Zebra Technologies Announces 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results

Results include $9.1 million non-cash asset impairment charge;

Record sales in North America and Latin America offset weakness in Europe

Nov 06, 2012, 03:00 ET from Zebra Technologies Corporation

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) today announced 2012 third quarter continuing operations diluted earnings per share of $0.51, including a non-cash asset impairment charge of $9,114,000, which reduced earnings by $0.18 per share. Earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $0.64 per share. Net sales for the quarter ended September 29, 2012, decreased 0.5% to $252,037,000 from $253,338,000 for the third quarter of 2011. Movements in foreign exchange rates decreased sales by $3,767,000, or 1.5 percentage points, from a weaker euro against the U.S. dollar, compared with a year ago.

Summary Financial Performance (Unaudited)

3Q12

3Q11

Change

Net sales (in 000s)

$       252,037

$   253,338

-0.5%

Gross margin (%)

50.4

48.8

1.6 pts.

Income from continuing

   operations (in 000s)

$         26,581

$     34,187

-22.2%

Income from discontinued

   operations, net of tax (in 000s)

$              516

$      10,814

-95.2%

Net income (in 000s)

$         27,097

$     45,001

-39.8%

Diluted earnings per share:

Income from continuing operations

$          0.51

$         0.64

-20.3%

Income from discontinued operations

$          0.01

$         0.20

-95.0%

Net income

$          0.52

$         0.84

-38.1%

"Zebra delivered strong results in a challenged environment on the basis of the diversity of our business," stated Anders Gustafsson, Zebra's chief executive officer. "Investments in sales resources and channel expansion have resulted in engagements with more customers in targeted markets. In addition, we are serving our customers with a broader array of innovative solutions from a more efficient and productive product development process. During the quarter, we also deployed $75 million on the acquisition of LaserBand and share buybacks. We remain confident in our ability to deliver increasing returns to enhance shareholder value over the long term."

As of September 29, 2012, Zebra had $368,795,000 in cash and investments, and no long-term debt. Net inventories were $122,915,000, and net accounts receivable were $165,160,000.

Discussion and Analysis

  • Net sales for the third quarter of 2012 included year-over-year growth of 6.9% in North America and 9.3% in Latin America, both records. This growth offset sales declines of 4.9% in Asia Pacific and 10.6% in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
  • Gross profit of 50.4%, versus 48.8% in 2011, reflects reduced overhead, freight and reserve costs, partially offset by unfavorable movements in foreign exchange rates and product mix. Unfavorable foreign currency movements decreased third quarter gross profit by $2,939,000.
  • Operating expense growth of 18.1% included a non-cash asset impairment charge of $9,114,000, increased amortization costs, higher compensation costs, consulting fees, rent, and depreciation.
  • The 2012 effective tax rate increase in the third quarter reflects the non-deductibility of the non-cash asset impairment charge, as well as a rate decrease related to the second quarter implementation of a new structure for Zebra's international subsidiaries. The effect of the non-deductibility of the asset impairment charge increased the effective tax rate by 6.0% for the third quarter of 2012. 

Stock Purchase Update During the third quarter of 2012, Zebra returned $15.0 million to shareholders through the repurchase of 400,000 shares of Zebra Technologies Corporation Class A Common Stock. At September 29, 2012, the company had 2,422,336 shares remaining in its stock buyback authorization, and 51,252,384 shares of common stock were outstanding.

Fourth Quarter Outlook Zebra announced its financial forecast for the fourth quarter of 2012. Net sales are expected within a range of $245,000,000 to $255,000,000. Diluted earnings per share are expected within a range of $0.62 to $0.70. 

Conference Call Notification Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of Zebra's conference call discussing the company's financial results for the third quarter of 2012. The conference call will be held at 11:00 AM Eastern Time today. To listen to the call, visit the company's website at http://www.zebra.com. 

Forward-looking Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, the statements regarding the company's financial forecast for the fourth quarter of 2012 stated in the paragraph above captioned "Fourth Quarter Outlook." Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in the company's forward-looking statements. These statements represent estimates only as of the date they were made. Zebra undertakes no obligation, other than as may be required by law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason after the date of this release.

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Zebra's industry, market conditions, general domestic and international economic conditions, and other factors. These factors include customer acceptance of Zebra's hardware and software products and competitors' product offerings, and the potential effects of technological changes. The continued uncertainty over future global economic conditions, the availability of credit, capital markets volatility, may have adverse effects on Zebra, its suppliers and its customers. In addition, a disruption in our ability to obtain products from vendors as a result of supply chain constraints, natural disasters or other circumstances could restrict sales and negatively affect customer relationships. Profits and profitability will be affected by Zebra's ability to control manufacturing and operating costs. Because of a large investment portfolio, interest rates and financial market conditions will also have an impact on results. Foreign exchange rates will have an effect on financial results because of the large percentage of our international sales. The outcome of litigation in which Zebra may be involved is another factor. These and other factors could have an adverse effect on Zebra's sales, gross profit margins and results of operations and increase the volatility of our financial results. When used in this release and documents referenced, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," and "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the company or its management, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. Descriptions of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect the company's future operations and results can be found in Zebra's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, readers are referred to Zebra's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

About Zebra Technologies A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) offers technologies that give a virtual voice to an organization's assets, people and transactions, enabling organizations to unlock greater business value. The company's extensive portfolio of marking and printing technologies, including RFID and real-time location solutions, illuminates mission-critical information to help customers take smarter business actions. For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit http://www.zebra.com.

 

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands)

September 29,

2012

December 31,

2011

ASSETS

(Unaudited)

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$     52,253

$     36,418

Investments and marketable securities

160,690

182,398

Accounts receivable, net

165,160

155,230

Receivable from buyer

0

27,580

Inventories, net

122,915

133,288

Deferred income taxes

15,506

13,931

Income tax receivable

0

13,111

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

14,454

22,917

Total current assets

530,978

584,873

Property and equipment at cost, less accumulated depreciation and amortization

102,537

97,822

Long-term deferred income taxes

7,536

11,866

Goodwill

95,345

79,703

Other intangibles, net

39,017

12,667

Long-term investments and marketable securities

155,852

107,879

Other assets

9,425

4,196

Total assets

$   940,690

$   899,006

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$     28,180

$     33,273

Accrued liabilities

50,568

64,612

Deferred revenue

12,288

11,089

Income taxes payable

2,031

0

Total current liabilities

93,067

108,974

Deferred rent

1,406

1,592

Other long-term liabilities

13,188

11,515

Total liabilities

107,661

122,081

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred Stock

Class A Common Stock

722

722

Additional paid-in capital

136,750

131,422

Treasury stock

(628,683)

(596,622)

Retained earnings

1,333,530

1,245,616

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(9,290)

(4,213)

Total stockholders' equity

833,029

776,925

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$   940,690

$   899,006

 

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 29,

 2012

October 1,

2011

September 29,

 2012

October 1,

2011

Net sales:

  Net sales of tangible products

$     239,786

$     241,686

$     706,970

$     700,568

  Revenue from services and software

12,251

11,652

36,019

35,612

Total net sales

252,037

253,338

742,989

736,180

Cost of sales

  Cost of sales of tangible products

118,751

122,529

357,764

351,042

  Cost of services and software

6,362

7,256

18,041

19,889

Total cost of sales

125,113

129,785

375,805

370,931

Gross profit

126,924

123,553

367,184

365,249

Operating expenses:

   Selling and marketing

32,321

31,942

96,593

91,420

   Research and development

22,007

22,584

64,759

66,752

   General and administrative

22,481

18,978

71,203

62,372

   Amortization of intangible assets

1,670

843

3,210

2,514

   Acquisition costs

566

188

2,072

188

   Exit and restructuring costs

0

138

0

2,090

   Asset impairment charge

9,114

0

9,114

0

Total operating expenses

88,159

74,673

246,951

225,336

Operating income

38,765

48,880

120,233

139,913

Other income (expense):

   Investment income

541

134

1,959

1,350

   Foreign exchange loss

(514)

(173)

(936)

(1,300)

   Other, net

(294)

(859)

(1,144)

(1,356)

Total other income (expense)

(267)

(898)

(121)

(1,306)

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

38,498

47,982

120,112

138,607

Income taxes

11,917

13,795

33,014

41,123

Income from continuing operations

26,581

34,187

87,098

97,484

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

516

10,814

816

42,115

Net income

$       27,097

$       45,001

$       87,914

$     139,599

Basic earnings per share:

   Income from continuing operations

$          0.52

$          0.64

$          1.68

$          1.79

   Income from discontinued operations

0.01

0.20

0.02

0.77

      Net income

$          0.53

$          0.84

$          1.70

$          2.56

Diluted earnings per share:

   Income from continuing operations

$          0.51

$          0.64

$          1.67

$          1.78

   Income from discontinued operations

0.01

0.20

0.02

0.77

      Net income

$          0.52

$          0.84

$          1.69

$          2.55

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

51,566

53,339

51,775

54,405

Diluted weighted average and equivalent shares outstanding

51,809

53,628

52,041

54,770

 

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 29, 2012

October 1, 2011

September 29, 2012

October 1, 2011

Net income

$ 27,097

$ 45,001

$ 87,914

$ 139,599

Other comprehensive income (loss):

  Unrealized gains (losses) on hedging transactions, net of income taxes

(3,946)

5,615

(6,192)

2,838

  Unrealized holding gains (losses) on investments, net of income taxes

392

(636)

917

(303)

  Foreign currency translation adjustment

12

173

198

(630)

Comprehensive income

$ 23,555

$ 50,153

$ 82,837

$ 141,504

 

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

September 29, 2012

October 1, 2011

Cash flows from operating activities:

        Net income

$    87,914

$   139,599

        Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

                Depreciation and amortization

18,906

17,985

                Equity-based compensation

11,485

11,060

                Asset impairment charge

9,114

0

                Impairment of investments

0

326

                Excess tax benefit from equity-based compensation

(1,492)

(1,265)

                Loss on sale of property and equipment

178

53

                Gain on sale of business

(613)

(66,753)

                Deferred income taxes

2,755

5,703

                Changes in assets and liabilities:

                        Accounts receivable, net

(6,108)

(10,112)

                        Inventories, net

11,981

(6,635)

                        Other assets

12,070

(10,150)

                        Accounts payable

(10,843)

(8,493)

                        Accrued liabilities

(11,341)

(14,917)

                        Deferred revenue

2,644

(16,707)

                        Income taxes

14,711

(7,087)

                        Other operating activities

(6,378)

2,116

                                Net cash provided by operating activities

134,983

34,723

Cash flows from investing activities:

        Purchases of property and equipment

(17,140)

(17,829)

        Proceeds from the sale of business

27,580

161,206

        Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

(59,874)

0

        Acquisition of intangible assets

(3,000)

(200)

        Purchase of long-term equity investment

(5,000)

0

        Purchases of investments and marketable securities

(483,349)

(791,811)

        Maturities of investments and marketable securities

324,139

493,649

        Proceeds from sales of investments and marketable securities

133,863

253,377

                                Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(82,781)

98,392

Cash flows from financing activities:

        Purchase of treasury stock

(39,697)

(146,373)

        Proceeds from exercise of stock options and stock purchase plan purchases

1,909

9,197

        Excess tax benefit from equity-based compensation

1,492

1,265

                                Net cash used in financing activities

(36,296)

(135,911)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(71)

(899)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

15,835

(3,695)

        Cash balance of discontinued operations at beginning of period

0

1,301

        Less: Cash balance of discontinued operations at end of period

0

0

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

36,418

46,175

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$   52,253

$   43,781

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

 Income taxes paid

$   16,773

$   53,512

 

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL SALES INFORMATION

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

SALES BY PRODUCT CATEGORY

Three Months Ended

September 29,

October 1,

Percent

Percent of

Percent of

Product Category

2012

2011

Change

Net Sales - 2012

Net Sales – 2011

Hardware

$ 183,053

$ 193,214

(5.3)

72.6

76.3

Supplies

55,423

47,110

17.6

22.0

18.6

Service and software

12,251

11,652

5.1

4.9

4.6

  Subtotal products

250,727

251,976

(0.5)

99.5

99.5

Shipping and handling

1,310

1,362

(3.8)

0.5

0.5

  Total net sales

$ 252,037

$ 253,338

(0.5)

100.0

100.0

 

Nine Months Ended

September 29,

October,

Percent

Percent of

Percent of

Product Category

2012

2011

Change

Net Sales - 2012

Net Sales – 2011

Hardware

$     548,222

$     555,108

(1.2)

73.9

75.4

Supplies

154,893

141,323

9.6

20.8

19.2

Service and software

36,019

35,612

1.1

4.8

4.8

   Subtotal products

739,134

732,043

1.0

99.5

99.4

Shipping and handling

3,855

4,137

(6.8)

0.5

0.6

   Total net sales

$     742,989

$     736,180

0.9

100.0

100.0

 

SALES BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Three Months Ended

September 29,

October 1,

Percent

Percent of

Percent of

Geographic Region

2012

2011

Change

Net Sales - 2012

Net Sales - 2011

Europe, Middle East and Africa

$ 75,637

$ 84,597

(10.6)

30.0

33.4

Latin America

26,188

23,968

9.3

10.4

9.5

Asia-Pacific

36,843

38,723

(4.9)

14.6

15.3

  Total International

138,668

147,288

(5.9)

55.0

58.2

North America

113,369

106,050

6.9

45.0

41.8

  Total net sales

$ 252,037

$ 253,338

(0.5)

100.0

100.0

 

Nine Months Ended

September 29,

October 1,

Percent

Percent of

Percent of

Geographic Region

2012

2011

Change

Net Sales - 2012

Net Sales - 2011

Europe, Middle East and Africa

$     239,615

$     254,218

(5.7)

32.3

34.5

Latin America

73,846

68,137

8.4

9.9

9.3

Asia-Pacific

105,912

109,518

(3.3)

14.3

14.9

   Total International

419,373

431,873

(2.9)

56.5

58.7

North America

323,616

304,307

6.3

43.5

41.3

   Total net sales

$     742,989

$     736,180

0.9

100.0

100.0

 

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

PRINTER UNITS and AVERAGE UNIT PRICES

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 29,

October 1,

Percent

2012

2011

Change

Total printers shipped

310,972

315,743

(1.5)

Average selling price of printers shipped

$492

$524

(6.1)

Nine Months Ended

September 29,

October 1,

Percent

2012

2011

Change

Total printers shipped

938,827

876,483

7.1

Average selling price of printers shipped

$488

$535

(8.7)

 

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