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Sierra Wireless Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sierra Wireless Reports First Quarter 2011 Results17:00 EDT Wednesday, May 04, 2011TSX: SWNASDAQ:  SWIRRevenue in the first quarter 2011 of $144.3 million, in-line with guidanceMobile Computing well positioned in 4G to drive growth in second halfM2M represented 50% of sales in the first quarter of 2011 and core M2M revenue grew 16% year-over-year, excluding Barnes & NobleVANCOUVER, May 4 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:  SWIR) (TSX:  SW) today reported first quarter 2011 results. 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.Revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $144.3 million, a decrease of 5% compared to $151.3 million in the first quarter of 2010. Mobile Computing revenue was $71.6 million, up 14% compared to $62.6 million in the first quarter of 2010. Machine-to-Machine ("M2M") revenue was $72.7 million, down 18% compared to $88.7 million in the first quarter of 2010.  The year-over-year revenue decrease in M2M was driven by significantly lower sales to Barnes & Noble, declining from $26.7 million in the first quarter of 2010 to $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2011, offset by solid year-over-year revenue growth of 16% in the remainder of the M2M business."While we are experiencing some weakness in the first half of 2011, we believe this is a short-term situation and expect to return to year-over-year growth and profitability in the second half," said Jason Cohenour, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "The company continues to execute on our strategy and make good progress on a number of business initiatives. In Mobile Computing, we have a strong pipeline of 4G products and anticipate numerous launches with leading operators and PC OEMs during the year.  In M2M, we continue to build on our market leadership position and expand our role in the value chain."On a GAAP basis, gross margin was $39.5 million, or 27.4% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $46.3 million, or 30.6% of revenue, in the first quarter of 2010.  Operating expenses were $48.9 million and loss from operations was $9.4 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to operating expenses of $50.8 million and a loss from operations of $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2010.  Net loss was $7.8 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011 compared to a net loss of $7.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010.On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin was 27.4% in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 30.7% in the first quarter of 2010. Operating expenses were $43.2 million and loss from operations was $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to operating expenses of $42.3 million and earnings from operations of $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2010. Net loss was $2.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011 compared to net earnings of $4.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010.Non-GAAP results exclude the impact of stock-based compensation expense, acquisition amortization, integration costs, restructuring costs, foreign exchange gains or losses on translation of balance sheet accounts, and tax adjustments.  We disclose these non-GAAP amounts as we believe that these measures provide our shareholders with better information on actual operating results and assist in comparisons from one period to another.  The reconciliation between our GAAP and non-GAAP results of operations is provided in the accompanying schedules.Financial GuidanceThe following guidance for the second quarter of 2011 reflects current business indicators and expectations.  In the second quarter of 2011, we expect revenue to remain relatively flat sequentially from the first quarter and we expect Non-GAAP gross margin percentage to increase modestly compared to the first quarter of 2011 as we realize targeted product cost reductions.  Primarily due to unfavourable foreign exchange created by a strengthening euro and Canadian dollar, we expect Non-GAAP operating expense to increase modestly compared to the first quarter of 2011.With respect to the recent natural disaster in Japan, we expect to see some modest impact on our business in the second quarter of 2011.  We are experiencing some component supply constraints and, in the second quarter, we expect the impact to be approximately $2 million in revenue.For the second half of 2011, we expect year-over-year revenue and earnings growth.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 below. All figures are approximations based on management's current beliefs and assumptions.        Q2 2011 Guidance      ConsolidatedNon-GAAP        Revenue      $140.0 to $145.0 millionEarnings (loss) from operations      ($5.0) to ($3.0) millionNet earnings (loss)      ($3.8) to ($2.2) millionEarnings (loss) per share      ($0.12) to ($0.07) per shareConference Call, Webcast and Instant Replay DetailsWe will host a conference call to review our results on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. PDT, 5:30 p.m. EDT. You can participate in the conference call either via telephone or webcast. To participate in this conference call, please dial the following number approximately ten minutes prior to the commencement of the call.Telephone participation:Toll free (Canada and U.S.):   1-888-231-8191   Passcode:  Not requiredorOutside Canada and the U.S.: 1-647-427-7450   Passcode:  Not requiredWebcast:We will also broadcast our conference call over the Internet. To access the web broadcast, please follow the link below and choose one of the following options:If you are following the conference call on the phone, please choose the "Non-Streaming" versionIf you would prefer to follow online only, with streaming audio, select any of the other options according to your preferred format webcast event will be optimized for Microsoft Windows Media Player version 11. To download go to: you be unable to participate, Instant Replay (audio) will be available following the conference call for 7 business days. The webcast will be available at the above link for 90 days following the call.Audio only dial: 1-800-642-1687 or 1-416-849-0833Passcode:  45205838 #We look forward to having you participate in our call.Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsCertain 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 second quarter of 2011 and our fiscal year 2011, 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 transition period to our 4G products;Expected cost of goods sold;Expected component supply constraints;Our ability to "win" new business;That wireless network operators will deploy next generation networks when expected;Our operations are not adversely disrupted by component shortages or other development, operating or regulatory risks; andExpected tax rates and foreign exchange rates.Are subject to substantial known and unknown material risks and uncertainties.  As a result, our actual results, achievements and developments in our business may differ significantly from our current expectations. 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.  