Sierra Wireless Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Sierra Wireless Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NAS: SWIR) (TSX: SW):

Q2 highlights from continuing operations

  • Record quarterly revenue of $109.6 million, up 14.9% year-over-year
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $4.9 million, compared to $2.4 million in Q2 2012
  • Non-GAAP earnings from operations of $1.5 million, compared to a loss of $0.4 million in Q2 2012
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.03, compared to a loss per share of $0.11 in Q2 2012

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NAS: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today reported results for its second quarter ending June 30, 2013. All results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), except as otherwise indicated below.

"In our first quarter as an M2M pure-play, we delivered record quarterly revenue with nearly 15% year-over-year growth," said Jason Cohenour, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our record revenue, combined with solid gross margin and good cost control, led to a significant improvement in Non-GAAP earnings, demonstrating the leverage in our operating model as we grow the business."

On April 2, 2013, the company completed the sale of substantially all of the assets and operations related to its AirCard business. In accordance with U.S. GAAP, the results of operations and the gain on sale of the AirCard business have been recorded as discontinued operations in the consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $109.6 million, an increase of 14.9% compared to $95.4 million in the second quarter of 2012, and an increase of 8.1% compared to $101.4 million in the first quarter of 2013. Revenue from OEM Solutions was $95.1 million in the second quarter of 2013, up 14.1% compared to $83.3 million in the second quarter of 2012. Revenue from Enterprise Solutions was $14.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, up 20.0% from $12.1 million in the second quarter of 2012.

On a GAAP basis, gross margin was $36.5 million, or 33.3% of revenue, in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $30.1 million, or 31.5% of revenue, in the second quarter of 2012. Operating expenses were $40.4 million and loss from operations was $3.9 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to operating expenses of $36.6 million and a loss from operations of $6.6 million in the second quarter of 2012. Net loss from continuing operations was $6.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013, compared to net loss of $8.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012. Net earnings for continuing and discontinued operations was $61.4 million, or $2.00 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $3.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase in net earnings mainly reflects the gain on the sale of the AirCard business.

On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin was 33.4% in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 31.6% in the second quarter of 2012. Operating expenses were $35.1 million and earnings from operations were $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to operating expenses of $30.5 million and loss from operations of $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $4.9 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. Net earnings from continuing operations were $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013, compared to a net loss of $3.4 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012.

Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock-based compensation expense, acquisition costs, the gain on sale of the AirCard business, restructuring costs, integration costs, disposition costs, acquisition amortization, impairment, foreign exchange gains or losses on translation of balance sheet accounts, and certain tax adjustments. We disclose non-GAAP amounts as we believe that these measures provide our shareholders with better information about actual operating results and assist in comparisons from one period to another.

Adjusted EBITDA as defined equates to earnings (loss) from operations plus stock-based compensation expense, acquisition costs, restructuring costs, integration costs, impairment, and amortization. The reconciliation between our GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying schedules.

Financial Guidance

The Company provides the following guidance for continuing operations for the third quarter of 2013:

In the third quarter of 2013, revenue is expected to increase sequentially and on a year-over-year basis. Gross margin and operating expenses are expected to remain similar to second quarter levels.

Q3 2013 Guidance Consolidated


Revenue$111.0 to $115.0 million
Earnings from operations$2.2 to $3.3 million
Net earnings$1.5 to $2.3 million
Earnings per share$0.05 to $0.07 per share

This non-GAAP guidance for the third quarter of 2013 reflects current business indicators and expectations. Inherent in this guidance are risk factors that are described in greater detail in our regulatory filings. Our actual results could differ materially from those presented above. All figures are approximations based on management's current beliefs and assumptions.

Conference call, webcast and instant replay details

Sierra Wireless President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, and CFO, David McLennan, will host a conference call and webcast with analysts and investors to review the results on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 5:30 PM Eastern Time (2:30 PM PT). A live slide presentation will be available for viewing during the call from the link provided below.

To participate in this conference call, please dial the following number approximately ten minutes prior to the commencement of the call:

  • Toll-free (Canada and US): 1-877-201-0168
  • Alternate number: 1-647-788-4901
  • Conference ID: 71912330

For those unable to participate in the live call, a replay will be available until August 30, 2013. Dial 1-855-859-2056 or 1-800-585-8367 and enter the Conference ID number above to access the replay.

To access the webcast, please follow the link below:

Sierra Wireless Q2 Financial Results Webcast

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

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

We look forward to having you participate in our call.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and information in this press release 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 ("forward-looking statements") including statements and information relating to our financial guidance for the third quarter of 2013 and our fiscal year 2013, our business outlook for the short and longer term and our strategy, plans and future operating performance. Forward-looking statements are provided to help you understand our views of our short and longer term prospects. We caution you that forward-looking statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. We will not update or revise our forward-looking statements unless we are required to do so by securities laws.

