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ORBCOMM Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results – Total Revenues of $19.7 million, Increasing 22.4% Over Prior Year

By | November 12, 2013

      ORBCOMM, a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

       The following financial highlights are in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts.

       Three months ended September 30,  Nine months ended September 30, 
      2013  2012  2013  2012 
      Service Revenues $13,767 $12,708 $41,174 $36,657
      Product Sales $5,926 $3,386 $13,798 $11,635
      Total Revenues $19,693 $16,094 $54,972 $48,292
      Net Income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. Common Stockholders $971 $2,307 $3,734 $6,562
      Net Income per Common Share – basic $0.02 $0.05 $0.08 $0.14
      EBITDA (1,3) $2,824 $3,887 $8,617 $11,146
      Adjusted EBITDA (2,3) $3,511 $4,277 $10,658 $12,508

      (1) EBITDA is defined as earnings attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. before interest income (expense), provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization.

      (2) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense and noncontrolling interests.
      (3) A table presenting EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, reconciled to GAAP Net Income, is among other financial tables at the end of this release.

      Recent Highlights:

      •  For the third quarter of 2013, Total Revenues increased 22.4% year-over-year to $19.7 million. Service Revenues increased 8.3% over the prior year period to $13.8 million with increases in organic Service Revenues and from acquisitions. Product Sales of $5.9 million were 75.0% higher than prior year, driven by an increase in organic sales at our Japanese subsidiary, at StarTrak, and from the new acquisitions – GlobalTrak and MobileNet. Revenues in Japan were impacted by a less favorable U.S.$/Yen exchange rate this year compared to last year.
      •  Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2013 was $3.5 million, and includes $0.8 million in Acquisition-related costs. ORBCOMM’s basic EPS is $0.02 for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $0.05 for the comparable period last year. ORBCOMM’s Acquisition-Related costs equal $0.02 per share in the third quarter of 2013 compared to nil per share in the comparable period last year.
      •  Net subscriber communicator additions were 27,000 in the third quarter of 2013, bringing the total billable subscriber communicators to 827,000 at September 30, 2013, compared to 744,000 at the end of the third quarter last year. Billable subscriber communicators increased 11% year- over-year. SENS acquisition in October 2013 is expected to add over 20,000 subscriber communicators in the fourth quarter of 2013.
      •  On September 4, 2013, ORBCOMM announced that Doosan Infracore Co. Ltd. (Doosan) has selected ORBCOMM to deliver an end-to-end telematics solution tailored for Doosan as well as their customers and dealers for global deployment. ORBCOMM’s solution will provide global satellite data service combined with cellular connectivity through ORBCOMM’s wireless partners, along with state-of-the-art hardware and a robust web-based analytics platform for asset management. Shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014.
      •  On September 12, 2013, ORBCOMM announced that Ryder System, Inc. (Ryder) has selected ORBCOMM to deliver a comprehensive telematics systems solution tailored for Ryder’s fleet of more than 30,000 dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailers. ORBCOMM’s solution will provide connectivity through ORBCOMM’s state-of-the-art hardware and web-based analytics platform for fleet management. Ryder will utilize the ORBCOMM solution in both its lease and rental trailer fleets in response to customer demand for a tracking and monitoring solution.
      • On September 19, 2013, ORBCOMM announced that its StarTrak division has been selected by John Christner Trucking, LLC (John Christner) to provide a two-way tracking and monitoring solution for its nationwide fleet of refrigerated rail and over-the-road (OTR) trailers. Based in Sapulpa, OK, John Christner will use ORBCOMM’s RT6000+, a powerful two-way reefer telematics device that provides comprehensive temperature, fuel management, maintenance, and logistical applications services for its temperature-controlled cargo. ORBCOMM will also provide a robust web application with advanced data reporting and analytics capabilities to increase in-transit visibility and efficiency of John Christner’s refrigerated transport operations.
      • On October 1, 2013, ORBCOMM announced that it has completed the acquisition of Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation’s (Comtech) Sensor Enabled Notification System (SENS) operation, which includes satellite enabled hardware, network technology and web platforms. SENS is a market leader in providing one-way satellite products and services utilizing the Globalstar network to more than 20,000 subscribers worldwide. SENS provides secure tracking and messaging products and services to the government, defense, transportation, logistics, and oil & gas industries, all of which are key vertical markets for ORBCOMM.
      • On October 10, 2013, ORBCOMM and Savi Technology (Savi), a leading provider of sensor- based analytics and radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions, announced a strategic relationship to provide advanced location-based monitoring solutions to government and commercial markets. ORBCOMM and Savi have submitted a proposal in response to the U.S. Army RFID IV project, which will provide both ISO18000-7 RFID tags and a suite of satellite solutions for military logistics support. ORBCOMM’s GlobalTrak division has been a leading player in providing military Enhanced-In-Transit-Visibility (EITV) solutions to the government market since 2008, and Savi is a market leader in military RFID solutions, enabling them to offer vast market experience with the right blend of technology platforms for this proposal.
      • On November 4, 2013, ORBCOMM and Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced a strategic alliance to collaborate on joint product development and distribution to address the needs of the rapidly growing satellite M2M market. Additionally, the two companies will investigate opportunities for future satellite network expansion and integration.

