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ModusLink Global Solutions Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2015

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 8, 2015-- ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MLNK) today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2015 ended April 30, 2015. Results for the three and nine month periods ended April 30, 2015 are summarized in the following paragraphs. For a full discussion of the results, please see the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which can be accessed through www.moduslink.com.

Third Quarter Financial Summary

  • Net revenue of $106.2 million for the three months ended April 30, 2015, a decrease of 38.7% compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Gross margin of 8.5% for the three months ended April 30, 2015, a 0.6 percentage point decrease compared to 9.1% in the same period in the prior year.
  • SG&A expenses of $14.4 million for the three months ended April 30, 2015, a 15.6% reduction compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Operating loss of $7.6 million for the three months ended April 30, 2015, compared to operating loss of $5.1 million in the same period in the prior year.
  • Negative adjusted EBITDA of $0.9 million for the three months ended April 30, 2015, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $3.4 million in the same period in the prior year.
  • Net loss of $12.1 million, or $0.23 per basic and diluted share, for the three months ended April 30, 2015, compared with net loss of $9.5 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, in the same period in the prior year.

Year-to-Date Financial Summary

  • Net revenue of $442.0 million for the nine months ended April 30, 2015, a decrease of 20.9% compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Gross margin of 10.1% for the nine months ended April 30, 2015, a 0.7 percentage point decrease compared to 10.8% in the same period in the prior year.
  • SG&A expenses of $44.6 million for the nine months ended April 30, 2015, a 18.6% reduction compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Operating loss of $5.8 million for the nine months ended April 30, 2015, compared to operating loss of $1.3 million in the same period in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $11.3 million for the nine months ended April 30, 2015, compared to $20.8 million in the same period in the prior year.
  • Net loss of $13.4 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, for the nine months ended April 30, 2015, compared with net loss of $7.8 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share, in the same period in the prior year.

The Company reported net revenue of $106.2 million for the three months ended April 30, 2015, compared to $173.3 million in the same period in the prior year. Operating loss for the three months ended April 30, 2015 was $7.6 million, as compared to an operating loss of $5.1 million in the same period in the prior year. Net loss for the three months ended April 30, 2015 was $12.1 million, or $0.23 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $9.5 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share for same period in the prior year.

The Company reported net revenue of $442.0 million for the nine months ended April 30, 2015, compared to $558.7 million in the same period in the prior year. Operating loss for the nine months ended April 30, 2015 was $5.8 million, as compared to an operating loss of $1.3 million in the same period in the prior year. Net loss for the nine months ended April 30, 2015 was $13.4 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $7.8 million, or $0.15 per basic and diluted share for same period in the prior year.

The decrease in net revenue for the three and nine months ended April 30, 2015 was primarily a result of lower volumes from a major computing market client, as well as lower revenues from an aftermarket services program related to the repair and refurbishment of mobile devices and lower revenue from another computing market client. The lower revenue from the computing market clients affected results in the Americas, Asia and Europe. The lower revenue from aftermarket services program affected results in the Americas. The decline in gross margin, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended April 30, 2015 was primarily driven by the lower volumes from the two computing market clients and the aftermarket services program.

For the three months ended April 30, 2015, negative Adjusted EBITDA was $0.9 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $3.4 million for the same period in fiscal 2014. For the nine months ended April 30, 2015, Adjusted EBITDA was $11.3 million compared to $20.8 million for the same period in fiscal 2014. EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA excluding certain items. Please refer to the non-GAAP information and table reconciling the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA to its GAAP net loss below.

In addition to an acquisition that would enhance our existing comprehensive supply chain logistics services business, we are interested in acquiring (including but not limited to) industrial, defense or electronics related businesses with at least $25 million of EBITDA. We prefer companies with significant operations in the United States, good gross margins and returns on invested capital, sustainable competitive advantages, strong brands and excellent management.

About ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.

ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK), through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, ModusLink Corporation and ModusLink PTS, Inc. (together “ModusLink"), executes comprehensive supply chain and logistics services that are designed to improve clients’ revenue, cost, sustainability and customer experience objectives. ModusLink is a trusted and integrated provider to the world’s leading companies in consumer electronics, communications, computing, medical devices, software and retail. ModusLink’s operations are supported by more than 25 sites across North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For details on ModusLink’s flexible and scalable solutions visit www.moduslink.com and www.valueunchained.com, the blog for supply chain professionals.

