TORONTO, Aug. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Quarterhill Inc. ("Quarterhill" or the "Company") (TSX: QTRH) (OTCQX: QTRHF), announces its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021. All financial information in this press release is reported in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.
Q2 Fiscal 2021 Highlights
"In Q2, we continued to make progress on our M&A strategy acquiring VDS, which was our second acquisition of the year," said Paul Hill, President and CEO of Quarterhill. "The two acquisitions were tuck-ins for our wholly-owned subsidiary International Road Dynamics Inc. ("IRD") and the integration of both companies is going very well. Already, we are generating new revenue opportunities, realizing cost synergies and laying the groundwork for IRD's further expansion into Europe. Looking out through the remainder of the year, we have a robust pipeline of M&A opportunities of all sizes and are intent on completing more transactions, with a particular focus right now on larger sized deals."
"On the operational front, IRD delivered solid revenue and Adjusted EBITDA in Q2 and the two tuck-in acquisitions demonstrate the global platform potential of the business and their ability to identify, acquire, integrate and grow acquired companies. Our other wholly-owned subsidiary, WiLAN Inc. ("WiLAN"), has generated licensing activity year-to-date despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but overall, its financial results so far in 2021 reflect the episodic nature of the IP industry business model. On an annual basis, WiLAN has historically delivered significant cash flows and we continue to expect that for 2021. This means we are looking for a strong second half from the business and we remain encouraged by the pipeline of opportunities the team is working on."
Approval of Eligible Dividend
The Board of Directors has declared an eligible quarterly dividend of $0.0125 per common share payable on October 8, 2021, to shareholders of record on September 10, 2021.
Q2 Fiscal 2021 Financial Review
The Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and for the respective comparison periods have been prepared to reflect continuing operations and therefore exclude results in 2020 during those periods from VIZIYA, which was sold by Quarterhill on May 15, 2020. The 2020 operating results from VIZIYA, up to the date of sale on May 15, 2020, are reported as net loss from discontinued operations in accordance with IFRS 5.
Quarterhill's revenue is broadly segmented into Licensing, reflecting the WiLAN business, and ITS, reflecting the IRD business. Quarterhill's Management's Discussion and Analysis and Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 are available at the Company's website and at its profile at SEDAR.
Consolidated revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2021 ("Q2 2021") were $18.9 million, compared to $16.8 million in Q2 2020. Consolidated revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2021 ("YTD 2021") were $38.2 million, compared to $38.4 million in the same period last year. Revenue at IRD increased in Q2 2021 and YTD 2021 due primarily to the two acquisitions completed in 2021 as well as resilience in its core business, which has performed well throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. WiLAN's revenue increased in Q2 2021 and was lower in the YTD 2021 period compared to the respective periods in the prior year. The majority of WiLAN's licenses are one-time in nature and significant fluctuations in revenue, gross margin, and Adjusted EBITDA can result when the volume or dollar value of licenses changes from one period to the next. Despite headwinds related to the COVID-19 pandemic, WiLAN continues to show it can complete licensing agreements in a challenging environment and a stronger second half to 2021 is expected as pandemic-related restrictions ease.
Gross margin for Q2 2021 was 18% compared to 25% in Q2 2020. Gross margin for the YTD 2021 period was 26% compared to 30% in the same period last year. Gross margin at IRD was 37% in Q2 2021 compared to 42% in Q2 2020, and for the YTD 2021 period was 39%, compared to 35% in the same period last year. IRD margins may fluctuate on a quarterly basis depending primarily on the nature of projects underway during the period and the related margin profile. WiLAN gross margins decreased in the quarter and YTD period primarily due to higher litigation and contingent legal and partner costs compared to the same periods last year.
Operating expenses include selling, general and administrative costs ("SG&A"), research and development costs ("R&D"), depreciation and amortization and special charges. Operating expenses for Q2 2021 were $12.2 million compared to $12.6 million in Q2 2020. Operating expenses for the YTD 2021 period were $24.7 million compared to $25.2 million in the same period last year. Operating expenses were lower for the quarterly and YTD 2021 periods primarily due to lower amortization of intangibles and special charges, which were offset, in part, by the addition of expenses from the acquired ITS companies.
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for Q2 2021 was ($3.0) million compared to ($2.0) million in Q2 2020. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for the YTD 2021 period was ($3.4) million compared to ($1.8) million in the same period last year. IRD generated Adjusted EBITDA of $2.7 million in Q2 2021 and $4.1 million for the YTD 2021 period. WiLAN's Adjusted EBITDA for Q2 2021 was ($3.9) million and for the YTD 2021 period was ($2.7) million.
Cash generated from (used in) continuing operations for Q2 2021 was $1.7 million compared to ($4.3) million in Q2 2020. Cash generated from (used in) continuing operations for the YTD 2021 period was ($4.1) million compared to $5.4 million in the same period last year. Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments were $122.7 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $141.3 million at December 31, 2020. Working capital at June 30, 2021, was $138.5 million compared to $159.7 million at December 31, 2020.
Conference Call and Webcast
Quarterhill will host a conference call to discuss its financial results today at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.
The live audio webcast will be available at:
Webcast replay will be available for 365 days at:
Telephone replay will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 13, 2021 at: 1.888.390.0541 (Toll Free North America) or 1.416.764.8677 (International).The telephone replay requires the passcode 353765.
