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UTStarcom Reports Unaudited Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017

HONG KONG, March 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UTStarcom (“UTStarcom” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ:UTSI), a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, today reported its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

UTStarcom’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Ti stated, “Our performance in 2017 was excellent. This is the second consecutive year that we delivered operating profits. Revenue growth was in the double digits, gross margin expanded and non-GAAP EPS was up 200%. We exceeded our financial goals and continue to invest aggressively in R&D to develop and introduce new and improved products to strengthen our competitive position. Although fourth quarter revenue was lower than anticipated, this does not diminish the outstanding performance we delivered for the year, as the fourth quarter revenue was simply impacted by the timing of order delivery.”

Tim continued, “We are confident that our technologies, product solutions and geographic coverage provide the foundation for a solid future. We are seeing strength in India, and early traction in South America and Taiwan. We have introduced important new products, specifically SyncRing, and see other opportunities developing, such as in retail store automation. Our operating achievements in 2017 position us well for future growth. We have a dedicated, talented team in place to deliver long-term value to our shareholders.”

Business Highlights

  • In October 2017, the Company announced that the special committee of the Company’s board of directors had received a notice from Shah Capital Opportunity Fund LP, Himanshu H. Shah, Hong Liang Lu and certain of his affiliates and Tim Ti (collectively, the “Consortium”) to withdraw the preliminary non-binding take-private proposal letter dated March 31, 2017 from the Consortium to the Board
  • In November 2017, Mr. Xiaoping Li resigned from the Company's Board of Directors in November 2017 and was replaced by Ms. Wendong Zhang
  • The Company achieved significant milestones in developing its business in India, including important customer wins and outsourcing of product manufacturing to a local manufacturer
  • The Company announced an agreement has been signed to form a joint venture with a leading Zhejiang-based manufacturer of refrigerators to develop a “smart merchandising machine” utilizing the Company’s advanced communication and cloud based technologies

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Financial Results

In addition to disclosing financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company also provides non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that the public’s understanding of the Company’s business is enhanced when it has access to the same information that management uses to analyze and operate the business. The Company believes that the non-GAAP measures presented here offer additional insight into the condition and trends of its business. Further explanation of the use of non-GAAP financial information, and reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP measures, can be found at the end of this release.

Summary of Q4 2017 Key Financials

Q4 2017
GAAP
Y/Y
Change*
Q4 2017
Non-GAAP
Y/Y
Change*
Revenue$18.2
-33.8%$18.2
-33.8%
Gross Margin 25.0%-1150 bps
25.1%-1140 bps
Operating Expenses$6.5
+3.6%$6.3
-0.5%
Operating Income/(Loss)$(1.9)-$5.7
$(1.7)-$5.5
Net Income/(Loss)$(3.5)-$1.9
$(3.3)-$1.6
Basic EPS$(0.10)-$0.05
$(0.09)-$0.04
Operating Cash Flow$(8.0)-$9.6
Cash Balance$79.7
-5.0%

* Dollar comparisons are used where percentage comparisons are not meaningful.
* All the numbers in U.S. Dollars are in million except EPS

Summary of Full Year 2017 Key Financials

2017 GAAPY/Y Change*2017 Non-GAAPY/Y Change*
Revenue$98.3
+13.6%$98.3
+14.0%
Gross Margin 33.7%+90 bps
33.7%+80 bps
Operating Expenses$26.6
-0.1%$25.8
+5.6%
Operating Income/(Loss)$6.5
+$4.8
$7.4
+$3.4
Net Income/(Loss)$7.0
+$6.7
$7.8
+$5.3
Basic EPS$0.20
+$0.19
$0.22
+$0.15
Operating Cash Flow$3.8
-$1.9
Cash Balance$79.7
-5.0%

Total Revenues

Three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

Q4 2017 total GAAP revenues were $18.2 million, a decrease of 33.8 % from $27.5 million for the corresponding period of 2016. GAAP and Non-GAAP revenues are essentially the same.

  • Q4 2017 Non-GAAP net equipment sales were $13.4 million, a decrease of 28.3% from $18.7 million for the corresponding period in 2016. The decrease was mainly due to timing of order delivery
  • Q4 2017 Non-GAAP net services sales were $4.8 million, a decrease of 45.4% from $8.9 million for the corresponding period in 2016. The decrease was mainly attributable to the unusually high India services revenue attained in Q4 2016

Twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

2017 total GAAP revenues were $98.3 million, an increase of 13.6% from $86.5 million in 2016.