Non-GAAP Information

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the Company uses Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to assess its performance. EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding the effects of SEC potential penalties on resolution, professional fees associated with our SEC inquiry and financial restatement, strategic consulting and other professional fees, executive severance and employee retention, restructuring, share-based compensation, impairments of goodwill and long-lived assets, unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses, net, other non-operating gains or losses, net, equity in gains and losses of affiliates and impairments, and discontinued operations.

We believe that providing Adjusted EBITDA to investors is useful, as this measure provides important supplemental information of our performance to investors and permits investors and management to evaluate the operating performance of our core supply chain business. We use Adjusted EBITDA in internal forecasts and models when establishing internal operating budgets, supplementing the financial results and forecasts reported to our Board of Directors, determining a component of incentive compensation for executive officers and other key employees based on operating performance and evaluating short-term and long-term operating trends in our core supply chain business. We believe that the Adjusted EBITDA financial measure assists in providing an enhanced understanding of our underlying operational measures to manage the core supply chain business, to evaluate performance compared to prior periods and the marketplace, and to establish operational goals. We believe that these non-GAAP financial adjustments are useful to investors because they allow investors to evaluate the effectiveness of the methodology and information used by management in our financial and operational decision making.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information provided in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure may not be computed in the same manner as similarly titled measures used by other companies.

A table reconciling the Company’s EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to its GAAP net loss is included in this release.

ModusLink Global Solutions is a registered trademark of ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. All other company names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

This release contains forward-looking statements, which address a variety of subjects. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation, those with respect to the Company’s goals, plans, expectations and strategies set forth herein are forward-looking statements. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the Company’s ability to execute on its business strategy, including any cost reduction plans and the continued and increased demand for and market acceptance of its services, which could negatively affect the Company’s ability to meet its revenue, operating income and cost savings targets, maintain and improve its cash position, expand its operations and revenue, lower its costs, improve its gross margins, reach and sustain profitability, reach its long-term objectives and operate optimally; failure to realize expected benefits of restructuring and cost-cutting actions; the Company’s ability to preserve and monetize it’s net operating losses; difficulties integrating technologies, operations and personnel in accordance with the Company’s business strategy; client or program losses; demand variability in supply chain management clients to which the Company sells on a purchase order basis rather than pursuant to contracts with minimum purchase requirements; failure to settle disputes and litigation on terms favorable to the Company; risks inherent with conducting international operations; and increased competition and technological changes in the markets in which the Company competes. For a detailed discussion of cautionary statements that may affect the Company’s future results of operations and financial results, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements represent management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. The Company does not undertake any obligations to update forward-looking statements made by it.

         
 
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
April 30, July 31,
2015 2014
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 151,425 $ 183,515
Trading securities 74,835 22,793
Accounts receivable, net 121,689 123,948
Inventories 65,746 65,269
Prepaid and other current assets   25,180   10,243
Total current assets   438,875   405,768
Property and equipment, net 23,764 25,126
Investments in affiliates 2,278 7,172
Goodwill 3,058 3,058
Other intangible assets, net - 667
Other assets   7,600   9,855
Total assets $ 475,575 $ 451,646
 
Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 162,001 $ 105,045
Accrued restructuring 2,469 2,246
Accrued expenses 37,608 39,544
Other current liabilities   36,733   51,759
Total current liabilities   238,811   198,594
Long-term portion of accrued restructuring - 39
Notes payable 76,696 73,391
Other long-term liabilities   8,022   8,004
Total liabilities   323,529   280,028
 
Stockholders' equity: 152,046 171,618
   
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 475,575 $ 451,646
 
 
                                 
