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pdvWireless Reports Third Quarter Results

  (February 06, 2018)

WOODLAND PARK, N.J., Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- pdvWireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: PDVW), a wireless communications carrier focused on utilizing its spectrum assets to develop and offer next generation network and mobile communication solutions to critical infrastructure and enterprise customers, reported today its third quarter results for the period ended December 31, 2017.

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Financial Results



Revenue for the Company's third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2017 was $1.6 million compared with $1.3 million in the same period of the prior year.

The net loss for the Company's third fiscal quarter was ($5.7 million), or ($0.40) per share, versus a net loss of ($7.3 million), or ($0.51) per share, for the similar period of the prior year.

Revenue for the nine months ended December 31, 2017 was $4.6 million compared with $3.5 million for the same period of the prior year.

The net loss for the nine months ended December 31, 2017 was ($21.8 million), or ($1.51) per share, versus a net loss of ($25.2 million), or ($1.75) per share, for the similar period of the prior year.

The Company's revenue for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2017 continued to principally represent its historical software-as-a-service ("SaaS") business. The increases in revenue for those periods, however, in comparison to the revenue for the same periods of the prior year, were primarily from growth in its DispatchPlus business. 

Cost of revenue for the three months and nine months ended December 31, 2017 was $2.0 million and $5.6 million, respectively, an increase of approximately 10% over each of the prior fiscal year's comparable periods. The increased cost of revenue for both the three and nine-month periods primarily reflect the greater costs to maintain and operate the Company's DispatchPlus networks.

Total operating expenses of $7.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $0.9 million, or 13%, higher than the three months ended December 31, 2016.  The increase was primarily attributable to a $0.6 million increase in general and administrative expenses which includes costs associated with the Company's regulatory initiatives resulting from higher headcount and professional fees.  Total operating expenses of $22.1 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2017 decreased by $1.5 million, or 7%, from the prior year period. The decrease reflects lower general and administrative costs, which decreased by $2.7 million, partially offset by higher sales and support costs. The lower general and administrative costs were mainly the result of the higher costs in the prior year period associated with the Company's FirstNet bid. 

For the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded a non-cash tax benefit of $2.8 million, or $0.19 per share, related to the passage of Public Law 115-97 ("Tax Cuts and Jobs Act") on December 22, 2017 which reduced the statutory federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter ended December 31, 2017 was negative ($5.9 million) versus negative ($5.5 million) for the similar period of the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended December 31, 2017 was negative ($17.1 million) versus negative ($20.0 million) for the nine months ended December 31, 2016.

John C. Pescatore, President and CEO of pdvWireless, commented, "Momentum continued in the third quarter, notably with additional support for our proposal being filed on the record of the FCC's 900 MHz Notice of Inquiry.  We view these additional filings as a reflection of the solid progress we are making with our proposal to modernize the band to accommodate the future deployment of broadband solutions, and believe that the record is ripe for consideration by the FCC. Additionally, I'm pleased to announce that Jack Markell, former two term Governor of the State of Delaware and wireless industry innovator, has joined pdvWireless as a Senior Advisor to the executive team and will assist the Company in achieving its regulatory objectives and overall business strategy goals. His extensive experience and track record in both the public and private sector makes him a unique and vital resource for our Company and we are very happy to have him on our team."

Strong Cash Position    

The Company has a strong cash position, with $104.2 million in available cash as of December 31, 2017, a decrease of $19.8 million from March 31, 2017. The decrease reflects the Company's continued development of its DispatchPlus business and investments in the pursuit of other business and spectrum initiatives.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 4:45 p.m. EDT today, February 6, 2018, to discuss its third quarter fiscal year 2018 financial results and update investors on its strategic initiatives. Investors in the United States can participate in the earnings call by dialing into the conference line at 888-267-2845 and using the conference code 691684. The earnings call will be available for replay until February 20, 2018 and can be accessed through the pdvWireless Investor Relations website at http://corp.pdvwireless.com/investors/events/.  

