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MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD), the specialist in fiber management for communication service providers, reported results for the fiscal first quarter of 2019 ended December 31, 2018.
|Fiscal Q1 2019 Financial Summary (GAAP)|
|(in millions except per share data and percentages)||Q1 2019||vs. Q1 2018||Change||Change (%)|
|Gross Profit ($)||$||7.9||$||7.1||$||0.8||12||%|
|Gross Profit (%)||39.6||%||42.1||%||-2.5||%|
|Income from Operations||$||1.2||$||0.6||$||0.6||82||%|
|Income Tax Expense (Benefit)||$||0.3||$||(0.2||)||$||0.5||-246||%|
|Net Income per Diluted Share||$||0.08||$||0.07||$||0.01||14||%|
“Following the record topline performance in the prior quarter and fiscal year, we experienced another strong quarter in the first quarter of fiscal 2019,” said Clearfield CEO, Cheri Beranek. “Revenue was up 19% year-over-year to $20.1 million, driven principally by sales of active cabinet solutions as well as continued demand for the rest of our product line. In addition, the year-over-year backlog was up 84% from $2.4 million to $4.4 million with the backlog outside of active cabinet solutions up 62%. As we noted when we acquired the active cabinet product line in late second quarter of fiscal 2018, our goal was to establish a market presence in active cabinet solutions, as well as increased revenue of all product lines through the strategic advantage of entering the sales cycle at an earlier point. We are pleased at the early demonstration of the execution of this strategy.
“It’s important to note that even with the lower gross margins associated with our active cabinets, we continued to demonstrate the accretive nature of this product line. During the quarter, we were able to drive significantly higher revenue but kept operating expenses relatively stable. Year-over-year, our newly enhanced and broadly integrated product suite contributed to an 82% increase in income from operations for the quarter.
“Last quarter, we introduced our Coming of Age plan, which is designed to strengthen our core business and better position us for disruptive growth opportunities. As it relates to expanding our core business, we’re getting in front of our customers in a deeper and more frequent way, emphasizing not only the cost-effectiveness of our solutions, but also how they help ensure rapid turn-up of service.
“The second initiative of our Coming Age of Plan relates to enhancing our competitive position and operational effectiveness. In addition to continued support of our reseller relationship with Calix for the sale of active cabinet solutions optimized for their electronics and markets, we have also been developing a new configuration of active cabinets which we expect to launch later in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. With these new configurations, we will be exploring application scenarios that will leverage our high-density solutions for fiber management and optical component integration.
“Our final initiative is to explore ways to capitalize on the disruptive growth opportunities within the Tier 1 markets. During the quarter, in addition to revenue-producing pilots, we began non-revenue trials of newly designed products within the national carrier market. These trials will demonstrate how the craft-friendly nature of our product line will reduce labor and enhance service turn-up times.
“Going forward, we’ll continue to allocate capital toward the areas where we believe we have the greatest returns. This includes better serving our customers, investing in complementary products or technologies, enhancing our supply chain and operational infrastructure, and potentially acquiring accretive businesses or product lines that can help us further reduce our cost structure or significantly expand our market opportunity.”
Financial Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2018
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 19% to $20.1 million from $16.9 million in the same year-ago quarter. The increase was primarily due to sales from the Company’s acquired active cabinet line, which were approximately $2.7 million for the quarter.
Gross profit increased 12% to $7.9 million, or 39.6% of revenue, from $7.1 million, or 42.1% of revenue, in the fiscal first quarter of 2018. The increase in gross profit was due to increased sales volume. The decrease in gross profit percent was primarily due to the integration of the Company’s acquired active cabinet line into its manufacturing processes as well as a higher percentage of sales associated with these products, which have lower gross margins.
Operating expenses were $6.8 million, an increase of 5% compared to $6.5 million in the same year-ago quarter. The increase consists primarily of an increase in compensation costs due primarily to additional sales and engineering personnel and an increase of depreciation and amortization expense primarily related to the intangibles resulting from the purchase of the active cabinet line during the second quarter of fiscal 2018. These were partially offset by a decrease in legal expenses, mainly due to the settlement of a patent infringement lawsuit in the second quarter of fiscal 2018.
Income from operations increased 82% to $1.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from $644,000 in the same year-ago quarter. Income tax expense increased 246% from a benefit of $203,000 in the first quarter of 2018 to an expense of $296,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. The first quarter of fiscal 2018 included a one-time benefit of $384,000 as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017. Net income increased 7% to $1,010,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 from $943,000, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the same year-ago quarter.
During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, cash, cash equivalents and investments increased 19% to $42.1 million from $35.5 million at the end of the prior quarter. The Company had no debt at quarter end.
Order backlog (defined as purchase orders received but not yet fulfilled) at December 31, 2018 decreased 22% to $4.4 million from $5.6 million at September 30, 2018, and increased 84% from $2.4 million at December 31, 2017.
Fiscal 2019 Financial Outlook
Clearfield reiterates its revenue guidance for fiscal 2019 to be between $83 million and $87 million. The Company also reiterates its gross profit as a percentage of total revenue to range between 37% and 38%, with some variability on a quarter-to-quarter basis. In addition, Clearfield reiterates operating expenses to be between 31% and 33% of total revenue, and net income as a percentage of revenue to be between 3% and 5%.
