Motorola Solutions Reports Second-Quarter 2017 Financial Results

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Company raises full-year revenue and earnings outlook
 

  • Sales of $1.5 billion, up 5 percent from a year ago
  • Products sales up 6 percent driven by growth in every region
  • Backlog growth of $265 million from a year ago
  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.78, up 28 percent
  • Non-GAAP EPS of $1.12, up 9 percent
  • Acquiring Airbus DS Communications (Plant Holdings, Inc.), strengthening command center software portfolio

CHICAGO – Aug. 3, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the second quarter of 2017. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
 
SUPPORTING QUOTE
“Q2 was an outstanding quarter of revenue and EPS growth driven primarily by our land mobile radio (LMR) business,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “Additionally, I’m pleased with our strong backlog position and recent acquisitions that provide the foundation for continued success."
 
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
 

  Q2 2017  Q2 2016 % Change
  Sales $1,497 $1,430 5%
 
GAAP
  Operating Earnings $257 $224 15%
  % of Sales 17.2% 15.7%  
  EPS $0.78 $0.61 28%
 
Non-GAAP
  Operating Earnings $328 $324 1%
  % of Sales 21.9% 22.7%  
  EPS $1.12 $1.03 9%
 
Product Segment
  Sales $848 $801 6%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $168 $129 30%
  % of Sales 19.8% 16.1%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $193 $176 10%
  % of Sales 22.8% 22.0%  
 
Services Segment
  Sales $649 $629 3%
  GAAP Operating Earnings $89 $95 (6)%
  % of Sales 13.7% 15.1%  
  Non-GAAP Operating Earnings $135 $148 (9)%
  % of Sales 20.8% 23.5%  

*Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.34 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included later in this news release.
 
  • Revenue – Sales increased 5 percent driven by the Americas region. Products segment sales grew 6 percent with growth in every region, driven primarily by P25 LMR systems. The Services segment grew 3 percent driven by the Americas, with global Managed & Support Services growth of 3 percent despite $20 million of Airwave currency headwinds.
  • Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 17.2 percent of sales, compared with 15.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. The improvement reflects higher sales volume and lower other costs. Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.9 percent of sales, compared with 22.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. As expected, the sales increase was offset by lower gross margin associated with higher systems mix in North America, as well as Airwave currency headwinds.
  • Cash flow – The company generated $173 million in operating cash, a decrease of $119 million from the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow2 was $120 million, down $81 million. Cash flow for the quarter was down due to timing of higher working capital primarily associated with the implementation of a new ERP system. Year-to-date operating cash flow and free cash flow were higher than the prior year driven by higher earnings.
  • Capital Allocation – The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $805 million and a net debt position of approximately $3.7 billion3. The company repurchased approximately $80 million of its common stock and paid approximately $77 million in cash dividends. Additionally, the company announced the acquisition of Airbus DS Communications (Plant Holdings, Inc.), strengthening its command center software portfolio.
  • Backlog – The company ended the quarter with $8.5 billion of backlog, up $265 million from the year-ago quarter. Products segment backlog is up 15 percent or $204 million, and Services is up 1 percent or $61 million. LMR demand led by the Americas continues to drive the backlog growth.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Strategic wins and awards
  • $160 million for a 10-year Managed & Support Services agreement in Canada
  • $43 million for P25 devices in a major U.S. city
  • $40 million for P25 system in Broward County, Florida
  • $24 million for P25 system with a large utility in the northeastern U.S.
  • $19 million for P25 system covering three Kentucky counties that includes a 10-year Managed & Support Services agreement
  • $10 million for P25 devices in Australia
Innovation and investments in growth
  • Announced acquisition of Airbus DS Communications (Plant Holdings, Inc.), strengthening the company’s command center software portfolio. Airbus DS Communications is a leading provider in North America of command center software for emergency call-handling
  • Certified Public Safety LTE device LEX F10 for the AT&T FirstNet network
  • Delivered 1,000th TETRA digital radio system and 25,000th base station
BUSINESS OUTLOOK
  • Third-quarter 2017 – Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of 3 to 4 percent compared with the third quarter of 2016. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $1.36 to $1.41 per share.
  • Full-year 2017 – The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 3 to 4 percent versus the prior outlook of approximately 2 percent, and non-GAAP earnings per share now in the range of $5.20 to $5.30 from the prior outlook of $5.08 to $5.23. This assumes current foreign exchange rates and approximately 170 million fully diluted shares for the full year.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 4 p.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, Aug. 3. The conference call will be webcast live at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
 
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
 
  Q2 2017 Q2 2016
Net sales $1,497 $1,430
Gross margin 690 676
Operating earnings 257 224
Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
Net earnings

131

107
Diluted EPS $0.78 $0.61
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 169.0 174.8


HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the second quarter of 2017.
 

(per diluted common share) Q2 2017
   
GAAP Earnings $0.78
   
Highlighted Items:  
Share-based compensation expense 0.07
Reorganization of business charges 0.02
Intangibles amortization expense 0.17
Non-US pension settlement loss 0.08
Legal settlement (0.01)
Sale of business 0.01
Total Highlighted Items $0.34
   
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $1.12

USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. The company has provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items including, but not limited to, acquisition-related transaction costs, tangible and intangible asset impairments, restructuring or reorganization of business charges, non-cash pension adjustments, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, and the income tax effects of significant tax matters, from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. For the purposes of management's internal analysis over operating performance, the company uses financial statements that exclude highlighted items, as these charges do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance. Specifically in regards to its restructuring plans, the company has incurred significant reorganization of business charges as it reduced operating expenses over the past four years.
 
Share-based compensation expense: The company has excluded share-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although share-based compensation is a key incentive offered to the company’s employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding share-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Share-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.
 
Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its Non-GAAP operating expenses and net earnings measurements, primarily because it represents a non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
 
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.
 
 BUSINESS RISKS
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. The company can give no assurance that any actual or future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent the company’s views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions’ financial outlook for the third quarter and full year of 2017 and the impact of acquisitions on our business. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 21 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions, and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government communications industry; (2) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the company; (3) the level of demand for the company's products; (4) the company's ability to refresh existing and introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (5) negative impact on the company's business from global economic and political conditions, which may include: (i) continued deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (6) the impact of a security breach or other significant disruption in the company’s IT systems, those of its partners or suppliers or those it sells to or operates or maintains for its customers; (7) the outcome of ongoing and future tax matters; (8) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions and reductions in the company’s purchasing power; (9) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (10) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures; (11) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (12) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (13) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (14) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (15) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (16) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (17) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (18) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (19) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (20) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (21) negative consequences from the company's use of third party vendors for various activities, including certain manufacturing operations, information technology and administrative functions; (22) the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system; and (23) the company’s ability to settle the par value of its Senior Convertible Notes in cash. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise
 
DEFINITIONS
1 Q2 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.34 per diluted share related to share-based compensation, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items for the fourth-quarter. Details on these non-GAAP adjustments and the use of non-GAAP measures are included in this news release.
 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures
3 Net debt represents cash and cash equivalents less long-term debt, including current portion
 
ABOUT MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. For ongoing news, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/newsroom or subscribe to a news feed.

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