COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, INC. REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2014 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Posted by CSI on November 5th, 2014




Minnetonka, MN – November 5, 2014 – Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS) (“CSI” or the “Company”), a global provider of physical connectivity infrastructure and services for deployments of broadband networks, today announced financial results for the third quarter (“Q3 2014”) and nine months ended September 30, 2014, including a discussion of results of operations by segment.
CSI’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Roger H.D. Lacey commented, “Our third quarter results reflected strong growth in revenues and operating income at Suttle, which continues to benefit from broad customer acceptance of our FTTx (fiber to the home or node) products.  We continue to invest in technology and human resources in all three of our business units as we pursue the objectives previously announced in our recovery plan, and expect to see further improvement as we move into 2015."
Third Quarter 2014 Summary

  • Consolidated sales of $33.4 million compared to $44.6 million in Q3 2013.
  • Suttle sales grew 34%
  • Transition Networks sales rose 4%
  • JDL Technologies sales declined 88%
  • Gross profit of $12.0 million, or 36% of revenues, compared to gross profit of $13.6 million, or 31% of revenues, in Q3 2013.  
  • Operating income improved to $2.7 million from an operating loss of $1.7 million in Q3 2013.
  • Suttle operating income grew 67% to $2.8 million
  • Transition Networks operating loss was $43,000
  • JDL Technologies operating loss was $123,000
  • Net income was $1.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or $(0.24) per diluted share, in Q3 2013.  
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and investments increased to $32.0 million at September 30, 2014 from $29.7 million at December 31, 2013.

Mr. Lacey continued, “Suttle revenues increased to $19.9 million from $14.8 million in Q3 2013, while operating profit rose to $2.8 million from $1.7 million in last year’s third quarter.  This improvement was due to growth in core high-speed copper connectivity products and success in securing new business in multiple FTTx domains.  Suttle’s combined FTTx product sales nearly quadrupled compared to the same period last year.   
“Revenues at Transition Networks rose to $11.3 million from $10.9 million, and the quarterly operating loss was consistent with the approximate break-even performance of Q3 2013, excluding the goodwill impairment  charges of $5.8 million.  We are repositioning Transition Networks for accelerated growth via a number of initiatives, including introducing innovative new products, such as the recently-launched Scorpion-USB™ Ethernet Adapter, as well as forthcoming offerings directed to global service providers.  We remain confident in our strategy and expect continued progress at Transition Networks.  
“Quarter-over-quarter declines in revenues and profits at JDL Technologies had a significant impact on our consolidated results.  This was not unexpected, as JDL Technologies concluded a large infrastructure project in Q1 2014 involving equipment sales at a low margin. We are refining JDL Technologies’ business model to reduce  its dependence on E-Rate government funding, including pursuing opportunities to provide managed services and HIPAA-compliant IT services to the Florida healthcare market, where we are a leading provider.  Despite the temporary lull created by E-Rate program funding constraints, we remain optimistic about JDL’s longer-term prospects and are positioning the segment for a rebound in revenue growth and an eventual resumption of IT funding to our customers in the education sector.”   

Segment Financial Overview
See the Form 10Q to be filed on November 6, 2014 for more details of the quarter.
CSI operates through the following business units:

  • Suttle manufactures and markets copper and fiber connectivity systems, enclosure systems, xDSL filters and splitters, and active technologies for voice, data and video communications under the Suttle brand in the United States and internationally;
  • Transition Networks manufactures network interface devices (NIDs), media converters, network interface cards (NICs), Ethernet switches, and other connectivity products that offer customers the ability to affordably integrate fiber optics into any data network; and
  • JDL Technologies provides technology solutions including virtualization, managed services, wired and wireless network design and implementation, HIPAA-compliant IT solutions, and converged infrastructure configuration and deployment.

Suttle

 

Three Months
Ended September 30

Nine Months
Ended September 30

 

2014                     

2013

2014                 

2013

Sales

$  19,938,000

$ 14,838,000

  $  51,827,000

$  41,103,000

Gross profit

6,467,000

4,977,000

16,233,000

12,155,000

Operating income

2,824,000

1,688,000

6,093,000

3,510,000

Q3 2014 sales rose 34% from Q3 2013, due to revenue generated from new FTTx product platforms.  FTTx product sales, as a group, increased 381% to $5.8 million from $1.2 million in Q3 2013.  Sales to the major communication service providers rose 40% to $17.4 million from $12.4 million in Q3 2013, and comprised 88% of total segment revenues, up from 84% in Q3 2013.  This increase was due to growth in core high-speed copper connectivity products and success in securing new business in multiple FTTx domains.  Sales to distributors increased 11% to $1.6 million from $1.4 million in Q3 2013, primarily reflecting growth in high speed copper connectivity products.

Gross margin in Q3 2014 rose 30% to $6.5 million, or 32% of sales, from $5.0 million, or 34% of sales, in Q3 2013.  Gross margin as a percentage of sales declined due to increased investment in our production capabilities to support new FTTx product platforms.
Operating income rose 67% to $2.8 million from $1.7 million in Q3 2013.

