|By Business Wire||
|November 13, 2012 04:03 PM EST||
Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF) today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.
Ron Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, commented “Fourth quarter results were in-line with our expectations and underscore how well each of our businesses are operating in this challenging global economic environment. Specifically, Telephonics had another strong quarter benefiting in part from a more favorable product mix, achieving record-level profitability for the year. Clopay Plastics (“Plastics”) continued to show ongoing improvement from the initiatives undertaken to address manufacturing inefficiencies arising from our capacity expansions in Germany and Brazil. Home & Building Products (“HBP”), benefited from our doors business, but customer build up of snow tool inventory resulting from last year’s unusually warm winter contributed to lower sales at Ames in the quarter.”
Fourth quarter revenue totaled $447 million, decreasing 8% compared to the 2011 quarter. HBP, Telephonics and Plastics revenue decreased 5%, 13% and 6%, respectively, compared to the prior year quarter.
For the current quarter, Segment adjusted EBITDA totaled $37.2 million, decreasing 10% compared to $41.5 million in the prior year quarter. Segment adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income, excluding corporate overhead, interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, acquisition-related expenses including the impact from the fair value of inventory acquired as part of a business combination, restructuring charges and the gain (loss) from debt extinguishment, as applicable.
Fourth quarter net income totaled $3.4 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to $3.4 million, or $0.06 per share, in the prior year quarter. Fourth quarter 2012 results included restructuring and acquisition costs, net, of $2.1 million, or $0.04 per share, and net discrete tax benefits of $3.5 million, or $0.06 per share. Fourth quarter 2011 results included restructuring and acquisition costs, net, of $2.1 million, or $0.03 per share, and net discrete tax benefits of $1.3 million, or $0.02 per share. Current quarter adjusted net income was $2.0 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to $4.2 million, or $0.07 per share, in the prior year quarter.
For the full year 2012, revenue totaled $1.9 billion, increasing 2% compared to 2011, driven by HBP and Plastics, which increased 2% and 5%, respectively. Telephonics revenue decreased 3% compared to 2011 because of a decline in the Counter Remote Control Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare 3.1 (“CREW 3.1”) program for which Telephonics serves as a contract manufacturer.
For the year ended September 30, 2012, Segment adjusted EBITDA totaled $171.0 million, increasing 3% compared to $165.6 million in the prior year.
For the year ended September 30, 2012, net income was $17.0 million, or $0.30 per share, compared to a net loss of $7.4 million, or $0.13 per share, in the prior year. Adjusted income for 2012 was $15.3 million, or $0.27 per share, compared to $19.9 million, or $0.34 per share, in the prior year. Results for 2012 included restructuring of $4.7 million ($3.0 million, net of tax, or $0.05 per share) and acquisition costs of $0.5 million ($0.3 million, net of tax, or $0.01 per share), as well as discrete tax benefits, net, of $5.1 million, or $0.09 per share. Full year 2011 results included a charge of $26.2 million ($16.8 million, net of tax, or $0.29 per share) resulting from the refinancing of Ames True Temper (“ATT”) acquisition-related debt; $15.2 million ($9.8 million, net of tax, or $0.17 per share) of cost of goods related to the sale of inventory recorded at fair value in connection with ATT acquisition accounting; $7.5 million ($4.9 million, net of tax, or $0.08 per share) of restructuring charges related to the consolidation of Clopay Building Product (“CBP”) facilities, and headcount reductions at Telephonics and ATT; $0.4 million ($0.3 million net of tax) of Southern Patio (“SP”) acquisition costs; and $4.6 million, or $0.08 per share, of net discrete tax benefits.
Mr. Kramer continued, “While we are prepared for economic conditions to remain challenging, our businesses are well-positioned for growth and improved profitability. We remain committed to driving shareholder value through a range of opportunities including organic improvement, a disciplined approach to capital investment and, in the longer term, our ongoing evaluation of additional strategic transactions.”
Segment Operating Results
Revenue in the current quarter decreased $18.1 million or 13% compared to the 2011 quarter. In the current and prior year quarters, revenue included $1.8 million and $11.3 million, respectively, related to the CREW 3.1 program. Excluding CREW 3.1 from both quarters, revenue decreased 7% from the prior year quarter primarily due to timing of Mobile Surveillance Capability and Integrated Fix Tower awards for follow-on production, and timing of awards for Ground Surveillance radars and Firescout, partially offset by LAMPS MMR.
