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05 Aug, 21

Quarterhill Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

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

  • Consolidated Revenue was $18.9 million
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA1 was ($3.0) million. The Intelligent Transportation Systems ("ITS") segment generated $2.7 million of positive Adjusted EBITDA
  • Consolidated cash generated from operations was $1.7 million
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $122.7 million at June 30, 2021
  • Working capital was $138.5 million at June 30, 2021
  • Acquired VDS GmbH ("VDS"), a German Intelligent Transportation Systems ("ITS") provider of high precision traffic monitoring devices
  • Ongoing integration of Sensor Line (acquired in January 2021) and VDS, which has already led to revenue and cost synergies

"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. 

Webcast Information

The live audio webcast will be available at:

https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1479850&tp_key=3c86cac3c6    

Dial-in Information

  • To access the call from Canada and U.S., dial 1.888.664.6392 (Toll Free)
  • To access the call from other locations, dial 1.416.764.8659 (International)

Replay Information

Webcast replay will be available for 365 days at:

https://produceredition.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1479850&tp_key=3c86cac3c6

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.

About Quarterhill

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

Forward-looking Information

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.

Quarterhill Inc.

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,

CONTINUING OPERATIONS

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Revenues

               

Licensing

 

$

1,750

   

$

320

   

$

9,598

   

$

10,520

Intelligent Transportation Systems

 

17,125

   

16,504

   

28,593

   

27,917

   

18,875

   

16,824

   

38,191

   

38,437

Direct cost of revenues

               

Licensing

 

4,854

   

3,062

   

10,723

   

8,830

Intelligent Transportation Systems

 

10,711

   

9,594

   

17,521

   

18,013

   

15,565

   

12,656

   

28,244

   

26,843

Gross profit

 

3,310

   

4,168

   

9,947

   

11,594

Operating expenses

               

Depreciation of right-of-use assets

 

304

   

237

   

583

   

481

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

256

   

247

   

489

   

471

Amortization of intangible assets

 

4,351

   

4,848

   

8,838

   

9,590

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

6,336

   

5,826

   

13,411

   

12,121

Research and development expenses

 

579

   

555

   

973

   

1,424

Impairment losses on intangible assets

 

   

233

   

   

233

Special charges

 

343

   

659

   

382

   

872

   

12,169

   

12,605

   

24,676

   

25,192

Results from operations

 

(8,859)

   

(8,437)

   

(14,729)

   

(13,598)

Finance income

 

(33)

   

(160)

   

(54)

   

(382)

Finance expense

 

112

   

118

   

181

   

214

Foreign exchange loss (gain)

 

107

   

(3)

   

(18)

   

(585)

Other income

 

(556)

   

(431)

   

(1,186)

   

(809)

Loss before taxes

 

(8,489)

   

(7,961)

   

(13,652)

   

(12,036)

                 

Current income tax expense

 

230

   

78

   

774

   

1,344

Deferred income tax recovery

 

(2,343)

   

(3,052)

   

(3,763)

   

(3,481)

Income tax recovery

 

(2,113)

   

(2,974)

   

(2,989)

   

(2,137)

                 

Net loss from continuing operations

 

(6,376)

   

(4,987)

   

(10,663)

   

(9,899)

Net income from discontinued operations

 

   

14,455

   

   

14,255

Net (loss) income

 

$

(6,376)

   

$

9,468

   

$

(10,663)

   

$

4,356

                 

Other comprehensive (loss) income that may be
reclassified subsequently to net (loss) income:

               

Foreign currency translation adjustment

 

(3,112)

   

(11,188)

   

(6,846)

   

9,875

Comprehensive (loss) income

 

$

(9,488)

   

$

(1,720)

   

$

(17,509)

   

$

14,231

                 

(Loss) income per share

               

From continuing operations

 

$

(0.06)

   

$

(0.04)

   

$

(0.09)

   

$

(0.08)

From discontinued operations

 

   

0.12

   

 

0.12

(Loss) income per share - Basic

 

$

(0.06)

   

$

0.08

   

$

(0.09)

   

$

0.04

From continuing operations

 

$

(0.06)

   

$

(0.04)

   

$

(0.09)

   

$

(0.08)

From discontinued operations

 

   

0.12

   

 

0.12

(Loss) income per share - Diluted

 

$

(0.06)

   

$

0.08

   

$

(0.09)

   

$

0.04

 

Quarterhill Inc.

