• Quarterly revenue of $60.2 million; net loss of $49.7 million or $2.62 per share
  • Full year 2018 revenue of $238.9 million; net loss of $62.5 million or $3.34 per share
  • Quarterly and full year results include a $50.6 million non-cash charge, net of previous accruals, for the Phase I interim GX ruling (the GX Charge), subject to reduction under our Phase II counterclaims
  • Quarterly net income of $0.9 million or $0.05 per share and full year net loss, excluding the GX Charge, of $11.8 million or $0.63 per share, respectively
  • Quarterly and full year 2018 Adjusted EBITDA of $10.5 million and $34.8 million, respectively
  • Project backlog increased 75.0% year-on-year to $45.5 million
  • Site count increased 13.0% year-on-year to 1,323 total sites

HOUSTON, March 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RigNet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNET, the “Company”), a global technology company that provides customized ultra-secure communications services and specialized applications including real-time machine learning-based artificial intelligence, today reported results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.

“RigNet’s continued strong operating results in the fourth quarter of 2018 enabled us to end the year with full-year revenue 17% higher than 2017, despite ongoing challenges in the offshore energy market. Revenue in each of our reporting segments was higher year-over-year and the team also grew Adjusted EBITDA, an important non-GAAP metric, for the third consecutive quarter, further highlighting the underlying strength of our business and our ability to execute,” said Steven Pickett, Chief Executive Officer and President. “RigNet’s machine learning, advanced analytics, enhanced cybersecurity, bundled with our managed communications services, help our customers achieve meaningful business improvements. We continue to see increasing interest in this highly differentiated bundle by oil and gas customers who are focused on digital transformation.”

Mr. Pickett continued, “During the fourth quarter 2018, we recorded a $50.6 million net non-cash charge related to the Phase I interim award in the GX dispute. Although we were disappointed in the outcome of Phase I, we will continue to vigorously pursue our counterclaims in Phase II with the goal of minimizing any final award amount. We have also proactively negotiated an amendment to our credit agreement to help ensure we will have the liquidity available to make any payments when they come due. Looking ahead, we remain focused on the business and I believe we are well positioned to continue our overall growth in 2019, which will largely come in the back half of the year, through our bundled offerings combining ultra-secure network communications, specialized apps, and actionable machine-learning insight.”

Quarterly revenue was $60.2 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 6.0%, compared to the fourth quarter 2017 and a decrease of $4.5 million, or 7.0%, compared to the prior quarter. Compared to the fourth quarter 2017, revenue grew in all segments: a $1.7 million increase in Systems Integration (SI) revenue or 18.3%, a $1.2 million increase in Managed Communications Services (MCS) revenue or 2.8%, and a $0.6 million increase in Apps & IoT revenue or 9.7%. The revenue decrease compared to the prior quarter reflects a $2.1 million decrease in MCS revenue, a $1.3 million decrease in SI revenue, and a $1.1 million decrease in Apps & IoT. The decrease compared to prior quarter included a $2.2 million decrease in equipment resale, consisting of a $1.7 million decrease of equipment resale in MCS and a $0.5 million decrease of equipment resale in Apps & IoT.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders in the fourth quarter 2018 was $49.7 million, or $2.62 per share, compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders of $5.7 million, or $0.31 per share, in the fourth quarter 2017 and net loss attributable to common stockholders of $2.8 million, or $0.15 per share, in the prior quarter.

Revenue for full year 2018 was $238.9 million, an increase of $34.0 million, or 16.6%, compared to full year 2017 revenue of $204.9 million. Year-over-year revenue grew in all segments: a $16.5 million increase in SI revenue or 66.1%, a $10.1 million increase in Apps & IoT revenue or 64.6%, and a $7.3 million increase in MCS revenue or 4.5%. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the year ended December 31, 2018 was $62.5 million or $3.34 per share, compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders of $16.2 million or $0.90 per share, in the year ended December 31, 2017.

