Monday, December 18, 2023
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. engages in the design, development, production, and marketing of products, systems, and services for advanced communications solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Telecommunications Transmission, Mobile Data Communications, and RF Microwave Amplifiers. The Telecommunications Transmission segment provides satellite earth station equipment and systems, over-the-horizon microwave systems, and forward error correction technology, which are used in various commercial and government applications, including backhaul of wireless and cellular traffic, broadcasting (including HDTV), IP-based communications traffic, long distance telephony, and secure defense applications. The Mobile Data Communications segment provides mobile satellite transceivers, and computers and satellite earth station network gateways and associated installation, training, and maintenance services; supplies and operates satellite packet data networks, including arranging and providing satellite capacity; and offers microsatellites and related components. The RF Microwave Amplifiers segment designs, develops, manufactures, and markets satellite earth station traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTA) and broadband amplifiers. Its amplifiers are used in broadcast and broadband satellite communication; defense applications, such as telecommunications systems and electronic warfare systems; and commercial applications comprising oncology treatment systems, as well as to amplify signals carrying voice, video, or data for air-to-satellite-to-ground communications. The company serves satellite systems integrators, wireless and other communication service providers, broadcasters, defense contractors, military, governments, and oil companies. Comtech markets its products through independent representatives and value-added resellers. The company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.
Joe Gomes, Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst, Generalist , Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
Joshua Zoepfel, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
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Enhancing Flexibility. Last week, Comtech filed a form 8-K revealing changes in the terms of its Series A Convertible Preferred Stock to enhance the Company’s financial flexibility. Essentially, Comtech is exchanging on a one-for-one basis the existing Series A Convertible Preferred shares for a new class of Series A-1 Convertible Preferred. With Comtech deep in negotiations to refinance its credit facility, any additional flexibility is a positive, in our view.
Ability to Raise $50 Million. For Comtech, the key change is the ability to issue up to $50 million of shares of common stock without the consent of the preferred holders, anytime through October 31, 2024. We would anticipate any funds raised through the issuance of new equity to be used to de-lever the Company.
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