Comtech Telecommunications (CMTL) – Mixed Quarterly Results, Many Questions Remain

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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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Refi Overhang. The uncertainty created by the refinancing is impacting business results. For the first time in six quarters, sequential revenue declined with quarterly revenue barely exceeding year ago levels. Lower Space and Satellite segment revenue reflects order delays and supply chain constraints largely stemming from the refi overhang. Lower R&D expenses and One Comtech savings, along with a one-time gain, resulted in positive operating income for the third consecutive quarter.

2Q24 Results. Revenue was $134.2 million, flat y-o-y and below guidance of up 1% – 3% sequentially. We were at $154 million. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $15.1 million, versus $11.3 million in 2Q23. We were at $18.9 million. Comtech reported a net loss of $30.5 million, or a loss of $1.07/s, compared to a net loss of $6.5 million, or $0.23/s last year. Adjusted loss was $0.15/sh versus EPS of $0.09. We had forecast a net loss of $950,000, or a loss of $0.03 per share, and adjusted EPS of $0.28.

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