Descartes Announces Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter Financial Results

12/2/2020, 10:01 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

Record Revenues and Income from Operations

WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2021 third quarter (Q3FY21). All financial results referenced are in United States (US) currency and, unless otherwise indicated, are determined in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

“Supply chains and logistics have never been more visible, relevant or important than in today’s market,” said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes’ CEO. “Every day, our customers are faced with new challenges and opportunities as they navigate uncertain and dynamic trading conditions. Our Global Logistics Network (GLN) is designed to help the logistics community navigate those challenges and identify and capitalize on opportunities.”

Q3FY21 Financial Results
As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Q3FY21 included:

  • Revenues of $87.5 million, up 5% from $83.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 (Q3FY20) and up 4% from $84.0 million in the previous quarter (Q2FY21);
  • Revenues were comprised of services revenues of $77.6 million (89% of total revenues), professional services and other revenues of $9.3 million (10% of total revenues) and license revenues of $0.6 million (1% of total revenues). Services revenues were up 7% from $72.6 million in Q3FY20 and up 3% from $75.3 million in Q2FY21;
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $33.1 million, up 20% from $27.5 million in Q3FY20 and down from $34.1 million in Q2FY21;
  • Income from operations of $18.8 million, up 37% from $13.7 million in Q3FY20 and up 25% from $15.0 million in Q2FY21;
  • Net income of $13.3 million, up 37% from $9.7 million in Q3FY20 and up 27% from $10.5 million in Q2FY21. Net income as a percentage of revenues was 15%, compared to 12% in Q3FY20 and 13% in Q2FY21;
  • Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.15, up 36% from $0.11 in Q3FY20 and up 25% from $0.12 in Q2FY21; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $36.4 million, up 16% from $31.5 million in Q3FY20 and up 7% from $34.0 million in Q2FY21. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 42%, compared to 38% in Q3FY20 and 40% in Q2FY21.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a complement to financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation (for which we include related fees and taxes) and other charges (for which we include restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses). These items are considered by management to be outside Descartes' ongoing operational results. We define Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues as the quotient, expressed as a percentage, from dividing Adjusted EBITDA for a period by revenues for the corresponding period. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income determined in accordance with GAAP is provided later in this release.

The following table summarizes Descartes' results in the categories specified below over the past 5 fiscal quarters (unaudited; dollar amounts, other than per share amounts, in millions):

 Q3
FY21
 Q2
FY21
 Q1
FY21
 Q4
FY20
 Q3
FY20
 
Revenues87.5 84.0 83.7 84.2 83.0 
Services revenues77.6 75.3 74.1 73.7 72.6 
Gross margin74% 73% 74% 73% 73% 
Cash provided by operating activities33.1 34.1 27.5 26.4 27.5 
Income from operations18.8 15.0 15.7 13.6 13.7 
Net income13.3 10.5 11.0 11.4 9.7 
Net income as a % of revenues15% 13% 13% 14% 12% 
Earnings per diluted share0.15 0.12 0.13 0.13 0.11 
Adjusted EBITDA36.4 34.0 33.0 32.2 31.5 
Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenues42% 40% 39% 38% 38% 

Year-to-Date Financial Results

As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Descartes’ nine-month period ended October 31, 2020 (9MFY21) included:

  • Revenues of $255.3 million, up 6% from $241.6 million in the same period a year ago (9MFY20);
  • Revenues were comprised of services revenues of $227.0 million (89% of total revenues), professional services and other revenues of $24.6 million (10% of total revenues) and license revenues of $3.7 million (1% of total revenues). Services revenues were up 8% from $211.0 million in 9MFY20;
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $94.8 million, up 22% from $77.9 million in 9MFY20;
  • Income from operations of $49.6 million, up 28% from $38.7 million in 9MFY20;
  • Net income of $34.9 million, up 36% from $25.6 million in 9MFY20. Net income as a percentage of revenues was 14%, compared to 11% in 9MFY20;
  • Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.41, up 32% from $0.31 in 9MFY20; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $103.4 million, up 14% from $90.4 million in 9MFY20. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 41%, compared to 37% in 9MFY20.