Net losses in the fourth quarter and full year 2018 include the $50.6 million GX Charge, net of approximately $0.2 million of prior accruals, related to the previously disclosed interim ruling in the Inmarsat plc (Inmarsat) arbitration (GX dispute). Excluding the impact of the GX Charge, net income in the fourth quarter 2018 was $0.9 million, or $0.05 per share. Excluding the impact of the GX Charge, net loss for the full year 2018 was $11.8 million, or $0.63 per share.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure defined below, was $10.5 million in the fourth quarter 2018, a 23.4% increase compared to $8.5 million in the fourth quarter 2017 and a 20.8% increase compared to $8.7 million in the prior quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $34.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, a 17.3% increase compared to $29.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Project backlog (using percentage of completion accounting) was $45.5 million compared to $26.0 million in the fourth quarter 2017 and $41.4 million in the prior quarter. The increase was driven by new project wins primarily in the United States.

Capital expenditures for the three months and year ending December 31, 2018 totaled $10.8 million and $30.5 million, respectively, compared to $4.0 million and $17.9 million, respectively, for the three months and year ending December 31, 2017. Capital expenditures for the third quarter ending September 30, 2018 totaled $6.5 million.

The increase in capital expenditures in the fourth quarter 2018 relative to the third quarter 2018 was largely due to the deployment of the Company’s LTE network in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the purchase of a new operational facility in Lafayette, Louisiana. When complete the LTE network will cover up to approximately 45,000 square miles for B2B applications and up to approximately 30,000 square miles for consumer applications.

Capital expenditures increased in 2018 relative to 2017 as result of the LTE network deployment, the purchase of the new facility in Louisiana, and an increase in success-based capital spending.

Site count in the fourth quarter 2018 increased to 1,323 from 1,171 in the fourth quarter 2017. Site count was 1,350 in the prior quarter.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a $50.6 million charge, net of approximately $0.2 million of prior accruals, for the GX dispute, $0.2 million of executive departure costs, and $0.2 million of acquisition costs, as well as a net $1.5 million increase in the fair value of earn-outs / contingent consideration which is composed of a $1.8 million increase in fair value related to Intelie partially offset by a $0.3 million decrease related to Cyphre. The change in fair value of both the Intelie and Cyphre earn-outs / contingent consideration were non-cash impacting in the current period. The Intelie earn-out will ultimately be settled with stock. In the previous quarter, the Company recorded $0.7 million in restructuring charges, as well as a $0.8 million decrease in the fair value of an earn-out related to the TECNOR acquisition, bringing the fair value to zero, and $0.9 million in acquisition costs. In the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded $0.5 million increase in fair value of an earn-out, $1.2 million in executive departure costs and $0.6 million in acquisition costs. The acquisition costs, restructuring charges, the GX Charge and change in fair value of the earn-out are added back to net loss in our non-GAAP measure Adjusted EBITDA.

GX Dispute

As previously announced, Inmarsat filed arbitration with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution tribunal (the panel) in October 2016 concerning a January 2014 take-or-pay agreement to purchase up to $65.0 million, under certain conditions, of GX capacity from Inmarsat over several years. Phase I of the arbitration, now concluded, concerned only whether RigNet’s take-or-pay obligation ever commenced under the agreement. In December 2018, the panel’s Phase I ruling found that a take-or-pay obligation had commenced and that RigNet owed Inmarsat $50.8 million, subject to any offsets from RigNet’s counterclaims in Phase II of the arbitration. The Phase I ruling is an interim ruling, and RigNet is not required to pay any amounts to Inmarsat until the panel rules on Phase II counterclaims. The Company currently expects a Phase II ruling in the second half of 2019. As of December 31, 2018, the Company has an accrued liability of $50.8 million, based on the Phase I interim award amount. While management believes it has strong counterclaims, which will be heard in Phase II and could reduce the ultimate liability, the amount of the final award is not estimable at this time. No assurance can be given as to the ultimate outcome of the GX dispute, and the ultimate outcome may differ from the accrued amount.

