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Westell Reports Fiscal 2020 Second Quarter Results

AURORA, Ill., Nov. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westell Technologies, Inc. (WSTL), a leading provider of high-performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced results for its fiscal 2020 second quarter ended September 30, 2019 (2Q20).  Management will host a conference call to discuss financial and business results tomorrow, Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 9:30 AM Eastern Time.

Revenue was $7.6 million, compared with $9.0 million in the prior quarter.  Net loss in 2Q20 was $3.6 million, compared with a net loss of $2.2 million in the prior quarter.  The losses include significant charges for excess and obsolete inventory of $1.3 million in 2Q20, compared to $0.6 million in 1Q20.  Inventory charges increased as a result of technology shifts and changing customer plans which lowered the sales outlook for certain legacy products.

“Second-quarter revenue and net loss continued our recent downward trend,” said Tim Duitsman, Westell’s newly appointed President and CEO. “In efforts to reverse that trend, we narrowed our product development to the most promising new products, with a keen focus on public safety, fiber connectivity solutions and remote monitoring.  These areas play to Westell’s strengths and we believe offer the fastest paths to revenue growth.  On the cost side, we executed a substantial restructuring in October that resulted in charges of approximately $0.2 million and reduced company expenses by at least $1.7 million a year.  Going forward, we also do not expect inventory charges, which depressed our gross margins, to continue at the recent levels.”

Consolidated Results 2Q20
3 months ended
9/30/19
1Q20
3 months ended
6/30/19
+ increase /
- decrease
Revenue $7.6M $9.0M -$1.4M
Gross Margin 20.9%
36.1%
-15.2%
Operating Expenses $5.3M $5.6M -$0.3M
Net Income (Loss) ($3.6M) ($2.2M) -$1.4M
Earnings (Loss) Per Share ($0.23)
($0.14)
-$0.09
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses (1) $4.8M $5.0M -$0.2M
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) (1) ($3.1M) ($1.6M) -$1.5M
Non-GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share (1) ($0.20)
($0.10)
-$0.10
Ending Cash $21.7M $24.1M -$2.4M
(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.

In-Building Wireless (IBW) Segment

IBW’s revenue decrease was driven by lower sales in commercial repeaters, RF system components, and passive DAS conditioners offset in part by an increase in public safety revenue.  IBW’s gross margin decrease primarily reflects the impact of the lower sales against fixed costs.  It also includes an excess and obsolete inventory charge of $0.5 million, compared to $0.4 million in the prior quarter.

($ in thousands) 2Q20
3 months ended
9/30/19
1Q20
3 months ended
6/30/19
+ increase /
- decrease
IBW Segment Revenue $2,618
$2,923
-$305
IBW Segment Gross Margin 15.8% 33.3% -17.5%
IBW Segment R&D Expense $403
$399
$4
IBW Segment Profit $10
$573
-$563

Intelligent Site Management (ISM) Segment

ISM’s revenue decrease was due to lower sales of remote units, primarily due to a decrease in orders for one large domestic service provider customer.  ISM’s gross margin decrease was primarily driven by an excess and obsolete inventory charge of $0.4 million, compared to $0.1 million in the prior quarter.

($ in thousands) 2Q20
3 months ended
9/30/19
1Q20
3 months ended
6/30/19
+ increase /
- decrease
ISM Segment Revenue $2,646 $3,095 -$449
ISM Segment Gross Margin 39.4% 51.0% -11.6%
ISM Segment R&D Expense $619 $701 -$82
ISM Segment Profit $423 $878 -$455

Communication Network Solutions (CNS) Segment

CNS’s revenue decrease was due to lower sales across nearly all product lines.  CNS’s gross margin decrease was due to an increased excess and obsolete inventory charge, which was $0.4 million compared to $0.1 million in the prior quarter, mix changes and cost-absorption effects of lower revenue.

($ in thousands) 2Q20
3 months ended
9/30/19
1Q20
3 months ended
6/30/19
+ increase /
- decrease
CNS Segment Revenue $2,305 $2,984 -$679
CNS Segment Gross Margin 5.4% 23.3% -17.9%
CNS Segment R&D Expense $427 $456 -$29
CNS Segment Profit (Loss) $(303) $239 -$542

Conference Call Information
Management will discuss financial and business results during the quarterly conference call on Thursday, November 14, 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.  A participant may also register by telephone on November 14, 2019, by calling (888) 206-4065 and providing the operator confirmation number 49124964.

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: http://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.

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 https://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   Six months ended
    September 30,   June 30   September 30,   September 30,   September 30,
    2019   2019   2018   2019   2018
Revenue   $ 7,569     $ 9,002     $ 10,106     $ 16,571     $ 23,143  
Cost of revenue   5,990     5,756     5,913     11,746     13,015  
Gross profit   1,579     3,246     4,193     4,825     10,128  
Gross margin   20.9 %   36.1 %   41.5 %   29.1 %   43.8 %
Operating expenses:                    
Research & Development   1,449     1,556     1,843     3,005     3,275  
Sales and marketing   2,259     2,332     1,876     4,591     4,013  
General and administrative   1,249     1,364     1,400     2,613     2,934  
Intangible amortization   308     308     832     616     1,822  
Total operating expenses   5,265     5,560     5,951     10,825     12,044  
Operating profit (loss)   (3,686 )   (2,314 )   (1,758 )   (6,000 )   (1,916 )
Other income, net   125     164     165     289     284  
Income (loss) before income taxes   (3,561 )   (2,150 )   (1,593 )   (5,711 )   (1,632 )
Income tax benefit (expense)       (7 )   (10 )   (7 )   (10 )
Net income (loss) from continuing operations   (3,561 )   (2,157 )   (1,603 )   (5,718 )   (1,642 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations (1)           (138 )       (138 )
Net income (loss)   $ (3,561 )   $ (2,157 )   $ (1,741 )   $ (5,718 )   $ (1,780 )
                     
Net income (loss) per share:                    
Basic net income (loss)   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.14 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.37 )   $ (0.11 )
Diluted net income (loss)   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.14 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.37 )   $ (0.11 )
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:                    
Basic   15,512     15,455     15,583     15,483     15,602  
Diluted   15,512     15,455     15,583     15,483     15,602  
                               
(1) 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.  On July 24, 2019, the Company signed a settlement agreement related to this matter.  The $345K settlement, which was fully covered by the accrual on March 31, 2019, will be paid in the quarter ended December 31, 2019.
 
 

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

    September 30, 2019
(Unaudited)
  March 31, 2019
Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 21,716     $ 25,457  
Accounts receivable, net   5,033     6,865  
Inventories   8,318     9,801  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   1,839     1,706  
Total current assets   36,906     43,829  
Land, property and equipment, net   1,096     1,298  
Intangible assets, net   4,547     3,278  
Right-of-use assets on operating leases, net   699      
Other non-current assets   431     492  
Total assets   $ 43,679     $ 48,897  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity        
Accounts payable   $ 2,742     $ 2,313  
Accrued expenses   4,162     3,567  
Deferred revenue   624     1,217  
Total current liabilities   7,528     7,097  
Deferred revenue non-current   330     444  
Other non-current liabilities   102     176  
Total liabilities   7,960     7,717  
Total stockholders’ equity   35,719     41,180  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 43,679     $ 48,897  
                 
                 

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

    Three months
ended
September 30,
  Six months
 ended
 September 30, 
 
    2019   2019
  2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:                      
Net income (loss)   $ (3,561 )   $ (5,718 )   $ (1,780 )  
Reconciliation of net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:                  
Depreciation and amortization   491       942     2,113    
Stock-based compensation   201       445     586    
Loss (gain) on sale of fixed assets   (11 )     (11 )   1    
Exchange rate loss (gain)   6       3     1    
Changes in assets and liabilities:            
Accounts receivable   770       1,829     1,914    
Inventory   1,625       1,483     (1,148 )  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   210       950     770    
Deferred revenue   (389 )     (707 )   (655 )  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (155 )     (122 )   (315 )  
Other assets   465       (638 )   1    
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (348 )     (1,544 )   1,488    
Cash flows from investing activities:                  
Net maturity (purchase) of short-term investments             2,779    
Purchase of product licensing rights (1)   (1,950 )     (1,950 )      
Purchases of property and equipment, net   (45 )     (59 )   (153 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (1,995 )     (2,009 )   2,626    
Cash flows from financing activities:                  
Purchase of treasury stock   (16 )     (189 )   (605 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (16 )     (189 )   (605 )  
Gain (loss) of exchange rate changes on cash   (2 )     1     (1 )  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (2,361 )     (3,741 )   3,508    
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   24,077       25,457     24,963   (2)
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 21,716     $ 21,716     $ 28,471    
                           
(1) During 2Q20, the Company made a partial payment for the purchase of product licensing rights.  The remaining $1.0 million due is recorded in Accounts Payable as of September 30, 2019.  The corresponding asset is recorded in intangible assets.
(2) As of March 31, 2018, the Company had $2.8 million 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 September 30, 2019   Three months ended June 30, 2019
  IBW   ISM   CNS   Total   IBW   ISM   CNS   Total
Total revenue $ 2,618     $ 2,646     $ 2,305     $ 7,569     $ 2,923     $ 3,095     $ 2,984     $ 9,002  
Gross profit 413     1,042     124     1,579     972     1,579     695     3,246  
Gross margin 15.8 %   39.4 %   5.4 %   20.9 %   33.3 %   51.0 %   23.3 %   36.1 %
R&D expenses 403     619     427     1,449     399     701     456     1,556  
Segment profit (loss) $ 10     $ 423     $ (303 )   $ 130     $ 573     $ 878     $ 239     $ 1,690  

