Trimble Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

 

     
       

Fourth Quarter of

 

Fiscal Years

   

(Dollars in thousands)

 

2014

 

2013

 

2014

 

2013

   

Cost of sales

 

$     898

 

$757

 

$  3,184

 

$2,573

   

Research and development

 

2,010

 

1,395

 

6,825

 

5,039

   

Sales and Marketing

 

1,591

 

1,988

 

7,613

 

7,329

   

General and administrative

 

6,774

 

6,144

 

25,776

 

21,501

       

$11,273

 

$10,284

 

$43,398

 

$36,442

 

   

( D )

Amortization of acquisition-related inventory step-up.  The purchase accounting entries associated with our business acquisitions require us to record inventory at its fair value, which is sometimes greater than the previous book value of the inventory.  Included in our GAAP presentation of cost of sales, the increase in inventory value is amortized to cost of sales over the period that the related product is sold.  We exclude inventory step-up amortization from our non-GAAP measures because it is a non-cash expense that we do not believe is indicative of our ongoing operating results.  We further believe that excluding this item from our non-GAAP results is useful to investors in that it allows for period-over-period comparability.

   

( E )

Acquisition / divestiture items.  Included in our GAAP presentation of operating expenses, acquisition costs consist of external and incremental costs resulting directly from merger and acquisition and strategic investment activities such as legal, due diligence, and integration costs.  Included in our GAAP presentation of non-operating income (loss) net, acquisition / divestiture items includes unusual acquisition, investment, or divestiture gains/losses such as adjustments to the fair value of earn-out liabilities, and gains/losses on acquisitions or divestitures of certain businesses and investments. Although we do numerous acquisitions, the costs that have been excluded from the non-GAAP measures are costs specific to particular acquisitions. These are one-time costs that vary significantly in amount and timing and are not indicative of our core operating performance.

   

( F )

Gain on an equity sale.   Included in our GAAP presentation of non-operating income (loss), net this amount represents a gain on a partial equity sale of Virtual Site Solutions.  We excluded the gain from our non-GAAP measures. We believe that investors benefit from excluding this item from our non-GAAP measures because it facilitates an evaluation of our non-operating income trends.

   

( G )

Debt issuance cost write-off.   Included in our non-operating income (loss), net this amount represents a write-off of debt issuance costs for terminated and/or modified credit facilities and costs associated with the issuance of new credit facilities and Senior Notes that were not capitalized as debt issuance costs.  We excluded the debt issuance cost write-off from our non-GAAP measures. We believe that investors benefit from excluding this item from our non-operating income to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of our non-operating income trends.

   

( H )

Litigation.  The fiscal 2013 amount represents a settlement of litigation related to a pre-acquisition agreement with a contract manufacturer.  The fiscal 2014 amount represents $0.7M of costs based on an arbitration agreement, as well as $51.3M of estimated costs that were reserved during the third quarter based on a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff, Recreational Data Services, Inc. and then reversed during the fourth quarter after the judge overturned the verdict. We have excluded these costs from our non-GAAP measures because they are non-recurring expenses that are not indicative of our ongoing operating results. We further believe that excluding these items from our non-GAAP results is useful to investors in that it allows for period-over-period comparability.              

   

( I )

Non-GAAP items tax effected.   This amount adjusts the provision for income taxes to reflect the effect of the non-GAAP items ( A ) - ( H ) on non-GAAP net income.   We believe this information is useful to investors because it provides for consistent treatment of the excluded items in this non-GAAP presentation. 

   

( J )

Tax on gain on an equity sale.   This amount represents the tax effect of a gain on a partial equity sale of Virtual Site Solutions.  We excluded this item as it represents the tax effect of a non-recurring gain.  We believe that investors benefit from excluding this item from our non-GAAP income tax provision because it facilitates a comparison of the non-GAAP tax rate in the current period to the non-GAAP tax rates in prior periods.

   

( K )

Tax on Recreational Data Services Inc. litigation.   This amount represents the tax effect of a reversal of a legal reserve recorded in the third quarter of 2014 that was reversed in the fourth quarter of 2014.  We excluded this item as it represents the tax effect of a non-recurring expense.  We believe that investors benefit from excluding this item from our non-GAAP income tax provision because it allows for period-over-period comparability.

   

( L )

GAAP and non-GAAP tax rate %.   These percentages are defined as GAAP income tax provision as a percentage of GAAP income before taxes and non-GAAP income tax provision as a percentage of non-GAAP income before taxes.   We believe that investors benefit from a presentation of non-GAAP tax rate percentage as a way of facilitating a comparison to non-GAAP tax rates in prior periods.

   

( M )

Stock-based compensation.  The amounts consist of expenses for employee stock options and awards and purchase rights under our employee stock purchase plan. As referred to above we exclude stock-based compensation here because investors may view it as not reflective of our core operating performance as it is a non-cash expense. However, management does include stock-based compensation for budgeting and incentive plans as well as for reviewing internal financial reporting. We discuss our operating results by segment with and without stock-based compensation expense, as we believe it is useful to investors. Stock-based compensation not allocated to the reportable segments was approximately $4.3 million and $4.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively, and $17.6 million and $13.8 million for fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively.


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