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Q3 2024 CalAmp Corp Earnings Call



Good day and thank you for standing by, and welcome to the CalAmp Corp. FY. 24 Q. three earnings call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speakers' presentation, there will be a question and answer session to ask a question during the session, please press star one one on your telephone and wait for your name.
To be announced. To withdraw your question, please press star one. Again, please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Jikun Kim, Chief Financial Officer.

Good afternoon, and welcome to CalAmp's Q3 FY. 24 Financial Results Earnings Call. My name is Jikun Kim. I am the Chief Financial Officer at Cowal. And also with us today is Calence Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and Jason Cohenour.
During today's call, we will make certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27 A. of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E. of the Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements are predictions projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and as such, are subject to risks and uncertainties, many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from forward-looking statements in this communication. Investors should listen to today's call with the understanding that our actual results may be materially different from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements that we are about to make. For more information about these risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements, please refer to the earnings press release that we issued today as well as the Company's filings within the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company specifically disclaims any obligations to update the forward-looking statements that may be discussed during this call. Jason will begin today's call with a review of company's recent operational highlights and then I will provide a more detailed review of the financial results followed by a question and answer session. With that, it is my great pleasure to turn the call over to CalAmp's Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Jason Cohenour. Jason, go ahead, please.

Thank you, Jikun, and thanks to all of you for joining us on the call today. In the third quarter Callon continued to see strength in certain areas of the business while also experiencing demand softness in others. Specifically, our industrial and international connected car segments continued to perform well, whereas soft demand from TSP. customers led to lower than expected consolidated revenue. Our view is that continued softness with TSP.s is mainly related to the post COVID supply chain correction and subsequent inventory rebalancing as well as an intensified competitive environment in the overall telematics solution ecosystem. In response, we have reallocated strategic focus and resources to this segment and believe we are seeing early signs of recovery, and we are optimistic that TSP. revenue will stabilize and return to growth from current levels.
Another complicating factor with our TSP. customers has been a difficult but necessary migration from our legacy pulse device management system to its successor, DMCTC. I am very pleased to report that after 20 months of monumental effort and some pain that the technical migration of more than 8.5 million devices to DMCTC. is now essentially complete all of our TSP customers can now look forward to fully leveraging the improved functionality and benefits of DMCTC. as opposed to migrating devices.
Furthermore, as the final strokes of the migration are completed, the CalAmp team can refactor more of its time and attention to optimizing the customer experience and driving revenue growth. Overall, the Company generated $53.6 million in revenue and $1 million of adjusted EBITDA in the quarter, both of which fell below our expectations. At the time we provided directional commentary on October fifth, adjusted EBITDA was lower than expected as a result of the lower revenue and gross margin. Non-gaap OpEx was lower sequentially as a result of previous cost reduction initiatives and this helped to cushion the impact of lower revenue and gross margin.
On the product and sales front, the company continued to hone its focus on core market segments to maximize the effectiveness of our investments and resources. As a result, there were several developments in the quarter that we believe represent growth catalysts for the future. One of these developments was the release of an upgraded version of our AI. dash cam solution Vision 2.1. This new model offers the standalone video capabilities of vision 2.0, but also includes other telematics functionality such as GPS tracking without the need for a separate gateway for LMU. device Vision 2.1 has now been released for our K-12 and commercial fleet applications. As previously mentioned, we had another extraordinarily strong quarter in the industrial segment, particularly with our large OEM customer. We are also seeing some very encouraging market traction with other industrial OEMs who are showing significant interest in the flexibility and computing power of CalAmp's edge software platform edge core. This edge platform, together with our DMCTC. cloud enables customized edge computing capabilities for proprietary edge apps, which can lead to lower operating costs, improved flexibility and lower latency compared to traditional device-to-cloud solutions. We have customers integrating this unique edge capability today and are excited to expand our opportunity set with industrial OEMs. Also, our international Connected Car business continues to execute well, achieving several milestones in the quarter. First, we were granted Toyota genuine certification, enabling our solutions to be installed at Toyota's ports, thereby streamlining the sales and customer delivery process, and providing an opportunity for geographical expansion.
Additionally, Jaguar Land Rover has endorsed our Stolen Vehicle Recovery System as its recommended solution to help mitigate the impact of a growing soft issue in the UK, increasing staff of JLR.'s range. Rovers in the UK has led to significant increases in insurance premiums on these targeted models. With JLR.s endorsement, select insurance companies are offering lower premiums on vehicles that have our SVR solution installed. We are encouraged by Jay, a large endorsement of our unique SBR technology and believe that it represents a catalyst for growth in the UK market and beyond.
During the quarter, we also launched an initiative to narrow our strategic focus to market segments where we are particularly well positioned and see opportunities for profitable growth. In addition to concentrating our resources in those market segments with the best opportunity for growth. Our narrower focus has also enabled us to take significant cost reduction actions. We estimate that our cost reduction actions will result in approximately $16 million in annualized savings compared to our fiscal Q2 run rate. We anticipate that approximately 75% of the savings will come from operating expenses and capital expenditures with the balance coming from reductions in cost of goods. While we expect to see some immediate benefit from our cost reduction initiatives, the full impact will be realized throughout fiscal year '25. With these reductions we expect to significantly strengthen the leverage in our operating model and to achieve adjusted EBITDA breakeven at approximately $42 million in quarterly revenue, depending on product mix and gross margins. On December 18, we announced the closing of a $45 million term loan with Linde Rock Lake Master Fund LP. This new term loan replaces our previous asset-backed line of credit and enhances our strategic positioning as we engage with new and existing customers, partners, and suppliers. That new capital also provides financial flexibility in support of our strategy and business transformation. Lynn rock is a long-time supporter of CalAmp. It is an existing holder of a large majority of CalAmp's 2% convertible senior notes maturing in August of 2025. In connection with the execution of the term loan agreement. CalAmp is amending the notes to add a security interest.
And finally, I'm very excited that we very recently announced the appointment of veteran technology leader, Chris Adams as CalAmp's next President and CEO effective January 22, 2024. Chris is an accomplished technology leader, will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Calian. He possesses a unique combination of technical depth, operational skills, and general management experience from a broad range of technology companies. Most recently as General Manager of the automotive sensing division at ON Semi, we have high confidence in Chris's ability to lead the company through its transformation and to greater value for customers and investors. As for me, I will continue to serve as catalyst Interim CEO until Chris arrives. Following his arrival, I will work with him and the team to ensure a smooth handover of leadership responsibilities following the handover I plan to resume my role as independent director for KLM has been a true pleasure to serve as Calix Interim CEO, and I can report without hesitation at the CalAmp team is talented and passionate, and they believe in the opportunity before us.
In addition to having a great team. The Company also has other tremendous assets, including excellent products and solutions, a blue-chip customer base and a large and growing market opportunity. I look forward to supporting CalAmp's next chapter of profitable growth and market leadership.
With that, I'll turn the call over to Kim to discuss our third quarter financial results in more detail. Jikun?