Year-over-Year Quarter Comparison

  Three months ended September 30, 2019   Three months ended September 30, 2018
  IBW   ISM   CNS   Total   IBW   ISM   CNS   Total
Total revenue $ 2,618     $ 2,646     $ 2,305     $ 7,569     $ 3,646     $ 2,646     $ 3,814     $ 10,106  
Gross profit 413     1,042     124     1,579     1,692     1,422     1,079     4,193  
Gross margin 15.8 %   39.4 %   5.4 %   20.9 %   46.4 %   53.7 %   28.3 %   41.5 %
R&D expenses 403     619     427     1,449     867     558     418     1,843  
Segment profit (loss) $ 10     $ 423     $ (303 )   $ 130     $ 825     $ 864     $ 661     $ 2,350  
                                                               
                                                               

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

    Three months ended   Six months ended
    September 30,   June 30,   September 30,   September 30,   September 30,
    2019   2019   2018   2019   2018
GAAP consolidated operating expenses   $ 5,265     $ 5,560     $ 5,951     $ 10,825     $ 12,044  
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   (181 )   (234 )   (284 )   (415 )   (563 )
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (2)   (308 )   (308 )   (832 )   (616 )   (1,822 )
Total adjustments   (489 )   (542 )   (1,116 )   (1,031 )   (2,385 )
Non-GAAP consolidated operating expenses   $ 4,776     $ 5,018     $ 4,835     $ 9,794     $ 9,659  


    Three months ended   Six months ended
    September 30,   June 30,   September 30,   September 30,   September 30,
    2019   2019   2018   2019   2018
GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (3,561 )   $ (2,157 )   $ (1,741 )   $ (5,718 )   $ (1,780 )
Less:                    
Income tax benefit (expense)       (7 )   (10 )   (7 )   (10 )
Other income, net   125     164     165     289     284  
Discontinued operations (3)           (138 )       (138 )
GAAP consolidated operating profit (loss)   $ (3,686 )   $ (2,314 )   $ (1,758 )   $ (6,000 )   $ (1,916 )
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   201     244     295     445     586  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (2)   308     308     832     616     1,822  
Total adjustments   509     552     1,127     1,061     2,408  
Non-GAAP consolidated operating profit (loss)   $ (3,177 )   $ (1,762 )   $ (631 )   $ (4,939 )   $ 492  
Amortization of product licensing rights (4)   65             65      
Depreciation   118     143     139     261     291  
Non-GAAP consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (5)   $ (2,994 )   $ (1,619 )   $ (492 )   $ (4,613 )   $ 783  


    Three months ended   Six months ended
    September 30,   June 30,   September 30,   September 30,   September 30,
    2019   2019   2018   2019   2018
GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (3,561 )   $ (2,157 )   $ (1,741 )   $ (5,718 )   $ (1,780 )
Adjustments:                    
Stock-based compensation (1)   201     244     295     445     586  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (2)   308     308     832     616     1,822  
Discontinued operations (3)           138         138  
Total adjustments   509     552     1,265     1,061     2,546  
Non-GAAP consolidated net income (loss)   $ (3,052 )   $ (1,605 )   $ (476 )   $ (4,657 )   $ 766  
GAAP consolidated net income (loss) per common share:                    
Diluted   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.14 )   $ (0.11 )   $ (0.37 )   $ (0.11 )
Non-GAAP consolidated net income (loss) per common share:                    
Diluted   $ (0.20 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.30 )   $ 0.05  
Average number of common shares outstanding:                    
Diluted   15,512     15,455     15,583     15,483     15,713  

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 acquisition-related intangibles is a non-cash expense arising from intangible assets previously acquired as a result of a business acquisition.
(3)  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.  On July 24, 2019, the Company signed a settlement agreement related to this matter.  The amount to be paid under the settlement agreement is fully covered by the accrual.
(4)  Amortization of the recently acquired product licensing rights are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA, but included in the Non-GAAP consolidated net income (loss), because the amortization is related to the ongoing operation of the business in the ordinary course.
(5)  EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that represents Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization.  The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA.

 
For additional information, contact:
  Tim Duitsman
  Chief Executive Officer 
  Westell Technologies, Inc. 
  +1 (630) 898 2500
  tduitsman@westell.com