Segment adjusted EBITDA in the 2012 quarter was $13.7 million, increasing 2% from the prior year quarter, mainly driven by higher gross profit from a combination of favorable program mix and manufacturing efficiencies, and lower selling, general and administrative expenses related to the timing of proposal and research and development activities. Operating results also benefited from cost reductions resulting from the voluntary early retirement plan undertaken in the prior year and other restructuring activities implemented earlier this year.
Revenue in 2012 decreased $13.9 million or 3% compared to the prior year. In the current and prior year, revenue included $24.1 million and $44.3 million, respectively, related to the CREW 3.1 program. Excluding CREW 3.1 from both years, revenue increased 2% over the prior year primarily attributable to LAMPS MMR.
Segment adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2012 totaled $60.6 million, increasing 19% over the prior year, mainly driven by higher gross profit from a combination of favorable program mix and manufacturing efficiencies, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses primarily due to the timing of proposal and research and development activities. Operating results also benefited from cost reductions resulting from the voluntary early retirement plan undertaken in the prior year and other restructuring activities implemented earlier this year.
Contract backlog totaled a record $451 million at September 30, 2012 compared to $417 million at September 30, 2011, with approximately 70% expected to be filled within the next twelve months.
Revenue in the current quarter decreased $8.8 million, or 6%, compared to the 2011 quarter; a volume increase of 3% and a 1% benefit from favorable mix were more than offset by the 9% unfavorable impact of translation of European and Brazilian revenue into a stronger U.S. dollar. Selling price adjustments due to resin fluctuations reduced revenue by 1% in the quarter; Plastics adjusts customer selling prices, based on underlying resin costs, on a delayed basis.
Segment adjusted EBITDA in the 2012 quarter increased $2.0 million, or 19%, compared to the prior year quarter, primarily driven by the improved volume, favorable mix and continued efficiency improvements on past capital initiatives, partially offset by a 3% unfavorable impact of foreign exchange as well as the impact of somewhat higher selling, general and administrative expenses. The impact of resin was not material in the quarter.
Revenue in 2012 increased $27.4 million, or 5%, compared to 2011, driven by a 10% increase in volume. The benefit of the volume growth was partially offset by a 5% unfavorable impact of translation of European and Brazilian revenue into a stronger U.S. dollar. Selling price adjustments due to resin fluctuations did not have a significant impact on 2012 revenue.
Segment adjusted EBITDA in 2012 increased $2.4 million, or 6%, compared to the prior year, primarily driven by the higher volume, a $3.7 million favorable resin impact and efficiency improvement on past capital initiatives, partially offset by a 2% unfavorable impact of foreign exchange, product mix and the impact of somewhat higher selling, general and administrative expenses.
Home & Building Products
Fourth quarter revenue decreased $10.6 million, or 5%, compared to the prior year quarter. ATT revenue decreased 12% primarily due to lower snow tool sales. Typically, ATT has strong snow tool sales in the last fiscal quarter as customers build inventory in anticipation of the coming snow season; however, excess snow tool inventory remaining at customers following the record warm weather of the 2011-2012 winter substantially reduced such sales. The snow tool impact was partially offset by the inclusion of SP. CBP revenue decreased 1% mainly due to volume, partially offset by favorable mix.
Segment adjusted EBITDA in the 2012 quarter decreased $6.4 million, or 37%, compared to the prior year quarter. The decrease was driven by the lower snow volume that also affected ATT plant absorption of manufacturing expenses in the quarter. The ATT decline was partially offset by CBP favorable product mix as well as CBP manufacturing efficiencies, and lower warehouse and distribution costs.
Revenue in 2012 increased $16.8 million, or 2%, compared to the prior year. ATT revenue was flat with the prior year, mainly because of weak snow tool sales, driven by the absence of snow throughout much of the country during the 2011-2012 winter, substantially offset by the inclusion of SP, acquired in October 2011. CBP revenue increased 4% due to a combination of favorable mix and higher volume.
Segment adjusted EBITDA in 2012 decreased $6.7 million, or 9%, compared to the prior year, driven mainly by the decline in snow volume at ATT; the ATT volume decline was partially offset by the inclusion of SP as well as improved CBP profitability driven by increased volume, favorable mix, and lower warehouse and distribution costs.