The following table summarizes Descartes’ results in the categories specified below over 9MFY21 and 9MFY20 (unaudited, dollar amounts in millions):

  9MFY219MFY20 
 Revenues255.3241.6 
 Services revenues227.0211.0 
 Gross margin74%74% 
 Cash provided by operating activities94.877.9 
 Income from operations49.638.7 
 Net income34.925.6 
 Net income as a % of revenues14%11% 
 Earnings per diluted share0.410.31 
 Adjusted EBITDA103.490.4 
 Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenues41%37% 
     

Cash Position
At October 31, 2020, Descartes had $114.4 million in cash. Cash increased $32.5 million in Q3FY21 and increased $70.0 million in 9MFY21. The table set forth below provides a summary of cash flows for Q3FY21 and 9MFY21 in millions of dollars:

 Q3FY21 9MFY21 
Cash provided by operating activities33.1 94.8 
Additions to property and equipment(0.8)(2.9)
Acquisitions of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired- (29.4)
Proceeds from borrowing on credit facility- 10.2 
Credit facility repayments- (10.1)
Issuances of common shares, net of issuance costs         0.2          5.9 
Effect of foreign exchange rate on cash- 1.5 
Net change in cash32.5 70.0 
Cash, beginning of period       81.9        44.4 
Cash, end of period114.4 114.4 
     

Acquisition of ShipTrack
On November 6, 2020, Descartes acquired all of the shares of ShipTrack Inc. (“ShipTrack”), a provider of cloud-based mobile resource management and shipment tracking solutions. ShipTrack was recently named one of Canada’s Companies-to-Watch in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ awards. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $19.1 million (CAD 25.0 million), net of cash acquired, which was funded from cash on hand. Additional contingent consideration of up to CAD 25.0 million in cash is payable if certain revenue performance targets are met by ShipTrack in the two years following the acquisition.

Conference Call
Members of Descartes' executive management team will host a conference call to discuss the company's financial results today at 5:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, December 2. Designated numbers are +1 888 465-5079 for North America and +1 416 216-4169 for international, using Passcode 6017 624#.

The company will simultaneously conduct an audio webcast on the Descartes Web site at www.descartes.com/descartes/investor-relations. Phone conference dial-in or webcast log-in is required approximately 10 minutes beforehand. A digital replay of the conference call will be available following the call from 8:00 p.m. ET, and until December 9, 2020, at www.descartes.com/descartes/investor-relations.

About Descartes
Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at www.descartes.com, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter


Descartes Investor Contact:
Laurie McCauley +1-519-746-6114 x202358
investor@descartes.com

Safe Harbor Statement
This release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements") that relates to Descartes' expectations concerning future revenues and earnings, and our projections for any future reductions in expenses or growth in margins and generation of cash; our assessment of the current and future potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, results of operations and financial condition; continued growth and acquisitions including our assessment of any increased opportunity for our products and services as a result of trends in the logistics and supply chain industries; rate of profitable growth; demand for Descartes' solutions; growth of Descartes' Global Logistics Network (“GLN”); customer buying patterns; customer expectations of Descartes; development of the GLN and the benefits thereof to customers; and other matters. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions including the following: global shipment volumes continuing at levels generally consistent with those experienced historically; the current COVID-19 pandemic not having a material negative impact on shipment volumes or on the demand for the products and services of Descartes by its customers and the ability of those customers to continue to pay for those products and services; countries continuing to implement and enforce existing and additional customs and security regulations relating to the provision of electronic information for imports and exports; countries continuing to implement and enforce existing and additional trade restrictions and sanctioned party lists with respect to doing business with certain countries, organizations, entities and individuals; Descartes' continued operation of a secure and reliable business network; the stability of general economic and market conditions, currency exchange rates, and interest rates; equity and debt markets continuing to provide Descartes with access to capital; Descartes' continued ability to identify and source attractive and executable business combination opportunities; Descartes' ability to develop solutions that keep pace with the continuing changes in technology, and our continued compliance with third party intellectual property rights. These assumptions may prove to be inaccurate. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Descartes, or developments in Descartes' business or industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, Descartes' ability to successfully identify and execute on acquisitions and to integrate acquired businesses and assets, and to predict expenses associated with and revenues from acquisitions; the impact of network failures, information security breaches or other cyber-security threats; disruptions in the movement of freight and a decline in shipment volumes including as a result of contagious illness outbreaks; a deterioration of general economic conditions or instability in the financial markets accompanied by a decrease in spending by our customers; the ability to attract and retain key personnel and the ability to manage the departure of key personnel and the transition of our executive management team; changes in trade or transportation regulations that currently require customers to use services such as those offered by Descartes; changes in customer behaviour and expectations; Descartes’ ability to successfully design and develop enhancements to our products and solutions; departures of key customers; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates; Descartes' ability to retain or obtain sufficient capital in addition to its debt facility to execute on its business strategy, including its acquisition strategy; disruptions in the movement of freight; the potential for future goodwill or intangible asset impairment as a result of other-than-temporary decreases in Descartes' market capitalization; and other factors and assumptions discussed in the section entitled, "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada, including Descartes' most recently filed Management's Discussion and Analysis. If any such risks actually occur, they could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations. In that case, the trading price of our common shares could decline, perhaps materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.   We do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues

We prepare and release quarterly unaudited and annual audited financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. We also disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information, used to evaluate our performance, in this and other earnings releases and investor conference calls as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP. We believe that current shareholders and potential investors in our company use non-GAAP financial measures, such as Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, in making investment decisions about our company and measuring our operational results.

The term “Adjusted EBITDA” refers to a financial measure that we define as earnings before certain charges that management considers to be non-operating expenses and which consist of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation (for which we include related fees and taxes) and other charges (for which we include restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses). Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues divides Adjusted EBITDA for a period by the revenues for the corresponding period and expresses the quotient as a percentage.

Management considers these non-operating expenses to be outside the scope of Descartes’ ongoing operations and the related expenses are not used by management to measure operations. Accordingly, these expenses are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA, which we reference to both measure our operations and as a basis of comparison of our operations from period-to-period. Management believes that investors and financial analysts measure our business on the same basis, and we are providing the Adjusted EBITDA financial metric to assist in this evaluation and to provide a higher level of transparency into how we measure our own business. However, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are non-GAAP financial measures and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues should not be construed as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP or other non-GAAP measures that may be used by other companies, such as EBITDA. The use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues does have limitations. In particular, we have completed seven acquisitions since the beginning of fiscal 2020 and may complete additional acquisitions in the future that will result in acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges. As these acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges may continue as we pursue our consolidation strategy, some investors may consider these charges and expenses as a recurring part of operations rather than expenses that are not part of operations.

The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income reported in our unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for Q3FY21, Q2FY21, Q1FY21, Q4FY20, and Q3FY20, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(US dollars in millions)Q3FY21 Q2FY21 Q1FY21 Q4FY20 Q3FY20
Net income, as reported on Consolidated Statements of Operations13.3 10.5 11.0 11.4 9.7
Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:     
Interest expense0.2 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4
Investment income- -  -  (0.1) -
Income tax expense5.2 4.2 4.4 1.9 3.5
Depreciation expense1.5 1.4 1.6 2.9 1.2
Amortization of intangible assets14.0 14.1 13.7 14.1 14.5
Stock-based compensation and related taxes1.7 1.8 1.2 1.3 1.4
Other charges0.5 1.7 0.8 0.3 0.8
Adjusted EBITDA36.4 34.0 33.0 32.2 31.5
      
Revenues87.5 84.0 83.7 84.2 83.0
Net income as % of revenues15% 13% 13% 14% 12%
Adjusted EBITDA as % of revenues42% 40% 39% 38% 38%
      

The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income reported in our unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for 9MFY21 and 9MFY20, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(US dollars in millions)9MFY21 9MFY20 
Net income, as reported on Consolidated Statements of Operations34.9 25.6 
Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:  
Interest expense0.9 4.1 
Investment income(0.1)(0.2)
Income tax expense13.8 9.2 
Depreciation expense4.5 3.1 
Amortization of intangible assets41.8 41.4 
Stock-based compensation and related taxes4.7 3.7 
Other charges2.9 3.5 
Adjusted EBITDA103.4 90.4 
   
Revenues255.3 241.5 
Net income as % of revenues14% 11% 
Adjusted EBITDA as % of revenues41% 37% 
     


 
THE DESCARTES SYSTEMS GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(US DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS; US GAAP; UNAUDITED)
     
 October 31, January 31, 
 2020 2020
(Audited)
 
