- Revenue increased to a fourth-quarter record $12.7 million, up 12% from $11.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to increased sales of industrial vehicle management systems (VMS) and transportation asset management (TAM) products, which grew 11% and 15%, respectively, from the fourth quarter of 2013.
- Recurring revenue was $4.5 million, or 35% of total revenue, compared to $4.5 million, or 40% of total revenue, in the same period a year ago. Recurring revenue was lower as a percentage of total revenue due to an increase in non-recurring VMS revenue compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.
- Gross margin was 35% compared to 30% in the same period a year ago. In the fourth quarter of 2014, gross margin was impacted by non-recurring discounts on a TAM product warranty extension and spare parts program as part of a $14 million contract extension with Walmart, as well as by the sale of approximately 1,000 VMS units under the company’s newly adopted recurring service model. In both cases, the company expects the initial lower product margins to be offset by higher service margins over the course of the associated multi-year contracts. In the fourth quarter of 2013, gross margin was impacted by a non-cash, non-recurring inventory reserve charge, due to the company’s newest generation of wireless technology rendering older products obsolete.
- Research and development expenses were $2.4 million, compared to $1.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to a non-recurring investment in “I.D. Systems 2.0,” the company’s strategic initiative aimed at building quality, repeatable, scalable processes to support its goals for revenue growth and profitability. This initiative was concluded in the fourth quarter of 2014.
- Selling, general and administrative expenses were $6.3 million, compared to $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to incentive compensation expenses associated with achievement of the company’s target revenue plan.
- Excluding stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, and non-recurring items, non-GAAP net loss totaled $3.2 million, or $(0.27) per basic and diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $0.2 million, or $(0.01) per basic and diluted share, in the fourth quarter in 2013. The non-recurring items affecting these results were a $0.4 million loss on settlement of a finance receivable with Avis Budget Group in the fourth quarter 2014 and a $2.1 million inventory reserve charge in the fourth quarter of 2013.
- Net loss totaled $4.6 million, or $(0.38) per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss of $3.1 million, or $(0.26) per basic and diluted share, in the fourth quarter a year ago.
- As of December 31, 2014, the company had $13.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, and no debt.
Fourth Quarter 2014 Operational Highlights
- I.D. Systems shipped substantial quantities of four new products—the commercialization of which the company believes was accelerated by the company’s “I.D. Systems 2.0” initiative—including three new TAM products for managing intermodal containers, chassis and dry vans, and approximately 1,000 units of its fourth-generation “VAC4” wireless VMS for industrial trucks.
- Nestlé placed follow-on orders for the company’s Powerfleet® VMS, including the new VAC4 platform with a service-centric pricing model and licenses for I.D. Systems Analytics software, which analyzes the performance of material handling equipment against both enterprise and industry benchmarks. After implementing these systems, Nestlé will have deployed Powerfleet on a cumulative total of more than 2,000 vehicles across more than 60 sites in North America.
- I.D. Systems’ Asset Intelligence subsidiary shipped a record number of new TAM products in the fourth quarter—more than 7,000 units—and received a contract extension for existing units from Walmart, through October 2017, which has a maximum potential value of approximately $14 million.
- I.D. Systems executed a master license agreement with a leading global airline to deploy its AvRamp® VMS on up to 3,000 airport vehicles across as many as seven major U.S. airports. The company received an initial purchase order under this agreement, valued at more than $500,000, to implement AvRamp at one U.S. airport. If the airline elects to order all proposed system elements at all seven airports, the maximum potential aggregate value of the master agreement is over $7 million.
- The company received initial orders from additional new customers with enterprise expansion potential, including a Fortune 500 heavy equipment manufacturer, one of the world’s largest furniture makers, a global logistics services provider, a leading U.S. specialty retailer, and several U.S. trucking companies.
- The company received follow-on purchase orders from other core customers, including American Airlines, Audi, BMW, Bridgestone, Caterpillar, Estenson Logistics, General Electric, General Mills, John Deere, Kellogg’s, Knight Transportation, Procter & Gamble, Swift Transportation, Toyota, the U.S. Postal Service, and Walgreens.
- The company received three industry awards. For the fourth time, I.D. Systems made Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ list of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, based on the company’s 287% revenue growth from 2009 to 2013. I.D. Systems was also named by Food Logistics as one of the top 100 technology solution providers to the food and beverage industry. Finally, CIO Review named I.D. Systems one of the 20 most promising logistics technology solutions providers in the U.S.
Full Year 2014 Financial Results
- Revenue increased 14% to a record $45.6 million from $39.9 million in 2013. The increase was driven primarily by a 23% increase in VMS sales and 5% increase in TAM product sales.
