Itron Announces Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced today financial results for its third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2013. Highlights include:

• Quarterly and nine month revenues of $495 million and $1.4 billion;

• Quarterly and nine month non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share of 65 cents and $1.54;

• Quarterly and nine month adjusted EBITDA of $46 million and $118 million;

• Twelve-month backlog of $582 million and total backlog of $1.1 billion; and

• Quarterly bookings of $457 million.

“Our third quarter revenue and non-GAAP earnings performance improved compared to the first two quarters of the year,” said Philip Mezey, Itron’s president and chief executive officer. “Revenues increased sequentially in each business line: electric, gas and water. I am also encouraged by the progress of our ongoing efforts to improve efficiencies, advance our pace of product development and to lower expenses.”

Financial Results

Revenues were $495 million for the quarter and $1.4 billion for the first nine months of 2013 compared with $504 million and $1.7 billion in the same periods in 2012. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted revenue by $3 million for the quarter and $11 million for the first nine months of 2013. Excluding the impact from foreign currency, revenues for the quarter and nine month period decreased $6 million and $218 million compared with the same periods in 2012. The decrease for the quarter and nine month period was driven by lower Energy segment revenues primarily related to the completion of several OpenWay projects in North America, partially offset by an increase in Water segment revenues.

Gross margin for the quarter was 30.3 percent compared with the prior year period margin of 34.1 percent. For the first nine months of 2013, gross margin was 31.6 percent compared with 33.3 percent in the prior year period. Gross margin declined for the quarter and nine month period primarily due to a charge recorded in the third quarter for increased costs on an OpenWay project in North America and the impact of product mix and lower volumes.

GAAP operating expenses were $157 million in the quarter and $436 million for the first nine months of 2013 compared with $126 million and $420 million in the same periods of 2012. The increase in expenses for the quarter and nine month period was primarily due to restructuring expenses. During the quarter, the company approved restructuring projects to reduce headcount and restructure its operations to increase efficiency and lower costs.

GAAP operating loss for the quarter was $6 million compared with operating income of $46 million in the 2012 period. For the first nine months of 2013, GAAP operating income was $14 million compared with $132 million in the 2012 period. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $7 million, or 19 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $35 million, or 89 cents per diluted share. For the first nine months of 2013, GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share were $8 million, or 19 cents per share, compared with $92 million, or $2.31 per share, in the same period in 2012. The decrease in GAAP operating income and net income was attributable to lower gross profit and higher operating expenses related primarily to restructuring, partially offset by lower tax expense.

Non-GAAP operating expenses, which excludes amortization of intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition related expenses, were $117 million for the quarter which is consistent with the prior year period. For the nine month period, non-GAAP operating expenses decreased $6 million over the same period in 2012. The decrease in non-GAAP operating expenses was due to lower global sales, marketing and product development expenses, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses primarily related to legal reserves.

Non-GAAP operating income was $33 million and $80 million for the quarter and nine month period compared with $54 million and $176 million in the same periods in 2012. Non-GAAP net income and diluted EPS for the quarter and nine month period were $25 million, or 65 cents per share, and $61 million, or $1.54 per share. This compares with $39 million, or 97 cents per share, and $122 million, or $3.04 per share, in the same periods in 2012. The decrease in non-GAAP operating income and net income was attributable to lower gross profit partially offset by lower tax expense.

Free cash flow was $31 million for the quarter compared with $34 million in the prior year quarter. Free cash flow in the third quarter was positively impacted by the collection of accounts receivable. Free cash flow for the nine month period was $21 million compared with $103 million in the same period in 2012. The decrease over the prior year period was due primarily to lower earnings.

During the quarter, the company repurchased 174,200 shares of Itron common stock at an average price of $42.71 per share pursuant to Board authorization to repurchase up to $50 million of Itron common stock during a 12-month period beginning March 2013. As of September 30, 2013, the company had repurchased 559,000 shares of Itron common stock at an average price of $42.16 per share since inception of the program, representing approximately one percent of total shares outstanding as of March 2013.

