Iridium Communications Inc.
Jul 31, 2014

Iridium Announces Second-Quarter 2014 Results; Company Affirms 2014 and Long-Range Outlook

MCLEAN, Va., July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) ("Iridium") today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2014 and affirmed its full-year 2014 and long-range outlook. Net income was $15.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2014, as compared to $15.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2013. Operational EBITDA ("OEBITDA")(1) for the second quarter was $54.7 million, as compared to $51.1 million for the prior-year period, representing a year-over-year increase of 7 percent and an OEBITDA margin(1) of 53 percent. OEBITDA grew largely due to higher service revenue.

Iridium reported second-quarter total revenue of $102.5 million, which consisted of $76.2 million of service revenue and $26.3 million of equipment, engineering and support revenue. Total revenue increased 8 percent versus the comparable period of 2013, while service revenue grew 7 percent from the year-ago period. Service revenue, which represents primarily recurring revenue from Iridium's growing subscriber base, was 74 percent of total revenue for the second quarter of 2014.

The Company ended the quarter with 705,000 total billable subscribers, which compares to 647,000 for the year-ago period and is up from 674,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Total billable subscribers grew 9 percent year-over-year, driven by strength in machine-to-machine ("M2M") and commercial voice customers.

"This was another good quarter across the board," said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. "It comes on top of achieving our most significant financial objective for 2014 with our credit facility amendment and related capital raise. We again have a strong funding profile during the peak spending years for our Iridium NEXT program, and the needed flexibility to execute our operating plan with less than a year to go before our first scheduled launch in 2015. I thank our lenders and shareholders for supporting a successful transaction and look forward to the transformational change we expect in our cash flow profile."

Desch continued, "We've made progress in key strategic areas, with both the Iridium NEXT build and our Aireon joint venture having reached important milestones. For example, our first test call using Iridium NEXT hardware was successfully conducted earlier this month, while the highly sophisticated main mission antennas ("MMAs") were completed for the first five satellites, allowing our prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space, to move forward with high-volume production for all 81 space vehicles. Our primary launch services provider, SpaceX, also successfully completed dispenser qualification testing for the Iridium NEXT constellation, marking an important step in ensuring that the new satellites are safely delivered into low-earth orbit. As for Aireon, I'm pleased that it met the requirements for additional investments from NAV CANADA and its European partners, respectively. With milestones complete for nearly $200 million of its $270 million total funding commitment from its other investors, Aireon is demonstrating continued momentum in deploying the world's first near real-time global aircraft surveillance system."

Desch concluded, "From an operating standpoint, we affirmed our 2014 and long-range outlook for all key metrics today. Total service revenue grew 7 percent versus last year, with our M2M business line leading the way posting 17 percent year-over-year growth. Iridium GO!™ is now shipping, and we're pleased with the volume of initial orders. We're also seeing renewed growth with Iridium OpenPort®, which is an important barometer of our prospects in the aviation and maritime markets."                 

Iridium Business Highlights

Service - Commercial

Commercial service remained the largest part of Iridium's business, representing 59 percent of the Company's total revenue during the second quarter. The Company's commercial customer base is diverse and includes markets such as maritime, aviation, oil and gas, mining, recreation, forestry, construction, transportation and emergency services. These customers rely on Iridium's products and services as critical to their daily operations and integral to their communications and business infrastructure.  

Service - Government

Iridium's voice and data solutions improve situational awareness for military personnel and track critical assets in tough environments around the globe, providing a unique value proposition that is not easily duplicated. The Company operates through two Defense Information Systems Agency contracts, which include a $400 million, five-year, fixed-price agreement for satellite communications services and a $38 million deal to support and maintain the Department of Defense's ("DoD") dedicated gateway.  

Equipment

Engineering & Support

Capital expenditures were $49.6 million for the second quarter and primarily related to spending for the Company's next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, and upgraded ground network infrastructure at its commercial gateway. The Company ended the second quarter with a cash and marketable securities balance of $500.5 million and gross debt of $1.1 billion. Net debt was $500.4 million. 

