Daktronics, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

BROOKINGS, S.D., Aug. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daktronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAKT) today reported fiscal 2013 first quarter net sales of $132.9 million and net income of $6.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to net sales of $118.7 million and net income of $3.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Fiscal 2013 first quarter orders were a record $173.5 million compared to $140.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Backlog at the end of the fiscal 2013 first quarter was approximately $164 million, compared with a backlog of approximately $154 million a year earlier and $123 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

Free cash flow, defined as cash provided by operations, less net purchases of property and equipment, was $15.2 million through the first quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to $8.8 million through the same period in fiscal 2012. Cash and marketable securities at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were $63.9 million.

"Our positive results for the quarter were led by an increase in our top line in conjunction with increased gross profit margins," said Jim Morgan, president and chief executive officer. "The increase in gross profit margins was primarily driven by higher than expected margins on large contracts in our Live Events and Transportation business units, including some unusually large gains on a few contracts."

"The results also reflected the benefits of our emphasis on cost containment throughout the organization. Although operating expenses were up compared to a year ago, they were down by almost six percent from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. We are putting a continued emphasis on our cost infrastructure and look forward to achieving incremental earnings leverage as our sales increase," continued Morgan.

Orders

  • Orders in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 for the Live Events business unit were up approximately 29 percent compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Orders were driven by projects across both college and professional facilities and included new systems for Syracuse University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Washington, Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets and a number of other facilities. 
  • Orders in the International business unit were up more than 15 percent over the first quarter of fiscal 2012. The increase was driven by orders from a number of outdoor advertising companies located around the world, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.  
  • Orders in the Commercial business unit were down approximately six percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year's first quarter. The decline was driven primarily by a $7 million dollar decline in large video display orders due to an especially strong quarter a year ago. Offsetting that decline were increases of 22 percent and 15 percent in the billboard and national account portions of this business unit, respectively. Net sales in the Commercial business unit increased approximately 17 percent as a result of the previously announced multi-million dollar replacement program for a national account customer upgrading its on-premise advertising displays.       
  • Orders in the Transportation business were up over 104 percent primarily as a result of an order of approximately $21 million for video displays at the LAX Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles. The company expects to deliver this project over the next six months. The first quarter of fiscal 2013 did not include any orders related to the previously announced $20 million procurement contract with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The first $6 million commitment of this project is expected to book in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 and is not included in backlog as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013. 
  • Orders in the Schools and Theatres business unit were up approximately 29 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same period in fiscal 2012. The improvement in the first quarter is in part due to the growing interest in larger video display systems for high schools. Orders for video systems included projects in South Carolina, Minnesota, Missouri, and Indiana. 

Morgan added, "I commend all of our employees for their excellent performance in booking orders for the quarter, achieving a record level of orders for the quarter beating the previous record of $164 million. It was a true team effort."

Outlook

Morgan added, "We were pleased to start fiscal 2013 off strong as this is a step in the right direction on our path towards our strategic goal of significantly higher operating margins. With the record level of orders booked during the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we expect that net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 will exceed the level of net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Due to the fact we had some unusually large gains on some contracts in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 we may not achieve the same level of gross profit margin in the second quarter of fiscal 2013; however we expect to exceed the gross profit margin recognized in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. We continue to work to improve the gross profit on contracts as well as standard product through initiatives in product design, manufacturing, and project management. Regarding capital investment, we are estimating that our investment for fiscal 2013 will be approximately $14 million, down from $16.5 million in fiscal 2012."

"On the product side, we continue to focus on video technology with tighter pixel pitches for outdoor applications using LED surface mount technology, which will offer improved performance at a lower cost point over our current offering. We plan to begin rolling out the first models of a new family of products using this technology later this fiscal year. We are also completing the development of a new full-color family of Vanguard displays for our transportation market that will roll out yet this calendar year," continued Morgan.

Webcast Information

The company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results today at 10:00 am (Central Time). This call will be broadcast live at http://investor.daktronics.com and available for replay shortly after the event.

About Daktronics

Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world's largest supplier of, large screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, LED text and graphics displays, and related control systems. The company excels in the control of display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation, and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world in four domestic business units:  Live Events, Commercial, Schools and Theatres and Transportation, and one International business unit. For more information, visit the company's World Wide Web site at: http://www.daktronics.com, e-mail the company at investor@daktronics.com, call (605) 692-0200 or toll-free (800) 843-5843 in the United States or write to the company at 201 Daktronics Dr., PO Box 5128, Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.

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Safe Harbor Statement

Cautionary Notice: In addition to statements of historical fact, this news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is intended to enjoy the protection of that Act.  These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. The Company cautions that these and similar statements involve risk and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations, including, but not limited to, changes in economic and market conditions, management of growth, timing and magnitude of future contracts, fluctuations in margins, the introduction of new products and technology, the impact of adverse weather conditions and other risks noted in the Company's SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for its 2012 fiscal year.  Forward-looking statements are made in the context of information available as of the date stated. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.

Financial tables are included on the following pages.

Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended
  July 28,  2012  July 30,  2011 
     
Net sales $ 132,919 $ 118,698
Cost of goods sold  96,529  89,191
Gross profit  36,390  29,507
     
Operating expenses:    
Selling expense  13,080  12,209
General and administrative  6,581  6,464
Product design and development  6,021  5,718
   25,682  24,391
Operating income  10,708  5,116
     
Nonoperating income (expense):    
Interest income  431  435
Interest expense  (87)  (76)
Other (expense) income, net  (180)  (146)
     
Income before income taxes  10,872  5,329
Income tax expense  4,194  1,961
Net income $ 6,678 $ 3,368
     
Weighted average shares outstanding:    
Basic  42,068  41,725
Diluted  42,141  41,941
     
Earnings per share:    
Basic $ 0.16 $ 0.08
Diluted $ 0.16 $ 0.08
     
Cash dividend paid per share  $ 0.115 $ 0.11
 
Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
     
  July 28,  2012  April 28,  2012 
   (unaudited)   
ASSETS    
CURRENT ASSETS:    
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $ 38,889 $ 30,592
Marketable securities  25,050  25,258
Accounts receivable, net  76,673  66,923
Inventories  55,934  54,924
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings  27,589  23,020
Current maturities of long-term receivables  5,894  5,830
Prepaid expenses and other assets  5,984  5,528
Deferred income taxes  10,936  10,941
Income tax receivables  1,739  5,990
Total current assets  248,688  229,006
     
Long-term receivables, less current maturities  13,471  12,622
Goodwill  3,316  3,347
Intangible assets  1,352  1,409
Advertising rights, net and other assets  1,039  1,157
Deferred income taxes  30  30
   19,208  18,565
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT:    
Land  1,497  1,497
Buildings  56,467  56,431
Machinery and equipment  61,949  61,654
Office furniture and equipment  15,646  15,648
Computer software and hardware  42,709  42,172
Equipment held for rental  983  1,003
Demonstration equipment  9,151  9,806
Transportation equipment  4,196  4,116
   192,598  192,327
Less accumulated depreciation  126,942  123,931
   65,656  68,396
TOTAL ASSETS $ 333,552 $ 315,967
     
Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries    
Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)    
(in thousands)    
     
  July 28,  2012  April 28,  2012 
   (unaudited)  
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
CURRENT LIABILITIES:    
Notes payable, bank $ 470 $ 1,459
Accounts payable  35,550  33,906
Accrued expenses  22,446  22,731
Warranty obligations  13,156  13,049
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings  20,254  14,385
Customer deposits (billed or collected)  19,473  12,826
Deferred revenue (billed or collected)  9,999  9,751
Current portion of other long-term obligations  388  359
Income taxes payable  755  665
Deferred income taxes  55  42
Total current liabilities  122,546  109,173
     
     
Long-term warranty obligations   9,451  9,166
Long-term deferred revenue (billed or collected)  4,480  4,361
Other long-term obligations, less current maturities  1,671  1,009
Deferred income taxes  1,453  1,453
Total long-term liabilities  17,055  15,989
TOTAL LIABILITIES  139,601  125,162
     
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:    
Common stock  35,420  34,631
Additional paid-in capital  25,084  24,320
Retained earnings  133,676  131,830
Treasury stock, at cost  (9)  (9)
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income  (220)  33
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  193,951  190,805
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 333,552 $ 315,967
 
Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended
  July 28, 2012 July 30, 2011
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:    
Net income $ 6,678 $ 3,368
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation  3,819  4,584
Amortization  57  67
Amortization of premium/discount on marketable securities  48  51
Loss (Gain) on sale of property and equipment  3  48
Share-based compensation  762  867
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation  (2)  --
Provision for doubtful accounts  (281)  (260)
Deferred income taxes, net  19  (16)
Change in operating assets and liabilities  5,405  2,931
Net cash provided by operating activities  16,508  11,640
     
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:    
Purchases of property and equipment  (1,443)  (2,903)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  92  26
Purchases of marketable securities  (3,857)  (5,264)
Proceeds from sales or maturities of marketable securities  3,999  2,485
Net cash used in investing activities  (1,209)  (5,656)
     
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:    
Borrowings on notes payable  --  311
Payments on notes payable  (982)  
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  58  218
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation  2  3
Dividends paid  (4,832)  (4,588)
Net cash used in financing activities  (5,754)  (4,056)
     
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH  (128)  77
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS  9,417  2,005
     
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:    
Beginning of period  29,423  54,308
End of period $ 38,840 $ 56,313
 
Daktronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Net Sales and Orders by Business Unit
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended
   July 28,  2012  July 30,  2011 
Net Sales:    
Commercial $ 38,356 $ 32,703
Live Events  44,509  38,517
Schools & Theatres  18,174  18,483
Transportation  16,596  11,500
International  15,284  17,495
Total net sales $ 132,919 $ 118,698
     
Orders:    
Commercial $ 44,599 $ 47,242
Live Events  50,699  39,335
Schools & Theatres  23,458  18,173
Transportation  32,036  15,674
International  22,750  19,766
Total orders $ 173,542 $ 140,190
 
Reconciliation of Cash Flow Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended
  July 28, 2012 July 30, 2011
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 16,508 $ 11,640
Purchases of property and equipment  (1,443)  (2,903)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  92  26
Free cash flow $ 15,157 $ 8,763

In evaluating its business, Daktronics considers and uses free cash flow as a key measure of its operating performance. The term free cash flow is not defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and is not a measure of operating income, cash flows from operating activities or other GAAP figures and should not be considered alternatives to those computations. Free cash flow is intended to provide information that may be useful for investors when assessing period to period results.
CONTACT: For more information contact:         INVESTOR RELATIONS:         Bill Retterath, Chief Financial Officer         (605) 692-0200         Investor@daktronics.com

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