AstroNova Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2020

Board of Directors Declares Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.07 Per Share

Second-Quarter Fiscal 2020 Summary

  • Bookings of $29.1 million
  • Revenue of $33.5 million
  • Operating income of $1.2 million
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.13

WEST WARWICK, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AstroNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT), a global leader in data visualization technologies, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2020 second quarter ended August 3, 2019.

CEO Commentary

“While we continued to make good progress on our long-term strategic objectives, our second-quarter results reflect a confluence of what we anticipate are short-term headwinds affecting both segments,” said Greg Woods, AstroNova’s President and CEO. “In the Test & Measurement segment, the ripple effects of the 737 MAX grounding had a more pronounced impact on revenue and margin mix in the quarter than we had anticipated. This was in part due to new aircraft shipment reductions but also because several retrofit printer upgrade orders for existing aircraft were deferred so that those planes could be kept in service. Our Product Identification segment was affected by some customer-specific weakness in Asia, partly attributable to increased global economic uncertainty. These temporary challenges do not affect our positive long-term view or the strong underlying fundamentals of AstroNova’s business.

“We continue to invest in new products and technology to drive high-quality, sustainable growth,” Woods said. “During the quarter we introduced the QuickLabel® QL-120X, the first tabletop digital color label printer with an industry-best two-year warranty. In terms of quality, speed and cost efficiency, we believe that this new product substantially enhances our competitiveness in the on-demand digital color label printing market.”

Business Outlook

“We continue to have a positive long-term outlook for our business and maintain our expectation for modest revenue growth in fiscal 2020,” Woods said. “While the headwinds we experienced in Q2 are likely to temper our revenue and margin performance in the near-term, we are confident in our growth strategy and the positive secular trends supporting our business. This confidence is being supported by ongoing investments in new products, talent development and geographic expansion to drive high-quality, sustainable growth.”

Operating Segment Results

Product Identification segment revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 was $22.1 million, a 1.7% increase compared with $21.8 million in the prior year, as higher sales of supplies and services offset a decline in hardware sales. Segment operating income was $2.2 million, or 10.0% of revenue, versus $2.2 million, or 9.9% of revenue, in the prior year.

Test & Measurement segment revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 decreased 5.9% to $11.3 million from $12.0 million in the same period of fiscal 2019. Segment operating income was $1.6 million, or 13.7% of revenue, for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared with $2.8 million, or 23.4% of revenue, in the comparable period of fiscal 2019.

Hardware revenue was $12.4 million, down 3.7% from $12.9 million in the prior-year period. Supplies revenue was $18.1 million, up 1.1% from $17.9 million in the same period of fiscal 2019. Service/other revenue was $3.0 million, consistent with the same period a year earlier.

Second-Quarter Financial Summary

Revenue totaled $33.5 million, a decrease of 1% from $33.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, reflecting lower sales in the Test & Measurement segment, partly offset by higher sales in the Product Identification segment.

Gross profit was $12.0 million, or 35.8% of revenue, compared with $13.4 million, or 39.6% of revenue, for Q2 fiscal 2019. The decrease in gross profit dollars and margin was attributable primarily to lower revenue and less favorable sales mix.

Operating expenses were $10.8 million compared with $11.2 million in the same period of fiscal 2019.

Operating income was $1.2 million, or 3.5% of revenue, compared with $2.2 million, or 6.4% of revenue, in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

Net income was $1.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, versus net income of $1.2 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

Bookings were $29.1 million compared with $35.8 million in the second quarter of 2019.

Backlog at August 2, 2019 was $22.3 million, compared with $24.5 million at the end of the fiscal 2019 second quarter.

Board Declares Quarterly Dividend

On August 26, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share. The dividend, which represents a cash dividend of $0.28 per share on an annualized basis, is payable on September 24, 2019, to shareholders of record on September 16, 2019.

Second-Quarter Fiscal 2020 Conference Call

AstroNova will conduct an investor conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET today. To participate on the conference call, please dial (888) 599-8686 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (323) 994-2093 (International) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time and enter confirmation code 1668596.

You can hear a replay of the conference call from 12:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 28 until 12:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, September 4 by dialing (888) 203-1112 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (719) 457-0820 (International). The passcode is 1668596.

A real-time and an archived audio webcast of the call will be available through the “Investors” section of the AstroNova website, https://investors.astronovainc.com.

About AstroNova

AstroNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT), a global leader in data visualization technologies since 1969, designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad range of products that acquire, store, analyze and present data in multiple formats. The Product Identification segment offers a variety of hardware and software products and associated supplies that allow customers to mark, track and enhance the appearance of their products. The segment’s two business units are QuickLabel®, the industry leader in tabletop digital color label printing and TrojanLabel®, an innovative leader for professional label presses and specialty printers. The Test and Measurement segment includes the Test & Measurement business unit, which offers a suite of products and services that acquire, record and analyze electronic signal data from local and networked sensors. The segment also includes the AstroNova Aerospace business unit, which designs and manufactures avionics equipment and systems that serve the world’s aerospace and defense industries with proven advanced airborne technology solutions for both the cockpit and the cabin. The key products include flight deck printers, networking hardware and related accessories.

