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WIRELESS TELECOM GROUP ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2020:

Net revenues of $9,429,000
Gross Profit of $4,428,000, or 47.0%
Net loss of $1,147,000
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA loss of $308,000
March 31, 2020 customer order backlog of $4,901,000

Parsippany, New Jersey, May 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. (NYSE American: WTT) (the “Company”) announced today results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Tim Whelan, CEO of Wireless Telecom Group, Inc., commented, “Our Q1 financial results were in line with our expectations and reflected declines from weak bookings exiting 2019. Despite lower revenue, our cost reductions and supply chain management efforts helped us improve our gross margins.” Whelan added, “Like so many companies, we saw a softening in new bookings and revenues in the last weeks of March which we believe are attributable to the impact of COVID-19. The adverse impact of the pandemic on the U.S. and global economies is being felt and we may continue to encounter interruptions in supply chain and customers’ businesses in coming months impacting orders and project progression. That said, we are encouraged by the increase of approximately $1 million to our backlog compared to year-end, and we are confident in our product roadmap for the remainder of 2020. We are pleased to report continued interest in our full suite of 4G and 5G software offerings and a new customer win in May 2020 for CommAgility 4G software for a transportation network application. Last, we have made a number of adjustments to our operations for our employees’ well-being, and we are especially thankful for their resilience, innovation and dedication to our mission as we continue to serve our customers as an essential business during these challenging times.”

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company reported consolidated net revenues of $9,429,000, compared to $13,032,000 for the same period in 2019, a decrease of 27.6%. Network Solutions revenue decreased 25.7% on fewer large projects and Embedded Solutions revenue decreased 66.8% on lower sales of digital signal processing hardware. This was offset by an increase of 23.6% in Test and Measurement revenue driven by the inclusion of $970,000 of revenue from the acquired Holzworth business. Holzworth results are included from the date of acquisition, February 7, 2020. We believe that part of the revenue decrease was related to COVID-19 issues at our customers and suppliers.

The Company also reported consolidated gross profit of $4,428,000, or 47.0% of revenue, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $5,727,000 or 43.9% of revenue, for the same period in 2019. The improvement in gross profit margin was due to higher margin sales at Network Solutions and the favorable impact of cost reductions made between November 2019 and February 2020.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company reported consolidated operating expenses of $5,782,000, compared to $6,125,000 for the same period in 2019, a decrease of $343,000, or 5.6%. The decrease in consolidated operating expenses is comprised of a $700,000 decrease in expenses across all three segments due primarily to cost reduction activities offset by the inclusion of Holzworth operating expenses of approximately $400,000 from the date of acquisition.

The net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was $1,147,000, compared to a net loss of $344,000 for the same period in 2019.

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 was a loss of $308,000, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $353,000 for the same period in 2019. The decrease in non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA from the prior year is attributable to the decrease in revenues, which was partially offset by improved gross margins and lower expenses. The Company’s explanation of Adjusted EBITDA and the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss are set out below in this press release.

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had consolidated cash of $3.2 million, short term debt of $2.0 million and $7.4 million of long-term debt net of debt discounts under our new term loan facility with Muzinich BDC. Borrowing availability under our asset-based revolver was approximately $1.7 million as of March 31, 2020 and is determined monthly, calculated as a percentage of our eligible accounts receivable and inventory. On May 4, 2020 the Company received $2.0 million pursuant to a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) administered by the Small Business Association. No payments are due for the first 6 months, although interest accrues, and monthly payments are due over the next 24 months to retire the loan plus accrued interest. Funds from the loan may only be used for certain purposes, including payroll, health benefits, rent and utilities, and a portion of the loan used to pay certain costs may be forgivable, all as provided by the terms of the PPP. We expect borrowings from the PPP loan, borrowings available to us under our revolving credit facility, our existing cash balance and cash generated by operations will be sufficient to meet our liquidity needs for the next twelve months.

Conference Call

As previously announced, Wireless Telecom Group Inc. will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET in which management will discuss first quarter results and related matters. To participate in the conference call, dial 800-346-7359 or 973-528-0008. The conference identification number is 512854. The call will also be webcast over the internet at the following URL:

https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1690/34713

A replay will be made available on the Wireless Telecom website for a limited period of time following the conference call.

Contact: Mike Kandell
(973) 386-9696

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management believes, however, that certain non-GAAP financial measures used in managing the Company’s business may provide users of this financial information with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and prior reported results. Certain of the information set forth herein and certain of the information presented by the Company from time to time may constitute non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission. We have presented herein a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. The non-GAAP measures presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. The foregoing measures do not serve as a substitute and should not be construed as a substitute for GAAP performance, but provide supplemental information concerning our performance that our investors and we find useful.

The Company defines EBITDA as its net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. “Adjusted EBITDA” is EBITDA excluding our stock compensation expense, restructuring charges, acquisition expenses, integration expenses, unrealized and realized foreign exchange gains and losses, purchase accounting adjustments, non-recurring legal fees associated with the Harris arbitration and other non-recurring costs. A reconciliation of net income to non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA is included as an attachment to this press release.