Financial Guidance

Regarding the full year, Steve Helmbrecht, Itron executive vice president and chief financial officer, said, “Given our third quarter results and softness in Europe, we anticipate our full year results will be at the low end of our guidance range of $1.95 billion to $2 billion of revenue and $2.25 to $2.55 of non-GAAP earnings per share.”

Earnings Conference Call:

Itron will host a conference call to discuss the financial results and guidance contained in this release at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Oct. 30, 2013. The call will be webcast in a listen-only mode. Webcast information and conference call materials will be made available 10 minutes before the start of the call and are accessible on Itron’s website at http://investors.itron.com/events.cfm. The webcast replay will be available within 90 minutes of the conclusion of the live call and will be available for two weeks. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available at 10:00 p.m. EDT on Oct. 30, 2013 through 10:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 4, 2013. To access the telephone replay, dial (888) 203-1112 (Domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (International) and enter passcode 8002273.

About Itron

Itron is a global technology company. We build solutions that help utilities measure, monitor and manage energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement and control technology; communications systems; software; and professional services. With thousands of employees supporting nearly 8,000 utilities in more than one hundred countries, Itron empowers utilities to responsibly and efficiently manage energy and water resources. Join us in creating a more resourceful world, start here: www.itron.com.

Forward Looking Statements:

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning our expectations about operations, financial performance, sales, earnings and cash flows. These statements reflect our current plans and expectations and are based on information currently available. The statements rely on a number of assumptions and estimates, which could be inaccurate, and which are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to vary materially from those anticipated. Risks and uncertainties include the rate and timing of customer demand for our products, rescheduling of current customer orders, changes in estimated liabilities for product warranties, changes in laws and regulations, our dependence on new product development and intellectual property, future acquisitions, changes in estimates for stock-based and bonus compensation, increasing volatility in foreign exchange rates, international business risks and other factors that are more fully described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Itron undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, including our business outlook.

Non-GAAP Financial Information:

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating expense, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow. We provide these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe they provide greater transparency and represent supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors’ overall understanding of our current financial performance and our future anticipated performance by excluding infrequent or non-cash costs, particularly those associated with acquisitions. We exclude certain costs in our non-GAAP financial measures as we believe the net result is a measure of our core business. Non-GAAP performance measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP financial measures may be different from those reported by other companies. A more detailed discussion of why we use non-GAAP financial measures, the limitations of using such measures, and reconciliations between non-GAAP and the nearest GAAP financial measures are included in this press release.

Statements of operations, segment information, balance sheets, cash flow statements and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures follow.
 
ITRON, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
           
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2013     2012     2013     2012  
Revenues $ 495,491 $ 504,063 $ 1,425,202 $ 1,654,843
Cost of revenues   345,407     332,266     975,407     1,103,196  
Gross profit 150,084 171,797 449,795 551,647
 
Operating expenses
Sales and marketing 44,050 44,913 138,448 145,616
Product development 41,495 43,299 129,184 134,295
General and administrative 32,260 30,743 104,172 100,763
Amortization of intangible assets 10,388 11,929 31,379 35,867
Restructuring expense   28,379     (5,054 )   32,777     3,455  
Total operating expenses   156,572     125,830     435,960     419,996  
 
Operating income (loss) (6,488 ) 45,967 13,835 131,651
Other income (expense)
Interest income 146 297 1,401 667
Interest expense (2,847 ) (2,551 ) (7,521 ) (7,594 )
Other income (expense), net   (158 )   (1,269 )   (2,717 )   (4,224 )
Total other income (expense)   (2,859 )   (3,523 )   (8,837 )   (11,151 )
 
Income (loss) before income taxes (9,347 ) 42,444 4,998 120,500
Income tax benefit (provision)   2,589     (6,547 )   3,936     (26,740 )
Net income (loss) (6,758 ) 35,897 8,934 93,760
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests   590     550     1,313     1,445  
Net income (loss) attributable to Itron, Inc. $ (7,348 ) $ 35,347   $ 7,621   $ 92,315  
 