Griffon’s effective tax rate for 2012 was 22.5% compared to a benefit of 48.2% in 2011. The 2012 rate reflected net discrete benefits of $5.1 million primarily from the release of previously established reserves for uncertain tax positions on conclusion of various tax audits, and benefits related to various tax planning initiatives. The 2011 rate reflected net discrete benefits of $4.6 million primarily from tax planning related to unremitted foreign earnings. Excluding discrete tax items, the 2012 rate would have been 45.8%, and the 2011 benefit would have been 16.4%. In both years, the effective rates reflect the impact of permanent differences not deductible in determining taxable income, mainly limited deductibility of restricted stock, as well as the impact of tax reserves and changes in earnings mix between domestic and non-domestic operations.
In 2012 and 2011, respectively, Telephonics recognized $3.8 and $3.0 million of restructuring charges in connection with two discrete voluntary early retirement plans and other restructuring costs related to changes in its organizational structure; such charges were personnel-related, reducing headcount by 185 employees.
In both 2012 and 2011, ATT recognized $0.9 million in restructuring costs primarily related to termination benefits, reducing headcount by 38 employees.
The consolidation of the CBP manufacturing facilities plan, announced in June 2009, was completed in 2011. In completing the consolidation plan, CBP incurred total pre-tax exit and restructuring costs of $9.0 million, substantially all of which were cash charges, and had $10.4 million of related capital expenditures. The restructuring costs were $3.6 million in 2011, $4.2 million in 2010 and $1.2 million in 2009.
Balance Sheet and Capital Expenditures
At September 30, 2012, the Company had cash and equivalents of $210 million, total debt outstanding of $700 million, net of discounts, and $178 million available for borrowing under its revolving credit facility. Capital expenditures were $68.9 million in 2012. The Company expects capital spending of $60 to $65 million for 2013.
During 2012, the Company purchased 1.2 million shares of its common stock under an authorized stock repurchase plan, for $10.4 million, of which 486,000 shares were purchased in the fourth quarter, for $4.7 million. At September 30, 2012, the Company had a remaining authorization of $38.3 million. During 2011, the Company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan purchased 1.9 million shares for a total of $20.0 million and the Company purchased 1.5 million shares for a total of $12.4 million under authorized repurchase plans.
Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call today, November 13, 2012, at 4:30 PM ET.
The call can be accessed by dialing 1-800-231-9012 (U.S. participants) or 1-719-457-2619 (International participants). Callers should ask to be connected to the Griffon Corporation teleconference.
A replay of the call will be available starting on November 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM ET by dialing 1-877-870-5176 (U.S.) or 1-858-384-5517 (International), and entering the conference ID number: 4942707. The replay will be available through November 27, 2012.
“Safe Harbor” Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All statements related to, among other things, income, earnings, cash flows, revenue, changes in operations, operating improvements, industries in which Griffon Corporation (the “Company” or “Griffon”) operates and the United States and global economies that are not historical are hereby identified as “forward-looking statements” and may be indicated by words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “supports,” “plans,” “projects,” “expects,” “believes,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “hope,” “forecast,” “management is of the opinion,” “may,” “will,” “estimates,” “intends,” “explores,” “opportunities,” the negative of these expressions, use of the future tense and similar words or phrases. Such forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: current economic conditions and uncertainties in the housing, credit and capital markets; the Company’s ability to achieve expected savings from cost control, integration and disposal initiatives; the ability to identify and successfully consummate and integrate value-adding acquisition opportunities; increasing competition and pricing pressures in the markets served by Griffon’s operating companies; the ability of Griffon’s operating companies to expand into new geographic and product markets and to anticipate and meet customer demands for new products and product enhancements and innovations; reduced military spending by the government on projects for which Telephonics Corporation supplied products; increases in the cost of raw materials such as resin and steel; changes in customer demand; the potential impact of seasonal variations and uncertain weather patterns on certain of Griffon’s businesses; political events that could impact the worldwide economy; a downgrade in the Company’s credit ratings; changes in international economic conditions including interest rate and currency exchange fluctuations; the reliance by certain of Griffon’s businesses on particular third party suppliers and manufacturers to meet customer demands; the relative mix of products and services offered by Griffon’s businesses, which could impact margins and operating efficiencies; short-term capacity constraints or prolonged excess capacity; unforeseen developments in contingencies, such as litigation; unfavorable results of government agency contract audits of Telephonics Corporation, including as a result of sequestration which is currently scheduled to take effect in January 2013; Griffon’s ability to adequately protect and maintain the validity of patent and other intellectual property rights; the cyclical nature of the businesses of certain Griffon’s operating companies; and possible terrorist threats and actions and their impact on the global economy. Such statements reflect the views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, as previously disclosed in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
About Griffon Corporation
Griffon Corporation (the “Company” or “Griffon”), is a diversified management and holding company that conducts business through wholly-owned subsidiaries. Griffon oversees the operations of its subsidiaries, allocates resources among them and manages their capital structures. Griffon provides direction and assistance to its subsidiaries in connection with acquisition and growth opportunities as well as in connection with divestitures. In order to further diversify, Griffon also seeks out, evaluates and, when appropriate, will acquire additional businesses that offer potentially attractive returns on capital.
