ADDvantage Technologies Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Fiscal 2021

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, UNITED STATES


CARROLLTON, Texas, Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AEY) (“ADDvantage Technologies” or the “Company”) today reported its financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2020.

“The first fiscal quarter was impacted by the typical seasonality in our wireless segment, as the winter weather, the holidays and the lack of specialty work impacted revenue and margins,” commented Joe Hart, Chief Executive Officer. “While revenue was down $1.2 million year over year, gross margins were improved and we generated the same $3.6 million in gross profit as in the prior year even at lower revenue levels, reflecting the improved operational efficiency of our business. This was accomplished in spite of the impact to our Triton Datacom office products business of office shut-downs across the US, sporadic wireless crew quarantines as a result of the pandemic, and work slowdowns during the transition between the end of 4G and the construction buildup for 5G.”

“The approximate $500,000 sequential improvement in wireless revenues over Q4 is encouraging,” added Hart. “Our sales and bid activity are picking up as we continue to see accelerating demand in anticipation of the 5G roll-out, though the velocity has yet to reach desired levels. We are prudently ramping our crew capacity in anticipation of expected demand, an initiative we undertook based on a high level of confidence that we will win projects to effectively utilize this capacity. We currently expect the second half of calendar 2021 to benefit from the higher volumes, and our business is scaled to drive improvements in profitability based on these expected levels.”

“The recent FCC C-Band Auction raised over $81 billion as both existing Wireless and Broadband Carriers pursued the additional 3.7-3.98GHZ spectrum made available to help facilitate the expected 5G growth and network capacity needs. We have multi-year service agreements in place with all of the major players in this auction and are well positioned to assist them in their growth plans throughout the Southwest and Midwest.”

“The Company is encouraged by reports that DISH, the newly approved fourth Wireless Carrier, has secured leases on over 20,000 existing tower sites owned by Crown Castle and gained access to over 300,000 sites owned by Vertical Bridge,” continued Hart. “According to Fierce Wireless reports, Dish has committed to build a cloud-native, 5G, nationwide wireless network and has committed to build at least 15,000 sites to meet its minimum requirement to cover 70% of the U.S. population by mid-2023.”

“At the same time, the hard work of last year to rationalize the structure of our Telco business has delivered the desired results. Telco revenue is up approximately 5% year over year, and has increased slightly quarter over quarter, even under the continuing pandemic conditions affecting the workforce,” continued Mr. Hart. “We have confidence in our plan as we move through 2021 with an improved balance sheet, an experienced management team, and are strategically well-positioned to capture a meaningful share of the 5G infrastructure buildout that is expected to be realized this year.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2020 Compared to Prior Year

First quarter sales were $12.7 million for three months ended December 31, 2020, a decrease of $1.2 million, or 9% compared to $14.0 million for the same period last year.  The decrease in sales was due to declines in sales in the Wireless segment of $1.6 million, partially offset by an increase in Telco sales of $0.3 million.

Gross profit increased $0.04 million to $3.63 million for three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $3.59 million for the same period last year. The changes in gross profit were due to an increase in the Telco segment of $0.30 million, offset by a Wireless segment decrease of $0.26 million.

Operating expenses decreased $0.08 million, or 4%, to $2.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 from $2.1 million the same period last year. The decrease in operating expenses was due to the Wireless segment decrease of $0.23 million, partially offset by increases in the Telco segment of $0.15 million.

SG&A expense increased $0.44 million, or 16%, to $3.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 from $2.8 million for the same period last year. The increase in SG&A expense relates to increased sales costs of $0.18 million and increased non-cash stock compensation of approximately $0.26 million.

Net loss for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $2.0 million, or a loss of $0.16 per diluted share, an increase of $0.2 million compared with a net loss of $1.7 million, or a loss of $0.17 per diluted share for the same quarter last year.

Adjusted EBITDA loss for the three months ended December 31 2020 was $1.3 million compared with an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.3 million for the same quarter last year.

Balance sheet

Cash and cash equivalents were $5.7 million as of December 31, 2020, compared with $8.4 million as of September 30, 2020. As of December 31, 2020, the Company had net inventories of $6.2 million, compared with $5.6 million as of September 30, 2020.

Outstanding debt decreased by $1.3 million to $6.7 million as of December 31, 2020, comprised of $2.8 million on a revolving line of credit, $2.9 million of notes payable under our Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan, and $1.0 million in financing leases, compared with $8.0 million at September 30, 2020. The Company has applied for forgiveness of the PPP loan.  

During the first quarter, the Company renewed its revolving bank line of credit for one year to a maturity date of December 17, 2021. As part of this renewal, capacity on the revolving bank line of credit remained $4.0 million, or the sum of 80% of eligible accounts receivable and 60% of eligible inventory, as defined in the loan agreement. As of December 31, 2020, $2.8 million has been drawn on the revolving bank line.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Friday, February 12th, at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.