 
Earnings (loss) per common share - Basic $ (0.19 ) $ 0.90   $ 0.19   $ 2.32  
Earnings (loss) per common share - Diluted $ (0.19 ) $ 0.89   $ 0.19   $ 2.31  
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Basic 39,127 39,472 39,325 39,756
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted 39,127 39,791 39,623 40,042
 

 
ITRON, INC.
SEGMENT INFORMATION
             
(Unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2013     2012     2013     2012  
Revenues
Energy
Electricity $ 216,615 $ 226,552 $ 605,990 $ 794,496
Gas   143,240     150,937     416,166     465,338  
Total Energy $ 359,855 $ 377,489 $ 1,022,156 $ 1,259,834
Water   135,636     126,574     403,046     395,009  
Total Company $ 495,491   $ 504,063   $ 1,425,202   $ 1,654,843  
 
Gross profit
Energy $ 102,940 $ 125,503 $ 311,167 $ 409,057
Water   47,144     46,294     138,628     142,590  
Total Company $ 150,084   $ 171,797   $ 449,795   $ 551,647  
 
Operating income (loss)
Energy $ (9,284 ) $ 30,978 $ 5,960 $ 116,211
Water 17,225 22,293 45,189 49,896
Corporate unallocated   (14,429 )   (7,304 )   (37,314 )   (34,456 )
Total Company $ (6,488 ) $ 45,967   $ 13,835   $ 131,651  
 
 
METER AND MODULE SUMMARY
 
(Units in thousands)
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2013     2012     2013     2012  
Meters
Standard 3,480 4,110 12,650 13,610
Advanced and Smart   1,100     1,700     4,070     6,110  
Total meters   4,580     5,810     16,720     19,720  
 
Stand-alone communication modules
Advanced and Smart   1,420     1,500     4,110     5,050  
 

 
ITRON, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
       
(Unaudited, in thousands)
September 30, 2013 December 31, 2012
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 122,047 $ 136,411
Accounts receivable, net 349,292 375,326
Inventories 194,702 170,719
Deferred tax assets current, net 42,133 33,536
Other current assets   108,614     104,958  
Total current assets 816,788 820,950
 
Property, plant, and equipment, net 249,072 255,212
Deferred tax assets noncurrent, net 53,339 44,584
Other long-term assets 28,556 28,908
Intangible assets, net 204,630 238,771
Goodwill   712,710     701,016  
Total assets $ 2,065,095   $ 2,089,441  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 202,650 $ 227,739
Other current liabilities 77,449 49,950
Wages and benefits payable 84,571 91,802
Taxes payable 13,940 9,305
Current portion of debt 24,375 18,750
Current portion of warranty 20,102 27,115
Unearned revenue   43,953     42,712  
Total current liabilities 467,040 467,373
 
Long-term debt 375,000 398,750
Long-term warranty 25,929 26,490
Pension plan benefit liability 92,607 90,533
Deferred tax liabilities noncurrent, net 11,415 16,682
Other long-term obligations   82,664     80,100  
Total liabilities 1,054,655 1,079,928
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Equity
Preferred stock - -
Common stock 1,288,221 1,294,213
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net (36,333 ) (34,384 )
Accumulated deficit   (259,241 )   (266,862 )
Total Itron, Inc. shareholders' equity 992,647 992,967
Non-controlling interests   17,793     16,546  
Total equity   1,010,440     1,009,513  
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,065,095   $ 2,089,441  
 

 
ITRON, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
         
(Unaudited, in thousands)
Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2013     2012  
Operating activities
Net income $ 8,934 $ 93,760
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 73,749 81,856
Stock-based compensation 14,276 14,319
Amortization of prepaid debt fees 1,244 1,176
Deferred taxes, net (17,490 ) 1,505
Restructuring expense, non-cash 27 (4,841 )
Other adjustments, net (462 ) (119 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisition:
Accounts receivable 21,925 46,493
Inventories (27,833 ) (4,619 )
Other current assets (9,447 ) (21,525 )
Other long-term assets 4,719 1,624
Accounts payables, other current liabilities, and taxes payable 11,652 (39,368 )
Wages and benefits payable (7,844 ) (16,869 )
Unearned revenue 3,418 9,201
Warranty (6,937 ) (23,610 )
Other operating, net   (4,054 )   (1,980 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 65,877 137,003
 
