BROOKINGS, S.D., Feb. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKT) today reported fiscal 2016 third quarter net sales of $123.8 million, an operating loss of $5.5 million, and a net loss of $2.0 million, or $(0.04) per diluted share, compared to net sales of $118.1 million, an operating loss of $1.6 million, and net income of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2015.  Fiscal 2016 third quarter orders were $116.9 million, compared to $125.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015.  Backlog at the end of the fiscal 2016 third quarter was $176.3 million, compared with a backlog of $150.2 million a year earlier and $184.2 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016. 

Net sales, operating income, net income, and earnings per share for the nine months ended January 30, 2016, were $431.7 million, $6.2 million, $5.0 million, and $0.11 per diluted share, respectively.  This compares to $457.9 million, $24.3 million, $17.0 million, and $0.39 per diluted share, respectively, for the same period in fiscal 2015.  Fiscal 2016 is a 52-week year, and fiscal 2015 was a 53-week year.  The extra week of fiscal 2015 fell within the first quarter, resulting in a 39-week versus a 40-week year-to-date comparison.

Free cash flow, defined as cash provided from or used in operating activities less capital expenditures, was a negative $11.1 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2016, as compared to a positive free cash flow of $16.0 million for the same period of fiscal 2015.  Net investment in property and equipment was $13.3 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2016, as compared to $11.3 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2015.  Cash and marketable securities at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were $56.3 million, which compares to $68.2 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015 and $83.1 million at the end of fiscal 2015.  

Orders for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 decreased 7.0 percent as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2015.  Orders declined primarily due to lower orders in the billboard segment of the Commercial business unit.  Billboard segment orders historically are concentrated in a few national digital billboard customers, who have decreased spending during this year primarily due to changes in their capital allocation plans, the economy, and lengthened replacement cycles.  Live Events business unit orders were down compared to last year due to order timing differences of large projects.  Live Events significant orders included professional baseball systems for the Cleveland Indians, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Texas Rangers; and sports systems for the University of Oklahoma, University of Mississippi, and Clemson University.  High School Park and Recreation orders increased due to winning a number of sports video projects.  The timing of awards of large projects and large account orders are difficult to predict, may not be repeatable, and are outside our control. This variation creates difficulty in comparability over the short-term.

Sales increased by 4.8 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2015 due to a higher level of buildable backlog available coming into the quarter.  Live Events sales increased most significantly due to the production of orders in backlog awaiting newly released product enhancements.   Our sales were down in the Commercial billboard segment, consistent with the billboard order decline.

Gross profit percentage for the quarter declined as compared to last year primarily due to warranty charges, an increase in sales mix to larger projects with lower gross margin, and unabsorbed fixed costs due to lower production volumes as compared to other quarters.  We adjusted our warranty accruals by approximately $2.3 million during the quarter and $5.6 million year to date, due to a continued product issue primarily affecting out-of-home applications.  This higher than expected component failure is related to the mechanical attachment of the component to the circuit card and is concentrated on displays shipped prior to 2012.  While we have estimated costs for probable failures, it is difficult to project future failure rates, and our estimates may change as time passes.  Large projects sales accounted for approximately 18% of fiscal 2016 third quarter.  We historically face stronger competition on large multi-million projects and generally these projects include an element of subcontracting which typically earns a lower margin. The third quarter is historically our lowest quarter for sales due to the holidays and seasonality of the sports business.  These factors impact profitability as many of our costs are fixed and are difficult to reduce within a quarter.

Operating expenses increased by 3.5 percent primarily due to higher general and administrative expenses for information technology maintenance.

For the third quarter, an income tax benefit of $3.5 million was recorded for the quarter.  This benefit resulted primarily from the reinstated research and development credit in the United States, which resulted in $2.0 million of tax benefit.

Free cash flow was negative for the first nine months of the year as purchases of property and equipment exceeded cash flow from operations.  Cash outflow from operations was impacted by lower net income and due to normal fluctuations in working capital.

Reece Kurtenbach, chairman, president and chief executive officer stated, "Our third quarter is historically a lighter quarter for sales and profits due to the seasonality of our business in sports, impact of weather and outdoor construction cycles, and the decrease in production days available due to holidays in the quarter.  While this year was no exception, we are disappointed in our financial performance.  Sales increased over last year due to the orders we delayed production on from the second quarter.  However, profitability dropped significantly due to sales mix and because of ongoing warranty charges. We have implemented countermeasures to reduce the overall financial impact of the warranty issue.  We are addressing issues in the field by deploying preventative maintenance and/or repairing affected sites to optimize our customers' experience.  Further warranty costs could be incurred before fully resolved."

