Black Box Corporation
May 9, 2017

Black Box Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2017 Results

PITTSBURGH, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a leading digital solutions provider dedicated to helping customers design, build, manage and secure their IT infrastructure, today reported results for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2017 and twelve-month period ended March 31, 2017. Items marked with an asterisk are non-GAAP financial measures.

4Q17 Results

FY17 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.

CEO Comment

"The fourth quarter revenue results were in line with our expectations and the adjusted operating income exceed the expectations expressed in our third quarter earnings conference call," said E.C. Sykes, President and CEO. "For Fiscal 2017, I am pleased that we established a foundation for future growth and achieved many of our financial objectives despite our revenue decline. We are investing in systems, people, and processes to position the Company for sustained profitable growth."

Dividend

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors 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 July 14, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2017. Black Box will pay the dividend through its transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today, May 9, 2017. 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 7686371. 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 digital 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 3,488 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, among others, levels of business activity and operating expenses, expenses relating to 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 and our previously filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for Fiscal 2017. 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 roundingMarch 31, 2017 March 31, 2016
Assets  
Cash and cash equivalents$14.2 $23.5 
Accounts receivable, net128.5 139.2 
Inventories, net25.4 42.7 
Costs/estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts71.9 66.7 
Other assets28.5 27.3 
Total current assets268.6  299.4 
Property, plant and equipment, net29.1 34.5 
Intangibles, net68.8 78.2 
Deferred tax asset53.5 57.1 
Other assets7.0 6.7 
Total assets$427.1 $475.8 
Liabilities  
Accounts payable$69.9 $56.8 
Accrued compensation and benefits21.6 21.5 
Deferred revenue31.6 29.4 
Billings in excess of costs/estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts16.5 20.4 
Other liabilities37.9 42.2 
Total current liabilities177.5 170.4 
Long-term debt88.8 119.7 
Other liabilities19.2 29.5 
Total liabilities$285.5 $ 319.6 
Stockholders' equity  
Common stock$ $ 
Additional paid-in capital 506.4 501.8 
Retained earnings66.2 80.6 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(15.5)(13.1)
Treasury stock, at cost(415.6)(413.1)
Total stockholders' equity$141.6 $156.2 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$427.1 $475.8 
   


BLACK BOX CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
In millions, except per share amounts and may not foot due to rounding4Q173Q174Q16FY17 FY16
Revenues     
Products$36.7 $36.1 $39.8 $154.9 $166.5 
Services171.4 174.3 184.3 700.8 746.1 
Total208.1 210.4 224.1 855.7 912.7 
Cost of sales     
Products21.0 20.1 24.7 91.3 97.5 
Services128.7 127.8 139.8 521.5 544.8 
Total149.7 147.9 164.5 612.8 642.3 
Gross profit58.4  62.4 59.7 243.0 270.3 
Selling, general & administrative expenses56.4 57.4 71.4 234.4 255.7 
Asset impairment loss  34.9 0.5 192.2 
Intangibles amortization2.3 2.3 2.5 9.3 10.3 
Operating income (loss)(0.3)2.8 (49.2) (1.3)(187.8)
Interest expense, net1.0 1.1 1.1 4.4 4.7 
Other expenses (income), net(0.1)0.1 0.1  (0.4)0.5 
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes(1.2)1.6 (50.4)(5.3)(193.1)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes0.6 0.3 (2.6)1.8 (22.0)
Net income (loss)$(1.8)$1.3  $(47.7)$(7.1)$(171.1)
Earnings (loss) per common share     
Basic$(0.12)$0.09 $(3.13)$(0.47)$(11.18 )
Diluted$(0.12)$0.09 $(3.13)$(0.47)$(11.18)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding     
Basic15.2 15.1  15.2 15.1 15.3 
Diluted15.2 15.3 15.2 15.1 15.3 
Dividends per share$0.12 $0.12 $0.11 $0.48 $0.44 


BLACK BOX CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
In millions and may not foot due to rounding4Q173Q174Q16FY17FY16
Operating Activities     
Net income (loss)$(1.8)$1.3 $(47.7)$(7.1)$(171.1)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used for) operating activities     
Intangibles amortization2.3 2.3 2.5 9.3 10.3 
Depreciation2.3 2.5 2.3 9.4 8.6 
Loss (gain) on sale of property(0.1)0.3   (1.0) 
Deferred taxes(2.6)1.9 (1.9)1.4 (26.1)
Stock compensation expense0.7 0.7 0.8 4.6 5.1 
Change in fair value of interest-rate swaps    (0.4)
Asset impairment loss   34.9 0.5 192.2 
Provision for obsolete inventory0.5 0.5 6.0 10.7 7.7 
Provision for (recovery of) doubtful accounts0.5 0.6 2.9 1.4 3.8 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (net of acquisitions)     
Accounts receivable5.0 10.7 19.1 8.1 7.8 
Inventories0.2 (0.7) 6.3 4.0 
Costs/estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts3.4 (3.8)(0.3)(5.5)12.7 
All other assets0.4 (1.8)(4.0)(1.7)(0.3)
Accounts payable10.1 (2.5)(0.3)12.5 (7.6)
Billings in excess of costs/estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts(1.7)(4.1)(4.0)(3.9)4.0 
All other liabilities(4.0)1.1 12.1 (5.1)(13.6)
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities$15.2 $9.1 $22.3  $39.9 $37.2 
Investing Activities     
Capital expenditures$ (1.0)$(2.3)$(2.4)$(7.2)$(10.5)
Capital disposals0.1 2.2  3.7 0.2 
Acquisition of businesses (payments)/recoveries   (0.8) (0.8)
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities$(0.9)$(0.1)$(3.1)$(3.4)$(11.1)
Financing Activities     
Proceeds (repayments) from long-term debt$(5.7)$(7.7)$(9.0)$(31.3)$(17.8)
Proceeds (repayments) from short-term debt(5.0)(1.3)0.9 (4.7)4.1 
Deferred financing costs   (1.0) 
Purchase of treasury stock(2.0) (4.3)(2.5)(7.2)
Payment of dividends(1.8)(1.8)(1.7)(7.1)(6.6)
Increase (decrease) in cash overdrafts0.7  (0.2 )1.1 (0.2)
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities$(13.8)$(10.8 )$(14.4)$(45.6)$(27.7)
Foreign currency exchange impact on cash$ $(0.5)$0.7 $ (0.2)$1.5 
Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents$0.4 $(2.3)$5.5 $(9.3)$ 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period13.8 16.1 18.0 23.5 23.5 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$14.2 $13.8 $23.5 $ 14.2 $23.5 
      

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 (amounts incurred during 4Q16 and 3Q17 represent the additions to reserves for past services that we settled in January 2017), inventory impairment loss, and asset impairment loss (consisting of fixed assets, indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill), 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 rounding4Q173Q174Q16FY17FY16
Net income (loss)$(1.8)$1.3 $(47.7)$(7.1)$(171.1)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes0.6 0.3 (2.6)1.8 (22.0)
Effective tax rate(53.7)% 19.7%5.2%(33.2)%11.4%
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes $(1.2)$1.6 $(50.4)$(5.3)$(193.1)
      
Adjustments     
Intangibles amortization$2.3 $2.3 $2.5 $9.3  $10.3 
Interest rate swap    (0.4)
Restructuring expense0.6 1.1 6.5 4.7 8.8 
CEO transition costs  1.5  1.5 
Accounts receivable impairment loss 0.3 2.4 0.3 2.4 
Inventory impairment loss   6.0 9.1 6.0 
Loss (gain) on sale of facility 0.3  (0.9 ) 
Asset impairment loss  34.9 0.5 192.2 
Total pre-tax adjustments$2.9 $4.0 $53.7 $23.1 $220.7 
      
Operating EBIT$1.7 $5.7 $3.4 $17.8 $27.6 
Operational effective tax rate35.0%35.0%38.5%35.0%38.5%
Operational income taxes (1)0.6 2.0 1.3 6.2 10.6 
Operating net income$1.1 $3.7 $2.1 $11.6 $17.0 

(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:

 4Q173Q174Q16FY17FY16
Diluted EPS$(0.12 )$0.09 $(3.13)$(0.47)$(11.18)
EPS impact *0.19 0.15 3.27 1.23  12.29 
Operating EPS$0.07 $0.24 $0.14 $0.77 $1.11 

* 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 rounding4Q174Q16 % Change
Revenues$208.1 $224.1 (7)%
Foreign currency impact - North America Products   
Foreign currency impact - North America Services(0.1)  
Foreign currency impact - International Products0.6   
Foreign currency impact - International Services0.7   
Revenues (excluding foreign currency)$209.3 $224.1 (7)%

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

In millions and may not foot due to rounding4Q173Q17 % Change
Revenues$208.1 $210.4 (1)%
Foreign currency impact - North America Products   
Foreign currency impact - North America Services   
Foreign currency impact - International Products0.2   
Foreign currency impact - International Services   
Revenues (excluding foreign currency)$208.3 $210.4 (1)%

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

In millions and may not foot due to roundingFY17FY16 % Change
Revenues$855.7 $912.7 (6)%
Foreign currency impact - North America Products   
Foreign currency impact - North America Services0.1   
Foreign currency impact - International Products0.7   
Foreign currency impact - International Services2.4   
Revenues (excluding foreign currency)$858.9 $912.7 (6)%

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 (consisting of fixed assets, indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill), 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:

 4Q173Q174Q16FY17FY16
In millions and may not foot due to rounding $% of Rev$% of Rev$% of Rev$% of Rev$% of Rev
Revenues          
North America Products$16.9  $16.7 $19.4  $73.7 $84.7 
International Products19.7  19.4 20.5 81.2 81.9 
Products$ 36.7  $36.1 $39.8 $154.9 $166.5 
North America Services$163.9  $166.6 $175.7 $672.0 $715.8 
International Services7.5 7.6  8.6 28.8 30.3 
Services$171.4  $174.3 $184.3 $700.8 $746.1 
Total$208.1  $210.4 $224.1 $855.7 $912.7 
Gross profit           
North America Products$7.9 46.5%$7.846.9%$6.835.0%$31.242.3%$35.642.1%
International Products 7.8 39.5%8.142.0%8.440.8%32.540.0%33.4 40.7%
Products$15.7 42.7%$16.044.2% $15.138.0%$63.741.1%$69.041.4%
North America Services$41.1 25.1%$44.926.9%$42.724.3%$173.125.8%$194.427.2%
International Services1.621.3%1.620.6%1.921.7%6.221.5%6.922.9%
Services$42.7 24.9%$46.526.7%$44.524.2%$179.325.6%$201.327.0%
Total$ 58.4 28.1%$62.429.7%$59.726.6%$ 243.028.4%$270.329.6%
Operating income (loss)          
North America Products$1.7 9.8%$(1.0)(6.2)%$(13.5)(69.5)%$0.40.5%$(34.7)(40.9)%
International Products(1.5)(7.5)%1.57.9%(1.0)(4.7)%0.91.1%(3.8)(4.6)%
Products$0.2 0.4%$0.51.4%$(14.4)(36.2)%$1.20.8%$ (38.4)(23.1)%
North America Services$(0.7)(0.4)%$1.81.1%$(35.3)(20.1)%$(3.9)(0.6)%$(144.0)(20.1)%
International Services0.33.8%0.56.5%0.55.9%1.34.6%(5.4)(17.9)%
Services$(0.4)(0.2)%$2.3 1.3%$(34.8)(18.9)%$(2.6)(0.4)%$ (149.4)(20.0)%
Total$(0.3)(0.1)%$2.81.3%$(49.2)(21.9)%$(1.3)(0.2)%$(187.8)(20.6)%
Adjustments          
North America Products$0.4  $0.3 $14.4 $3.6  $39.8 
International Products0.1 0.3 2.5 1.4 8.3 
Products$0.5  $0.6 $16.9 $5.0 $48.1 
North America Services$2.3  $3.4 $36.7 $18.1 $165.6 
International Services  0.1  7.4 
Services$2.3 $3.4 $36.8 $18.1 $173.0 
Total$2.9 $4.0 $53.7 $23.1 $221.1 
Adjusted operating income         
North America Products$2.112.2%$(0.7)(4.5)%$1.05.1%$4.05.4%$5.16.0%
International Products(1.4)(6.8)%1.99.7%1.57.3%2.32.8%4.65.6%
Products$0.71.9%$1.13.1%$2.56.2%$6.34.0%$9.75.8%
North America Services$1.61.0%$5.13.1%$1.40.8%$14.22.1%$21.63.0%
International Services0.33.8%0.56.5%0.67.2%1.44.7%2.06.6%
Services$1.91.1%$5.6 3.2%$2.11.1%$15.52.2%$23.63.2%
Total$2.61.3%$6.83.2%$4.52.0%$21.82.5%$33.33.6%

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, accounts receivable impairment loss, inventory impairment loss, and asset impairment loss (consisting of fixed assets, indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill) 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 rounding4Q173Q174Q16FY17FY16
Net income (loss)$(1.8)$1.3 $(47.7)$(7.1)$(171.1)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes0.6 0.3 (2.6)1.8 (22.0)
Interest expense, net1.0  1.1 1.1 4.4 4.7 
Intangibles amortization2.3 2.3 2.5 9.3 10.3 
Depreciation2.3 2.5 2.3 9.4 8.6 
EBITDA$4.5 $7.5 $(44.5)$17.8 $(169.5)
Stock compensation expense0.7 0.7 0.8 4.6 5.1 
Accounts receivable impairment loss 0.3 2.4 0.3 2.4 
Inventory impairment loss  6.0 9.1 6.0 
Asset impairment loss  34.9 0.5 192.2 
Operating EBITDA$5.2 $8.5 $(0.5)$32.4 $36.1 

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 rounding4Q173Q17 4Q16FY17FY16
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities$15.2 $9.1 $22.3 $39.9 $37.2 
Net capital expenditures(0.9)(0.1)(2.4)(3.5)(10.3)
Foreign currency exchange impact on cash (0.5)0.7 (0.2)1.5 
Free cash flow before stock option exercises$ 14.3 $8.5 $20.6 $36.2 $28.4 
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options     
Free cash flow$14.3 $8.5 $20.6 $36.2 $28.4 

Significant Balance Sheet ratios and Other Information

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

Dollars In millions4Q17 3Q17 4Q16
Days sales outstanding46 days53 days53 days
Aggregate days sales outstanding72 days79 days74 days
Inventory turns23.9x21.9x15.1x
Six-month order backlog$153.2 $171.2 $164.2
Total backlog$306.6  $331.7 $335.5
Headcount3,4883,4763,631
Net debt*$74.5 $80.2 $96.2
Leverage ratio**2.412.693.04

* Net debt is defined by the Company as Long-term debt less Cash and cash equivalents.
** Leverage ratio is based on Adjusted EBITDA as defined under our credit facility with PNC Bank.

Contact

Black Box Corporation

David J. Russo

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Phone: (724) 873-6788

Email: investors@blackbox.com

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