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Quarterhill Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

05/09/2019

Adjusted EBITDA of $12.5 million driven by strong revenue growth and lower cost base

KITCHENER, ON, May 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Quarterhill Inc. ("Quarterhill" or the "Company") (TSX: QTRH) (NASDAQ: QTRH), announces its financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2019. All financial information in this press release is reported in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Revenues of $39.8 million, which is above the estimated range of $33.0-$36.0 million provided previously
  • Recurring revenues of $5.6 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA* of $12.5 million
  • Net income of $29,000, or $0.00 per basic and diluted common share
  • Cash and equivalents were $53.8 million at March 31, 2019. Cash and equivalents declined in Q1 2019 due to working capital adjustments which saw accounts receivable increase $27.1 million. The majority of that increase was collected post quarter-end
  • WiLAN, along with several of its wholly‑owned subsidiaries, entered into a comprehensive semiconductor license agreement with SK hynix Inc.
  • Subsequent to quarter-end, John Gillberry named Chairperson of the Board and James Skippen named Vice-Chairperson of the Board
  • Subsequent to quarter-end, WiLAN's wholly-owned subsidiary, Polaris Innovations Limited ("Polaris"), granted a term license for certain memory interface technology patents owned by Polaris to NVIDIA Corporation

"Q1 was a strong start to the year in which we continued our momentum from Q4 and delivered significant revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth both year-over-year and sequentially," said Doug Parker, President and CEO, Quarterhill. "With WiLAN, our licensing business, we had the type of quarter that illustrates the positive aspects of its revenue variability, as that business generated almost $15.0 million in Adjusted EBITDA and accordingly a significant amount of cash flow that can be used to support our M&A strategy. The recent license announcement with NVIDIA reflects that WiLAN's momentum has continued into Q2 and on the expense side we are already benefitting from the lower cost base established through the 2018 restructuring."

"Regarding our M&A activities, while it is still somewhat of a seller's market, we are experiencing good activity with deal flow and continue to make progress moving a number of opportunities through our pipeline and diligence process. With a focus on expanding our overall M&A coverage in general, we are seeing good opportunities to add stand-alone businesses to the portfolio and are also seeing promising tuck-in opportunities for IRD and VIZIYA in their existing markets and adjacencies. Those businesses continue to perform well, and we believe that an appropriate tuck-in could help to further accelerate their growth prospects." 

Approval of Eligible Dividend
The Board of Directors has declared an eligible quarterly dividend of CDN $0.0125 per common share payable on July 5, 2019, to shareholders of record on June 14, 2019.

Business Strategy and Segments
Quarterhill's acquisition strategy focuses primarily on financial metrics while remaining cognizant of broader technology and market trends as it builds a portfolio of businesses that are characterized as having recurring revenue, free cash flow and profitable growth potential. Driven by the execution of a proven and disciplined acquisition strategy, the Company seeks to enable shareholders to benefit from consolidation and convergence trends in today's technology industry. As of March 31, 2019, Quarterhill had investments in three segments: Licensing (Wi-LAN Inc. or "WiLAN"); Intelligent Systems (International Road Dynamics Inc. or "IRD"); and Enterprise Software (VIZIYA Corp. or "VIZIYA").

Q1 2019 Consolidated Financial Review
Consolidated revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2019 ("Q1 2019") were $39.8 million, up 232% compared to $12.0 million in Q1 2018. WiLAN's Q1 2019 revenue was $28.1 million compared to $1.8 million in Q1 2018 and was the primary driver of the year-over-year increase. Combined, IRD and VIZIYA grew revenue organically year-over-year by 14% to $11.7 million. Recurring revenue was $5.6 million in Q1 2019 compared to $4.2 million in Q1 2018.

Gross margin for Q1 2019 was $20.0 million, or 50%, compared to $0.3 million, or 2%, in Q1 2018. Gross margin comparisons reflect the quarterly revenue variability in the WiLAN business and its strong performance in Q1 2019. Gross margin percentage for both IRD and VIZIYA in Q1 2019 was 40% compared to 43% in Q1 2018. That year-over-year change was due primarily to lower revenue at VIZIYA, offset in part by higher revenue and margin at IRD, which was due, in part, to the 2018 restructuring at IRD.

Operating expenses include selling, general and administrative costs, research and development costs, depreciation and amortization of intangible assets and special charges. Operating expenses for Q1 2019 were $14.7 million, compared to $15.1 million in Q1 2018. Operating expenses in Q1 2019 included a one-time $1.3 million charge related to the restructuring at WiLAN that took place in December 2018. Excluding that one-time amount, operating expenses decreased year-over-year by $1.7 million, even with the significant year-over-year increase in revenue. This was due primarily to the restructurings in 2018 at WiLAN and IRD. 