- Recurring revenue was $17.7 million, or 39% of total revenue, compared to $17.7 million, or 44% of total revenue, in 2013. Recurring revenue was a lower percentage of total revenue due primarily to an increase in non-recurring VMS revenue year-over-year.
- Gross margin was 44% compared to 45% in 2013.
- Research and development expenses were $6.6 million, compared to $4.4 million in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to the company’s non-recurring strategic investment in its “I.D. Systems 2.0” strategic initiative, which was concluded in the fourth quarter of 2014.
- Selling, general and administrative expenses were $25.1 million, compared $21.8 million in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to incentive compensation and expenses related to the company’s executive and board of directors changes in 2014.
- Excluding stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, and non-recurring items, non-GAAP net loss totaled $7.6 million, or $(0.63) per basic and diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $2.1 million, or $(0.18) per basic and diluted share, in 2013. The non-recurring items affecting these results were a $0.4 million loss on settlement of a finance receivable with Avis Budget Group in 2014 and a $2.1 million inventory reserve charge in 2013.
- Net loss totaled $11.6 million, or $(0.96) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $7.5 million, or $(0.63) per basic and diluted share, in 2013.
“In 2014 we achieved the primary goals of our ‘I.D. Systems 2.0′ strategic initiative,” said Kenneth Ehrman, I.D. Systems’ chairman and CEO. “We believe our aggressive, focused investments accelerated product development and improved the quality, reliability and scalability of our products and services. Today, we are confident that our ability to produce, deploy and support world-class solutions to meet the growing market demand is significantly stronger than it was a year ago.
“We believe these improvements were critical to the commercial launch of three new TAM products, which helped drive record TAM sales volume of more than 7,000 units in the fourth quarter—our highest volume in any quarter since we acquired our Asset Intelligence subsidiary from General Electric in 2010.
“Our product and service improvements also supported a shift in our VMS go-to-market strategy. We now provide a more service-centric model, with lower upfront hardware prices to stimulate broader market adoption, and recurring service contract fees to generate a more predictable revenue stream with higher long-term margins. Although we expect this new approach to have a near-term negative impact on our revenue and margins in 2015, we expect it to help increase our high-margin recurring service revenue over the longer term.
“To underscore this point, our record fourth quarter revenue of $12.7 million understates the magnitude of the business we booked in the period. The aggregate value of the contracts we executed during the fourth quarter, most of which have three to five year terms, exceeded $33 million.
“Another key metric for I.D. Systems is our expanding penetration of the rapidly growing VMS market. In 2014, we shipped more than 8,500 VMS units, which increased our installed base by almost 20% compared to 2013. As we transition our business to a more service contract-centric model, we expect our revenue growth rate in 2015 to be consistent with 2014. However, we anticipate a more significant year-over-year increase in unit shipments in 2015, which we expect will increase recurring revenue and gross margin in the longer term.
“We believe we have barely scratched the surface of our addressable markets. We estimate there are more than eight million high-value mobile assets of all types worldwide that could benefit from our existing portfolio of patented wireless technology. To capitalize on this untapped opportunity, we plan to continue to invest in I.D. Systems in 2015, focusing on three critical areas: (1) research and development, to refine the quality and reliability of our solutions, particularly to further transition our VMS offering to an I.D. Systems-hosted service; (2) sales and marketing, to aggressively promote our market-leading brand both directly and through key partners, like the Raymond Corporation and Toyota Industrial Equipment; and (3) continuous internal improvement, to make I.D. Systems’ workforce and processes as efficient and effective as they can be to support rapid, scalable growth for our company.”
To supplement its financial statements presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), I.D. Systems provides certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include non-GAAP net income/loss and non-GAAP net income/loss per basic and diluted share. Reference to these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared under current accounting standards, but are not a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors’ overall understanding of I.D. Systems’ current financial performance. Specifically, I.D. Systems believes the non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains and losses that may not be indicative of its core operating results and business outlook. Reconciliation of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release to the nearest GAAP measures can be found in the financial tables included in this press release.
About I.D. Systems
Headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, with subsidiaries in Texas, Germany, and the United Kingdom, I.D. Systems is a leading global provider of wireless solutions for securing, controlling, tracking, and managing high-value enterprise assets, including industrial vehicles, rental cars, trailers, containers, and cargo. The company’s patented technologies address the needs of organizations to monitor and analyze their assets to increase efficiency and productivity, reduce costs, and improve profitability. For more information, please visit www.powerfleet.com.
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