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Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Black Box Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Total Year Fiscal 2003 Results
Declares Cash Dividend, Increas in Existing Share Repurchase Program and Addition to Board of Directors
Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX) today reported for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2003, diluted earnings per share of 21¢ compared to 62¢ last year. Corresponding reported net income for the quarter was $4.2 million or 3.1% of revenues, compared to $12.9 million or 8.1% of revenues last year. Excluding special items in each period, diluted earnings per share were 55¢ for the quarter compared to 72¢ last year and net income was $10.8 million or 8.0% of revenues compared to $15.2 million or 9.5% last year. Management believes it is important to present both diluted earnings per share and net income excluding special items to provide a clearer understanding of the ongoing operations of the Company.
Included in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2003 numbers is a negative 6¢ diluted earnings per share impact from certain offices, which are in the process of being consolidated with other nearby offices. As a result of these consolidations, this negative impact should go to zero for the first quarter of fiscal 2004.
As previously announced, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge for special items of $10.4 million during the fourth quarter related primarily to adjusting the cost structure of selected operating offices and reserving for specific accounts receivables. Relative to these cost reduction efforts, operating costs are expected to be reduced by $8 million annually. In accordance with SEC Regulation G, the attached financial charts include a reconciliation of all non-GAAP financial measures in this release to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.
Total revenues for the quarter were $135 million, down 16% from $160 million last year. Total revenues on a same-office basis were down 17% compared to last year. North American revenues were $87 million, down 21% from last year's $109 million. European revenues were $38 million, comparable to last year's $38 million. All Other revenues were $10 million, down 19% from last year's $13 million.
Fourth quarter cash provided by operating activities was $23 million, up 30% compared to $18 million last year. Free cash flow was $25 million, up 13% compared to $22 million last year. The fourth quarter's free cash flow of $25 million was used towards: Black Box stock repurchases of $21 million; debt reduction of $3 million; and dividend payments of $1 million. Management believes that free cash flow, defined by the Company as cash provided by operating activities less net capital expenditures, plus proceeds from option exercises, plus or minus foreign currency translation adjustments, is an important measurement of liquidity as it represents the total cash available for stock repurchases, mergers, dividend payments or debt reduction.
Total operating income for the fourth quarter was 5.4% compared to 13.4% last year. Excluding special items in each period, operating income for the quarter was 13.1% compared to 15.6% last year. Management believes it is important to present operating income excluding special items to provide a clearer understanding of the ongoing operations of the Company.
Backlog at the end of the fourth quarter was $51 million, down from $55 million at the end of the third quarter.
Diluted earnings per share for the year were $2.39 compared to $2.97 last year, down 20%. Corresponding net income was $48.7 million or 8.0% of revenues, compared to $62.0 million or 8.3% of revenues last year, down 22%. Excluding special items in each period, diluted earnings per share were $2.72 for the year compared to $3.23 last year, down 16% and net income was $55.3 million or 9.1% of revenues compared to $67.4 million or 9.1% last year, down 18%.
Total revenues for the year were $605 million compared to $744 million last year, down 19%. North American revenues were $410 million, down 23% from last year's $533 million. European revenues were $154 million, comparable to last year's $156 million. All Other revenues were $41 million, down 24% from last year's $55 million.
Cash provided by operating activities for the year was $85 million, up 26% compared to $68 million last year. Free cash flow for the year was $96 million, up 24% compared to $78 million for the same period last year. This free cash flow was used towards: Black Box stock repurchases of $59 million; debt reduction of $28 million; merger activity of $7 million; dividend payments of $1 million; and an increase in cash on hand of $1 million. As of March 31, 2003, Black Box had cash and cash equivalents of $14 million and current and long-term debt of $50 million, for a net debt position of $36 million. This compares to March 31, 2002 cash and cash equivalents of $13 million and current and long-term debt of $78 million, for a net debt position of $65 million.
The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 5¢ per share of common stock. The dividend was declared on all outstanding shares of Black Box's common stock and will be payable on July 15, 2003 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2003. Black Box will pay the dividend through its transfer agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company.
