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Sandvine Reports Q3 2016 Results

Company announces quarterly dividend

Waterloo, Canada; October 6, 2016 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent network policy control solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today reported revenue of $26.1 million for its third quarter of 2016, net income of $1.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, and EBITDA of $3.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.

All results are reported in U.S. dollars under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), unless otherwise specified.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Millions of US dollars, except per share data and where otherwise indicated

Q3
2016

Q3
2015

 

Change

Revenue

26.1

27.3

-4%

Gross Margin percent

77%

80%

-3pp

Expenses

17.9

18.9

-5%

Net Income

1.5

3.0

-50%

Diluted Earnings per Share

0.01

0.02

-47%

 

 

 

 

EBITDA1

3.8

4.3

-12%

Diluted EBITDA1 per Share

0.03

0.03

-4%

1 EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure. See NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES below.

Other Q3 2016 results highlights:

  • Revenue by access technology market: wireless 60%; DSL 22%; cable 17%; other 1%
  • Revenue by geography: EMEA 36%; NA 31%; CALA 21%; APAC 12%
  • Revenue by sales channel: direct 61%; reseller 39%
  • Cash and investments: $139.0 million
  • Customers: Won 9 new customers
  • Year-to-date results: revenue is up 6%, net income is down 31%, largely due to the recognition of certain deferred, non-cash taxes, and EBITDA is down 4% (21% of revenue).

“We believe that Q3 revenue reflects the seasonality that appears to be typical in our business. For the year to date, revenue is up, and EBITDA is 21% of revenue,” said Dave Caputo, Sandvine’s President and CEO. “For the second consecutive quarter and second time in our history, Sandvine had no 10%-plus customers in the quarter. While large deals will remain an important part of our growth ahead, we are pleased with the ongoing diversification of our revenue, and remain enthusiastic about the size and quality of our funnel.”

Since the last quarterly results announcement, Sandvine:

  • Launched the Traffic Steering Engine, a new product that solves the challenges that face communications service providers looking to deploy Network Functions Virtualization and Service Function Chaining at a large scale
  • Announced that its customer, ClearSky, now has over a dozen deployments of its Total Traffic Manager product, which integrates Sandvine’s Business Intelligence and Traffic Optimization products. Over half of the deployments are fully virtualized
  • Published a Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight, “Inside the Connected Home,” which revealed that the average household in North America now has over seven active devices in use each day and that laptops and desktop PCs now represent less than 25% of total traffic on fixed access networks
  • Announced that Sandvine has enabled seven turnkey deployments of Free Basics by Facebook for its customer Digicel. Each deployment took less than a week thanks to a standard API between Sandvine and Free Basics
  • Announced that its customer VivaCell is using Sandvine’s Subscriber Services products to launch plans that zero-rate Skype and others that zero-rate all traffic between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Announced that its Virtual Series products are now certified for deployment on the Cisco Unified Computing System

DIVIDEND PROGRAM 

Sandvine also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a dividend of C$0.0175 per common share, payable on November 8, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 20.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company will discuss the financial results and business outlook on a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time today.

Toll-free: (866)-215-5508 | Confirmation Number: 43463134
Webcast: www.sandvine.com/investors

A replay of the Q3 2016 results call will be available at (888)-843-7419 (passcode 43463134#) at 11:00 a.m. ET today through October 20, 2016.

To download the complete report in PDF format please click the link below:
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ABOUT SANDVINE

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks, to increase revenue, reduce network costs and improve subscriber quality of experience. Our networking solutions perform end-to-end policy control functions, including traffic classification, policy decision and enforcement. Deployed as virtualized network functions or on Sandvine’s purpose built hardware, the products provide actionable business insight, and the ability to deploy new consumer and business subscriber services, optimize and secure network traffic, and engage with subscribers.

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 300 networks in over 100 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide. www.sandvine.com.

INVESTOR CONTACT
Rick Wadsworth
Sandvine
+1 519 880 2400 ext. 3503
rwadsworth@sandvine.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Dan Deeth
Sandvine
+1 519 880 2232
ddeeth@sandvine.com

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and related per share amounts to EBITDA and the related per share amounts (“EBITDA per share”) for the periods indicated.

