SAN JOSE, Calif., June 25, 2020 — Quantum Corporation announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2020.
Fiscal 2020 Financial Summary
- Revenue was $402.9 million
- Gross margins increased 120 basis points to 42.8%
- Total operating expenses decreased $21.1 million, or 12%
- GAAP Net loss narrowed to $5.2 million, or $(0.14) per diluted share
- Adjusted Net Income increased by $10.6 million to $15.4 million
- Adjusted EBITDA increased by $13.3 million to $45.9 million
“Quantum delivered significantly improved performance in fiscal 2020, particularly in terms of profitability, despite a marked slowdown in revenue in mid-March when the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic halted professional sporting events and many of our customers in the media and entertainment sectors temporarily ceased filming operations,” commented Jamie Lerner, Chairman and CEO, Quantum. “While the pandemic affected our fourth quarter results and is expected to impact our first fiscal quarter revenue, our efforts over the last year to transform Quantum into a cost-efficient innovator, focused on higher-value and higher-margin solutions, positions us well to emerge from the current environment as a stronger company.”
“Quantum’s technology is relied upon in disaster and crisis situations, and our solutions are core to the business continuity of many customers, so we remain confident that we are positioned well to weather the delays and disruption we are experiencing,” continued Mr. Lerner. “Quantum is also playing a critical role in helping our customers process and manage their video and unstructured data. The short-term impact of the pandemic has not slowed the growth of video. Our pipeline continues to expand and our value proposition remains compelling as we pursue our long-term strategy to provide technology solutions and services to help customers capture, create and share digital content, and preserve and protect it for decades.”
Mr. Lerner continued, “We continue to build momentum in our business with hyperscale computing environments, as well as with our healthcare customers, and maintain steady demand from the government and intelligence community, while further establishing our presence in the video surveillance market. The acquisition of the ActiveScale object storage business from Western Digital and the integration of Atavium software into our organization, has strategically bolstered our technology portfolio to strengthen our capabilities in each of these markets. As a result, our position in the industry continues to improve.”
“As we embark on fiscal 2021, our success in reducing expenses and streamlining operations enables us to invest in research and development to ensure that we continue to innovate to meet the needs of our customers at every stage of their business life cycles,” Lerner concluded. “In addition, we will continue to focus on strengthening our balance sheet. To that end, we recently amended our term loan and revolving credit agreements to provide us with greater flexibility, reflecting the confidence that our lending partners have in our business and long-term strategy.”
Full Year Fiscal 2020 vs. Full Year Fiscal 2019
Revenue was $402.9 million for fiscal 2020, compared to $402.7 million in fiscal 2019. The flat year over year performance was driven by a 3% increase in product revenue with growth in primary storage and devices and media partially offset by a decline in secondary storage systems. Strength in products was offset by modest declines in services primarily due to reduced support renewals from our legacy backup customers, and royalty driven by overall declines in market unit volumes as the primary use of tape transitions from backup to archive implementations.
Gross profit for fiscal 2020 was $172.5 million, or 42.8% gross margin, compared to $167.6 million, or 41.6% gross margin, in fiscal 2019. Gross margins improved year over year across a wide range of products, primarily due to reductions in cost of service and a sales mix weighted towards more profitable product lines.
Total operating expenses for fiscal 2020 were $151.3 million, or 37.5% of revenue, compared to $172.4 million, or 42.8% of revenue, in fiscal 2019. Research and development expenses increased 13% to $36.3 million for fiscal 2020 compared to $32.1 million in fiscal 2019. Selling, general and administrative expenses declined 15% to $114.0 million for fiscal 2020 compared to $134.7 million for fiscal 2019 due to lower costs associated with the financial restatement and related activities, as well as lower operating expenses overall as a result of our efforts to streamline processes and reduce our facilities footprint.
Net loss was $5.2 million, or $(0.14) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(42.8) million, or $(1.20) per basic and diluted share. Excluding non-recurring charges, stock compensation and restructuring charges, Adjusted Net Income was $15.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted share for fiscal 2020, compared to $4.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in fiscal 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA increased $13.3 million to $45.9 million for fiscal 2020, compared to $32.5 million in fiscal 2019.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP information is contained in the financial information below. Additional information about Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income appears at the end of this release.
Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2020 vs. Prior-Year Quarter
Revenue was $88.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, down 15% compared to $103.3 million in the year ago quarter and in-line with Quantum’s guidance. The revenue decline was driven by a 20% decrease in product revenue due to reduced demand for secondary storage systems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as lower hyperscale revenue. Revenue in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020 includes incremental contribution from the acquisition of the ActiveScale object storage business, which closed on March 17, 2020.
Gross profit in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $36.1 million, or 40.9% gross margin, compared to $42.7 million, or 41.3% gross margin, in the year ago quarter. Gross margins contracted modestly year over year primarily due to spreading fixed overhead costs over lower revenue.
Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 were $33.5 million, or 38% of revenue, compared to $43.2 million, or 41.8% of revenue, in the year ago quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses declined 31% to $24.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $34.9 million in the year ago quarter. Research and development expenses were $9.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, up 14% compared to $8.1 million in the year ago quarter.
Net loss in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $3.8 million, or ($0.10) per basic and diluted share, compared to a Net loss of $9.4 million, or ($0.26) per basic and diluted share, in the year ago quarter.
Excluding non-recurring charges, stock compensation and restructuring charges, Adjusted Net Loss in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $2.4 million, or ($0.06) per diluted share, compared to Adjusted Net Income of $2.3 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the year ago quarter.
Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 decreased $5.7 million to $5.4 million, compared to $11.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
- Cash and cash equivalents of $6.4 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to $10.8 million as of March 31, 2019. The current balance excludes $5.0 million in restricted cash required under the Company’s Credit Agreements, and $0.8 million of short-term restricted cash.
- Outstanding long-term debt as of March 31, 2020 was $146.8 million net of $13.7 million in unamortized debt issuance costs and $7.3 million in current portion of long-term debt. This compares to $145.6 million of outstanding debt as of March 31, 2019, net of $17.3 million in unamortized debt issuance costs and $1.7 million in current portion of long-term debt. The increase in long-term debt from March 31, 2019 was primarily due to borrowings of $2.6 million at March 31, 2020 from the revolving credit facility to meet short term working capital requirements and paid-in-kind interest of $1.9 million.
- Total interest expense was $6.3 million and $25.4 million for the three and twelve months ended March 31, 2020, respectively.
Subsequent to the end of the quarter, on June 16, 2020 the Company announced that it had agreed to amend its revolving and term loan credit facilities, securing an additional $20 million in incremental liquidity and negotiating more flexible loan terms and conditions. The facilities, which expire December 27, 2023, can be used to finance working capital and other general corporate purposes. Among other terms, the amended credit facilities provide a holiday period for certain financial covenants through March 31, 2021 and the term loan credit facility contains a more favorable equity claw back feature. The terms of the 2020 term loan credit agreement as amended are substantially similar to the terms of the existing term loan, including in relation to maturity, security and pricing.
Due to the continuing uncertainty in the overall economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is not providing full year guidance at this time. However, management expects the customer delays and disruptions experienced in the last two weeks of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2020 will have a more pronounced impact on its first fiscal quarter of 2021 revenue.
For the first fiscal quarter of 2021, the Company expects revenues of $73 million plus or minus $1 million. The Company expects Adjusted Net Loss to be $8 million plus or minus $0.5 million and related Adjusted Net loss per share of $(0.17) plus or minus $0.01. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be $0 plus or minus $1 million.
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