Itron Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results and 2020 Guidance

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Itron Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results and 2020 Guidance

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 24, 2020—Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI), which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, announced today financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2019. Highlights for the quarter and full year include:
  • Quarterly and full year revenue of $628 million and $2.5 billion;
  • Quarterly and full year gross margin of 28.2% and 30.1%;
  • Quarterly and full year GAAP net income of $15 million and $49 million;
  • Quarterly and full year GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.36 and $1.23;
  • Quarterly and full year non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.72 and $3.32;
  • Quarterly and full year adjusted EBITDA of $57 million and $270 million; and
  • Record backlog of $3.2 billion and 12-month backlog of $1.5 billion.
"We ended 2019 with aggregate results in line with expectations," said Tom Deitrich, Itron's president and chief executive officer. "For the full year 2019, we achieved strong revenue growth of over 5%, non-GAAP earnings per share growth of over 25%, and have made solid strides in our operational performance."

"We ended the year with a record backlog and see an active pipeline to support the 2020 guidance," continued Deitrich.

Summary of Fourth Quarter Consolidated Financial Results
(All comparisons made are against the prior year period unless otherwise noted)

Revenue
Total revenue of $628 million increased 7%, or 8% excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, driven by growth in the Networked Solutions segment.

By segment, Networked Solutions revenue increased 21% driven by continued strong North America deployments. Outcomes revenue decreased 1%, and Device Solutions revenue decreased 9%.

Gross Margin
Consolidated gross margin of 28.2% decreased 190 basis points compared with the fourth quarter of 2018 driven primarily by product mix.

Operating Income, Net Income and Earnings per Share (EPS)
GAAP operating income was flat at $29 million compared with the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP operating income decreased to $46 million compared with $49 million in 2018 due to an increase in product development investment.

GAAP net income attributable to Itron, Inc. for the quarter was $15 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared with net income of $24 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, in 2018. The lower GAAP net income and EPS was primarily due to a higher GAAP effective tax rate reflecting unusually high discrete tax benefits in 2018.

Non-GAAP net income of $29 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, decreased compared with $35 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, in 2018. The decrease in non-GAAP net income was primarily due to a higher non- GAAP effective tax rate in 2019.

Cash Flow
In the fourth quarter, cash provided by operating activities of $45 million and free cash flow of $29 million increased compared with the fourth quarter of 2018. The increase in cash flow was primarily driven by less cash outflows for restructuring and acquisition-related expenses.

Other Measures
Bookings were $767 million in the fourth quarter. This is a book to bill ratio of 1.2 to 1 for the quarter and 1 to 1 for the full year. Total backlog was $3.2 billion and 12-month backlog was $1.5 billion at the end of the quarter.

Financial Guidance
Itron's guidance for the full year 2020 is as follows:
  • Revenue between $2.475 and $2.575 billion
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS between $3.35 and $3.85
Guidance assumes an average euro to U.S. dollar foreign currency exchange rate of $1.12 in 2020, diluted weighted average shares outstanding of approximately 40.7 million for the year and a non-GAAP effective tax rate for the year of approximately 25 to 27%.

A reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP diluted EPS to the GAAP diluted EPS has not been provided because we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty the potential amount or timing of restructuring and acquisition and integration related expenses and their related tax effects without unreasonable effort. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors and could have a material impact on GAAP results for the guidance period.

Earnings Conference Call
Itron will host a conference call to discuss the financial results and guidance contained in this release at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Feb. 24, 2020. The call will be webcast in a listen-only mode. Webcast information and conference call materials will be made available 10 minutes before the start of the call and will be accessible on Itron's website at investors.itron.com. A replay of the audio webcast will be made available at investors.itron.com. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through Feb. 29, 2020. To access the telephone replay, dial (888) 203-1112 (domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (international) and enter passcode 1233599.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within in the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to our expectations about revenues, operations, financial performance, earnings, earnings per share and cash flows. Although we believe the estimates and assumptions upon which these forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of these estimates or assumptions could prove to be inaccurate and the forward-looking statements based on these estimates and assumptions could be incorrect. Our operations involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, and any one of which, or a combination of which, could materially affect our results of operations and whether the forward-looking statements ultimately prove to be correct. Actual results and trends in the future may differ materially from those suggested or implied by the forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors. Some of the factors that we believe could affect our results include our ability to achieve estimated cost savings, the rate and timing of customer demand for our products, rescheduling of current customer orders, changes in estimated liabilities for product warranties, adverse impacts of litigation, changes in laws and regulations, our dependence on new product development and intellectual property, future acquisitions, changes in estimates for stock-based and bonus compensation, increasing volatility in foreign exchange rates, international business risks and other factors that are more fully described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018 and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Itron undertakes no obligation to update or revise any information in this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Information
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating expense, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, constant currency and free cash flow. We provide these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe they provide greater transparency and represent supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. We exclude certain costs in our non-GAAP financial measures as we believe the net result is a measure of our core business. The company believes these measures facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period by eliminating potential differences caused by the existence and timing of certain expense items that would not otherwise be apparent on a GAAP basis. Non-GAAP performance measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP financial measures may be different from those reported by other companies. A more detailed discussion of why we use non-GAAP financial measures, the limitations of using such measures, and reconciliations between non-GAAP and the nearest GAAP financial measures are included in this press release.

Related Documents
Itron Q4 2019 Earnings Statement.

About Itron

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure solutions to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.

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