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SuperCom Reports Record Revenue with 89% Growth and 21% EBITDA Margin for the Third Quarter of 2017

HERZLIYA, Israel, Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SuperCom (NASDAQ: SPCB), a global provider of secure solutions for the e-government, public safety, healthcare, and finance sectors, announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights (Compared to Third Quarter 2016)

  • Revenue increased organically by 89% to a record revenue of $9.6 million from $5.1 million
  • Gross profit increased by 201% to $5.1 million from $1.7 million
  • Gross margin improved by 60%, to a margin of 53% compared to 33%
  • EBITDA increased to $2.0 million from an EBITDA loss of $(2.2) million
  • Non-GAAP net income increased to $1.6 million from a non-GAAP net loss of $(2.5) million
  • Non-GAAP EPS of $0.11 compared to a negative non-GAAP EPS of $(0.17)

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 Financial Highlights (Compared to the Prior Year Period)

  • Revenue increased by 59% to $25.5 million from $15.9 million
  • Gross profit increased by 198% to $11.6 million from $3.9 million
  • Gross margin improved by 87%, to a margin of 46% compared to 24%
  • EBITDA increased to $2.0 million compared to an EBITDA loss of $(3.5) million
  • Non-GAAP net income totaled $0.7 million, an improvement from non-GAAP net loss of $(4.4) million
  • Non-GAAP EPS of $0.05 compared to a negative non-GAAP EPS of $(0.29)

Arie Trabelsi, SuperCom's President and CEO, commented: "I am very pleased with our performance this quarter, reaching record quarterly revenues with 89% organic growth, gross margins above 50% and EBITDA margins above 20%, marking significant milestones in our long-term business plan. After three consecutive quarters of dramatically improved financial performance, it is becoming apparent how impactful our enhanced business model is and how important the transition of 2016, however challenging, was to SuperCom's future. Today, we can not only better serve the chief security officer of a nation or enterprise with three interconnected divisions in the e-Gov, IoT and Cyber security markets, but also operate our business much more effectively, realizing significant synergies and a more robust global base of business."

"We've expressed the value of growing our steady-state revenues and diversifying our revenue base into developed countries. To that end, we are currently deploying six new projects in the e-ID and IoT divisions, which are in developed countries: the United States, Canada, Iceland, Denmark, and Czech Republic. And soon all of these projects will be generating additional steady-state recurring revenue. We remain confident in our previously stated expectation that the percentage of our steady-state revenue from developed markets will grow from less than 5% in 2015 to close to 50% in 2017. This broader and higher-quality revenue base reduces the volatility we experienced with our past concentration in national governments within emerging markets. Our pipeline is now strong across various geographies and markets, and, with our state-of-the-art technology and increased award rate, we are confident in our ability to continue winning more customers as well as expanding our offerings to existing customers," continued Mr. Trabelsi.

"Coupled with our strong organic growth and diversification of revenue, we have also been able to realize key operational synergies across our recently acquired businesses and divisions to dramatically improve gross and EBITDA margins. Compared to the third quarter of 2016, gross margins have increased by 60%, SG&A costs are down by 34%, and our core non-GAAP operating expenses, which exclude other income, have reached a low of approximately $3.8 million per quarter. For the first time since early 2016, we've achieved positive GAAP EPS, GAAP net income and EBITDA," Mr. Trabelsi continued.

"Moving forward, we remain confident in our ability to keep this positive momentum going through the remainder of this year and into 2018. As always, our focus will be on generating long-term sustainable growth through the successful implementation of our business plan with the goal of increasing value for SuperCom's shareholders," Mr. Trabelsi concluded.

Third Quarter 2017 and Recent Operational Highlights by Business Segment:

e-Gov:

  • Won an eight-year contract with Iceland for the development, delivery and maintenance of a new central personalization system. The new Icelandic ePassport personalization system will leverage SuperCom's cyber secure Magna National Population Registry platform, which uses the most advanced ePassport and e-ID technology to provide improved secure documents issuance and delivery capabilities. SuperCom was awarded the contract following an international competitive tender during which 12 companies submitted proposals.
  • $9.3 million Secure Web Land Geographical Information System project in Colombia continued, still on track for deployment completion and transition to steady-state in 2018.
  • Continued to make progress in selling our payment products and solutions to a number of large new customers in Central America and the United Kingdom and are currently working with resellers and distributors in those regions to expand to more locations and merchants.

IoT and Connectivity:

  • In July, secured a national four-year contract with the Ministry of Justice of Denmark and have since begun deployment of PureSecurity Electronic Monitoring Suite to track up to 1,000 simultaneous offenders to increase public safety, reduce prison overcrowding and lower recidivism in the country.
  • Also in July, SuperCom subsidiary, Leaders in Community Alternatives (LCA), secured a multi-year contract valued at up to $3.4 million to provide pretrial and early intervention court services, and electronic monitoring services to the Alameda County Probation Department in Northern California.
  • In September, SuperCom joined the Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic in a large media event, which marked the project launch of the country's first electronic monitoring of offenders program. This pertains to a $3.7 million award SuperCom received earlier in the year.
  • In October, LCA was awarded a contract to provide RF home detention, GPS tracking and monitoring, as well as alcohol monitoring to a new county probation department in Northern California. The program has already begun generating recurring revenues.
  • Continued sales of Alvarion Wi-Fi technology in the U.S. gaining traction in new purchase orders, distributors and integrators, and a new pipeline in the millions of dollars. Also considering bidding to partake in various new Wi-Fi projects globally such as the $100 billion Smart City program in India.

