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ModusLink Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2014

ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) today reported financial results for its third quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended April 30, 2014. Results for that period are summarized in the following paragraphs. For a full discussion of the results, please see the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which can be accessed through www.moduslink.com.

Third Quarter Financial Summary

  • Net revenue of $173.3 million compared to $173.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013
  • Gross margin of 9.1% compared to 8.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2013
  • SG&A expenses of $17.1 million, a 11.3% reduction compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2013
  • Operating loss of $5.1 million compared to operating loss of $6.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013
  • Net loss of $9.5 million, or $0.18 per share, compared with net loss of $8.3 million, or $0.17 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2013
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $3.4 million compared to $2.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013

ModusLink reported net revenue of $173.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2014, compared to $173.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The change in net revenue was primarily driven by increased revenue from an aftermarket services program in the Americas related to the repair and refurbishment of mobile devices, and revenue growth from programs for a consumer electronics client, which primarily benefited results in the Americas and Europe. Revenue growth from those programs was partially offset by lower revenues from certain programs for clients in the computing, software and communications markets.

Operating loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 was $5.1 million, compared to an operating loss of $6.8 million in the third quarter of the previous year. The improvement in operating loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 was primarily driven by a more favorable revenue mix, lower professional fees and improved operational cost efficiency. Net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 was $9.5 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to a net loss of $8.3 million, or $0.17 per share.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2014, Adjusted EBITDA was $3.4 million compared to $2.2 million for the same period in fiscal 2013. EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA excluding certain items. Please refer to the non-GAAP information and table reconciling the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA to its GAAP net income/(loss) below.

About ModusLink

ModusLink Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK), executes comprehensive supply chain and logistics services that are designed to improve clients’ revenue, cost, sustainability and customer experience objectives. ModusLink is a trusted and integrated provider to the world’s leading companies in consumer electronics, communications, computing, medical devices, software and retail. The Company’s operations are supported by more than 25 sites across North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For details on ModusLink's flexible and scalable solutions visit www.moduslink.com and www.valueunchained.com, the blog for supply chain professionals.

Non-GAAP Information

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the Company uses Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to assess its performance. EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding the effects of professional fees associated with our SEC inquiry and financial restatement, strategic alternatives and other professional fees, executive severance and employee retention, restructuring, share-based compensation, impairments of goodwill and long-lived assets, unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses, net, other non-operating gains or losses, net, equity in losses of affiliates and impairments, and discontinued operations.

We believe that providing Adjusted EBITDA to investors is useful as this measure provides important supplemental information of our performance to investors and permits investors and management to evaluate the operating performance of our core supply chain business. We use Adjusted EBITDA in internal forecasts and models when establishing internal operating budgets, supplementing the financial results and forecasts reported to our Board of Directors, determining a component of incentive compensation for executive officers and other key employees based on operating performance and evaluating short-term and long-term operating trends in our core supply chain business. We believe that the Adjusted EBITDA financial measure assists in providing an enhanced understanding of our underlying operational measures to manage the core supply chain business, to evaluate performance compared to prior periods and the marketplace, and to establish operational goals. We believe that these non-GAAP financial adjustments are useful to investors because they allow investors to evaluate the effectiveness of the methodology and information used by management in our financial and operational decision making.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information provided in accordance with U.S. GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure may not be computed in the same manner as similarly titled measures used by other companies.

A table reconciling the Company’s EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to its GAAP net income/(loss) is included in this release.

ModusLink Global Solutions is a registered trademark of ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. All other company names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

This release contains forward-looking statements, which address a variety of subjects. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation, those with respect to the Company’s goals, plans, expectations and strategies set forth herein are forward-looking statements. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the Company’s ability to execute on its business strategy, including any cost reduction plans and the continued and increased demand for and market acceptance of its services, which could negatively affect the Company’s ability to meet its revenue, operating income and cost savings targets, maintain and improve its cash position, expand its operations and revenue, lower its costs, improve its gross margins, reach and sustain profitability, reach its long-term objectives and operate optimally; failure to realize expected benefits of restructuring and cost-cutting actions; difficulties integrating technologies, operations and personnel in accordance with the Company’s business strategy; client or program losses; demand variability in supply chain management clients to which the Company sells on a purchase order basis rather than pursuant to contracts with minimum purchase requirements; risks inherent with conducting international operations; and increased competition and technological changes in the markets in which the Company competes. For a detailed discussion of cautionary statements that may affect the Company’s future results of operations and financial results, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements represent management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. The Company does not undertake any obligations to update forward-looking statements made by it.

ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
April 30, July 31, April 30,
2014 2013 2013
Cash and cash equivalents $ 170,554 $ 77,916 $ 71,176
Accounts receivable, net 139,051 142,098 151,660
Inventories 62,275 61,322 70,331
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   11,747   9,750   11,047
Total current assets   383,627   291,086   304,214
Property and equipment, net 27,009 34,290 35,329
Investments in affiliates 7,000 7,970 9,326
Goodwill 3,058 3,058 3,058
Other intangible assets, net 935 1,764 2,045
Other assets   7,357   5,528   6,991
Total assets $ 428,986 $ 343,696 $ 360,963
Accounts payable $ 99,977 $ 110,148 $ 112,417
Accrued restructuring 2,538 4,670 3,347
Accrued expenses 39,681 34,748 39,328
Other current liabilities   25,488   26,865   28,936
Total current liabilities   167,684   176,431   184,028
Long-term portion of accrued restructuring 235 494 -
Notes payable 72,320 - -
Other long-term liabilities   9,950   9,866   9,805
Total liabilities   250,189   186,791   193,833
Total stockholders' equity: 178,797 156,905 167,130
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 428,986 $ 343,696 $ 360,963
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three months ended Nine months ended

