0.31 $ 0.07 Diluted $ 0.30 $ 0.07 Average number of common shares outstanding: Basic 68,342 67,367 Diluted 70,048 68,070 (1) Includes a one-time expense of $0.2 million related to a sub-lease entered into with NETGEAR. (2) Severance benefits for employee terminations related to the sale of CNS. (3) Includes $31.6 million gain on the sale of CNS assets to NETGEAR. The Company released its valuation allowance on deferred tax assets (4) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011. The first quarter of fiscal year 2012 therefore is fully tax affected.
Westell Technologies, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited) June 30, March 31, 2011 2011 Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 102,331 $ 86,408 Restricted cash 3,350 - Short-term investments 5,155 490 Accounts receivable, net 19,195 24,252 Inventories 11,605 12,955 Prepaids and other current assets 3,507 3,156 Deferred income tax asset 8,000 18,700 (1) Assets held-for-sale - 4,781 Total current assets 153,143 150,742 Property and equipment, net 3,166 3,250 Goodwill 2,204 2,197 Intangibles, net 3,319 3,473 Deferred income taxes 40,383 41,467 (1) Other Assets 248 258 Total assets $ 202,463 $ 201,387 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity: Accounts payable $ 9,508 $ 23,664 Accrued liabilities 9,578 9,203 Deferred revenue 215 232 Liabilities held-for-sale - 1,288 Total current liabilities 19,301 34,387 Other long-term liabilities 7,461 7,719 Total liabilities 26,762 42,106 Minority interest - - Total stockholders' equity 175,701 159,281 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 202,463 $ 201,387 (1) The Company reclassified $13.7 million from long-term deferred income taxes to short-term deferred income taxes.
Westell Technologies, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months ended June 30, 2011 2010 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 21,131 $ 4,602 Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 594 782 Stock-based compensation 335 268 Restructuring 245 - Other, net 2 24 Deferred taxes 11,773 - Net gain on disposal of CNS assets (31,608 ) - Changes in assets and liabilities: Restricted cash (3,350 ) - Accounts receivable 5,096 (200 ) Inventory 196 (249 ) Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (14,906 ) (5,166 ) Deferred revenue 270 22 Prepaid and other current assets (382 ) 712 Other (9 ) 212 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (10,613 ) 1,007 Cash flows from investing activities: Purchases of property and equipment (335 ) (142 ) Net purchases of short-term investments (4,665 ) - Proceeds from sale of CNS assets 36,637 - Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities 31,637 (142 ) Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from stock options exercised 1,206 48 Purchase of treasury stock (6,327 ) (370 ) Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (5,121 ) (322 ) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 20 (87 ) Net increase in cash 15,923 456 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 86,408 61,315 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 102,331 $ 61,771
Westell Technologies, Inc. Segment Statement of Operations (Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited) Three months ended June 30, 2011 CNS OSP CP Unallocated Total Revenue $ 8,356 $ 14,845 $ 11,155 $ - $ 34,356 Gross profit 1,858 6,508 5,470 - 13,836 Gross margin 22.2 % 43.8 % 49.0 % - 40.3 % Operating expenses: Sales & 517 1,482 1,898 - 3,897 marketing Research & 813 1,264 664 - 2,741 development General & 295 818 1,364 1,040 (1) 3,517 administrative Restructuring 245 - - - 245 Intangibles 1 138 28 - 167 amortization Operating expenses 1,871 3,702 3,954 1,040 10,567 (3) Operating income (13 ) 2,806 1,516 (1,040 ) 3,269 (loss) Other income - - - 31,598 (2) 31,598 Interest (expense) - - - - - Income taxes - - - (13,736 ) (13,736 ) Net income (loss) $ (13 ) $ 2,806 $ 1,516 $ 16,822 $ 21,131 Three months ended June, 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 & 1,312 1,441 1,735 - 4,488 marketing 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 (4) 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 (1) Includes a one-time expense of $0.2 million related to a sub-lease entered into with NETGEAR. (2) Includes $31.6 million gain on the sale of CNS assets and liabilities to NETGEAR. Includes $0.0 million, $0.2 million and $0.4 million of (3) depreciation and amortization expense in the CNS, OSP and CP segments, respectively. Includes $0.2 million, $0.2 million and $0.4 million of (4) depreciation and amortization expense in the CNS, OSP and CP segments, respectively.
Westell Technologies, Inc. Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Financial Measures (Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months ended June 30, 2011 2010 GAAP net income $ 21,131 $ 4,602 Adjustments: Gain on sale of CNS (31,608 ) (1) - Restructuring 245 (2) - Sub-lease loss 167 (3) - Tax impact of sale of CNS 12,435 (1) - Tax impact of other adjustments (160 ) - Income tax benefit - (522 ) (4) Valuation allowance tax benefit - (1,497 ) (5) Total adjustments (18,921 ) (2,019 ) Non-GAAP net income $ 2,210 $ 2,583 GAAP net income per common share: Basic $ 0.31 $ 0.07 Diluted $ 0.30 $ 0.07 Non-GAAP net income per common share: Basic $ 0.03 $ 0.04 Diluted $ 0.03 $ 0.04 Average number of common shares outstanding: Basic 68,342 67,367 Diluted 70,048 68,070 The Company conforms to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") in the preparation of its financial statements. This schedule reconciles the Company's GAAP net income to adjusted net income on a non-GAAP basis. The Company believes that these non-GAAP results provide meaningful supplemental information to investors that are indicative of the Company's core performance and that they facilitate comparison of results across reporting periods. The Company uses these non-GAAP measures when evaluating its financial results. These non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as a substitute for the Company's GAAP results. On March 17, 2011, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to (1) sell certain assets and transfer certain liabilities of the CNS segment to NETGEAR, Inc. This transaction closed on April 15, 2011. The adjustments remove this benefit and associated tax impact. (2) Severance benefits for employee terminations related to the sale of CNS. (3) Represents expense related to a sub-lease entered into with NETGEAR. (4) Income tax benefit recorded in the first fiscal quarter of 2011. The Company released its valuation allowance on deferred tax assets in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011. The first quarter of fiscal year (5) 2012 therefore is fully tax affected. Income taxes in first quarter of fiscal year 2011 were reduced by the release of valuation allowance related to net operating loss carryforwards. The adjustment eliminates the benefit, which did not recur in the June 30, 2011 quarter.
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Released July 20, 2011