UPDATE -- Clearfield Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2023 Results

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the release issued earlier today by Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD) under the same headline, please note that the updated press release below now includes the Consolidated Balance Sheets and omits a duplicate Cashflows table.

Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD), a leader in fiber connectivity, reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2023.  

Fiscal Q3 2023 Financial Summary 
(in millions except per share data and percentages)Q3 2023vs. Q3 2022ChangeChange (%)
Net Sales$61.3 $71.3 $(10.0)-14%
Gross Profit ($)$19.1 $29.3 $(10.2)-35%
Gross Profit (%) 31.1% 41.1% -10.0%-24%
Income from Operations$5.6 $16.6 $(11.0)-66%
Income Tax Expense$1.8 $3.9 $(2.0)-53%
Net Income$5.2 $12.7 $(7.5)-59%
Net Income per Diluted Share$0.33 $0.92 $(0.59)-64%

Fiscal Q3 YTD 2023 Financial Summary 
(in millions except per share data and percentages)2023 YTDvs. 2022 YTDChangeChange (%)
Net Sales$219.0 $175.9 $43.2 25%
Gross Profit ($)$73.3 $75.4 $(2.2)-3%
Gross Profit (%) 33.5% 42.9% -9.4%-22%
Income from Operations$35.6 $41.6 $(6.0)-14%
Income Tax Expense$8.5 $9.5 $(1.0)-10%
Net Income$29.8 $32.4 $(2.5)-8%
Net Income per Diluted Share$2.00 $2.33 $(0.33)-14%

Management Commentary

“Our third quarter fiscal 2023 results came in relatively in-line with our expectations,” said Company President and CEO Cheri Beranek. “Based on conversations with our customers, we expect service providers to continue working through inventory for the next several quarters. Additionally, our community broadband customers are adopting a cautious approach with respect to deploying capital until they have better visibility into the timing of government funded deployments. While we expect these dynamics will impact our near-term performance, likely into fiscal 2024, we continue to focus on positioning the company for long-term growth, right-sizing capacity levels, and designing products that address our customers’ biggest pain points. With government funding initiatives underway and significant rural broadband builds expected in the coming years, we anticipate strong demand for our core products once order patterns return to normalized levels. By investing in our people, modernizing our systems, and targeting expansion into new markets like Europe, we are positioning Clearfield for continued success which we believe will drive significant shareholder value over the long term."

“Clearfield's strong balance sheet and strategic approach with service providers enable us to pursue growth opportunities and enhance our product portfolio," said CFO Dan Herzog. “We continue to invest in capital equipment with faster processing capability to reduce costs and improve margins. Finally, we are reiterating our full-year fiscal 2023 revenue guidance and increasing our full year net income per share guidance.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2023
Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2023 decreased 14% to $61.3 million from $71.3 million in the same year-ago quarter. Organic revenue decreased 33% year over year to $47.9 million, while Nestor Cables generated revenue of $13.4 million.

As of June 30, 2023, order backlog (defined as purchase orders received but not yet fulfilled) was $74.7 million, a decrease of $32.9 million, or 31% compared to $107.6 million as of March 31, 2023, and a decrease of $82.0 million, or 52%, from June 30, 2022. The sequential decrease was due to a lull in demand as customers digest previously purchased products.

Gross margin for the quarter was 31.1%, compared to 41.1% in the third quarter of fiscal 2022. Gross margin was negatively affected by excess production capacity as well as Nestor’s inclusion in the quarter. The Company continues to realign capacity to current market conditions.

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 6% to $13.4 million, or 22% of net sales, from $12.7 million, or 18% of net sales in the same year-ago quarter.

Net income for the quarter totaled $5.2 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $12.7 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, in the same year-ago quarter.

The Company is reiterating its fiscal 2023 revenue guidance and is raising its net income per share guidance due to better-than-expected product margin as well as cost saving initiatives. Clearfield continues to expect its full year fiscal 2023 net sales to be within a range of $260 to $275 million, and now expects net income per share to be in the range of $2.05 to $2.15, up from $1.80 to $2.10 previously.