April 30,

April 30,

2014 2013 Fav (Unfav) 2014 2013 Fav (Unfav)
Net revenue $ 173,274 $ 173,016 0.1 % $ 558,700 $ 573,503 (2.6 %)
Cost of revenue   157,575     157,641   0.0 %   498,426     519,226   4.0 %
Gross profit   15,699     15,375   2.1 %   60,274     54,277   11.0 %
9.1 % 8.9 % 0.1 % 10.8 % 9.5 % 1.3 %
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 17,100 19,287 11.3 % 54,787 67,149 18.4 %
Amortization of intangible assets 269 283 4.9 % 829 852 2.7 %
Impairment of long-lived assets - - 0.0 % 500 - (100.0 %)
Restructuring, net   3,468     2,565   (35.2 %)   5,440     8,833   38.4 %
Total operating expenses   20,837     22,135   5.9 %   61,556     76,834   19.9 %
Operating income (loss) (5,138 ) (6,760 ) 24.0 % (1,282 ) (22,557 ) 94.3 %
Other income (expense), net   (3,640 )   (677 ) (437.7 %)   (3,871 )   (4,510 ) 14.2 %
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (8,778 ) (7,437 ) (18.0 %) (5,153 ) (27,067 ) 81.0 %
Income tax expense 700 392 (78.6 %) 2,590 1,975 (31.1 %)
Equity in losses of affiliates, net of tax   -     418   100.0 %   134     1,453   90.8 %
Income (loss) from continuing operations (9,478 ) (8,247 ) (14.9 %) (7,877 ) (30,495 ) 74.2 %
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes:
Income (loss) from discontinued operations   -     (59 ) 100.0 %   80     (1,019 ) 107.9 %
Net income (loss) $ (9,478 ) $ (8,306 ) (14.1 %) $ (7,797 ) $ (31,514 ) 75.3 %
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share:
Income (loss) from continuing operations $ (0.18 ) $ (0.17 ) (7.0 %) $ (0.15 ) $ (0.68 ) 77.4 %
Income (loss) from discontinued operations   -     -   0.0 %   -     (0.02 ) 100.0 %
Net income (loss) $ (0.18 ) $ (0.17 ) (7.0 %) $ (0.15 ) $ (0.70 ) 78.1 %
Shares used in computing income (loss) per share:
Basic 51,498 47,968 51,502 45,046
Diluted 51,498 47,968 51,502 45,046
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Information by Operating Segment
(in thousands)
Three months ended Nine months ended
April 30, April 30, April 30, April 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013

Net revenue:

Americas $ 74,429 $ 64,496 $ 229,791 $ 196,137
Asia 41,387 48,133 134,307 164,864
Europe 48,423 51,952 165,790 188,700
All other   9,035     8,435     28,812     23,802  
Total net revenue $ 173,274   $ 173,016   $ 558,700   $ 573,503  


Operating income (loss):

Americas $ 2,736 $ 679 $ 8,304 $ (1,820 )
Asia 2,342 3,614 14,001 16,379
Europe (4,439 ) (5,868 ) (8,934 ) (13,579 )
All other   (411 )   301     98     (256 )
Total segment operating income (loss) 228 (1,274 ) 13,469 724
Other reconciling items   (5,366 )   (5,486 )   (14,751 )   (23,281 )
Total operating income (loss) $ (5,138 ) $ (6,760 ) $ (1,282 ) $ (22,557 )
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Selected Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures
(in thousands)
Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA1
Three months ended Nine months ended
April 30, April 30, April 30, April 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net income (loss) $ (9,478 ) $ (8,306 ) $ (7,797 ) $ (31,514 )
Interest income (159 ) (64 ) (326 ) (229 )
Interest expense 2,049 324 2,461 524
Income tax expense 700 392 2,590 1,975
Depreciation 3,627 3,362 10,198 10,211
Amortization of intangible assets   269     283     829     852  
EBITDA (2,992 ) (4,009 ) 7,955 (18,181 )
SEC inquiry and financial restatement costs 103 1,604 3,320 8,239
Strategic alternatives and other professional fees 30 (155 ) 85 1,235
Executive severance and employee retention 1,080 224 1,080 1,262
Restructuring 3,468 2,565 5,440 8,833
Share-based compensation 513 925 1,663 1,841
Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets - - 500 -
Unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses, net 25 483 (323 ) 2,750
Other non-operating (gains) losses, net (30 ) 127 (391 ) 366
Equity in losses of affiliates and impairments 1,243 418 1,554 2,953
Discontinued operations   -     59     (80 )   1,019  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 3,440   $ 2,241   $ 20,803   $ 10,317  

1 The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) excluding net charges related to interest income, interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, SEC inquiry and financial restatement costs, strategic alternatives and other professional fees, executive severance and employee retention, restructuring, share-based compensation, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, unrealized foreign exchange (gains) losses, net, other non-operating (gains) losses, net, equity in losses of affiliates and impairments and discontinued operations.

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