Black Box Corporation
Aug 2, 2016

Black Box Corporation Reports First Quarter of Fiscal 2017 Results

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a leading technology solutions provider dedicated to helping customers design, build, manage and secure their IT infrastructure, today reported results for the first quarter of Fiscal 2017.

1Q17 Results

* See the information under the caption "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for a discussion regarding the usefulness of the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release, definitions of those non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Dividend

The Company also announced that it has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share of its Common Stock. The $0.12 per share dividend was declared on all outstanding shares of Black Box's Common Stock and will be payable on October 14, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2016. Black Box will pay the dividend through its transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219.

"Since we delivered to our internal expectations, I am generally pleased with our results for the first quarter of Fiscal 2017," stated E.C. Sykes, President and CEO. "We broke the recent cycle of under-performing in our first quarter and that is a success. We are laying the foundation for long-term growth and expect the comparisons to improve as the impacts from these actions flow through. Based on backlog and other factors at this point, we are focused on the work we have to do to deliver on our expectations for the second quarter."

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today, August 2, 2016. E.C. Sykes, President and Chief Executive Officer, will host the call. To listen only to the live webcast, access the event at http://investor.blackbox.com/events.cfm. To participate in the teleconference, dial 877-303-3145 (USA) or 253-237-1194 (International) approximately 15 minutes prior to the starting time and ask to be connected to conference 44937620. A replay of the audio webcast will be available at http://investor.blackbox.com/events.cfm for a limited period of time.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading technology solutions provider dedicated to helping customers design, build, manage and secure their IT infrastructure. Black Box delivers high-value products and services through its global presence and 3,552 team members. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks of BB Technologies, Inc.

Any forward-looking statements contained in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and speak only as of the date of this release. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the fact that they use words such as "should," "anticipate," "estimate," "approximate," "expect," "target," "may," "will," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe" and other words of similar meaning and expression in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. One can also identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Although it is not possible to predict or identify all risk factors, they may include levels of business activity and operating expenses, expenses relating to corporate compliance requirements, cash flows, global economic and business conditions, successful integration of acquisitions, the timing, benefits and costs of restructuring programs and other initiatives, successful marketing of the Company's product and services offerings, successful implementation of the Company's integration initiatives, successful implementation of the Company's government contracting programs, competition, changes in foreign, political and economic conditions, fluctuating foreign currencies compared to the U.S. dollar, rapid changes in technologies, client preferences, the Company's arrangements with suppliers of voice equipment and technology, government budgetary constraints and various other matters, many of which are beyond the Company's control. Additional risk factors are included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. We can give no assurance that any goal, plan or target set forth in forward-looking statements will be achieved and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date made. We undertake no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of future events or developments and caution you not to unduly rely on any such forward-looking statements.

   
BLACK BOX CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
In millions and may not foot due to rounding   July 2, 2016   March 31, 2016
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 21.4 $ 23.5
Accounts receivable, net 134.0 139.2
Inventories, net 40.0 42.7
Costs/estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 70.1 66.7
Other assets 27.9     27.3  
Total current assets 293.4 299.4
Property, plant and equipment, net 34.1 34.5
Intangibles, net 75.7 78.2
Deferred tax asset 53.8 57.1
Other assets 7.3     6.7  
Total assets $ 464.2     $ 475.8  
Liabilities
Accounts payable $ 57.2 $ 56.8
Accrued compensation and benefits 20.8 21.5
Deferred revenue 28.9 29.4
Billings in excess of costs/estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 21.3 20.4
Other liabilities 38.8     42.2  
Total current liabilities 166.9 170.4
Long-term debt 114.9 119.7
Other liabilities 28.7     29.5  
Total liabilities $ 310.5 $ 319.6
Stockholders' equity
Common stock $ $
Additional paid-in capital 504.1 501.8
Retained earnings 78.3 80.6
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (15.0 ) (13.1 )
Treasury stock, at cost (413.6 )   (413.1 )
Total stockholders' equity $ 153.7     $ 156.2  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 464.2     $ 475.8  
 