2014 Outlook

The Company affirmed its full-year 2014 outlook for total service revenue growth and OEBITDA. The Company continues to expect: 

 2014 Outlook
(May 2014)
2014 Outlook
(July 2014)
Total Service Revenue Growth 2% to 4% Affirmed
2014 Operational EBITDA (OEBITDA) $205 million to $215 million Affirmed

Long-Range Outlook

The Company affirmed its long-range outlook for compound annual service revenue growth, OEBITDA margin, cash taxes, peak net leverage and 2018 net leverage. The Company continues to expect:

 Long-Range Outlook
(May 2014)
Long-Range Outlook
(July 2014)
Compound Annual Service Revenue Growth 8% to 12% between 2014 and 2018 Affirmed
Operational EBITDA (OEBITDA) Margin Approximately 60% in 2018 Affirmed
Cash Taxes Negligible cash taxes from 2014 to approximately 2020 Affirmed
Peak Net Leverage Approximately 6.5x OEBITDA in 2015 Affirmed
2018 Net Leverage Approximately 4x OEBITDA in 2018 Affirmed

Non-GAAP Financial Measures & Definitions

(1) In addition to disclosing financial results that are determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company provides Operational EBITDA and Operational EBITDA margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as supplemental measures to help investors evaluate the Company's fundamental operational performance. Operational EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, Iridium NEXT revenue and expenses (for periods prior to the deployment of Iridium NEXT only), loss from investment in Aireon (which was previously included with Iridium NEXT revenue and expenses), share-based compensation expenses, and the impact of purchase accounting. The Company also presents Operational EBITDA expressed as a percentage of GAAP revenue, or Operational EBITDA margin. Operational EBITDA, along with its related measure, Operational EBITDA margin, does not represent, and should not be considered, an alternative to U.S. GAAP measurements such as net income or loss, and the Company's calculations thereof may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. By eliminating interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, Iridium NEXT revenue and expenses (for periods prior to the deployment of Iridium NEXT only), loss from investment in Aireon (which was previously included with Iridium NEXT revenue and expenses), share-based compensation expenses, and the impact of purchase accounting, the Company believes the result is a useful measure across time in evaluating its fundamental core operating performance. Management also uses Operational EBITDA to manage the business, including in preparing its annual operating budget, debt covenant compliance, financial projections and compensation plans. The Company believes that Operational EBITDA is also useful to investors because similar measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies in similar industries. However, there is no standardized measurement of Operational EBITDA, and Operational EBITDA as the Company presents it may not be comparable with similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. As indicated, Operational EBITDA does not include interest expense on borrowed money, the payment of income taxes, amortization of the Company's definite-lived intangible assets, or depreciation expense on the Company's capital assets, which are necessary elements of the Company's operations. It also excludes expenses in connection with the development, deployment and financing of Iridium NEXT and the loss from investment in Aireon. Since Operational EBITDA does not account for these and other expenses, its utility as a measure of the Company's operating performance has material limitations. Due to these limitations, the Company's management does not view Operational EBITDA in isolation and also uses other measurements, such as net income, revenues and operating profit, to measure operating performance. Please refer to the schedule below for a reconciliation of consolidated GAAP net income to Operational EBITDA and Iridium's Investor Relations webpage at www.iridium.com for a discussion and reconciliation of this and other non-GAAP financial measures.

   Supplemental Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Operational EBITDA
   
  Iridium Communications Inc.
  For the Three Months Ended June 30, For the Six Months Ended June 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
  (In thousands)
GAAP net income  $15,019  $15,413  $31,562  $30,347
Interest expense  304  174  404  240
Interest income  (1,029) (815)  (1,766) (1,518)
Income taxes  10,170  11,187  20,759  18,736
Depreciation and amortization  19,672  18,597  39,938  36,828
Iridium NEXT expenses, net  5,057  3,968  8,197  7,528
Loss from investment in Aireon  3,827  560  4,136  2,062
Share-based compensation  1,895  2,179  3,564  4,083
Non-cash purchase accounting  (250)  (176)  (500)  (370)
Operational EBITDA  $54,665  $51,087  $106,294  $97,936