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      “We are excited about the strong momentum, accelerating ORBCOMM’s growth in both the transportation and heavy equipment markets with the addition of new industry leaders like Ryder and Doosan to our customer base. We will continue to look for new opportunities to leverage powerful M2M technologies and infrastructure and infuse them across the existing ORBCOMM platform to increase our service value to the global marketplace,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our recent acquisition of the SENS operation, which utilizes the Globalstar one-way satellite network, as well as our newly formed alliance with Inmarsat builds on ORBCOMM’s multi-network operator strategy and strengthens our position as the leading provider of satellite and cellular communications services for the M2M industry.”

      “We had a strong third quarter with record Total Revenues of $19.7 million driven by both organic growth and through our acquisitions,” said Robert Costantini, Chief Financial Officer of ORBCOMM. “We continue to incur costs in line with expectations to pursue major customer opportunities that will pay off in higher revenues in the future, and we make those decisions while remaining solidly profitable with Net Income of $0.02 per share, and the third quarter’s Adjusted EBITDA of $3.5 million including Acquisition-Related Costs of almost $800,000, or $4.3 million excluding those costs.”

      Financial Results and Highlights


      For the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, Service Revenues were $13.8 million compared to $12.7 million during the same period last year, an increase of $1.1 million, with growth in our existing business, AIS and $0.3 million in additional revenues from acquisitions. The year-over-year increase of 8.3% was impacted by a $0.2 million reduction related to the Yen exchange rate on a constant currency basis in the quarter.

      Product Sales during the third quarter of 2013 were $5.9 million compared to $3.4 million during the same period last year. The year-over-year increase in Product Sales of $2.5 million or 75.0% included an organic 14% increase of $0.1 million at our Japanese subsidiary, and an organic 31% increase of $0.7 million at StarTrak with the remainder coming from acquisitions. Product Sales from the acquisitions of

      GlobalTrak and MobileNet added $1.6 million. Product Sales in the quarter were lower by $0.3 million due to the Yen exchange rate on a constant currency basis.

      Total Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 were $19.7 million compared to $16.1 million during the same period of 2012, an increase of 22.4% as described above.

      Costs and Expenses

      Costs and Expenses for the third quarter of 2013 were $18.5 million compared to $13.5 million during the same period in 2012. Costs of Product Sales for the third quarter of 2013 were $4.1 million compared to $2.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, increasing mostly due to higher Product Sales. Product gross profit margins of 30% returned to normal levels in the current year third quarter, up from lower levels in the second quarter of 2013.

      Costs of Services, Product Development, and Selling, General and Administrative Expenses were $13.6 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $11.1 million in the prior year third quarter, an increase of $2.5 million primarily due to additional operating costs from the acquisitions, pursuing large scale customer opportunities, and costs in anticipation of the OG2 launches. Acquisition-Related Costs were $0.8 million for the third quarter of 2013 and $0.7 million higher than last year’s third quarter.

      Income Before Income Taxes, Net Income, and Earnings Per Share

      Income Before Income Taxes for the third quarter of 2013 was $1.3 million compared to $2.6 million for the third quarter of 2012. Income Before Income Taxes was lower than prior year largely due to higher costs, including Acquisition-Related Costs, as described above.

      Net Income attributable to ORBCOMM Inc. Common Stockholders was $1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $2.3 million for the similar three-month period in 2012. Basic Earnings Per Share were $0.02 for the third quarter of 2013 versus $0.05 for the third quarter of 2012. For the three months ended September 30, 2013, the impact of Acquisition-Related Costs was $0.02 per share compared to nil per share in the prior year period.

      EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

      EBITDA for the third quarter of 2013 was $2.8 million compared to $3.9 million in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2013 was $3.5 million compared to $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter includes Acquisition-Related Costs of $0.8 million.

      EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company. Please see the financial tables at the end of the release for a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

      Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

      At September 30, 2013, Cash and Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash, and Marketable Securities were $79.7 million, compared to $80.2 million at June 30, 2013, decreasing $0.5 million largely due to Capital Expenditures, offset by cash flow from operating activities.

      Cash from operating activities was $3.3 million for the quarter and $5.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Total ORBCOMM Inc. Stockholders’ Equity was $190.4 million at September 30, 2013.

      Investment Community Conference Call

      ORBCOMM will host a conference call and webcast for the investment community this morning at 10:30 AM ET. Senior management will review the results, discuss ORBCOMM’s business, and address questions. To access the call, domestic participants should dial 1-800-762-8795 at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call. International callers should dial 1-480-629-9677. To hear a live web simulcast or to listen to the archived webcast following completion of the call, please visit the Company’s website at, select the “About us” tab, then the investor relations tab, then select “Presentations and Webcasts,” to access the link to the call. To listen to a telephone replay of the conference call, please dial 1-800-406-7325 domestically or 1-303-590-3030 internationally and enter reservation identification number 4647910. The replay will be available from approximately 12:00 PM ET on November 7, 2013, through 11:59 PM ET on November 21, 2013.

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