Clearfield Reports Record Fiscal Third Quarter 2022 Results

  • Revenue For Fiscal Third Quarter Grew 84% Year-over-Year to a Record $71 Million, Driven by 73% Growth in Community Broadband Revenue Compared to the Same Year-Ago Period

  • Quarter-End Backlog Increased 16% Sequentially to a Record $157 Million at the End of Fiscal Third Quarter 2022, Compared to $136 Million at the End of Fiscal Second Quarter 2022

  • Net Income For Fiscal Third Quarter 2022 Totaled a Record $12.7 Million, or $0.92 per diluted share, an Increase of 109% from $6.1 Million, or $0.44 Per Diluted Share, in Fiscal Third Quarter 2021

  • Acquisition of Nestor Cables, strategic opportunity to integrate FieldShield cabling, closed July 26, 2022

  • Company Increases Fiscal 2022 Net Sales Guidance to a Range of $243 Million to $247 Million, (excluding Nestor Cables) Representing Year-over-Year Growth of 72% to 75%

MINNEAPOLIS, July 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD), the specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communication service providers, reported results for the fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Fiscal Q3 2022 Financial Summary  
(in millions except per share data and percentages) Q3 2022 vs. Q3 2021 Change  Change (%)
Net Sales $ 71.3   $ 38.7   $ 32.5   84 %
Gross Profit ($) $ 29.3   $ 17.1   $ 12.2   71 %
Gross Profit (%)   41.1 %   44.2 %   -3.1 % -7 %
Income from Operations $ 16.6   $ 7.7   $ 8.9   115 %
Income Tax Expense $ 3.9   $ 1.7   $ 2.2   125 %
Net Income $ 12.7   $ 6.1   $ 6.6   109 %
Net Income per Diluted Share $ 0.92   $ 0.44   $ 0.48   108 %
Fiscal Q3 YTD 2022 Financial Summary  
(in millions except per share data and percentages) 2022 YTD vs. 2021 YTD Change Change (%)
Net Sales $ 175.9   $ 95.5   $ 80.3   84 %
Gross Profit ($) $ 75.4   $ 41.4   $ 34.0   82 %
Gross Profit (%)   42.9 %   43.4 %   -0.5 % -1 %
Income from Operations $ 41.6   $ 15.9   $ 25.7   162 %
Income Tax Expense $ 9.5   $ 3.3   $ 6.1   183 %
Net Income $ 32.4   $ 12.9   $ 19.5   151 %
Net Income per Diluted Share $ 2.33   $ 0.94   $ 1.39   148 %

Management Commentary
“Our strong financial results for the third quarter reflect the continued execution of our growth strategy and the robust tailwinds in the fiber broadband industry,” said Company President and CEO Cheri Beranek. “For the second consecutive quarter, we set new records for quarterly net sales and quarter-end order backlog. We continue to make meaningful progress on our ‘Now of Age’ strategic plan to expand our capacity and rapidly scale our business to meet the significant market demand for high-speed broadband. With our third quarter performance and current visibility for the rest of this quarter, we are raising our fiscal year 2022 net sales guidance to a range of $243 million to $247 million (excluding Nestor Cables), representing 72% to 75% growth over fiscal year 2021.”

“In May 2022, we announced an agreement for the strategic acquisition of Finnish fiber optic cable manufacturer, Nestor Cables Oy, a strategic supplier of our FieldShield product line. Our synergistic relationship with Nestor spans over a decade. The acquisition, which closed July 26, 2022 enables us to vertically integrate the design and supply of FieldShield cable to meet future customer demand. Furthermore, we anticipate leveraging the deep technical expertise of the Nestor team to extend the overall supply of FieldShield cable into the North American market by expanding cable manufacturing at our Mexico facility in early 2023. Given the persistent supply chain challenges in today’s market, Nestor further strengthens our ability to meet our customers’ needs. Pending closing and standard integration costs, we expect the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in fiscal 2023.”

“Clearfield is in the middle of a long-term investment cycle for broadband deployment. The demand for high-speed broadband, especially fiber-led broadband, remains very strong. We have proactively expanded our capacity and effectively managed our supply chain to meet that customer demand. We are effectively executing on our new facility buildouts in Mexico and Minnesota which came online late in our second quarter, which allowed greater capacity and led to our record financial results. Moreover, our expertise in serving the Community Broadband market has us well-positioned to further capitalize on industry tailwinds. Based on our steadfast commitment to customers, operational effectiveness, and innovative, scalable product portfolio, we are confident that we can continue to grow the market leadership that Clearfield was built to achieve.”