Conference Call
Management will hold a conference call today, August 3, 2023, 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: 1-844-826-3033
International dial-in: 1-412-317-5185
Conference ID: 8040539

The live webcast of the call can be accessed at the Clearfield Investor Relations website along with the company's earnings press release and presentation.

Please see the Earnings Presentation for recharacterized customer segment revenue.

A replay of the call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the same day through August 17, 2023, while an archived version of the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations website for 90 days.

U.S. replay dial-in: 1-844-512-2921
International replay dial-in: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 10177264

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 www.SeeClearfield.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Forward-looking statements contained herein and in any related presentation or in the related Earnings Presentation are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “outlook,” or “continue” or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward looking statements include, for example, statements about the Company’s future revenue and operating performance, expected customer ordering patterns, anticipated shipping on backlog and future lead times, future availability of components and materials from the Company’s supply chain, future availability of labor impacting our customers’ network builds, the impact of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) or other government programs on the demand for the Company’s products or timing of customer orders, the Company’s ability to match capacity to meet demand, expansion into new markets and trends in and growth of the FTTx markets, market segments or customer purchases and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and judgments about future developments in the Company's business. Certain important factors could have a material impact on the Company's performance, including, without limitation: the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted worldwide economic conditions and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and operating results; inflationary price pressures and uncertain availability of components, raw materials, labor and logistics used by us and our suppliers could negatively impact our profitability; we rely on single-source suppliers, which could cause delays, increase costs or prevent us from completing customer orders; we depend on the availability of sufficient supply of certain materials and global disruptions in the supply chain for these materials could prevent us from meeting customer demand for our products; we rely on our manufacturing operations to produce product to ship to customers and manufacturing constraints and disruptions could result in decreased future revenue; a significant percentage of our sales in the last three fiscal years have been made to a small number of customers, and the loss of these major customers could adversely affect us; further consolidation among our customers may result in the loss of some customers and may reduce sales during the pendency of business combinations and related integration activities; we may be subject to risks associated with acquisitions, and the risks could adversely affect future operating results; we have exposure to movements in foreign currency exchange rates; if we are unable to integrate acquired businesses, our financial results could be materially and adversely affected; adverse global economic conditions and geopolitical issues could have a negative effect on our business, and results of operations and financial condition; our planned growth may strain our business infrastructure, which could adversely affect our operations and financial condition; product defects or the failure of our products to meet specifications could cause us to lose customers and sales or to incur unexpected expenses; we are dependent on key personnel; cyber-security incidents on our information technology systems, including ransomware, data breaches or computer viruses, could disrupt our business operations, damage our reputation, and potentially lead to litigation; our business is dependent on interdependent management information systems; to compete effectively, we must continually improve existing products and introduce new products that achieve market acceptance; if the telecommunications market does not continue to expand, our business may not grow as fast as we expect, which could adversely impact our business, financial condition and operating results; changes in U.S. government funding programs may cause our customers and prospective customers to delay, reduce, or accelerate purchases, leading to unpredictable and irregular purchase cycles; intense competition in our industry may result in price reductions, lower gross profits and loss of market share; our success depends upon adequate protection of our patent and intellectual property rights; we face risks associated with expanding our sales outside of the United States; and other factors set forth in Part I, Item IA. Risk Factors of Clearfield's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2022 as well as other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements to reflect actual events unless required by law.

