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Sierra Wireless Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

Connectivity, software and services revenue increased by 26% year over year in Q1’21

VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) (the “Company”, “Sierra Wireless”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) reported results for its first quarter of 2021. All results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP” or “GAAP”), except as otherwise indicated below.

Total revenue in the first quarter was $108.1 million, up 4.9% year over year and our Connectivity, Software, and Services revenue was $33.7 million, up 26% year over year. We have done well managing costs despite a tight supply chain environment and we lowered our operating expenses sequentially in the first quarter,” said Kent Thexton, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless. “Demand for our Internet of Things (“IoT”) products and gateways remains strong with Q1 orders up over 30% year over year, and we are working closely with all our supply chain partners to build and ship our products to our customers. The requirement for real-time monitoring of assets and advanced edge processing is growing in importance as more industrial and enterprise companies are digitizing their assets. With our IoT devices, connectivity service and edge-to-cloud tools, Sierra Wireless is the trusted supplier for IoT solutions.”

Revenue increased by 4.9% to $108.1 million in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to $103.0 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Quarterly revenue for our two business segments was as follows:

(i)

Revenue from IoT Solutions increased by 9.1% to $74.6 million as compared to $68.4 million in the first quarter of 2020. The increase was primarily due to growth in IoT connectivity, partially offset by the impact of the ransomware incident and industry-wide supply constraints.

(ii)

Revenue from Enterprise Solutions decreased by 3.3% to $33.5 million as compared to $34.6 million in the first quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily due to the impact of the ransomware incident and industry-wide supply constraints.

Product revenue was $74.4 million in the first quarter of 2021, representing 68.8% of consolidated revenue and Connectivity, Software, and Services revenue was $33.7 million, representing 31.2% of consolidated revenue. During the quarter, orders for products were strong; however, they were impacted by both the ransomware incident and industry-wide supply constraints. On a year over year basis, Connectivity, Software, and Services revenue increased 26.1%.

In accordance with U.S. GAAP, the results of operations of the Automotive Business are reported as discontinued operations in our consolidation statements of operations and comprehensive loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures referred to in this news release are labeled as a “non-GAAP measure” or are designated as such with an asterisk (*). Please see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for explanations of why the Company uses these non-GAAP measures and “Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results by Quarter” for reconciliation to the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures.

First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Gross margin was 34.9% in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to 33.9% in the first quarter of 2020. The increase was driven by changes in product and customer mix in our new IoT Solutions segment and Enterprise Solutions segment.

    • IoT Solutions gross margin was 29.6% in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to 26.6% in the first quarter of 2020 primarily due to increased higher-margin IoT connectivity revenue.
    • Enterprise Solutions gross margin was 46.7% in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to 48.3% in the first quarter of 2020 primarily due to increased material costs as a result of industry-wide supply constraints.
  • Operating expenses were $60.8 million in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to $62.7 million in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss from continuing operations was $28.5 million in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to $27.2 million in the first quarter of 2020 due to the absence of a one-time income tax recovery and higher foreign exchange losses, partially offset by higher revenue and gross margin, and lower operating expenses.
  • Adjusted net loss from continuing operations* was $9.6 million, or loss of $0.26 per share, in the first quarter of 2021 and $19.2 million, or loss of $0.53 per share, in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was a loss of $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to a loss of $16.2 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Introduction of Key Performance Metric

In the first quarter of 2021, we introduced a key performance metric to measure our performance and growth in our recurring revenue, both to help investors better understand and assess the performance of our business and also because our mix of revenue generated from recurring sources has increased in recent years. Monthly Recurring Revenue (“MRR”) is defined as the monthly subscription revenue, including usage fees from current subscribers.

Monthly Recurring Revenue

+27% CAGR

Month

MRR (in Millions)

Mar 2021

$11.5

Dec 2020

$10.5

Sep 2020

$9.5

Jun 2020

$9.1

Mar 2020

$8.8

Dec 2019

$8.0

Sep 2019

$8.1

Jun 2019

$7.9

Mar 2019

$7.1

(1) CAGR is the compounded annual growth rate over the time period specified

(2) MRR does not have any standardized meaning and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. MRR should be viewed independently of revenue and deferred revenue and is not intended to be combined with or to replace either of those items. MRR is not a forecast.

Ransomware Incident

On March 20, 2021, Sierra Wireless was the subject of a ransomware incident affecting our internal IT systems and corporate website. As a result of the incident, we temporarily halted production at our manufacturing sites. We immediately engaged a leading team of external legal counsel and forensic investigators to support us with our investigation, and identify, isolate and address the incident.

