(Minneapolis, MN, April 26, 2018) - Digi International® Inc. (NASDAQ: DGII), a leading global provider of mission critical Internet of Things ("IoT") products, services, and solutions, reported revenue of $54.8 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 compared to $45.6 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2017 and to our guidance range of $50.0 million to $54.0 million.
Net loss for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 was $0.4 million, or $0.01 loss per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share in the second fiscal quarter of 2017 and to our guidance range of a net loss per diluted share of $0.02 to $0.00. Our adjusted net loss for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 was $0.2 million, or $0.01 loss per diluted share, compared to our adjusted net income of $1.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share for the second fiscal quarter of 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA in the second fiscal quarter of 2018 was $4.8 million, or $0.18 per diluted share and 8.8% of total revenue, compared to our guidance range of $3.0 million to $4.0 million. In the second fiscal quarter of 2017 our adjusted EBITDA was $4.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted share and 10.2% of total revenue. Reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, appear at the end of this release.
"Digi delivered strong growth with a combination of organic, SmartSense, and Accelerated Concepts contributions. The market is responding favorably to our IoT Products & Services offerings, while we continue to streamline our operations. SmartSense, our recently rebranded IoT Solutions business, extends its market leadership by growing to nearly 42,000 subscriber sites," said Ron Konezny, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Subsequent to the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2018, Digi announced on April 3, 2018 that it will transfer the manufacturing functions of its Eden Prairie, Minnesota operations facility to existing contract manufacture suppliers. As a result, approximately 60 positions are planned to be eliminated over the next 120 days, resulting in restructuring charges of approximately $0.6 million related to employee costs during the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2018. The payments associated with these charges are expected to be completed by December 31, 2018. This manufacturing transition is expected to result in total annualized savings of approximately $3.0 million to $5.0 million.
Stock Repurchase Program
Subsequent to end of the second fiscal quarter of 2018, on April 24, 2018 our Board of Directors authorized a new program to repurchase up to $20.0 million of our common stock primarily to return capital to shareholders. This repurchase authorization expires on May 1, 2019. Shares repurchased under the new program will be made through open market and privately negotiated transactions from time to time and in amounts that management deems appropriate. The amount and timing of share repurchases depends upon market conditions and other corporate considerations.
Business Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
Total revenue increased 20.1% to $54.8 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2018 from $45.6 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2017.
Product revenue increased by $5.8 million, or 13.9%, in the second fiscal quarter of 2018 compared to the second fiscal quarter of 2017. This included $6.2 million of incremental revenue related to Accelerated products. We also experienced larger sales of terminal servers to certain customers in the North America region and larger sales of embedded modules to certain customers in the EMEA region. Embedded modules include our new ConnectCore 6UL. Sales related to our terminal servers may fluctuate as they are in the mature phase of their product life cycle. This was partially offset by decreases in industrial cellular and USB connected product sales. In addition, certain embedded products, which are in the mature portion of their product life cycle, also decreased. We expect these mature products to continue to decline in the future.
Services revenue increased by $0.1 million, or 6.2%, in the second fiscal quarter of 2018 compared to the second fiscal quarter of 2017, primarily related to our Digi Remote Manager revenue.
Solutions revenue increased by $3.2 million, or 185.1%, in the second fiscal quarter of 2018 compared to the second fiscal quarter of 2017. This primarily was driven by the growth of our SmartSense by Digi™ business. Solutions revenue includes $3.5 million of incremental revenue from the acquisition of TempAlert, which we acquired on October 20, 2017. We are now servicing nearly 42,000 sites.
Included in revenue performance for the year was a foreign currency translation increase of $0.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 when compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. This primarily was caused by the strengthening of the Euro against the U.S. dollar.
Gross profit was $26.7 million, or 48.6% of revenue in the second fiscal quarter of 2018 compared to $21.9 million, or 48.0% of revenue for the prior fiscal year, an increase of $4.8 million. Gross profit was impacted positively by an increase in product gross profit for fiscal 2018 compared to the prior fiscal year and the addition of Accelerated products during the quarter. In addition, gross profit was positively impacted by services and solutions during the second fiscal quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year, mostly related to the IoT Solutions segment.
