Norsat Announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

- Management to Host Conference Call at 8:30 am Pacific Time (11:30 am Eastern Time) -

VANCOUVER, May 3, 2017 /CNW/ - Norsat International Inc. ("Norsat" or the "Company") (TSX: NII and NYSE MKT: NSAT), a provider of unique and customized communication solutions for remote and challenging applications, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Quarter Highlights

  • $8.2 million in revenue for the quarter, a decrease of 14% compared to $9.6 million for the same period last year.
  • Gross profit margin of 41% for the quarter, a decrease of 3% from 44% for the same period last year.
  • Net earnings for the quarter were $0.2 million, or $0.04 and $0.03 per share, basic and diluted, compared to $1.2 million, or $0.20 per share, basic and diluted, for the same period last year.
  • $15.6 million of cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2017, an increase of $0.6 million compared to $15.0 million at December 31, 2016.
  • $27.2 million of working capital at March 31, 2017, an increase of $0.6 million compared to $26.6 million at December 31, 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $1.0 million for the quarter, a decrease of 43% from $1.7 million for the same period last year.

"While first quarter revenue and profitability were lower than the comparable period in 2016, we have experienced solid quoting and booking activities.  For our Satellite Communications division, we secured several larger orders which include an approximately $3.3 million order for our satellite terminals from a U.S. government organization, building a strong backlog for the remainder of the year. The business opportunities for the Sinclair Technologies division also look steady," said Dr. Amiee Chan, President and CEO of Norsat. "We also continued to manage our cost structure while also challenging ourselves to develop and market new products and solutions.  During the quarter, we have announced the expansion of our Ka-band product lines with the launch of the ATOM 50 Watt Ka-band BUCs and SSPAs, and industry leading 4- and 5-band LNBs to meet the broadest range of customer needs," added Dr. Chan.

A full set of financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for Norsat is available at www.norsat.com and will be available at www.sedar.com.

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(1)
Adjusted EBITDA is a measure that the Company uses to reflect the results of its core earnings. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before income tax expense, financing costs, depreciation and amortization, foreign exchange gain or loss, corporate development costs incurred to pursue strategic opportunities, write-down of inventory, impairment charges or recoveries, discontinued operations and other non-cash charges.

 

Conference Call Details
Norsat will host a conference call today, May 3, 2017 at 8:30 am Pacific Time (11:30 am Eastern Time) to discuss its fiscal year 2017 first quarter financial results. To access the conference call, please dial toll-free 1-888-886-7786 or 416-764-8658. The conference call title is: 'Investor Call – Q1 2017'. Please connect approximately 10 – 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the call to ensure participation. A digital recording and transcript of the call will be available after the live call at: http://www.norsat.com/investors/financial-information/conference-call-recordings/

Norsat International Inc.



Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position



(Expressed in United States dollars)



(Unaudited)










March 31, 2017

December 31, 2016

ASSETS



Current assets



Cash and cash equivalents

$

15,626,931

$

15,044,742

Trade and other receivables

8,074,508

8,263,447

Inventories

10,807,251

10,462,354

Prepaid expenses and other

393,569

332,676


34,902,259

34,103,219

Non-current assets



Property and equipment, net

564,916

616,495

Intangible assets, net

4,073,121

4,176,244

Goodwill

4,097,751

4,097,751

Investment tax credits recoverable

4,875,031

4,820,185

Deferred income tax assets

1,081,300

1,185,907


14,692,119

14,896,582

Total assets

$

49,594,378

$

48,999,801




LIABILITIES 



Current liabilities



Trade and other payables

$

1,530,715

$

2,774,889

Accrued liabilities

2,950,388

2,685,970

Warranty provision

1,030,962

869,259

Deferred revenue

2,217,408

1,217,083


7,729,473

7,547,201

Non-current liabilities



Long-term provisions

2,051,884

1,863,542

Long-term deferred revenue

62,098

70,014

Total liabilities

9,843,455

9,480,757

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Issued capital

40,016,360

40,016,360

Treasury shares

(431,208)

(431,208)

Contributed surplus

4,325,028

4,276,584

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(4,419,838)

(4,395,651)

Retained earnings

260,581

52,959

Total shareholders' equity

39,750,923

39,519,044

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

49,594,378

$

48,999,801

 

Norsat International Inc.




Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Comprehensive Income


(Expressed in United States dollars)




(Unaudited)










Three months ended March 31



2017

2016









Revenue


$

8,228,048

$

9,553,427

Cost of sales


4,890,436

5,378,280

Gross profit


3,337,612

4,175,147





Expenses:




General and administrative 


1,238,053

983,077

Selling and distributing 


1,128,393

1,302,966

Product development 


875,932

783,995

Less: Government contributions


(320,234)

(379,475)

Add: Government repayment obligation


114,397

-

Gain on foreign exchange


(29,952)

(49,159)

Interest and bank charges


72,871

26,800

Total expenses


3,079,460

2,668,204





Earnings before income taxes


258,152

1,506,943





Current income tax expense


767

-

Deferred income tax expense


49,763

344,908



50,530

344,908





Net earnings


$

207,622

$

1,162,035





Other comprehensive income/(loss)




Items that may subsequently be reclassified to income:





(Loss)/gain on translation of foreign subsidiaries


(24,187)

16,937

Total comprehensive (loss)/income


$

183,435

$

1,178,972





Net earnings per share





Basic earnings per share


$

0.04

$

0.20


Diluted earnings per share


$

0.03

$

0.20





Weighted average number of shares outstanding





Basic


5,769,271

5,766,952


Diluted


5,937,669

5,789,421


 

Norsat International Inc.



Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows



(Expressed in United States dollars)



(Unaudited)







Three months ended March 31


2017

2016




Cash and cash equivalents provided by/(used in)



Operating activities:



Net earnings for the period

$

207,622

$

1,162,035

Income taxes paid

(572)

-

Adjustments for items not affecting cash:

-



Depreciation and amortization

209,647

229,328


Unrealized foreign exchange (gain)/loss

(26,682)

24,856


Current income tax expense

767

-


Deferred income tax expense

49,763

344,908


Share-based payments 

48,444

44,876


Government contributions 

(320,234)

(379,475)


Government repayment obligation

114,397

-


Accretion of long-term provisions

56,820

-

Deferred revenue

992,409

(116,683)

Changes in non-cash working capital 

(1,076,398)

350,021

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

255,983

1,659,866




Investing activities:



Purchase of intangible assets, property and 




equipment, net of SADI

(78,585)

(23,418)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

(78,585)

(23,418)





Financing activities:



Government contributions

404,441

954,460

Net cash flows provided by financing activities

404,441

954,460





Effect of foreign currency translation on




cash and cash equivalents

350

(4,914)





Increase in cash and cash equivalents

582,189

2,585,994

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

15,044,742

4,585,754

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

15,626,931

$

7,171,748

 

Norsat International Inc.




Reconciliation of IFRS to non-IFRS Measures




(Expressed in United States dollars)










Three months ended March 31



2017

2016

Net earnings for the period


$

207,622

$

1,162,035

Interest and accretion


43,526

(1,558)

Depreciation and amortization


209,647

229,328

Tax expense


50,530

344,908

EBITDA(2)


$

511,325

$

1,734,713

Gain on foreign exchange 


(29,952)

(49,159)

Corporate development costs


363,277

-

Long-term portion of government repayment obligation


114,397

-

Adjusted EBITDA(2)


$

959,047

$

1,685,554


(2) We disclose non-IFRS measures as we believe they provide useful information on actual operating results and assist in comparisons from one period to another. Readers are cautioned that non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. For a more detailed description of non-IFRS measures, please refer to Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2017 posted on Norsat's website and SEDAR.

 

About Norsat International Inc.

Founded in 1977, Norsat International Inc. is a provider of unique and customized communication solutions for remote and challenging applications. Norsat's products and services include leading-edge product design and development, production, distribution and infield support and service of fly-away satellite terminals, microwave components, antennas, Radio Frequency (RF) conditioning products, maritime based satellite terminals and remote network connectivity solutions. More information is available at www.norsat.com, via email at investor@norsat.com or by phone at 1-604-821-2800.

Forward Looking Statements

The discussion and analysis of this news release contains forward-looking statements concerning anticipated developments in Norsat's operations in future periods, the adequacy of its financial resources and other events or conditions that may occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates,", "predicts," "potential," "targeted," "plans," "possible" and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions or results "will," "may," "could" or "should" occur or be achieved. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements about Norsat's market opportunities, strategies, competition, expected activities and expenditures as it pursues its business plan, the adequacy of available cash resources and other statements about future events or results. Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, such as business and economic risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made. Consequently, all forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by this cautionary statement and there can be no assurance that actual results or anticipated developments will be realized. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and Norsat assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, other than as required by law.

SOURCE Norsat International Inc.

For further information: Dr. Amiee Chan, President & CEO, Tel: 604-821-2800, Email: achan@norsat.com; Mr. Arthur Chin, Chief Financial Officer, Tel: 604-821-2800, Email: achin@norsat.com

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