Adjusted EBITDA for Q1 2019 was $12.5 million compared to ($7.3) million in Q1 2018. The increase in adjusted EBITDA reflects the strong quarter at WiLAN, higher revenue at IRD and the restructurings in 2018 at WiLAN and IRD.

Net income for Q1 2019 was $29,000, or $0.00 per basic and diluted common share, compared to net loss of $12.0 million, or ($0.10) per basic and diluted common share, in Q1 2018. The year-over-year improvement was due primarily to significant revenue growth at WiLAN, higher revenue at IRD and the restructurings in 2018 at WiLAN and IRD, offset in part by lower revenue at VIZIYA.   

Cash used in operations for Q1 2019 was $12.3 million, compared to $6.5 million of cash used in operations in Q1 2018. Cash used in operations in Q1 2019 was impacted by the timing of collections and working capital adjustments. Accounts receivable increased by $27.1 million in Q1 2019 from December 31, 2018, which reflected the strong revenue performance at WiLAN. A majority of these receivables were collected subsequent to quarter-end, which will be reflected in Quarterhill's Q2 2019 financial statements.

Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments amounted to $53.8 million at March 31, 2019, compared to $67.3 million at December 31, 2018. A significant portion of the Company's accounts receivable balance was collected subsequent to quarter-end. 

The table below highlights financial performance for the Company's Licensing, Intelligent Systems and Enterprise Software segments. For detailed results and discussion related to these segments, please refer to the Management's Discussion and Analysis document, which will be filed on SEDAR and at www.quarterhill.com in the investor section.


For the Three months ended March 31, 2019



Licensing



Intelligent
Systems



Enterprise
Software



Corporate



Total


Revenues

$

28,125



$

9,338



$

2,375



$

-



$

39,838


Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization)


12,789




6,697




307




-




19,793




15,336




2,641




2,068




-




20,045


Selling, general and administrative expenses


560




2,506




1,574




1,947




6,587


Research and development expenses


-




591




588




-




1,179


Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


41




302




31




4




378


Amortization of intangibles


3,528




946




757




-




5,231


Special charges


1,297




-




-




-




1,297


Results from operations


9,910




(1,704)




(882)




(1,951)




5,373


Finance income


(18)




(2)




-




(182)




(202)


Finance expense


-




43




1




-




44


Foreign exchange loss (gain)


(192)




192




33




209




242


Other income


-




(74)




-




-




(74)


Income (loss) before taxes


10,120




(1,863)




(916)




(1,978)




5,363


Current income tax expense


3,907




134




-




-




4,041


Deferred income tax expense (recovery)


1,948




(595)




(328)




268




1,293


Income tax expense (recovery)


5,855




(461)




(328)




268




5,334


Net income (loss)

$

4,265



$

(1,402)



$

(588)



$

(2,246)



$

29






















Adjusted EBITDA


14,755




(426)




(80)




(1,789)




12,460






















Other reconciling items:




















Stock-based compensation


(21)




30




14




158




181










































 


For the Three months ended March 31, 2018



Licensing



Intelligent
Systems



Enterprise
Software



Corporate



Total


Revenues

$

1,767



$

7,412



$

2,830



$

-



$

12,009


Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization)


5,905




5,498




331




-




11,734




(4,138)




1,914




2,499




-




275


Selling, general and administrative expenses


631




2,573




1,569




2,280




7,053


Research and development expenses


-




549




390




-




939


Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


75




290




29




1




395


Amortization of intangibles


5,002




992




757




-




6,751


Results from operations


(9,846)




(2,490)




(246)




(2,281)




(14,863)


Finance income


-




(1)




-




(190)




(191)


Finance expense


-




36




3




-




39


Foreign exchange loss (gain)


300




(148)




(9)




(273)




(130)


Other income


-




(250)




(77)




-




(327)


Loss before taxes


(10,146)




(2,127)




(163)




(1,818)




(14,254)


Current income tax expense (recovery)


104




9




(434)




-




(321)


Deferred income tax expense (recovery)


(1,403)




(568)




(238)




321




(1,888)


Income tax expense (recovery)


(1,299)




(559)




(672)




321




(2,209)


Net income (loss)

$

(8,847)



$

(1,568)



$

509



$

(2,139)



$

(12,045)






















Adjusted EBITDA


(4,763)




(1,037)




667




(2,204)




(7,337)






















Other reconciling items:




















Effect of deleted deferred revenue


-




97




127




-




224


Stock-based compensation


6




74




-




76




156


 

Conference Call and Webcast
Quarterhill will host a conference call to discuss its financial results today at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.

