Zebra Technologies Announces First Quarter 2016 Results

Lincolnshire, Ill., May 10, 2016─Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in solutions and services that provides real-time visibility into organisations’ assets, people, and transactions, today announced results for the first quarter ended April 2, 2016.

“Our first quarter results were below our expectations, with lower sales and earnings reflecting the continuation of a cautious enterprise spending environment against a tough comparison to double-digit growth last year,” said Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies. “Despite a challenging environment, we maintained gross margins, generated stronger operating cash flow, and continued to make steady progress on our integration of the Enterprise business.”

“Given our first quarter results, continued macro uncertainty, and cautious spending behaviour from many of our North America, EMEA, and Latin American customers, we are introducing a tempered outlook for the second quarter and have reduced our full-year sales outlook. We are, however, taking proactive steps to ensure we maximize sales opportunities and expand margins.” Continued Mr. Gustafsson, “We remain fully committed to our strategic priorities of driving profitable growth, executing on cost synergies, de-levering the balance sheet, and operating as One Zebra. Our long-term growth prospects are supported by our leadership position in providing visibility and insight into our enterprise customers’ operations.”

$ in millions except per share data




Selected reported measures:




Net sales

     $   847

    $  893


Gross profit

     $   390

    $  409


   Gross margin



          0.2 pts.

Net loss

     $    (29)

    $   (25)


Reported loss per share

     $    (0.56)

    $   (0.50)






Selected Non-GAAP measures:




Adjusted net sales

     $   850

    $  899


   Adj. net sales decline in constant currency




Adjusted gross profit

     $   393

    $  415


   Adjusted gross margin




Adjusted EBITDA

     $   132

    $  152


   Adjusted EBITDA margin



        (1.4) pts.

Non-GAAP net income

     $    53

    $    72


Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share

     $    1.01

    $    1.41


Note: Adjusted results include Non-GAAP measures and exclude certain items on a tax-effected basis. Please refer to the tables included in this press release for reconciliations of GAAP to Non-GAAP financial results.


Reported Financial Results

Net sales for the three months ended April 2, 2016, were $847 million, compared with $893 million for the first quarter of 2015. The net loss for the first quarter of 2016 was $29 million, or $0.56 per share, compared with $25 million, or $0.50 per share, for the first quarter of 2015.  

Non-GAAP Financial Results
Adjusted net sales were $850 million, compared to $899 million in the first quarter of 2015; and adjusted gross margin was 46.2% in the first quarter of 2016 and 2015. Non-GAAP net income was $53 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, compared with $72 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015.

Discussion and Analysis

  • Net sales in the Enterprise segment accounted for $537 million compared to $567 million in the first quarter of 2015. Legacy Zebra segment sales were $313 million compared to $332 million in the first quarter of 2015. On a constant currency basis, and excluding the purchase accounting adjustment, first quarter year-over-year adjusted net sales declined 3%, with the Enterprise segment declining approximately 4% and the Legacy Zebra segment declining approximately 3%.
  • Adjusted gross margin for the quarter was 46.2%, comparable to the prior year period, and includes the impact of lower services costs, and the adverse impact of lower sales volumes and foreign currency changes versus the prior year period.
  • Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2016 of $390 million were in line with the prior year’s first quarter. Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2016 include $43 million in acquisition and integration costs and exit and restructuring costs, versus $37 million in the prior year quarter, as well as $59 million for amortization of intangible assets, compared with $68 million for the first quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2016 was $132 million, or 15.5% of adjusted net sales compared to $152 million, or 16.9% of adjusted net sales for the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to the flow-through impact of lower net sales, and unfavorable foreign currency changes versus the prior year period. 


Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

  • As of April 2, 2016, the company had cash of $194 million and total long term debt of $2.9 billion.
  • For the first quarter of 2016, the company made $26 million of scheduled cash interest payments and $80 million in term loan principal payments.
  • During the quarter, the company generated $95 million of cash flow from operations and incurred capital expenditures of $19 million.



