Descartes Announces Fiscal 2022 First Quarter Financial Results

Record Revenues and Income from Operations

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2022 first quarter (Q1FY22). 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).

“We believe that by helping our customers succeed, Descartes will succeed. The financial results we’ve reported today reflect that,” said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes’ CEO. “Our customers face complex multi-party, multi-process supply chain and logistics challenges. This is even more so in recent times where our customers have faced rapid changes in supply, demand and trade regulations. Our Global Logistics Network is designed for these complex scenarios, helping shippers, carriers, customs authorities and logistics services providers connect and collaborate to execute the full lifecycle of shipments. We continue to innovate to help our customers prepare for tomorrow’s challenges, and we continue to add more solutions and trading partners to our network. As a result, our customers have trusted us with more of their business.”

Q1FY22 Financial Results
As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Q1FY22 included:

  • Revenues of $98.8 million, up 18% from $83.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 (Q1FY21) and up 6% from $93.4 million in the previous quarter (Q4FY21);
  • Revenues were comprised of services revenues of $88.3 million (90% of total revenues), professional services and other revenues of $9.2 million (9% of total revenues) and license revenues of $1.3 million (1% of total revenues). Services revenues were up 19% from $74.1 million in Q1FY21 and up 7% from $82.7 million in Q4FY21;
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $40.9 million, up 49% from $27.5 million in Q1FY21 and up 12% from $36.5 million in Q4FY21;
  • Income from operations of $23.4 million, up 49% from $15.7 million in Q1FY21 and up 7% from $21.9 million in Q4FY21;
  • Net income of $18.4 million, up 67% from $11.0 million in Q1FY21 and up 7% from $17.2 million in Q4FY21;
  • Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.21, up 62% from $0.13 in Q1FY21 and up 5% from $0.20 in Q4FY21; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $41.5 million, up 26% from $33.0 million in Q1FY21 and up 8% from $38.6 million in Q4FY21. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 42%, compared to 39% in Q1FY21 and 41% in Q4FY21.

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 the past 5 fiscal quarters (unaudited; dollar amounts, other than per share amounts, in millions):

  Q1
FY22
  Q4
FY21
  Q3
FY21
  Q2
FY21
  Q1
FY21
 
Revenues 98.8   93.4   87.5   84.0   83.7  
Services revenues 88.3   82.7   77.6   75.3   74.1  
Gross margin 76%   75%   74%   73%   74%  
Cash provided by operating activities 40.9   36.5   33.1   34.1   27.5  
Income from operations 23.4   21.9   18.8   15.0   15.7  
Net income 18.4   17.2   13.3   10.5   11.0  
Net income as a % of revenues 19%   18%   15%   13%   13%  
Earnings per diluted share 0.21   0.20   0.15   0.12   0.13  
Adjusted EBITDA 41.5   38.6   36.4   34.0   33.0  
Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenues 42%   41%   42%   40%   39%  

Cash Position 
At April 30, 2021, Descartes had $138.1 million in cash. Cash increased $4.4 million in Q1FY22. The table set forth below provides a summary of cash flows for Q1FY22:

  Q1FY22  
Cash provided by operating activities 40.9  
Additions to property and equipment (1.6 )
Acquisitions of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired (35.9 )
Payment of debt issuance costs (0.1 )
Issuance of common shares for cash 0.6  
Effect of foreign exchange rate on cash 0.5  
Net change in cash 4.4  
Cash, beginning of period 133.7  
Cash, end of period 138.1  

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 $35.9 million, net of cash acquired, which was funded from cash on hand.

Acquisition of Portrix 
On May 7, 2021, Descartes acquired all of the shares of Portrix Logistics Software GmbH, a provider of multimodal rate management solutions for logistics services providers. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $25.1 million (EUR 20.7 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, June 2. Designated numbers are +1 888 465-5079 for North America and +1 416 216-4169 for international, using Passcode 5071 268#.

