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Westell Reports Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Results

AURORA, Ill., Feb. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westell Technologies, Inc. (WSTL), a leading provider of high-performance network infrastructure solutions, announced results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter ended December 31, 2018 (3Q19).  Management will host a conference call to discuss 3Q19 results and plans for future growth tomorrow, Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 9:30 AM Eastern Time (details below).

Revenue was $10.7 million and comprised $2.8 million from the In-Building Wireless (IBW) segment, $5.1 million from the Intelligent Site Management (ISM) segment, and $2.8 million from the Communication Network Solutions (CNS) segment.

“As anticipated, ISM segment revenue rebounded in 3Q19, nearly doubling compared to 2Q19, driving an overall sequential quarterly revenue increase.  Our IBW segment was affected by lower sales of DAS Conditioners.  CNS, while seasonally lower, included increased traction for our new Fiber Access solutions.  We also maintained our consolidated gross margin target of 40% or greater,” said Stephen John, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Going forward, to meet our growth objectives and drive increased shareholder value, we expect to continue expanding our portfolio of Fiber Access solutions, co-developing an OnGo Small Cell targeted to the private LTE market, and aggressively pursuing inorganic initiatives across all three segments.”

  3Q19
3 months ended
12/31/18
2Q19
3 months ended
9/30/18
+ increase /
- decrease
Revenue $10.7M $10.1M +$0.6M
Gross Margin 42.8% 41.5% +1.3%
Operating Margin -16.0% -17.4% +1.4%
Net Income (Loss) ($1.6M) ($1.7M) +$0.1M
Earnings (Loss) Per Share ($0.10) ($0.11) +$0.01
Non-GAAP Operating Margin (1) -5.4% -6.2% +0.8%
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) (1) ($0.4M) ($0.5M) +$0.1M
Non-GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share (1) ($0.03) ($0.03) $—
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA (1) ($0.4M) ($0.5M) +$0.1M
Ending Cash $27.1M $28.5M -$1.4M
(1)  Please refer to the schedule at the end of this press release for a complete GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation and other information related to non-GAAP financial measures.

Cash was $27.1 million at December 31, 2018 compared to $28.5 million at September 30, 2018, due primarily to increased working capital and share repurchases.

In-Building Wireless (IBW) Segment

IBW’s segment sequential quarterly revenue decrease was due to lower sales of DAS conditioners and passive system components, partly offset by slight revenue increases for commercial repeaters and public safety products.  IBW’s segment gross margin decrease was due primarily to the lower overall revenue.

($ in thousands) 3Q19
3 months ended
12/31/18
2Q19
3 months ended
9/30/18
+ increase /
- decrease
IBW Segment Revenue $2,794 $3,646 -$852
IBW Segment Gross Margin 38.3% 46.4% -8.1%
IBW Segment R&D Expense $682 $867 -$185
IBW Segment Profit $387 $825 -$438
       

Intelligent Site Management (ISM) Segment

ISM’s segment sequential quarterly revenue increase was driven by a rebound in sales of remote units to a major domestic customer that had slowed significantly in the prior quarter and higher software revenue.  ISM’s segment gross margin increase was driven by the revenue increase and a more favorable mix.

($ in thousands) 3Q19
3 months ended
12/31/18
2Q19
3 months ended
9/30/18
+ increase /
- decrease
ISM Segment Revenue $5,116
$2,646
+$2,470
ISM Segment Gross Margin 56.7% 53.7% +3.0%
ISM Segment R&D Expense $570
$558
+$12
ISM Segment Profit $2,329
$864
+$1,465
       

Communication Network Solutions (CNS) Segment

CNS product lines are used primarily in the outdoor communication network; consequently, the October to December quarters tend to result in lower revenue.  In 3Q19, CNS’s segment sequential quarterly revenue decrease was most affected by lower sales of Integrated Cabinets and Power Distribution products, partly offset by increased traction of our new Fiber Access solutions.  CNS’s gross margin decrease was primarily due to the lower overall revenue.