Webcast: www.addvantagetechnologies.com
Toll-free Dial-in Number:1-855-327-6837
International Dial-in Number:1-631-891-4304
Conference ID:10012908
  
Replay number:1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international)
Available through: February 26, 2021
Access code:10012908

An online archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for 30 days following the call.

About ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc.

ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEY) is a communications infrastructure services and equipment provider operating a diversified group of companies through its Wireless Infrastructure Services and Telecommunications segments. Through its Wireless segment, Fulton Technologies provides turn-key wireless infrastructure services including the installation, modification and upgrading of equipment on communication towers and small cell sites for wireless carriers, national integrators, tower owners and major equipment manufacturers. Through its Telecommunications segment, Nave Communications and Triton Datacom sell equipment and hardware used to acquire, distribute, and protect the communications signals carried on fiber optic, coaxial cable and wireless distribution systems. The Telecommunications segment also offers repair services focused on telecommunication equipment and recycling surplus and related obsolete telecommunications equipment.

ADDvantage operates through its subsidiaries, Fulton Technologies, Nave Communications, and Triton Datacom. For more information, please visit the corporate web site at www.addvantagetechnologies.com.

Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this announcement may include forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from these statements. A complete discussion of these risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company’s reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 December 31,
2020
 September 30,
2020
 
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$5,401    $8,265   
Restricted cash265    108   
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $250, respectively4,810    3,968   
Unbilled revenue1,151    590   
Promissory note, current—    1,400   
Income tax receivable1,248    1,283   
Inventories, net of allowances of $3,054, respectively6,202    5,576   
Prepaid expenses and other current assets1,011    884   
Total current assets20,088    22,074   
    
    
Property and equipment, at cost4,311    4,220   
Less: Accumulated depreciation(1,785)  (1,586) 
Net property and equipment2,525    2,634   
Right-of-use assets3,505    3,758   
Promissory note, long-term2,270    2,375   
Intangibles, net of accumulated amortization1,346    1,425   
Goodwill58    58   
Other assets179    179   
Total assets$29,971    $32,503   


Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$3,528    $3,472   
Accrued expenses1,070    1,319   
Deferred revenue126    113   
Bank line of credit2,800    2,800   
Notes payable, current2,178    1,709   
Right-of-use obligations, current1,263    1,275   
Finance lease obligations, current272    285   
Other current liabilities56    41   
Total current liabilities11,293    11,014   
Note payable751    2,440   
Right-of-use obligations3,016    3,310   
Finance lease obligations737    791   
Other liabilities—    15   
Total liabilities15,797    17,570   
Shareholders’ equity:   
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized; 12,366,593 shares issued and outstanding, and 11,822,009 shares issued and outstanding, respectively124    118   
Paid in capital(1,379)  (2,567) 
Retained earnings15,429    17,382   
Total shareholders’ equity14,174    $14,933   
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$29,971    $32,503   

See notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 


ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc.
Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
December 31,
 2020 2019
Sales$12,749    $13,962   
Cost of sales9,120    10,370   
Gross profit3,629    3,592   
Operating expenses2,047    2,131   
Selling, general and administrative expenses3,215    2,776   
Depreciation and amortization expense281    448   
Loss from operations(1,914)  (1,763) 
Other income (expense):   
Interest income48    89   
Income from equity method investment—    22   
Other expense(19)  (57) 
Interest expense(68)  (24) 
Total other income (expense), net(39)  30   
    
Loss before income taxes(1,953)  (1,733) 
Benefit for income taxes—    (15) 
Net loss$(1,953)  $(1,718) 
    
Basic and diluted loss per share:   
Net loss$(0.16)  $(0.17) 
Shares used in per share calculation:   
Basic and diluted12,149,778    10,361,292   

See notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental, non-GAAP financial measure.  EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.  Adjusted EBITDA as presented also excludes restructuring charge, stock compensation expense, other income, other expense, interest income and income from equity method investment.  Adjusted EBITDA is presented below because this metric is used by the financial community as a method of measuring our financial performance and of evaluating the market value of companies considered to be in similar businesses.  Since Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, it should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net earnings as an indicator of operating performance.  Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.  In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs.

A reconciliation by segment of loss from operations to Adjusted EBITDA follows:

 Three Months Ended
December 31, 2020
 Three Months Ended
December 31, 2019
 Wireless Telco Total Wireless Telco Total
Loss from operations$(1,105)  $(809)  $(1,914)  $(782)  $(981)  $(1,763) 
Depreciation and amortization expense152    129    281    146    301    447   
Stock compensation expense140    175    315          18   
Adjusted EBITDA$(813)  $(505)  $(1,318)  $(627)  $(671)  $(1,298)