GAAP operating expenses (“GAAP opex”) includes research and development expenses, sales and marketing expenses and general and administrative expenses. The Company defines non-GAAP Operating Expenses (“Non-GAAP Opex”) as GAAP opex excluding stock compensation expense, restructuring charges, acquisition expenses, integration expenses, depreciation and amortization expense, non-recurring legal fees associated with the Harris arbitration and other non-recurring costs and expenses.

The Company views Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP Opex as important indicators of performance, consistent with the manner in which management measures and forecasts the Company’s performance. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is an important performance metric because it facilitates the analysis of our results, exclusive of certain non-cash and non-recurring items, including items which do not directly correlate to our business operations.

The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Non GAAP Opex metrics provide qualitative insight into our current performance; we use these measures to evaluate our results, the performance of our management team and our management’s entitlement to incentive compensation; and we believe that making this information available to investors enables them to view our performance the way that we view our performance and thereby gain a meaningful understanding of our core operating results, in general, and from period to period.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In some cases, such forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as believe, expect, seek, may, will, intend, project, anticipate, plan, estimate, guidance or similar words. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding expectations that as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the Company may continue to encounter interruptions in supply chain and customers’ businesses in the coming months impacting orders and project progression; and that borrowings from the PPP loan, borrowings available to us under our revolver credit facility, our existing cash balance and cash generated by operations will be sufficient to meet our liquidity needs for the next twelve months. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results, including, among others, the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on customer orders, supply chain and the Company’s operations; the ability of the Company to obtain forgiveness of the PPP loan pursuant to the CARES Act and provisions of the PPP; the demand for private 4G LTE and 5G private networks; the loss of any significant customers of the Company; the ability of management to successfully implement the Company’s business plan and strategy; management’s ability to integrate the Holzworth business successfully; the impact of competitive products and pricing; as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 as supplemented and revised by the risks and uncertainties set forth in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise, as except as required by law.

About Wireless Telecom Group, Inc.

Wireless Telecom Group, Inc., comprised of Boonton, CommAgility, Holzworth, Microlab and Noisecom, is a global designer and manufacturer of advanced RF and microwave components, modules, systems, and instruments. Serving the wireless, telecommunication, satellite, military, aerospace, semiconductor and medical industries, Wireless Telecom Group products enable innovation across a wide range of traditional and emerging wireless technologies. With a unique set of high-performance products including peak power meters, signal generators, phase noise analyzers, signal processing modules, LTE PHY/stack software, power splitters and combiners, GPS repeaters, public safety components, noise sources, and programmable noise generators, Wireless Telecom Group enables the development, testing, and deployment of wireless technologies around the globe. Wireless Telecom Group is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, in the New York City metropolitan area, and maintains a global network of Sales and Service offices for excellent product service and support. Wireless Telecom Group’s website address is http://www.wirelesstelecomgroup.com.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share amounts, Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended 
  March 31 
  2020  2019 
NET REVENUES $9,429  $13,032 
         
COST OF REVENUES  5,001   7,305 
         
GROSS PROFIT  4,428   5,727 
         
Operating Expenses        
Research and Development  1,578   1,714 
Sales and Marketing  1,717   1,937 
General and Administrative  2,487   2,474 
Total Operating Expenses  5,782   6,125 
         
Operating Loss  (1,354)  (398)
         
Other Income  239   31 
Interest Expense  (225)  (115)
         
Loss Before Taxes  (1,340)  (482)
         
Tax Benefit  (193)  (138)
         
Net Loss $(1,147) $(344)
         
Other Comprehensive Income/(Loss):        
Foreign Currency Translation Adjustments  (935)  305 
Comprehensive Loss $(2,082) $(39)
         
Loss Per Share:        
Basic $(0.05) $(0.02)
Diluted $(0.05) $(0.02)
         
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:        
Basic  21,398   20,973 
Diluted  21,398   20,973 

In periods with a net loss, the basic loss per share equals the diluted loss per share as all common stock equivalents are excluded from the per share calculation because they are anti-dilutive.

 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(In thousands, except number of shares and par value)

  (Unaudited)    
  March 31
2020
  December 31
2019
 
CURRENT ASSETS        
Cash & Cash Equivalents $3,205  $4,245 
Accounts Receivable - net of reserves of $64 and $69, respectively  6,548   6,152 
Inventories - net of reserves of $978 and $969, respectively  8,600   7,325 
Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets  1,981   1,871 
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS  20,334   19,593 
         
PROPERTY PLANT AND EQUIPMENT - NET  2,100   2,147 
         
OTHER ASSETS        
Goodwill  13,550   10,069 
Acquired Intangible Assets, net  6,297   2,219 
Deferred Income Taxes  6,045   6,013 
Right Of Use Assets  2,096   1,436 
Other  820   874 
TOTAL OTHER ASSETS  28,808   20,611 
         
