Woodcliff Lake, NJ, August 3, 2015—I.D. Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDSY), a leading provider of wireless solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things, reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.
Second Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights
- Revenue decreased 13% to $9.9 million from $11.4 million in the second quarter of 2014, primarily due to a 32% decrease in vehicle management systems (VMS) revenue as the company transitioned sales and deployments to its new VAC4 product and pricing model. The decline was partially offset by a 16% increase in service revenue totaling $4.9 million, which was primarily the result of higher revenue from VMS services associated with the new pricing.
- Recurring revenue increased 4% to $4.7 million, or 47% of total revenue in the second quarter, as compared to $4.5 million, or 39% of total revenue in the year-ago quarter. The transition to VMS solutions based on a recurring revenue model is expected to continue to increase recurring revenue.
- Gross margin was 42% compared to 45% in the second quarter of 2014. The year-over-year decrease was primarily attributable to higher VMS installation costs and the VAC4 SaaS-based pricing model, which has a lower upfront price. As illustrated by the sequential improvement from Q1 2015, gross margin is expected to continue to improve as unit sales increase and customers sign long-term higher margin service contracts.
- Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased 10% to $6.2 million from $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2014. The increase was primarily due to higher payroll-related expenses and stock-based compensation expense, partially offset by lower amortization expenses. Also, the company made the strategic decision to invest the time and training required to retune VAC4 and make it a more universally deployable product.
- Research and development expenses decreased 17% to $1.1 million from $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, primarily due to the completion of several product development-related ‘I.D. Systems 2.0’ initiatives.
- Excluding stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, and other non-recurring items, non-GAAP net loss totaled $2.6 million, or $(0.21) per basic and diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net loss of $1.1 million, or $(0.09) per basic and diluted share, in the same period a year ago.
- Net loss totaled $3.1 million, or $(0.25) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million, or $(0.14) per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of 2014.
- As of June 30, 2015, the company had $6.9 million in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, and no debt, which is down $4.1 million from the previous quarter end. However, the company’s refocused go-to-market strategy described below is aimed at increasing sales in the second half in order to reduce inventory, which, when combined with the decrease in headcount and expected collections on existing accounts receivable, the company expects to reduce its cash consumption.
“While we are clearly disappointed with our results for the quarter, it is important to explain the context,” said I.D. Systems chairman and CEO, Kenneth Ehrman. “Although we expanded our salesforce during the past two quarters while simultaneously investing in VAC4 implementations for a few of our largest customers, it became apparent that we are best served focusing primarily on our larger customers for direct sales. Historically, we have sold millions of dollars of products and services to several large enterprise customers like Walmart, Ford and U.S. Postal Service, whereby the relationship is mutually valuable and we can rationalize deploying substantial support on their behalf. At the other end, those customers with smaller implementations still require upfront support. Our investments and confidence in our channel partners’ ability to better serve this segment of our market will allow us to focus on those large accounts where we have historically delivered full solutions and support. We will still deliver world-class solutions to our other customers, and are highly confident that our excellent channel partners will provide the requisite support they require.
“As a consequence of these decisions, we have streamlined our sales and marketing functions to focus on only the larger opportunities in the market, effectively providing robust and full implementation, support and solutions in partnership with our customers. We therefore reduced our sales team and other positions, representing a 20% reduction in overall headcount, and are working in concert with our channel partners, where they will provide the implementation and support functions. We have reduced those costs associated with the broader part of our strategy, as well as other unnecessary overhead. Altogether, we believe we can drive higher revenue growth, higher revenue-per-employee, as well as sustainable profitability for our shareholders.
“We also invested additional resources to ensure our initial VAC4 customer installations were successful. This effort also took away from our ability to go-to-market effectively, which contributed to the revenue decline in the second quarter. We believe we have the correct products, structure and partners to effectively and profitably serve this large and growing market.
“We are already seeing positive signs from current and prospective customers to our new go-to-market approach, demonstrated by our recent selection by a Fortune 50 company to be their North American telemetry partner. Their choice of I.D. Systems not only supports our new direction, but also validates how our solutions meet the enterprise needs of the world’s largest corporations. We are also seeing revitalized interest from the rental car market, as demonstrated by a new development engagement initiated during the second quarter by Avis Budget Group, a Fortune 500 company and owner of Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network.
“Along with the benefits from our ‘2.0’ initiative, we expect our new approach to the market and the reduction in headcount to reduce our operating costs by $4 million annually. These savings, together with our refocused go-to-market strategy are intended to boost sales among larger customers and improve our financial results for the second half of the year.”
Second Quarter 2015 Operational Highlights
- I.D. Systems received purchase orders with five-year service contracts for initial system deployments with new customers, including, for transportation asset management (TAM) products, Roly’s Trucking and Logistics One, and for VMS solutions, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas—the seventh Toyota manufacturing plant in North America to deploy I.D. Systems’ technology for industrial vehicle fleets.
- The company earned repeat business from core end users, including American Airlines, Ashley Furniture, Avis Budget Group, CH Robinson, Detroit Diesel, Duncan and Son Lines, Ford Motor Company, Fritz Winter, Frontier Transportation, John Deere, Knight Transportation, Koch Trucking, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Sonoco, Toyota, US Trailer Holdings, the U.S. Postal Service, and Walmart.
- Received purchase orders from VMS channel partners for end users across a diverse range of industries, including automotive, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, grocery, healthcare, heavy equipment, retail and tobacco.
- Released a new version of its Powerfleet® Vision application software, and continued to develop a next-generation VMS software platform, which is scheduled for release by the end of 2015.
- Completed the full commercial release of a dry van trailer tracking system with patented cargo and door/light sensing system. The system passed a series of stringent customer field tests, which helped refine the sensitivity and settings of the system.
- Continued to refine and improve analytics software tools, backend system hosting capabilities, and ERP systems to better support the company’s enterprise and hosted customers and to better streamline operations.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allowed I.D. Systems’ application for its fourth patent pertaining to wireless rental car management. The patent covers a method to control vehicle access remotely, enabling a vehicle-mounted device to communicate wirelessly with smart phones to allow authorized renters to unlock the doors and energize the vehicle.
Investor Conference Call
Management will discuss the results of operations and business outlook on a conference call later today (August 3, 2015) at 4:45 p.m. Eastern time (1:45 p.m. Pacific time). I.D. Systems CEO Kenneth Ehrman and CFO Ned Mavrommatis will host the call, followed by a question and answer period.
The conference call will be broadcast live via the Investors section of the company’s website at www.powerfleet.com. To listen to the live call, go to the website at least 10 minutes early to download and install any necessary audio software.
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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