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AZOUR, Israel, March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (NASDAQ: ITRN), today announced its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2020.
Highlights of full year 2020
Number of subscribers reached 1,768,000 at year-end;
Revenue of $245.6 million;
Adjusted EBITDA of $60.8 million;
Generated $60.1 million in full year operating cash flow;
Year-end net cash and marketable securities of $24.3 million;
Highlights of the fourth quarter of 2020
Improved results versus the prior quarter, as the Company continues to successfully overcome some of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic;
Net increase in aftermarket subscribers of 21,000 and net decrease in OEM subscribers of 5,000;
Revenue of $63.6 million, up 5.4% sequentially;
Adjusted EBITDA of $16.6 million, up 10% sequentially;
Generated $16.5 million in quarterly operating cash flow;
Declared dividend of $10 million;
Eyal Sheratzky, Co-CEO of Ituran said, "We are very happy with the continued improvement in our results which outperformed our expectations, particularly the sequential growth in revenue and EBITDA. We are also pleased with our highest-ever full year operating cash flow of $60 million. This is despite a difficult year for everyone, demonstrating the resilience and stability of our business even in the toughest of times. Our improving financial performance into the fourth quarter as well as our after-market net subscriber growth of 21,000, a growth rate we typically expect in normal times, demonstrate that Ituran is well on the way to recovery. We expect the positive trend to continue in the quarters ahead."
Mr. Sheratzky continued, "Given the improvements in our business and the strong cash generation, the Board decided to renew our dividend payments, while maintaining a level of conservatism, as long as the pandemic impact continues globally. We look forward to sharing the ongoing fruits of our success with our shareholders."
Mr. Sheratzky concluded, "I am confident that Ituran is emerging from this period in a much stronger position with a platform for long-term sustainable and profitable growth for the years ahead."
Fourth Quarter 2020 Results
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2020 were $63.6 million, a decrease of 3% compared with revenues of $65.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The revenue level was impacted by the continuing Covid-19 pandemic on new car sales in the regions in which Ituran operates. Furthermore, the higher average level of the US dollar exchange rate versus the Brazilian real during the quarter compared with the same period last year, reduced the overall revenue level in US dollar terms. In local currency terms, fourth quarter revenue increased by 2.6% year-over-year.
72% of revenues were from location-based service subscription fees and 28% were from product revenues.
Revenues from subscription fees were $45.8 million, a decrease of 8% over fourth quarter 2019 revenues. In local currency terms, subscription fees were at the same level as that of the fourth quarter last year.
The subscriber base amounted to 1,768,000 as of December 31, 2020. This represents an increase of 16,000 net over that of the end of the prior quarter. During the quarter, there was an increase of 21,000 in the aftermarket subscriber base and a decline of 5,000 in the OEM subscriber base.
Product revenues were $17.9 million, an increase of 12.7% compared with that of the fourth quarter of 2019.
Gross profit for the quarter was $29.5 million (46.4% of revenues), a 3% decrease compared with gross profit of $30.5 million (46.6% of revenues) in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The gross margin in the quarter on subscription revenues was 54.5%, compared with 54.4% in the fourth quarter of 2019. The gross margin on products was 25.6%, compared with 22.2% in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Operating income for the quarter was $12.1 million (19.0% of revenues) compared with an operating loss of $16.4 million, in the fourth quarter of last year.
It is noted that fourth quarter 2019 operating expenses included an impairment loss of $26.2 million related to the acquisition of Road Track Holdings. Excluding this impairment loss, the operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2019 was $9.8 million (15.0% of revenues) and compared with this figure, operating income in the fourth quarter of 2020 grew by 23%.
In local currency terms and excluding last year's fourth quarter impairment, the operating income would have grown by 33%.
EBITDA for the quarter was $16.6 million (26.1% of revenues) compared with an EBITDA loss of $10.7 million in the fourth quarter of last year. Excluding the above-mentioned fourth quarter 2019 impairment, EBITDA for that quarter was $15.5 million (24.0% of revenues). Therefore EBITDA for the current quarter grew by 7%. In local currency terms, the EBITDA would have increased by 17% year over year.
Financial expense for the quarter was $2.2 million compared with a financial income of $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of last year. The financial expense in the quarter was impacted by non-cash expenses, primarily due to exchange rate changes on Ituran's US dollar cash holdings in Israel as well as the change in market value of SaverOne, while the financial income last year was as a result of the change in obligation to purchase the non-controlling interest of Road Track in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $6.8 million (10.7% of revenues) or earnings per share of $0.33. This is compared to a net loss of $15.3 million and loss per share of $0.73 in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Cash flow from operations for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $16.5 million.
Full Year 2020 Results
Revenues for 2020 was $245.6 million, 12% below the $279.3 million reported in 2019.
The higher average level of the US dollar exchange rate versus the Brazilian real during the 2020 versus 2019 reduced the overall revenue level in US dollar terms and had a negative impact on the reported year-over-year revenue growth rate. In local currency terms, revenue decreased by 6% year over year.
74% of revenues were from location-based service subscription fees and 26% were from product revenues.
Revenues from subscription fees were $182.9 million, representing a decrease of 11% over the same period last year. In local currency terms, subscription fees were at a similar level to those of 2019.
Product revenues were $62.7 million, representing a decrease of 16% compared with the same period last year.
Gross profit for the year was $115.5 million (47.0% of revenues). This represents a decrease of 11% compared with gross profit of $130.5 million (46.7% of revenues) in 2019. The gross margin in the year on subscription revenues was 55.5%, compared with 56.0% in 2019. The gross margin on products was 22.2%, compared with 21.4% in 2019.