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Non-GAAP Disclosure*
Quarterhill follows U.S. GAAP in preparing its interim and annual financial statements. We use the term "Adjusted EBITDA" to mean net income (loss) from continuing operations before: (i) income taxes; (ii) finance expense or income; (iii) amortization and impairment of intangibles; (iv) special charges and other one-time items; (v) depreciation of property, plant and equipment; (vi) effects of deleted deferred revenue; (vii) the effects of fair value step up in inventory acquired; (viii) stock based compensation; (ix) foreign exchange (gain) loss; and * equity in income and dividends from joint ventures. Adjusted EBITDA is used by Quarterhill management to assess our normalized cash generated on a consolidated basis and in our operating segments. Adjusted EBITDA is also a performance measure that may be used by investors to analyze the cash generated by Quarterhill and our operating segments. ADJUSTED EBITDA IS NOT A MEASURE OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE UNDER U.S. GAAP. IT DOES NOT HAVE ANY STANDARDIZED MEANING PRESCRIBED BY U.S. GAAP AND IS THEREFORE UNLIKELY TO BE COMPARABLE TO SIMILARLY TITLED MEASURES USED BY OTHER COMPANIES. ADJUSTED EBITDA SHOULD NOT BE INTERPRETED AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO NET INCOME AND CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATIONS AS DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH U.S. GAAP OR AS A MEASURE OF LIQUIDITY.

About Quarterhill
Quarterhill is focused on the disciplined acquisition, management and growth of companies in dedicated technology areas including, vertical market software and solutions, intelligent industrial systems, and innovation and licensing. Quarterhill's emphasis is on seeking out acquisition opportunities at reasonable valuations that provide a foundation for recurring revenues, predictable cash flows and margins, profitable growth, intimate customer relationships and dedicated management teams.  Quarterhill is listed on the TSX and NASDAQ under the symbol QTRH. For more information: www.quarterhill.com.

Forward-looking Information
This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other United States and Canadian securities laws.  Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are based on estimates and assumptions made by Quarterhill in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and the expected effects of new business strategies, as well as other factors that Quarterhill believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause Quarterhill's actual performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Such factors include, without limitation, the risks described in Quarterhill's February 28, 2019 annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2018 (the "AIF"). Copies of the AIF may be obtained at www.sedar.com and as part of Quarterhill's Form 40-F for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.com. Quarterhill recommends that readers review and consider all of these risk factors and notes that readers should not place undue reliance on any of Quarterhill's forward-looking statements. Quarterhill has no intention, and undertakes no obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

All trademarks and brands mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

Quarterhill Inc.


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Operations


(Unaudited)


(in thousands of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)











Three months ended March 31,



2019



2018


Revenues

$

39,838



$

12,009


Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization)


19,793




11,734




20,045




275


Operating expenses








Selling, general and administrative expenses


6,587




7,053


Research and development expenses


1,179




939


Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


378




395


Amortization of intangibles


5,231




6,751


Special charges


1,297




-




14,672




15,138


Results from operations


5,373




(14,863)










Finance income


(202)




(191)


Finance expense


44




39


Foreign exchange loss (gain)


242




(130)


Other income


(74)




(327)


Income (loss) before taxes


5,363




(14,254)










Current income tax expense (recovery)


4,041




(321)


Deferred income tax expense (recovery)


1,293




(1,888)


Income tax expense (recovery)


5,334




(2,209)


Net income (loss)

$

29



$

(12,045)










Net income (loss) per share








Basic and fully diluted

$

0.00



$

(0.10)










Weighted average number of common shares








Basic


118,817,466




118,658,249


Fully diluted


118,817,466




118,658,249



 

Quarterhill Inc.


Supplemental Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Operations Information


(Unaudited)


(in thousands of United States dollars)











Three months ended March 31,



2019



2018


Revenues








License

$

27,980



$

2,493


Systems


5,602




4,693


Services


646




653


Recurring


5,610




4,170


Total revenues

$

39,838



$

12,009










Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization)








License

$

12,806



$

5,931


Systems


3,793




3,466


Services


290




305


Recurring


2,904




2,032


Total cost of revenues

$

19,793



$

11,734











 

Quarterhill Inc.


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)


(Unaudited)


(in thousands of United States dollars)



Three months ended March 31,



2019



2018


 Net income (loss)

$

29



$

(12,045)










 Other comprehensive income (loss):








Foreign currency translation adjustment


599




(790)


Comprehensive income (loss)

$

628



$

(12,835)










 

Quarterhill Inc.