Earnings Call Information

An Earnings Call for investors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time) on Friday, March 15, 2019, to discuss RigNet’s fourth quarter 2018 and full year results. The call may be accessed live over the telephone by dialing +1 (877) 845-0777, or, for international callers, +1 (760) 298-5090. Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto RigNet’s website at www.rig.net in the Investors – Webcasts and Presentations section. A replay of the conference call webcast will also be available on our website for approximately thirty days following the call.

About RigNet

RigNet (NASDAQ: RNET) delivers advanced software, optimized industry solutions, and communications infrastructure that allow our customers to realize the business benefits of digital transformation. With world-class, ultra-secure solutions spanning global IP connectivity, bandwidth-optimized OTT applications, IoT big data enablement, and industry-leading machine learning analytics, RigNet supports the full evolution of digital enablement, empowering businesses to respond faster to high priority issues, mitigate the risk of operational disruption, and maximize their overall financial performance. RigNet is headquartered in Houston, Texas with operations around the world.

For more information on RigNet, please visit www.rig.net. RigNet is a registered trademark of RigNet, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 – that is, statements related to the future, not past, events. Opinions, expectations with respect to conditions in the oil and gas industry, customer perceptions of value, ability to reduce the interim GX dispute award through counterclaims, ability to make payments for any GX dispute final award, and growth prospects are examples of forward-looking statements in this press release. Forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations and include any statement that does not directly relate to a current or historical fact. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, including the expected benefits of acquiring and integrating other businesses, and often contain words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,”, “will”, “expect,” “plan” or other similar words. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those risks set forth in Item 1A – Risk Factors of the Company’s most recent 10-K filing, and ultimately may not prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. For further discussion of risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to RigNet’s SEC filings. RigNet undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this press release. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This press release contains the non-GAAP measure Adjusted EBITDA, a measure we believe is useful to investors as a supplemental measure to evaluate overall operating performance and is an integral component of financial covenant ratios in our credit agreement. Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. We refer you to the Company’s recent 10-K filing for the year ended December 31, 2018, expected to be filed Friday March 15th, 2019, for a more detailed discussion of the uses and limitations of Adjusted EBITDA.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss plus interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization, impairment of goodwill, intangibles, property, plant and equipment, (gain) loss on sales of property, plant and equipment, net of retirements, change in fair value of earn-outs and contingent consideration, stock-based compensation, acquisition costs, executive departure costs, restructuring charges, the GX dispute and non-recurring items.

A reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA is found in the table below.

Media / Investor Relations Contact  
Lee M. Ahlstrom, SVP & CFO Tel: +1 (281) 674-0699
RigNet, Inc. investor.relations@rig.net

  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31,
 September 30,
 December 31,
 December 31,
 December 31,
  (in thousands, except per share amounts)
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income Data:          
Revenue $60,244  $64,770  $56,814  $238,854  $204,892 
Cost of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortization)  35,942   40,734   35,868   146,603   131,166 
Depreciation and amortization  8,398   8,413   7,978   33,154   30,845 
Selling and marketing  2,978   2,728   2,379   12,844   8,347 
Change in fair value of earn-out/contingent consideration  1,493   (750)  526   3,543   (320)
GX dispute  50,612   -   -   50,612   - 
General and administrative  12,095   14,666   12,595   53,193   44,842 
Total expenses  111,518   65,791   59,346   299,949   214,880 
Operating income (loss)  (51,274)  (1,021)  (2,532)  (61,095)  (9,988)
Other expense, net  (1,152)  (1,465)  (878)  (3,965)  (2,737)
Loss before income taxes  (52,426)  (2,486)  (3,410)  (65,060)  (12,725)
Income tax (expense) benefit  2,735   (312)  (2,397)  2,746   (3,472)
Net loss $(49,691) $(2,798) $(5,807) $(62,314) $(16,197)
Net Loss Per Share - Basic and Diluted          
Net loss attributable to RigNet, Inc. common stockholders $(49,721) $(2,847) $(5,669) $(62,453) $(16,176)
Net loss per share attributable to RigNet, Inc. common stockholders, basic $(2.62) $(0.15) $(0.31) $(3.34) $(0.90)
Net loss per share attributable to RigNet, Inc. common stockholders, diluted $(2.62) $(0.15) $(0.31) $(3.34) $(0.90)
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic  18,948   18,905   18,090   18,713   18,009 
Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted  18,948   18,905   18,090   18,713   18,009 
Unaudited Non-GAAP Data:          
Adjusted EBITDA $10,546  $8,730  $8,548  $34,793  $29,669 

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31,
 September 30,
 December 31,
 December 31,
 December 31,
  (in thousands)
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA:          
Net loss $(49,691) $(2,798) $(5,807) $(62,314) $(16,197)
Interest expense  1,196   807   949   3,969   2,870 
Depreciation and amortization  8,398   8,413   7,978   33,154   30,845 
(Gain) loss on sales of property, plant and equipment, net of retirements  297   66   -   331   55 
Stock-based compensation  344   1,086   754   4,712   3,703 
Restructuring costs  178   664   -   842   767 
Change in fair value of earn-out/contingent consideration  1,493   (750)  526   3,543   (320)
Executive departure costs  245   -   1,192   406   1,192 
Acquisition costs  209   930   559   2,284   3,282 
GX dispute  50,612   -   -   50,612   - 
Income tax expense (benefit)  (2,735)  312   2,397   (2,746)  3,472 
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP measure) $10,546  $8,730  $8,548  $34,793  $29,669 

Segment Information
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31,
 September 30,
 December 31,
 December 31,
 December 31,
  (in thousands) 
Managed Communication Services           
Revenue $42,869  $44,943  $41,707  $171,574  $164,238 
Cost of revenue  26,120   27,930   25,884   105,101   101,681 
Depreciation and amortization  5,746   5,641   5,692   22,759   23,202 
Selling, general and administrative  3,431   3,779   4,406   16,448   16,841 
Operating income $7,572  $7,593  $5,725  $27,266  $22,514 
Applications and Internet-of-Things           
Revenue $6,338  $7,463  $5,780  $25,713  $15,626 
Cost of revenue  3,459   3,677   3,907   13,386   10,751 
Depreciation and amortization  1,226   1,661   889   4,570   1,738 
Selling, general and administrative  657   520   536   1,961   1,685 
Operating income $996  $1,605  $448  $5,796  $1,452 
Systems Integration            
Revenue $11,037  $12,364  $9,327  $41,567  $25,028 
Cost of revenue  6,364   9,127   6,078   28,116   18,734 
Depreciation and amortization  589   605   625   2,511   2,438 
Selling, general and administrative  438   380   224   1,698   1,403 
Operating income $3,646  $2,252  $2,400  $9,242  $2,453 
NOTE: Consolidated balances include the segments above along with corporate activities and intercompany eliminations.