About pdvWireless

pdvWireless, Inc. is a private wireless communications carrier focused on utilizing its spectrum assets to develop and offer next generation network and mobile communication solutions to critical infrastructure and enterprise customers.  It is the largest holder of licensed nationwide spectrum in the 900 MHz band in the United States and is pursuing regulatory actions that seek to modernize a portion of the 900 MHz band to accommodate the future deployment of broadband technologies and services.  pdvWireless operates private push-to-talk ("PTT") networks in major markets throughout the United States and, by combining its PTT services with its patented and industry-validated SaaS technology, is improving team communication and field documentation across a wide array of industries, including transportation, distribution, construction, hospitality, waste management and field service. pdvWireless' mobile workforce applications increase the productivity of field-based workers and the efficiency of their dispatch and call center operations.  pdvWireless' Chairman, Brian McAuley, and Vice Chairman, Morgan O'Brien, were the co-founders of Nextel Communications and have over 60 years of combined experience in two-way radio operations and successfully developing regulatory driven spectrum initiatives to address the unmet wireless communications needs of businesses. pdvWireless is headquartered in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release and the information contained herein present a non-GAAP financial measure, Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes certain amounts. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) with adjustments for depreciation and amortization, depreciation – cost of revenue, interest income (expense)-net, other income (expense)-net, income taxes and stock-based compensation. The Company has included below a reconciliation of net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, to Adjusted EBITDA. The Company's management uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the Company's performance and provides this financial measure to investors as a supplement to the Company's reported results because management believes this information provides additional insight into the Company's operating performance by disregarding certain nonrecurring or non-cash items or items that are not reflective of the day-to-day offering of its services. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or as superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the Company's financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and any reconciliation to those financial statements should be carefully evaluated. This non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined under the Federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the regulatory status and timing of the Company's initiatives and related activities involving the FCC, the Company's spectrum and other business initiatives and opportunities and the Company's DispatchPlus business and its sales and marketing initiatives. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on the Company's current expectations, but are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause its actual future results to differ materially from its current expectations or those implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (i) the Company's spectrum initiatives and its related activities involving the FCC that the Company is pursuing with the goal of modernizing and realigning the 900 MHz spectrum band to increase its usability and capacity, including the potential future deployment of broadband and other advanced technologies and services, may not be successful on a timely basis or at all, and may require significant time and attention from its senior management team and the expenditure of significant resources; (ii) the Company may not be successful in identifying, developing and commercializing network and mobile communication solutions utilizing its current and future spectrum and commercially available technologies; (iii) the Company has a limited operating history with respect to its recently launched DispatchPlus business; (iv) the Company has had net losses each year since its inception and may not achieve or maintain profitability in the future; (v) the Company's indirect sales model may not be successful; (vi) the market for the Company's DispatchPlus service may not prove to be as large as originally anticipated and/or it may be more difficult for the Company to obtain customers for its DispatchPlus service than it initially expected; (vii) the wireless communication industry is highly competitive and the Company may not be able to compete successfully; and (viii) government regulation could adversely affect the Company's business and prospects. These and other factors that may affect the Company's future results or operations are identified and described in more detail in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on June 6, 2017, its Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, filed with the SEC on August 8, 2017   and its Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on February 6, 2018. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by applicable law, the Company does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results, later events or circumstances or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Investor Relations Contacts:

Natasha Vecchiarelli 
Director of Corporate Communications 
pdvWireless, Inc. 
973-531-4397 
nvecchiarelli@pdvwireless.com 

 

pdvWireless, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(dollars in thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

















Three months ended


Nine months ended



December 31,


December 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016

Operating revenues













Service revenue


$

1,232


$

976


$

3,500


$

2,627

Spectrum lease revenue



182



182



547



547

Other revenue



187



177



532



349

Total operating revenues



1,601



1,335



4,579



3,523

Cost of revenue













Sales and service



2,016



1,832



5,628



5,091

Gross loss



(415)



(497)



(1,049)



(1,568)

