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CERAGON NETWORKS REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2020

May 4, 2020

– Weak COVID-19-driven results countered by strong bookings and renewed orders from strategic customers –

– Increasing demand for broadband connectivity in the ‘new normal’ expected to accelerate 5G network deployments, creating long-term demand for Ceragon wireless hauling solutions –

Little Falls, New Jersey, May 4, 2020 - Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT), the #1 wireless hauling specialist, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

 

First Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Weak results reflecting COVID-19 challenges compounded by normal Q1 seasonality
  • Strong bookings (book-to-bill ratio well above 1) as service providers addressed increased demand for broadband connectivity
  • Return of India as major source of business; highest Q1 bookings in Europe in 6 years
  • Management believes trends created by the COVID-19 crisis will accelerate the global 5G network rollout, driving long-term growth momentum for Ceragon. However, management remains cautious because of the risk of a potential worldwide recession.

 

Primary Financial Results:

Revenues: $55.9 million compared with $69.2 million for Q1’19 and $71.3 million for Q4’19.

Gross margin: 25.1% compared to 35.6% for Q1’19 and 31.7% for Q4’19.

Operating income (loss): $(6.0) million compared with $3.2 million for Q1’19 and $(2.2) million for Q4’19.

Net income (loss): $(6.9) million, $(0.09) per diluted share compared with $0.8 million, $0.01 per diluted share for Q1’19 and $(4.1) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share for Q4’19.

Non-GAAP results: gross margin 25.1%, operating loss $(5.6) million, and net loss $(6.7) million, or $(0.08) per diluted share. For reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see the attached tables.

Cash and cash equivalents: $44.1 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $23.9 million at December 31, 2019.

 

Commenting on the results, Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon, said, “Our results were in line with the business update we provided on April 6th, reflecting the normal seasonality of the first quarter compounded by the disruption created by the COVID-19 environment. At the same time, the sweeping changes that the pandemic has made in the way we all work, shop, learn and stay entertained have created a global surge in demand for broadband capacity that has increased demand for our products. Although no one knows how to predict the timing of the recovery, the fact that broadband connectivity is now recognized as an essential utility brings urgency to the need to increase the capacity of existing networks and to extend network coverage to more of the population. During the first quarter, this trend accelerated bookings for our wireless hauling solutions, and we believe it will accelerate the transition to 5G, further emphasizing the need for our differentiated technologies.”

Mr. Palti continued, “In the meantime, we are fully focused on serving our customers in today’s dynamic environment. We are proud of our success in meeting our commitments in the face of supply chain disruptions, and working to overcome challenges as they arise. We are pleased that India’s Airtel has recently placed a large order, indicating the return of India as a major focus market after last year’s slowdown. In Europe, we had the strongest first-quarter bookings in six years, and in Latin America we continued executing on expansion projects across the continent.”

Mr. Palti concluded, “Looking forward, concerns of a global recession could surely delay operators’ network investments, dampening short-to-mid-term demand for our equipment. However, with strong ongoing operations, a healthy balance sheet and a new urgency to the 5G market, we believe we are positioned favorably and expect to emerge from today’s challenges as a leader in a growing market.”

 

Supplemental revenue breakouts by geography:

First quarter 2020:

·         Europe:

15%

·         Africa:

6%

·         North America:

13%

·         Latin America:

20%

·         India:         

25%

·         APAC

21%

 

A conference call will follow beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST. Investors are invited to join the company’s teleconference by calling (USA) (844) 291-6360 or international +1 (234) 720-6993 and using the following access code: 6063623.

Investors can also listen to the call live via the Internet by accessing Ceragon Networks’ website on the webcasts page in the section for investors: www.ceragon.com/investors/webcasts/ selecting the webcast link, and following the registration instructions.

If you are unable to join us live, the replay numbers are: (USA) (866) 207-1041 (International) +1 (402) 970-0847, with access code: 8883765. This audio replay will be available through June 4, 2020.

 

About Ceragon Networks Ltd.

Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) is the #1 wireless hauling specialist. We help operators and other service providers worldwide increase operational efficiency and enhance end customers’ quality of experience with innovative wireless backhaul and fronthaul solutions. Our customers include wireless service providers, public safety organizations, government agencies and utility companies, which use our solutions to deliver 5G & 4G, mission-critical multimedia services and other applications at high reliability and speed.

Ceragon’s unique multicore technology and disaggregated approach to wireless hauling provides highly reliable, fast to deploy, high-capacity wireless hauling for 5G and 4G networks with minimal use of spectrum, power and other resources. It enables increased productivity, as well as simple and quick network modernization, positioning Ceragon as a leading solutions provider for the 5G era. We deliver a range of professional services that ensure efficient network rollout and optimization to achieve the highest value for our customers. Our solutions are deployed by more than 460 service providers, as well as hundreds of private network owners, in more than 130 countries. 

 

Safe Harbor

Ceragon Networks® and FibeAir® are registered trademarks of Ceragon Networks Ltd. in the United States and other countries. CERAGON ® is a trademark of Ceragon Networks Ltd., registered in various countries. Other names mentioned are owned by their respective holders.

This press release contains statements concerning Ceragon's future prospects that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of Ceragon's management about Ceragon’s business, financial condition, results of operations, micro and macro market trends and other issues addressed or reflected therein. Examples of forward-looking statements include: projections of demand, revenues, net income, gross margin, capital expenditures and liquidity, competitive pressures, order timing, growth prospects, product development, financial resources, cost savings and other financial matters. You may identify these and other forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "may", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "estimates", "targets", "expects", "intends", "potential" or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the risk of a disruption to our and our customers’ business related to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (“Coronavirus”); the risk of macro-economic downturn and slowdown of development and significant decline of business that can harm our and our customers’ ability to conduct or further develop our/their business, including, cancellation, suspension or reduction in the investment in new equipment purchases, postponement or cancellation of rollout of wireless networks, postponement in the transition to 5G technologies and in the introduction of new products and capabilities, inability to deliver and perform under our contracts, disruption to our supply chain and production capacity, adverse effect on our and our customers’ financial performance, cash flow, revenue and financial results, available cash and financing, and our ability to bill and collect amounts due from our customers; the risks relating to the concentration of a significant portion of Ceragon's expected business in certain countries and particularly in India, where a small number of customers are expected to represent a significant portion of our revenues, including the risks of deviations from our expectations of timing and size of orders from these customers; the risk of delays in converting design wins into revenue as well as the expected revenue growth; risks associated with any failure to meet our product development timetable and specifications and to maintain our technological advantage over our competitors; risks associated with any failure to effectively compete with other wireless equipment providers; the risk that the rollout of 5G services could take longer or differently than anticipated; and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Ceragon's Annual Report on Form 20-F, Item 3, under the caption “Risk Factors”, and Ceragon's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that represent our views only as of the date they are made and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. Such forward-looking statements do not purport to be predictions of future events or circumstances, and therefore, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement contained in our announcements, presentations, or commentary will prove to be accurate. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

 

 

 

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