1 Non-IFRS Disclosure
Quarterhill has historically used a set of metrics when evaluating our operational and financial performance. We continually monitor, evaluate and update these metrics as required to ensure they provide information considered most useful, in the opinion of our management, to any decision-making based on Quarterhill's performance. This section defines, quantifies and analyzes the key performance indicators used by our management and referred to elsewhere in this press release, which are not recognized under IFRS and have no standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. These indicators and measures are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.
In this press release, we use the Non-IFRS term "Adjusted EBITDA" to mean net income (loss) from continuing operations before: (i) income taxes; (ii) finance expense or income; (iii) amortization and impairment of intangibles; (iv) special charges and other one-time items; (v) depreciation of right-of-use assets and property, plant and equipment; (vi) stock-based compensation; (vii) foreign exchange (gain) loss; and (viii) equity in earnings and dividends from joint ventures. Adjusted EBITDA is used by our management to assess our normalized cash generated on a consolidated basis and in our operating segments. Adjusted EBITDA is also a performance measure that may be used by investors to analyze the cash generated by Quarterhill and our operating segments. Adjusted EBITDA should not be interpreted as an alternative to net income and cash flows from operations as determined in accordance with IFRS or as a measure of liquidity.
Quarterhill is focused on acquisition, management and growth of companies in the intelligent transportation systems ("ITS") and innovation and licensing industries. Our goal is to execute an investment strategy that capitalizes on attractive growth opportunities within ITS - and its adjacent markets - to become a global leader in that industry. Quarterhill is listed on the TSX under the symbol QTRH and on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol QTRHF. For more information: www.quarterhill.com
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding Quarterhill and its business. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by Quarterhill in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and the expected effects of new business strategies, as well as other factors that Quarterhill believes are appropriate in the circumstances. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed herein may not occur and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Quarterhill, including: potential risks and uncertainties relating to the ultimate geographic spread of the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19"); the severity of the disease; the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak; actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain the COVID-19 outbreak or to treat its impact; the potential negative impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and financial markets and any resulting impact on Quarterhill and/or its business. Other factors include, without limitation, the risks described in Quarterhill's March 11, 2021 annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2020 (the "AIF"). Copies of the AIF may be obtained at www.sedar.com. Quarterhill recommends that readers review and consider all of these risk factors and notes that readers should not place undue reliance on any of Quarterhill's forward-looking statements. Quarterhill has no intention, and undertakes no obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income and Comprehensive (Loss) Income (Unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts)
Three months ended June 30,
Six months ended June 30,
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Direct cost of revenues
Depreciation of right-of-use assets
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment
Amortization of intangible assets
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Research and development expenses
Impairment losses on intangible assets
Results from operations
Foreign exchange loss (gain)
Loss before taxes
Current income tax expense
Deferred income tax recovery
Income tax recovery
Net loss from continuing operations
Net income from discontinued operations
Net (loss) income
Other comprehensive (loss) income that may be
reclassified subsequently to net (loss) income:
Foreign currency translation adjustment
Comprehensive (loss) income
(Loss) income per share
From continuing operations
From discontinued operations
(Loss) income per share - Basic
(Loss) income per share - Diluted
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
June 30, 2021
December 31, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents
Restricted short-term investments
Income taxes recoverable
Inventories (net of obsolescence)
Prepaid expenses and deposits
Right-of-use assets, net
Property, plant and equipment, net
Intangible assets, net
Investment in joint venture
Deferred income tax assets
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
Income taxes payable
Current portion of lease liabilities
Current portion of deferred revenue
Long-term lease liabilities
Deferred income tax liabilities
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(in thousands of Canadian Dollars)
Cash generated from (used in) operations
Stock-based compensation expense
Interest expense on lease liabilities
Depreciation and amortization
Foreign exchange gain (loss)
Equity in earnings from joint venture
Gain on disposal of intangible assets
Gain on disposal of assets
Long-term accounts receivable
Changes in non-cash working capital balances
Cash generated from (used in) continuing operations
Net cash flows attributable to discontinuing operations
Net cash generated from (used in) operating activities
Payment of lease liabilities
Repayment of long-term debt
Exercise of stock options
Repurchase of shares for cancellation
Common shares issued for cash on the exercise of
Common shares issued from performance stock units
Cash (used in) generated from continuing
Net cash (used in) generated from financing activities
Proceeds from disposition of a subsidiary
Cash sold on disposition of a subsidiary
Proceeds from short-term investments
Purchase of restricted short-term investments
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
Acquisition of business, VDS
Purchase of intangibles
Cash (used in) generated from continuing
operations investing activities
Net cash (used in) generated from
Foreign exchange on cash held in foreign currency
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of
Cash and cash equivalents, end of
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Equity (Unaudited)
January 1, 2020
Other comprehensive income
Exercise of options
Common shares issued from
performance stock units
June 30, 2020
January 1, 2021
Repurchase of shares for
Other comprehensive loss
Common shares issued from
restricted stock units
Reconciliation of Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA (Unaudited)
Income tax expense (recovery)
Foreign exchange gain
Finance expense (income), net
Stock based compensation expense (recovery)
Weighted average number of Common Shares
Stock based compensation expense
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