Griffon currently conducts its operations through three segments:
Home & Building Products consists of two companies, Ames True Temper,
Inc. (“ATT”) and Clopay Building Products Company, Inc. (“CBP”):
- ATT is a global provider of non-powered landscaping products that make work easier for homeowners and professionals.
- CBP is a leading manufacturer and marketer of residential, commercial and industrial garage doors to professional installing dealers and major home center retail chains.
- Telephonics Corporation designs, develops and manufactures high-technology, integrated information, communication and sensor system solutions for use in military and commercial markets worldwide.
- Clopay Plastic Products Company, Inc. is an international leader in the development and production of embossed, laminated and printed specialty plastic films used in a variety of hygienic, health-care and industrial applications.
For more information on Griffon and its operating subsidiaries, please see the Company’s website at www.griffoncorp.com.
Griffon evaluates performance and allocates resources based on each segments’ operating results before interest income or expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, gain (loss) from debt extinguishment, unallocated amounts, restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses including the impact from the fair value of inventory acquired as part of a business combination (“Segment Adjusted EBITDA”). Griffon believes this information is useful to investors.
The following table provides a reconciliation of Segment Adjusted EBITDA to Income (loss) before taxes:
|GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|For the Three Months Ended||For the Years Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Home & Building Products:|
|Home & Building Products||184,341||194,911||856,540||839,736|
|Total consolidated net sales||$||447,436||$||484,989||$||1,861,145||$||1,830,802|
|Segment profit before depreciation, amortization, restructuring, fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold and acquisition costs:|
|Home & Building Products||$||11,033||$||17,479||$||70,467||$||77,119|
|Total Segment profit before depreciation, amortization, restructuring, fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold and acquisition costs||37,224||41,471||171,032||165,633|
|Loss from debt extinguishment, net||-||-||-||(26,164||)|
|Net interest expense||(12,940||)||(12,609||)||(51,715||)||(47,448||)|
|Segment depreciation and amortization||(17,491||)||(15,544||)||(65,864||)||(60,361||)|
|Fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold||-||-||-||(15,152||)|
|Income (loss) before taxes||$||(2,705||)||$||6,652||$||21,941||$||(14,349||)|
|Unallocated amounts typically include general corporate expenses not attributable to a reportable segment.|
The following is a reconciliation of each segment’s operating results to Segment Adjusted EBITDA:
|GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES|
|BY REPORTABLE SEGMENT|
|Three Months Ended|
|September 30,||Years Ended September 30,|
|Home & Building Products|
|Segment operating profit||$||1,670||$||9,408||$||37,082||$||28,228|
|Depreciation and amortization||8,463||7,248||32,034||28,796|
|Fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold||-||-||-||15,152|
|Segment adjusted EBITDA||11,033||17,479||70,467||77,119|
|Segment operating profit||9,061||8,952||49,232||40,595|
|Depreciation and amortization||2,299||2,023||7,518||7,234|
|Segment adjusted EBITDA||13,653||13,418||60,565||50,875|
|Clopay Plastic Products|
|Segment operating profit||5,809||4,301||13,688||13,308|
|Depreciation and amortization||6,729||6,273||26,312||24,331|
|Segment adjusted EBITDA||12,538||10,574||40,000||37,639|
|Income from operations - as reported||9,722||18,955||72,420||55,549|
|Segment operating profit||16,540||22,661||100,002||82,131|
|Depreciation and amortization||17,491||15,544||65,864||60,361|
|Fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold||-||-||-||15,152|
|Segment adjusted EBITDA||$||37,224||$||41,471||$||171,032||$||165,633|
|GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended September 30,||Years Ended September 30,|
|Cost of goods and services||349,785||379,699||1,442,340||1,437,341|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||85,035||83,515||341,696||330,369|
|Restructuring and other related charges||2,894||2,820||4,689||7,543|
|Total operating expenses||87,929||86,335||346,385||337,912|
|Income from operations||9,722||18,955||72,420||55,549|
|Other income (expense)|
|Loss from debt extinguishment, net||-||-||-||(26,164||)|
|Total other income (expense)||(12,427||)||(12,303||)||(50,479||)||(69,898||)|
|Income (loss) before taxes||(2,705||)||6,652||21,941||(14,349||)|
|Provision (benefit) for income taxes||(6,153||)||3,274||4,930||(6,918||)|
|Net Income (loss)||$||3,448||$||3,378||$||17,011||$||(7,431||)|
|Basic earnings (loss) per common share||$||0.06||$||0.06||$||0.30||$||(0.13||)|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding||55,560||57,516||55,914||58,919|
|Diluted earnings (loss) per common share||$||0.06||$||0.06||$||0.30||$||(0.13||)|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding||57,374||58,284||57,329||58,919|
|GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|At September 30,||At September 30,|
|Cash and equivalents||$||209,654||$||243,029|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $5,433 and $6,072||239,857||267,471|
|Contract costs and recognized income not yet billed,|
