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Edited Transcript of MAGS earnings conference call or presentation 15-Aug-19 2:00pm GMT

Q2 2019 Magal Security Systems Ltd Earnings Call

Yahud Sep 4, 2019 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Magal Security Systems Ltd earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 2:00:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Dror Sharon

Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO

* Yaacov Vinokur

Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO

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Conference Call Participants

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* Dan Weston;WestCap Management;Analyst

* David Dansby;Janney Montgomery Scott;Analyst

* Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst

* Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst

* Kenny Green

CCG Investor Relations Inc. - Senior Partner of Israel

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to Magal's Second Quarter 2019 Results Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. You should have all received by now the company's press release. If you have not received it, please contact Magal's Investor Relations team at GK Investor and Public Relations at 1 (646) 688-3559 or view it in the News section of the company's website, www.magalsecurity.com.

I would now like to hand over the call to Mr. Kenny Green of GK Investor Relations. Mr. Green, would you like to begin, please?

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Kenny Green, CCG Investor Relations Inc. - Senior Partner of Israel [2]

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Yes. Thank you, operator. Welcome to Magal's Second Quarter 2019 Conference Call. I would like to welcome all of you to the conference call and thank Magal's management for hosting this call. With us on the line today are Mr. Dror Sharon, CEO of Magal; and Mr. Kobi Vinokur, CFO. Dror will summarize some key highlights, followed by Kobi, who will review Magal's financial performance of the quarter. We will then open the call for the question-and-answer session.

Before we start, I'd like to point out that this conference call may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future performance of the company. These statements are only predictions, and Magal cannot guarantee that they will, in fact, occur. Magal does not assume any obligation to update that information. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected, including as a result of changing market trends, reduced demand and the competitive nature of the security systems industry as well as other risks identified in the documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition, during the course of the conference call, we will discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures, which should be considered in addition to and not in lieu of comparable GAAP financial measures. Please note that in our press release we have reconciled our non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in accordance with Reg G requirements. You can also refer to our website at www.magalsecurity.com for the most directly comparable financial measures and related reconciliations.

And with that, I would now like to hand the floor over to Dror. Dror, please go ahead.

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [3]

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Thank you, Kenny. I'd like to welcome all of you to our conference call and thank you for joining us today. As you know, there are 2 aspects to our results, the product revenues and the project revenues. This view is aligned with our new organizational structure of operating through 2 divisions.

Focusing first on our project revenues, they can vary widely between quarters depending on project execution. While our second quarter results were not as strong as those of last year, this was primarily due to execution of some large projects we had in the second quarter last year, particularly in Latin America and Canada. In the second quarter of this year, we experienced a general delay in starting new security projects in those territories. This was mainly due to pause around the election delays and new budget approvals related to our core verticals in those territories. With that said, our projects as well as the project pipeline are more geographically and vertically diverse than in the past in different territories and different verticals. I want to point out that our project business in other geographies such as Israel, Africa and Spain performed well this quarter and even exceeded some of the plans that we had.

In terms of product revenues, looking at the longer-term trend, they grew by 8% in the first half of the year, continuing a growth trend for the second year in a row. Our higher gross margin on product sales continued longer-term growth trend. This was due to the increased portion of our video software sales out of the total product revenues.

In terms of expenses, as always, we are focused on keeping them tightly controlled. We continue to look to improve efficiencies, and we are working on some consolidations and increasing synergies with our European operation.

Our operating expense were at $8.2 million level, a level we are happy with, and it's 8% below the total second quarter of last year. On the bottom line, we posted another quarter of profitability with EBITDA of USD 716,000. In terms of our balance sheet, we remain in very strong position, ending the quarter with $52.2 million in net cash and no debt. As you know, our goal is to leverage this strong cash position for value-adding acquisitions. We are actively engaged in seeking either technology products or newer markets, leveraging our current business platform to bring increased sales and open new -- up -- and open up new sales channels. Our aim is to use our existing platform to address a larger total market. We are currently in various stages of discussions with potential targets, and I do hope to close an acquisition by early 2020.

In terms of the outlook, which represents an indication for future revenues, it is slightly ahead over that of the prior quarter. This demonstrates that we are winning new business which we expect to benefit from later this year and beyond.

As I mentioned, we are realigning Magal's 2 divisions, that of projects and that of products. And also, we have started reporting the revenues break out of both those divisions so you can better understand our operations. Each division has an increased focus on its technology and the customers that it's selling to, operating the on-payload go-to-market strategy. This new structure enable us to better share our expertise and technology across our global operation, while increasing the focus of our customers -- on our customers. In parallel, we have identified growth verticals which we're investing in both in R&D and business development. This means bringing on the right people and tailor our solutions to client needs. Our target verticals are the oil and gas market and the -- as well as the logistic and transportation market, and we are already beginning to see some traction and even some POs.

Our pipeline remains broad with full potential opportunities, including some in those verticals. We are hopeful that -- to be able to cover -- to convert some of the pipeline into orders and ultimately revenue in the coming quarters.

Looking closely -- more closely at our products, our video management software, the VMS, Senstar and Symphony, we continue to upgrade and advance that product while tailoring it to certain verticals and applications to which we are selling, to increase its effectiveness to customers and potential customers. Last quarter, we announced the release of our new access control product, which is modularly incorporated into our Symphony VMS product. In only a few months, our solution has gained solid interest and we are in discussion with potential customers. The access control capabilities further expand our addressable market and are highly synergistic with the solutions we are already providing to our customers.

In terms of the U.S. southern border project, the U.S. authorities are continuing to test our product along the southern U.S. border. Unfortunately, I cannot elaborate too much about it because we are under an NDA with the U.S. government.

Looking at our product business more closely. Our pipeline continues to get more and more diverse, and we are bidding on many opportunities in many regions. In June, we announced the $5.5 million order for our perimeter intrusion detection technology and solution, which will be used to prevent infiltration across an international border. In some places, the border will be protected by sensors and in other, concrete wall. This follows the $6.7 million contract which we announced in April for the maintenance of perimeter intrusion sensors on an international border fence covering over 200 kilometers. This order is an example of how decades-long experience and the capability of providing systems that have more than proven themselves in the field. It is clear our system, having had -- continue to successfully protect international borders and volatile ones at that. Magal solution system, which are critical components, work very well and are trusted in this field worldwide.

Just like the U.S., as countries around the world increasingly prioritizing securing their borders and physical infrastructure and as they realize that the physical structure by itself without technology is an inadequate solution. Our experience place us in a good position to provide a sensor for any border globally. We believe global borders will mark future growth engine for Magal.

We also received our first PO for a new $1 million in the oil and gas vertical from a large strategic global customer. We see this as an important breakthrough in one of our new strategic verticals with the potential to be long-term growth engine for Magal.

In summary, the overall trends are moving in the right direction for us, and we continue to see positive future for Magal. Our financial position as well as the backlog remains strong, and our pipeline is broad with many potential opportunities.

And now I would like to hand over to Kobi to summarize the financial results. Kobi, go ahead.

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [4]

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Thank you, Dror. Good day, everyone. Revenues for the second quarter of 2019 were $19.7 million, 22% below those of the second quarter of the last year. The geographic revenue breakdown for the quarter was quite diverse as follows: Israel 23%, North America 23%, Latin America 9%, Europe 19%, Africa 16%, Asia and the rest of the world 10%. The breakout between project revenues and product revenues, which also include video, were 38% products and 62% projects. Product revenues were $7.5 million while project revenues were $12.2 million, combined a total of $19.7 million in revenues. Product revenues this quarter were 4% down year-over-year, and project revenue declined 31% year-over-year. However, on the year-to-date basis, the product revenues increased by 8% while the project revenues declined by 10% for the reasons explained earlier by Dror.

Second quarter blended gross margin was 43% of revenues versus 44% last year. The product gross margins improved to 68% compared with 60% in Q2 last year, and the project gross margins were 27% compared with 36% last year. Our operating expenses were $8.2 million, 10% below the $9 million in the second quarter of the last year. Operating income was $0.2 million versus operating income of $2.1 million in the last -- in the second quarter of 2018. EBITDA, which we feel is the most representative measure of the performance and profitability of our business, continued to remain positive. EBITDA in the quarter was $0.7 million compared with EBITDA of $2.6 million in the second quarter of the last year. Financial expenses in the quarter at $0.4 million compared to financial income of $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2018. This is mainly driven by the strong depreciation of the U.S. dollar against the new Israeli shekel and Canadian dollar as well during the second quarter, lowering the value of the company's U.S. dollar-denominated monetary assets and thus leading to a higher level of noncash financial expenses. This led to a net loss attributable to Magal shareholders in the quarter of $0.2 million or $0.01 per share versus the profit of $1.7 million or $0.08 per share in Q2 last year.

Cash, short-term deposits and restricted deposits as of June 30, 2019, were $52.2 million or $2.26 per share. As at December 31, 2018, we had $55 million or $2.38 per share in net cash. That concludes my remarks.

We would be happy to take your questions now. Operator?

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) The first question is from Sam Rebotsky of SER Asset Management.

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [2]

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As far as the Canadian and Latin American business, could you quantify that? Have they -- have they approved this to go forward? Have we started this business in the current quarter? And is the backlog still what it was and we would proceed on schedule?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [3]

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Thank you, Sam. I understand you're referring to the Canadian and the Latin America project business. Am I right?

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [4]

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Yes, yes.

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [5]

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So as I mentioned earlier, the main reason is the delays in projects that occurred due to election government issues over there that postponed the budget to 2020.

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [6]

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It's 2 -- '20. Could you quantify -- I mean do we have this business? Can you quantify the size of this business?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [7]

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It's millions of dollars, but it wasn't ours. We were bidding on it, but they pushed the tenders to 2020.

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [8]

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I see. I see. But is this the reason for the dropoff in the sales in the current quarter?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [9]

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Yes, exactly, this is the main reason, especially in those 2 territories. The other territories did pretty well and even exceed -- some of them even exceed the targets that we gave them. But those 2, we didn't anticipated the election issues will cause such a dramatic influence on our project business.

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [10]

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Could you quantify the size of that business? Is it $10 million, $20 million? Or I mean you say several million? Is it small -- in other words, would you have been able -- if you got that business, you were expecting it, and -- but is that the only reason why your sales are off compared to the previous year?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [11]

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Basically, yes. It can -- should have been much more than that $10 million.

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [12]

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Okay. Okay. So do we have any other issues like this going forward? Do you expect to have sales and profits in the subsequent quarters without these issues now? And will they be able to at least meet or exceed the business you had so that you could be profitable?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [13]

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Again, since we are dealing with projects, security projects, it vary from quarter-to-quarter. We are doing -- taking some measures in order to, on one hand, reduce cost. On the other, to find other ways to close the gap that occur in those 2 territories.

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [14]

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So the business that you're trying to buy, is it more even-scaled where you could have more predictable sales and profitability? In other words, you're negotiating to buy some businesses. Will -- the businesses that you're trying to buy, will that be more -- make your revenue and profits more predictable or the same type of business that you have now?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [15]

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Again, around 40% of the business today is much more predictable because it's based on products. And the product division prediction is much more accurate than the projects. The projects are varying between quarters. The new acquisitions that we are looking for and focusing in are more related to technology-led projects. So hopefully, once we close it, we'll be able to predict in a much better way. I hope, Sam, this answers your question.

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [16]

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Okay. That -- it helps it. And at this point, based on the backlog, do we expect it to be profitable going forward?

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [17]

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Yes. So in terms of profitability, Sam, EBITDA, which is, in our view, is the metric that reflects profitability in the best way, I would say that we're definitely targeting a profitable EBITDA year. However, on the net income level, it's -- it would be a bit more difficult to predict since operations and especially our cash balances are exposed significantly to the FX, and we don't know yet what would be the impact or direction of the U.S. dollars versus major currencies.

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Sam Rebotsky;SER Asset Management;Analyst, [18]

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All right. Hopefully you achieve the goals and you make it more profitable on EBITDA and net income.

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Operator [19]

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The next question is from [Thurman Willis].

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Unidentified Analyst, [20]

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To follow-up on the last gentleman's question, would we buy a business that was dilutive? Or would we buy a business that is accretive?

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [21]

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Thurman, for sure our, I would say, sweet spot of M&A is accretive business. As Dror mentioned, technology-driven, high predictability, hopefully high recurring revenue. I mean it's all on our list, and definitely accretive from a profitability perspective. But this is just a wish list. So we -- obviously while trying to optimize this, sometimes, you're compromising something and then manage to grow the business and profitability. And actually, looking back at the Aimetis acquisition, which was a loss-making company when we acquired, now we see that video operation is growing nicely and is accretive to our bottom line. So definitely, there is something that you desire and something that you eventually can get.

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Unidentified Analyst, [22]

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Of the $55 million we have in cash reserves, what portion of that do you think we would spend in buying a business? I mean would we spend the entire $55 million? Will it be a portion thereof? Or can you put a little color on that?

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [23]

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I would say that we do need to retain some portion of it for working capital. We operate globally and in several locations, so we have operational cash flow needs. However, the majority of the cash that we have on our balance sheet could and should be used for acquisition -- for growth via acquisitions.

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Unidentified Analyst, [24]

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The last statement you made was what? I didn't understand.

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [25]

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I said that the majority -- we do need cash flow to support our working capital in various locations. However, the majority of the $50-plus million that we have in cash should and could serve us for acquisitions.

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Unidentified Analyst, [26]

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Can you speak to changes -- could you speak a little bit, is this your first oil and gas contract? And can you put a little color on exactly what you're doing there? And would that not offer tremendous potential going forward in the oil and gas business?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [27]

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Yes. We cannot elaborate too much about the customer. It's -- it doesn't allow us to reveal its name. Anyhow, it's the first project that we have with them, a basic one that can lead us to much higher tens of millions of dollars hopefully in the next -- in the following -- in this -- I don't know if this year, but at least the beginning of next one. In parallel, we are pushing or promoting our solutions with a few other main well-known names in the oil and gas industry to provide them a full security solution on one hand and through the project division of Magal. And also, we are doing the same to Senstar, the product division, pushing our sensors to different system integrators that are working in the oil and gas market. So...

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Unidentified Analyst, [28]

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But can you give us a range of the contract size of these types of working with the oil and gas? Can you give us a range of the revenues you expect?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [29]

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Look, it's so -- it's vary between millions to tens of millions. So any number between them is the right one, but we are targeting -- since it's a very close community, once you are there and certified, then you can -- it can be a very nice growth engine for the company. This is why we invest in it. Part of the efforts we are putting on M&A is to find partners that, on one hand, have technology that suit this market and matches what we have. On the other hand, they are already selling in this market, so we will gain not only technology, we will gain also market share.

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Unidentified Analyst, [30]

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And the size of this project was how much?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [31]

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Which one? The one that we are bidding on?

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Unidentified Analyst, [32]

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Yes. No, the one you -- yes, the one you -- your first one, yes.

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [33]

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First one is about several millions.

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Unidentified Analyst, [34]

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Okay. And my last question. I know you said you've signed a nondisclosure agreement with the southern border relative to the fence, but could you put a little color on that as to whether we are doing well there, we are being considered strongly? Or can you put any more color than just say that you're working with them?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [35]

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First, we passed already a few months ago one test, which is what's important. There are -- there is different technologies that compete on this solution, and I'm talking as a product provider, not a project provider. Currently, we are pushing our fiber technology into these -- into those requirements. There are a few competitors that are also in this stage, not too many. I think 2 or 3 different operators competing on this fiber solution. I think we are in a good shape. But on the other hand, there are competitors, and there is also -- then there is also competing technology. So you can get the same solution using different technologies. If the fiber will be one of the technology of choice, then we are competing with 2 other competitors, and I think we're in good shape. We have good algorithms and good product, but many parameters will be evaluated in the next few months by the U.S. government before we can -- before we'll know if we are there or not.

Another issue is that we are not familiar yet with the budget that the U.S. government allocated to this project, technology-wise. I think they are already investing in some infrastructure, either it's going to be a fence or a concrete wall, we don't know yet, but they didn't put too much money yet on technology.

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Unidentified Analyst, [36]

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Okay. And lastly, let me ask one other question, if I could. Going forward, with our backlog, am I understanding you to say that your backlog is adequate for Q3 and Q4 for us to get back to a $25 million level run rate per quarter?

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [37]

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Because of our project's business volatility, it's very difficult to speak in terms of revenue run rate on a quarterly basis. We can compare probably year-over-year because there is also some seasonality there. So I understand the question and understand, of course, it's a very valid question if this year we're -- our revenue volume will exceed very high last year's revenue volume of $93 million. So I would say that, definitely, last year was a very strong year. If you remember, we recorded 44% growth year-over-year, which is, from a guidance, was a big jump. And actually there was, just on the project business, the year-over-year growth was 60%, above 60% actually. So we are happier now with -- in 2019. There's still half a year to go.

The product business, we see a very nice growth year-over-year project. We mentioned before, on one hand, the diversity of the pipeline and very nice backlog but also challenges in specific areas. So on the year-over-year basis, we do see 2019 as again a strong year from revenue perspective. We're definitely not in the areas of $60-plus million of revenue that this company had in -- for many years in '16 and '17, but -- and even if we won't reach, specifically this year, the same level of -- the same very high level of 2018 revenue, on the long-term basis, the trend is a growth trend. And given our pipeline diversity and backlog and our investments in strategic and critical verticals, we do see on the long term this company growing.

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Operator [38]

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(Operator Instructions) The next question is from Dan Weston of WestCap Management.

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Dan Weston;WestCap Management;Analyst, [39]

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Yes. Kobi, most of the questions have been answered, but could you give us the recurring revenue percentage for the quarter, please?

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [40]

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Yes. We are at around 20%, 1/5.

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Dan Weston;WestCap Management;Analyst, [41]

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Okay. Great. And what gross margins are you seeing on the recurring revenue portion?

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [42]

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Typically, the recurring revenue gross margins are higher than usual. We have recurring revenue in both projects and video and products. So the gross margins of each of them are different, right? So I would say that it all depends on what sorts of recurring revenue is it, but typically, it will be the higher end of the segment or type of revenue stream that it belongs to.

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Operator [43]

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The next question is from David Dansby of Janney Montgomery Scott.

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David Dansby;Janney Montgomery Scott;Analyst, [44]

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I don't want to delve too much into the details of the last 3 acquisitions, but based on the stock price and volume of the year, it's fair to say the market has been very underwhelmed. So shareholders have not been rewarded at all for a long time. And so in previous calls, you have all been asked about buybacks. And we have heard about acquisitions, and that's great, but those 2 things don't have to be mutually exclusive. My question is very simple. Why is the company not using 10% to 20% of the cash to buy back their stock?

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Yaacov Vinokur, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CFO [45]

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David, we assess on a continuous basis our cash requirement, cash need. When we look at few type of needs and directions, of course, we need cash for -- to support our operations, and the project business requires cash for working capital, depending on the size of the projects. We also -- and then the majority of the cash is needed for acquisitions. Buybacks is an option. There are companies that are doing this. Currently, based on our projections and pipeline for both projects and acquisition targets, we do aim to spend the capital that we have during, I would say, the next year or 2. On acquisitions, we are talking about more than 1 target, and the idea is not to do buybacks and afterwards start looking for capital that could be sometimes also expensive if it's external financing, et cetera. So at the moment, once we will feel that we do have some excess and actually we don't need all this cash to support our operations, organic growth and acquisitions, buyback is definitely a valid option to consider.

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Operator [46]

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The next question is from Ken Liddy of Oppenheimer.

