Company Update (NASDAQ:XGTI): xG Technology Announces Second Quarter and First Half 2017 Results


xG Technology Inc (NASDAQ:XGTI) announced its second quarter and first half 2017 results. All results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), except as otherwise indicated below. Management will hold a conference call to discuss these results on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (details below).

Key Recent Accomplishments by xG Businesses

  • Record quarterly revenues of $14.2 million and record first half revenues of $23.6 million which contributed to positive cash generated from operations and improved liquidity for the six months ended June 30, 2017.
  • Introduced the Nulinx-IP Compact, a self-contained point-to-point, bi-directional microwave link.
  • Unveiled the new HCAMthe next generation of HEVC 4K UHD wireless camera transmitters.
  • Introduced the SatWare remote reporting computing platform to the North American market.
  • Received an order valued at approximately $1.2 million for wireless camera systems from a major worldwide news organization.
  • Received orders valued at over $700,000 for HD airborne video downlink systems from county law enforcement agencies located in California and Florida and the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Was granted a new patent covering an innovative method for enhancing the resilience of communications systems in the face of harmful interference.
  • Received orders valued at approximately $250,000 from prominent local television stations for high-performance digital microwave systems.
  • Provided wireless camera transmission capabilities to support the live stream broadcast of the largest sailing event in the world.

George Schmitt, CEO and Chairman of the Board of xG Technology, said, “In the second quarter we experienced record revenue among our brands and recorded an impressive string of new business wins in the broadcasting and law enforcement fields, as well as seeing success in new markets, including medical device technology. We also began to aggressively release new products that solidify our technology leadership.”

Mr. Schmitt continued, “Having successfully completed the acquisitions of Vislink and IMT and the integration of operations by our senior management ahead of schedule contributed to positive cash generated from operations and improved our liquidity for the six months ended June 30, 2017.  We are now working on consolidating our financial systems in tandem with identifying and seizing profitable new business opportunities. Our record first half year puts us in an excellent position to capitalize on further growth through the remainder of 2017.”

Roger Branton, CFO and co-founder of xG Technology, said, We are pleased to report that we had record quarterly revenue of $14.2 million in Q2 and a record $23.6 million for the first half.  An adverse movement in the British Pound to US Dollar exchange rate reduced revenues by approximately $424,000, otherwise revenue was $14.6 million for the quarter. We ended the six months June 30, 2017 with $4.7 million in cash, positive cash flow from operations and a substantial improvement in positive working capital of approximately $18 million.”

Mr. Branton continued, “Our first half results include a preliminary bargain purchase gain prepared by an independent valuation firm related to the Vislink acquisition of $15.5 million, which is an increase for the quarter of $3.7 million. Our results also include significant one-time charges related to purchase price amortization, acquisition related expenses and restructuring expenses that when excluded from our results, we reported positive net income and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.”

GAAP RESULTS    

  • Gross margins were 31.8% of revenue in the second quarter 2017, compared to 50.8% of revenue in the second quarter of 2016. (Excluding one-time purchase price amortization charges, gross margins were 44.5% for the second quarter 2017, which was consistent with our current product mix.  Please see further explanation in Non-GAAP Results below).
  • Revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 were $14.2 million and $23.6 million compared to $1.7 million and $2.6 million in the corresponding periods in 2016.
  • For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company had a net loss of $1 million and net income of $7.3 million, respectively. This compares to net losses of $4.6 million and $8.6 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016.
  • Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $1 million, or $(.09) per share in the second quarter of 2017 compared to a net loss of $6.0 million, or $(9.80) per share in the second quarter of 2016. Net income attributable to common shareholders was $7.3 million, or $.69 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to a net loss of $10.4 million, or $(25.43) per share for the six months ended June 30, 2016.
  • xG ended second quarter 2017 with $4.7 million in cash compared to $9.1 million at December 31, 2016 and $4.6 million at the end of the first quarter of 2017.
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was a positive $149,000 and $9.9 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

NON-GAAP RESULTS

  • Gross margins were 44.5% of revenue in the second quarter 2017, compared to 50.8% of revenue in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 were $14.6 million and $24.3 million compared to $1.7 million and $2.6 million in the corresponding periods in 2016.
  • For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, the Company had a net income of $3 million in the second quarter and net income of $15 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017. This compares to net losses of $4.6 million and $8.6 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, respectively.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) was $3.8 million and $17 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

We disclose non-GAAP financial measures as we believe they provide useful information on actual operating performance. Readers are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Non-GAAP gross margin excludes the impact of purchase price amortization on the step up of assets as a result of the preliminary bargain purchase gain and the impact of foreign exchange gains or losses.

Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations excludes the impact of purchase price amortization related to the Vislink acquisition, acquisition-related expenses and restructuring expenses.

We use the above-noted non-GAAP financial measures for planning purposes and to allow us to assess the performance of our business before including the impacts of the items noted above as they affect the comparability of our financial results. These non-GAAP measures are reviewed regularly by management and the Board of Directors as part of the ongoing internal assessment of our operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus purchase price amortization, acquisition-related expense, restructuring expense, depreciation and amortization, foreign exchange gains or losses and interest expense.

Adjusted EBITDA is a metric used by investors and analysts for valuation purposes and we believe that it is an important indicator of our operating performance.

Shares of XG Technology closed today at $2.29, up $0.05 or 2.23%. XGTI has a 1-year high of $7.30 and a 1-year low of $0.32. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $2.04 and its 200-day moving average is $1.75.

On the ratings front, Roth Capital analyst William Gibson reiterated a Buy rating on XGTI, with a price target of $3.50, in a report issued on July 14. The current price target represents a potential upside of 53% from where the stock is currently trading. According to TipRanks.com, Gibson has a yearly average loss of 11.3%, a 33% success rate, and is ranked #4420 out of 4618 analysts.

xG Technology, Inc. engages in the development of patented wireless communications and spectrum sharing technologies. It operates through the following segments: Broadcast, Sports and Entertainment, and Government/Surveillance. The Broadcast segment includes a line of margin receiver products including DR3, crx6, and CIRAS. The Sport and Entertainment segment offers microLite, available in both licensed and unlicensed frequency bands. The Government/Surveillance segment sells IMT, MiniMobile Commander and Mobile Commander. 

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