CommScope Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results

November 9, 2023 CLAREMONT, NC

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales of $1.600 billion
  • Core net sales of $1.350 billion*
  • GAAP net loss of $828.7 million, including asset impairments of $895.1 million
  • Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $248.6 million
  • Core adjusted EBITDA of $245.5 million*
  • Cash flow generated by operations of $138.8 million and non-GAAP adjusted free cash flow of $181.7 million

* References to certain supplementary “Core” financial measures reflect the results of the Connectivity and Cable Solutions (CCS), Networking, Intelligent Cellular and Security Solutions (NICS), Outdoor Wireless Networks (OWN) and Access Network Solutions segments (ANS), in the aggregate. Core financial measures exclude the results and performance of the Home Networks (Home) segment. See the third 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, today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.


“In the third quarter, CommScope net sales declined 33% from the prior year to $1.600 billion and adjusted EBITDA declined 28% to $249 million. As discussed previously, our CCS and OWN businesses have been experiencing lower order rates since the beginning of the year and we have seen no meaningful recovery in the third quarter. In addition to the challenges we have been experiencing in CCS and OWN, we have started to see similar adjustments in ANS.  We expect these difficult market conditions to continue over the next few quarters as customers manage inventories and cash. We continue to manage what we can control including costs. We are targeting an additional $100 million cost savings by the end of Q1 2024. Our cost actions this year will better position the Company when demand returns to more normalized levels,” said Chuck Treadway, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Based on current visibility driven by a weaker demand outlook for the remainder of 2023, we reduced our Core adjusted EBITDA guideposts to a range of $1.00 to $1.05 billion. We continued to de-lever as we repurchased and retired $26 million of our long-term debt for cash consideration of $17 million bringing the total debt repurchases to $111 million since the beginning of the year. We finished the quarter with a net leverage ratio of 6.7x. Liquidity remained strong at more than $1.29 billion including cash at quarter end of $519 million,” said Kyle Lorentzen, Chief Financial Officer.

Impacts of Current Economic Conditions

Macroeconomic factors such as higher interest rates, inflation and concerns about a global economic slow-down have softened demand for CommScope’s products, with certain customers reducing purchases as they right-size their inventories and others pausing capital spending. This has negatively impacted the Company’s net sales in certain segments during the first three quarters of 2023 and may continue to negatively impact net sales during the remainder of 2023 and into the first half of 2024. Conversely, in some of CommScope’s segments, the Company has seen higher demand and favorable pricing impacts that have partially offset the impact of lower demand in its other segments. CommScope is also seeing lower input costs and has proactively implemented cost savings initiatives that have favorably impacted its profitability in 2023.

Third Quarter Results and Comparisons

Net sales in the third quarter of 2023 decreased 32.8% year-over-year to $1.600 billion. Core net sales decreased 32.2% year-over-year due to lower net sales in the CCS, OWN and ANS segments, partially offset by stronger sales in the NICS segment. Net sales decreased across all regions in the third quarter of 2023.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders of $844.2 million, or $(3.98) per share, in the third quarter of 2023, decreased compared to the prior year period's net income attributable to common stockholders of $8.0 million, or $0.04 per share. In the third quarter of 2023, the Company recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $425.9 million related to the ANS reporting unit in the ANS segment and an intangible assets impairment charge of $469.2 million related to the Home segment. Asset impairment charges are not reflected in non-GAAP adjusted results. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2023 was $34.0 million, or $0.13 per share, versus $124.6 million, or $0.50 per share, in the third quarter of 2022.

Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA decreased 28.5% to $248.6 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the same period last year. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales increased to 15.5% in the third quarter of 2023 compared to 14.6% in the same prior year period. Core segment adjusted EBITDA decreased 30.4% to $245.5 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the same prior year period. Core segment adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales increased to 18.2% in the third quarter of 2023 compared to 17.7% in the same prior year period.

