Zebra Technologies Announces Second-Quarter 2018 Results

Second-Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Strong net sales of $1,012 million; year-over-year growth of 12.9%
  • Net income of $70 million and net income per diluted share of $1.29
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS increased 64% year-over-year to $2.48
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 25% year-over-year to $199 million; and adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 200 basis points year-over-year to 19.7%
  • $140 million reduction of total debt


Lincolnshire, Ill., Aug. 7, 2018 — Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

“Our second quarter results were driven by strong growth from our product and service offerings and disciplined operational execution. Sales and earnings results exceeded our previously communicated guidance ranges and strong free cash flow allowed us to reduce our net debt leverage ratio to 2.5x,” said Anders Gustafsson, chief executive officer of Zebra Technologies. “Given the strength of our results, we are raising our full-year outlook for sales growth and free cash flow. We continue to deliver digital innovation that enables our customers to compete effectively in today's on-demand economy.”

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Reported (GAAP) results

Net sales were $1,012 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $896 million in the second quarter of 2017. Net sales in the Enterprise Visibility & Mobility ("EVM") segment were $661 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared with $584 million in the second quarter of 2017. Asset Intelligence & Tracking ("AIT") segment net sales were $351 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $313 million in the prior year period. Second-quarter 2018 gross profit was $472 million compared to $411 million in the comparable prior year period. Net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $70 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, compared to net income of $17 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017.

Adjusted (Non-GAAP) results

Consolidated adjusted net sales were $1,012 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $897 million in the prior year period, an increase of 12.8%. Consolidated organic net sales growth for the second quarter was 10.6% reflecting growth in EMEA, North America and APAC, and a slight decline in Latin America. Second-quarter year-over-year organic net sales growth was 10.9% in the EVM segment and 9.9% in the AIT segment.

Consolidated adjusted gross margin for the second quarter of 2018 was 46.7%, compared to 46.0% in the prior year period. This increase was primarily due to favorable business mix and the favorable impact of currency changes, primarily in the EMEA region. Adjusted operating expenses increased in the second quarter of 2018 to $294 million from $274 million in the prior year period primarily due to growth in the business and increased incentive compensation expense related to improved operating results.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2018 increased to $199 million, or 19.7% of adjusted net sales, compared to $159 million, or 17.7% of adjusted net sales, for the second quarter of 2017 primarily due to operating expense leverage on higher sales and higher gross profit margin.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $135 million, or $2.48 per diluted share, compared with $80 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017. Lower interest costs and a lower tax rate also contributed to the year-over-year improvement.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of June 30, 2018, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $46 million and total debt of $2,014 million. 

As previously disclosed, in the second quarter of 2018, the company completed a debt restructuring which amended its Term Loan A, Term Loan B and Revolving Credit facilities.  These actions reduced the interest rate on the Term Loan B by 25 basis points and increased the available funds under the Revolving Credit Facility by $300 million to a maximum of $800 million.  The company also prepaid $300 million of the Term Loan B Facility by drawing on the Revolving Credit Facility.

Free cash flow was $233 million for the first six months of 2018. The company generated $266 million of operating cash flow and incurred capital expenditures of $33 million. For the first six months of 2018, the company made payments of long-term debt of $1,114 million and received proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt of $879 million, resulting in a $235 million net reduction of total debt. The company made cash interest payments of $52 million for the first six months of 2018.


Third Quarter 2018

The company expects third-quarter 2018 net sales to increase approximately 12% to 15% from the third quarter of 2017. This expectation includes an approximately 1 percentage point positive impact from foreign currency translation.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be in the range of 19% to 20% for the third quarter 2018, favorable to the prior year period. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $2.50 to $2.70. This assumes an adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 15% to 16%.

Full Year 2018

The company now expects full year 2018 net sales growth to increase approximately 10% to 12%, which is favorable to our prior outlook and includes an anticipated 2 percentage point positive impact from foreign currency translation.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be approximately 20% for the full year 2018, an improvement compared to the full year 2017.

For the full year 2018, the company expects free cash flow of at least $525 million.

