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 Q3 Results ReleaseFinancial Tables

Third Quarter 2018 Performance
  • Sales of $1.15 billion, up 2 percent year over year
  • GAAP operating income of $132 million
  • Non-GAAP adjusted operating income (excluding special items) of $219 million
  • GAAP net income of $0.33 per diluted share
  • Non-GAAP adjusted net income (excluding special items) of $0.59 per diluted share, up 7 percent year over year. 

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM), a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. 

The Company reported sales of $1.15 billion for the third quarter, compared with $1.13 billion during the same period in the prior year.  During the third quarter of 2018, CommScope generated net income of $64 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, an increase from the prior year period's net income of $51 million, or $0.26 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $115 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, versus $107 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017.  A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to non-GAAP results is attached. 

In a separate press release today, CommScope announced an agreement to acquire ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) in an all-cash transaction, broadening its global position in end-to-end communications infrastructure solutions. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019. 

“During the quarter, we took action to ensure CommScope successfully navigates a dynamic and challenging market environment,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Eddie Edwards.  “While we expect headwinds to continue as certain North American service providers spend more conservatively over the near term, we are confident that with ARRIS we will be better positioned for the advent of 5G and fixed wireless access.” 

“Through our acquisition of ARRIS, we expect to drive profitable growth in new markets, increase revenue diversity and shape the future of wired and wireless communications. The combined company’s industry-leading technologies, scope and strong customer relationships should put us in a position to capitalize on future growth opportunities and drive significant value creation for our shareholders.” 

Third Quarter 2018 Overview

Sales increased 2 percent year over year as growth in the North America and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions more than offset lower sales in the Asia-Pacific region.  Double-digit Outdoor Network Solutions growth, was partially offset by a decline in Indoor Copper.  Foreign exchange rate changes unfavorably impacted net sales by approximately 2 percent. 

GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2018 increased 5 percent year over year to $132 million. Non-GAAP adjusted operating income, which excludes amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring costs and other special items, decreased 1 percent year over year to $219 million, or 19 percent of net sales. Both GAAP and non-GAAP operating income were favorably impacted by higher North American sales volumes and cost reduction initiatives.  The favorable impacts were partially offset by lower selling prices and the impact of unfavorable input costs and foreign exchange rate changes.    GAAP operating income also benefited from lower integration costs, which are excluded from non-GAAP adjusted operating income. 

Third Quarter 2018 Segment Overview

Third quarter Connectivity Solutions segment sales increased 3 percent year over year to $732 million driven primarily by strength in North America as well as the EMEA region, partially offset by a decline in the Asia-Pacific region.  Foreign exchange rate changes negatively impacted net sales by approximately 2 percent. 

Connectivity Solutions GAAP operating income increased 35 percent year over year to $95 million driven by lower integration and restructuring costs.  Non-GAAP adjusted operating income increased 6 percent year over year to $147 million, or 20 percent of segment net sales. Both GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted operating income benefited from stronger sales volumes and cost savings initiatives, partially offset by lower selling prices, higher input costs and the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange rate changes. 

Third quarter Mobility Solutions segment sales were essentially flat year over year at $419 million with strength in North America and to a lesser extent the EMEA region being offset by a decline in the Asia-Pacific region.  Foreign exchange rate changes negatively impacted net sales by approximately 1 percent. 

Mobility Solutions GAAP operating income declined 32 percent year over year to $37 million, and non-GAAP adjusted operating income decreased 14 percent year over year to $72 million, or 17 percent of segment net sales.  Both GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted operating income benefited from higher sales volumes and geographic mix.  These benefits were more than offset by lower selling prices. 

Outlook

“We are actively taking steps to align our cost structure with current market dynamics, which we expect to continue into the fourth quarter and next year,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Alex Pease.  “Excluding the impact of the ARRIS acquisition, we expect modest growth in 2019 and relatively stable year-over-year results, reflecting the impact of adverse spending patterns at large North American operators.  Looking ahead, we expect that the ARRIS transaction will enable CommScope to achieve significant EPS accretion, execute on additional cost savings opportunities and unlock high-growth segments to deliver strong shareholder returns over the longer term.”

CommScope management issued fourth quarter 2018 guidance and updated its guidance range for the full year 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Guidance:

  • Revenue of $1.015 billion – $1.065 billion
  • Operating income of $60 million – $83 million
  • Non-GAAP adjusted operating income of $145 million – $170 million
  • Non-GAAP adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 29 percent – 30 percent
  • Loss per share of $(0.12) – $(0.14), based on 192 million weighted average basic shares
  • Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.34 – $0.39, based on 195 million weighted average diluted shares

Full Year 2018 Guidance:

  • Revenue of $4.525 billion – $4.575 billion
  • Operating income of $461 million – $484 million
  • Non-GAAP adjusted operating income of $804 million – $829 million
  • Non-GAAP adjusted effective tax rate of 29 percent – 30 percent
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.70 – $0.72, based on 195 million weighted average diluted shares
  • Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share of $2.09 – $2.14
  • Cash flow from operations > $480 million

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP outlook is attached.

Conference Call, Webcast and Investor Presentation

CommScope will be hosting a joint conference call with ARRIS today at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss third quarter 2018 results and the transaction. The conference call will also be webcast.

To participate in the conference call, dial +1 844-397-6169 (US and Canada only) or +1 478-219-0508. The conference identification number is 1458698. 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 CommScope's Investor Relations page.  A webcast replay will be archived on CommScope’s website for a limited period of time following the conference call. 

 

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

CommScope management believes that presenting certain non-GAAP financial measures enhances an investor’s understanding of our financial performance. CommScope management further believes that these financial measures are useful in assessing CommScope’s operating performance from period to period by excluding certain items that we believe are not representative of our core business. CommScope management also uses certain of these financial measures for business planning purposes and in measuring CommScope’s performance relative to that of its competitors. CommScope management believes these financial measures are commonly used by investors to evaluate CommScope’s performance and that of its competitors. However, CommScope’s use of the terms non-GAAP adjusted operating income, non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP adjusted net income and non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share may vary from that of others in its industry. These financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to operating income (loss), net income (loss) or any other performance measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP as measures of operating performance, operating cash flows or liquidity. 

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements that reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance, including our proposed acquisition of ARRIS. These statements may discuss goals, intentions or expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition or otherwise, in each case, based on current beliefs of management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, such management. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by their use of such terms and phrases as “intend,” “goal,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “projections,” “plans,” “potential,” “anticipate,” “should,” “could,” “designed to,” “foreseeable future,” “believe,” “think,” “scheduled,” “outlook,” “target,” “guidance” and similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain such terms. This list of indicative terms and phrases is not intended to be all-inclusive. 

These forward-looking 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 data and communication systems; concentration of sales among a limited number of customers and channel partners; changes in technology; industry competition and the ability to retain customers through product innovation, introduction and marketing; risks associated with our sales through channel partners; changes to the regulatory environment in which our customers operate; product quality or performance issues and associated warranty claims; our ability to maintain effective management information systems and to implement major systems initiatives successfully; cyber-security incidents, including data security breaches, ransomware or computer viruses; the risk our global manufacturing operations suffer production or shipping delays, causing difficulty in meeting customer demands; the risk that internal production capacity or that of contract manufacturers may be insufficient to meet customer demand or quality standards; 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 for certain raw material and components; the risk that contract manufacturers we rely on encounter production, quality, financial or other difficulties; our ability to integrate and fully realize anticipated benefits from prior or future acquisitions or equity investments; potential difficulties in realigning global manufacturing capacity and capabilities among our global manufacturing facilities or those of our contract manufacturers that may affect our ability to meet customer demands for products; possible future restructuring actions; substantial indebtedness and maintaining compliance with debt covenants; our ability to incur additional indebtedness; our ability to generate cash to service our indebtedness; possible future impairment charges for fixed or intangible assets, including goodwill; income tax rate variability and ability to recover amounts recorded as deferred tax assets; our ability to attract and retain qualified key employees; labor unrest; obligations under our defined benefit employee benefit plans may require plan contributions in excess of current estimates; significant international operations exposing us to economic, political and other risks, including the impact of variability in foreign exchange rates; our ability to comply with governmental anti-corruption laws and regulations and export and import controls worldwide; our ability to compete in international markets due to export and import controls to which we may be subject; the impact of the U.K. invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the European Union; changes in the laws and policies in the United States affecting trade, including recently enacted tariffs on imports from China, as well as the risk and uncertainty related to other potential tariffs or a potential global trade war that may impact our products; costs of protecting or defending intellectual property; costs and challenges of compliance with domestic and foreign environmental laws; the impact of litigation and similar regulatory proceedings that we are involved in or may become involved in, including the costs of such litigation; risks associated with stockholder activism, which could cause us to incur significant expense, hinder execution of our business strategy and impact the trading value of our securities; and other factors beyond our control. These risks and uncertainties may be magnified by our acquisition of ARRIS, and such statements are also subject to the risks and uncertainties related to ARRIS’s business. 

Such forward-looking statements are subject to additional risks and uncertainties related to our proposed acquisition of ARRIS, many of which are outside of our and/or ARRIS’s control, including, without limitation: failure to obtain applicable regulatory approvals in a timely manner, on acceptable terms or at all, or to satisfy the other closing conditions to the proposed acquisition; the risk that we will be required to pay a reverse break fee under the related acquisition agreement; the risk that we will not successfully integrate ARRIS or that we will not realize estimated cost savings, synergies, growth or other anticipated benefits, or that such benefits may take longer to realize than expected; risks relating to unanticipated costs of integration; the potential impact of announcement or consummation of the proposed acquisition on relationships with third parties, including customers, employees and competitors; failure to manage potential conflicts of interest between or among customers; integration of information technology systems; conditions in the credit markets that could impact the costs associated with financing the acquisition; the possibility that competing offers will be made; and other factors beyond our and/or ARRIS’s control. These and other factors are discussed in greater detail in our 2017 Annual Report and in Part II, Item 1A, Risk Factors, of our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Although the information contained in this press release represents our best judgment as of the date hereof 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 press release, except as otherwise may be required by law. 

Contact Us

Investor Contact:

Kevin Powers, CommScope 

+1 828-323-4970 

Kevin.powers@commscope.com

News Media Contact:

Rick Aspen, CommScope 

+1 708-236-6568 

publicrelations@commscope.com