Highlights include significant increases in total revenue; increases in Duplex metrics such as subscriber additions, service revenue and ARPU; and a substantial increase in adjusted EBITDA.
COVINGTON, La., March 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globalstar, Inc. (OTCQB:GSAT) today announced its financial results for the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2013.
FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL REVIEW
Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, commented, "2013 represents a truly historic year for Globalstar and, after a multi-year period marked by numerous difficulties and delays, this year we were able to emerge with a fully operational second-generation constellation, a materially improved balance sheet and liquidity position, improved growth profile including rapidly increasing Adjusted EBITDA and the initiation of an important regulatory proceeding for our Terrestrial Low Power Service ("TLPS"). I am proud of the Company's ability to navigate through many issues during 2013 and to have successfully removed many impediments. The Company is on a renewed path to prosperity leveraging its unique set of assets and capabilities."
Revenue was $21.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $19.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 10%, which was due to increases in both service revenue and subscriber equipment revenue.
Service revenue was $16.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $15.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of $1.5 million, or 10%. The primary driver of this increase was growth in Duplex revenue, which increased $1.5 million, or 33%. The growth in Duplex service revenue was due to improved network performance driving higher minutes of use, a 16% increase in revenue-generating subscribers, and an almost 90% increase in gross activations over the fourth quarter of 2012. These factors drove a 35% increase in Duplex ARPU to $24.97. Fourth quarter 2013 service revenue growth also reflected, to a lesser extent, both SPOT and Simplex revenue growth, which increased 2% and 13%, respectively. The increases in Duplex, SPOT and Simplex service revenue were offset partially by decreases in other service revenue. Other service revenue decreased to $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $1.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 33%. This decrease was due to a decline in revenue generated from various non-core operations, including a line of business in certain of our European markets and third party revenue as we transition wholesale subscribers back to our network.
Subscriber equipment sales revenue was $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 13% from the fourth quarter of 2012. Consistent with trends the Company has experienced throughout 2013, Duplex equipment sales revenue increased nearly 70%, or $0.6 million, from the fourth quarter of 2012, which was due to recapturing MSS market share driven by new sales of our Duplex GSP 1700 satellite phone and the SPOT Global Phone. SPOT equipment sales revenue also increased 30%, or $0.3 million, due in large part to the successful introduction of SPOT Gen 3™ at the end of the third quarter 2013 and the SPOT Trace in November 2013. Comparing the fourth quarter of 2013 to the same period in 2012, Simplex equipment sales revenue decreased $0.5 million due to the change in the mix of products sold during the respective quarters.
Net loss increased during the fourth quarter of 2013 reflecting the impact of substantial non-cash charges resulting from an increase in the value of the Company's derivative instruments, which was driven primarily from a 61% increase in the Company's stock price during the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company reported a net loss of $234.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $19.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The increased net loss was due also to several other non-cash items, such as higher interest expense driven by decreases in the amount of interest being capitalized and note conversion activity, as well as higher depreciation expense as the Company placed additional satellites into service during 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA was $3.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 58%. This increase was due to a $1.9 million increase in revenue offset by a $0.5 million increase in total operating expenses (excluding EBITDA adjustments). The increase in operating expense was due primarily to investments made for sales and marketing initiatives, including expanding the Company's distribution network and additional advertising spend associated with new product launches.
OPERATIONAL AND REGULATORY UPDATE
Regulatory Reform for Terrestrial Spectrum Authority
- On November 1, 2013, the FCC voted unanimously to release proposed rules that would permit Globalstar to provide low-power terrestrial mobile broadband services over 22 MHz of spectrum, including 11.5 MHz of Globalstar's licensed S‐band spectrum at 2483.5-2495 MHz, as well as the non-exclusive use of the adjacent 10.5 MHz of unlicensed spectrum at 2473‐2483.5 MHz. The comment period ends May 5, 2014 following the February 24, 2014 publication of the proposal in the Federal Register with reply comments due June 4, 2014.
- In November 2013, Globalstar introduced SPOT Trace, a consumer-focused anti-theft asset tracking device. SPOT Trace helps ensure cars, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles and other valuable assets are constantly monitored with a notification alert system when improper movement is detected.
- In January 2014, Globalstar announced Sat-Fi, a revolutionary new technology that the Company intends to bring to market during the second quarter of 2014. Sat-Fi will permit customers to use their existing smartphones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices to communicate over Globalstar's satellite system.
- In February 2014, Globalstar announced STX3, a Simplex satellite global transmitter featuring the world's lowest power-consuming technology for global M2M solutions.
2013 FINANCIAL REVIEW
Revenue increased to $82.7 million during 2013 compared to $76.3 million for 2012. Service revenue for 2013 increased 12% to $64.6 million compared to $57.5 million in 2012 while equipment sales revenue decreased slightly to $18.1 million from $18.9 million in 2012. Net loss increased to $591.1 million compared to $112.2 million in 2012 due primarily to non-cash items, including an increase in the value of the Company's derivative instruments, which was driven by the more than 400% increase in the Company's stock price during 2013, and other non-cash debt transactions, including the recognition of non-cash losses on extinguishment of debt resulting from transactions executed in connection with the refinancing of its 5.75% Notes in May 2013 and the Amended and Restated Loan Agreement with Thermo in July 2013. Net loss also increased during 2013 due to other non-cash items, including primarily higher interest and depreciation expense. Adjusted EBITDA during 2013 increased 21% to $11.9 million from $9.8 million in 2012. This improvement was due to growth in service revenue, offset partially by increases in operating costs due primarily to strategic investments in the Company's sales and marketing initiatives and in its gateway infrastructure.
Mr. Monroe concluded, "Globalstar is well positioned in the evolving world of communications with a restored global constellation, new product suite and an ongoing TLPS regulatory process which will provide the nation with an incremental 22 MHz of terrestrial spectrum for broadband services. TLPS offers a controlled, managed terrestrial service with superior throughput and quality of service characteristics without the limitations of highly compromised public Wi-Fi channels. We look forward to significant operating growth in our Duplex, SPOT and Simplex business lines and to clearing the important milestones of our process before the FCC."
The Company will conduct an investor conference call today at 5:00 p.m. EDT to discuss fourth quarter 2013 financial results.
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|Conference Call:||5:00 p.m. EDT|
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About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial and recreational users in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications.
For more information regarding Globalstar, please visit www.Globalstar.com.
CONTACT: Investor contact information: InvestorRelations@Globalstar.com 985.335.1538