Motorola Solutions Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Financial Results
Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Sales and Operating Earnings
Fourth-quarter and full-year sales up 6 percent from a year ago
Fourth-quarter Government sales up 10 percent from a year ago; up 12 percent for the full year
Fourth-quarter GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations* up 119 percent from a year ago; up 34 percent for the full year
Fourth-quarter Non-GAAP** EPS from continuing operations up 26 percent from a year ago; up 23 percent for the full year
Repurchased $326 million of shares in the quarter; $2.4 billion for the full year
Generated $564 million in operating cash flow during the quarter; $1.1 billion for the full year
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Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYS: MSI) announced today its fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 results highlighted by fourth-quarter sales of $2.4 billion, up 6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011, and full-year sales of $8.7 billion, up 6 percent from 2011. For the full year, Government sales were up 12 percent and Enterprise sales declined 5 percent. These results include revenue for Psion, which was acquired on Oct. 1, 2012.
"It was another outstanding year for Motorola Solutions as we continued to deliver strong operational and financial results," said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. "We strengthened our product portfolio, expanded operating margins, generated $1.1 billion in operating cash and returned $2.7 billion in capital to our shareholders."
GAAP operating earnings in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $423 million or 17.3 percent of sales, compared to $276 million or 12 percent of sales in the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.18, compared to $0.54 in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, GAAP operating earnings were $1.3 billion or 14.4 percent of sales, compared to $858 million or 10.5 percent of sales in 2011. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $2.95, compared to $2.20 in 2011.
Non-GAAP operating earnings in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $476 million or 19.5 percent of sales, compared to $444 million or 19.3 percent of sales in the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.10, compared to $0.87 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax net income of approximately $0.08 per diluted share related to stock-based compensation, intangible amortization and highlighted items. Details on these Non-GAAP adjustments and the use of Non-GAAP measures are included later in this press release. For the full year 2012, Non-GAAP operating earnings were $1.5 billion or 17.3 percent of sales, compared to $1.4 billion or 16.7 percent of sales in 2011. Non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $3.20, compared to $2.61 in 2011.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, the company generated $564 million in operating cash flow from continuing operations. The company ended the quarter with total cash*** of $3.6 billion while returning $399 million to shareholders through share repurchases and cash dividends during the quarter. The company repurchased 6.1 million shares of stock during the quarter and 49.6 million shares for the full year.
Government segment sales were $1.7 billion, up 10 percent from the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $346 million or 20.3 percent of sales compared to $226 million or 14.6 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $373 million or 21.8 percent of sales compared to $307 million or 19.8 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter.
For the full year 2012, Government segment sales were $6.0 billion, up 12 percent from 2011. GAAP operating earnings were $1.0 billion or 16.1 percent of sales compared to $616 million or 11.5 percent of sales in 2011. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $1.1 billion or 18.5 percent of sales compared to $833 million or 15.5 percent of sales in 2011.
Secured multimillion dollar contracts with U.S. customers such as cities of Austin, Texas; El Paso, Texas; Elgin, Ill.; and Tacoma, Wash.; Clayton County in Georgia; Camden County in New Jersey; Onslow County in North Carolina; Montgomery County in Pennsylvania; and Prince William County in Virginia
Secured multimillion dollar contracts with international customers such as Hampshire Police in the U.K.; State of Brandenburg, Germany; Rosenergoatom nuclear power operations in Russia; Middle East Radio Communications in Egypt; Communication Authority of Thailand; Shanghai Metro, Shanxi Police and Guangdong Police in China; the Brazilian Army; Colombia Ministry of Defense; Ecopetrol Andean Pipeline in Colombia; Panama Ministry of Public Safety; Pemex in Mexico; and Peru National Police
Introduced three new TETRA mobile radios that give customers a choice of different form factors and capabilities to provide frontline workers with a reliable communications lifeline and faster access to mission-critical intelligence
Enterprise segment sales were $733 million, down 3 percent from the year-ago quarter. Excluding Psion, sales were down 12 percent. GAAP operating earnings were $77 million or 10.5 percent of sales compared to $50 million or 6.6 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $103 million or 14.1 percent of sales compared to $137 million or 18.2 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter.
