- Fourth Quarter Performance
- Sales of $1.14 billion, up 38 percent year over year
- Adjusted operating income of $196 million, or 17 percent of sales
- Net loss of $(0.39) per share, reflects purchase accounting charges, transaction and integration costs and other special items
- Adjusted net income, excluding special items, of $0.42 per diluted share, up 11 percent year over year
- Adjusted free cash flow of $125 million
- Calendar Year 2015 Performance
- Sales of $3.81 billion
- Adjusted operating income of $730 million, or 19 percent of sales
- Net loss of $(0.37) per share, reflects asset impairments, purchase accounting charges, transaction and integration costs and other special items
- Adjusted net income, excluding special items, of $1.86 per diluted share
- Adjusted free cash flow of $354 million
CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM), a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, reported sales of $1.14 billion and a net loss of $75 million, or $(0.39) per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Sales rose 38 percent year over year driven by the Broadband Network Solutions (BNS) acquisition. The reported net loss includes costs associated with the BNS acquisition and other special items. Excluding these items, non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 rose to $83 million, or $0.42 per diluted share. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to non-GAAP results is attached.
For the quarter ended December 31, 2014, CommScope reported sales of $828 million and net income of $48 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $73 million, or $0.38 per diluted share.
“We delivered fourth quarter performance consistent with our outlook by executing well despite continued global macroeconomic uncertainty and foreign exchange rate headwinds,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Eddie Edwards. “In spite of a difficult business environment, we are pleased with the year-over-year adjusted operating margin expansion.
“While 2015 was challenging, it was also a year of dramatic transformation. We successfully financed and completed the acquisition of BNS, which we expect will accelerate our strategy to drive profitable growth. We have entered into attractive adjacent markets and broadened our position as a leading communications infrastructure provider. We continue to execute on our BNS integration plan and are extremely pleased with our progress. Together with BNS, we are confident in our long-term market position in attractive end markets.”
Fourth Quarter 2015 Overview
Fourth quarter 2015 sales grew 38 percent year over year to $1.14 billion, which was consistent with our guidance. Excluding BNS and foreign exchange rate changes, sales declined 6 percent year over year.
Wireless segment sales in the quarter declined 7 percent year over year to $452 million. The year-over-year decrease was due to lower spending by wireless operators in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific regions partially offset by higher sales in North America. Additionally, foreign exchange rate changes had a negative impact of approximately 4 percent on Wireless segment sales in the fourth quarter compared to the prior year period. Wireless adjusted operating income was $80 million, or 18 percent of Wireless sales, for the quarter. Despite lower sales volumes, Wireless adjusted operating margin increased approximately 40 basis points year over year.
Fourth quarter Enterprise segment sales decreased 4 percent year over year to $203 million driven by declines in most major geographic regions except North America, where the company saw solid year-over-year growth. Foreign exchange rate changes had a negative impact of approximately 2 percent on Enterprise segment sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the prior year period. Despite lower sales volumes, Enterprise adjusted operating income for the quarter rose year over year to $43 million, or 21 percent of Enterprise sales, primarily due to a favorable mix of products sold, including higher fiber sales to data centers.
Fourth quarter Broadband segment sales declined 24 percent year over year to $99 million, down from a strong fourth quarter 2014. Sales, which were affected by our ongoing product pruning, decreased year over year due to lower investment in all major geographic regions. Broadband continues to prune less profitable products from its portfolio in order to improve margins. Foreign exchange rate changes had a negative impact of approximately 1 percent on Broadband segment sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the prior year period. Broadband adjusted operating income decreased to $11 million, or 12 percent of Broadband sales. The decrease was primarily due to lower sales volumes. Despite the lower sales volumes, Broadband adjusted operating margin increased by more than 150 basis points year over year driven by a favorable mix of products sold, lower material costs and the benefits of cost reduction initiatives and product pruning efforts.
The fourth quarter marks CommScope’s first full quarter of BNS results. BNS sales were $389 million and adjusted operating income was $62 million, or 16 percent of BNS sales. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rate changes, BNS sales for the fourth quarter declined 1 percent from pro forma fourth quarter 2014 primarily due to lower BNS wireless sales in North America. These decreases were partially offset by significant fiber growth in North America.
GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $22 million. Adjusted operating income in the quarter, which excludes costs associated with the BNS acquisition and other special items, increased 41 percent year over year to $196 million, which includes BNS adjusted operating income of $62 million.
GAAP net loss of $75 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compares to GAAP net income of $48 million for the year-ago quarter. Excluding amortization of purchased intangibles, purchase accounting charges, restructuring costs, transaction and integration costs and other special items, fourth quarter adjusted net income increased 14 percent year over year to $83 million. Adjusted earnings were $0.42 per diluted share, up 11 percent year over year.
Calendar Year 2015 Overview
For 2015, sales decreased 1 percent to $3.81 billion, primarily due to declines in the Wireless and Broadband segments partially offset by the addition of the BNS business and growth in the Enterprise segment. Foreign exchange rate changes negatively impacted sales by approximately 3 percent in 2015 compared to the prior year.
Wireless segment sales in 2015 decreased 22 percent year over year to $1.94 billion. Foreign exchange rate changes negatively impacted sales by approximately 5 percent on Wireless segment sales in 2015 compared to the prior year. The year-over-year decline was due to reduced spending by certain wireless operators in North America and EMEA, partially offset by growth in Central and Latin America and Asia Pacific regions. Wireless adjusted operating income was $381 million for the year, or 20 percent of Wireless sales. The year-over-year decline in adjusted operating income was due mainly to lower sales volumes.
For 2015, Enterprise segment sales increased 2 percent year over year to $864 million. Foreign exchange rate changes negatively impacted sales by approximately 1 percent on Enterprise segment sales in 2015 compared to the prior year. The year-over-year growth is primarily due to strong sales of data center fiber solutions and growth in most major geographic regions of the world. Enterprise adjusted operating income for the year increased 23 percent year over year to $205 million, or 24 percent of Enterprise sales. The year-over-year increase is primarily due to higher fiber sales to data centers.
Broadband segment sales in 2015 declined 7 percent year over year to $476 million. Sales decreased year over year primarily due to lower investment in all major geographic regions with the primary decrease in the Central and Latin America region. Broadband continues to prune less profitable products from its portfolio in order to improve operating margins. Foreign exchange rate changes negatively impacted sales by approximately 1 percent on Broadband segment sales in 2015 compared to the prior year. Despite lower sales volume, Broadband adjusted operating income increased 34 percent year over year to $56 million. The adjusted operating margin of 12 percent is an increase of greater than 350 basis points year over year. The increase is due to the benefits of lower material costs, favorable mix of products sold and the benefit of cost reduction initiatives and product pruning efforts.
BNS sales of $530 million and adjusted operating income of $88 million were included in CommScope’s 2015 results. These results are from the acquisition date of August 28, 2015 to December 25, 2015, the fiscal period end of BNS.
GAAP operating income for 2015 was $182 million, while GAAP net loss was $71 million, or $(0.37) per share. Excluding the amortization of purchased intangibles, purchase accounting charges, transaction and integration costs and other special items, the company generated $730 million in adjusted operating income, or 19 percent of sales. Adjusted net income decreased 15 percent to $362 million, or $1.86 per diluted share.
BNS Acquisition Synergies
CommScope had previously expected $150 million in annual synergies from the BNS acquisition by 2018, which included more than $50 million of synergies in 2016. The company now expects to realize more than $75 million of synergies during 2016 and more than $175 million of synergies by 2018. Early integration activities that have been completed include a reorganization of the sales force, announcements of two facility closures and the movement off of certain transition service agreements with TE Connectivity.
CommScope management provided the following first quarter 2016 and full year 2016 guidance, which excludes the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring costs, transaction and integration costs, purchase accounting and other special items. The first quarter outlook reflects a slow start to the year and assumes relatively stable business conditions.
