Evertz announced revenue for the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, which ended on July 31, 2015. Revenue for the quarter was C$84.9m, down 16% versus the same period a year ago, and down 7.7% versus the previous quarter.
Net earnings for the quarter were C$18.6m ($0.26 earnings per share), an increase of 5.5% versus the first fiscal quarter of 2015, and an increase of 66% versus the preceding quarter. Excluding a significant foreign currency translation gain earning per share were $0.17 for the quarter. The company generated C$7.8m cash from operations in the quarter. This compares to cash from operations of C$15.3m during the same period last year and C$12.3m during the previous quarter.
Revenue results were below the consensus estimates of equity analysts of $C91.7m. Earnings results were slightly above the consensus estimates of analysts of earnings of C$0.24 per share.
The company said that its shipments during August 2015 were C$29m, and that its purchase order backlog at the end of the quarter was in excess of C$70m. The combined shipments and backlog of C$99m is a record level for Evertz.
During management’s exchange with analysis, EVP Brian Campbell attributed this record level to expected orders not shipping in the quarter and to the nature of some of the orders stretching into future quarters including certain managed services commitments for disaster recovery. Mr. Campbell noted the large IRD project mentioned on earlier calls was a national deployments, so is requiring a staged deployment at multiple locations.
Consistent with earlier quarters, Evertz EVP Brian Campbell attributed the overall performance “to the ongoing transition to HD, channel proliferation, the increasing global demand for high-quality video anywhere anytime, to worldwide demand for Evertz’s comprehensive product portfolio”. Mr. Campbell added further color citing the “the growing adoption of Evertz IP-based Software Defined Networking solutions, our state-of-the-art DreamCatcher replay and Evertz IRD compression solutions.”
Revenue in the US/Canada region was C$50m, down 10% versus the same period a year ago, and flat versus the previous quarter. US/Canada sales were 59% of total revenue during the quarter, up from 57% of revenue during the same period a year ago, and 54% of revenue last quarter.
International revenue was C$34.9m, representing a 17.8% decline versus the previous year’s result and a decrease of 16.7% when compared to the previous quarter. International sales were 41% of total revenue, down from 43% last year and 46% last quarter.
The top ten customers in the quarter accounted for 30% of revenue (C$25.5m), and no customer accounted for an excess of 6% of revenue. Evertz had 81 individual customers each representing over $200,000 of revenue.
Gross margins in the quarter were 56.4%, down slightly from 57.0% last year and also down from 57.2% last quarter. Evertz executives reiterated that the gross margin performance in the quarter were within the company’s target range of 56% to 60%.
R&D expenses in the second quarter were C$16.3m, an increase of 3.1% versus the same period last year, and down 4.8% versus the previous quarter. R&D expenses were approximately 19.1% of revenue in the quarter, higher on a percentage basis than last year (13.6%) and last quarter (15.7%) due to lower revenue.
Selling and administrative expenses for the quarter were C$14.8, an increase of 10.4% versus last year, and a decrease of 4.5% versus the sequential quarter. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 17.4% of revenue in the quarter versus 15.5% of revenue during the same period last year, and 16.8% of revenue in the previous quarter.
The company ended the quarter with $97.1m of cash and cash equivalents up slightly from C$100.7 at the end of last quarter.
Management’s exchange with equity analyst Thanos Moschopoulos from BMO Capital Markets on the call was worth highlighting for its commentary on the current market environment:
Thanos Moschopoulos (BMO): Brian, can you comment on the current spending environment, and how that’s changed, if at all, relative to last quarter? And also, how do you expect the spending environment to look going forward?
Brian Campbell (Evertz): Again, we’re cautiously optimistic on the spending environment. When you do take a look at this last quarter and the backlog and shipments that we’ve got going into Q2 of 2016, we’ve got — we had a quite strong order intake. So we’re feeling cautiously optimistic about the broad spending environment and very confident in our product positioning with the Software Defined Video Networking, the state-of-the art conventional broadcast infrastructure equipment we’ve got; and the DreamCatcher slow-motion sports replay. So those products are both winning new business for us and are also pulling along other of our products as well, too.
Thanos Moschopoulos (BMO): And so the case that you’re gaining share in a stagnant environment or putting aside the competitiveness of your products, is the actual underlying environment showing any improvement at all?
Brian Campbell (Evertz): That’s hard to tell. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, we only — we’ve got limited visibility, there are only a small handful of public companies in our sector. So we’re looking at the opportunities in front of us, and we have been winning marquee installations, designing, delivering and deploying Software Defined Video Networking. And I haven’t seen any other competitors deliver anything in scale.
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