Fiscal Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Net sales for the fiscal third quarter of 2022 increased 84% to $71.3 million from $38.7 million in the same year-ago quarter. The increase in net sales was due to higher sales across our core end markets, particularly in our Community Broadband, Multiple System Operator (“MSO” or Cable TV) and National Carrier markets, consistent with our past quarters of fiscal 2022.

As of June 30, 2022, order backlog (defined as purchase orders received but not yet fulfilled) was $157 million, an increase of 16% compared to $136 million as of March 31, 2022 and an increase of 289% from $40 million as of June 30, 2021.

Gross profit for the fiscal third quarter of 2022 increased 71% to $29.3 million (or 41.1% of net sales) from $17.1 million (or 44.2% of net sales) in the fiscal third quarter of 2021. As expected, overhead costs associated with the first full quarter of our new facilities in Minnesota and Mexico negatively impacted gross margins. Alongside real estate costs, increased shipping costs and inflationary increases in some components negatively affected margins. Our strategic investment in our growing national carrier business will negatively affect margin for the near future. We anticipate margins at these levels for the coming quarters, excluding Nestor Cables.

Operating expenses for the fiscal third quarter of 2022 increased 35% to $12.7 million (or 17.9% of net sales), from $9.4 million (or 24.4% of net sales) in the same year-ago quarter. The increase in operating expenses consisted primarily of higher compensation costs due to increased personnel and higher performance-based compensation as well as increased travel expenses and professional fees mainly associated with the acquisition of Nestor Cables.

Income from operations for the fiscal third quarter of 2022 increased 115% to $16.6 million from $7.7 million in the same year-ago quarter.

Income tax expense for the fiscal third quarter of 2022 increased 125% to $3.9 million, with an effective tax rate of 23.4%, as compared to $1.7 million, with an effective tax rate of 22.1% in the same year-ago quarter due to higher taxable income. Increase in rate is due to increased permanent addback items including nondeductible compensation and transaction costs.

Net income for the fiscal third quarter of 2022 totaled $12.7 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, compared to $6.1 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the same year-ago quarter.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended June 30, 2022
Net sales increased 84% to $175.9 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2022 from $95.5 million during the same period in fiscal 2021. The increase in net sales was due to higher sales across our core end markets, most notably our Community Broadband, MSO/Cable TV and National Carrier markets.

Gross profit was $75.4 million (or 42.9% of net sales) for the nine months ended June 30, 2022, an increase of 82% from $41.4 million (or 43.4% of net sales) in the same period in fiscal 2021. The decrease in gross profit margin was due to increased overhead costs associated with our new facilities in Minnesota and Mexico and higher freight and transportation costs, offset by favorable product mix as well as improved manufacturing efficiencies realized with higher sales volumes.

Operating expenses increased 32% to $33.9 million (or 19.3% of net sales) for the nine months ended June 30, 2022 from $25.6 million (or 26.8% of net sales) during the same period in fiscal 2021. The increase in operating expenses consisted primarily of higher compensation costs due to increased personnel and higher performance-based compensation as well as increased travel expenses and professional fees.

Income from operations increased 162% to $41.6 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2022 from $15.9 million during the same period in fiscal 2021.

Income tax expense increased 183% to $9.5 million, with an effective tax rate of 22.7%, for the nine months ended June 30, 2022 as compared to $3.3 million, with an effective tax rate of 20.6% during the same period in fiscal 2021 due to higher taxable income.

Net income totaled $32.4 million, or $2.33 per diluted share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2022, an increase of 151% from $12.9 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, during the same period in fiscal 2021.

Conference Call
Clearfield management will hold a conference call today, July 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (4:00 p.m. Central Time) to discuss these results and provide an update on business conditions.

Clearfield’s President and CEO Cheri Beranek and CFO Dan Herzog will host the presentation, followed by a question-and-answer period.

U.S. dial-in: 1-877-407-0792
International dial-in: 1-201-689-8263
Conference ID: 13731557

The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay here.

Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at 1-949-574-3860.

A replay of the call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 11, 2022.

U.S. replay dial-in: 1-844-512-2921
International replay dial-in: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13731557

About Clearfield, Inc.
Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD) designs, manufactures, and distributes fiber optic management, protection, and delivery products for communications networks. Our “fiber to anywhere” platform serves the unique requirements of leading incumbent local exchange carriers (traditional carriers), competitive local exchange carriers (alternative carriers), and MSO/cable TV companies, while also catering to the broadband needs of the utility/municipality, enterprise, data center and military markets. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Clearfield deploys more than a million fiber ports each year. For more information, visit

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Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover and Sophie Pearson
Gateway Group, Inc.


  (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)    
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended    
  June 30,   June 30,    
    2022     2021       2022       2021  
Net sales $ 71,250   $ 38,735   $   175,854   $   95,519    
Cost of sales   41,943     21,598       100,411   $   54,071    
Gross profit   29,307     17,137       75,443       41,448    
Operating expenses                          
    Selling, general and                          
    administrative   12,721     9,435       33,877   $   25,581    
Income from operations   16,586     7,702       41,566       15,867    
    Net investment income   43     121       284   $   378    
Income before income taxes   16,629     7,823       41,850       16,245    
Income tax expense   3,884     1,725       9,480   $   3,344    
Net income $ 12,745   $ 6,098   $   32,370   $   12,901    
Net income per share:                          
  Basic $ 0.93   $ 0.44   $   2.35   $   0.94    
  Diluted $ 0.92   $ 0.44   $   2.33   $   0.94    
Weighted average shares outstanding:                        
   Basic   13,772,269     13,732,913       13,760,950       13,718,394    
   Diluted   13,899,698     13,812,510       13,900,019       13,762,897    


    June 30,     September 30,  
    2022       2021  
Current Assets            
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,192       13,216  
Short-term investments   3,894       10,374  
Accounts receivable, net   31,594       19,438  
Inventories, net   69,341       27,524  
Deferred tax asset   0       0  
Other current assets   1,050       954  
Total current assets   120,071       71,506  
Property, plant and equipment, net   9,567       4,998  
Other Assets            
Long-term investments   24,994       36,913  
Goodwill   4,709       4,709  
Intangible assets, net   4,691       4,696  
Right of use lease assets   12,715       2,305  
Deferred tax asset   647       365  
Other   553       420  
Total other assets   48,309       49,408  
Total Assets $ 177,947     $ 125,912  
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity            
Current Liabilities            
Current portion of lease liability $ 2,774       915  
Accounts payable   16,243       9,215  
Accrued compensation   8,918       8,729  
Accrued expenses   2,758       1,613  
Total current liabilities   30,693       20,472  
Other Liabilities            
Long-term portion of lease liability   10,480       1,615  
Total Liabilities   41,173       22,087  
Shareholders' Equity            
Common stock   138       137  
Additional paid-in capital   59,784       58,246  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (960 )     -  
Retained earnings   77,812       45,442  
Total Shareholders' Equity   136,774       103,825  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 177,947     $ 125,912  


          Nine Months Ended     Nine Months Ended          
          June 30,     June 30,          
          2022       2021            
  Cash flows from operating activities                        
  Net income     $ 32,370     $ 12,901            
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash (used in)                        
  provided by operating activities:                        
  Depreciation and amortization       2,174       1,725            
  Change in allowance for doubtful accounts       -       210            
  Stock-based compensation expense       1,647       966            
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities                        
  Accounts receivable       (12,156 )     (5,896 )          
  Inventories, net       (41,816 )     (6,571 )          
  Other assets       (185 )     (261 )          
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses       8,677       5,043            
  Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities       (9,289 )     8,117            
  Cash flows from investing activities:                        
  Purchases of property, plant and equipment and                        
  intangible assets       (6,764 )     (1,275 )          
  Purchase of investments       (248 )     (11,904 )          
  Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments       17,386       10,044            
  Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities       10,374       (3,135 )          
  Cash flows from financing activities                        
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock under       544       383            
  employee stock purchase plan                        
  Repurchase of shares for payment of withholding taxes for vested restricted stock grants       (274 )     (54 )          
  Withholding related to exercise of stock options       (379 )     (456 )          
  Net cash used in financing activities       (109 )     (127 )          
  Increase in cash and cash equivalents       976       4,855            
  Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period       13,216       16,450            
  Cash and cash equivalents, end of period     $ 14,192     $ 21,305            
  Supplemental disclosures for cash flow information                        
  Cash paid during the year for income taxes     $ 9,913     $ 3,560            
  Non-cash financing activities                        
  Cashless exercise of stock options     $ 276     $ 1,269            

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