Zebra Technologies Announces Second-Quarter 2016 Results

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. -- Aug. 9, 2016 -- Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in providing solutions and services that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 2, 2016.

“Our solid second quarter results reflected sales in-line with our expectations, gross margin expansion, lower expenses, and improved profitability versus the prior year, against a challenging macro-economic backdrop. Furthermore, we continued to make steady progress on our integration of the Enterprise business,” said Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies. “We are reiterating our full year outlook with the assumption of no material change to the macro environment, and we remain fully committed to our strategic priorities. We are well positioned as the leader in helping enterprises improve visibility into their operations and are encouraged by our growth prospects going forward.”

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Reported Financial Results
Net sales for the three months ended July 2, 2016, were $879 million, compared with $890 million for the second quarter of 2015. The net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $49 million, or $0.95 per share, compared with $77 million, or $1.50 per share, for the second quarter of 2015.

Non-GAAP Financial Results
Adjusted net sales were $882 million, compared to $894 million in the second quarter of 2015; and adjusted gross margin was 46.4% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to 44.5% in the second quarter of 2015. Both adjusted net sales and gross margin exclude the impact of purchase accounting adjustments in 2016 and 2015.

Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2016 were $384 compared to $407 million in the prior year’s second quarter. Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2016 include $39 million in acquisition and integration costs and exit and restructuring costs, versus $49 million in the prior year quarter, as well as $60 million for amortization of intangible assets, compared with $63 million for the second quarter of 2015. Adjusted (non-GAAP) metrics exclude these specific operating expense items.

Non-GAAP net income was $70 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, compared with $53 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2015.

Discussion and Analysis
Adjusted net sales in the Enterprise segment accounted for $577 million compared to $574 million in the second quarter of 2015. Legacy Zebra segment net sales were $305 million compared to $320 million in the second quarter of 2015. On a constant currency basis, and excluding the purchase accounting adjustments, second quarter year-over-year adjusted net sales declined 0.3%, with the Enterprise segment growing approximately 1%, and the Legacy Zebra segment declining by approximately 3%.

Adjusted gross margin for the quarter was 46.4%, compared to 44.5% in the prior year period, and reflects an increase primarily due to favorable changes in sales mix, improved margin on services, product cost reduction initiatives, and reductions in other costs.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2016 was $144 million, or 16.3% of adjusted net sales compared to $131 million, or 14.6% of adjusted net sales for the second quarter of 2015, primarily due to higher gross margin and lower operating expenses, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency changes versus the prior year period.

Tax adjustments and estimation changes related to profitability mix by jurisdiction had an approximate $0.14 positive impact to non-GAAP earnings per share in the second quarter of 2016.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of July 2, 2016, the company had cash of $141 million and total long term debt of $2.9 billion.

For the first half of 2016, the company made $99 million in scheduled cash interest payments and $145 million in term loan principal payments.

For the first half of 2016, the company generated $122 million of cash flow from operations and incurred capital expenditures of $35 million.


Full Year 2016

The company continues to expect 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.

Third Quarter

The company expects third quarter 2016 adjusted net sales to decline approximately (3)% to 0% from the comparable net sales of $919 million in the third 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 approximately 17% for the third quarter 2016. Non-GAAP earnings are expected to be in the range of $1.30 to $1.50 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 second 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
With the unparalleled visibility Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides, enterprises become as smart and connected as the world we live in. Real-time information – gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services – give organizations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today’s data-centric world. For more information, visit www.zebra.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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.


Michael Steele , CFA, IRC 
Vice President, Investor Relations
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Therese Van Ryne
Director, Global Public Relations
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