Conference Call Information

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its results at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Callers should dial (877) 334-1964 (U.S. only) or (631) 291-4574(from outside the U.S.) to access the call. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast on Iridium's Investor Relations webpage at www.iridium.com. A replay of the conference call will be available beginning Thursday, July 31, 2014 through Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Iridium's Investor Relations webpage. Callers can also dial (855) 859-2056 (U.S. only) or (404) 537-3406, Access Code 53094284, for an audio replay of the conference call.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium® is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network - Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com. IRDM-F

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Iridium's expectations with respect to total service revenue growth and OEBITDA for the full-year 2014; compound annual service revenue growth, OEBITDA margin and cash taxes in the longer-term; the development of and timing for launch of Iridium NEXT; anticipated equipment revenue; expected revenue from Iridium's contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense; projected cash needs and cash flow changes; introduction of new products and prospects for our maritime and M2M businesses; Aireon funding tranches; and the deployment and expected benefits of the Aireon system. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the words "anticipates," "may," "can," "believes," "expects," "projects," "intends," "likely," "will," "to be" and other expressions that are predictions or indicate future events, trends or prospects. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Iridium to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding increases in customer demand for Iridium's products and services, including demand from the U.S. Government; Iridium's ability to maintain the health, capacity and content of its current satellite constellation; the development of and transition to Iridium NEXT, including expanded capacity and features; the completion of funding milestones for, and the development and deployment of, the Aireon system, and the development of and market for Iridium's products and services, as well as general industry and economic conditions, and competitive, legal, governmental and technological factors. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements include those factors listed under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 1, 2014, as well as other filings Iridium makes with the SEC from time to time. There is no assurance that Iridium's expectations will be realized. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Iridium's underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected, estimated or projected. Iridium's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Iridium undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

 
Iridium Communications Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands)
     
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
Non-Cash Purchase Accounting for the
Three Months Ended June 30, (1)
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Revenue:        
Service revenue        
Commercial  $ 60,217  $ 56,996  $ --   $ (74)
Government  16,000  14,405  --   -- 
Total service revenue  76,217  71,401  --   (74)
Subscriber equipment  20,333  19,815  --   
Engineering and support service  5,971  3,468  --   -- 
Total revenue  102,521  94,684  --   (74)
         
Operating expenses:        
Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)  16,730  14,206  (259)  (260)
Cost of subscriber equipment sales  13,268  12,893  --   -- 
Research and development  4,645  1,741  --   -- 
Selling, general and administrative  18,493  18,399  9  10
Depreciation and amortization  19,672  18,597  13,397  12,393
Total operating expenses  72,808  65,836  13,147  12,143
         
Operating profit (loss)  29,713  28,848  (13,147)  (12,217)
         
Other (expense) income:        
Interest income (expense), net   725  641  --   -- 
Undrawn credit facility fees  (1,460)  (2,020)  --   -- 
Other (expense) income, net  (3,789)  (869)  --   -- 
Total other (expense) income  (4,524)  (2,248)  --   -- 
         
Earnings (loss) before income taxes  25,189  26,600  (13,147)  (12,217)
Benefit from (provision for) income taxes  (10,170)  (11,187)  5,217  4,663
Net income (loss)  15,019  15,413  (7,930)  (7,554)
Series A Preferred Stock dividends  1,750  1,750  --   -- 
Series B Preferred Stock dividends  1,102  --   --   -- 
Net income attributable to common stockholders  $ 12,167  $ 13,663  $ (7,930)  $ (7,554)
         