net of progress payments of $3,748 and $9,697
|Prepaid and other current assets||47,472||48,828|
|Assets of discontinued operations||587||1,381|
|Total Current Assets||826,215||899,255|
|PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net||356,879||350,050|
|INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net||230,473||223,189|
|ASSETS OF DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS||2,936||3,675|
Notes payable and current portion of long-term debt
Liabilities of discontinued operations
Total Current Liabilities
|LONG-TERM DEBT, net of debt discount of $16,607 and $19,693||681,907||688,247|
|LIABILITIES OF DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS||3,643||5,786|
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|Total Shareholders' Equity||654,152||651,908|
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
|GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Years Ended September 30,|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Net income (loss)||$||17,011||$||(7,431||)|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to|
|net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Income from discontinued operations||-||-|
|Depreciation and amortization||66,264||60,712|
|Fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold||-||15,152|
|Provision for losses on accounts receivable||1,212||1,225|
|Amortization/write-off of deferred financing costs and debt discounts||6,023||6,733|
|Loss from debt extinguishment, net||-||26,164|
|Deferred income taxes||(2,627||)||(2,749||)|
|(Gain) loss on sale/disposal of assets||56||(251||)|
|Change in assets and liabilities, net of assets and liabilities acquired:|
|(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable and contract costs|
|and recognized income not yet billed||27,269||(30,593||)|
|(Increase) decrease in inventories||9,011||(12,803||)|
|Increase in prepaid and other assets||(3,281||)||9,065|
|Decrease in accounts payable, accrued liabilities|
|and income taxes payable||(46,368||)||(42,604||)|
|Other changes, net||5,121||3,809|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||90,130||35,385|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Acquisition of property, plant and equipment||(68,851||)||(87,617||)|
|Acquired business, net of cash acquired||(22,432||)||(855||)|
|Change in funds restricted for capital projects||-||4,629|
|Proceeds from sale of assets||309||1,510|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(90,974||)||(82,333||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Proceeds from issuance of common stock||-||-|
|Purchase of shares for treasury||(10,382||)||(18,139||)|
|Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt||4,000||674,251|
|Payments of long-term debt||(18,546||)||(498,572||)|
|Change in short-term borrowings||(1,859||)||3,538|
|Purchase of ESOP shares||-||(19,973||)|
|Exercise of stock options||-||2,306|
|Tax effect from exercise/vesting of equity awards, net||834||7|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||(30,693||)||122,110|
|CASH FLOWS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(2,801||)||(962||)|
|Net cash used in discontinued operations||(2,801||)||(962||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents||963||(973||)|
|NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND EQUIVALENTS||(33,375||)||73,227|
|CASH AND EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD||243,029||169,802|
|CASH AND EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD||$||209,654||$||243,029|
Griffon evaluates performance based on Earnings per share and Net income (loss) excluding restructuring charges, gain (loss) from debt extinguishment, discrete tax items and acquisition-related expenses including the impact from the fair value of inventory acquired as part of a business combination. Griffon believes this information is useful to investors. The following table provides a reconciliation of Earnings (loss) per share and Net income (loss) to Adjusted earnings per share and Adjusted net income:
|GRIFFON CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|RECONCILIATION OF INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED INCOME (LOSS)|
|For the Three Months||For the Years Ended|
|Ended September 30,||September 30,|
|Net income (loss)||$||3,448||$||3,378||$||17,011||$||(7,431||)|
|Adjusting items, net of tax:|
|Loss from debt extinguishment, net||-||-||-||16,813|
|Fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold||-||-||-||9,849|
|Restructuring and related||1,881||1,833||3,048||4,903|
|Discrete tax benefits||(3,484||)||(1,252||)||(5,110||)||(4,570||)|
|Adjusted net income||$||2,039||$||4,249||$||15,259||$||19,854|
|Earnings (loss) per common share||$||0.06||$||0.06||$||0.30||$||(0.13||)|
|Adjusting items, net of tax:|
|Loss from debt extinguishment, net||-||-||-||0.29|
|Fair value write-up of acquired inventory sold||-||-||-||0.17|
|Discrete tax benefits||(0.06||)||(0.02||)||(0.09||)||(0.08||)|
|Adjusted earnings per share||$||0.04||$||0.07||$||0.27||$||0.34|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding (in thousands)||57,374||58,284||57,329||58,919|
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From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, will share some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7 telco networks to IP-based cloud comms. An early investor in multiple start-ups, he still finds time to code for his companies and contribute to open source projects.
