Daktronics, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results

BROOKINGS, S.D., Nov. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT) today reported fiscal 2016 second quarter net sales of $157.7 million, operating income of $5.6 million, and net income of $3.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to net sales of $173.1 million, operating income of $12.2 million, and net income of $7.7 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Fiscal 2016 second quarter orders were $135.6 million, compared to $149.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Backlog at the end of the fiscal 2016 second quarter was $184.2 million, compared with a backlog of $146.1 million a year earlier and $205.5 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

Net sales, operating income, net income, and earnings per share for the six months ended October 31, 2015, were $307.9 million, $11.7 million, $6.9 million, and $0.16 per diluted share, respectively. This compares to $339.7 million, $25.9 million, $16.5 million, and $0.38 per diluted share, respectively, for the same period in fiscal 2015. Fiscal 2016 is a 52-week year, and fiscal 2015 was a 53-week year. The extra week of fiscal 2015 fell within the first quarter, resulting in a 26-week versus a 27-week year-to-date comparison.

Free cash flow, defined as cash provided from or used in operating activities less capital expenditures, was a negative $19.6 million for the first six months of fiscal 2016, as compared to a positive free cash flow of $27.6 million for the same period of fiscal 2015. Net investment in property and equipment was $10.4 million for the first six months of fiscal 2016, as compared to $8.7 million for the first six months of fiscal 2015. Cash and marketable securities at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016 were $52.6 million, which compares to $83.7 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015 and $83.1 million at the end of fiscal 2015.

Overall order bookings decreased 9.1 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Variability in the timing of orders from the awards of large projects and from large accounts is inherent in our business. Live Events orders increased due to notable awards from the Miami Dolphins, the University of Mississippi, and Las Vegas Arena. Transportation business unit orders also increased with a notable project award from the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority. Commercial on-premise orders increased with demand in petroleum market applications. Variability of timing of large orders caused the decrease in orders in the International business unit and in the billboard and spectacular niches of the Commercial business unit. High School Park and Recreation business unit orders were down due to decreases in standard scoring systems demand and lower average selling prices in video-related orders in the quarter as compared to last year.

Sales decreased by 8.9 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015. The Live Events and Commercial business units had the greatest impact on the quarterly sales comparisons. In Live Events, while we generated revenue on the completion of a record number of center-hung (arena) systems during the quarter, we chose to delay production on some orders in backlog to take advantage of newly released product enhancements. Last year, our production volumes and mix weighed more heavily toward college football and outdoor professional stadiums installations. Commercial sales declined primarily due to the timing variability in the spectaculars niche, which is based on large individual projects, and due to declines in billboard shipments this quarter as compared to last.

Gross profit percentage for the quarter declined primarily due to an additional warranty charge and lower sales margins in our Commercial business unit. During the quarter, we adjusted our warranty reserves by approximately $2 million due to a product issue primarily affecting out-of-home applications. Sales margins in the Commercial business unit also declined during the quarter due to market drivers on pricing. The overall gross profit decline was partially offset by improvements in gross profit percentages in our Live Events business due to a change in mix of business between comparative quarters and the non-recurrence of costs we incurred last year due to capacity constraints.

Operating expenses increased by approximately 4 percent due to higher levels of product design activity to develop new and enhanced solutions for our markets and increased personnel costs.

Free cash flow remained negative at the end of the quarter due to the increased use of cash in operations through the first six months of the fiscal year. Cash outflow from operations included additional inventory of piece part purchases and production of subassemblies for projected future deliveries and cash receipt timing differences in our large project-based business.

Reece Kurtenbach, chairman, president and chief executive officer stated, “Our second quarter profitability was impacted by the timing of the conversion of orders to sales and high warranty costs. Since we could maintain our delivery promises to customers, we chose to delay production during the quarter to take advantage of new designs with enhanced reliability features and expected lower production costs. We also committed resources to evaluate, plan, and execute on improving our customers' experience, which increased warranty expenses as we are committed to being a long-term world-class supplier.

"Our design and development teams continued development through the quarter across various products and technologies including a line of ultra-high resolution indoor products, a new family of outdoor products, and various developments for our global transportation markets.”