 December 31,
  2018   2017 
 (in thousands, except share amounts)
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$21,711  $34,598 
Restricted cash 41   43 
Accounts receivable, net 67,450   49,021 
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts (CIEB) 7,138   2,393 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,767   5,591 
Total current assets 103,107    91,646  
Property, plant and equipment, net 63,585   60,344 
Restricted cash 1,544   1,500 
Goodwill 46,631   37,088 
Intangibles, net 33,733   30,405 
Deferred tax and other assets 10,325   9,111 
TOTAL ASSETS$258,925   $230,094  
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$20,568  $12,234 
Accrued expenses 16,374   16,089 
Current maturities of long-term debt 4,942   4,941 
Income taxes payable 2,431   1,601 
GX dispute accrual 50,765   - 
Deferred revenue and other current liabilities 5,863   8,511 
Total current liabilities 100,943    43,376  
Long-term debt 72,085   53,173 
Deferred revenue 318   546 
Deferred tax liability 652   189 
Other liabilities 28,943   25,533 
Total liabilities 202,941    122,817  
Stockholders' equity   
Preferred stock - $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017 -   - 
Common stock - $0.001 par value; 190,000,000 shares authorized; 19,464,847 and 18,232,872 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively 19   18 
Treasury stock - 91,567 and 5,516 shares at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, at cost (1,270)  (116)
Additional paid-in capital 172,946   155,829 
Accumulated deficit (96,517)  (33,726)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (19,254)  (14,806)
Total stockholders' equity 55,924    107,199  
Non-redeemable, non-controlling interest 60   78 
Total equity 55,984    107,277  

 Year Ended December 31,
  2018   2017   2016 
 (in thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss$(62,314) $(16,197) $(11,297)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operations:     
Depreciation and amortization 33,154   30,845   33,556 
Impairment of intangibles -   -   397 
Stock-based compensation 4,712   3,703   3,389 
Amortization of deferred financing costs 184   217   135 
Deferred taxes (5,263)  3,917   (1,830)
Change in fair value of earn-out/contingent consideration 3,543   (320)  (1,279)
Accretion of discount of contingent consideration payable for acquisitions 450   624   498 
(Gain) loss on sales of property, plant and equipment, net of retirements 331   55   (153)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:     
Accounts receivable (15,254)  203   18,347 
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts (4,103)  122   4,378 
Prepaid expenses and other assets (1,026)  4,659   392 
Accounts payable 7,527   2,733   129 
Accrued expenses 279   3,601   (8,579)
GX dispute 50,612   -   - 
Deferred revenue and other assets 1,565   4,933   (1,150)
Other liabilities (5,149)  (9,867)  2,241 
Payout of TECNOR contingent consideration - inception to date change in fair value portion (1,575)  -   - 
Net cash provided by operating activities 7,673    29,228    39,174  
Cash flows from investing activities:     
Acquisitions (net of cash acquired) (5,208)  (32,205)  (4,841)
Capital expenditures (30,072)  (18,284)  (13,641)
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment 1,082   499   194 
Net cash used in investing activities (34,198)  (49,990)  (18,288)
Cash flows from financing activities:     
Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon the exercise of stock options 970   916   1,680 
Stock withheld to cover employee taxes on stock-based compensation (1,154)  (116)  - 
Subsidiary distributions to non-controlling interest (157)  (76)  (197)
Payout of TECNOR contingent consideration - fair value on acquisition date portion (6,425)  -   - 
Proceeds from borrowings 23,750   15,000   - 
Repayments of long-term debt (5,129)  (18,171)  (16,560)
Payments of financing fees -   (400)  (100)
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation -   -   (175)
Net cash provided by (used) in financing activities 11,855    (2,847)  (15,352)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (14,670)  (23,609)  5,534  
Cash and cash equivalents:     
Balance, January 1, 36,141   58,805   61,011 
Changes in foreign currency translation 1,825   945   (7,740)
Balance, December 31,$23,296   $36,141   $58,805  

Selected Operational Data
MCS Site Count
  4th Quarter 3rd Quarter 2nd Quarter 1st Quarter 4th Quarter
  2018 2018 2018 2018 2017
Selected Operational Data:          
Offshore drilling rigs (1) 184 191 190 188 182
Offshore Production 347 332 320 310 304
Maritime 181 187 177 176 172
Other sites (2) 611 640 610 525 513
Total 1,323 1,350 1,297 1,199 1,171
(1) Includes jack up, semi-submersible and drillship rigs
(2) Includes U.S. onshore drilling and production sites, completion sites, man-camps, remote offices, supply bases and offshore-related supply bases, shore offices, tender rigs and platform rigs