     
BLACK BOX CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
In millions, except per share amounts and may not foot due to rounding   1Q17   4Q16   1Q16
Revenues
Products $ 39.9 $ 39.8 $ 40.5
Services 178.6     184.3     188.7  
Total 218.5 224.1 229.2
Cost of sales
Products 22.9 24.7 23.7
Services 127.9     139.8     135.9  
Total 150.8 164.5 159.6
Gross profit 67.7 59.7 69.7
Selling, general & administrative expenses 62.5 71.4 62.9
Asset impairment loss 34.9
Intangibles amortization 2.5     2.5     2.6  
Operating income (loss) 2.7 (49.2 ) 4.2
Interest expense, net 1.2 1.1 1.4
Other expenses (income), net (0.3 )   0.1     (0.1 )
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes 1.9 (50.4 ) 2.8
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 2.3     (2.6 )   2.1  
Net income (loss) $ (0.5 )   $ (47.7 )   $ 0.8  
Earnings (loss) per common share
Basic $ (0.03 )   $ (3.13 )   0.05  
Diluted $ (0.03 )   $ (3.13 )   $ 0.05  
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
Basic 15.1     15.2     15.4  
Diluted 15.1     15.2     15.5  
Dividends per share   $ 0.12     $ 0.11     $ 0.11  
 
     
BLACK BOX CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
 
In millions and may not foot due to rounding   1Q17   4Q16   1Q16
Operating Activities
Net income (loss) $ (0.5 ) $ (47.7 ) $ 0.8
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used for) operating activities
Intangibles amortization 2.5 2.5 2.6
Depreciation 2.2 2.3 2.0
Loss (gain) on sale of property (1.2 )
Deferred taxes 2.9 (1.9 ) 2.7
Stock compensation expense 2.2 0.8 2.3
Change in fair value of interest-rate swaps (0.3 )
Asset impairment loss 34.9
Provision for obsolete inventory 0.3 7.7 0.3
Provision for (recovery of) doubtful accounts 0.2 3.8 0.3
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (net of acquisitions)
Accounts receivable 4.6 18.2 (2.1 )
Inventories 2.3 (1.7 ) 1.0
Costs/estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts (3.6 ) (0.3 ) (2.1 )
All other assets (1.2 ) (4.0 ) 7.0
Accounts payable 0.5 (0.3 ) 0.6
Billings in excess of costs/estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 0.9 (4.0 ) (0.4 )
All other liabilities (1.2 )   12.1     (22.0 )
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities $ 10.9 $ 22.3 $ (7.4 )
Investing Activities
Capital expenditures $ (2.1 ) $ (2.4 ) $ (1.9 )
Capital disposals 1.4
Acquisition of businesses (payments)/recoveries     (0.8 )    
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities $ (0.7 ) $ (3.1 ) $ (1.9 )
Financing Activities
Proceeds (repayments) from long-term debt $ (4.8 ) $ (9.0 ) $ 7.0
Proceeds (repayments) from short-term debt (4.2 ) 0.9 2.3
Deferred financing costs (1.0 )
Purchase of treasury stock (0.5 ) (4.3 ) (2.8 )
Payment of dividends (1.7 ) (1.7 ) (1.5 )
Increase (decrease) in cash overdrafts 0.1     (0.2 )   1.2  
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities $ (12.1 ) $ (14.4 ) $ 6.1
Foreign currency exchange impact on cash $ (0.2 )   $ 0.7     $ 0.1  
Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $ (2.1 ) $ 5.5 $ (3.0 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 23.5     18.0     23.5  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 21.4     $ 23.5     $ 20.5  
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

As a supplement to United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), the Company provides non-GAAP financial measures such as operating income before provision for income taxes ("EBIT"), operating net income, operating earnings per share ("EPS"), revenues excluding foreign currency, adjusted operating income, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA"), Operating EBITDA and free cash flow to illustrate the Company's operational performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, are not reported by all of the Company's competitors and may not be directly comparable to similarly-titled measures of the Company's competitors due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation. However, each of the amounts included in the calculation of non-GAAP financial measures are computed in accordance with GAAP. See below for reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate the Company's historical and prospective financial performance as well as its performance relative to its competitors, (b) to set internal sales targets and associated operating budgets, (c) to allocate resources and (d) to measure operational profitability. Management uses similar non-GAAP measures as an important factor in determining variable compensation for Management and its team members.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP financial measures. The Company's non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP financial measures, and should be read only in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Operating EBIT, operating net income and operating EPS

Management believes that operating EBIT, defined by the Company as net income (loss) plus provision (benefit) for income taxes and adjustments, operating net income, defined by the Company as operating EBIT less operational income taxes, and operating EPS, defined as operating net income divided by weighted average common shares outstanding (diluted), provide investors additional important information to enable them to assess, in the way Management assesses, the Company's current and future operations. Adjustments include intangibles amortization, the change in fair value of the interest-rate swaps, accounts receivable impairment loss, inventory impairment loss, asset impairment loss, each of which are non-cash charges, and restructuring expense, CEO transition costs and gains/losses on sales of facilities, each of which are cash charges.

