Datalink Reports 2016 Third Quarter And Nine Month Operating Results

Datalink (Nasdaq: DTLK), a leading provider of IT services and solutions, today reported results for its third quarter and nine months that ended September 30, 2016. Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, decreased 7% to $184.0 million compared to $198.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Included in the third quarter of 2016 is approximately $10.3 million of fulfillment revenues compared to $22.3 million in the third quarter of 2015. Without these fulfillment revenues, which the company has now discontinued, revenue would have decreased 1% from the comparable quarter. Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, decreased 1% to $547.8 million compared to $556.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

GAAP Results

On a GAAP basis, the company reported net earnings of $546,000 or $0.03 per diluted share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016. This compares to net earnings of $1.3 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the company reported net earnings of $4.0 million or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $2.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Non-GAAP Results

Non-GAAP net earnings for the third quarter of 2016 were $2.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net earnings of $3.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the company reported non-GAAP net earnings of $7.9 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net earnings of $8.3 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. A detailed reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP information is contained in the tables included herein.

Acquisition

Earlier today the company announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Insight Enterprises, Inc. ("Insight") pursuant to which Insight would acquire Datalink for $11.25 per share of common stock in cash. As a result of this announcement, the company is cancelling its earnings conference call which was scheduled to be held on this afternoon, Monday, November 7, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time.

About Datalink

Datalink is a complete IT services provider that helps companies transform their technology, operations, and service delivery to meet business challenges. Combining extensive experience, a full lifecycle of services and a comprehensive approach to producing IT innovations that empower positive business outcomes, Datalink delivers success across cloud IT transformation, next generation technology, and security. For more information, call 800.448.6314 or visit www.datalink.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain forward-looking statements. This press release contains forward-looking statements, including (i) anticipated margin pressure and plans to drive profitable growth, (ii) anticipated financial performance for third quarter and months ended September 30, 2016, and (iii) Datalink's projections of certain anticipated fourth quarter and full year 2016 results, which reflect our views regarding future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements also include statements about our expectations for the merger. Forward-looking statements can usually be identified by the use of words such as "aim," "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "evolve," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "looking ahead," "may," "opinion," "plan," "possible," "potential," "project," "should," "will" and other expressions which indicate future events or trends.

These forward-looking statements are based upon certain expectations and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from historical results or those anticipated as a result of various factors, including the following: the level of continuing demand for data center solutions and services including the effects of current economic and credit conditions and the ability of organizations to outsource data center infrastructure-related services to service providers such as Datalink; the migration of organizations to virtualized server environments, including using a private cloud computing infrastructure; the extent to which customers deploy disk-based backup recovery solutions; the realization of the expected trends identified for advanced network infrastructures; reliance by manufacturers on their data service partners to integrate their specialized products; customers switching to solid state storage solutions; continued preferred status with certain principal suppliers; competition and pricing pressures and timing of our installations that may adversely affect our revenues and profits; fixed employment costs that may impact profitability if Datalink suffers revenue shortfalls; our ability to hire and retain key technical and sales personnel; continued productivity of our sales personnel; our dependence on key suppliers; our ability to adapt to rapid technological change; success of the implementation of our enterprise resource planning system; risks associated with integrating completed and future acquisitions (including a failure of anticipated synergies to materialize); fluctuations in our quarterly operating results; future changes in applicable accounting rules; and volatility in our stock price; Datalink's shareholders may not approve the transaction; conditions to the closing of the transaction, including receipt of required regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied; the transaction may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; uncertainties surrounding the transaction; the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the transaction; Datalink may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; risks that the pending transaction disrupts current plans and operations; the retention of key employees of Datalink; other risks to consummation of the transaction, including circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement and the risk that the transaction will not be consummated within the expected time period or at all; and the other risks described from time to time in Datalink's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") under the heading "Risk Factors," including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in other of Datalink's filings with the SEC.

All forward-looking statements are qualified by, and should be considered in conjunction with, such cautionary statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which such statements were made. Except as required by applicable law, Datalink undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date.