 
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended April 30, Nine Months Ended April 30,
  2015     2014   Fav (Unfav)   2015     2014   Fav (Unfav)
Net revenue $ 106,234 $ 173,274 (38.7 %) $ 441,988 $ 558,700 (20.9 %)
Cost of revenue   97,222     157,575   38.3 %   397,544     498,426   20.2 %
Gross profit   9,012     15,699   (42.6 %)   44,444     60,274   (26.3 %)
8.5 % 9.1 % (0.6 %) 10.1 % 10.8 % (0.7 %)
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 14,439 17,100 15.6 % 44,600 54,787 18.6 %
Amortization of intangible assets 131 269 51.3 % 667 829 19.5 %
Impairment of long-lived assets - - - 500
Restructuring, net   1,994     3,468   42.5 %   4,936     5,440   9.3 %
Total operating expenses   16,564     20,837   20.5 %   50,203     61,556   18.4 %
Operating loss (7,552 ) (5,138 ) (47.0 %) (5,759 ) (1,282 ) (349.2 %)
Other expense, net   (3,860 )   (3,640 ) (6.0 %)   (5,489 )   (3,871 ) (41.8 %)
Loss from continuing operations before taxes (11,412 ) (8,778 ) (30.0 %) (11,248 ) (5,153 ) (118.3 %)
Income tax expense 694 700 0.9 % 2,400 2,590 7.3 %
Equity in (gains) losses of affiliates, net of tax   -     -       (208 )   134   (255.2 %)
Loss from continuing operations (12,106 ) (9,478 ) (27.7 %) (13,440 ) (7,877 ) (70.6 %)
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes:
Income from discontinued operations   -     -       -     80    
Net loss $ (12,106 ) $ (9,478 ) (27.7 %) $ (13,440 ) $ (7,797 ) (72.4 %)
 
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share:
Loss from continuing operations $ (0.23 ) $ (0.18 ) $ (0.26 ) $ (0.15 )
Income from discontinued operations   -     -     -     -  
Net loss $ (0.23 ) $ (0.18 ) $ (0.26 ) $ (0.15 )
Weighted average common shares used in:
Basic earnings per share 51,750 51,498 51,917 51,502
Diluted earnings per share 51,750 51,498 51,917 51,502
 
 
                       
 
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Information by Operating Segment
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended April 30, Nine Months Ended April 30,
  2015     2014     2015     2014  
 

Net revenue:

 
Americas $ 32,732 $ 74,429 $ 167,772 $ 229,791
Asia 35,082 41,387 123,530 134,307
Europe 30,720 48,423 125,761 165,790
All other   7,700     9,035     24,925     28,812  
Total net revenue $ 106,234   $ 173,274   $ 441,988   $ 558,700  
 

Operating income (loss):

 
Americas $ (2,771 ) $ 2,736 $ (1,292 ) $ 8,304
Asia 895 2,342 8,925 14,001
Europe (2,700 ) (4,439 ) (5,030 ) (8,934 )
All other   (12 )   (411 )   510     98  
Total segment operating income (loss) (4,588 ) 228 3,113 13,469
Corporate-level activity   (2,964 )   (5,366 )   (8,872 )   (14,751 )
Total operating loss $ (7,552 ) $ (5,138 ) $ (5,759 ) $ (1,282 )
 
 
                       
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Selected Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA1

 
Three Months Ended April 30, Nine Months Ended April 30,
  2015     2014     2015     2014  
Net loss $ (12,106 ) $ (9,478 ) $ (13,440 ) $ (7,797 )
 
Interest income (247 ) (159 ) (666 ) (326 )
Interest expense 2,613 2,049 7,899 2,461
Income tax expense 694 700 2,400 2,590
Depreciation 1,903 3,627 6,632 10,198
Amortization of intangible assets 131 269 667 829
       
EBITDA (7,012 ) (2,992 ) 3,492 7,955
 
Equity in (gains) losses of affiliates and impairments 5,017 1,243 4,809 1,554
Restructuring 1,994 3,468 4,936 5,440
SEC potential penalties on resolution 1,500 - 1,500 -
Share-based compensation 442 513 1,297 1,663
Strategic consulting and other professional fees 60 30 669 85
SEC inquiry and financial restatement costs 129 103 136 3,320
Executive severance and employee retention - 1,080 - 1,080
Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets - - - 500
Discontinued operations - - - (80 )
Unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses, net 687 25 (904 ) (323 )
Other non-operating losses, net (3,746 ) (30 ) (4,645 ) (391 )
       
Adjusted EBITDA $ (929 ) $ 3,440   $ 11,290   $ 20,803  

1 The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) excluding net charges related to interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, SEC inquiry and financial restatement costs, SEC potential penalties on resolution, strategic consulting and other professional fees, executive severance and employee retention, restructuring, share-based compensation, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses, net, other non-operating (gains) losses, net, equity in (gains) losses of affiliates and impairments and discontinued operations.

Source: ModusLink Global Solutions

ModusLink Global Solutions
Mary Conway, 781-663-5012
ir@moduslink.com