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Black Box Corporation Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

Aug 23, 2018, 13:28 PM
Black Box Corporation today reported results for the first quarter of Fiscal 2019.
Author : Black Box Corporation
Source name : Black Box Investor Website
Source URL : http://investor.blackbox.com/press-releases
Contact name : David J. Russo
Contact phone : (724) 873-6788
Contact email : investors@blackbox.com
Contact title : Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, August 20, 2018 -
Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a leading digital solutions provider dedicated to helping customers design, build, manage and secure their IT infrastructure, today reported results for the first quarter of Fiscal 2019.

First Quarter Results

  • Revenues declined by $0.8 million or 0.4% to $190.8 million compared to the same period last year, while the revenue decline from the prior quarter was $3.2 million or 1.6%.
  • Gross profit margin was 28.2%, up 80 basis points from 27.4% for the same period last year.  This increase was primarily due to margin improvements in North America Services, including both of our commercial and federal businesses, partially offset by margin deterioration in International Services. The gross profit margin in the prior quarter was 27.3%.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $56.8 million, down 10.2% from $63.3 million for the same period last year and down 3.3% from $58.8 million in the prior quarter. The decrease from the comparable prior year period was primarily due to reductions of $4.1 million in restructuring expense, $2.3 million in compensation and benefits expense, $1.9 million in ERP implementation expense and $1.2 million in stock compensation expense, partially offset by an increase of $3.0 million in strategic consulting expense.
  • Interest expense was $2.6 million, compared to $1.2 million in the prior year. The $1.4 million increase was due to higher rates and higher average borrowings.
  • Loss before income taxes was $7.5 million, compared to a loss before income taxes of $14.2 million for the same period last year and compared to a loss before income taxes of $19.3 million in the prior quarter.
  • Benefit from income taxes was $0.2 million, compared to a benefit from income taxes of $4.5 million for the same period last year and compared to a provision for income taxes of $31.7 million in the prior quarter. The variance from the statutory rate in the current quarter was principally due to valuation allowances booked against U.S. deferred tax assets.
  • Net loss was $7.3 million, compared to a net loss of $9.7 million for the same period last year and compared to a net loss of $51.0 million in the prior quarter.
    • Diluted loss per share was $0.48, compared to a diluted loss per share of $0.65 for the same period last year and compared to a diluted loss per share of $3.37 in the prior quarter.
  • Cash flow used for operating activities was $2.3 million, compared to cash flow used for operating activities of $16.3 million for the same period last year and compared to cash flow used for operating activities of $3.5 million in the prior quarter. The variance compared to the prior quarter was principally due to lower selling, general and administrative expenses and improved working capital management.

CEO Comment

"I am satisfied with the quarterly results as we continue to make progress on positioning the company for future profitable growth," stated Joel Trammell, President and CEO.

Federal Business Sale

On August 17, 2018, the Company executed a definitive agreement to sell its Federal IT services business to a private equity firm for $75.0 million.  The transaction is expected to close by August 31, 2018.  Please see the Company’s Form 8-K for further details regarding the transaction.

Earnings Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time today, August 20, 2018. Joel Trammell, President and Chief Executive Officer, will host the call. To listen only to the live webcast, access the event at http://investor.blackbox.com/events.cfm. To participate in the teleconference, dial  877-303-3145  (USA) or  253-237-1194  (International) approximately 15 minutes prior to the starting time and ask to be connected to conference 3779195. A replay of the audio webcast will be available at http://investor.blackbox.com/events.cfm for a limited period of time.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading digital solutions provider dedicated to helping customers design, build, manage and secure their IT infrastructure. Black Box delivers high-value products and services through its global presence and 3,228 team members. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.
Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks of BB Technologies, Inc.

For more details, view the official investor press release.

For Investor Relations Inquiries:

Black Box Corporation
David J. Russo
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 
Phone: (724) 873-6788
Email: investors@blackbox.com

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