Daktronics, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

BROOKINGS, S.D., Aug. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT) today reported fiscal 2017 first quarter net sales of $157.1 million, operating income of $8.0 million, and net income of $5.5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to net sales of $150.2 million, operating income of $6.1 million, and net income of $3.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2017 first quarter orders were $175.2 million, compared to $165.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Backlog at the end of the fiscal 2017 first quarter was $197.9 million, compared with a backlog of $205.5 million a year earlier and $181.2 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.

Free cash flow, defined as cash provided from or used in operating activities less capital expenditures, was a positive $4.5 million for the first three months of fiscal 2017, as compared to a negative free cash flow of $17.2 million for the same period of fiscal 2016. Net investment in property and equipment was $2.1 million for the first three months of fiscal 2017, as compared to $7.2 million for the first three months of fiscal 2016. As previously announced on June 17, 2016, our board authorized a share repurchase program. We repurchased approximately 0.3 million shares at an average price of $6.42 per share for a total use of cash of $1.8 million during the quarter. Cash and marketable securities at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017 were $50.2 million, which compares to $60.8 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2016 and $53.2 million at the end of fiscal 2016.

Orders for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 increased 6.1 percent as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Orders increased in our Commercial, International, and High School Park and Recreation business units and decreased in Live Events and Transportation business units. Commercial business unit orders were up compared to last year primarily due to the award of large projects in the spectacular niche and an increase in business in our national account niche. International business unit orders increased primarily due to sports stadium project awards in Australia and the United Kingdom. High School Park and Recreation orders increased due to strong market demand for video sporting applications which have larger average sale prices compared to scoring or message centers in this business unit. Live Events orders were down compared to last year due to order timing differences of large projects.

Net sales increased by 4.6 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2016 due to increases in our Live Event, High School Park and Recreation, and Transportation business units offset by decreases in International and Commercial business units. Live Event sales increased mostly due to the timing of project schedules and work completed for football stadiums. High School Park and Recreation sales increased as a result of the delivery of more video sporting projects this year as compared to last year. Sales were down in the Commercial and International business units primarily due to the natural fluctuations caused by large project timing.

Gross profit percentage for the quarter increased as compared to last year due to a combination of higher sales volumes, lower warranty charges, and a change in sales mix with higher gross margins.

Operating expenses increased by 5.7 percent. Selling expense increase was related to higher personnel costs and for the addition of a full quarter of expenses from ADFLOW, the company we acquired late in fiscal 2016. General and administrative expense increased in professional fees, information technology maintenance, and personnel expenses.

Operating income as a percent of sales for the quarter increased to 5.1 percent as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2016 of 4.1 percent.

Reece Kurtenbach, chairman, president and chief executive officer stated, “We are pleased with our first quarter of fiscal 2017 financial performance. We achieved higher order volumes and operating income as compared to last year's first quarter. Operationally, we were able to deliver on more of the backlog coming into the year than expected which created an increase in sales and improved gross profit margin. High School Park and Recreation and Live Event business units contributed the most to this operating income improvement due to sports seasonality as we manufacture, deliver, and install projects for outdoor fall sports venues generally in the first and second quarters. Significant sports related projects for the quarter included the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Real Madrid, University of Mississippi, and Miami Dolphins Stadium. We had lower volumes of sales activity in the International and Commercial business units causing operating margin declines quarter over quarter in these units. Lower warranty expenses as a percentage of sales for the quarter also contributed to the improved operating margins."


Kurtenbach added, “We are entering into the second quarter with a solid backlog and with a strong pipeline of opportunities. Our teams are focused on winning orders in the ever expanding, yet competitive digital technology marketplace at prices that reflect our differentiated value. As an experienced market provider, we focus on delivering industry leading digital systems and applications through robust design and delivery, lifetime support, and quality based on our customers’ needs and priorities. While we are pleased with the start of our fiscal year, we continue to observe customers delaying their purchasing decisions due to uncertain global macroeconomic factors. Therefore, we are focused on managing our costs throughout the year through continuous improvement and careful execution of our processes. We continue to strategically invest in product design and development for a number of customer solution areas and have a goal to accelerate developments for additional world-class solutions to capture a broader customer base in the growing digital global market."