Outlook

Kurtenbach added, "Our financial performance on a year to date basis is lower than expected but we see ways to improve in the future.  Our order pipeline remains active in all markets.  In the short-term however, it is unclear how the uncertainty in the global economy may affect the timing and size of projects.  In the long-term, we remain optimistic about the growing digital marketplace.   Our competitive advantages remain strong, but as with any growing market, this potential attracts additional competitors.  To meet and exceed customer and market demands for long-term success, we believe solution development investments are critical.  Our near-term efforts are focused on ultra-high definition, software integration, control systems, and a new generation of outdoor products.  We will continue to develop these solutions using proven designs and leveraging the strength of our quality and reliability capabilities.  Until the short-term order picture becomes clearer, we are focused on maintaining or reducing costs to improve profitability."

Webcast Information

The company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results today at 10:00 a.m. (CST).  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, High School Park and Recreation, and Transportation, and one International business unit.  For more information, visit the company's website at: www.daktronics.com, email 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., P.O. Box 5128, Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.

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 2015 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.
 
Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Operations(in thousands, except per share amounts)(unaudited)
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    January 30,  2016   January 31,  2015   January 30,  2016   January 31,  2015
                 
Net sales   $ 123,816     $ 118,123     $ 431,705     $ 457,856  
Cost of goods sold   101,787     93,061     338,662     348,514  
Gross profit   22,029     25,062     93,043     109,342  
                 
Operating expenses:                
Selling expense   13,784     13,694     42,873     43,405  
General and administrative   7,908     7,133     24,194     22,890  
Product design and development   5,883     5,820     19,826     18,773  
    27,575     26,647     86,893     85,068  
Operating (loss) income   (5,546 )   (1,585 )   6,150     24,274  
                 
Nonoperating income (expense):                
Interest income   230     250     794     825  
Interest expense   (113 )   (59 )   (203 )   (183 )
Other (expense) income, net   7     179     (667 )   (218 )
                 
(Loss) income before income taxes   (5,422 )   (1,215 )   6,074     24,698  
Income tax (benefit) expense   (3,469 )   (1,776 )   1,083     7,655  
Net (loss) income   $ (1,953 )   $ 561     $ 4,991     $ 17,043  
                 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic   44,021     43,612     43,933     43,435  
Diluted   44,021     43,991     44,357     44,204  
                 
Earnings per share:                
Basic   $ (0.04 )   $ 0.01     $ 0.11     $ 0.39  
Diluted   $ (0.04 )   $ 0.01     $ 0.11     $ 0.39  
                 
Cash dividend declared per share   $ 0.10     $ 0.10     $ 0.30     $ 0.30  

 
Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets(in thousands)  
  January 30,  2016   May 2,  2015
  (unaudited)    
ASSETS      
CURRENT ASSETS:      
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $ 31,871     $ 57,780  
Marketable securities 24,471     25,346  
Accounts receivable, net 73,430     80,857  
Inventories, net 68,713     64,389  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings 30,815     35,068  
Current maturities of long-term receivables 3,703     3,784  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 5,812     6,663  
Deferred income taxes 10,569     10,640  
Income tax receivables 10,419     5,543  
Total current assets 259,803     290,070  
       
Long-term receivables, less current maturities 5,023     6,090  
Goodwill 5,316     5,269  
Intangibles, net 1,681     1,824  
Investment in affiliates and other assets 2,186     2,680  
Deferred income taxes 751     702  
  14,957     16,565  
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT:      
Land 2,138     2,147  
Buildings 65,155     64,186  
Machinery and equipment 86,104     80,664  
Office furniture and equipment 15,840     15,823  
Computer software and hardware 53,784     51,083  
Equipment held for rental 803     803  
Demonstration equipment 7,502     7,299  
Transportation equipment 6,483     6,012  
  237,809     228,017  
Less accumulated depreciation 164,431     155,173  
  73,378     72,844  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 348,138     $ 379,479  
       

 
Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)(in thousands)
  January 30,  2016   May 2,  2015
  (unaudited)    
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
CURRENT LIABILITIES:      
Accounts payable 37,903     52,747  
Accrued expenses 23,967     26,063  
Warranty obligations 14,171     11,838  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings 13,120     23,797  
Customer deposits (billed or collected) 15,645     16,828  
Deferred revenue (billed or collected) 10,145     9,524  
Current portion of other long-term obligations 469     587  
Income taxes payable 84     636  
Total current liabilities 115,504     142,020  
       
