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Descartes Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

Record Revenues and Income From Operations

WATERLOO, Ontario, Sept. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2018 second quarter (Q2FY18) ended July 31, 2017. All financial results referenced are in United States (US) currency and, unless otherwise indicated, are determined in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

“Our continued strong financial performance reflects the dedication of our employees to delivering success to our customers,” said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes’ CEO. “With the recent additions of ShipRush, PCSTrac and MacroPoint to our Global Logistics Network (GLN), we’ve added even more solutions, content and capabilities that can improve the security and efficiency of our customers’ operations. We believe that our expanded GLN is the leading global platform for customers to research, plan, execute and monitor multi-modal shipments around the world.”

Q2FY18 Financial Results
As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Descartes’ three-month period ended July 31, 2017 (Q2FY18) included:

  • Revenues of $57.3 million, up 13% from $50.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 (Q2FY17) and up 5% from $54.5 million in the previous quarter (Q1FY18);
  • Revenues were comprised of license revenues of $2.2 million (4% of total revenues) and services revenues (non-license) of $55.1 million (96% of total revenues). Services revenues were up 13% from $48.6 million in Q2FY17 and up 4% from $52.8 million in Q1FY18;
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $17.1 million, up 3% from $16.6 million in Q2FY17 and up 4% from $16.5 million in Q1FY18;
  • Net income of $7.2 million, up 24% from $5.8 million in Q2FY17 and up 4% from $6.9 million in Q1FY18. Net income as a percentage of revenues was 13%, compared to 11% in Q2FY17 and 13% in Q1FY18;
  • Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.09, up 13% from $0.08 in Q2FY17 and consistent with Q1FY18; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $19.8 million, up 15% from $17.2 million in Q2FY17 and up 4% from $19.0 million in Q1FY18. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 35%, compared to 34% in Q2FY17 and 35% in Q1FY18.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a complement to financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation (for which we include related fees and taxes) and other charges (for which we include restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses). These items are considered by management to be outside Descartes' ongoing operational results. We define Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues as the quotient, expressed as a percentage, from dividing Adjusted EBITDA for a period by revenues for the corresponding period. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income determined in accordance with GAAP is provided later in this release.

The following table summarizes Descartes' results in the categories specified below over the past 5 fiscal quarters (unaudited; dollar amounts, other than per share amounts, in millions):

Q2
FY18
Q1
FY18
Q4
FY17
Q3
FY17
Q2
FY17
Revenues57.3 54.5 52.8 51.5 50.5
Services revenues55.1 52.8 51.4 49.4 48.6
Gross margin73%74%72%73%73%
Cash provided by operating activities17.1 16.5 19.5 20.5 16.6
Net income7.2 6.9 6.1 5.9 5.8
Net income as a % of revenues13%13%12%11%11%
Earnings per diluted share0.09 0.09 0.08 0.08 0.08
Adjusted EBITDA19.8 19.0 18.5 17.8 17.2
Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenues35%35%35%35%34%

Year-to-Date Financial Results

As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Descartes’ six-month period ended July 31, 2017 (1HFY18) included:

  • Revenues of $111.8 million, up 12% from $99.4 million in the same period a year ago (1HFY17);
  • Revenues were comprised of license revenues of $3.8 million (3% of total revenues) and services revenues (non-license) of $108.0 million (97% of total revenues). Services revenues were up 12% from $96.1 million in 1HFY17;
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $33.6 million, up 3% from $32.5 million in 1HFY17;
  • Net income of $14.0 million, up 19% from $11.8 million in 1HFY17. Net income as a percentage of revenues was 13%, compared to 12% in 1HFY17;
  • Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.18, up 20% from $0.15 in 1HFY17; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $38.8 million, up 15% from $33.8 million in 1HFY17. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 35%, compared to 34% in 1HFY17.

The following table summarizes Descartes’ results in the categories specified below over 1HFY18 and 1HFY17 (unaudited, dollar amounts in millions):

1HFY181HFY17
Revenues111.8 99.4
Services revenues108.0 96.1
Gross margin73%72%
Cash provided by operating activities33.6 32.5
Net income14.0 11.8
Net income as a % of revenues13%12%
Earnings per diluted share0.18 0.15
Adjusted EBITDA38.8 33.8
Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenues35%34%

Cash Position

At July 31, 2017, Descartes had $87.5 million in cash. Cash increased $33.1 million in Q2FY18 and $49.4 million in 1HFY18 primarily due to proceeds from borrowing on the credit facility and cash provided by operating activities, partially offset by cash used to acquire ShipRush and PCSTrac (described further below).

The table set forth below provides a summary of cash flows for Q2FY18 and 1HFY18 in millions of dollars:

Q2FY181HFY18
Cash provided by operating activities17.1 33.6
Additions to property and equipment(0.9)(1.7)
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired(25.7)(25.7)
Proceeds from borrowing on credit facility40.0 40.0
Issuance of common shares, net of issuance costs- 0.5
Effect of foreign exchange rate on cash2.6 2.7
Net change in cash33.1 49.4
Cash, beginning of period54.4 38.1
Cash, end of period87.5 87.5

Acquisition of ShipRush
On May 18, 2017, we acquired Z-Firm LLC (“ShipRush”), a US-based provider of e-commerce multi-carrier parcel shipping solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The ShipRush platform helps customers to streamline their supply chain and reduce transportation costs by automatically importing orders, comparing carrier rates, printing shipping labels for all major carriers, and tracking through final delivery. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $14.2 million, net of cash acquired, which was funded with cash on hand. Additional contingent consideration of up to $3.0 million in cash is payable if certain revenue performance targets are met by ShipRush in the two years following the acquisition.

Acquisition of PCSTrac
On June 1, 2017, we acquired substantially all of the assets of PCSTrac, Inc., including certain related assets of Progressive Computer Services Inc. dba PCS Technologies (collectively referred to as “PCSTrac”). US-based PCSTrac helps specialty retailers and their logistics service providers collaborate to improve carton-level visibility for shipments from distribution centers to stores. PCSTrac’s solutions provide visibility and insight into the store replenishment supply chain, helping increase sales, enhance loss prevention, and improve inventory control. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $11.5 million, net of cash acquired, which was funded using cash on hand.

Acquisition of MacroPoint
On August 14, 2017, we acquired MacroPoint LLC (“MacroPoint”), an electronic transportation network providing location-based truck tracking and predictive freight capacity data content. US-based MacroPoint runs a connected network helping transportation brokers, logistics service providers and shippers track the locations of deliveries in trucks as well as predictive freight capacity to help identify early opportunities for additional freight moves. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $106.6 million, net of cash acquired, which was funded using $20.0 million of Descartes common shares, $80.0 million from drawing on our credit facility (of which $40.0 million was drawn subsequent to July 31, 2017) and the balance using cash on hand.

Descartes Evolution — 2018 User Group Conference
Descartes will be hosting Descartes Evolution at the Hilton West Palm Beach from March 6-8, 2018. Descartes Evolution is Descartes’ pinnacle event where customers and partners from around the world get together to network with other Descartes users, meet the Descartes product management team, provide input on Descartes' product development plans, and learn more about Descartes solutions and how to improve their operations. Registration information is available at the following site: https://www.descartes.com/usergroup/conference-registration.

Conference Call
Members of Descartes' executive management team will host a conference call to discuss the company's financial results at 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 6. Designated numbers are +1 888 465-5079 for North America and +1 416 216-4169 for international, using Passcode 9965517#.

The company will simultaneously conduct an audio webcast on the Descartes Web site at www.descartes.com/descartes/investor-relations. Phone conference dial-in or webcast log-in is required approximately 10 minutes beforehand.

Replays of the conference call will be available following the call from 8:00 p.m. ET, and until September 13, 2017, by dialing +1 888 843-7419 or +1 630 652-3042 followed by Passcode 9965517#. An archived replay of the webcast will be available at www.descartes.com/descartes/investor-relations.

About Descartes

Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at www.descartes.com, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements") that relates to Descartes' growth in margins; continued growth and acquisitions; rate of profitable growth; demand for Descartes' solutions; growth of Descartes' Global Logistics Network; customer buying patterns; customer expectations of Descartes; development of the GLN and the benefits thereof to customers; and other matters. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions including the following: global shipment volumes continuing to increase at levels consistent with the average growth rates of the global economy; countries continuing to implement and enforce existing and additional customs and security regulations relating to the provision of electronic information for imports and exports; countries continuing to implement and enforce existing and additional trade restrictions and sanctioned party lists with respect to doing business with certain countries, organizations, entities and individuals; Descartes' continued operation of a secure and reliable business network; the stability of general economic and market conditions, currency exchange rates, and interest rates; equity and debt markets continuing to provide Descartes with access to capital; Descartes' continued ability to identify and source attractive and executable business combination opportunities; Descartes' ability to develop solutions that keep pace with the continuing changes in technology, and our continued compliance with third party intellectual property rights. These assumptions may prove to be inaccurate. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Descartes, or developments in Descartes' business or industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, Descartes' ability to successfully execute on acquisitions and to integrate acquired businesses and assets, and to predict expenses associated with and revenues from acquisitions; the ability to attract and retain key personnel and the ability to manage the departure of key personnel and the transition of our executive management team; changes in trade or transportation regulations that currently require customers to use services such as those offered by Descartes; the impact on Descartes' business of a global economic downturn; changes in customer behaviour and expectations; Descartes’ ability to successfully design and develop enhancements to our products and solutions; departures of key customers; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates; Descartes' ability to retain or obtain sufficient capital in addition to its debt facility to execute on its business strategy, including its acquisition strategy; disruptions in the movement of freight; the potential for future goodwill or intangible asset impairment as a result of other-than-temporary decreases in Descartes' market capitalization; and other factors and assumptions discussed in the section entitled, "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada, including Descartes' most recently filed Management's Discussion and Analysis. If any such risks actually occur, they could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations. In that case, the trading price of our common shares could decline, perhaps materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. We do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues

We prepare and release quarterly unaudited and annual audited financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. We also disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information, used to evaluate our performance, in this and other earnings releases and investor conference calls as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP. We believe that current shareholders and potential investors in our company use non-GAAP financial measures, such as Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, in making investment decisions about our company and measuring our operational results.

The term “Adjusted EBITDA” refers to a financial measure that we define as earnings before certain charges that management considers to be non-operating expenses and which consist of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation (for which we include related fees and taxes) and other charges (for which we include restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses). Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues divides Adjusted EBITDA for a period by the revenues for the corresponding period and expresses the quotient as a percentage.

Management considers these non-operating expenses to be outside the scope of Descartes’ ongoing operations and the related expenses are not used by management to measure operations. Accordingly, these expenses are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA, which we reference to both measure our operations and as a basis of comparison of our operations from period-to-period. Management believes that investors and financial analysts measure our business on the same basis, and we are providing the Adjusted EBITDA financial metric to assist in this evaluation and to provide a higher level of transparency into how we measure our own business. However, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are non-GAAP financial measures and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues should not be construed as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP or other non-GAAP measures that may be used by other companies, such as EBITDA. The use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues does have limitations. In particular, we have completed six acquisitions since the beginning of fiscal 2017 and may complete additional acquisitions in the future that will result in acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges. As these acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges may continue as we pursue our consolidation strategy, some investors may consider these charges and expenses as a recurring part of operations rather than expenses that are not part of operations.

The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income reported in our unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for Q2FY18, Q1FY18, Q4FY17, Q3FY17 and Q2FY17, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(US dollars in millions)Q2FY18Q1FY18Q4FY17Q3FY17Q2FY17
Net income, as reported on Consolidated Statements of Operations7.2 6.9 6.1 5.9 5.8
Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:
Interest expense0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2
Investment income- - - (0.1)(0.8)
Income tax expense2.0 2.2 1.9 1.8 2.0
Depreciation expense0.9 0.8 1.1 1.0 0.9
Amortization of intangible assets7.8 7.7 7.8 7.5 7.6
Stock-based compensation and related taxes0.9 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.7
Other charges0.9 0.7 0.9 1.0 0.8
Adjusted EBITDA19.8 19.0 18.5 17.8 17.2
Revenues57.3 54.5 52.8 51.5 50.5
Net income as % of revenues13%13%12%11%11%
Adjusted EBITDA as % of revenues35%35%35%35%34%

The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income reported in our unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for 1HFY18 and 1HFY17, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(US dollars in millions) 1HFY181HFY17
Net income, as reported on Consolidated Statements of Operations 14.0 11.8
Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:
Interest expense 0.4 0.3
Investment income (0.1)(1.3)
Income tax expense 4.2 3.9
Depreciation expense 1.8 1.6
Amortization of intangible assets 15.5 14.8
Stock-based compensation and related taxes 1.4 1.2
Other charges 1.6 1.5
Adjusted EBITDA 38.8 33.8
Revenues 111.8 99.4
Net income as % of revenues 13%12%
Adjusted EBITDA as % of revenues 35%34%


The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(US dollars in thousands; US GAAP; Unaudited)
Year Ended July 31,January 31,
2017
2017
(Audited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash87,527 38,135
Accounts receivable (net)
Trade27,230 25,401
Other3,642 3,709
Prepaid expenses and other6,516 5,149
Inventory187 167
125,102 72,561
OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS1,170 1,525
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET12,604 10,447
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES5,955 7,027
DEFERRED TAX CHARGE339 422
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET146,820 145,445
GOODWILL281,487 263,113
573,477 500,540
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable8,783 4,679
Accrued liabilities22,101 23,247
Income taxes payable1,050 2,170
Deferred revenue25,435 23,728
57,369 53,824
LONG-TERM DEBT40,000 -
LONG-TERM DEFERRED REVENUE1,075 421
LONG-TERM INCOME TAXES PAYABLE8,098 5,725
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES10,273 9,975
116,815 69,945
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Common shares – unlimited shares authorized; Shares issued and outstanding totaled 75,970,296 at July 31, 2017 (January 31, 2017 – 75,874,684)253,869 253,242
Additional paid-in capital449,743 448,597
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(22,492)(32,779)
Accumulated deficit(224,458)(238,465)
456,662 430,595
573,477 500,540


The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(US dollars in thousands, except per share and weighted average share amounts; US GAAP; Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
July 31,July 31, July 31,July 31,
2017
2016
2017
2016
REVENUES57,293 50,516 111,807 99,427
COST OF REVENUES15,347 13,785 29,729 27,474
GROSS MARGIN41,946 36,731 82,078 71,953
EXPENSES
Sales and marketing7,606 6,337 14,836 12,019
Research and development10,158 8,904 19,493 17,694
General and administrative6,178 5,956 12,118 11,290
Other charges (Note 19)911 764 1,589 1,473
Amortization of intangible assets7,763 7,577 15,466 14,728
32,616 29,538 63,502 57,204
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS9,330 7,193 18,576 14,749
INTEREST EXPENSE(169)(165) (364)(294)
INVESTMENT INCOME24 788 58 1,301
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES9,185 7,816 18,270 15,756
INCOME TAX EXPENSE
Current1,708 1,061 3,398 1,772
Deferred318 976 828 2,167
2,026 2,037 4,226 3,939
NET INCOME7,159 5,779 14,044 11,817
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic0.09 0.08 0.18 0.16
Diluted0.09 0.08 0.18 0.15
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING (thousands)
Basic75,969 75,792 75,941 75,777
Diluted76,739 76,483 76,687 76,451


The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(US dollars in thousands; US GAAP; Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
July 31,July 31, July 31,July 31,
2017
2016
2017
2016
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income7,159 5,779 14,044 11,817
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation933 865 1,745 1,613
Amortization of intangible assets7,763 7,577 15,466 14,728
Stock-based compensation expense752 545 1,267 942
Other non-cash operating activities(631)(936)(610)(1,441)
Deferred tax expense318 976 828 2,167
Deferred tax charge42 37 84 137
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable
Trade334 2,253 (575)1,377
Other592 213 (171)257
Prepaid expenses and other450 (381)(120)(446)
Inventory(15)11 (16)(1)
Accounts payable1,102 (949)2,299 (506)
Accrued liabilities(3,890)1,039 (3,160)316
Income taxes payable822 (280)1,339 612
Deferred revenue1,369 (114)1,148 950
Cash provided by operating activities17,100 16,635 33,568 32,522
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purchase of marketable securities- - - (241)
Sale of marketable securities- 3,362 - 6,140
Additions to property and equipment(883)(1,704)(1,669)(2,976)
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired(25,690)(276)(25,690)(10,648)
Cash (used in) provided by investing activities(26,573)1,382 (27,359)(7,725)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from borrowing on the credit facility40,000 - 40,000 10,801
Credit facility repayments- (2,414)- (2,414)
Payment of debt issuance costs- (283)- (922)
Issuance of common shares for cash, net of issuance costs7 95 469 22
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities40,007 (2,602)40,469 7,487
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash2,622 (1,334)2,714 147
Increase in cash33,156 14,081 49,392 32,431
Cash, beginning of period54,371 55,563 38,135 37,213
Cash, end of period87,527 69,644 87,527 69,644


Descartes Investor Contact: Laurie McCauley +1-519-746-6114 x202358 investor@descartes.com

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