Investing activities
Acquisitions of property, plant, and equipment (44,548 ) (34,278 )
Business acquisitions, net of cash equivalents acquired (860 ) (79,874 )
Other investing, net   3,705     4,005  
Net cash used in investing activities (41,703 ) (110,147 )
 
Financing activities
Proceeds from borrowings 35,000 70,000
Payments on debt (53,125 ) (101,252 )
Issuance of common stock 3,842 3,778
Repurchase of common stock (23,566 ) (40,700 )
Other financing, net   1,765     (342 )
Net cash used in financing activities (36,084 ) (68,516 )
 
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (2,454 )   48  
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (14,364 ) (41,612 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   136,411     133,086  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 122,047   $ 91,474  
 

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The accompanying press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating expense, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures.”

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means for determining executive compensation. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and ability to service debt by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of our recurring core operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management’s internal comparisons to our historical performance as well as comparisons to our competitors’ operating results. Our executive compensation plans exclude non-cash charges related to amortization of intangibles and non-recurring discrete cash and non-cash charges that are infrequent in nature such as purchase accounting adjustments, restructuring charges or goodwill impairment charges. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they provide greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making and because they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of our business.

Non-GAAP operating expense and non-GAAP operating income – We define non-GAAP operating expense as operating expense excluding certain expenses related to the amortization of intangible assets, restructuring and acquisitions. We define non-GAAP operating income as operating income excluding the expenses related to the amortization of intangible assets, restructuring and acquisitions. We consider these non-GAAP financial measures to be useful metrics for management and investors because they exclude the effect of expenses that are related to previous acquisitions and restructurings. By excluding these expenses, we believe that it is easier for management and investors to compare our financial results over multiple periods and analyze trends in our operations. For example, expenses related to amortization of intangible assets are now decreasing, which is improving GAAP operating margins, yet the improvement in GAAP operating margins due to this lower expense is not necessarily reflective of an improvement in our core business. There are some limitations related to the use of non-GAAP operating expense and non-GAAP operating income versus operating expense and operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP operating expense and non-GAAP operating income exclude some costs that are recurring. Additionally, the expenses that we exclude in our calculation of non-GAAP operating expense and non-GAAP operating income may differ from the expenses that our peer companies exclude when they report the results of their operations. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information about the GAAP amounts we have excluded from our non-GAAP operating expense and non-GAAP operating income and evaluating non-GAAP operating expense and non-GAAP operating income together with GAAP operating expense and GAAP operating income.

Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS – We define non-GAAP net income as net income excluding the expenses associated with amortization of intangible assets, restructuring, acquisitions and amortization of debt placement fees. We define non-GAAP diluted EPS as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average shares, on a diluted basis, outstanding during each period. We consider these financial measures to be useful metrics for management and investors for the same reasons that we use non-GAAP operating income. The same limitations described above regarding our use of non-GAAP operating income apply to our use of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP measures and evaluating non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS together with GAAP net income and GAAP diluted EPS.

Adjusted EBITDA – We define adjusted EBITDA as net income (a) minus interest income, (b) plus interest expense, depreciation and amortization of intangible asset expenses, restructuring expense and acquisition related expense, and (c) exclude the tax expense or benefit. We believe that providing this financial measure is important for management and investors to understand our ability to service our debt as it is a measure of the cash generated by our core business. Management uses adjusted EBITDA as a performance measure for executive compensation. A limitation to using adjusted EBITDA is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance for the period and the measure includes some non-cash items and excludes other non-cash items. Additionally, the items that we exclude in our calculation of adjusted EBITDA may differ from the items that our peer companies exclude when they report their results. Management compensates for this limitation by providing a reconciliation of this measure to GAAP net income.

