Revenues of digital billboard manufacturer Daktronics up 35% in recent financial quarter
Thursday, September 7, 2023
BROOKINGS, S.D., Sept. 06, 2023 — Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ – DAKT) reported results for its fiscal 2024 first quarter which ended July 29, 2023.
Q1 FY2024 financial highlights:
- Record first quarter net sales of $232.5 million, a 35.3 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2023
- Gross profit as a percentage of net sales of 30.6 percent as a result of record sales volume, stable operations and prior strategic pricing actions
- Operating income rebounded to $40.2 million as compared to an operating loss of $5.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023
- Product order backlog was $323.7 million(1) at July 29, 2023 compared to $400.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 and $469.1 million in the year-earlier period. This change reflects a more stable operating environment and an intentional focus to reduce lead times.
Reece Kurtenbach, Daktronics’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our first quarter of fiscal 2024 performance is a result of strong execution across all business areas. Our teams strategically utilized our capacity to complete the manufacturing and installation for the start of the fall football season in our High School Park and Recreation (“HSPR”) and Live Events business units and to bring lead times back down toward pre-pandemic levels.
As we look ahead to the remainder of the current fiscal year, our attention remains focused on our multi-year journey to capture the market’s expected growth and broaden our leading market position by offering best in class technologies and services to both our traditional customers as well as new and adjacent markets. We have applied the experience of the preceding two fiscal years to closely monitor the ever-evolving geopolitical and global economic environment and as necessary quickly adjust our resources and market approaches so that we can maintain profitability and cash generation throughout various cycles.
Our teams remain focused on the following priorities and strategies for fiscal year 2024 and beyond:
Growing the business profitably while generating cash through working capital management, strategic pricing adjustments, product mix changes and careful expense management
Improving operational efficiency to lower costs, reduce lead times and improve the customer experience
Developing additional markets for new customer types and channels while continuing to grow in traditional markets
Developing more robust integrated business planning systems to surface data available for improved decision making
Investing in high-return projects and technologies, including digital technologies for both internal and customer facing uses
First Quarter Income Statement Highlights
Orders for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 decreased 6.8 percent as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2023. The change is primarily related to a decrease in the Commercial business unit caused by volatility in bookings of larger sized Spectacular LED video display projects.
Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 increased by 35.3 percent as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Sales growth was driven by fulfilling orders in backlog, especially in the HSPR business area. The increase is attributable to a stable operating environment, increased manufacturing capacity and realization of price increases. During the first quarter of fiscal 2023, we experienced multiple material supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and a pandemic related shutdown of our facilities in Shanghai, China for a significant portion of the quarter.
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales increased to 30.6 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 as compared to 15.0 percent a year earlier. The increase in gross profit percentage is attributable to the record sales volume over our cost structure, strategic pricing actions, and fewer supply chain and operational disruptions during the first quarter of fiscal 2024 as compared to a year earlier.
Operating expenses decreased 1.2 percent to $30.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024 as compared to $31.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2023. In the first quarter of fiscal 2023, we had approximately $1.0 million of professional fees related to shareholder engagement.
Operating income as a percent of sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 was a positive 17.3 percent, compared to a negative 3.2 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 due to the combined factors discussed above.
The increase in interest income and expense, net for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 compared to the same period one year ago was primarily due to closing in May 2023 on the convertible debt, asset-based and mortgage financings at higher values and interest rates than the utilization of our previous line of credit during the 2023 first quarter and write-off of $3.4 million in debt issuance costs related to convertible debt carried at fair value.
For the three months ended July 29, 2023, we recorded a $7.3 million non-cash change in fair value of the convertible note payable which is accounted for under the fair value option.
Our effective tax rate for the three months ended July 29, 2023, was 31.7 percent as compared to an effective tax rate of 15.8 percent for the three months ended July 30, 2022. The higher tax rate is caused by the fair value adjustment to income that is not taxable. Absent any major tax changes, we expect our full year effective tax rate to be in the mid-twenties, before the impacts of fair value accounting for the convertible debt.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
At the end of the fiscal 2024 first quarter, our working capital ratio was 1.9 to 1. Inventory levels dropped slightly since the end of the fiscal year ended April 29, 2023, and are expected to approach more normalized levels as supply chain disruptions continue to ease and order backlog is fulfilled. Cash, restricted cash and marketable securities totaled $54.9 million, and $41.4 million of long-term debt was outstanding. There were no draw-downs on our line of credit. During the first quarter of fiscal 2024, we generated $19.3 million from operations and used $4.5 million for purchases of property and equipment.
The company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results today at 10:00 am (Central Time). This call will be broadcast live at http://investor.daktronics.com and be available for replay shortly after the event.
Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world’s largest supplier of, large-screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, LED text and graphics displays, and related control systems. The company excels in the control of display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation, and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world in four domestic business units: Live Events, Commercial, High School Park and Recreation, and Transportation, and one International business unit. For more information, visit the company’s website at: www.daktronics.com, email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (605) 692-0200 or toll-free (800) 843-5843 in the United States, or write to the company at 201 Daktronics Dr., P.O. Box 5128, Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.