We have since enhanced our security and monitoring tools with an added layer of protection that is intended to detect and identify malicious activity and assist us in cleaning any potentially compromised systems. While initially suspended, our factory production resumed less than a week after the incident was discovered. Our internal teams continue to work with our external advisors to review and evaluate additional security measures that could be implemented to further protect our systems. Ensuring the safety and security of our systems remains one of our top priorities.

Cash Position

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of the first quarter of 2021 were $112.2 million compared to $171.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. The decrease in cash was due to the following primary factors: (i) higher working capital requirements given the current global shortage in components; (ii) restructuring to improve our operating efficiency; (iii) direct costs and the indirect impact of the ransomware incident, including the unwinding of the accounts receivable factoring program; and (iv) capital expenditures. The largest impact to our cash was related to the $41M change in working capital driven by the temporary unwinding of our accounts receivable factoring program and increased investment to combat the industry-wide supply constraints.

Change in Reportable Segments

During the first quarter of 2021, we revised our reportable segments to better reflect the way the Company manages its business and reorganized our reportable segments to align our various businesses for future growth and to streamline operations. We now classify our operations into the following two reportable segments: (i) IoT Solutions (New) and (ii) Enterprise Solutions. We have retroactively restated prior period information to align with this new segmentation.

Our new IoT Solutions segment includes our cellular wireless IoT module solutions, IoT connectivity services, embedded broadband solutions, and Octave edge-to-cloud solution.

Our Enterprise Solutions include our range of Sierra Wireless AirLink® routers, IoT gateways, IoT applications and advanced network management, managed connectivity services, and mobility applications. These secure 4G LTE and 5G New Radio (“NR”) networking solutions support mission critical applications in key industries such as retail, financial services, field service, smart grid/ smart metering, oil and gas, transportation, and public safety. We have a broad range of cellular gateways and routers complemented by our cloud-based services and software for secure management.

Financial Guidance

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our global business continues to remain uncertain. While we continue to evaluate the effects on our business, the overall severity and duration of adverse impacts related to COVID-19 on our business, financial condition, cash flows and operating results for 2021 and beyond cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. Due to continued strong demand and the investment in working capital to combat the industry wide tightness in supply, we expect our revenue for the second quarter of 2021 to be in the range of $118 million to $122 million. Demand remains strong in the second quarter of 2021, and we have secured hardware orders and recurring revenue that is approximately 20% above the mid-point of our Q2’21 revenue guidance. However, we continue to face a tight global supply chain environment that is constraining our ability to source all the necessary components and fully deliver to this level of demand.

This guidance and other non-GAAP guidance constitutes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and reflects current business indicators and expectations. These statements are based on management’s current beliefs and assumptions, which could prove to be significantly incorrect. Forward-looking statements, particularly those that relate to longer periods of time, are subject to substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements, including those described in our regulatory filings. See “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” below.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Our consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP on a basis consistent for all periods presented. In addition to results reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we use non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental indicators of our operating performance. The term “non-GAAP financial measure” is used to refer to a numerical measure of a company’s historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that: (i) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP in a company’s statement of earnings, balance sheet or statement of cash flows; or (ii) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented.

Our non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release are adjusted net earnings (loss) from continuing operations*, adjusted basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations*and adjusted EBITDA* (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).

Adjusted net earnings (loss) from continuing operations* excludes the impact of stock-based compensation expense and related social taxes, phantom RSU expense which represents expenses related to compensation units settled in cash based on the stock price at vesting, restructuring costs, acquisition-related and integration costs, government grants related to COVID-19 relief, CEO retirement/search, impairment, certain other non-recurring costs or recoveries, acquisition-related amortization, the impact of foreign exchange gains or losses on translation of certain balance sheet accounts, foreign exchange gains or losses on forward contracts, and certain tax adjustments.

Adjusted EBITDA* from continuing operations is defined as net earnings (loss) from continuing operations plus stock-based compensation expense and related social taxes, phantom RSU expense which represents expenses related to compensation units settled in cash based on the stock price at vesting, restructuring costs, acquisition-related and integration costs, government grants related to COVID-19 relief, CEO retirement/search, impairment, certain other non-recurring costs or recoveries, amortization, interest and other income (expense), foreign exchange gains or losses on translation of certain balance sheet accounts, unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses on forward contracts, and income tax expense (recovery). Adjusted EBITDA is a metric used by investors and analysts for valuation purposes and is an important indicator of our operating performance and our ability to generate liquidity through operating cash flow that will fund future working capital needs and fund future capital expenditures.