AstroNova is a member of the Russell 3000® Index, the Russell 2000® Index, the Russell Microcap® Index and the LD Micro Index (INDEXNYSEGIS: LDMICRO). Additional information is available by visiting www.astronovainc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Information included in this news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact, but rather reflect our current expectations concerning future events and results. These statements may include the use of the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “likely,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements, including those concerning the Company’s anticipated performance in fiscal 2020 and the effect of the grounding of the 737 MAX, involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to, those factors set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2019 and subsequent filings AstroNova makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The reader is cautioned not to unduly rely on such forward-looking statements when evaluating the information presented in this news release.

 

ASTRONOVA, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

In Thousands Except for Per Share Data

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

August 3, 2019

July 28, 2018

August 3, 2019

July 28, 2018

Net Revenue

$33,468

$33,807

$69,649

$65,294

 
Cost of Revenue

21,491

20,408

43,433

39,784

Gross Profit

11,977

13,399

26,216

25,510

35.8%

39.6%

37.6%

39.1%

Operating Expenses:
Selling & Marketing

6,413

6,397

13,178

12,898

Research & Development

1,785

2,029

3,792

3,721

General & Administrative

2,616

2,808

5,615

5,462

10,814

11,234

22,585

22,081

 
Operating Income

1,163

2,165

3,631

3,429

3.5%

6.4%

5.2%

5.3%

 
Other Income, Net

(183)

(512)

(550)

(782)

Income Before Taxes

980

1,653

3,081

2,647

Income Tax Provision

29

459

429

639

 
Net Income

$951

$1,194

$2,652

$2,008

 
Net Income per Common Share – Basic

$0.14

$0.17

$0.38

$0.29

 
Net Income per Common Share – Diluted

$0.13

$0.17

$0.36

$0.29

 
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares – Basic

7,021

6,860

6,996

6,825

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares – Diluted

7,371

7,083

7,310

6,999

ASTRONOVA, INC.
Balance Sheet
In Thousands
(Unaudited)
 
August 3, 2019 January 31, 2019
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

4,523

 

$

7,534

 

Accounts Receivable, net

 

20,605

 

 

23,486

 

Inventories, net

 

36,854

 

 

30,161

 

Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets

 

3,059

 

 

1,427

 

Total Current Assets

 

65,041

 

 

62,608

 

OTHER ASSETS
Property, Plant and Equipment, net

 

10,910

 

 

10,380

 

Intangible Assets, net

 

27,493

 

 

29,674

 

Goodwill

 

12,075

 

 

12,329

 

Deferred Tax Assets

 

3,480

 

 

2,928

 

Right of Use Asset

 

1,760

 

 

 

Other Assets

 

921

 

 

1,064

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

121,680

 

$

118,983

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts Payable

 

9,403

 

$

5,956

 

Accrued Compensation

 

2,700

 

 

5,023

 

Other Liabilities and Accrued Expenses

 

3,285

 

 

2,911

 

Current Portion of Long-Term Debt

 

5,024

 

 

5,208

 

Revolving Credit Facility

 

3,500

 

 

1,500

 

Current Portion of Royalty Obligation

 

2,000

 

 

1,875

 

Current Liability – Excess Royalty Payment Due

 

647

 

 

1,265

 

Deferred Revenue

 

321

 

 

373

 

Income Taxes Payable

 

 

 

554

 

Total Current Liabilities

 

26,880

 

 

24,665

 

NON CURRENT LIABILITIES
Long-Term Debt, net of current portion

 

10,295

 

 

12,870

 

Royalty Obligation, net of current portion

 

8,964

 

 

9,916

 

Lease Liability, net of current portion

 

1,364

 

 

 

Deferred Tax Liabilities

 

504

 

 

40

 

Other Long-Term Liabilities

 

1,585

 

 

1,717

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

49,592

 

 

49,208

 

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Common Stock

 

516

 

 

511

 

Additional Paid-in Capital

 

55,121

 

 

53,568

 

Retained Earnings

 

51,180

 

 

49,511

 

Treasury Stock

 

(33,454

)

 

(32,997

)

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss, net of tax

 

(1,275

)

 

(818

)

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

72,088

 

 

69,775

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

121,680

 

$

118,983

 

ASTRONOVA, INC.
Revenue and Segment Operating Profit
In Thousands
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
Revenue Segment Operating Profit Revenue Segment Operating Profit
August 3, 2019 July 28, 2018 August 3, 2019 July 28, 2018 August 3, 2019 July 28, 2018 August 3, 2019 July 28, 2018
Product Identification

$

22,144

$

21,769

$

2,224

 

$

2,159

 

$

45,735

$

41,722

$

5,110

 

$

3,820

 

T&M

 

11,324

 

12,038

 

1,555

 

 

2,814

 

 

23,914

 

23,572

 

4,136

 

 

5,071

 

Total

$

33,468

$

33,807

 

3,779

 

 

4,973

 

$

69,649

$

65,294

 

9,246

 

 

8,891

 

Corporate Expenses

 

2,616

 

 

2,808

 

 

5,615

 

 

5,462

 

Operating Income

 

1,163

 

 

2,165

 

 

3,631

 

 

3,429

 

Other Expense-Net

 

(183

)

 

(512

)

 

(550

)

 

(782

)

Income Before Income Taxes

 

980

 

 

1,653

 

 

3,081

 

 

2,647

 

Income Tax Provision

 

29

 

 

459

 

 

429

 

 

639

 

Net Income

$

951

 

$

1,194

 

$

2,652

 

$

2,008

 

 

Contacts

Scott Solomon

Senior Vice President

Sharon Merrill Associates

(617) 542-5300

[email protected]

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