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [47]

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Could you tell us what region of the world the oil and gas tenders and business is?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [48]

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Again, Ken, I cannot tell you exactly what is the country because I'm tied with those customers. But it's -- currently, it's mainly Eastern Europe, Africa through Europe, through Europe partners and also U.S. We have a partner over there in the U.S. We have a partner in Europe, and we have partners in Eastern Europe.

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [49]

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And one other question. With regards to the southern border, in the last call you mentioned you may be testing more than one technology at the southern border. Is that still something that's possible, probable? Are you looking at other products or technologies at the southern border?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [50]

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It may, but currently, we're focusing on the best solutions or technologies we can provide that suits their requirement is based on our fiber-optic technology. So this is what we are focusing on. We are increasingly improving our algorithms and capabilities using the fiber optics, and this is where -- and there we are putting our [minor hopes].

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [51]

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And how long have you been testing at the southern border? And how long do you think the testing may continue?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [52]

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They've tested it already a few months ago. It's not a continuous test. They are doing a test for a week or a few weeks, and then they're going back home, and they're doing their own evaluation. So we did one, and we are pretty close to -- we are starting a new one in a few weeks.

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [53]

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And will you be able to release anything to investors regarding any of these tests as far as the press release?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [54]

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About the previous one?

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [55]

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No, about testing at the southern border. Any type of color regarding some of these opportunities or anything?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [56]

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Not more than what I already elaborated. Sorry.

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [57]

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Are any of these like potential revenue-generating tests themselves?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [58]

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No. There's no revenue from the tests themselves. Tests are being done on our own account, not getting anything out of it. If they start, hopefully, they start some pilots on the border itself, then I assume that will be revenue attach rates. But currently everything is our own investment.

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [59]

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And taking a step back, with regards to the North American, also in Israel. How is business overall looking? Activity, backlog, pipeline.

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [60]

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Again, the North America is strong and growing. Israel is growing. The backlog, as we said, is pretty stable, even higher than what we had in the previous quarter. I think -- I don't know if it answers your question, but guide me if you need some more details.

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [61]

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Understood. Also, I saw that one of the -- a senior people from Senstar is back at the company the last couple of months. Is that true?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [62]

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What -- again what from Senstar?

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [63]

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A senior product person. I saw something with regards to someone coming back to the company.

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [64]

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In North America, we are putting lots of efforts to grow the business. One senior manager came back to the company after -- who left us I think it was something like a year ago. But other than that, it's pretty stable and no -- nothing more than that.

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Kenneth Liddy;Oppenheimer;Analyst, [65]

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Understood. And could you talk about your cannabis business? Is that growing? Does that continue to grow? Do you see a pipeline growing there as far as with security?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [66]

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Cannabis -- the cannabis business is not -- we thought it's going to be a major issue for us, but worldwide, they reduced dramatically the requirements, and many mom-and-pop dealers and integrators are doing those projects. We still have a few in Canada and mostly in the U.S. We have some in Europe, but it's not -- it does look like a major vertical in the future. Again, they reduced the requirements, and they don't need a too high-end technology the same we are providing. So you can buy in Walmart a few cameras, simple software, and you can have a security system for your cannabis farm. Unfortunately, this is what -- this is the direction currently.

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Operator [67]

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The next question is from [Nahum Moschitz].

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Unidentified Analyst, [68]

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Actually, the last guy, he asked all the questions I had and you have answered. And anyway, please go ahead and keep up the good job. Thank you very much. Have a nice day.

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [69]

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Thank you, [Nahum].

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Operator [70]

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There are no further questions at this time. Before I ask Mr. Sharon to go ahead with his closing statement, I would like to remind participants that a replay of this call will be available on Magal's website, www.magalsecurity.com. Mr. Sharon, would you like to make your concluding statement?

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Dror Sharon, Magal Security Systems Ltd. - CEO [71]

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Yes. Thank you very much. Again, on behalf of the management of Magal, I would like to thank you for your continued interest and long-term support of our business. And I look forward to updating you in the next quarter. Have a good day and a nice weekend.

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Operator [72]

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Thank you. This concludes the Magal Security Systems Second Quarter 2019 Results Conference Call. Thank you for your participation. You may go ahead and disconnect.