Operating income for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 was $0.5 million, or 0.9% of revenue, as compared to $1.5 million, or 3.3% of revenue, for the prior fiscal year. The decline was primarily a result of increased operating expenses of $5.4 million related to the recent acquired businesses, partially offset by an increase of $4.8 million of gross profit.
Net loss was $0.4 million in the second fiscal quarter of 2018, or $0.01 loss per diluted share, compared net income of $1.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the second fiscal quarter of 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA in the second fiscal quarter of 2018 was $4.8 million, or 8.8% of total revenue, compared to $4.7 million, or 10.2% of total revenue, in the second fiscal quarter of 2017.
Business Results for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
Total revenue increased 10.1% to $100.0 million in the first six months of 2018 from $90.8 million in the first six months of 2017.
Product revenue increased by $1.1 million, or 1.3%, in the first six months of fiscal 2018 compared to the first six months of fiscal 2017. This increase included $6.2 million of incremental revenue related to Accelerated products. We also experienced larger sales of terminal servers to certain customers in the North America region, RF products to certain customers in the North America and EMEA regions and embedded modules to certain customers in the EMEA region. This was partially offset by decreases in industrial cellular products, as we had a large sale to a significant customer in the prior fiscal year, and USB connected products. The cellular router and gateway revenue is driven by large awards-based customer projects and is subject to revenue fluctuations from period to period. We also had a decrease in certain embedded products which are in the mature portion of their product life cycle.
Services revenue increased by $0.8 million, or 20.5%, in the first six months of fiscal 2018 compared to the first six months of fiscal 2017, primarily related to Digi Remote Manager and Wireless Design services.
Solutions revenue increased by $7.3 million, or 368.6%, in the first six months of fiscal 2018 compared to the first six months of fiscal 2017. This was driven primarily by the growth of our SmartSense by Digi™ business. Solutions revenue includes $6.3 million of incremental revenue from the acquisition of both TempAlert and SMART Temps. We acquired TempAlert on October 20, 2017 and SMART Temps on January 9, 2017.
Included in revenue performance for the year was a foreign currency translation increase of $0.5 million for the six months ended March 31, 2018 when compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. This primarily was caused by the strengthening of the British Pound and Euro against the U.S. dollar.
Gross profit was $48.6 million, or 48.6% of revenue in the first six months of fiscal 2018 compared to $43.4 million, or 47.8% of revenue for the same period in the prior fiscal year, an increase of $5.2 million. This increase was a result of increased gross profit related to product due to the addition of Accelerated products during the second fiscal quarter of 2018. In addition, gross profit was positively impacted by services and solutions for the first six months of fiscal 2018 compared to the prior fiscal year. This was partially offset by a decrease in gross profit due to increased amortization expense in the first half of fiscal 2018 compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year.
Operating loss for the first six months of fiscal 2018 was $1.6 million, or 1.6% of revenue, as compared to operating income of $3.9 million, or 4.3% of revenue, for the same period in the prior fiscal year, a decrease of $5.5 million. The operating income decline was a result of increased operating expenses of $9.2 million related to the recent acquired businesses, partially offset by the increase in gross profit of $5.2 million as described above.
Net loss was $4.9 million in the first six months of fiscal 2018, or $0.18 loss per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the first six months of fiscal 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA in the first six months of fiscal 2018 was $7.6 million, or 7.6% of total revenue, compared to $10.1 million, or 11.1% of total revenue, in the first six months of fiscal 2017.
Balance Sheet, Liquidity and Capital Structure
Digi continues to maintain a strong balance sheet with no debt. As of March 31, 2018, Digi had:
- Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities balance, including long-term marketable securities, of $59.6 million, a decrease of $55.4 million from the end of fiscal 2017. The decrease in cash is directly related to the purchase price and other costs associated with the TempAlert and Accelerated acquisitions in fiscal 2018. Please refer to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for more information.
- Current and long-term contingent liabilities of $8.3 million.
IoT PRODUCTS & SERVICES
- Central Transport, one of the fastest growing less than load (LTL) companies in their industry, manages a fleet of over 4,000 trucks and has created their own platform that integrates with the Digi WVA. The team at Digi provided them with the support that allowed them to launch a successful pilot, which led to a purchase order for their initial roll-out of 2,000 devices. Central Transport anticipates adding to their fleet and deploying 1,500-2,500 more WVAs annually.