Non-GAAP Details

Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact from acquisition accounting adjustments to deferred revenue and costs, stock-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition intangible assets, integration and transaction costs related to acquisitions, severance costs and the related effects on income taxes. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. We believe that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

These non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management's internal comparisons to our historical operating results and comparisons to competitors' operating results. We include these non-GAAP financial measures in our earnings announcement because we believe they are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making, such as employee compensation planning. We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger transaction with Insight, Datalink intends to file relevant materials with the SEC, including a proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Following the filing of the definitive proxy statement with the SEC, Datalink will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each shareholder entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the transaction. Datalink shareholders are urged to carefully read these materials (and any amendments or supplements) and any other relevant documents that Datalink files with the SEC when they become available because they will contain important information. The definitive proxy statement, the preliminary proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the transaction (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Datalink with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website ( http://www.sec.gov), at Datalink's investor website ( http://www.datalink.com/Investor-Information), or by writing or calling Datalink at Datalink Corporation, 10050 Crosstown Circle, Suite 500, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344 or by (952) 944-3462.

Participants in the Solicitation

Datalink and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Datalink's stockholders with respect to the transaction. Information about Datalink's directors and executive officers and their ownership of Datalink's common stock is set forth in Datalink's proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on April 15, 2016. To the extent that holdings of Datalink's securities have changed since the amounts printed in Datalink's proxy statement, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Information regarding the identity of the participants in the proxy solicitation, and their direct or indirect interests in the transaction, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement and other materials to be filed with SEC in connection with the transaction.
           
DATALINK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
 
Net sales:
Products $ 108,023 $ 123,871 $ 322,329 $ 339,394
Services   75,949     74,161     225,468     216,621  
Total net sales   183,972     198,032     547,797     556,015  
 
Cost of sales:
Cost of products 89,011 104,181 262,069 278,149
Cost of services   61,997     58,970     182,720     171,345  
Total cost of sales   151,008     163,151     444,789     449,494  
Gross profit   32,964     34,881     103,008     106,521  
Operating expenses:
Sales and marketing 15,854 16,376 49,525 52,087
General and administrative 6,608 6,262 20,734 19,746
Engineering 7,923 7,602 23,966 24,470
Integration and transaction costs 739 419 923 939
Amortization of intangibles   1,336     1,746     4,111     5,652  
Total operating expenses   32,460     32,405     99,259     102,894  
Earnings from operations 504 2,476 3,749 3,627
Interest income 125 114 405 241
Interest expense (86 ) (66 ) (234 ) (203 )
Other, net   21     -     (166 )   -  
Earnings before income taxes 564 2,524 3,754 3,665
Income tax expense   18     1,210     (222 )   1,704  
Net earnings $ 546   $ 1,314   $ 3,976   $ 1,961  
 
Earnings per common share:
Basic $ 0.03 $ 0.06 $ 0.19 $ 0.09
Diluted $ 0.03 $ 0.06 $ 0.18 $ 0.09
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 21,118 22,060 21,102 22,004
Diluted 21,835 22,833 21,600 22,585
 
DATALINK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share data)
  September 30,   December 31,
2016 2015
(Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 44,850 $ 39,397
Short term investments 29,955 20,579
Accounts receivable, net 133,414 163,900
Lease receivable 5,277 3,895
Inventories, net 6,767 7,997
Current deferred customer support contract costs 123,218 124,705
Inventories shipped but not installed 11,160 16,616
Income tax receivable 2,947 -
Other current assets   2,330   3,251
Total current assets   359,918   380,340
Property and equipment, net 8,340 7,963
Goodwill 47,101 47,101
Finite-lived intangibles, net 5,145 9,256
Deferred customer support contract costs, non-current 65,970 60,240
Deferred taxes 9,714 9,177
Long-term lease receivable 4,750 7,017
Other assets   600   703
Total assets $ 501,538 $ 521,797
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Floor plan line of credit $ 31,696 $ 24,340
Accounts payable 44,439 73,959
Lease payable 4,712 3,643
Accrued commissions 7,111 3,687
Accrued sales and use taxes 2,323 3,782
Accrued expenses, other 8,339 6,998
Accrued income tax payable - 4,492
Customer deposits 3,640 4,398
Current deferred revenue from customer support contracts 147,670 151,619
Other current liabilities   486   1,050
Total current liabilities 250,416 277,968
Deferred revenue from customer support contracts, non-current 77,659 72,262
Long-term lease payable 3,369 5,857
Long-term income tax payable 1,493 -
Other liabilities, non-current   1,669   942
Total liabilities   334,606   357,029
 