Long-term warranty obligations 14,929     14,643  
Long-term deferred revenue (billed or collected) 4,464     3,914  
Other long-term obligations, less current maturities 2,443     3,190  
Long-term income tax payable 2,986     2,734  
Deferred income taxes 1,841     939  
Total long-term liabilities 26,663     25,420  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 142,167     167,440  
       
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:      
Common stock 50,498     48,960  
Additional paid-in capital 34,637     32,693  
Retained earnings 124,604     132,771  
Treasury stock, at cost (9 )   (9 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,759 )   (2,376 )
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 205,971     212,039  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 348,138     $ 379,479  
       

 
Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(in thousands)(unaudited)
    Nine Months Ended
    January 30,  2016   January 31,  2015
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Net income   $ 4,991     $ 17,043  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation   12,381     11,056  
Amortization   104     169  
Amortization of premium/discount on marketable securities   77     132  
Gain on sale of property, equipment and other assets   (50 )   (1,192 )
Share-based compensation   2,244     2,341  
Gain on sale of equity investee   (119 )    
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   (4 )   (35 )
Provision for doubtful accounts   (110 )   (295 )
Deferred income taxes, net   860     353  
Change in operating assets and liabilities   (18,181 )   (2,255 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   2,193     27,317  
         
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
Purchases of property and equipment   (13,389 )   (15,328 )
Proceeds from sale of property, equipment and other assets   111     4,011  
Purchases of marketable securities   (18,273 )   (10,647 )
Proceeds from sales or maturities of marketable securities   19,069     10,256  
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (2,183 )   (6,223 )
Proceeds from sale of equity method investment   377      
Net cash used in investing activities   (14,288 )   (17,931 )
         
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
Payments on notes payable   (33 )   (42 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   610     2,424  
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   4     35  
Principal payments on long-term obligations   (15 )   (1,185 )
Dividends paid   (13,158 )   (13,016 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (12,592 )   (11,784 )
         
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH   (920 )   (905 )
NET (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (25,607 )   (3,303 )
         
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:        
Beginning of period   57,284     45,054  
End of period   $ 31,677     $ 41,751  
         

 
Daktronics Inc. and Subsidiaries Net Sales and Orders by Business Unit(in thousands)(unaudited)
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  January 30,  2016   January 31,  2015   Dollar Change   Percent Change   January 30,  2016   January 31,  2015   Dollar Change   Percent Change
Net Sales:                              
  Commercial $ 29,385     $ 37,762     $ (8,377 )   (22.2 )%   $ 112,661     $ 121,472     $ (8,811 )   (7.3 )%
  Live Events 51,067     33,496     $ 17,571     52.5 %   149,750     171,811     $ (22,061 )   (12.8 )%
  High School Park and Recreation 10,940     10,771     $ 169     1.6 %   54,152     55,125     $ (973 )   (1.8 )%
  Transportation 11,698     9,479     $ 2,219     23.4 %   38,759     34,807     $ 3,952     11.4 %
  International 20,726     26,615     $ (5,889 )   (22.1 )%   76,383     74,641     $ 1,742     2.3 %
  $ 123,816     $ 118,123     $ 5,693     4.8 %   $ 431,705     $ 457,856     $ (26,151 )   (5.7 )%
Orders:                              
  Commercial $ 29,922     $ 39,327     $ (9,405 )   (23.9 )%   $ 95,082     $ 125,603     $ (30,521 )   (24.3 )%
  Live Events 43,075     46,158     $ (3,083 )   (6.7 )%   168,082     149,579     $ 18,503     12.4 %
  High School Park and Recreation 15,131     11,480     $ 3,651     31.8 %   55,560     54,694     $ 866     1.6 %
  Transportation 12,401     13,522     $ (1,121 )   (8.3 )%   42,735     36,985     $ 5,750     15.5 %
  International 16,368     15,226     $ 1,142     7.5 %   56,105     68,633     $ (12,528 )   (18.3 )%
  $ 116,897     $ 125,713     $ (8,816 )   (7.0 )%   $ 417,564     $ 435,494     $ (17,930 )   (4.1 )%

 
Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow(in thousands)(unaudited)
  Nine Months Ended
  January 30,  2016   January 31,  2015
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 2,193     $ 27,317  
Purchases of property and equipment (13,389 )   (15,328 )
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment 111     4,011  
Free cash flow $ (11,085 )   $ 16,000  
 

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.
For more information contact:INVESTOR RELATIONS:Sheila Anderson, Chief Financial Officer(605) 692-0200Investor@daktronics.com

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