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 2016 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
July 30,
August 1,
Net sales $157,146 $150,221
Cost of goods sold 118,079 114,720
Gross profit 39,067 35,501
Operating expenses:
Selling expense 15,259 14,264
General and administrative 8,783 8,170
Product design and development 7,043 6,968
31,085 29,402
Operating income 7,982 6,099
Nonoperating income (expense):
Interest income 205 298
Interest expense (42) (62)
Other income (expense), net (94) (443)
Income before income taxes 8,051 5,892
Income tax expense 2,512 2,116
Net income $5,539 $3,776
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 44,079 43,797
Diluted 44,141 44,073
Earnings per share:
Basic $0.13 $0.09
Diluted $0.13 $0.09
Cash dividend declared per share $0.10 $0.10

Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
July 30,
April 30,
Cash and cash equivalents $29,778 $28,328
Restricted cash 193 198
Marketable securities 20,200 24,672
Accounts receivable, net 86,382 77,554
Inventories, net 68,593 69,827
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings 50,172 30,200
Current maturities of long-term receivables 3,063 3,172
Prepaid expenses and other assets 5,936 6,468
Income tax receivables 762 4,812
Total current assets 265,079 245,231
Long-term receivables, less current maturities 3,543 3,866
Goodwill 7,894 8,116
Intangibles, net 7,012 7,721
Investment in affiliates and other assets 2,521 2,414
Deferred income taxes 9,418 9,437
30,388 31,554
Land 2,142 2,155
Buildings 65,047 65,247
Machinery and equipment 82,448 82,973
Office furniture and equipment 5,563 14,746
Computer software and hardware 49,238 48,917
Equipment held for rental 374 374
Demonstration equipment 7,991 8,026
Transportation equipment 6,521 6,596
219,324 229,034
Less accumulated depreciation 148,282 155,871
71,042 73,163
TOTAL ASSETS $366,509 $349,948

Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)
(in thousands)
July 30,
April 30,
Accounts payable 50,605 43,441
Accrued expenses 26,501 23,532
Warranty obligations 15,450 16,564
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings 12,467 10,361
Customer deposits (billed or collected) 20,650 16,012
Deferred revenue (billed or collected) 11,740 10,712
Current portion of other long-term obligations 191 585
Income taxes payable 191 310
Total current liabilities 137,795 121,517
Long-term warranty obligations 14,466 13,932
Long-term deferred revenue (billed or collected) 5,388 5,603
Other long-term obligations, less current maturities 4,860 4,059
Long-term income tax payable 3,134 3,016
Deferred income taxes 720 754
Total long-term liabilities 28,568 27,364
TOTAL LIABILITIES 166,363 148,881
Common stock 51,347 51,347
Additional paid-in capital 36,059 35,351
Retained earnings 118,405 117,276
Treasury stock, at cost (1,834) (9)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,831) (2,898)

Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended
July 30,
August 1,
Net income $5,539 $3,776
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation 4,193 4,020
Amortization 398 35
Amortization of premium/discount on marketable securities 9 33
Loss (gain) on sale of property, equipment and other assets 31 (62)
Share-based compensation 709 751
Provision for doubtful accounts 7 160
Deferred income taxes, net 3 (21)
Change in operating assets and liabilities (4,291) (18,763)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 6,598 (10,071)
Purchases of property and equipment (2,157) (7,232)
Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and other assets 64 66
Purchases of marketable securities (2,394) (9,506)
Proceeds from sales or maturities of marketable securities 6,856 9,497
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (614)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 2,369 (7,789)
Payments on notes payable (4) (9)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 562
Principal payments on long-term obligations (896) (8)
Dividends paid (4,409) (4,375)
Payments for common shares repurchased (1,825)
Net cash used in financing activities (7,134) (3,830)
Beginning of period 28,328 57,284
End of period $29,778 $35,269

Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Net Sales and Orders by Business Unit
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended
July 30,
August 1,
Net Sales:
Commercial$36,254 $43,210 $(6,956) (16.1)%
Live Events60,633 47,922 $12,711 26.5%
High School Park and Recreation27,617 18,959 $8,658 45.7%
Transportation14,286 13,767 $519 3.8%
International18,356 26,363 $(8,007) (30.4)%
$157,146 $150,221 $6,925 4.6%
Commercial$45,068 $34,957 $10,111 28.9%
Live Events52,880 60,740 $(7,860) (12.9)%
High School Park and Recreation31,113 27,874 $3,239 11.6%
Transportation11,915 13,637 $(1,722) (12.6)%
International34,192 27,864 $6,328 22.7%
$175,168 $165,072 $10,096 6.1%

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended
July 30,
August 1,
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $6,598 $(10,071)
Purchases of property and equipment (2,157) (7,232)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment 64 66
Free cash flow $4,505 $(17,237)

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.

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

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