Certain of these material risks are listed below: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, price and product competition, different product mix, the loss of any of our significant customers, competition from new or established wireless communication companies;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 litigation that has 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 WirelessSierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions that connect people, devices, and applications 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 "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. "AirPrime," "AirLink," and "AirVantage" are also trademarks 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(Expressed in thousands of United States ("U.S.") dollars, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)    Three months ended March 31,     2011 2010    Revenue $ 144,275 $ 151,317Cost of goods sold             104,811             104,983Gross margin             39,464             46,334    Expenses:                 Sales and marketing              12,268             14,156  Research and development             23,512             20,541  Administration              9,385             9,584  Restructuring             325             1,611  Integration             540             1,846  Amortization             2,848             3,106             48,878             50,844Loss from operations             (9,414)             (4,510)Foreign exchange gain (loss)              422             (3,658)Other expense             (40)             (130)Loss before income taxes             (9,032)             (8,298)Income tax recovery             (1,199)             (689)Net loss             (7,833)             (7,609)Net loss attributable to the non-controlling interest             (44)             (88)Net loss attributable to the Company        $ (7,789)       $ (7,521)    Loss per share attributable to the Company:                 Basic       $ (0.25)       $ (0.24)  Diluted       $ (0.25)       $ (0.24)    Weighted average number of shares (in thousands):                 Basic             31,237             31,050  Diluted             31,237             31,050    SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.Consolidated Balance Sheets(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)     March 31,2011 December  31,2010 (Unaudited)  Assets   Current assets:                 Cash and cash equivalents $ 86,197 $ 85,443  Short-term investments             24,559       26,405  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for   doubtful accounts of $3,998 (2010 - $4,606)             106,135       117,397  Inventories       20,889       22,134  Deferred income taxes        9,583       9,577  Prepaid expenses and other       26,772       24,542       274,135       285,498    Property, plant and equipment       20,679       22,635Intangible assets       68,261       69,024Goodwill             92,541       90,953Deferred income taxes       635       836Other assets       661             622 $ 456,912 $ 469,568    Liabilities               Current liabilities:                 Accounts payable $ 49,148 $ 63,451  Accrued liabilities       73,989       74,019  Deferred revenue and credits       970       987  Current portion of long-term obligations                1,287             1,470  Current portion of obligations under capital leases              284             324       125,678       140,251    Long-term obligations       27,884       24,724Obligations under capital leases       270       263Deferred income taxes       942       1,143      154,774     166,381Equity   Shareholders' equity:                 Share capital       327,981       327,668  Shares held for restricted share unit ("RSU") distribution, at cost       (1,896)       (3,908)  Additional paid-in capital       16,438       16,926  Deficit       (40,956)       (33,167)  Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (525)       (5,471)       301,042       302,048Non-controlling interest       1,096       1,139       302,138       303,187 $ 456,912 $ 469,568    SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)(Unaudited)    Three months ended March 31,2011 2010Cash flows from operating activities:                 Net loss       $ (7,833)       $ (7,609)  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash   provided by (used in) operating activities        Amortization       8,612       8,721     Stock-based compensation       1,631       1,694     Non-cash restructuring and other       —       4     Deferred income tax       —       (8)     Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment       (8)       —  Changes in operating assets and liabilities        Accounts receivable       12,220       (12,327)     Inventories       1,334       595     Prepaid expenses and other assets       (1,121)       (49)     Accounts payable       (14,998)       3,463     Accrued liabilities       1,681       (2,462)     Deferred revenue and credits             (42)             70  Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities       1,476       (7,908)    Cash flows from investing activities:                 Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment       13       —  Purchase of property, plant and equipment        (1,963)        (1,915)  Increase in intangible assets       (741)       (977)  Purchase of short-term investments             (20,437)             (7,090)  Proceeds on maturity of short-term investments             22,284             22,886Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities       (844)       12,904    Cash flows from financing activities:                 Issuance of common shares, net of share issue costs       206       21  Decrease in long-term liabilities             (638)             (422)Net cash used in financing activities       (432)       (401)    Effect of foreign exchange changes on cash and cash equivalents       554       (829)                Net increase in cash and cash equivalents       754       3,766Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period             85,443             107,491Cash and cash equivalents, end of period       $ 86,197       $ 111,257    SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results (Unaudited)   Three months ended March 31,(in thousands of U.S. dollars)2011 2010    Revenue - GAAP and Non-GAAP$ 144,275  $   151,317    Gross margin - GAAP $     39,464 $     46,334   Stock-based compensation         113          135Gross margin - Non-GAAP$     39,577 $     46,469    Loss from operations - GAAP$      (9,414) $     (4,510)   Stock-based compensation           1,632            1,695   Restructuring and other costs         325          1,611   Integration costs           540            1,846   Acquisition related amortization         3,288          3,485Earnings (loss) from operations  - Non-GAAP$     ( 3,629) $       4,127    Net loss - GAAP$    (7,789) $     (7,521)   Stock-based compensation, transaction, restructuring,       integration and acquisition amortization costs,       net of tax5,725 8,076   Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)       (335)        3,658   Non-controlling interest        (32)        (85)Net earnings - Non-GAAP$     (2,431) $      4,128    Loss per share - GAAP$   (0.25) $   (0.24)Diluted earnings (loss) per share - Non-GAAP$   ( 0.08) $     0.13    SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.REVENUE BY SEGMENT(Expressed as a percentage of revenue)                 Three months ended March 31,                 2011 2010                    M2M                        50%    59%Mobile computing                         50      41                     100%    100%                                        SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.REVENUE BY PRODUCT LINE(Expressed as a percentage of revenue)          Three months ended March 31,          2011 2010              AirPrime Wireless Embedded Modules               46%     53%AirCard Mobile Broadband Devices          44 38AirLink Intelligent Gateways and Routers               7      7AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform and Other                 3        2             100%  100%   For further information: Sierra Wireless, Inc. David G. McLennan Chief Financial Officer (604) 231-1181 Website: Email: