Ubiquiti Networks Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBNT) (Ubiquiti” or the “Company) today announced results for the first quarter fiscal 2019, ended September 30, 2018.

First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues of $282.9 million, increasing 15.1% year-over-year
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $1.16, increasing 26.1% year-over-year
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.17, increasing 27.2% year-over-year

Additional Highlights

  • From July 1, 2018 through November 7, 2018, the Company repurchased and retired 3,260,811 shares of common stock for $293.4 million at an average price of $89.97 per share.
  • Initiated a new stock repurchase program, authorizing the Company to repurchase up to $200 million of its common stock, as disclosed in the Form 8-K filed on November 9, 2018.
  • The Company’s Board of Directors declared a $0.25 per share cash dividend payable on November 26, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 19, 2018.

Financial Highlights ($, in millions, except per share data)

Income statement highlightsF1Q19F4Q18F1Q18
Service Provider Technology105.0105.9119.9
Enterprise Technology177.9163.8126.0
Gross profit131.6120.5111.7
Gross Profit (%)46.5%44.7%45.4%
Total Operating Expenses32.032.424.6
Income from Operations99.688.187.1
GAAP Net Income85.770.174.9
GAAP EPS (diluted)1.160.940.92
Non-GAAP Net Income86.274.874.9
Non-GAAP EPS (diluted)

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. Revenues by Product Type (In thousands) (Unaudited)


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Three Months Ended September 30,
Service Provider Technology$104,957$119,915
Enterprise Technology177,948125,953
Total revenues$282,905$245,868

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. Revenues by Geographical Area (In thousands) (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,
North America$119,371$96,170
South America14,17631,053
Europe, the Middle East and Africa124,93193,314
Asia Pacific24,42725,331
Total revenues$282,905$245,868

Income Statement Items

Gross Margins

During the first quarter fiscal 2019, GAAP gross profit was $131.6 million. This GAAP gross margin of 46.5% increased versus the prior year GAAP gross margin of 45.4% and the prior quarter GAAP gross margin of 44.7%.

We expect to incur costs as a result of recently-announced tariffs on certain products imported into the U.S. from China and therefore we anticipate near-term gross margins to range between 42% and 45%. However, we anticipate mitigating the effect of the tariffs in the long-term and therefore our long-term gross margins are expected to remain between 45% to 50%.

Research and Development

During the first quarter fiscal 2019, research and development (R&D) expenses were $18.2 million. This reflects an increase versus the prior year R&D expenses of $16.9 million and a decrease versus the prior quarter R&D expenses of $19.5 million.

Increased costs in first quarter fiscal 2019 versus the prior year were primarily driven by higher staffing levels. R&D expenses represented 6.4% of revenues in the first fiscal quarter 2019, which is in line with the Companys target model range of 6% to 8%.

Sales, General and Administrative

The Companys selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the quarter were $13.8 million. This reflects an increase versus both the prior year SG&A expenses of $7.7 million and the prior quarter SG&A expenses of $12.9 million. The increase in SG&A costs are primarily related to professional fees. SG&A expenses represented 4.9% of revenues in the first quarter fiscal 2019, which is in line with the Companys target model range of 3% to 5%.


The GAAP effective tax rate was 11.7% for the first quarter fiscal 2019. For long-term planning purposes, we assume a target effective tax rate of 11% to 14%.

Net Income

During the first quarter fiscal 2019, GAAP net income was $85.7 million and GAAP income per diluted share was $1.16. Non-GAAP net income during the quarter was $86.2 million and non-GAAP income per diluted share was $1.17. The 15.1% increase in non-GAAP net income, and 27.2% increase in non-GAAP diluted EPS was driven primarily by a 15.1% increase in revenues versus the prior year as well as a 7.2 million reduction in non-GAAP diluted share count.

Balance Sheet Items

Cash and Investments

Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of September 30, 2018 were $625.5 million, compared with $666.7 million as of June 30, 2018. During the first quarter fiscal 2019, the Company repurchased 1,238,163 shares of common stock for $112.8 million at an average price of $91.07 per share and held $200.0 million in investments.


This quarter the Company experienced a decline in days sales outstanding in accounts receivable (DSO) to 54 days, compared with 59 days in the fourth fiscal 2018 quarter. The Company expects DSOs to increase as the mix of the Companys distributors evolves toward larger volumes of products moving through large distributors who qualify for credit terms. Enabling these distributors to purchase higher volumes of products on credit terms allows them to shorten the cash conversion cycle and has helped enable Ubiquiti to significantly expand its market share while maintaining a conservative customer credit profile.


Ubiquiti continues to manage inventory levels to reduce lead times and meet increasing demand and support the commensurate growth of the Companys customers. The Company is committed to optimizing inventory to correspond with end-market demand. Finished goods inventory at the end of the quarter increased $38.2 million to $134.9 million, primarily driven by the timing of production and expected growth in demand. The Company expects to hold 8 to 12 weeks of previously introduced product inventory in warehouses going forward, in addition to new product inventory and selected raw materials.

Cash Flow Statement Items

The Companys net cash flow from operations for the first quarter fiscal 2019 was $93.9 million, compared with a net cash flow from operations of $96.9 million for the first quarter fiscal 2018. The $3.0 million decrease in operating cash flow during fiscal 2019 as compared with fiscal 2018 was driven by increased investments in inventory, partially offset by higher operating earnings. Capital expenditures and purchase of intangibles for the first quarter fiscal 2019 were $4.0 million. The Company used $131.7 million of cash related to financing activities, which was driven by $106.7 million in stock repurchases, $18.5 million in cash dividend payments and $6.3 million in debt repayments.


Based on recent business trends, the Company believes that it will achieve the guidance previously provided for the full fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

About Ubiquiti Networks

Ubiquiti Networks is focused on democratizing network technology on a global scale aggregate shipments of nearly 85 million devices play a key role in creating networking infrastructure in over 200 countries and territories around the world. Our professional networking products are powered by our UNMS and UniFi software platforms to provide high-capacity distributed Internet access and unified information technology management, respectively.

Ubiquiti, Ubiquiti Networks, the U logo, UBNT, airMAX, airFiber, mFi, EdgeMAX, UniFi, UNMS, AmpliFi and UFiber are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. For more information, please visit www.ubnt.com.

Safe Harbor for Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements other than statements of historical fact including words such as look, “will”, anticipate, believe, estimate, expect, “forecast”, consider and plan and statements in the future tense are forward looking statements. The statements in this press release that could be deemed forward-looking statements include statements regarding expectations for financial results for the full fiscal year 2019, and statements regarding expectations of the impact of tariffs, expected impact of taxes on our liquidity and results of operations, our cash position, expenses, DSOs, number of distributors and resellers, shipments, the introduction of new consumer products, Gross Margins, R&D, SG&A, tax rates, inventory turns, growth opportunities, demand and long term global environment for our products, new products, and financial performance estimates including revenues and GAAP diluted EPS for the Company’s full fiscal year 2019, and any statements or assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.

Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual future results to differ materially or cause a material adverse impact on our results. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the impact of U.S. tariffs on results, fluctuations in our operating results; varying demand for our products due to the financial and operating condition of our distributors and their customers, and distributors’ inventory management practices; political and economic conditions and volatility affecting the stability of business environments, economic growth, currency values, commodity prices and other factors that may influence the ultimate demand for our products in particular geographies or globally; impact of counterfeiting and our ability to contain such impact; our reliance on a limited number of distributors; inability of our contract manufacturers and suppliers to meet our demand; our dependence on Qualcomm Atheros for chipsets without a short-term alternative; as we move into new markets competition from certain of our current or potential competitors who may be more established in such markets; our ability to keep pace with technological and market developments; success and timing of new product introductions by us and the performance of our products generally; our ability to effectively manage the significant increase in our transactional sales volumes; we may become subject to warranty claims, product liability and product recalls; that a substantial majority of our sales are into countries outside the United States and we are subject to numerous U.S. export control and economic sanctions laws; costs related to responding to government inquiries related to regulatory compliance; our reliance on the Ubiquiti Community; our reliance on certain key members of our management team, including our founder and chief executive officer, Robert J. Pera; adverse tax-related matters such as tax audits, changes in our effective tax rate or new tax legislative proposals; whether the final determination of our income tax liability may be materially different from our income tax provisions; the impact of any intellectual property litigation and claims for indemnification; litigation related to U.S. Securities laws; and economic and political conditions in the United States and abroad. We discuss these risks in greater detail under the heading Risk Factors and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2018, and subsequent filings filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), which are available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies may also be obtained by contacting the Ubiquiti Networks Investor Relations Department, by email at [email protected] or by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Ubiquiti Networks website, http://ir.ubnt.com.

Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Also, forward-looking statements represent our management’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date made. Except as required by law, Ubiquiti Networks undertakes no obligation to update information contained herein. You should review our SEC filings carefully and with the understanding that our actual future results may be materially different from what we expect.

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,
Cost of revenues151,299134,212
Gross profit131,606111,656
Operating expenses:
Research and development18,22216,928
Sales, general and administrative13,7667,665
Total operating expenses31,98824,593
Income from operations99,61887,063
Interest expense and other, net(2,527)(1,361)
Income before income taxes97,09185,702
Provisions for income taxes11,38810,777
Net income$85,703$74,925
Net income per share of common stock:
Weighted average shares used in computing net income per share of common stock:
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Unrealized (loss) on available-for-sale securities$(146)$
Comprehensive income$85,557$74,925

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2018

June 30, 2018

September 30, 2017

Net Income$85,703$70,085$74,925
Stock-based compensation:
Cost of revenues3336245
Research and development467520456
Sales, general and administrative275228211
Net Tax Benefits related to Equity Awards Exercises and Vesting50(575)
SEC Related Matters492
Tax Reform Transition Tax3,774
Tax effect of Non-GAAP adjustments(240)(396)(365)
Non-GAAP net income$86,238$74,789$74,897
Non-GAAP diluted EPS$1.17$1.01$0.92
Shares outstanding (Diluted)73,96374,30781,748
Share adjustment (ASU 2016-09 Adoption)(50)(616)
Weighted-average shares used in Non-GAAP diluted EPS73,96374,25781,132

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial results prepared under generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, we use non-GAAP measures of net income and earnings per diluted share that are adjusted to exclude certain costs, expenses and gains such as stock-based compensation expense, net tax benefits related to equity awards exercises and vesting, the SEC related inquiry, Tax Reform Transition Tax and the tax effects of these non-GAAP adjustments.

Reconciliations of the adjustments to GAAP results for the periods presented are provided above. In addition, an explanation of the ways in which management uses non-GAAP financial information to evaluate its business, the substance behind management’s decision to use this non-GAAP financial information, material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial information, the manner in which management compensates for those limitations, and the substantive reasons management believes that this non-GAAP financial information provides useful information to investors is included under the paragraphs below.

A reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures is not available on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability and low visibility with respect to the charges which are excluded from these non-GAAP measures. For example, share-based compensation expense is impacted by the Companys future price at which the Companys stock will trade in those future periods. The items that are being excluded are difficult to predict and a reconciliation could result in disclosure that would be imprecise or potentially misleading. Material changes to any one of these items could have a significant effect on our guidance and future GAAP results. Certain exclusions, such as share-based compensation expenses, are generally incurred each quarter, but the amounts have historically and may continue to vary significantly from quarter to quarter.