Operational EBITDA  $ 54,665  $ 51,087    
         
         
(1) The impact of purchase accounting on the carrying value of inventory, favorable lease assets, property and equipment, intangible assets and accruals of Iridium Communications Inc., was an increase of approximately $19.8 million, $0.2 million, $348.2 million, $95.5 million and $29.0 million, respectively, compared to Iridium Holdings LLC's balance sheet as of September 29, 2009. Similarly, Iridium Holdings LLC's deferred revenue decreased by $7.4 million. As a result of the effect of the purchase accounting, the decrease in the carrying value of deferred revenue caused a decrease in revenue, the impact of which was fully realized by December 31, 2013. In addition, the increase in accruals had the effect of reducing cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization), which we expect will continue into future periods. The increase in property and equipment and intangible assets had the effect of increasing depreciation and amortization expense, which we expect will continue into future periods. The increase in favorable lease assets and related amortization thereof had the effect of increasing selling, general and administrative expense, which we expect will continue into future periods.
 
 
Iridium Communications Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands)
     
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
Non-Cash Purchase Accounting for the
Six Months Ended June 30, (1)
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Revenue:        
Service revenue        
Commercial  $ 117,647  $ 110,696  $ --   $ (130)
Government  32,000  29,492  --   -- 
Total service revenue  149,647  140,188  --   (130)
Subscriber equipment  40,490  37,146  --   
Engineering and support service  10,416  6,539  --   -- 
Total revenue  200,553  183,873  --   (130)
         
Operating expenses:        
Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)  30,933  28,682  (519)  (519)
Cost of subscriber equipment sales  27,180  24,013  --   -- 
Research and development  6,766  3,400  --   -- 
Selling, general and administrative  37,679  36,764  19  19
Depreciation and amortization  39,938  36,828  27,602  24,765
Total operating expenses  142,496  129,687  27,102  24,265
         
Operating profit (loss)  58,057  54,186  (27,102)  (24,395)
         
Other (expense) income:        
Interest income (expense), net   1,362  1,278  --   -- 
Undrawn credit facility fees  (2,959)  (4,116)  --   -- 
Other (expense) income, net  (4,139)  (2,265)  --   -- 
Total other (expense) income  (5,736)  (5,103)  --   -- 
         
Earnings (loss) before income taxes  52,321  49,083  (27,102)  (24,395)
Benefit from (provision for) income taxes  (20,759)  (18,736)  10,754  9,312
Net income (loss)  31,562  30,347  (16,348)  (15,083)
Series A Preferred Stock dividends  3,500  3,500  --   -- 
Series B Preferred Stock dividends  1,102  --   --   -- 
Net income attributable to common stockholders  $ 26,960  $ 26,847  $ (16,348)  $ (15,083)
         
Operational EBITDA  $ 106,294  $ 97,936    
         
         
(1) The impact of purchase accounting on the carrying value of inventory, favorable lease assets, property and equipment, intangible assets and accruals of Iridium Communications Inc., was an increase of approximately $19.8 million, $0.2 million, $348.2 million, $95.5 million and $29.0 million, respectively, compared to Iridium Holdings LLC's balance sheet as of September 29, 2009. Similarly, Iridium Holdings LLC's deferred revenue decreased by $7.4 million. As a result of the effect of the purchase accounting, the decrease in the carrying value of deferred revenue caused a decrease in revenue, the impact of which was fully realized by December 31, 2013. In addition, the increase in accruals had the effect of reducing cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization), which we expect will continue into future periods. The increase in property and equipment and intangible assets had the effect of increasing depreciation and amortization expense, which we expect will continue into future periods. The increase in favorable lease assets and related amortization thereof had the effect of increasing selling, general and administrative expense, which we expect will continue into future periods.
             
             
Iridium Communications Inc.            
Summary Revenue and OEBITDA Highlights            
             
         
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
%
Change
Six Months Ended
June 30,
%
Change
  2014 2013   2014 2013  
  (In thousands)   (In thousands)  
Revenue             
Service revenue(1)            
Commercial            
Voice and M2M data service            
Voice and data  $ 45,711  $ 44,648 2%  $ 89,647  $ 87,093 3%
M2M data(2)  14,506  12,348 17%  28,000  23,603 19%
Total commercial voice and M2M data service  60,217  56,996 6%  117,647  110,696 6%
             
