FLIR Systems Announces Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Third Quarter Revenue Growth of 15% Over Prior Year

GAAP EPS of $0.46; Adjusted EPS of $0.52, Up 8% Over Prior Year

Backlog reaches $709 million, the highest level in FLIR’s history

WILSONVILLE, Ore., Oct. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. Third quarter 2017 revenue was $464.7 million, up 15% over third quarter 2016 revenue of $405.2 million. GAAP operating income in the third quarter grew 8% to $87.1 million, compared to $80.8 million in the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted operating income was $101.1 million in the third quarter, which is 14% higher than adjusted operating income of $89.0 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Third quarter 2017 GAAP net earnings were $63.5 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net earnings of $58.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share in the third quarter a year ago. Adjusted net earnings in the third quarter were $72.7 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, which was 8% higher than adjusted net earnings per diluted share of $0.48 in the third quarter of 2016, where a lower tax rate relative to the current year added $0.02 of income per share.

Revenue from the Surveillance segment was $146.8 million, an increase of 8% from the third quarter results last year. The Instruments segment contributed $91.4 million of revenue during the third quarter, up 11% over the prior year. The Security segment recorded revenue of $65.7 million in the third quarter, up 16% from the prior year. FLIR’s OEM & Emerging Markets segment had $87.2 million of revenue, an increase of 39% over the prior year, and was driven by the addition of the Integrated Imaging Solutions line of business from the fourth quarter 2016 acquisition of Point Grey Research. Revenue from the Maritime segment was $42.3 million, which was 4% higher than the third quarter of 2016. The Detection segment contributed $31.4 million of revenue, an increase of 19% over the prior year, and was driven by timing of DR-SKO program shipments.

FLIR's backlog of firm orders for delivery within the next twelve months was approximately $709 million as of September 30, 2017, an increase of $64 million, or 10%, during the quarter.

“Our teams executed very well during the third quarter, with all six of our segments exhibiting organic revenue growth. This translated to EPS acceleration and operating cash flow that significantly exceeded net income,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR. “Bookings in the quarter drove our backlog to its highest level in our history. This positions us well as we realign our businesses and deploy The FLIR Method for continuous business improvement, initiatives that we expect to drive organic growth, increase profitability, and generate ample cash for us to deploy in ways that enhance shareholder returns.”

Revenue and Earnings Outlook for 2017

Based on financial results for the first nine months of the year and the outlook for the remainder of the year, FLIR expects revenue in 2017 to continue to be in the range of $1.775 billion to $1.825 billion and adjusted net earnings per diluted share to now be in the range of $1.83 to $1.88 per diluted share.

Dividend Declaration

FLIR’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on FLIR common stock, payable December 8, 2017, to shareholders of record as of close of business on November 24, 2017.

Conference Call

FLIR has scheduled a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET (6:00 a.m. PT) today to discuss its results for the quarter. A simultaneous webcast of the conference call and the accompanying summary presentation can be accessed online from a link in the Events & Presentations section of A replay will be available after 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT) at this same internet address. Summary third quarter and historical financial data may be accessed online from the Financial Info Database link under the Financials & Filings section at

About FLIR Systems

Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500 employees, FLIR’s vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense” by leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance, environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection. For more information, please visit and follow @flir.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release makes reference to non-GAAP measures. With respect to the outlook for the full year 2017, certain items that affect GAAP net earnings per diluted share are out of the Company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. Consequently, the Company is unable to provide a reasonable estimate of GAAP net earnings per diluted share or a corresponding reconciliation to GAAP net earnings per diluted share for the full year. Additional information regarding the reasons the Company uses non-GAAP measures, a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, and other information relating to these measures are included below, following the GAAP financial information.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release by Jim Cannon and the statements in the section captioned "Revenue and Earnings Outlook for 2017" above are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates,” or similar expressions) should be considered to be forward looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates, and projections about FLIR’s business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including the following: changes in demand for FLIR’s products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the impact of FLIR’s continuing compliance with U.S. export control laws and regulations and similar laws and regulations, the timely receipt of any necessary export licenses, constraints on supplies of critical components, excess or shortage of production capacity, the ability to manufacture and ship the products in the time period required, actual purchases under agreements, the continuing eligibility of FLIR to act as a federal contractor, the amount and availability of appropriated government procurement funds and other risks discussed from time to time in filings and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, such statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates, and general domestic and international economic conditions. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and FLIR does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, or for changes made to this document by wire services or internet service providers.