TOTAL ASSETS $51,242  $42,351 
         
CURRENT LIABILITIES        
Short Term Debt $2,040  $2,696 
Accounts Payable  2,550   2,227 
Short Term Leases  533   440 
Accrued Expenses and Other Current Liabilities  5,251   2,657 
Deferred Revenue  60   42 
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES  10,434   8,062 
         
LONG TERM LIABILITIES        
Long Term Debt  7,347   - 
Long Term Leases  1,606   1,018 
Other Long Term Liabilities  103   77 
Deferred Tax Liability  472   503 
TOTAL LONG TERM LIABILITIES  9,528   1,598 
         
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES        
         
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Preferred Stock, $.01 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized, none issued  -   - 
Common Stock, $.01 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized
34,835,571 and 34,488,252 shares issued, 21,647,571 and 21,300,252 shares outstanding
  348   345 
Additional Paid in Capital  49,756   49,062 
Retained Earnings  5,995   7,142 
Treasury Stock at Cost, 13,188,000 shares  (24,535)  (24,509)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income  (284)  651 
TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY  31,280   32,691 
         
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY $51,242  $42,351 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands, unaudited)

  For the Three Months 
  Ended March 31 
  2020  2019 
CASH FLOWS USED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES        
Net Loss $(1,147) $(344)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used by operating activities:        
Depreciation and Amortization  524   549 
Amortization of Debt Issuance Fees  63   16 
Share-based Compensation Expense  81   209 
Deferred Rent  (7)  (6)
Deferred Income Taxes  (32)  (159)
Provision for Doubtful Accounts  (5)  18 
Inventory Reserves  21   47 
Changes in Assets and Liabilities, Net of Acquisition:        
Accounts Receivable  58   (3,456)
Inventories  (127)  (916)
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets  355   792 
Accounts Payable  230   1,888 
Payment of Contingent Consideration  -   (772)
Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities  (143)  (1,235)
Net Cash Used by Operating Activities  (129)  (3,369)
         
CASH FLOWS USED BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES        
Capital Expenditures  (51)  (128)
Acquisition of Business, Net of Cash Acquired  (7,189)  (426)
Net Cash Used by Investing Activities  (7,240)  (554)
         
CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES        
Revolver Borrowings  8,073   9,788 
Revolver Repayments  (8,471)  (7,715)
Term Loan Borrowings  8,400   - 
Term Loan Repayments  (363)  (38)
Debt Issuance Fees  (1,056)  - 
Payment of Contingent Consideration  -   (782)
Shares Withheld for Employee Taxes  (26)  - 
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities  6,557   1,253 
         
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents  (228)  112 
NET INCREASE/(DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS  (1,040)  (2,558)
         
Cash and Cash Equivalents, at Beginning of Period  4,245   5,015 
         
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, AT END OF PERIOD $3,205  $2,457 
         
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:        
Cash Paid During the Period for Interest $146  $41 
Cash Paid During the Period for Income Taxes $28  $26 

 NET REVENUE AND GROSS PROFIT BY SEGMENT
(In thousands, Unaudited)

  Three months ended March 31, 
  Revenue  % of Revenue  Change 
  2020  2019  2020  2019  Amount  Pct. 
Network Solutions $4,276  $5,758   45.4%  44.2% $(1,482)  -25.7%
Test and Measurement  3,745   3,030   39.7%  23.3%  715   23.6%
Embedded Solutions  1,408   4,244   14.9%  32.5%  (2,836)  -66.8%
Total Net Revenues $9,429  $13,032   100.0%  100.0% $(3,603)  -27.6%


  Three months ended March 31, 
  Gross Profit  Gross Profit %  Change 
  2020  2019  2020  2019  Amount  Pct. 
Network Solutions $1,943  $2,389   45.4%  41.5% $(446)  -18.7%
Test and Measurement  1,904   1,569   50.8%  51.8%  335   21.4%
Embedded Solutions  581   1,769   41.3%  41.7%  (1,188)  -67.2%
Total Gross Profit $4,428  $5,727   47.0%  43.9% $(1,299)  -22.7%

 RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP EBITDA AND NON-GAAP ADJUSTED EBITDA
(In thousands, Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended 
  March 31 
  2020  2019 
GAAP Net Loss, as reported $(1,147) $(345)
Tax Provision/(Benefit)  (193)  (138)
Depreciation and Amortization Expense  524   549 
Interest Expense  225   115 
Non-GAAP EBITDA  (591)  181 
Stock Compensation  81   209 
Merger and Acquisition/Integration  191   - 
Restructuring Costs  74   - 
Inventory Impairment Recovery  -   (2)
US GAAP Purchase Accounting  176   - 
FX (Gain)/Loss  (239)  (35)
Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA $(308) $353 

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP OPEX TO NON-GAAP OPEX
(In thousands, Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended 
  March 31 
  2020  2019 
GAAP Opex $5,783  $6,125 
Stock Compensation  (81)  (209)
Merger and Acquisition/Integration  (191)  - 
Restructuring Costs  (74)  - 
US GAAP Purchase Accounting  (100)  - 
Depreciation & Amortization (ex. COGS)  (445)  (474)
Non GAAP Opex $4,892  $5,442