HICKORY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (COMM), a global provider of connectivity and essential infrastructure solutions for wireless, business enterprise and residential broadband networks, today raised its sales and earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2014.
“We are very pleased to see strength in our wireless business,” said Mark Olson, CommScope executive vice president and chief financial officer. “North American wireless operators continue to invest in our macro cell site and small cell distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions to improve network coverage and capacity. We are also seeing ongoing modernization of 3G wireless networks around the globe.”
CommScope management provided the following first quarter and full year 2014 guidance, which excludes the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring and other special items:
First Quarter 2014 Guidance:
- Sales of $900 million to $925 million, up 13 percent year over year at the midpoint of the range.
- Adjusted operating income of $175 million to $185 million, up 36 percent year over year at the midpoint of the range.
- Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.43 to $0.47, up 29 percent year over year at the midpoint of the range. The first quarter earnings range assumes 191 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding.
Calendar Year 2014 Guidance:
The company expects the improved first quarter outlook to positively influence calendar year 2014 results and provided the following updated calendar year guidance:
- Sales growth in the mid-single digits
- Adjusted operating margins up modestly
- Adjusted effective tax rate trending toward long-term target of 35% - 37%
- Double-digit adjusted net income growth
- Low double-digit adjusted EPS growth, reflecting the higher year-over-year share count
CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM, www.commscope.com) has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
CommScope management believes that presenting certain non-GAAP financial measures provides meaningful information to investors in understanding operating results and may enhance investors' ability to analyze financial and business trends. Non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures and should be considered together with the GAAP financial measures. As calculated, our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. In addition, CommScope management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to compare period to period more easily by excluding items that could have a disproportionately negative or positive impact on results in any particular period.
Forward Looking Statements
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