About our Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share

We believe that the presentation of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share provides important supplemental information regarding non-cash expenses, significant items that we believe are important to understanding our financial, and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are among the primary indicators used by management as a basis for planning and forecasting future periods and by management and our board of directors to determine whether our operating performance has met specified targets and thresholds. Management uses non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share when evaluating operating performance because it believes that the exclusion of the items described below, for which the amounts or timing may vary significantly depending upon the Company’s activities and other factors, facilitates comparability of the Company’s operating performance from period to period. We have chosen to provide this information to investors so they can analyze our operating results in the same way that management does and use this information in their assessment of our business and the valuation of our Company.

Use and Economic Substance of Non-GAAP Financial Measures used by Ubiquiti Networks

We compute non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share by adjusting GAAP net income and GAAP earnings per diluted share to remove the impact of certain adjustments and the tax effect of those adjustments. Items excluded from net income are:

  • Stock-based compensation expense
  • Net Tax Benefits related to Equity Awards Exercises and Vesting
  • SEC related matters
  • Tax Reform Transition Tax
  • Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments, applying the principles of ASC 740

Usefulness of Non-GAAP Financial Information to Investors

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP and may be materially different from other non-GAAP measures, including similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, net income or earnings per diluted share prepared in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect certain items that may have a material impact upon our reported financial results.

For more information on the non-GAAP adjustments, please see the table captioned Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income included in this press release.

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands, except share amounts) (Unaudited)

September 30, 2018June 30, 2018 (1)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$480,812$666,681
Investments short-term96,266
Accounts receivable, net165,294174,521
Vendor deposits33,04539,029
Prepaid expenses and other current assets16,40318,901
Total current assets931,7461,001,352
Property and equipment, net13,47114,328
Deferred tax assets long-term3,1063,106
Investments long-term48,445
Other long-term assets6,7293,791
Total assets$1,003,497$1,022,577
Liabilities and Stockholders Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$43,071$14,098
Income taxes payable23,9825,780
Debt short-term24,42524,425
Other current liabilities60,68268,613
Total current liabilities152,160112,916
Income taxes payable long-term119,122127,719
Debt long-term454,253460,352
Other long-term liabilities7,3235,842
Total liabilities732,858706,829
Stockholders equity:
Common Stock7374
Additional paid“in capital393
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(146)
Retained earnings270,712315,281
Total stockholders equity270,639315,748
Total liabilities and stockholders equity$1,003,497$1,022,577

(1) Derived from audited consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended June 30, 2018.

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Cash Flows (In thousands) (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income$85,703$74,925
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization1,7941,591
Amortization of debt issuance costs28164
Premium amortization and (discount accretion), net(127)
Provision for inventory obsolescence252324
Provision/(recovery) for loss on vendor deposits(855)376
Stock-based compensation775912
Other, net(21)103
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable9,28712,017
Vendor deposits6,838(15,836)
Prepaid income taxes4
Prepaid expenses and other assets2,3931,288
Accounts payable29,086(22,408)
Income taxes payable9,6057,061
Deferred revenues3,3061,376
Accrued and other liabilities(16,428)15,702
Net cash provided by operating activities93,94196,920
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Purchase of property and equipment and other long-term assets(4,035)(2,932)
Purchase of investments(147,934)
Proceeds from sale of investments3,850
Net cash (used in) investing activities(148,119)(2,932)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Proceeds from borrowing under the Amended Credit Facility- Revolver45,000
Repayment against Amended Credit Facility- Term(3,750)
Repayment against Second Amended & Restated Facility- Term(6,250)
Repurchases of common stock(106,764)(107,997)
Payment of common stock cash dividends(18,506)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options194722
Tax withholdings related to net share settlements of restricted stock units(365)(351)
Net cash (used in) financing activities(131,691)(66,376)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(185,869)27,612
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period666,681604,198
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$480,812$631,810
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:
Income taxes paid, net of refunds$1,929$3,524
Interest paid$8,204$1,792
Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities:
Unpaid stock repurchases$6,000$8,765
Unpaid property and equipment and other long-term assets$30$178
Unpaid investment purchases$646$

Investor Relations:
Networks, Inc.
Laura Kiernan, 1-914-598-7733
SVP, Investor
[email protected]