Motorola Solutions Reports Third-Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Company raises full-year revenue and earnings outlook
- Sales of $1.6 billion, up 7 percent from a year ago
- Organic revenue1 growth of 5 percent; North America organic growth of 5 percent
- Record backlog of $8.9 billion, up $768 million, or 9 percent
- GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.25, up 11 percent
- Non-GAAP EPS 2 of $1.53, up 12 percent
- Increasing quarterly dividend by 11 percent
CHICAGO – Nov. 2, 2017 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today reported its earnings results for the third quarter of 2017. Click here for a printable news release and financial tables.
The company also today announced that its board of directors has increased its regular quarterly dividend by 11 percent to 52 cents per share. The next quarterly dividend will be payable in cash on Jan. 12, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of businesson Dec. 15, 2017.
“Q3 was another outstanding quarter of revenue and earnings growth,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “I’m particularly pleased with our record backlog position, demonstrating continued strength of our Land Mobile Radio (LMR) business.”
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data and percentages)
|Q3 2017||Q3 2016||% Change|
|% of Sales||20.5%||22.3%|
|% of Sales||25.7%||25.8%|
|GAAP Operating Earnings||$253||$225||12%|
|% of Sales||25.6%||24.5%|
|Non-GAAP Operating Earnings||$287||$243||18%|
|% of Sales||29.0%||26.4%|
|GAAP Operating Earnings||$85||$116||(27)%|
|% of Sales||13.0%||19.0%|
|Non-GAAP Operating Earnings||$136||$153||(11)%|
|% of Sales||20.7%||25.0%|
OTHER SELECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS
- Revenue – Sales increased 7 percent overall from the year-ago quarter and grew 5 percent organically driven by the Americas region. Products segment sales grew 8 percent driven by the Americas and Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) regions. The Services segment grew 7 percent driven by the Americas, with global Managed & Support Services growth of 8 percent.
- Operating margin – GAAP operating margin was 20.5 percent of sales, compared with 22.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. The decline reflects higher costs related to non-U.S. pension settlement losses and intangible amortization expenses. Non-GAAP operating margin was 25.7 percent of sales, compared with 25.8 percent in the year-ago quarter.
- Cash flow – The company generated $270 million in operating cash, a decrease of $78 million from the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow3 was $185 million, down $95 million. Cash flow for the quarter was down due to higher working capital and higher capital expenses associated with the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, and higher tax payments.
- Capital Allocation – The company repurchased approximately $100 million of its common stock and paid approximately $76 million in cash dividends. Additionally, the company paid $205 million in cash associated with the acquisition of Kodiak Networks.
- Backlog – The company ended the quarter with record backlog of $8.9 billion, up $768 million from the year-ago quarter. Products segment backlog was up 24 percent or $344 million, and Services was up 6 percent or $424 million. LMR demand led by the Americas continues to drive the backlog growth.
- $79 million for a P25 system serving three counties in Oregon
- $54 million for a P25 system in Memphis, Tenn.
- $26 million for a 10-year Managed & Support Services contract for the City of Phoenix
- $24 million for a P25 system in Burlington, N.J.
- $10 million for a radio system expansion in Ecuador
- Introduced the PSX Application Suite providing push-to-talk, messaging and mapping applications designed specifically for public safety LTE users
- Completed the acquisition of Kodiak Networks
- Announced the LXN 500 ultra-portable standalone LTE network that can provide coverage and public safety applications in remote locations during emergencies
- Fourth-quarter 2017 – Motorola Solutions expects revenue growth of approximately 3 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $2.00 to $2.05 per share.
- Full-year 2017 – The company now expects revenue growth of approximately 5 percent versus the prior outlook of approximately 3 to 4 percent, and non-GAAP earnings per share now in the range of $5.35 to $5.40 versus the prior outlook of $5.20 to $5.30. This assumes current foreign exchange rates and approximately 169 million fully diluted shares.
CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS (presented in millions, except per share data)
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
|Q3 2017||Q3 2016|
|Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
|Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding||169.0||169.6|
HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AND SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION EXPENSE
The table below includes highlighted items, share-based compensation expense and intangible amortization for the third quarter of 2017.
|(per diluted common share)||Q3 2017|
|Share-based compensation expense||0.07|
|Reorganization of business charges||0.04|
|Intangibles amortization expense||0.17|
|Non-U.S. pension settlement loss||0.11|
|Tax benefit on U.S. capital loss||(0.13)|
|Reserve on unrecognized tax benefit||0.01|
|Total Highlighted Items||$0.28|
|Non-GAAP Diluted EPS||$1.53|
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.
Organic Revenue: Reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters. Management believes organic revenue helps it and investors better identify the underlying trends of established and ongoing operations by excluding the effects of acquisitions which can obscure period to period comparisons.
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 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.
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.
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 fourth quarter and full year of 2017 and incremental revenues of Airwave. 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, on page 37 in item 1A of Motorola Solutions’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2017 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 impact of implementing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) 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
1 Organic revenue reflects net sales calculated under GAAP excluding net sales from acquired business owned for less than four full quarters.
2 Q3 Non-GAAP financial information excludes the after-tax impact of approximately $0.28 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.
3 Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures.
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