- A leading provider of construction materials supply chain solutions has coupled their web-based products with the Digi Wireless Vehicle Adapter (WVA). This web-based product suite reduces variable labor, fuel, and maintenance costs by optimizing all aspects of transportation planning and performance. The Company plans to deploy the first 2,000 units in June 2018.
- One of the largest transit organizations in North America selected Digi and Clever Devices to enhance and upgrade its Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Automatic Vehicle Location systems (AVL). Clever Devices designated Digi’s Transport WR44 Rugged and Railroad variant to drive the wireless connectivity. Over 4,000 devices are expected to be installed over the next 24 months.
- A large petrol distribution provider in Eastern Europe plans to connect approximately 1,300 of their petrol stations with a cellular solution using Digi routers.
- A French company, which is a leading operator of bike rental services for urban areas, has selected the WR11 XT LTE Cat 1 to operate their bike rental stations. The WR11 XT has proven robustness and reliability while LTE Cat 1 guarantees enough data throughput to support the service as well as network longevity. Approximately 800 stations are planned to be deployed over the next six months.
- One of the world’s largest pharmacy chains selected SmartSense by Digi™ and has commenced deployment into their retail pharmacies across the U.S. SmartSense will help automate and ensure the customer meets compliance requirements for continuous temperature monitoring of prescription drugs and vaccines. Deployment commenced in March and is expected to continue through the end of the fiscal year.
- A leading pharmaceutical company selected SmartSense to monitor approximately 300 pharmacy locations across Canada. The solution will help eliminate the need for manual temperature logs completed by pharmacy employees and ensure pharmaceuticals are stored at temperature ranges that meet compliance standards.
- An industry-leading convenience store distributor in North America selected SmartSense to monitor up to 1,700 multi-temp trailers and 32 distribution centers. This is an important validation of the value of an integrated end-to-end remote monitoring platform for the perishables supply chain. The customer views the SmartSense solution as a key tool to help them meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and improve driver productivity.
- Midland Transport, one of the top fleets in Canada with over 1,700 trailers, purchased SmartSense to monitor medicine and vaccine temperatures during delivery to pharmacies.
- Canada Cartage, a top transportation fleet in Canada with over 3,000 trailers, has selected SmartSense to monitor their fleet.
Fiscal 2018 Guidance
For the third fiscal quarter of 2018, Digi projects revenue to be in a range of $56 million to $60 million. EPS is projected to be in a range of $0.02 per diluted share to $0.06 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $6 million and $7 million and adjusted earnings per share is projected to be in a range of $0.21 to $0.26 per diluted share.
For the full fiscal year 2018, Digi projects revenue to be in a range of $215 million to $223 million. EPS is projected to be in a range of $0.07 loss per diluted share to $0.03 per diluted share. Our full fiscal year EPS guidance now reflects $0.10 per diluted share of adjustments made during the second quarter related to the full year amortization for our Accelerated acquisition. Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $21 million and $24 million and adjusted earnings per share is projected to be in the range of $0.76 to $0.88 per diluted share.
Second Fiscal Quarter 2018 Conference Call Details
As announced on April 5, 2018, Digi will discuss its second fiscal quarter results on a conference call on Thursday, April 26, 2018 after market close at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. CT). The call will be hosted by Ron Konezny, President and Chief Executive Officer and Mike Goergen, Chief Financial Officer.
Digi invites all those interested in hearing management's discussion of its quarter to access a live webcast of the conference call through the investor relations section of Digi's website at www.digi.com. Participants may also join the call directly by dialing (855) 638-5675 and entering passcode 5990478. International participants may access the call by dialing (262) 912-4765 and entering passcode 5990478. A replay will be available within approximately three hours after the completion of the call, and for one week following the call, by dialing (855) 859-2056 for domestic participants or (404) 537-3406 for international participants and entering access code 5990478 when prompted. A replay of the webcast will be available for one week through Digi's website.
A copy of this earnings release can be accessed through the financial releases page of the investor relations section of Digi's website at www.digi.com.
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About Digi International
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) is a leading global provider of Internet of Things ("IoT") products, services and solutions. We help our customers create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security and reliability. Founded in 1985, we’ve helped our customers connect over 100 million things, and growing. For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com, or call 877–912–3444 (U.S.) or 952–912–3444 (International).
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