Sep. 27, 2014 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,230
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to create new business models as significant as those that were inspired by the Internet and the smartphone 20 and 10 years ago. What business, social and practical implications will this phenomenon bring? That's the subject of "Monetizing the Internet of Things: Perspectives from the Front Lines," an e-book released today and available free of charge from Aria Systems, the leading innovator in recurring revenue management.
Sep. 27, 2014 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,407
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges.
Sep. 27, 2014 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,296
There’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at 6th Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, to discuss how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
Sep. 27, 2014 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,986
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices – computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors – connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!
Sep. 27, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,106
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Erik Lagerway, Co-founder of Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services to the modern P2P RTC era of OTT cloud assisted services.
Sep. 26, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,464
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehension and conference efficiency.
Sep. 26, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,404
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, will discuss single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example to explain some of these concepts including when to use different storage models.
Sep. 26, 2014 07:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,241
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
Sep. 26, 2014 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,586
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace. These technological reforms have not only changed computers and smartphones, but are also changing the data processing model for all information devices. In particular, in the area known as M2M (Machine-To-Machine), there are great expectations that information with a new type of value can be produced using a variety of devices and sensors saving/sharing data via the network and through large-scale cloud-type data processing. This consortium believes that attaching a huge number of devic...
Sep. 26, 2014 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,515
Innodisk is a service-driven provider of industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products and technologies, with a focus on the enterprise, industrial, aerospace, and defense industries. Innodisk is dedicated to serving their customers and business partners. Quality is vitally important when it comes to industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products. That’s why Innodisk manufactures all of their products in their own purpose-built memory production facility. In fact, they designed and built their production center to maximize manufacturing efficiency and guarantee the highest quality of our products.
Sep. 26, 2014 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,514
All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. Over the summer Gartner released its much anticipated annual Hype Cycle report and the big news is that Internet of Things has now replaced Big Data as the most hyped technology. Indeed, we're hearing more and more about this fascinating new technological paradigm. Every other IT news item seems to be about IoT and its implications on the future of digital business.
Sep. 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,000
Can call centers hang up the phones for good? Intuitive Solutions did. WebRTC enabled this contact center provider to eliminate antiquated telephony and desktop phone infrastructure with a pure web-based solution, allowing them to expand beyond brick-and-mortar confines to a home-based agent model. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here
Sep. 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,469
BSQUARE is a global leader of embedded software solutions. We enable smart connected systems at the device level and beyond that millions use every day and provide actionable data solutions for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. We empower our world-class customers with our products, services and solutions to achieve innovation and success. For more information, visit www.bsquare.com.
Sep. 26, 2014 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,362
With the iCloud scandal seemingly in its past, Apple announced new iPhones, updates to iPad and MacBook as well as news on OSX Yosemite. Although consumers will have to wait to get their hands on some of that new stuff, what they can get is the latest release of iOS 8 that Apple made available for most in-market iPhones and iPads. Originally announced at WWDC (Apple’s annual developers conference) in June, iOS 8 seems to spearhead Apple’s newfound focus upon greater integration of their products into everyday tasks, cross-platform mobility and self-monitoring. Before you update your device, here is a look at some of the new features and things you may want to consider from a mobile security perspective.
Sep. 26, 2014 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,349