Operating expenses













General and administrative



5,464



4,847



15,340



18,069

Sales and support



1,619



1,421



5,009



3,857

Product development



592



539



1,772



1,734

Total operating expenses



7,675



6,807



22,121



23,660

Loss from operations



(8,090)



(7,304)



(23,170)



(25,228)

Interest expense



(1)



(1)



(2)



(4)

Interest income



197



25



494



73

Other income (expense)



(9)



(8)



(29)



(13)

Loss before income taxes



(7,903)



(7,288)



(22,707)



(25,172)

Income tax benefit



(2,181)





(875)



Net loss


$

(5,722)


$

(7,288)


$

(21,832)


$

(25,172)

Net loss per common share basic and diluted


$

(0.40)


$

(0.51)


$

(1.51)


$

(1.75)

Weighted-average common shares used to compute basic
  and diluted net loss per share



14,451,313



14,396,212



14,445,627



14,385,002

 

The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to the Company's GAAP disclosure of net loss.





























Three months ended


Nine months ended



December 31,


December 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016

Adjusted EBITDA:













Net Loss


$

(5,722)


$

(7,288)


$

(21,832)


$

(25,172)

Income tax benefit



(2,181)





(875)



Interest income (expense) - net



(196)



(24)



(492)



(69)

Other income (expense) - net



9



8



29



13

Depreciation - Cost of revenue



659



540



1,913



1,486

Depreciation and amortization - Operating expenses



70



45



190



138

Stock-based compensation expense



1,483



1,198



3,998



3,637














ADJUSTED EBITDA


$

(5,878)


$

(5,521)


$

(17,069)


$

(19,967)

 

 

pdvWireless, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands, except for share data)




December 31,


March 31,



2017


2017



(Unaudited)




ASSETS

Current Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

104,244


$

124,083

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $63 and $53



764



636

Inventory



125



128

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



1,434



874

Total current assets



106,567



125,721

Property and equipment



13,356



14,509

Intangible assets



106,606



104,676

Capitalized patent costs, net



201



210

Other assets



578



370

Total assets


$

227,308


$

245,486

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities







Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

3,949


$

3,399

Accounts payable - officers



40



36

Current portion of note payable



497



497

Deferred revenue



807



789

Total current liabilities



5,293



4,721

Noncurrent liabilities







Deferred revenue



4,449



5,033

Deferred income taxes



5,623



6,498

Other liabilities



2,135



1,338

Total liabilities



17,500



17,590

Commitments and contingencies







Stockholders' equity







Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized
and no shares outstanding at December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017





Common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, 100,000,000 shares
authorized and 14,469,237 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 and 14,358,564 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017



1



1

Additional paid-in capital



334,310



330,566

Accumulated deficit



(124,503)



(102,671)

Total stockholders' equity



209,808



227,896

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

227,308


$

245,486

 

 

pdvWireless, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Nine months



December 31,



2017


2016

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES







Net loss


$

(21,832)


$

(25,172)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used by operating activities







Depreciation and amortization



2,103



1,626

Non-cash compensation expense attributable to stock awards



3,998



3,637

Deferred income taxes



(875)



Bad debt expense



26



43

Loss on disposal of assets



36



Changes in operating assets and liabilities







Accounts receivable



(153)



(384)

Inventory



3



49

Prepaid expenses and other assets



(769)



(327)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses



550



51

Accounts payable - officers



4



(28)

Deferred revenue



(565)



(598)

Other liabilities



568



502

Net cash flows used by operating activities



(16,906)



(20,601)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES







Purchases of intangible assets



(1,930)



(504)

Purchases of equipment



(749)



(1,671)

Payments for patent costs





(1)

Net cash used by investing activities



(2,679)



(2,176)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES







Proceeds from stock option exercise



234



Taxes withheld and paid on employee stock awards



(488)



Net cash used by financing activities



(254)



Net change in cash and cash equivalents



(19,839)



(22,777)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS







Beginning of the period



124,083



153,463

End of the period


$

104,244


$

130,686

 

 

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