BROKEN ARROW, Okla., Dec. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEY), today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

"The financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter reflects the third consecutive quarter of steady performance from our Cable TV segment, both in top-line revenue and bottom line results, attributable to solid demand across its customer base. While revenue from our Telco segment was below expectations for the fourth quarter, the opportunities for long-term growth within this segment remain significant. As such, we are continuing to make certain changes within our Telco segment, including expanding its sales force and the end-user customer base, which are expected to drive growth in future quarters," commented David Humphrey, President and CEO of ADDvantage Technologies.

"In October 2016, we completed the acquisition of Triton Datacom, a leading provider of new and refurbished enterprise networking products, including desktop phones, enterprise switches and wireless routers. We believe there are many areas where our businesses are complementary in nature in the telecom sector.  Also, the steady demand in the desktop phone segment is an exciting new niche market for us to tap into and expand Triton's market share," continued Mr. Humphrey.

"We see an exciting path forward for the Company as we execute upon our strategy to further diversify our operations across new segments of the communications equipment and services market.  The investments we have made through strategic acquisitions and partnerships have placed us in a much stronger position for long-term success as we look to drive shareholder value," concluded Mr. Humphrey.

Results for the three months ended September 30, 2016

Consolidated sales increased slightly to $9.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared with $9.6 million for the same period ended September 30, 2015. 

Consolidated operating, selling, general and administrative expenses increased $0.5 million, or 18%, to $3.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 from $2.6 million for the same period last year.  This increase was primarily due to $0.3 million in Telco segment expenses, while the Cable TV segment increased $0.2 million.

Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2016, was $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $0.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the same period of 2015. The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 includes $0.6 million of charges for the obsolete and excess inventory reserve and lower of cost or market adjustments from the Telco segment.                                                         Consolidated EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was a loss of $0.2 million compared with income of $0.8 million for the same period ended September 30, 2015.

Results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016

Consolidated sales decreased 12% to $38.7 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 compared with $43.7 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. The decrease in sales resulted from a decrease in the Cable TV and Telco segments of $2.4 million and $3.0 million, respectively.  The decrease in sales for the Cable TV segment was due primarily to a decrease in sales in the first quarter resulting from an overall weakness in the market in that quarter.  The decrease in sales for the Telco segment was due in part to the absence of $2.3 million in used equipment sales to an end-user customer in fiscal year 2015.  In addition, the Company believes the decrease in the Telco segment sales volume in 2016 was due to delays in capital expenditures from major customers due to weak economic conditions and budgetary constraints in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. 

Consolidated operating, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $0.6 million, or 5%, to $12.1 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 from $12.7 million for the fiscal year 2015.  This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in expenses for the Telco segment of $1.1 million, partially offset by an increase in Cable TV segment expenses of $0.5 million.

Net income for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 was $0.3 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with $1.5 million or $0.15 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.  The net income for fiscal year 2016 includes $0.6 million of charges for the obsolete and excess inventory reserve and lower of cost or market adjustments from the Telco segment. 

Consolidated EBITDA for fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 was $1.6 million compared with $3.8 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents were $4.5 million as of September 30, 2016, compared with $6.1 million as of September 30, 2015.  The Company generated $3.5 million of cash from operations for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.  This was offset by $3.0 million of advances to the strategic joint venture, YKTG Solutions, LLC, in connection with the cell tower decommission project for a U.S. wireless provider, $1.0 million of deferred consideration payments related to the Nave Communications acquisition and $0.9 million of principal payments on the Company's notes payable.  As of September 30, 2016, the Company had inventory of $21.5 million compared with $23.6 million as of September 30, 2015.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, Tuesday, December 13th, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time featuring remarks by David Humphrey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dave Chymiak, Chief Technology Officer, and Scott Francis, Chief Financial Officer. 

The conference call will be available via webcast and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of ADDvantage's website, www.addvantagetechnologies.com.  Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download any necessary software to listen to the Internet broadcast. The dial-in number for the conference call is 888-690-2876 (domestic) or 913-312-0696 (international). All dial-in participants must use the following code to access the call: 5925708. Please call at least five minutes before the scheduled start time.

For interested individuals unable to join the conference call, a replay of the call will be available through December 27, 2016 at 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 412-317-6671 (international). Participants must use the following code to access the replay of the call: 5925708.  An online archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for 30 days following the call.

About ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc.

ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEY) supplies the cable television (Cable TV) and telecommunications industries with a comprehensive line of new and used system-critical network equipment and hardware from a broad range of leading manufacturers. The equipment and hardware ADDvantage distributes is used to acquire, distribute, and protect the communications signals carried on fiber optic, coaxial cable and wireless distribution systems, including television programming, high-speed data (Internet) and telephony. In addition, ADDvantage operates a national network of technical repair centers focused primarily on Cable TV equipment and recycles surplus and obsolete Cable TV and telecommunications equipment.

ADDvantage operates through its subsidiaries, Tulsat, Tulsat-Atlanta, Tulsat-Arizona, Tulsat-Nebraska, Tulsat-Tennessee, Tulsat-Texas, NCS Industries, ComTech Services, Nave Communications and Triton Datacom. For more information, please visit the corporate web site at www.addvantagetechnologies.com.

