|TeleCommunication Systems Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results|
ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 25, – TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.
Second Quarter 2013 Results Compared to the Same Year-ago Quarter
Second Quarter 2013 Operational and Financing Highlights
“We realized continued growth in Commercial and Government services revenue led by our cyber security, C4ISR, Nextgen 9-1-1, and emergency preparedness solutions in the quarter, while government systems volume was lower as expected,” said Maurice B. Tose, TCS chairman and CEO. “Our Government team continues to execute on a growing pipeline of C4ISR and cyber security opportunities, and related mission-critical areas of federal government spending. Our expanded prime contractor footprint enhances our growth prospects in these areas which are least-affected by federal spending cuts, and we expect seasonally higher federal spending in the second half of this year.
“Our Government and Commercial credentials support opportunities in both markets, as expertise in cyber security and securing sensitive communications is increasingly important to network operators and individuals using mobile devices. Along those lines, Commercial systems volume in the year to date is up, driven by Nextgen 9-1-1 infrastructure deployments for state and local governments and progress in monetizing our portfolio of protected intellectual property, which continues to grow.
“TCS expanded this portfolio by 51 patents during the quarter. The company took advantage of an opportunity to substantially deepen our wireless location-based services patent portfolio through a small technology tuck-in. Our team of best-in-class scientists and engineers continues to create and monetize leading technologies in the areas of wireless communications, public safety, location-based services and ruggedized solid-state drives. We are initiating additional licensing and partnership arrangements to maximize the patent portfolio’s value. We believe there is an expanding world of opportunities to leverage our proven leadership in delivering highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, which is supported by our portfolio of 328 patents and other intellectual property worldwide.”
Second Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights
(Gross Profit = revenue minus direct cost of revenue, including amortization of capitalized software development costs and related non-cash stock-based compensation.)
Government Segment Revenue and Gross Profit:
Government segment revenue in the second quarter of 2013 was down from 2012 due mainly to less low-margin pass-through revenue than the second quarter of 2012. Government gross profit was up 2% to $12.8 million or 25% of revenue from $12.5 million or 17% of revenue in the same year-ago period.
Government services revenue was up 2% to $33.5 million, and its gross profit was up 6% to $8.9 million or 27% of revenue from $8.4 million or 26% of revenue in the same year-ago period, reflecting higher volume from field support, cybersecurity, and in-building wireless business, and a more favorable business mix in the period.
Government systems revenue was $17.0 million compared to $40.8 million in Q2 2012, down mainly due to lower non-recurring, low margin pass-through revenue than in 2012, as well as to contract funding delays associated with federal procurement processes. Government systems gross profit was down 5% to $3.9 million or 23% of revenue from $4.1 million or 10% of revenue in the second quarter of 2012, reflecting the absence of the 2012 pass-through revenue.
Commercial Segment Revenue and Gross Profit:
Commercial segment revenue in the second quarter of 2013 was $42.3 million, up 3% from $41.1 million in the same year-ago period, and its gross profit was $23.1 million or 55% of revenue, up 5% from $22.0 million or 54% of revenue in the same year-ago quarter.
Commercial services revenue was up 1% to $38.1 million from $37.8 million in the same year-ago period. Commercial services gross profit was up 7% to $23.0 million or 60% of revenue from $21.5 million or 57% of revenue in Q2 2012, due to growth in location platforms and applications, including software development for a wireless platform company.
Commercial systems revenue was up 27% to $4.2 million from $3.3 million in Q2 2012 driven by higher next-generation 9-1-1 deployment project revenue, mainly associated with the purchase of microDATA in the third quarter of 2012. Gross margins after amortization of capitalized software development cost were modest in both periods.
Operating Costs and Expenses:
R&D: Second quarter 2013 R&D expense was $9.3 million (10% of revenue) compared to $8.9 million (8% of revenue) in the same year-ago quarter. TCS continues to invest in 9-1-1 applications, secure communications technology, and infrastructure and applications for network operators and the telematics supply chain, and to patent our developers’ innovations.
SG&A: Second quarter 2013 selling, general and administrative expense was $22.7 million (25% of revenue), up 11% from $20.6 million (18% of revenue) in the second quarter 2012. The increase reflects increased spending on the security and operations of internal data networks, increased costs associated with the 2012 acquisition of microDATA, and intellectual property monetization efforts.
Non-cash charges: Second quarter 2013 non-cash charges to operating profit were $7.9 million, compared to $133.1 million in the same year-ago quarter. Q2 2012 non-cash charges to operating profit included a pre-tax, non-cash goodwill and other intangibles impairment charge of $125.7 millionrelated to a 2009 acquisition.
For the second quarter of 2013, the company recorded a $2.6 million income tax benefit against the pre-tax $4.5 million GAAP loss. The unusual effective tax rate results mainly from the tax treatment of the original issue discount associated with 2009 convertible debt which was partially refinanced during the second quarter of 2013 through a $50 million exchange.
Liquidity and Capital Resources:
At June 30, 2013, TCS had $72.9 million of cash, equivalents and marketable securities, up from $57.5 million at the beginning of the quarter. Funds were generated in the quarter from $6.9 million in adjusted EBITDA, $56.5 million borrowed against our new senior credit facility, and an $8.2 milliondecrease in working capital. Uses of cash during the quarter were $47 million for debt repayments, $6.4 million for capital expenditures including software development, and $2.8 million for cash interest, cash taxes, and other expenses. At the end of the quarter, the company had approximately$103 million of available liquidity, including $30 million of unused borrowing availability under its bank credit line.
TCS was issued and acquired 51 U.S. patents during the second quarter of 2013, bringing the quarter-end patent portfolio to 328 patents issued in the U.S. and abroad, and almost 400 patent applications pending.
Funded contract backlog on June 30, 2013 was $305.1 million, of which the company expects to recognize approximately $195 million in the next 12 months.
Funded contract backlog represents contracts for which fiscal year funding has been appropriated by the company’s customers (mainly federal agencies); and for hosted services (mainly for wireless carriers), backlog for which is computed by multiplying the most recent month’s contract or subscription revenue times the remaining months under existing long-term agreements, which is the best available information for anticipating revenue under those agreements. Total backlog, as is typically measured by government contractors, includes orders covering optional periods of service and/or deliverables, but for which budgetary funding may not yet have been approved, and could expire unused. The company’s backlog at any given time may be affected by a number of factors, including the availability of funding, contracts being renewed, or new contracts being signed before existing contracts are completed. The timing and amounts of government contract funding may be adversely affected by federal budget policy decisions like handling of sequestration and can lead to delays in procurement of our products and services due to lack of funding. Some of the company’s backlog could be canceled for causes such as late delivery, poor performance and other factors. Accordingly, a comparison of backlog from period to period is not necessarily meaningful and may not be indicative of eventual actual revenue.
TCS will hold a conference call later today (July 25, 2013) to discuss these financial results. The company’s chairman and CEO, Maurice B. Tose, and senior vice president and CFO, Tom Brandt, will host the call starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.
To participate, please dial the appropriate number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time and ask for the “TeleCommunication Systems conference call.”
Dial-In Number: 1-877-941-4774
The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously via a link available in the Investors section of the company’s website atwww.telecomsys.com. For the webcast, please access the link at least 15 minutes prior the call in order to register and install any necessary audio software. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call or webcast, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.
A replay of the call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 8, 2013 via the same website link as well as by phone:
Toll-Free Replay Number: 1-877-870-5176
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize TCS’ cyber security expertise, professional services, and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.
About the Presentation of Adjusted EBITDA
Prior to the second quarter of 2013, TCS reported “EBITDA” defined exactly as the “adjusted EBITDA” in this release. For additional clarity, the company will henceforth use the term “adjusted EBITDA” instead of the term “EBITDA” since the company excludes amortization of non-cash stock-based compensation from the reported amounts.
Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other financial measures so calculated and presented, nor as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. The company defines adjusted EBITDA as net income/(loss) before (1) depreciation and amortization of property and equipment: (2) amortization of non-cash stock-based compensation expense; (3) amortization of capitalized software development costs;(4) amortization of acquired intangible assets; (5) interest and other income (expense); (6) amortization of deferred financing fees; (7) provision (benefit) for income taxes; and (8) impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets and patent gains, if applicable. Other companies (including competitors) may define adjusted EBITDA differently. The company presents adjusted EBITDA because management believes it to be an important supplemental measure of performance that is commonly used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. Management also uses this information internally for forecasting and budgeting. It may not be indicative of the historical operating results of TCS nor is it intended to be predictive of potential future results. Investors should not consider adjusted EBITDA in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company’s results as reported under GAAP. See “Summary of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income and Reconciliation to Net Income/(Loss)” above for further information on this non-GAAP measure.
About the Presentation of Adjusted Net Income
Adjusted net income is not a financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other financial measures so calculated and presented, nor as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted net income is defined as GAAP net income/(loss) adjusted for (1) impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, and patent gains, if applicable; (2) amortization of non-cash stock-based compensation expense; (3) amortization of acquired intangible assets; (4) amortization of deferred financing fees; and (5) non-cash tax expense/(benefit). TCS has provided adjusted net income in addition to GAAP financial results because management believes this non-GAAP measure helps provide a consistent basis for comparison between quarters and fiscal year growth rates that are not influenced by certain non-cash charges and credits or items not part of our ongoing operations, and is helpful in understanding the underlying operating results. See “Summary of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income and Reconciliation to Net Income/(Loss)” above for further information on this non-GAAP measure.For adjusted net income diluted per share calculations, the convertible debt is treated as debt and is assuming no conversion.