Government service revenue(3)  16,000  14,405 11%  32,000  29,492 9%
             
Total service revenue  76,217  71,401 7%  149,647  140,188 7%
             
Subscriber equipment  20,333  19,815 3%  40,490  37,146 9%
             
Engineering and support(4)            
Government   5,524  2,767 100%  9,390  5,357 75%
Commercial  447  701 -36%  1,026  1,182 -13%
Total engineering and support  5,971  3,468 72%  10,416  6,539 59%
             
Total Revenue  $ 102,521  $ 94,684 8%  $ 200,553  $ 183,873 9%
             
             
Operational EBITDA            
Operational EBITDA  $ 54,665  $ 51,087 7%  $ 106,294  $ 97,936 9%
             
Other            
Capital expenditures (5)  $ 49,554  $ 132,444    $ 108,073  $ 151,688  
             
Net debt (6)  $ 500,438  $ 510,363        
             
Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities  $ 500,487  $ 275,689        
             
Credit Facility   $ 1,084,425  $ 853,552        
             
(1) Service revenue consists of primarily subscription-based services which often generate a long-term recurring revenue stream from subscribers.      
             
(2) M2M data service provides a two-way short burst data transmission between Iridium Communications Inc.'s network and a telemetry unit, which may be located, for example, on a container in transit or a buoy monitoring oceanographic conditions.      
             
(3) Government service revenue consists of voice and M2M data subscription-based services provided to agencies of the U.S. government through prime contracts or subcontracts.      
             
(4) Engineering and support includes maintenance services to the U.S. government's dedicated gateway in Hawaii and engineering services to assist customers in developing new technologies for use on Iridium Communications Inc.'s satellite system.      
             
(5) Capital expenditures based on cash spent in the respective period.      
             
(6) Net debt is calculated by taking the sum of the short term and long term debt less cash and cash equivalents, marketable securities, and the debt service reserve for the credit facility.      
             
             
Iridium Communications Inc.            
Subscriber Highlights            
             
           
Billable Subscribers (1) As of June 30, % Change      
  2014 2013        
  (In thousands, except ARPU)        
Commercial            
Voice and M2M data service            
Voice and data  352  343 3%      
M2M data  298  253 18%      
Total commercial voice and M2M data service  650  596 9%      
             
Government            
Voice and M2M data service            
Voice and data  33  33 0%      
M2M data  22  18 22%      
Total government voice and M2M data service  55  51 8%      
Total billable subscribers  705  647 9%      
             
             
         
  Three Months Ended June 30, % Change Six Months Ended June 30, % Change
  2014 2013   2014 2013  
  (In thousands, except ARPU)   (In thousands, except ARPU)  
Net Subscriber Additions            
Commercial            
Voice and M2M data service            
Voice and data  14  11 27%  12  11 9%
M2M data  15  15 0%  25  25 0%
Total commercial voice and M2M data service  29  26 12%  37  36 3%
             
Government            
Voice and M2M data service            
Voice and data  1  (1) -200%  2  (3) -167%
M2M data  1  1 0%  2  3 -33%
Total government voice and M2M data service  2  --  NM  4  --  NM
Total billable subscribers  31  26 19%  41  36 14%
             
         
ARPU(2) Three Months Ended June 30, % Change Six Months Ended June 30, % Change
Commercial 2014 2013   2014 2013  
Voice and data  $ 44  $ 44 0%  $ 43  $ 43 0%
M2M data  $ 17  $ 17 0%  $ 16  $ 16 0%
             
             
(1) Subscribers as of the end of the respective period.            
(2) ARPU is calculated by dividing the revenue in the respective period by the average of billable subscribers at the beginning of the period and billable subscribers at the end of the period and then dividing the results by the months in the period. Historically, government service revenue was driven by changes in subscriber count or ARPU, however under the terms of the new EMSS contract, government service revenue is a fixed-price for unlimited subscribers. For this and future comparative periods, ARPU will not be presented, as it is no longer a relevant government service revenue metric. 
             
NM - not meaningful            
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