 
Stockholders' equity
Common stock, $.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 22,389,689 and 22,627,322 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively 22 23
Additional paid-in capital 116,810 114,431
Retained earnings   50,100   50,314
Total stockholders' equity   166,932   164,768
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 501,538 $ 521,797
 
DATALINK CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GAAP AND NON-GAAP NET INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
       
Earnings from operations on a GAAP basis $ 504   $ 2,476   $ 3,749   $ 3,627  
GAAP operating margin 0.3 % 1.3 % 0.7 % 0.7 %
 
Non-GAAP Adjustments:
Purchase accounting adjustment to StraTech deferred revenue and cost, net   -     3     105     21  
Total gross margin adjustments - 3 105 21
 
Stock based compensation expense included in sales and marketing 327 265 766 1,248
Stock based compensation expense included in general and administrative 559 336 1,442 1,074
Stock based compensation expense included in engineering 538 568 1,346 1,943
Integration and transaction costs 739 419 923 939
Amortization of intangible assets   1,336     1,746     4,111     5,652  
Total operating expense adjustments   3,499     3,334     8,588     10,856  
 
Non-GAAP earnings from operations 4,003 5,813 12,442 14,504
Non-GAAP operating margin 2.2 % 2.9 % 2.3 % 2.6 %
 
Interest income, net 60 48 5 38
Income tax expense impact including Non-GAAP items   1,475     2,528     4,518     6,273  
 
Non-GAAP net earnings $ 2,588   $ 3,333   $ 7,929   $ 8,269  
 
Shares used in non-GAAP per share calculation - Basic   21,118     22,060     21,102     22,004  
Shares used in non-GAAP per share calculation - Diluted   21,835     22,833     21,600     22,585  
 
 
Net earnings per common share - Basic $ 0.026 $ 0.060 $ 0.188 $ 0.089
Add:
Impact of gross margin adjustments $ - $ - $ 0.005 $ 0.001
Impact of operating expense adjustments $ 0.166 $ 0.151 $ 0.407 $ 0.493
Tax impact on gross margin and operating expense adjustments $ (0.069 ) $ (0.060 ) $ (0.225 ) $ (0.208 )
Non-GAAP net earnings per share - Basic $ 0.123   $ 0.151   $ 0.376   $ 0.376  
 
Net earnings per common share - Diluted $ 0.025 $ 0.058 $ 0.184 $ 0.087
Add:
Impact of gross margin adjustments $ - $ - $ 0.005 $ 0.001
Impact of operating expense adjustments $ 0.160 $ 0.146 $ 0.398 $ 0.481
Tax impact on gross margin and operating expense adjustments $ (0.067 ) $ (0.058 ) $ (0.219 ) $ (0.202 )
Non-GAAP net earnings per share - Diluted $ 0.119   $ 0.146   $ 0.367   $ 0.366  
 
DATALINK CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
   
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2016 2015
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings $ 3,976 $ 1,961
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
Change in fair value of trading securities (111 ) 16
Provision for bad debts 91 155
Depreciation 2,276 2,425
Amortization of finite-lived intangibles 4,111 5,652
Deferred income taxes (537 ) (986 )
Stock based compensation expense 3,537 4,264
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net, and leases receivable 31,280 19,218
Inventories 6,686 (7,455 )
Deferred costs/revenues/customer deposits, net (3,553 ) 2,430
Accounts payable and leases payable (30,939 ) (21,681 )
Accrued expenses 3,306 (4,916 )
Income tax receivable (2,947 ) -
Income tax payable (2,999 ) 2,451
Other   1,186       2,786  
Net cash provided by operating activities   15,363       6,320  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases, sales, and maturities of trading securities, net (9,265 ) (3,588 )
Purchases of property and equipment   (2,653 )     (3,029 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (11,918 )     (6,617 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net payments under floor plan line of credit 7,356 (2,150 )
Repurchase of common stock (4,191 ) (174 )
Excess tax (benefit) from stock compensation (383 ) 166
Tax withholding related to stock-based awards   (774 )     (891 )
Net cash used in financing activities   2,008       (3,049 )
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 5,453 (3,346 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   39,397       27,725  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 44,850     $ 24,379  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid for income taxes $ 6,642 $ 269
Cash received for income tax refunds 1 88
Cash paid for interest expense 222 139

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