 

Three month period ended

Nine month period ended

Amounts in US$ thousands

August 31,
2016
$

August 31,
2015
$

August 31,
2016
$

August 31,
2015
$

Net income

1,471

2,951

11,078

16,100

Adjustment for

 

 

 

 

Interest, net *

(188)

(108)

(406)

(290)

Taxes

801

175

4,029

816

Depreciation

1,020

926

2,954

2,863

Amortization

696

376

1,965

897

EBITDA

3,800

4,320

19,620

20,386

Basic EBIDTA per share

0.028

0.029

0.140

0.138

Diluted earnings per share

0.010

0.019

0.076

0.106

Impact on diluted earnings per share of non-IFRS measures

0.017

0.009

0.058

0.028

Diluted EBITDA per share

0.027

0.028

0.134

0.134

* Interest, net is defined as the aggregate of finance income and finance costs.

These non-IFRS financial measures, which are used internally by management to evaluate the Company’s ongoing performance, exclude the impact of interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (collectively referred to as “Excluded expenses”). The Company provides these non-IFRS financial measures as it is the Company’s view that the Excluded expenses either (i) affect the comparability of results from period to period as the Excluded expenses are not part of its normal day-to-day operations or only impact the current or comparable period and/or (ii) represent a “non-cash” accounting charge that does not deplete its cash resources. Accordingly, the Company believes that such financial measures may also be useful to investors in enhancing their understanding of the Company’s operating performance. These non-IFRS measures are not recognized under IFRS and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. Therefore it is unlikely that these measures will be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other issuers. Non-IFRS financial measures should be considered in the context of the Company’s IFRS results. 


CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

Certain statements in this press release, constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to projected revenues, earnings, growth rates, targets, revenue mix and product plans and the Company’s future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon management’s perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as a number of specific factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies which could result in the forward-looking statements ultimately being incorrect. In addition to the various factors and assumption set forth in this press release, the material factors and assumptions used to develop the forward looking information, include, but are not limited to the following: the overall Network Policy Control market including reliance on major customers; adoption of Virtual Series solutions; the requirement for increasingly innovative product solutions; its growth strategy; the demand for the Company’s products and fluctuations in future revenues; target blended gross margin; expectations of growth in the Wireless market; expectations for DSO; sufficiency of current working capital to support future operating and working capital requirements; the stability of general economic and market conditions; currency exchange rates and interest rates; equity and debt markets continuing to provide the Company with access to capital; and the Company’s continued compliance with third party intellectual property rights; foreign exchange hedging; declaration of quarterly dividends; and that the risk factors noted below, collectively, do not have a material impact on the Company. By its nature, forward-looking information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved.

Known and unknown risk factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, could cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, but are not limited to each of the following, and those factors which are discussed in the Company’s 2015 Annual Information Form (“AIF”), a copy of which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

