Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Sales and Operating Earnings
- Fourth-quarter sales of $2.3 billion, up 5 percent from a year ago
- Fourth-quarter Government sales of $1.5 billion, up 6 percent from a year ago
- Fourth-quarter Enterprise sales of $753 million, up 3 percent from a year ago
- Repurchased $366 million of shares in the quarter; $1.1 billion for the full year
- Contributed an incremental $250 million to the U.S. pension plan in the quarter, with U.S. contributions for the full year totaling $480 million
- Ended the quarter with total cash* of $5.1 billion
|Fourth Quarter||Full Year|
|(In millions, except earnings per share)||2011||2010||Change||2011||2010||Change|
|GAAP operating earnings||$276||$272||1%||$858||$751||14%|
|Non-GAAP operating earnings||$444||$346||28%||$1,373||$1,064||29%|
|GAAP EPS from continuing operations**||$0.54||$0.49||10%||$2.20||$0.72||206%|
|Non-GAAP*** EPS from continuing operations**||$0.87||$0.64||36%||$2.61||$1.84||42%|
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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Jan. 25, 2012 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) announced today its fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 results highlighted by fourth-quarter sales of $2.3 billion, up 5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010 and full-year sales of $8.2 billion, up 8 percent from 2010. The revenue growth reflects solid demand in all regions across both the Government and Enterprise segments.
“Our record fourth quarter capped a very strong and exciting year for our company,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “We streamlined and strengthened our portfolio, grew operating earnings more than five times revenue growth, expanded operating margins, generated strong cash flow and prioritized return of capital to our shareholders.”
GAAP operating earnings in the fourth quarter of 2011 were $276 million or 12 percent of sales, compared to $272 million or 12 percent of sales in the fourth quarter of 2010. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations** were $0.54, compared to a GAAP earnings of $0.49 in the fourth quarter of 2010. For the full year 2011, GAAP operating earnings were $858 million or 10 percent of sales, compared to $751 million or 10 percent of sales in 2010. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations** were $2.20, compared to GAAP earnings of $0.72 in 2010.
Non-GAAP*** operating earnings in the fourth quarter of 2011 were $444 million or 19 percent of sales, compared to $346 million or 16 percent of sales in the fourth quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.87, compared to $0.64 in the fourth quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax net charges of approximately $0.33 per diluted share related to stock-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these Non-GAAP adjustments and the use of Non-GAAP measures are included later in this press release. For the full year 2011, Non-GAAP operating earnings were $1.4 billion or 17 percent of sales, compared to $1.1 billion or 14 percent of sales in 2010. Non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $2.61, compared to $1.84 in 2010.
During the fourth quarter of 2011, the company generated $44 million in operating cashflow from continuing operations, which included a $250 million incremental contribution to the U.S. pension plan. The company ended the quarter with total cash of $5.1 billion while returning $366 million to shareholders through share repurchases during the quarter.
Government segment sales were $1.5 billion, up 6 percent from the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $226 million or 15 percent of sales compared to $181 million or 12 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $307 million or 20 percent of sales compared to $221 million or 15 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter.
For the full year 2011, Government segment sales were $5.4 billion, up 6 percent from 2010. GAAP operating earnings were $616 million or 11 percent of sales compared to $534 million or 11 percent of sales in 2010. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $833 million or 16 percent of sales compared to $637 million or 13 percent of sales in 2010.
- Secured multi-million dollar contracts with City of Atlanta; St. Louis County in Missouri; St. Johns, Seminole and Osceola counties in Florida; the state of Tennessee; the Washington State Patrol; the Western Australia Police Service; the Ecuador National Police; and the Mexico Federal Electric Commission
- Expanded award-winning APX™ mission-critical radio series to include the APX 4000 portable radio for public works, utilities and rural public safety users, making APX the first complete portfolio of Project 25 Phase 2 TDMA two-way portable radios in the industry
- Continued to demonstrate leadership by completing first commercial release of standards-based LTE technology for public safety and secured an additional LTE contract win in Irving, Texas
Enterprise segment sales were $753 million, up 3 percent from the year-ago quarter, which included a $37 million decline in iDEN sales. GAAP operating earnings were $50 million or 7 percent of sales compared to $91 million or 12 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $137 million or 18 percent of sales compared to $125 million or 17 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter.
For the full year 2011, Enterprise segment sales were $2.8 billion, up 11 percent from 2010. GAAP operating earnings were $242 million or 9 percent of sales compared to $217 million or 8 percent of sales in 2010. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $540 million or 19 percent of sales compared to $427 million or 17 percent of sales in 2010.
- Continued growth with demand in retail and transportation & logistics from key customers such as Lord & Taylor, UPS and Poste Italiane
- Launched the ET1 tablet, the first in an emerging category of enterprise-class tablet computers that brings the familiarity and popularity of a consumer-class user experience to a true enterprise-class device
- Introduced RhoElements, a state-of-the-art web-based application framework that allows businesses to quickly and cost-effectively develop and deploy web-based applications on mobile computers
Results from Discontinued Operations
The fourth-quarter GAAP profit from discontinued operations was $7 million, which substantially relates to the divestiture of the company’s Point-to-Point (Orthogon) and Point-to-Multipoint (Canopy) wireless broadband networks businesses.
First-Quarter and Full-Year Outlook
Motorola Solutions’ outlook for the first quarter of 2012 is for revenue growth of approximately 4 percent compared with the first quarter of 2011 and earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.50 to $0.55 per share. For the full-year 2012, the company expects revenue growth of approximately 5 percent compared with 2011 and operating earnings of approximately 17 percent of sales. This outlook excludes stock-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and charges associated with items of the variety typically highlighted by the company in its quarterly earnings releases.
Consolidated GAAP Results
A comparison of results from operations is as follows:
|Fourth Quarter||Full Year|
|(In millions, except per share amounts)||2011||2010||2011||2010|
|Earnings from continuing operations**||177||167||747||244|
|Net earnings **||184||292||1,158||633|
|Diluted earnings per common share |
from continuing operations: **
|Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding||328.4||341.3||339.7||338.1|
Highlighted Items, Stock-Based Compensation Expense and Intangible Assets Amortization Expense
The table below includes highlighted items, stock-based compensation expense and intangible assets amortization expense for the fourth quarter of 2011.
|(per diluted common share)||2011|
|GAAP Earnings per Common Share from Continuing Operations||$0.54|
|Reorganization of business charges||0.05|
|Long-term financing receivable reserve||0.02|
|Tax expense related to undistributed foreign earnings||0.05|
|Tax benefit from audit settlements and agreements||(0.05)|
|Total Highlighted Items||0.15|
|Stock-based compensation expense||0.09|
|Intangible assets amortization expense||0.09|
|Stock-Based Compensation Expense and Intangible Assets Amortization Expense||0.18|
|Total Non-GAAP Adjustments||0.33|
|Non-GAAP Earnings per Common Share||$0.87|
Conference Call and Webcast
Motorola Solutions will host its quarterly conference call beginning at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time (8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The conference call will be webcast live with audio and slides at www.motorolasolutions.com/investor.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. We have provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand our core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to our competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items (and any reversals of highlighted items recorded in prior periods) from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company’s current operating performance or comparisons to the company’s past operating performance.
Stock-based compensation expense: The company has excluded stock-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although stock-based compensation is a key incentive offered to our employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding stock-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Stock-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.
Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements, primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.
Details of the above items and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measurements to the corresponding GAAP measurements can be found at the end of this press release.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities law. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimates” and similar expressions. We can give no assurance that any future results or events discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent our views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Motorola Solutions’ financial outlook for the first quarter and full year of 2012. Motorola Solutions cautions the reader that the risk factors below, as well as those on pages 12 through 25 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.'s 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K, on page 46 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s First Quarter 2011 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, on page 50 in Item 1A of Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s Third Quarter 2011 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and in its other SEC filings available for free on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on Motorola Solutions’ website at www.motorolasolutions.com, could cause Motorola Solutions’ actual results to differ materially from those estimated or predicted in the forward-looking statements. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Motorola Solutions and factors that may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic outlook for the government and enterprise communications industries; (2) the level of demand for the company's products, particularly if businesses and governments defer or cancel purchases in response to tighter credit; (3) the company's ability to introduce new products and technologies in a timely manner; (4) negative impact on the company's business from global economic conditions, which may include: (i) potential deferment or cancellation of purchase orders by customers; (ii) the inability of customers to obtain financing for purchases of the company's products; (iii) increased demand to provide vendor financing to customers; (iv) increased financial pressures on third-party dealers, distributors and retailers; (v) the viability of the company's suppliers that may no longer have access to necessary financing; (vi) counterparty failures negatively impacting the company’s financial position; (vii) changes in the value of investments held by the company's pension plan and other defined benefit plans; and (viii) the company’s ability to access the capital markets on acceptable terms and conditions; (5) the company's ability to purchase sufficient materials, parts and components to meet customer demand, particularly in light of global economic conditions; (6) risks related to dependence on certain key suppliers, subcontractors, third-party distributors and other representatives; (7) the impact on the company's performance and financial results from strategic acquisitions or divestitures, including those that may occur in the future; (8) risks related to the company's manufacturing and business operations in foreign countries; (9) the creditworthiness of the company's customers and distributors, particularly purchasers of large infrastructure systems; (10) exposure under large systems and managed services contracts, including risks related to the fact that certain customers require that the company build, own and operate their systems, often over a multi-year period; (11) the ownership of certain logos, trademarks, trade names and service marks including “MOTOROLA” by Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.; (12) variability in income received from licensing the company's intellectual property to others, as well as expenses incurred when the company licenses intellectual property from others; (13) unexpected liabilities or expenses, including unfavorable outcomes to any pending or future litigation or regulatory or similar proceedings; (14) the impact of foreign currency fluctuations, including the negative impact of a strengthening U.S. dollar on the company when competing for business in foreign markets; (15) the impact of the percentage of cash and cash equivalents held outside of the United States; (16) the ability of the company to pay future dividends due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (17) the ability of the company to repurchase shares under its repurchase program due to possible adverse market conditions or adverse impacts on the company’s cash flow; (18) the impact of changes in governmental policies, laws or regulations; (19) the outcome of currently ongoing and future tax matters; and (20) negative consequences from the company's outsourcing of various activities, including certain manufacturing, information technology and administrative functions. Motorola Solutions undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement or risk factor, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
* Total cash = Cash and cash equivalents + Sigma Fund (current and non-current) and short-term investments
** Amounts attributable to Motorola Solutions, Inc. common stockholders
*** Non-GAAP financial information excludes from GAAP results the effects of stock-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items