Fourth Quarter Highlights
Full Year Highlights
* References to certain supplementary “Core” financial measures reflect the results of the Broadband Networks, Outdoor Wireless Networks and Venue and Campus Networks segments, in the aggregate. Core financial measures exclude the results and performance of the Home Networks segment. See the fourth quarter segment comparison tables below showing the aggregation of the Core financial measures.
CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM), a global leader in network connectivity solutions, reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021.
“We were pleased to deliver a better-than-expected fourth quarter performance despite continued headwinds in a difficult inflationary environment. Our results are reflective of the continued strong demand for CommScope’s products and services, as well as the efforts of the entire global team in driving forward the implementation of our CommScope NEXT initiatives,” said Chuck Treadway, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to see supply chain constraints and inflationary challenges as we move into 2022. We made good progress in the fourth quarter to offset higher costs through necessary price increases and cost actions. These actions will take time to impact our results, and we expect the first quarter of 2022 to be sequentially lower than the fourth quarter of 2021. We expect to see continued improvement from the first quarter and confirm that we still anticipate our 2022 Core Adjusted EBITDA to be within the range of $1.15 billion to $1.25 billion, as presented at our Strategic Transformation Update in December.”
Treadway added, “In light of the ongoing impact of supply chain pressures on the Home Networks business that began in the summer of 2021, including semiconductor supply decommits and extended component lead times, we have determined that market conditions are not currently conducive to proceeding with the planned spin-off of Home Networks into an independent company in the second quarter of 2022. We remain committed to the merits of strategically separating Home Networks from CommScope, and still plan to execute on that strategy when clear evidence of a more normalized and predictable supply environment emerges.”
“Throughout the fourth quarter, we made meaningful advancements in the implementation of our CommScope NEXT strategy, including efforts to optimize enterprise pricing, streamline cost-intensive processes and drive greater overall efficiency in all that we do,” said Kyle Lorentzen, Chief Financial Officer. “We are progressing everyday toward establishing an infrastructure defined by enhanced ownership, clear milestone metrics and improved productivity, and are confident these foundational elements will not only help mitigate the impacts of a challenging environment, but also enable CommScope to capitalize on growth opportunities well into the future.”
As a step in the CommScope NEXT transformation plan, in April 2021, the Company announced a plan to spin-off the Home Networks business. Due to the unfavorable performance of the Home Networks business in the second half of 2021, which was driven primarily by supply chain shortages and delays, the Company is postponing the separation plan. The Company remains committed to a strategic separation of the Home Networks business from CommScope; however, the Company does not have an estimate of when the separation of the Home Networks business will be completed at this time. Accordingly, management will continue to report the financial results of its “Core” business separately from Home Networks. These supplementary Core financial measures reflect the results of the Broadband Networks, Outdoor Wireless Networks and Venue and Campus Networks segments, in the aggregate. The Core financial measures exclude the results and performance of the Home Networks segment. These metrics represent the business segments as CommScope has reported them. However, the ultimate definition of the Home Networks business that the Company expects to separate from CommScope may vary, and future results may differ materially.
In the second quarter of 2021, management shifted certain product lines from the Company’s Broadband Networks segment to its Home Networks segment to better align with how those businesses are being managed. All prior period amounts have been recast to reflect these operating segment changes.
In addition to optimizing its portfolio under CommScope NEXT with its commitment to separate the Home Networks business from Core CommScope, the Company will reorganize its business structure in 2022 to align its portfolio of products and solutions more closely with the markets it serves and bring better performance clarity with its competitor peer set. Pursuant to this new operating structure, the Company expects to report its results in the five reportable segments below beginning in the first quarter of 2022. However, work on reorganization of the new segments is still underway and the Company has not yet finalized the exact segment composition.
Overall, the negative impact of COVID-19 on the Company's financial performance has eased during 2021, with network strain driving increased demand for certain of its Broadband Networks segment products in particular. The recovery in demand has also indirectly had unfavorable business impacts, including commodity inflation (primarily copper and resins), logistics cost increases, extended lead times and certain component part shortages. All of the Company’s segments experienced supply shortages and extended lead times for certain materials that negatively affected its ability to meet customer demand for its products. The Company expects certain of these unfavorable impacts to continue into 2022.
Fourth Quarter Results and Comparison
Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 increased 4.3% year over year to $2.22 billion. Core net sales increased 12.8% year over year primarily due to higher net sales in the Outdoor Wireless Networks and Venue and Campus Networks segments.
Net loss was $(87.1) million, or $(0.50) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to the prior year period's net income of $23.9 million, or $0.05 per share. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $77.5 million, or $0.31 per share, versus $143.8 million, or $0.59 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA decreased 28.1% to $260.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales decreased to 11.7% in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to 17.0% in the same prior year period. Core segment adjusted EBITDA decreased 20.5% to $253.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the same prior year period. As a percentage of net sales, Core segment adjusted EBITDA decreased to 14.5% in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to 20.6% in the same prior year period.
Reconciliations of the reported GAAP results to non-GAAP adjusted results can be found at https://ir.commscope.com/.
Outdoor Wireless Networks
Venue and Campus Networks
Full Year Results and Comparison
Net sales in 2021 increased 1.8% year over year to $8.59 billion. Core net sales increased 11.8% year over year due to higher net sales in all three of our Core segments.
Net loss of $(462.6) million, or $(2.55) per share, in 2021, decreased 19.3% compared to the prior year net loss of $(573.4) million, or $(3.20) per share. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for 2021 was $343.7 million, or $1.39 per share, versus $371.0 million, or $1.56 per share, in 2020.
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA decreased 8.1% to $1,117.0 million in 2021 compared to the prior year. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA decreased to 13.0% of net sales in 2021 compared to 14.4% of net sales in 2020. Core segment adjusted EBITDA decreased 0.7% to $1,091.5 million in 2021 compared to the prior year. As a percentage of net sales, Core segment adjusted EBITDA decreased to 16.2% in 2021 compared to 18.0% in the prior year.
Reconciliations of the reported GAAP results to non-GAAP adjusted results can be found at https://ir.commscope.com/.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
Conference Call, 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 2021 results. The conference call will also be webcast.
The live, listen-only audio of the call will be available through a link on the Events and Presentations page of CommScope’s Investor Relations website.
A webcast replay will be archived on CommScope’s website for a limited period of time following the conference call.
During the conference call, the Company may discuss and answer questions concerning business and financial developments and trends that have occurred after quarter-end, including questions relating to the planned separation of the Home Networks business. The Company’s responses to questions, as well as other matters discussed during the conference call, may contain or constitute information that has not been disclosed previously.
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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 certain non-GAAP terms may vary from that of others in its industry. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flow from operations or any other performance measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP as measures of operating performance, operating cash flows or liquidity. A reconciliation of each of the non-GAAP measures discussed herein to their most comparable GAAP measures is below.
CommScope believes that presenting Core financial measures enhances the investor’s understanding of the financial performance of the Company’s core businesses. Core financial measures are the aggregate of the Broadband Networks, Outdoor Wireless Networks and Venue and Campus Networks segments. They do not include the results of the Home Networks segment. The aggregate results of the Core segments and the results of the Home Networks segment represent the business segments as reported by CommScope and may not represent the ultimate definition of the remaining CommScope business and Home Networks business that it expects to separate from CommScope. Future results may vary and differ materially from the presentation of the Core financial measures.
Forward Looking Statements
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These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, including, without limitation, risks related to the successful execution of CommScope NEXT; the potential separation of the Home Networks business or any other potential separation, divestiture or discontinuance of a business or product line, including uncertainty regarding the timing of the separation, achieving the expected benefits and the potential disruption to the business; our ability to integrate and fully realize anticipated benefits from prior or future divestitures, 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; changes in cost and availability of key raw materials, components and commodities and the potential effect on customer pricing and timing of delivery of products to customers; risks associated with our dependence on a limited number of key suppliers for certain raw materials and components; the risk that our manufacturing operations, including our contract manufacturers that we rely on, encounter capacity, production, quality, financial or other difficulties causing difficulty in meeting customer demands; 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 we and our customers operate; substantial indebtedness and restrictive 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; our ability to attract and retain qualified key employees; labor unrest; obligations under our defined benefit employee benefit plans requiring plan contributions in excess of current estimates; product quality or performance issues, including those associated with our suppliers or contract manufacturers, and associated warranty claims; our ability to maintain effective management information technology systems and to successfully implement major systems initiatives; cyber-security incidents, including data security breaches, ransomware or computer viruses; the use of open standards; the long-term impact of climate change; significant international operations exposing us to economic, political and other risks, including the impact of variability in foreign exchange rates; the potential impact of higher than normal inflation; 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; changes in the laws and policies in the United States affecting trade, including the risk and uncertainty related to tariffs or a potential global trade war and potential changes to laws and policies, that may impact our products; cost 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; the scope, duration and impact of disease outbreaks and pandemics, such as COVID-19, on our business including employees, sites, operations, customers, supply chain and the global economy; income tax rate variability and ability to recover amounts recorded as deferred tax assets;; and other factors beyond our control. These and other factors are discussed in greater detail in our 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and may be updated from time to time in our annual reports, quarterly reports, current reports and other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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