First Quarter 2016 Guidance:
- Revenue of $1.075 billion – $1.150 billion
- Adjusted operating income of $165 million – $195 million
- Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.32 – $0.37, based on 196 million weighted average diluted shares
- Adjusted effective tax rate of 34 percent – 35 percent
Full Year 2016 Guidance:
- Revenue of $4.90 billion – $ 5.05 billion
- Adjusted operating income of $950 million – $1 billion
- Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $2.25 – $2.35, based on 196 million weighted average diluted shares
- Adjusted effective tax rate of 34 percent – 35 percent
- Adjusted free cash flow of more than $425 million
CommScope Investor Day
CommScope is pleased to announce it is hosting an investor day for the financial community at NASDAQ MarketSite, 4 Times Square, New York on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. ET. Please see the Investor Relations Events & Presentations page of CommScope’s website at http://ir.commscope.com for registration details and additional information on the event.
Conference Call, Webcast and Investor Presentation
As previously announced, CommScope will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today in which management will discuss fourth quarter 2015 results. The conference call also will be webcast over the Internet.
To participate in the conference call, dial 866-394-7514 (US and Canada only) or +1 706-758-2714. The conference identification number is 30013572. Please plan to dial in 15 minutes before the start of the call to facilitate a timely connection. The live, listen-only audio of the call and corresponding presentation will be available through a link on the Investor Relations Events and Presentations page at http://ir.commscope.com.
If you are unable to participate and would like to hear a replay, dial 855-859-2056 (US and Canada only) or +1 404-537-3406. The replay identification number is 30013572 and will be available through April 19, 2016. A webcast replay will also be archived on CommScope’s website for a limited period of time following the conference call.
CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps companies around the world design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks. Our vast portfolio of network infrastructure includes some of the world’s most robust and innovative wireless and fiber optic solutions. Our talented and experienced global team is driven to help customers increase bandwidth; maximize existing capacity; improve network performance and availability; increase energy efficiency; and simplify technology migration. You will find our solutions in the largest buildings, venues and outdoor spaces; in data centers and buildings of all shapes, sizes and complexity; at wireless cell sites; in telecom central offices and cable headends; in FTTx deployments; and in airports, trains, and tunnels. Vital networks around the world run on CommScope solutions.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
CommScope management believes that presenting certain non-GAAP financial measures provides meaningful information to investors in understanding operating results and may enhance investors' ability to analyze financial and business trends. Non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures and should be considered together with the GAAP financial measures. As calculated, our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. In addition, CommScope management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures allow investors to compare period to period more easily by excluding items that could have a disproportionately negative or positive impact on results in any particular period.
Forward Looking Statements
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These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, including, without limitation, our dependence on customers’ capital spending on communication systems; concentration of sales among a limited number of customers or distributors; changes in technology; our ability to fully realize anticipated benefits from prior or future acquisitions or equity investments; industry competition and the ability to retain customers through product innovation, introduction and marketing; risks associated with our sales through channel partners; the risk that internal production capacity and that of contract manufacturers may be insufficient to meet customer demand or quality standards for our products; our ability to maintain effective information management systems and to successfully implement major systems initiatives; product performance issues and associated warranty claims; significant international operations and the impact of variability in foreign exchange rates; our ability to compete in international markets due to export and import controls to which we may be subject; potential difficulties in realigning global manufacturing capacity and capabilities among our global manufacturing facilities, including delays or challenges related to removing, transporting or reinstalling equipment, that may affect our ability to meet customer demands for products; possible future restructuring actions; possible future impairment charges for fixed or intangible assets, including goodwill; cost of protecting or defending intellectual property; costs and challenges of compliance with domestic and foreign environmental laws; changes in cost and availability of key raw materials, components and commodities and the potential effect on customer pricing; risks associated with our dependence on a limited number of key suppliers; availability and adequacy of insurance; income tax rate variability and ability to recover amounts recorded as value-added tax receivables; risks of not realizing benefits from research and development projects; substantial indebtedness and maintaining compliance with debt covenants; our ability to incur additional indebtedness; our ability to generate cash to service our indebtedness; our ability to integrate the BNS business on a timely and cost effective manner; our reliance on TE Connectivity for transition services for the BNS business; our ability to realize expected growth opportunities and cost savings from the BNS business; and other factors beyond our control. These and other factors are discussed in greater detail in our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K. Although the information contained in this press release represents our best judgment as of the date of this report based on information currently available and reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. Given these uncertainties, we caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We are not undertaking any duty or obligation to update this information to reflect developments or information obtained after the date of this report, except as otherwise may be required by law.