Investor Relations Contact:
Greg McNiff
The Blueshirt Group

CLEARFIELD, INC.           
 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 June 30, June 30,
  2023   2022  2023   2022
Net sales$61,284  $71,250 $219,035  $175,854
Cost of sales 42,210   41,943  145,750   100,411
Gross profit 19,074   29,307  73,285   75,443
Operating expenses           
Selling, general and           
administrative 13,449   12,721  37,714   33,877
Income from operations 5,625   16,586  35,571   41,566
Net investment income 1,630   43  3,328   284
Interest expense (195)  -  (551)  -
Income before income taxes 7,060   16,629  38,348   41,850
Income tax expense 1,842   3,884  8,511   9,480
Net income$5,218  $12,745 $29,837  $32,370
Net income per share:           
Basic$0.33  $0.93 $2.01  $2.35
Diluted$0.33  $0.92 $2.00  $2.33
Weighted average shares outstanding:           
Basic 15,254,341   13,772,269  14,880,666   13,760,950
Diluted 15,254,341   13,899,698  14,929,405   13,900,019

  June 30,  September 30,
  2023   2022 
Current Assets     
Cash and cash equivalents$31,385  $16,650 
Short-term investments 130,726   5,802 
Accounts receivable, net 31,944   53,704 
Inventories, net 105,003   82,208 
Other current assets 4,084   1,758 
Total current assets 303,142   160,122 
Property, plant and equipment, net 21,318   18,229 
Other Assets     
Long-term investments 6,556   22,747 
Goodwill 6,581   6,402 
Intangible assets, net 6,344   6,376 
Right-of-use lease assets 14,773   13,256 
Deferred tax asset 998   1,414 
Other 1,489   582 
Total other assets 36,741   50,777 
Total Assets$361,201  $229,128 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity     
Current Liabilities     
Current portion of lease liability$3,722  $3,385 
Debt 2,174   - 
Accounts payable 11,641   24,118 
Accrued compensation 7,319   13,619 
Accrued expenses 3,335   6,181 
Factoring liability 8,722   4,391 
Total current liabilities 36,913   51,694 
Other Liabilities     
Long-term debt -   18,666 
Long-term portion of lease liability 11,572   10,412 
Deferred tax liability 782   774 
Total Liabilities 49,267   81,546 
Shareholders' Equity     
Common stock 153   138 
Additional paid-in capital 187,409   54,539 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (268)  (1,898)
Retained earnings 124,640   94,803 
Total Shareholders' Equity 311,934   147,582 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity$361,201  $229,128 

Clearfield, Inc.      
Consolidated Statement of Cashflows      
   Nine Months Ended Nine Months Ended
   June 30, June 30,
 Cash flows from operating activities      
 Net income $29,837  $32,370 
 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided      
 by (used in) operating activities:      
 Depreciation and amortization  4,411   2,205 
 Amortization of discount on investments  (2,429)  (31)
 Stock-based compensation  2,504   1,647 
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities      
 Accounts receivable  24,519   (12,156)
 Inventories, net  (21,510)  (41,816)
 Other assets  (3,525)  (185)
 Accounts payable and accrued expenses  (20,326)  8,677 
 Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  13,481   (9,289)
 Cash flows from investing activities:      
 Purchases of property, plant and equipment and      
 intangible assets  (6,529)  (6,764)
 Purchase of investments  (210,923)  (248)
 Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments  105,077   17,386 
 Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities  (112,375)  10,374 
 Cash flows from financing activities:      
 Repayment of long-term debt  (16,700)  - 
 Proceeds from issuance of common stock under  612   544 
 employee stock purchase plan      
 Repurchase of shares for payment of withholding taxes  (954)  (274)
 for vested restricted stock grants      
 Tax withholding and proceeds related to exercise of stock options (493)  (379)
 Issuance of stock under equity compensation plans  954   - 
 Net proceeds from issuance of common stock  130,262   - 
 Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  113,681   (109)
 Effect of exchange rates on cash  (52)  - 
 Increase in cash and cash equivalents  14,735   976 
 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  16,650   13,216 
 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $31,385  $14,192 
 Supplemental disclosures for cash flow information      
 Cash paid for income taxes $12,589  $9,913 
 Cash paid for interest $360  $- 
 Non-cash financing activities      
 Cashless exercise of stock options $566  $276