Transition Networks

 

Three Months
Ended September 30

Nine Months
Ended September 30

 

2014                     

2013

2014                 

2013

Sales

$  11,272,000

$  10,882,000

$  32,589,000

$  32,156,000

Gross profit

4,989,000

5,165,000

15,081,000

16,561,000

Operating loss

(43,000)

(5,850,000)

(977,000)

(6,071,000)

Q3 2014 sales rose 4% to $11.3 million from $10.9 million in Q3 2013.  Sales in North America increased 8% to $8.4 million due to improving conditions at key customers, and Rest of World sales rose 3% to $1.9 million.  These improvements more than offset a 21% sales decline in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA). 
Gross margin decreased 3% to $5.0 million, or 44% of sales, from $5.2 million, or 47% of sales, in Q3 2013, due to unfavorable product mix and pricing pressure.
Operating loss narrowed to $43,000 from $5.9 million in Q3 2013. The operating loss in Q3 2013 included a goodwill impairment charge of $5.8 million

JDL Technologies

 

Three Months
Ended September 30

Nine Months
Ended September 30

 

2014                     

2013

2014                 

2013

Sales

$  2,224,000

$ 18,897,000

$  7,426,000

$  30,747,000

Gross profit

556,000

3,481,000

1,781,000

6,212,000

Operating (loss) income

(123,000)

2,467,000

(304,000)

3,803,000

Results at JDL Technologies continue to be affected by the federal government’s decision to withhold all priority two E-Rate funding this year, as the E-Rate program undergoes an extensive modernization project that will affect most key elements in the program.   The E-Rate program was developed to assist schools and libraries in the United States in obtaining affordable telecommunications and Internet access
Sales declined 88% to $2.2 million in Q3 2014 from $18.9 million in Q3 2013, driven by a $14.5 million decrease in revenues from Miami-Dade County Public Schools due to the completion of “Bringing Wireless to the Classroom” projects in Q1 2014.  Sales to small-and medium-sized commercial businesses (SMBs) decreased by 57% to $0.4 million in Q3 2014 from $1.0 million in Q3 2013 as there were fewer large infrastructure transactions completed in Q3 2014 due to a combination of market trends and JDL’s continued focus on higher-margin managed service growth. 
Q3 2014 gross margin declined 84% to $0.6 million, or 25% of sales, from $3.5 million, or 18% of sales, in Q3 2013.  Gross margin as a percentage of sales increased due to a change in revenue mix, as sales into Miami-Dade County Public Schools had lower margins in Q3 2013.
Operating loss was $123,000 compared to operating income of $2.5 million in Q3 2013.

Financial Condition
CSI’s balance sheet at September 30, 2014 included cash, cash equivalents, and investments of $32.0 million, working capital of $60.7 million, and stockholders’ equity of $88.1 million. 
On October 1, 2014, CSI paid a cash dividend of $0.16 per common share to shareholders of record as of September 15, 2014.   This marked the 48th consecutive quarter that CSI has paid a dividend to its shareholders.

 

About Communications Systems
Communications Systems, Inc. provides physical connectivity infrastructure and services for global deployments of broadband networks. Focusing on innovative, cost-effective solutions, CSI provides customers the ability to deliver, manage, and optimize their broadband network services and architecture. From the integration of fiber optics in any application and environment to efficient home voice and data deployments to optimization of data and application access, CSI provides the tools for maximum utilization of the network from the edge to the user.  With partners and customers in over 50 countries, CSI has built a reputation as a reliable global innovator focusing on quality and customer service.

 

Forward- Looking Statements
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding future financial performance, future growth and future acquisitions. These statements are based on Communications Systems’ current expectations or beliefs and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive or regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of Communications Systems’ business. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies are indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. Further, investors should keep in mind that the Company’s financial results in any particular period may not be indicative of future results. Communications Systems is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

 

Contacts:    
Communications Systems, Inc.   The Equity Group Inc.
Ed Freeman   Devin Sullivan
Chief Financial Office   Senior Vice President
952-996-1674   212-836-9608
efreeman@commsysinc.com   dsullivan@equityny.com
     
     
Roger H. D. Lacey   Kalle Ahl, CFA
Interim Chief Executive Officer   Senior Associate
952-996-1674   212-836-9614
    tmei@equityny.com
     
     

 


CSI CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS

 

 

Selected Income Statement Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

 

Sept. 30, 2014

 

Sept. 30, 2013

Sept. 30, 2014

Sept. 30, 2013

Sales

 

 

$

33,433,924

$

44,616,873

$91,841,307

$104,006,206

Gross margin

 

 

 

12,012,500

 

13,623,187

  33,094,285

  34,927,430

Operating income (loss)

 

 

 

2,657,901

 

(1,695,638)

  4,811,490

  1,241,989

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

 

 

2,733,608

 

(1,755,742)

  4,744,045

  1,203,507

Income tax expense

 

 

 

1,038,707

 

280,191

  1,752,243

  1,358,525

Net income (loss)

 

 

$

1,694,901

$

(2,035,933)

$2,991,802

$(155,018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic net income (loss) per share

 

 

$

0.20

$

(0.24)

$0.35

$(0.02)

Diluted net income (loss) per share

 

 

$

0.20

$

(0.24)

$0.35

$(0.02)

Cash dividends per share

 

 

$

0.16

$

0.16

$0.48

$0.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avg. basic shares outstanding

 

 

 

8,641,853

 

8,547,563

8,609,835

8,524,045

Avg. dilutive shares outstanding

 

 

 

8,663,142

 

8,550,227

8,631,985

8,531,017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Balance Sheet Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 30, 2014

 

Dec. 31, 2013

 

 

Total assets

 

 

$

102,576,590

$

103,532,741

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents and investments

 

 

 

32,027,510

 

29,722,412

 

 

Working capital

 

 

 

60,731,538

 

70,599,599

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

 

17,178,956

 

14,941,492

 

 

Long-term liabilities

 

 

 

1,439,847

 

1,837,848

 

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

88,138,174

 

88,622,043

 

 

 


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