Record adjusted EBITDA of $3.7 million, representing a $6.1 million improvement year over year
AUSTIN, Texas – February 2, 2023 – Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in smart mobility infrastructure management, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2024 first quarter, which ended June 30, 2023.
Fiscal 2024 First Quarter Financial Highlights
- Record revenue of $43.5 million, up 29% year over year
- Gross margins of 38.6%, up 840 basis points year over year and 680 basis points sequentially
- GAAP net income of $2.1 million, or $0.05 per share, a $7.0 million, or $0.16 per share improvement from the prior year
- Record adjusted EBITDA of $3.7 million, or 8.4% of revenue, a $6.1 million improvement year over year (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation” below for important information)
- A record ClearData™ contract win, valued at over $15.0 million over four years
- Record bookings of $53.1 million, up 25% year over year
- Record backlog of $123.8 million as of June 30, 2023, up 14% year over year
- Net cash flow of $3.4 million, reflecting earnings improvement and strong working capital management, resulting in a cash balance of $20.0 million as of June 30, 2023
“We are very pleased to report record first quarter revenue from continued strong product and commercial execution, as well as some customer deployments and associated revenue recognition occurring earlier than originally anticipated,” said Joe Bergera, President and CEO of Iteris. “Additionally, we are pleased to report record adjusted EBITDA for the quarter due to significant sequential and year-over-year improvements in product gross margins, which demonstrates our supply chain improvement plan has normalized the cost of goods sold for our Vantage sensor portfolio."
“Looking ahead, we believe the demand environment for smart mobility infrastructure management solutions will remain favorable due to positive secular trends and federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Given this strong demand environment and the positive customer response to the Iteris ClearMobility® Platform, our market-leading technology ecosystem, we continue to anticipate a five-year organic revenue CAGR of approximately 14% consistent with our Vision 2027 targets.”
Fiscal Year 2024 Second Quarter and Full Year Outlook
- Second quarter total revenue guidance in the range of $41.0 million to $42.0 million, representing growth of 6% year over year at the mid-point of the guidance range, which takes into account that some customer deployments and associated revenue recognition moved forward into the first quarter
- Second quarter adjusted EBITDA margin guidance in the range of 5% to 7%, representing a significant year-over-year improvement (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation” below for important information)
- Reiterating full-year total revenue guidance in the range of $168.0 million to $175.0 million, representing organic growth of 10% year over year at the mid-point of the guidance range
- Reiterating full-year adjusted EBITDA margin guidance in the range of 7% to 9%, representing a significant year-over-year improvement (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation” below for important information)
- Reiterating full-year net cash flow guidance in the range of $12.0 million to $16.0 million, driven by net income improvement and continued working capital management
GAAP Fiscal Year 2024 First Quarter Financial Results
- Total revenue in the first quarter of fiscal year 2024 increased 29% to $43.5 million, compared with $33.7 million in the same quarter a year ago. This revenue growth was driven primarily by increased demand for Iteris’ ClearMobility Platform, in particular its sensor products.
- Operating expenses in the first quarter decreased 2% in absolute terms to $14.9 million, compared with $15.1 million in the same quarter a year ago.
- Net income from continuing operations in the first quarter was approximately $2.1 million, or $0.05 per share, compared with a net loss from continuing operations of approximately $4.9 million, or $(0.11) per share, in the same quarter a year ago. The improvement was primarily attributable to an improvement in gross margin, which was impacted in the prior period due to supply chain constraints and resulting high raw material costs.
Non-GAAP Fiscal 2024 First Quarter Results
In addition to results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), the Company has included the following non-GAAP financial measure: Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes, depreciation, amortization, interest expense, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, project loss reserves, acquisition costs, acquisition fair value adjustments, and executive severance and transition costs (“Adjusted EBITDA”). A discussion of the Company’s use of this non-GAAP financial measure is set forth below in the financial statements portion of this release under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation,” along with a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) from continuing operations.
Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of fiscal 2024 was approximately $3.7 million, or 8.4% of total revenues, compared with an approximate $2.4 million loss, or (7.3)% of total revenues, in the same quarter a year ago. The improvement mirrors the increase in GAAP earnings.
Earnings Conference Call
Iteris will conduct a conference call today to discuss its fiscal 2024 first quarter results.
Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time)
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About Iteris, Inc.
Iteris is the world’s trusted technology ecosystem for smart mobility infrastructure management. Delivered through Iteris’ ClearMobility Platform, our cloud-enabled end-to-end solutions monitor, visualize and optimize mobility infrastructure around the world, and help bridge legacy technology silos to unlock the future of transportation. That’s why more than 10,000 public agencies and private-sector enterprises focused on mobility rely on Iteris every day. Visit www.iteris.com for more information, and join the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation
In addition to results presented in accordance with GAAP, the company has included the following non-GAAP financial measure in this release: Adjusted income (loss) from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, and restructuring charges (“Adjusted EBITDA”).