Reconciliations of the reported GAAP results to non-GAAP adjusted results are included below.

Third Quarter Comparisons



  • CCS - Net sales of $632.5 million decreased 37.2% from the prior year period primarily driven by declines in Network Cable and Connectivity and Building and Data Center Connectivity.
  • NICS - Net sales of $289.0 million increased 12.1% from the prior year period primarily driven by growth in Ruckus and Intelligent Cellular Networks.
  • OWN - Net sales of $210.3 million decreased 0% from the prior year period primarily driven by declines in Base Station Antennas and HELIAX product sales.
  • ANS - Net sales of $218.3 million decreased 36.2% from the prior year period primarily driven by declines in Access Technologies and Converged Network Systems.
  • Home - Net sales of $249.4 million decreased 36.3% from the prior year period driven by declines in Broadband Home Solutions and Home Media Solutions. As previously announced, on October 2, 2023, CommScope signed an agreement with Vantiva SA to divest of its Home segment. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

  • GAAP cash flow generated by operations was $138.8 million.
  • Non-GAAP adjusted free cash flow was $181.7 million after adjusting operating cash flow for $8.7 million of additions to property, plant and equipment, $40.1 million of cash paid for restructuring costs and $11.5 million of cash paid for transaction, transformation and integration costs.
  • The Company ended the quarter with $518.9 million in cash and cash equivalents.
  • As of September 30, 2023, the Company had no outstanding borrowings under its asset-based revolving credit facility and had availability of $771.4 million, after giving effect to borrowing base limitations and outstanding letters of credit. The Company ended the quarter with total liquidity of approximately $1,290.3 million.

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 third quarter 2023 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 divestiture of the Home segment. 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.

Core Measures
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 CCS, NICS, OWN and ANS segments. They do not include the results of the Home segment. The Core segments and the Home segment represent the business segments as currently managed and reported by CommScope. Future results and the composition of any business divested in the future may vary and differ materially from the presentation of the Core financial measures.

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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, our dependence on customers’ capital spending on data, communication and entertainment equipment, which could be negatively impacted by a regional or global economic downturn, among other factors; the potential impact of higher than normal inflation; concentration of sales among a limited number of customers and channel partners; risks associated with our sales through channel partners; changes to the regulatory environment in which we and our customers operate; changes in technology; industry competition and the ability to retain customers through product innovation, introduction, and marketing; 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 related to our ability to implement price increases on our products and services; risks associated with our dependence on a limited number of key suppliers for certain raw materials and components; risks related to the successful execution of CommScope NEXT; 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; the risk that our manufacturing operations, including our contract manufacturers on which we rely, encounter capacity, production, quality, financial or other difficulties causing difficulty in meeting customer demands; substantial indebtedness and restrictive debt covenants; our ability to incur additional indebtedness and increases in interest rates; our ability to generate cash to service our indebtedness; the divestiture of the Home segment and its effect on our remaining businesses; the potential separation, divestiture or discontinuance of another business or product line, including uncertainty regarding the timing of the separation, achievement of 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; possible future additional impairment charges for fixed or intangible assets, including goodwill; our ability to attract and retain qualified key employees; labor unrest; 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 risks like variability in foreign exchange rates and inflation, as well as political and other risks, including the impact of wars, regional conflicts and terrorism; our ability to comply with governmental anti-corruption laws and regulations worldwide; the impact of export and import controls and sanctions worldwide on our supply chain and ability to compete in international markets; changes in the laws and policies in the United States affecting trade, including the risk and uncertainty related to tariffs or potential trade wars and potential changes to laws and policies, that may impact our products; the costs of protecting or defending intellectual property; costs and challenges of compliance with domestic and foreign social and environmental laws; the impact of litigation and similar regulatory proceedings in which we are involved or may become involved, 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 logistics and the global economy; our stock price volatility; income tax rate variability and ability to recover amounts recorded as deferred tax assets; and other factors beyond our control. 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