Reece Kurtenbach added, “Although the financial performance for the first half of the year did not meet our expectations, we remain committed to achieving our financial goals over the long-term. Our backlog and market demand remains strong. Our order pipeline in the International, Live Events, and Transportation business units remains very active. Our order activity in the Commercial and High School Park and Recreation business units tends to be lower during our third quarter; however, we expect to see the typical increases for next spring and summer deliveries.

"Looking longer-term, we remain optimistic about future global sales opportunities and expansion in our business. Digital technology opportunities continue to develop. Our on-premise and out-of-home customers continue to turn to digital messaging solutions to advertise or communicate information to their audiences. Transportation solution customers turn to our displays to effectively communicate information to travelers or manage traffic flow across constrained travel infrastructure. Developers and venue owners in the Live Events, International, and spectacular niches continue to incorporate unique display systems at their facilities to help attract large, sustained audiences.

"To match the projected demand, we continue to focus on developing customer-centric solutions, using our industry knowledge to leverage our development, customer support, manufacturing, and process expertise. Improved profitability and product performance remain the focus of new solutions and enhanced product lines. We continue to drive our key initiatives forward to increase profitability by reducing costs as we improve our processes, products, and systems.”

Webcast Information

The company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results today at 10:00 a.m. (CST). This call will be broadcast live at http://investor.daktronics.com and available for replay shortly after the event.

About Daktronics

Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world's largest supplier of, large-screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, LED text and graphics displays, and related control systems. The company excels in the control of display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation, and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world in four domestic business units: Live Events, Commercial, High School Park and Recreation, and Transportation, and one International business unit. For more information, visit the company's website at: www.daktronics.com, email the company at investor@daktronics.com, call (605) 692-0200 or toll-free (800) 843-5843 in the United States, or write to the company at 201 Daktronics Dr., P.O. Box 5128, Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.

Safe Harbor Statement

Cautionary Notice: In addition to statements of historical fact, this news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is intended to enjoy the protection of that Act. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. The Company cautions that these and similar statements involve risk and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations, including, but not limited to, changes in economic and market conditions, management of growth, timing and magnitude of future contracts, fluctuations in margins, the introduction of new products and technology, the impact of adverse weather conditions, and other risks noted in the company's SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for its 2015 fiscal year. Forward-looking statements are made in the context of information available as of the date stated. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.

Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
October 31,
November 1,
October 31,
November 1,
Net sales $157,668 $173,115 $307,889 $339,733
Cost of goods sold 122,155 132,238 236,875 255,453
Gross profit 35,513 40,877 71,014 84,280
Operating expenses:
Selling expense 14,825 14,665 29,089 29,711
General and administrative 8,116 7,820 16,286 15,757
Product design and development 6,975 6,150 13,943 12,953
29,916 28,635 59,318 58,421
Operating income 5,597 12,242 11,696 25,859
Nonoperating (expense) income:
Interest income 266 275 564 575
Interest expense (28) (56) (90) (124)
Other (expense) income, net (231) (225) (674) (397)
Income before income taxes 5,604 12,236 11,496 25,913
Income tax expense 2,436 4,499 4,552 9,431
Net income $3,168 $7,737 $6,944 $16,482
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 43,934 43,405 43,890 43,350
Diluted 44,113 43,798 44,255 43,926
Earnings per share:
Basic $0.07 $0.18 $0.16 $0.38
Diluted $0.07 $0.18 $0.16 $0.38
Cash dividend declared per share $0.10 $0.10 $0.20 $0.20

Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
October 31,
May 2,
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash$27,655 $57,780
Marketable securities24,935 25,346
Accounts receivable, net90,938 80,857
Inventories, net69,441 64,389
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings28,906 35,068
Current maturities of long-term receivables3,143 3,784
Prepaid expenses and other assets6,160 6,663
Deferred income taxes10,452 10,640
Income tax receivables6,635 5,543
Total current assets268,265 290,070
Long-term receivables, less current maturities5,160 6,090
Goodwill5,371 5,269
Intangibles, net1,721 1,824
Investment in affiliates and other assets2,456 2,680
Deferred income taxes721 702
15,429 16,565
Land2,139 2,147
Buildings64,948 64,186
Machinery and equipment85,113 80,664
Office furniture and equipment15,827 15,823
Computer software and hardware53,618 51,083
Equipment held for rental803 803
Demonstration equipment7,543 7,299
Transportation equipment6,266 6,012
236,257 228,017
Less accumulated depreciation161,513 155,173
74,744 72,844
TOTAL ASSETS$358,438 $379,479

Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)
(in thousands)

October 31,
May 2,
Accounts payable44,182 52,747
Accrued expenses25,992 26,063
Warranty obligations13,486 11,838
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings12,583 23,797
Customer deposits (billed or collected)13,103 16,828
Deferred revenue (billed or collected)11,501 9,524
Current portion of other long-term obligations499 587
Income taxes payable257 636
Total current liabilities121,603 142,020
Long-term warranty obligations14,978 14,643
Long-term deferred revenue (billed or collected)3,958 3,914
Other long-term obligations, less current maturities2,229 3,190
Long-term income tax payable2,934 2,734
Deferred income taxes1,389 939
Total long-term liabilities25,488 25,420
TOTAL LIABILITIES147,091 167,440
Common stock49,570 48,960
Additional paid-in capital33,971 32,693
Retained earnings130,954 132,771
Treasury stock, at cost(9) (9)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(3,139) (2,376)

Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

Six Months Ended
October 31,
November 1,
Net income $6,944 $16,482
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 8,186 7,377
Amortization 70 124
Amortization of premium/discount on marketable securities 58 91
Gain on sale of property, equipment and other assets (50) (1,202)
Share-based compensation 1,503 1,564
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation (3) (31)
Provision for doubtful accounts 209 (136)
Deferred income taxes, net 573 301
Change in operating assets and liabilities (26,714) 11,764
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (9,224) 36,334
Purchases of property and equipment (10,491) (12,699)
Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and other assets 105 4,001
Purchases of marketable securities (13,780) (6,451)
Proceeds from sales or maturities of marketable securities 14,133 6,316
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (1,936) (5,915)
Net cash used in investing activities (11,969) (14,748)
Payments on notes payable (27) (229)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 610 1,010
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation 3 31
Principal payments on long-term obligations (16) (930)
Dividends paid (8,760) (8,656)
Net cash used in financing activities (8,190) (8,774)
Beginning of period 57,284 45,054
End of period $27,460 $57,435

Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries
Net Sales and Orders by Business Unit
(in thousands)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
October 31,
November 1,
October 31,
November 1,
Net Sales:
Commercial$40,066 $43,928 $(3,862) (8.8)% $83,276 $83,710 $(434) (0.5)%
Live Events50,761 62,641 $(11,880) (19.0)% 98,683 138,315 $(39,632) (28.7)%
High School Park and Recreation24,253 24,243 $10 % 43,212 44,354 $(1,142) (2.6)%
Transportation13,294 12,015 $1,279 10.6% 27,061 25,328 $1,733 6.8%
International29,294 30,288 $(994) (3.3)% 55,657 48,026 $7,631 15.9%
$157,668 $173,115 $(15,447) (8.9)% $307,889 $339,733 $(31,844) (9.4)%
Commercial$30,203 $44,503 $(14,300) (32.1)% $65,160 $86,276 $(21,116) (24.5)%
Live Events64,267 46,216 $18,051 39.1% 125,007 103,421 $21,586 20.9%
High School Park and Recreation12,555 13,520 $(965) (7.1)% 40,429 43,214 $(2,785) (6.4)%
Transportation16,697 12,161 $4,536 37.3% 30,334 23,463 $6,871 29.3%
International11,873 32,702 $(20,829) (63.7)% 39,737 53,407 $(13,670) (25.6)%
$135,595 $149,102 $(13,507) (9.1)% $300,667 $309,781 $(9,114) (2.9)%

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow
(in thousands)

Six Months Ended
October 31,
November 1,
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities$(9,224) $36,334
Purchases of property and equipment(10,491) (12,699)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment105 4,001
Free cash flow$(19,610) $27,636

In evaluating its business, Daktronics considers and uses free cash flow as a key measure of its operating performance. The term free cash flow is not defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and is not a measure of operating income, cash flows from operating activities or other GAAP figures and should not be considered alternatives to those computations. Free cash flow is intended to provide information that may be useful for investors when assessing period to period results.

INVESTOR RELATIONS: Sheila Anderson, Chief Financial Officer (605) 692-0200 Investor@daktronics.com

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