2017 total Non-GAAP revenues were $98.3 million, an increase of 14.0% from $86.2 million in 2016.

  • 2017 Non-GAAP net equipment sales were $77.2 million, an increase of 25.7% from $61.4 million for the corresponding period in 2016. The increase was mainly due to the increased sales of the 100G Packet Transport Network (“PTN”) products and Third Party Sales (“TPS”)
  • 2017 Non-GAAP net services sales for 2017 were $21.0 million, a decrease of 15.2% from $24.8 million for the corresponding period in 2016. The decrease was mainly attributable to unusally high India services revenue attained in 2016

Gross Profit

Three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

Q4 2017 GAAP gross profit was $4.5 million, or 25.0% of net sales, compared to $10.1 million, or 36.5% of net sales, for the corresponding period in 2016.

Q4 2017 Non-GAAP gross profit was $4.6 million, or 25.1% of net sales, compared to $10.1 million or 36.5% of net sales, for the corresponding period in 2016.

  • Q4 2017 Non-GAAP equipment gross profit was $3.5 million, compared to $5.4 million for the corresponding period in 2016. Q4 2017 Non-GAAP equipment gross margin was 26.3%, compared to 28.8% for the corresponding period in 2016. The reduced gross profit was primarily due to sales of lower-margin equipment in India
  • Q4 2017 Non-GAAP service gross profit was $1.0 million, compared to $4.7 million for the corresponding period in 2016. Q4 2017 Non-GAAP service gross margin was 21.6%, compared to 52.8% for the corresponding period in 2016. This decrease was primarily attributable to unusually high services margin in India in Q4 2016

Twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

2017 GAAP gross profit was $33.1 million, or 33.7% of net sales, compared to $28.4 million, or 32.8% of net sales, in 2016.

2017 Non-GAAP gross profit was $33.2 million, or 33.7% of net sales, compared to $28.4 million, or 32.9% of net sales, in 2016.

  • 2017 Non-GAAP equipment gross profit was $26.6 million, compared to $20.3 million for the corresponding period in 2016. 2017 Non-GAAP equipment gross margin was 34.5%, compared to 33% in 2016
  • 2017 Non-GAAP service gross profit was $6.5 million, compared to $8.1 million in 2016. 2017 Non-GAAP service gross margin was 30.9%, compared to 32.7% in 2016

Operating Expenses

Three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

Q4 2017 GAAP operating expenses were $6.5 million, compared to $6.3 million for the corresponding period in 2016.

Q4 2017 Non-GAAP operating expenses were $6.3 million, compared to $6.3 million for the corresponding period in 2016.

  • Q4 2017 Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $2.8 million, compared to $4.9 million for the corresponding period in 2016. The decrease was primarily due to the reversal of a bad debt allowance in India and one-time expenses for the Virtual Gateway Labs (“VGL”) that were reclassified from research and development (“R&D”) to Selling in 2016
  • Q4 2017 Non-GAAP R&D expenses were $3.5 million, compared to $1.4 million for the corresponding period in 2016. The increase was primarily due to higher headcount to strengthen the research and development team and one-time expenses reclassification of VGL’s expenses to SG&A to properly reflect the nature of these expenses

Twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

2017 GAAP operating expenses were $26.6 million, a decrease of 0.1% from $26.6 million in 2016.

2017 Non-GAAP operating expenses were $25.8 million, an increase of 5.6% from $24.4 million in 2016.

  • 2017 Non-GAAP SG&A expenses were $16.0 million, compared to $16.0 million in 2016. Higher professional fees were offset by the one-time reclassification of VGL expenses
  • 2017 Non-GAAP R&D expenses were $9.8 million, compared to $8.5 million in 2016. The increase was mainly due to higher headcount to strengthen the research and development team

Operating Income (Loss)

Three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

Q4 2017 GAAP operating loss was $1.9 million, compared to GAAP operating income of $3.8 million for the corresponding period of 2016.

Q4 2017 Non-GAAP operating loss was $1.7 million, compared to Non-GAAP operating income of $3.7 million for the corresponding period of 2016.

Twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

2017 GAAP operating income was $6.5 million, compared to $1.7 million in 2016.

2017 Non-GAAP operating income was $7.4 million, compared to $3.9 million in 2016.

Equity Pick Up of Losses of an Associate

Three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2017

Q4 2017 equity pick up of losses of an associate was $0.4 million, compared to equity pick up of gains of an associate of $1.0 million in Q4 2016.

Twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

2017 equity pick up of losses of an associate was $0.7 million, compared to equity pick up of gains of an associate of $1.0 million in 2016.

Investment Impairment

Three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

Q4 2017 investment impairment was $0.4 million, compared to $5.3 million in the corresponding period in 2016. The $0.4 million investment impairment in Q4 2017 was in the AioTV Inc. (“AioTV”) investment. The $5.3 million investment impairment in Q4 2016 consisted of $4.3 million impairment on AioTV, $0.8 million impairment on GCT Semiconductor, Inc. (“GCT”) investment and $0.2 million impairment on SBI NEO Technology (“SBI”) investment.

Twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

2017 investment impairment was $1.7 million, compared to $5.3 million in 2016. The $1.7 million investment impairment in 2017 was from the AioTV investment. The $5.3 million investment impairment in 2016 consisted of $4.3 million impairment on AioTV, $0.8 million impairment on GCT and $0.2 million impairment on SBI.

Net Income (Loss)

Three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

Q4 2017 GAPP net loss attributable to UTStarcom’s shareholder was $3.5 million, compared to net loss attributable to UTStarcom’s shareholders of $1.6 million for the corresponding period in 2016. Q4 2017 basic loss per share was $0.10, compared to basic net loss per share of $0.05 for the corresponding period of 2016.

Q4 2017 Non-GAAP net loss attributable to UTStarcom’s shareholders was $3.3 million, compared to Non-GAAP net loss attributable to UTStarcom’s shareholders of $1.7 million for the corresponding period in 2016. Q4 2017 Non-GAAP basic net loss per share was $0.09, compared to Non-GAAP basic net loss per share of $0.05 for the corresponding period of 2016.

Twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

2017 GAAP net income attributable to UTStarcom’s shareholders was $7.0 million, compared to net income attributable to UTStarcom’s shareholders of $0.3 million in 2016. 2017 basic net income per share was $0.20, compared to basic net income per share of $0.01 in 2016.

2017 Non-GAAP net income attributable to UTStarcom’s shareholders was $7.8 million, compared to Non-GAAP net income attributable to UTStarcom’s shareholders of $2.5 million in 2016. 2017 Non-GAAP basic net income per share in 2017 was $0.22, compared to Non-GAAP basic net income per share of $0.07 in 2016.

Cash Flow

Q4 2017, cash used in operating activities was $8.0 million.

Q4 2017, cash used in investing activities was $3.4 million.

Q4 2017, cash provided by financing activities was $0.1 million.

As of December 31, 2017, UTStarcom had cash and cash equivalents of $79.7 million.

Outlook

For Q1 2018, the Company expects to generate non-GAAP revenue in the range of $18 million to $23 million.

Fourth Quarter and full year 2017 Conference Call Details

The Company’s management will host an earnings conference call at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Friday, March 9, 2018 (9:00 p.m. Hong Kong/Beijing Time).

The conference call dial-in numbers are as follows:

United States: +1 (855) 821-9305
Canada: + 1 (855) 691-7946
Hong Kong: +852-3077-3569
China: 4006-126-501

The attendee passcode is: 17700145.

A replay of the call will be available two hours after the end of the conference call until 11:59a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on April 8, 2018.

The conference call replay number is +65 6653 5846. The replay passcode for accessing the recording is 515076704.

Investors will also have the opportunity to listen to the live conference call and the replay over the Internet through the investor relations section of UTStarcom’s web site at: http://www.utstar.com.

About UTStarcom Holdings Corp.