We use the above-noted non-GAAP financial measures for planning purposes and to allow us to assess the performance of our business before including the impacts of the items noted above as they affect the comparability of our financial results. These non-GAAP measures are reviewed regularly by management and the Board of Directors as part of the ongoing internal assessment of our operating performance.

We disclose these non-GAAP financial measures as we believe they provide useful information to investors and analysts to assist them in their evaluation of our operating results and to assist in comparisons from one period to another. Readers are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Conference call and webcast details

Sierra Wireless is hosting a conference call to discuss its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021 on Thursday May 13, 2021, at 5:30 PM Eastern time (2:30 PM Pacific time).

To participate, dial the following number approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the call:

  • Toll-free (Canada and US): 1-877-201-0168
  • Alternate number: 1-647-788-4901
  • Conference ID: 1898066

Conference call and webcast details are available at the following link:

Sierra Wireless Q1 2021 Conference Call and Webcast

If the above link does not work, copy and paste the following URL into your browser:

https://onlinexperiences.com/Launch/QReg/ShowUUID=9112016B-FB4D-48D3-9D67-322169F68098

The webcast will remain available at the above link for one year following the call.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements and information that are not based on historical facts and constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) and may include statements and information relating to the impact of the ransomware incident on our business operations; our work to review and evaluate additional security measures and the ability that they will have to protect our IT systems; our financial guidance for our second quarter of 2021; the impact of COVID-19 on customer demand, our supply chain, manufacturing capacity, our ability to meet customer demand and our financial results; expectations regarding post-COVID-19 recovery; our business outlook for the short and long term; statements regarding our strategy, plans, goals, objectives, expectations and future operating performance; the Company’s liquidity and capital resources; the Company’s financial and operating objectives and strategies to achieve them; general economic conditions; estimates of our expenses, future revenues, financial results and capital requirements; non-GAAP earnings per share and capital requirements; our expectations regarding the legal proceedings we are involved in; statements with respect to the Company’s estimated working capital; expectations with respect to the adoption of IoT solutions; expectations regarding trends and growth in the IoT market and wireless module market; expectations regarding product and price competition from other wireless device manufacturers and solution providers; and our ability to implement effective control procedures. In particular, this press release describes our revenue targets, which are forward-looking statements and are subject to the assumptions, risks and uncertainties described below. Forward-looking statements are provided to help you understand our views of our short and long term plans, expectations and prospects. We caution you that forward-looking statements may not be appropriate for other purposes.

Forward-looking statements:

  • Typically include words and phrases about the future such as “outlook”, “will”, “may”, “expects”, “is expected”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “plans”, “projects”, “estimates”, “assumes”, “intends”, “strategy”, “goals”, “objectives”, “potential”, “possible”, or variations thereof.
  • Are not promises or guarantees of future performance. They represent our current views and may change significantly.
  • Are based on a number of material assumptions, including, but not limited to, those listed below, which could prove to be significantly incorrect:

    • the scope and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business;
    • our ability to return to normal operations after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided;
    • expected component supply constraints and manufacturing capacity;
    • customer demand and our ability to continue to sell our products and services in the expected quantities at the expected prices and expected times;
    • our ability to effect and to realize the anticipated benefits of our business transformation initiatives, and the timing thereof;
    • our ability to develop, manufacture and sell new products and services that meet the needs of our customers and gain commercial acceptance;
    • expected macro-economic business conditions;
    • expected cost of sales;
    • our ability to win new business;
    • our ability to integrate acquired businesses and realize expected benefits;
    • our ability to renew or obtain credit facilities when required;
    • expected deployment of next generation networks by wireless network operators;
    • our operations not being adversely disrupted by further ransomware or cyber security attacks;
    • our operations not being adversely disrupted by other developments, operating, cyber security, litigation, or regulatory risks; and
    • expected tax and foreign exchange rates.
  • Are based on our management’s current expectations and we caution investors that forward-looking statements, particularly those that relate to longer periods of time, are subject to substantial known and unknown material risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause our actual results, achievements and developments in our business to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements, including without limitation, the following factors. These risk factors and others are discussed in our Annual Information Form which may be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov and in our other regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States and the provincial securities commissions in Canada:

    • prolonged negative impact from COVID-19;
    • our access to capital, if required;
    • competition from new or established competitors or from those with greater resources;
    • our reliance on single source suppliers for certain components used in our products;
    • our dependence on a limited number of third party manufacturers;
    • cyber-attacks or other breaches of our information technology security;
    • natural catastrophes or public health epidemics that could impact customer demand, result in production disruption and impact our ability to meet customer demand or capacity to continue critical operations;
    • the loss of, or significant demand fluctuations from, any of our significant customers;
    • our financial results being subject to fluctuations;
    • our business transformation initiatives may result in disruptions to our business and may not achieve the anticipated benefits;
    • our ability to respond to changing technology, industry standards and customer requirements;
    • failures of our products or services due to design flaws and errors, component quality issues, manufacturing defects, network service interruptions, cyber-security vulnerabilities or other quality issues;
    • deterioration in macro-economic conditions could adversely affect our operating results and financial conditions;
    • our ability to hire and transition in a timely manner experienced and qualified additional executive officers and key employees as needed to achieve our business objectives, including a replacement for our departing Chief Executive Officer;
    • risks related to the transmission, use and disclosure of user data and personal information;
    • disruption of, and demands on, our ongoing business and diversion of management’s time and attention in connection with acquisitions or divestitures;
    • risks that our investments and partnerships may fail to realize the expected benefits;
    • risks related to infringement on intellectual property rights of others;
    • our ability to obtain necessary rights to use software or components supplied by third parties;
    • our ability to enforce our intellectual property rights;
    • unanticipated costs associated with litigation or settlements;
    • our dependence on mobile network operators to promote and offer acceptable wireless data services;
    • risks related to contractual disputes with counterparties;
    • risks related to governmental regulation;
    • risks inherent in foreign jurisdictions; and
    • risks related to tariffs or other trade restrictions.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is a leading IoT solutions provider that combines devices, network services and software to unlock value in the connected economy. Companies globally are adopting IoT to improve operational efficiency, create better customer experiences, improve their business models and create new revenue streams. Whether it is a solution to help a business securely connect edge devices to the cloud, or a software/API solution to help manage processes associated with billions of connected assets, or a platform to extract real-time data to make the best business decisions, Sierra Wireless will work with you to create the right industry-specific solution for your next IoT endeavor. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,050 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

“Sierra Wireless” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

 
SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except where otherwise stated)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Revenue

 

 

 

IoT Solutions

$

74,578

 

 

 

$

68,382

 

 

Enterprise Solutions

33,484

 

 

 

34,639

 

 

 

108,062

 

 

 

103,021

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

 

IoT Solutions

52,492

 

 

 

50,197

 

 

Enterprise Solutions

17,843

 

 

 

17,899

 

 

 

70,335

 

 

 

68,096

 

 

Gross margin

37,727

 

 

 

34,925

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

Sales and marketing

19,821

 

 

 

23,554

 

 

Research and development

17,484

 

 

 

21,387

 

 

Administration

16,099

 

 

 

11,790

 

 

Restructuring

2,574

 

 

 

606

 

 

Acquisition-related and integration

209

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization

4,624

 

 

 

5,391

 

 

 

60,811

 

 

 

62,728

 

 

Loss from operations

(23,084

)

 

 

(27,803

)

 

Foreign exchange loss

(4,259

)

 

 

(2,934

)

 

Other expense

(643

)

 

 

(192

)

 

Loss before income taxes

(27,986

)

 

 

(30,929

)

 

Income tax expense (recovery)

552

 

 

 

(3,719

)

 

Net loss from continuing operations

$

(28,538

)

 

 

$

(27,210

)

 

Net earnings (loss) from discontinued

operations

(1,322

)

 

 

4,547

 

 

Net loss

$

(29,860

)

 

 

$

(22,663

)

 

Other comprehensive loss:

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of taxes of $nil

(2,900

)

 

 

(4,866

)

 

Comprehensive loss

$

(32,760

)

 

 

$

(27,529

)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share (in dollars)

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

(0.78

)

 

 

$

(0.75

)

 

Discontinued operations

(0.04

)

 

 

0.13

 

 

 

$

(0.81

)

 

 

$

(0.62

)

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

(in thousands)

 

 

 

Basic

36,736

 

 

 

36,277

 

 

Diluted

36,736

 

 

 

36,277

 

 

Contacts

Investor and Media Contact:
David Climie, Investor Relations

dclimie@sierrawireless.com

Investor Contact:
Samuel Cochrane, Chief Financial Officer

investor@sierrawireless.com

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