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 June 9, 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
[email protected]

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 nine 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 Q1FY22, Q4FY21, Q3FY21, Q2FY21, and Q1FY21, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(US dollars in millions) Q1FY22   Q4FY21   Q3FY21   Q2FY21   Q1FY21  
Net income, as reported on Consolidated Statements of Operations 18.4   17.2   13.3   10.5   11.0  
Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:          
Interest expense 0.3   0.3   0.2   0.3   0.3  
Investment income (0.1 ) (0.1 )      
Income tax expense 4.8   4.5   5.2   4.2   4.4  
Depreciation expense 1.2   1.3   1.5   1.4   1.6  
Amortization of intangible assets 13.8   14.1   14.0   14.1   13.7  
Stock-based compensation and related taxes 2.6   1.9   1.7   1.8   1.2  
Other charges (recoveries) 0.5   (0.6 ) 0.5   1.7   0.8  
Adjusted EBITDA 41.5   38.6   36.4   34.0   33.0  
           
Revenues 98.8   93.4   87.5   84.0   83.7  
Net income as % of revenues 19%   18%   15%   13%   13%  
Adjusted EBITDA as % of revenues 42%   41%   42%   40%   39%  
           
           

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

  April 30,   January 31,  
  2021   2021
(Audited)
 
ASSETS    
CURRENT ASSETS    
Cash 138,137   133,661  
Accounts receivable (net)    
Trade 36,740   37,206  
Other 13,188   14,830  
Prepaid expenses and other 17,099   16,939  
Inventory 599   429  
  205,763   203,065  
OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS 16,555   15,550  
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET 12,164   12,089  
RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS 11,464   12,165  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 12,211   15,216  
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET 244,443   239,992  
GOODWILL 592,768   565,177  
  1,095,368   1,063,254  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
CURRENT LIABILITIES    
Accounts payable   7,582   7,955  
Accrued liabilities   38,742   38,879  
Lease obligations   4,308   4,168  
Income taxes payable   2,097   3,383  
Deferred revenue   53,314   49,878  
  106,043   104,263  
LONG-TERM DEBT    
LONG-TERM LEASE OBLIGATIONS 8,411   8,895  
LONG-TERM DEFERRED REVENUE 1,336   1,413  
LONG-TERM INCOME TAXES PAYABLE 7,855   8,230  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 28,552   29,385  
  152,197   152,186  
     
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
Common shares – unlimited shares authorized; Shares issued and outstanding totaled 84,514,455 at April 30, 2021 (January 31, 2021 – 84,494,658) 532,634   531,825  
Additional paid-in capital 466,093   464,102  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 9,693   (1,189 )
Accumulated deficit (65,249 ) (83,670 )
  943,171   911,068  
      1,095,368   1,063,254  
         

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

    Three Months Ended
 
    April 30,   April 30,  
    2021   2020  
       
REVENUES   98,838   83,703  
COST OF REVENUES   23,849   21,867  
GROSS MARGIN   74,989   61,836  
EXPENSES      
Sales and marketing   11,011   9,322  
Research and development   15,219   13,579  
General and administrative   11,006   8,737  
Other charges   520   783  
Amortization of intangible assets   13,835   13,713  
    51,591   46,134  
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS   23,398   15,702  
INTEREST EXPENSE   (277 ) (320 )
INVESTMENT INCOME   63   44  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES   23,184   15,426  
INCOME TAX EXPENSE      
Current   2,134   3,815  
Deferred   2,629   564  
    4,763   4,379  
NET INCOME   18,421   11,047  
EARNINGS PER SHARE      
Basic   0.22   0.13  
Diluted   0.21   0.13  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING (thousands)      
Basic   84,501   84,156  
Diluted   86,045   85,456  

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

      Three Months Ended
 
      April 30,   April 30,  
      2021   2020  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES            
Net income     18,421   11,047  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:            
Depreciation     1,215   1,580  
Amortization of intangible assets     13,835   13,713  
Stock-based compensation expense     2,152   1,168  
Other non-cash operating activities     276   78  
Deferred tax expense     2,629   564  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities     2,378   (617 )
Cash provided by operating activities     40,906   27,533  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES            
Additions to property and equipment     (1,655 ) (1,022 )
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired     (35,860 ) (24,137 )
Cash used in investing activities     (37,515 ) (25,159 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES            
Proceeds from borrowing on the credit facility       10,196  
Payment of debt issuance costs     (60 ) (38 )
Issuance of common shares for cash, net of issuance costs     647   16  
Cash provided by financing activities     587   10,174  
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash     498   (975 )
Increase in cash     4,476   11,573  
Cash, beginning of period     133,661   44,403  
Cash, end of period     138,137   55,976  

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