Condensed Consolidated Interim Balance Sheets


(Unaudited)


(in thousands of United States dollars)










As at

March 31, 2019



December 31, 2018


Current assets








Cash and cash equivalents

$

50,406



$

63,929


Short-term investments


1,161




1,139


Restricted short-term investments


2,200




2,200


Accounts receivable


37,900




10,812


Other current assets


21




91


Unbilled revenue


4,359




3,990


Income taxes receivable


-




198


Inventories


5,939




5,960


Prepaid expenses and deposits


2,038




2,332




104,024




90,651


Non-current assets








Accounts receivable


351




415


Right-of-use assets


2,649




-


Property, plant and equipment


2,503




2,655


Intangible assets


82,545




87,425


Investment in joint venture


3,984




3,822


Deferred income tax assets


25,061




27,141


Goodwill


25,303




25,303


TOTAL ASSETS

$

246,420



$

237,412










Liabilities








Current liabilities








Bank indebtedness

$

2,670



$

2,598


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


24,837




18,103


Income taxes payable


63




-


Right-of-use lease liabilities


681




-


Current portion of deferred revenue


5,631




4,670


Current portion of long-term debt


295




299


Contingent consideration


929




929




35,106




26,599


Non-current liabilities








Deferred revenue


1,291




1,435


Right-of-use lease liabilities


1,783




-


Long-term debt


153




173


Deferred income tax liabilities


3,540




4,337


TOTAL LIABILITIES


41,873




32,544


Shareholders' equity








Capital stock


419,111




419,111


Additional paid-in capital


23,138




22,957


Accumulated other comprehensive income


16,842




16,243


Deficit


(254,544)




(253,443)




204,547




204,868


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

246,420



$

237,412



 

Quarterhill Inc.


 Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Cash Flows


(Unaudited)


(in thousands of United States dollars)











Three months ended March 31,



2019



2018


Cash generated from (used in):








Operations








Net income (loss)

$

29



$

(12,045)


Non-cash items








Stock-based compensation


181




156


Depreciation and amortization


5,609




7,146


Foreign exchange loss (gain)


(62)




78


Equity in income from joint venture


(74)




(250)


Loss on disposal of assets


-




1


Deferred income tax expense (recovery)


1,293




(1,888)


Embedded derivatives


70




2


Changes in non-cash working capital balances


(19,374)




261


Cash used in operations


(12,328)




(6,539)


Financing








Dividends paid


(1,130)




(1,171)


Bank indebtedness


72




(2,057)


Repayment of long-term debt


(24)




(15)


Cash used in financing


(1,082)




(3,243)


Investing








Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


-




11


Purchase of property and equipment


(158)




(123)


Repayment of patent finance obligations


-




(1,390)


Purchase of intangibles


(20)




(40)


Cash used in investing


(178)




(1,542)


Foreign exchange gain (loss) on cash held in foreign currency


65




(75)


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(13,523)




(11,399)


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


63,929




81,818


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

50,406



$

70,419


 

Quarterhill Inc.


Condensed Consolidated Interim Statements of Shareholders' Equity


(Unaudited)


(in thousands of United States dollars)



Capital Stock



Additional
Paid-in Capital



Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income



Deficit



Total Equity


Balance - January 1, 2018, revised

$

418,873



$

22,489



$

20,111



$

(199,718)



$

261,755






















Net loss


-




-




-




(12,045)




(12,045)


Other comprehensive loss


-




-




(790)




-




(790)


Stock-based compensation expense


-




156




-




-




156


Dividends declared


-




-




-




(1,171)




(1,171)


Balance - March 31, 2019

$

418,873



$

22,645



$

19,321



$

(212,934)



$

247,905






















Balance - January 1, 2019

$

419,111



$

22,957



$

16,243



$

(253,443)



$

204,868






















Net income


-




-




-




29




29


Other comprehensive income


-




-




599




-




599


Stock-based compensation expense


-




181




-




-




181


Dividends declared


-




-




-




(1,130)




(1,130)


Balance - March 31, 2019

$

419,111



$

23,138



$

16,842



$

(254,544)



$

204,547



 

Quarterhill Inc.


Reconciliations of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA


(Unaudited)


(in thousands of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)











Three months ended March 31,


Adjusted EBITDA

2019



2018


Net income (loss)

$

29



$

(12,045)










Adjusted for:








Income tax expense (recovery)


5,334




(2,209)


Foreign exchange loss (gain)


242




(130)


Finance expense


44




39


Finance income


(202)




(191)


Special charges


1,297




-


Amortization of intangibles


5,231




6,751


Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


378




395


Effect of deleted deferred revenue


-




224


Stock-based compensation


181




156


Other income


(74)




(327)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

12,460



$

(7,337)










Adjusted EBITDA per share








Net income (loss)

$

-



$

(0.10)










Adjusted for:








Income tax expense (recovery)


0.04




(0.02)


Foreign exchange loss (gain)


-




-


Finance expense


-




-


Finance income


-




-


Special charges


0.01




-


Amortization of intangibles


0.04




0.06


Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


-




-


Effect of deleted deferred revenue


-




-


Stock-based compensation


-




-


Other income


-




-


Adjusted EBITDA per share

$

0.09



$

(0.06)










Weighted average number of Common Shares








  Basic


118,817,466




118,658,249


 

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