Clearfield management will hold a conference call today, January 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time) to discuss these results and provide an update on business conditions.
Clearfield’s President and CEO Cheri Beranek and CFO Dan Herzog will host the presentation, followed by a question and answer period.
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (4:00 p.m. Central time)
U.S. dial-in: 1-877-407-0792
International dial-in: 1-201-689-8263
The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay here.
Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios at 1-949-574-3860.
A replay of the call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through February 14, 2019.
U.S. replay dial-in: 1-844-512-2921
International replay dial-in: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13686521
About Clearfield, Inc.
Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD) designs, manufactures and distributes fiber optic management, protection and delivery products for communications networks. Our “fiber to anywhere” platform serves the unique requirements of leading incumbent local exchange carriers (traditional carriers), competitive local exchange carriers (alternative carriers), and MSO/cable TV companies, while also catering to the broadband needs of the utility/municipality, enterprise, data center and military markets. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Clearfield deploys more than a million fiber ports each year. For more information, visit www.SeeClearfield.com.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Forward-looking statements contained herein and in any related presentation or in the related FieldReport are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “outlook,” or “continue” or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward looking statements include, for example, statements about the Company’s future revenue and operating performance, integration of the acquired active cabinet line, trends in and growth of the FTTx markets, market segments or customer purchases, effectiveness of the Company’s sales and marketing strategies and organization, utilization of manufacturing capacity, and the development and marketing of products. These statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and judgments about future developments in the Company's business. Certain important factors could have a material impact on the Company's performance, including, without limitation: further consolidation among our customers may result in the loss of some customers and may reduce sales during the pendency of business combinations and related integration activities; to compete effectively, we must continually improve existing products and introduce new products that achieve market acceptance; we must successfully integrate the acquired active cabinet line in order to obtain the anticipated financial results and customer synergies within the timeframes expected; our operating results may fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter, which may make budgeting for expenses difficult and may negatively affect the market price of our common stock; our success depends upon adequate protection of our patent and intellectual property rights; intense competition in our industry may result in price reductions, lower gross profits and loss of market share; we rely on single-source suppliers, which could cause delays, increases in costs or prevent us from completing customer orders, all of which could materially harm our business; a significant percentage of our sales in the last three fiscal years have been made to a small number of customers, and the loss of these major customers or significant decline in business with these major customers would adversely affect us; our planned implementation of information technology systems could result in significant disruptions to our operations; product defects or the failure of our products to meet specifications could cause us to lose customers and sales or to incur unexpected expenses; we are dependent upon key personnel; we face risks associated with expanding our sales outside of the United States; our results of operations could be adversely affected by economic conditions and the effects of these conditions on our customers’ businesses; and other factors set forth in Part I, Item IA. Risk Factors of Clearfield's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2018 as well as other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements to reflect actual events unless required by law.
Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover and Najim Mostamand, CFA
Liolios Group, Inc.
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three Months Ended|
|Cost of sales||12,142,452||9,758,477|
|Selling, general and administrative||6,775,875||6,463,971|
|Income from operations||1,170,823||644,436|
|Income before income taxes||1,305,960||740,158|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||296,000||(203,000||)|
|Net income per share:|
|Weighted average shares outstanding:|
CONDENSED BALANCED SHEETS
December 31, 2018
September 30, 2018
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||15,358,334||$||8,547,777|
|Accounts receivable, net||8,167,441||12,821,258|
|Other current assets||653,202||742,136|
|Total current assets||42,295,318||41,091,531|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||4,592,435||4,744,584|
|Intangible assets, net||5,381,889||5,482,555|
|Total other assets||28,596,314||28,392,527|
|Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity|
|Total current liabilities||4,552,830||4,980,791|
|Deferred taxes – long-term||104,935||104,935|
|Total other liabilities||368,596||372,975|
|Additional paid-in capital||56,161,405||55,483,759|
|Total Shareholders’ Equity||70,562,641||68,874,876|
|Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity||$||75,484,067||$||74,228,642|
CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
| Three Months
| Three Months
|Cash flows from operating activities:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||529,414||436,198|
|Deferred income taxes||-||(384,000||)|
|Loss on disposal of assets||-||1,594|
|Stock-based compensation expense||538,524||483,287|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Accounts receivable, net||4,653,817||1,666,920|
|Other current assets||102,481||41,706|
|Accounts payable, accrued expenses and deferred rent||(432,340||)||(1,497,524||)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||6,825,875||2,004,522|
|Cash flows from investing activities:|
|Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets||(276,599||)||(229,999||)|
|Purchase of investments||(1,558,000||)||(2,466,000||)|
|Sale of investments||1,680,000||2,477,000|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(154,599||)||(218,999||)|
|Cash flows from financing activities:|
|Repurchases of common stock||-||(10,850||)|
|Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock purchase plan||145,940||148,259|
|Proceeds from issuance of common stock||17||3,249|
|Tax withholding related to vesting of restricted stock grants||(6,676||)||(9,262||)|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||139,281||131,396|
|Increase in cash and cash equivalents||6,810,557||1,916,919|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||8,547,777||18,536,111|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||15,358,334||$||20,453,030|
|Supplemental cash flow information|
|Cash (received) paid during the year for income taxes||$||(1,043||)||$||2,500|
|Non-cash financing activities|
|Cashless exercise of stock options||$||9,658||$||5,782|