Forward-looking statements:

  • Typically include words and phrases about the future such as "outlook", "may", "estimates", "intends", "believes", "plans", "anticipates" and "expects".
  • 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 those listed below, which could prove to be significantly incorrect:
  • Our ability to develop, manufacture and sell new products and services that meet the needs of our customers and gain commercial acceptance;
  • Our ability to continue to sell our products and services in the expected quantities at the expected prices and expected times;
  • Expected cost of goods sold;
  • Expected component supply situation;
  • Our ability to "win" new business;
  • Expected deployment of next generation networks by wireless network operators;
  • Our operations are not adversely disrupted by component shortages or other development, operating or regulatory risks; and
  • Expected tax rates relative mix of earnings amongst the tax jurisdictions in which we operate, along with foreign exchange rates.
  • 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 and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, which may be found on SEDAR at and on EDGAR at and in our other regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States and the Provincial Securities Commissions in Canada.
  • We may experience higher than anticipated costs; disruption of, and demands on, our ongoing business; diversion of management's time and attention; adverse effects on existing business relationships with suppliers and customers and employee issues in connection with the divestiture of the AirCard assets and operations;
  • Actual sales volumes or prices for our products and services may be lower than we expect for any reason including, without limitation, the continuing uncertain economic conditions, competition, different product mix, the loss of any of our significant customers;
  • The cost of products sold may be higher than planned or necessary component supplies may not be available, are delayed or are not available on commercially reasonable terms;
  • We may be unable to enforce our intellectual property rights or may be subject to claims and litigation that have an adverse outcome;
  • The development and timing of the introduction of our new products may be later than we expect or may be indefinitely delayed;
  • Transition periods associated with the migration to new technologies may be longer than we expect.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NAS: SWIR) (TSX: SW) offers industry-leading products and solutions for connected devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications over cellular networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit

"AirPrime," "AirLink," and "AirVantage" are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.



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



Three months ended
June 30,


Six months ended
June 30,

  2013  2012  2013  2012 
Revenue $109,589 $95,398$210,990 $187,733
Cost of goods sold 73,115  65,317 141,138  129,778 
Gross margin 36,474  30,081 69,852  57,955 
Sales and marketing10,6818,99821,03718,319
Research and development17,86914,67436,23229,605
Amortization 2,927  2,275 6,203  4,662 
  40,406  36,639 80,668  71,917 
Loss from operations(3,932)(6,558)(10,816)(13,962)
Foreign exchange gain (loss)1,709336(661)542
Other income (expense) 34  10 (98) (161)
Loss before income taxes(2,189)(6,212)(11,575)(13,581)
Income tax expense 4,553  2,656 3,105  2,532 
Net loss from continuing operations(6,742)(8,868)(14,680)(16,113)
Net earnings from discontinued operations 68,152  12,449 70,015  20,039 
Net earnings $61,410  $3,581 $55,335  $3,926 
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of taxes of $nil 636  (3,343)(268) (1,341)
Comprehensive income $62,046  $238 $55,067  $2,585 

Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per share
attributable to the Company's common shareholders (in dollars)

Continuing operations$(0.22)$(0.29)



Discontinued operations2.22  0.41 2.28  0.65 
$2.00  $0.12 $2.28  $0.13 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding (in thousands)
Diluted 30,768  30,817 30,732  30,996 



(In thousands of U.S. dollars)


  June 30, 2013 December 31, 2012
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$166,573$63,646
Short-term investments10,000

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of
$2,038 (December 31, 2012 - $2,435)

Deferred income taxes3,62522,199
Prepaids and other34,42324,252
Assets held for sale  54,340 
Property and equipment20,93620,039
Intangible assets47,60756,357
Deferred income taxes4,4903,880
Other assets 784 790 
  $500,941 $464,763 
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$117,384$128,216
Deferred revenue and credits2,3031,312
Liabilities held for sale  10,353 
Long-term obligations25,48126,526
Deferred income taxes


300 300 
  145,468 166,707 
Shareholders' equity

Common stock: no par value; unlimited shares authorized;

issued and outstanding 30,618,427 shares (December 31, 2012


Preferred stock: no par value; unlimited shares authorized;

issued and outstanding: nil shares

Treasury stock: at cost 270,457 shares (December 31, 2012 -


Additional paid-in capital22,31123,203
Retained earnings (deficit)19,664(35,283)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (7,730)(7,462)
  355,473 298,056 
  $500,941 $464,763 



(in thousands of U.S. dollars)


 Common Stock Treasury Shares    
  # of shares $ 
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