The information in this announcement may include forward-looking statements.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from these statements.  A complete discussion of these risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures EBITDA is a supplemental, non-GAAP financial measure.  EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. In addition, EBITDA as presented excludes other income, interest income and income from equity method investment.  Management believes providing EBITDA in this release is useful to investors' understanding and assessment of the Company's ongoing continuing operations and prospects for the future and it is a used by the financial community to evaluate the market value of companies considered to be in similar businesses.  Since EBITDA is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, it should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net earnings as an indicator of operating performance.  EBITDA, as calculated in the table below, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.  In addition, EBITDA is not necessarily a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs.

(Tables follow)
ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, INC.CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(UNAUDITED)
 
  Three Months Ended September 30, Twelve Months Ended September 30,
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
Sales   9,766,167     9,627,532     38,663,264     43,733,620  
Cost of sales       7,141,427         6,548,565         26,222,381         28,434,731  
Gross profit   2,624,740     3,078,967     12,440,883     15,298,889  
Operating, selling, general and administrative expenses   3,109,706     2,641,663     12,097,022     12,722,679  
Income (loss) from operations   (484,966 )   437,304     343,861     2,576,210  
Other income (expense):        
Other income   279,565     -     459,636     -  
Interest income   59,564     -     90,686     -  
Loss from equity method investee   (107,975 )   -     (184,996 )   -  
Interest expense       (51,735 )       (69,716 )       (236,024 )       (305,310 )
Total other income (expense), net       179,419         (69,716 )       129,302         (305,310 )
                         
Income (loss) before income taxes   (305,547 )   367,588     473,163     2,270,900  
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (114,000 )   157,000     179,000     773,000  
         
Net income (loss) $     (191,547 ) $     210,588   $     294,163   $     1,497,900  
                         
Earnings (loss) per share:                        
Basic $     (0.02 ) $     0.02   $     0.03   $     0.15  
Diluted $     (0.02 ) $     0.02   $     0.03   $     0.15  
Shares used in per share calculation:        
Basic   10,134,235     10,063,563     10,107,483     10,055,552  
Diluted   10,136,986     10,063,563     10,111,545     10,055,552  

  Three Months Ended September 30, 2016 Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
    Cable TV    Telco      Total  Cable TV   Telco      Total 
             
Operating income (loss) $   496,905 $ (981,871 ) $ (484,966 ) $ 397,392 $ 39,912 $ 437,304
Depreciation     84,659   24,889     109,548     82,254   26,858   109,112
Amortization   -   206,451     206,451     -   206,451   206,451
EBITDA $   581,564 $ (750,531 ) $ (168,967 ) $ 479,646 $ 273,221 $ 752,867

    Year Ended September 30, 2016    Year Ended September 30, 2015 
    Cable TV    Telco    Total  Cable TV   Telco    Total 
             
Operating income (loss) $ 1,478,676 $ (1,134,815 ) $ 343,861 $ 2,210,414 $ 365,796 $ 2,576,210
Depreciation   322,076   99,874     421,950   296,876   111,827   408,703
Amortization   -   825,804     825,804   -   825,805   825,805
EBITDA (a) $ 1,800,752 $ (209,137 ) $ 1,591,615 $ 2,507,290 $ 1,303,428 $ 3,810,718
                           

(a) The Telco segment includes earn-out expenses of $0.2 and $0.7 million for the year ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively, related to the acquisition of Nave Communications.
 
ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, INC.CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS(UNAUDITED)
 
  September 30,
    2016     2015  
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $   4,508,126   $   6,110,986  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $250,000   4,278,855     4,286,377  
Income tax receivable   480,837     -  
Inventories, net of allowance for excess and obsolete            
inventory of $2,570,868 and $2,756,628, respectively   21,524,919     23,600,996  
Prepaid expenses       323,289         153,454  
Total current assets   31,116,026     34,151,813  
             
Property and equipment, at cost:            
Land and buildings   7,218,678     7,218,678  
Machinery and equipment   3,833,230     3,415,164  
Leasehold improvements       151,957         151,957  
Total property and equipment, at cost   11,203,865     10,785,799  
Less: Accumulated depreciation       (4,993,102 )       (4,584,796 )
Net property and equipment   6,210,763     6,201,003  
             
Investment in and loans to equity method investee   2,588,624     -  
Intangibles, net of accumulated amortization   4,973,669     5,799,473  
Goodwill   3,910,089     3,910,089  
Deferred income taxes   1,333,000     1,490,000  
Other assets       135,988         134,678  
             
Total assets $   50,268,159   $   51,687,056  
             
             
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable $   1,857,953   $   1,784,482  
Accrued expenses   1,324,652     1,358,681  
Income tax payable   -     122,492  
Notes payable - current portion   899,603     873,752  
Other current liabilities       963,127         982,094  
Total current liabilities   5,045,335     5,121,501  
             
Notes payable, less current portion   3,466,358     4,366,130  
Other liabilities       131,410         1,064,717  
Total liabilities   8,643,103     10,552,348  
             
Shareholders' equity:            
Common stock, $.01 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized;    10,634,893 and 10,564,221 shares issued, respectively;  10,134,235 and 10,063,563 shares outstanding, respectively   106,349     105,642  
Paid in capital   (4,916,791 )   (5,112,269 )
Retained earnings     47,435,512       47,141,349  
Total shareholders' equity before treasury stock   42,625,070     42,134,722  
             
Less: Treasury stock, 500,658 shares, at cost       (1,000,014 )       (1,000,014 )
Total shareholders' equity     41,625,056       41,134,708  
             
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $   50,268,159   $   51,687,056  

 
For further informationCompany Contact:Scott Francis        (918) 251-9121KCSA Strategic CommunicationsGarth Russell (212) 896-1250grussell@kcsa.com