A reconciliation of Net income (loss) to operating EBIT and Operating net income is presented below:

     
In millions and may not foot due to rounding   1Q17   4Q16   1Q16
Net income (loss) $ (0.5 ) $ (47.7 ) $ 0.8
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 2.3 (2.6 ) 2.1
Effective tax rate 125.6 %   5.2 %   73.3 %
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes $ 1.9 $ (50.4 ) $ 2.8
 
Adjustments
Intangibles amortization $ 2.5 $ 2.5 $ 2.6
Interest rate swap (0.3 )
Restructuring expense 6.5 0.5
CEO transition costs 1.5
Accounts receivable impairment loss 2.4
Inventory impairment loss 6.0
Loss (gain) on sale of facilities (1.2 )        
Asset impairment loss     34.9      
Total pre-tax adjustments $ 1.3 $ 53.7 $ 2.8
 
Operating EBIT $ 3.1 $ 3.4 $ 5.7
Operational effective tax rate 35.0 % 38.5 % 38.5 %
Operational income taxes (1) 1.1     1.3     2.2  
Operating net income   $ 2.0     $ 2.1     $ 3.5  

(1) The effective tax rate used to determine operational income taxes is based on the Company's projected full-year ordinary income tax expense and the projected full-year impact of certain discreet tax items.

A reconciliation of Diluted earnings (loss) per share to operating EPS is presented below:

    1Q17   4Q16   1Q16
Diluted EPS   $ (0.03 )   $ (3.13 )   $ 0.05
EPS impact * 0.16     3.27     0.17
Operating EPS   $ 0.13     $ 0.14     $ 0.22

* EPS impact is the result of excluding the provision for income taxes and the adjustments and utilizing an operational effective tax rate.

Revenues excluding foreign currency

Management is presented with and reviews revenues which exclude foreign currency and enable an investor to assess, in the way Management assesses, revenues from its core operations.

Information on quarterly revenues excluding foreign currency compared to the same period last year is presented below:

     
In millions and may not foot due to rounding   1Q17   1Q16   % Change
Revenues $ 218.5 $ 229.2 (5 )%
Foreign currency impact - North America Products
Foreign currency impact - North America Services 0.1
Foreign currency impact - International Products (0.1 )
Foreign currency impact - International Services 0.1      
Revenues (excluding foreign currency)   $ 218.6     $ 229.2     (5 )%
 

Information on quarterly revenues excluding foreign currency compared to the sequential quarter is presented below:

     
In millions and may not foot due to rounding   1Q17   4Q16   % Change
Revenues $ 218.5 $ 224.1 (2 )%
Foreign currency impact - North America Products (0.1 )
Foreign currency impact - North America Services (0.2 )
Foreign currency impact - International Products (0.6 )
Foreign currency impact - International Services (0.1 )    
Revenues (excluding foreign currency)   $ 217.5     $ 224.1     (3 )%
 

Segment Information

Management is presented with and reviews Revenues, Gross profit, Operating income (loss) and Adjusted operating income by segment. Management believes that Adjusted operating income, defined by the Company as Operating income (loss) plus adjustments, provides investors additional important information to enable them to assess, in the way Management assesses, the Company's current and future operations. Adjustments include intangibles amortization, accounts receivable impairment loss, inventory impairment loss, asset impairment loss, each of which are non-cash charges, and restructuring expense, CEO transition costs and gains/losses on sales of facilities, each of which are cash charges.

A reconciliation of Operating income (loss) to Adjusted operating income (by segment) is presented below:

     
1Q17   4Q16   1Q16
In millions and may not foot due to rounding   $   % of Rev   $   % of Rev   $   % of Rev
Revenues      
North America Products $19.1 $19.4 $20.8
International Products 20.8 20.5 19.7
Products $39.9 $39.8 $40.5
North America Services $171.7 $175.7 $182.0
International Services 6.9 8.6 6.7
Services $178.6 $184.3 $188.7
Total $218.5 $224.1 $229.2
Gross profit
North America Products $8.9 46.8% $6.8 35.0% $8.9 42.6%
International Products 8.0 38.5% 8.4 40.8% 7.9 40.4%
Products $16.9 42.5% $15.1 38.0% $16.8 41.5%
North America Services $49.1 28.6% $42.7 24.3% $51.1 28.1%
International Services 1.6 22.8% 1.9 21.7% 1.7 25.5%
Services $50.7 28.4% $44.5 24.2% $52.8 28.0%
Total $67.7 31.0% $59.7 26.6% $69.7 30.4%
Operating income (loss)
North America Products $0.9 4.7% $(13.5) (69.5)% $1.0 4.7%
International Products 0.5 2.4% (1.0) (4.7)% 0.3 1.6%
Products $1.4 3.5% $(14.4) (36.2)% $1.3 3.2%
North America Services $1.1 0.7% $(35.3) (20.1)% $2.4 1.3%
International Services 0.2 2.7% 0.5 5.9% 0.5 7.3%
Services $1.3 0.7% $(34.8) (18.9)% $2.8 1.5%
Total $2.7 1.2% $(49.2) (21.9)% $4.2 1.8%
Adjustments
North America Products $— $14.4 $—
International Products 0.1 2.5 0.1
Products $0.1 $16.9 $0.1
North America Services $1.0 $36.7 $3.0
International Services 0.1 0.1
Services $1.1 $36.8 $3.0
Total $1.2 $53.7 $3.1
Adjusted operating income
North America Products $0.9 4.9% $1.0 5.1% $1.0 4.8%
International Products 0.6 2.8% 1.5 7.3% 0.4 2.0%
Products $1.5 3.8% $2.5 6.2% $1.4 3.4%
North America Services $2.1 1.2% $1.4 0.8% $5.3 2.9%
International Services 0.3 4.6% 0.6 7.2% 0.5 7.9%
Services $2.4 1.4% $2.1 1.1% $5.9 3.1%
Total   $3.9   1.8%   $4.5   2.0%   $7.3   3.2%
 

EBITDA and Operating EBITDA

Management believes that EBITDA, defined as Net income (loss) plus provision (benefit) for income taxes, interest, depreciation and amortization, is a widely-accepted measure of profitability that may be used to measure the Company's ability to service its debt. Operating EBITDA, defined as EBITDA plus stock compensation expense may also be used to measure the Company's ability to service its debt.

A reconciliation of Net income (loss) to EBITDA and Operating EBITDA is presented below:

     
In millions and may not foot due to rounding   1Q17   4Q16   1Q16
Net income (loss) $ (0.5 ) $ (47.7 ) $ 0.8
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 2.3 (2.6 ) 2.1
Interest expense, net 1.2 1.1 1.4
Intangibles amortization 2.5 2.5 2.6
Depreciation 2.2     2.3     2.0
EBITDA $ 7.8 $ (44.5 ) $ 8.8
Stock compensation expense 2.2     0.8     2.3
Operating EBITDA   $ 10.0     $ (0.5 )   $ 11.1
 

Free cash flow

Management believes that free cash flow, defined by the Company as Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities less net capital expenditures, plus or minus Foreign currency exchange impact on cash, plus Proceeds from stock option exercises, is an important measurement of liquidity as it represents the total cash available to the Company.

A reconciliation of Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities to free cash flow is presented below:

     
In millions and may not foot due to rounding   1Q17   4Q16   1Q16
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities $ 10.9 $ 22.3 $ (7.4 )
Net capital expenditures (0.7 ) (2.4 ) (1.9 )
Foreign currency exchange impact on cash (0.2 )   0.7     0.1  
Free cash flow before stock option exercises $ 9.9 $ 20.6 $ (9.2 )
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options          
Free cash flow   $ 9.9     $ 20.6     $ (9.2 )
 

Significant Balance Sheet ratios and Other Information

Information on certain balance sheet ratios, backlog and headcount is presented below:

     
Dollars In millions   1Q17   4Q16   1Q16
Days sales outstanding 53 days 53 days 54 days
Aggregate days sales outstanding 77 days 74 days 80 days
Inventory turns 13.2x 15.1x 11.0x
Six-month order backlog $ 173.8 $ 164.2 $ 184.2
Headcount 3,552 3,631 3,750
Net Debt $ 93.5 $ 96.2 $ 124.0
Leverage ratio*   3.03   3.04   3.03

* Leverage ratio is based on Adjusted EBITDA as defined under our credit facility with PNC Bank.

Black Box Corporation
Timothy C. Huffmyer, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, 724-873-6788
Email: investors@blackbox.com

Source: Black Box Corporation

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