Thank you, Jason, and thank you for stepping up during this transition. It has been a pleasure to work with you. My commentary will include reference to non-GAAP financial measures. A full reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures with the core corresponding GAAP measure is included in the earnings release. Total revenues in the third quarter were $53.6 million. Revenues declined 32% year over year and 13% sequentially from $61.7 million last quarter. Much of the year over year and quarter over quarter. Revenue decline was driven by lower sales to our TSP customers, partially offset by strong performance in our industrial and connected car market. Segments. As Jason mentioned in his remarks, the revenue decline was driven by our TSP customers continuing to rebalance their inventories while also navigating competitive pressures in their end markets. As we move into Q4. We are seeing early indications from our TSP customers that the business is stabilizing, and orders have improved. Recurring application subscription revenue in the quarter were $17.8 million, a $900,000. sequential decline. While the total connected car market segment revenues were steady quarter over quarter, the decline in recurring revenue was driven by our Connected Car UK operations as a large insurance carrier exited the UK market in the quarter. These declines were partially offset by recurring revenue growth in our K-12 segment.
Consolidated gross margin in the third quarter was 33% compared to 36% in the prior quarter. The sequential gross margin decline was driven by unfavorable product mix, lower volumes and higher than normal excess and obsolescence accruals and warranty expenses. E&o was largely driven by a set of SKUs from our cargo tracking product line and higher warranty expenses were the result of quality issues with one of our product skews, which has since been resolved. Third quarter GAAP operating expenses were $101 million excluding goodwill impairment restructuring charges. Expenses related to Jeff Gardner is passing and other nonrecurring expenses. Third quarter operating expenses would have declined $2.5 million sequentially to approximately $23 million, resulting in Q3 FY. 24 adjusted EBITDA was $1 million or 2% of revenue. Please see the press release for further details of our nonrecurring adjustments.
At the end of Q3 FY 24, we had total cash and cash equivalents of approximately $38.2 million as compared to $38.6 million last quarter. Cash flow from operations was a positive $1.8 million in the quarter. Free cash flow in the quarter was a negative $500,000. towards the end of Q3 FY 24, we implemented a significant cost reduction initiatives targeting $16 million in annualized cash savings relative to Q2 FY 24 run rates. These savings should be fully realized by the end of FY'25, approximately 25% of the reductions will come from cost of goods as new lower cost and higher performance products replace aging products over time. The balance of the reductions will come from operating expenses and capital expenditures. With these reductions, our adjusted EBITDA breakeven should be reduced to approximately $42 million in quarterly revenues, depending on business mix and realized gross margin in the quarter. We also assessed the carrying value of goodwill on our balance sheet, driven by significant revenue declines in our TSP. market segment. The fair value of some of the goodwill segment was determined to be less than the carrying value, and we recognized a $74 million goodwill impairment.
Subsequent to the quarter end, we announced the closing of a strategic financing agreement with Manitowoc make the financing will provide additional liquidity and operating flexibility as we implement our restructuring efforts and return Cal amp to growth, profitability and cash flow generation.
As a note term loan has no financial covenants with this strategic financing and significantly lower cost structure. Incremental revenues will create enhanced profitability and cash flows, positioning the Company to execute on its plan to address the $230 million convertible loan coming due on August 1, 2025, and the $45 million term loan coming due December 15, 2027.
From a business outlook standpoint, in Q4, we expect revenues from our industrial markets segment to decrease from its recent multi-quarter highs to a more normalized level. We expect this revenue reduction in Industrial to be partially offset higher recovery from our TSP. customer. Overall, we expect the consolidated revenues to be down slightly and for the adjusted EBITDA to be stable relative to q three FY 24 level.
With that, I'll turn the call back to Jason for some final comments.
Jason, thank you.

