OAKDALE, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN) today released financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.
Q4 and Full Year Overview
For Q4 2014, Imation reported net revenue of $197.0 million, down 15.4 percent from Q4 2013. Operating loss from continuing operations totaled $12.1 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in Q4 2014, including special charges of $2.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. This compares to operating income from continuing operations of $21.1 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in Q4 2013, which included special benefits of $9.5 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. Operating results in Q4 2013 also benefited from a reversal of an accrual of $9.4 million for copyright levies as a result of a favorable court ruling in France. The Company had a cash balance of $114.6 million as of December 31, 2014, and generated positive operating cash flows during the fourth quarter.
For the full year 2014, revenue was $729.5 million, down 15.3 percent from 2013, and operating loss from continuing operations was $104.1 million, or $2.74 diluted loss per share. Special charges for the full year were $53.6 million. Excluding these special charges, 2014 operating loss from continuing operations would have been $50.5 million, and diluted loss per share from continuing operations would have been $1.43 (See Tables Five and Six for non-GAAP measures).
Imation’s CEO Mark Lucas commented, “In 2014, we continued to execute our strategic transformation and to invest in our business to facilitate our return to revenue growth. The transformation has been a multi-year process designed to establish Imation as a global leader in data storage and security. During the fourth quarter we continued to see positive sales momentum in our Storage and Security portfolio with both sequential and year-over-year growth in our IronKeyTM mobile security products and our NexsanTM hybrid storage solutions. We will continue to further strengthen our TSS business unit to fuel profitable growth over the long term.”
The Company’s consumer and commercial storage media revenues continued their expected secular decline in Q4 2014. However, within CSA, Audio and Accessories revenue grew 17.4 percent over Q4 2013 and within TSS, Storage and Security Solutions revenue grew 10.1 percent over Q4 2013.
Business Segment Overview
Lucas said, “Further penetrating higher growth markets where we can bring our enterprise class commercial storage solutions to customers remains a top priority. In mobile security, our IronKey products stand poised to benefit from the growing demand for BYOD (bring your own device) solutions.
“In our storage solutions business, we continued to gain traction with the global rollout of the Assureon® product family and the successful launch of the NST 4000, as well as growing demand for our storage solutions in a number of key industry verticals, including media & entertainment, healthcare, and video surveillance.
“In our consumer business, Imation’s legacy products continue to generate meaningful cash flow and we continue to introduce new Audio and Accessories products which had another strong quarter of growth. We introduced the LINKTM Power Drive, our first mobile storage product that provides additional storage and power for iOS compatible devices. The new additions to our product portfolio have been well received since debuting earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show,” concluded Lucas.
Detailed Q4 2014 Analysis
The following financial results are for continuing operations for the current and prior periods unless otherwise indicated. See Tables Five and Six for a description of non-GAAP financial measures.
Net revenue for Q4 2014 was $197.0 million, down 15.4 percent from Q4 2013. Foreign currency exchange rates negatively impacted Q4 2014 revenue by 4 percent compared to Q4 2013.
Gross margin for Q4 2014 was 20.1 percent, down 3.7 percentage points from 23.8 percent in Q4 2013. CSA gross margin was 21.1 percent, down from 28.0 percent in Q4 2013. CSA gross margin in Q4 2013 benefited from a reversal of an accrual of $9.4 million, or 7.2 percent, for copyright levies as a result of a favorable court ruling in France. TSS gross margin was 18.9 percent, up from 18.2 percent in Q4 2013 due to the Storage and Security product portfolio.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A)expenses in Q4 2014 were $44.5 million, up $5.0 million due mainly to additional investments in Imation’s Storage and Security portfolio compared with Q4 2013 levels of $39.5 million. During the quarter the Company continued to focus on cost reductions in its legacy businesses while strategically investing in its Storage and Security Solutions to accelerate growth. Over the last three years Imation’s legacy media operating expenses have been reduced by over $100 million.
Research and development (R&D) expenses in Q4 2014 were $5.1 million, up $1.0 million from $4.1 million in Q4 2013, which reflects the Company’s increased investment in higher margin projects in Storage and Security Solutions. Imation continued to invest in new product development in its priority businesses and has aggressively reduced R&D expense associated with legacy media products.
Special charges in Q4 2014were $2.1 million compared to $9.5 million of income in Q4 2013, primarily related to a $9.8 million gain on the sale of land in Q4 2013 at a previously closed facility (See Tables Five and Six for non-GAAP measures).
Operating loss from continuing operations was $12.1 million in Q4 2014 compared with operating income of $21.1 million in Q4 2013. Excluding the impact of the special items described above, adjusted operating loss from continuing operations would have been $10.0 million in Q4 2014 compared with an adjusted operating gain from continuing operations of $11.6 million in Q4 2013. Operating results in Q4 2013 benefited from a reversal of an accrual of $9.4 million for copyright levies as a result of a favorable court ruling in France.
Income tax expense was $1.3 million in Q4 2014 compared with an income tax expense of $1.9 million in Q4 2013. The expense in Q4 2014 is primarily due to the mix of taxable income by country. The Company maintains a valuation allowance related to its U.S. deferred tax assets and, therefore, no tax provision or benefit was recorded related to its U.S. results in either period.
Discontinued operations in Q4 2014 were breakeven compared with a loss of $2.5 million in Q4 2013. Discontinued operations include both the results of the XtremeMac™ and Memorex™ consumer electronics businesses which were sold.
Loss per diluted share from continuing operations was $0.35 in Q4 2014 compared with earnings from continuing operations per diluted share of $0.47 in Q4 2013. Excluding the impact of the special items described above, loss per diluted share from continuing operations would have been $0.30 in Q4 2014 compared with earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $0.25 in Q4 2013 (See Tables Five and Six for non-GAAP measures).
Cash and cash equivalents balance was $114.6 million as of December 31, 2014, up $3.9 million during the quarter. The Company had positive operating cash flows during Q4 2014.
Full Year Summary
For the full year ended December 31, 2014, Imation reported net revenue of $729.5 million, down 15.3 percent compared with 2013, an operating loss of $104.1 million, including special charges of $53.6 million, and a diluted loss per share of $2.74 from continuing operations. Excluding special charges, the operating loss for the year ended December 31, 2014 would have been $50.5 million and diluted loss per share would have been $1.43 from continuing operations. For the year ended December 31, 2013, Imation reported net revenue of $860.8 million, an operating loss of $20.1 million, and a diluted loss per share of $0.60 from continuing operations. Excluding special charges, the operating loss for the year ended December 31, 2013 would have been $8.6 million and diluted loss per share would have been $0.37 from continuing operations (See Tables Five and Six for non-GAAP measures).
Webcast and Replay Information
A teleconference is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Central Time today, February 10, 2015, and will be available on the Internet on a listen-only basis at www.ir.imation.com or www.streetevents.com. The Company’s quarterly financial results and strategic transformation will be discussed.
A taped replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Central Time on February 10, 2015, until 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 19, 2015, by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 (conference ID 78578483). All remarks made during the teleconference will be current at the time of the teleconference and the replay will not be updated to reflect any subsequent developments.
Description of Tables
Table One – Consolidated Statements of Operations
Table Two – Consolidated Balance Sheets
Table Three – Supplemental Segment and Product Information
Table Four – Additional Information
Table Five – Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Table Six – Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The non-GAAP financial measurements (adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per diluted share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA) are provided as a supplement and should not be construed as an alternative to any GAAP measure of performance or liquidity (see Tables Five and Six). Management believes this will assist investors in making an evaluation of Imation’s performance and to assist in understanding the impact of certain items on Imation’s actual results of operations when compared to prior periods. Management understands that there are material limitations on the use of non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures are not substitutes for GAAP measures for the purpose of analyzing financial performance. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. This information should not be construed as an alternative to the reported results, which have been determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
About Imation Corp.
Imation (NYSE: IMN) is a global data storage and data security company. Our products and solutions help organizations and individuals store, manage and protect their digital content. Imation’s Storage and Security portfolio includes Nexsan high-density, archive and solid-state optimized unified hybrid storage solutions; IronKeymobile security solutions that address the needs of professionals for secure data transport and mobile workspaces; and consumer storage solutions, audio products and accessories sold under the Imation, Memorex and TDK Life on Record brands. Imation reaches customers in more than 100 countries through a powerful global distribution network. For more information, visit www.imation.com.
Risk and Uncertainties
Certain information contained in this press release which does not relate to historical financial information may be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results in the future to differ materially from our historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. We wish to caution investors not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made, and we undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date. Risk factors include various factors set forth from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the following: Our ability to successfully implement our strategy; our ability to grow our business in new products with profitable margins and the rate of revenue decline for certain existing products; our ability to meet future revenue growth, gross margins and earnings targets; the ability to quickly develop, source, introduce and deliver differentiated and innovative products; our potential dependence on third parties for new product introductions or technologies in order to introduce our own new products; our ability to successfully implement restructuring plans; foreign currency fluctuations; the ready availability and price of energy and key raw materials or critical components including the effects of natural disasters and our ability to pass along raw materials price increases to our customers; continuing uncertainty in global and regional economic conditions; our ability to identify, value, integrate and realize the expected benefits from any acquisition which has occurred or may occur in connection with our strategy; the possibility that our goodwill and intangible assets or any goodwill or intangible assets that we acquire may become impaired; the ability of our security products to withstand cyber-attacks; changes in European law or practice related to the imposition or collectability of optical levies; the seasonality and volatility of the markets in which we operate; significant changes in discount rates and other assumptions used in the valuation of our pension plans; changes in tax laws, regulations and results of inspections by various tax authorities; our ability to successfully defend our intellectual property rights and the ability or willingness of our suppliers to provide adequate protection against third party intellectual property or product liability claims; the outcome of any pending or future litigation and patent disputes; ability to access financing to achieve strategic objectives and growth due to changes in the capital and credit markets; limitations in our operations that could arise from compliance with the debt covenants in our credit facilities; our ability to retain key employees; increased compliance with changing laws and regulations potentially affecting our operating results; failure to adequately protect our information systems from cyber-attacks; and the volatility of our stock price due to our results or market trends.
The results presented herein are preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision until the Company files its annual results with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 10-K.
Nexsan, Memorex, PC on a Stick and IronKey are trademarks of Imation Corp. TDK Life on Record is used under a trademark license from TDK Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Scott Robinson, 651-704-4311