  • The Company’s revenues may fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending upon sales cycles, customer demand, the timing of customer purchase decisions, including the recent trend of slowing customer activity in the summer months, as well as the timing of when an order meets the Company’s revenue recognition criteria;
  • The Company’s gross margins may fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending upon a variety of factors including product mix in the quarter, competitive pricing pressures and the level of sales generated through indirect channels;
  • The Company is dependent upon and expects to continue to derive a large percentage of its revenue from both a small number of key customers and key reseller partners, none of whom are bound to any fixed purchase commitment or exclusivity obligations and could change their buying patterns and/or source of supply at any time, which could have a material impact on the Company’s revenues. In addition, the Company extends credit to its customers and resellers by virtue of agreed upon payment terms and could be exposed to collection risk on its receivables particularly if any key customer or key reseller were to face financial challenges. The Company’s reseller partners may also offer their own products which are competitive with the Company’s products;
  • By selling its products in certain markets through resellers, the Company is able to avoid certain costs related to operating in those markets including but not limited to local support costs, costs of maintaining a local legal entity, administration costs, and logistics. Should the Company choose or be required to sell direct in these markets (due to customer preference, termination of a reseller relationship or other reasons) the cost advantages described will no longer be available to the Company which could result in an increase in operating costs. In addition, direct sales to Tier 1 communications service providers (CSPs) involve risks that may not be present (or that are present to a lesser extent) while sales to smaller CSPs or through the reseller channel. These risks include but are not limited to increased purchasing power held by large customers, longer sales cycles, more complicated infrastructure requirements or more intense and time-consuming customer support practices;
  • The Company faces intense competition in markets where there are typically several different competing technologies and rapid technological changes. The Company faces the risk of the emergence of new technologies and new approaches to network architecture that may be either competitive to those of the Company or that change the requirements of the Company’s customers for solutions such as those offered by the Company. If the Company is unable to adapt its offerings in response to these trends it could have a material impact on the ability of the Company to market and sell its solutions; 
  • The Company’s growth is dependent on the development of the market for Network Policy Control solutions and the decisions of the Company’s target customers to deploy and further invest in those technologies, which decisions may be impacted by changing requirements in the area of network management policies and/or changes in the regulatory framework to which the Company’s customers may be subject. In particular, numerous telecommunications legislators and regulators in various jurisdictions have considered or are considering what, if any, regulations or laws might be appropriate with respect to how CSPs manage and charge for different types of traffic on their networks. These ongoing processes may cause uncertainty in the network investment decisions of the Company’s target customers, and any new rules or regulations that result from these considerations may impact the demand for the Company’s products within various markets, including markets that may not be considering any new regulation but where the Company’s customers may look to other markets for future guidance or trends;
  • With the adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networks (SDN), the market in which Sandvine operates may face a shift in how some of its customers purchase the Company’s products. It is the Company’s intention to continue to offer and develop Network Policy Control products for customer networks architected for NFV or SDN. These products will run on commercial off-the-shelf hardware. The introduction of these product offerings could see a shift in the Company’s pricing practices from perpetual based software licenses to term based software licenses. While a shift to NFV could impact the Company’s short term revenues, the Company does not expect the sale of NFV solutions to be a material contributor to revenue in fiscal 2016. As such, depending on the rate of adoption, the Company could experience a loss or delay in hardware and/or software revenue and reduced profits in 2016 and beyond;
  • The Company is dependent on certain third party sub-assembly manufacturers in its supply chain and any disruption in the operations or quality of those suppliers or any increase in expected lead times from those suppliers could result in lost or delayed revenue and/or reduced profits;
  • The majority of the Company’s operating expenses are denominated in Canadian dollars, U.S. dollars, Euros and Indian rupees. The Company’s earnings are impacted by fluctuations in the exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and these currencies;
  • The Company operates in various jurisdictions throughout the world and generates revenues through its international sales efforts. The Company’s financial results may be impacted by political and economic developments of a particular country or geography. The Company has operations in India and Hong Kong, both considered by management to be emerging markets. The operations in India are predominantly a contract research and development facility and the Company conducts business in Hong Kong through a branch sales representative office;
  • The Company is dependent on effectively managing the acquisitions and integrations. Acquisitions present a number of risks which are disclosed in the AIF. These risks or the inability of the Company to successfully realize upon the intended benefits of an acquisition could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition and results of operations.
  • The Company’s policy of paying dividends on its Common Shares is subject to the discretion of the Board and is dependent on, among other matters, the Company’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash requirements and alternative uses of cash.
  • The Company may experience interruptions in its information systems on which its global operations depend. Further, the Company may face attempts by others to gain unauthorized access through the Internet to its information technology systems, to intentionally hack, interfere with or cause physical or digital damage to or failure of such systems (such as significant viruses or worms), which attempts the Company may be unable to prevent. The Company could be unaware of an incident or its magnitude and effects until after it is too late to prevent it and the damage it may cause. Any security breaches, unauthorized access, unauthorized usage, virus or similar breach or disruption could result in loss of confidential information, personal data and customer content, damage to the Company’s reputation, early termination of contracts, litigation, regulatory investigations or other liabilities.
  • The possibility that the Company’s products may infringe the intellectual property rights of third parties and the potential exposure of the Company to a judgement for damages, royalties and injunctive relief precluding the sale or licensing of the Company’s products.

These risk factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect the Company and the reader is cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s expectations and plans relating to the future. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law. All of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements.

UPDATED : 2016-10-05 17:19:28