Cyber Security:

  • Continued progress in the development of new advanced cyber security products, adding more capabilities, including anti-malware, to be incorporated into the Safend cyber security platform. Also began the process of piloting features to new customers in both the U.S. and Europe.
  • Hosted a cyber security conference, "Winter is Coming," with experts from the cyber security field about security best practices and newest advances and threats, also showing the value SuperCom's offerings can provide to many different businesses.

Financial Outlook
Based on the current information available to the company, SuperCom management reaffirmed its revenue guidance of at least $35 million for the full year ending December 31, 2017, representing an increase of 75% compared to 2016.

Conference Call
The company will hold a conference call today (October 30, 2017) at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time (7:00 a.m. Pacific time / 4:00 p.m. Israel time) to discuss these results and financial outlook.

SuperCom management will host the call, followed by a question and answer period.

U.S. toll-free: 1-800-967-7143
Israel toll-free: 180-925-8350
International: 1-913-312-0867
Conference ID: 1977984
Webcast: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=126919

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization.

About SuperCom
Since 1988, SuperCom has been a global provider of traditional and digital identity solutions, providing advanced safety, identification and security solutions to governments and organizations, both private and public, throughout the world. Through its proprietary e-government platforms and innovative solutions for traditional and biometrics enrollment, personalization, issuance and border control services, SuperCom has inspired governments and national agencies to design and issue secure Multi-ID documents and robust digital identity solutions to its citizens and visitors. SuperCom offers a unique all-in-one field-proven RFID & mobile technology and product suite, accompanied by advanced complementary services for various industries including healthcare and homecare, security and safety, community public safety, law enforcement, electronic monitoring, livestock monitoring, and building and access automation. For more information, visit www.supercom.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements preceded or followed by or that otherwise include the words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "projects", "estimates", "plans", and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will", "should", "would", "may" and "could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts. Forward-looking statements in this release also include statements about business and economic trends. Investors should also consider the areas of risk described under the heading "Forward Looking Statements" and those factors captioned as "Risk Factors" in the Company's periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or in connection with any forward-looking statements that may be made by the Company. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on May 24, 2017. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to disclosing financial results calculated in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this release of operating results also contains non-GAAP financial measures, which SuperCom believes are the principal indicators of the operating and financial performance of its business. Management believes the non-GAAP financial measures provided are useful to investors' understanding and assessment of the Company's on-going core operations and prospects for the future, as the charges eliminated are not part of the day-to-day business or reflective of the core operational activities of the Company. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as a basis for strategic decisions, forecasting future results and evaluating the Company's current performance. However, such measures should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided in the schedules attached to this release.

SUPERCOM LTD.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)








September 30,


December 31,



2017


2016



Unaudited


Audited






CURRENT ASSETS





Cash and cash equivalents


831


1,708

Restricted bank deposits


394


1,110

Trade receivable, net


13,011


10,310

Deferred tax short term


1,558


1,567

Other accounts receivable and prepaid expenses


5,261


2,500

Inventories, net


6,123


5,965






Total current assets


27,178


23,160






LONG-TERM ASSETS





Severance pay funds


344


282

Deferred tax long term


3,141


2,656

Customer Contracts


3,761


4,684

Software and other IP


5,376


5,987

Goodwill


7,026


7,026

Patents


5,283


5,283

Other Intangible assets


3,565


3,230

Property & equipment, net


815


1,165






Total Assets


56,489


53,473






CURRENT LIABILITIES





Short-term bank credit


282


-

Trade payables


5,567


3,958

Employees and payroll accruals


4,014


2,948

Related parties


402


56

Accrued expenses and other liabilities


3,528


3,497

Deferred revenues Short term


1,652


1,633

Deferred tax liability short term


122


156

Short-term liability for future earn-out


970


679






Total current liabilities


16,537


12,927






LONG-TERM LIABILITIES





Long-term loan and others


446


-

Long-term liability for future earn-out


946


946

Deferred revenues long term


485


423

Deferred tax liability long term


351



Accrued severance pay


565


453






Total long-term liabilities


2,793


1,822






SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:





Ordinary shares


1,024


1,024

Additional paid-in capital


81,993


81,515

Accumulated deficit


(45,858)


(43,815)






Total shareholders' equity


37,159


38,724








56,489


53,473

SUPERCOM LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data)




Three months ended

September 30,




2017

2016



Unaudited

Unaudited






REVENUES



9,638

5,106

COST OF REVENUES



4,512

3,404






GROSS PROFIT



5,126

1,702






OPERATING EXPENSES:





Research and development



1,695

1,417

Selling and marketing



1,724

2,494

General and administrative



1,202

1,934

Other expenses (income)



87

(1,065)






Total operating expenses



4,534

4,780






OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)



592

(3,078)

FINANCIAL EXPENSES, NET



31

76






INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX



561

(3,154)

INCOME TAX EXPENSES (BENEFIT)



(53)

54






NET INCOME FOR THE PERIOD



614

(3,208)











Basic



0.04

(0.21)






Diluted



0.04

(0.21)






Weighted average number of ordinary shares

used in computing basic income per share



14,938,339

15,022,588






Weighted average number of ordinary shares

used in computing diluted income per share



15,017,308

15,106,088

SUPERCOM LTD.

Reconciliation Table of GAAP to Non-GAAP figures and EBITDA to Net Income

(U.S. dollars in thousands)






Three months ended

September 30,




2017

2016



Unaudited

Unaudited






GAAP gross profit



5,126

1,702

Amortization of Software and IP



154

130

Stock-based compensation expenses



36

54






Non-GAAP gross profit



5,316

1,886






GAAP operating income (expense)



592

-3,078

Amortization of Software and IP



492

164

Amortization of Customer Contracts



308

367




253

110

Stock-based compensation expenses

Expense related transaction DD



-

-

Restructuring costs related to newly acquired operations



-

-






Non-GAAP operating income (loss)



1,645

-2,437






GAAP net income(Loss)



614

-3,208

Amortization of Software and IP



492

164

Amortization of Customer Contracts



308

367

Stock-based compensation expenses



253

110

Expense related transaction DD



-

-

Restructuring costs related to newly acquired operations



-

-






Income tax benefit



-53

54






Non-GAAP net income(Loss)



1,614

-2,513






Non-GAAP EPS



0.11

-0.17






NET INCOME FOR THE PERIOD



614

-3,208

Income tax expenses (income), net



-53

54

Financial expenses (income), net



31

76

Depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expenses



1,398

910

Expense related transaction DD



-

-

Restructuring costs related to newly acquired operations



-

-






EBITDA *



1990

-2,168






* EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure generally defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.







SUPERCOM LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data)






Nine months ended

September 30,




2017

2016



Unaudited

Unaudited






REVENUES



25,467

15,989

COST OF REVENUES



13,868

12,093






GROSS PROFIT



11,599

3,896






OPERATING EXPENSES:





Research and development



5,336

4,111

Selling and marketing



5,995

7,005

General and administrative



4,393

5,371

Other expenses (income)



2,404

(6,700)






Total operating expenses



13,320

9,787






OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)



(1,721)

(5,891)

FINANCIAL EXPENSES (INCOME), NET



433

186






INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX



(2,154)

(6,077)

INCOME TAX EXPENSES (BENEFIT)



(111)

(1,438)






NET INCOME (LOSS) FOR THE PERIOD



(2,043)

(4,639)











Basic



(0.14)

(0.30)






Diluted



(0.14)

(0.30)






Weighted average number of ordinary shares

used in computing basic income per share



14,938,339

15,057,455






Weighted average number of ordinary shares

used in computing diluted income per share



15,016,582

15,143,910

SUPERCOM LTD.

Reconciliation Table of GAAP to Non-GAAP figures and EBITDA to Net Income

(U.S. dollars in thousands)



Nine months ended

September 30,




2017

2016



Unaudited

Unaudited






GAAP gross profit



11,599

3,896

Amortization of Software and IP



460

349

Stock-based compensation expenses



153

222






Non-GAAP gross profit



12,212

4,467






GAAP operating income (expense)



-1,721

-5,891

Amortization of Software and IP



1,325

417

Amortization of Customer Contracts



964

925

Stock-based compensation expenses



594

709

Expense related transaction DD



-

129

Expenses for doubtful debt



-

-800

Restructuring costs related to newly acquired operations



-

340






Non-GAAP operating income (loss)



1,162

(4,171






GAAP net income(Loss)



-2,043

-4,639

Amortization of Software and IP



1,325

417

Amortization of Customer Contracts



964

925

Stock-based compensation expenses



594

709

Expense related transaction DD



-

129

Expenses for doubtful debts



-

-800




-

340

Restructuring costs related to newly acquired operations

Income tax benefit



-111

-1,438






Non-GAAP net income(Loss)



729

-4,357






Non-GAAP EPS



0.05

-0.29






NET INCOME FOR THE PERIOD



-2,043

-4,639

Income tax expenses (income), net



-111

-1,438

Financial expenses (income), net



433

186

Depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation
expenses



3,673

2,763

Expense for doubtful debt



-

-800

Expense related transaction DD



-

129

Restructuring costs related to newly acquired operations



-

340






EBITDA *



1,952

-3,459











* EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure generally defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

SuperCom Corporate Contact:
Ordan Trabelsi, President, Americas
Tel: 1-212-675-4606
ordan@supercom.com

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