When viewed with our financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”) and accompanying reconciliations, we believe Adjusted EBITDA provides additional useful information to clarify and enhance the understanding of the factors and trends affecting our past performance and future prospects. We define these measures, explain how they are calculated and provide reconciliations of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measure in the table below. Adjusted EBITDA, as presented in this press release, is a supplemental measure of our performance that is not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP. It is not a measurement of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. The presentation of this measure should not be interpreted to mean that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or nonrecurring items.
We use Adjusted EBITDA non-GAAP operating performance measures internally as complementary financial measures to evaluate the performance and trends of our businesses. We present Adjusted EBITDA because we believe that it these provides useful information with respect to our ability to meet our operating commitments.
Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations include:
- It does not reflect our cash expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
- It does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
- Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
- It is not adjusted for all non-cash income or expense items that are reflected in our statements of cash flows;
- It does not reflect the impact on earnings of charges resulting from matters unrelated to our ongoing operations; and
- Other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.
Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or as a measure of cash that will be available to us to meet our obligations. You should compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only as supplemental information. See our audited financial statements contained in our Form 10-K. However, in spite of the above limitations, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to an investor in evaluating our results of operations because it:
- Is widely used by investors to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items excluded from the calculation of such terms, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired, among other factors;
- Helps investors to evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the effect of our capital structure from our operating performance; and
- Is used by our management team for various other purposes in presentations to our Board of Directors as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting.
The following financial items have been added back to or subtracted from our net income (loss) when calculating Adjusted EBITDA:
- Income tax expense. This amount may be useful to investors because it represents the taxes that might be payable for the period and the change in deferred taxes during the period, and therefore could reduce cash flow available for use in our business.
- Depreciation expense. Iteris excludes depreciation expense primarily because it is a non-cash expense. These amounts may be useful to investors because it generally represents the wear and tear on our property and equipment used in our operations.
- Amortization expense. Iteris incurs amortization of intangible assets in connection with acquisitions. Iteris also incurs amortization related to capitalized software development costs. Iteris excludes these items because it does not believe that these expenses are reflective of ongoing operating results in the period incurred. These amounts may be useful to investors because it represents the estimated attrition of our acquired customer base and the diminishing value of product rights.
- Interest expense. Iteris excludes interest expense because it does not believe this item is reflective of ongoing business and operating results. This amount may be useful to investors for determining current cash flow. For fiscal year 2023, interest expense includes amortization of the remaining capitalized deferred financing costs due to the termination of the Credit Agreement (see Note 14, Long-Term Debt, to the Financial Statements for more information).
- Stock-based compensation. These expenses consist primarily of expenses from employee and director equity based compensation plans. Iteris excludes stock-based compensation primarily because they are non-cash expenses and Iteris believes that it is useful to investors to understand the impact of stock-based compensation to its results of operations and current cash flow.
- Restructuring charges. These expenses consist primarily of employee separation expenses, facility termination costs, and other expenses associated with Company restructuring activities. Iteris excludes these expenses as it does not believe that these expenses are reflective of ongoing operating results in the period incurred. These amounts may be useful to our investors in evaluating our core operating performance.
- Project loss reserves. These expenses consist primarily of expenses incurred to complete a software development contract that will not be recoverable and largely related to previously incurred and capitalized costs for non-recurring engineering activity. Iteris excludes these expenses as it does not believe that these expenses are reflective of ongoing operating results in the period incurred. These amounts may be useful to our investors in evaluating our core operating performance.
- Acquisition earnout payments. These expenses are a result of the TrafficCast International, Inc. acquisition in December, 2020 and are the final earnout payments per the acquisition agreement. Iteris excluded these expenses as it does not believe that these expenses are reflective of ongoing operating results in the period incurred. These amounts may be useful to our investors in evaluating our core operating performance.
- Executive severance and transition costs. Iteris excludes executive severance and transition costs because it does not believe that these expenses are reflective of ongoing operating results in the period incurred. These amounts may be useful to our investors in evaluating our core operating performance.
It is impractical to attempt to reconcile expected Adjusted EBITDA to expected GAAP net income (loss) because many of the adjustments are difficult to forecast, including stock-based compensation because it depends on the price of our stock in the future, which is difficult to predict. Reconciliations of historical net income (loss) from continuing operations to Adjusted EBITDA and the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net revenues were as follows: