Descartes Announces Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
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Record Revenues and Income from Operations

WATERLOO, Ontario, March 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2021 fourth quarter (Q4FY21) and year (FY21) ended January 31, 2021. All financial results referenced are in United States (US) currency and, unless otherwise indicated, are determined in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

“Descartes is a resilient business designed to deliver results to our customers and shareholders,” said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes’ CEO. “This year, our customers have faced numerous challenges, including supply and demand challenges, travel restrictions, weather events and unique work conditions. Our team of dedicated logistics professionals has done a great job to ensure that the Global Logistics Network was there to help our customers meet and overcome these challenges.”

FY21 Financial Results

As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Descartes’ FY21 included:

  • Revenues of $348.7 million, up 7% from $325.8 million in the same period a year ago (FY20);

  • Revenues were comprised of services revenues of $309.7 million (89% of total revenues), professional services and other revenues of $33.9 million (10% of total revenues) and license revenues of $5.1 million (1% of total revenues). Services revenues were up 9% from $284.7 million in FY20;

  • Cash provided by operating activities of $131.2 million, up 26% from $104.3 million in FY20;

  • Income from operations of $71.4 million, up 37% from $52.3 million in FY20;

  • Net income of $52.1 million, up 41% from $37.0 million in FY20. Net income as a percentage of revenues was 15%, compared to 11% in FY20;

  • Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.61, up 36% from $0.45 in FY20; and

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $142.0 million, up 16% from $122.6 million in FY20. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 41%, compared to 38% in FY20.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a complement to financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation (for which we include related fees and taxes) and other charges (for which we include restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses). These items are considered by management to be outside Descartes’ ongoing operational results. We define Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues as the quotient, expressed as a percentage, from dividing Adjusted EBITDA for a period by revenues for the corresponding period. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income determined in accordance with GAAP is provided later in this release.

The following table summarizes Descartes’ results in the categories specified below over FY21 and FY20 (unaudited, dollar amounts in millions):

FY21

FY20

Revenues

348.7

325.8

Services revenues

309.7

284.7

Gross margin

74%

74%

Cash provided by operating activities

131.2

104.3

Income from operations

71.4

52.3

Net income

52.1

37.0

Net income as a % of revenues

15%

11%

Earnings per diluted share

0.61

0.45

Adjusted EBITDA

142.0

122.6

Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenues

41%

38%

Q4FY21 Financial Results
As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Q4FY21 included:

  • Revenues of $93.4 million, up 11% from $84.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 (Q4FY20) and up 7% from $87.5 million in the previous quarter (Q3FY21);

  • Revenues were comprised of services revenues of $82.7 million (89% of total revenues), professional services and other revenues of $9.3 million (10% of total revenues) and license revenues of $1.4 million (1% of total revenues). Services revenues were up 12% from $73.7 million in Q4FY20 and up 7% from $77.6 million in Q3FY21;

  • Cash provided by operating activities of $36.5 million, up 38% from $26.4 million in Q4FY20 and up 10% from $33.1 million in Q3FY21;

  • Income from operations of $21.9 million, up 61% from $13.6 million in Q4FY20 and up 16% from $18.8 million in Q3FY21;

  • Net income of $17.2 million, up 51% from $11.4 million in Q4FY20 and up 29% from $13.3 million in Q3FY21. Net income as a percentage of revenues was 18%, compared to 14% in Q4FY20 and 15% in Q3FY21;

  • Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.20, up 54% from $0.13 in Q4FY20 and up 33% from $0.15 in Q3FY21; and

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $38.6 million, up 20% from $32.2 million in Q4FY20 and up 6% from $36.4 million in Q3FY21. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 41%, compared to 38% in Q4FY20 and 42% in Q3FY21.

The following table summarizes Descartes’ results in the categories specified below over the past 5 fiscal quarters (unaudited; dollar amounts, other than per share amounts, in millions):

Q4
FY21

Q3
FY21

Q2
FY21

Q1
FY21

Q4
FY20

Revenues

93.4

87.5

84.0

83.7

84.2

Services revenues

82.7

77.6

75.3

74.1

73.7

Gross margin

75%

74%

73%

74%

73%

Cash provided by operating activities

36.5

33.1

34.1

27.5

26.4

Income from operations

21.9

18.8

15.0

15.7

13.6

Net income

17.2

13.3

10.5

11.0

11.4

Net income as a % of revenues

18%

15%

13%

13%

14%

Earnings per diluted share

0.20

0.15

0.12

0.13

0.13

Adjusted EBITDA

38.6

36.4

34.0

33.0

32.2

Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenues

41%

42%

40%

39%

38%

Cash Position
At January 31, 2021, Descartes had $133.7 million in cash. Cash increased $19.3 million in Q4FY21 and increased $89.3 million in FY21. The table set forth below provides a summary of cash flows for Q4FY21 and FY21 in millions of dollars:

Q4FY21

FY21

Cash provided by operating activities

36.5

131.2

Additions to property and equipment

(0.9

)

(3.8

)

Acquisitions of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

(19.0

)

(48.4

)

Proceeds from borrowing on credit facility

-

10.2

Credit facility repayments

(0.7

)

(10.8

)

Issuances of common shares, net of issuance costs

0.2

6.2

Effect of foreign exchange rate on cash

3.2

4.7

Net change in cash

19.3

89.3

Cash, beginning of period

114.4

44.4

Cash, end of period

133.7

133.7

Acquisition of ShipTrack
On November 6, 2020, Descartes acquired all of the shares of ShipTrack Inc. (“ShipTrack”), a provider of cloud-based mobile resource management and shipment tracking solutions. In 2020, ShipTrack was named one of Canada’s Companies-to-Watch in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ awards. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $19.0 million (CAD 25.0 million), net of cash acquired, which was funded from cash on hand. Additional contingent consideration of up to CAD 25.0 million in cash is payable if certain revenue performance targets are met by ShipTrack in the two years following the acquisition.

Acquisition of QuestaWeb
On February 26, 2021, Descartes acquired QuestaWeb, a US-based provider of foreign trade zone (FTZ) and customs compliance solutions. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $36.0 million, net of cash acquired, which was funded from cash on hand.

Conference Call
Members of Descartes’ executive management team will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results today at 5:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Designated numbers are +1 888 465-5079 for North America and +1 416 216-4169 for international, using Passcode 9076129#.

The company will simultaneously conduct an audio webcast on the Descartes Web site at www.descartes.com/descartes/investor-relations. Phone conference dial-in or webcast log-in is required approximately 10 minutes beforehand. A digital replay of the conference call will be available following the call from 8:00 p.m. ET, and until March 10, 2021, at www.descartes.com/descartes/investor-relations.

About Descartes
Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world’s largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at www.descartes.com, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Descartes Investor Contact:
Laurie McCauley +1-519-746-6114 x202358
investor@descartes.com

Safe Harbor Statement
This release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”) that relates to Descartes’ expectations concerning future revenues and earnings, and our projections for any future reductions in expenses or growth in margins and generation of cash; our assessment of the current and future potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, results of operations and financial condition; continued growth and acquisitions including our assessment of any increased opportunity for our products and services as a result of trends in the logistics and supply chain industries; rate of profitable growth; demand for Descartes’ solutions; growth of Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (“GLN”); customer buying patterns; customer expectations of Descartes; development of the GLN and the benefits thereof to customers; and other matters. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions including the following: global shipment volumes continuing at levels generally consistent with those experienced historically; the current COVID-19 pandemic not having a material negative impact on shipment volumes or on the demand for the products and services of Descartes by its customers and the ability of those customers to continue to pay for those products and services; countries continuing to implement and enforce existing and additional customs and security regulations relating to the provision of electronic information for imports and exports; countries continuing to implement and enforce existing and additional trade restrictions and sanctioned party lists with respect to doing business with certain countries, organizations, entities and individuals; Descartes’ continued operation of a secure and reliable business network; the stability of general economic and market conditions, currency exchange rates, and interest rates; equity and debt markets continuing to provide Descartes with access to capital; Descartes’ continued ability to identify and source attractive and executable business combination opportunities; Descartes’ ability to develop solutions that keep pace with the continuing changes in technology, and our continued compliance with third party intellectual property rights. These assumptions may prove to be inaccurate. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Descartes, or developments in Descartes’ business or industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, Descartes’ ability to successfully identify and execute on acquisitions and to integrate acquired businesses and assets, and to predict expenses associated with and revenues from acquisitions; the impact of network failures, information security breaches or other cyber-security threats; disruptions in the movement of freight and a decline in shipment volumes including as a result of contagious illness outbreaks; a deterioration of general economic conditions or instability in the financial markets accompanied by a decrease in spending by our customers; the ability to attract and retain key personnel and the ability to manage the departure of key personnel and the transition of our executive management team; changes in trade or transportation regulations that currently require customers to use services such as those offered by Descartes; changes in customer behaviour and expectations; Descartes’ ability to successfully design and develop enhancements to our products and solutions; departures of key customers; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates; Descartes’ ability to retain or obtain sufficient capital in addition to its debt facility to execute on its business strategy, including its acquisition strategy; disruptions in the movement of freight; the potential for future goodwill or intangible asset impairment as a result of other-than-temporary decreases in Descartes’ market capitalization; and other factors and assumptions discussed in the section entitled, “Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results” in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada, including Descartes’ most recently filed Management’s Discussion and Analysis. If any such risks actually occur, they could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations. In that case, the trading price of our common shares could decline, perhaps materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. We do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues

We prepare and release quarterly unaudited and annual audited financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. We also disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information, used to evaluate our performance, in this and other earnings releases and investor conference calls as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP. We believe that current shareholders and potential investors in our company use non-GAAP financial measures, such as Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, in making investment decisions about our company and measuring our operational results.

The term “Adjusted EBITDA” refers to a financial measure that we define as earnings before certain charges that management considers to be non-operating expenses and which consist of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation (for which we include related fees and taxes) and other charges (for which we include restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses). Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues divides Adjusted EBITDA for a period by the revenues for the corresponding period and expresses the quotient as a percentage.

Management considers these non-operating expenses to be outside the scope of Descartes’ ongoing operations and the related expenses are not used by management to measure operations. Accordingly, these expenses are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA, which we reference to both measure our operations and as a basis of comparison of our operations from period-to-period. Management believes that investors and financial analysts measure our business on the same basis, and we are providing the Adjusted EBITDA financial metric to assist in this evaluation and to provide a higher level of transparency into how we measure our own business. However, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are non-GAAP financial measures and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues should not be construed as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP or other non-GAAP measures that may be used by other companies, such as EBITDA. The use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues does have limitations. In particular, we have completed eight acquisitions since the beginning of fiscal 2020 and may complete additional acquisitions in the future that will result in acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges. As these acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges may continue as we pursue our consolidation strategy, some investors may consider these charges and expenses as a recurring part of operations rather than expenses that are not part of operations.

The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income reported in our unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for FY21 and FY20, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(US dollars in millions)

FY21

FY20

Net income, as reported on Consolidated Statements of Operations

52.1

37.0

Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:

Interest expense

1.2

4.4

Investment income

(0.2

)

(0.2

)

Income tax expense

18.3

11.1

Depreciation expense

5.8

6.0

Amortization of intangible assets

55.9

55.5

Stock-based compensation and related taxes

6.6

5.0

Other charges

2.3

3.8

Adjusted EBITDA

142.0

122.6

Revenues

348.7

325.8

Net income as % of revenues

15

%

11

%

Adjusted EBITDA as % of revenues

41

%

38

%


The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income reported in our unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for Q4FY21, Q3FY21, Q2FY21, Q1FY21, and Q4FY20, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(US dollars in millions)

Q4FY21

Q3FY21

Q2FY21

Q1FY21

Q4FY20

Net income, as reported on Consolidated Statements of Operations

17.2

13.3

10.5

11.0

11.4

Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:

Interest expense

0.3

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.4

Investment income

(0.1

)

-

-

-

(0.1

)

Income tax expense

4.5

5.2

4.2

4.4

1.9

Depreciation expense

1.3

1.5

1.4

1.6

2.9

Amortization of intangible assets

14.1

14.0

14.1

13.7

14.1

Stock-based compensation and related taxes

1.9

1.7

1.8

1.2

1.3

Other charges (recoveries)

(0.6

)