Operating profit for 2020 was $27.8 million (11.3% of revenues) an increase of 23% compared with operating profit of $22.7 million (8.1% of revenues) in 2019. In local currency terms, the operating profit increased by 38% year-over-year. Excluding the impairments in both 2019 and 2020, the operating profit in local currency terms decreased by 7%.
EBITDA for 2020 was $46.7 million (19.0% of revenues), an increase of 3% compared to $45.5 million (16.3% of revenues) in 2019. In local currency terms, the EBITDA increased by 16% year-over-year. Excluding the impairments in both 2019 and 2020, the adjusted EBITDA in local currency terms decreased by 7% .
Net income in 2020 was $16.1 million (6.6% of revenues) or fully diluted earnings per share of $0.77, compared with net income of $6.9 million (2.5% of revenues) or fully diluted earnings per share of $0.33 in 2019.
Cash flow from operations for the year was $60.1 million.
As of December 31, 2020, the Company had cash, including marketable securities, of $78.8 million and debt of $54.5 million, amounting to a net cash of $24.3 million. This is compared with cash, including marketable securities, of $54.3 million and debt of $67.9 million, amounting to a net debt of $13.6 million, as of December 31, 2019.
For the fourth quarter of 2020, a dividend of $10.0 million was declared.
The Board decided to restart dividend payments to shareholders and resumed a new policy of issuing at least $3 million on a quarterly basis.
Conference Call Information
The Company will also be hosting a conference call later today, March 3, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time.
On the call, management will review and discuss the results, and will be available to answer investor questions.
To participate, please call one of the following teleconferencing numbers. Please begin placing your calls a few minutes before the conference call commences. If you are unable to connect using the toll-free numbers, please try the international dial-in number.
US Dial-in Number: 1 866 860 9642
ISRAEL Dial-in Number: 03 918 0610
CANADA Dial-in Number: 1 866 485 2399
INTERNATIONAL Dial-in Number: +972 3 918 0610
9:00am Eastern Time, 6:00am Pacific Time, 4:00pm Israel Time
For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay of the call will be available from the day after the call in the investor relations section of Ituran's website.
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this report that are not historical facts as well as statements identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "believes", "seeks", "estimates" or words of similar meaning. These statements are based on our current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and changes in circumstances, many of which are beyond our control. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors, as well as factors related to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Ituran is a leader in the emerging mobility technology field, providing value-added location-based services, including a full suite of services for the connected-car. Ituran offers Stolen Vehicle Recovery, fleet management as well as mobile asset location, management & control services for vehicles, cargo and personal security for the retail, insurance industry and car manufacturers. Ituran is the largest OEM telematics provider in Latin America. Its products and applications are used by customers in over 20 countries. Ituran is also the founder of the Tel-Aviv based DRIVE startup incubator to promote the development of smart mobility technology.
Ituran's subscriber base has been growing significantly since the Company's inception to approaching 2 million subscribers using its location based services with a market leading position in Israel and Latin America. Established in 1995, Ituran has approximately 3,000 employees worldwide, with offices in Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Columbia, India, Canada and the United States.
For more information, please visit Ituran's website, at: www.ituran.com
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Cash and cash equivalents
Investments in marketable securities
Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts)
Other current assets
Long-term investments and other assets
Investments in affiliated companies
Investments in other companies
Other non-current assets
Deferred income taxes
Funds in respect of employee rights upon retirement
Property and equipment, net
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net
Intangible assets, net
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (cont.)
Credit from banking institutions
Obligation to purchase non-controlling interests
Other current liabilities
Long term loan
Liability for employee rights upon retirement
Deferred income taxes
Operating lease liabilities, non-current
Others non-current liabilities
Obligation to purchase non-controlling interests
Total liabilities and equity
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
( in thousands except per share data)
Three months period
Cost of revenues:
Research and development expenses
Selling and marketing expenses
General and administrative expenses
Impairment of goodwill
Impairment of intangible assets and Other expenses (income), net
Operating income (loss)
Other income (expenses), net
Financing income (expenses), net
Income (loss) before income tax
Income tax expenses
Share in gains (losses) of affiliated companies, net
Net income (loss) for the period
Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest
Net income (loss) attributable to the Company
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to Company's stockholders
Basic and diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding (in thousands)
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Three months period
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income for the period
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization
Interest and exchange rate differences on loans
Loss (gain) in respect of marketable securities and other investments
Increase (decrease) in liability for employee rights upon retirement
Share in losses in (gains of) affiliated company, net
Deferred income taxes
Capital losses on sale of property and equipment, net
Decrease in accounts receivable
Decrease (increase) in other current and non-current assets
Decrease in inventories
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable
Increase (decrease) in deferred revenues
Decrease in obligation for purchase non-controlling interests
Impairment of goodwill
Impairment of other intangible assets
Increase (decrease) in other current and non-current liabilities
Net cash provided by operating activities
Cash flows from investment activities
Increase in funds in respect of employee rights upon
retirement, net of withdrawals
Investments in affiliated and other companies
Proceed from (repayment of) long term deposit
Sale of (investment in) marketable securities
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
Net cash used in investment activities
Cash flows from financing activities
Repayment of long term credit
Short term credit from banking institutions, net
Purchase of shares from non-controlling interests
Acquisition of company shares purchased by a wholly owned subsidiary
Dividend paid to non-controlling interests
Net cash used in in financing activities
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
Net Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
Balance of cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
Balance of cash and cash equivalents at end of period
Supplementary information on financing and investing activities not involving cash flows:
During 2020, one of the Company's subsidiary declare a dividend that include an amount of US$ 3.4 million to non-controlling interests.
SOURCE Ituran Location and Control Ltd.