Novatel Wireless Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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Novatel Wireless Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Consolidated second quarter revenue increased 6% sequentially

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Novatel Wireless, Inc. (NAS: NVTL) , a leading provider of intelligent wireless solutions, announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Revenue in the second quarter was $91.1 million, up 6% compared to $85.9 million in the first quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss in the quarter was $7.9 million, or $(0.23) per share, improved from a loss of $9.1 million, or $(0.27) per share, in the first quarter of 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, net loss for the quarter was $6.7 million, or $(0.20) per share, improved from a loss of $7.4 million, or $(0.22) per share, in the first quarter of 2013. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is included in the accompanying tables.

"In the second quarter we made solid progress across both M2M and mobile computing, which again drove sequential revenue growth," said Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "We continued to advance our M2M business, led by 19% sequential growth of our asset management, or integrated, solutions for our targeted vertical markets - fleet management, asset tracking, after market telematics and telemetry. During the quarter, we built upon our industry leading product portfolio with the announcement of our SA 2100 and MT 3060 product families.

"In mobile computing, revenue from our MiFi® product line grew 6% sequentially, even while supply constraints moderately limited our shipments in the quarter. With the release of our Tri-band MiFi at Sprint, we have now launched 4G LTE MiFi products with all three major North American carriers. We are leveraging the MiFi technology platform into evolutionary new products that we intend to introduce in the near future."

Recent Business Highlights

  • On July 19, 2013, Novatel Wireless commercially launched its Tri-band MiFi 500 LTE device with Sprint, making it among the first tri-band devices to join Sprint's family of mobile broadband devices providing access to Sprint's 4G LTE network at 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz.
  • On July 1, 2013, Novatel Wireless announced the availability of samples for the first products in its generation-skipping MT 3060 platform family. The new MT 3060 is an integrated, system-level solution that collects and controls critical vehicle data, and can reliably deliver that information to the cloud, all managed by Novatel Wireless' Services Enablement Platform.
  • Novatel Wireless announced on July 18, 2013 that it started shipping its M2M Enabler® HS 3001 modules to Capstone Metering, LLC, a Texas-based technology company. The module will be part of the award-winning IntelliH2O® water meter solution by Capstone and is among the first smart water meter solutions to include cellular capabilities in the meter providing connectivity over Verizon Wireless' CDMA network.
  • During the second quarter Novatel Wireless announced that Mesh Systems, a leader in delivering advanced M2M solutions to OEMs around the world, has selected Novatel Wireless for its newly certified CDMA2000 1X embedded M2M module. Novatel Wireless is shipping its Expedite® HS 3001 for integration into Mesh Systems' MeshVista EZRA™ Gateway Series.
  • Lastly, during the quarter Novatel Wireless announced that its Enabler HS 3001 CDMA smart module for machine-to-machine applications has been certified for use on the Sprint network.

Third Quarter 2013 Business Outlook

The following statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Please see the section titled, "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" at the end of this press release. A more detailed description of risks related to our business is included in the reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Our guidance for the third quarter of 2013 reflects current business indicators and expectations as of the date of this release. All figures are approximations based on management's beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release.

The company is in various stages of launching three major new products, some of which are going through carrier certification. The timing of certification and launches can be uncertain. Our guidance reflects the risks associated with the commercialization of those products.

    Third Quarter 2013
Revenue $90 - $100 million
Non-GAAP Gross Margin 21% - 22%
Non-GAAP EPS $(0.14) - $(0.02)

Conference Call Information

Novatel Wireless will host a conference call and live webcast for analysts and investors today at 5:00 p.m. ET. To access the conference call:

  • In the United States, call 1-877-317-6789
  • International parties can access the call at 1-412-317-6789

Novatel Wireless will offer a live webcast of the conference call, which will be accessible from the "Investors" section of the company's website at A telephonic replay of the conference call will also be available one hour after the call and will run through August 15, 2013. To hear the replay, parties in the United States may call 1-877-344-7529 and enter conference code 100 314 15#. International parties may call 1-412-317-0088 and enter the same code.


Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of intelligent wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. The company delivers specialized wireless solutions to carriers, distributors, retailers, OEMs and vertical markets worldwide. Product lines include MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspots, Ovation™ USB modems, Expedite embedded modules, Mobile Tracking Solutions, Asset Tracking Solutions, and Enabler smart M2M modules. These innovative products provide anywhere, anytime communications solutions for consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit (NVTLF)

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the information presented in this release constitutes forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. In this context, forward-looking statements often address expected future business and financial performance and often contain words such as "may," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "will" and similar words and phrases indicating future results. The information presented in this release related to our financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 and our outlook for the third quarter of 2013, as well as statements regarding new product launches, are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. The Company therefore cannot guarantee future results, performance or achievements. Actual results could differ materially from the Company's expectations.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Novatel Wireless' expectations are set forth as risk factors in the Company's SEC reports and filings and include (1) the future demand for wireless broadband access to data, (2) the growth of wireless wide-area networking, (3) changes in commercially adopted wireless transmission standards and technologies including 3G and 4G standards, (4) continued customer and end user acceptance of the Company's current products and market demand for the Company's anticipated new product offerings, (5) increased competition and pricing pressure from current or future wireless market participants, (6) dependence on third party manufacturers in Asia and key component suppliers worldwide, (7) unexpected liabilities or expenses, (8) the Company's ability to introduce new products in a timely manner, (9) litigation, regulatory and IP developments related to our products or component parts of our products, (10) the outcome of pending or future litigation, including the current class action securities litigation, (11) the continuing impact of the recent global credit crisis on the value and liquidity of the securities in our investment portfolio, (12) dependence on a small number of customers, (13) the effect of changes in accounting standards and in aspects of our critical accounting policies and (14) the Company's plans and expectations relating to strategic relationships, international expansion, software and hardware developments, personnel matters and cost containment initiatives.

These factors, as well as other factors described in the reports filed by the Company with the SEC (available at, could cause actual results to differ materially. Novatel Wireless assumes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future, except as otherwise required pursuant to applicable law and our on-going reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Novatel Wireless has provided in this release financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP operating expenses, net income and earnings per share exclude stock-based compensation expenses, charges and benefits related to M&A activities, acquisition-related intangible-asset amortization, certain litigation settlements, and merger integration costs. Non-GAAP net income and earnings per share for the full year also exclude the impact of establishing a valuation allowance related to deferred tax assets and assume a tax rate which management believes reflects its long-term effective tax rate.

Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP net income, earnings per share, operating expenses, and gross margin are supplemental measures of our performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be used in isolation and, moreover, they should not be considered as a substitute for net income, diluted earnings per share, operating expenses, gross margin or any other performance measure determined in accordance with GAAP. We present adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP net income, earnings per share, operating expenses, and gross margin because we consider each to be an important supplemental measure of our performance.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to make operational decisions, evaluate the Company's performance, prepare forecasts and determine compensation. Further, management believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company's performance when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. The stock-based compensation expenses are expected to vary depending on the number of new grants issued to both current and new employees, and changes in the Company's stock price, stock market volatility, expected option life and risk-free interest rates, all of which are difficult to estimate. In calculating non-GAAP operating expenses, net income and earnings per share, management excludes stock-based compensation expenses and charges related to M&A activity to facilitate comparability of the Company's operating performance on a period-to-period basis because such expenses are not, in management's review, related to the Company's ongoing operating performance. Management uses this view of its operating performance for purposes of comparison with its business plan and individual operating budgets and allocation of resources.

We further believe that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in providing greater transparency to the information used by management in its operational decision making. We believe that the use of non-GAAP operating expenses, net income and earnings per share also facilitates a comparison of Novatel Wireless' underlying operating performance with that of other companies in our industry, which use similar non-GAAP financial measures to supplement their GAAP results.