0.5

1.7

0.8

0.3

Adjusted EBITDA

38.6

36.4

34.0

33.0

32.2

Revenues

93.4

87.5

84.0

83.7

84.2

Net income as % of revenues

18

%

15

%

13

%

13

%

14

%

Adjusted EBITDA as % of revenues

41

%

42

%

40

%

39

%

38

%


The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(US dollars in thousands; US GAAP)

January 31,

January 31,

2021

2020

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash

133,661

44,403

Accounts receivable (net)

Trade

37,206

35,118

Other

14,830

7,294

Prepaid expenses and other

16,939

12,984

Inventory

429

411

203,065

100,210

OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS

15,550

13,520

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET

12,089

13,731

RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS

12,165

12,877

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

15,216

21,602

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET

239,992

256,956

GOODWILL

565,177

523,690

1,063,254

942,586

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Accounts payable

7,955

7,667

Accrued liabilities

38,879

34,876

Lease obligations

4,168

3,928

Income taxes payable

3,383

1,329

Deferred revenue

49,878

41,143

104,263

88,943

LONG-TERM DEBT

-

-

LONG-TERM LEASE OBLIGATIONS

8,895

9,477

LONG-TERM DEFERRED REVENUE

1,413

920

LONG-TERM INCOME TAXES PAYABLE

8,230

6,470

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

29,385

15,067

152,186

120,877

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Common shares – unlimited shares authorized; Shares issued and outstanding totaled 84,494,658 at January 31, 2021 (January 31, 2020 – 84,156,316)

531,825

524,154

Additional paid-in capital

464,102

459,269

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,189

)

(25,944

)

Accumulated deficit

(83,670

)

(135,770

)

911,068

821,709

1,063,254

942,586


The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(US dollars in thousands, except per share and weighted average share amounts; US GAAP)

January 31,

January 31,

January 31,

Year Ended

2021

2020

2019

REVENUES

348,664

325,791

275,171

COST OF REVENUES

89,910

85,721

74,994

GROSS MARGIN

258,754

240,070

200,177

EXPENSES

Sales and marketing

38,785

40,389

36,873

Research and development

54,066

53,513

47,872

General and administrative

36,267

34,628

30,012

Other charges

2,335

3,797

3,798

Amortization of intangible assets

55,905

55,485

40,179

187,358

187,812

158,734

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

71,396

52,258

41,443

INTEREST EXPENSE

(1,186

)

(4,416

)

(2,128

)

INVESTMENT INCOME

159

193

195

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

70,369

48,035

39,510

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

Current

3,746

5,295

6,042

Deferred

14,523

5,743

2,191

18,269

11,038

8,233

NET INCOME

52,100

36,997

31,277

EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic

0.62

0.45

0.41

Diluted

0.61

0.45

0.40

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING (thousands)

Basic

84,360

81,659

76,832

Diluted

85,756

82,867

77,791


The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(US dollars in thousands; US GAAP)

Year Ended

January 31,

January 31,

January 31,

2021

2020

2019

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net income

52,100

36,997

31,277

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation

5,757

6,037

4,544

Amortization of intangible assets

55,905

55,485

40,179

Stock-based compensation expense

6,313

4,909

3,710

Other non-cash operating activities

207

337

71

Deferred tax expense

14,523

5,743

2,191

Deferred tax charge

-

-

(49

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

(3,575

)

(5,256

)

(3,849

)

Cash provided by operating activities

131,230

104,252

78,074

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Additions to property and equipment

(3,759

)

(4,900

)

(5,244

)

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

(48,403

)

(292,053

)

(67,932

)

Cash used in investing activities

(52,162

)

(296,953

)

(73,176

)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from borrowing on the credit facility

10,196

297,015

68,468

Credit facility repayments

(10,793

)

(322,634

)

(78,659

)

Payment of debt issuance costs

(40

)

(1,400

)

-

Issuance of common shares for cash, net of issuance costs

6,194

237,973

345

Payment of contingent consideration

-

(785

)

(1,531

)

Cash provided by (used in) financing activities

5,557

210,169

(11,377

)

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash

4,633

(363

)

(1,368

)

Increase (decrease) in cash

89,258

17,105

(7,847

)

Cash, beginning of year

44,403

27,298

35,145

Cash, end of year

133,661

44,403

27,298