Revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were within the range of updated guidance at $70.5 million, down 22% from $90.1 million for the first quarter of 2013, and down 21% from $89.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Net loss in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for the first quarter of 2014 was $(27.0) million or $(0.51) per basic share and diluted share, compared to net loss of $(14.1) million in the first quarter of 2013, or $(0.38) per basic share and diluted share.
On a non-GAAP basis, net loss for the first quarter was $(12.9) million, or $(0.25) per basic share and diluted share, excluding (a) $1.1 million of stock-based compensation expenses, (b) $0.5 million amortization of intangible assets, (c) $4.4 million restructuring and other expenses associated with the 2013 restructuring (d) $0.3 million of changes in pre-acquisition indirect tax positions (e) $4.1 million finance expenses related to a currency devaluation in Venezuela (f) $2.2 million related to certain transactions to expatriate cash from Venezuela and Argentina, and (g) $1.5 million of non-cash tax adjustments. Non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2013 was $(5.7) million, or $(0.16) per basic share and diluted share. (Please refer to the accompanying financial tables for reconciliation of GAAP financial information to non-GAAP.)
Gross margin on a GAAP basis in the first quarter of 2014 was 22.1% of revenues. Gross margin on a non-GAAP basis was 23.3% of revenues.
Operating loss on a GAAP basis in the first quarter of 2014 was $(17.1) million. On a non-GAAP basis, operating loss was $(10.8) million.
Cash and cash investments at the end of the quarter were $30.5 million. On April 2, the company announced a settlement agreement with Eltek ASA pursuant to which it has received $17 million in cash in the second quarter.
“We are pleased to see the strong bookings during the first quarter, especially for our new IP-20 products,” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “As previously indicated, our bookings increased substantially from the fourth quarter and the IP-20 products accounted for more than 40% of total bookings. The number of requests for proposals, evaluations, trials and other new business activity continues to increase with both existing and new customers, and we are making progress on some large projects. These factors are the basis of our expectation that the second half of the year will be substantially better than the first half.
“Meanwhile, as we indicated in our update on April 2nd, our first quarter revenues were affected by our decision not to ship and install an order we received from a large customer pending renegotiation of payment terms, and the higher than expected proportion of orders for new IP-20 products during the initial phase of the manufacturing ramp. We have reached an understanding with the customer that will improve payment terms but also will result in spreading shipments over a longer time period in the future. We have made good progress during the initial phase of ramping our manufacturing for the new products during the first quarter, and we continue to ramp production as quickly as possible to meet the growing demand for the IP-20 products.”
Supplemental revenue breakouts:
Geographical breakdown, first quarter of 2014:
• Europe: 19%
• Africa: 11%
• North America: 13%
• Latin America: 30%
• India: 14%
• APAC: 13%
A conference call will follow today, May 8, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT. Investors are invited to join the Company’s teleconference by calling (877) 777-1968, or international +1(612) 332-0632 from 8:50 a.m. EDT. The call-in lines will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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