($ in thousands) 3Q19
3 months ended
12/31/18
2Q19
3 months ended
9/30/18
+ increase /
- decrease
CNS Segment Revenue $2,812
$3,814
-$1,002
CNS Segment Gross Margin 22.1% 28.3% -6.2%
CNS Segment R&D Expense $484
$418
+$66
CNS Segment Profit $138
$661
-$523
       

Conference Call Information
Management will discuss financial and business results and plans for future growth during the quarterly conference call on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 9:30 AM Eastern Time.  Investors may quickly register online in advance of the call at https://www.conferenceplus.com/Westell.  After registering, participants receive dial-in numbers, a passcode and a registration ID that is used to uniquely identify their presence and automatically join them into the audio conference.  Participant may also register by telephone on the day of the conference by calling (888) 206-4065 no later than 8:15 AM Central Time (9:15 AM Eastern Time) and providing the operator confirmation number 48142312.

This news release and related information that may be discussed on the conference call will be posted on the Investor Relations section of Westell's website: ir.westell.com.  A digital recording of the entire conference will be available for replay on Westell's website by approximately 12:00 PM Eastern Time following the conclusion of the conference call.

About Westell Technologies
Westell is a leading provider of high-performance network infrastructure solutions focused on innovation and differentiation at the edge of communication networks where end users connect.  The Company's portfolio of products and solutions enable service providers and network operators to improve performance and reduce operating expenses.  With millions of products successfully deployed worldwide, Westell is a trusted partner for transforming networks into high-quality reliable systems. For more information, please visit www.westell.com.

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Westell Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

    Three months ended   Nine months ended  
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,  
    2018   2018   2017   2018   2017  
Revenue   $ 10,722     $ 10,106     $ 13,675     $ 33,865     $ 47,481    
Cost of revenue   6,132     5,913     7,599     19,147     27,363    
Gross profit   4,590     4,193     6,076     14,718     20,118    
Gross margin   42.8 %   41.5 %   44.4 %   43.5 %   42.4 %  
Operating expenses:                      
R&D   1,736     1,843     1,542     5,011     6,023    
Sales and marketing   1,999     1,876     1,950     6,012     6,278    
General and administrative   1,738     1,400     1,502     4,672     5,022    
Intangible amortization   830     832     1,047     2,652     3,142    
Restructuring                   165   (1)
Total operating expenses   6,303     5,951     6,041     18,347     20,630    
Operating profit (loss)   (1,713 )   (1,758 )   35     (3,629 )   (512 )  
Other income, net   158     165     79     442     799   (2)
Income (loss) before income taxes   (1,555 )   (1,593 )   114     (3,187 )   287    
Income tax benefit (expense)   (1 )   (10 )   685   (3) (11 )   660   (3)
Net income (loss) from continuing operations   (1,556 )   (1,603 )   799     (3,198 )   947    
Income (loss) from discontinued operations (4)       (138 )       (138 )      
Net income (loss)   $ (1,556 )   $ (1,741 )   $ 799     $ (3,336 )   $ 947    
                       
Basic net income (loss) per share:                      
Basic net income (loss)   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.11 )   $ 0.05     $ (0.21 )   $ 0.06    
Diluted net income (loss)   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.11 )   $ 0.05     $ (0.21 )   $ 0.06    
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:                      
Basic   15,524     15,583     15,504     15,576     15,482    
Diluted   15,524     15,583     15,755     15,576     15,679    

(1)  During the quarter ended September 30, 2017, the Company recorded restructuring expense related to severance costs for terminated employees.
(2)  During the quarter ended September 30, 2017, the Company dissolved the NoranTel legal entity which triggered a one-time $0.6 million foreign currency gain with the reversal of the cumulative translation adjustment.
(3)  During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the Company had an income tax benefit of $697K from the release of the tax valuation allowance associated with previously generated alternative minimum tax (AMT) credits due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
(4)  During the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the Company recorded indemnification expense related to probable loss contingencies associated with a major customer contract related to a business which was previously sold and therefore is presented as discontinued operations.


