Q4 Results Release Financial Tables
- Fourth Quarter 2017 Performance
- Sales of $1.12 billion, consistent with guidance
- GAAP operating income of $92 million and non-GAAP adjusted operating income (excluding special items) of $199 million
- GAAP net income of $0.27 per diluted share
- Non-GAAP adjusted net income (excluding special items) of $0.47 per diluted share, consistent with guidance
- Calendar Year 2017 Performance
- Sales of $4.56 billion, consistent with guidance
- GAAP operating income of $478 million and non-GAAP adjusted operating income (excluding special items) of $882 million
- GAAP net income of $0.98 per diluted share
- Non-GAAP adjusted net income (excluding special items) of $2.14 per diluted share, consistent with guidance
CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM), a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, reported sales of $1.12 billion and net income of $54 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $91 million,
or $0.47 per diluted share. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to non-GAAP results is attached.
In comparison, for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, CommScope reported sales of $1.18 billion and net income of $54 million, $0.28 per diluted share. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $121 million, or $0.61 per diluted share.
“We are pleased to deliver fourth quarter results consistent with our expectations despite lingering volatility in customer order patterns and near-term raw material cost pressures,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Eddie Edwards. “While 2017 was
challenging across the industry, we made significant progress in strengthening CommScope for the long term. During the year, we substantially completed a complex systems integration, delivered on significant product development, extended a long-term optical fiber supply partnership and achieved our capital
allocation priorities of strategically reinvesting in the business while repaying debt and returning capital to shareholders.
“Looking ahead, we are expecting more normalized customer order patterns and preparing to capitalize on numerous global developments to ensure we return to growth in 2018. We believe there are significant opportunities ahead and are confident in our
ability to leverage FirstNet and fiber deep network deployments, expansion within the hyperscale data centers and our compelling quick turn capabilities. We have developed a platform of world-class differentiated solutions and services and are well positioned for value creation in 2018 and beyond.”
Fourth Quarter 2017
Fourth quarter 2017 sales decreased 5 percent year over year with growth in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Central America and Latin America (CALA) regions more than offset by declines in other regions, most notably in the U.S. Foreign exchange rate changes positively impacted revenue by about 1.5 percent
year over year.
GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of 2017 declined 23 percent year over year to $92 million. Non-GAAP adjusted operating income, which excludes amortization of purchased intangibles, integration and transaction costs, restructuring costs and other
special items, declined 21 percent year over year to $199 million. The decreases in operating income and non-GAAP adjusted operating income were primarily driven by lower sales volumes and the impact from higher commodity prices, partially offset by the benefit of cost reduction initiatives and lower incentive compensation
Fourth Quarter 2017
Fourth quarter Connectivity Solutions segment sales increased 2 percent year over year to $694 million with growth in international markets more than offsetting a modest decline domestically. Foreign exchange rate changes positively impacted revenue by about 1 percent from the year-ago period.
Connectivity Solutions GAAP operating income increased 11 percent year over year to $48 million, while non-GAAP adjusted operating income decreased 10 percent year over year to $125 million. GAAP operating income improved year over year due to lower integration and transaction costs in 2017 and an impairment charge recorded
in 2016. The decrease in non-GAAP adjusted operating income was primarily driven by higher commodity prices, partially offset by the benefit of cost reduction initiatives.
Fourth quarter Mobility Solutions segment sales declined 14 percent year over year to $427 million. Year-over-year growth in the EMEA region was more than offset by declines in all other major geographic regions, most notably North America. Foreign exchange rate changes had a positive impact of about 2 percent on sales
compared to the year-ago period.
Mobility Solutions GAAP operating income declined 43 percent year over year to $43 million, and non-GAAP adjusted operating income decreased 35 percent year over year to $74 million. Both GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted operating income were impacted by lower sales volumes, partially offset by lower incentive
Full Year 2017 Overview
For 2017, sales declined 7 percent to $4.56 billion driven by overall softness in the market that was exacerbated by M&A-related pauses in customer spending. Foreign exchange rate changes had a negligible impact to sales in 2017 compared to the prior year.
GAAP operating income decreased 17 percent to $478 million and non-GAAP adjusted operating income declined 16 percent to $882 million versus prior year results, primarily due to lower sales volumes, unfavorable geographic and product mix and the negative impact from higher commodity prices. These declines were partially
offset by cost reduction initiatives and lower incentive compensation expense. CommScope realized over $170 million in BNS cost synergies during the two years ended December 31, 2017. It plans to realize at least an additional $30 million by the end of 2018.
Full Year 2017 Segment
Connectivity Solutions segment sales declined 5 percent to $2.81 billion, primarily due to declines in all major geographic regions except the EMEA region. Foreign exchange rate changes had a negligible impact to sales in 2017 compared to the prior year.
Connectivity Solutions GAAP operating income declined 17 percent to $242 million. Non-GAAP adjusted operating income for the segment decreased 17 percent to $526 million, or 19 percent of sales. The decreases in GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted operating income were driven by lower sales volumes,
price reductions, unfavorable geographic and product mix and higher commodity costs. The decreases were partly offset by cost reduction initiatives and lower incentive compensation expense.
Mobility Solutions segment sales declined 11 percent to $1.75 billion with declines in all major geographic regions. Foreign exchange rate changes had a negligible impact on sales in 2017 compared to the prior year.
Mobility Solutions GAAP operating income declined 17 percent to $236 million. Non-GAAP adjusted operating income for the segment decreased by 15 percent to $356 million, or 20 percent of sales. The decline was largely due to lower sales volumes, price
reductions and unfavorable geographic mix, partly offset by lower incentive compensation expense.
In 2017, the Board of Directors authorized two separate $100 million stock repurchases of CommScope’s outstanding common stock. Since the initial authorization, the company repurchased $175 million of its common stock, or 4.8 million shares, at an average cost of $36.50 per share. There is $25 million remaining authorized
under the stock repurchase program that expires on July 31, 2018.
The company voluntarily repaid a net $210 million in debt during 2017 and delivered on its target to repay more than $1 billion of its debt since the BNS acquisition in August 2015. The next debt maturity is not until 2021.
CommScope management provided the following first quarter and full year 2018 guidance.
Quarter 2018 Guidance:
- Revenue of $1.085 billion – $1.135 billion
- Operating income of $93 million – $108 million
- Non-GAAP adjusted operating income of $175 million – $195 million
- Non-GAAP adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 29 percent – 30 percent
- Earnings per diluted share of $0.13 – $0.16, based on 196 million weighted average diluted shares
- Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.44 – $0.49
Full Year 2018 Guidance:
- Revenue of $4.675 billion – $4.825 billion
- Operating income of $615 million – $660 million
- Non-GAAP adjusted operating income of $935 million – $985 million
- Non-GAAP adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 29 percent – 30 percent
- Earnings per diluted share of $1.46 – $1.58, based on 196 million weighted average diluted shares
- Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share of $2.56 – $2.71
- Cash flow from operations > $600 million
A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP outlook is attached.
Management currently expects a non-GAAP adjusted effective tax rate for 2018 to be in the range of 29 percent to 30 percent. This non-GAAP adjusted effective tax rate does not reflect any potential impact from finalizing the estimated one-time benefits realized in the fourth quarter of 2017 resulting from the U.S. Tax Cuts
and Jobs Act.
Webcast and Investor Presentation
As previously announced, CommScope will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET in which management will discuss fourth quarter and full year 2017 results and 2018 guidance. The conference call will also be webcast.
To participate in the conference call, dial 844-397-6169 (US and Canada only) or +1 478-219-0508. The conference identification number is 9657389. 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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