Can't. In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Callon. We have an unwavering belief in the value our technology services and employees bring to the market, and our team remains dedicated to capitalizing on that value and navigating the opportunities ahead.
This concludes our prepared remarks, and we'll now open the call to your questions. Operator?

Question and Answer Session


Thank you. As a reminder, to ask a question, please press star one on your telephone and wait for your name to be announced. To withdraw your question, please press star one again, One moment for questions.
Yes, our first question comes from Adam Gibbs with Goldman Sachs. You may proceed.

Hi, this is Adam Beatty on for Jerry today. Thanks for taking my question. As a starting point, can you just put a finer point on what you're seeing in the TSP. market that's driving your confidence that we could see a recovery here soon. And then stepping back more broadly, how are you thinking about timing around them, return to revenue growth for the overall business? Thank you.

Thanks, Adam. This is Jason. So I'll be abstract somewhat on this on the signals we're seeing from TSP.s. But basically, we're we are seeing order volume come up a bit. Our internal forecast is up. We're getting more favorable anecdotal commentary from our from our TSPs. So all of that leads us to believe that a recovery is underway. I'm being realistic. I think that recovery is going to be slow. We it's going to take us a while to get back up to historical levels. But like I said, we're optimistic in our current view is in Q4, we'll see a recovery relative to two Q. three on with respect to our forward guidance beyond the commentary provided here on overall consolidated revenue, I think we're going to be cautious on that at this point in time, Adam, but I'd say on balance where we're optimistic, you know, the big negative moving piece for us has been in the past few quarters TSPs, and we're seeing signs of recovery. As John indicated in our prepared remarks, we're going to see kind of a return to normal for industrial. So that's going to that's going to work through the consolidated results. But overall, we're optimistic and we've got we’ve got some, we believe, growth catalysts in the business that will play out over time.

But thanks for that. And then nice to see the closing of the $45 million term loan. Can you just update us on how you're thinking about other strategic options to address the 2025 convertible note.

So I think we've discussed this in the past, Adam, on. So operationally, obviously, we're going to have to do better, right, grow the business, increased profitability and generate more cash we believe these things will generate opportunities and flexibility options for us to be able to one potentially refinance a portion of all the debts coming due at a lower cost as well as push out some of it as well as pay off some of that at maturity. So fundamentally, the strategy really hasn't changed.

Okay. Got it. And then just lastly, for me you folks have been focused on some new applications and solutions. Just wondering how the growth trajectory of some of those higher RPU solutions have been and how you think about revenue subscriber trends over the next several quarters as you work to grow those, our newer applications, and solutions?

Sure, Adam, this states and I'll talk to really Vision 2.1 as has been kind of our most recent important launch in terms of RPU driver. That product has been now fully integrated with both our K-12 apps and are counting about for commercial fleet, and we're in market with it. We've got a handful of customer wins and installations. So we're kind of stepping into it. Now. We're optimistic there. And in particular around K-12. And the other dynamic around K-12 is they're back and they're back to business now after their normal seasonal quiet period as school opens. And of course, through the holidays so we're optimistic there and other growth catalysts to point to outside the app. Our Connected Car connected car has, I think, a few good things happening. We've organically opened in Spain about 18 months ago, and that business has now achieved breakeven and is continuing to grow. And based on the success there, we're evaluating other geographical expansion opportunities with connected car, mainly in Europe. And in addition to that, we've got some nice milestones, customer milestones in that part of the business with both Toyota and GM and Jaguar Land Rover that we believe can help us drive more growth in that in that area of the business.

Thanks so much.


Thank you. And as a reminder, to ask a question, please press star one on your telephone. One moment for questions and I'm not showing any further questions. I would like to I'll turn the call back over to Jason Cohenour for any closing remarks.

Thank you, Josh, and thank you to everybody for joining us on the call today and for your continued interest in Callon. We look forward to speaking with you again during our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2024 earnings call. Josh, you can now disconnect the call.


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