       

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (Unaudited)

   

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

       
         

As at

 

June 30, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

Current assets

       

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

119,863

   

$

135,700

Short-term investments

 

2,848

   

5,550

Restricted short-term investments

 

3,025

   

Accounts receivable

 

12,298

   

13,747

Unbilled revenue

 

10,922

   

13,549

Income taxes recoverable

 

239

   

264

Inventories (net of obsolescence)

 

10,971

   

9,068

Prepaid expenses and deposits

 

3,537

   

8,264

   

163,703

   

186,142

Non-current assets

       

Accounts receivable

 

494

   

506

Prepaid expenses and deposits

 

534

   

338

Right-of-use assets, net

 

4,484

   

3,780

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

2,844

   

2,783

Intangible assets, net

 

53,405

   

59,261

Investment in joint venture

 

7,776

   

6,704

Deferred income tax assets

 

30,045

   

28,202

Goodwill

 

19,096

   

16,093

   

118,678

   

117,667

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

282,381

   

$

303,809

         

Liabilities

       

Current liabilities

       

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

$

17,105

   

$

20,038

Income taxes payable

 

892

   

631

Current portion of lease liabilities

 

1,332

   

1,012

Current portion of deferred revenue

 

5,909

   

4,800

   

25,238

   

26,481

Non-current liabilities

       

Deferred revenue

 

3,096

   

2,573

Long-term lease liabilities

 

3,157

   

2,747

Deferred income tax liabilities

 

   

78

   

6,253

   

5,398

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

31,491

   

31,879

         

Shareholders' equity

       

Capital stock

 

543,977

   

547,537

Contributed surplus

 

49,133

   

46,250

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

 

(3,265)

   

3,581

Deficit

 

(338,955)

   

(325,438)

   

250,890

   

271,930

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

$

282,381

   

$

303,809

 

Quarterhill Inc.

               

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(in thousands of Canadian Dollars)

                 
   

Three months ended June 30,

 

Six months ended June 30,

   

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Cash generated from (used in) operations

               

Net loss from continuing operations

 

$

(6,376)

   

$

(4,987)

   

$

(10,663)

   

$

(9,899)

Non-cash items

               

Stock-based compensation expense

 

586

   

221

   

1,010

   

196

Depreciation of right-of-use assets

 

304

   

237

   

583

   

481

Interest expense on lease liabilities

 

34

   

56

   

84

   

112

Depreciation and amortization

 

4,607

   

5,095

   

9,327

   

10,061

Foreign exchange gain (loss)

 

78

   

(478)

   

(18)

   

(194)

Equity in earnings from joint venture

 

(557)

   

(431)

   

(1,187)

   

(809)

Gain on disposal of intangible assets

 

(53)

   

   

   

Impairment losses on intangible assets

 

   

233

   

   

233

Gain on disposal of assets

 

   

(6)

   

   

(10)

Deferred income tax recovery

 

(2,343)

   

(3,052)

   

(3,763)

   

(3,481)

Long-term accounts receivable

 

12

   

   

12

   

Embedded derivatives

 

(1)

   

121

   

5

   

(101)

Changes in non-cash working capital balances

 

5,454

   

(1,267)

   

481

   

8,817

Cash generated from (used in) continuing operations

 

1,745

   

(4,258)

   

(4,129)

   

5,406

Net cash flows attributable to discontinuing operations

 

   

(2,478)

   

   

(3,075)

Net cash generated from (used in) operating activities

 

1,745

   

(6,736)

   

(4,129)

   

2,331

Financing

               

Dividends paid

 

(1,473)

   

   

(2,854)

   

(1,481)

Bank indebtedness

 

   

4,796

   

   

2,984

Payment of lease liabilities

 

(269)

   

(271)

   

(562)

   

(586)

Repayment of long-term debt

 

   

(13)

   

   

(120)

Exercise of stock options

 

   

14

   

   

14

Repurchase of shares for cancellation

 

(1,741)

   

   

(2,065)

   

Common shares issued for cash on the exercise of
options

 

57

   

   

234

   

Common shares issued from performance stock units

 

   

   

   

24

Cash (used in) generated from continuing
operations
financing activities

 

(3,426)

   

4,526

   

(5,247)

   

835

Net cash (used in) generated from financing activities

 

(3,426)

   

4,526

   

(5,247)

   

835

Investing

               

 Proceeds from disposition of a subsidiary

 

   

49,400

   

   

49,400

 Cash sold on disposition of a subsidiary

 

   

(1,825)

   

   

(1,825)

 Proceeds from short-term investments

 

3,000

   

   

3,000

   

 Purchase of restricted short-term investments

 

(3,025)

   

   

(3,025)

   

 Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

   

12

   

   

16

 Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(51)

   

(586)

   

(88)

   

(887)

 Acquisition of business, VDS

 

(2,780)

   

   

(2,780)

   

 Purchase of intangibles

 

   

(8)

   

   

(25)

Cash (used in) generated from continuing
operations investing activities

 

(2,856)

   

46,993

   

(2,893)

   

46,679

Net cash flows attributable to discontinuing operations

 

   

(11)

   

   

(81)

Net cash (used in) generated from
investing activities

 

(2,856)

   

46,982

   

(2,893)

   

46,598

Foreign exchange on cash held in foreign currency

 

(2,037)

   

(4,853)

   

(3,568)

   

3,881

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(6,574)

   

39,919

   

(15,837)

   

53,645

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of

 

126,437

   

101,596

   

135,700

   

87,870

Cash and cash equivalents, end of

 

$

119,863

   

$

141,515

   

$

119,863

   

$

141,515

 

 

Quarterhill Inc.

         

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statement of Equity (Unaudited)

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

           
 

Capital Stock

Contributed
Surplus

Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
(Loss) Income

Deficit

Total
Shareholders'
Equity

January 1, 2020

$

570,553

 

$

32,011

 

$

10,936

 

$

(338,297)

 

$

275,203

           

Net income

 

 

 

4,356

 

4,356

Other comprehensive income

 

 

9,875

 

 

9,875

Stock-based compensation
expense

 

196

 

 

 

196

Exercise of options

14

 

 

 

 

14

Common shares issued from
performance stock units

24

 

 

 

 

24

Dividends declared

 

 

 

(2,943)

 

(2,943)

June 30, 2020

$

570,591

 

$

32,207

 

$

20,811

 

$

(336,884)

 

$

286,725

           

January 1, 2021

$

547,537

 

$

46,250

 

$

3,581

 

$

(325,438)

 

$

271,930

           

Net loss

 

 

 

(10,663)

 

(10,663)

Repurchase of shares for
cancellation

(4,027)

 

1,962

 

 

 

(2,065)

Other comprehensive loss

 

 

(6,846)

 

 

(6,846)

Stock-based compensation
expense

 

1,010

 

 

 

1,010

Exercise of options

331

 

(97)

 

 

 

234

Common shares issued from
restricted stock units

124

 

20

 

 

 

144

Common shares issued from
performance stock units

12

 

(12)

 

 

 

Dividends declared

 

 

 

(2,854)

 

(2,854)

June 30, 2021

$

543,977

 

$

49,133

 

$

(3,265)

 

$

(338,955)

 

$

250,890

 

Quarterhill Inc.

           

Reconciliation of Net loss  to Adjusted EBITDA (Unaudited)

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts)

             
   

Three months ended June 30,

   

2021

 

2020

   

$

Per Share

 

$

Per Share

Net loss from continuing operations

 

$

(6,376)

 

$

(0.06)

   

$

(4,987)

 

$

(0.04)

Adjusted for:

           

Income tax expense (recovery)

 

(2,113)

 

(0.01)

   

(2,974)

 

(0.03)

Foreign exchange gain

 

107

 

   

(3)

 

Finance expense (income), net

 

79

 

 

 

(42)

 

Special charges

 

343

 

   

659

 

0.01

Impairment losses on intangible assets

 

 

   

233

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

4,911

 

0.04

 

 

5,332

 

0.04

Stock based compensation expense (recovery)

 

586

 

   

221

 

Other income

 

(556)

 

   

(431)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

(3,019)

 

$

(0.03)

   

$

(1,992)

 

$

(0.02)

             

Weighted average number of Common Shares

           

Basic

   

114,054,045

     

118,861,166

 

 

Six months ended June 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

$

Per Share

 

$

Per Share

Net loss from continuing operations

$

(10,663)

 

$

(0.09)

   

$

(9,899)

 

$

(0.08)

Adjusted for:

         

Income tax recovery

(2,989)

 

(0.03)

   

(2,137)

 

(0.02)

Foreign exchange gain

(18)

 

   

(585)

 

Finance expense (income), net

127

 

   

(168)

 

Special charges

382

 

   

872

 

0.01

Impairment losses on intangible assets

 

   

233

 

Depreciation and amortization

9,910

 

0.09

   

10,542

 

0.08

Stock based compensation expense

1,010

 

0.01

   

196

 

Other income

(1,186)

 

(0.01)

   

(809)

 

(0.01)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(3,427)

 

$

(0.03)

   

$

(1,755)

 

(0.02)

           

Weighted average number of Common Shares

         

Basic

 

114,230,204

     

118,846,724

 

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SOURCE Quarterhill Inc.

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