Zebra Technologies Announces Second-Quarter Results

  • Strong net sales of $896 million, above the company’s guidance range 

  • Net income of $17 million and diluted EPS of $0.32 

  • Non-GAAP net income of $80 million and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.51 

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10% year-over-year to $159 million; and adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 
140 basis points year-over-year to 17.7% 

  • Retired $160 million of debt principal ($240 million year-to-date) 


LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Aug. 8, 2017 — Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility, today announced results for the second quarter ended July 1, 2017. 
“Our solid second quarter results reflect excellent execution by our team and strong demand for Zebra’s solutions. Sales exceeded our expectations led by exceptional performance in mobile computing. Profitable growth and disciplined cost management drove earnings per share near the top end of our guidance range,” said Anders Gustafsson, chief executive officer of Zebra Technologies. “Given these results, we expect our full year organic sales growth to be at the top end of our prior outlook. Additionally, our robust free cash flow will allow us to pay down at least $300 million in debt principal in 2017, despite up-front costs associated with the recently announced successful refinancing efforts. With the integration of the Enterprise business complete, we’ll continue to focus on extending our leadership position in growing markets and driving profitable growth.” 

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Reported (GAAP) results

Net sales were $896 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $879 million in the second quarter of 2016. Net sales in the Enterprise segment were $584 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $577 million in the second quarter of 2016. Legacy Zebra segment net sales were $313 million in the second quarter of 2017

compared to $305 million in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter 2017 gross profit was $411 million compared to $406 million in the comparable prior year period. Net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $17 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $45 million, or ($0.88) per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2016.

Adjusted (Non-GAAP) results

Consolidated adjusted net sales were $897 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $882 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 1.7%. Consolidated organic net sales growth for the second quarter was 6.4% reflecting growth across all regions, most notably North America and Latin America. Second-quarter year- over-year organic net sales grew 7.9% in the Enterprise segment and 3.7% in the Legacy Zebra segment.

Adjusted gross margin for the quarter was 46.0%, compared to 46.4% in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily due to changes in business mix. Adjusted operating expenses decreased in the second quarter to $274 million from $282 million in the prior year period, reflecting the company's continued focus on improving operating efficiency, controlling expenses, and the divestiture of the wireless LAN business.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2017 was $159 million, or 17.7% of adjusted net sales compared to $144 million, or 16.3% of adjusted net sales for the second quarter of 2016, primarily due to higher gross profit and lower operating expenses.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $80 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, compared with $59 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2016.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of July 1, 2017, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $95 million and total long-term debt of $2.4 billion.

Free cash flow was $181 million in the first six months of 2017. The company generated $203 million and incurred capital expenditures of $22 million. For the first six months of 2017, the company made $240 million in term loan payments and $70 million in scheduled cash interest payments.


Third Quarter 2017
The company expects third-quarter 2017 adjusted net sales to change approximately (1)% to 2% from adjusted net sales of $906 million in the third quarter of 2016. The company expects organic net sales growth of approximately 2% to 5% in the third quarter. This expectation excludes a 4 percentage point adverse impact from wireless LAN business sales and 1 percentage point positive impact from foreign currency translation.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be approximately 18% to 19% for the third quarter 2017, favorable to the prior year period. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $1.65 to $1.85, assuming an effective tax rate in the low- to mid-20% range.

Full Year 2017
The company expects approximately 3% to 6% organic net sales growth for the full year 2017, which is at the higher end of our prior outlook. This expectation excludes a 3 percentage point adverse impact from wireless LAN business sales and assumes minimal foreign currency impact. The company expects organic net sales growth to moderate through 2017 considering year-over-year comparisons.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be in the range of 18% to 19% for the full year 2017, an improvement compared to the full year 2016.

For the full year 2017, the company expects to make debt principal payments totaling at least $300 million.

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 – gives 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 or sign up for our news alerts. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statements

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.

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,” “Non-GAAP earnings per share,” “free cash flow,” “organic net sales growth,” “adjusted operating expenses,” and “constant currency.” 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. Please see the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables and accompanying disclosures at the end of this press release for more detailed information regarding non-GAAP financial measures herein, including the items reflected in adjusted net earnings calculations. These measures, however, should not be construed as an alternative to any other measure of performance determined in accordance with GAAP.

The company does not provide a reconciliation for non-GAAP estimates on a forward-looking basis (including the information under “Outlook” above) where it is unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort. This is due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing or amount of various items that have not yet occurred, are out of the company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, and that would impact diluted net earnings per share, the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measure. For the same reasons, the company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. Forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures provided without the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures may vary materially from the corresponding GAAP financial measures.

As a global company, Zebra's operating results reported in U.S. dollars are affected by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations because the underlying foreign currencies in which the company transacts change in value over time compared to the U.S. dollar; accordingly, the company presents certain constant currency financial information to provide a framework to assess how the company’s businesses performed excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Foreign currency impact represents the difference in results that are attributable to fluctuations in the currency exchange rates used to convert the results for businesses where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. This impact is calculated by translating, for certain currencies, current period results at the currency exchange rates used in the comparable period in the prior year, rather than the exchange rates in effect during the current period. In addition, the company excludes the impact of its foreign currency hedging program in both the current year and prior year periods The company believes these measures should be considered a supplement to and not in lieu of the company’s performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.


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