Full Year 2016
The company expects full year 2016 net sales, excluding purchase accounting adjustments, to change approximately (3)% to 1% from the comparable net sales of $3,668 million for the full year 2015. This view reflects an expectation of year-over-year growth of (2)% to 2% on a constant currency basis.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be approximately 17% for the full year 2016.

The company expects to pay down $300 million of debt principal in 2016.

Additional full year 2016 assumptions include:

  • Realization of approximately $50 million of incremental acquisition cost synergies compared to 2015
  • $130-150 million of integration-related expenses and capital expenditures in 2016-2017, of which the vast majority are expected to be incurred in 2016
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $70-75 million, including approximately $15-20 million related to acquisition integration
  • Depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $310-315 million

Second Quarter
The company expects second quarter 2016 adjusted net sales to decline approximately (3)% to 0% from the comparable net sales of $894 million in the second quarter of 2015. This expectation reflects year-over-year growth of (2)% to 1% on a constant currency basis.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be in the range of 15% to 16% for the second quarter 2016. Non-GAAP earnings are expected to be in the range of $1.00 to $1.20 per share.

Conference Call Notification
Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of Zebra’s conference call regarding the company’s financial results for the first quarter of 2016. The conference call will be held at 7:30 a.m. Central Time (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time) today. To view the webcast, visit the investor relations section of the company’s website at investors.zebra.com.

Forward-looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, the statements regarding the company’s outlook. Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in the company’s forward-looking statements. These statements represent estimates only as of the date they were made. Zebra undertakes no obligation, other than as may be required by law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason after the date of this release.

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Zebra’s industry, market conditions, general domestic and international economic conditions, and other factors. These factors include customer acceptance of Zebra’s hardware and software products and competitors’ product offerings, and the potential effects of technological changes. The continued uncertainty over future global economic conditions, the availability of credit and capital markets volatility may have adverse effects on Zebra, its suppliers and its customers. In addition, a disruption in our ability to obtain products from vendors as a result of supply chain constraints, natural disasters or other circumstances could restrict sales and negatively affect customer relationships. Profits and profitability will be affected by Zebra’s ability to control manufacturing and operating costs. Because of its debt, interest rates and financial market conditions will also have an impact on results. Foreign exchange rates will have an effect on financial results because of the large percentage of our international sales. The outcome of litigation in which Zebra may be involved is another factor. The success of integrating acquisitions, including the Enterprise business, could also affect profitability, reported results and the company’s competitive position in it industry. These and other factors could have an adverse effect on Zebra’s sales, gross profit margins and results of operations and increase the volatility of our financial results. When used in this release and documents referenced, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “outlook,” and “expect” and similar expressions, as they relate to the company or its management, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. Descriptions of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect the company’s future operations and results can be found in Zebra’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company’s most recent Form 10-K.

About Zebra Technologies
Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) makes businesses as smart and connected as the world we live in. Zebra tracking and visibility solutions transform the physical to digital, creating the data streams enterprises need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses, and empower their mobile workforces. For more information, visit www.zebra.com.  

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains certain Non-GAAP financial measures, consisting of “adjusted net sales”, “adjusted gross profit”, “EBITDA,” “Adjusted EBITDA,” “Non-GAAP net income” and “Non-GAAP earnings per share” in addition to measure our operating performance. Management presents these measures to focus on the on-going operations and believes it is useful to investors because they enable them to perform meaningful comparisons of past and present operating results. The company believes it is useful to present Non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude certain significant items, as a means to understand the performance of its ongoing operations and how management views the business. Reconciliations of net sales to adjusted net sales, gross profit to adjusted gross profit, operating income to EBITDA, EBITDA to Adjusted EBITDA, and GAAP net income to Non-GAAP net income are included in the financial schedules contained in this press release. These measures, however, should not be construed as an alternative to any other measure of performance determined in accordance with GAAP. 

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