Calculating non-GAAP operating expenses, net income and earnings per share have limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider these measures in isolation or as substitutes for GAAP operating expenses, net income and earnings per share. In the future, we expect to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items in the presentation of our non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as an inference that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Investors and potential investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. Some of the limitations in relying on non-GAAP operating expenses, net income and earnings per share are:

  • Other companies, including other companies in our industry, may calculate non-GAAP operating expenses, net income and earnings per share differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as a comparative tool.
  • The Company's income tax expense will be ultimately based on its GAAP taxable income and actual tax rates in effect, which may differ significantly from the effective tax rate used in our non-GAAP financial measures.

In addition, the adjustments to our GAAP operating expenses, net income and earnings per share reflect the exclusion of stock-based compensation expenses that are recurring and will be reflected in the Company's financial results for the foreseeable future. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amount excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures. The Company further compensates for the limitations of our use of non-GAAP financial measures by presenting comparable GAAP measures more prominently. The Company evaluates the non-GAAP financial measures together with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Investors and potential investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures contained within this press release with our GAAP operating expenses, net income, earnings per share and gross margin. For more information, see the consolidated statements of operations and the "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income" contained in this press release.

(C) 2013 Novatel Wireless. All rights reserved. MiFi, Expedite, Enabler, Enfora, N4A, and the Novatel Wireless name and logo are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

(in thousands)
June 30, December 31,
  2013     2012  

(Preliminary and

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 24,863 $ 16,044
Marketable securities 21,203 38,064
Restricted marketable securities 1,583 -
Accounts receivable, net 39,582 42,652
Inventories 28,897 39,016
Deferred tax assets, net 126 126
Prepaid expenses and other   5,443     4,829  
Total current assets 121,697 140,731
Property and equipment, net 13,392 15,229
Marketable securities 11,586 1,201
Intangible assets, net 2,635 3,163
Deferred tax assets, net 468 584
Other assets   618     623  
Total assets $ 150,396   $ 161,531  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 48,636 $ 45,732
Accrued expenses 27,593 27,800
Short-term bridge loan facility   1,583     -  
Total current liabilities 77,812 73,532
Other long-term liabilities   2,557     2,552  
Total liabilities   80,369     76,084  
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 34 34
Additional paid-in capital 440,109 438,477
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (24 ) 14
Accumulated deficit   (345,092 )   (328,078 )
95,027 110,447
Treasury stock at cost   (25,000 )   (25,000 )
Total stockholders' equity   70,027     85,447  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 150,396   $ 161,531  

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2013 2012 2013 2012

(Preliminary and


(Preliminary and

Net revenues $ 91,124 $ 102,446 $ 177,045 $ 202,596
Cost of net revenues   72,100     79,195     141,173     158,357  
Gross profit   19,024     23,251     35,872     44,239  
Operating costs and expenses:
Research and development 13,018 14,457 26,829 30,286
Sales and marketing 5,854 7,310 11,610 14,988
General and administrative 7,755 5,702 14,081 11,236
Goodwill and intangible assets impairment - - - 29,337
Amortization of purchased intangible assets   141     227     281     664  
Total operating costs and expenses   26,768     27,696     52,801     86,511  
Operating loss (7,744 ) (4,445 ) (16,929 ) (42,272 )
Other income (expense):
Interest income, net 21 83 78 166
Other income (expense), net   (65 )   (153 )   (142 )   (146 )
Loss before income taxes (7,788 ) (4,515 ) (16,993 ) (42,252 )
Income tax (benefit) provision 104 (15 ) 21 169
Net loss $ (7,892 ) $ (4,500 ) $ (17,014 ) $ (42,421 )
Per share data:
Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.23 ) $ (0.14 ) $ (0.50 ) $ (1.31 )

Weighted average shares used in computation of net loss per share:

Basic and diluted   33,915     32,674     33,817     32,485  

(in thousands)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012
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