Westell Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(Amounts in thousands)

    December 31, 2018
(Unaudited)
  March 31, 2018
Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 27,065     $ 24,963  
Short-term investments       2,779  
Accounts receivable, net   6,980     8,872  
Inventories   10,163     9,222  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,169     816  
Total current assets   45,377     46,652  
Land, property and equipment, net   1,434     1,601  
Intangible assets, net   8,783     11,435  
Tax receivable, non-current   697     697  
Other non-current assets   63     74  
Total assets   $ 56,354     $ 60,459  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity        
Accounts payable   $ 2,936     $ 1,903  
Accrued expenses   2,854     3,328  
Accrued restructuring       63  
Deferred revenue   679     1,790  
Total current liabilities   6,469     7,084  
Deferred revenue non-current   514     846  
Other non-current liabilities   232     234  
Total liabilities   7,215     8,164  
Total stockholders’ equity   49,139     52,295  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 56,354     $ 60,459  
                 
                 

Westell Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

    Three months
ended
December 31,
  Nine months
 ended
December 31,
 
    2018   2018   2017  
Cash flows from operating activities:                      
Net income (loss)   $ (1,556 )   $ (3,336 )   $ 947    
Reconciliation of net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization   979     3,092     3,747    
Stock-based compensation   303     889     988    
Loss on sale of fixed assets       1     10    
Restructuring           165    
Deferred taxes           (697 ) (1)
Gain on disposal of foreign operations           (608 ) (2)
Exchange rate loss (gain)   2     3     (20 )  
Changes in assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable   (22 )   1,892     1,025    
Inventory   207     (941 )   3,047    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (276 )   494     (3,542 )  
Deferred revenue   (459 )   (1,114 ) (3) (618 )  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (38 )   (353 )   545    
Other assets   10     11     80    
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (850 )   638     5,069    
Cash flows from investing activities:              
Net maturity (purchase) of short-term investments       2,779     (4,537 )  
Purchases of property and equipment, net   (120 )   (273 )   (261 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (120 )   2,506     (4,798 )  
Cash flows from financing activities:              
Purchase of treasury stock   (433 )   (1,038 )   (558 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (433 )   (1,038 )   (558 )  
Gain (loss) of exchange rate changes on cash   (3 )   (4 )   1    
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (1,406 )   2,102     (286 )  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   28,471     24,963   (4) 21,778    
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 27,065     $ 27,065     $ 21,492   (4)

(1During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the Company had an income tax benefit of $697K from the release of the tax valuation allowance associated with previously generated alternative minimum tax (AMT) credits due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
(2) During the quarter ended September 30, 2017, the Company dissolved the NoranTel legal entity which triggered a one-time $0.6 million foreign currency gain with the reversal of the cumulative translation adjustment.
(3)  Includes the cumulative effect adjustment of the ASC 606 (Revenue from Contracts with Customers) adoption.
(4) As of March 31, 2018, and December 31, 2017, the Company had $2.8 million and $4.5 million, respectively, of short-term investments in addition to cash and cash equivalents.


Westell Technologies, Inc.
Segment Statement of Operations
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Sequential Quarter Comparison

  Three months ended December 31, 2018   Three months ended September 30, 2018
  IBW   ISM   CNS   Total   IBW   ISM   CNS   Total
Total revenue $ 2,794     $ 5,116     $ 2,812     $ 10,722     $ 3,646     $ 2,646     $ 3,814     $ 10,106  
Gross profit 1,069     2,899     622     4,590     1,692     1,422     1,079     4,193  
Gross margin 38.3 %   56.7 %   22.1 %   42.8 %   46.4 %   53.7 %   28.3 %   41.5 %
R&D expenses 682     570     484     1,736     867     558     418     1,843  
Segment profit $ 387     $ 2,329     $ 138     $ 2,854     $ 825     $ 864     $ 661     $ 2,350  
                                                               

Year-over-Year Quarter Comparison

  Three months ended December 31, 2018   Three months ended December 31, 2017
  IBW   ISM   CNS   Total   IBW   ISM   CNS   Total
Total revenue $ 2,794     $ 5,116     $ 2,812     $ 10,722     $ 5,223     $ 5,802     $ 2,650     $ 13,675  
Gross profit 1,069     2,899     622     4,590     2,469     3,160     447     6,076  
Gross margin 38.3 %   56.7 %   22.1 %   42.8 %   47.3 %   54.5 %   16.9 %   44.4 %
R&D expenses 682     570     484     1,736     750     547     245     1,542  
Segment profit $ 387     $ 2,329     $ 138     $ 2,854     $ 1,719     $ 2,613     $ 202     $ 4,534  
                                                               
                                                               

Westell Technologies, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
    2018   2018   2017   2018   2017
GAAP consolidated operating expenses   $ 6,303     $ 5,951     $ 6,041     $ 18,347     $ 20,630  
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   (291 )   (284 )   (305 )   (854 )   (955 )
Amortization of intangibles (2)   (830 )   (832 )   (1,047 )   (2,652 )   (3,142 )
Restructuring, separation, and transition (3)                   (165 )
Total adjustments   (1,121 )   (1,116 )   (1,352 )   (3,506 )   (4,262 )
Non-GAAP consolidated operating expenses   $ 5,182     $ 4,835     $ 4,689     $ 14,841     $ 16,368  


    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
    2018   2018   2017   2018   2017
GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (1,556 )   $ (1,741 )   $ 799     $ (3,336 )   $ 947  
Less:                    
Income tax benefit (expense)   (1 )   (10 )   685     (11 )   660  
Other income, net   158     165     79     442     799  
Discontinued operations (4)       $ (138 )   $     (138 )   $  
GAAP consolidated operating profit (loss)   $ (1,713 )   $ (1,758 )   $ 35     $ (3,629 )   $ (512 )
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   303     295     316     889     988  
Amortization of intangibles (2)   830     832     1,047     2,652     3,142  
Restructuring, separation, and transition (3)                   165  
Total adjustments   1,133     1,127     1,363     3,541     4,295  
Non-GAAP consolidated operating profit (loss)   $ (580 )   $ (631 )   $ 1,398     $ (88 )   $ 3,783  
Depreciation   149     139     174     440     605  
Non-GAAP consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (5)   $ (431 )   $ (492 )   $ 1,572     $ 352     $ 4,388  
                                         
                                         


    Three months ended   Nine months ended
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
    2018   2018   2017   2018   2017
GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (1,556 )   $ (1,741 )   $ 799     $ (3,336 )   $ 947  
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   303     295     316     889     988  
Amortization of intangibles (2)   830     832     1,047     2,652     3,142  
Restructuring, separation, and 
transition (3)
                  165  
Discontinued operations (4)       138         138      
Foreign currency translation adjustment (6)                   (608 )
Income taxes (7)           (697 )       (697 )
Total adjustments   1,133     1,265     666     3,679     2,990  
Non-GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (423 )   $ (476 )   $ 1,465     $ 343     $ 3,937  
GAAP consolidated net income (loss) per common share:                    
Diluted   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.11 )   $ 0.05     $ (0.21 )   $ 0.06  
Non-GAAP consolidated net income (loss) per common share:                    
Diluted   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.03 )   $ 0.09     $ 0.02     $ 0.25  
Average number of common shares outstanding:                    
Diluted   15,524     15,583     15,755     15,663     15,679  

The Company conforms to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the preparation of its financial statements. The schedules above reconcile the Company's non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. The adjustments share one or more of the following characteristics: they are unusual and the Company does not expect them to recur in the ordinary course of its business; they do not involve the expenditure of cash; they are unrelated to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course; or their magnitude and timing is largely outside of the Company's control. Management believes that the non-GAAP financial information provides meaningful supplemental information to investors. Management also believes the non-GAAP financial information reflects the Company's core ongoing operating performance and facilitates comparisons across reporting periods.  The Company uses these non-GAAP measures when evaluating its financial results.  Non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as a substitute for the Company's GAAP results.

Footnotes:

(1)  Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense incurred in accordance with share-based compensation accounting standards.
(2)  Amortization of intangibles is a non-cash expense arising from previously acquired intangible assets.
(3)   Restructuring, separation, and transition expenses are not directly related to the ongoing performance of our fundamental business operations.
(4)  During the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the Company recorded indemnification expense related to probable loss contingencies associated with a major customer contract related to a business which was previously sold and therefore is presented as discontinued operations.
(5)  EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that represents Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization.  The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA.
(6)  Non-recurring foreign currency translation gain related to the wind-up of the NoranTel legal entity during the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
(7) Adjustment removes one-time tax effect of changes in valuation allowance reserves associated with previously generated alternative minimum tax (AMT) credits due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

For additional information, contact:

Tom Minichiello
Chief Financial Officer
Westell Technologies, Inc.
+1 (630) 375 4740
tminichiello@westell.com