First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Highlights
- First quarter sales of $305.3 million, up 23% year-over-year
- First quarter operating loss of $0.6 million, compared to a loss of $11.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018
- First quarter net loss from continuing operations attributable to Cubic of $6.6 million, or $0.23 per share
- First quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $20.0 million, up 74% year-over-year
- Confirms fiscal year 2019 guidance, updated to include recent GRIDSMART acquisition
SAN DIEGO – February 6, 2019 – Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended December 31, 2018. “We are pleased with our strong growth and progress on our strategic initiatives in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. The broad-based strength in our business and high backlog provides a clear path to achieving Goal 2020,” said Bradley H. Feldmann, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cubic Corporation. “Additionally, the acquisitions of Trafficware and GRIDSMART establish us as the technology-driven, market leader for intersection traffic management within our NextCity vision.”
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
Effective October 1, 2018, we adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, as amended (commonly referred to as ASC 606), using the modified retrospective transition method. The adoption of ASC 606 resulted in a change in our significant accounting policy regarding revenue recognition and resulted in changes in our accounting policies regarding contract estimates, backlog, inventory, contract assets, long-term capitalized contract costs and contract liabilities. See “New Accounting Standards Implemented” in Note 2 of the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of our Form 10-Q for disclosure of the impact of the adoption of ASC 606.
First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Results
Sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 23% to $305.3 million, compared to $248.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, reflecting organic growth and the inclusion of Trafficware, which was acquired on October 24, 2018 and increased first quarter sales by $10.5 million. Additionally, the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard increased sales by $28.4 million. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of $5.5 million.
Operating loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 improved to $0.6 million, compared to an operating loss of $11.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase primarily reflects sales growth, lower expenses related to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiatives and a favorable impact of $3.3 million due to the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of $0.6 million.
Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 74% to $20.0 million, compared to $11.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of $0.7 million.
Net loss from continuing operations attributable to Cubic in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $6.6 million, compared to a net loss of $11.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The year-over-year improvement reflects the reduction in operating loss.
Net cash used in continuing operations was $61.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to a cash use of $11.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Operating cash flow was negatively impacted by the timing of milestone payments related to contracts in the transportation business.
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS)
CTS sales increased 24% to $181.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $146.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, driven by the New York and Boston next-generation fare payment systems, the inclusion of $10.5 million of sales from Trafficware and the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of $4.8 million.
CTS Adjusted EBITDA increased 45% to $19.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $13.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA reflects higher sales, solid project execution, the addition of Trafficware and the impact of the new revenue recognition standard. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of $0.7 million.
Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS)
CMS sales increased 40% to $46.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $33.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, driven by increased shipments of expeditionary satellite communications products.
CMS Adjusted EBITDA increased to $0.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to a loss of $1.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 primarily due to higher sales.
Cubic Global Defense (CGD)
CGD sales increased 12% to $77.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $68.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. Sales increased primarily due to the impact of the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of $0.7 million.
CGD Adjusted EBITDA increased 39% to $5.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared to $4.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, due to the recognition of revenue and margin on the contracts that were impacted by the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard as well as operational improvements. Foreign currency translation did not have a significant impact.
Total backlog decreased by $250.2 million from September 30, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Foreign currency translation had an unfavorable impact of $32.7 million.
Fiscal 2019 Full Year Guidance(2)
- Sales: $1,400 million to $1,475 million
- Adjusted EBITDA: $140 million to $160 million
(2) Constant foreign currency exchange; Includes impact of adoption of ASC 606; updated to include the expected fiscal 2019 impact of GRIDSMART, which was acquired on January 2, 2019 (Sales of approximately $24 million and Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $5 million, 9-month impact).
On May 31, 2018, Cubic sold Cubic Global Defense Services (CGD Services). Beginning in March 2018, all criteria were met for the classification of CGD Services as a discontinued operation. As a result, the operating results of CGD Services have been classified as discontinued operations in the condensed consolidated statements of income (loss) for all periods presented.
Conference Call and Webcast
Cubic will host a conference call today, Wednesday, February 6 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to present first quarter results. Access the live audio webcast via: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1228555&tp_key=ddfc3b3bbc
An archive of the webcast and presentation materials will be made available on the Investor Relations section of Cubic’s website at https://www.cubic.com/investor-relations/financials.
Financial analysts and institutional investors are invited to dial:
- 201-689-8259 (international)
To avoid delay in the start time, please dial in beginning 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time.
About Cubic Corporation
Cubic is a technology-driven, market-leading provider of integrated solutions that increase situational understanding for transportation, defense C4ISR and training customers worldwide to decrease urban congestion and improve the militaries’ effectiveness and operational readiness. Our teams innovate to make a positive difference in people’s lives. We simplify their daily journeys. We promote mission success and safety for those who serve their nation. For more information about Cubic, please visit www.cubic.com or on Twitter @CubicCorp.
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
We believe that the presentation of Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and Adjusted EBITDA included in this report provides useful information to investors with which to analyze our operating trends and performance and ability to service and incur debt. Also, we believe EBITDA facilitates company-to-company operating performance comparisons by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting net interest expense), taxation, variations in organic versus inorganic growth (affecting amortization expense) and the age and book depreciation of property, plant and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense). We believe Adjusted EBITDA further facilitates company-to-company operating comparisons by backing out items that we believe are not part of our core operating performance. Items backed out of Adjusted EBITDA are comprised of expenses incurred in the development of our ERP system and the redesign of our supply chain which include internal labor costs and external costs of materials and services that do not qualify for capitalization, business acquisition expenses including retention bonus expenses, due diligence and consulting costs incurred in connection with the acquisitions, expenses recognized related to the change in the fair value of contingent consideration for acquisitions, restructuring costs, gains and losses on disposals of fixed assets, and income and expenses classified as other non-operating income and expenses which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to operating performance.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to the company or as alternatives to net income as a measure of performance. In addition, other companies may define EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently and, as a result, our measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be directly comparable to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA of other companies. Furthermore, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider either of them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.
The following table reconciles EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), which we consider to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. We have not reconciled Adjusted EBITDA guidance to projected net income (loss) because we do not provide guidance on net income (loss) or the reconciling items between Adjusted EBITDA and net income (loss) as a result of the uncertainty regarding, and the potential variability of, certain of these items. Accordingly, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure guidance to the corresponding GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable effort.
On May 31, 2018 Cubic sold the CGD Services business. The operating results of this business and loss on sale have been excluded from the figures for all periods presented.
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