UTStarcom is a global telecom infrastructure provider dedicated to developing technology that will serve the rapidly growing demand for bandwidth from cloud-based services, mobile, streaming, and other applications. We work with carriers globally, from Asia to the Americas, to meet this demand through a range of innovative broadband packet optical transport and wireless/fixed-line access products and solutions. The Company’s end-to-end broadband product portfolio, enhanced through in-house Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based orchestration, enables mobile and fixed-line network operators and enterprises worldwide to build highly efficient and resilient future-proof networks for a range of applications, including mobile backhaul, metro aggregation, broadband access and Wi-Fi data offload. Our strategic investments in media operational support service providers expand UTStarcom’s capabilities in the field of next generation video platforms. UTStarcom was founded in 1991, started trading on NASDAQ in 2000, and has operating entities in Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; San Jose, USA; Delhi and Bangalore, India; and Hangzhou, China. For more information about UTStarcom, please visit http://www.utstar.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company’s strategic initiatives and the Company’s business outlook. These statements are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from the Company’s current expectations. These include risks and uncertainties related to, among other things, changes in the financial condition and cash position of the Company, changes in the composition of the Company’s management and their effect on the Company, the Company’s ability to realize anticipated results of operational improvements and benefits of the divestiture transaction, the ability to successfully identify and acquire appropriate technologies and businesses for inorganic growth and to integrate such acquisitions, the ability to internally innovate and develop new products, assumptions the Company makes regarding the growth of the market and the success of the Company’s offerings in the market, and the Company’s ability to execute its business plan and manage regulatory matters. The risks and uncertainties also include the risk factors identified in the Company’s latest annual report on Form 20-F and current reports on Form 6-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company is in a period of strategic transition and the conduct of its business is exposed to additional risks as a result. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to the Company as of the date of this press release, which may change, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

UTStarcom Holdings Corp.
Tel: +852-3951-9757

Ms. Fei Wang, Director of Investor Relations
Email: fei.wang@utstar.com

Ms. Ning Jiang, Investor Relations
Email: njiang@utstar.com

In the United States:

The Blueshirt Group
Mr. Ralph Fong
Tel: +1 (415) 489-2195
Email: ralph@blueshirtgroup.com


UTStarcom Holdings Corp.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, December 31,
2017 2016
ASSETS(In thousands)
Current assets:
Cash, cash equivalents$ 79,749 $ 83,922
Short-term investments 3,143 479
Accounts and notes receivable, net 16,911 18,329
Inventories and deferred costs 36,348 41,896
Prepaids and other current assets 26,326 18,392
Total current assets 162,477 163,018
Long-term assets:
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,714 1,610
Long-term deferred costs 277 276
Other long-term assets 18,240 13,799
Total long-term assets 20,231 15,685
Total assets$ 182,708 $ 178,703
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$ 27,452 $ 22,480
Customer advances 21,828 29,046
Deferred revenue 7,286 10,779
Other current liabilities 27,362 24,863
Total current liabilities 83,928 87,168
Long-term liabilities:
Long-term deferred revenue and other liabilities 7,788 8,794
Total liabilities 91,716 95,962
Total equity 90,992 82,741
Total liabilities and equity$ 182,708 $ 178,703


UTStarcom Holdings Corp.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
(In thousands, except per share data)
Net sales$ 18,235 $ 27,546 98,292 $ 86,512
Cost of net sales 13,671 17,487 65,145 58,156
Gross profit 4,564 10,059 33,147 28,356
25.0% 36.5% 33.7% 32.8%
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 2,939 4,843 16,779 18,146
Research and development 3,556 1,423 9,852 8,502
Total operating expenses 6,495 6,266 26,631 26,648
Operating Income (loss) (1,931) 3,793 6,516 1,708
Interest income, net 335 252 1,129 816
Other income (expense), net 581 1,020 2,976 2,748
Equity pick up of gains (losses) of an associate (397) 984 (687) 984
Investment Impairment (382) (5,336) (1,690) (5,336)
Income (loss) before income taxes (1,794) 713 8,244 920
Income taxes expenses (1,759) (2,498) (1,263) (788)
Net Income (loss) (3,553) (1,785) 6,981 132
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests - 158 - 158
Net Income (loss) attributable to UTStarcom Holdings Corp.$ (3,553) $ (1,627) $ 6,981 $ 290
Net Income (loss) per share attributable to UTStarcom Holdings Corp.—Basic$ (0.10) $ (0.05) $ 0.20 $ 0.01
Weighted average shares outstanding—Basic 35,535 35,390 35,467 35,806

UTStarcom Holdings Corp.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
(In thousands)
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net Income (Loss) $ (3,553) $ (1,785) $ 6,981 $ 132
Depreciation 155 171 628 1,208
Provision for doubtful accounts (709) 840 4 1,564
Provision for (recovery of) deferred costs 334 173 4,159 (2,654)
Stock-based compensation expense 211 (54) 866 2,238
Net loss (gain) on disposal of assets - 22 - (62)
Gain on release of tax liability due to expiration of the statute of limitations - (2,465) (1,478) (3,272)
Deferred income taxes (870) 722 (963) 771
Loss (gain) from equity investments, net 397 (984) 687 (984)
Other-than-temporary impairment of equity investments 382 5,336 1,690 5,336
Loss (gain) on Cumulative Transfer Adjustment recognition from liquidation subsidiaries - 9 (1,703) (38)
Loss (gain) on sale investments - - - (83)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (4,370) (408) (7,033) 1,576
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (8,023) 1,577 3,838 5,732
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Additions to property, plant and equipment (439) (161) (731) (1,527)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment - - - 85
Change in restricted cash (3,141) 581 (6,219) 1,322
Purchase of investment interests - (300) (481) (300)
Purchase of short-term investment interests 209 - (3,164) -
Proceeds from refund of investment interests - 7,263 499 7,683
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (3,371) 7,383 (10,096) 7,263
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Purchase the non-controlling interest - (304) - (304)
Issuance(Repurchase) of stock, net of expenses 113 - 113 -
Repurchase of ordinary share - (474) (140) (4,096)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 113 (778) (27) (4,400)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (195) (5,383) 2,112 (1,723)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (11,476) 2,799 (4,173) 6,872
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 91,225 81,123 83,922 77,050
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 79,749 $ 83,922 $ 79,749 $ 83,922


UTStarcom Holdings Corp.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
To supplement our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, UTStarcom uses certain non-GAAP measures which are adjusted to present those metrics as if stock compensation expenses and China IPTV- related deferred revenue amortization had been excluded in prior years comparatives. We believe this enables year over year comparisons to our recent financial results. These adjustments to our GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of UTStarcom’s underlying results and trends. In addition, these adjusted non-GAAP results are among the information management uses as a basis for our planning and forecasting of future periods. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
(In thousands)
Non-GAAP Revenue$ 18,227 $ 27,534 $98,259 $86,216
Non-GAAP Gross profit 4,571 10,059 33,159 28,357
Non-GAAP Gross Margin % 25.1% 36.5% 33.7% 32.9%
Non-GAAP Operating Income (loss) (1,720) 3,739 7,382 3,946
Non-GAAP Net Income (loss) attributable to UTStarcom$ (3,342) $ (1,681) $7,847 $2,528
Non-GAAP Net Income (loss) per share attributable to UTStarcom Holdings Corp.—Basic$ (0.09) $ (0.05) $0.22 $ 0.07
Weighted average shares outstanding—Basic 35,535 35,390 35,467 35,806


UTStarcom Holdings Corp.
Unaudited GAAP to unaudited Non-GAAP Reconciliation
To supplement our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, UTStarcom uses certain non-GAAP measures which are adjusted to present those metrics as if stock compensation expenses and China IPTV- related deferred revenue amortization had been excluded in prior years comparatives. We believe this enables year over year comparisons to our recent financial results. These adjustments to our GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of UTStarcom’s underlying results and trends. In addition, these adjusted non-GAAP results are among the information management uses as a basis for our planning and forecasting of future periods. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
(In thousands)
Reconciliation of Revenue
GAAP Net revenue$18,235 $27,546 $98,292 $86,512
Less: China IPTV revenue 8 12 33 296
Non-GAAP Net revenue$18,227 $27,534 $98,259 $86,216
GAAP Gross Margin
U.S. GAAP as reported$4,564 $10,059 $33,147 $28,356
Add: Stock based compensation - COGS 7 - 12 1
Non-GAAP Gross Margin$4,571 $10,059 $33,159 $28,357
Reconciliation of Operation Income(loss)
GAAP Operation Income(loss)$ (1,931) $ 3,793 $ 6,516 $ 1,708
Add: Stock based compensation 211 (54) 866 2,238
Non-GAAP Operation Income(loss)$ (1,720) $ 3,739 $ 7,382 $ 3,946
Reconciliation of Net Income(loss)
GAAP Net Income(loss)$(3,553) $ (1,627) $6,981 $290
Add: Stock based compensation 211 (54) 866 2,238
Non-GAAP Net Income(loss)$ (3,342) $ (1,681) $ 7,847 $ 2,528


Source:UTStarcom Holdings Inc.