ASSETS    
CURRENT ASSETS    
Cash114,416 44,403 
Accounts receivable (net)    
Trade34,251 35,118 
Other10,185 7,294 
Prepaid expenses and other14,861 12,984 
Inventory427 411 
 174,140 100,210 
OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS14,466 13,520 
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET11,774 13,731 
RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS12,146 12,877 
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES15,726 21,602 
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET231,767 256,956 
GOODWILL543,733 523,690 
 1,003,752 942,586 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
CURRENT LIABILITIES    
 Accounts payable6,523 7,667 
 Accrued liabilities33,933 34,876 
 Lease obligations3,933 3,928 
 Income taxes payable2,465 1,329 
 Deferred revenue45,782 41,143 
 92,636 88,943 
LONG-TERM DEBT- - 
LONG-TERM LEASE OBLIGATIONS9,125 9,477 
LONG-TERM DEFERRED REVENUE1,183 920 
LONG-TERM INCOME TAXES PAYABLE6,846 6,470 
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES23,188 15,067 
 132,978 120,877 
     
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
Common shares – unlimited shares authorized; Shares issued and outstanding totaled
 84,483,985 at October 31, 2020 (January 31, 2020 – 84,156,316)
531,525 524,154 
Additional paid-in capital462,207 459,269 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(22,085)(25,944)
Accumulated deficit(100,873)(135,770)
 870,774 821,709 
 1,003,752 942,586 
     

 

 
THE DESCARTES SYSTEMS GROUP INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(US DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AND WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARE AMOUNTS; US GAAP; UNAUDITED)
          
 Three Months Ended
  Nine Months Ended
 
 October 31, October 31,  October 31, October 31, 
 2020 2019  2020 2019 
      
REVENUES87,508 83,026  255,256 241,570 
COST OF REVENUES22,546 22,133  66,810 63,126 
GROSS MARGIN64,962 60,893  188,446 178,444 
EXPENSES     
Sales and marketing9,705 10,142  28,448 30,309 
Research and development13,072 13,383  39,727 39,469 
General and administrative8,918 8,407  25,986 25,113 
Other charges491 799  2,945 3,463 
Amortization of intangible assets14,013 14,525  41,811 41,404 
 46,199 47,256  138,917 139,758 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS18,763 13,637  49,529 38,686 
INTEREST EXPENSE(277)(497) (909)(4,100)
INVESTMENT INCOME40 39  103 151 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES18,526 13,179  48,723 34,737 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE     
Current2,380 2,327  2,049 5,688 
Deferred2,838 1,186  11,777 3,490 
 5,218 3,513  13,826 9,178 
NET INCOME13,308 9,666  34,897 25,559 
EARNINGS PER SHARE     
Basic0.16 0.11  0.41 0.32 
Diluted0.15 0.11  0.41 0.31 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING (thousands)     
Basic84,777 84,136  84,318 80,818 
Diluted85,917 85,342  85,689 81,991 
          

 

 
THE DESCARTES SYSTEMS GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(US DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS; US GAAP; UNAUDITED)
          
 Three Months Ended
  Nine Months Ended
 
 October 31, October 31,  October 31, October 31, 
 2020 2019 2020 2019 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
Net income13,308 9,666 34,897 25,559 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation1,465 1,176 4,450 3,143 
Amortization of intangible assets14,013 14,525 41,811 41,404 
Stock-based compensation expense1,629 1,324 4,363 3,588 
Other non-cash operating activities80 - 131 11 
Deferred tax expense2,838 1,186 11,777 3,490 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities(184)(348)(2,661)690 
Cash provided by operating activities33,149 27,529 94,768 77,885 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES    
Additions to property and equipment(774)(1,484)(2,859)(3,879)
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired- (11,718)(29,374)(292,053)
Cash used in investing activities(774)(13,202)(32,233)(295,932)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES    
Proceeds from borrowing on the credit facility- 12,000 10,196 297,015 
Credit facility repayments- (25,514)(10,065)(313,376)
Payment of debt issuance costs(2)(71)(40)(1,885)
Issuance of common shares for cash, net of issuance costs243 547 5,949 238,350 
Payment of contingent consideration- - - - 
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities241 (13,038)6,040 220,104 
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash(62)197 1,438 (507)
Increase in cash32,554 1,486 70,013 1,550 
Cash, beginning of period81,862 27,362 44,403 27,298 
Cash, end of period114,416 28,848 114,416 28,848 

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