For the full year 2012, Enterprise segment sales were $2.7 billion, down 5 percent from 2011. GAAP operating earnings were $291 million or 10.7 percent of sales compared to $242 million or 8.5 percent of sales in 2011. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $395 million or 14.6 percent of sales compared to $540 million or 19.0 percent of sales in 2011.
Secured contracts with key customers such as Target, Best Buy Canada, The Home Depot, Ferguson Enterprises, Grupo Bimbo, Volkswagen Mexico, Norwegian Post, Poste Italiane, easyJet in the U.K., Aeon Technology in China and Daito Kentsku Construction in Japan
Named Best Partner Supplier for the second year in a row by Tesco and also received the retailer's Innovation Partner of the Year award
Started shipping the Motorola SB1 smart badge device, which helps retailers affordably equip everyone in their organizations with a smart, wearable, cost-efficient, mobile device, as well as the MC40, a sleek, user-friendly mobile device that provides retail associates access to product information and availability, data collection, mobile point-of-sale capability and voice without ever leaving the customer's side
First-Quarter and Full-Year Outlook
Motorola Solutions' outlook for the first quarter of 2013 is for revenue growth of 4 to 5 percent compared with the first quarter of 2012 and Non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.62 to $0.67 per share. For the full-year 2013, the company expects revenue growth of approximately 5 to 5.5 percent compared with 2012 and Non-GAAP operating earnings of approximately 18 percent of sales. This outlook excludes stock-based compensation, intangible amortization and charges associated with items typically highlighted by the company in its quarterly earnings releases.
Consolidated GAAP Results
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
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The table below includes highlighted items, stock-based compensation expense and intangible assets amortization expense for the fourth quarter of 2012.
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Conference Call and Webcast
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included Non-GAAP measurements of results. We have provided these Non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand our core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to our competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The Non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of Non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the Non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these Non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items (and any reversals of highlighted items recorded in prior periods) from its Non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's current operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance.
Stock-based compensation expense: The company has excluded stock-based compensation expense from its Non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although stock-based compensation is a key incentive offered to our employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding stock-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Stock-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.
Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its Non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements, primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company's acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company's revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company's future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the Non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as "believes," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimates" and similar expressions. We can give no assurance that any future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent our views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions' financial outlook for the first quarter and full year of 2013, payment of a regular quarterly dividend and purchases of shares under the company's share repurchase program. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 9 through 22 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.'s 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions' website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions' actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government and enterprise communications industries; (2) the level of demand for the company's products, particularly if businesses and governments defer or cancel purchases in response to tighter credit; (3) the company's ability to introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (4) negative impact on the company's business from global economic conditions, which may include: (i) potential deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company's financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans, which could impact future required or voluntary pension contributions; and (viii) the company's ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (5) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions; (6) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (7) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures, including Psion and those that may occur in the future; (8) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (9) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (10) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (11) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including "MOTOROLA" by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (12) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (13) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (14) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations, including the negative impact of a strengthening U.S. dollar on the company when competing for business in foreign markets; (15) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (16) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company's cash flow; (17) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company's cash flow; (18) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (19) the outcome of currently ongoing and future tax matters; (20) negative consequences from the company's outsourcing of various activities, including certain business operations, information technology and administrative functions; and (21) the impact of our multi-year phased upgrade and consolidation of our enterprise resource planning systems into a single global platform. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
* Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common shareholders
** Non-GAAP financial information excludes from GAAP results the effects of stock-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items
*** Total cash = Cash and cash equivalents + Sigma Fund (current) and short-term investments
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "MSI." To learn more, visit www.motorolasolutions.com. For ongoing news, please visit our media center or subscribe to our news feed.
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