Investor Relations
Shane Harrison

(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenue $464,712 $405,228 $1,305,650 $1,187,429
Cost of goods sold 241,821 213,852 684,706 635,041
Gross profit 222,891 191,376 620,944 552,388
Operating expenses:
Research and development 42,873 33,839 127,902 109,327
Selling, general and administrative 92,932 76,688 280,240 239,623
Total operating expenses 135,805 110,527 408,142 348,950
Earnings from operations 87,086 80,849 212,802 203,438
Interest expense 3,819 5,736 12,744 13,543
Interest income (488) (336) (1,114) (924)
Other (income) expense, net (778) 241 (2,465) 138
Earnings before income taxes 84,533 75,208 203,637 190,681
Income tax provision 21,004 16,575 46,124 85,555
Net earnings $63,529 $58,633 $157,513 $105,126
Earnings per share:
Basic $0.46 $0.43 $1.15 $0.76
Diluted $0.46 $0.43 $1.13 $0.76
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 137,849 136,963 137,030 137,438
Diluted 139,419 137,938 138,853 138,594

(In thousands) (Unaudited)
September 30, December 31,
2017 2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $436,961 $361,349
Accounts receivable, net 345,542 352,020
Inventories 413,005 371,371
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 86,570 79,917
Total current assets 1,282,078 1,164,657
Property and equipment, net 270,023 271,785
Deferred income taxes, net 51,179 45,243
Goodwill 930,846 801,406
Intangible assets, net 183,677 168,460
Other assets 48,472 168,155
$2,766,275 $2,619,706
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $127,420 $114,225
Deferred revenue 29,015 34,420
Accrued payroll and related liabilities 67,759 52,874
Accrued expenses 47,528 34,022
Accrued income taxes 46,175 51,017
Other current liabilities 50,041 60,154
Current portion long-term debt - 15,000
Total current liabilities 367,938 361,712
Long-term debt 420,369 501,921
Deferred income taxes 14,569 2,331
Accrued income taxes 14,054 9,643
Other long-term liabilities 59,827 65,773
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders’ equity 1,889,518 1,678,326
$2,766,275 $2,619,706

(In thousands) (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings $ 63,529 $ 58,633 $ 157,513 $ 105,126
Income items not affecting cash:
Depreciation and amortization 18,418 14,079 53,426 41,857
Deferred income taxes (2,187) 172 (2,337) (200)
Stock-based compensation arrangements 9,891 6,872 24,745 21,253
Other non-cash items (8,796) 4,379 (28,007) 19,830
Changes in operating assets and liabilities net of acquisitions 23,227 4,656 3,996 34,741
Cash provided by operating activities 104,082 88,791 209,336 222,607
Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions to property and equipment (8,208) (6,806) (31,861) (27,682)
Proceeds from sale of assets - 2,111 27 6,986
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired - - - (42,445)
Other Investments - - 2,859 -
Cash used by investing activities (8,208) (4,695) (28,975) (63,141)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net proceeds from credit agreement
and long-term debt - (940) - 524,826
Repayments of credit agreement and long-term debt (86,250) (254,935) (97,500) (367,435)
Repurchase of common stock - (36,310) - (66,057)
Dividends paid (20,763) (16,474) (61,776) (49,564)
Proceeds from shares issued pursuant to stock-based compensation plans 37,196 806 44,231 7,347
Tax paid for net share exercises and issuance of vested restricted stock units (483) (159) (9,505) (5,775)
Other financing activities (8) - (13) 10
Cash (used) provided by financing activities (70,308) (308,012) (124,563) 43,352
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 7,804 (1,575) 19,814 2,085
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 33,370 (225,491) 75,612 204,903
Cash and cash equivalents:
Beginning of period 403,591 903,179 361,349 472,785
End of period$ 436,961 $ 677,688 $ 436,961 $ 677,688

(In thousands) (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Surveillance $146,805 $136,402 $394,742 $373,993
Instruments 91,429 82,673 255,253 240,160
Security 65,660 56,431 160,447 166,872
OEM & Emerging Markets 87,206 62,719 259,418 167,544
Maritime 42,256 40,586 145,909 147,469
Detection 31,356 26,417 89,881 91,391
Surveillance $44,941 $41,428 $104,313 $103,888
Instruments 29,603 27,578 74,376 67,254
Security 6,486 4,784 8,090 7,025
OEM & Emerging Markets 26,931 20,658 77,628 48,100
Maritime 4,466 3,155 19,060 16,482
Detection 8,883 6,999 24,644 25,556
Surveillance 30.6% 30.4% 26.4% 27.8%
Instruments 32.4% 33.4% 29.1% 28.0%
Security 9.9% 8.5% 5.0% 4.2%
OEM & Emerging Markets 30.9% 32.9% 29.9% 28.7%
Maritime 10.6% 7.8% 13.1% 11.2%
Detection 28.3% 26.5% 27.4% 28.0%

(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Gross profit:
GAAP gross profit $ 222,891 $ 191,376 $ 620,944 $ 552,388
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 3,704 2,127 10,906 6,722
Purchase accounting adjustments - - 1,992 -
Restructuring charges - 22 - -
Other 1,088 2,000 3,088 2,000
Adjusted gross profit $ 227,683 $ 195,525 $ 636,930 $ 561,110
Gross margin:
GAAP gross margin 48.0% 47.2% 47.6% 46.5%
Cumulative effect of non-GAAP Adjustments 1.0% 1.0% 1.2% 0.7%
Adjusted gross margin 49.0% 48.3% 48.8% 47.3%
Earnings from operations:
GAAP earnings from operations $ 87,086 $ 80,849 $ 212,802 $ 203,438
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 7,102 4,329 20,854 12,464
Purchase accounting adjustments - - 1,992 -
Restructuring charges 542 910 642 1,217
Acquisition related expenses 526 949 1,864 2,211
Other 5,890 2,000 13,621 2,000
Adjusted earnings from operations $ 101,146 $ 89,037 $ 251,775 $ 221,330
Operating margin:
GAAP operating margin 18.7% 20.0% 16.3% 17.1%
Cumulative effect of non-GAAP Adjustments 3.0% 2.0% 3.0% 1.5%
Adjusted operating margin 21.8% 22.0% 19.3% 18.6%
Net earnings:
GAAP net earnings $ 63,529 $ 58,633 $ 157,513 $ 105,126
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 7,102 4,329 20,854 12,464
Purchase accounting adjustments - - 1,992 -
Restructuring charges 542 910 642 1,217
Acquisition related expenses 526 949 1,864 2,211
Other 5,890 3,262 13,621 5,262
Estimated tax benefit of non-GAAP adjustments (3,709) (2,357) (9,937) (4,788)
Discrete tax items, net (1,148) (100) (5,804) 40,458
Adjusted net earnings $ 72,732 $ 65,626 $ 180,745 $ 161,950
Earnings Per Diluted Share:
GAAP Earnings Per Diluted Share $ 0.46 $ 0.43 $ 1.13 $ 0.76
Cumulative effect of non-GAAP Adjustments 0.06 0.05 0.17 0.41
Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share $ 0.52 $ 0.48 $ 1.30 $ 1.17
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Diluted 139,419 137,938 138,853 138,594

Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We report our financial results in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). As a supplement to our GAAP financial results, this earnings announcement contains some or all of the following non-GAAP financial measures: (i) adjusted gross profit, (ii) adjusted gross margin (defined as adjusted gross profit divided by revenue), (iii) adjusted operating earnings/income, (iv) adjusted operating margin (defined as adjusted operating income divided by revenue), (v) adjusted net earnings/income, and (vi) adjusted earnings per diluted share (EPS). These non-GAAP measures of financial performance are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and computational methods may differ from those used by other companies. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for any other performance measure determined in accordance with GAAP and the Company cautions investors and potential investors to consider these measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, its consolidated financial results as presented in accordance with GAAP. Each of the non-GAAP measures is adjusted from GAAP results and are outlined in the "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" tables included within this earnings release.

In calculating non-GAAP financial measures, we exclude certain items (including gains and losses) to facilitate a review of the comparability of our core operating performance on a period-to-period basis. The excluded items represent amortization of acquired intangible assets, purchase accounting adjustments, restructuring charges, acquisition related expenses, gains and losses on cost-basis investments, discrete tax items, and other items we do not consider to be directly related to our core operating performance. We use non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate the core operating performance of our business, for comparison with forecasts and strategic plans and for calculating return on investment. Accordingly, supplementing GAAP financial results with these non-GAAP financial measures enables the comparison of our ongoing operating results in a manner consistent with the metrics reviewed by management. We believe that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with our GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by facilitating:

  • the comparability of our ongoing operating results over the periods presented;
  • the ability to identify trends in our underlying business; and
  • the comparison of our operating results against analyst financial models and operating results of other public companies that supplement their GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures.

The following are explanations of each type of adjustment that we incorporate into non-GAAP financial measures:

  • Amortization of acquired intangible assets. GAAP accounting requires that intangible assets are recorded at fair value as of the date of acquisition and amortized over their estimated useful lives. The timing and magnitude of our acquisition transactions and maturities of the businesses acquired will cause our operating results to vary from period to period, making comparison to past performance difficult for investors. We exclude amortization of acquired intangible assets from our non-GAAP measures because management does not believe these costs are representative of our core operating performance.

  • Purchase accounting adjustments. Included in our GAAP financial measures are purchase accounting adjustments, required by GAAP to adjust inventory balances to fair value at the time of acquisition. These non-cash charges are not reflective of our ongoing operations and can vary significantly in any given period driven by variability in our acquisition activity. We exclude purchase accounting adjustments from our non-GAAP measures because management does not believe these costs are representative of our core operating performance.

  • Acquisition related expenses. Included in our GAAP financial measures are acquisition related expenses, consisting of external expenses resulting directly from acquisition related activities, including due diligence, legal, valuation, tax and audit services. The timing and nature of our acquisition activity can vary significantly from period to period impacting comparability of operating results from one period to another. These transaction-specific costs can vary significantly in amount and timing and are not indicative of our core operating performance.

  • Restructuring charges. Included in our GAAP financial measures are restructuring charges which are primarily for employee compensation resulting from reductions in employee headcount and facilities exit and lease termination costs in connection with Company reorganization and restructuring activities. We believe that excluding these costs provides greater visibility to the underlying performance of our business operations, facilitates comparison of our results with other periods, and facilitates comparison with the results of other companies in our industry.

  • Other. Other charges include executive transition costs, product remediation charges associated with certain SkyWatch™ surveillance towers, gains or losses on cost-basis investments, and a loss on extinguishment of debt. Executive transition costs include costs associated with separation agreements of the Company’s former CEO and COO, professional services expenses associated with the transition of the former CEO and CFO including recruitment fees and legal services, and a sign-on cash bonus payment to the current CEO, partially offset by benefits associated with stock compensation reversals for share-based awards forfeited upon the departures of the former CEO, COO and CFO. We exclude other charges from our non-GAAP measures because we do not believe such costs are representative of our ongoing operations.

  • Estimated tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments. This amount adjusts the provision for income taxes to reflect the effect of the previously listed non-GAAP adjustments on non-GAAP net income. We estimate the tax effect of the adjustment items by applying the Company's overall estimated effective tax rate, excluding significant discrete items, to the pretax amount.

  • Discrete tax items, net. Included in our GAAP financial measures are income tax expenses and benefits related to discrete events or transactions that are not representative of the Company's estimated tax rate related to ongoing operations. These discrete tax items can vary significantly from period to period impacting the comparability of our earnings from one period to another. Discrete tax items include charges and reversals of provisions associated with certain unrecognized tax benefits, benefits associated with the reversal of previously recorded valuation allowances against certain deferred tax assets, and other discrete items not included in the annual effective tax rate associated with our ongoing operations. We exclude discrete tax items from our non-GAAP measures because we do not believe such expenses or benefits reflect the performance of our ongoing operations.

Source:FLIR Systems, Inc.