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Daktronics, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

BROOKINGS, S.D., Nov. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT) today reported fiscal 2017 second quarter net sales of $170.0 million, operating income of $12.7 million, and net income of $9.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to 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, for the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2017 second quarter orders were $116.9 million, compared to $135.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Backlog at the end of the fiscal 2017 second quarter was $142 million, compared with a backlog of $184 million a year earlier and $198 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

Net sales, operating income, net income, and earnings per share for the six months ended October 29, 2016, were $327.1 million, $20.6 million, $14.6 million, and $0.33 per diluted share, respectively. This compares to $307.9 million, $11.7 million, $6.9 million, and $0.16 per diluted share, respectively, for the same period in fiscal 2016.

Cash flow provided by operating activities in the first six months of fiscal 2017 was $15.0 million, compared with cash used of $9.0 million in the same period last year. Free cash flow, defined as cash provided from or used in operating activities less net investment in property and equipment, was a positive $10.5 million for the first six months of fiscal 2017, as compared to a negative free cash flow of $19.4 million for the same period of fiscal 2016. Net investment in property and equipment was $4.6 million for the first six months of fiscal 2017, as compared to $10.4 million for the first six months of fiscal 2016. We repurchased approximately 0.3 million shares of common stock at an average price of $6.42 per share for a total use of cash of $1.8 million during the first six months of fiscal 2017. Cash, restricted cash, and marketable securities at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were $52.2 million, which compares to $52.6 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016 and $53.2 million at the end of fiscal 2016.

Orders for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased 13.8 percent as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Orders increased in our Commercial, International, and High School Park and Recreation business units and decreased in our Live Events and Transportation business units. Commercial business unit orders were up compared to last year primarily due to the award of several large projects in the spectacular niche and an increase in business in our on-premise and billboard niches. International business unit orders increased primarily due to a spectacular niche project awarded in Europe, billboard niche and sports stadium project awards in Australia. 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 7.8 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2016. High School Park and Recreation, Live Events, Transportation and International business unit’s sales all increased quarter over quarter primarily because of higher production rates of large projects due to natural large project volatility and an increase in customer demand as noted above. Commercial business unit sales were relatively flat.

Gross profit percentage for the quarter increased as compared to last year due to a combination of lower warranty charges, lower production costs, and sales mix.

Operating expenses increased by 5.8 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2016. The increase in selling expense was primarily related to a bad debt charge which increased our percentage of selling expense to sales by 0.4 percent, 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. Product development expenses increased primarily for personnel related expenses.

Operating income as a percent of sales for the quarter increased to 7.5 percent as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2016 of 3.6 percent.

Reece Kurtenbach, chairman, president and chief executive officer stated, “We are pleased with our second quarter of fiscal 2017 financial performance. We achieved higher net sales and experienced improved profitability during the second quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Our sales levels improved with the timing of large project delivery and we saw increases in demand in the Commercial and International businesses. Our High School Park and Recreation business unit is having a great year, with orders up more than 25 percent during the quarter. A year ago, we were working through a warranty issue that took time, attention, and financial resources away from improving our business. This year, we have been able to return our focus to product development activities.

Outlook
Kurtenbach added, “The pipeline of order opportunities in the worldwide marketplace remains strong. While orders and backlog as compared to last year at this time are slightly down, we are optimistic about continued growth through the activity and interest in the worldwide marketplace for desired usage of digital technology. However, we recognize that there is uncertainty in the global macroeconomic picture; therefore, we are carefully managing our costs through continuous improvement and execution of our processes.

Our value statement sets us apart and we offer a broad range of solutions to meet our diverse customers' needs. We are strategically investing in product design and development for a number of customer solution areas and we have a goal to accelerate development of 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)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
October 29,
2016
October 31,
2015
October 29,
2016
October 31,
2015
Net sales $169,992 $157,668 $327,138 $307,889
Cost of goods sold 125,684 122,155 243,763 236,875
Gross profit 44,308 35,513 83,375 71,014
Operating expenses:
Selling expense 15,891 14,825 31,150 29,089
General and administrative 8,625 8,116 17,408 16,286
Product design and development 7,126 6,975 14,169 13,943
31,642 29,916 62,727 59,318
Operating income 12,666 5,597 20,648 11,696
Nonoperating income (expense):
Interest income 171 266 376 564
Interest expense (76) (28) (118) (90)
Other income (expense), net 149 (231) 55 (674)
Income before income taxes 12,910 5,604 20,961 11,496
Income tax expense 3,889 2,436 6,401 4,552
Net income $9,021 $3,168 $14,560 $6,944
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 43,988 43,934 44,051 43,890
Diluted 44,098 44,113 44,168 44,255
Earnings per share:
Basic $0.21 $0.07 $0.33 $0.16
Diluted $0.20 $0.07 $0.33 $0.16
Cash dividends declared per share $0.07 $0.10 $0.17 $0.20



Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
October 29,
2016
April 30,
2016
(unaudited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents$34,045 $28,328
Restricted cash205 198
Marketable securities17,904 24,672
Accounts receivable, net90,421 77,554
Inventories, net63,632 69,827
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings43,354 30,200
Current maturities of long-term receivables3,068 3,172
Prepaid expenses and other assets7,533 6,468
Income tax receivables229 4,812
Total current assets260,391 245,231
Long-term receivables, less current maturities3,202 3,866
Goodwill7,712 8,116
Intangibles, net5,718 7,721
Investment in affiliates and other assets2,136 2,414
Deferred income taxes9,412 9,437
28,180 31,554
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT:
Land2,100 2,155
Buildings65,039 65,247
Machinery and equipment83,206 82,973
Office furniture and equipment5,570 14,746
Computer software and hardware49,894 48,917
Equipment held for rental374 374
Demonstration equipment7,714 8,026
Transportation equipment6,912 6,596
220,809 229,034
Less accumulated depreciation151,671 155,871
69,138 73,163
TOTAL ASSETS$357,709 $349,948



Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)
(in thousands)
October 29,
2016
April 30,
2016
(unaudited)
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Accounts payable44,796 43,441
Accrued expenses25,270 23,532
Warranty obligations15,110 16,564
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings8,338 10,361
Customer deposits (billed or collected)14,020 16,012
Deferred revenue (billed or collected)12,514 10,712
Current portion of other long-term obligations442 585
Income taxes payable2,385 310
Total current liabilities122,875 121,517
Long-term warranty obligations14,740 13,932
Long-term deferred revenue (billed or collected)5,504 5,603
Other long-term obligations, less current maturities4,451 4,059
Long-term income tax payable3,184 3,016
Deferred income taxes708 754
Total long-term liabilities28,587 27,364
TOTAL LIABILITIES151,462 148,881
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Common stock51,449 51,347
Additional paid-in capital36,622 35,351
Retained earnings124,353 117,276
Treasury stock, at cost(1,834) (9)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(4,343) (2,898)
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY206,247 201,067
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY$357,709 $349,948



Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Six Months Ended
October 29,
2016
October 31,
2015
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $14,560 $6,944
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 9,242 8,314
Impairment loss of intangible assets 830
Loss (gain) on sale of property, equipment and other assets 33 (50)
Share-based compensation 1,484 1,503
Provision for doubtful accounts 962 209
Deferred income taxes, net (48) 573
Change in operating assets and liabilities (12,057) (26,487)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 15,006 (8,994)
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment (4,625) (10,491)
Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and other assets 72 105
Purchases of marketable securities (4,583) (13,780)
Proceeds from sales or maturities of marketable securities 11,328 14,133
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (562) (1,936)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 1,630 (11,969)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Payments on notes payable (6) (27)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 102 610
Principal payments on long-term obligations (904) (16)
Dividends paid (7,482) (8,760)
Payments for common shares repurchased (1,825)
Tax payments related to RSU issuances (213) (227)
Net cash used in financing activities (10,328) (8,420)
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH (591) (441)
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 5,717 (29,824)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:
Beginning of period 28,328 57,284
End of period $34,045 $27,460



Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Net Sales and Orders by Business Unit
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
October 29,
2016
October 31,
2015
Dollar
Change
Percent
Change
October 29,
2016
October 31,
2015
Dollar
Change
Percent
Change
Net Sales:
Commercial$39,923 $40,066 $(143) (0.4)% $76,177 $83,276 $(7,099) (8.5)%
Live Events55,363 50,761 $4,602 9.1% 115,996 98,683 $17,313 17.5%
High School Park and Recreation28,707 24,253 $4,454 18.4% 56,324 43,212 $13,112 30.3%
Transportation16,101 13,294 $2,807 21.1% 30,387 27,061 $3,326 12.3%
International29,898 29,294 $604 2.1% 48,254 55,657 $(7,403) (13.3)%
$169,992 $157,668 $12,324 7.8% $327,138 $307,889 $19,249 6.3%
Orders:
Commercial$36,663 $30,203 $6,460 21.4% $81,731 $65,160 $16,571 25.4%
Live Events31,050 64,267 $(33,217) (51.7)% 83,930 125,007 $(41,077) (32.9)%
High School Park and Recreation15,764 12,555 $3,209 25.6% 46,877 40,429 $6,448 15.9%
Transportation14,754 16,697 $(1,943) (11.6)% 26,669 30,334 $(3,665) (12.1)%
International18,643 11,873 $6,770 57.0% 52,835 39,737 $13,098 33.0%
$116,874 $135,595 $(18,721) (13.8)% $292,042 $300,667 $(8,625) (2.9)%


Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
Six Months Ended
October 29,
2016
October 31,
2015
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$15,006 $(8,994)
Purchases of property and equipment(4,625) (10,491)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment72 105
Free cash flow$10,453 $(19,380)

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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