The outlook amounts provided above do not include any projected results from the proposed acquisition of Xplore Technologies Corporation, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

Conference Call Notification

Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of Zebra’s conference call regarding the company’s financial results for the second quarter of 2018. The conference call will be held today, Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 a.m. Central Time (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time). To view the webcast, visit the investor relations section of the company’s website at investors.zebra.com.

About Zebra

With the unparalleled operational visibility Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides, enterprises become as smart and connected as the world we live in. Real-time information – gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services – gives organizations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today’s data-centric world. For more information, visit www.zebra.com or sign up for our news alerts. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, the statements regarding the company’s outlook. Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in the company’s forward-looking statements. These statements represent estimates only as of the date they were made. Zebra undertakes no obligation, other than as may be required by law, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason after the date of this release.

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Zebra’s industry, market conditions, general domestic and international economic conditions, and other factors. These factors include customer acceptance of Zebra’s hardware and software products and competitors’ product offerings, and the potential effects of technological changes. The continued uncertainty over future global economic conditions, the availability of credit and capital markets volatility may have adverse effects on Zebra, its suppliers and its customers. In addition, a disruption in our ability to obtain products from vendors as a result of supply chain constraints, natural disasters or other circumstances could restrict sales and negatively affect customer relationships. Profits and profitability will be affected by Zebra’s ability to control manufacturing and operating costs. Because of its debt, interest rates and financial market conditions will also have an impact on results. Foreign exchange rates will have an effect on financial results because of the large percentage of our international sales. The outcome of litigation in which Zebra may be involved is another factor. The success of integrating acquisitions could also affect profitability, reported results and the company’s competitive position in its industry. These and other factors could have an adverse effect on Zebra’s sales, gross profit margins and results of operations and increase the volatility of our financial results. When used in this release and documents referenced, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “outlook,” and “expect” and similar expressions, as they relate to the company or its management, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. Descriptions of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect the company’s future operations and results can be found in Zebra’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company’s most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains certain Non-GAAP financial measures, consisting of “adjusted net sales,” “adjusted gross profit,” “EBITDA,” “Adjusted EBITDA,” “Non-GAAP net income,” “Non-GAAP earnings per share,” “free cash flow,” “organic net sales growth,” and “adjusted operating expenses.” Management presents these measures to focus on the on-going operations and believes it is useful to investors because they enable them to perform meaningful comparisons of past and present operating results. The company believes it is useful to present Non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude certain significant items, as a means to understand the performance of its ongoing operations and how management views the business. Please see the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” tables and accompanying disclosures at the end of this press release for more detailed information regarding non-GAAP financial measures herein, including the items reflected in adjusted net earnings calculations. These measures, however, should not be construed as an alternative to any other measure of performance determined in accordance with GAAP.

The company does not provide a reconciliation for non-GAAP estimates on a forward-looking basis (including the information under “Outlook” above) where it is unable to provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of reconciling items and the information is not available without unreasonable effort. This is due to the inherent difficulty of forecasting the timing or amount of various items that have not yet occurred, are out of the company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, and that would impact diluted net earnings per share, the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measure.For the same reasons, the company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. Forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures provided without the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures may vary materially from the corresponding GAAP financial measures.

As a global company, Zebra's operating results reported in U.S. dollars are affected by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations because the underlying foreign currencies in which the company transacts change in value over time compared to the U.S. dollar; accordingly, the company presents certain organic growth financial information, which includes impacts of foreign currency translation, to provide a framework to assess how the company’s businesses performed excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Foreign currency impact represents the difference in results that are attributable to fluctuations in the currency exchange rates used to convert the results for businesses where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. This impact is calculated by translating, for certain currencies, current period results at the currency exchange rates used in the comparable period in the prior year, rather than the exchange rates in effect during the current period. In addition, the company excludes the impact of its foreign currency hedging program in both the current year and prior year periods. The company believes these measures should be considered a supplement to and not in lieu of the company’s performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.


Michael Steele, CFA, IRC
Vice President, Investor Relations
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Therese Van Ryne
Director, Global Public Relations
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