Free cash flow – We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less cash used for acquisitions of property, plant and equipment. We believe free cash flow provides investors with a relevant measure of liquidity and a useful basis for assessing our ability to fund our operations and repay our debt. The same limitations described above regarding our use of non-GAAP operating income apply to our use of free cash flow. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts and reconciling to free cash flow.

The accompanying tables have more detail on the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.
 
ITRON, INC.
RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
TO THE MOST DIRECTLY COMPARABLE GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
               
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME - ENERGY
Energy - GAAP operating income (loss) $ (9,284) $ 30,978 $ 5,960 $ 116,211
Amortization of intangible assets 7,702 8,735 23,220 26,077
Restructuring expense 23,825 (218) 24,438 3,536
Acquisition related expenses 582 1,348 1,808 1,828
Energy - Non-GAAP operating income $ 22,825 $ 40,843 $ 55,426 $ 147,652
 
NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME - WATER
Water - GAAP operating income $ 17,225 $ 22,293 $ 45,189 $ 49,896
Amortization of intangible assets 2,686 3,194 8,159 9,790
Restructuring expense 2,337 (4,991) 3,456 (871)
Water - Non-GAAP operating income $ 22,248 $ 20,496 $ 56,804 $ 58,815
 
NON-GAAP OPERATING LOSS - CORPORATE UNALLOCATED
Corporate unallocated - GAAP operating loss $ (14,429) $ (7,304) $ (37,314) $ (34,456)
Restructuring expense 2,217 155 4,883 790
Acquisition related expenses - 44 3 2,962
Corporate unallocated - Non-GAAP operating loss $ (12,212) $ (7,105) $ (32,428) $ (30,704)
 
NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME
GAAP operating income (loss) $ (6,488) $ 45,967 $ 13,835 $ 131,651
Amortization of intangible assets 10,388 11,929 31,379 35,867
Restructuring expense 28,379 (5,054) 32,777 3,455
Acquisition related expenses 582 1,392 1,811 4,790
Non-GAAP operating income $ 32,861 $ 54,234 $ 79,802 $ 175,763
 
NON-GAAP OPERATING EXPENSE
Total Company - GAAP operating expense $ 156,572 $ 125,830 $ 435,960 $ 419,996
Amortization of intangible assets (10,388) (11,929) (31,379) (35,867)
Restructuring expense (28,379) 5,054 (32,777) (3,455)
Acquisition related expenses (582) (1,392) (1,811) (4,790)
Total Company - Non-GAAP operating expense $ 117,223 $ 117,563 $ 369,993 $ 375,884
 
NON-GAAP NET INCOME & DILUTED EPS
GAAP net income (loss) $ (7,348) $ 35,347 $ 7,621 $ 92,315
Amortization of intangible assets 10,388 11,929 31,379 35,867
Amortization of debt placement fees 391 398 1,169 1,161
Restructuring expense 28,379 (5,054) 32,777 3,455
Acquisition related expenses 582 1,392 1,811 4,790
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments (6,934) (5,298) (13,906) (15,947)
Non-GAAP net income $ 25,458 $ 38,714 $ 60,851 $ 121,641
       
Non-GAAP diluted EPS $ 0.65 $ 0.97 $ 1.54 $ 3.04
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted 39,425 39,791 39,623 40,042
 
ADJUSTED EBITDA
GAAP net income (loss) $ (7,348) $ 35,347 $ 7,621 $ 92,315
Interest income (146) (297) (1,401) (667)
Interest expense 2,847 2,551 7,521 7,594
Income tax (benefit) provision (2,589) 6,547 (3,936) 26,740
Depreciation and amortization 24,718 27,585 73,749 81,856
Restructuring expense 28,379 (5,054) 32,777 3,455
Acquisition related expenses 582 1,392 1,811 4,790
Adjusted EBITDA $ 46,443 $ 68,071 $ 118,142 $ 216,083
 
FREE CASH FLOW
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 46,903 $ 44,613 $ 65,877 $ 137,003
Acquisitions of property, plant, and equipment (15,653) (10,731) (44,548) (34,278)
Free Cash Flow $ 31,250 $ 33,882 $ 21,329 $ 102,725
 

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