The Board of Directors also approved an increase of one million shares under the existing Black Box common share repurchase program. The one million shares of the Company's stock represent approximately 5% of the current outstanding shares. With this increase, Black Box now has authorization to repurchase approximately 1,680,000 shares. During the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2003, Black Box repurchased 755,000 shares of its common stock, and since April 1999 has repurchased in aggregate approximately 3.8 million shares for approximately $164 million. Additional repurchases of stock may occur from time to time depending upon factors such as the Company's cash flows and general market conditions. While the Company expects to continue to repurchase shares for the foreseeable future, there can be no assurance as to the timing or amount of such repurchases.
The Company also announced that Thomas W. Golonski was elected to its Board of Directors in February 2003, increasing its board membership to six directors. Mr. Golonski has been Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National City Bank of Pennsylvania and Executive Vice President of National City Corporation since 1996. He has served most of his career in the banking industry. Mr. Golonski is also a director of several economic development organizations and active in other charitable and financial organizations.
Commenting on Mr. Golonski's election as a Director, Fred C. Young, Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very fortunate to have Tom join the Black Box Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of executive management expertise, particularly in the services industry. Tom also works under a very high set of business standards."
Commenting on his election to the Black Box Board of Directors, Mr. Golonski said, "Black Box's outstanding commitment to customer service and achievement of core business objectives coupled with an outstanding management team sets it apart from the competition. I'm delighted for the opportunity to become a part of this professional team."
Commenting on the fourth quarter and total year Fiscal 2003 results, Mr. Young, said, "As stated in our March 11, 2003 press release, global over capacity in just about all vertical markets, leading to more associated job cuts, continues to have an impact on our business. We need to exercise prudent judgment to successfully navigate our business through these very uncertain economic times. This demands a focus on client service, remaining financially strong and continuing to make strategic investments for the future. We have built the best infrastructure services model in the industry. Once the economy settles down, Black Box is well positioned for long-term growth."
The Company will conduct a conference call beginning at 10:45 a.m. Eastern Time today, May 7, 2003. Fred Young, Chief Executive Officer, will host the call. To participate in the call, please dial (612) 326-1003 approximately 15 minutes prior to the starting time and ask to be connected to the Black Box Earnings Call. A replay of the conference call will be available for one week after the teleconference by dialing (320) 365-3844 and using access code 680881.
This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including levels of business activity and global economic conditions. Any information, which is not historical in nature, constitutes such forward-looking statements and speaks only as of the date of this release.
Black Box is the world's largest technical services company dedicated to designing, building and maintaining today's complicated network infrastructure systems. Black Box services 150,000 clients in 132 countries with 117 offices throughout the world.
BLACK BOX CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands)
to reconcile net income
to cash provided by operating
In addition to reported results under U.S.
GAAP for the fiscal periods, the following
financial highlights tables also include,
where appropriate, a reconciliation of results
excluding special items and free cash flow
(which are non-GAAP measures), to the most
directly comparable GAAP measures. All dollar
amounts are in thousands except per share
A reconciliation of diluted earnings per common
share (EPS) to diluted EPS excluding special
items is presented below:
EPS impact of other special items
A reconciliation of net income to net income
excluding special items is presented below:
Restructuring charges, after tax impact
A reconciliation of operating income to operating
income excluding special items is presented
A reconciliation of cash provided by operating
activities to free cash flow is presented
Information on revenues on a same-office basis
is presented below:
Additionally, the following supplemental
information is being provided for comparisons
of fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March
31, 2003 reported results to prior periods.
A reconciliation of results excluding special
items (which are non-GAAP measures) to the
most directly comparable GAAP measures is
presented where appropriate. All dollar amounts
are in thousands.
During the fourth quarter ended March 31,
2003, management reevaluated its reportable
business segments in accordance with SFAS
No. 131 and determined that a geographical
segmentation is appropriate. Information on
revenues and operating income by geography
is presented below:
Information on revenues and gross profit for
phone services, structured cabling services
and telephony services is presented below:
Information on various balance sheet ratios
and headcount is presented below:
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